10 April 2017

Military Monday : John Michael Albert

The focus of Monday's military story is on John Michael Albert. He was my great grandmother Mary Albert Koreman's older brother. John Michael Albert was born on 23 May 1876 in Albany to John Albert (1855-1899) and Sophia Albert (1858-1909).

Page from the Albert Family Record
Siblings of John included:

  • Michael Alfred (1877-1934)
  • Joseph Clarence (1879-1936)
  • Julia Agnes (1881-1969)
  • Harry Alvin (1883-1950)
  • Mary Margaret (1886-1963)


When the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898, John enlisted in the First Regiment of Infantry on 23 June 1898 at Albany. He served two years with Company A of the First Regiment of Infantry as a private. John mustered out with his company on 20 February, 1899 at Albany.

Not much is known of his military service. Aside from his injuries to his ears, this information was found in his pension records. A scan of a pension page is below.

Misc. page from pension records
Below is a scan of his military discharge paper.

John Michael Albert, discharge, front

John Michael Albert, discharge, rear


John was a sign painter his entire life in both Albany and Rensselaer. He married Sarah Elizabeth Baker on married 10 June 1903 In Rensselaer. Sarah and John had no children.

John M. Albert signature from pension papers


John died on 22 May 1956 in Colonie at the former Ann Lee Hospital. He is buried with his wife, Sarah, his siblings, and his parents in the Albert family plot at Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery in Glenmont.