Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - View from Cowanus Heights, Brooklyn
American Scenery, 
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA

View from Cowanus Heights, Brooklyn
American Scenery,
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1840
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Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA

Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - Hotel Margaret, Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA

Hotel Margaret, Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - The Cables, Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA

The Cables, Brooklyn Bridge, New York
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Where is Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA?  Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs, as well as the second-largest in area. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, which is the most populous county in New York and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County (Manhattan).

Brooklyn was an independent incorporated city (and previously an authorized village and town within the provisions of the New York State Constitution, until January 1, 1898 when, after a long political campaign and public relations battle during the 1890s, according to the new Municipal Charter of "Greater New York", Brooklyn was consolidated with the other cities, boroughs and counties to form the modern "City of New York" surrounding the Upper New York Bay with five constituent boroughs. It continues however to maintain a distinct culture, as befitting the former second or third largest city in America during the later 19th Century. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves where particular ethnic and nationality groups and cultures predominate... Wikipedia

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1845 - January 1 - The Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn is completed

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1859
BROOKLYN, the cap. of King's co., in the state of New York, U.S., 146 m. S of Albany, and 227 m. from Washington, in N lat. 40 41 50, W long 73 59 30. It is situated on the W end of Long Island, opposite New York, from which it is separated by the East river, a channel connecting the bay of New York...Read MORE...


1868 - Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, N. Y., has 1,700 members; the First Church of Oberlin, Ohio, has 1,400 members -
the two largest Congregational churches in the country.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 25, 1868
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1869 - Laura Cresswell, a teacher in one of the Brooklyn public schools, was burned to death the other night, by the explosion of a kerosene lamp.


St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 3, 1869
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1870 - January 3 - Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge in New York; completed May 24, 1883

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January 3, 1870
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1876 - THE HOLOCAUST. The Story as it Stood at Two O'clock This Afternoon. AN UNPRECEDENTED HORROR. EVERY HOUR ADDING TO THE LIST OF THE DEAD. THE CALAMITY NOT YET MEASURED.
A Hundred Bodies Recovered from the Ruins and a Hundred More Visible.
GENERAL FEATURES OF THE DISASTER.

Every hour since the fire in the theatre was extinguished has brought fresh and saddening evidence of the extent of the horror.

At first it was believed that few, if any, lives had been los...Read MORE...


1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opens

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1883 - May 30 - Rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge is going to collapse caused a stampede that kills 12

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May 30, 1883
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1884 - A SHOCK OF EARTHQUAKE Felt Over a Large Region – A Vibratory Motion from Washington to Maine
...The policemen on the Brooklyn bridge report that the shock was distinctly felt there, and the great towers at either end oscillated visibly, while the bridge itself rocked as if struck by a hurricane. The shock was felt generally along the river fronts, and the piers were shaken as if by a heavil...Read MORE...


1884 - MEETING WITH A CRASH. PROBABLE FATAL COLLISION ON THE CONEY ISLAND RAILROAD.
Brooklyn, July 15. - A collision occurred on the Brooklyn Bath and Coney Island railroad, near Greenwood cemetery, yesterday afternoon, by which several people were severely injured, some probably fatally. The engineer of a coal train, in endeavoring to reach the switch just outside the city limits ...Read MORE...


1888 - America for Americans
BROOKLYN, N. Y., Nov. 24 - "Deacon" Richardson has given notice that hereafter only American citizens, native or naturalized, will be employed on his street car lines as conductors or drivers.
The Daily City News
New Castle, Pennsylvania
November 24, 1888
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1897 - BRAVE POLICEMAN FARRELL Saves Lives of Passengers of a Brighton Beach Train at Risk of His Own. THWARTS TRAIN WRECKERS
Catches Five Boys Wedging Stones in an Opened Switch - Hampered by Two Prisoners, He Works as the Train Approached.

Policeman FARRELL of the Twenty-second Police Precinct, Brooklyn, working under great difficulties, saved the lives of many passengers of a Bright Beach Railroad train last night. H...Read MORE...


1898 - January 1 - Brooklyn merges with NY to form present City of NY

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1903 - December 19 - Williamsburg suspension bridge opens between Brooklyn & Manhattan

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1904 - IMPALED ON WAGON SHAFT.
James Jones of No. 76 Oakland street, Brooklyn, was impaled yesterday afternoon on the shaft of an express wagon while he was riding on the running board of a Third avenue trolley car in Brooklyn.

The car had reached Twenty-fifth street and was going at high speed when the horse attached to the w...Read MORE...


1904 - BOY CRUSHED UNDER CAR.
Pinioned under the forward truck of a trolley car in Wyckoff avenue, near Temple avenue, Brooklyn, last night, George Schroeder, eight years old of No. 406 Ralph street, pluckily directed the efforts of men who worked for nearly an hour to extricate him.

More than a score of men took hold of the ...Read MORE...


1904 - DEATH IN ELEVATED WRECK
Three Fatalities and Many Injured in Brooklyn Collision.

Electric Train, Crowded with Passengers, Crashes Into Rear End of Stalled Locomotive and Cars.

Three were killed and many injured in a rear-end collision on the Kings County Eelevated [sic] Railroad in Brooklyn yesterday morning. The col...Read MORE...


1916
Brooklyn, a former city of Kings co., N.Y., since Jan. 1, 1898, a borough of the city of New York, situated at the W. end of Long Island. Lat. of the navy-yard, 40° 41' 30" N. j Lon. 73° 59' 30" W. The borough is coextensive with Kings county. A strait called the East River, in its narrowest part ab...Read MORE...


1918 - November 1 - 102 die in a NYC BMT subway derailment at Malbone Street Brooklyn

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November 1, 1918
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1922 - BROOKLYN FACTORY FIRE TRAPS SCORES.
ONE MAN KILLED AND MANY SUFFER INJURIES.
GIRLS LEAP FROM FLAMES.
WOMEN IN LOFT SECTION CAUGHT WITH OUT WARNING AS FLAMES SPREAD THROUGH BUILDING.

New York. - One man was killed and more than a dozen persons were injured when a five-story factory building on South Thirteenth Street, in Brooklyn,...Read MORE...


1944 - HURRICANE HITS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND COASTS. HIGH WINDS LASH JERSEY, LONG ISLAND.
... In Brooklyn, JOSEPH LAUZON, 55, street car motorman, was electrocuted when he stepped from his car and onto a live wire pulled down by a tree that had fallen on the tracks...

The Troy Record
Troy, New York
September 15, 1944
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1955 - Brooklyn Dodgers won World Series

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Alence
America/USA  Anita Marie Alence (August 1921, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 30 July 2013, Bourne, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA)
America/USA  Richard Ferdinand Alence (6 June 1894, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 20 February 1949, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA (New York City))

Allen
America/USA  Anna Deubre Allen (25 February 1917, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 3 October 2000, Falls Church, Virginia, USA) gravestone
America/USA  Beatrice Elizabeth Allen (abt. 1915, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 28 September 1963, Hempstead, Nassau, New York, USA)
America/USA  Eleanor May Allen (16 June 1920, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - April 1984, Woodstock, Ulster, New York, USA) gravestone
America/USA  Samuel Ethan Allen (1 July 1926, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 7 November 1963, Hempstead, Nassau, New York, USA) gravestone

Bourgarde
America/USA  Joseph John Bourgarde (3 April 1895, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 26 September 1966, Dumont, Bergen, New Jersey, USA)

Braun
America/USA  Howard June Braun (18 August 1898, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - December 1982, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA)

Flaviani
America/USA  Marie Elaine Flaviani (28 February 1952, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 31 October 2006, Augusta, Kennebec, Maine, USA)

Irvine
America/USA  John Ernest Irvine (21 January 1889, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 14 March 1955, Sherman, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA)

Krebs
America/USA  Francis Warner Krebs (19 December 1932, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 08 June 1996, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, USA) gravestone

Mackenzie
America/USA  Ethel Cecilia Mackenzie (8/31/1903, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 4/21/1994, New York, USA)

Melia
America/USA  Catherine E Melia (29 August 1894, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 22 January 1977, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA)

Parker
America/USA  George Perry Parker (11/19/1916, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 2/1/1961, Long Island, New York)
America/USA  George Van Mater Parker (18 May 1894, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 5 January 1973, San Jose, Santa Clara, California, USA)

UNKNOWN
America/USA  Clara L UNKNOWN (abt. 1880, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - , )

Van Mater
America/USA  Cornelius Van Mater (abt. 1815, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 20 April 1891, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA)
America/USA  Elizabeth Van Mater (28 November 1854, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 16 June 1931, Linden, Union, New Jersey, USA)

West
America/USA  Hazel A West (1910, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 24 June 1963, Penn Yan, Yates, New York, USA) gravestone
America/USA  Howard M West (10 April 1918, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 23 July 1995, Miami, Dade, Florida, USA) gravestone
 


Ancestors Who Died Here


Bentley
America/USA  George Smith Bentley (May 1841, Cato, Cayuga, New York, USA - 19 May 1915, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA)

Blessing
America/USA  Charles Joseph Blessing (10 April 1879, Passaic, Passaic, New Jersey, USA - 12 December 1916, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA) gravestone
America/USA  Frederick August "Gus" Blessing (8 March 1857, Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA - 29 May 1930, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA) gravestone
America/USA  Frederick Wilhelm Blessing (10 October 1877, Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA - 21 April 1899, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA) gravestone

Braun
America/USA  Howard June Braun (18 August 1898, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - December 1982, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA)

Flaviani
America/USA  Salvatore Vincent Flaviani (6 January 1918, Connecticut, USA - September 1984, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA)

Fleming
America/USA  William C Fleming (11 June 1884, New York, USA - February 1968?, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA)

Howe
America/USA  Elias Howe (9 July 1819, Spencer, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - 3 October 1867 , Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA)

Pahl
Germany  Amelia S "Mame" Pahl (December 1858, Germany (German States) (German Empire) - 5 June 1933, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA) gravestone

Parker
England  Charles Smith Parker (29 November 1853, England (Great Britain) (United Kingdom) - 1901, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA)

Sargent
America/USA  Dorris Sargent (9/10/1900, Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, USA - 1955, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA)

Theinert
America/USA  Beatrice Theinert (12 December 1893, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA (New York City) - 31 October 1943, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA) gravestone

UNKNOWN
  Annie UNKNOWN (4 July 1865, Connecticut or New York - 25 February 1918, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA) gravestone

Van Mater
America/USA  Cornelius Van Mater (abt. 1815, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA - 20 April 1891, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA)
 


Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1884
Charles Smith Parker (29 November 1853 - 1901) & Elizabeth Van Mater (28 November 1854 - 16 June 1931)
married 1884

1914
Samuel Ethan Allen (10 January 1882 - 3 September 1950) & Eleanor May Theinert (15 May 1892 - 11 June 1955)
married 5 May 1914

1918
Richard Ferdinand Alence (6 June 1894 - 20 February 1949) & Beatrice Theinert (12 December 1893 - 31 October 1943)
married 17 July 1918
 




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