Garret Abeel papers 1792-1827
The Abeel & Byvanck firm was founded in 1765 by Garret Abeel, Sr. (d. 1799) and Evart Byvanck (Garret's brother-in-law), iron merchants. In 1784, Abeel's son, Garret Byvanck Abeel, took over the business and by 1802, he set up shop on Water Street in New York City. In 1804, Garret's brother, John Abeel, joined the firm and they changed the company name to G. B. & J. Abeel. Edward Dunscomb entered into the business in 1816 and they became Abeel & Dunscomb. Other Abeel family members continued to run the business following Garret's death in 1829.