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Guide to the Bennet and Ryder families collection ARC.001

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Catey Farley, with additional description in 2010 by Robyn Hjermstad.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 16, 2011
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bennet, Cornelius W., ca. 1776-ca. 1852
Creator: Bennet, Gitty, b. ca. 1774
Creator: Bennet, Wynant, ca. 1716-ca. 1768
Creator: Bennett, Elley May Ryder
Creator: Lake, Derick, ca. 1720-ca. 1800
Creator: Lake, Derrick, 1765-1832
Creator: Ryder, Charles M., 1844-1917
Creator: Ryder, Gertrude M., 1844-1916
Creator: Stillwell, Jaques I., 1801-ca. 1863
Creator: Stillwell, Jaques J., 1827-1884
Creator: Van Sicklen, Ferdinand, ca. 1801-1849
Creator: Williams, Gertrude Ryder Bennett
Title: Bennet and Ryder families collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1670-2006
Abstract: This collection of papers contains historical documents created by the descendants of early English and Dutch settlers in colonial New Amsterdam. The Bennets, Lakes, Stillwells and Van Sicklens were English families who lived in the Netherlands and then emigrated to New Amsterdam in the mid-17th century. William Adrianse Bennet settled Gowanus for the Dutch in 1636, while Jan Lake, Nicholas Stillwell and Dutchman Fernandus Van Sicklen were part of the group that settled the English town of Gravesend with Lady Deborah Moody in 1643. Both of these areas are now part of Brooklyn, New York. The collection is divided into three series. The first series contains the papers of descendants of the Bennets and Ryders; the second series contains the papers of the descendants of the Lake, Stillwell and Van Sicklen families; and the third series contains photographs and postcards of the Bennett, Ryder, Vorhis, and Valentine families. Photographs of family members from the Van Cleef and Sillwell families are also included in series three. The documents, the majority of which are wills, deeds and indentures, were created from 1670-1915; the photographs range from the 1870s to 1979.
Quantity: 2.5 Linear feet in 3 manuscript boxes and 1 oversized flat box
Language of Materials: Materials primarily in English, with some documents in Dutch.
Call Phrase: ARC.001
Sponsor: Developed in part with grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural (URR) Program.