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Title Abraham Terhune Papers, 1801-1839
Author/Creator Terhune, Abraham
Date 1801-1839
Document type Financial Records
Description This collection of papers includes various bills and legal documents relating to the purchase of land on Coney Island, as well as financial records for the Coney Island estate. Of note is a legal bill, laying out the costs of a legal battle, and a letter addressed to Abraham Terhune regarding an incident with his horse and wagon and a child.
Biographical information The Terhune and Wyckoff family papers (1747-1932) include documents of two prominent families, affiliated through marriage, from Gravesend in Kings County, New York (part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn after 1898). John Terhune (1767-1842) played a significant role in the early development of Coney Island as a resort location, and the collection includes some documents on that subject and on a dispute over whether to incorporate the town of Gravesend. The bulk of the collection, dating from the first half of the nineteenth century and likely compiled principally in connection with the administration of the estates of various Terhunes and Wyckoffs, includes bills, receipts, promissory notes, inventories, deeds, indentures, court filings, and other financial and legal documents.
Theme(s) Beachfront: Seaside and Coastal Destinations  
Regions United States of America  
Country/State New York  
Keywords finance, sea, bathing, entertainment, Coney Island, family, prices, food, business, carriage ride, accident
Collection Terhune and Wyckoff Family Papers, 1747-1932
Reference ARC.279
Library Brooklyn Historical Society
Language English
Additional information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Brooklyn Historical Society catalogue.
Document linked to John Terhune (1767-1842): Coney Island Proposal Correspondence
Coney Island House Indenture and Correspondence
Copyright Brooklyn Historical Society