At the outbreak of hostilities, he enlisted in supported the American cause and was drafted out of the militia to serve as a soldier in the First and Second regiments of the New York Line. A same-named individual also was identified as a lieutenant assigned to a vessel on Lake George in 1777. In June 1780, his name was among the carpenters exempted from militia duty by Morgan Lewis to work on his Albany house. Afterwards, he was granted a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.
In December 1779, he married Watervliet native Bata Van Woert at the Albany Dutch church. By 1792, the marriage had produced at least seven children. He contributed to the church and was an occasional baptism sponsor. However, he does not seem to have been a church pewholder. Subsequent Albany Easterlys were Presbyterians.
Sources: The life of Thomas Easterly is CAP biography number 7911. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 7/10/10