We seek information on his first three decades of adulthood - a time when, except for a Rensselaerswyck milita company roster from the 1760s, variants of the name "Philip Radcliff" have not been encountered in the community-based record.
In February 1786. he married Naomi Hall at the Albany Dutch church. At that time, he would have been almost fifty-one and his bride thirty years younger. However, by 1794, the marriage had produced four children. Earlier, he had been a regular baptism sponsor at the Dutch church.
Beginning during the late 1780s, he was an Albany mainliner. In 1788, the personal property of "Philip J.Radley" was valued under a first ward householder. In 1790 and 1800 he was identified as the head of household at what became 68 Beaver Street. In 1799, his real and personal property were valued most modestly.
The first two city directories in 1813 and 1814, identifed the home of Philip Radley at 68 Beaver Street. He was dead within a year. In 1815, and for a number of years afterwards, his widow was listed in the city directory as the householder at 68 Beaver. She died in 1855 at the age of ninety.
Sources: The life of Philip Radcliff/Radley is CAP biography number 1177. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 10/15/08