Pierrepont Family
Papers, 1805-1919

SC13605

Quantity: 2 boxes (0.50 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Gift of Mary (Mrs. John Jay) Pierrepont, July 1961
Processed By: Manuscripts & Special Collections, July 1961; revised May 2012

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Biographical Note:

Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont (1790-1838) established a prosperous mercantile firm engaged in international trade and commerce. After dissolving the firm, he turned to the acquisition and exploitation of land, buying up large tracts of land, one of which became most of Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill in New York City. He also acquired large tracts of land in Saint Lawrence and Franklin counties in northern New York State. Upon his death much of his property was bequeathed to his son, Henry Evelyn Pierepont (1808-1888).

Scope and Content Note:

This small collection of papers chiefly documents the landholdings of Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont and his heirs that were located in the Town of Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, New York, and in the towns of Waverly and Dickinson in Franklin County, New York.

The collection contains maps, survey books, wills, and deeds to family-owned lands in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties, as well as letters from Jonathan Dayton concerning the purchase by Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont of 2,620 acres of Dayton's land in tract 3 of Macomb's purchase, and documents related to investments of Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, Jr., in the New York & Ottawa Railroad Company.

The collection also includes three bound letterpress copybooks of Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, Jr., covering the years 1878 to 1887. The first volume appears to contain correspondence related primarily to the operations to the mercantile business in Brooklyn, New York. The letters in the other two volumes concern primarily the management of Pierrepont's property in Saint Lawrence and Franklin counties. Many of the letters were addressed to E.W. Foster and F.M. Heath.

Related Resources:

This repository has other items and collections related to the Pierrepont family and their land holdings in the Town of Pierrepont: A plat book of surveys by Benjamin Hadley in October 1837 (11525), which contains plat maps and field notes describing each of the 100 lots in the subdivision of the town; and the Hugh White Papers (SC11306), which contains correspondence between Hugh White and Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont, and a record book and other land records related to the Town of Pierrepont.

The New York Public Library has the Constable-Pierrepont Papers (1762-1911)external link, which contain correspondence and land records of Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont.

Box and Folder List:


Box Folder Description
    Correspondence
1 1 Henry C. Curtis to Robert Low Pierrepont
  1. May 2, 1917
  2. September 6, 1917
  3. September 28, 1917
  4. October 8, 1917
1 1 Jonathan Dayton to Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont
  1. January 31, 1806
  2. February 14, 1806
  3. February 24, 1806
  4. March 24, 1806
1 1 Edward W. Foster to Henry E. Pierrepont, November 5, 1895
1 1 Jenkins, Barker, & Metzner, May 9, 1919
1 1 Ethelbert Low to Robert L. Pierrepont, May 20, 1919 (with Jenkins letter)
1 1 Lea M. Luqueer to Mr. Pierrepont, [ca. 1897]
1 1 Moffat and White to Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, August 26, 1897
1 1 Ellen Pierrepont to Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, Jr.
  1. July 28, 1897
  2. April 23, 1898
1 1 George Barclay Moffat to Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, Jr., March 11, 1898
1 1 R. Burnham Moffat to Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, Jr.
  1. July 30, 1897
  2. August 3, 1897
1 1 Park and Aaron to Robert Low Pierrepont
  1. September 4, 1917
  2. September 11, 1917
  3. October 9, 1917
1 1 Henry Evelyn Pierrepont to F.M. Heath, February 8, 1893
1 1 Robert Low Pierrepont, to Henry C. Curtis, September 20, 1917
1 1 Lawrence Russell to Henry C. Curtis, October 18, 1917
1 1 Charles O. Tappan to F.M. Heath, March 10, 1893 (with H.E.P to Heath)
    Land Records
1 2 Description of lots and account of land sold in Town of Pierrepont, Saint Lawrence County, 1911-1916 (ca. 50 leaves)
1 3 Copies of warranty deeds issued by Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, John Jay Pierrepont, and John Jay Pierrepont, for lands situated in the towns of Dickinson and Waverly, Franklin County, New York, May 1888-June 1911 (137 items)
1 4 Copies of warranty deeds issued by Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, for lands in the Town of Pierrepont, Saint Lawrence County, New York, September 1887-October 1911 (77 items)
1 5 Deed: Theodosius Fowler and wife, Maria Fowler, and Robert Gilchrist and wife, Elizabeth Gilchrist, to Hezekiah B. Pierrepont, May 14, 1806; Township no. 3, Tract 3, Macomb Purchase, 2,620 acres (5 copies)
1 5 Deed: Alexander Macomb, and wife, Janet Macomb, to Hezekiah B. Pierrepont, October 7, 1805; Township no. 3, Tract 3, Macomb Purchase, 3,347 acres
1 5 Deed: Daniel McCormack to Hezekiah B. Pierrepont, October 7, 1805; Township no. 3, Tract 3, Macomb Purchase, 6,373 acres
1 5 Deed: James Donatianus LeRoy de Chaumont and wife ,Grace, to Hezekiah B. Pierrepont, December 11, 1805; Township no. 3, Tract 3, Macomb Purchase, 15,763 acres
1 5 Agreement: Herman LeRoy and others with Hezekiah and others, June 24, 1824; boundary line between Potsdam, DeWit, Pierrepont, and Parishville
1 6 Deeds, agreements, mortgages, bonds, etc., related to lands in the Town of Pierrepont, Saint Lawrence County, New York, May 13, 1854-May 5, 1896 (15 items)
1 7 Deeds, agreements, mortgages, bonds, etc., related to lands in the Town of Pierrepont, Saint Lawrence County, New York, April 12, 1897-July 10, 1915 (19 items)
1 8 Wills and estate papers
  1. Last will and testament of William Augustus Pierrepont, December 21, 1898 (6 copies)
  2. Printed copy of the will of Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, Jr., April 2, 1906
    Miscellaneous business and legal papers
1 9 Receipt of  payment by Hezekiah B. Pierrepont for land from Ogden Dayton, June 17, 1806
1 9 Loan and Trust Agreements forms (printed): The State Trust Company and New York & Ottawa Co., July 7, 1897 (2 items)
1 9 Certificate of beneficial interest by New York & Ottawa Co. to Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, Jr., April 8, 1898
1 9 Timetable, New York & Ottawa RR Co., February 1898
1 9 Envelope from Franklin Trust Co. that contained New York & Ottawa RR. Note for $4500.00
1 9 Newspaper clipping regarding the will of Robert L. Stevens
1 9 Bank deposit slip, Franklin Trust Company
1 9 Receipt from Moffat & White, June 30, 1897
1 9 Memorandum for William C. Pierrepont about a boy in the care of Jeremiah Van Rensselaer who disappeared and later turned up in the Columbia River
1 9 Power of Attorney: Robert Low Pierrepont to Henry C. Curtis, March 1912
1 9 Notes on land holdings (7 items)
1 10 Map of the Town of Pierrepont, Township no. 3, Saint Lawrence County, N.Y.  The property of the estate of H.B. Pierrepont as surveyed into lots by Beniamin Raymond, A.D. 1806; scale 40 chains/1 inch. 1848
1 10 Map of Township no. 10 of the Town of  Dickinson, Franklin County, N.Y., belonging to the estate of H.B. Pierrepont as surveyed into lots by W.B. Gilbert; scale: 40 chains/1 inch. 1841
1 10 Map of Town of  Dickinson, Township no. 7, Franklin County, N.Y., belonging to the estate of H.B. Pierrepont as surveyed into lots by James Frost in 1829; scale: 40 chains/1 inch. 1847
1 10 Map of the Town of Osceola, Township no. 13, Lewis County, N.Y., the property of the estate of H.B. Pierrepont, as surveyed into lots by Benjamin Wright, A.D. 1797; scale: 40 chains/1 inch. 1847
1 10 Map of West Turin, nos. 1 & 2 in Lewis County, [N.Y.] 1820; scale: 40 chains/1 inch.
1 11 Floor plans and specifications for a dwelling house, possibly for William Constable Pierrepont
2   Bound Volumes
2 v. 1 Plat book of numbered lots in the Town of Pierrepont, Saint Lawrence County, New York, 1916; lots outlined in blue sold by Henry Evelyn Pierrpont, and lots outlined in green sold by Robert Low Pierrepont and Kathryn R. Pierrepont
2 v. 2 Letter book, June 20, 1878-January 19, 1887
2 v. 3 Letter book, January 8, 1879-June 9, 1882
2 v. 4 Letter book, July 11, 1882-April 13, 1887
Last Updated: March 14, 2014