Solomon and Philip Luke of Albany County





Solomon and his brother Philip were born on October 9th 1755. They were the twin sons of Jacob Luke and his wife Alida Goewey. The mother of the boys would die shortly after their birth. At the time of the Revolutionary War Solomon would serve as a patriot in the service of the Albany County Militia. After the war Solomon would return to his father's farm. He married Lena Moak, they had a son Jacob and two daughters Alida and Magdalena. During the post war years Solomon would again serve under Steven Van Rensselaer as a Captain of the Albany County Militia. Solomon would eventually inherit his fathers farm in Albany County where he would work and farm for the remainder of his years.


There is every indication that Philip Luke, son of Jacob remained loyal to England during the time of the Revolutionary War. He likely served with Butlers Rangers or the Kings Rangers, actively fighting the patriots cause. His name is not mentioned in his fathers will and to date there is no evidence that he returned to Albany County. Two men named Philip Luke appear on a list of former citizens of the West Manor of Rensselaerwyck whose property was confiscated by the State of New York. One is identified as Philip Luke, son of Johannes, the other Philip Luke would be the son of Jacob. Jacob Luke and Johannes Luke are brothers and they lived on adjoining farms. The strongest evidence that Philip Luke of Jacob remained loyal to England and fled to Canada is that a loyalist record shows Philip Luke with a birth date of 10/9/1755 identical to that of his twin Solomon. Oddly, this birth date is attributed by someone in error to his cousin Philip of Johannes who was born in 1753. The only source of this birth date come from Solomon Luke's Pension application. What happened to Philip Luke of Jacob continues to be researched. There is a possibility that he lived nearby his cousin Philip of Johannes in the Quebec area and that there two separate existences have muddled into one.


Confiscations of the West Manor of Rensselaerwyck


Solomon Luke Pension Application


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