THIE GREENE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC.
-Route U. S. 9-v/
Coxsccke, N. Y. 12051
January 0. 1Q7Q
Greene County courthouse, Box 240, pkt 5540:
Inventory of property of James C. Lisk:
1. a note held against Robblat Smith, dtd. May 1, 1855 $607.50
2. same for interest of one year 50.622
3. Note,(doubtful) a promissory note in form of an article of agreement
dtd. May 1, 1832 for $300 payable on demand against J. C. Dorman.
4. small tin dress trunk and contents 3.00
5. one traveling trunk worth 5o00
6. one large traveling trunk worth 6.00
7. one low chest worth 2.50
8. one gold watch worth 25.00
9. two large dictionaries and 7 small books (no titles) 3.00
10. a book of accounts against several amounting to 6.25 --CLoV
11. one tool chest with contents, consisting of carpen-
'ter-'s tools- 15.00
12. sundry small articles .50
13. wearing apparel 5.00
14. one umbrella 2.00
"We find thatlooking on the Testator's Record in regard to Gabriel Armstrong's
estate we find that he had paid off four heirs and three remain yet unpaid.
Each share about 18.00 dollars.
"We find a Deed for a House and Lot of Land Situate in St. Augustine, East
Flrida, dated June 2d, 1835 for which the Testator paid $1000.00. But the
valuation to us unknown at present."
TIE G-REENE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC.
FRoute U.S. 9-\/
Coxackie, N. Y. 12051
The inventory of James C. Lisk's estate was so stated and signed by
Charles Lisk, Chales Lisk, Jr., Jeremiah Bedell and Burling Hoag on
July 16, 1836.
The will was witnessed by Burling Hoag, who later stated he saw James C.
Lisk sign his name to the will and he was in sound state of mind.
Will of James C. Lisk: dtd. March 18, 1836, signed in presence of
Burling Hoag and David Lisk:
1. Us$4ual provision for debts, funeral expenses.
2. Order that my Executors dispose of my house and lot in the City of
St. Augustine, East Florida as soon as may be to the belt advantage and that
they take the moneys arising therefrom with resid% of my estate and make
distribution as follows--So brother Charles Lisk, Jr. $150; to Marie
Armstrong, my oldest sister, $150; to youngest brother Benjamin C. Lisk,
$50, gold watch and apparatus belonging thereto, my large traveling trunk,
my low chest, my dress trunk,with the contents; to my youngest sister
Hannah Coonley, wife of Gery Coonley $50 (Coonly?); to oldest brother,
Jacob Lisk $50; all rest to brother Bharles Lisk, Jr. Witness to will
were Burling Hoag and Deborah Liski both of New Baltimore.
Filed in Surrogate's Court, held in Town of Coxsackie, June 6, 1836;
Dorrance Kirtland, Surrogate wh) ordered probate of will.
TIE GREENE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC.
Route U. S. 9-W
Coxgackie, N. Y. 12051
n thg Estate of ph e8s Lisk, Jr. is listed a bond and mortgage against
e ror dated Nov. 9, 1837; the testator being directed to
pay out certain legacies from the proceeds of this as w*Il be seen by the last
will of James C. Lisk.
Excuse my poor typing. I checked the estate of Charles Lisk Jr. and found
the above which should interest you. Also Jpmes 0. LIsk wasa carpenter.
C xsackie, NY. 12051
I you have anything published on the house, could we get a copy to add to
our Lisk files up here. Thanks.
TIE GREELNE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC.
-Route U.S. 9-/
Cox cckie, N. Y. 12051
Our research library is a large one but is closed for the winter. I might
find other leads there in late spring.
It is possible that James C. Lisk and his brother, Charles, Jr. both
died of consumption. James C. may have purchased at St. Augustine to be in
a milder climate. In our Bronok line we have two sons, one dying before the
C0vil War and one shortly thereafter. They went on a trip south into the
St. Augustine area and we have their llxtaz letters describing their
On two occasions I hate sent historical printed material to the St.
Augustine Historical Society as not related to our collections.
OTHER DEPENDENCY BUILDINGS 4
The Library houses a regional collection of material
documenting the history of Greene County. The con-
tent, honoring Jessie Van Vechten Vedder, first county
historian, is especially strong in Catskill Mountain and
Hudson Valley items. A vigorous acquisition policy
continues to preserve many primary and secondary
source materials. Staffed by volunteers, the facility is
generally open Tuesday afternoon from late May until
late September. Telephone calls in advance are advis-
On the southern area of the museum complex are
to be found the Pieter Bronck Trading Post, the public
rest rooms, a picnic area, and the family and slave ceme-
teries. Collectors of the unusual will enjoy browsing in
the Trading Post, which sells antiques and modern
merchandise donated by friends of the Society to sus-
tain building and maintenance costs. Gifts of merchan-
dise other than clothing are always welcomed.
The Greene County Historical Society, chartered
by the University of the State of New York, seeks its
support from persons both within and without Greene
County who are interested in preserving our American
heritage. Applications for membership are processed by
the tour guides, or may be handled directly by letter of
inquiry to the Society at R. D. Coxsackie, New York
12051. Bequests of money are used to further educa-
tional work. Since no sustaining public funds are re-
ceived, dedicated volunteer effort, plus membership
dues, gifts and legacies are extremely important. The
Greene County Historical Society has been granted
federal tax-exempt status. Contributions and legacies
are deductible for income tax and estate tax purposes
in accordance with current regulations.
The Greene County Historical Society cooperates
with county organizations in the lending of historical
artifacts for special events. It encourages close contact
with other historical societies and museums to the end
that history may be better preserved and interpreted.
DIRECTIONS TO BRONCK HOUSE
From Thruway Exit 21-B, Coxsackie: South on 9W 334
miles; at RED BARN turn right on Pieter Bronck Rd.
From Traffic Light at 9W and 81: South on 9W 11/2
miles; at RED BARN turn right on Pieter Bronck Rd.
From Catskill: North on 9W; at RED BARN turn left on
Pieter Bronck Rd.
(Opposite New York State Vocational Institution)
Scheduled Guided Tours
Beginning Last Sunday in June Ending Sunday before
Weekdays 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Sundays 2 6 p.m.
Admission $1.50 Youths 12 through 15 504
Special Group Arrangements Upon Request
from May 15 to September 30
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National Historic Landmark
Maintained and Operated by
The Greene County Historical Society,
A Non-Profit Educational Corporation.
Coxsackie, New York 12051
1 4. L V! II
1. 13 Sided "Freedom"
2. Dutch Barn
5. Curator's Office
6. 1738 Brick House
7. 1663 Stone House
8. Kitchen Dependency
More than three hundred years of upper Hudson
Valley history are reflected in the cluster of architec-
turally significant buildings which comprise the Bronck
Museum. After nine generations of Broncks had main-
tained the homestead as a working farm, it came to the
Greene County Historical Society under the will of
Leonard Bronk Lampman. This legacy is a permanent
memorial to his mother Adelaide Ely Bronk Lampman,
a lineal descendant of Pieter Bronck, original grantee and
first builder on the land in 1663. The Greene County
Historical Society maintains the Bronck Homestead as its
headquarters and as a museum to house valuable histori-
cal collections which reflect the region's history.
1663 Stone House the original building, built on a
three-mile Indian land purchase extending from Hudson's
River to Kalkeberg Ridge. By the terms of his patent
from the Dutch Government, Pieter Bronck was required
to build on the land within two years. While the original
crude furnishings have long been displaced, the broad
floor boards, huge beams, Dutch doors and the Indian
lookout in the loft are noteworthy.
1685 Stone Addition an early expansion of the origi-
nal building to accommodate the growing family. This
"west wing" consists of a hallway, main room, and loft.
The great storm of 1792 caused extensive structural
damage, requiring rebuilding. It was about that time the
Dutch-style fireplaces were replaced in the various rooms
and the distinctive paneling installed. The weaving loft
contains an important collection of regional textiles, as
well as the household equipment used in their pro-
1738 Brick House a choice example of rural Hudson
Valley Dutch architecture modified by federal period
taste. This addition to the homestead, consisting of cellar,
two-room main floor, and two-room loft, attests to the
growing affluence of the Bronck family. The brick and
stone houses were joined by a hyphen hallway at an
early date for family convenience.
n, *q'.4 Residence
")10. Rip Van Winkle
11. Pieter Bronck
.A', Trading Post
12. Rest Rooms
--- --,- 13. Picnic Grove
14. Bronck Cemetery
15. Slave Cemetery
Kitchen Dependency built in the federal period on the
foundation of an earlier structure. A house in miniature,
with main room, loft, and cellar, it faces the rear court-
yard in a manner typical of the detached kitchen in a
plantation economy. On display are local furniture and
equipment used in the preparation and serving of food to
a large household of family and servants.
House Furnishings The rooms are furnished with
elegant federal period and Victorian-style furniture. In
addition, china, glass, silver and paintings from the sev-
eral generations of Broncks and other Greene County
families create a gracious atmosphere. The Society has
not reverted to the periods of construction in its selec-
tion of furnishings. The 1710 Samuel Van Vechten
portrait and the Hudson Valley Dutch Kas are of Van
Vechten Van Orden origin; the pre-revolutionary
mezzotints on glass are from the Van Bergen Van Dyck
family; and the Lafayette triumphal tour commemora-
tive china is from the Gay-Hallenbeck settlers. Descen-
dants of the Catskill artist, Thomas Cole, have provided
significant memorabilia relating to his life and work.
Throughout the houses are important works of art
by such painters as Thomas Cole, John Frederick Ken-
sett, Ezra Ames, Ammi Phillips, Richard Hubbard, Ben-
jamin Stone and other nineteenth century artists.
The Barns The Dutch barn with its huge framework,
the 13-sided barn with its unusual center pole construc-
tion, and the Victorian horse barn (Antiquarium) con-
tain trade and farm collections, horse-drawn vehicles, and
a wide assortment of miscellaneous historical material.
While exhibits are frequently changed, some permanent
displays include Fox Clark Athens pottery, medical
equipment and country store items.
Egbert Saxe's scaled model of the famous Catskill
Mountain house is housed in the Rip Van Winkle
Grtrnr Tohnrty ltstnrtrtl 1noruir, fnr.
BRONCK HOUSE MUSEUM
January 17, 1979
Mr. Michael C. Scardaville, Historian
Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board
P. 0. Box 1987
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Dear Mr. Scardaville:
We are a volunteer historical society and ordinarily do not
have the time to undertake extensive research for others. How-
ever your request is unusual and I make an exception.
Charles Lisk of New Baltimore, father of your James C., bought
the Lisk Homestead farm in the town of New Baltimore from Daniel
Gregory, deed recorded April 30, 1824. Charles willed the farm to
his youngest son, Benjamin C. Lisk; that will being recorded in the
Surrogates office on March 19, 1849.
The Lisk Cemetery is at the homestead and is maintained. The
house is gone from the family. The first grave in the family cemetery
was opened for a son of Charles Lisk who died in 1836. I assume this
was for James C.
I would conclude from information in the book : Heritage of
New Baltimore, that James C. Lisk was a member of the Masonic Order
(emblem on his tombstone). He was the son of Charles and Ffelove
Lisk, and died April 3, 1836, aged 35 years, 1 month and 27 days;
buried in Lisk family cemetery.
The father, Charles C. Lisk, died Decembe ,25,3$$4g8gat aged 75
years. Charles Lisk, Jr., son of Charles and Frelove and also
brother of James C. Lisk died March 18, 1839, aged 28 years.
It would appear from the cemetery record that James C. Lisk
was unmarried, that his father, Charles, and his brother, Charles Jr.,
were his executors.
In a few weeks when I get to Catskill, I will check tosee if
by any chance the will of James C. Lisk is recorded and also any other
My good friend, George Peters, spends his winters in your city
at #1 Anaastasia Lodge Drive. He is researching the Powells and related
families and might be able to help you further. His summer home is
not far from the Lisk Homestead and he has been in that cemetery.
In the meantime I will make other inquiries. The book on New Baltimore
has a photo of the Lisk Homestead, ec. and is avla for purchase.
Yours truly, Ra ond Bee ibraan
The Greene County Historical Society -- Raymond Beecher
The first Lisk Homestead land was obtained by Benjamin Lisk,
grandfather of James C. Lise, in three transactions between 1792,
1794 and 1805. The morp~ges amounted to 338 pounds and 15 shillings.
Benjamin Lisk is mentioned as a character reference as "one of those
called quakers who is known to be of good character."
Charles Lisk was Benjamin's oldest son. Benjamin and Elizabeth
Lisk had 8 children: Charles, Deborah, Patty, Eleanor, James,
Benjamin, Elizabeth and Mary. Benjamin Lisk died in 111 and Elizabeth
Lisk died in lgl5. They are all buried east of the barn on the
Benjamin Lisk homestead. It is called the Lisk--Coonley Cemetery.
The Lisks were Hicksite Quakers and Charles Lisk supervised the build-
ing of the church of 1836 on Roberts Hill Road, Town of New Baltimore.
In 1849 when Charles Lisk died he left his property on Route 54, Town
of New Baltimore, to his only immediate heirs--his wife, Freelove Carman
Lisk and his son Benjamin C. Lisk, his grandchildren except $50 to his
brother Benjamin's son(Charles) to pay for the "education of the boys."
Charles Lisk and his descendants are buried in the caetery on Route 54
which has been named the Lisk Homestead Cemetery.
(Above from book Heritage of New Baltimore.
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It is possible the C. in the name James C. Lisk might be his mother's
STATE OF FLORIDA
HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE PRESERVATION BOARD
P.O. BOX 1987
ST. AUGUSTINE. FL 32084
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. William R. Adams
Secretary of State Director
January 12, 1979
Greene County Historical Society
RD, Rt. 9W
Coxsackie, New York 12051
Dear Sir or Madam:
The Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board is about to
restore a mid-18th century Spanish shellstone building that was
extensively remodeled between 1835-1837 by James C. Lisk, a
resident of New Baltimore, New York. We are restoring the structure
to this time period since the bulk of the extant building materials,
particularly on the interior, date from the 1830's, Florida's
Unfortunately, there is little information in St. Augustine
on James C. Lisk. We know he purchased the structure on June 3,
1835 and the executors of his estate (Charles Lisk of New Baltimore
and Charles Lisk, Jr. of Coxsackie) sold the property on November 9,
1837 to Seth Gifford of Camden, South Carolina. Probate records
of the 1830's are lost so we have been unable to locate the inventory
of Lisk's estate, if in fact, one was taken. Therefore, we ask your
help in locating and sharing information about our and your Mr. Lisk.
Would you have a copy or know where we can obtain a copy of an
inventory of Lisk's estate? Also, do you have any biographical
information on Lisk, especially on his occupation, family ties, and
birth and death dates? In short, any data on Lisk would be most
Since I periodically receive written requests for historical
information I know the amount of time and effort to respond is
great. We have exhausted all possible sources available to us in
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Michael V. Gannon Maj. Gen. Henry McMillan (Ret.) Mary I. Pierce
Chairman Vice-chairman Secretary-Treasurer
John D. Bailey Robert R. Feagin Lawrence L. Lewis, Jr. Elizabeth M. Towers
Greene County Historical Society
Florida, and we now need your assistance in helping us restore and
furnish one of St. Augustine's most historic structures.
Very truly yours,
Michael C. Scardaville