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Jamaica, Queens County, New York Collection

Collection Number
SC 455

OCLC Number


The collection was donated by Anne Ryder in September 2013. 

Extent, Scope, and Content Note 
The collection is comprised of 2.5 linear inches of documents describing land ownership and properties in Jamaica, Queens County, New York, and in Ulster County, New York. Persons identified include Jacobus Rider, William V.B. Howard, Charles A Ryder, Granville Yeaton, and Adeline Molyneaux, James Ryder, and J.B. Alliger. The date coverage is 1869 to 1939.

Arrangement and Processing Note
The collection was processed by Kristen J. Nyitray and Jessica Patterson, graduate student intern, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.
Finding aid updated and revised by Kristen J. Nyitray in July 2019.


Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.  

[Item], [Box], Jamaica, Queens County, New York Collection , Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note
"Jamaica was settled under Dutch rule in 1656 in New Netherland as Rustdorp. Under British rule, Jamaica became the center of the "Town of Jamaica". Jamaica was the first county seat of Queens County, holding that title from 1683 to 1788, and was also the first incorporated village on Long Island. When Queens was incorporated into the City of Greater New York in 1898, both the Town of Jamaica and the Village of Jamaica were dissolved, but the neighborhood of Jamaica regained its role as county seat." (Source Wikipedia: Jamaica, Queens County)

Subjects referenced in the documents include:
David L. Hardenbrook: David L. Hardenbrook died on April 23, 1939 at the age of 72. He resided at 90-25 Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica. Hardenbrook was born in South Norwalk Connecticut, but moved as a child with his family to Jamaica, Queens where he resided until his death. His family emigrated from Holland in 1656. His grandfather on his paternal side, John Hardenbrook was one of the founders of the New York Stock Exchange. Hardenbrook also assisted his father in building Hardenbrook Avenue in Jamaica, Queens. Hardenbrook was one of the first real estate dealers to introduce installment plans in paying for lots. He had extensive land holdings in Jamaica, Long Island and Connecticut. Hardenbrook avidly studied Long Island history as a hobby.

John Benjamin Alliger: Reverend John B. Alliger was born in 1816. He received his Artium Baccalaureatus (A.B.) from Rutgers in 1835. From 1835 to 1837 Alliger studied law. In 1840 he was licensed as a reverend by the Classis of Ulster of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church. On August 19, 1840 Alliger married Frances T. Duyckinck. Alliger began his pastoral work in Clove, N.Y. from1840-1843, moved on to Shawangunk from 1843-1850, and finally settled in Jamaica Queens, from 1851-1870. Alliger assisted in organizing the Sunday School of East Jamaica in 1869. He resigned from his pastoral duties from the Reformed Church of Jamaica on May 30, 1870. He died June 18, 1885.

Mrs. Granville Yeaton: Eliza E. Yeaton, more commonly referred to as Mrs. Granville Yeaton, died on November 23, 1934, at the age of 84. There is not much said about her husband Granville Yeaton, only that he had died two years before her and that he was a trustee of the Old Jamaica Village. Mrs. Granville Yeaton was known as a leader of welfare and social circles on Long Island. She was born in Jamaica and was one of the founders of the Jamaica Hospital. She was the treasurer of the Jamaica Hospital for thirty years. Yeaton was also one of the founders of the Jamaica Women’s Village Society, in which the members had to live in Jamaica before it became a part of New York City, in 1898.

Real property -- New York (State) -- Queens County.
Real property -- New York (State) -- Ulster County.
Jamaica (New York, N.Y.) -- History.
Queens County (N.Y.) -- History.
Ulster County (N.Y.) -- History.


Box 1

Item 1: Quit-Claim Deed: Howard, William V.B.; Rider, Jacobus [1868], Jamaica, Queens County, New York.
Item 2: “Mrs. Comstock (?)” (Photograph) [1892?]
Item 3: Hollis Toll Gate ( Photograph) [1895]
Item 4: Old Jamaica Toll Gate, “Abolished October, 1897” ( Photograph)
Item 5: Indenture, Molyneaux, Adeline, Ryder, James [April 22, 1907], Ulster County, New York, typescript
Item 6: “Corners on Tyler Estate”, “Plat Showing Property of Tyler Estate” [191?], Ulster County
Item 7: Correspondence, McGrath, Lawrence, Ryder, C.A. [Jan. 23,1920]
Item 8: Property Survey: Ryder, Charles A. [June 22, 1928], Jamaica, New York; Union Avenue, Shelton Avenue
Item 9: Alliger, J.B. (Photograph) [undated]
Item 10: “The Yeaton Property” advertisement,[undated], Jamaica, Queens County, New York; Hillside Avenue; Yeaton, Granville; Ryder, Charles A.; Hardenbrook, D.L.


Item 6: "Corners on Tyler Estate"
“#1. A blazed hemlock tree, on line with lower stone dividing wall. First large hemlock.
Line from #1 to #2 is blazed with old blazes, wall overgrown.
#2. A beech tree with corner blaze marked by a pile of stone on East side. In a small flat. Blazed hemlock 12’ NW. Maple 12’ East.
Line from #2 to #3 is blazed with old blazers and new survey blazers made in 1912.
#3. A dead beech tree with corner blazers inscribed(?) LM, 1912. 40’ East side of hill out of draw, just beyond new logging road made by O.
Molyneaux Blaze on beech 30’N Maple 20’ E.
Line from 3-4 is blazed but blazers run on Tyler property. Old line was blazed but most are gone. New line said to be1 ½ Chauis(?) in on N. end.
#4. Large beech mik(?) corner blaze and with pile of stone on west side. 50’ above clearing and on line of wire fence. Blazed Maple 15’ North, Blazed Maple 10’ South.
Line from 4 to 5- wire fence.
#5. indefinite by adopted by Wm Tyler as corners of wire fences as he nauted(?) to Guy(?) strip between road and fence from Molyneaux.”

Item 7: Correspondence, McGrath, Lawrence, Ryder, C.A. [1920]
Letterhead: Lawrence McGrath, Surveyor
Livingston Manor, N.Y., Jan. 23 rd 1920
Dear Sir: Replying to your favor(?) of Jan 13 th would say, I have some maps and data in reference to location of Subdivisions the Lauss(at?) at tract Gn(?) at Lot no. 8 of the Hardenburgh patent and know about where your lots are situated, have done considerable work in big Indian Valley. If you should wish to have a survey made of your lots I could probably do the work about when you are rady(sic) to have it done, if you could advise me a week or ten days in advance. My charge is $10. Per day net. Would also need some local help to assist at work, at whatever it might cost. It ought not to take very long to locate your lots.

Very Truly Yours,
Lawrence McGrath