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Tuesday, June 24, 2014



Jan 5

Merchant James Griffiths dies.

Jan 12

16-year-old Catherine Laverty, wife of merchant Henry Laferty, dies.

Jan 14

New York armorer's mate John Burnham of the USS Portsmouth, dies in Norfolk, Virginia, 

after a lingering illness.

Jan 31

New York sea captain Zachariah Henshaw dies in Ramsgate, England, at the age of 50

Mar 13

The Russian ship Fortune, after being boarded and released by a British frigate, arrives in 

New York harbor.

Mar 30

Austrian-born Rachel Myers, wife of former Loyalist Benjamin Myers and mother of future 

Schenectady mayor Mordecai Myers, dies in New York City.

Mar 31

Merchant Andrew D. Barclay, of the firm of McEvers and Barclay, dies in the Bahamas.

Apr 2

Rebecca Michaels Hays, widow of shipping merchant Juday Hays (both Dutch-born Jews), 

dies in New York City at the age of 92.

Apr 16

Ann Griswold Hitchcock, wife of Doctor Daniel Marvin Hitchcock, dies in New York City at 

the age of 23, following a long illness.

Apr 18

29-yer-old jeweler and silversmith George Alexander dies at the Pearl Street home of his 

partner Henry Riker, near their shop at 350 Pearl Street.

Apr 21

Philemon Hunt, son of merchant Abraham Hunt, dies at the age of 20.

Apr 23

Distiller John C. Ehinger dies of burns suffered during a fire in his Cross Street plant.

Apr 25

Maiden Lane merchant Charles Holmes and six other New York City passengers drown 

when a Brooklyn Ferry is overturned during a storm, which also drowns fisherman Jacob 


Apr 26

The body of a tailor named Farlane is found drowned of a dock at Pine Street.  Farlane, who 

presumably had fallen in while drunk, had been in the water for some weeks.

May 5

Results of the 1800 U.S. ensues shows New York City, with  population of 60,482 people, is 

the largest in the nation.

May 11

Aaron Burr lieutenant William P. Van Ness is proposed for membership in the Republican 

political club, the Society of St. Tammany.

Jun 1

Captain Robert Richard Randall bequeaths his Staten Island property, formerly the Eliot 

Estate, for the Sailors Snug Harbor Home.


The Common Council contacts the Manhattan Water Company seeking compensation for 

paving displaced when water mains were run. The case will be in the courts for the next 

three years.

Jul 7

The Franklin Typographical Association meets to celebrate 26 years of U.S. Independence.

Jul 11

Songwriter (The  Soldier's Farewell), playwright and poet John Hill Hewitt is born n New 

York City to music publisher and publisher James Hewitt and his wife.

Jul 20

The Boston Gazette reports the four largest U.S. cities are Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore 

and Boston.

Aug 17

Physician Richard Bayley, the city's first heath officer, dies of yellow fever after checking a 

shipload of Irish immigrants. many of whom were dying of the disease.

Aug 25

John B. Provost replaces Richard Harrison as Recorder of New York City.

Sep 1

Staten Island's Sailors Snug Harbor is established.

Sep 10

New York State governor George Clinton has New York City mayor Richard Varick 

replaced by Edward Livingston.

Sep 18

The first issue of the New York Times daily newspaper is published.

Oct 7

A copy of the French treaty ratification arrives in New York and is forwarded to 


Oct 20

Lawyer, politician and businessman Morris Franklin is born to merchant and Chief 

Engineer of the Volunteer Fire Department Thomas Franklin and his wife.

Nov 16

Federalist Alexander Hamilton founds the New York Post with William Coleman as its 


New York City

The office of City Comptroller is formed as an appointive office.    **    The Zion Episcopal 

Church is founded in the Five Points neighborhood of Manhattan.    **    The Gerogian-

Gothic, field stone  Church of the Transfiguration is built on Mosco Street (later 25 Mott 

Street) for the Zion English Lutheran Church.    **    Benjamin Moore is elected coadjutor 

bishop of New York, to assist Samuel Provost who is preparing to retire. He also replaces 

Charles Henry Wharton as President of Columbia University.    **    The 26th annual edition 

of Longworth's American Almanack, New-York Register and City Directory is published.    

**    Christian Brown becomes a bookbinder.    **    Edward Livingston is appointed mayor 

for each of the next two one-yaer terms.    **    Elizabeth Ann Seton resides at the Church of 

Our Lady of eh Rosary, in lower Manhattan.    **    Eliza Astor is born to John Jacob and 

Sarah Astor, their youngest daughter.    Washington Irving laves the law office of  Henry 

Masterton to work for attorney Brockholst Livingston.    **    The Manhattan Company' 

Chambers Street reservoir is completed at a cost of $17,428, and filled, it's second half 

revenues total nearly $100,000 a, paying stockholders $2.50 a share.    **    Kinderhook 

lawyer Martin van Buren arrives to begin practicing here.    **    Art patrons establish the 

Columbia Academy of Painting.    **    Hugh Auchincloss arrives from  Paisley, Scotland, 

estabiles an importing business.    **    Construction begins on the Harlem home of 

Alexander Hamilton. The "Grange" will be competed next year.


The Brooklyn Navy Yard is founded as a shipbuilding facility.

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