Correspondence, bills and receipts, legal documents, insurance papers, tax records, and ephemera related to the life and political career of Josiah Hasbrouck.
86 linear feet, 5 map drawers, and 15000 photographs
Scope and Content:
The papers of Josiah Hasbrouck are section of the larger Locust Lawn Archives, which are in turn a component of the primary museum collection at Locust Grove.
Josiah Hasbrouck’s papers include correspondence, bills and receipts, legal documents, insurance papers, tax records, and ephemera.
Biographical / Historical:
Josiah Hasbrouck was born in 1755, the third child and only son of Jacob J. Hasbrouck and Jennetje Dubois. Josiah could trace his lineage back to the original founders of New Paltz. Little is known of his early life; one source states that he “completed preparatory studies” and “conducted a general merchandising business”. During the Revolutionary War Josiah served for a year as a second lieutenant in the Third Regiment of the Ulster County Militia.
In 1785 Josiah Hasbrouck married Sarah Decker (1764-1845). Josiah and Sarah had four daughters and one son. Beginning in the 1790’s, Josiah purchased several pieces of property to assemble a 500-acre parcel in Gardiner, NY and commissioned an architect to build him a new house. He named the property Locust Lawn after a group of black locust trees which surrounded the house.