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George Ludwig Christian Scriba

George Ludwig Christian Scriba

Male 1752 - 1836  (84 years)

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  • Name George Ludwig Christian Scriba  [1
    • From his naturalization papers, we learn that George Scriba bore the names, George Ludwig Christian, and not George Frederick William Augustus, as given in some of our histories. After naturalization, however, he seems to have used only the first of these names and to have been known simply as George Scriba ...

      [George] was the son of Christian Heinrich Scriba (1712-1777), diaconus or assistant in the local church and pastor at Obernwerbe, and Amalie Christine Scriba (_-1784). [1]
    Born 25 Apr 1752  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Neither was he a Hollander, as stated in County Histories and even in contemporary letters, but a German. Born on April 25, 1752 in Vohl, a small hillside market village in Hesse-Cassel. [1]
    Gender Male 
    Military 1783  [1
    Revolutionary War Veteran, German Grenadiers 
    • George Scriba organized and outfitted a company of German Grenadiers in 1783 and was their Lieutenant Commandant in 1789. The company paraded at the reception of President Washington in New York City. [1]
    Membership 1784  F. and A. M. Lodge #169, Brooklyn, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Member 
    Naturalization May 1784  [1
    Residence New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • A little later he came to New York City, with younger brother Frederick, bringing his profits, tradition says, in currency packed in kegs. [1]
    Occupation 1786 - 1804  Scriba and Company, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Senior Partner 
    • The banking house of Scriba and Company in New York City was a successful business venture for the senior partner is said to have been worth a million and a half dollars before he turned his attention to speculation in western lands. [1]
    • From business directories, Wayfarer was able to trace the location of Scriba's business house at numerous addresses:
      - 1786 it was at 17 Queen St.
      - 1787 correspondence tells us that on November 7, 1787 he agreed to buy from George Casper Schroeppel one half of the house at that address on Fly market for 975 pounds, New York currency in gold and silver specie. A partnership had existed under the name Scriba Schroeppel and Starman; but from 1789 to 1791 George Scriba's name alone appears at the Queen Street address.
      - 1792 he was in business at 8 Wall Street
      - 1793 he was in business at 28 King Street. Francis Adrian Van der Kemp did purchase one thousand acres from George Scriba some four or five miles east of Rotteram in 1793. He established himself on this estate which he called Kempwick.
      - 1794 to 1796 he was in business at 16 Broadway
      - 1797 to 1798 he was in business at 23 Wall Street
      - 1799 to 1800 he was in business at 26 Pine Street
      - 1801 to 1804 he was in business at 51 Nassau Street
      - 1807 - Due to advances on his land deal and poor health, "he was supposed to have lost all but $300,000 of his million and a half dollars.", p.45 [1, 2]
    Residence 1822 - 1836  Scriba Mansion, Constantia, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • On January 30, 1821, George Scriba was informed that Roswell L. Colt agreed to take the homestead and lots 114 and 115 for his claim and to give Scriba a life estate in the home. Later Colt asked David Parish to convey the homestead as a gift to Scriba. It was finally arranged that the gift should be made to the son, Frederick William Scriba, with life use guaranteed to his father, thus guarding against seizure of the home by other creditors. The deed was received on George Scriba's seventieth birthday, April 25th 1822. [3]
    • Of his later life in the restored homestead, George Scriba wrote: "I live here as a recluse. My family consists of my old infirm sister and my son to which I may add Mr. Dundas and my old spinster Miss Harriot, now upward of twenty years in my service but she begins to fail too being an aged woman of about my age. My sister is in a very weakly state of health and very infirm. She is in a highly nervous state and is much weakened both in body and mind."

      On February 19, 1830, he wrote to John W. Bloomfield: "My former life is now more like a dream than a reality. My memory becomes compressed and shortened by the weight of 77, but still I retain my intellects in an unusual degree." [4]
    Occupation Amsterdam, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Banking House 
    • After being employed in a banking house in Amerdam, Holland, George Scriba came during the days of the American Revolution to the neutral Dutch island of St. Eustatius in the West Indies where he engaged in trade in munitions, supplying the American Colonies. [1]
    Died 14 Aug 1836  [4
    Buried
    • George Scriba died on August 14, 1836 in his 84th year and lies buried in the churchyard of the Constantia (Rotterdam) Episcopal Church. His grave is beside that of his sister, Johanetta Labhart, each grave marked by a marble slab adorned with a weeping willow." [4]
    Person ID I5093  CHS Genealogy
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2021 

    Family 1 Sarah Dundas 
    Married Y  [1
    Albums
    Scriba Mansion
    Scriba Mansion (18)
    Images related to George Scriba and Scriba "Mansion".
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F1375  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Maria Dundas (Starman Scriba) 
    Married Y  [1
    • Mr. Scriba was twice married, first to Sarah, daughter of James Dundas, who lies buried in Trinity churchyard in New York City, and second, to her sister Maria, widow of his partner, F.W. Starman. The second wife become the mother of George Scriba's only son, Federick William. [1]
    Children 
     1. Frederick William Scriba  [Birth]
    Albums
    Scriba Mansion
    Scriba Mansion (18)
    Images related to George Scriba and Scriba "Mansion".
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F1376  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Profile - George Ludwig Christian Scriba
    Profile - George Ludwig Christian Scriba

  • Sources 
    1. [S213] Mexico - Mother of Towns: Fragments of Local History Collected by Elizabeth M. Simpson, Elizabeth M. Simpson, (J.W. Clement Company (Buffalo, New York)), 29 - 31 (Reliability: 1), 1949.
      George Ludwig Christian Scriba

    2. [S213] Mexico - Mother of Towns: Fragments of Local History Collected by Elizabeth M. Simpson, Elizabeth M. Simpson, (J.W. Clement Company (Buffalo, New York)), 45 (Reliability: 1), 1949.
      Scriba's Patent

    3. [S213] Mexico - Mother of Towns: Fragments of Local History Collected by Elizabeth M. Simpson, Elizabeth M. Simpson, (J.W. Clement Company (Buffalo, New York)), 47 (Reliability: 1), 1949.
      Scriba's Patent

    4. [S213] Mexico - Mother of Towns: Fragments of Local History Collected by Elizabeth M. Simpson, Elizabeth M. Simpson, (J.W. Clement Company (Buffalo, New York)), 47 (Reliability: 1), 1949.
      The Last Days of George Scriba