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 Jacobus L Lefferts

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Jacobus L Lefferts

  • Birth 9 Aug 1757 New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 4 Sep 1799 Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Burial Bensonhurst, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 66234962

Jacobus Lefferts
Birth: 9 Aug 1757 in NY, NY
Death: 4 Sep 1799 in Westchester, NY
Son of Leffert Lefferts b: 14 Mar 1727 and Dorothea Couwenhoven b: 8 Feb 1738.

Married: Maria Lott b: 11 Oct 1762 in Kings, NY
Married: 7 Aug 1780 in Kings, NY

John L. Lefferts b: Bef 20 Oct 1781 in Westchester, NY
Leffert I. Lefferts b: 6 Nov 1783 in Westchester, NY
Maria Lott Lefferts b: 20 Aug 1786 in Westchester, NY

Jacobus Lefferts (1757-1799), great-grandson of Leffert Pieterse, was a member of the Bedford branch of the Lefferts family. In addition to the land he inherited from his father, Leffert Lefferts, Jacobus Lefferts owned a mercantile firm dealing in liquor, dry goods, and foodstuffs located on Water Street in New York City. He maintained a home on Nassau Street, just a few blocks away from his business.

Jacobus increased his wealth and holdings through an advantageous marriage. On August 14, 1780, the New York Mercury announced the marriage of Jacobus Lefferts to "Miss Maria Lott, daughter of the late Mr. Lott, of Long Island; a young lady of great beauty and merit, with a large fortune." Jacobus and his beautiful and wealthy wife moved to a large waterfront estate that Maria had inherited from her grandfather, situated in the Kings County town of New Utrecht. Tragically, Maria died only a few years later, at the age of twenty-four.

Though New York City was quite a journey from New Utrecht, Jacobus remained a member of the New York Society Library, New York's oldest library. According to the library's first charging ledger, Jacobus was partial to books related to ancient history.

Jacobus Lefferts died in 1799 leaving his and Maria's three children behind. One of those children, Maria Lott Lefferts, was the mother of well-known author Gertrude Lefferts Vanderbilt (1824-1901).

(Above information provided by Zoe Tom)

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  • Created by: Elsie Scharpf Saar
  • Added: 27 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 66234962
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jacobus L Lefferts (9 Aug 1757–4 Sep 1799), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66234962, citing New Utrecht Cemetery, Bensonhurst, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Elsie Scharpf Saar (contributor 46486625) .