William Hogan was born about 1716. He was the son of Albany mainstays Jurrian and Maria Beekman Hogan. He was often referred to as William Hogan, "the younger" to prevent confusion with his grandfather and benefactor who died in 1739 and with his uncle, William Hogan, Jr.
In January 1740, he married Susanna Lansing at the Albany Dutch church where their eight children were baptized and where they were frequent baptism sponsors - the last one coming in February 1778.
In 1740, he was permitted to build a small shed opposite his first ward home. Two years later, his name appeared on a list of qualified voters. For several decades that followed, he was an Albany blacksmith who received compensation from the city for work done. During the 1760s, he also paid taxes on a lot in the West Manor. In 1763, his again name was included on a list of Albany freeholders.
William Hogan signed a petition in in Albany in 1779. Into his sixties during the war years, his name appears to be absent from Revolutionary rolls!
In May 1787, William Hogan filed a will stating that he was a resident of Rensselaerswyck and had three living sons and two daughters. His wife was not named. The will passed probate in September 1791!
first posted: 04/30/03