1886 · Brooklyn, NY; Jamaica, L.I.
Cornelius Duryea and his seven daughters are part of the sixth generation of the Kissam family,. The Kissams were early settlers on the North Side of Long Island and are fortunate to have had a detailed genealogy produced by Edward Kissam in 1892 which dates back to 1644. The family history is preserved by the Huntington Historical Society and many historic sites in Long Island can be traced back to the family. This receipt book chronicles 25 years of the proceeds of the estate of the late Cornelius Duryea after his death at age 74 in 1861. Most of his substantial estate was left to his wife and daughters. It is possible based on these documents that Edward Kissam’s genealogy mistakenly names a Wm. Wheeler as the husband of Josephine Duryea, who’s married name here appears to be Woolley (KISSAM 107). Signatures and receipts attributed to the following parties: Josephine H Woolley, Caroline H Cornell (daughter), Phebe K Leech (daughter), Sarah Anne Van Duyn, Sarah A Thorne (daughter), A[braham]. P. Leech (executor, Seth Chapman also executor), Thomas Bradlee, Samuel Smith, Ezra W. Conklin, Deborah P. Cornell/Rhodes (daughter), [Deborah] Jane Duryea (wife/executor), John Gacy (tax collector of Town & School), IRS Receipt/Tax Receipts, Receipt from James Hall Monumental Works, Cornelius Duryea Chapman (grandson). (Inventory #: 47661)