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Series 3: Brooklyn Real Estate, 1761-1873, inclusive


3 Linear Feet

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).


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.

Brooklyn Heights property conveyances, 1761-1816, 1823, inclusive

Box: 2, Folder: 1 (Material Type: Text)

Lease from New York City allowing H.B. Pierrepont a water lot in Brooklyn, 1823, inclusive

Box: 91, Folder: 3 (Material Type: Text)

Brooklyn property conveyances to H.B. Pierpont estate, 1811-1843, inclusive

Box: 2, Folder: 2 (Material Type: Text)

Leases, deeds, and mortgages in the Village and City of Brooklyn, 1824-1855, inclusive

Box: 2, Folder: 3 (Material Type: Text)

Bound volume of abstracts of deeds and mortgages from H.B. Pierpont or executors: indexed alphabetically, 1824-1847, inclusive

Box: 10, Folder: 1 (Material Type: Text)

Abstracts of deeds from H.B. Pierpont or executors, 1835-1842, inclusive

Box: 11, Folder: 1 (Material Type: Text)


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.

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, 1831-1860, inclusive

Box: 2, Folder: 4 (Material Type: Text)

Property conveyances in Brooklyn, 1843-1847

Box: 2, Folder: 5 (Material Type: Text)

Benson-Pierrepont farm: tracing of conveyances, circa 1873, inclusive

Box: 2, Folder: 6 (Material Type: Text)

Brooklyn estate title searches, tracing conveyances occurring between 1642-1854; includes notes, abstracts and maps, circa 1838-1854, inclusive

Box: 2, Folder: 7 (Material Type: Text)

H.E. Pierrepont notebook regarding property development of Heights, including maps, sketches, drafts of correspondence, calculations, and miscellaneous notes, 1832, inclusive

Box: 2, Folder: 8 (Material Type: Text)

Estate of H.B. Pierpont: leases, deeds, mortgages, 1829-1852, inclusive

Box: 2, Folder: 9 (Material Type: Text)

Estate of H.B. Pierpont: copies and abstracts of deeds, 1852-1856, inclusive

Box: 2, Folder: 10 (Material Type: Text)

Copy of disputed will of H.B. Pierpont, 1855

Box: 7, Folder: 19 (Material Type: Text)

Retaining wall along the embankment of the Pierrepont property: sketches, contract, expenses, 1841-1842, inclusive

Box: 2, Folder: 11 (Material Type: Text)

One Pierrepont Place: building and repair invoices and receipts (6 folders), 1856-1868, inclusive

Box: 3, Folder: 1a-2c (Material Type: Text)

One Pierrepont Place: accounts, including correspondence from architect Richard Upjohn and Co., 1856-1861, inclusive

Box: 3, Folder: 3 (Material Type: Text)

Paving of Furman and Pierrepont Streets: correspondence, contract, certification, 1842, 1869, inclusive

Box: 3, Folder: 4 (Material Type: Text)

Pilgrim Church: correspondence and agreement, circa 1840-1887, inclusive

Box: 3, Folder: 5 (Material Type: Text)

Ellen I. Minor - Redfield Township, Oswego County deed, 1864, inclusive

Box: 3, Folder: 5a (Material Type: Text)

Subscription to build Episcopal church on Brooklyn Heights and sale of land, circa 1840, inclusive

Box: 91, Folder: 4 (Material Type: Text)

Maps, circa 1785-circa 1845, inclusive

Box: 91, Folder: 5 (Material Type: Text)


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).

Broadside: "New York Canal Lands on Sale", 1823, inclusive

Box: 91, Folder: 6 (Material Type: Graphic Materials)
Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201