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Rutgert A. Van Brunt estate papers

Call Number



1788-1830, inclusive


Van Brunt family
Vanderveer, John C.


0.1 Linear Feet
in one oversize folder.

Language of Materials

English .


Papers pertaining to the estate of Rutgert A. Van Brunt (1761-1818) of New Utrecht, Kings County, N.Y. that appear to have been compiled by the acting executor, John C. Vanderveer. The documents include a probated last will and testament, inventories, receipts, and property disposition agreements.

Biographical note

Rutgert A. Van Brunt (1761-1818) was a farmer in New Utrecht, Kings County, N.Y. In 1782, he married Abigail Vanderbilt. Abigail was one of the three executors of Van Brunt's will, along with one of their sons, Jeremiah (born 1791), and Van Brunt's brother-in-law, John C. Vanderveer (circa 1763-1845) of Flatbush, who was acting executor. Vanderveer was married to Rutgert A.'s younger sister, Elizabeth (1768-1855). Another sister of Rutgert A. was Altje (1771-1862) who married Englebart Lott of Flatlands in 1788.


  1. Bergen, Teunis G. Genealogy of the Van Brunt Family, 1653-1867, pp. 50-53.


This small collection is housed in a single folder with no particular arrangement.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers pertaining to the estate of Rutgert A. Van Brunt of New Utrecht, now part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The collection appears to have been compiled by the acting executor, John C. Vanderveer. The documents include a probated last will and testament (1818), an inventory of the estate (which included enslaved African-Americans), list of articles sold at auction, receipts against the estate, a notice of sale of articles from the estate of both Rutgert A. Van Brunt and Jeremiah Van Brunt listed by the executor, John Vanderveer, sale of farming tools to Vanderveer, and a quit-claim deed from Abigail Van Brunt to John Vanderveer. There is also a land indenture from an earlier period (1788) between Van Brunt, his wife, and Engelbart Lott and his wife with John Van Der Veer.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

The material is in the public domain. While many items at the Center for Brooklyn History are unrestricted, we do not own reproduction rights to all materials. Be aware of the several kinds of rights that might apply: copyright, licensing and trademarks. The researcher assumes all responsibility for copyright questions.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Rutgert A. Van Brunt estate papers, 1978.156, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Public Library, Center for Brooklyn History.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. William R. Vanderveer, 1941.

Related Materials

Center for Brooklyn History holds several other collections that reference some member of the Van Brunt family. The principal collections are:

Teunis G. Bergen collection of Van Brunt family genealogy papers (1978.157)

Anita Lott Cruikshank collection of Kings County, N.Y., family papers (ARC.281)

Lott family papers (ARC.186)

Van Brunt v. Gifford arbitration judgment (1977.168)

Rutgert Van Brunt survey map of Brooklyn lot at ferry (1974.164)

Collection processed by

Larry Weimer

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2024-02-26 20:37:04 +0000.
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Language: Description is written in: English, Latin script.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and described by Larry Weimer in 2012. Material found in repository was added to the collection by Lena Evers-Hillstrom in October 2018. The collection was rehoused and the finding aid revised by Dee Bowers in 2024.


Brooklyn Historical Society


Box: OS-34 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)
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