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.


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


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


  • 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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