Peter Young was born about 1749. He probably was of German origin. Arriving in New York, he was naturalized in January 1770. After plying the pewterer's craft in New York City, he re-located to Albany when Manhattan was occupied by the British.
Within a few years, he had married Eva Moore and settled in Albany to raise a family. By 1792, a number of their children had been baptized in the Albany Dutch church where both parents received some services. Peter Young also was a pewholder in the Albany Lutheran church.
Although he would serve in the militia and in the New York Line, this newcomer was suspected by the Albany revolutionaries. In June 1777, he was confined until he voluntarily took the oath of allegiance.
By 1779, he had taken up residence in Albany probably with fellow pewterer Henry Will. His house on Market Street near Columbia appeared on city assessment rolls and in the city directory. In 1790, he was the head of a third ward household. In 1800, his household was in the second ward and included his wife and three young girls.
Perhaps Young continued to work in both New York and Albany. A number of his pewter pieces have survived.
Peter Young died in September 1813 - a month shy of his sixty-fourth birthday.
Sources: The life of Peter Young is CAP biography number 6968. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. A number of contemporary Peter Youngs keep us from filling out the pewterer's profile.
first posted: 12/30/04