N. Aldridge is probably Nicholas Aldridge. Per D. O'Meara in a note to me, "Nicholas Aldridge lived in German Flatts in 1800.He's buried in Mowhawk Cemetary."
In the book, "History of Herkimer County" published in 1893 there is no Aldridge listed in the index which is why in the past I missed the following information found in this book.
On pages 184-185 I came across some information on N. Aldridge.I was reading through a ledger (from the store of James Van Horne; ledger from est. 1774-1789) of the first store in German Flats (interesting itself as many of my relatives were listed in this ledger) and came across the following immeditely following the ledger:
"There is a wonderful amount of information in the old ledger, and as this was the first store in German Flats, the record bears an added interest.William Small and James Isdale were merchants at Fort Herkimer at a later date.The first tavern kept there, as far as known, was by N. Aldridge, on the south side of the highway; he also kept a store, and "shin-plasters" are in existence issued by him.Fort Herkimer was the cnetral point for business for the surrounding country for many years, its situation on the canal of the naviagaion Company giving it that prestige."
If anyone has additional information on this subject or is related to N. Aldridge please contact me.
I am related to many who lived in or around the Fort, in Fort Herkimer and the Mowhawk Valley area, including last names of Herkimer, Schuyler, Strong, Dygert, Small, Christman and many other names from this area (early 1700s to 1900s).I am likely related to N. Aldridge but have not been able to confirm this.