Philip Radley


Philip Radley was born in October 1735. He was the sixth child born to the marriage of Jacobus and Catharina Bovie Radcliff. He grew up a member of a large mainline family on the Southside of Albany. At this point, we have encountered only one "Philip" on the family rolls.

We seek information on his first three decades of adulthood - a time when, except for militia company rosters from the 1760s for Albany and Rensselaerswyck, variants of the name "Philip Radcliff" have not been encountered in the community-based record. Perhaps he was not in Albany during the 1750s or 1770s.

In February 1786. "Philip Redlif" married "Newman" Naomi Hall at the Albany Dutch church. At that time, this individual 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, identified 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.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany 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; updated 8/19/15