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Could have been born in France, Holland or German Palatinate 
Van Metre, Jooste Jans (I3369)
Drowned in the Ohio River, body never found. Either shot by natives or drowned 
Van Metre, Joseph (I3362)
He had 6 "negro slaves" when he lived here (man, woman and 4 children). 
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4  Bartlett, Ella Julia (I193)
5 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, RG 85. W ashington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.

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6 Selected Passports. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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7 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Texas: Texas Department of Stat e Health Services. Microfiche. Source (S1202)
8 Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residen tial Records, and Other Household Database ListingsSource (S1158)
9 Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residen tial Records, and Other Household Database ListingsSource (S1164)
  • 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publica tion M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Record s Administration, n.d.
  • Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NA RA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Ar chives and Records Administration, n.d.
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11 Find A Grave Source (S1156)
12 General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Index es. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. P ublished by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for Na tional Statistics. You must not copy on, transfer or reproduce record s without the prior permission of ONS. Database Copyright © 1998-200 3 Graham Hart, Ben Laurie, Camilla von Massenbach and David Mayall. Source (S1195)
13 National Archives and Records Administration. Electronic Army Serial N umber Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; ARC: 1263923. World War I I Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Record s Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park . College Park, Maryland, U.S.A. Source (S1198)
14 New York Department of Health. Births reported in the city of New Y ork, 1891-1902. New York, NY, USA: Department of Health. Source (S1171)
15 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I3272)
16 Resided Midland, TX , Hobbs, NM and now resides at 132 Florin St. Shel l Beach, CA 93449 (805) 773-6283. Norma's middle name was obtained fr om Texas birth records. Sinclair, Norma Jean (I3225)
17 See newspaper information provided with each entry. Source (S1174)
18 Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Maste r File. Social Security Administration. Source (S1190)
19 State of California. California Marriage Index, 1960-1985. Micr ofiche. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Healt h Services, Sacramento, California. Source (S1197)
20 Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T 9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29 . National Archives, Washington, D.C. Source (S1186)
21 Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publicati on T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Gro up 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the content s of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARASource (S1168)
22 United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census o f the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives an d Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Source (S1167)
23 United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of t he United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Re cords Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. Source (S1189)
24 Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residentia l Records, and Other Household Database Listings Source (S1159)
25 was discharged with rank of corporal discharged at Ft. Schuyler Bingham, Alvan (I222)
26 "A Closely Knit Quaker Community" Source (S251)
27 "A descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns, and churches, and other contemporaneous documents."
"Originally published: Boston, 1900"
ISBN 0-8063-0774-9 
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28 "A family history of 200 years outlining the ancestors and descendants of Richard Washburn (fifth generation in America) with some connected families; this volume also contains a short outline of some of the other descendants of William Washburn of Hempstead, Long Island, New York, and John Washburn of Duxbury, Massachusetts." Source (S255)
29 "A project of the American Revolution Bicentennial Observance 1776-1976." Source (S215)
30 "A Sketch of the Howlands," communicated by L.M. Howland. In NEHGR, v. 34, April 1880, pp. 192-194. p. 194: George Howland of St. Dunstans in the East, London, Arthur Howland, John Howland, and Henry Howland. These three brothers in the order named were in 1646 to have [pounds] 8, 4, and 4 out of the debt due to the testator by Mr. Ruck of New England. This points conclusively to Arthur and Henry Howland of the Plymouth Colony, and proves that they had a brother John Howland, who can be no other than John Howland of the Mayflower.

Davis, W.G. The Ancestry of Annis Spear, 1775-1858, of Litchfield, Maine. 1945. p. [103]: HOWLAND ... ii. George: merchant, of London, died before Dec. 24, 1644, when Humphrey Howland of London, draper, brother and administrator of the goods of George Howland, sued Nathaniel Withers of London, merchant. [footnote: Chancery Bills and Answers, Charles I. H 6. 42.] Ann Howland, widow of Humphrey Howland, was appointed administratrix de bonis non of the estate of George Howland July 11, 1646. 
Howland, George (I1015)
31 "Abstract of the earliest wills in the Probate Office, Plymouth," communicated by Justin Winsor. In NEHGR, v. 6, January 1852. p. 96: Joan Swift. (Sandwich.) Will dated 12 8mo 1662. ... to grand children Hannah Swift and Experience Allin ... Allen, Experience (I967)
32 "Anthony Smith, who was born in Monmouth Co. NJ on the 10th day of September, 1753 and died in Green County PA on the 11th day of August 1835 and who served in the War of the Revolution." From the Data on DAR Application... Smith, Anthony Jr. (I815)
33 "Ariaentje Cuvilje (Adrienne Cuvellier), Matriarch of New Amsterdam," by H.F. Seversmith. In National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vols. 1-85, 1600s to 1900s. [CD] v. 35, p. 65-69: We refer to "New Amsterdam and Its People" by John H. Innes, p. 306: "Jan Vigne ... was then, they tell us (The Labadist Missionaries in 1679) about sixty-five years of age, a prominent man, well known to all the citizens ... His parents, so the Labadists inform us, were Guillaume Vigne, and his wife Adrienne Cuville, from Valenciennes in France ... In the mouths of their Dutch neighbors, the husband became known as Willem Vinje and his wife as Adriana Cuvilje."
v. 53, p. 138: "Early New York Inventories of Estates" by Kenneth Scott: Name: Vinge (Van Gee), John. Town: [blank]. Year: 1689. Book and Pages: 14A, 417-418, 450-452.

New York City Wills, 1665-1707. [7/9/1999; online database] Page 97. -- John Vigne (of Vinge), New York. "In the name of God, Amen. Know all men whom it may concerne, that I underwritten John Vigne, dwelling within this city of New York, considering the mortality of men." I leave to my cousin Gerritt Jansen Roos, [pounds] 60 as a legacy before any division is made. "I leave to Emmerantie Provost, daughter of Elias Provoost, procreated by Cornelia Roos, a parcel of ground, lying without the Wall of this city, in ye New Lots in ye streete called Thienhoven street, whereof I have sold the first lot to Johanes Ellsworth, the second to Peter Pangborn, and this lot being the third lot in order and must be broad in front at the street and after, 25 Dutch wood feet, and long to the ground, granted to the late Governor Thomas Dongan." With this express condition that if she die in her minority, then it is to go to her sister Aeltie, and if she die, then to her brother Johanes. If he die, then to his brother Geritt, and if he die in his minority, then to his mother Cornelia Roos, who has power to sell it. The remainder of the estate is left in 6 shares. To the children of my deceased sister Maria Ver Planck, the children of my deceased sister Christine Dircksen, the children of my deceased sister Rachel Van Thienhoven, Harme De Wolf, the children of Claas Wouterse Visser and the children of Aeltie Lamberts Wolf, on the express conditions that the three last shares, viz. Harme De Wolf, and the children of Claas Wouterse Visser, and the children of Aeltie Lamberts Wolf, shall be in room of 100 guilders made to them by the testament of my deceased wife, Emmerantie Van der Sluys, in case they will accept for it, which is left to their free choice. I leave to my cousin Isaac Ver Planck, my black cloth coat, and to my cousin Johanes Roos, my coat with silver buttons. And to the end that this my last will may be better performed, I have nominated and appointed my three cousins, Geritt Jansen Roos, Lucas Van Tienhoven, and Johanes Roos, executors. "These presents I declare to be my last will and testament, desiring ye same may be irrevocable: J. Vinge"
(Note.-- Jannette Smith was the daughter of Cornelius Van Thienhoven, and was the owner with her brother, Luycas Van Thienhoven, of many lots of land on Pine street, which was originally called Thienhoven street.)

"The First American Mrs. Rosecrans" contributed by David Vernooy Bennett. In The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, v. 90, no. 3, July 1959: p. 165: ... Jan b. in 1614; mar. Emmentje Goosens Van der Sluys and d. in 1689. They had no children.

Frost, J.C. Ancestors of Henry Rogers Winthrop and his wife Alice Woodward Babcock. 1927. pp. 520: Geleyn Vinge (Vigne), it is believed by Riker in his History of Harlem, N.Y., came over with the Walloons in 1623, as his son John was the first male child to be born in the New Netherlands, consequently, in the State of New York. ... The will of her son John, proven June 7, 1789/90 [i.e., 1689/90], mentions his sisters, Maria Ver Planck, deceased; Christina Dircksen, deceased; Rachel Van Theinhoven, deceased. ...
pp. 420-421: Gerrit Janse Roos, son of Janse and Maria (Vinge) Roos, was a carpenter in New Amsterdam, where he married there, Dec. 31, 1651, as a young man from Haerlem in the Netherlands, Aeltje Lamberts from Utrecht, whose parents have not been found. On Jan. 8, 1659, he reported to the Orphan Masters, that she had died in 1658, leaving children, Pieter, aged 6, Cornelia 4, and Johannes 2 years of age and Abraham Verplanck (his stepfather) and John Vinge (his uncle) were made the guardians of the children, to protect her estate in their behalf.
John Vinge or Vigne made an undated will, which was proven in New York, June 7, 1689/90, in which he names his cousin (meaning nephew in Dutch) Gerrit Jansen Roos leaving him fifty-six pounds and making him one of his executors; Emmerantie Provost, daughter of Elias and Cornelia (Roos) Provost, land without the wall of the city. (Cornelia was the daughter of Gerrit Janse Roos). If she (Emmerantie) died in her minority, it was to go to her sister, and if she died, then to her brother Johanes, and if he died, then to his mother Cornelia, who would have power to sell it; the rest of the estate was left in six shares for: (1) children of deceased sister, Maria Verplanck; (2) children of deceased sister, Christina Dircksen; (3) children of deceased sister, Rachel Van Thienhoven; (4) Harme de Wolf; (5) children of Clara Wouterse Visser; (6) children of Oeltic Lamberts Wolf; he gave his nephew Isaac Verplanck, his black cloth coat and his nephew, Johannes Roos, his coat with the silver buttons; his deceased wife was Emmerantie Van der Sluys. The property mentioned is now 61-63 Pine Street. ...

"New York Wills." In NYGBR, v. 2, no. 1, January 1871, p. 39: Abstract of the Will of Jan Vigne, of New York; Dated February 2, 1688/9. Proven August 28, 1691. Leaves to his cousin Gerrit Jansen Roos £56.15; to Emmerantie, daughter of Elias and Cornelia (Roos) Provoost, a lot in Tienhoven (now Pine) street, 25 feet front and rear and running back to the property of the late Gov. Dongan. In case of her death in her minority, this lot is to devolve successively to her sister Aeltje, her brothers Johannes, Gerritt, in case any of them die minors, and if Gerritt so die, the lot is to descend to their mother Cornelia.
The remainder of his property is divided into six equal parts, one of which is left to the child or children -- 1, of his deceased sister Maria Verplanck; 2, of his deceased sister Christiana Dircksen; 3, of his deceased sister Rachel Van Tienhoven; 4, to Harman de Wolft; 5, to the child or children of Claes Woutersen Visser; 6, to the child of children of Aeltje Lambertsen Wolft. In case of the death of any one of said children, his or her share is to go to the lawful descendants of such child.
Leaves to his cousin, Isaac Verplanck, his black cloth coat; to his cousin Johannes Roos, his coat with silver buttons.
Executors: his cousins Gerrit Jansen Roos, Luycas Van Tienhoven, and Johannes Roos.

Griffiths, G.R. Early ancestors in New Amsterdam Vigne--Rosenkrans. 1994. p. 8: Jan Vigne. He was born ca. 1614 (or 1623) in New Amsterdam. The claim of birth in 1614 stems from a "Journal of a Voyage to New York in 1678-80," by Jasper Dankers and Peter Sluyter, Labadist priests. Their conversation with Jan Vigne, "then about sixty-five years of age," was the basis for their remark. They point out that trading voyages to the Hudson River by the Dutch were made in 1613-1614 and that they wintered there in 1614-15.
The early date of 1614 for Jean (Jan/John) Vinge's birth is not without challenge, however. To quote from Riker [James Riker. Harlem, its origin and early annals. 1904.]:
"Is there not room to distrust the accuracy of the Labadist travellers as to John Vinge's age? (Dankers & Sluyter's Journal, p. 114) inasmuch as he -- and older sister, Rachel, born in Europe and afterward wife of Cornelis Van Tienhoven -- were minors and yet to be educated and put to trades, on the date of 30 April 1632, when their mother, Adriana Cuvilly, contracted a second marriage with Jan Jansen Damen (NY Colon. Mss, v. i, p. 6). On the assumption that John's birth was as early as 1614, eleven years must have transpired (a remarkable interval if there were families here this early) before a girl was born, Sarah Rapelye. Our opinion is the [sic] Gulian Vinge came over with the first Walloon colonists in 1623, and that son John was born in that or the ensuing year. It might otherwise have been rather stale news which was sent to Hollande 23 Sep. 1626 that 'the women also have born some children here.'" (Col. Hist. NY, v. i, p. 37).
Most other writers have accepted the 1614 birthdate, apparently based on Dankers and Sluyter. The latter offer the further comment that it is impossible to determine whether Jan Vigne's parents remained in New Amsterdam or returned home during the interval before permanent settlement. Elston observed that "Most of the objections seem to me specious, the best one seen being perhaps that two referees were appointed in 1632 to protect the interests of the children, Jan (Jean) and Rachel, 'Minors', but I wonder if it wasn't reasonable even for about 18 year olds. The agreement was to protect Adrienne's interests as well as those of the children in Guillaume's estate after she married."
Jan Vigne mar. (1) by 1638 Emmerens Van Nieuwerzluys; mar. (2) Weiske/Wiesken Huytes/Huypkens, widow of Andries Andriessen (Abbott) [John H. Abbott. The Courtright (Kortright) family. 1922.] She apparently died between 1686 and 1689. He was a brewer and belonged to the class of great burghers in New Amsterdam (Elston).

Innes. New Amsterdam and its people. 1902. p. 306: iii. Jan Vigne ... His parents, so the Labadists inform us, were Guillaume Vigne, and his wife, Adrienne Cuville, from Valenciennes in France. How they came to be at New Amsterdam in the early days of the trading-post we do not
p. 307: know, but there is certainly nothing improbable in the assertion that a trader or an officer of the post should have had his family with him at New Amsterdam. In the mouths of their Dutch neighbors, the husband became known as Willem Vinje, and his wife as Adriana Cuvilje. There is reason to believe that Willem Vinje was the first tenant of the farm laid out north of the present Wall Street by the West India Company, and that he died there. In 1632 his widow married Jan Jansen Damen, with whom the farm is more generally associated. At the date last named, as we are informed by an instrument in the Albany records, of the four children of Willem Vinje and his wife, two were married, Maria (to Abraham Verplanck), and Christina (to Dirck Volckertsen), while two, Rachel and Jan, were "minors": as both of the latter, however, were married within the next six years (Rachel to the Secretary Van Tienhoven), they must have been in the latter years of their minority in 1632, and the age of Jan Vinje, according to the Labadists, which would have been seventeen or eighteen at that time, is thus confirmed.

[Notes and Comments, by] William J. Parry. In New Netherland connections. v. 1, no. 4, Oct. - Dec. 1996, pp. 95-97. p. 95: 1996-83 There appears to be much interest in the Vigne family, judging by communications I have received, as well as two queries in New Netherlands [sic] Connections, v. 1, no. 3 *query 1996-83, and an unnumbered query on p. 69). There are some good articles summarizing the history of this family after their arrival in New Netherland, for example, "Ariaentje Cuvilje (Adrienne Cuvellier), Matriarch of New Amsterdam," by Herbert F. Seversmith, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, v. 35 (1947), pp. 65-69. However, there is much confusion and misinformation concerning their European origins, ages of their children, and date of arrival in New Netherland. I know of only three primary sources that pertain to these questions. ...
p. 96: COMMENTS: ... Jean Vigne died in New York City on 21 December 1689. The will of "John Vigne", probated 7 January 1689/90, names "the children of my deceased sister Maria Ver Planck, the children of my deceased sister Christina Dircksen, the children of my deceased sister Rachel Van Thienhoven ..." ...
Rachel was born in Leiden, Holland, and came to New Netherland when only one year old ... Her younger brother Jan was most likely born in 1624 or 1625. ...
3. Excerpt from The Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, ed. by Bartlett Burleigh James and J. Franklin Jameson. New York, 1913, p. 47. Excerpt from entry of 24 Sept. 1679, translation from Dutch: "We conversed with the first male born of Europeans in New Netherland, named Jean Vigné. His parents were from Valenciennes and he was now about sixty-five years of age."
COMMENTS: Valenciennes is now in France, but was then in Belgian Hainault, and the Vignes were Walloons (French-speaking Belgians), as discussed in New Netherland Connections, v. 1, no. 3, pp. 69-71. The Vignes were apparently members of the first permanent settlement in New Netherland, in the spring of 1624 (n.s.), composed of "30 families, mostly Walloons" from Leiden . Some of the other first settlers, including Joris Janszen Rapalje, were also from Valenciennes.
Danckaerts either overestimated, or miscopied, Jean Vigne's age; he must have been about 55, not 65, in 1679. Note that he is identified as the first MALE European child born in New Netherland. Sara Rapalje, daughter of Joris Janszen Rapalje and Catalina Trico, allegedly was the "first Christian daughter" born in New Netherland (in June 1625); we do not know which child was born first. Unfortunately, many authors have taken Danckaert's account at face value, and constructed hypothetical scenarios in order to place the Vignes in New Netherland in 1614, for example, claiming that they were among the crew of the "Tiger" (The Second Boat, v. 1, no. 2, August 1980, p. 18). However, it appears that Danckaerts was in error on this point. There is no credible evidence that the Vignes were in the New World before 1624, although the earliest records are so incomplete that we never will be certain.
The next step in this research will be to search the Roman Catholic Church records from Valenciennes, to see if any mentions of the Vigne family can be found (the Rapalje family is named in those records, so
p. 97: the Vigne family might also appear). There are no Protestant Church records surviving from Valenciennes, as it was the scene of fierce fighting during the Wars of Religion in the late 16th century, including a lengthy siege that ended with the city being captured by Catholic forces, at which time most of the Protestant inhabitants fled to Holland.

"The Pedigree of Cornelia Roos, an ancestor of Franklin D. Roosevelt," by Dorothy A. Koenig and Pim Nieuwenhuis. In New Netherland connections, v. 2, no. 4, Oct. - Dec. 1997, pp. [85]-93. p. 91: [Two paragraphs describe the marriage (9 May 1626) and relations/families of Lambert Wolf (c1600-1642) and Emmichen Goosens. Her father is Gosen Berentsz van de Sluijs. Lambert and Emerentiana (another spelling) have 4 children: Aeltgen, Gysbertgen, Herman, Cornelia.]
The marriage registers of Utrecht tell us that on 14 September 1645 in the Jacobikerk were married Johannes Vijgne from Nieu-Neerlant, living near the Jacobsbridge with Emmerensken van de Sluys, widow of Lambert Hermansz Wolf, living near the Jacobsbridge. This is quite a surprise! Johannes was the son of the Vigné family who arrived in New Netherland in 1624. According to Jasper Danckaerts, the Labadist missioner, he was the first male born of Europeans in new Netherland, so is believed to have been born in the same year -- 1624. His parents were Ghislain Vigné and Adrienne Cuvellier, known in New Amsterdam as Guleyn Vigne and Adriaantje Cuvilye.
We do not know when and why Johannes was sent to Holland, nor why Utrecht was chosen. It could be that Cornelis van Tienhoven, husband of Rachel Vigné, was instrumental in the choice as he came from Utrecht. We did not find, however, any relationship between the families Wolf or van der Sluijs and van Tienhoven. Anyway, if indeed Johannes was born in 1624 in New Netherland, he was just 21 years when he married this widow who was then approaching 40 years of age. Still three children were baptized in Utrecht: Johannes, 10 May 1646, son of Johannes Vuije and Amerentie van der Sluys; another Johannes, 29 September 1647, son of Joannes Vinie and Emmickjen Goosens; and finally Gosen, 1 January 1649, son of Joannes Venijen and Emmichjen Gosens. The last baptism took place in the Buurkerk and their address is given as onder Sneppevlucht. Jan Vinge appeared as a witness to the baptism in the New Amsterdam church on 1 November 1648 at the baptism of his oldest sister Maria's 8th child, Hilligont.
As his own son was baptized in Utrecht 1 January 1649, we must conclude that Jan has been witness in absentia by proxy at the baptism in New Netherland of his niece. On 29 October 1648 Johan Vigne and
p. 92: Emmichgen Gosens van Nyersluijs took out a mortgage of 600 guilders on the house at the Oude Gracht, and another one of 1200 guilders on 30 may 1650, when her surname was recorded as van der Sluijs. In the latter transaction Jan Hermansz Wolf and Berend Gosensz van der Sluijs appear as guardians of the minor Herman Lambertsz Wolf and of Aeltgen and Gysbertgen Wolf, the first being 23 years of age, the second as she said herself 21 years. On 3 June 1651 the house, now burdened with mortgages up to 2850 guilders, was sold. Berend Goosensz van Niuwersluijs, as co-guardian of Herman Lambertsz Wolf and as specially authorized by Jan Vingie as man and guardian of his wife Emerentia vander Sluijs, with whom he has at this time living birth, according to the authorization dated 13 august 1650 before notary Gijsbert de Coten and Jan Hermansz Wolf also guardian, together with Claes Woutersz de Visscher and Gijsbertgen Lamberts Wolf spouses, sold the house to a Dionijs de Ruelle. Apparently, Jan Vigné was still in Holland on 13 august 1650, and at least one child was still living. Unfortunately, the notarial paper with the authorization is lost; otherwise it probably would have provided us with a specimen of Jan's signature.
[Two paragraphs describe the marriages of Gijsbertje Wolf to Claes Woutersz de Visscher and of Herman Wolf to Aaltje Jans van Issem, Elisabeth van Duyn, and Catharina Klocker. Herman had no children of his own and in his will names his sisters' children as heirs, including Pieter Gerritsz Roos.]
The earliest mention of Emmerentia in New Netherland seems to be on 26 February 1651, when Jan Vigné and Emmetie Gosens witnessed the baptism of little Isaac VerPlanck, son of his sister Maria and her second husband. Although this could also have been by proxy, we take it that the family had arrived in New Netherland by now, seeing that Emmerentia's daughter Aaltje married there on the last day of 1651. In July 1656 Jan Vingé and Gerrit Roos made a declaration that Hendrick P. Kint in 't Water had a house to the south of their houses, and that it was in a dangerous state as regards fir . This statement shows that Jan was Gerrit Roos' neighbor.
In may 1669 travel passes were issued to a group of travellers intending to go to Amsterdam on the ship King Charles. One of the travellers was Goose Vigne. [footnote: Books of General Entries of the Colony of New York 1664-1673, edited by Peter R. and Florence A. Christoph, p. 255.] Apparently he, at least, had been with his parents when they crossed the Atlantic to America. Now in his 21st year, he was sent back to the Netherlands, most probably to take up contact with his half-brother Herman Wolf. He returned to
p. 93: New York by 4 September 1673 when he joined the New York City DRC, but that is the last mention of him found.
Emmerentia (Emmetie van der Sluijs) stands on 1 January 1655 as sponsor at the baptism of Cornelia, daughter of Gerrit Jansen (Roos) and Aeltje Lamberts, then (Emmetie Gosens) on 15 August 1660 at the baptism of Maria, daughter of Joost Carlszen and Styntje Jans, and later for several baptisms of her Provoost grandchildren (Immetie Vinge), in 1673, 1675, and 1679. And probably we must even recognized Emmerentia in the Jennetie Vinge who witnessed on 23 December 1671 the baptism of Rachel, daughter of Lucas Tienhoven and Tryntje Bordings. We might add her that her first name is derived from the Roman martyr Emerentiana, shortened to Emmerensje, Emmetje, or Immetje. The name is not derived from Emma. She must have died in New York City around 1680.
In 1682 Jan Vigné remarried Weiske Huijtes, widow of Andries Andrieszen. Their banns were pronounced in New York City on 15 February, and the marriage would take place tot Breuckelen. At the time of her first marriage in 1655 the bride was called Wits Wijtes, and she came from Koudum in Friesland. her first name was probably the Frisian girls' name Wietse or Wietske. Around 1689, Jan made his will . He left a valu[a]ble piece of land in Tienhoven Street to Emmerantie Provoost, daughter of Elias Provoost and Cornelia Roos. The remainder of Jan's estate was to be divided in 6 shares. Three of those went to the children of Jan's three deceased sisters. The other three shares were for Harmen (de) Wolf, the children of Claes Wouterse Visser and the children of Aeltie Lamberts Wolf -- the three children of Emmerentia from her first marriage. And to make this absolutely clear, Jan stipulated that these shares should be instead of 100 guilders left to them by Emmerentia's will should they choose to accept the substitution. He died on 21 December 1689, as mentioned in the inventory of his estate . His name is here given as John Van Gee (or Vinge), in line with our belief that the name should be pronounced with emp[h]asis on the last "e." The inventory was taken by Geritt Jansen Roose, Lucan van Thienhoven, together with John Roose, absent, living in Albany. It contained several pieces of land and, remarkably enough, a silver beaker engraved with the name Guysbert Lamberts. It is tempting to recognize this beaker as a souvenir to Emmerentia's second daughter Gysbertje Lamberts Wolf. The estate totaled 352 pounds, 2 shillings, 4 pence. Gerrit Jansen Roos was confirmed with the others as executor on 18 January 1690. He would have informed his brother-in-law Herman Wolf and his son Pieter Roos who still resided in Utrecht.
Two documents were found in Holland regarding the estate of Jan Vigné. These documents were the keys to disclosing the family relationships. The first is the power of attorney granted by Herman Wolf and the children of Nicolaas de Visscher and Gijsbertje Wolf to Pieter Roos to collect their legal portion in the estate of the late Jan Vigné and Emmerentia van Nieuwersluys, both deceased in Nieuw-Nederland op Nieuw-Jork ofte de Menatans . The second is the codicil that Herman Wolf made in the last days before his death; he declares it to be his last will that Pieter Gerritsz Roos and his sister Cornelia Gerrits Roos, together children left behind by Aeltje Lambertsz Wolf his deceased sister, wife of Gerrit Jansz Roos, will have in full property his testator's portion in the inheritance of the late "Juffrouw" Emmerentiana van Nieuwersluijs in her life first widow of Lambert Harmansz Wolf and later house-wife of Jan Vintje deceased in Niewnederlandt, so as those goods there yet are resting .. .

Corrections and Additions: In New Netherland connections, v. 3, no. 1, p. 5: William Parry: I think it is unliely that Cornelis Van Tienhove had anything to do with sending Jan Vigne to Utrecht. Cornelis (or at least his brother Adrian) was from Breukelen, in the Province of Utrecht, but not very close to the city of Utrecht. On the other hand, Jan Vigne's step-father, Jan Jansen Damen, was from Bunnik, which is directly adjacent to the City of Utrecht. Since Jan Jansen Damen was obligated to provide for Jan Vigne's education (according to his prenuptial agreement), it was probably he who sent Jan Vigne to Utrecht.
I know of one more record of Gosen Vigne: he is mentioned in a deed, dated 10 July 1673, at that time the owner of a lot on Smith Street in Manhattan, next to Jacob Strycker's lot (Collections of the New-York Historical Society, 1913, p. 15). I assume that Gosen Vigne died without issue before 1689, since he is not mentioned in Jan Vigne's will. ...
Jan Vigne was in New Amsterdam 21 June 1651, since he was appointed caretaker of Jan Jansen DAmen's farm (see Stokes, Iconography..., v. 4, p. 123).

Corrections and Additions to "The Pedigree of Cornelia Roos." In New Netherland connections, v. 3, no. 2, Apr. - June 1998, pp. 34-35. p. 34: Since the publication of the two-part article ... interesting additional information has been found, among wthich are three Amsterdam notarial documents mentioning Jan Vigné; all three relate to specific financial matters but provide at the same time an interesting and new insight into Jan's life.
In the first, Jan Vigné gives power of attorney to Wouter van Twiller regarding payment of a bill of exchange; this document is signed by him as "JVinge" or "JVingé" -- the acute accent is lost in the flourished of the signature {not. J. van de Ven, 1082/257v, dd. 1 November 1647). In the second notarial document is mention that Jan had returned from Nieuw Nederland on board the Princess which ship had been stranded on the coast of Wales on the 27th of September 1647. Many lives were lost, but Jan was rescued. He gives power of attorney to an Isaac Coster with regard to some accounts with the West India Company; the document is signed by him as above. (not. H. Schaef, 1294/218, dd. 23 December 1647). The wrecking of the Princess Amalia is mentioned in several other documents. On its way from New Netherland to Amsterdam, the ship had taken "the wrong Channel" and was wrecked on the coast of Wales. Of the 107 passengers, only 21 survived.
The third document is the official notarial protest against the fact that the directors of the WIC refuse to pay two bills of exchange presented to them, as the letters of advice -- which were needed to verify the legitimacy of the bills -- were lost with the ship. But now a second ship had arrived bringing new letters, and the directors still wished to take a fortnight to study those letters. The notary public strongly protests against this new delay. The first bill amounts to 1000 guilders, dated Fort Amsterdam 15 July 1647, signed by Stuyvesant for money counted out and delivered by Jan Jansz Damen to the Director. The other one amounts to 350 guilders for provisions delivered by Jan Jansz Damen to Director Kieft. Both are chargeable to the Directors of the WIC in behalf of Jan Vienje. (not. J van de Ven, 1087/6v, dd. 3 January 1648). Apparently, Jan had returned to New Netherland in the spring of 1647 where Jan Jansz Damen, his stepfather, trusted him with some funds. Jan then went back to Holland in August 1647. Two days before his son Gosen was baptized in Utrecht, he was shipwrecked but survived. A month later he was in Amsterdam.

Stokes, I.N.P. Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909. 6 v. v. 4, p. 40: Jean Vigne (or Vinge), son of Guillaume (also Gulian, Guylen, Willem) Vigne and Adrienne Cuville, Walloons, is said by numerous modern historians to have been born in this year [1614] on Manhattan Island, and to have been the first child of European parents born in New Netherland. ... Jean Vigne died in New York City, on Dec. 21, 1689. See his will in Collections of N.Y. Hist. Soc. (1893), 401. His father probably died before April 30, 1632, on which date a report was made by two referees for his widow relating to an antenuptial contract for a settlement upon her children by her first marriage, as she was now to be married to Jan Jansen Damen. The date of the report has been questioned. It is given in O'Callaghan's Col. Hist. MSS., Dutch, p. 1, under April 30, 1638. As the original instrument (N.Y. Col. MSS., I: 6) was destroyed in the Capitol fire, the date cannot be verified, although an English translation which survived gives the date as 1632. Rachel Vigne married Cornelis van Tienhoven, and it is possible that they came into possession of this contract and recorded it in 1638, and that this date is erroneously used in the Calendar. In this instrument her son Jean and daughter Rachel are spoken of as minors and provision is made for their education and for a trade to be taught to Jean, who was the younger of these two children. Had he been born in 1614, he would have been about eighteen in 1632, and it seems very unlikely that at this age provisioon would have been made for his education and the learning of a trade, as a "minor," and for the education of his sister, who was even older, although under the Roman-Dutch law the legal age was 25. Mr. Van Laer, who has a clear recollecion of the report, is confident that it was dated 1632, and not 1638. ...
it seems safe to assume that Jean Vigne's birth was earlier than that of Sarah Rapelje, soon after the arrival of the first colonists at Fort Orange, in 1624. ...
The claim that Jean Vigne was the first child born in New Netherland is possible, but not proven ... 
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34 "Ariantje Cuvilje (Adrienne Cuvellier), Matriarch of New Amsterdam," by H.F. Seversmith. In National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vols. 1-85, 1600s to 1900s. [CD] v. 35, p. 66-67: Rachel Vigne, wife of Cornelis van Tienhoven.

New York City Wills, 1706-1790. [7/9/1999; online database] [In a will for Sophia Teller is mentioned] Peter Stoutenburgh and Jan Vigne, executors of Rachel Van Tienhoven ...

"Cornelis Van Tienhoven" Updated 25 January 1997. [7/16/1999;] The Vigne's had three daughters when they arrived in New Netherlands in 1624. The youngest, Rachel, at the age of 16 had the misfortune to marry Cornelis Van Tienhoven. The event may have been best characterized by the receipt it produced:
"Cornelis van Tienhoven ... in my capacity as husband and guardian of Ragel Vienje ... acknowledge that I am fully satisfied and paid by Jan Jansen Damen the sum of once three hundred Carolus guilders to which the aforesaid Ragel Vienjee ... was entitled by way of inheritance from her father Gulyn Vienjee, according to the contract made between her mother Adriaenje Cuveljeers and Jan Damen."

The Vignes. [7/16/1999;] The youngest daughter was born in Leiden, Holland [??], and was baptized on March 16, 1623 at the Leiden Walloon Church. Translation from the French: "Baptized 16 March 1623 (n.s.), Rachel daughter of Guillain Vigne. Witnesses Henri Lambert, Pierre de Fuche, and Marguerite Vigne." ... Rachel was among the 20 who paid 50 guilders and passed Stuyvesant's scrutiny to become Great Burghers ... Great Burghers could conduct business and were exempt from common arrest ... She died in 1663 at the young age of 40. Rachel had two children who survived childhood: Dr. Lucas Van Tienhoven (1649-1713?); Jannetje (1657- )

"The First American Mrs. Rosecrans" contributed by David Vernooy Bennett. In The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, v. 90, no. 3, July 1959: p. 165: ... Rachel b. --- ; d. in 1663. She mar. Cornelis Van Tienhoven of Utrecht (who d. in 1658) and had the following children:
i. Lucas Van Tienhoven b. in 1649; mar. Tryntje Bordings
ii. Cornelis van Tienhoven b. in 1653; d.y.
iii. Johannes Van Tienhoven b. in 1655.
iv. Jannetje Van Tienhoven b. in 1657.

Frost, J.C. Ancestors of Henry Rogers Winthrop and his wife Alice Woodward Babcock. 1927. pp. 520-521: The daughter Rachel married Cornelius van Tienhoven and on July 25, 1639, he receipted for her, a legacy, showing the probable date of her being of age, for on April 30, 1638, referees were appointed for the settlement made by Adriana Cuvilly on her children. ...
The will of ... John [Vinge], proven June 7, 1789/90 [i.e., 1689/90], mentions his sister ... Rachel Van Theinhoven, deceased ...

Griffiths, G.R. Early ancestors in New Amsterdam Vigne--Rosenkrans. 1994. p. 6: Rachel Vigne, born in France probably between 1615-1618, was mar. in New Amsterdam before 1638 (Innes) [J.H. Innes, New Amsterdam and its people. v. 1-2, (1902) 1969.] to Cornelis Van Tienhoven, a man of much importance for twenty years in colonial days. Under Gov. William Kieft Cornelius was Secretary of the Council. In 1655 his residence was at 35 Pearl Street. His description at that time was "a middle-aged man of corpulent habit with red and bloated visage and light hair." ...
He survived under several administrations "in spite of many rash and unfortunate schemes" (Innes). A description of his character in 1649 read[s]:
"He is crafty, subtle, intelligent, sharp-witted, -- good gifts when properly applied ... He is a great adept at dissimulation, and even when laughing, intends to bite, and professes the warmest friendship where he hates the deepest ... In his words and acts he is loose, false, deceitful, and given to lying; prodigal of promises, and when it comes to performance, there is nobody at home ... Now, if the voice of the people be the voice of God, of this man hardly any good can with truth be said, and no evil concealed."
p. 7: ... A curious reference (Innes) says that after the disappearance of her husband in 1656, Rachel lived in New Amsterdam with her young children for a few years until her death in 1663. That is clarified by Innes, who wrote -- "In the fall of the same year he disappeared from new Amsterdam; some articles of his attire found on the river shore induced the belief that he had committed suicide, while many stoutly asserted that he had absconded to get out of the reach of his numerous enemies. There seems to be, however, no reliable evidence that he was ever heard of afterwards..."
On 20 Aug. 1660 Raghel Van Tienhoven requested to have appointed administrators of her estate, Daniel Van Donck, Joannes Van Brugh, Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger, and Joannes Ven der Meulen (HSYB, 1900, 119). [Year Book of the Holland Society of New York] On 22 Dec. 1661 there was this record (HSYB, 1900, 121):
"Deliberated about estate left by Jannetje Tomas and Margaariet Samuel. Raghel Van Tienhoven, Cristyn De Haas, Margariet Hardenbroeck, and also Tomas Hal and Pieter Stoutenburgh, administrators of estates, cited to appear at the following meeting."
Rachel's death occurred in 1663. On Saturday, 10 May 1664 a record (HSYB, 1900, 126) stated that Janneke Heermans owed the estate of Rachel Van Tienhoven 425 guilders. She (Janneke) had paid part of the debt in tobacco; the orphan-masters ruled that 35 pounds of tobacco were worth one beaver skin.
The children of Cornelis Van Tienhoven an Rachel Vigne were (Potts): [Thos. Potts, Our family ancestors. 1895. pp. 81-83]
i. Jannetje Van Tienhoven, bapt. 10 Jan 1646; died young.
ii. Lucas Van Tienhoven, bapt. 17 Jan 1649; mar. Tryntje Bording. He was included in a census of New York, East Ward, about 1703 (Doc,I,397) [Documentary History of New York] as follows: Lucas Tinhoven -- one male 16 to 60, one female, two female children. He died in 1704. He became a prominent physician (Innes) and occupied the former residence of his father.
iii. Cornelis Van Tienhoven, bapt. 12 Jan. 1652.
iv. Johannes Van Tienhoven, bapt. 1 Jan. 1655.
v. Jannetje Van Tienhoven, bapt. 20 May 1657; mar. John Smith. She resided in the house adjoining the former Van Tienhoven residence, the present site of 37 Pearl St. (Innes)

Murray, J.E. Bunnell and allied families. 1990. p. 68: Cornelis Van Tienhoven ... was married to Rachel Vigne, a Huguenot daughter of Guleyn and Ariaentje (Cuvilje) Vigne from Valenciennes, Hainault, France, who had fled to Holland during the persecutions. ... As traders for Holland, the Vignes emigrated to New Netherland in 1614 aboard the "Tiger" and were among the first settlers planted by the Dutch government. They spent the winter on Manhattan Island and built a cabin on the East River Strand at the spot where Wall Street now intersects Pearl Street. ... While their daughter, Rachel, was baptized in the Netherlands in 1623, there is a possibility she could have been born in either place. Since no Dutch Reformed Church had as yet been established in New Netherland, baptism would have had to take place in Holland. The fact that she was baptized in Holland is [LSF note: could be] an indication that he family moved back and forth. In 1621 the Dutch West India Company was first established and granted a monopoly on trade to the new World. It is believed Guleyn was a member of the Dutch West India Company. ...
p. 70: When Guleyn Vigne died, a report was filed in court for the settlement of his estate on 30 April 1632. His wife made the customary settlement on her children. Maria and Christina each received 200 guilders, and her unmarried children, Jan and Rachel, each received 300 guilders plus keep and schooling until of age.
p. 75: The colonists knew Van Tienhoven as a shifty, deceitful, lying man always making promises he failed to keep. ... His wife was reputed to be a whore, and he, himself, was likened to a serpent. ...
p. 79: Rachel Van Tienhoven, Cornelis's wife, remained in the house at No. 35 Pearl Street until her death. Rachel Van Tienhoven died in 1671 and the executors of her estate were Pieter Stoutenburg, her brother-in-law (husband of Cornelis' sister), and Jan Vigne, her brother. Son, Lucas, then fourteen years old, was cared for by his Uncle Pieter Stoutenburg after his mother's death. Lucas continued to live in the house at 35 Pearl Street. His sister lived at 37 Pearl Street. Rachel named her son, Lucas, as heir to her estate. On 1 July 1671, the executors and Lucas sold "Carman, a Certaine farm or Bowry" together with the dwelling house, barn, orchard, cornfield and pasture ground and other appurtenances on the island of Manhattan, property of Rachel, to John Smedes. This piece of property was probably on Maiden Lane near the property previously owned by Jan Jansen Damen, stepfather of Rachel. ...
Lucas inherited from his mother, Rachel, a large share of the land between Wall Street and Maiden Lane in New York city.

[Notes and Comments, by] William J. Parry. In New Netherland connections. v. 1, no. 4, Oct. - Dec. 1996, pp. 95-97. p. 95: 1996-83 There appears to be much interest in the Vigne family, judging by communications I have received, as well as two queries in New Netherlands [sic] Connections, v. 1, no. 3 *query 1996-83, and an unnumbered query on p. 69). There are some good articles summarizing the history of this family after their arrival in New Netherland, for example, "Ariaentje Cuvilje (Adrienne Cuvellier), Matriarch of New Amsterdam," by Herbert F. Seversmith, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, v. 35 (1947), pp. 65-69. However, there is much confusion and misinformation concerning their European origins, ages of their children, and date of arrival in New Netherland. I know of only three primary sources that pertain to these questions. ...
p. 96: 2. Record of baptism, Walloon Reformed Church, Leiden , and find no other references to Guillaume Vigne, but two other Vignes are mentioned in Leiden Walloon Church records: Richard Vigne and his wife Susanne Lambert joined the church at Leiden, by certificate from the church at Mets, in Oct. 1648; Margrite Vigne, wife of Jacques Collet, was listed as a member of the church in Leiden in 1652. There are also two records of a "Vingne" family in Amsterdam: Johan Vingne joined the Walloon Church at Amsterdam, "by confession" (as a convert?), 20 Sept. 1592; Rachel daughter of Gabriel Vingne was baptized (24?) May 1622, Niuewe Kirk (Dutch Reformed), Amsterdam.

Corrections and Additions to "The Pedigree of Cornelia Roos." In New Netherland connections, v. 3, no. 2, Apr. - June 1998, pp. 34-35. p. 35: In the transcription of the baptism of Rachel Vigné on page 2 of the previous issue, a mistake was made. The surname of both the father and the witness were clearly written as Vigné. [See source for baptism dated 19 March 1623] The correct spelling was given by William Parry in v. 1 of New Netherland connections on page 96, i.e. Translation from French: "Baptized 16 March 1623 (n.s.), Rachel daughter of Guillain Vigné. Witnesses Henri Lambert, Pierre de Fache, and Marguerite Vigné."

Riker, D.M. Genealogical and biographical directory to persons in New Netherland, from 1613 to 1674. 1999. v. 3, unpaged: Family surname: Van Tienhoven. Immigrant: Cornelis van Tienhoven ... Married: c. 1639, Rachel, d/o Guleyn Vigne ... Children (not necessarily in order of birth)
i. Lucas, bp. 1/17/1649 NYDC, d. 1714; m. c. 1670, Tryntje, d/o Claes Claeszen Bording. They lived New York City ...
ii. Cornelis, bp. 1/12/1653, NYDC; m. Geertruydt Hibon
iii. Johannes, bp. 1/1/1655 NYDC
iv. Jannetje, bp. 5/20/1657 NYDC
v. Jannetje, bp. 6/10/1646 NYDC, d.y.
v. 4, unpaged: Family surname: Vigne ... Rachel, bp. 3/16/1623 Walloon Church in Leiden; m. Cornelis Van Tienhoven ...

Stokes, I.N.P. Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909. 6 v. v. 2, p. 266: Nos. 8 and 9: At the time of the survey, the property of the creditors and heirs of Cornelis van Tienhoven (No. 37 and part of No. 35 Pearl Street).
The famous provincial secretary, fiscal, and schout, one of the earliest inhabitants of New Amsterdam, was a man of excellent parts and of considerable ability; he seems, however, to have been rather crafty and, if his contemporaries are to be believed, of a conniving, scheming, and unprincipled character. He was also accused of drunken and licentious conduct. He had served under Van Twiller, Kieft, and Stuyvesant, but by May 1656, before the period of the survey, had been dismissed from all of his offices (Rec. N. Am., II: 108; N.Y. Col. Docs., XIV:342), and had disappeared before November 13, 1656, when it is reported that "it is not certain, where the said Corn's van Tienhoven is." Whether he absconded or committed suicide by drowning, was a disputed point in 1656, and has been a question for the curious ever since.
His wife, Rachel, was one of the daughters of Ariantje Cuvillie, or Adrienne Cuviller, by her first husband, Gulyn Vinje, or Guillaume Vigne: these being also the parents, and Rachel a sister, of Jan Vinje, or Jean Vigne. Jan lived until 1691. -- NY Col. MSS, I:6 (Albany); Rec. N. Am., II:349n.
The Key to the Map of Dutch Grants fully recites the deeds by which Van Tienhoven became possessed of his land at the Water, which included the church lane shown on the Plan.
His extensive dwelling here was referred to as "van Tienhoven's Great House." Rachel died in 1663, but Dr. Lucas van Tienhoven, the Secretary's son, and her's, was still residing here in 1679. -- Leber Deeds, A:21; ibid., XII:144. His sister, Jannetje Smith, lived next door. -- Innes's New Amsterdam and its people, 58.
v. 2, p. 396: Lot 9: 1654. May 22. Gr-br. to Cornelis Van Tienhoven. (HH-2: 7.) Desc.: A lot on the Island of Manhattan, City of New Amsterdam, in the Sheep Pasture, having the lot of Mr. Nicasius de Sille on the S.SW.; extending in length along the lot of De Sille, 24 r. Rhynland measure in front extending in br. from the lot of De Sille to the lot of Carl Van Brugge, N.NE. 7 r., 8 ft. (Rynland) and from the front corner of Van Brugge's lot N.NW. 24 r. in length and in the rear in br. bet. De Sille and Van Brugge's lot about E. by S., 3 r., 8 ft.
1667. Oct. 3. Conf. Governor Nicolls to Creditors, &c. of Cornelius Van Tienhoven. (Pats. Alb., II: 109.) Recites gr-br. to Cornelys van Tienhoven, May 22, 1664. Desc.: s.a. preceding instrument.
1659. Sep. 15. Deed. Raghel van Tienhoven to Robert Roelantsen (of Berlin). (Lib. A, Deeds, N.Y. Co.: 173.) Desc.: Lot W. of Garden street, bounded S. by lot of N. de Sille, 11 r.; W. by st. afsd., 30 ft.; N. by lot of J. Vinge, 10 r., 7 ft.; E. by Smee st., 1 r. Surveyed by J. Cortelyou June 22, 1659; recites gr-br., May 22, 1654.
1660. Aug. 14[?] Deed. Robert Roelantsen to Hendrick van der Walle. (Lib. A., Deeds, N.Y. Co.: 228) Desc.: s.a. preceding instrument.
1667. Dec. 3[?] Conf. Governor Nicolls to Paulus Richard. (Pats. Alb., II: 143.) Recites transport of Aug. 12, 1660 from Robert Roelans van Berlin to Hendrick van der Walle and that Paulus Richard m. the wid. of the said Hendrick van der Waal (sic). Desc.: s.a. preceding instruments.
1660. Aug.11[?] Deed. Raghel van Tienhoven to Hendrick Barensen Smith. (Lib. A, Deeds, N.Y. Co.: 229.) Desc.: Lot S. of Tuyn st., bounded S.W. by lot of N. de Sille; W. by lot of H. van der Walle, 2 r., 1 ft.: N.E. by above st.; S. and N. sides, 7 4. Measured by J. Cortelyou, June 22, 1659. Recites gr-br. May 22, 1654.
1667. June 11. Conf. Governor Nicolls to Hendrick Barent Smith. (Pats. Alb., II: 49.) Recites transport by Rachel van Tienhoven to above, Aug. 12, 1660. Desc.: s. a. preceding instrument. 
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45 "Genealogical gleanings in England: Passengers and ships to America, 1618-1668" by Peter Wilson Coldham. In NGSQ, vols. 1-85, 1600s-1900s. [CD] v. 71, pp. 163-179: Ship: Endemion. Master: Robert Knox. Port: London. Destination: New England. Reference: 42/3 & 43/6. Date: 8 Mch. 1639. Shipper or Passenger: (goods by) Richard Willett.

Bunker. Long Island Genealogies. [10/20/1999;] p. 72: Richard Willets ... was at Hempstead, L. I., in 1657, probably he was there at a much earlier date, as he then had 6 gates, 6 cattle, 6 milch cows, and 28 acres of land. Only 12 men in the town paid more taxes for public charges than he did, and none paid twice as much. He died 1664 or 5.
1657. Richard Willets was present, with the widow Jane, at the reading of the Will of William Washburn, by John James, Town Clerk. ...
1659. Richard Willets was surveyor of highways.
1662. Richard Willets was chosen Townsman by vote.
24 day of March, 1666 or 7, widow Willets lately of Hempstead, now of Oyster bay, sells unto Joseph Williams of Hempstead, the home lot and housing next to the lot of Joseph Langdon on the north side of it, "said home lot and housing I did lately dwell in."
Previous to 1650 R.W. married Mary, dau. of Wm and Jane Washburne. Their children were:
Thomas, born in 3 mo. 1650
Hope b. 7 mo. 1652
John b. 5 mo. 1655
Richard b. 12 mo. 1660, d. 1703
Mary b. 2 mo. 1663

Virkus. Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy. v. 2, p. 326-7: ... 8 - Richard Willets (d. ca. 1665), known as "Richard the Husbandman"; came from Eng. ca. 1650; was at Hempstead, L.I., 1657; settled at Jericho, L.I., ante 1660; prominent Quaker; m. Mary Washburn (1629-1713)

Hinshaw, W.W. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, v. 3, p. 360: Richard b Eng., Jericho, O.B. [i.e., Oyster Bay], m Mary Washburn dt Wm. & Jane (nm)[i.e., non-member] d 4 Mo (June) 16, 1688
Ch: Thomas b 3 Mo (May) 1650; Hope b 7 Mo (Sept) 1652; John b 5 Mo (July) 1655; Richard b 10 Mo (Dec) 1660; Mary b 2 Mo (Apr) 1663; Jacob; Elizabeth b 2 Mo (Apr) 1722 [LSF: ??] both active mbr from 1676; v. 3, p. 466-72: Westbury Monthly Meeting: Richard , Immigrant ancestor, Jericho, d 1667; m Mary Washborn, dt William & Jane, b 1629 d 12 Mo (Feb) 17, 1713/14 ae near 85 yr; Ch: Hope b 7 Mo (Sept) 1652; m Mercy Langdon; John b 5 Mo (July) 1655; Thomas b 3 Mo (May) 1660; m Dinah Townsend; Richard b 12 Mo (Feb) 1660/61; m (1) Abigail Bowne; m (2) Abigail Powell; Mary b 2 Mo (Apr) 1663, m John Fry; mtg held at her house 1697-1709; signed rem cert [removal certificate] 1707.

Genealogies of Long Island Families. [CDROM] v. 2: "The Willets family of Hempstead and Jericho, Long Island", contributed by Arthur S. Wardwell.: p. 693-4: The settlement of Hempstead, L.I., began late in 1643 ... the records show that the original proprietors were fifty in number and the twenty-second name on the list was that of Richard Willets.
As he does not appear in the records prior to this time, it seems safe to assume that he was the American pioneer of his line and that he had come from England not long before the 1640-44 period when he was about twenty-two years old. He married, about 1648 or 49, Mary Washburne, a daughter of William and Jane Washburne; ... The name of Richard 1 Willets first appears in the records in a list of proprietors where he is shown to have held 28 acres: 14 in "Mr. Coe's neck propriety" and a like number for "estate number 15 in Mr. Fordham's neck:" a comparison of this list with contemporary records shows it to be of 1654. Three years later other lists show that Richard Willets had "five Cowes and a yerling in herd of cattle kept by Edward Spragg" and that he "hath sixe gattes." In the record of a court held by the Magistrates and Townsmen for the town of Hempstead, dated March 5, 1657-58, John Sticklan and Richard Gildersleeve were the Magistrates; John Hicks, Richard Willets, Robert Forman, and William Schadden were Assistants; and Henry Pearsall, John Smith, Thomas Carle, and Thomas Rushmore were Townsmen. ... On Mar. 14, 1658-59, it was ordered that Richard Willets, Ambrose Sutton, and John Smith, Jr., "shall be Surveyors of the High Wayes" and on Jan. 16, 1661-62, Richard Willets was chosen one of the Townsmen. He died before May 2, 1665, and a few years later his widow Mary removed with her children to Lusam, later called Jericho, in the town of Oyster Bay, L.I. She became a Friend and minister, and reared her children in that faith. it seems probable that Richard was not of that religious persuasion as he was connected with the court that enforced laws to suppress the spread of Quakerism.
From the early records it is seen that there was no uniformity in the spelling of the family name. Then and later this was due both to the keeper of the records and to the members of the family themselves. Due to the presence of other Willett families on Long Island, confusion has resulted in the minds of later readers and at times it has been difficult to correctly determine which ancestor was the right one for a particular individual. Later descendants from Richard Willets, the two Thomas Willett families, and of Henry Willis have often been put in the wrong classifications although it is doubtful if there was any close relationship between the various families.
Children: 5
i. Thomas 2 b 3 mo. (May) 1650
ii. Hope 2 b 7 mo. (Sept.) 1652
iii. John 2 b 5 mo. (July) 1655; a witness in 1703.
iv. Richard 2 b 10 mo. (Dec) 1660
v. Mary 2 b 2 mo. (April) 1663; mar. John Fry 7th 1 mo, 1686-7, and d. in 1687.

Prominent families in America with British ancestry. p. 2976: Richard Willets, a native probably of Cambridgeshire, emigrated to America ca. 1660, and settled at Jericho, Long Island, New York; m. Mary Washburn, and by her had issue, a son, Thomas Willets, of Long Island, N.Y., m. Dinah Townsend, and d. 1719, having had issue ...; p. 3019: Richard Willet, the Founder of this family in America, was born in Barley, Co. Hertford, England, 1620. He and his wife, Mary Washbourne, went to Jericho, Long Island, N.Y., in 1650, where he d. 1664, having had issue, Thomas Willets, b. 1650; m. Dinah Townsend, by whom he had issue ...

William S. Pelletreau. History of Long Island from its earliest settlement to the present time. v. 2, p. 125: Westbury was long noted as one of the centers of Quakerism on Long Island, and most of its old families still belong to that body. Among these were the Hickses, Posts, Seamans, Rushmores, Townsends, Treadwells, and Willetts. ... v. 2, p. 666, Under heading: Edward Willets: Almost two and a half centuries have elapsed since the family of which Edward Willets is a representative was planted on Long Island soil. The first of the name in America was Richard Willets, who resided in the west of England, whence he emigrated to the new world in 1657 and took up his abode in the town of Hempstead. His descendants have since resided on the island and Samuel Willets, the grandfather of our subject, was born at old Westbury ...

American families of historic lineage. Long Island edition. Issued under the editorial supervision of William S. Pelletreau and John Howard Brown. v. 2, p. 541: Richard Willets and Mary Willets, immigrants, were among the first settlers in what is known as Jericho, Oyster Bay Town, Long Island. They are supposed to have come to America by way of Boston, and to have originally settled at New London, Connecticut; later they were at Hempstead, and Richard Willets' name appears among extant records as one of fifty proprietors of lands granted in the early settlement of Hempstead Town. From "The Annals of Hempstead" it appears that Hempstead was founded in 1643, the lands of the town being apportioned some years later; therefore, Richard and Mary Willets must have been there as early as 1650 of soon after that date.
Richard Willets was born probably in England, and came to America prior to 1650. In 1657 he was a taxpayer at Jericho, Oyster Bay Town, and later Queens county, New York. Only twelve men in the town paid a larger amount, which, with other facts, indicate that he was a man of considerable property of that time. On April 18, 1658, he is recorded as one of the assistants to the magistrate at Hempstead court; he was made a surveyor of highways in 1659, and January 16, 1662, was townsman of Hempstead. At that early date Jericho was variously known as Lusum, Springfield, or the Farms, and is still often referred to as the Plains. Died about 1664-5, at Jericho, Long Island.
v. 2, p. 542: Married, previous to 1650, Mary Washburne, daughter of William and Jane (-----) Washburne, who were among the earliest settlers of the town of Hempstead, Long Island. She was born in 1629, probably in England, and died 17th, 11 month, 1713, aged near eighty-five years. Early in the history of the Quaker movement she became a member of the Society of Friends, was a minister, and held meetings at her own house, for in 1678, the Friends record runs: "Mary Willets, widow of Richard, a mother in Israel, had opened her house in Jericho for meetings, and for the entertainment of traveling Friends." Issue:
1. Thomas Willets ...
2. Hope Willets, b. 6d, 7mo., 1652; d. about 1703; m. Mercy Langdon, dau. of Joseph Langdon.
3. John Willets, b. 5mo., 1655, m. Margaret, dau. of John and Abigail Hallock of Brookline.
4. Richard Willets, b. 25 10mo., 1660; d. 14d. 3mo., 1703; m. (1st) 25d. 1mo., 1686, Abigail, dau. of John and Hannah (Feake) Bowne, of Flushing, L.I.; she was b. Feb. 5, 1662-3; d. 16d. 4mo., 1688; m. (2d) 15thd. 3mo., 1690, Abigail, dau. of Thomas Powell, by his first wife, of whom the record in 1657(?) says: "Died, Abigail Willets in her ninetieth year, having seen her granddaughter's grandchild." Issue (by first wife): Hannah Willets, b. 24d., 11mo., 1687. Issue (by second wife): Jacob Willets, b. 1697; m. Mary Jackson; d. at Glen Cove, L.I.
5. Mary Willets, b. 2mo, 1663; d. 23d. 11mo., 1687; m. 7d 1mo., 1686, John, son of John and Frances Fry. Another record says: m. 6th 9mo., 1691, Thomas Powell, of Bethpage.

Roots and heritage of Hempstead Town. Edited by Natalie A. Naylor. Interlaken, NY: Heart of the Lakes Pub., 1994. Appendix 3: The Early proprietors of Hempstead and the 1654 list, by George D.A. Combes; introduction by Robert P. Rushmore. pp. 183-191: ... Richard Willis in Mr. Coe's neck propriety 14; in Mr. Fordam's neck for estate number 15 14 ...

"The Willets legacy" by George L. Williams. In Long Island Forum, January 1939, v. xlii, no. 1, pp. 14-18: The early Willets -- also spelled Willits, Willet, Willett -- came from England during the 17th century and had a decidedly religious background; succeeding generations of Willets had been ministers of the church. In England one of the first known Willets was Thomas, a Presbyter of Ely Cathedral in the reign of King Edward VI. His great grandson Richard came from the west of England to America about the year 1645. Richard married Mary Washburn and they became the first settlers in Jericho.
Richard and Mary Willets were the progenitors of one branch of the family that were Quakers. One of their sons Richard 2nd married Abigail Bowne, daughter of John Bowne. The Bowne House still stands in Flushing. Bowne had been imprisoned by Peter Stuyvesant, Dutch governor, and removed from the colony. Later he was able to secure his freedom, and Governor Stuyvesant was advised that "the consciences of men ought to be free and unshackled so long as they continue moderate, peacable, inoffensive, and not hostile to the government."
Richard and Mary Willets of Jericho, the original pioneers, had prudently moved to the Oyster Bay area because there was less persecution of Quakers there than in Flushing and other villages controlled by the Dutch. ...

The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy. v. 2, p. 326-7: prominent Quaker [LSF: see A.J. Willett below]

Bookstaver, J.E. Genealogical chart of the Willet (Willett-Willetts-Willets-Willits) family. Binghampton, NY, 1905. 6th ed.: Richard b. 1620 m. Mary Washburn; [lists children] Hope b. 7-1652 m. Mary Langdon, John b. 5-1668, Mary 166[0?], Richard b 10-1660, d 1703 m. 1) Abigail Bowne 2) Abigail Powell, Thomas Willetts 1650 m. Dinah Townsend.

Willett, Jr., A.J. The Willett families of North America. v. 1, pp. [248]-441: Chapter Fourteen: Richard Willets of New Amsterdam and Long Island: N1 Richard Willets and Mary Washburne of Hempstead, Long Island.
Richard Willets was born in 1618 in old England. He was baptized in 1619. He may have been a native of Butcombe, county Somerset, England. His parents may (Possibly) be John and Elizabeth (Buver) Willets. It is usually stated that he came from Bristol, or some, other, west English port. However, he is sometimes mentioned as being from Worchester. This Worchester assumption is based on the fact that his wife Mary Washburne was from Bengeworth, county Worchester, England. The largest known family group that spelled their name Willets lived at Kemerton, county Gloucester, in England. Gloucester is just north of Bristol and county Somerset. A Henry Willetts died in 1591 at Kemerton, a Julyan in 1598, and a Robert in 1639. At his marriage, Richard described himself as of Bristol. Dutch custom would have us believe he was born at Bristol. But one needs to be careful; Richard may have not understood the significance of the question, and described the English port he had departed the "old" world from, instead of answering the question of w[h]ere he was born. Still, whether or not he is from Gloucester, Bristol, or Somerset, he is most likely from this general area, and hopefully his ancestry will be eventually discovered.
It is thought that Richard Willets left his native England about 1640 (age 22). If he was from Gloucester, he most likely left from Bristol. He sailed to New England w[h]ere he may have settled at Rhode Island for a brief time, In 1643, he settled at the predominately English settlement at Hempsteede, Long Island, which was under Dutch rule. The Dutch settlement was at New Amsterdam (after 1664, New York) and included at this time, Long Island, and most of the Hudson River Valley with a settlement at Fort Orange (now Albany). The Dutch had granted great landed feudal estates along the Hudson River, particularly on the eastern side of the river, to wealthy Dutch land owners who were in the process of developing their feudal manors. The Dutch at Fort Orange and New Amsterdam were primarily fur traders and governing officials instead of permenant [sic] settlers. The great land grants limited the amount of available land that the ordinary settler could obtain and discouraged Dutch settlement, thus keeping the Dutch settlers in a minority. The English encouraged permenant [sic] settlement and their plantations in Virginia and New England were rapidly growing and encroaching on Dutch claims. Initially, the Dutch encouraged the English settlers to take up land, such as Richard Willets at Hempsteede, as a means to discourage the ever possible Indian attack.
"The settlement of Hempstead, Long Island, began late in 1643 when Robert Fordham, and John Carman made the Indian purchase" (Wardwell, page 112).
Although there is some doubt on this point, Richard Willets may have been one of the original proprietors of Hempstead, as certainly was his future father-in-law, William Washburne. At any rate, he was one of the earliest settlers at Hempstead. A year later (1644), Hempsteede was a part of a grant by the Dutch Government of New Netherlands to the settlers.
"This document, known as the Kieft Patent, granted to Robert Fordham, John Strickland, John Ogden, John Carman, John Lawrence, Jonas Wood, and associates, land about a place called the Great Plains, and refers to a certain harbor, now commonly called and known by the name of Hempstead Bay" (Wardwell, p. 112).
Richard Willets was among a group that bought the Thorne Farm in 1650. William Thorne had farmed land (at what is now Fort Totten) in the 1640s. Willets Point, now the site of Fort Totten, was named after Richard Willets. After settling here at the Dutch owned Long Island for a few years, Richard Willets married at Hempstead, about 1649 (maybe a little earlier) Mary Washbourne, the daughter of William and Jane Washbourne. Her parents were among the earliest settlers of Hempstead. She had been born in Bengeworth, Worchester, England, in 1629. She died on February 17, 1713. William Washburne and his wife Jane and family had first settled at Strafford, Connecticut, and then came to Hempstead, Long Island (Hook, page 92). We do not know what prompted Richard Willets to emigrate, but the Washburne family was most likely motivated by their religion. Quakers were everywhere persecuted. And they (the Washburnes) were Quakers. The only two spots in the "new" world which afforded an escape from persecution for a Quaker in the 1640s was at Rhode Island under Roger Williams, and at Long Island under the tolerant Dutch.
In 1657, Richard Willets was present with his mother-in-law, Jane, at the reading of the will of William Washburne. Also, in 1657, Richard Willets is listed as having six gates (i.e., goats), six cattle, six milch cows, and 28 acres of land.
In all probability, Richard Willets was never a Quaker. On April 18, 1658, as an assistant to the Dutch Magistrate, along with Richard Gildersleeve, John Hicks, and Robert Forman, he was connected with the Court that enforced the laws to suppress the spread of Quakerism. On that day, the court found Mary, the wife of Joseph Scott, and the wife of Francis Weeks, guilty of attending a Quaker meeting, and each was fined 20 guilders and cost.
On March 14, 1658/59, it was ordered by the Court that Richard Willets "shall be an Surveyor of the High Wayes."
On January 16, 1662, Richard was chosen to be one of the Townsmen. Richard Willets died between January 1, and March 24, 1665, at Hempstead. He was 46, and have lived to see New Amsterdam taken by the English fleet of the Duke of York the previous summer. Captain Thomas Willett had been installed as the first English mayor of the newly named New York City. It is very doubtful if any family relationship connected them. However, a third Willett, Thomas Willett of New Amsterdam, had been born in 1620 and died in 1647 in New Amsterdam. It would be unusual if these three men who shared a similar surname did not meet at one time or another on the muddy Dutch streets or in the Great Tavern near the old Dutch City Hall and not at least acknowledge their common bond that they shared in their surname."

Nassau Daily Review-Star. 8/13/48. Pioneer series; no. 11; The Willets Family: Large Whaling Industry Built by Samuel Willets: ... He was descended from Richard Willets, a brother-in-law of Robert Williams, both of whom were among the founders of the present-day village of Hempstead. They settled upon lands purchased from the Indians in 1644.
The Hempstead settlers were refugees from English religious persecution who came to Long Island via Hartford and Plymouth soon after the first Pilgrims.
Robert Williams was the pioneer who purchased land in the vicinity of Cantiague Woods, Hicksville, comprising some 10 square miles, from Chief Pub Nipau of the Mohens tribe. The purchase in 1648 was confirmed in the patent issued by Governor Nicholls in 1666.
It was noted that a Richard Willets of Hempstead in 1657 had 28 acres of land and six each of "gates, cattle, and milk cows," which made him the 13th largest taxpayer in the village.
During the time he was an assistant in the Hempstead magistrate's court, two women named Scott and Weeks were fined 20 Dutch guilders and costs for attending at Quaker meeting. Among other duties, Richard Willets was a surveyor for the town and a townsman, today known as supervisor. His widow finally settled in Jericho and became a Quaker minister.
...Among the other pioneer families connected with the Willets by marriage were Bowne, Lyon, Lawrence, and that of Major Richard "Bull" Smith.

Hicks, Marietta. Old Westbury and Jericho. [unpaged typescript] The earliest Friends Minute extant in America sets up a Meeting at Westbury in 1671 ... The land, now Jericho, was bought of the Indians (Pugnipan's deed) by Robert Williams in 1648, and nine years later, the land, now Westbury was bought of the Indians by Capt. John Seaman in 1657. ... Pugnipans Deed: To Robert Williams for the Plains: "bee it known to all men at thise pressants that I pugnipan Sacham of motinnacok do for my Selfe and in the beehalfe of nanamorrouas and nephonhew and porcipupan bargin and Sell and mack [make] over unto robarte williames of himsted parte of the grete pleains lying north est from hemsted or there a bouts bee ginning at A pointe of tree colled by the indians ciscascata or cantiag at A whit oake marked by mee pugnipan and from thence uppon A South line to the middle of the plaine and from thence uppone A est line to the end of the plaine bounded with the woodes one the este and north este and north or there A boutse all which tract of lande I the Sayed pugnipan do for miselfe and in the bee halfe of nanamorrouas and neponhew and pocipupon bargin Sell and mack euer [make over] unto the Sayed Robarte williams his ares executors administrators and A sines for teme (them) pessubly toingay for ever from us our ares and Sucksessores for ever allso wee the boue Sayed do ackknoyeg [acknowledge] that wee have reseved [received] fulle Sattisfacktion of robartt williames in trading clothe for four menchanad [for the aforementioned] tract of plaine land in witnes here unto wee have Set ouer handes this twenteth day of may in the yere one thousand Six hundred forty eight. witnes Richard willets, John Washburn [and 8 Indians' marks: pugnipan, nanamourouas, nephonhew, pocipupon, rasaocume Sachem, ponannegan, mashacur, perranoes, mannittung] Entered in the Office of Records at New Yorke, the 12th day of Febry 1666. Matthias Nicolls Sec'y."

Willits, A.C. Ancestors and descendants of James and Ann Willits of Little Egg Harbor, N.J. p. 7: Richard 1 Willits, the emigrant and founder of the Willits family in America, resided, in the year 1657, in the town of Hempstead, on Long Island, although he was probably there at an earlier period. In 1659 he was surveyor of highways. His father-in-law, William Washburne, was one of the first proprietors of Hempstead, in 1647. Richard married Mary (born about 1629), daughter of William and Jane Washburne, prior to the year 1650. He died about 1664, and in all probability never was a "Friend." In fact, in 1658 and 1659 he was connected with the court that enforced the laws enacted to suppress the spread of Quakerism. After laws enacted to suppress the spread of Quakerism. After his death his widow, who survived him many years, removed with her children to Jericho. She became a "Friend" and a minister, and reared her children in that faith. Mary died 11 mo. 17, 1713, aged about eighty-four years. The children of Richard and Mary were:
i. Thomas Willits, b. 3 mo. 1650.
ii. Hope Willits, b. 7 mo. 1652; m. Mercy ---.
iii. John Willits, b. 5 mo. 1655.
iv. Richard Willits, b. 10 mo. 1660.
v. Mary Willits, b. 2 mo. 1663.

8/30/2001. Historical Sketch of Oyster Bay, Long Island. Provided by Dan Carman ( From Oyster Bay Town Records, v. 1, 1653-1690, with an Appendix containing an Historical Sketch by George W. Cocks ... Published by order of the Town by [a committee] ... New York: Tobias A. Wright, Printer & Publisher, 1916. Page 623: ... The next evidence of a settlement by Europeans in the territory now the Town of Oysterbay appears in a deed by certain of the Aborigines to Robert Williams dated May 20th, 1648, by the Ridge of Hills about Jericho, east by the woods and west by the point of Trees called Cantiage; for which a patent was issued by Governor Richard Nicolls in 1666. These documents are as follows: "Robt Williams deed for plains
Bee it Knone to all men at Thise pressants That I pugnipan Sacham of motinnacok do for my Selfe and in the beehalfe of Nanamorrouas and Neponhew and pocipupon bargain and Sell and make over unto Roberte Williames of Himsted parte of the grete plains ... in witnes hereunto wee have Set ouer handes this twenteth day of May in the Yere one Thousand Six Hundred forty Eight Witnes pugnipan X his marke, Richard Willets ... Entered in the office of Records at New Yorke the 12th day of ffebry 1666. Matthias Nicolls Secy ...

Frost, J.C. Ancestors of Frank Herbert Davol and his wife Phebe Downing Willits ... 1925. pp. 10-11: Note: The name of this family is spelled in various ways in the early records, sometimes different in the same document and in one of the family records it is spelled twice as Willetts, twice Willets, and five times as Willits. In the Town Records of Hempstead beside the above variations, they include Willes and Willis.
Different branches of the family to-day use mainly Willets and Willits but for the sake of uniformity the spelling in this book will be Willits which seems to be on the whole, distinctive of this family and certainly used exclusively for at least three generations.
1. Richard Willits is first mentioned in the Town Records of Hempstead, LI in 1657, where his name is recorded as "Willes" and which shows that he owned 5 cows and 1 yearling, under the care of Edward Sprage. In 1658 he was Assistant to the Magistrate; 1659 made surveyor and held that position in 1663 and died about 1664. He probably was never a Friend, for in 1658/9 he was connected with the court that enacted laws to suppress the "spread of Quakerism."
He married Mary, daughter of William and Mary Washburne, born in England, 1629, died in Jericho, LI, Dec. 17, 1713. ...

Seaman, M.T. Links in genealogy. 1927. p. 195: WILLETS FAMILY. There were three different English families with the slightly different names of Willett, Willetts, and Willitts, who became prominent in New Netherlands or New York, before the close of the Dutch dynasty.
1. Thomas Willets, of Sometson, England, was Justice of the Peace in the reign of King Edward. Rector of Bradley, County Hertford. Presbyter of Ely Cathedral. His son:
2. John Willets, born 1545; married August 24, 1570, to Margaret Chatterton. Their son:
3. John Willets, born 1571; married Elizabeth Buver. Their son:
4. Richard Willets, born 1612, at Butcomb, Sometson, England; died 1664 or 1665; married before 1650 to Mary Washburne, daughter of William and Jane Washburne. They had five children.
"Richard Willets is said to have come from the west of England; he was at Hempsted, L.I., in 1657, and probably there at a much earlier date, as he had 6 gates, 6 cattle, 6 milch cows, and 28 acres of land. Only 12 men in the town paid more taxes than he did for public charges, and none paid twice as much."
April 18, 1658, Assistant Magistrate at the Court at Hempstead. Richard Gildersleeve, Magistrate; Richard Willets, John Hicks, and Robert Forman, Assistants. Mary, wife of Joseph Scott, and the wife of Francis Weeks, fined 20 guilders and cost each. Offence,--attending a Quaker meeting. 1659, Surveyor of highways. 1662, chosen Townsman by vote. May 26, 1663, Freeholder. Among the early settlers of Jericho, L.I., one of the hamlets of the town of Oyster Bay. His oldest son:
p. 196: 5. Thomas Willets, born March 1650; died April 15, 1714; married in Secatague, L.I. (now Islip), Dinah Townsend, daughter of Richard and Deliverance Cole Townsend. They had nine children and lived in Jericho, L.I. ...
References: Long Island Genealogies, by Mary P. Bunker, pp. 72, 73, 83, 88, 115. Adam and Anne Mott, Their Ancestors and Descendants, by Thomas C. Cornell, pp. 238, 239. Thompson's History of Long Island, Vol. 1, pp. 489 to 504, Vol. 2, p. 11. Titus-Townsend Pedigree, by J. LeB. Willard, pp. 4, 21, 37, etc.

Bartlett, T.L. The Willits family. 1982. p. vii: Preface: In February 1969, the "big discovery" was made. Mrs. Paul R. Willits of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, sent us "The Willits Papers," written in 1910 by an unstated author, probably Cora E. Thomas Willits, living in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. These papers immediately extended our ancestry back to the immigrant
p. viii: ancestor, Richard 1 Willets of Hempstead, Long Island, New York. ...
The printing of this Willits book is a direct consequence of my April 1981 meeting with Dorothy Lewis of Williamsburg, [Wayne Co., IN] who generously shared her voluminous collection of family group sheets and general family information ...
p. 37: General History (1640's to 1910's). 1640's, late. Possibly at the age of 22, Richard 1 Willets, the immigrant ancestor, left his native England and sailed to New England. He lived there a brief time, then settled at Hempstead (Hemsteede), Long Island, at that time part of New Netherland, under the Dutch Government of New Amsterdam.
1649, ore earlier. Richard 1 married Mary Washburne, probably in Hempstead, where Mary's father William had been one of the early settlers and town founders.
1650, May. Richard 1's son Thomas was born in Hempstead.
1657. Richard 1 is listed in Hempstead as having six "gates," six cattle, six "milch cows," and 28 acres of land.
[Cont. in Marriage Notes]

Riker, D.M. Genealogical and biographical directory to persons in New Netherland, from 1613 to 1674. 1999. v. 3, unpaged: Family surname: Willets or Willits. Immigrant: Richard Willets. Ethnic origin: English. Born: 1612. Native town: unknown. Approx. arrival: 1644. Settled: Hempstead, L.I. Died: Unknown, but c. 1664 ... 
Willetts, Richard (I927)
46 "Hempstead Census of 1698". Family Tree Maker's Family Archives CD #173. Long Island Source Records, p. 307: Thomas Smith.

Hook. Smith, Grant, and Irons families of New Jersey's shore counties. p. 3-16: William, Abram (Abraham), and Thomas Smith were the first of the Smith name to settle in Cape May Co., N.J. ... That [William] and Thomas were brothers is proved by the latter's will dated 28 Dec. 1731. ... Elizabeth Robinson ... This writer believes that she was a daughter of Abraham Smith. ... She survived her second husband and, according to the settlement papers of Thomas Smith's estate, took care of Thomas Smith's third wife, the widow Abagail, ... until her death. She also was a witness to Thomas Smith's will written 28 Dec. 1731. ... Thomas Smith gave the name Margery to his first daughter. ... The first record of Thomas Smith 1 was the registration of his earmark [for cattle] 1 Oct. 1704. (Book 1, Mortgages, Earmarks, and Miscellaneous Records, Cape May Court House, N.J.) He was granted land by Lewis Morris, agent for the West New Jersey Society, 28 Dec. 1710. (Book L, p. 27, Deeds, Secy. of State's Office, Trenton, N.J.) His earmark became the property of his son Thomas 2, 22 May 1739 and of the latter's son Christopher 3 on 24 March 1785. ... Thomas Smith 1, b. say, about 1672; d. March 1732; m. 1st Althea Dayton; m. 2nd, Mary; m. 3rd, Abagail, widow of Samuel Johnson.
p. 39-65: Chapter IV. Thomas Smith of Cape May County, N.J. Family II. ... He was married three times, first, about 1700/1701 to Alathare (Alathea) Dayton who was b., about 1680, and died 19 Dec. 1714; second to Mary whose surname is conjectural but probably born Mary Allen or Mary Hand, as later shown, and third to Abagail, widow of Samuel Johnson. According to his will five daughters were born to the first marriage and three sons to the second. There were no children born to the third marriage. ... On 8 Oct. 1707 Thomas Smith 1 entered an action "on ye case of John Reves." On 28 Dec. 1710 Lewis Morris, attorney for the West New Jersey Society, conveyed to Thomas Smith of Cape May, yeoman, for the sum of 25 pounds silver money, 178 acres of land in Cape May County called Mackrell Neck. (Deed Book BBB, p. 173 in Secy. of State's Office, Trenton, N.J.) This land was near Goshen Creek in Middle township. Thomas Smith along with Yelverton Crowell and Nathaniel Jenkins witnessed the will of Joseph Crowell of Cape May, yeoman, dated 14 Feb. 1714/15 and proved 25 Sept. 1717. ... The next record of Thomas Smith appears in an indenture of 13 Dec. 1715 where he, Yelverton Crowell, George Crafford (Crawford) and Thomas Hand sold their rights to land "taken up and surveyed for father-in-law, Jacob Dayton." This deed proved the maiden name of Thomas Smith's first wife. (Deed Book B, p. 182, Cape May Court House, N.J.) ... Further facts about the Thomas Smith 1 family of Cape May were found in the records of the Little Egg Harbor, N.J. Meeting of Friends where the birth dates of the families of his daughters, Marjorie and Ruth and of Anthony Smith, his son, are recorded. The will of Thomas Smith, yeoman, of Cape May, N.J. was dated 28 Dec. 1731 and proved 13 May 1732. The executors designated in the will were "friends and brother William Smith and Henry Young." The witnesses were Elizabeth Crowell ... John Thompson and John Thompson Jr. The will ... mentioned his wife Abagail and children named Thomas, Christopher, Anthony all under age and Margery, Jerusha, Ruth, Abagail and Alathare. The originals of Thomas Smith's will, inventory and executor's settlement account are in the office of the Secretary of State at Trenton, New Jersey (Liber 3, p. 217, Cape May Wills). 
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47 "Including over one hundred surnames, 1620-1890." Source (S268)
48 "Including the related families of Willets and Birdsall" Source (S161)
49 "John Smith of Mespat," by Donald Lines Jacobus. Photocopy of Microfilm. In The American Genealogist, v. 25, no. 2, April 1949. p. 66-67: ... The wife of John has often been identified erroneously as Jane who afterward married Robert Coe, but she was actually wife of Bartholomew Smith ... and we have not identified the wife of John.

Douglas File #2 [Manuscript file in Cape May Historical Society Genealogical Library, Cape May Co., N.J. 8/15/2002] [unpaged, no source given] ... Children of John (1) and Ruth David Smith of Taunton, Mass.
i. John "Rock" Smith, b. 1615, m. Martha
ii. Elizabeth Smith, b. 1633, m. W. Ludlam and N. Smith
iii. Samuel Smith, b. 1636, m. ? 
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50 "John Strickland of Long Island and his sons-in-law," by Herbert F. Smith. In The American Genealogist, v. 11, pp. 81-87, 206-208:
p. 82-83: ... the original, verbatim ... "The Testamt. of Mr. Jno. Sticklin Septimber th: 5: 1672. The Last will of Mr. John Stiklin as followeth.
Being in great payn yet through gods mercy perfict in Sencis doe now Comit my body to the ground and my Soule to god that gaue it and for my esteat I doe dispos of it as followeth that out of my esteat first all dews & debt bee fully satisfied and for the Remainer:
first that I doe give to my daughter Loum ten pound;
2ly to my daughter matthews youngst child forty shillings;
3ly I doe give to Jonathan mills on[e] Cow;
4ly I doe give to John Loums eldest daughter on[e] Cow;
and for the Remainer of my Esteat I doe give to all my grandchildren to be devided eaquely among them that is to say those Childrin that have Bin borne of my daughters and are now Liveing and that this my will may be trewly performd. I doe make chouce of my Sonn John Smith, my Sonn Samuell Matthews, John foster & Beniemin Coe as my executers and that this is my Last will & testiment I doe own by subscribing my hand the day and date above written. Jo[?...] S[?...] [footnote: The J is well written; the rest, after making a couple of small loops, straightens and becomes indefineable]
It is to be understood that thos two Cows mentioned to John Loums daughter & to Jonathan Mills ware my wives and shee gave them as shee saw good and I promising her to performe her will have acordingly disposed of them. Attested by John ffoster, Benjamin Coe"
The substance of the original will is that Mr. John "Sticklin," then a resident of Jamaica, New York, on September 5, 1672, caused his will to be made; and the disposal of his estate was either directly made to the following or to their heirs:
i. A daughter, who married John Loum
ii. A daughter, who married Samuel Matthews
iii. Jonathan Mills
iv. A daughter, who married John Smith.
Another heir of the estate was Henry Howard, according to a short account at the end of the official copy. The foregoing are the sole heirs mentioned in the will.
... In the History of Charlestown, Mass. (1845), by Richard Frothingham, Jr., it is stated on page 20 that the inhabitants who first settled that place in 1628-9 and who were brought into the denomination of an English town, included among others John Stickline.
Simon Hoyte and John Stickline were admitted freemen in 1631 (ibid, p. 23). According to the NEHGR, III, p. 90, "Seargent Strickland" took oath to become a freeman at a General Court held in Boston, May 18, 1631. It seems to be assumed that Sergeant Strickland and John Stickline were one and the same person. In Bond's Early History of Watertown, vol. II, page 113, in an article on the descendants of John and Elinor Whitney of Watertown, Mass., it is stated that Whitney purchased a sixteen acre homestall, which had been granted to John Strickland, who was dismissed from the Watertown church, May 29, 1635; it goes on further to say that Strickland was one of that colony from Watertown that removed to colonize Wethersfield.
From this it may be inferred that John Strickland left Watertown in 1635 to aid in the founding of the new settlement on the Connecticut River; the dismission of "Jo: Strickland" with others from Watertown is referred to in the first recorded meeting of magistrates of the new colony on April 26, 1636, with the statement that Stickland and the others had carried out their commission "to forme a newe in a Ch: Convennte. in the River of Conectecott" .
He was next mentioned at a Court held Nov. 1, 1636, :
It is ordered yt. Srieant Stickland is to haue for 7 days seruice to the Rivers mouth, aboute Cattle of Mr. Michell & the lo: or their Agents, 21 s. The rest yt went in the same seruice 14 s. a peece ...
This was in the troublesome days preceding the declaration of war against the Pequots, which occurred May 1, 1637, and it appears from the above record that Sergeant Stickland led a small military company to aid Mr. Matthew Mitchell and others who had been annoyed by the depredations of the Indians at Saybrook.
He had a homelot in Wethersfield, Conn., which had on it a house and barn when he sold it on March 28, 1640 . This was probably the approximate date of his removal to Fairfield, where the first settlement had been made in 1639.
"John Sticklin" was one of th4e fourteen Deputies who attended a General Court of the colony on Sept. 9, 1641 . The places served by each deputy were not specified in the early records, but four of these deputies can be identified with Hartford, four with Windsor, and four with Wethersfield. The last two named in the record were Jehu Burr (misprinted as John Burr) and John Sticklin. Burr was an early settler in Fairfield, and we may conclude that these two men represented that town, although we do not find Fairfield represented again until April 1643, when Henry Gray was the sold deputy .
A reason for the sending of deputies to the September 1641 session of the General Court lied in the dispute between Stratford and Fairfield regarding their mutual bounds, and it is significant that the deputies at this very session appointed a committee "to settle the bounds betwixt Paquanucke and Vncoway ."
The will of William Frost of Fairfield, made Jan. 6, 1644/5, refers to land which he bought for his son Abraham from "John Sticklin" .
We have seemingly traced John Sticklin or Strickland from Watertown in 1635 to Wethersfield, thence by 1640 to Fairfield, whence he removed before 1645. His identity is proved by the fact that in 1659, being then of Huntington, L.I., he testified that he formerly lived at Uncoway now called Fairfield and was deputed with others to treat with Stratford men about town bounds .
The record of John Strickland or Sticline begins on Long Island apparently in 1644 when he was a Patentee of Hempstead, New York, with others. He appears in Hempstead for about fourteen years until 1659. In the first volume of the printed town records of that place the name appears predominantly as Stickline or Strickline. On December 27, 1658, he is still recorded as Mr. Strickline. If anything, this spelling seems more frequent by far than the other variants and has led the present writer to conclude that possibly the name was Stickline or Stickland, rather than Strickland. [Because all printed compilations refer to him as John Strickland, in order to collate the present article with such he has been so called. There are Sticklines and Sticklands in England; the latter appearing frequently in Dorset and Surrey. The assumption that he was descended from the well-known Strickland of Westmoreland in England does not find any support in all material examined by the present writer]. He held forty-one acres of land there in 1657 and is listed in the same year as having six cows and "one man." Only Mr. Hicks exceeded this rating upon the Hempstead lists. He is mentioned in a record in Southampton, N.Y., in 1650 as "Mr. Sticklin" in calling Johnas Wood his son-in-law ...
He signed, as a witness, the articles of agreement between the Governor of the New Netherlands and Tackapousha, March 12, 1656; and was magistrate for Hempstead with Mr. Richard Gildersleeve, March 5, 1658. The holding of this office is probably responsible for the title of "Mr." as he appears frequently in Hempstead records without it; and while he was a man of wealth and resource greater than that possessed by many of his contemporaries, his apparent illiteracy denies for him a higher education. That he was able to obtain a magistracy indicates no doubt a man of innate sagacity and of high qualities of leadership.
... In 1657 John Stickline or Stiklings appears in Huntington, New York, and he was a resident there by 1660, removing possibly in 1659 or shortly before; on march 2, 1663 the Huntington records call him of Jamaica ... On March 2, 1663, John Stiklan, widower, and of Jamaica, sells to Gabriel Finch " ... all my acomedations in huntington, onely my halfe neck of meddow, excepted: I say have sould to him, his eyers, exseketers, adminestrators and assigns, all my right and titell of house, house lott, barn yards, garden, frute trees, with all previliges and apurtenances thereto belonging, lying and being betwixt Thomas Seidmore and the lott yt was formerly Joseph Smiths: ..." (Printed town records, I, p. 54).
From the tenor of this deed it seems apparent that John Stickline was living in Huntington until as late as December 2, 1661, and probably until shortly before March 2, 1663. On March 8, 1666, John Stickland made over to Jonas Wood of Huntington a deed of sale for Copiague neck; the former was then of Jamaica.
... He resided in Jamaica the rest of his life, dying there between September 5 and December 13, 1672.
p. 208: In conclusion, the issue of John Strickland by his wife, name unknown, were:
i. A daughter, who married John Lum.
ii. A daughter, who married Samuel Matthews.
iii. A daughter, who married John Smith.
And very probably:
iv. Elizabeth, wife of Jonas Wood ...
And possibly:
v. A daughter, who may have married Jonathan Mills, however, the latter may have been the son of the wife of John Strickland by a previous marriage.
vi. Thwaite. According to the NEHGR, XXXIX, p. 192 ... it is stated that Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Shepard of Cambridge, Mass., probably married first, Thwaite Strickland, and second, Nicholas Disboro.

"Strickland notes," compiled by Donald Lines Jacobus. In The American Genealogist, v. 20, pp. 207-10: p. 208: John Strickland, or Stickline as he was often called, was among the early settlers of Charlestown, Mass., and was Sergeant as early as 1631 when he was admitted freeman of Massachusetts Bay. He may by then have been resident in Watertown, Mass., from the church of which town he was dismissed 29 May 1635 to join the settlement at Wethersfield, Conn. The following year, he was active as Sergeant, leading a small contingent to Saybrook because of Indian depredations there, and presumably saw service a few months later when war was declared on the Pequots (May 1637). He sold his Wethersfield homelot 28 Mar. 1640, and seems to have removed that year to Fairfield, Conn., for as Deputy to the General Court in Sept. 1641 there is reason to believe he was representing Fairfield rather than Springfield as sometimes claimed. This session of the Court appointed a committee to settle the bounds between Fairfield and Stratford, and in 1659 Strickland testified regarding the bounds, which he had been active in settling.
He remained not over four years in Fairfield, and sold his homestead there to William Frost before 6 Jan. 1644/5, when Frost referred to the purchase in his will. In 1644 he was one of the Patentees of Hempstead, L.I., was active there for a few years, being Magistrate there in 1658. He drew land at Southampton in 1650, but his son-in-law, Jonas Wood, was his agent in this transaction, and no evidence has been seen that he ever lived there. He removed from Hempstead to Huntington probably early in 1659, calling himself of Huntington in the Fairfield testimony of that year. In 1661 he was named first among petitioners who sought a house in Elizabeth, N.J., but he never resided there. In Huntington he served as Magistrate in 1661, but in 1663, when he sold his Huntington homestead called himself widower, of Jamaica. He remained in Jamaica until his death between 5 Sept. and 13 Dec. 1672.
... The son most persistently attributed to John is Thwaite Strickland. Hatfield's "History of Elizabeth, N.J.," pp. 59-60, in the account of John Strickland, categorically states that John "removed to Wethersfield, Conn. His son, Thwait, settled there; but the father ... removed ..." We shall have occasion, when considering the history of Thwaite, to dispute, not only that he was son of John, but that he ever lived in Wethersfield. ...

Jacobus, D.L. List of officials civil, military, and ecclesiastical of Connecticut Colony from March 1636 through 11 October 1677 and of New Haven Colony throughout its separate existence. p. 52: STICKLAND, John (d. c. 1672-3). Served in the Pequot War; Deputy (Fairfield) to Conn. Leg., Sept. 1641; first called Sergeant, Nov. 1636. (Removed to Jamaica)

Jacobus, D.L. History and genealogy of the families of Old Fairfield. v. 1, p. 590-1: Strickland, John. Sergt., Wethersfield Trainband, 1636. Deputy to Conn. Leg., Sept. 1641. [footnote: If he represented Fairfield, as we incline to believe, he was the first Deputy for Fairfield on record, the next being Henry Gray in 1643.]
He was an original settler of Charlestown, Mass., 1630; rem. to Watertown, and in 1636 to Wethersfield. That same year, as Sergt. led a ban to Saybrook to relieve Mr. Mitchell from depredations of the Indians. Probably he took active part in the Pequot War, 1637.
With Edmund, supposedly his brother, he was among the early settlers of Fairfield; for he testified in 1659, being then of Huntington, L.I., and stated that he formerly lived at Uncoway now called Fairfield and was deputed with others to treat with Stratford men about town bounds. In 1644 he was a Patentee of Hempstead, L.I., where he still lived in 1653. His son-in-law Jonas Wood drew a lot for him at Southampton in 1650. He lived a few years at Huntington, then rem. (by 1664) to Jamaica, L.I., where he d. in 1672.

Pope, C.H. Pioneers of Massachusetts. p. 439: Strickland, Stickland, Stickling. John, Charlestown, 1629-30; rem. to Watertown, 1630; juryman; fr[ee]m[an]. May 18, 1631. Rem. to Wethersfield, Conn.

Holmes, F.R. Directory of the ancestral heads of New England families, 1620-1700. p. ccxxx: Strickland. John, came Mass., 1630, removed Hempstead, L.I.

Anderson, R.C. The Great Migration begins: immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. [CDROM] record no. 2551: JOHN STRICKLAND:
ORIGIN: Unknown
REMOVES: Watertown, Wethersfield 1635, Fairfield 1640, Hempstead 1644, Huntington 1659, Jamaica 1663
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: On 26 April 1636 "Jo: Stickland" was included in a list of six men dismissed "by the Church of Watertown in the Massachusetts" on 29 May last "with intent to form a new church covenant in the River of Conectecott" .
FREEMAN: Requested 19 October 1630 (as "John Stickland" and admitted 18 May 1631 (as "Sgt. Stickland") .
EDUCATION: He signed his will.
OFFICES: On coroner's jury on death of William Bateman, 18 September 1630 . On jury "concerning an action of battery, complained of by Thomas Dextor against Captain Endicott," 3 May 1631 .
Deputy to Connecticut General Court for Fairfield, 9 September 1614 . Hempstead magistrate, 5 March 1658 . Huntington magistrate, 4 February 1660 .
Sergeant in Massachusetts by 1631 . On 1 November 1636 it is "ordered that Sergeant Stickland is to have for seven days service to the river's mouth, about cattle of Mr. Michell & the lo or their agents, 21s." .
ESTATE: "John Stickling" was granted a homestall of sixteen acres in Watertown, probably by 1634; by 1636 this had been acquired by John Whitney .
On 28 March 1640 John Strickland sold his homelot, house and barn at Wethersfield . In his will of 6 January 1644 William Frost of Fairfield referred to "the housing and land I bought of John Sticklin .
(John Strickland's Long Island landholding is summarized by Herbert F. Smith .)
In his will, dated 5 September 1672 and proved 13 December 1672, "Mr. Jno Sticklin ... being in great pain" bequeathed to "my daughter Loum [pounds]10"; to "my daughter Matthews youngest child forty shillings"; to "Jonathan Mills one cow"; to "John Loum's eldest daughter one cow"; residue to "all my grandchildren to be divided equally among them, that is to say those children that have been born of my daughters and are now living"; "my son John Smith, my son Samuel Matthews, John Foster & Beniemin Coe" to be executors; "it is to be understood that those two cows mentioned to John Loum's daughter & to Jonathan Mills were my wife's and she gave them as she saw good, and I promising her to perform her will have accordingly disposed of them" . (As with so many of the early New York wills, the published transcripts are seriously flawed; Herbert Smith was fortunate in this instance to find the original of the will, which he published in parallel with the "official" copy.)
BIRTH: By about 1595 based on estimated date of marriage.
DEATH: Jamaica between 5 September 1672 (date of will) and 13 December 1672 (probate of will). ...
ASSOCIATIONS: The possibility that John Strickland was related in some way to one or more of the other Strickland immigrants to New England has been discussed in detail in the articles by Smith and Jacobus (noted below).
COMMENTS: Admitted as an inhabitant of Charlestown in 1629 . On 4 September 1632 "John Stickland" was ordered fined [pounds]3 for refusing to take the watch; this fine was remitted in the general amnesty of 6 September 1638 .
The migrations of John Strickland are carefully traced and documented in the article by Herbert F. Smith . John Strickland deposed in 1659, "being then of Huntington, L.I., ... that he formerly lived at Uncoway now called Fairfield and was deputed with others to treat with Stratford men about town bounds" .
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1934 and 1935 Herbert F. Smith (known later as Herbert F. Seversmith) published the definitive study of John Strickland, detailing his many migrations and examining carefully the identification of his children . Smith concluded that the known children of John Strickland included only daughters, and that Thwaites Strickland was not a son. An important contribution of these articles was the comparison of the original will of John Strickland with the record copy and with the woefully inadequate published abstract.
Nearly a decade later Donald Lines Jacobus surveyed all the early Strickland immigrants to New England, and did not alter the conclusions of Smith, explicitly agreeing that Thwaites Strickland was not a son .
In 1989 and 1990 Matthew Wood published an extensive study of several immigrant families from Halifax, Yorkshire, including members of the Wood and Lum families who married daughters of John Strickland .

Savage. Genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England. [Electronic] v. 4, p. 224: STRICKLAND, or STICKLAND ... JOHN, Mass. 1630, came, prob. in the fleet with Winthrop but no rec. shows of what town he was inhab. and neither Bond, exc. as Stickland, p. 950, Felt, Frothingham, Ellis, Holmes, Lewis, nor Snow claim him for their towns, as citizen, yet he desir. adm. as freem. 19 Oct. and was sw. on 18 May foll. then call. serj. Perhaps he was not a mem. of either of the chs. but a man of good consider. evidently, as he serv. on that sp. jury at the Ct. of Assist. May 1631, wh. gave the exempl. damages in the action of battery by Dexter against Capt. Endicott. At the Ct. in Sept. 1632 he was fin. L3 for refus. to watch, but at the Gen. Ct. Sept. 1638, it was remit. to him, as were those of Sir Richard Saltonstall, Gov. Dudley, Edward Gibbons, and so many others, that it perhaps gave more satisfact. than any session has ever done since, and may be call. the gr. remission term. With certainty no more is kn. of him, but, I suppose, he was one of the patentees of Hempstead, L. I. 1644, and one of the first sett. at Huntington 1650. He had, we can hardly doubt, a fam.
JOHN, Wethersfield, perhaps s. of the preced. m. Esther, d. of Richard Smith, the gr. landholder of that town, on the E. side of the gr. riv. wh. bec. Glastenbury in 1690. In his will of 1680 Smith ment. him; but I can find no more, exc. that Chapin, in the Centen. Disc. 193, names his ch. John, Samuel, and Benjamin.

Frost, J.C. Ancestors of Frank Herbert Davol and his wife Phebe Downing Willits ... 1925. p. 165: John Strickland was from County Westmoreland, England and became a settler of Charlestown, Mass. in 1629-30, later joining the church at Watertown from which place he went to Wethersfield, Ct., and thence to Fairfield, Ct. He served in the Pequot War of 1637, as Sergeant and in 1644 he was named in the Charter of Hempstead, L.I., sharing in the first division of land there in 1647. In 1653 he was one of three men appointed by the authorities at Fort Amsterdam to administer law and justice in Hempstead according to the laws of New Netherland. In 1650 he was represented at Southampton by his son-in-law Jonas Wood; in 1660/1 he applied for land in New Jersey; 1663 signed the Hartford petition at Jamaica; 1666, inhabitant and landholder at Huntington, where he had served as Magistrate from 1658-1660.
He died intestate at Newtown, L.I., and wife Margaret, maiden name not known, presented his inventory, June 16, 1691. Issue: Thwait, Joanna, and Elizabeth. Probably others.

"The Early history of Hempstead, L.I.," by Charles B. Moore. In New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. v. 10, no. 1, January 1879, p. 13: Strickland or Sticklan, John; mar. -----; had son Thwait, who settled at Wethersfield; dau. Elizabeth, who mar. Jonas Wood, of Halifax, a trader, and a dau. who was the first wife of John Seaman; 1629-30, an original settler of Charlestown, Mass; 1631, freeman of Mass., memb of church at Watertown; afterwards at Wethersfield and Fairfield, Conn; 1644, one of the patentees of Hempstead; 1650, represented at Southampton, L.I., by his son-in-law Wood; 1660-61, applied for land in N.J. (Hatfield's Hist. of Eliz.); 1663, signed Hartford Petition at Jamaica; 1666, at Huntington; inhabitant and landholder; released land there to Jonas Wood, of Oakham; 1667, made complaint of ill-treatment of his grandson, at Hempstead.

Frost, J.C. Ancestors of Henry Rogers Winthrop and his wife Alice Woodward Babcock. 1927. p. 472: John Strickland was from County Westmoreland, England, and became a settler of Charlestown, Mass., in 1629-30, later joining the church in Watertown, from which place he went to Wethersfield, Conn., and thence to Fairfield, Conn.
He served as Sergeant in the Pequot War of 1637 and in 1644 was named in the charter of Hempstead, L.I., sharing in the first division of land there in 1647. In 1653 he was one of three men appointed by the authorities at Fort Amsterdam, to administer law and justice in Hempstead according to the laws of New Netherland. In 1650 he was represented at Southampton, L.I., by his son-in-law, Jonas Wood; in 1660/1 he applied for land in New Jersey; 1663, signed the Hartford petition at Jamaica; 1666, inhabitant and landholder in Huntington, L.I., where he had served as Magistrate from 1658 to 1660. He died intestate at Newtown, L.I., and wife Margaret, maiden name not known, presented his inventory June 16, 1691. Issue: Thwait, Joanna, Elizabeth, and probably others.

"List of Freemen," communicated by Lucius R. Paige. In NEHGR, v. 3, January 1849, p. 90: ... 19 Oct. 1630. The names of such as desire to be made ffreemen ... John Stickland ...

"The Descendants of John and Elinor Whitney, of Watertown, Mass.," H.A.W. In NEHGR, v. 11, April 1857, p. 113: ... John Whitney, of Watertown, Mass. ... He purchased a 16-acre homestall, which had been granted to John Strickland, who was dismissed from the Watertown church, May 29, 1635, and was one of that colony from Watertown that went and planted Wethersfield, the oldest town on Connecticut River. ...

"Gleanings.--No. 4," In NEHGR, v. 13, October 1859, p. 301: 20. From various sources I have compiled the following list of settlers at Wethersfield, Conn., which may be of interest.
From Watertown, Mass., went on the 29th of May, 1635, Rev. Richard Denton, and the following church-members. Robert Reynolds, John Strickland ...

"Records of Wethersfield, Conn.," communicated by Royal R. Hinman. In NEHGR, v. 20, April 1866, p. 126: ... Strickland, John, and Hester his wife, was m. Sept. 1, 1676. Is. Rebeckah, b. Sept. 4, '77; Joseph, b. Feb. 16, '79; Benjamin, b. March 1, '83; Jonathan, b. March 18, 1685. [LSF note: not sure who this John and Hester are]

"Charlestown's inhabitants," Ralph J. Crandall and Ralph J. Coffman. In NEHGR, v. 131, July 1977, p. 210: ... 239. Strickland, John, d. 1672. Residences: Cha[rle]s[town].: 1629; Other: Salem, 1629; Watertown, 1635; Wethersfield, 1635; Fairfield, 1640... 
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