Archive for June, 2007

Murder of a Member of the Secor Family in Pelham in 1843

Please Visit the Historic Pelham Web SiteLocated at http://www.historicpelham.com/.Please Click Here for Index to All Blog Postings.In 1843, a local man named Abraham Devoe murdered Mary Secor, an elderly member of the distinguished Secor family of the Manor of Pelham. A brief account of the tragic event appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The article is transcribed below, followed by a

19th Century Notice of Executor’s Sale of “Hawkswood” After Death of Elisha W. King

Please Visit the Historic Pelham Web SiteLocated at http://www.historicpelham.com/.Please Click Here for Index to All Blog Postings.In the early 19th century, Elisha W. King was a distinguished New York City lawyer. He also served as an alderman and an assemblyman. In the 1820s, he built a lavish home in Pelham on Rodman’s Neck opposite City Island. According to one source, King purchased nearby

Dissolution of Firm of Black, Starr & Frost and Reconstitution of the Firm as Corporation After Robert Clifford Black’s Death

Please Visit the Historic Pelham Web SiteLocated at http://www.historicpelham.com/.Please Click Here for Index to All Blog Postings.Robert Clifford Black of Pelham Manor served for many years as one of the principals of the internationally-renowned jewelry firm of Black, Starr & Frost. Both Black and Cortlandt W. Starr lived in Pelham Manor for many years.I have previously written about members

Herman Le Roy of Pelham Offers Reward for Stolen Ewe in 1814

Please Visit the Historic Pelham Web SiteLocated at http://www.historicpelham.com/.Please Click Here for Index to All Blog Postings.Today it may be hard to image a time when farmers in Pelham were plagued by sheep rustlers. However, a notice published by Herman Le Roy of Pelham in 1814 serves as a quaint reminder of Pelham when it was principally farmland.I have written a number of times about

1841 Notice of Administrators’ Sale of Real Estate Including the So-Called “Sacket Farm” in Pelham

Please Visit the Historic Pelham Web SiteLocated at http://www.historicpelham.com/.Please Click Here for Index to All Blog Postings.There once was a large tract of land that lay, in part, in the northeastern reaches of today’s Pelham Bay Park known as the Sacket Farm because it belonged to Joseph Sacket. Following Joseph Sacket’s death, a Notice of Administrators’ Sale of Real Estate (including