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SCHERMERHORN Abraham

SCHERMERHORN Abraham

Male 1783 - 1850  (66 years)Deceased

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  • Name  SCHERMERHORN Abraham 
    Born  9 Apr 1783  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Died  3 Feb 1850  [1
    Age  66 years 
    Buried  Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Schermerhorn Tomb at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY
    Schermerhorn Tomb at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY
    Person ID  I5982  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 

    Father  SCHERMERHORN Peter,   b. 1 Oct 1749,   d. 28 Jan 1826  Age: 76 years 
    Mother  BUSSING Elizabeth,   b. 24 Jul 1752,   d. 8 Jan 1809  Age: 56 years 
    Married  11 Sep 1771 
    Family ID  F2129  Group Sheet

    Family  WHITE Helen,   b. 12 Nov 1792,   d. 25 May 1881  Age: 88 years 
    Married  12 Sep 1809  [1
    Children 
     1. SCHERMERHORN Henry White,   b. 31 Jul 1810,   d. 28 Nov 1811  Age: 1 years
     2. SCHERMERHORN Augustus Van Cortlandt,   b. 4 Mar 1812,   d. 16 Oct 1846  Age: 34 years
     3. SCHERMERHORN Archibald Bruce,   b. 18 Feb 1814,   d. 27 Apr 1862  Age: 48 years
     4. SCHERMERHORN Elizabeth,   b. 14 Mar 1816,   d. 19 Aug 1875  Age: 59 years
     5. SCHERMERHORN Anna White,   b. 15 Feb 1818,   d. 23 Nov 1886  Age: 68 years
     6. SCHERMERHORN Helen,   b. 22 Jul 1820,   d. 18 Dec 1893  Age: 73 years
     7. SCHERMERHORN Cordelia S.,   b. 15 Mar 1823,   d. 14 May 1839  Age: 16 years
     8. SCHERMERHORN Catharine,   b. 19 Mar 1828,   d. 24 Oct 1858  Age: 30 years
     9. SCHERMERHORN Caroline Webster,   b. 22 Sep 1830,   d. 30 Oct 1908  Age: 78 years
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F2137  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
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    Abraham Schermerhorn
    Abraham Schermerhorn

  • Notes 
    • Abraham Schermerhorn was admitted to his father's ship-chandlery firm in 1808, which his brother Peter was also connected with, the firm name then becoming "Peter Schermerhorn & Sons." In 1810 he and his brother formed a separate firm of "Schermerhorn & Co.," although still retaining connection with the old firm. Two new firms were formed later, Abraham becoming identified with "Schermerhorn, Willis & Co." of 53 South St. Abraham Schermerhorn lived at No. 1 Greenwich Street, N. Y. City until about 1840, when he removed to No. 36 Bond Street, where he lived until his death. He was a wealthy merchant and was also prominent in social affairs. Washington Irving was a frequent guest at his house, as well as many other celebrated men of the times. Many were the delightful social gatherings held at the Schermerhorn residence, one worthy of particular notice being a fancy dress ball given by Mrs. Abraham Schermerhorn, Feb. 6, 1829. This was attended by all the representative families of New York City of that day.

      Abraham inherited the Brooklyn farm at Gowanus, purchased by his father and uncle in 1795. This consisted of about 160 acres and the residence thereon was said to be the oldest house in Brooklyn. This house was built in about 1690 and contained the same stone walls that existed in the original house built by William Adrianse Bennet about 1636. The Schermerhorns used this property as a summer residence only, and in January 1835, Abraham disposed of most of the property and some time later established a new summer residence on the banks of the East River, near the foot of 73rd St., N. Y. City. The old house in Brooklyn was standing up to about ten years ago. Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, occupies the greater part of the Schermerhorn farm, and where Schermerhorn Street extended to the East River was originally a rope walk, used by the Schermerhorn Brothers in connection with their shipping business. Abraham Schermerhorn left to posterity none to bear the name of Schermerhorn except two sons, both of whom died at an early age and were childless. His son Augustus Van Cortlandt was named after his great grandfather, Augustus Van Cortlandt of Yonkers. He lived with his father until his marriage when he took up a residence at No. 75 Amity Street. He was a Commission merchant and a member of the firm of "Schermerhorn & March," No. 3 Jones Lane. The other son, Archibald Bruce, did not marry. He was a graduate of Columbia College, class of 1833. After his father's death he resided with his mother at No. 21 East 22nd Street, N. Y. City.

      Letter from Walter L. Suydam The Schermerhorn I heard most about was Abraham, my grandfather. He lived at the corner of Battery Place and Greenwich Street, the garden extending to the shore (then) of the North River. From there he moved to 36 Bond Street, I believe, where there was the stable on the Great Jones Street end of the lot. He was fond of entertaining and would serve bear meat and madeira, so I have been told. Would you like to eat it now?

      They had a country place at Gowanus (South Brooklyn). The old house stood at 28th Street and 3rd Avenue, where then was the shore of the bay. Oysters were taken from the stones in the water during low tide. The family still own some of the land there and the Bush Terminal Co. has the portion filled out to the water line. The old house had walls of stone and was said to have been built by a Mr. Bennet in Indian times.

      Abraham Schermerhorn also had quite a large tract of land at Riverdale extending from Broadway to the Hudson River, on which was a very old house, said to have been built by a Van Cortlandt (probably his grandfather). This house fell down some thirty years ago. I remember the colonial style mantels still in it at that time. The house stood between Broadway and Riverdale Avenue, with terraces and boxwood hedges, toward the east. On the south side of the land was a long heavy stone wall, some of which is no doubt there to this day.

      As a boy I can remember an old family carriage with a lot of style to it, the driver's box being covered with a cloth draping, called a "hammer cloth." My mother said the Coat-of-Arms was on the panels of their carriage.

      The residence stood on the slope of the hill with a view of the River and at this house, Washington Irving was a friend and frequent visitor. Nearer the Hudson on what was called the "Knoll," was a cottage built by my father, Charles Suydam, in 1854. A Mr. Thomas, afterward celebrated as an architect, planned the house and I was told that when finished, it was found there were no stairs between the basement, kitchen and the dining-room floor. Many years after I sold this house to Mr. Babcock for $250.00, the most he would pay - perhaps it was only $200. The land he had bought from a previous purchase, but the building belonged to me. [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] Schermerhorn Genealogy and Family Chronicles, Richard Schermerhorn, (NY: Tobias A. Wright, 1914.).