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From: "sue.hawes" <>
Subject: [NYC] 1695 deeds in Yellow Hook, Brooklyn
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 23:03:47 -0500
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I happened into Brooklyn Boro Hall this afternoon and went to the City
Register's office to look for early Brooklyn deeds. No one seemed to know
what they had before 1895 until Mr. Nadel came back from lunch. The man
knew exactly what was there... just a copied listing of old deeds with the
liber and page numbers.
However, he pointed me to a 1961 block map and then I could locate the
indexes for those deeds and found my Jan Pietersz Van Deventer's early
holdings, or at least his sons.
It was amazing that the section of Bay Ridge Avenue east to 80th street was
owned by a couple of people. By far the largest landholder was one Matthys
Laemen and Peter and Barbara Thyssen. There were also John and Wynant
Bennet as well as Jacob Sutphen.
Where are copies of the original deeds or where do I go from here?
Municipal Archives? NYPL? FHC? Albany? Mr. Nadel didn't seem to know
where they were housed.
Please respond to the list if you have definite info as others may wish to
have the same information.
Thanks for your help. I will be going back to Boro Hall in the near future
in the event that someone in that section of early Brooklyn in those years
would like a look-up. No promises, but I will do the best I can.
Suzanne Law Hawes