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Guide to the Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt collection 1974.168

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 Revised by Amy Lau, Archivist, to remediate oppressive language from subject terms, abstract, biographical and scope and contents note.  , December 2020

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Vanderbilt, Jeremias
Creator: Vanderbilt, John
Creator: Vanderbilt, John
Creator: Vanderbilt, Gertrude Lefferts
Title: Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1737-1818
Dates [bulk]: 1792-1810
Abstract: The Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt collection relates to the Vanderbilt family of the town of Flatbush in Kings County, New York. The collection contains miscellaneous deeds, indentures, and accounts for members of the Vanderbilt family in Flatbush; principally Jeremias Vanderbilt (b. 1695), John Vanderbilt (b. 1752), and John Vanderbilt (b. 1794). The collection also contains the estate records of Jeromes Ryerson, a citizen of the town of Brooklyn whose children and property came under the guardianship of John Vanderbilt (b. 1752) upon his death in 1792. Three enslaved people's bills of sale are also contained; one bill of sale for three enslaved people to Jacob and Jeremias from their brother Rem Vanderbilt, a bill of sale from members of the Vanderbilt family to John Vanderbilt (b. 1794) and another bill of sale from Michael Vreeland to Sejtie Hegeman. Also included is arbitration on the border dispute between Flatbush and Brooklyn in 1741, and licenses for taverns issued in Flatbush in 1796. Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt married Judge John Vanderbilt (b. 1829) of Flatbush, New York in 1846. These materials were part of her personal collection, and were potentially used in researching a book she published on Flatbush, New York in 1909 titled The Social History of Flatbush; and Manners and Customs of the Dutch Settlers of Kings County.
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box and 1 oversize flat box.
Call Phrase: 1974.168
Sponsor: Developed in part with grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural (URR) Program.