The Lott Family

Engelbart Lott and his two sons Pieter and Engelbartsen established the Lott family in America. The family was French Huguenots from Reynerwout, Drenten, Holland who emigrated in 1652.

Pieter Lott settled in Flatbush. One of his many grandchildren was Johannes Hendrickse Lott (born 1692). In was 1719 when Johannes and his wife, Antje (Folkerson), bought a farm in the southern part of Flatlands from Coert Voorhies for £2,100. The house they built on this land forms the oldest part of the present day Lott House.

Johannes acquired lands in Kings County, particularly Flatlands, throughout his life. Eventually his holdings extended to Jamaica Bay and included the entire present day neighborhood known as Marine Park. The road that passed through his property, "Lott's Lane", led to a spot on the bay called "Lott's Landing". Johannes was a prosperous farmer and a prominent citizen of his community; serving as a member of the New York colonial assembly from 1727 until 1747.

Following his death in April 1775 his lands were evenly divided amongst his surviving sons. Johannes E. Lott was the son who received the property containing the house.

Johannes E. occupied the house with his wife, Jannetje (Probasco) and their children. He rendered honorable service in the French and Indian War and Jannetje was a staunch Patriot who advanced funds to finance the cause of Independence during the Revolutionary War.

When Johannes died in 1792 his estate, which included the house, farm and several enslaved persons, passed equally to his four sons: Christopher, Hendrick I., Johannes I., and Jurien. Hendrick obtained his brothers shares of the Estate and moved to the area with his wife Mary (Brownjohn), the daughter of a prominent Manhattan physician. Prior to moving to Flatlands Hendrick and Mary lived in Manhattan where Hendrick worked as a house carpenter.

In 1800 Hendrick built a new and stylish house, which employed characteristics of the traditional Dutch Colonial form and some interior architectural details from the fashionable Federal style. The house was built a short distance west of the old homestead. The 1720 house built by his grandfather was moved and attached to the eastern end of the new house. Hendrick and Mary settled into the area, where they would raise their children. Hendrick freed all, but one, of the enslaved persons he inherited. Several of the former enslaved persons remained on the farm as paid labor.

The Lott family continued to farm these lands throughout the nineteenth century. During the early 20th century the family began to sell their land to real estate developers. Only the present day lot (approximately ¾ of an acre) was not sold.

Hendrick’s descendants continued to live in the ancestral homestead well into the 20th century. The last descendants to occupy the House were Anna Bennett Suydam Kluth and Ella Suydam. Miss Ella Suydam died at the homestead in 1989.