The Hilton family of early Albany traces its roots to the marriage of widower and soldier-turned-innkeeper William Hilton and Anna Van Berkhoven in 1693. Thru the end of the next century, the Hilton family flourished in the city of Albany.
By 1720, William "the elder's" Southside inn was a pillar of the Anglo-Albanian community.
The Albany Hiltons were found in service and transportation-related activities. They participated in civic activities but were not able to succeed to the rank of alderman - no doubt not helped by their almost exclusive residence in Albany's most affluent ward.
A decade later, ten Hilton-named households were configured on the first ward census.
Sources: These Hiltons do not appear to be closely connected to a contemporary New England-based family. Community-based resources have provided most of the information we use on the Albany Hilton family. Chief among the family-based resources is an unattributed typescript entitled "The Hilton Family of Albany, N. Y." filed in the New York State Library in Albany. But the Hilton family forum and other Internet resources should become more useful in the future! Hiltons in early Massachusetts.
first posted: 6/30/03; last revised 9/20/03