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Guide to the John R. Couwenhoven papers 1973.167

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Matthew Gorham

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Couwenhoven, John R.
Title: John R. Couwenhoven papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1783-1812
Quantity: 0.08 Linear feet in one folder
Text [Box]: A0006
Call Phrase: 1973.167
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Biographical note

John R. Couwenhoven was a resident of Brooklyn and a member of Brooklyn's prominent Couwenhoven family (alternate spellings include Cowenhoven and Kouwenhoven), whose common ancestor, Wolphert Gerritson Van Kouwenhoven, emigrated from the Netherlands to the town of New Utrecht in the Dutch colony of New Netherland (later New York) in the 17th century.

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Scope and Contents note

The John R. Couwenhoven papers span the period 1783 to 1812 and consist of a single bound account book and several loose handwritten documents. The account book lists monetary transactions for goods and services dated 1783 to 1789, and account for the sale of Couwenhoven's estate, including five enslaved African-Americans, during the period 1798 to 1812. The loose papers are dated 1797 to 1812 and record further transactions related to the sale of Couwenhoven's estate.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Account books
  • Estate records

Subject Topics

  • Real property -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Family Name(s)

  • Cowenhoven family

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); John R. Couwenhoven papers, 1973.167, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of William R. Vanderveer, date unknown.

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