Jonathan Rumney


Jonathan Rumney probably was born during the 1680s. Based on subsequent information, we presume that he came to New York and then Albany to serve in the garrison comprised of the so-called "Independant Companies of New York." At the time of his marriage, "Rumbly" was identified as a native of London, England. Perhaps, he was the first of two or more similarly referenced individuals to live in Albany and its environs over the next century.

In November 1707, the Englishman married Albany native Johanna Van Corlaer at the Albany Dutch church. The wedding was officiated by "Rev. John Barclay." Their son, Robert Rumney, was christened there in 1709. Subsequent information indicates that the couple had more children.

In 1707, he was among those who witnessed the will of the Schuyler family matriarch. In September 1709, the Rumneys witnessed the will of a resident of New Jersey.

In 1709, his first ward property was assessed modestly.

In December 1713, his name appeared on a muster roll of the company of Albany-based grenadiers commanded by Capt. Richard Ingoldsby.

In 1718, Rumney performed clerical duties at St. Peter's Anglican church.

The first Jonathan "Romblie" of Albany was buried in the churchyard on September 16, 1722.

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

"Rev. John Barclay" probably refers to Rev. Thomas Barclay.

first posted: 4/15/12; revised 9/1/12