Frans Pruyn was the first of at least three generations of Albany tailors.
During the first decades of the eighteenth century, the Fryers, who were weavers, were part of a small enclave of cloth workers living on the Southside of Albany. In 1756, eight individuals were identified as tailors, eight as weavers, and two as britchesmakers on a census of city householders taken by the British army.
A generation later, riverside resident Abraham Eights was Albany's premier sailmaker.
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privately posted: 1/29/08; updated 12/6/11