James Calyer 1815-52 early life & ancestors

James Calyer 1815-1852 gave New York State as his birthplace in the 1850 census.

In ancestry.com there is the will and probate documents of Charles Calyer, farmer who died in New Windsor, Orange County, NY in 1835. His widow was Catharine and their offspring Margaret, Henry, Sarah, Peter, Charles, Daniel and James. There is a note that in 1835 James was living in New York City.

There are only two not very good reasons to suggest that this James is an ancestor. Firstly, that a directory shows bookbinder named James Calyer living in Queens, New York in 1835 and James was later a printer. Secondly James’ children Charles and Daniel had the same name as his siblings.

If this link could be proved then this is James parents’ grave and his ancestors can be traced back into the 1700s:

On ancestry.com there are applications from two of Charles and Catherine’s great grandsons to be included in the “Sons of the American Revolution”. The applications include direct ancestors:

  • Charles Calyer 1761-1835 (probate mentioned above) who in 1792 married Catharine Shute 1773-1851
  • Peter Calyer (Colyer) 1740-1804,  a 2nd Lieut. in Kings County, New York Militia, who married Margaret Debevoise 1738-1810
  • Jacobus Calyer ?-1776 who married Jannetye Meserole 1722-?

The Calyer family are mentioned in “Register in alphabetical order, of the early settlers of Kings County, Long Island, NY” 

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