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Guide to the Burling Family Papers
1666-2001 (bulk 1789-1860)
  MS 89

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 19, 2011
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

Financial documents of all kinds make up the bulk of the collection. Deeds to property and mortgages are especially well represented. Notable ones include a 1666 Royal Grant signed by Esquire Governor General Richard Nichols issuing land in Eastchester, New York to Philip Pinkney, James Evetts, and William Harden; a 1785 sale of land in Mamaroneck, New York to Edward Burling by John, Joseph, and Benjamin Cornell; and a 1790 deed to land in Westchester County, New York from Samuel Deen to Thomas and William Burling.

Indentures also revolve around land purchases, such as one signed in 1787 between Thomas Machin and Thomas and William Burling concerning a tract of land in Montgomery County, New York.

In addition, there are business receipts for numerous Burlings, but particularly James Burling (1752-1840), and his son John Burling (1807-1870). There are also receipts for stock purchases by George T. Burling.

There are also a few records of slave transactions, such as an agreement signed in 1805 in which a certain Peter Shule sold Peter Burling a black slave named "Mago," and a copy of an 1801 certificate by which a certain Elias Purdy freed a slave named Tom "for the gradual abolition of slavery."

Wills include those of John Burling and Phobe Burling and supporting documents.

Other specific financial items of interest include Edward Burling's Bill of Lading Book, John Burling's receipt book, a business ledger, and slim notebooks containing receipts and calculations.

There is a wealth of information about Burling family Genealogy. The Burling family genealogy papers contain a list of births, marriages, and deaths, an 1803 record of intent to marry between James Burling and Hannah Field, and an 1829 certificate of marriage between John Burling and Adeline Taylor. Bound volumes include a 2001 two-volume publication chronicling the Burling family genealogy.

As the Burling family members were Quakers, there are numerous documents concerning the Quaker community. There are religious reflections dated from 1765, a 1768 report presented at a Quaker meeting at Westbury, a 1723 acknowledgement of recommendation for John Burling (1703-1785) to Friends Meeting in Barbados, and a 1734 Quaker Plea to England in regards to an incident of Quaker persecution in the Colony.

Certificates include a certificate of scholarship for George G.T. Burling to attend a course at Bryant & Stratton's International Chain of Mercantile Colleges 1864 and a certificate of inspection of George T. Burling's White Plains home dated 1919. Images include a Chinese relief rubbing and a printed trading card. Other documents include a formula for McNeil's Salve, personal letters, newspaper scrap, and a pass issued to John Burling by George Clinton.


The collection has been arranged into folders by type of material. Items within the folders are arranged chronologically.