The Kings County chapter
in Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York
(1848). We have grouped the counties and provided several in a
download according to their sequence in this historic volume.
Included in this grouping are Albany County, New York County, Kings
County, Queens County, Richmond County, and Suffolk County. 50+
pages, PDF format, download now for $3.75
The Kings County chapter
from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860).
Here is a look at Kings County a few years after Mather & Brockett's
chapter. Today, of course, Brooklyn is more or less synonymous
with Kings County, but at the time of this volume, Kings County
consisted of six towns (italicized in this list) and numerous
localities: Brooklyn, Williamsburgh, Green Point, Wallabout,
Bedford, New Brooklyn, Bushwick Cross Roads, Bushwick Green, Gowanus,
South Brooklyn, Flatbush, Greenfield, Flatlands, Canarsie,
Gravesend, Unionville, The Cove, New Lots, East New York,
Cypress Hills, New Utrecht, Fort Hamilton, Bath, and Bay Ridge. 9+
pages, PDF format, download now for $2.50.
Charity in Kings County, NY in 1906.
We are in the process of
republishing sections of volume II of the Annual Report of the State
Board of Charities for the year 1906. The material will be of
interest to local historians who wish a better picture of charitable
institutions in their locale a century ago, to genealogists and family
historians interested in the people who administered charity back then
as well as how any unfortunates housed in these facilities may have
lived, and to those who have questions about the now-politicized "safety
net" for the unfortunates in our society back in those years. This
section addresses the public and private charities in Kings County, as
well as public charities in Queens County (public charity in those
counties was at the time under the direction of the Department of Public
Charities for the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens) in
1906 that were registered with the State Board of Charities. 90++ pages, in PDF format,
download now for $4.00.
Antiquities of Long Island by
Gabriel Furman (1874). This item is a classic compendium of the
colonial history of Long Island (including today's Brooklyn) -- its
Dutch Reformed, Puritan, Anglican religious traditions; its time as a
part of Connecticut; dealings with Native Americans; a little genealogy
-- it's all here. While Long Island is a melting pot today, this volume
reveals how long the history of cultures meeting and mixing on Long
Island has been a way of life. 274 pages, in PDF format, download now
with Plymouth Church by Stephen M. Griswold (1907).
This Brooklyn Heights
church, always highly independent in its attitudes, grew from the
Puritan movement in New England, and its early members were transplanted
New Englanders. Its first preacher was Litchfield, CT-born Henry Ward
Beecher, who was noted as a great orator and was certainly a charismatic
personality. One is tempted to consider Plymouth Church as an early
example of what today we would call a megachurch, so large was its
membership and so widespread its influence, especially in areas outside
those normally relegated to churches.
The book is largely biography of Beecher.
It will be of interest not just to those who are interested in Brooklyn,
or New York City generally, or Litchfield, CT, but also those whose
focus is on the abolitionist movement, and the relationship of organized
religion in the years leading up to and during the Civil War. It was
not for nothing that the Sharps rifles donated to abolitionists in
Kansas before the Civil War were referred to as Beecher’s Bibles. It
was a reference to his statement that they would do 100 times the good
that sending Bibles would do. There’s no question that the author
is an apologist for Henry Ward Beecher. His treatment of Beecher’s
trials for adultery will make that much evident. His treatment of
Beecher’s role in fomenting the Civil War, on the other hand, is
probably fairly accurate. Not as well covered are Beecher’s
prohibitionist activities, nor his strong support for rights for women.
Interestingly, the Plymouth Church still exists today, and is a member
of a branch of Congregationalism that did not participate in the
reorganization of that faith into the dominant Congregationalist
organization of individual Congregationalist churches in the United
States today, the United Church of Christ (U.C.C.). 216+ pages, in
PDF format. Download now for $3.25.