Charles Folliet


Charles Folliet (also Follet, Vollet) probably was born during the 1740s. He may have been the son of Charles Follet of Boston or the kinsman of George Folliet, later a Queens County loyalist.

By the mid-1760s, he had settled in Albany. Beginning in 1766, his second ward home was accorded a modest assessment on Albany tax lists. In 1768, he purchased a lot on Lydius Street. Four years later, he owed for the lot and was expected to leave Albany. By 1779, assessment rolls listed that property in the first ward. He was known as a carpenter.

His wife was Mary Bloodgood. Two children were born between 1768 and 1779 and christened in the Albany Dutch church.

In May 1775, he made a modest contribution for the relief of Ticonderoga. However, by the next year, he was in trouble with the Albany revolutionaries. In June, he was among those arrested following an evening of drinking to the King's health. Incarcerated, he refused to sign the Association, he was freed in July after posting a bond promising good behavior. However, after the war, he was accorded a land bounty right for service in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment.

In 1790, a Charles Folliot was identified as a resident of Schaghticoke.

In August 1791, his Southside lot was mentioned in a real estate transaction. Charles Folliet died sometime after he granted a power of attorney to his son, Francis, in March 1792. Charles Follet was buried in Schaghticoke in May 1818 at the age of seventy-nine.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Charles Folliet is CAP biography number 8065. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 1/10/07