Catherine/Christina Temper Maley


Catherine or Christina Temper was born about 1748. She is said to have been the daughter of Jacob Tremper of Kingston. However, a number of sources have held that instead this individual was named Christina and that she was the daughter of Henry Tremper of Philadelphia.

During the late 1760s, she married European emigrer John Maley. Perhaps after a time in New York, the couple settled in Albany where their daughter was christened in 1769.

As he prospered quickly, the Maleys lived in a landmark house on North Market Street from where John Maley ran an import business.

Catherine/Christina Temper Maley lived into her sixties but was dead by the time letters of administration were issued on her husband's estate in June 1812.

biography in-progress


the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Catherine/Christina Temper Maley has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. A portrait of Catherine was done by Albany artist Ezra Ames shortly before her death.

We are not certain of Mrs. Maley's parentage or of her first name for that matter. She may have been the daughter of a Pennsylvania merchant and land speculator who had a number of real estate dealings with John Maley. However, in 1795, John Maley was made co-administrator of the estate of Jacob W. Tremper of Kingston. Thus, we remain flexible on her origins.

first posted: 3/15/06; updated 12/25/08