Jacob W. Hilton


Jacob W. Hilton was born in 1758 and christened at St. Peter's Anglican church on March 10. He was the son of William and Margaret Jones Hilton. He was known as "Jacob W. Hilton" to distinguish him from other, same-named contemporaries.

In 1779, "Jacob Hilton" was identified as a rank-and-file member of Capt. John Price's militia company. In 1781, he summoned and apprehended witnesses and suspects on behalf of the Albany Commissioners. Afterwards, Jacob W. was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the city militia regiment.

In 1780 and 1781, he was appointed and served as a constable in the first ward.

In August 1781, he is said to have married Albany resident Mary Pemberton at the Albany Dutch church. Their son was christened at St. Peter's in March 1788. Before and afterwards, a number of children were christened to those parents in Schoharie.

In 1790, his household was configured on the census for Watervliet.

This individual was said to have lived in southern Albany County in New Baltimore, Beaver ___, and then Coxsackie.

Perhaps this Jacob W. Hilton was identified as the head of a Coxsackie household on the census in 1810.

In January 1833, Jacob W. Hilton was granted an annual pension of $59.74 as a militia private retroactive to March 1831. He was identified as then 75 years old.

Jacob W. Hilton died in Coxsackie in March 1839. His widow survived into the 1840s.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Jacob W. Hilton has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Lacking corroborating sources, we have left this sketch without much definition to avoid pre-mature conclusions.

Perhaps Mary was the daughter of Albany skipper William Pemberton who was christened at St. Peter's in June 1760.

first posted: 4/20/09