More than 100 years ago, 12 Remsen Street, Brooklyn was the home of one of the most prominent and distinguished families of the borough. In 1855, 12 Remsen was bought by John Prentice, Treasurer of the Board of the Brooklyn Bridge as a wedding gift to his daughter, Anna, and son-in-law, Edmund Terry.
Edmund Terry was born in 1817 in Hartford, Connecticut to Roderick Terry, president of the Exchange Bank of Hartford, and his wife, Harriet. He studied law at Hartford and Dane Law School in Cambridge, beginning his practice in New York City in 1840. Soon after, he married Anna Prentice, a woman 17 years his junior, and together they started a family.
While the Terrys were involved in high society, it seems they had an even more impressive past. In 1904 it was noted that Brooklyn had several distinguished families. “The pride of Puritan and old English stocks, the most distinguished blood of Massachusetts and Plymouth colonies, the Rhode Island Plantations and Connecticut.” The Terrys were of the Connecticut lineage. According to The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, they were one of the very few families who, by being part of this lineage of Dutch heritage, had the right to bear coats of arms. “A new edition of a registry of Coat Armor in America has lately been issued, including nearly 2,000 coats of arms. This work, which is the nearest approach yet to an ‘American Burke,’ but confirms the long known circumstance, curiously interesting and instructive, that though many coats of arms may not be claimed by Brooklyn households, Brooklyn, nevertheless, is entitled by the laws of Heraldry to an abnormally large percentage.”
The Terry children grew to continue the family line of impressive citizens with all of the boys attending Yale and taking on various positions in law, the ministry, manufacturing, contracting, and brokering. The house at 12 Remsen remained in the family for over half a century. With a history full of distinction and community impact, 12 Remsen has a lot to offer all who follow as residents of one of the first homes built on Remsen Street.
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