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WITH NOTES ON THE FAMILIES OF
EAT, AliCOCK, DODGE,
THOMAS, PALGRAVE, HUNT,
GUTHRIE, CORNELL, JESSUP.
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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.
New Torh, 1886.
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JAMES I SANDS.
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
This life March
The 13 1695."
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-
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.
JOHN I SANDS.
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.
* 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
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.
JOHN II SANDS.
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 :
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 :
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.
JOHN III SANDS.
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
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
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.
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.
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;
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
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
t Written by him and taken from his manuscript book ; for account
of same, see page 15.
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
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-
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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
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.
1799 ( ^^^^house, 13 Cedar Street.
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.
1788. Sidney, son of Comfort Sands ; removed from J.
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
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.
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.
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,
* 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.
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.
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,
Jerusha, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Sands, wife
of William Sands, April 14th, 1795 28
Mary, daughter of Gideon and Mary Sands, August 1st,
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
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.
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
* 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.
Letters from Block Island addressed to Comfort Sands in 1808.
(from comfort sands' manuscript book.)
New Shoreham, February 15tli day, 1808.
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
t John I Sands.
§For "15 "read "5."
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
* 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.
" 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.
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.
the town of Reading, in Berkshire, England, and remain
with every sentiment of respect, dear sir, yonr humble
New Shorehajm, February 28th 1808.
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
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.
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
6 John III Sands.
c John II 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
Very truly yours,
Julia M. Sands.
Extracts from STiles's* Narrative. (published: ]\L4lSSa-
CHUSETTS HIST, SOC. 3d SEE. YI.)
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.
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.
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
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
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.
before, who was then li\T.ng' 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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
SIMON I RAY.
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.
SIMON II RAY.
Born : in England 1635.
Died : on Block Island March 17th 1737 ; buried there.*
Married : 1st. 1661, Mary da. of Nathaniel I Thomas t
2dly. widow of
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
*His tomb in the burying-ground on Block Island, of slate, and
recumbent, bears upon it :
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.
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
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.
SIMON III RAY.
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.
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."
SIMON I RAY.
Simon II Ray.
= Samuel Deering.
= John I Sands.
Simon III Ray.
= Samuel Sands.
Nathaniel Ray. Simon IV Ray. Catherine Ray.
I t s. p. t s. p. = Wm. Greene.
Simon V Ray.
t s. p.
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
" MEMORIALS OF MARSHFIELD." )
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
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."
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.
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
four grandaddy governors, and that you may be as worthy
man as they all were, is the sincere wish of
Your affectionate grandma,
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.
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."
WILLIAM I THOMAS.
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
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. *
NATHANIEL I THOMAS.
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
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.
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 :
The body of M
Aged 54 years who
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
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
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.
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.
(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
Signed sealed & delivered
in the presents of vs :
John Greene '
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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JOHN I CORNELL.
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.
CALEB I CORNELL.
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
10. Margaret Cornell, born February 28tli 1728 ;
married John Willis ; died December 16th 1808.
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TRISTRAM I DODGE.
Died: on Block Island 1700—1710.
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
WILLIAM I DODGE.
Died : on Block Island.
1. William II Dodge, born on Block Island, March
2. Elizabeth Dodge, born on Block Island, May 1683.
3. Samuel I Dodge, of whom later.
SAMUEL I DODGE.
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.
WILKIE I DODGE.
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.
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.
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.
TRISTRAM I 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.
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."
THOMAS I HUNT.
(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.
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.
THOMAS II HUNT.
(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.
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,
THOMAS III HUNT.
(OF hunt's point.)
Born : circa 1700.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
EDWARD I JESSOP.
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
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.
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.
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.
JOHN I WHITMORE.
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
Gen. Diet, of N. E. ; Savage.
N. E. Hist, and Gen. Register. I. III. IV. VII. VIII. X.
Memorials of Marshfield ; Thomas.
Hist. Sketch of Block Island ; Sheffield.
Mass. Hist. Soc. Publications. 3d ser. VI ; 5th ser. I.
Mass. Hist. Soc. Proc. II.
Records of the Colony of Rhode Island. I. II. Ill, IV.
Genealogies and estates of Charlestown ; Wyman.
History of Long Island ; Thompson, 2d edit.
History of Westchester ; Bolton.
Annals of Newtown ; Riker.
Comfort Sands' Manuscript Book.
A copy of the old epitaphs in the burying-ground of Block
A History of the Bank of New York ; Domett.
Chronological history of N. E. ; Prince.
The town of Roxbury ; Drake.
The Worcester Magazine and Hist. II.
A gen. reg. of the first settlers of N. E. ; Farmer.
CoU. of the N. H. Hist. Soc. IV.
Hist, of Marlborough ; Hudson.
Biogr. sketches of the graduates of Harvard ; Sibley.
Mass. Bay Records ; Shurtlefie edit. I. II. III. IV.
Hist, of Charlestown ; Frothingham.