The story of the Kidney family in early Albany begins with the arrival of John Kidney from Barbadoes in the 1690s. His marriage to Albany native Maria Vanderwerken produced four sons and established the family in Albany and its hinterland. The Kidneys maintained a constant if marginal presence in the commuity over several generations.
In 1763, the names of three Kidneys (John and John Jr.) were included on a list of Albany freeholders.
The first city directory in 1813 listed John Kidney and Revolutionary War soldier Jonathan Kidney as blacksmiths living on Hudson Street - not far from where the first Kidney made his home more than a century earlier.
Sources: This exposition on the Kidney family in early Albany is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. Internet resources: Gary Kidney and his impressive list of sources.
first posted: 2/5/08; updated 7/10/11