Henry Radley


Henry Radcliff/Radley was born in November 1763. He was the second of five sons born to the marriage of Johannes and Margarita Passage Radcliff. By the time he reached adulthood, contemporary kin were being called "Radley."

In May 1784, he married Elizabeth Jacobs at the Albany Dutch church. Their daughter was born the following March.

In 1788, his modest Southside home was configured on the first ward assessment roll. In 1790, his household totalled six members. By 1800, an older woman had joined his family.

Beginning during the 1780s, his accounts were paid by the city treasurer. On some of those occasions, he was identified as the watchman. In 1787, Albany's watchmen agreed to accept pay of three shillings a night. In 1791 and 1796, he was identified as a fireman in the first ward. In February 1826, a Henry Radcliff was appointed inspector of weights and measures. That was the latest reference to him.

Annual city directories, which date from 1813, showed his address at a number of first ward locations on Union, Hudson, Liberty, and Green Streets over the next decade. It appears that he shared the Union Street address with his older brother.

Henry Radley died sometime after 1826.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Henry Radley/Radcliff is CAP biography number 1046. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 8/10/08; revised 2/14/09