James Beekman (1732-1807)

of "Mount Pleasant" & Hanover Square, New York City

Associated Houses

Mount Pleasant

Horn's Hook, Manhattan

He was born at New York City, the grandson of an acting Governor of New York and great-grandson of the Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania. James was a successful merchant who lived and kept offices on Hanover Square in New York City - precisely four miles from his country seat, Mount Pleasant. In 1775, he was one of the “General Committee of One Hundred” that took charge of the city until a Provincial Congress could be assembled. He briefly served as a 2nd Lieutenant in Captain Lott's Company (known as "The Sportsman's Company") but after the British took New York he settled on a farm at Esopus and devoted himself to the education of his children. In 1777, at Esopus, he sat as a Member of the City and Council of New York that met at Kingston, Ulster County, to draft a Constitution for the State of New York. In 1784, he established a business importing dry goods with his sons, known as James Beekman & Sons. He was married in 1752 to Jane Keteltas, "a very clever and accomplished woman," who kept the books for their mercantile business. They had twelve children, survived by ten (listed).
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 16/02/2020 and last updated on 11/03/2024.