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Gracie Mansion Owner
This topic came to my attention in an email from my cousin, ID4757,
where she included a note stating that a Joseph Foulke had purchased
Gracie Mansion in 1823. S4,
I was intrigued and began the pursuit. As shown below I had some Joseph Foulke's in my database, but none of them proved to be the one in question. I did manage to find the correct man and it turned out to be a NEW Joseph Foulke for me. I now have to determine just how he might fit into my Foulke family.
When I received this email I had
three Joseph Foulke's in my database:
1. Joseph Foulke, ID2543 (1829- ) ( Edward > Hugh > Samuel > Judah > Samuel > Joseph )
2. Joseph Foulke, ID2653 (1786-1863)
3. Dr. Joseph Foulke, Jr., ID4765 (Son of ID2653) - (1827- )
Obviously the first one (ID2543) could not be the one since he was born after the 1823 date
It also seems unlikely that the second one, (ID2653) is the one either because it does not seem likely that he would have had the financial resources necessary to have purchased such an estate.
Dr. Joseph Foulke, Jr., was born after the event as well
I now have a fourth Joseph Foulke, ID4799 - (1769-1852) - who is the one that purchased Gracie Mansion in 1823
12 Nov 2012:
- Sent an email to Gracie Mansion asking if they have any further background on Joseph Foulke.
- The reply included information regarding a book by Mary Black about the owners of Gracie Mansion, S7,
- I ordered the book
|So, who was this Joseph Foulke who purchased Gracie Mansion in 1823? - He was Joseph Foulke, ID4799 - a rich merchant living in New York City.|
|One question solved - but now, is this
Joseph Foulke connected to me somehow? Further study will have
to be done on this subject.
It is said that most of the Foulke's in this country descend from Edward Foulke, ID0168, who arrived in Philadelphia from Wales in 1698. If this is correct then this new Joseph Foulke should be connected.
|This was an interesting study and one that provided much additional information on Joseph Foulke, ID2653 and his family as well as introducing me to a new Joseph Foulke who may prove to be an addition to my family. I will continue to follow this path and update this page as new data is located.|
|Joseph Foulke, ID2653 - Minister, Teacher, Author - MRM Page -|
Hugh Foulke, ID2640 (1751-1831) and Ann Roberts Foulke, ID2641
MRM Page -
Spouse: Elizabeth Shoemaker, ID2654 (1791-1873) - MRM Page -
Daniel Foulke, ID2850
Thomas Foulke, ID2669
Dr. Joseph Foulke, Jr., ID4765 - (1827- ) S6, 1900 U.S. Census,
Phebe Foulke, ID4775
Ann Foulke, ID4787
Sarah Foulke, ID4798
Edward Foulke, ID0168 and Eleanor Hugh, ID0169
Thomas Foulke, ID2286 and Gwen Evans, ID2298
Edward Foulke, ID2632 and Margaret Griffith, ID2634
Hugh Foulke, ID2640 and Ann Roberts, ID2641
Joseph Foulke, ID2653
Joseph was a Friends Minister, School Teacher and Author. S3, S6,
Joseph traveled to Washington D.C. in 1836 to influence Congress against the admission of Arkansas as a slave state S2, S3,
|1850 U.S. Census - S6,|
|Sources: S14 page 440,|
|Joseph Foulke, ID4799 - Gracie Mansion Owner, 1823-1853 - MRM Page -|
|Born: 19 Nov
1769, Piscataway Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey
S10 p 63,
Parents: John Foulke and Sarah Sutton Foulke S10 p 63,
Spouse: Charlotte Brion - Married about 1800 when he was 31 and she was 15 S10 p 63,
Children: The couple had 10 children S10 p 63,
- Curacao (an island off the Venezuelan coast) S10 p 63,
- between 1816 and 1818 they moved to New York City S10 p 63,
- 1823: Purchased Gracie Mansion for $20,500.00 from Rufus King S10 p 63,
- Merchant, owned ships, Director of Hope Insurance Company, on the board of the City Bank
- Charlotte - about 1846, New York City S10 p 65,
- Joseph - 20 Feb 1852, New York City S10 p 65,
|Biography - S9, - Link,|
|Joseph Foulke & Sons
- Flags of U.S. Shipping Companies: F/ Joseph Foulke & Sons S9,
|Another shipbuilder, Joseph Foulke, (During the period of 1810-1816 the island was leased to an American shipbuilder from New York, Joseph Foulke. Foulke received 300 slaves and everything on both islands (Curacao) for about $2,400 dollars per year. It was during this period where all of the trees of Klein Bonaire were cut and most of the main island trees were devastated). [Link] S9,|
|Member of The Fire Club - S13,|
|Owned Rosentak Plantation -
[Source: Emmanuel, Isaac Samuel. History of
the Jews of the Netherlands Antilles, Number 5, Part 1,
vol. 1, page 300 ]
Google Book Link to Snippet
|1835 - St. James Episcopal Church destroyed by a tornado. Rebuilt by Joseph Foulke, using as much of the original fittings and fixtures as possible. Link,|
|On Friday, Nov. 26th 1858 by
the Rev. D.D. Morgan John Neilson to Catherine
Foulke Daughter of Joseph Foulke & Lydia Beekman. Link, (Jane Beekman in Vn Cortlandt Family Bible)
|Sources: S7, S10, S11, S12,|
East End Avenue at 88th St.
New York, NY 10128
(212) 639-9675 • in NYC call 311
|Gracie Mansion - a
"In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the City. Financial failure forced Gracie to sell his house to Joseph Foulke in 1823, and in 1857, the house came into the possession of Noah Wheaton. The City of New York appropriated the estate in 1896, incorporating its 11 acres of grounds into the newly-formed Carl Schurz Park."
|Wikipedia Article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracie_Mansion|
|Historic House Trust, New York City - Gracie Mansion: http://www.historichousetrust.org/item.php?i_id=15|
|UpperEast.com (New York City) - Gracie Mansion: http://www.uppereast.com/gracie-mansion|
Curtis, George Ticknor. Life
of James Buchanan, Vol. 2.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1883. Bk2935, pages 181, 696.
Extract: Page 181
Howard M Jenkins, Historical
Collections Relating to Gwynedd (Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania: Howard M Jenkins, 1897), Bk2910, pages 266, 439, 440.
Extract Page 439, 440:
A Brief History of Gracie Mansion
Davis, W W H, Warren S Ely and John W Jordan. History
of Bucks County Pennsylvania: From the discovery of the Delaware to
the Present Time, Volume 3, Second Edition.
New York: The Lewis Publishing Co, 1905. Bk3104, page 89.
1850 U.S. Census:
Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Line 15, Dwelling
89, Family 94, Joseph Foulke Household. Original Data: NARA,
M432_800, page 77B, Image 337. www.ancestry.com ,
accessed 13 Nov 2012. Acc002452/Doc1285.pdf
|S7||Book: Black, Mary. New York City's Gracie
Mansion: A history of the mayor's house. New York: J. M. Kaplan
Fund, 1984, pages 48, 49. Bk3715,
|S8||1900 U.S. Census: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County,
Pennsylvania, Ward 10. SD 1, ED 186, Sheet 99B, Line 91, Joseph
Foulke Household. 1709 Race Street. And Sheet 100A, Line 1. Dwelling
116, Family 119. Mills Eye Hospital. Original Data: NARA, T623_1456.
FHL Film: 1241456.
www.ancestry.com , accessed 13 Nov 2012. Acc002453/Doc1286.pdf
|S9||Email, 14 Nov 2012 - Doc1288|
|S10||Gracie Mansion Historic Report, Pages 63-68 - Doc1287.pdf
Repository: Gracie Mansion
|S11||Book: Lowrie, Walter. American State Papers:
Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United
States. From the 1st session of the 1st to the 3rd session of the
13th congress, inclusive: commencing March 3, 1789, and ending March
3, 1815, Volume 2. Gales and Seaton, 1832, pages 29, 761, 764.
Brought to my attention in an email from my cousin, ID4757 - 15 Feb 2012
|S12||Book: Blume, Kenneth J. Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Maritime Industry., Scarecrow Press, 2011. page 258.||Read Online (Page 258)|
|S13||The Saturday Evening Post, Philadelphia, 30 July 1904, page 1.
"Merchant Princes of Old New York: The Clipper Days" by Arthur E.
Joseph Foulke mentioned as a member of the "Fire Club" column 1 near the beginning of the article.
|S14||Book: Jenkins, Howard M. Historical Collections Relating to Gwynedd: A Township of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Settled, 1698, by Immigrants from Wales, with some data referring to the Adjoining Township of Montgomery, also settled by Welsh, Second edition. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Howard M Jenkins, 1897. Bk2910||