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122-124 Columbia Heights House History

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Date: Before 1845
Location: Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United Statesmap
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122-124 Columbia Heights House History

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... Site of Jehovah's Witnesses Brooklyn Bethel 1909-2016
1910-1915-1920-1925-1930-1940

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History

From 1843 to 1856, the property was owned by Horace Brigham Claflin (1811-1885), merchant.[1][2][3]

From 1856 to 1881, it was the home of Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), the renowned abolitionist, and pastor of Plymouth Church.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] “...it was in this house that President Lincoln is said to have visited Mr. Beecher shortly before the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.”[12]

In 1881, Beecher sold the property to George Ludovic Benet (1832-1905), attorney.[13][5][14][15][16][17][18]

In May of 1909, the WTBTS (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society) purchased the property among others spanning an entire city block. The buildings at 122 and 124 Columbia Heights served as residences for the volunteers serving at the worldwide headquarters of what was to become the Jehovah's Witnesses religion.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25]

After over 100 years as "Brooklyn Bethel", the property was sold in 2016 to Vincent Viola for $105 million.[26]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lancaster, Clay. "Old Brooklyn Heights: New York's first suburb. Including detailed analyses of 619 century-old houses" (C.E. Tuttle Co., 1961 Rutland, Vermont) Brooklyn Heights Directory
  2. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCYL-B1Z : 23 December 2020), Horrace B Claflin, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States; citing family , NARA microfilm publication (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. "New York State Census, 1855," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K67Y-B4N : 3 March 2021), Horace B Claflin, E.D. 1, Ward 3, Brooklyn City, Kings, New York, United States; citing p. , line #37, family #97, county clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 1,930,196.
  4. "City News & Gossip: A Visit to Henry Ward Beecher's Residence" database w/images (https://www.newspapers.com/ : accessed 20 Apr 2021) The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) 14 Jan 1857, Wed Page 3
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Beechers Old Home Sold" database w/images (https://www.newspapers.com/ : accessed 20 Apr 2021)The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) 20 Feb 1909, Sat Page 22
  6. "Spring Outlook for Realty is Especially Promising" database w/images (https://www.newspapers.com/ : accessed 20 Apr 2021)The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) 20 Feb 1909, Sat Page 22
  7. "Jehovah’s Witnesses Sell Their Longest-Held Property in Historic Brooklyn Heights", database (https://www.jw.org/ : accessed 6 Nov 2021) May 6, 2016
  8. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCWK-1K4 : 18 February 2021), Henry W Beecher, 1860.
  9. "United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8NC-CR6 : 29 May 2021), Henry W Beecher, 1870.
  10. "New York State Census, 1875," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNJQ-BHY : 18 February 2021), H W Beecher, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States; citing p. 13, line 15, State Library, Albany; FHL microfilm 1,930,212.
  11. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZNX-8GM : 19 February 2021), H Ward Beecher, Peekskill, Westchester, New York, United States; citing enumeration district ED 88, sheet 84B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,945.
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  13. "Brooklyn" database w/images (https://www.newspapers.com/ : accessed 20 Apr 2021) The New York Times (New York, New York) 24 Mar 1881, Thu Page 8
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  15. "United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K83C-YHF : 8 March 2021), Ludovic Bennet, 1890; citing NARA microfilm publication M123 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 338,206.
  16. "United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6CBP-MWZH : 8 March 2021), Ludovic Bennett, 1894.
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  18. "New York State Census, 1905," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MK9Z-JHQ : 8 March 2021), Ludovic Bennett, Brooklyn, A.D. 01, E.D. 03, Kings, New York; citing p. , line 14, various county clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 1,930,245.
  19. United States Census, 1910, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M539-41N : accessed 22 April 2019), Charles T Russell, Brooklyn Ward 1, Kings, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 3, sheet 19A, family 310, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 955; FHL microfilm 1,374,968.
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  22. New York State Census, 1925, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSSJ-21B : 8 November 2014), Joseph F Rutherford, Brooklyn, A.D. 01, E.D. 32, Kings, New York, United States; records extracted by Ancestry and images digitized by FamilySearch; citing p. 25, line 17, New York State Archives, Albany.
  23. United States Census, 1930, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X765-JPB : accessed 22 April 2019), Joseph F Rutherford, Brooklyn (Districts 0751-1000), Kings, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 906, sheet 1B, line 72, family 12, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1491; FHL microfilm 2,341,226.
  24. United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X76R-SZZ : accessed 10 May 2020), Frederick W Franz in household of Edward I Lueck, Brooklyn (Districts 0751-1000), Kings, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 905, sheet 3A, line 49, family 56, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1491; FHL microfilm 2,341,226.
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  26. Croghan, Lore. "Breaking news: Jehovah’s Witnesses put Brooklyn Heights headquarters up for sale" Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) Friday, December 4, 2015 (https://brooklyneagle.com/ : accessed 6 Nov 2021)
  • Manbeck, John B. (2008), Brooklyn: Historically Speaking, Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press "A Century of Jehovah's Witnesses - April 29, 2010" Pages 23-25 Google Books




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