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Wealth Forty Years Ago: Brooklyn Property Owners Abbott-Blake Jr. 1847
 

 
 
 
 

In looking over some old records the other day I chanced upon a list of the wealthy men and women of Brooklyn which was made in the year 1847. So gigantic have been the strides of our city as a center of wealth and intelligence that this document reads in the light of today like a
romance. The compiler of this list added brief notes of some of the best known men whose names were presented, which are very quaint and amusing in many particulars. Below is given a portion of the list with the notes unchanged in order that Eagle readers may judge of the estimates made of the various persons mentioned by this chronicler of forty years ago. Many features of this old record will strike the reader as peculiar, none more so perhaps, than that a person having $10,000 should be considered a wealthy man, but among the 418 names in the list fifty-two are credited with fortunes of $10,000. Five hundred thousand dollars is the highest amount mentioned and but two persons are named who possessed this sum. This fact suggests a very striking comparison with the Brooklyn of today. A glance at the figures will show that a large proportion of the fortunes of 1847 were under $50,000. Another interesting fact which will undoubtedly occur to every reader is the great prosperity which has attended some men whose names appear in this list for a very small amount, compared with the great wealth which they have since accumulated. Forty years is not a very long period, but it has served to obliterate many names in this list from the minds of those who will read it, but it may be the means of quickening old recollections in the minds of some and
presenting to all an interesting picture of the past. The note in every case refers to the last name in the second column:

  Abbott, Francis H.
Ackerman, Catharine
Acosta, John
Adair, Henry
Adams Benjamin'
Agar, Edward
$25,000
  10,000
  25,000
  15,000
  20,000
  20,000
 

Agar, Edward; a native of New York. About twenty years since he obtained a situation in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as Pursor's clerk, which through strict attention to the duties of his office and his gentlemanly deportment, he still retains enjoying the respect of all who know him.

  Ainslie, James (Williamsburgh)
Allen, William J.
Allen, Moses
Anderson, D.
Anderson, P.B.
Anthony, Edward
Appleton, Wm. H.
Archer, George B.
Arnold, Daniel H.
Atkins, Joshua
Atkinson, John A.
Atwater, G.M.
Augur, John B.
Austin, Mrs. S.E.
Aymar, Benjamin
Ayres, Daniel
Ayres, Ellis T.
Babad, William
Bach, Robert, est. of
Backhouse, Edw'd T.
Bacon, Daniel P.
Bailey, Elisha
Bailey, Robert
Baird, William
$ 15,000
   20,000
   75,000
   20,000
   10,000
 100,000
   35,000
   15,000
  150,000
   25,000
   30,000
   40,000
   25,000
   75,000
   15,000
   35,000
   15,000
   25,000
   70,000
   15,000
   15,000
   30,000
   10,000
   50,000
  
 

Baird, William: This gentleman, a native of Erins Isle, commenced his career in Brooklyn as a humble laborer, and by economy, frugality and
untiring industry, amassed sufficient means to enable him to commence business as a contractor on public roads. He soon manifested an aptitude and ability for such understandings as to place him in the front rank of the profession, and has by a series of fortunate operations amassed his present large possessions. He is one of the leading Democrats of the county and has considerable influence as a politician.

 

  Baisley, Richard
Baisley, Thomas
Baker, John H.
$10,000
  10,000
  35,000
 

Baker, John H.: This gentleman is the proprietor of a large pin manufactory in Raymond street, and resides in a magnificent home in
Myrtle avenue. He has contributed largely to the prosperity of the eastern section of the city, is exceedingly popular with all classes of
his fellow citizens and if ambitious of political distinction may hereafter become the representative of this district in the national
councils. He is, we believe, one of the most prominent leaders of the Whig party in Kings County.

  Baker, Mills P., Williamsburgh
Ballard, F.G.
Ballard, Loomis
Banks, Robert
Barker, J.J.
Barnes, H.W.
Barney, Hiram
Barr, John
Barritti, Francis
Barstow, Osleb
Barstow, William
Bartow, E.J. & G.A.
$ 20,000
   25,000
   30,000
   15,000
   15,000
   30,000
   30,000
   12,000
   12,000
   30,000
   20,000
  500,000
 


Bartow, E.J. & G.A.: Few, if any, of our citizens are more distinguished for their munificence and liberality than these enterprising and opulent merchants. Edgar J. Has, at his own expense, erected the Church of the Holy Trinity, an edifice far surpassing in architectural grandeur and costliness of material and workmanship any similar structure in this city. It may appropriately be termed the Cathedral of Brooklyn and will serve to perpetuate the name and munificence of its founder in ages yet to come. He is, we believe, in politics a Democrat and was selected by that party as its chosen candidate for mayor; but he declined the honor offered him, notwithstanding that he would have undoubtedly been elected.

  Bassett, Isaac H.
Baxter, John
Baxter, Timothy
Baylis, Abraham B.
Baylis, Gilbert
Baylis, Thomas
Beam, John
Becar, Noel
Bedell, Benjamin W.
Bedell, Daniel
Bedell, Matt
Beers, J.D.
Bell, James
Bellamy, Joseph
Bellamy, Nancy
Bennet, Cornelius Jr.
Bennett, Elizabeth
Bennet, Wyant P.
Benson, Albert
Benson, John
Bergen, Cornelius P.
Bergen, Garritt
Bergen, John S.
Bergen, Lefferts
Bergen, Theodore
Bergen, Tunis G.
Berry, Peter J.
Berry, Richard
Berry, Richard, Williamsburgh
Berry, Richard B. Williamsburgh
Bierwith, Leopold
Bidwell, Rev. W.H.
Bill, Charles E.
Birdsall, Thomas W.
Blackburn, Robbins
Blake, Anson, Jr.
$ 50,000
   10,000
   20,000
   20,000
   10,000
   20,000
   10,000
 350,000
   15,000
   10,000
   60,000
   10,000
   25,000
   15,000
   10,000
   10,000
   10,000
   15,000
   30,000
   50,000
   10,000
   25,000
   15,000
   20,000
   20,000
   50,000
   10,000
   25,000
 120,000
   20,000
   30,000
 140,000
   20,000
   30,000
   40,000
 100,000
 
 

Blake, Anson, Jr.,: The immense and rapid growth of the southern section of the city is chiefly owing to the indomitable enterprise, perseverance and public spirit of the father of this gentleman. The latter became unfortunate in business matters some years ago, arising from the panic which prostrated so many men of property, and the consequent fluctuations in value of real estate. He is now, however, in the full tide of successful experiment and will soon, we doubt not, wrench as high a position in wealth as his fortunate son, whose extensive business in New York has mainly contributed to his success.

 

 
 
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Article Name: Wealth Forty Years Ago:Brooklyn Property Owners Abbott-Blake Jr. 1847
Researcher/Transcriber: Miriam Medina

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 Brooklyn Daily Eagle July 17, 1887 Page: 10
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