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Edward Bonaffe Heydecker

December 14, 1835-July 26, 1876 8:15 pm
(buried at Greenwood Cemetery)

m. Henrietta J. Lemoyne
June 4, 1841-1923
m. February 20, 1862

His mother died when he was only six years old, and soon after, the family moved to Court Street in Brooklyn. The LeMoynes lived on the same block, and it is said that Edward played with Henrietta LeMoyne and trundled her in her baby carriage in the street.

In 1848, the House of Bonaffe & Company failed, causing the great change in his father's fortunes. When he has about 16 or 17, Edward began to work, entering the services of W. J. Scheifflin and Company, wholesale drug merchants situated on Williams Street in NYC. His father died when he was 23 years of age. He took his father's place in the firm of J & C Heydecker, the trading house formed by his father and his uncle Christian. There, Edward claimed his shares of J & C Heydecker. Upon bitter disagreement with the uncle, he broke ties and formed his own commission house dealing in cotton, western food products, and foreign cargoes on consignment. His offices were in Exchange Place. He represented several foreign houses and before Atlantic cable was established, had a very profitable business, and in the era of speculation during the war and following it, made significant money.

After an attack of pleurisy in 1873, Edward sickened and fought consumption (tuberculosis) for years until he died July 26, 1876 at Hastings-On-Hudson, NY. He lost his fortune in the Panic of 1873. Edward was described at being 5'10-1/2", slim with black hair and piercing blue eyes.


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