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1870's Washington L. Tyson Vintage Business Card, Stave Merchant, NYC


Printed on card: "Washington L. Tyson", and then handwritten in old period pencil script is "29 West 17th St, NY." New York City is in Kings County.

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Washington L Tyson 1835-1892 also known as W.L. Tyson, his parents listed as Daniel Olney born 1818 and Anne Olney born 1825 in 1855 census, although this record is confusing as the elder William and Luisa Tyson live in the same building at #199, one apartment or one house over at #198. The elder William Tyson there was born 1790 and most likely is his father, see below. His only brother, that we can tell was William A.O. Tyson, or William A. Tyson, born in about 1826-1828. He was 7 years older than Washington.

His wife: Mary Dominy Tyson, born 16 Jan 1840 in Bay Shore, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, died 10 Oct 1915 (Age 75 years). They married 1860. Her parents were Felix Dominy 1800-1868 and Phoebe Miller Dominy 1807-1891, both born and died on Long Island in Suffolk County, New York.

Source: NY Times Marriage Record, Oct 1860: Tyson & Dominy: marriage in Fire Island. Saturday, Oct. 20 1860, By Rev. Henry Aston, Washington L. Tyson, of this city, to Mary, only Daughter Of Felix Dominy.

Washington L Tyson New York State Census, 1855
Event Place E.D. 5, Ward 14, New York City, New York, New York
Age, 20
Relationship to Head of Household, Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1835
Daniel Olney, Head M 37 father
Anne Olney, Wife F 30 mother
George Olney Child, U 4 son
Laurence Olney, Child U 0 son
William AO Tyson, 27 carpenter, brother to Washington
Washington L Tyson, 20 carpenter
Mary Anne Penny, Boarder U 40
Catherine Foley, Other U 25

Note: An elder William Tyson born in NJ and Luisa Tyson born in Pennsylvania live next door, both living in a brick dwelling, probably co-joined. Luisa or Louisa Tyson is born 1793 and William is born 1790. They have a servant and a boarder. It is believed this is Washington and William Tyson's parents. see above.

Washington L Tyson in the U.S., School Catalogs, 1765-1935
Publication Year: 1850 (age 15)
Publication Place: New York
School Name: New York City Free Academy
(Note: The City College of New York was first named the "Free Academy of the City of New York", founded by Townsend Harris in 1847. It offered free education to all, based on academic performance, and was one of the first as such in America.)

Washington Tyson in the 1860 United States Federal Census
Age: 27, born about 1833 in New York
Home in 1860: New York Ward 7 District 4, New York, New York
Occupation: Clerk working for Mr. Myer Whitehead, a clothier, boarding with him.
Household Members: Name Age
Myer Whitehead, 51
Louisa Whitehead,  42
Henrietta Whitehead,  21
Cecelia Whitehead,  20
Lazarus Whitehead,  19
Sarah Whitehead,  16
Betsey Whitehead,  13
Leopold Whitehead,  9
Emma Whitehead,  9
Pauline Whitehead,  6
Edwin Whitehead,  2
Julius Heringer, 24
Hannah Heringer, 7 Months
Fanny Heringer, 21
Romaine, 37
Julia Romaine, 27
Benjamin Romaine, 6
Lewis Romaine, 4
Ogden Romaine, 8/12
John Purdey, 45
Sarah Purdey, 35
Washington Tyson 27, clerk
Sarah Smith, 19
Elizabeth Khuert, 22
Hannah Cranshaw, 16
Augusta Cranshaw, 32
Ann Cline, 20
Mary Kelly, 21

W L Tyson in the 1870 United States Federal Census
Age in 1870: 35
Birth Year: abt 1835
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: Buffalo Ward 10, Erie County, New York
Occupation: Stave Merchant
Spouse: Mary Tyson
Household Members: Name Age
W.L. Tyson 35
Mary Tyson 30
W.A. Tyson 44 (William, his brother & bookkeeper)

Washington L Tyson in the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
Residence Year: 1872
Street address: E 4th New York, New York
Occupation: Staves
Publication Title: New York, New York, City Directory, 1872

W L Tyson in 1870 United States Federal Census
Age, 35
Birth Year, abt 1835
Birthplace, New York
Home in 1870, Buffalo Ward 10, Erie, New York
Occupation, Stave Merchant
Name, Age:
W L Tyson, staves business
Mary Tyson, at home
W A Tyson, bookkeeper

Washington Tyson in 1876 is at 86 Mangin St NYC
Source: NY business directory, listed as the president & merchant

Washington L Tyson in U.S. Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918
County: Monmouth County, New Jersey
Town: Seabright
Year: 1889

This is a great old Piece. Washington & Mary Tyson are buried in Green Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. Washington Tyson was a stave dealer and merchant. Staves are as barrel staves, at that time made in a Stave factory. Early occupations related to staves would be a Stave boiler, cutter, hewer, joiner, or a stave wheeler in a cooper shop. We believe he was a dealer.

It appears Washington and his brother moved in 1870 to Buffalo NY and there ran their business, later returning to NYC. We cannot find record of William's death, and he appears to have lived and worked with his brother as book keeper all his life. W.L. Tyson also owned formidable property in in Seabright, Monmouth County, NJ. His Tyson roots go back there with his father.

This is a rare and beautiful piece, and would have been his own personal vintage business or calling card. It was found in a large collection of 19th and early 20th c. material in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The card is printed on heavy old off white cardstock with simple early American typography font.

Size: 2 in. x 3 inches.
Debra Clifford Ancestorville Genealogy      Note: The original is sold, but you may still purchase large, detailed and intimate 300 dpi high resolution scans of front and back, sent immediately via email. Please check our site carefully, as many may be related to each other that we are unaware of. Click scan to place in your cart. Thank you, enjoy! ~debra (please also join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. contact info on top bar)

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