John J. Ostrander, Jr.
Albany resident John J. Ostrander, Jr. was born in November 1774. Family-based information fixes his birthplace as Germantown in today's Columbia County. He was the son of John Ostrander, Jr. and his wife, Catherine Wetzell Ostrander. His parents were from "East Camp" but were moved around greater Albany County due to his father's wartime service. He is functionally delineated as "John J. [sometimes corrupted to I.] Ostrander, Jr." to prevent confusion with several similarly named individuals.
In January 1800 he was named co-executor in the will filed by his father who died shortly thereafter. Later that year, this subject's first ward household first was configured on the census next to that of his widowed mother. For the next three decades he remained an Albany mainstay.
In January 1808, he was among those Albany personages who were invited to the funeral of Henry J. Bleecker.
This individual was an attorney (need information on his training and career profile) and a member of a number of community-based organizations. He also acquired a number of parcels of real property in the first ward.
Beginning with the first edition in 1813, "John I. Ostrander" was listed in the city directories as "Examiner in chancery" at what became 9 and later 55 South Pearl Street. As late as 1830, he was practicing law from the latter address.
In May 1815, he was named co-executor of the estate of a neighbor and fellow attorney.
In 1816-17, "John I. Ostrander" (several same-named contemporaries) was identified as a member of the New York State Assembly representing Albany County as a Federalist.
Sources: The life of John J. Ostrander, Jr. has no CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 1/30/13; updated 3/24/13