Radcliff family papers, 1796-1857 (bulk 1844)

Extent: 1 box
The Radcliff family papers consist of 34 items, primarily contracts, specifications bills and receipts for three new houses in North Pearl Street belonging to David V.N. Radcliff. Additional material types include declaration of trust, power of attorney, personal letters, settlements, and memorandum of accounts.

Biographical/Historical Note
The Radcliff family resided in New York, both Albany and New York City, during the late 18th and 19th century. John Radcliff Esquire, the patriarch of the family married Jane Radcliff (formerly Van Ness), and the two had at least two children, David V.N. Radcliffe and Cornelia Radcliffe. David V.N. Radcliff purchased three new houses in 1844 on North Pearl Street, and 16 of the 34 documents included in the collection are related to these houses.

Scope and Content
The Radcliff family papers collection spans the years 1796 to1857, with the bulk of the material dated 1844. The collection consists of contracts, bills, specification, list of monies paid, and receipts for three new houses in North Pearl Street, built in 1844 belonging to David V.N. Radcliff. Radcliff employed separate individuals for masonry, carpentry, marble, granite, and furnishing for the new houses. Radcliff family members featured in the collection include John Radcliff, the patriarch of the family, Jane Radcliff, his wife, and his children Cornelia Radcliff and David V.N. Radcliff. There is also a settlement of William Radcliff and a power of attorney signed by public notary Edward Radcliff in the collection. Other material included in the collection include personal letters, settlements, power of attorney, declaration of trust, in chancery, a lease, and a memorandum of accounts. The personal letters include two letters from D.V.N. Radcliff to his father John Radcliff, a letter from D.V.N. Radcliff to Jacob Acker, sheriff or deputy, and a letter from Frederick Quitman. Individuals featured in the collection that were not part of the Radcliff family include Benjamin Bogardus, J.V.V. Quackenbush, Jacob Acker, Frederick Quitman, Jonathan Lewis, Capt. J. Bergh, Jacob Van Ness, and David Buel.


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