Middagh family papers, 1654-circa 1840

Call Number: 1974.179

Extent: 0.17 linear feet, in 17 folders in one manuscript box

The Middagh family papers (1654-circa 1840) contain a variety of documents, many linked to the Middagh family by name or by affiliated family, including Couwenhoven and Stryker. Many documents have no obvious relationship to the Middaghs. Most of the collection includes legal documents of various forms including deeds, bonds, agreements, and legal filings. Among the documents not clearly linked to the Middaghs are: the concluding pages of the 1825 correspondence from William Steele to his son concerning Jonathan Dayton’s recollections of Benjamin Franklin’s proposal for prayer at the 1787 Constitutional Convention; the articles of agreement between generals Burgoyne (British) and Gates (American) at Saratoga during the Revolutionary War (1772), signed by Burgoyne; plans for the building of a school in Huntington, Long Island, and the subscriber list (1762); and a circa 1675 transcript of a 1669 Suffolk County Clerk’s document regarding the testimony of several Indian sachems of Montauket relating to a land dispute. Three items referring to African-Americans in Brooklyn are in the collection: an unidentified will (1727), a slave bill of sale (1737), and an arrest warrant concerning the unlicensed sale of liquor, including to African-Americans (1751). Eight documents (1654-1702) are in Dutch.

Names:

  • Middagh family
  • Cowenhoven family
  • Stryker family
  • Torrey, Joseph, 1707-1791
  • United States. Constitutional Convention (1787)

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Kings County (N.Y.)
  • Long Island (N.Y.)
  • New York (State) — History — Revolution, 1775-1783
  • Suffolk County (N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • African Americans — New York (State) — Kings County
  • County courts — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Genealogy
  • Indians of North America — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Real property — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Real property — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Saratoga Campaign, N.Y., 1777
  • Slavery — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Agreements
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Legal documents
  • legal instruments
  • Slave bills of sale

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American Indians and English settlers Gravesend deed, 1665, 1909

Call Number: 1977.594

Extent: 0.01 Linear feet, in one folder.

Photocopy of a typescript deed documenting the sale of land in the present-day Brooklyn neighborhood of Gravesend by the American Indian inhabitants of the region to incoming English settlers. The land is referred to in the deed by its English name (Gravesend), as well as its Indian names, Narrumsum and Pootapeck. The typescript, created in 1909, is a transcription of the original manuscript deed recorded in 1665.

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Gravesend (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Indians of North America — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Real property — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Deeds
  • Land titles — New York (State) — Kings County

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G. Maphegyi lecture transcription, circa 1865

Call Number: 1977.663

Extent: 0.1 Linear feet, in one folder

A transcription of Languages of the Aborigines of the American Continent, a lecture presented by Dr. G. Maphegyi, circa 1865, at the Long Island Historical Society (later known as the Brooklyn Historical Society).

Names:

  • Maphegyi, G.
  • Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Long Island Historical Society

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Indians of North America — Language
  • Lectures and lecturing — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Lecture notes
  • Transcripts

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Townsend family papers, 1658 – 1809

Call Number: 1974.021

Extent: 0.07 Linear feet, in one oversize box.

Four manuscripts of the Townsend family, including deeds for land in Oyster Bay, Long Island involving European settlers and Native Americans, dated 1658 to 1678; an order for the towns of Long Island to send deputies and constables to take the oath of allegiance to the United Provinces and the Prince of Orange, dated 1673; an arithmetic book of Margaret Townsend, dated 1786; and the will of Almy Townsend, dated 1809.

Names:

  • Townsend family

Places:

  • New York (Colony)
  • Oyster Bay (N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Decedents’ estates — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Families — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Indians of North America — New York (State) — Long Island
  • Land titles — New York (State) — Oyster Bay
  • Real property — New York (State) — Oyster Bay

Types of material:

  • Deeds
  • Notebooks
  • Summonses
  • Wills

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Pelletreau family papers, 1662-1921

Call Number: ARC.142

Extent: 1.0 Linear feet, in one manuscript box, one oversize flat box, and one box of index cards.

The Pelletreau family papers relate to multiple members of the Pelletreau family of Southampton, NY. A large portion of materials relate specifically to Elias Pelletreau and William S. Pelletreau as well as other members of the Southampton community. The collection includes a set of index cards providing access by individual name to the bulk of the documents.

This collection is rich with legal and financial documentation that provide insight into the economic and political life of Southampton in Suffolk County, Long Island from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century. Document types include wills, deeds, indentures, indentures for apprenticeship, account books, maps and certificates. This collection also contains correspondence, some of which is in French, of the personal and family matters of the Pelletreau family. References to the American Revolution, land deals with the Shinnecock Native American Tribe, sea merchants and whaling as well as African-Americans appear in the collection in various genres of material.

Names:

  • Pelletreau family
  • Pelletreau, Elias, 1726-1810
  • Pelletreau, Elias, 1757-1831
  • New York (State). Militia

Places:

  • Haverstraw (N.Y.)
  • Long Island (N.Y.)
  • Long Island (N.Y.) — History — Revolution, 1775-1783
  • Orange County (N.Y.)
  • Smithtown (N.Y. : Town)
  • Southampton (N.Y.)
  • Southampton (N.Y.) — History — 17th century
  • Southampton (N.Y.) — History — 18th century
  • Southampton (N.Y.) — History — 19th century
  • Suffolk County (N.Y.)
  • Suffolk County (N.Y.) — History — American Revolution 1775-1783

Subjects:

  • African Americans — New York (State) — Suffolk County
  • County courts — New York (State) — Suffolk County
  • Genealogy
  • Indians of North America — New York State — Suffolk County
  • Militia
  • Real property — New York (State) — Haverstraw — Maps
  • Sailors
  • Shinnecock Indians — New York State — Suffolk County

Types of material:

  • Account books
  • articles of apprenticeship
  • Cadastral maps
  • card indexes
  • Certificates
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Estate inventories.
  • Estate records
  • Genealogical tables
  • Indentures
  • Manuscript maps
  • Wills

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Robert Livingston papers, 1670 – 1797

Call Number: 1974.018

Extent: 0.42 Linear feet, in one manuscript box.

The Robert Livingston papers measure .42 linear feet and are housed in one manuscript box. The collection spans the period 1670 to 1797 and contains legal documents and correspondence related to Robert Livingston of Albany and his estate, Livingston Manor. Folder 27 includes two letters exchanged between Robert R. Livingston, Chancellor of New York, and his relative Robert Livingston (1708-1790), Third Lord of Livingston Manor, regarding a dispute over the estate. Also included in the collection are propositions, minutes, examinations, accounts, journals, and correspondence, including a selection of transactions between the Commissioners of Indian Affairs at Albany and the Native American peoples of the Hudson Valley and central New York. Materials in the collection are primarily in English, though some are also in Dutch. Most items are original, with some early copies. Many items are in fragile condition.

Names:

  • Livingston family
  • Livingston, Robert R., 1746-1813
  • Livingston, Robert, 1654-1728
  • Livingston, Robert, 1708-1790
  • New York (State). Commissioners of Indian Affairs

Places:

  • Albany (N.Y.)
  • Livingston Manor (N.Y.)
  • New York (State) — Surveys
  • New York (State) — Politics and government

Subjects:

  • Decedents’ estates — New York (State)
  • Indians of North America — Canada
  • Indians of North America — New York (State)
  • Indians of North America — New York (State) — Government relations
  • Land grants — New York (State)
  • Land titles — New York (State)
  • Manors — New York (State)

Types of material:

  • Accounts
  • Agreements
  • Bills of sale
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Journals (accounts)
  • Legal documents
  • Minutes

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New York City WPA historical survey of American Indians of Brooklyn, 1939 – 1940

Call Number: 1977.121

Extent: 0.3 Linear feet, in two folders.

This collection includes several drafts of a typescript on the history of the American Indian communities who for centuries resided in the region that would eventually become known as Brooklyn, N.Y. after European settlement in the early 17th century. The typescript was compiled by William Christie MacLeod in 1939 and 1940 and was based on research conducted as part of the New York City WPA Historical Records Survey. Additional materials compiled in the research process, such as notes, memos, clippings, transcriptions of documents, and maps, are also included.

Dr. William Christie MacLeod was a supervisor on the New York City Work Projects Administration (WPA) Historical Records Survey, one of the many cultural projects initiated as part of the WPA’s federal relief programs from 1935 to 1943.

Names:

  • MacLeod, William Christie
  • United States. Works Projects Administration (New York, N.Y.)

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Indians of North America — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of material:

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Maps
  • Memorandums
  • Research notes
  • typescripts

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Tobacus land deeds, 1664 – 1701

Call Number: 1977.568

Extent: 0.04 Linear feet, in one folder.

Photostat copies of deeds for land in Setauket and Brookhaven, Suffolk County, Long Island between Tobacus, Sachem of the Montauk Indians, and English settlers, dating from 1664 to 1701. A copy of a hand-drawn map of the land is also included.

Names:

  • Tobacus

Places:

  • Brookhaven (N.Y.)
  • Setauket (N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Land titles — New York (State) — Suffolk County
  • Montauk Indians

Types of material:

  • Deeds

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Charles A. Ditmas collection, 1687-circa 1935

Call Number: ARC.196

Extent: 0.42 Linear feet, in 1 manuscript box

The Charles A. Ditmas collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, programs, images, and ephemera pertaining to Charles A. Ditmas’s work at the Kings County Historical Society as a historian and genealogist. While the collection spans from 1687-1935, the bulk of the collection is dated between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition to manuscript materials, this collection also contains a souvenir album entitled Brooklyn’s Garden Views of Picturesque Flatbush, photographs, and a transcription of a 1664 deed for Barrian Island between the Native Americans and John Tilton Senil and Sammuell Spicer of Gravesend. The majority of the research, notes, images, and manuscripts in this collection pertain to historic homesteads and families in Kings County (N.Y.).

Names:

  • Ditmas, Charles A., 1887-1938
  • Cortelyou family
  • Ditmars family
  • Lefferts family
  • Lott family
  • Martense family
  • Martense, Adrian V., 1852-1898
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
  • Stillwell family
  • Story, William H., d. 1907
  • Van Brunt family
  • Van Nuyse family
  • Van Pelt family
  • Vanderveer family
  • Voorhees family
  • Kings County Historical Society

Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.) — History
  • Flatlands (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Deeds — New York (State) — New York
  • Families — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Historic buildings — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Historic districts — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Historic preservation — New York (State) — Kings County
  • History — Societies, etc.
  • Indians of North America — New York (State)

Types of material:

  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera
  • Genealogies
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographic prints
  • Printed ephemera
  • Programs (documents)
  • Research notes
  • Souvenirs

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Proprietors of Montauk collection , 1699 – 1886

Call Number: ARC.066

Extent: 2.17 Linear feet, in three manuscript boxes and one oversize box.

The Proprietors of Montauk collection spans the years 1699 to 1886 and is housed in three manuscript boxes and one oversize box. Included in the collection are minutes, account books, bylaws, receipts, land conveyances, land deeds, and other documents relating to land ownership and land rights in Montauk, Long Island, N.Y. Montauk, N.Y. is an unincorporated, census-designated area located in Suffolk County, Long Island and it is the easternmost census-designated place in New York state. In the late 17th century, the Montauketts and the early English settlers, or, the Proprietors of Montauk, engaged in a series of land conveyances in which the proprietors of Montauk paid the Montauketts for land. Hand written documents were drawn up to record the exchanges between the Montauketts and the proprietors of Montauk.

Names:

  • Benson, Arthur W., d. 1889
  • Proprietors of Montauk (Montauk, N.Y.)

Places:

  • Long Island (N.Y.)
  • Montauk (N.Y.)

Subjects:

  • Montauk Indians
  • Real property

Types of material:

  • Account books
  • Bylaws (administrative records)
  • Conveyances
  • Deeds
  • Legal documents
  • Minutes
  • Receipts (financial records)

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