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Guide to the Pierrepont family papers ARC.263

Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

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

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 09, 2022
eng using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Last updated by John Zarrillo Updated by Maggie Schreiner to reflect the incorporation of additional materials Updated by Alice Griffin to include CBH language.  , March 2017 , March 2019 , May 2022

Container List

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


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
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Brooklyn property conveyances to H.B. Pierpont estate
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Leases, deeds, and mortgages in the Village and City of Brooklyn
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Bound volume of abstracts of deeds and mortgages from H.B. Pierpont or executors: indexed alphabetically
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Abstracts of deeds from H.B. Pierpont or executors


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.

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
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Property conveyances in Brooklyn
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
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Estate of H.B. Pierpont: leases, deeds, mortgages
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Estate of H.B. Pierpont: copies and abstracts of deeds
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Copy of disputed will of H.B. Pierpont
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Retaining wall along the embankment of the Pierrepont property: sketches, contract, expenses
Box: 3 Folder : 1a-2c One Pierrepont Place: building and repair invoices and receipts (6 folders)
Box: 3 Folder : 3 One Pierrepont Place: accounts, including correspondence from architect Richard Upjohn and Co.
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
Box: 91 Folder : 4 Subscription to build Episcopal church on Brooklyn Heights and sale of land
circa 1840
Box: 91 Folder : 5 Maps


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"

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