These are some of my papers concerning Williamson Wyckoff.
Orders from Brooklyn Horse Guards May 1846:
This is a letter written to Williamson Wyckoff by
his mother, Ida Williamson (Jones) Wyckoff. She
was the widow of Matthew Jones prior to her marriage
to Abraham Wyckoff.
Letter addressed to:
Mr. Williamson Wyckoff
Vittoria Talbot District
In care of Abraham A. Rapelje, Esq.
Flatlands Neck September 7th, 1846
Dear Son. I will inform you that we are all in good health
at present. I have been very feeble all the summer but I am
now quite smart. I suppose you are very anxious to hear how
our estate is to be settled but we are informed by the Surrogate
that we cannot settle it until eighteen months after your
Fathers Death as two of the heirs are absent, yourself and Abraham
but if you were both here it could be done immediately and I
am very sorry that you are not both here. Elias received your
letter a few days ago. when you write again write to John for
Mary is very anxious to hear about you and she would very much
like to see you and I am also very anxious to see you. John's
boys are very healthy at present and grow like weeds. John
has been in poor health for a long time but he is now better.
Your Aunt Anna and I were at the Branch last week to
make them a visit. I wish you would write a letter soon
and inform me what I must do with your things such as
your Pung(?), Saddle, and Bridle, Buffalo Skins. I have got them
all safe but they are quite a charge on my mind as I have
so many things to think of and a great deal of trouble on
my mind. I have been looking all the summer for some
of the Canada friends. Your poor old Father told your
Aunt Aletta the day before he died that he intended to
come to Canada once more to see you and all the friends.
I want you to write to me and let me know whether you
are staying at your Uncle Abraham Rapelyeas yet or
what you are doing. I have several articles here which
I would like you to have but I know of no way to get them to you
Elias carted away the last years crop of hay and grain and
we have received no returns of money nor nothing else.
The crops of grain were not so good with us as they were last
year but the hay is tolerable. The rot among the potatoes has
been very bad here this summer. There is a Disease among
the horses of which a great many have died. Garret has lost
his bay mare and Uncle Isaac has lost four and all the
neighbours around have lost more or less. The weather has
been extremely warm here this summer and it is still very
warm. Old Mrs. Lott is still living but she is very feeble.
Aunt Annas family are all well and wish to be remembered
to you. Uncle Peters family are all well except Aunt Abbey
and she is about as usual complaining a great deal.
Aunt Matildas family are all well and Aunt Allettas
family are all well. Helen has been here staying two or
three weeks. Mary Frances has gone to New Jersey to make
a visit. Peter grows very fast and is almost as tall as you
are. We unite in sending our respects to you and to all
the friends. I have nothing more at present.
From your affectionate Mother
I wish you to write to me again
as soon as you can make it convenient
Anthony is still living with us and sends his respects to you.
I will put on my wings one of these Days and fly to Canada.
Letter to Williamson from Elias N. Higbie who was married to
Williamson's half-sister Maria Wyckoff. Garret Wyckoff was his older half-
Sept. 12, 1846
Care of Abraham A. Rapplje, Esq.
I rec'd yours bearing date July 23, in reply to the same I may say
to you Garret and your Mother had administered on the estate and of
coars have all the business in their hands an inventory of the
moveable property had been taken by them with the assistance of 3
neybours appointed by the Surrogate there will be nothing more done
until next spring - as to sending you money I have none of my own to
spare and none could be got of the estate as yet you will have to
wait until the business is settled I would advise you not to draw
any moneys on your legacie but let it all stand and when it is all
ready for you put in some safe person's hands on interest and let it
work for you You are young and able to get your living independent
of the legacie if once put at ??? you may never realize any profits
and all will be gone Money is a slippery thing I hope you may take
my advice as I believe it is the most safest way for you Maria says
she wants you to write and say what business you are in and how you
are getting a long in the world I have experienced heavy losses in
have money afloat and it would have been much safer and more
profitable to have had it at interest than in business(?) your yet
young and have had not much experience yet we are all well, franks
in general well, nothing more to tell you of
Elias N. Higbie
Mr. Williamson Wyckoff
To S. F. Clarkson
To counsel fee in Ass't & Battery case at
Flatbush before Judge Martense 28 March, inst.
New York April 13, 1848 $15.00
Brooklyn September 11, 1848
Having been informed of your intimacy with Williamson Wyckoff I
have been induced to write you a few lines of caution. If it is a
fact that you are keeping his company & permitting yourself in his
society, you are keeping the company of & associating with an
individual who no respectable person who knows him will or can
countenance or permit him in his or her society. It has been
intimated that you and he are engaged to be married, suppose this to
be so you are then engaged to one who never could even support
himself & you must eventually (if you become his wife) suffer for
want. You may be deceived from his appearances (mark!) it is not all
gold that glitters and although he supports a gold watch &
accoutrements & drives a gay horse & wagon & covers his person with
broadcloth, the day is not far distant when the rightful owners of
all these gaieties will make their appearance. Neither will you be
justified in the belief that Williamson Wyckoff is worth any property
although he harps exceedingly upon his fathers estate (which is
involved in a course of litigation) which he with Garret A. Wyckoff &
Abraham A. Wyckoff through a nefarious course of villainy are
endeavoring to swindle the honest & just heirs out of, yet a most
glorious defeat awaits their vagrant acts. You are now addressed by
a person who knows him, who knows his circumstances and who knows the
family pretty well and a word of caution bestowed in proper time and
duly appreciated will save you a great deal of misery in the future.
He is already the father of at least one bastard which he had by a
servant girl living in his father's family and for which his father
kicked him from under his roof and then between two days he left Long
Island and sought shelter in Canada a prey upon the hospitalities of
his father's friends. Banished and hissed by every mortal of respect
from his native place. And now he seeks to palm himself off upon
some innocent and unoffending & respectable female. There is not one
redeeming quality in his character, he is a loafing vagrant without
any perceptible means of support and the only way he obtains his
bread is by spunging & stealing and if you persist in uniting
yourself with him you must censure yourself alone if you receive
nought but loooks of contempt & scorn from your friends and not say
you did not know him, for this is a timely warning bestowed in the
best faith that possibly can be bestowed by any mortal.
Yours with esteem,
Not sure what this one is:
February 12, 1850
The City Court of Brooklyn
John A. Wyckoff
against Order to examine third person as to
Garret Wyckoff & property of judgment debtor
It appearing to me that an execution against the property of Garret
Wyckoff & Williamson Wyckoff, the defendants in this action, has been
duly issued to the Sheriff of the proper County upon the judgement
herein, and returned unsatisified, and that Dan'l VanVoorhis, late
Sheriff of King's County has property of the judgment debtor or is
indebted to them. I do hereby require the said Dan'l VanVoorhis to
appear before me, at my chambers, City Hall, Brooklyn on the 14th day
of February, 1850 at 9:15 a.m. and be examined concerning the same.
Let a copy of this order be served on the Def'ts Att'y, in the
meantime any transfer or disposition of said property or indebtedness
The People of the State of New York, to Williamson Wyckoff greeting:
We command you, that all business and excuses ceasing, you appear,
in your proper person, at the City Hall, in the city of Brooklyn,
(north-east room in the third story) on Tuesday the second day of
April instant, at the hour of 10 in the forenoon of the same day, to
testify the truth, and give evidence before the Grand Jury, touching
a certain complaint then and there to be preferred against John A.
And this you are not to omit under the penalty of two hundred and
Witness, Nathan B. Morse, one of the Justices of our Supreme Court,
at the city of Brooklyn, the first Monday of April in the year of our
H. B. Duryea,
Kings County District Attorney's office
Brooklyn, January 4, 1851
You are hereby notified that the fine of $25. in case of people
against you remains unpaid. Please have it to the office at the City
Hall, in the city of Brooklyn on the sixth day of January, at 10
clock A.M. at which time we have to make up our annual accounts.
H. B. Duryea,
to Williamson Wyckoff
Subpoena March 16, 1853
For Williamson Wyckoff to appear at the City Court of Brooklyn on
March 18, Inst. at 10:00 to testify in the case between Sarah
Wyckoff, Administrix and Peter V. Remsen.
Notes handwritten by Catalina Lott VanSinderen Wyckoff
August 8th 1825 Catalina Lott VanSinderen was born.
November 9th 1851 Abraham A. Wyckoff was born and baptised May 2nd
1852 at the Church at New Lots by the Rev. Van Kleek.
July 16th 1851 Williamson Wyckoff and Catalina Lott VanSinderen were
married by the Rev. J. A. Baldwine.
[Hmmm, can you count to nine? Is that why Abe was not baptised
till he was six months old?]
Letter from Williamson to his wife, Catalina Lott VanSinderen. I
don't know when he left, but apparently this is the first letter he
sent after abandoning her and his son, Abraham A. Wyckoff.
Buffalo May 7, 1859
I arrived hear this morning and am well and hope these few lines
will find you an my Sone Abrem the same. I should like to have you
with me but circomstances would not admit me to have you with me. Do
not write untill you hear from me a gain because I am going to leve
hear to morrow morning. I intend to get in bissness as soon as
possible. I should like to now how the bissness went on after I
left. Charley Sammis wanted one thousand dollars and the times was
so hard that I could not rais it for him so I thout it best to leave
without letting you now anything a bout it. Keep up good spirits and
probily all will come out write. Give abrem a good kiss for me.
Yours Dear Wiffe Untill Death.
I was puzzled about this 1869 Cuban Peso until I found the letters Williamson wrote from Cuba.