Patrick Gahagan


Spelled variously, Patrick Gahagan was living in Albany during the early 1770s. We seek information on his origins and path to Albany. Perhaps he was of Irish ancestry.

In September 1772, marriage banns for Gahagan and one "Sarah Lambert" were published for the first time in the records of St. Peter's Anglican church. No further references have been uncovered in the records of early Albany's churches.

In October 1773, his activities were considered during an enquiry of voter eligibility in the election for city councilmen. The city records noted that previously Gahagan had lived at the house of Richard Hilton and, for more than the last twelve months, at Mrs. Mc Cew's. He had not stayed there for five weeks but his bed and clothes still were at the widow's house. Currently, he was working for lodging at James Moore's [?] and "he lives up at Graveraedt's in Voisen Kill." He was a tailor who presently was working for Mr. Burks. The scrutiny ended on October 5 when Gahagan's vote was declared "good."

After that, no further references for Patrick Gahagan have been encountered in our ongoing search of community-based records and also of the records of the American Revolution. For 1790, we have found no references to Patrick in the first federal census for old Albany County and for New York State.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Patrick Gahagen is CAP biography number 8154. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 9/30/11