Pieter Hilton


Pieter Hilton was born in February 1739. He was the son of Jacobus and Judith Martin Hilton. He grew up in the very large Southside family of the second generation of English-speaking Albanians.

By the late 1760s, he had married his childhood neighbor, the former orphan Judith Barret. Beginning in late 1768, their children were christened in Albany churches. By 1768, he was counted among the membership at St. Peter's Anglican church. He also was one of the "Peter Hiltons" who served in an Albany militia company in 1767 and later in the Revolutionary army.

Beyond simple demographics, further articulating his story is complicated by the existence of a number of similarly named Peter Hiltons over the second half of the eighteenth century. This individual sometimes was referred to as "Pieter I." or "Pieter J. Hilton."

However, the general name is referenced in a number of community based resources for the second half of the eighteenth century.

In 1788, his (Peter J. Hilton) personal property only was valued on the first ward tax list. In 1790, his household was enumerated on the census in Albany's first ward. At that time, his "family" contained eight members.

Pieter Hilton was still alive in 1818 when he was noted in the probate of the will of his wife's brother. He would have been approaching eighty. We seek information on his passing.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of this Pieter Hilton has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 8/10/08