Ananias Platt


Ananias Platt was born in September 1762. He was the sixth of seven children of Obadiah and Mary Carll Platt of Huntington, Long Island .

In November 1786, he married Lydia Jacobs. The marriage produced a number of children. While living in Albany, they were members and he was an elder of the Albany Presbyterian Church.

In 1787, he was appointed lieutenant in a Rensselaerswyck-based company of the Albany militia.

In 1789 and again in1790, the State legislature granted him the exclusive right to operated a stage line between Albany and Lansingburgh. At that time, he was identified on the census as the head of a household in the part of Rensselaerswyck that would be known as Lansingburgh.

During the 1790s, he was a well-known tavern-keeper and stage coach line operator in Lansingburgh. In November 1796, his "valuable property" consisting of ten lots in Lansingburgh were offered for sale. By the end of the decade, Ananias Platt had relocated to Albany. At one time, he operated a stage line from Albany to Schenectady as well.

From 1799 to 1801, he owned and operated the Tontine Coffee House at 53 State Street.

In 1800, his first ward household included seven men and four females in addition to a slave and two free persons of color. A year earlier, his house, wharf, and lot were valued substantially on the city assessment roll.

40-50 years missing - biography in-progress

Ananias Platt died in April 1842. He had lived eighty years. His widow survived until 1847.

biography in-progress


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

first posted: 5/20/08; revised 8/5/08