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Guide to the Pierrepont family papers ARC.263

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Collection processed by Teresa Mora (1999), with modifications by Larry Weimer (2011).

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 22, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Last updated by John Zarrillo Updated by Maggie Schreiner to reflect the incorporation of additional materials  , March 2017 , March 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pierrepont family
Creator: Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn
Creator: Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn
Creator: Pierrepont Stores (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
Creator: Pierrepont, John Jay
Title: Pierrepont family papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1761-1918
Abstract: The Pierrepont family papers (1761-1918) document the intersection of commercial, civic and personal interests across three generations of one of the most prominent and influential families of nineteenth century Brooklyn, New York. The bulk of the collection concerns the business dealings of Henry Evelyn Pierrepont from 1838 to his death in 1888. This especially includes an extensive set of accounting and transactional records concerning the Pierrepont Stores, the family's warehouse on Brooklyn's East River waterfront; these include records of ships arriving at the Stores and their cargoes delivered. Additionally, there are substantive correspondence, legal documents and other materials concerning the Union Ferry Company, of which Henry was an officer. In addition to commerce and shipping, a major theme of the collection is that of land acquisition in Brooklyn Heights and at the adjacent waterfront in the early nineteenth century, and the development of that property over the course of the century. Included in the collection are correspondence, deeds, indentures, leases, accounting records, diaries, maps, invoices, receipts, business proposals, legal filings, clippings, and historical and genealogical manuscripts.
Quantity: 94.55 Linear Feet in 7 manuscript boxes and 85 flat boxes
Location: The majority of the materials in this collection are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact library@brooklynhistory.org at least three weeks prior to research visit.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: ARC.263
Sponsor: Arrangement and description sponsored in 1999 by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Biographical / Historical

Missing Title
1768 Hezekiah Beers Pierpont born in New Haven, Connecticut
1790 H.B. Pierpont moved to New York City
1793 Mercantile partnership Leffingwell and Pierpont founded
1800 Leffingwell and Pierpont dissolved
1802 Marriage of H.B. Pierpont and Anna Maria Constable
1804 Pierponts moved to Brooklyn, New York
1808 Henry Evelyn Pierrepont born in Brooklyn, New York;H.B. Pierpont purchased Livingston brewery
1819 Anchor Gin Distillery closed
1836 H.E. Pierrepont purchased stock in a Brooklyn ferry lease
1838 Death of Hezekiah Beers Pierpont
1841 Marriage of H.E. Pierrepont and Anna Maria Jay
1844 H.E. Pierrepont and Jacob R. Leroy organized Union Ferry Company
1845 Henry Evelyn Pierrepont II born
1849 John Jay Pierrepont born
1856-57 Pierrepont Stores erected
1864 H.E. Pierrepont appointed President of Green-WoodCemetery
1869 Marriage of H.E. Pierrepont II and Ellen A. Low
1876 Marriage of John Jay Pierrepont and Elise de Rham
1879 H.E. Pierrepont authored Historical Sketch of the FultonFerry
1881 Fire at Pierrepont Stores (June)
1888 Death of H.E. Pierrepont. Pierrepont Stores leased to Empire Warehouse Company
1895 Pierrepont Stores sold to Brooklyn Wharf and Warehouse Company
1911 Death of Henry Evelyn Pierrepont II
1923 Death of John Jay Pierrepont

Hezekiah Beers Pierpont:

Hezekiah Beers Pierpont amassed a fortune through the operation of a farm and gin distillery, and through real estate investments in the Village and City of Brooklyn during the first three decades of the nineteenth century. Born in New Haven, Connecticut on November 3, 1768, Hezekiah settled in New York City in 1790 where he worked as a clerk in the Customs House. By 1793, Hezekiah had set out on his own ventures, forming the mercantile partnership Lefingwell and Pierpont. The partnership dissolved in 1800 and Hezekiah moved to Brooklyn in 1801 after purchasing the brewery of Philip Livingston and converting it to a distillery for what became Anchor Gin. The following year he married Anna Maria Constable, daughter of Anna White and William Constable of Philadelphia. The couple came to have twelve children together, including Henry Evelyn Pierrepont.

During this period, Pierpont became known for his support of the development of the Village of Brooklyn. He began to invest in local real estate in 1802, focusing his investments around present-day Brooklyn Heights, directly across the East River from lower Manhattan. Pierpont supported the Fulton Ferry, which began the first steam ferry service between Brooklyn and Manhattan in 1814, making Brooklyn even more accessible to New York City. At this same time, Pierpont acquired additional wealth through the inheritance and purchase of more than 150,000 acres of land in upstate New York from the estate of his father-in-law.

Hezekiah retired from active business in 1819 and closed the distillery, which was sold in 1824. He committed much of his time to the improvement of both residential and business sections of Brooklyn Heights, proposing such developments as a promenade to be situated along the bluffs overlooking the East River and New York Harbor. Hezekiah Beers Pierpont died in Brooklyn on August 11, 1838.

(Note on the Pierpont name: For a period of time the original spelling of the family name, Pierrepont, was superseded by the anglicized spelling Pierpont. Hezekiah Beers Pierpont requested that his wife and children be known by the original spelling of Pierrepont around 1802, but did not himself adopt this spelling for business reasons.)

Henry Evelyn Pierrepont:

The second son of Hezekiah Beers and Anna Maria Constable Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn was born in Brooklyn on August 8, 1808. Henry Evelyn was educated in New York City and quickly acquired his father's prominence among Brooklyn's elite. Upon the death of H.B. Pierpont, William Constable, the eldest Pierrepont son, took over the family's upstate properties while Henry Evelyn remained in Brooklyn, maintaining the family's influence on, and commitment to, the city's development. On December 1, 1841, Henry Evelyn married Anna Maria Jay, daughter of Peter Augustus Jay and Mary Rutherford Clarkson, and granddaughter of John Jay, governor of New York (1795-1801) and the first Chief Justice of the United States. Together the couple had six children, including Henry Evelyn Pierrepont II and John Jay Pierrepont.

Henry Evelyn Pierrepont spent much of his life working to establish Brooklyn as a flourishing metropolis. In 1844 a Brooklyn ferry lease was granted to Henry Evelyn Pierrepont and Jacob R. Leroy, who combined the five existing Brooklyn ferries into the Brooklyn Union Ferry Company. The venture created a more frequent and regular service between Brooklyn and New York City, and effectively monopolized transportation across the East River prior to the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883.

By 1857 Henry Evelyn and William Pierrepont had established a joint venture, the Pierrepont Stores, "a United States bonded warehouse where ships' freight was received and stored for the owners, insured by the government, until duties were paid." The Stores was a major port of entry for a number of different cargoes (primarily sugar and molasses) from locales ranging from the Caribbean to Manila. Upon Henry Evelyn's retirement from business, his two sons took over the Pierrepont Stores, which they operated until leased to the Empire Warehouse Company in 1888, shortly after the death of their father on March 28, 1888.

Henry Evelyn Pierrepont dedicated much of his time to the cultural development of the city, as well as its commercial expansion. He held a number of prominent positions, such as Trustee of Brooklyn Hospital, Trustee and President of Green-Wood Cemetery, Director of the Academy of Music, Director and President of the Brooklyn Club, and Director of The Long Island Historical Society.

Henry Evelyn Pierrepont II:

The eldest son of Henry Evelyn and Anna Maria Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn II was born in Brooklyn on December 9, 1845. Henry Evelyn, Jr. studied at Columbia College, receiving his B.A. in 1867. In 1869 he married Ellen A. Low, daughter of Ellen Almira Dow and Abiel Abbot Low, with whom he had six children. He and his brother, John Jay, soon took charge of the Pierrepont Stores, joining forces with Ferdinand N. Massa in the firm of Pierrepont Brothers. The brothers sold the Stores in 1888 and Henry Evelyn, Jr. retired from active business ventures, devoting his time to the further development of his real estate holdings. He continued his commitment to work within the community, most notably at Grace Church, of which his father had been a founding member and senior warden, a position which Henry Evelyn, Jr. also came to hold. Henry Evelyn Pierrepont II died in Brooklyn on November 4, 1911.

John Jay Pierrepont:

The younger of Henry Evelyn Pierrepont's two sons, John Jay was born in Brooklyn on September 3, 1849. John Jay married, on April 26, 1876, Elise de Rham, the daughter of Charles de Rham and Laura Schmidt, and the couple had one child who died before reaching one year of age. Elise Pierrepont died less than two years later on October 17, 1879 and John Jay Pierrepont lived out the rest of his life in the family house at One Pierrepont Place in Brooklyn, remaining an active member of Brooklyn society until his death on September 25, 1923.

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Scope and Contents

The Pierrepont family papers illustrate the intersection of commercial, civic and personal interests across three generations of a Brooklyn family, principally in the nineteenth century. Although these papers span the period from 1761 to 1918, the bulk of the collection concerns the business dealings of Henry Evelyn Pierrepont from 1838 to his death in 1888. This especially includes an extensive set of records concerning the Pierrepont Stores, the family's warehouse on Brooklyn's East River waterfront. Included in the collection are correspondence, deeds, indentures, leases, accounting records, diaries, maps, invoices, receipts, business proposals, legal filings, clippings, and historical and genealogical manuscripts.

Included in the collection are a substantial number of deeds, leases, indentures, manuscript maps, title searches, and other documents concerning acquisition of land by the Pierreponts, primarily Hezekiah Beers Pierpont, in Brooklyn Heights and the adjoining waterfront. Similar documents concern the development of this land for personal use (e.g., the building of the family's home at One Pierrepont Place), civic improvement (e.g., the opening of streets, allocation of land to churches), and commercial ventures. Competing priorities among these interests can be seen in the collection, as in connection with attempts by cable car and elevated railway companies to build on or near Pierrepont property.

The Pierrepont's commercial activities are exceptionally well-represented in the collection. An extensive set of records for the Pierrepont Stores, from 1856-1888, includes day books, journals, ledgers, cash books, and records of deliveries received from arriving ships and goods transported to and from the Stores. In addition to the financial aspects of the business, the ledgers provide much information about the names of ships, their origin, and their cargo. Further, the Stores's time book is in the collection, with data on the names and daily hours of the workers. Correspondence, building construction and repair invoices, architectural plans, and business management documents concerning the Stores are in the collection. Henry's involvement as an officer of the Union Ferry Company, and the development of East River waterfront and ferry rights is well-represented in the collection with correspondence, proposals, maps, and legal documents. Account records related to Hezekiah's early nineteenth century distillery operation are in the collection.

A range of personal papers are in the collection. Many of these concern Henry and other Pierreponts engagement with civic institutions, such as the Long Island Historical Society, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Green-Wood Cemetery, and the Astronomical Society of Brooklyn. Henry's manuscript and supporting material for his published history of the Fulton Ferry is in the collection, along with other historical, biographical and genealogical materials. The collection includes a Civil War-themed scrapbook. Henry's rich diary from the last years (1877-1888) of his life is the collection. Correspondence between members of the Pierreponts, including Hezekiah's wife, Anna Maria, give insight into the Pierrepont's vision and concerns for the Montague Street area, for the Stores, and for their family welfare.

Arrangement

The collection is organized in the following series:

Missing Title

  1. Series 1: Mercantile, Farm and Distillery
  2. Series 2: Personal and Social Matters
  3. Series 3: Brooklyn Real Estate
  4. Series 4: Pierrepont Stores
  5. Series 5: Rail Lines in Brooklyn
  6. Series 6: Brooklyn Waterfront and Ferries
  7. Series 7: Newspaper Clippings
  8. Series 8: Diaries

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Pierpont, Hez. B. (Hezekiah Beers)
  • Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn
  • Pierrepont, Henry Evelyn
  • Pierrepont, John Jay

Document Type

  • Account books
  • Broadsides (notices)
  • Cadastral maps
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Daybooks
  • Diaries
  • Indentures
  • Invoices
  • Journals (accounts)
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Manuscript maps
  • Scrapbooks

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Heights Railroad Company
  • Covered Tube Cable Railway Co. (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Long Island Historical Society
  • Nassau Cable Railway Company of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Pierrepont Stores (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Union Ferry Company (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Bonded warehouses and goods -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Business enterprises -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Deeds
  • Ferries -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Imports -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Landowners -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Real estate development -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Real property -x Ownership -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Shipping -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Waterfronts -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |v Maps
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • East River (N.Y.)
  • Jefferson County (N.Y.)
  • Oswego County (N.Y.)

Family Name(s)

  • Pierrepont family

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials are in the public domain.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Pierrepont family papers, ARC.263, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Brooklyn Historical Society holds many maps once owned by the Pierreponts. Many of these were likely separated over time from this collection and relate particularly to Series 3 (Real Estate) and Series 6 (Waterfront and Ferries). Generally, these are maps of Hezekiah Beers Pierpont's property in Brooklyn Heights and of the land extending into the East River granted to the Pierreponts by New York State. The maps are especially strong at showing street lines, property development and waterfront along what is now the Pierrepont Street and Montague Street area of Brooklyn Heights across most of the nineteenth century. Several maps are mid-nineteenth century re-surveys or drawings of earlier surveys, thereby emphasizing changes over time. The Pierrepont maps are foldered together in BHS's Map Collection and can be requested as a complete set. Alternatively, specific maps can be requested by call number; individual maps can be identified through BHS's on-line catalog, Bobcat, by searching "Pierrepont" in the "call number."

BHS also holds some maps concerning Hezekiah's holdings in upstate New York counties. These are found in the New York State folder in the Map Collection. Finally, BHS's copy of Bernard Ratzer's Plan of the City of New York in North America: surveyed in the Years 1766 and 1767 was owned by Henry Evelyn Pierrepont.

BHS holds the John Jay Pierrepont photograph collection (call number ARC.197), which includes images in various formats of Brooklyn and waterfront scenes. These images can be viewed on the library's image database, PastPerfect.

The Robert Benson deeds at BHS (call number ARC.007) include several deeds from the late 1700s and early 1800s concerning Brooklyn Heights, including one between Benson and Hezekiah Pierrepont.

The Reformed Church on the Heights records (call number 1977.185) includes nineteenth century property records related to Love Lane and Pierrepont land.

The Luquer and Payne families papers (call number ARC.282) includes letters from Henry Evelyn Pierrepont to his wife (1865-1866); documents related principally to Seth Low Pierrepont concerning his disposition of the estate of Anna Jay Pierrepont, which included One Pierrepont Place; and documents concerning family burial lots at Green-Wood Cemetery.

The Brooklyn Certificate Collection (call number 1977.307) includes several membership certificates and other such recognitions awarded to Pierrepont family members.

BHS holds a number of materials on the library shelves related to the collection, including a copy of Hezekiah Beers Pierpont's will (call CS71.P53474.1854), Henry E. Pierrepont's Historical Sketch of the Fulton Ferry (call number F127.K5.P54.1879), and genealogies of the Pierrepont family. These materials can be found through the Bobcat catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection is comprised of several accessions. Explicit documentation of the provenance for most of these accessions is lacking. Evidence exists that most of the material included in the collection was donated by Pierrepont family members who were active participants in The Long Island Historical Society (re-named Brooklyn Historical Society in 1985) from its founding in 1863. The papers were received over a period of approximately seventy-five years, from the late nineteenth century through 1962. Copy of disputed will of H.B. Pierpont is the gift of Charlotte Beagle, 2015.

Processing Information

The collection was first described in 1978 by Thomas Mill. In 1999, with sponsorship from a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Committee, the finding aid was revised by Project Archivist Teresa Mora, with further edits by Project Consultant Marilyn H. Pettit. Additional minor edits were made by Leilani Dawson in 2006. In 2011, Project Archivist Larry Weimer slightly re-arranged parts of the collection and modified the finding aid, principally to accommodate input to a collection management system, Archivists' Toolkit. One additional file (1986.002) added to Series 3 by Archivist John Zarrillo in November 2014. Four additional court publications which had been separated from the papers were added to Series 6 by John Zarrillo in February 2015. Accession M1975.646 (broadside advertisement for land in Jefferson County) added to Series 3 by John Zarrillo in August 2015. Copy of the disputed will of H.B. Pierpont added to Series 3 by John Zarrillo in March 2017.

The collection is comprised of several accessions: 1973.325, 1973.088, 1973.248, 1973.288, 1974.182, 1974.246, 1977.137, 1977.139, 1977.336, 1977.658, 1980.035, 1986.002, 1987.015, and M1975.646.

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Container List

Series 1: Mercantile, Farm and Distillery, 1802-1824. 1.1 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This series contains materials relating to Hezekiah Beers Pierpont's business ventures and consists primarily of financial accounts of the distillery and of persons indebted to him.

Arrangement

The series is arranged by subject matter.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Accounts of cow and cattle establishment and of persons indebted to H.B. Pierpont
1818-1824
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Distillery Accounts
1819-1824
Box: 91 Folder : 1 Agreement between Captain George Nichols, captain Jacob Smith and John Pierpont chartering the ship Active out of Salem, Massachusetts bound for Japan
1802
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Account book of persons indebted to H.B. Pierpont, milkmen, and accounts of corn and rye received at the distillery from Long Island farmers
1816-1822

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Series 2: Personal and Social Matters, 1823-1918. 1.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This series primarily concerns the private, social, educational, and cultural pursuits of various Pierreponts, principally Henry Sr. Some important documents concern the Pierreponts's commercial and property interests; an example of this is an 1845 letter from Henry concerning Brooklyn Heights and Montague Street land transactions. Much of the correspondence in the series concerns the various civic committees and religious or cultural institutions supported by the Pierreponts, including the Long Island Historical Society, Astronomical Society of Brooklyn, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Committee on the University, and St. John's Church. Some correspondence and other documents concern the two Anna Maria Pierreponts (Constable and Jay); among these is an 1848 letter discussing the impact of a large fire in Brooklyn.

Also found here are materials concerning Henry's elementary education and intellectual interests, family history and genealogy, and material concerning deaths and burial monuments. Among the historical notes is 1863 correspondence from Henry Sr. to Henry Stiles discussing the history of Brooklyn Heights. Some financial records are included in the series, such as the details of a 1845 wharf and land purchase and Henry's personal cash book (1825-1832). Also included is a 1907-08 series of National Photographic Library Postcards presented to the LIHS by Henry E. Pierrepont.

Arrangement

The series is arranged by document form and subject matter in roughly chronological order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 3, 4 Henry E. Pierrepont: early education (2 folders)

General

Includes the book Key to the exercises calculated to enable private learners to become their own instructors in grammar and composition. Includes the  Yearly distribution of premiums for the pupils of the Lyceum.

1823-1824
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Notebook of H.E. Pierrepont containing mathematical exercises, sketches, and essays
circa 1830
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Barometric record kept by H.E. Pierrepont
1839-1840
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Article by H.E. Pierrepont on the tides of the Great Lakes
1839
Box: 1 Folder : 7 List of Subscribers to the Brooklyn Assembly
1832, 1873
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Washington and Montague Park proposals published in local newspapers, also includes correspondence
1845-1848, 1860
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Astronomical Society of Brooklyn: subscription book for the construction of an observatory, constitution

General

One piece of correspondence is in French.

1850
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Act concerning French Spoliation Claims
1850, 1885
Box: 91 Folder : 2 Passport, H.E Pierrepont, Jr.
1863
Box: 1 Folder : 11-15 Correspondence: Henry and Henry Jr. (5 folders)

General

These folders include correspondence to and from the Henry Pierreponts. Most likely concern Henry Sr., though Henry Jr. is also represented. Correspondence to a Henry from one of the Anna Maria Pierreponts is included in a later folder.

1832-1895
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Correspondence: John J.
1918
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Correspondence and other documents: Anna Marias (Constable and Jay)

General

This folder includes documents likely related to both Anna Maria (Constable) Pierrepont (Hezekiah's wife) and to Anna Maria (Jay) Pierrepont (Henry Sr's wife).

1826-1902
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Correspondence: to Seth (Low Pierrepont?)
1909-1910
Box: 1 Folder : 19 H.E. Pierrepont's personal cash book
1825-1832
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Financial Documents

General

Includes financial details of a 1845 wharf and land purchase.

1838, 1845, 1865-1870
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Contents of H.E. Pierrepont, Jr.'s wallet

General

The wallet itself was removed from this collection to BHS's museum collection. The contents include genealogical notes, correspondence, financial notes, and clippings.

1875-1902
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Social cards
circa 1890
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Ellen Low Pierrepont: death and estate
1872-1905
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Pierrepont Family History prepared by John Jay Pierrepont (photocopy)
1904, 1921
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Typescript recollections concerning Peter and Nancy (both blind from smallpox), children of Pierre Jay
circa 1880s
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Notes concerning history of plate once owned by Nathan Beers
circa 1900
Box: 1 Folder : 27 National Photographic Library Postcards and certificate presented to LIHS by Henry E. Pierrepont

Processing Information

Archival material found in repository added to collection by Lena Evers-Hillstrom in October 2018.

Scope and Contents

Contains 1908 certificate of membership for Henry E. Pierrepont to the National Photographic Library, a placard declaring that it was presented by Pierrepont to the Long Island Historical Society, and several placards with photographs and descriptions on the back. The 1907 photographs are of natural phenomena in Alaska and the Southwestern United States such as Yellowstone Park, anthropological images of Southwestern Native peoples, and images of archeological sites. The images have detailed descriptions of what they depict on the backs of the individual placards.

1907-1908
Box: 93 Pierrepont House architectural drawings
undated

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Series 3: Brooklyn Real Estate, 1761-1873. 3 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The series is only roughly organized, with the various legal documents followed by documents concerning One Pierrepont Place. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of these records relate to Hezekiah Pierrepont's real estate holdings and transactions within the Village and City of Brooklyn, especially Brooklyn Heights. Included are an extensive number of legal documents, such as property conveyances, deeds, wills, indentures, mortgages, and leases. A bound volume of abstracts is in the series. A second set of abstracts are found in a volume originally used for recording bills receivable and payable of an unknown firm for 1788-1789; these bills include transactions with Gouverneur and Robert Morris, among others. There are real estate title searches dated after Hezekiah's death (1838-1854) and so were probably initiated by his son, Henry, as executor of the estate. Related documents include manuscript maps and correspondence. In addition to the Pierreponts, among the surnames appearing frequently in the legal documents are Benson, Brinckerhoff, DeBevoise, Jackson, Packer, Perry, Remsen, Tredwell, Van Wagenen, and Woortman.

The series holds substantial documentation of the Pierrepont House at One Pierrepont Place, particularly invoices for construction labor and material. Documents in the series also refer to agreements concerning the opening (e.g., Remsen) and closing (Moser) of streets, a party wall, and land for the Church of the Pilgrims and other churches.

There are several manuscript maps of the Pierrepont distillery, Pierrepont property in Brooklyn, and the waterfront docks, including Whitehall slip in Manhattan. There is a large sketch of the Pierrepont Stores building.

The series also includes a deed for property in Redfield Township, Oswego County, NY, for Ellen I. Minor (daughter of Hezekiah B. Pierpont). The property was apparently part of Hezekiah Pierpont's estate settlement. It also includes a broadside advertising the sale of "canal lands" in Jefferson County, New York (1823).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Brooklyn Heights property conveyances
1761-1816, 1823
Box: 91 Folder : 3 Lease from New York City allowing H.B. Pierrepont a water lot in Brooklyn
1823
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Brooklyn property conveyances to H.B. Pierpont estate
1811-1843
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Leases, deeds, and mortgages in the Village and City of Brooklyn
1824-1855
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Bound volume of abstracts of deeds and mortgages from H.B. Pierpont or executors: indexed alphabetically
1824-1847
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Abstracts of deeds from H.B. Pierpont or executors

General

This volume was originally used for recording bills receivable and payable for an unknown firm from 1788-1789; these bills include transactions with Gouverneur and Robert Morris, among others.

1835-1842
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Leases, deeds, and mortgages in the Village and City of Brooklyn, including advertisement taken out by H.B. Pierpont announcing impending sale of lots on Brooklyn Heights and map of said lots
1831-1860
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Property conveyances in Brooklyn
1843-1847
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Benson-Pierrepont farm: tracing of conveyances
circa 1873
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Brooklyn estate title searches, tracing conveyances occurring between 1642-1854; includes notes, abstracts and maps
circa 1838-1854
Box: 2 Folder : 8 H.E. Pierrepont notebook regarding property development of Heights, including maps, sketches, drafts of correspondence, calculations, and miscellaneous notes
1832
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Estate of H.B. Pierpont: leases, deeds, mortgages
1829-1852
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Estate of H.B. Pierpont: copies and abstracts of deeds
1852-1856
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Copy of disputed will of H.B. Pierpont
1855
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Retaining wall along the embankment of the Pierrepont property: sketches, contract, expenses
1841-1842
Box: 3 Folder : 1a-2c One Pierrepont Place: building and repair invoices and receipts (6 folders)
1856-1868
Box: 3 Folder : 3 One Pierrepont Place: accounts, including correspondence from architect Richard Upjohn and Co.
1856-1861
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Paving of Furman and Pierrepont Streets: correspondence, contract, certification
1842, 1869
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Pilgrim Church: correspondence and agreement
circa 1840-1887
Box: 3 Folder : 5a Ellen I. Minor - Redfield Township, Oswego County deed
1864
Box: 91 Folder : 4 Subscription to build Episcopal church on Brooklyn Heights and sale of land
circa 1840
Box: 91 Folder : 5 Maps

General

Includes "maps of distillery used in the suit of Schenck to prove water rights" and other maps of the distillery and Pierrepont property in Brooklyn. Also includes an elevation sketch of Pierrepont Stores and map of the Whitehall slip (Manhattan).

circa 1785-circa 1845
Box: 91 Folder : 6 Broadside: "New York Canal Lands on Sale"
1823

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Series 4: Pierrepont Stores, 1835-1895. 86 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This series, the largest of the collection, includes an extensive set of records for the Pierrepont Stores, from 1856-1888, including day books, journals, ledgers, cash books, and records of deliveries received from arriving ships and goods transported to and from the Stores. In addition to the financial aspects of the business, the ledgers provide much information about the names of ships, their origin, and their cargo. Further, the Stores's time book is in the collection, with data on the names and daily hours of the workers. Correspondence, building construction and repair invoices, architectural plans, and business management documents concerning the Stores are in the series.

Arrangement

The series is organized in the following sub-series:

Sub-series 1: Manuscripts

Sub-series 2: Journals

Sub-series 3: Ledgers

Sub-series 4: Storage Ledgers

Sub-series 5: Cargo Received Ledgers

Sub-series 6: Order Books

Sub-series 7: Receipt Books

Sub-series 8: Cash Books

Sub-series 9: Day Books

Sub-series 10: Time Books

Sub-series 11: Collection Book

Sub-series 12: Letterpress Copybooks

Sub-series 1: Manuscripts, 1835-1895. 1.4 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The sub-series is arranged by subject matter in roughly chronological order. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

The sub-series holds documents relating to waterfront property ownership, rights and development; correspondence regarding the management of the Pierrepont Stores; and information regarding the lease of the Stores to Empire Warehouse Co. and the 1888 sale to Brooklyn Wharf and Warehouse Co. The sub-series holds invoices and other financial transaction records documenting the cost of operations, especially repairs, of the Stores. Architectural plans for the Stores are in the sub-series. Overall, the sub-series documents the Pierreponts's engagement with the development of the wharf and, by the late nineteenth century, their willingness to sell their interests.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Brooklyn waterfront property rights

General

Includes material related to Brooklyn wharf interests: Brooklyn Wharf Owners Association and Citizens' Association of New-York documents; legislation authorizing Hezekiah Pierrepont to erect a dock in Brooklyn; correspondence with legal counsel and others; New York Senate Committee report on New York Harbor water lines; with map (1856); court decisions; etc.

1835-1869
Box: 91 Folder : 5 Architectural plans of Pierrepont Stores by John Mumford (5 items)
circa 1855
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Inventory: tools and furniture
1860
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Pierrepont Waterfront Property and operation of the Stores
1839-1886
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Hobart and J.K. Ford: correspondence regarding rental and management of Stores, blank warehouse certificate
1855-1864
Box: 3 Folder : 10 J.K. Ford and F.N. Massa: correspondence
1863-1871
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Accounts of expenditures for repair and upkeep
1862-1881
Box: 3 Folder : 12,13 Pierrepont Stores: invoices, receipts, statements: operations and repairs (2 folders)
1855-1868
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Accounts of wharf repairs
1869
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Pierrepont Stores: Business and financial evaluation
1870
Box: 3 Folder : 16 U.S. Treasury Department's Sugar Appraisal Building on Pierrepont property: correspondence
1880-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Lease of Stores to Empire Warehouse Co., Ltd.: correspondence and copy of lease
1888-1892
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Sale of Stores to Brooklyn Wharf and Warehouse Co.
1894-1895

Sub-series 2: Journals, 1856-circa 1865. 5.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The journals of the Pierrepont Stores record the warehouse's business transactions. Organized chronologically by month and year, the entries include account number, date, client name, cost of storage, labor, perquisites, and transportation around the docks on barges known as lighters, along with the total cost of the transaction. The journals also document "bills rendered during the month," "collections during the month," and "disbursements for the month," which often record in greater detail the extent of labor and storage provided. These volumes are particularly useful for research of the financial history of the Pierrepont Stores.

Arrangement

The five account indexes are first, followed by the four journals, which proceed in rough chronological order. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the journal's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 92 Item : 1-5 Indexes of Names for Customer Accounts (5)

General

See also indexes of names and associated vessels in the Ledger sub-series.

circa 1862-circa 1880
Box: 12 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: May 1856-circa Feb 1865
1856-1865
Box: 13 Item : 1 Journal No. 2 - Pierrepont Stores: Nov 1862-May 1866; May 1887-Dec 1888
1862-1866, 1887-1888
Box: 14 Item : 1 Journal - Pierrepont Stores: May 1865-Jul 1875
1865-1875
Box: 15 Item : 1 Journal No. 4 - Pierrepont Stores: Aug 1875-Apr 1887
1875-1877

Sub-series 3: Ledgers, 1856-1888. 3.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Three ledgers proceeding in rough chronological order. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the ledger's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

The ledgers of the Pierrepont Stores hold the summaries of monthly business. Organized by account, these three volumes detail the monthly balance of the Stores and the income earned in Storage as well as in Labor. Also included are records of "Bills Payable," monthly totals of particular client's bills, and the cost of tools and furniture, as well as repairs, perquisites, and general expenses. The ledgers indicate which accounts for which period are attributable to Ford and Co. The ledgers are particularly useful to any research of the financial history of the Pierrepont Stores or nineteenth century freight shipping in Brooklyn.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Item : 1 Ledger
1856-1866
Box: 17 Item : 1 Ledger
1865-1884
Box: 18 Item : 1 Ledger No. 3 - Pierrepont Stores
1882-1888

Sub-series 4: Storage Ledgers, 1856-1888. 6.42 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Five ledgers proceeding in rough chronological order. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the ledger's binding. A separate name index by customer is found with each ledger. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

These ledgers hold more specific information regarding the stores of particular clients. Each ledger includes a separate index of customer account names, also indicating the name of their associated vessel or vessels. The ledgers are ordered alphabetically according to client, and entries list the date, cargo stored, cost to client, to whom or where the cargo was delivered, and additional notes regarding care of the cargo. The majority of the cargo listed within these ledgers was sugar and molasses, a specialty of the Stores.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 19 Item : 1-2 [No label on binding]
1856-1863
Box: 20 Item : 3-4 [No label on binding]
1862-1871
Box: 21 Item : 5-6 [No label on binding]
1868-1875
Box: 22 Item : 5-6 Storage Ledger - Pierrepont Stores
1875-1882
Box: 23 Item : 7-8 Storage Ledger No. 5 - Pierrepont Stores
1882-1888

Sub-series 5: Cargo Received Ledgers, 1858-1888. 12.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The eleven ledgers proceed chronologically by date of ship arrival. A ledger for a period in the 1880s is not in the collection and may not be extant. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the ledger's binding. A name index by vessel is found at the front of each ledger. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

Eleven volumes covering the periods 1858-1883 and 1885-1888 replicate the information found in the Storage Ledgers. Especially interesting is that these volumes also list the origin of each ship. The volumes are indexed by ship and entries list the client, ship, and cargo. In addition, entries record port of origin, date of departure from that port, ports of call (much of this information is conveyed in symbols), duty charged, and receipt numbers, which do not appear to coincide with the receipt books of Sub-series 6. Individual records occasionally include detailed notes of instruction regarding the care of the cargo. Cancelled orders and ships returned in "distress" are also noted, as are transfers to other ships, which are recorded in red ink.

The "Cargo Received" Ledgers are especially notable in tracking increasingly diverse imports. The records show the growing demand for, and importance of, imports from colonial provinces in India and Asia, including Calcutta and Manila. The most common cargoes appear to be sugar and molasses; other frequent items include hemp, shellac, and hides, as well as spices and textiles.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 Item : 1 Cargo Received - Ford and Co.: 19 Feb 1858 - 29 Oct 1859
1858-1859
Box: 25 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 29 Oct 1859 - 28 Mar 1862
1859-1862
Box: 26 Item : 1 Cargoes Received No. 3 - Pierrepont Stores: 29 Mar 1862 - 4 Mar 1864
1862-1864
Box: 27 Item : 1 Cargoes Received No. 4 - Pierrepont Stores: 15 Feb 1864 - 14 Aug 1866
1864-1866
Box: 28 Item : 1 Cargo Received No. 5 - Pierrepont Stores: 14 Aug 1866 - 29 May 1869
1866-1869
Box: 29 Item : 1 Cargo Book No. 6: 1 Jun 1869 - 5 Apr 1872
1869-1872
Box: 30 Item : 1 Cargoes Received - Pierrepont Stores: 5 Apr 1872 - 7 Sep 1874
1872-1874
Box: 31 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 11 Sep 1874 - 14 Dec 1877
1874-1877
Box: 32 Item : 1 Pierrepont Bros and Co.: 22 Dec 1877 - 17 Dec 1880
1877-1880
Box: 33 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 18 Dec 1880 - 21 Apr 1883
1880-1883
Box: 34 Item : 1 Cargoes Received No. 12 - Pierrepont Stores: 20 Oct 1885 - 16 May 1888
1885-1888

Sub-series 6: Order Books, 1856-1888. 18.75 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The fifteen order books proceed chronologically by date of order. A book for a period in the 1880s is not in the collection and may not be extant. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the book's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

Each of fifteen order books lists the date of order, the date of the ship's arrival, cargo, client, account number, duty paid, and where or to whom the cargo was sent and when. Entries sometimes included further instructions for the handling of cargo. These volumes are most interesting in the fact that they allow for the tracing of a shipment from its arrival at the docks to its departure from the Pierrepont Stores, even listing the lighter that transported the cargo around the docks.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 35 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 15 May 1856 - 14 Feb 1860
1856-1860
Box: 36 Item : 1 Order Book No. 2 - Ford and Co.: 15 Feb 1860 - 13 Jan 1863
1860-1863
Box: 37 Item : 1 Order Book No. 3 - Pierrepont Stores: 13 Jan 1863 - 1 Oct 1864
1863-1864
Box: 38 Item : 1 Order Book - Pierrepont Stores: 1 Oct 1864 - 15 Dec 1866
1864-1866
Box: 39 Item : 1 Orders - Pierrepont Stores: 18 Dec 1866 - 13 Oct 1868
1866-1868
Box: 40 Item : 1 Orders - Pierrepont Stores: 14 Oct 1868 - 22 Dec 1870
1868-1870
Box: 41 Item : 1 Orders - Pierrepont Stores: 23 Dec 1870 - 16 Nov 1872
1870-1872
Box: 42 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 18 Nov 1872 - 2 Jan 1875
1872-1875
Box: 43 Item : 1 Orders - Pierrepont Stores: 2 Jan 1875 - 31 Mar 1877
1875-1877
Box: 44 Item : 1 Orders: 2 Apr 1877 - 3 Apr 1879
1877-1879
Box: 45 Item : 1 Orders No. 11 - Pierrepont Stores: 3 Apr 1879 - 31 Jan 1881
1879-1881
Box: 46 Item : 1 Pierrepont Stores: 1 Feb 1881 - 16 Sep 1882
1881-1882
Box: 47 Item : 1 Orders No. 13 - Pierrepont Stores: 18 Sep 1882 - 15 Feb 1884
1882-1884
Box: 48 Item : 1 Orders No. 14 - Pierrepont Stores: 16 Feb 1884 - 11 Dec 1885
1884-1885
Box: 49 Item : 1 Orders No. 16 - Pierrepont Stores: 3 Dec 1887 - 17 May 1888
1887-1888

Sub-series 7: Receipt Books, 1857-1859. 20.1 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The sixteen books of acknowledgements of goods delivered to a ship, cart, or other location appear first. These are followed by the three dockage books, one book of what appears to be the storage accounts, and three books of letterpress copies of receipts. Each book proceeds chronologically. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the book's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

The sub-series includes various forms of receipts, acknowledgements, and records of dockage and storage services. The bulk includes sixteen books of acknowledgements of goods delivered to a ship, cart, or other location. There are three books of accounts recording dockage stays and related charges, one book of what appears to be storage accounts, and three books of letterpress copies of receipts.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 50 Item : 1 Shipping Receipts No. 2 - Ford and Co.: 29 May 1857 - 20 May 1859
1857-1859
Box: 51 Item : 1 Shipping Receipts No. 3 - Ford and Co.: 21 May 1859 - 22 Oct 1860
1859-1860
Box: 52 Item : 1 Shipping Receipts - Ford and Co.: 22 Oct 1860 - 5 Feb 1863
1860-1863
Box: 53 Item : 1 Shipping Receipts - Pierrepont Stores: 5 Feb 1863 - 19 Mar 1864
1863-1864
Box: 54 Item : 1 Pierrepont Stores: 19 Mar 1864 - 22 Mar 1865
1864-1865
Box: 55 Item : 1 Receipt Book - Pierrepont Stores: 22 Mar 1865 - 5 May 1866
1865-1866
Box: 56 Item : 1 Receipts: 5 May 1866 - 17 Feb 1868
1866-1868
Box: 57 Item : 1 Receipts - Pierrepont Stores: 17 Feb 1868 - 15 Jun 1870
1868-1870
Box: 58 Item : 1 Receipts - Pierrepont Stores: 15 Jun 1870 - 29 Jun 1872
1870-1872
Box: 59 Item : 1 Receipts No. 11 - Pierrepont Stores: 29 Jun 1872 - 1 May 1874
1872-1874
Box: 60 Item : 1 Receipts - Pierrepont Stores: 1 May 1874 - 18 Aug 1876
1874-1876
Box: 61 Item : 1 Receipts No. 13 - Pierrepont Stores: 18 Aug 1876 - 2 Dec 1878
1876-1878
Box: 62 Item : 1 Receipts No. 14 - Pierrepont Stores: 2 Dec 1878 - 11 Dec 1880
1878-1880
Box: 63 Item : 1 Receipts No. 15 - Pierrepont Stores: 13 Dec 1880 - 7 Mar 1883
1880-1883
Box: 64 Item : 1 Receipts No. 16 - Pierrepont Stores: 7 Mar 1883 - 28 Sep 1885
1883-1885
Box: 65 Item : 1 Receipts No. 17 - Pierrepont Stores: 28 Sep 1885 - 29 May 1888
1885-1888
Box: 66 Item : 1 [Dockage Book]: 28 Nov 1879 - 7 Apr 1884
1879-1884
Box: 67 Item : 1-2 Dockage Book (2 books): 8 Apr 1884 - 15 May 1888
1884-1888
Box: 68 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 29 Oct 1886 - 7 May 1888
1886-1888
Box: 69 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 18 Jan 1883 - 10 Mar 1884
1883-1884
Box: 70 Item : 1 Receipt Book: 29 Feb 1884 - 8 Jul 1885
1884-1885
Box: 71 Item : 1 Receipts: 8 Jul 1885 - 12 Nov 1886
1885-1886

Sub-series 8: Cash Books, 1856-1890. 3.7 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Four volumes proceeding in rough chronological order. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the volume's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

The cash book entries reflect monthly tallies of the Pierrepont Stores' finances and include listings of services rendered, items purchased, and payroll costs.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 72 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 12 May 1856 - 31 Dec 1863
1856-1863
Box: 73 Item : 1 Cash Book - Pierrepont Stores: 2 Jan 1864 - 31 Oct 1874
1864-1874
Box: 74 Item : 1 Cash Book - Pierrepont Stores: 3 May 1871 - 8 Oct 1883
1871-1883
Box: 75 Item : 1 Cash Book - Pierrepont Stores: 5 May 1882 - 6 Feb 1890
1882-1890

Sub-series 9: Day Books, 1856-1888. 7.4 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Seven volumes proceeding in rough chronological order. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the volume's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

Each of these seven volumes details the daily costs and earnings of the Pierrepont Stores. Entries list clients, cargo, services rendered, and amount charged for those services.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 76 Item : 1 Day Book No. 1 - Ford and Co.: 23 May 1856 - 21 Mar 1863
1856-1863
Box: 77 Item : 1 Day Book No. 2 - Ford and Co.: 2 Nov 1860 - 25 May 1864
1860-1864
Box: 78 Item : 1 Day Book No. 3 - Pierrepont Stores: 25 May 1864 - 23 May 1868
1864-1868
Box: 79 Item : 1 Day Book No. 4 - Pierrepont Stores: 4 May 1868 - 17 Jan 1874
1868-1874
Box: 80 Item : 1 Day Book No. 5 - Pierrepont Bros. and Co.: 17 Jan 1874 - 11 Feb 1881
1874-1881
Box: 81 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 12 Feb 1881 - 30 Oct 1884
1881-1884
Box: 82 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 30 Oct 1884 - 14 May 1888
1884-1888

Sub-series 10: Time Books, 1856-1883. 4.75 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Four volumes proceeding in rough chronological order. The container list refers to the label, if extant, on the volume's binding. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

These four volumes are organized weekly and list employees alphabetically. The books list the entire payroll by individual employee, including dates worked, hours worked per day and per week, total pay of the employee, and the total payroll cost for the week. Notes regarding payment and advances are also noted within the ledgers.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 83 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: May 1856-Jul 1863
1856-1863
Box: 84 Item : 1 Time Book - Pierrepont Stores: Jul 1863-May 1869
1863-1869
Box: 85 Item : 1 Time Book - Pierrepont Stores: May 1869-Apr 1877
1869-1877
Box: 86 Item : 1 Time Book - Pierrepont Stores: Apr 1877 - Jul 1883
1877-1883

Sub-series 11: Collection Book, 1883-1886. 0.83 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The sub-series consists of one volume. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

The one volume that makes up this sub-series is a record of bills paid to the Pierrepont Stores between 1883 and 1886. Entries, arranged chronologically, include client name, cargo, ship, charge, and the date of payment.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 87 Item : 1 Pierrepont Brothers and Co.: Dec 1883 - Apr 1886
1883-1886

Sub-series 12: Letterpress Copybooks, 1884-1891. 1.67 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Two volumes proceed chronologically. The date range was determined by observation of the processing archivist and should be taken as circa dates.

Scope and Contents

These two volumes hold copies of outgoing business correspondence regarding the Pierrepont Stores. The bulk of this correspondence is directed to clients regarding their orders.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 88 Item : 1 Letter Book: 15 Nov 1884 - 9 Jun 1886
1884-1886
Box: 89 Item : 1 [No label on binding]: 10 Jun 1886 - 13 Feb 1891
1886-1891

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Series 5: Rail Lines in Brooklyn, 1868-1898. 0.1 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The series is arranged by subject.

Scope and Contents

This series contains material relating to the proposed development of various rail lines in Brooklyn, primarily in Brooklyn Heights along Montague Street. The series documents the Pierreponts's objections to railway development impacting their property and business, and their negotiations permitting development. The series includes correspondence, legal agreements, legal advice, judicial reports, circulars, clippings, and petitions. Principal matters concern the Nassau Cable Railway Company of Brooklyn and the Covered Tube Cable Railway Company. Also included is Henry Pierrepont, Jr's correspondence to Governor Cornell opposing an elevated railroad on Furman Street.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Nassau Cable Railway Company of Brooklyn: Proposed Montague St. and Atlantic Ave. Railroads
1868, 1883-1885
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Covered Tube Railway Co. and Brooklyn Heights Railroad Co.: Proposed Montague St. Railroad
1886-1898
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Newspaper clippings
1880-1890
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Furman Street Elevated Railroad
1877, 1880

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Series 6: Brooklyn Waterfront and Ferries, 1816-1890. 1.1 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The series opens with manuscript material related principally to the Union Ferry Company, followed by material related more specifically to Pierrepont property. This is followed by 2 folders of material related to Henry Pierrepont's history of the ferries and by printed matter.

Scope and Contents

This series provides rich documentation concerning the development of the Brooklyn waterfront and East River ferry service, especially with regard to the Union Ferry Company during the mid-nineteenth century. The series includes correspondence, legal agreements, leases, corporate formation documents, and court filings. In addition to substantial manuscript material, there is printed material, such as New York Supreme Court decisions, government committee reports, leases, and pamphlets. Much of the material concerns negotiations with New York City and Brooklyn municipal authorities over franchise and property rights. Overall, strategic business objectives are a focus of the series, rather than day-to-day operational or financial matters. Nonetheless, there is material on specific matters, including the 1852 strike of ferry pilots and the 1883 experiment to replace gas lighting with electric on a ferry. The Fulton Ferry, South Ferry and Hamilton Avenue Ferry are well represented in the series, along with reference to Manhattan locations, such as the Wall Street Ferry. The Atlantic Dock Company and Williamsburgh Ferry Company are also represented.

The series also includes an incomplete handwritten manuscript of Henry E. Pierrepont's Historical Sketch of the Fulton Ferry and its Associated Ferries, along with correspondence, notes and other materials compiled in connection with the history. The series includes maps, sketches, correspondence, legal agreements, and other documents concerning the bulkhead, docks, piers, and other structures on Pierreponts's waterfront property (also see Series 3 for maps and other related material).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 5-9 Union Ferry Company (5 folders)
1837-1890
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Union Ferry Company: Pilot's Strike
1852
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Union Ferry Company: Electric Lights

General

Includes electric company proposals (e.g., United States Illuminating Company, Edison Electric Illuminating Company of N.Y), correspondence, and cost benefit figures related to Union Ferry Company's experiment with electricity as a replacement for gas lighting.

1883
Box: 5 Folder : 1-3 Pierrepont Waterfront Property (3 folders)

General

Includes tracings of Fulton Ferry Landing as surveyed by Thomas Poppleton, 1816.

1816-1871
Box: 5 Folder : 4, 5 Brooklyn Ferry History (2 folders)
1877-1882
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Print material (4 items)
1820s, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Print material (7 items)
1838-1839
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Print material (8 items, incl. 1 manuscript)
1845-1849
Box: 5 Folder : 9-12 Print material (28 items in 4 folders)
1850-1857
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Print material (7 items)
1860-1861, 1867
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Print material (6 items)
1876-1878, 1884

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Series 7: Newspaper Clippings, 1832-1915. 1.33 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The loose clippings are arranged in rough subject and chronological order.

Scope and Contents

The series is comprised of many loose clippings and one scrapbook. The scrapbook is Civil War themed and includes clippings concerning battles, naval ships and other weaponry, military maneuvers, political developments, cartoons, and individuals. The scrapbook also holds some ephemera. The loose clippings are principally from the mid-nineteenth century and concern Brooklyn ferries, docks and waterfront. There are also some clippings concerning the Pierreponts, including information about their property, biography, obituaries, and Henry's opposition to the consolidation of Brooklyn and New York City. Newspapers represented include, from Brooklyn, the Daily Advertiser,  Daily Eagle,  Daily Freeman,  Daily Union,  Evening Star, and  Long Island Star, and from New York, the  Dispatch,  Enquirer,  Herald,  Times, and  World.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 4-22 Loose Clippings (19 folders)
1832-1915
Box: 90 Folder : 1 Civil War Scrapbook
1860s

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Series 8: Diaries, 1797-1888. 0.42 Linear Feet

Arrangement

Henry Evelyn Pierrepont's diaries are presented first, in chronological order. Miscellaneous material found with a diary is foldered with the diary or in a separate folder immediately following. The final two folders hold the transcribed excerpts from the Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont diaries.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the series includes the diaries Henry Evelyn Pierrepont (senior) maintained for the last decade of his life, from 1877 until March 19, 1888, nine days prior to his death. The numbering of the diaries, and an 1855 fragment, suggest that Pierrepont maintained a diary for many decades, but these are not in the collection and are not known to be extant. Each diary covers one calendar year and is numbered consecutively. The entries are handwritten and each diary begins with a one-page timeline of the year's major events.

Daily entries typically include notes on the weather, Pierrepont's activities for the day, and other events of significance to Pierrepont. Though most are brief factual statements, Pierrepont expresses personal opinions about many matters. The daily entries are generally brief and concern the range of Pierrepont's interests: family, finances, commercial activities, civic activities, and politics. Personal notes include such matters as reflections on family deaths and lists of New Year's Day callers on Pierrepont and Pierrepont's calls on others. Pierrepont includes observations on local events, such as the blizzard of March 1888, and on some national events, such as his concern about communism in response to railroad labor strife in the summer of 1877. The diaries include descriptions of his travel, including at least one trip to Europe, in 1878. The series includes a separate log of his travels over four decades.

Miscellaneous documents found in the diaries remain in the series. Among these is an acknowledgement of payment signed by G. Stuart for portraits for William Constable (1797), a letter from Pierrepont to State Senator Kirnan requesting his support in defeating a bill (1884), and an almanac page with information about the Brooklyn Bridge (1884).

Also in the series are typescript transcriptions of extracts from diaries of Hezekiah Beers Pierpont and biographical notes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1-14 Henry E: Diaries (14 folders)
1877-1888
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Henry E: Diary Summary
1855
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Henry E: Travel Log
1843-1885
Box: 7 Folder : 17, 18 Hezekiah B: Diary Extracts and Historical Notes (2 folders)
1806-1820

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