5 Mulberry Street: William Cahill, laborer, age 28, married, was shot dead during the Dead Rabbits/Bowery Boys Riot. NEW YORK TRIBUNE, 6 July 1857.
5 Mulberry Street: Daniel Bergen, native of Ireland, age 28, drowned with his wife and son at Port Chester. Volume of poetry found in his pocket. NEW YORK TRIBUNE, 8 July 1857.
56 Mulberry Street: Michael Conway, age 26, died of injuries sustained on a construction site eight weeks earlier. NEW YORK TRIBUNE, 20 July 1857.
65 Mulberry Street: the Nealis Family.
Located on the block between Hester and Grand Streets, 138 Mulberry Street was across the street from Public School No. 1 for Colored Children. Unlike some of their neighbors who had bank accounts, Mrs. Morris kept her savings at home. $200 in 1857 is the equivalent of $5,510 in 2013.
The story of the legendary Jack Sheppard, an 18th century English thief who escaped prison four times, was re-popularized by William Harrison Ainsworth’s novel, Jack Sheppard (1840), which was illustrated by George Cruikshank. Charles Loring Brace, a Protestant social reformer, was the founder, in 1853, of the New York Children’s Aid Society.