The Hendrick I. Lott Homestead Restoration Project
A Brief History of the Hendrick I. Lott House
The Lott House, as it is presently configured, was constructed in 1800 by Hendrick I. Lott in the then town of Flatlands in Kings County New York. The house incorporates the circa 1720 house of Hendrick's grandfather Colonel Johannes H. Lott. The Lott House was the center of a large and active farm in Flatlands. In fact the Lott farm continued to produced good for market until circa 1925. At one time Flatlands was the second largest agricultural producer in the region, second only to Queens County.
In 1989 the last Lott to live in the house, Miss Ella Suydam, passed away. Soon after the City awarded the Lott House landmark status and protection. In 2002 Miss Suydam's estate sold the Lott House and property to the City of New York
photo coourtesy of Catherine Lott-Davis
The Lott Family The following text and images are courtesy of the Brooklyn College Archaeological Research Center.
Engelbart Lott who emigrated from a point near the Lotte River (this is speculation by Phillips) with his two sons Pieter (born 1626) and Engelbartsen "Bartel" (born about 1630) established the Lott family in America. The Lott's were French Huguenots from Reynerwout in Drenten, Holland. They immigrated to Nieuw Amsterdam in 1652. Pieter Lott settled in Flatbush and married Gertrude Lamberts; together they had nine children.
One of Pieter's sons was Hendrick Pieterse Lott, born May 10, 1654. He married Catrina DeWitt (born May 7, 1654) in 1684 in Jamaica. Together they had eight children. Amongst these children was Colonel Johannes Hendrickse Lott born May 11, 1692 in Konigsbach, Neustadt Pfalz, Bavaria, Germany (please note that this is according to Phillips other sources note he was born in Kings County which is more likely). Johannes married Antje Folkerson (born 1696) in 1714; together they would have thirteen children.
In December of 1719, Johannes bought a. farm in the southern part of Flatlands in Kings County from Coert Voorhies for the sum of £2,100. He settled there and in 1720 and built a house on this land. Johannes continued to acquire lands in Kings County, particularly Flatlands Township, throughout his life. Eventually his holdings extended to Jamaica Bay. The road which passed through his property, called "Lott's 'Lane," led to a spot on the bay called "Lott's Landing." Johannes was a prosperous farmer and a prominent citizen of his community; he was a member of the New York colonial assembly from 1727 until 1747. Following an adaptation of British custom his lands were evenly divided amongst his surviving sons upon his death in New Lots on April 8, 1775. According to his will, dated September 28, 1771, and probate, dated May 2, 1775 the following portions were left to his son Johannes E. Lott:
" Item I give devise and bequeath unto my son Johannes Lott and to his heirs and assigns forever all that certain _______ and dwelling house barn and tract or parcel of land and meadows situate lying and being in the Township of Flatlands aforesaid bounded as follows, beginning at the Eastermost corner of the land of Joost Wyckoff from there running with a straight line to a certain ditch in the meadow near a small island so called on the westside of a small land bridge upon the said ditch from there running Easterly along the said ditch to the Bay from there running along the Bay until it comes to a certain creek called the Strom Kill from there along the said Strom Kill to the bounds of the land which was purchased by me of Peter Wyckoff and along said bounds until it comes to the southermost corner of the land of the said Joost Wyckoff and from there along the said land of the said Joost Wyckoff to the place of beginning and also the one equal half of a certain tract of woodland situate lying and being in the Township of Flatland aforesaid in the Neck so called which was purchased by me from the heirs of Martin Schenck the whole containing about forty one acres bounded East by the long fly so called west by division line south by Johannes Lott and north by woodland belonging to the Estate of Dominicus Van Deer Veer deceased it being the equal half of the said tract of woodland of the said Johannes Lott and also one lot of meadow lying in the township of Flatland aforesaid a place called Freezer Hook bounded westerly by a lot of meadow of Dorick Remsen ~ Easterly by a lot of meadow belonging to me it being one of the lots which I bought of Peter Wyckoff together with all and singular ways liberties privlidges rights hereditiments and appuertanances unto the same belonging to have and to hold the said ________ dwelling house barn and tract of land and meadow the equal half of the said tract of woodland and the said lot of meadow and other the _________ thereunto belonging to him my said son Johannes Lott and his heirs and assigns forever." (document courtesy of Robert Billard)
Johannes E. Lott, the son who received the portion of the property containing the house when his father died, was born December 31, 1721. He occupied the house with his wife, Jannetje Probasco (born January 24, 1721), whom he had married on April 26, 1745. She bore him four sons and four daughters. It has been noted that Johannes rendered honourable service in the French and Indian War while Jannetje was said to have been a Patriot who advanced funds to finance the cause of Independence. Johannes died on January 25, 1792 in New Lots. His widow, Jannetje, remained in the house until her death on October 28, 1802. In accordance with his will (dated November 10, 1788), the farm and the house passed equally to his four sons, Christopher, Hendrick I., Johannes I and Jurien.
Hendrick I. Lott was born October 3, 1760 in Flatlands. Following his father's death Hendrick would soon obtain his brothers shares of the Estate. In 1806 Johannes I. Lott and Christopher Lott divided their shares of the property with Johannes taking over ownership of a significant portion. In 1809 a division of Johannes I. Lott's estate, into five parts, occurred as follows; Ann Staats, 19 acres on the east side; Jane Lott the next adjoining 19 acres; Catalina Van Sinderen 19 acres; Hendrick I. Lott 19 acres and Christopher Lott's heirs 19 acres.
On July 15, 1792, Hendrick married Mary Brownjohn (born December 16,1770) of New York City. His brother Christopher had previously married her sister Elizabeth. The Brownjohns were a wealthy and socially prominent family in New York City in the late eighteenth century. Mary and Elizabeth were among the children of Dr. Thomas Brownjohn, son of Dr. William Brownjohn, chemist and druggist and owner of a large amount of real estate in the vicinity of Hanover Square.
Eight years after his marriage, Hendrick built a new and stylish house which employed characteristics of the traditional Dutch Colonial form with a symmetrical composition and some architectural details from the fashionable Federal style. This house was built a short distance southwest of the old homestead. He removed the kitchen from his grandfather's 1720 house and attached it to the eastern end of the new house where it formed the kitchen wing. Landscaped grounds and gardens surrounded the house. Barns, sheds, and other outbuildings also formed part of the prosperous farm site.
Hendrick and Mary raised three children, two daughters and a son. During his lifetime Hendrick conveyed some of his properties to his son Johannes H. (born August 20, 1793). "Hendrick I. Lott of Flatlands in consideration of the love and affection which he has toward his son Johannes H. and one dollar lawful money, conveye to said Johannes Lott, all that certain tract or parcel of land, meadows, marshes and beaches on the island commonly called Barren Island . . . " When Hendrick died on February 24, 1840 he left his remaining property to his only son, Johannes H. Lott. Hendrick's wife and Johannes' mother, Mary, remained at the house until her death on September 7, 1853.
Johannes H. Lott was raised on his father's farm, acquiring the usual common school education of a farmer's son during that period. On December 29, 1817 he married Gashe Bergen in Flatbush. They raised seven children all born at the Hendrick I. Lott Homestead. During his life Johannes H. Lott possessed 104 acres of upland and about 140 acres of meadows, besides land on Barren Island. Johannes died intestate on February 26, 1874 at the homestead. His son Henry DeWitt Lott (born June 2, 1821) was granted Letters of Administration of his estate and received fifteen acres of his father's property.
Henry DeWitt Lott married Anna Bennett (born August 1, 1842) at the Dutch reformed Church in Flatlands on October 28, 1863. Together they would have twelve children. By 1910, three of Henry Lott's children were living in their great-grandfather's house: John Bennett Lott and his family and his unmarried brother, George Lott, in one part of the house, and Mrs. Andrew Suydam (nee Jennie Maria Lott) and her family in the other part. When the estate of John Bennett Lott was settled after his death in 1923, his sister Jennie Lott Suydam purchased the old family home and continued to reside there. She paid the sum of $2,366.00 to the executor of her brother's estate to acquire title and to receive quitclaim deeds from his widow Phoebe V. Lott and other interested parties. In return, she received the Lott family homestead, situated on a plot of ground measuring 200 feet by 160 feet and fronting on both East 35th and East 36th Streets. This parcel, about three-quarters of an acre, is all that remains of the original Lott holdings. Some of the original farm property had been sold after the death of Johannes H. Lott in 1874. The remaining portion (except for the three-quarters of an acre around the house) was sold for residential development after the death of John Bennett Lott. Mrs. Suydam died in 1952.
Jennie Suydam's two daughters, Anna Bennett Suydam (born October 14, 1895) and Ella Suydam (born September 24, 1897) lived together in the house. Anna had married Charles R. Kluth on January 30, 1917 and they had two children. Ella never married and died at the homestead in 1989. Today, John Bennett Lott's grand-daughter, Catherine Lott, is working toward saving and restoring the Lott Homestead where her father, John Voorhees Lott, grew up.
Bailey, Rosalie Fellows 1936 Pre-Revolutionary Dutch Houses and Families. William Morrow Company, New York.
Dillard, Maud Esther 1945 Old Dutch Houses. Richard R. Smith, New York.
Ditmas, Charles Andrew 1909 Historic Homesteads of Kings County, New York. The Winthrop Press, Brooklyn.
Lott, Johannes 1775 Probate, Document courtesy of Robert Billard.
Phillips, A. Van Cleve 1942 The Lott Family in America. Edwards Brothers, Inc, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The genealogical information for this project has been compiled from a variety of sources including (but not exclusive to) The Lott Family in America (Phillips); Federal, State and Local census records; misc. documents at the Brooklyn College Special Collections and personal communications with Catherine Lott-Divis. Our genealogy focuses on the Lott family relative to the Hendrick I. Lott House. However we will be happy to try and help you with any genealogical inquiries. Please direct such inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or our mailing address can be found on the General Information page