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David


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1701






Henry


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Hannah Whitson deceased " 16


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1789






aged 81 years 10 months and 28 days








Henry Whitson deceased 7^^ M° 1790


age 85








The Ages of Henry and Hannah Whitsons children







1 Mary was born the 11*'' of

2 Hannah " " " 6 "

3 Henry " " " 15 "

4 Thomas " " " 10 "

5 Kezia " " " 17



7th month Anno Domini 1740

7 " " " 1742

1 " " " 1745

10th " u u J 747

2d - w « 1753



Kezia Coles departed this life the 7^^ of 7*^ month 1789

(P- ^) — (if^is page is in a different and much later hand than all the
rest of the Copy)



512 'Appendix

Extract from the family Bible of Nathaniel Whitson in the pos-
session of his great grandson Henry Jackson residing in the Town of
Newton Queens County in the vicinity called White Pot
Thomas Whitson the first settler in Bethpage was born 20 August

1652 and died 20 September 1742
John Whitson son of Thomas Whitson was born 19 February 1697

and died 23 December 1778
Esther Seaman Whitson wife of John Whitson was born 9 October

1701 and died 8 August 1759
Nathaniel Whitson son of John and Esther was born June 1724

and died 14 October 1786
Mary Powell Whitson wife of Nathaniel was born 31 January 1728

and died 22 November 1815
Jarvis Whitson son of Nathaniel was born 15 December 1750

and died 5 March 1773
Esther Whitson daughter of Nathaniel was born 4 January 1755

Married David Jackson and died 28 July 1825
Samuel Whitson was born 20 September 1764 and died 26 December

1770
David Jackson was born 27 October 1754 and died 27 February 1822
Jarvis Jackson was born 17 April 1781. Married July 1804 Mary

Whitson who was born 5 October 1784
Mary Jackson was born 8 March 1779. Married Abraham Whitson

(p. 10)— A BOOK OF RECORDS

of the surveys of all the lands which are laid out to every man
according to his right in the two purchases made by Thomas
Powell Senior of MAWMS (abas Seuwames) WiUiam Chepy, Sur-
rucking and Wamussum all Indian Proprietors of the Same which
said purchases is known by ye name of

BETHPHAGE

WHEREIN is contained the names of those persons which
claimes the same which are in actual possession of the premisses and
what each mans right is to the same and what each hath laid out
to his right. {Here follows an extract from Thompson's History of
Long Island, manifestly a late addition, probably made by Henry
C. Murphy, giving a brief summary of the 1695 deed. Not herein
included)

{p. 10a) Copy of Deed in Liber A page 11 2 Queens County

{This, ending on p. 10c is not herein used. The original deed, on
parchment, was in the possession of the late John C. Merritt of
Bethpage, and was there photographed in 1904 by Mr. Daniel B.
Austin, of Brooklyn. Through the kindness of Mr. Austin the copy
herein has been made from his photograph, and a photostat repro-
duction has been placed in the New York Public Library and that



Appendix 513

of the Long Island Historical Society.. The original deed, in the
possession of Mrs. John C. Merritt, of IVestbury, L. I., is now be-
ing placed by her in the Long Island Historical Society.)

To all Christian People to whome this p^sent writeing shall come
or in any wise concerne Be Itt knowne that wee Maume (allia[s
Sewam]es william Chepy Togather with ye rest of ye Indian
propriators whose names are hearunto subscribed being ye pro-
priators of ye Indian land att Massapege upon [Long Isljand (al-
lias) Nassaw In ye CoUony of new york for and In ye Considera-
tion of one Hundred and forty pounds In Current money of This
CoUony In Hand paid and by us ye said Indians Received before ye
Sealing and Dillevery hearof In full payment and Satisfacttion and
for other [good] Considerations us ye aforenamed Indians espe-
cially Moveing have granted Alienated enfeoffed Asinged Sold and
Confirmed and by these P [resents ye] forenamed Indians do give
grant Alienate Enfeof Assinge Sell and Confirme unto Thomas
Powell S"*" a Certaine percell or tract of Land Beginning att ye west
Corner att a dirty Hole upon ye Brushy plains near mannatts hill
from thence up a Hollow on ye South Side of mannatts Hill and
out of that Hollow aCross ye Hills Eastward pretty neare Hunt-
ington South line to ye Brushy Plaine on ye East Side ye Hills
and so along ye East Side of ye Vallee that goes to ye East Branch
of Massepege Swamp the head of ye swa[mp] being ye Southest
Corner and from thence to Rang along William ffrosts Line untill
we Come to west Neck north East bounder. Belonging to oysterbay
and from ye Said north east Bounder of ye west neck and so to Run
on ye west Side of ye Hollow that Comes from ye west Branch of
Massepege swam[p] So far as there Is any trees and from Thence
to ye aforesaid Hole of dirt and water near mannatts Hill Called by
the Indians messcoppass Part of this above Bounded Land Have-
ing Been In the Possession of ye Said Thomas Powell above seven
years Before the Singing and Dillevery Hearof we ye Said Indian
propriators aforesaid Do by these p^'sents aforesaid Sell and Con-
firm all the Said land Included with in the above Said Line unto ye
Said Thomas Powell S""" togather with all our Title and Interest
Claime and Demand whatsoever w^^ we ye s'^ Indians now [have]
or w'^^ any of our Heirs Execut" or asings may hearafter have of
to or In ye forementioned tract of land and Every Part or parcell
thereof with all profitts and Issues from thence ariseing or growing
To have and to hold unto him the Said Thomas Powell his Heirs
and Asings the foremention[ed] tract of land with all the appur-
tenances thereunto Belonging and Every Part and Percell thereof
to ye onely proper use and Behoof of him ye S [aid] Thomas Powell
his Heirs and asings for Ever more and ye aforementioned Indians
have Put ye Said Thomas Powell In a lawful and peac[ea]ble
posesion of ye p^'mises by ye Dillevery of Turf and twigg and by



514 Appendix

Dillevery of these p'sents onely the said Indians Do Reserve unto
themselves ye liberty of Hunting and gathering huckleberryes upon
ye Said land as they shall see Cause and ye above mentioned Indians
Do for themselves their Heirs Executors and Asings further Cove-
nant and agree to and with ye Said Thomas Powell that It shall and
may be law full for him ye said Thomas Powell his Heirs and Asings
quietly and Peaceably to have hold occupy possess and Injoy all ye
afors^ premises with ye appurtenances thereof for Ever without ye
law full lett Hindrance and Interruption of them or any of them ye
said Indians their Heirs Executors or asings or any other Person
or Persons lawfully Claiming by from or under them or any or
Either of them notwithstanding any former gift grant Bargaine or
Sale whatso[ever] and ye Said Indians Do Hearby Bind them-
selves to warrant and Defend the Said track of land, with ye
p^'veledges and appurtenances thereof as well [them] Selves as
also their Heirs to ye Said Thomas Powell their Heirs and Asings
for Ever In wittness whereof we the abovenamed Indians have
hearunto [set] our hands and scale this eighteenth day of ye eighth
mo*^ one thousand Six Hundred ninety five
Signed Sealed & Jeannwary the 9 1696 Serwamoes X

Delivered perewas aningen and his mark O

In ye presents of us peawekeung aningen William Chepy X
Beniamin Seaman aperred before me his mark O

Solomon Townsend and onad this deed to Seuruckcung X
Sascenenin X [one] of his magistis his mark

his mark be thear act and ded Wamussum X
Rumppass X As witnes my hand his mark

his mark John Jackson Entred the Second day

[Justices] of the peas of June 1698 in the

for Quens Cunty Booke of Entryes for

Queens County N° 1

Pag: 112: 113 & 114

^ A Gibb Cl^

(The south line of Huntington, mentioned in this deed, is the
south line of the original Huntington purclmse, which line was "for-
merly marked out by stoaneing" as stated in the Baiting Place Pur-
chase deed, Huntington Tozvn Records, H, 218, where the Indian
deed bounds the land "on ye zvest by Thomas Powell's Loyne to ye
head of masapegue east branch". It is probable that the Bethpage
purchase extended over the county line into Huntington)

{"Rim of the Woods" purchase. The following is taken from
Liber B. 1., page 441, 442, 443 in Queens County Register's office
at Jamaica. The original Liber has long been missing. This is from-
what is nozv called the "original", {apparently transcribed circa
1800) and not from the present official Liber. The spelling is mani-



Appendix 515

festly modernized to a large degree, but the purport is probably un-
changed}

This Indenture made the twelfth day of March in (the) twelfth
yeare of the reigne of our Soverign Lord William the third by the
grace of God King of England Scotland France & Ireland Defender
of the faith & and in the yeare of our Lord Christ One thousand six
hundred ninty & nine or seventeen hundred Between Sowameous
alis mames Indian Proprietors native of Massapequa in Queens
County and Will Chipye als Suckacanoe Indian Propiertor & native
of the same Place of the one Part and Thomas Powell of Beth Page
in the same County Yeoman, of the other part, Wittnesseth that the
said Sounomeous & Will Chipye for & in consideration of a certaine
sume of good & lawfull money of New York to them in hand Paid
by the said Thomas Powell at & before the ensealing & delivery
hereof the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and them-
selves & each & every of them to be there with fully satisfied Con-
tented & Paid & thereof & of every part & Parcell thereof they do
acquitt and discharge the said Thomas Powell his heires executors
& administrators for ever by these presents have alienated granted
bargained sold conveyed assured & confirmed & by these Presents
do fully clearly & absolutely alien grant bargain sell convey assure
& confirme unto the said Thomas Powell his heires & assigns for
ever in his quiett & Peacable seizin & possession now being all that
(of) a certaine tract of Plaine land scituate lying and being to the
westerd of the said Thomas Powell his land at Bethpage in Queens
County aforesaid bounded southward (by) Oyster bay west neck
line west by the line or bounds of the towne of Hempstead so run-
ning northerly to a certaine marked tree at Robert Williams his
bounds thence along by the ridge of trees between the great Plains
and bruchey Plain untill it comes to a swamp or hole of water called
& known by the Indian name of Messapass near the Manitoe hill
together with all & singular the rights Priviledges hereditaments &
Appurtenances to the same belonging or in any wise Appertaining
and all the estate right title interest claime property or demand of
them the said Sowwameous & Will Chypie or either of them in &
to the premisses & in & to every part & parcell thereof To have & to
hold the said tract of plaine land with all & singular the Premisses
& appurtenances unto him the sd Thomas Powell his heires & as-
signs to the only Proper use benefitt & behoof of him the said
Thomas Powell his heires & assignes for ever and the said Saw-
wameous & Will Chipye for them selves their heyres executors &
administrators & each & every of them do hereby covenant & Prom-
ise to & with the said Thomas Powell his heires & assigns that he
the said Thomas Powell his heires & assigns shall and may now & at
all times here after forever have hold occupy possess & enjoy the
before granted tract of Plaine land with the appurtenances as his



516 Appendix

& there lawf ull Perfect absolute & indef eazable estate of inheritance
in fee simple without any maner of Precedent estate condition mort-
gage limitation of use or uses or other thing to allter change de-
termine or incumber the same or any part thereof as all so to war-
rant & Defend the same unto the said Thomas Powell his heires &
assigns against them the said Sowwameous & Will Chipye their
heyres executors administrators & every of them or any other Per-
son or Persons whatsoever lawfully claiming or to claime any right
interest or property to the before bargained tract of plaine land &
appertenances and further to srate & deliver unto the said Thomas
Powell his heires & assigns any other or former deed or
conveyances for the better assuring suremaking & confirming all &
singular the before menconed Premisses to the said Thomas Powell
his heires & assigns as the said Thomas Powell his heires and as-
signs shall be advised {or) procure to be drawn by his or their
Councill learned in the law

In Testimony whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto
sett their hands & afixed scales the day & yeare first above written
the words nine or seventeen hundred belonging to the fourth line
were interlined before sealing signing and deliverying

Sealed and delivered in the presence of John Jackson David Sea-
man Sawwameous X his mark L. S. Will Chipye X L. S. Su-
suckaon X his mark L. S.

Memorandum That on the twelfth day of March 1699/1700 ap-
peared before John Jackson Esq. one of the Majesties Justices for
the keeping of the Peace within Queens County assigned the within
named Sowwameous & Will Chipyie Indians & acknowledged the
within written conveyance to be their free & voluntary act & deed

Test John Jackson

Entered the 22°'! day of May in the yeare of the Lord Christ 1700

By Andrew Gibb
Cler.

(Powell deed to Whitson. The following deed, conveying one
third of Thomas Powell's entire holdings to Thomas Whitson, is
taken from Liber B. 1., page 420, 421, in Queens County Register's
Office. The note regarding the "Rim of the Woods" deed applies
equally to this)

This Indenture made the twenty fourth day of December in the
Twelfe year of the reigne of our Soverign Lord William third by
the Grace of God King of England Scotland France & Ireland De-
fender of the faith &c and in the year of our Lord & Savior Jesus
Christ One thousand seven hundred Between Thomas Powell of
Bethpage within the bounds of Oyster bay in Queens County Yeo-
man of the one part & Thomas Whisson of the same place yeoman of
the other part Whereas Mamne Cale Sawwames and William Chepy



Appendix 517

Indians propryators of the Indian land at Massapeque in Queens
County aforesaid the eighteenth of the eighth month in the yeare of
our Lord One thousand Six hundred ninty & five by their certain
deed poll sealed with the seale with the Seales (sic) of them the
Sowwames William Chepy and Seraruckunge the Indian Propria-
tors of the same land for & in consideration of One hundred &
fourty pounds currant money of New York to them the said In-
dians in hand paid and by them acknowledged to be received before
the ensealing & delivery of the same deed in full payment & satis-
faction and for other good causes & considerations them the said
Indians thereunto especially moving did grant alienate enfeefe as-
sign sell & confirme unto the said Thomas Powell a certaine Parcell
or tract of land Begining at the West corner at a dirty hole upon
the brushy Plains near Manatts hill from thence upon (up a) hollow
on the south side Manatts hollow & out of that hollow across the
hills eastward pretty neare Huntington South line to the Brushy
Plaine on the east side of the hills & so along the east side of the
valley that goes to the east branch of Massapequa Swampe the head
of the swampe being the south east corner & from thence to range
along William Frosts line until we come to west neck northeast
bounder belonging to Oyster bay & from the said northeast bounder
of the west neck & so to run on the west side of the hollow that comes
from the west branch of Massepague Swamp so far as there is any
trees & from thence to the aforesaid hole of dirt & water near
Manatts hills called by the Indians Messco Pass To have & to hold
unto him the Said Thomas Powell his heirse & assigns the fore men-
coned tract of land with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging &
every Part & Parcell thereof to the only proper use & behoof of
him the said Thomas Powell his heirs & assigns forever more and
the said Indians did then put the said Thomas Powell in a lawfull
& peacable possession of the Premisses by their delivery of turfe &
twigge & by the delivery of the said deed as by the said deed entered
in the book of entries for Queens County reference thereunto being
had doth & may more at large appear whereas the said Sowwames
& Will Chepy the twelfth day of March in the said twelve yeare of
the reigne of our Sovereign Lord the King abovesaid & in the yeare
of our Lord One thousand Six hundred ninty & nine or Seventeen
hundred by one one (sic) other deed indented sealed with the seale
of them the said Sawwames Will Chipy & Searuking Indians for &
in consideration of a certain sume of good & lawfull money of New
York to them in hand paid by the said Thomas Powell at & before
the ensealing & delivery of the same deed the receipt whereof they
did there by acknowledge and themselves & each & every of them
to be there with fully satisfied contented and Paid & thereof & of
every Part & parcell thereof they did for ever acquitt and discharge
the said Thomas Powell his heires executors & administrators did
allien Sell grant bargain convey assure & confirme unto the said



518 Appendix

Thomas Powell his heires & assigns for ever in his quiett & Peacable
seizen & Possession then being All that a certaine tract of plain land
Scituate lying & being to the westward of the said Thomas Powell
his land at Bethpage in Queens County aforesaid bounded south
ward by Oyster bay west neck line west by the line or bounds of
the towne of Hempstead so running along northerly to a cartain
marked tree at Robt Williams his bounds thence along by the ridge
of trees between the great plain & brushy plaine untill it comes to a
swamp or hole of water called & known by the Indian name of
INlasscapass near the Manitoe hill together with all & singular the
rights & priviledges hereditaments & appurtenances to the same be-
longing or in any wise appertaining and all the estate right title in-
terest claime Property or demand of them the said Sowwancous &
Will Chipy or either of them in and to the Premises in & to every part
& Parcell thereof To Have & To Hold the said tract of Plaine land
with all & singular the Premisses & appurtenances unto him the said
Thomas Powell his heires & assigns to the only proper use benefitt
& behoof of him the said Thomas Powell his heires & assigns for-
ever with sundry other covenants for the better assuranance of the
premisses as by the said deed entered in the register for Queens
County references thereunto being had doth & may more at large
appear Now this indenture Wittnesseth that the said Thomas Powell
for & in consideration of a certain sume of good & lawfull money
of New York To him in hand paid by the said Thomas Whisson at
& before the ensealing & dehvery of these presents the receipt
whereof he doth hereby acknowledge & him self to be therewith
fully satisfied contented & paid & thereof & of every part & parcell
thereof he doth by these presents for ever acquitt exonerate and
discharge the said Thomas Whisson his heires executors & adminis-
trators as all so for divers other good causes and valuable considera-
tions him the said Thomas Powell thereunto especially moving hath
granted remised released & for ever quitt claimed & doth by these
Presents freely clearly & absolutely grant remise release from him
his heires & assigns for ever quitt Claim unto the said Thomas
Whisson his heires & assigns for ever in his quiet & peacable seizen
and possession now being all that the full & equall third part of all
& singular the before menconed parcells of land & plaine (fifty
acres out of the whole tract being first deducted only excepted) with
their & every of theire appurtenances together with all & singular
the rights Priviledges & Hereditaments & appurtenances to the said
one equall third part of the tracts of land & plains aforemenconed
(Excepting what is before excepted) belonging or in any wise ap-
pertaing To have & to hold the said one equall third part of all the
land & plains aforesaid excepting what is above excepted) with
the appurtanances to him the said Thomas Whisson his heires &
assigns to the only proper use benefitt and behoof of him the said
Thomas Whisson his heires & assigns forever



Appendix 519

In Testimony whereof the partyes to these presents have here-
unto sett their hands & affixed their seales the day & year first above
written

Sealed & deHvered in the Thomas Powell L S

presence of. after the in-
terlining of the words
from him his heires & assigns.
Thomas Jones
John Powell

Be it remembered that on the 3"'^ day of February 1700 (1700/01)
appeared before John Jackson Esq. one of his Majesties Justices
for the keeping of the peace within Queens County assigned the
within named Thomas Powell and acknowledged the within written
Indenture of release to be his free & voluntary act & Deed.

Test John Jackson

Entered the 20**^ day of May in the year of our Lord Christ One
thousand seven hundred & one.

By Andrew Gibb
Cler.

Page 1 12 (this is a later hand and ink) (in pencil. "See also Bl,
page 410")

(p. lOd, blank except recent pencil notations)

{p. 11) — Whereas we the Proprietors in general of the Purchase of
Bethpage hereunder subscribed having unanimously agreed on cer-
tain division in our undivided land in the said purchase in pur-
suence whereof Samuel Willis of the Township of Oysterbay in
Queens County was first constituted and appointed by us and our
predecessors to survey and make division in our undivided land
in the purchase aforesaid, which said division being completed we
the present Proprietors do authorize and appoint the said Samuel
Willis to enter all the surveys which he hath done in a book in folio
and sign the same as also all the entr



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