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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
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Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA
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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 with Long island sound, here from 731 to 1,300 yards wide, and across which four steam-ferries are established. It is a regularly built town, and is rapidly increasing. Pop. in 1810, 4,402; in 1830, ... Read MORE...


News 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

News 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

News 1870 - January 3 - Construction begins on Brooklyn Bridge in New York; completed May 24, 1883
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January 3, 1870

News 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 lost. About 7 o'clock it was known that at least twenty persons had been burned to death or smothred. By 9 o'clock the list of deaths had risen to seventy. At 11 o'clock ninety victims were counted, and ... Read MORE...

1883 - Brooklyn Bridge opens

News 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

News 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 before the 2:30 train from Coney Island miscalculated the time and met the incoming train just after rounding a curve. The two trains came together with a crash. There was much confusion. A number of ... Read MORE...

News 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 heavily loaded truck passing over them. At the iron steamboat pier, which is built of solid masonry, the motion was so violent that the ticket-takers rushed from their offices to ascertain the cause of the ... Read MORE...

News 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

News 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. He did this at the risk of his own life and the lives of the two boy prisoners, whom he had caught in an attempt to wreck the train.

Several times recently large stones have been found on the Bright... 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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News 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 colliding cars caught fire, and others were hurt in the panic which ensued.

A four-car train of the Fulton Street Division drawn by a steam locomotive pulled out of the East New York yard at Alabama a... Read MORE...

News 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 wagon turned out into the street. Jones could not climb into the car because of its crowded condition and he was stuck in the side by the shaft.

The stick broke three ribs and penetrated his side, i... Read MORE...

News 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 car and lifted it from the tracks. The lad was badly cut and bruised and suffered from internal injuries. Dr. Tesiffer of the German Hospital, said his condition was precarious.
Daily People
New York, New York
September 9, 1904

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 about a half mile in width and connecting Long Island Sound with the upper New York Bay, separates Brooklyn from Manhattan Island, while the navigable Newtown Creek separates it from Long Island City (n... Read MORE...


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

News 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, was destroyed by fire.

A report which could not be confirmed said that 15 girls were trapped in the upper floors of the building occupied by shirt factories.

A hasty search of the building by f... 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

1955 - Brooklyn Dodgers won World Series



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


1914
Samuel Ethan Allen (10 Jan 1882 - 3 Sept 1950) & Eleanor May Theinert (15 May 1892 - 11 Jun 1955)
married 5 May 1914


1918
Richard Ferdinand Alence (6 Jun 1894 - 20 Feb 1949) & Beatrice Theinert (12 Dec 1893 - 31 Oct 1943)
married 17 Jul 1918
 




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I am trying to trace Michael and Catherine nee Walsh O'Brien and their children. They married in St Nicholas church Dublin in 1848. Their son Thomas was born in Brooklyn about 1857. He then turns up in Dublin 1n 1894 marrying Mary McLoughlin. They then appear in Glasgow Scotland in the 1901 and 1911 census. Thomas and Mary had 3 living children - Florence was born in Ireland but lived in Glasgow and became a nun. Terence became a priest, and Mary (my grandmother), married Randolph Sweeny and had 2 sons Alfred and Thomas (known as Ian) I don't know when Thomas O'Brien returned to Ireland or if the rest of the family also teturned to ireland. Does this ring any bells for anyone ?

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