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Guide to the Terhune and Wyckoff families papers ARC.279

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Alison K. Cole, with updates by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 19, 2011
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Terhune family
Creator: Wyckoff family
Title: Terhune and Wyckoff families papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1747-1932
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1800-1852
Abstract: The Terhune and Wyckoff families papers (1747-1932) include documents of two prominent families, affiliated through marriage, from Gravesend in Kings County, New York (part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn after 1898). John Terhune (1767-1842) played a significant role in the early development of Coney Island as a resort location, and the collection includes some documents on that subject and on a dispute over whether to incorporate the town of Gravesend. The bulk of the collection, dating from the first half of the nineteenth century and likely compiled principally in connection with the administration of the estates of various Terhunes and Wyckoffs, includes bills, receipts, promissory notes, inventories, deeds, indentures, court filings, and other financial and legal documents. The collection holds several individual items of interest, including two letters commenting on the use of personal slanders as a tactic in political campaigns, a document related to the founding of the Agricultural Society of Kings County, six cartes-de-visite, bills of sale and a will referring to enslaved African-Americans, indentured servitude agreements, and a promissory note (1796) from Aaron Burr to Albert Terhune. Other names of Gravesend residents appearing frequently in the collection include Bennet, Emmans, Lake, Lott, Ryder, and Stillwell.
Quantity: 0.8 Linear feet in two manuscript boxes.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: ARC.279