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The undersigned, in ptiblisMng this memorandum 
in its present form (i. e., of proof-sheets), has in vieiv 
a twofold object : first, to preserve from destruction, 
notes, the result of much trouble and research ; sec- 
ondly, to court criticism and to elicit further infor- 

At some no distant time the undersigned is in 
hopes of republishing this matter in a somewhat 
more complete shape. 

T. P, 

New Torh, 1886. 


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Born : in England, 1622. 

Died : on Block Island, March 13tli 1695 ; interred there.* 
Married: in England? Sarah (Walker!); will dated 
October 17th 1703 ; on record on Block Island. 
Will : June 18th 1694 ; on record on Block Island. 


1. John I Sands, of whom later. 

2. Edward Sands, settled on Block Island, married 
there, and had one daughter, Sarah, who married Teddi- 

* Buried in the public graveyard ; the stone over his remains, a 
large recumbent sandstone slab, still in a good state of preservation, 
bears the following inscription : 

"Here Lyes In 
Tvrred the Body 
of M^- James Sands, 
Seniovr aged 73 
Years departed 
This life March 
The 13 1695." 

4: SANDS. 

man Hull, of Block Island; died on Block Island, June 
14tli 1708; interred alongside of his father.* 

3. Samuel Sands, born circa 1656, removed to Cowneck, 
Queens Co., N. Y., in 1696 ; married 1679 a daughter of 
Simon II Ray of Block Island, a sister to the wife of his 
brother John I Sands ; died 1730 ; he and his wife were in- 
terred on his farm at Cowneck ; he left one son. 

4. Sarah Sands, married on Block Island, February 
14th 1671, Nathaniel Niles ; left issue. 

5. James II Sands, born on Block Island, circa 1662 ; 
removed to Matinicock, L. I., 1696; married 1697, Mary, 
daughter of John I Cornell, of Cowneck; died 1731; will 
dated September 21st 1730; interred on his farm; left issue 

6. Mercy Sands, born on Block Island ; married April 
29th 1683, Joshua Raymond ; removed 1704 to New Lon- 
don, Conn. 

Account of James I Sands. 

Came from England, and, as tradition has it, from Read- 
ing, Berkshire ; landed at Plymouth, Mass. ; 1642 engaged 
in building a house for Mrs. Hutchinson at Eastchester, 
"Westchester Co., N. Y. ; removed to Portsmouth, R. I., in 
which place he had grants of land October 5th 1643, 
and August 29th 1644; 1655 freeman at Portsmouth, 
R. I.; May 19th 1657 commissioner from Portsmouth 
at the General Court ; April 1661 he and his family sailed 

* Buried in the public graveyard ; the stone over his remains, a 
large recumbent sandstone slab, still in a good state of preservation, 
bears the following inscription : 

"Here lyeth interred 
The body of Captn 
Edward Sands who 
Departed this life Jvne 
Ye 14 1708 in ye. . . 
Yeare of his age." 


from Taunton, Mass., for Block Island, on which they 
settled;* March 1663-4 constable on Block Island; 1665 
deputy from Block Island; October 1670 and September 
1671 tax-rater on Block Island; November 15th 1690 he 
made a deed to his son, John I Sands, of the land upon 
which he settled, when he first landed on Block Island. 


Born : in America, 1649. 

Died : on the Home Farm,t Cowneck, L, I., March 15th 
1712; interred! on Cowneck, in the Sands graveyard. 

Married : on Block Island, Sybil, daughter of Simon II 
Ray ; § born 1665, died on Cowneck, December 23d 1733 ; 
interred II alongside of her husband; intestate. 

"Will: intestate. 

* In 1808 the land on which he first settled was held and occupied 
by a descendant, one John Sands ; the homestead on Block Island, in 
which he lived and died, and which he, left to his sou, Edward Sands, 
was held by descendants of the name of Hull, 
t See page 20. 

t His gravestone, which is upright, and still in good condition, 
has on it the following inscription : 

"Here liefch ye Body 
of John Sands 
Died March ye 15th 
1712 In ye 63d 
Year of his age." 

§ For an account of the Ray family see page 40. 
II Her gravestone of slate, and upright, and still in good condition, 
bears the following inscription : 

'Here lieth ye Body 

Of Sibell ye wife 

Of John Sands 

Died Decern, ye 23 

1733 In ye 68: 

Year of her age." 



1. John II Sands, of Avliom later. 

2. Nathaniel Sands, born on Block Island 1687 ; died 
May lOth 1750 ; line extinct. 

3. Edward Sands, born 1691, settled on Cowneck, 
L. I. ; died March 9tli 1746 ; left issue male. 

4. George Sands, born on Cowneck 1694; died un- 
married; interred in the Sands graveyard on Cowneck. 

5. Dorothy Sands, born 1703; died 1765; married 

6-8. Three daughters. 

Account of John I Sands. 

1674 May 27th had a grant of land in Portsmouth, R. I. 

1678, 80 and 81 Deputy to the General Assembly from 
Block Island. 

1691 removed from Block Island to Cowneck, L. I. and 
purchased a farm* of Richard Cornell of Rockaway, deed 
dated December 25th 1691, this farm was included in a 
patent taken out by Cornell in 1686, consideration £200 ; 
the farm of his brother Samuel, adjoining this one, was a 
part of the land purchased; he gave his descendants a 
graveyard of about half an acre immediately north of his 
house; he left the Home Farm to his son Nathaniel, his 
widow remaining on the same until her death. 

* See page 20. 



Born : on Block Island, January 22d 1683-84. 

Died : on the Home Farm Cowneck, August 15tli 1763 ; 
interred * in the Sands graveyard. 

Married: at Newport, R. I., Septemloer 9th 1706, 
Catherine, daughter of Robert Guthrie ;t born on Block 
Island June 24th 1690; died on Cowneck February 10th 
1769 ; interred | alongside of her husband ; intestate. 

Will : February 27th 1759; proved September 30th 1763 ; 
recorded in the Surrogate's OfBce, N. Y., Liber 24, fol. 224. 


1. John III Sands, of whom later. 

2. Robert Sands, born on Block Island, December 26th 
1710; died unmarried, April 12th 1735; interred on Cowneck. 

3. Edward Sands, born on Block Island, January 17th 
1711-12; died October 21st 1778; ancestor of all the Sands 
at present on Block Island. 

4. Mary Sands, born 1715 ; died March 15th 1724. 

5. George Sands, born 1717 ; died unmarried January 
15th 1777 ; interred on Cowneck. 

* His gravestone, of sandstone, and upright, and still in good con- 
dition, bears the following inscription : 
Memory of 
John Sands 

The 2d who departed this 
Life August 30th 1763. 
Aged 79 years." 
t For an account of the Guthrie family see page 54. 
t Her gravestone, of sandstone, and upright, and still in good con- 
dition, bears the following inscription : 
Memory of 
Catherine Sands 
Kelict of John Sands the 2d 
Who departed this life 
February 10th 1769. 
Aged 78 years." 


6. Anne Sands, born March 16th 1719 ; married 


7. Nathaniel Sands, born November 30th 1721 ; died 
August 1783 ; left issue male. 

8. Joshua Sands, born March 22d 1725 ; died March 
28th 1787 ; left issue male. 

9. Simon Sands, born July 12th 1727 ; died April 5th 
1782 ; left issue male. 

10. Gideon Sands, born October 22d 1729 ; died April 
20th 1770 ; left issue male 5 interred on Cowneck. 

11. Mary Sands, born 1732 ; married Guilford ; 

died February 19th 1755. 

12. Benjamin Sands, born November 1735; died Octo- 
ber 14th 1824 ; left issue male. 

Account of John II Sands. 

He lived on Block Island until about ten years after his 
marriage and then moved to a farm in the interior of 
Cowneck, where he built a house and remained until about 
1733, when he removed to the Home Farm, which he had 
purchased from his brother Nathaniel. 


Born : on Block Island, January 1st 1708-09. 
Died : on the Inland Farm, Cowneck, November 22d 
1760 ; interred * in the Sands graveyard. 

* His gravestone, of sandstone, and upright, and still in good con- 
dition, bears the following inscription: 
Lies the Body 

John Sands, 
Who departed this life, 
November the 22d 1760, 
Aged 51 years." 


Married : May 12tli 1736, Elizabeth, daughter of Caleb 
I Cornell ; * born September 27th 1711 ; died May 10th 
1793 ; interred t by her husband ; intestate. 

Will : October 9th 1760 ; proved December 12th 1760 ; 
recorded in the Surrogate's Office, N. Y., Liber 22, fol. 363. 


1. John IV Sands, born February 22d 1737; died 

Jime 25th 1811 ; left issue male. 

2. Cornwell Sands, born April 26th 1739; died August 
3d 1793; left no issue male. 

3. Elizabeth. Sands, born May 8th 1742 ; died Septem- 
ber 13th 1747. 7^ 

4. Robert Sands, born February 13th 1745; died March 
8th 1825 ; left no issue male. 

5. Comfort Sands, of whom later. 

6. Stephen Sands, born January 16th 1750 ; died 
January 31st 1787 ; left issue male. 

7. Richardson Sands, born June 13th 1754 ; left issue 

8. Joshua Sands, | born October 12th 1757 ; died 
September 13th 1835 ; left issue male. 

Account of John III Sands. 

Settled on the Inland Farm 1733 ; all his children were 
born there ; he died there and his widow also ; after his 
death the farm passed to his eldest son John IV Sands. 

* For account of the Cornell family see page 69. 

+ Her gravestone, of sandstone, and upright, and still in good con- 
dition, bears the following inscription : 
Lies the body of 
Elizabeth Sands, 
The wife of John Sands, who 
Departed this life May the 10th 
1793, aged 81 years 7 months 
and 13 days.'' 
t There is a portrait of him in the Long Island Historical Society^ 
Brooklyn, presented by the family. 

10 SAXDS. 


Born : on the Inland Farm on Cowneck, February 26th 
1748; baptized in St. Paul's Chapel, New York, in the 
summer of 1767. 

Died: Hoboken, X. J., September 22d 1834:; interred.* 

Will : 5th January 1833 ; proved 5th May 1836 ; recorded 
in the Surrogate's Office, X. Y., Liber 75, fol. 78. 

Married : 1st. At Hunt's Point, Westchester Co. by the 
Rev. Samuel Seabury, Rector of Westchester, later Bishop 
of Connecticut, June 3d 1769, Sarah, daughter of Wilkie I 
Dodge ;t born at Hunt's Point 1749; died Xew York 
January 24th 1795 ; interred t § in her husband's vault in 
the Middle Dutch Church, Xassau street ; intestate. 

2dly. Xew York, by the Rev. John Abeel, 

December 5th 1797, Cornelia, daughter of Abraham Lott, 
formerly Treasurer of the Colony ; born Xovember 5th 
1761 ; died Xew York April 6th 1856 ; interred alongside 
of her husband ; intestate. 


1. Henry Sands, born March 12th 1770; died young. 

2. Joseph Sands, born Xew York, January 7th 1772 ; 
died September 2d 1825 ; left issue male. 

3. Cornelia Sands, born Xew York, Xovember 8th 
1773 ; married June 3d 1797 Xathaniel Prime of X. Y. ; 
died X. Y. April 21st 1852. 

* Comfort Sands and his second wife were originally interred in a 
plot given to the town of Hoboken by the Stevens family: in 1867 
the remains and the gravestones were removed to where they are 
now. See appendix, page 15. 

t For account of the Dodge family see page 73. 

t Her pall-bearers were: Wm. Seton, J. C. Shaw, Robert Lenox, 
Henry Cruger, Anthony L. Bleecker, Isaac Eoosevelt, Wm. Maxwell, 
and Wm. Constable. 

$ The remains of Comfort Sands' first wife, as also all the remains 
deposited in his vault in Nassau street were removed 1845 to St. 
Paul's Church, Eastchester, Westchester Co., N. Y. and placed in a 
vault, which was closed with the stone taken from the vault in Nassau 
street. See Appendix, p. 16. 

SANDS. 11 

4. Henry Sands, born September 8tli 1775 ; died un- 
married, May 10th 1817. 

5. Frances Sands, born Xovember 8th 1776 ; died 

6. Charles Sands,* born August 26th 1778 ; died at 
Loreze, Languedoc, France, May 15th 1797: interred there; 
never married. 

7. Louis Sands, born January 10th 1780; died un- 
married July 30th 1809. 

8.. Elizabeth Sands, born June 19th 1781; died young; 
interred in St. Peter's Church, Philadelphia. 

9. Francis Sands, born June 3d 1782; died in Ham- 
bui'g, Germany, November 14th 1799. 

10. Richardson Sands, born October 24th 1783; died 

11. Sidney Sands, born July 3d 1785 ; died young. 

12. Augustus Sands, born May 22d 1786 ; died June 
13th 1805. 

13. Harriet Sands, born August 17th 1787; died young. 

14. .Sarah Maria Sands, born December 28th 1788 ; 
died February 1st 1803. 

15. Frederick William Sands, born December 5th 
1790 ; died young. 

16. Robert C. Sands, born May 11th 1799 ; died un- 
married December 16th 1832. 

17. Gertrude Sands, born August 17th 1801; died 

18. Julia Maria Sands, born March 31st 1805. 

Account of Comfort Sands, t 

He was named after Comfort Starr, who lived in Dan- 
bury, Conn., and who was on a visit to the family soon 
after his birth ; he had a good school education, and at the 
age of twelve years served as clerk to Stephen Thorne, a 

* A portrait of Mm in colored chalk, is in the possession of Rufus 
Prime's family. 

t Written by him and taken from his manuscript book ; for account 
of same, see page 15. 

12 SANDS. 

business man on Cowneek, until May 1762, when lie went 
as clerk to his brother Cornwell Sands in New York and 
remained with him one year ; from that time he served as a 
clerk to Joseph Drake, who kept a store in Peck Slip, 
where he lived until May 1769 ; he then opened a store on the 
corner of Peck Slip and Queen (now Pearl) Street. He 
continued in business and had acquired a large fortune 
when the Revolution broke out. In 1776 he purchased a 
small farm at New Rochelle to which he removed and 
commenced the erection of a spacious house, but before it 
was completed, the British landed in October within two 
miles of him, and so rapid was their progress, that it was 
with difficulty he got his family away, leaving his furniture 
and books behind, which were dispersed and his house was 
pulled down and the materials all removed to New York 
and sold ; that same month he went to Philadelphia, but in 
consequence of the fear of an attack by the English he 
moved in December to a place called the Swamp, about 
forty miles distant; in May 1777 he went to Rochester, 
N. Y., where he remained until the spring of 1778 ; he then 
went to Schawangunk and in the month of November to 
Poughkeepsie, where he staid until April 1780; he then 
moved to a farm in the Nine Partners which he occupied 
until April 1781 ; he then again moved to Philadelphia, 
which he made his home until June 1783, when, peace being 
declared, he went to New RocheUe and from there in Octo- 
ber to New York. 

From the commencement of the Revolution he was almost 
the whole time in the public service. 

In July 1783 he formed a partnership with his brother 
Joshua Sands and carried on a large business in New York 
until 1794. 

In 1793 he purchased a lot on Pine Street running 
through to Cedar Street, and in 1794 he commenced the 
erection of a house thereon, planned by his wife, but before 
it was finished, she was taken ill, and after a few days' ill- 
ness died. 



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14 SANDS. 


Memorandum of the several appointments Comfort Sands received 
from the State of "New York, and other incidents of his life, 
from the year 1765. (from his manuscript book and 


1765 assisted in burniug ten bales of stamped paper 
brought over from London in a brig lying in Burling 
Slip, from which vessel they were taken out in the night, 
carried to a beach hear Colonel Rutgers, where they were 

1769 joined the association not to import goods from 
Great Britain until the Tea Act and the Act imposing 
duties on glass and paint were repealed. 

1774 November, appointed by Congress a member of the 
Committee of 60 to carrj- out their non-importation resolu- 

1775 May, chosen one of the Committee of 100 to carry 
further measures into execution, after the battle of Lexing- 
ton. November 7th elected one of the 21 members in the 
Provincial Congress and served until the 30th of June 1776 
and served in that time as one of the Pay Table and also 
one of the Committee of Safety. 

1776 January, he was directed by the Committee of 
Safety, to load three vessels for the West Indies to procure 
medicine, powder, and arms, all of which were taken by the 
British, also a vessel of his own coming from the West 
Indies was carried into Jamaica, — the first vessel taken by 
them ; she was condemned, vessel and cargo worth $10,000, 
and the cost of the condemnation £350, Jamaica currency. 
July 24, he was unanimously appointed Auditor General of 
the State and served in that Department until he resigned 
March 1782. 

1777 January, he was appointed one of the Commissioners 
to meet at New Haven by order of Congress to regulate the 
price of articles for the army. 

1778 Member of the Legislature of New York. 



1784-1798 Director of the Bank of New York. * 
1793-1791 Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce. 
1791-1798 President of the Chamber of Commerce. 

Sands Grave Plot. 

The Sands plot in the Hoboken Cemetery at New Dm-- 
ham, contains upright gravestones to Comfort Sands, to his 
second wife and to two of her sisters, also a smaU obelisk 
to his son Robert C. Sands, erected by friends of the 

Comfort Sands' Manuscript Book. 

This book, containing his notes on the Sands and aUied 
families, and also miscellaneous matters, was left by him 
to his daughter Julia M. Sands, in whose possession it is at 
the present time. 

Comfort Sands' Family Bible. 

His family Bible contains entries by him relating to his 
first marriage and his children by the same ; given by him 
to his daughter Cornelia Prime ; it is now in the possession 
of the family of Rufus Prime. 

Comfort Sands' Residences. 

];^g^ I 63 Congress Street, N. Y. 

1796, Warehouse, 6 Depeyster Street, residence 26 Pine 

Street, N. Y. 

* The first bank established in New York ; an original director ; he 
subscribed for 4 shares. 

16 SANDS. 

1798 ) 

1799 ( ^^^^house, 13 Cedar Street. 

1811 Brooklyn. 

1815-1820, 96 Hester Street, N. Y. 

1821-1822, 94 Leonard Street, N. Y. 

1825 moved to Hoboken, N. J., where he remained until 
his death in 1834 ; his widow and daughter Julia M. Sands 
removed to New York in the autumn of 1834. 

Names of persons deposited in the vault of Comfort Sands in 
the graveyard of the Middle Dutch Church, Nassau Street, 
between Cedar and Liberty Streets, New York, (from com- 
fort sands' manuscript book.) 

1788. Harriet, daughter of Comfort Sands. 

1788. Henry, son of Comfort Sands; removed from J. 
Sears' vault. 

1788. Sidney, son of Comfort Sands ; removed from J. 
Sears' vault. 

1791. Frederick, son of Comfort Sands. 

1793. Mr. Delessert, * a friend of his from Paris, France. 

1795. Sarah, wife of Comfort Sands. 

1796. Mary Dodge, mother of Mrs. Comfort Sands. 

1801. G-ertrude, a daughter of Comfort Sands. 

1802. An infant of Joseph Sands, 14 days old, born May 
3d 1802. 

1803. Sarah Maria, a daughter of Comfort Sands. 

1803. Joseph McPherson, a friend of Comfort Sands. 

1804. Emily Frances, a daughter of Nathaniel Prime. 

1805. Augustus, a son of Comfort Sands. 

1813. Mary Willard, daughter of the Rev. Mr. WiUard. 
1817. Henry, son of Comfort Sands. 

* Probably a member of the family of the well-known banker of that 
name in Paris. 

SANDS. 17 

Letters relating to the removal of the Sands remains from 
Nassau Street to St. Paul's Church, Eastchester, Westchester 
Co., N. Y. 

Edgewood (Pelhaji), October 20tli 1874. 
To RuFUS Prime, Esq., Huntington, L. I. 

I am not certain as to the year the remains were removed 
from our grandfather's vault in New York to Eastchester, 
but it was either in 1844 or 1845 * ... I find the deed 
for the vault was given by the Rector of St. Paul's Church, 
Eastchester, grant to Cornelia Prime ; this vault, in which 
she caused to be placed the remains removed from the 
vault of her father Comfort Sands, in the Dutch Church 
in Nassau Street, New York, has no steps or door, but is 
divided into two parts and covered with heavy marble 
flags. The division nearest the church contains the re- 
mains, the other division was not used. The deed is dated 
ninth of June 1846, the six being written over five erased, 
but as it is difficult to get instruments signed properly in 
country church bodies, it is probable it was prepared for 
1845, but not executed until next year. 

Youi' brother, 

Frederick Prime. 

Edgewood (Pelham), October 20th, /74. 

RuFUS Prime, Esq. : 

Since writing enclosed I find the memorandums respecting 
an inscription proposed to be placed over the vault contain- 
ing the remains from Comfort Sands' vault, of which we 
talked last year. In one of yours you seem to think the 
vault was under the Church ; this is a mistake ; it is very 
near but on the outside of the south-east wall of the church. 
I will put a rough diagram on the back of this. 
Your affectionate brother, 

Frederick Prime. 

* It was in 1845 ; Eufus Prime assisted at this removal, he was in 
Europe in 1844, but was in New York during the spring of 1845. 


18 SANDS. 


A. Vault. a. Section containing remains, 

b. Section not used. 

The vault was a square solid wall of masonry, divided 
by a cross-wall, making as it were two distinct pits ; as I 
was entirely ignorant of what space would be required, 
when the remains came, one division was found to be twice 
as large as was necessary — the covering flags were long, 
rough, and heavy, each flag long enough, I think, to extend 
over both divisions from side to side.* 

Names of persons interred in the Sands Burying-ground on 
Cowneck, L. I., given by John I Sands, (peom comfort 
sands' ]\l\nuscript book.) 

G-eorge Sands, son of John I, died young. 

John I Sands, March 15th, 1712. 

Sybil, wife of John I Sands, December 23d, 1733. 

John II Sands, August 30th, 1763. 

Catherine, wife of John II Sands, February 10th, 1769. 

John III Sands, November 22d, 1760. 

Elizabeth, wife of John III Sands, May 10th, 1793. 

* The gravestone which was over the vault in Nassau Street is now 
over this one. 

SANDS. 19 


Robert Sands, son of John II, April 12th, 1735 .... 25 

Gideon Sands, son of John II, April 20th, 1770 .... 41 

Henry Sands, son of Edward II, July 1st, 1781 .... 54 
Martha Sands, his wife, daughter of Samuel Cornell, 

November 28th, 1759 31 

Richard Sands, son of Edward II, October 26th, 1798 . 69 

Deborah Sands, his wife, daughter of Griffin, 

March 16th, 1799 69 

Mary, wife of Benjamin Sands, November 16th, 1798 . 59 

George Sands, son of John II, January 15th, 1777 ... 60 

Dorothy Bowne, daughter of John I Sands, 1765 ... 62 

Edward Sands, son of John I, March 9th, 1746 .... 55 
Ray Sands, son of Edward II, February 14th, 1739. 
Mary, daughter of Richard and Deborah Sands, 1753. 

Sybil Thorne, daughter of Edward Sands, March 1st, 1759 32 

Mary Sands, daughter of John II, March 15th, 1724 . . 9 

Mary Guilford, daughter of John II, February 19th, 1755 23 
Elizabeth, daughter of Simon and Catherine Sands, 

June 17th, 1752. 
Elizabeth Sands, daughter of John III, September 13th, 

1747 6 

Jerusha, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Sands, wife 

of William Sands, April 14th, 1795 28 

Mary, daughter of Gideon and Mary Sands, August 1st, 

1778 15 

Simon Sands, son of John II, April 5th, 1782 55 

Catherine, first wife of Simon Sands, December 28th, 1764 33 
William Sutton, second husband to Mary, widow of 

Gideon Sands, August 13th, 1780 45 

Thomas Thorne, husband of Abigail, daughter of 

Henry Sands, May 15th, 1797 44 

Abigail Thorne, daughter of Henry and Martha Sands 44 

Mary Sutton, wife of William Sutton, July 28th, 1793 . 60 
Henry Sands, son of Richard and Deborah Sands, 

January 1st, 1798 38 

Hannah, daughter of Henry and Martha Sands, 1753 . 5 

Mary, daughter of Henry and Martha Sands, 1768 . . 17 

20 SANDS. 

Deborah Mott, daughter of Edward Sands, second wife 

of Edmund Mott, September 1st, 1762 26 

Nathaniel Sands, son of John I, 1750 63 

John Sands, son of the above Nathaniel, 1764 .... 30 
Mary, daughter of Richard Smith, wife of John Sands, 

December 21st, 1805 76 

Elizabeth Sands, wife of John IV, March 8th, 1806 . . 70 

John IV Sands, June 25th, 1811 74 

Robert Sands, son of John IV, 1812 41 

Edmund Mott, husband of Deborah, 1813 67 

Ray Sands, son of Richard and Deborah, 1815 .... 46 

EUzabeth, wife of Grifdn Sands, 1815 31 

George Guthrie Sands, son of Benjamin and Mary, 1812 43 

Deborah Sands, daughter of Richard and Deborah, 1816 40 
Clarina Sands, daughter of Richard II, 1816. 

TreadweU, son of Simon Sands, 1812 45 

Hannah, daughter of Joshua and Mary, 1802 38 

Twin of Thomas Thorne, 1778, a few days old. 

Infant of Thomas Thorne, 1783. 

Abigail, wife of Thomas Thorne, 1794 ....'.... 36 

Leonard, son of Thomas Thorne, 1795 10 

Henry Sands Thorne, son of Thomas Thorne, 1811 . . 30 

Simon, son of Nathaniel Marston, 1787 7 

Simon, son of Nathaniel Marston, 1791 3 

An infant of Nathaniel Marston, 1792. 

Anna, daughter of Simon and Catherine Sands, 1778 . 22 

Elizabeth, daughter of Simon and Catherine Sands, 1777 23 
Sarah, daughter of John and Elizabeth, 1774, young. 
Joshua, son of John and Elizabeth, 1778, young. 

Farms 0"wned by the Sands family on 
CoTvneck, L. I. 

John I Sands, purchased December 25th, 1691, of Richard 
Cornell of Rockaway, and of Elizabeth his wife, considera- 
tion £200, 500 acres on Cowneck; this land Cornell held 
under a grant from Governor Dongan of 1686. 

SANDS. 21 

This tract was made up of three parcels : 

a. The Home Farm. 

b. The Farm occupied by Richard Sands. 

c. 100 acres on Sheet's Creek. 


The Home Farm, on which is the Sands burying-ground, 
was occupied and built upon by John I Sands; on his 
death, 1712, it passed to his second son Nathaniel Sands, 
who in 1733 sold it to John II Sands, who moved there, 
made it his home, and died there ; on his death, 1763, it fell 
to his two sons Simon and Benjamin Sands, who about 
1765 divided it; the Homestead fell to Benjamin Sands, 
who sold it to his son-in-law, Benjamin Hewlett; the share 
of Simon Sands was built upon by him and was eventually 
also sold to Benjamin Hewlett. 


This farm was left by John I Sands to his second son 
Nathaniel, who sold it to Edward Sands. 


This farm was left by John I Sands to his second son 
Nathaniel Sands, who sold it to WiUiam Cornell. 

The Inland Farm. 

In 1716 John II Sands purchased a farm in the interior 
of Cowneck ; in 1733 it passed to his son John III Sands, 
who in 1735 built a house * there, in which all his children 
were born ; on his death, 1760, it passed to his son John IV 
Sands ; John III Sands' widow lived there until her death 
in 1793. 

* On the road from Sands' Point to Roslyn, there stands on the right 
hand, on Flower Hill, third house from the School House, a spacious 
farm-house, the property of E. Willet's family ; this is the house in 
which Comfort Sands, and his brothers an*d sisters were born. 

22 SANDS. 

Letters from Block Island addressed to Comfort Sands in 1808. 

(from comfort sands' manuscript book.) 

New Shoreham, February 15tli day, 1808. 
Respected Kinsman. 

I received your note by the hands of Captain Littlefield, 
and the readiness to comply with your request is what I 
always had a desire to obtain, as I think it an honor to me 
that I descended from so ancient, so honorable, so respecta- 
ble a family as our ancestors were. 

James Sands * came from the town of Reading, in Berk- 
shire, England, to Plymouth, in the State of Massachusetts, 
about the year 1658, t and removed to Block Island about 
the year 1662, and was one of the sixteen proprietors who 
purchased the island of the natives, and was largely con- 
cerned in settling the township, and was one who petitioned 
the General Assembly for a charter of Incorporation, which 
was obtained in the year 1672 by the name of Shoreham. 
Since which it has been altered to New Shoreham. By 
which charter we have the privilege of choosing all our 
officers for the regulating of the police of the town. James * 
Sands' will was made the 18th June, 1694. James 
Sands died the 13th day of March, 1695, aged 73 years, 
leaving four sons, namely, John, Samuel, James, and 
Edward, and two daughters, Sarah and Mercy. Sarah 
married to Nathaniel Niles, and Mercy with Joshua Ray- 
mond. Sarah Sands, wife of James * Sands' will was made 
the 17th day of October, 1703, and Edward Sands the son 
of James* died in the year 1708, leaving one daughter, 
who married with Teddiman Hull ; James Sands'* deed to 
John Sands I is dated the 15th § day of November, 1690, and 

* James I Sands. 

t This date is not correct ; he was already on this side of the water 
in 1642. 

t John I Sands. 

§For "15 "read "5." 

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is recorded* at Hempstead, New Book of Records, in pages 
345 and 346 by Thomas Gilderslieve, Town Clarke. 

John t Sands, son of John i: Sands, was born the 22d day 
of January, 1683 ; Edward Sands, the son of James § Sands 
by Mary his wife, had a daughter born the 30th day of 
January, 1703-4, named Sarah Sands; and from the 
removal of John | Sands, Samuel Sands, and James Sands 
to Cowneck, Long Island, which must have been about the 
year 1691 or 1692, until John! Sands, sou of John| Sands, 
and grandson of James, § returned and married || with 
Catherine Guthrie, daughter of Robert Guthrie, which was 
in the year 1706. 

John ^ Sands, son of John t Sands, and Catherine his 
wife was born the 1 day of January 1708. 

Robert Sands, the son of John Sands t and Catherine his 
wife was born the 26 day of December 1710. 

Edward Sands, the son of John t Sands, and Catherine 
his wife was born the 16 day of March 1719.** 

And from the removal of John t Sands, our grandfather, 
to Cowneck there appears to be a length of time I can find 
no account of our family until my father's marriage with 
Hannah Tredwell, daughter of Benjamin Tredwell of Great 
Neck, which must have been about the year 1734, who had 
children born. 

* Reference to records not correct ; the deed is recorded at Jamaica, 
North Hempstead Town Eecords, Liber 2, fol. 70. 

t John II Sands. 

t John I Sands. 

^ James I Sands. 

r'Ehode Island. 

" These may certify whom it may concern that Captain John Sands 
and Catherine Guthrie, both of Shoreham, al'as Block Island, were on 
the 9th day of September, in the year one thousand seven hundred 
and six, at Newport, joined together in the honorable estate of matri- 
mony, by Samuel Cranston, Grovernor." 

If John III Sands. 

** Not correct; Edward was born January 17th 1712, his sister Anne 
was bom March 16th 1719. 

24 SANDS. 

Ray Sauds, sou of Edward Sands and Hannah his wife, 
was born the 18 day of June 1739. 

Peggy Sands, daughter of Edward Sands and Hannah 
his wife, was born the 18 day of July 1742. 

John Sands, son of Edward Sands and Hannah his wife, 
was born the 13 day of August 1745. 

Edward Sands, sou of Edward Sands and Hannah his 
wife, was born the 13 day of April 1748. 

Hannah Sands, wife of Edward Sands, died the 18 day of 
January 1760, in the 51 year of her age. 

Captain Edward Sands, married to Lucy Clarke, the 15 
day of September 1763 at South Kingston. 

Captain Edward Sands departed this life on the 21 day 
October of 1778, in the 67th year of his age. 

Edward Sands, son of Edward Sands, was married to 
Deborah Mies, the 14 day of December 1769, and had a 
daughter born the 23 day of November 1770, named Anna 
Sands ; and had a son born the 28 day of August 1774, named 
William Pitt Sands, and had a daughter born the 1 day 
of January 1779, named Hannah Tredwell Sands. 

Ray Sands, the son of Edward Sands and Hannah his 
wife ; died the 1 day of February 1808, in the 71 year of his 

N. B. We have it from tradition that James * Sands 
was married before he left England, and that his wife's 
maiden name was Sarah Walker, and that he brought some 
of his children out with him when he came to Plymouth. 

Thus you see, my kinsman, I have given you as particu- 
lar an account of our family as the nature and circum- 
stances will admit of. Unless I descend into my brothers' and 
sister's family, which you may think noways material in 
your inquiry, and you will find that I now stand Edward 
Sands, which was the son of Edward, which was the son 
of John, which was the son of James,t who came from 

* James I Sands. 

t This is not correct ; he has omitted one John. 

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the town of Reading, in Berkshire, England, and remain 
with every sentiment of respect, dear sir, yonr humble 

Edward Sands. 

New Shorehajm, February 28th 1808. 
Dear Sir: 

In answer to a letter which I received from you some time 
past respecting our family, I have taken all the pains in my 
power to obtain all the information that can be obtained, 
both here and at Rhode Island, as respects James * Sands ; 
can't find what time he came from England. I have been 
informed by my father in his lifetime, and he had his infor- 
mation from his uncle Simon t Ray, who well remembered 
James Sands, that he, James Sands, came from the town of 
Reading, county of Berkshire, in England, and that he first 
landed at Plymouth in Boston State. I find by the fii'st 
settlement of Block Island, that in the year 1660, he, the 
said James Sands with a number of others sent a man and 
purchased Block Island of the natives, and in April 1661 
they embarked from Taunton in the Bay State and came to 
Block Island and settled the same, and divided it into six- 
teen shares, and he owned one-sixteenth. I find by his last 
will made and executed on the 18th day of June, 1694, that 
he had six children, namely, John | the eldest, James, Sam- 
uel, and Edward, and two daughters, Sarah and Mercy, and 
in March 1695, he died aged 73 years, as appears by his 
gravestone. To his son John | he gave lauds by deed, to 
his other sons by will. As respects his marriage can give 
no information, but that his wife's name was Sarah as men- 
tioned in his will, nor what her name was before marriage ; 
but am of opinion he married before he came out from Eng- 
land ; as to the death of his wife, can't find any account, no 
stone to be found or record, but that she outlived him as by 
will, he had no brother, he was the only one of the name ; 

James I Sands. t Simon III Eay. + John I Sands. 

26 * SANDS. 

it is a mistake as respects his brother; it was his youngest* 
son Edward who is bm-ied by his side ; as appears by his 
gravestone the time of his death was 1708, and his age, can't 
tell, but that he left one child, a daughter, which daughter 
married with a Hull, which there is not a very large family 
descended from. 

John t Sands, son of James, | as it appears by your letter 
that you have found who he married with, which is correct. 
James and Samuel, I can find no account of their marriage, 
nor who with, nor when they moved from Block Island. I 
find from the records of the town, that they sold their lands 
soon after the death of their father. I judge from that cir- 
cumstance, that they left here about 1696 or 1697 ; by the 
enclosed certificate § you will find the names of the persons 
his two daughters married with, which is all the informa- 
tion I am able to give respecting them. As to time of their 
death, and number of children, I can give no information, 
only that there is a large family descended from them, and 
that theii' families are scattered in the New England 

At what time our grandfather || removed from here I find 
no account, but you may judge from the age of his three 
oldest children, which were born here. Myself should sup- 
pose it was 1713. 

As respects the old paternal estate of James | Sands, I 
own his first purchase, and part of Robert Guthrie's, which 
was the land he gave to his son John t by deed. The home- 
stead where he lived and died, he gave to his son Edward, is 

* For " youngest" read " second." 

t John I Sands. 

t James I Sands. 

§ "Nathaniel Niles and Sarah Sands, daughter of James Sands, were 
married February 1-ith 1671. Joshua Eaymond was married to 
Mercy Sands, daughter of James Sands the 29 day of April 1683, and 
in the year 1704 the said Joshua Eaymond died, and sometime after 
his widow and children moved to New London, North Parish, in the 
State of Connecticut." 

II John II Sands. 

SANDS. 27 

in the Hull family, which I fear wont remain long. The 
enclosed certificates * will give you all the information I can 
get from the town records ; should there be any further in- 
formation in my power to obtain for you, I would do it with 
pleasure, and am with great respect your affectionate kins- 
man, John Sands. 

Letter in the matter of a presumed Portrait of Comfort Sands. 

New York, December 8th, 1879. 
156 East 37th Street. 

RuFus Prime, Esq., 147 West 14th St., N. Y. 

My Dear Rufus : In answer to your inquiries as to 
whether there exists a portrait of my father, your grand- 
father, Mr. Comfort Sands, I have to say that I have never 
heard of the existence of one. 

In this connection I send you an abstract from a letter 
on this subject, addressed to me by my niece, your cousin, 
Mrs. Mary Sands Griffin, written in Dresden, Germany, 
on the 11th of February, 1879 : 

* "Eobert Gutterege and Margaret Williams (a) widow were mar- 
ried June 5 1689, and Catherine Gutterege their daughter was born 
the 24 day of June 1690, and the above said Eobert Grutterege died 
December the 3d 1692. 

" John Sands, (i) the son of John (c) Sands, and Catherine his wife, 
was born on the first day of January 1708. 

"Eobert Sands, the son of John (c) Sands, and Catherine his wife, 
was born on the 26 day of December 1710. 

"Edward Sands, the son of John (c) Sands, and Catherine his wife, 
was born on the 17 day of January 1711-12. 

" Sarah Sands, daughter of Edward and Mary Sands, was born Janu- 
ary 30th 1693-4. 

Witness : Walter Eathbun, Toivn Cll\" 

a for " Margaret," read " Anna." Verified by me from the Record Book on 
Block Island. 
6 John III Sands. 
c John II Sands. 

28 SANDS. 

"You ask me about a portrait of your father, my grandfather. I 
never had nor even saw one. The likeness Arthur Sands has, was of 
my father Joseph Sands, taken in Paris about 1800. I gave it to 
Louis Sands, who I believe, left it in Arthur's charge. It is in a heavy 
antique frame." 

Very truly yours, 

Julia M. Sands. 

Extracts from STiles's* Narrative. (published: ]\L4lSSa- 


At Block Island, where I was born, some time after the 
Island began to be settled by the English, there then being 
but sixteen Englishmen and a boy, and about three hundred 
Indians, the Indians were wont, some of them, to treat the 
English in a surly, lordly manner, which moved, the 
English to suspect they had some evil designs in hand ; and 
it being in the time of Philip's war, there was a large stone 
house garrisoned, erected by James t Sands, Esq., one of the 
first settlers. . . . The before mentioned James Sand.s, 
who was the leading man among them, entered into a 
wigwam, where he saw a very fine brass gun standing, and 
an Indian fellow lying on a bench in the wigwam, probably 
to guard and keep it. Mr. Sands' curiosity led him to take 
and view it, as it made a curious and uncommon appear- 
ance. Upon which the Indian fellow rises up hastily and 
snatches the gun out of his hand, and withal gave such a 
violent thrust with the butt end of it as occasioned him to 
stagger backward. But feeling something under his feet, 
he espied it to be a hoe, which he took up and improved, 
and with it fell upon the Indian. Upon which a mighty 
scufile ensued, the English and Indians on the outside of 
the wigwam closing in one with another ; which probably 
would have issued in the destruction of the whole English 

*He was a son of Nathaniel Niles and of Sarah Sands, a daughter 
of James I Sands. 
t James I Sands. 

SANDS. 29- 

party. . . . Mrs. Hutchinson, who came into this country 
under a religious character, probably not very long after 
the church at Boston was settled, . . . went farther 
westward to a place called Eastchester, now in the eastern 
part of the province of New York. ... In order to 
pursue her purpose, she agreed with the before-mentioned 
Captain James* Sands, then a young man, to build her 
house, and he took a partner with him in the business. 
When they had near spent their provisions, he sent his 
partner for meat, which was to be fetched at a considerable 
distance. While his partner was gone, there came a com- 
pany of Indians to the frame where he was at work, and 
made a great shout and sat down. After some time they 
gathered up his tools, put his broad-axe on his shoulder, 
and his other tools into his hands, and made signs to him 
to go away. But he seemed to take no notice of them, but 
continued in his work. At length one of them said, " Ye- 
hah Mumune Ketok," the English of which is, '^ Come, let 
us go," and they all went away to the waterside for clams 
or oysters. After some time they came back, and found 
him still at work as before. They again gathered up his 
tools, put them into his hands as before they had done, 
with the like signs moving him to go away. He still seemed 
to take no notice of them, but kept on in his business, and 
when they had stayed some time they said as before, " Ye- 
hah Mumune Ketok." Accordingly they all went away, 
and left him there at his work, a remarkable instance of 
the restraining power of Grod on the hearts of these furious 
and merciless infidels, who otherwise would doubtless, in 
their rage, have split his brains with his own axe. But 
God had further business for him to do in this world, in 
conducting the affairs on Block Island afterwards, as 
before is briefly related, for many years when the people 
there became more numerous, and until his eldest son. 
Captain John f Sands, a gentleman of great port and superior 
powers succeeded him. He died in the 72d year of his age. 

* James I Sands. t John I Sands. 

30 SANDS. 

He was a benefactor to tlie poor ; for as his house was garri- 
soned, in the time of their fear of the Indians, as before is 
noted, many poor people resorted to it, and were supported 
mostly from his liberality. He was also a promoter of 
religion in his benefactions to the minister they had there 
in his day, though not altogether so agreeable to him as 
might be desired, as being inclined to the Anabaptist 
persuasion. He devoted his house for the worship of Ood, 
where it was attended every Lord's day or Sabbath. 

His wife was a gentlewoman of remarkable sobriety and 
piety, given also to hospitality. She was the only midwife 
and doctress on the island, or rather a doctor, all her days, 
with very little, and with some, and mostly, no reward at 
all. Her skill in surgery was doubtless very great, from 
some instances I remember she told me of. 

Mr. Sands had a plentiful estate, and gave free entertain- 
ment to all gentlemen who came to the island; and. when 
his house was garrisoned it became an hospital, for several 
poor people resorted thither, as before is remarked, who be- 
ing driven from their habitations and improvements, could 
bring but little with them. I heard his wife (who outlived 
her husband many years) often with admiration express 
the singular tokens of God's favorable providence in that 
time, by increasing remarkably the comforts of life on 
themselves and the poor that Providence had cast under 
their care. 

I shall give but one remarkable instance more in this 
digression, with relation to Mrs. Sands, of whom I have 
been speaking. She had then but one little child, a girl, 
just able to run about and prattle a little. Her maid had 
occasion to go into the field on some business, and urged 
that the child might go with her. The mistress denied, 
and withal telling the maid there was an old well in the 
field, which the child would be likely to fall into, or some 
other mischief would happen to her. The maid goes away, 
and the mother sits down in the doorway, to keep the child 
out of danger, as they had a mill-pond near the house ; and 
as sewing linen cloth, and wanted a piece that lay on the 

SANDS. 31 

table on the opposite part of the room, she bid the child 
bring it to her. The child went to a door that led into an 
inner room, where there was no other passage ont, and 
closing the door, saying, '' This, mamma, this "? " she said, 
" No, that," pointing to the cloth. She was busy and thought 
no more of her child, until one of her neighbors came and 
said, " The Lord give you patience ; your child is drowned." 
The man came by the child, and saw it floating on the 
water in the flume, but took no care of it, but went up to 
the house — whereas if he had taken it out, he might have 
been a means of preserving its life. But thus it must be in 
Providence. The mother often lamented her presumption, 
in pretending to be her child's keeper. . . , 

It is time to return to Mr. Sands, where we left him, 
working on his frame . . . the Indians being gone, he 
gathered up his tools, and drew off, and in his way met his 
partner bringing provisions, to whom he declared the nar- 
row escape he had made for his life. Resolving not to 
return, and run a further risk of the like kind, they both 
went from the business . . . 

Captain James Sands . . . had four sons, all living on 
Block Island, until the island was infested, and plundered 
twice by French privateers ; after which the three elder 
brothers removed to Long Island, and settled there (from 
whom I had the narrative of what I am now writing), 
namely Captain John * Sands, Mr. James and Samuel Sands, 
each of them leaving a farm at Block Island, which they 
stocked with sheep, and were wont to come once a year at 
their shearing time on the island, to carry off their wool 
and what fat sheep there were at that time, and market at 
New York. Upon this design they were all coming together, 
sometime in the beginning of June, and as near as I can 
remember, in the year 1702, one of them bringing a little 
daughter, about seven years of age, in a new vessel he had 
built, designing to leave the child with his mother for some 
time, Mrs. Sarah Sands, the famous doctor I spake of 

* John I Sands. 

32 SANDS. 

before, who was then li\' a widow ; and several Indian 
servants were in the forecastle or fore part of the vessel,, 
which was enclosed, bnt there was no bulk-head abaft, 
where these gentlemen were sitting together. There was 
also a quantity of wheat in the hold under the deck, which 
lay partly at the lower part of the mast. As they were 
sailing down the Sound, as it is called, between Long Island 
and the mainland, under an easy, pleasant gale of wind, they 
observed a dark, threatening cloud gathering in the north- 
west. Apprehending a sudden gust of wind, they pulled 
down their sails, as they saw at a distance also a rippling of 
the water, — and it proved accordingly. But the cloud 
scattered, and the gust went over, and they hoisted their 
sails and proceeded in their course as before. After a short 
time the cloud gathered again, and being apprehensive of a 
like sudden gust, they lowered their sails ; and it proved as 
they expected, and they again proceeded on their voyage 
with a fair and easy gale. But in a space of time the 
cloud gathered a third time, and appeared more terrible, 
threatening an extraordinary tempest; upon which they 
lowered their sails, as they had twice before. And it proved 
very terrible, with thunder, lightning, rain and wind, with 
stress and uncommon violence. At length there came a 
loud clap of thunder with sharp lightning, and struck on 
the top of their mast ; and the lightning ran down into the 
hold of the vessel to the step of the mast, and then suddenly 
started upward ; and they saw apparently the wheat that lay 
near the mast fly each way from it, and seemed to disperse ; 
but it soon gathered into a round solid body, as big, or big- 
ger, than a man's fist, and in that form flew to one side of 
the vessel, and then broke with an extraordinary loud noise 
as of hard thunder, and then seemed to scatter ; but then 
gathered into the like form as before, and flew to the other 
side of the vessel, and broke with the like mighty noise, 
and dispersed ; but gathered the third time, and flew back to 
the other side, where it made a hole between wind and 
water, and disappeared. The child, before mentioned, lay 
all this time asleep, while the lightning passed forward and 

SANDS. 33 

backward over it, as has been related, without the least 
hurt, when her father, and uncles with him, that beheld the 
lightning in its motions and operations, as plainly as to see 
from one side of the room to the other, concluded she was 
struck dead as she lay. Nor were any hurt in the vessel, 
except these men's eyes were so sore they scarcely could see 
when they came to the island, — where I then was, and from 
them received the narrative, as here is related, of this won- 
derful salvation Grod wrought for them. . . . 

Sometime in July, 1689, three French privateer vessels 
came to Block Island. ... As they were thus become 
masters of the island, they disarmed the men, and stove their 
guns to pieces on the rocks, and carried the people and con- 
fined them in the house of Captain James* Sands before 
mentioned, which was large and accommodable for their 
purpose, and not far from the harbor. This they made 
their prison. . . . The French came a third time while 
I was on the island, and came to anchor on Saturday, 
sometime before night ; and acquainted us who they were 
and what they intended, by hoisting up their white colors. 
None of the people appearing to oppose them, and having 
at this time my aged grandparents, Mr. James * Sands and 
his wife, before mentioned, to take care of, with whom I 
then dwelt ; knowing also that if they landed they would 
make his house the chief seat of their rendezvous, as they 
had done twice before, and not knowing what insults or 
outrage they might commit on them, I advised to the leav- 
ing their house, and betaking themselves to the woods for 
shelter, till they might return under prospects of safety, 
which they consented to. Accordingly we took our flight 
into the woods, which were at a considerable distance, 
where we encamped that night as well as the place and 
circumstances would allow, with some others, that for the 
like reasons fell into our company. 

■ James I Sands. 

34 SANDS. 

Will of John II Sands, (surrogate's office, n. y., liber 
24, FOL. 224.) 

In tlie Name of God Amen this twentyeth seventh day of 
February Anno Domini Seventeen hundred fifty and nine 
I John Sands of the Township of Heampstead in Queens 
County and in the Province of New York Yeoman being 
in Bodily health and of perfect mind and memory do make 
and ordain and constitute this my last Will and Testament. 

Imprimis. I Will impower and authorize my Executors 
hereafter named in some Convenient time after my Decease 
in their Discretion to sell and convey all my land which I 
have at Block Island my son Edward Sands to have the 
first refusal and in case my son Edward should refuse to 
give the full value of the aforesaid land I then order my 
Executors to make sale of the aforesaid land by way of 
publick vendue or otherwise as my Executors shall think 
proper and out . . the money arising from the sales above 
said I will my funerill Expenses and just debts and Lega- 
cies hereafter mentioned and bequeathed be paid and 
discharged & if in case there should be any money over 
and above arising from the above sales then win pay all 
my debts and Legacies, then my Will is that my son Ben- 
jamin Sands shall have the remainder. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my five sons John 
Sands Edward Sands Nathaniel Sands Joshua Sands & 
Gideon Sands to each and every one of them the sum of 
five Shillings Current Lawfull money of New York. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Anne 
Brooks what goods she hath in her possession of mine and 
my negro Girl Moll and five shillings Current Lawfull 
money of New York. 

Item, I give unto my Grandson Dean twenty pounds 
Current Lawfull money of New York the above said Lega- 
cies to be paid in some convenient time after the above 
said land is sold. 

Item. I give bequeath and devise unto my true and 
loving Wife Catherine Sands in Lieu of her right of dowery 

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the use profit and advantages of the one third part of my 
farm that I now dwell on during her natural life and the 
one equal half of my buildings on the same during her 
Widowhood and no longer and all my household goods 
within dores at her own disposal (Except my Silver Tank- 
ard & Clock) I give bequeath unto my Wife my Slave 
named Herciles and my two negro Woman named Pegg 
and her Daughter Isabell and the one equal third part of 
my farming utencills and the one third part of my sheep 
and hogs and three good Cows and a young Mare Nobby 
at her own disposal!. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto the family of the 
Sandses for ever for a burying place a piece of land six 
Rods square in my Orchard round the burying place that 
is thereon Cowneck and on the farm that I now live on. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my two sons George 
and Simon Sands all that farm of mine lying and being on 
the bottom of Cowneck with the Creeks meadows thereunto 
belonging except four acres of land to my son Simon Sands 
his heirs and assigns for ever to be taken out of the farm 
and then the remainder part of my above said farm to them 
their heirs and assigns for ever (under these following con- 
ditions with all the building and improvements equally to 
be divided in quantity and quality and nevertheless that if 
in case my Son George Sands should Dye without Lawfull 
Issue then I give and devise that part of my Real Estate 
bequeathed to him to be equally divided between my three 
sons Simon Gideon and Benjamin Sands to them their 
heirs and assigns for ever. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Simeon Sands 
my Clock. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son Benjamin 
Sands my Silver Tankard. 

Item, the Remainder part of my farming utensills Cat- 
ties Horses hoggs and Sheep to be equally between my two 
Sons George and Simeon Sands. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son George Sands 
my young negro man named Mical and I hereby appoint 

36 SANDS. 

ordain and constitute my Wife Catherine Sands and my 
two sons Simeon Sands and Gideon Sands and my kinsman 
Henry Sands all of the Township of Hempstead and in the 
Province of New York to be my whole and Sole Executrix 
and Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I 
do hereby give them my whole Strength power and author- 
ity to act in the premises before mentioned and I do hereby 
revoke and disanull all and every other former Will Testa- 
ment Legacy and bequeathment Executors and Executrix 
by me before this time made Willed given bequeathed 
nominated and named and I do confirm this and no other 
to be last will and Testament whereof and for further 
confirmation I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my 
seal the day and year first above written. 

John Sands (L. S.) 

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by 
the said John Sands to be his last Will and Testament in 
the presents of uss John Cornwall, William Cornwall, 
Joshua Cornwall. 

Will of John III Sands, (surrogate's office, n. y., liber 
22, FOL. 363.) 

In the name of God Amen this ninth day of October in 
the year of our Lord Christ Ano que Domina one thousand 
seven hundred & Sixty I John Sands Junr. of Cowneck in 
the Township of Hamsted in Queens County & in the 
Province of New York Yeoman Being in perfect mind and 
of sound memory thanks be given unto God & calling unto 
mind the mortality of my body & knowing thats appointed 
for all men once to Dye do make & ordain this my last Will 
& Testament that is to say Principally & first of all I 
give & Recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty 
God that gave it & my Body I Recommend to the Earth to 

SANDS. 37 

be buried in decent Christian Burial at the Discretion of 
my Executors hereafter named nothing doubting but at 
the generall Resurection I shall Receive the same again by 
the mighty Power of God and as touching such Worldly 
Estate as it Hath Pleased God to bless me with in this Life 
I give Devise & dispose of the same in the following man- 
ner and form Imprimis I "Will that my true & loveing Wife 
Elizabeth Sands shall Pay Interest for all the mony my 
Estate shall be indebted for at my Decease untill my love- 
ing Son Robert Sands shall arrive to ye age of twenty one 
years. Item. I give and bequeath unto my true & loveing 
Wife Elizabeth Sands all my houshold goods & furniture & 
one negro Girl called by name Sarah & one negro man 
called by name Warrick with all the Plate belonging or 
appertaining unto me to her her heirs & assigns for ever in 
Lieu of her Dowry and the use of all my farm I now Live 
on with the rights and Priviledges of ye Creeks at the 
Bottom of Cow Neck & all the Stock and farming utensills 
appertaining or belonging thereunto for the bringing up 
my children in a decent Christian manner untOl my said 
son Robert Sands shall arrive to the years of twenty one 
If she remains my widow but if she should either Dye or or 
marry within the term of time above said I then order my 
Executors to Rent out my said Farm & the money arising 
therefrom to go towards bringing up my said Children I 
also order my Executors hereafter named that whom soever 
shall Rent the said Farm shall not cut nor destroy any 
more Timber & Fii*ewood than shall be really necessary for 
the use of such a farm and my said Wife Ehzabeth Sands 
is to deliver up with the Farm all the Stock and Farming 
Utensils in as good Order as when received them as shall 
be Judged by my Executors at the coming to age of my 
son Robert Sands and when my said son Robert Sands shall 
arrive to the years of Twenty one I then order my Execu- 
tors to vaUue all my whole Farm with the Salt meadows 
at the bottom of Cow Neck & all my stock and and Farming 
Utensills appertaining or belonging thereunto which I order 

38 SANDS. 

my Executors to give my true and loveing Son John Sands 
the Refusall thereof which if he should except of ye said 
Farm Stock and Utensills all the Valuation of the Execu- 
tors as abovesaid and the money to be Paid at a Reasonable 
time after the valuation of said Farm Stock and utensills and 
in case the said John Sands should not except of the said 
Farm Stock and Utensills as above said I then order my 
Executors to Expose of the said Farm Stock and Utensills 
at Publick Sale only Reserving the Dwelling house to my 
Dear and loving Wife as long as she Remains my Widow 
and the money arising therefrom I give devise and Dispose 
of in the manner following after paying my Just debts. 
Item I give and bequeath unto my true and loving Son 
John Sands the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds to 
him his heirs and assigns for ever Item, I give and be- 
queath unto my loving son Cornwell Sands the sum of two 
hundred pounds to be paid by Executors two months after 
my Decease also one negro boy called by name Mike and 
as much more as shall make equal with the rest of my Sons 
hereafter named at the Sale of the Farm to him his heirs 
and assigns for ever. Item. I give and bequeath unto my 
five yoimgest Sons all namely Robert Sands Comfort Sands 
Stephen Sands Richardson Sands and Joshua Sands all 
the remainder of my Estate to be ecj[ually Divided between 
them at a reasonable time after the Sale of my farm to 
them their heirs and assigns for and if either of my said 
sons should Dye before they arrive to the age of twenty 
one or without Lawfull Issue their Legacies to be equally 
divided between the surviving Bretheren and I do likewise 
Constitute and appoint my true and loving wife Elizabeth 
Sands and my loving Brother George Sands and my true 
and trusty Friend Stephen Thorne as my whole and 
sole Executors and Executrix and I do hereby utterly 
disaUow Revok voke and Disannull all and every other 
Former Testaments Wills Legacies and bequeaths and 
Executors by me in any before named Willed and Bequeath 
Rattyfying and confirming this and no other to be my last 

SANDS. 39 

Will and Testament, In Witness whereof I have hereunto 
sett my hand and seal the day and year above said 

John Sands, Junr. (seal). 

Signed, Sealed Published and Declared by the said John 
Sands Junior as his last Will and Testament in the Presents 
of us who are here present. 

Rogr Fenonilet. Elizabeth Mott William Eixon. 



Died: at Braintree, Mass., September 30th 1641. 

Will : referred to in Index to Vol. I. of Probate Court 
of . . . . ; the copy of the Will itself was on one of the 
lost pages ; inventory of February 20th 1642, shows good 

Married : 1st. in England . . . 
2dly. in America, a widow George. 


1. Simon II Ray, of whom later. 

2. Mary Ray, married November 15th Samuel 


Account of Simon I Ray. 

Of Braintree, Mass., came, it is said, from Braintree, co. 
Essex, England; landed at Plymouth, brought with him 
his son Simon II Ray, then about six years of age. 


RAY. 41 


Born : in England 1635. 

Died : on Block Island March 17th 1737 ; buried there.* 
Married : 1st. 1661, Mary da. of Nathaniel I Thomas t 
of Marshfield. 

2dly. widow of 

WiU: 1727. 


1. Sybil Ray, born March 19th 1665 ; married John I 
Sands of Cowneck, L. I. 

2. Mary Ray, born May 19th 1667; married an 
Englishman ; was the first American woman presented to 
the Kinof. 

*His tomb in the burying-ground on Block Island, of slate, and 
recumbent, bears upon it : 

"This monument 
Is erected to the Memory 
Of Simon Ray Esquire, 
One of the original Proprietors 
Of this Island 
He was largely concerned 
In settling the Township, 
And was one of the chief Magistrates. 
And such was his Benevolence, 
That besides the Care which he took 
Of their civil Interests, 
He frequently instructed them, 
In the most important Concerns 
Of our Holy Religion. 

He was deprived of his Eyesight many Years, 
Chearfully submitting to the will of God, 
His life being in this trying Instance, 
As in all others, 

A lovely example of Christian Virtue. 
He died on the 17th of March 1737 
In the 102nd year of his age." 

t For account of Thomas family see page 50. 

42 RAY. 

3. Dorothy Ray, born October 16tli 1669; married 
Clapp, of Rye, N. Y. 

4. Simon III Ray, of whom later. 

5. Ray, married Samuel Sands, brother of John 

I Sands. 

Account of Simon II Ray. 

One of the original settlers on Block Island in 1662. 
1671 September, tax-rater on Block Island. 

1687 June, Justice present at the Court of Common 
Pleas at Newport. 

1688 Quarter-session Justice. 
1705 Deputy from Block Island. 


Born : on Block Island 1670. 

Died : on Block Island March 9th 1755 : buried there.* 

* His tomb in the burying-ground on Block Island, of slate, and re- 
cumbent, bears upon it the following epitaph : 

"Beneath This Stone 
Are deposited the Remains 
Of Simon Eay Esquire, 
Who for many Years, 

Was one of the chief Magistrates of this Town. 
He filled the most important Offices 
With honor to Himself 
And advantage to his Country. 
To suppress Vice and promote Virtue, 
Was the fixed aim of his private Life, 
And public Authority, 
He was a lover of Learning 
Justice and Benevolence 
A Friend to his Country and attentive 
To the Interests of this Island. 

RAY. 43 

Married: 1st. Juditli Mainwaring, of New London, 

2dly. Deborah, daughter of Job G-reene, and 

of his wife Phoebe, of Warwick, R. I. 


1. Simon IV Ray, followed the sea; died before his 
father ; left no issue. 

2. Gideon Ray, followed the sea ; died before his father ; 
left no issue. 

3. Nathaniel Ray, a farmer ; father of Simon V Ray ; 
he and his sou both died young, and left no issue living. 

4. Mary Ray, married 1724 John Thomas, of Marsh- 
field, Mass. ; died 1737. 

5. Juditli Ray, married Hubbard. 

6. Ann Ray, married Samuel "Ward. 

7. Catherine Ray, married William G-reene. 

8. Phoebe Ray, married John Littlefield. 

Account of Simon III Ray. 

Removed to New London, Conn., after his father's 
second marriage ; remained a widower 21 years ; the last 
male of his race. 

He was a sincere Believer in our Saviour 
And by faithful obedience to his Precepts 
Duly advanced the Christian Profession. 
He died on the 9th of March 1755 
In the 85th Year of his age." 




t 1641. 

Simon II Ray. 

I tl737. 

Mary Ray. 
= Samuel Deering. 

Sybil Ray. 
= John I Sands. 

Simon III Ray. 
I tl755. 


= Samuel Sands. 

Ann Ray. 
Samuel Ward. 

Nathaniel Ray. Simon IV Ray. Catherine Ray. 
I t s. p. t s. p. = Wm. Greene. 

Simon V Ray. 

t s. p. 

RAY. 45 


Copy of a Letter to Henry Ward, then a Boy at School, aged 
Nine Years, from his Grandmother Catherine, Mrs. William 
Greene, daughter of Simon III Ray. (published in the 


Warwick,* March Sth, 1793. 

My father, grandfatlier, and great grandfather were all 
named Simon Ray. I shall distinguish them by first, 
second, and third; Simon Ray 2d came from England 
with his father, a lad of about sixteen t years, to Plymouth, 
a very respectable family. Whether his mother came or 
not, I do not know. But about the time Simon Ray 2d 
grew up, his father married a widow George, with ten 
children, which offended him, and he with seven others 
went to Block Island, and purchased it ; and they had but 
one cow to three families, and they used to catch fish called 
horse mackerel, and make hasty pudding, and put the milk 
in as we do molasses ; that was their breakfast. They went 
four mile into the neck to clear the land. At night, when 
they came home that was their supper, and they all lived 
in love and harmony like so many good brothers. After a 
while, a son of the George family, having heard of the 
purchase of S. Ray 2d had made, came to Block Island to 
see him. It was rare to see visitors, and being a connec- 
tion of his father, and he of a benevolent make, and 
land plenty, told him he would give him half of his pur- 
chase if he would clear it, which he readily accepted ; and 
that is the land owned by the Mitchells and Paines at 
this time. 

S. Ray 3d always kept them in fear of dispossessing 
them ; but I believe he gave them a quit claim before he 

* Warv7ick, R. I. fFor '• sixteen," read "six." 

46 RAY. 

died ; I don't know at what age. But when Simon Ray 2d 
married a Thomas at Marshfield, of a very good family, 
and brought her to Block Island and had three daughters. 
Mary, the eldest,* married an Englishman, who carried her 
to England, and she was the first American lady introduced 
to the King, and kissed his hand ; the second was Saba,t she 
married a Sands on Long Island, and that family were her 
offspring, Comfort,| and those at Block Island. The 3d 
was Dorothy, she married a Clapp at Rye, some of them 
are living, very clever people. Simon Ray 3d was their 
only son ; I don't know his age when his mother died ; but 
although he, S. Ray 2d, was offended, and left his father 
because he m. a widow with ten children, he married 
a widow with eleven ; and then Simon Ray the 3d left his 
father and went to New London, and married a Mainwar- 
ing; by whom he had a Simon, Grideon, Nathaniel, and 
Mary. Simon and Grideon were sea-faring men of excellent 
character ; Nathaniel was a tiller of the ground ; he had one 
son, Simon Ray, and died. The son, Simon Ray the 3d, 
educated at New Haven College. His three sons and 
grandson all died, I think, between the age of twenty-one 
and twenty-three years. Their sister Mary went to Marsh- 
field to visit her relations, and there she married into her 
own family a Thomas ; she died young, leaving an only 
child, Nathaniel Ray. He was left rich ; a farm that would 
cut 100 loads of salt hay, well-stocked house, well furnished 
with everything. He was educated at Cambridge, and 
when he was of age it was all wasted but the land. He 
married Sally Deering of Boston, a charming girl, and 
your grandma was at the wedding ; had sack posset, and a. 
beautiful dressed plumb cake for supper. They had a large 
family of children ; and when the war came he was chosen 

* Mary was the 2d daughter of Simoii II Ray. 

t Sybil was the eldest daughter of Simoii 11 Ray, she married John I 
Sands of Block Island and of Cowneek, L. I. 

t Comfort Sands of New York, who died in 1334 ; he was the great 
grandson of John I Sands and of Sybil Ray. 

RAY. 47 

a mandamus councillor, and being badly advised, accepted 
it, and went off with the regulars and died at Halifax. His 
widow lives genteely in that country on a farm. Simon 
Ray 3d lived a widower twenty-one years ; had buried all 
his sons, and his daughter lived so far from him, that he 
came to Warwick and married my mother, a maiden lady 
of thirty-seven years, Deborah G-reene, sister to Daniel and 
Philip Grreene, and daughter of Job and Phebe Greene. He 
was a councillor, had a large landed estate. They went to 
Block Island, and we had four lovely sisters, Judith, who 
married a Hubbard ; Ann, who married your grandaddy, 
Samuel Ward; Catherine, your grandma Greene; and 
Phebe, who married a Littlefield. 

Now I miist return to Simon Ray 2d. He lived to be 101 
years, 1 month and 1 day old. He was blind and lame 
many years. In the French war a privateer landed and 
used the inhabitants very ill. He had a chest moved, and 
they supposed it was money. They tied him to a tree, and 
whipped him to make him tell, and I think they left 
him for dead. After he was lame he learned a great deal 
of the bible by heart ; he could say all the Psalms, the New 
Testament, and a great deal of the Old. My father went 
in one day and asked him how he did ; he said very poorly • 
for he made it a constant rule to repeat, I've forgot how 
many Psalms and chapters in a day, and to-day I've only 
repeated fifty. He asked my father one day how the season 
was. Oh ! said my father, a severe drought, and seemed to 
repine. He said, my son, let G-od alone to govern the 
earth. I just remember him, sitting in an arm chair, with 
white hair, and being pleasant ; and the night he died he 
called us all to him, and told us to remember our Creator 
in the days of our youth, and the advantage of living 
virtuous lives, and making God our friend, and the peace 
and happiness we should enjoy in the other world. I 
remember my mother cutting up plain cake and cheese at 
his funeral, and she cut it in a cheese tub, and it was 
served in pewter platters; he desired her to do it. You 
are descended of reputable ancestors on all sides. You had 

48 RAY. 

four grandaddy governors, and that you may be as worthy 
man as they all were, is the sincere wish of 

Your affectionate grandma, 

Caty Greene. 

Extracts from Niles's Narrative, (published mass. hist. 

SOC, 3d SER., VI.) 

" Some time in July, 1689, the French privateer vessels 
came to Block Island. ... In this time they offered great 
abuses to Simon Ray,* Esq., an aged gentleman, who lived 
somewhat remote in the island, and had not removed his 
money nor choicest part of his goods out of his house until 
they saw a company of the enemy at a distance coming 
thither. He and his son t (who was of the same name, and 
after bore the like distinguishing characters of honor and 
usefulness that his father had done before, who is now lately 
deceased also), as there was no minister in the place, were" 
wont, in succession, in a truly Christian, laudable manner, 
to keep a meeting in their own house on Lord's days, to 
pray, sing a suitable portion of the Psalms, and read in 
good sermon books, and as they found occasion, to let drop 
some words of exhortation in a religious manner on such 
as attended their meeting. Upon the sight of the French 
coming, the son (then a young man) with the servants car- 
ried out some chests, and what they could most readily 
convey out of the house and hid them, and themselves also. 
When the Frenchmen came into the house, they found only 
the old gentleman and his wife ; all the rest of the family 
were fled. The French demanded his money. He told them 
he had none at his command. They observing, by the 
signs on the floor, that chests and other things were lately 
removed, and the money, which they principally aimed at, 

* Simon II Eay. t Simon III Ray. 

RAY. 49 

asked him where they were. He told them he did not know, 
for his people had carried them out, and he could not tell 
where they put them. They bid him call his folks, that 
they might bring them again ; which he did, but had no 
answer, for they were all fled out of hearing. 

They being thus disappointed, one of them, in a violent 
rage, got a piece of rail, and struck him on his head there- 
with, and in such fury that the blood instantly gushed out 
and ran on the floor. Upon which his wife took courage, 
and sharply reprehended them for killing her husband, 
which she then supposed they had done. Upon this they 
went off, without the game they expected. After the flow 
of blood was over, he recovered his health, and lived many 
years in his former religious usefulness, as before is noted." 



Born : in Wales (f) circa 1573. 

Died : at Marshfield, Mass., August, 1651 ; buried there.* 

Wm :t July Oth, 1651. 


1. Nathaniel I Thomas, of whom later. 

2. Other children. 

* In the MarsMeld or Winslow burial-ground, his monument, now 
in fragments, has on it — 

"Here Lyes "What Remains 
Of William Thomas Esq 
One of The Founders of 
New Plymouth Colony 
"Who Bea^ In ye Month 
Of August 1651 About 
ye 78th Year of 
His Age." 
t See N. E. G. & H. Register, IV., 319. 



Account of William I Thomas. 

Came into the Colony 1640, probably with Rev. Richard 
Blinman and Hugh Caulkins and others, from Wales or 
the West of England. 

1642 March 17th, freeman. 

1642 assistant (with the exception of 1645 and 1646) to 
the time of his death. * 


Born: in Wales (?) circa 1606. 

Died: at Marshfleld, Mass., February 13th 1674 ; buried 
there t on the 16th of the same month. 
Married : . t 


1. William II Thomas, of Marshfield, born in Eng- 
land 1638 ; died unmarried March, 1718. 

* Secretary Morton says of him: "1651, This year Mr. William 
Thomas expired his natural life in much comfort. He served in the 
place of magistracy divers years ; he was a well approved and well 
grounded Christian ; well read in the Holy Scriptures and other ap- 
proved authors ; a good lover and approver of godly ministers and good 
Christians, and one that had a sincere desire to promote the common 
good, both of church and state. He died of consumption, and was 
honorably buried at Marshfield." 

t In the Marshfield or Winslow burial-ground, his monument bears 
the following inscription : 

"Here Lyes The 
Remains of 
Nathaniel Thomas 
Gent Who Dec^' 
ye I3tii Day of February 
1674 about y« 68"i Year 
Of His Age." 

t Mentioned in the Will of William I Thomas. 


2. Nathaniel II Thomas, born in tMs country 1643 ; 
died October 1718 -, left issue male. 

3. Mary Thomas, married 1661, Simon II Ray. 

4. Elizabeth Thomas, born 1646. 

5. Dorothy Thomas. 

Account of Nathaniel I Thomas. 

Came over with Ms father in 1640, bringing wife and 
son WiUiam II ; on his father's death he succeeded to the 

1643 Lieutenant of a troop. 

1644 Freeman. 



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Died : on Block Island, December 3d 1692 ; buried in 
the graveyard on Block Island.* 

Married: 1st Margaret ; born 1633 5 died on 

Block Island April Sib 1687 ; buried there, t 

2dly. June 5th 1689, Anna, daughter of Dr. 

John Alcock,! and of Sarah Palgrave his wife; baptized 
Boston, Mass., May 26th 1650; married § 1st 1670 John 
Williams, of Boston ; left a widow at Newport, R. I. 1688. 

* fide S. R. Sands (1878) : he was iDuried alongside of his 1st wife ; 
his gravestone has sunk into the ground. 

t Her tombstone hears the following epitaph : 
''Here lieth 
The body of M 
Margret Gvtry 
Aged 54 years who 
Departed this 
Life April 5 1687." 
t For account of the Alcock family see page 50. 
§ For marriage contract with John Williams, see Records of Boston, 
Liber. VI, 241 ; see page 62. 




1. Catherine Guthrie, born on Block Island June 
24tli 1690 ; married at Newport, R. I., September 9th 1706 
John II Sands ; died at Cowneck, L. I., February 10th 1769 ; 
buried there in the Sands graveyard. 

Account of Robert Guthrie. 

Robert Gruthrie, Gutterege, Guttarage, Gutry, of Edin- 
borough, Scotland, was one of the early settlers on Block 

1670-1671 Tax-rater on Block Island. 

1687 Overseer of the Poor on Block Island. 



Born: in England. 

Died : at Roxbury, Mass., December 30tli 1640. 

Wm : * December 22d 1640. 

Married: 1st in England, Hooker (sister to Eev. 

Thomas Hooker, who was born at Marfield, co. Leicester, 
England, circa 1586 ); died at Roxbury, Mass., 1630. 

— — 2dly. In England, Elizabeth ; she mar- 
ried again, April 1641, Henry Dingham, of Watertown, 
Mass., a surgeon. 


1. Jolin Alcock, of whom later. 

2. Samuel Alcock, born April 16th 1637 ; graduated 
at Harvard 1659 ; a physician ; died 1677 ; left a widow, 
but no children. 

* N. E. G. Eegister, II. 104 ; see page 61. 


Account of George Alcock. 

He was a physician at Roxbury, who came over in the 
fleet with G-overnor Winthrop in 1630, bringing with him 
his first wife, who died not long afterwards ; applied for 
admission as freeman October 19th 1630, admitted as such 
May 18th 1631 ; deacon at Dorchester ; representative at the 
first court held May 14th 1634, as well as on other occasions, 
deacon at Roxbury. He went back to England to bring his 
son John to America, and during this visit, or the next, he 
married his second wife. The church record on the occasion 
of his death, says : '^ He left a good name behind him, the 
poor of the church much bewailing his loss." 

His homestead in Roxbury, consisting of 5 acres, was 
situated on the south side of Bartlett street, near Lambert, 
having Thomas Dudley on the north, John Dane on the 
south, a highway on the east and the meeting-house com- 
mon on the west ; it passed to the heirs of Joshua Lamb, 
who married May Alcock, his granddaughter. 

He also owned 20 acres of upland and marsh on the east 
side of the Neck, extending from the line near the " Bull 
pasture " to the burying-ground ; this also passed to the 
representatives of his granddaughter, Mrs. Lamb. 

The colonists who settled at Roxbury came mostly from 
London and its vicinity and from Nazing, a village in 
Essex ; a few came from the West of England ; they were 
people of substance, many of them farmers, none being of 
the poorer sort. 


Born : in England, 1627. 

Died: Boston, March 27th 1667; buried at Roxbury 
March 29th. 
Will: May 10th 1666. 


Married: Sarah, daughter of Dr. Richard Palgrave* 
of Charlestown ; born in England in 1621 ; died in Rox- 
bury November 27th 1665. 


1. Joanna Alcock, born 1649 ; died young. 

2. Anna Alcock, baptized May 26th 1650; married t 
1st 1670, John Williams of Boston, left a widow at New- 
port, R. I., 1688 ; married again June 5th 1689 to Robert 
Guthrie of Block Island. 

3. Sarah Alcock, twin sister of Anna, baptized at the 
same time ; married 1670 Rev. Zachariah Whitman. 

4. Mary Alcock, born August 15th 1652; married 
Joshua Lamb of Roxbmy. 

5. George Alcock, born March 25th 1655; graduated 
at Harvard 1673 ; died in London ; will of February 27th 
1677, proved March 9th 1677 at Doctor's Commons. 

6. John Alcock, born 5th, baptized 15th of March 
1657 ; died unmarried May 5 1690 ; buried at Roxbury in 
the old burying-ground, corner of Washington and Eustis 
streets. I 

7. Elizabeth Alcock, baptized March 27th 1659. 

8. Joanna Alcock, born May 6th 1660. 

9. Palgrave Alcock, born July 20th 1662; of Roxbury; 
died November 24th 1710 ; will proved December 14th 
1710 ; left widow, but no issue. 

Account of John Alcock. 

Born in England ; remained there when his father first 
came to this country in 1630 ; he accompanied his father to 

* For account of Palgrave family see page 66. 

t For marriage contract with John Williams, see Eecords of Boston, 
Liber VI. 241 ; see page 62. 

t His tombstone has on it the following epitaph: "John Alcoeke, 
May 5, 1090, in ye 35th year of his age." 


Massachusetts on a subsequent voyage ; graduated at Har- 
vard 1646; taught school at Hartford 1647-1G48; this 
probably under the influence of his mother's brother, 
the Rev. Thomas Hooker, who was settled there ; freeman 
November 12th 1652 ; established himself as a physician at 
Roxbury, but subsequently removed to Boston, jDrobably 
prior to 1657 ; several of his children were born in Boston, 
but they were all carried to Roxbury for baptism ; was em- 
ployed on public service to locate grants of laud; as a 
retribution, he received a grant of land of one thousand 
acres, now included in the town of Marlborough and known 
as " The Farm"; he had also other grants of land; he owned 
land on Boston Neck, at Dorchester, on the Assabet River, 
in Stow, and the estate known as the '' Williams Place," in 
Scituate, near the harbor ; he was identified with the 
settlement of Block Island. 







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Abstract of Will of George Alcock. (gen. reg. ii. 104.) 

22 day 11th, called December, Anno Domini 1640. 

The last WUl & Testament w"' I G-eorge Alcock of 
Roxbury in N: E: doe make, havinge yet my perfect 
vnderstandinge and memory according to the measure 

Debts to be paid both in owld England & in new. My 
debt of 40£. to my sonne John, w"'' I have of his in my 
hands. — Wife to have £100, to be paid her in whatsoever 
she shall chuse. — Brother Thomas Alcocke of Dedham all 
that he oweth me, & my Heifer w'^'' is w**" caKe, wh came of 
the great Cow, if my goodes will howld out, else he shall 
have only hir CaKe, & I give his 2 children each of them 
2."*- To our brother Edward Porter, 20 bushles of Indian 
Corne, & to our brother Chandler, the monye he oweth 
me. — To Elizabeth Blandfeild 2 ', she shall (be) put forth 
where she may be well educated. — To my servant Joseph 
Wise, my young heifer, & the rest of his time, from after 
mid-somer next. — To my servant, John Plimton, his time 
from after midsomer, for 5 ' — My youngest sone shall 
have the silver bowles, & my wife the silver spoons. — 
My house and lands to be improved for the best, for the 
education of my children, and the haKe of y^ revenue of the 
farme shall be to educate my sone John in learninge, 
together w* the wisest improvement of his 40 ' — The other 
half to educate sone Samuell, for 7 yeares, beginning from 
y^ 1st daye of y^ 11 month, called January, about w"*" time 
expired, my sone John will be 21 yeares of age. — Part of 
the debts to my brother Carwithy be layde out on the 2 
Cowes I had of M'' Perkins. — My lovinge brethren, Phillip 


Eliot & William Park be my executors. My brother M"" 
Hooker, M' Welde, M"' Eliot, Isaac Heath to overseers. 

George Alcocke, 
Tho Welde 
Thom Alcocke 
(28) 11 : 1640. 

Articles of Agreement on a Contract of Marriage between 
Anna Alcock, Daughter of Dr. John Alcock, and John Wil- 
liams, Jan. 25, 1669, 70. (record office of deeds, Suf- 
folk CO., 3L1SS., LIBER VI., FOL. 241.) 

Articles of agreement on a contract of marriage, by God's 
permission, to bee solemnized, in convenient time, by & 
betweene John Williams, the sonn of the late Nathaniell 
Williams, of Boston, in the Conntie of Suffolke of the Mas- 
sachusetts Colony in New England, glower & Anna Alcock, 
eldest daughter of the late John Alcock of Roxbury in the 
same Countie and Colony in New England, phissision had 
made drawne & concluded upon this 25"' of January, 1669^ 
by & betweene the sajd John Williams on the one part, & 
the sajd Anna of Boston aforesajd, and Samuell Alcock, 
unckle to the sajd Anna of Boston aforesajd, phisisian, 
ffeoffes in trust for the sajd Anna Alcock, on the other part 
in manner & forme as followeth, vizt : imprimis the sajd 
John Williams for himselfe, his heirs, executo', admin- 
istrator, & assigns, doth hereby firmly couenant, promise^ 
& grant, and hereby doth freely, fully & absolutely bind & 
engage himselfe, & his heires, executo', administrato', & 
assigns, to the above mentioned Anna Alcock, Edward Raw- 
son & SamueU Alcock ffeoffes aforesajd to & on the behaKe 
of the said Anna Alcock, her heires, executo", administrato' 
& assignes, that hee the sajd John Williams, his heires, 
executo', administrator, & assigns, shall & will from time 
to time & at all times saue & defend & forever secure Edward 
Rawson above mentioned, & John Hull of Boston, & their 


heires executo' administrato' & assignes, & all & euery of them 
respectively of & from all & all manner of suites, debts, 
claymes & demands, from all persons & and euery person 
whatsoeuer, clayming or that shall clayme any due, debt, 
right, title, or interest, to or from the estate of the late Anna 
Palf grave, or any part thereof, to whose last will & testa- 
ment bearing date the eleaueth of March, 1668-9, they the 
said Edward Rawson & John Hull are executo', and have 
delivered up the same & euery part thereof to the sajd 
Annah Alcock, & that they the said Edward Rawson & 
John Hull & their respective heires, exeeuto" administra- 
tor & assignes shall bee the better secured from all dam- 
mages or any dammage, that shall or may accrue vnto them, 
or any of them by virtue of the sajd executorship, they the 
sajd John Williams & Anna Alcock his intended wife, doe 
hereby either of themselves firmly bind & make over, the 
dwelhng house in Boston, now in the possession of Thomas 
Bingly given unto the sajd Anna Alcock, as by the tearmes 
in the sajd last of the sajd late Anna Palsgrave, is ex- 
pressed to him the said Edward Rawson & John Hull, their 
& every of their respective heires, execute', administrato' 
& assignes, that soe her just debts & legacies due to one to 
another, to all persons whatsoever, may bee fully pajd & 
truly made good to all intents & purposes whatsoeuer. It 
is further agreed & concluded vpon by & betweene the 
parties first above mentioned, & the sajd John Williams 
doth couenant, promise & grant to & with the sajd Edward 
Rawson & Samuell Alcock ffeoffees aforesajd that hee the 
sajd John Williams shall not during the life of the sajd 
Anna his intended wife or the life of any of the heu-es of 
her body, sell or convey away the above mentioned dwelling 
house of the late Anna Palsgrave in Boston or the land 
about it, or any part thereof belonging thereunto, but that 
the same shall come & deceud & foreuer bee unto the sajd 
Anna & to the heire or heires of the said Anna, by him the 
sajd John Williams in case shee the said Anna shall dye 
before the sajd John, for them to enjoy next & immediately 
after his & her decease forever. It is further agreed & con- 
cluded by & betweene the parties above mentioned, and the 


sajd John Williams for himself his heires, executo", admin- 
istrator, & assignes doth hereby couenant, promise, & grant 
to & with the said Edward Rawson & Samuell Alcock 
ffeoffees aforesajd their & euery of their respective heires, 
executo', administrato', & assignes that the third part of 
the farme of vpland & meadow of the late John Alcock 
situate, lying & being at a place called Assibath about & 
on both sides of the riuer, part whereof being still in the 
occupation of Thomas Hedge, when divided & parted ac- 
cording to the last will of the late John Alcock, bearing 
date the 10*'' of May 1666, betweene the sajd Anna, & Sarah, 
& Mary, daughters of the sajd late John Alcock, to whome 
he gaue the same by equall shares, shall be improued by him 
the sajd John Williams, to & for his & her the sajd Anna' 
best advantage, during their naturall Hues, but after his 
the sajd John Williams death, in case hee out line the sajd 
Anna his intended wife, the sajd third part of that farme 
shall also after the death of the sajd John immediatly bee 
& goe vnto the heii'e & heires of the sajd John, borne of 
the sajd Annah, & for want of such heire or heires, then 
to the heires of John Alcock aforenamed, vizt : Sarah & 
Mary, sisters of the sajd Anna, for that the will of the sajd 
John Alcock seemes to giue the same as the heires of the sajd 
Anna should also in case of want of naturall heires from 
the said Sarah & Mary Alcock alike, bee heires to them 
as by virtue of their said ffathers will is or was intended, & 
l^efore the division of the sajd ffarme the sajd John shall 
enjoy his intended wiues third part of the profits or ben- 
nifits that shall or may arise from the improvement of the 
sd farme, & the stock thereupon & vnto them belonging in 
common, together with such surplusage as shall bee & grow 
due, to him in right of the sajd Anna his intended wife from 
the estate of the sajd late John Alcock her sajd late ffather, 
forasmuch as this farme at Assibath is but part of the estate 
of the sajd late John Alcock, & his whole estate is to be 
divided amongst all his children, proportions excepting a 
dubble portion thereof which at right belongeth vnto the 
eldest soun of the sajd late John Alcock that shaU liue & 


come to the full age of one & twenty yeares, which hee 
then must haue, enjoy, & fully dispose of foreuer. The 
sajd John Williams for the true & lawfull of aU & euery 
the above written articles, declarations, grants, couenants 
& agreements, doth hereby absolutely & firmly engage 
& bind himselfe & his heirs, executo^, administrato', & 
assignes, & euevery of them in the penall sume of ffive 
hundred pounds of starling money of New England, to bee 
forfeited & pajd vnto the aforenamed Edward Rawson & 
Samuell Alcock ff coffees & trustees aforesajd, their heires, 
exeeuto', administrato", & assignes for the proper & only 
vse & behoof e of the sajd Anna his intended wife & her 
heires, exeeuto', administrato', & assignes, foreuer. In 
witness whereof the sajd parties, vizt: John Williams & the 
sajd Anna Alcock his intended wife, with Edward Rawson 
& Samuell Alcock ffeoffees & trustees aforesajd, haue 
hereunto interchangably set their hands & scales this sajd 
twenty ffifth day of January, in the twenty & first yeare 
of the Reigne of our Soueraigne Lord Charles the Second 
by the Grace of G-od, King of England, Scotland, ffrance & 
Ireland & yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred sixty 
& nine 1669 

John Willia]ms 

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Signed sealed & delivered 
in the presents of vs : 

John Greene ' 

WiLLiAJM Rawson 
Mary Tory 

The name John at the beginning of the third line & sajd 
interlined in the fourth line — aboue written were there 
soe placed before the signing, sealing and deliuery hereof. 

John Greene, Williajvi Rawson, Mary Torrey. This 

instrument was acknowledged by John Williams to bee his 
act & deed, 15*^ of ffeb. 1669, before me. 

John Lencret, Assist. 




Died : Charlestown, Mass., 1656. 
Married : in Eng-land, Anne — 

after her husband's 
death removed to Roxbury, and resided with her son-in-law, 
Dr. John Aleock ; died in Roxbury, and buried there March 
17th 1668-69, aged 75 years ; will of March 11th 1668-69, 
mentions among others the children of her deceased 
daughter, Mrs. Aleock. 


1. Mary Palgrave, born in England; married Roger 

2. Sarah Palgrave, born in England 1621 ; married 
Dr. John Aleock ; died November 27th 1665. 

3. Rebecca Palgrave, born in Boston July 25th 1631. 

4. John Palgrave, born March 6th 1634 ; baptized in 
Boston on the 9th of the same month. 



5. Lydia Palgrave, born January IStli 1635 ; baptized 
in Boston on the 17th of the same month ; married Edmund 
Heylett of Stepney, near London. 

6. Bethia Palgrave, baptized in Boston July 8th 1638 ; 
died August 21st 1638. 

Account of Richard Palgrave. 

Richard Palgrave or Palsgrave came over in the fleet 
with Winthrop in 1630 ; came from Stepney, co. Middlesex, 
bringing with him his wife and his daughters, Mary and 
Sarah ; the first medical man established in Charlestown ; 
member of the Boston church with his wife, Nos. 105 and 
106 •, they did not transfer their relation to Charlestown f 
requested admission as freeman October 19th 1630, took 
the oath Mav 18th 1631. 

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interred in the Cornell graveyard * on Cow- 

Married : Mary Russel, 


1. Richard I Cornell, born 1675; married Hannah 
Thorne of Flushing-; left issue. 

2. Joshua I Cornell, born 1677 ; married Sarah Thorne, 
the sister of the above ; left issue. 

3. John II Cornell, born 1681 ; married Starr, of 

Danbury, Conn . ; left issue. 

4. Caleb I Cornell, of whom later. 

5. Mary Cornell, born 1679; married 1697 James II 
Sands of Mattinecock, L. I. 

* The Cornell graveyard is near the Isaac Dodge or Treadwell house, 
in the outskirts of Port Washington, Cowneck, L. I. 



6. Rebecca Cornell, born 1685 ; married Comfort Starr 
of Danbury, Couu. 

Account of John I Cornell. 

Johu I Cornell or Cornwell, came from England circa 
1655; about tlie year 1677 be settled on Cowneck, L. I., 
with his wife and sons Richard I and Joshua I, and 
purchased or patented land, which included the farm 
occupied later by Henry Sands, and he gave half an acre 
for a burial place for the family; 1702 he and his sons 
purchased of Thomas Willet, for £600, the farm on which 
John Williams and Caleb Cornell lived, adjoining the land 
of Thomas Barker. 


Born : on Cowneck, 1683. 

Died : on Cowneck, 

Married : October 10th 1705^ Elizabeth Hagner of Flush- 
ing, L. I., died 1734, 


1. Richardson Cornell, born July 16th 1706; died 

2. Caleb II Cornell, born March 28th 1709; died 
December 16th 1784 ; left a son who died unmarried. 

3. Elizabeth Cornell, born September 27th 1711; 
married John HI Sands. 

4. Mary Cornell, born June 19th 1714; married 
Thomas Appleby ; died December 23d 1780. 

5. John III Cornell, born October 26th 1716; died 
January 8th 1790. 

6. Susanna Cornell, died young. 

7. Richard II Cornell, born May 10th 1720 ; died circa 


8. William Cornell, born September 15tli 1721 ; died 
November otb 1797. 

9. Joshua II Cornell, boru May 10th 1726 ; died June 
20tli 1800. 

10. Margaret Cornell, born February 28tli 1728 ; 
married John Willis ; died December 16th 1808. 




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Died: on Block Island 1700—1710. 
"Will: intestate. 


1. Israel Dodge. 

2. John Dodge. 

3. William I Dodge, of whom later. 

4. Tristram II Dodge. 

Account of Tristram I Dodge. 

Sailed from Taunton, Mass., 1661, and settled on Block 


Died : on Block Island. 
Will: intestate. 


74 DODGE. 


1. William II Dodge, born on Block Island, March 
8th 1680. 

2. Elizabeth Dodge, born on Block Island, May 1683. 

3. Samuel I Dodge, of whom later. 


Born : on Block Island, September 19th 1691. 

Died : during or before 1766 ; buried on Cowneck, L. I., 
probably on or near Richard Mott's place. 

Married : Elizabeth 

Will: May 23d 1761;* proved New York, 1766; re- 
corded Surrogate's Office, N. Y. Co., Liber 23, fol. 28. 


1. Jeremiah Dodge. 

2. Sam.uel II Dodge. 

3. Wilkie I Dodge, of whom later. 


Born : on Cowneck, L. I. 

Died: on Cowneck, 1752; interred there in the grave- 
yard of the Quaker Meeting House. 

Married : Mary, daughter of Thomas III Hunt, t of 
Hunt's Point, Westchester Co., N. Y., by Sarah Ward his 

* See page 77. 

tFor account of Hunt family see page 7S. 

DODGE. 75 

wife ; born at Hunt's Point, 1725 ; died in New York, July 
22d 1796 ; interred in the vault of Comfort Sands, Nassau 
Street, N. Y., in the Middle Dutch Church; remains re- 
moved 1845, to St. Paul's Church, Eastchester, Westchester 
Co., N. Y. 

Will : February 13th 1752 ; * recorded Surrogate's Office, 
N. Y. Co., Liber 18, fol. 148. 


1. Samuel III Dodge, di(^d in New Jersey; married 
Deborah, daughter of Robert North ; she died in New York. 

2. Sarah Dodge, born at Hunt's Point, 1749 ; married 
June 3d, 1769, Comfort Sands. 

3. Jesse Dodge, alive in 1752. 

4. Wilkie II Dodge, posthumous ; master of a vessel 
during the Revolution, taken prisoner and died in N. Y. 
about 1778. 

Account of Wilkie I Dodge. 

A ship carpenter by trade ; lived at Whitestone until a 
little before his death, when he moved to Cowneck; his 
widow and children remained at Cowneck for a while after 
his death ; his widow then went to her mother's at Hunt's 
Point, and remained there tiU 1760 or 1762 ; she then moved 
to New York with her family, and kept for three or four 
years a small retail shop opposite Walton's in Queen (now 
Pearl) Street; her sons went out to trades, Samuel III 
Dodge with Ward Hunt a joiner, and Wilkie II with 
Joseph G-regg a brassf ounder ; she then broke up her shop 
and she and her daughter lived with Joseph Drake in Peck 
Slip, until her daughter's marriage with Comfort Sands ; 
she then lived with them until her death. 

See page 77. 

76 DODGE. 


I 1 1700-1710. 

I I I r 

Israel Dodge. Jolm Dodge. William I Dodge. Tristram II Dodge. 

I I i 

WilUam II Dodge. EUzaljeth Dodge. Samuel I Dodge. 

I t cirba 1766. 

Jeremiah Dodge. Samuel II Dodge. Wilbie I Dodge. 

I t 1752. 


Samuel III Dodge, Sarali Dodge. Jesse Dodge. WilMe II Dodge. 

= Comfort Sands. 

DODGE. 77 


Abstract of Will of Samuel I Dodge. — recorded off. of sur- 
rogate OF THE COUNTY OF N. Y., LIBER 23, FOL. 28. 

Proved, N. Y., 1766. Dated May 23, 1761. 

1. Bequests for her life to his wife Elizabeth. 

2. Lot of land in Queen Street, N. Y., to his son Jeremiah, 
the next lot of land to his son Samuel. 

3. His whole estate (except as above and as follows) to 
his said two sons and daughter Deborah. 

4. To his grandson, Samuel son of Wilkie, deceased, all 
the ground in Cowneck, L. I., near the house of Joseph 
Dodge, lying on the south side of the road that leads from 
said house up the Neck between said road and the farm of 
Oliver Baxter, be it more or less. 

Abstract of Will of Wilkie I Dodge. — recorded off. of sur- 
rogate OF THE COUNTY OF N. Y., LIBER 18, FOL. 148. 

Dated feb. 13 1752. 

Wilkie Dodge of Flushing, Queens co. Nassau IsP, Prov- 
ince of N. Y. 

1'* ''to my son Samuel, lot of land on Cow neck, Nassau 
Isld"*, near the land of my father joining to the Creek." Be- 
queathes " to his daughter Sarah and to his youngest son 
Jesse, each certain silver plate : appoints as executors his 
father, Samuel Dodge, and his brother, Samuel Dodge, and 
Marv Dodo'e his wife." 



(of the grove farm, WESTCHESTER CO., N. Y.) 

Died : October 6th 1694. 

Will : October 6th 1694 ; proved February 27th 1695 ; 
recorded in the Surrogate's Office, N. Y., Liber 5, fol. 73.* 

Married : prior to August 6th 1666, Elizabeth, f daugh- 
ter of Edward I Jessop, of Westchester Co., N. Y. 


1. Thomas II Hunt, of whom later. 

2. Josiah Hunt, married Berthia Horguson ; left son 
Josiah, upon whom his grandfather, Thomas I Hunt, by 
will, entailed the drove Farm. 

* See page 84. 

t The landed wealth of this family dates from this marriage ; for ac- 
count of Jessop family, see p. 87. 

HUNT, 79 

3. Joseph Hunt, alive 1729 ; left issue male. 

4. John Hunt, alive 1709 ; left issue male. 

5. Abigail Hunt. 

6. Mary Hunt, born prior to 1666. 

Account of Thomas I Hunt. 

1652 Shortly after this time bought land of Augustine 
Hemans, on Throckmorton's Neck, Westchester Co., N. Y. 

1663 Freeman at the G-eneral Court of Connecticut. 

1664 October, representative in Connecticut. 

1665 September 3d, complaint lodged by him at the "West- 
chester Town Court against an Indian. 

1670 Accusation by him and another man against Kath- 
erine Harryson for witchcraft. 

1683 Representative from Westchester at the Assembly 
at Jamaica, L. I. 


(of hunt's point, WESTCHESTER CO., N. Y.) 

Died : October 25th 1739. 
Will : January 7th 1711. 

Married : Elizabeth, daughter of G-ardiner ; born 

1667 ; died 1724. 


1. Thomas III Hunt, of whom later. 

2. Le^wis Hunt. 

3. Robert Hunt, died 1749. 

80 HUNT. 

4. Abigail Hunt. 

5. Augustine Hunt, born September 15tli 1716 ; died 
March 24th 1809. 

Account of Thomas II Hunt. 

1692 Trustee of Westchester town. 
1702, 1709 Vestryman of St. Peter's Church, Westchester, 
N. Y. 


(OF hunt's point.) 

Born : circa 1700. 

Died: 1749. 

Will : intestate ; his real estate went by descent to his 
eldest son, Thomas IV Hunt. 

Married: Sarah, daughter of Ward; died circa 



1. Thomas IV Hunt, born 1723 ; married a daughter 
of Joseph Wright, of Flushing ; died July 4th 1808 ; in- 
herited Hunt's Point. 

2. Mary Hunt, born 1725 ; married Wilkie I Dodge, of 
Cowneck, L. I. ; died July 22d 1796. 

3. Jesse Hunt, born 1727 ; married Sarah Staples, of 
Fairfield, Conn. 

4. Meriam Hunt, born 1730 ; married John Field, of 
Dutchess Co., N. Y. 

5. Phebe Hunt, born 1733 ; married Joseph Drake, of 
Eastchester, Westchester Co., N. Y. 

HUNT. 81 

6. Sarah Hunt, born 1736 ; married Solomon Fowler, 
of Eastchester, Westchester Co., N. Y. 

7. Ward Hunt, born 1739; married Briggs, of 

Eastchester, Westchester Co., N, Y. 

Account of Thomas III Hunt. 

1729 Trustee of St. Peter's Church, Westchester, N. Y. 
1729, 1730 Alderman of Westchester, N. Y. 






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The Grove Farm, Westchester Co., N. Y. 

The " Grove Farm," patented * originally, December 4th, 
1667, and confirmed subsequently by patent of the 12th of 
January, 1686, in favor of Thomas I Hunt, consisted of 
Spicer's and Brockett's Necks, which are situated on the 
south-west extremity of Throckmorton's Neck proper. 

Thomas I Hunt, on his death, 1694, left the Grove Farm 
to his grandson, Josiah Hunt, the son of his 2d son Josiah ; 
on the death of Josiah it passed to his son Thomas ; and on 
his death 1756, it went to his eldest daughter Mianna Hunt, 
who married Elijah Ferris, and whose sons, John H., 
William and Charlton Ferris, owned it in 1848. 

The mansion, erected in 1697, prettily situated at the 
entrance of Spicer's Creek, on the border of Westchester 
Creek, is surrounded by old locusts. 

Hunt's Point, Westchester Co., N. Y. 

Hunt's Point, situated at the south-east extremity of the 
Great Planting Rock, called by the Indians Quinnahung, 
in the village of Westfarms, came into the Hunt family 
through the Jessop alliance ; it was granted to Thomas II 
Hunt by his father in 1688. It is now the property of 
Daniel Winship (1842), who married the widow of Richard 
Hunt. There is a family graveyard on this place. 

* The original patent, which in 1848 was in the possession of Charl- 
ton Ferris, has been published in Bolton II. 149. 

84 HUNT. 

Will of Thomas I Hunt, (surrogate's office, n. y., liber 
5, FOL. 73.) 

Ill the name of God, Amen. 

I Thomas Hunt Senr. of ye Grove ffarme In "Westchester 
County & Collony of New Yorke being att this time weak 
of body but of perfect Memory throigh Marcy am Resolved 
to make this my Last will and Testam't in order to settle 
and distribute my Estate as hereafter followeth to prevent 
all Discord and trouble that might otherwise arise amongst 
my children for want thereof Revoking all former wills 
and Declaring them to be void and of none Effect and this 
to remain in full force & virtue. 

Imprimis I give my soul to God that gave it me and my 
boddy to be decently hurried. Item I will that all Debts 
which are Justly due from me to any person or persons what- 
soever be first payd out of my out of my Living Stock as Cat- 
tle and other Creatures. Item I give and bequeath unto my 
Grand sonn Josiah Hunt Eldest son of my son Josiah Hunt 
and unto his heirs male Lawfully begotten all my lands 
and meadows known by or called by the name of ye Grove 
ffarme aforesaid as Mentioned in my pattent Granted by 
Governor Nicolls Dated the fforth day of December one 
thousand six hundred sixty seven together with all and 
singular my houses, orchards and other Improvements 
thereon with all and singular my household stuff and carts 
plows and all other utensills for Husbandry as Likewise 
all my Carpenters tools and arms Together with all my 
Living stock of creatures of what kind soever and also all 
my corn of what sort soever and ye sider which shall bee 
found in my seller att my Decease all the before Recited 
Goods & Chattels I give and bequeath unto my Grandson 
Josiah Hunt aforesaid his heirs & assigns forever I Doe 
hereby Entail and Confirme the said Lands Meadows & Im- 
provements unto my said Grandson Josiah Hunt Eldest 
sonn of my sonn Josiah Hunt and his heirs male Lawfully 
begotten and to his male heirs from Generation to Genera- 
tion forever that no part or parcell thereof shall be sould 

HUNT. 85 

made away or Dispossed off nor the property, altered con- 
trary to this my will. But to continue according to the 
plaine Intent and true meaning of these Express words 
without any eollution fraud or deceit and the said Lands 
and premises to continue a firme Entaild Estate to my 
said Grandson Josiah Hunt Eldest son of my son Josiah 
Hunt and his issue male Lawfully begotten for Ever De- 
claring my sonn Josiah Hunt to be sole Executor of this 
my Last Will and Testament to succeed me in possession 
& Enjoym't of the Grove ffarm before Expresst for and in 
the behalf of my Grandson Josiah Hunt aforesaid Pro- 
vided always that if my Grandson Josiah Hunt aforesaid 
should dye without any Issue male Lawfully begotten then 
his next survivant brother shall possess and Enjoy the said 
Lands & others the premises in manner & form as before 
Expresst. Item. I give & bequeath unto my four sons 
Thomas Hunt Joseph Hunt John Hunt & Josiah Hunt the 
sume of fourty pounds that is to say to mj^ son Thomas 
Hunt Ten pounds Joseph Hunt Ten pounds John Hunt 
Ten pounds & Josiah Hunt ten pounds to be paid within 
one year after my Decease. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Abigail 
Pinkney ten pounds to be payd her within one year after 
my Decease in Cloath belonging to her mother as they shall 
be apprized by two Indifferent men. 

Item. I give and bequeath uuto my Grand daughter 
Abigail Hunt Daughter of my sonn Thomas Hunt one 
feather bed & two blankets. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my grant Daughter 
Abigail Hunt daughter of my son Josiah Hunt one feather 
bed & two blanketts. Item. I give and bequeath to my 
Grand Daughter Martha Hunt Daughter of my sonn 
Joseph Hunt four sheep. 

Item. I will also that my negro man named Mingo shall 
live upon the Grove Ffarm the full term of seven years 
after my Decease and att ye Expiration of seven years 
as aforesaid to be sett free from his servitude for 
Ever and the negro Child named Sarah which is borne in 

86 HUNT. 

my house I bequeatli unto my son Joseph Hunt to Live 
with him or his heirs until she comes to the age of five and 
twenty years and then to be free from her servitude for 

Lastly. I Desire authorize and appoint my Ffriends 
William Lawrence of Flushing and Thomas Stevenson of 
New Town to be my Overseers and Executors in trust to 
see this my Last will & Testam-t punctually performed and 
fullfilled. In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Hunt 
Senr. have hereunto putt to my hand and scale this sist 
day of Octob in the year of our Lord one thousand six 
hundred ninety ffour the mark of Tho, (mark) Hunt (scale). 

David Jamison D. Secry. Signed sealed & perfected in 
presence of us Robert Hustett, Joseph Havilalent, Edward 



Died: Westchester, N, Y,, 1666. 

Will: August 6th 1666; proved Flushing, November 
14th 1666 ; recorded in the Surrogate's Office, N. Y., Liber 
I, fol. 14.* 

Married : 1st. daughter of John I Whitmore,t of 

Stamford, Conn. 

2d. Elizabeth, daughter of Bridges; 

alive, I June, 1668. 


1. Elizabeth Jessop, married prior to August 1666, 
Thomas I Hunt of the Grove, Westchester, N. Y. 

2. Hannah Jessop, not 18 in 1666. 

3. Edward II Jessop, a minor in 1666. 

* See page 89. 

t For account of Whitmore see page 90. 

tin June 20th 1668, her name is attached to a deed of sale to 
Thomas Hunt, see Bolton II. 262. 


88 JESsop. 

Account of Edward I Jessop. 

1641-1650 At Stamford, Conn. 

1653 Owned lands on Sascoe Creek, Fairfield Co., Conn. 

1656 Middleburg, L. I., N. Y. 

1662 Newtown, L. I., N. Y. 

1664-1666 Westchester, N. Y. 

1665 Deputy from Westchester to Hempstead, L. I. 

1666 Owned with John Richardson the land now occu- 
pied by Westfarms, N. Y. 

Jessop. 89 


Will of Edward I Jessop. (surrogate's office, n. y., liber 
I, FOL. 14.) 

Being sicke and weake in body, yet in perfect memory, I 
bequeath my soule to ye Almighty God that gave it, and 
my body after my death to be decently buried, my funeral 
to be discharged, and my debts to be paid. I will and 
bequeath to my daughter, Elizabeth Hunt, twenty shillings, 
besides which I have already given her to be paid in a 
year and a day after my decease. I will and bequeath unto 
my daughter, Hannah Jessop, the sum of five and thirty 
pounds with that she hath already, to be paid unto her at 
eighteen years of age. 

I will and bequeath unto my sonne, Edward Jessup, two 
mares with two colts by their sides ; one is a gray mare, 
and the other is a mare marked on both ears, with two 
halfpence on each ear, to bee set out for him for his use, a 
year and a day after my decease. 

I will and bequeath unto my grandchild, Mary Hunt, 
twenty shillings, to bee payed in a year and a day after my 

I will and bequeath unto my cousin, Johanna Burroughs, 
twenty shillings, to bee payed in a year and a day after my 

Furthermore I institute and appoint my beloved wife, 
Elizabeth Jessup, to bee whole and sole executrix, and I do 
will and bequeath unto her all my lands and houses, and 
goods and cattle, movable and immovable, of this my last 
will and testament, and to receive all debts, dues, and 
demands whatsoever, to be at her disposing, and she to 
pay all debts, dues, and legacies whatsoever, and she to 
bring up my two children in the feare of Grod. This I do 
owne to be my last will and testament. 

Further, I do appoint my well beloved friends, Mr. 
Richard Cornhill, justice of the peace, Mrs. Sarah Bridges, 


my well beloved brother-in-law, John Burroughs, and 
Ralph Hunt overseers of this my last will and testament, 
likewise to be assistants to my executrix in all cases and 
difficulties, and this I do owne as my owne act and deed, 
to all true intents and meanings, and doe, furthermore, 
ratify and confirm it as my owne act and deed by ye 
setting to my hand and seal, the day and year under- 

August the 6th 1666. 

Signed, sealed and delivered 
in the presence of us, witnesses, 
Will'm Gouldstone, John Richardson, 
mark of Richard Horton, X. 

Died : Murdered by the Indians, October 1648. 

1, Whitmore, 1st wife of Edward Jessop, of 

Westchester, N. Y. 

2. Thomas Whitmore, of Hartford and Middletown. 

3. John II Whitmore, of Hartford. 

Account of John I Whitmore. 

1639 Owned land in Wethersfield, Conn. Resident of 
Stamford, Conn. 



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