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Thursday, January 14, 2016

1846 Notice of Executor's Sale of the Estate of Elisha W. King Who Owned Estate in Pelham

Elisha W. King was a notable 19th century resident of the Town of Pelham.  He was the builder and original owner of the famed mansion and estate known as "Hawkswood."  Hawkswood was a Greek Revival mansion that once stood on Pelham Neck in the Town of Pelham.  I have written about Elisha W. King and Hawkswood on many occasions.  For a few examples, see:

Tue., May 19, 2015:  Advertisements for Two Nineteenth Century Sales of Large Properties on Rodman's Neck in the Town of Pelham.

Fri., Feb. 14, 2014:  Martin Euclid Thompson, the Architect of the Pelham Mansion Known as Hawkswood and the Marshall Mansion.

Thu., Feb. 13, 2014:  More Information About Elisha W. King, the Builder and Original Owner of Hawkswood.

Mon., Feb. 10, 2014:  Hawkswood, Also Known as the Marshall Mansion, Colonial Hotel and Colonial Inn, Once Stood in Pelham Near City Island

Wed., Apr. 5, 2006: "Hawkswood", Later Known as the Marshall Mansion on Rodman's Neck in Pelham.  

Thu., Jun. 28, 2007: 19th Century Notice of Executor's Sale of "Hawkswood" After Death of Elisha W. King

Fri., May 07, 2010: Image of Hawkswood Published in 1831

Thu., June 28, 2007: 19th Century Notice of Executor's Sale of "Hawkswood" After Death of Elisha W. King

Mon., Apr. 26, 2010: Public Service Commission Couldn't Find Marshall's Corners in 1909.

Today's posting to the Historic Pelham Blog transcribes the text of a notice advertising the Executor's sale of properties held by the executor of the estate of the late Elisha W. King, Theodore F. King, by the auctioneer Anthony J. Bleecker at the Merchants' Exchange in Manhattan on December 1, 1846.  The notice is particularly interesting because it details many of the properties -- including Hawkswood -- that Elisha W. King owned at the time of his death.  It gives a sense of the wealth of the man who built and lived in Hawkswood, a significant early 19th century estate in the Town of Pelham.

Hawkswood in 1831. Source: Atkinson's Casket Or
Gems of Literature, Wit and Sentiment, No. 10, p. 457
(Oct. 1831) (image appears between pages 456 and 457).
NOTE:  Click on Image to Enlarge.

Detail from Page 35, Beers, F.W., Atlas of New York and
Vicinity, 1868 (Published by Beers, Ellis & Soule, New York)
("City Island, Pelham Township, Westchester Co., N.Y. with Town
of Pelham, Wetchester Co., N.Y.") Shows Estate of L.R. Marshall
Known as "Hawkswood."  NOTE:  Click on Image to Enlarge.

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Below is the text of the notice of Executor's sale.  It is followed by a citation and link to its source.  

"EXECUTOR'S SALE. -- ESTATE OF THE LATE ELISHA W. KING. -- The subscriber will sell at auction on Tuesday, 1st December next, at 12 o'clock, at the Merchants' Exchange, (ANTHONY J. BLEECKER, Auctioneer,) the following property belonging to the estate of the late Elisha W. King, viz:

The four story brick house and lot of ground No. 65 Beeckman street, corner of Gold st.  Lot is 50 feet on Beeckman st., 47 feet in the rear, 64 feet on Gold street, and 58 ft., 9 inches on the southerly side.  House in complete order.

Also, the three story brick store and lot No. 36 Ferry st. next adjoining the above, together with a rear building on the same lot, 25 feet in front and rear, 101 feet 6 inches on the N. E. side, and 100 ft. 9 inches on the S. W. side.

Also, the brick dwelling house and lot of ground No. 273 Water st. together with one-half of an alley-way adjoining.  Lot 24 ft. 6 1/2 inch. by 72 ft. 2 inches.

Also, the three story brick house and lot of ground No. 18 Cherry street, near Pearl st.

Also, 2 lots on the south side of Broome street, known as Nos. 43 and 45 Broome st., being the 2d and 3d lots east from Lewis st.

Also, 4 lots of ground with cottage building thereon, situated on the southerly corner of Fleet and Fulton sts. in the city of Brooklyn, containing 52 feet on Fulton st. and 200 ft. on Fleet street.

Also, 80 acres of fine land beautifully situated on Rodman's Neck, in the town of Pelham, county of Westchester, being a part of the homestead of the late Elisha W. King.  The land fronts on East Chester Bay, and affords several beautiful building spots, with a fine water prospect and privileges.  It is bounded north and east by the main road, south by property of Samuel Bowne, Esq., and west by the Bay.  The premises will be sold in one or more parcels.

Also, 2 lots of land in the village of New Rochelle, lying on the east side of the White Plains road, and being the 2d and 3d lots north of Mechanic street, now or lately so called, in the said village, together with the buildings thereon: 

Further particulars may be obtained by applying to the subscriber, at Perth Amboy, New Jersey -- of John B. King, No. 3 Front street, Brooklyn -- or of Anthony J. Bleecker, auctioneer, No. 7 Broad street, New York.

Executor, &c of Elisha W. King, dec'd.

n7 2awts"

Source:  EXECUTOR'S SALE -- ESTATE OF THE LATE ELISHA W. KING [Advertisement], The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Nov. 9, 1846, p. 2, col. 6 (NOTE:  Paid subscription required to access via link).  

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