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wardly to a certain marked tree at Robert Williams his bounds,
thence along by ye ridge of trees between ye Brushey plains and
Great plains until it comes to a swamp or hole of water called and
known by ye Indian name of Moscopass near the Mannattoe Hill,
Bounded on ye East by Thomas Powell's former land, Now those
Indians aforenamed did confirm and assign those above said tracts
of land unto the s^ Thomas Powell his heirs and assigns forever
As by ye deeds for ye same may appear, As ye deed — (/>. 13) —
for ye first tract of land is entered in ye Register for Queens County
N° 1 page 112 & 113 reference thereto being had may further ap-
pear. Now Thomas Powell Senior did release and convey the equal
one third part of these two purchases (fifty acres being first de-
ducted out of the whole) unto Thomas Whitson Sen"" of Bethpage



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and unto his heirs and assigns forever, As by the deed of release
bearing date ye 24*^ day of December Anno 1700 and is entered in
ye Record for Queens County page 431 and 432 and 433 which
being had may also evidently appear And as to the other part of the
land contained within the two purchases the said Thomas Powell
Sen"" did dispose of to his sons after divers different manners so
that Thomas Powell Junior right was in the two thirds of the pur-
chase with the fifty acres which did belong to the two third part (or
at least was reserved out of ye whole of Thomas Powell sexV^ before
ye one third was sold to Thomas Whitson) with what he had of
Isaac Samis was first four hundred and thirty acres and then eight
acres out of every fifteen acres, John Powell right in the two thirds
part of the purchase is First one hundred and thirty five Acres of
land and then it is five acres out of every fifteen acres of land. And
Elisha Powell right out of the two third part is first sixty acres and
then two acres out of every fifteen acres of land

Now Thomas Powell Jun*" above s^ deceased did by his last will
and Testament bearing date ye 16*'^ day of ye 9 M° 1731 give. Firstly
unto his son Thomas Powell four acres of land with the house and
orchard upon it where his father Thomas Powell Sen"" did dwell in
Bethpage and after that he gave all his lands to be equally divided
amongst his seven sons (namely) Thomas Powell, Wait Powell
Amos Powell, Moses Powell, Richard Powell, Joshua Powell and
Isaac Powell and to their heirs and assigns forever

Now we the s^ Thomas Whitson Se - John Powell, Jun"- Elisha
Powell, Thomas Powell, Wait Powell, Amos Powell Moses Powell,
Richard Powell, Joshua Powell, and Isaac Powell Being in actual
possession of the premises being willing — (p. 14) — that an equal
and regular division should be made in this our tract of land and in
pursuance to ye same we have surveyed and laid out the greatest
part of our lands (except Brushey Plaines) and divided also the
same as near as we could according to quantity and quality to each
and every man agreeable to his right (excepting forty acres which
is yet to be taken up out of ye common undivided land anywhere
Southard of a certain prefixed line that Thomas Whitson has set-
tled as a bound of his right between his sons, as by this book in its
due place there is a plain description thereof which s^^ forty acres
of land is to be taken up by all ye Powells and divided amongst them
according to their right or as they shall for cause before any fur-
ther division be made in general after which being done every man
will have his proportion of land agreeable to his right so far' forth
as the division has not been made and set forth

Now all our land that hath been laid out to every particular man
on his right being all entered and recorded in this book of Records
of ye land surveys of Bethpage with an account of the number of
every lot and what every lot contains and where it is situated and to
whose right and in whose name it is laid out to with an account where
every lot is as laid out



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Now we the said Thomas Whitson, John Powell. Elisha Powell.
Thomas Powell, Wait Powell. Amos Powell. Moses Powell, Rich-
ard Powell. Joshua Powell and Isaac Powell and each and every of
us doth by these presents covenant and agree that all our land what-
soever contained within this purchase of Bethpage that are entered
and recorded in this book shall be held good and lawful to each
particular man to whom to whom {sic) it is laid out and recorded
as a lawful and regular division to all intents and purposes as fully
and amply in every respect as if the division so being made had been
recorded in ye town or County Record It is also covenanted con-
cluded — (/>. i5)— and agreed upon by all and every party above
named that after ye aforesaid forty acres which is yet to be taken up
is laid out and recorded by ye Powells as afores^ that if any further
division be made in general it shall be entered and recorded in this
book according to every mans proportion of right to the same, which
being so don it shall be held as legally and firmly by every par-
ticular person to whom it is laid out to and to his heirs and assigns
forever as if it had been released by all ye other parties from under
their hands and seals to him

It is also further concluded and agreed upon by all and by each
and every of ye parties aforenamed that all ye highways belonging
to Bethpage shall be herein recorded with a particular account of
their situation and to what place or places they lead to, as it is set
forth in the general cards of Bethpage and that the highways and
roads so being recorded shall not be stopped, hindered, barred or
turned except it be by ye unanimous consent of all the parties herein
contained

Now as a further testimony hereof we the s^ Thomas Whitson,
John Powell, Elisha Powell, Thomas Powell Wait Powell, Amos
Powell, Moses Powell, Richard Powell Joshua Powell, and Isaac
Powell, have hereunto set to our hands and fixed our seals this
twenty eighth day of March Anno Domini one thousand seven hun-
dred and thirty four

Signed and sealed Thomas Whitson Ls. Amos Powell LS
in ye presence of John Powell LS Moses Powell LS

William Willis Elisha Powell LS Richard Powell LS

Jacob Townsend Thomas Powell LS Joshua Powell LS

Sam' Willis Wait Powell LS Isaac Powell LS

Memorandum That on ye day and date within mentioned the
within named Thomas Whitson, John Powell Elisha Powell. Thomas
Powell, Wait Powell, Amos Powell Moses Powell, Richard Powell,
Joshua Powell, and Isaac Powell, all personally appeared before me
David Jones — {p. 16) — one of ye Judges of ye Court of Common
Pleas for Queens County and acknowledged this agreement within
mentioned as their voluntary act and real deed

D. Jones.



Appendix 523

(^. 17)— A RECORD OF THE HIGHWAYS OF BETHPAGE.

The first is the highway that leads by ye South side of Isaac
Powells house where his father Thomas Powell deceased did dwell
thence along by the South side or end of Thomas Whitson's home-
stead, thence running Northwardly between Thomas Whitson's
homestead and Thomas Powell's homestead as the fence now stands
and as ye path now goes by ye West side of John Whitson's house
and so along as the path runs by John Powell's house on ye South
side thereof and so on ye East side of his homestead until it comes
as far as against Thomas Whitson's corner (of his ten acres so
called) thence ye highway divides and one part goes between ye
East side of John Powells homestead and ye West side of John
Whitsons ten acres being four rods wide, so running up to ye
brushey plain hollow and the other part goes as ye path runs be-
tween forty and fifty rods further toward Wait Powells house and
then it divides again and the one part that goes toward Waits goes
about twenty rods and then divides again and one part goes to John
Powells land at his east lot &c being two rods wide, the other keeps
ye path directly to the little spring before ye South side of Waits
house so thence running six rods wide Eastwardly to ye brushey
plains. Thence beginning again at ye place where it divided ye sec-
ond time and running as ye path now goes along ye Southeast and
east side of Thomas Whitson ten acres until it comes about South-
wardly of David Whitsons house and then there is a highway that
leads out of this across between Thomas Whitsons land and Waits
land to ye other highway that leads from ye place to Wait's house.
Then beginning again in ye highway Southard of David Whitsons
house and so running on ye East side of s^ ten acres as the path runs
toward Elisha Powell's until it comes where it divided again and
one part goes up to Moses Powell's house at ye Mirey place and the
other part goes on East side — (p. 18) — of John Powells land, at ye
grassy hollow, and so along ye East side of Elisha's land away to his
house and from Elishas Powells house running Northwestwardly
as ye path now runs while it meets ye highway that goes by Moses
Powell's to ye Round Swamp at ye North part of ye purchase

There is also a highway that leads out of the main highway
North end of Moses' and so turns along ye North side of Moses
land Westwardly between Moses Powells land and Thomas Whit-
sons land so out to the brushey plains being two rods wide

There is also a highway from ye place called ye pond Northward
from Elisha Powells house running Eastwardly from ye pond
between John Powells land and Joshua Powells land to the com-
mons and also beginning again at ye pond and running North-
wardly by ye West side of John Powell's land until it comes to a
convenant place to go up ye hill and then up ye hill toward the half
mile Island.

There is also a highway that leads from ye commons Northeast-



524 Appendix

wardly to Thomas Whitson's Great field and so along on ye South
end and East side of s"^ field being two rods wide until it comes to
ye Northeast corner of ye said field thence running Eastwardly
six rods wide wide until it comes into Massapequa hollow on ye
East side thereof

There is also a highway running between Isaac Powell homestead
and Thomas Whitson's homestead being two rods wide between s"^
lands and thence running along ye North end of Isaac homestead
as the path now goes to Jericho being 3 rods wide along ye North
end of said homestead.

There is also one other highway that leads out of ye main highway
a little Northward of John Whitson's house against the Broad
Spring so running along ye South end of John Powells, homestead
until it comes to the Southwest corner thence along by ye West side
of his homestead and thence to the Broad Hollow being three rods
wide

(p. 19) — Now ye main highway that leads from Bethpage to the
North part of ye purchase after it meets from Elisha's and Moses'
it runs as ye path now goes along by ye East side of ye half mile
Island, then as the path goes until it comes against John Powells
land thence between John Powells land and Amos Powells land
four rods wide until it comes to Thomas Whitson Jun"" corner of his
homestead then dividing and ye one part running along Northwardly
between Thomas Whitson's Jun"" homestead and John Powell land
three rods wide about seventy four rods and then turning into
Thomas Whitsons land away to the Round Swamp which is set
forth plainly in the general carde and the Round Swamp being or-
dered for a common watering place for ye Powell's and Whitsons
And ye other part of ye highway from where it divided runs along
the Southward and Eastward of Thomas Whitsons homestead
away to Huntingtown line being four rods wide. The aforemen-
tioned highways was recorded by order of all the proprietors by me

Samuel Willis
Anno Domini 1734 Recorder and Surveyor

(/>. 20) — A Record of the highways of Bethpage {evidently made
at a later period, by Torvn officials)

The first is the highway leading from Isaac Powells house called
Nicolls his path or the Country Road being three rods wide run-
ning a little Northward of an East line some considerable distance
and then turning more towards the Northeast and so running
through Bethpage Purchase into the land called the Baiting Place
Purchase

Also another highway leading out of said Nicolls path at the
bottom of the lane Southward of Henry Whitsons house thence
rtmning Southward upwards of Two hundred rods thence running
Southwestwardly across the water or brook as the new highway is



Appendix 525

laid out in the card of the division made in the year 1768 until it
comes to Jones his line four rods wide, then beginning again about
ninety one rods Eastward of the bottom of the lane at said Nicolls
his path and running another highway four rods wide called Isaac
Powells South path running about Southeastward until it comes to
the slow (slough) of water about forty one rods from Abraham
Wansors house where the line called Jones his due West line begins
at the Southeast point of Bethpage Purchase

Also laid out another highway Beginning at Isaac Powells South
Path sixty five rods from Nicolls Path called Seketogue Path and
so running from Isaac Powells South path about East, Southeast
being three rods wide all the way until it comes through Bethpage
purchase near Nathan Bishop's to the land claimed by David Jones
Esq

Also laid out another highway three rods wide beginning and
turning out of Nicolls path about forty or fifty rods Eastward of
where Isaac Powells South Path turns out this said highway being
called Huntington Old Path but it is something altered and is to run
Northeastwardly as it was laid out in the division made in the year
1768 and so to continue three rods wide until it comes into the
Baiting Place Purchase

Also laid out another highway two rods wide Eastward of Wait
Powells house turning out of said Huntington Path — (/>. 21) —
and running Northwestwardly through the land of Wait Powell to
the land of Isaac Powell which Wait gives up and alloweth through
his land for what land he gains Eastward of his house to Huntington
path

Also laid out another highway from Wait Powells house four
rods wide called his South path and running Eastward from his
house and then running more Southwardly and continuing four
rods wide until it comes into Isaac Powells South path

Also laid out another highway turning out of Wait Powells South
part (path) Eastward from his house called Waits Seketogue Path
and continuing three rods wide until it comes to David Jones his
land near Nathan Bishops house

Also laid out one other highway Beginning a little Northward
of the place where Huntington path comes into the Baiting Place
purchase and so running from said Baiting Place purchase North
sixty two degrees and three quarters West between the land of
Henry Whitson and land of John Powell continuing one rod and a
half wide until it comes to their old lotted land

Also laid out another highway called Hempstead road to go as
the path now is from Isaac Powell's house continuing three rods
wide until it comes to the Great Plains near Daniel Hendricksons
house

Also laid out another highway from the Broad Spring running
Westward as the path goes being three rods wide until it comes to



526 "Appendix

the West part of John Whitsons lotted land laid out in the year 1732
then beginning there and running four rods wide along by Chris-
tofer Stymuts house and so into the rim of Woods or Hendrick-
sons purchase about fifteen rods as the path now goes, then the
highway turns about North forty two degrees and two thirds West
about seventy three rods then turning again and running a West
line to the Great Plains Southward of Stephen Conklings house
being four rods wide to said ConkHngs house all the way through
to the said Great Plains

(p. 22) — Also laid out one other highway Beginning a little West-
ward of said Christofer vStymuts his house on the hill called Jereco
path turning out of the above mentioned highway and running
North something Westwardly as the said Jereco Path now runs
Continuing four rods wide until it comes to the Great Plains at the
North end of the said Rim of Woods or Hendricksons purchase

Also laid out a short highway across the west end of Jesse
Powells land in the said rim of Woods from the highway from
Stymuts to Conklings from the south sidfe of the said highway by
s'J Conklings house then running South six degrees and three quar-
ters West three rods and six links across the said Jesse Powells
land two rods wide to Rowland Pearsalls land for a priviledge for
said Rowland to pass and repass to and from his land

Whereas the highway was formerly laid out from the Broad
Spring to the Broad Hollow & recorded by Samuel Willis these
may certifie that it is now laid out and continued along by Nathaniel
Whitsons house along Northward to a white oak tree as the path
now is three rods wide and then the said road is turned and runs
North nine degrees West one hundred and twenty rods to the cross-
roads that comes from Thomas Pearsall's house a little Eastward
of Rowland Pearsalls house thence running North seven degrees
East forty eight rods thence North fourteen degrees East ten rods
thence North twenty two degrees and a half East twenty nine rods
and five links thence North seventeen degrees East twenty one rods
thence North twentytwo degrees and three quarters East thirty two
rods to Joshua Powells Plain Hay path thence running North twenty
degrees East three hundred and thirty three rods to the Country
Road or Conklings path so called being three rods wide all the way
from said Nathaniel Whitsons house then beginning again North-
ward of said Nathaniel Whitsons house some considerable distance
by the said white oak tree where the two highways parts and turns
out of the — {p. 23) — above mentioned road to Mannot hill or Rich-
ard Powells house the one being two rods wide and running up to
Harry Whitsons little field the other running from said white oak
tree North fifty two dtg{rees) and a third East thirty two rods
thence North seventy two degrees East thirty two rods thence North
seventy eight degrees East forty six rods thence North fifty degrees
and a third East seventeen rods thence North sixty two degrees



Appendix 527

East thirty two rods thence North forty four degrees East twenty
seven rods thence North fifty eight degrees and a half East thirty
one rods thence North fifty deg^ and a third East twenty eight rods
thence North fifty five degrees East thirty two rods thence North
seventy two degrees East twenty rods and so running along South-
ward of Whitsons Island into the Round Swamp Road Being three
rods wide all the way except the two rod highway that was laid out
before between Whitsons Island and Samuel Willets land

Also laid out another highway Beginning at Mannatt Hill path
a little Eastward of Rowland Pearsall's house thence running
North eighty eight degrees and a half East thirty one rods and one
half thence South eighty five degrees and a half East forty four
rods thence South fifty seven degrees East sixty five rods thence
South sixty six degrees and one half East thirteen rods and twenty
links thence North eighty five degrees and a half East twenty six
rods and a half thence North seventy three degrees and three quar-
ters East fifteen rods into the above mentioned road leading from
Nathaniel Whitsons to Whitsons Island & so into the Round Swamp
Road this last mentioned highway being also three rods wide, then
beginning again at the same place at Mannat Hill Road a little East-
ward of Rowland Pearsalls house and running South seventy eight
degrees and a half West nine rods and eighteen links to the corner
of Rowlands house or near it thence South forty five deg^ & a half
West fourteen rods thence South eighty nine deg^ West five rods
and five links — (p. 24) — thence North seventy degrees and a quar-
ter West to Jereco path

Also laid out another highway called Mannatt Hill path Begin-
ning at Round Swamp Road thence running as the path now is to
the Country Road by Richard Powells house called Conklings Path
being three rods wide

Also laid out another highway Beginning at the pond near Joshua
Powells house thence running Northward of his house as the path
now runs into Round Swamp path & so across said path Westward
about eight rods then running Southwestwardly across Mannat Hill
path and so along the highway called Joshua Powells Plainhay path
as the path runs across the other highway that comes from Row-
lands to Richard Powells and so continuing Westward as said path
runs out to the Great Plains Being three rods wide all the way from
the said pond by Joshua Powells house to the said Great Plains and
so continuing Westward by the edge of the Great Plains to Jereco
Path Being also three rods wide

There is also another highway leading from the highway that
goes from Daniel Powells to Thomas Pearsalls turning out a little
Southward of where Peter Nathan formerly lived and so ruiming
Northeastwardly up to Brushy Plain hollow and then turning more
Northwardly until it comes to John Powells land then turning along
by said land to John Whitsons Great field Northeasterly three rods
wide



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There is another highway leading up the said Hollow Northeast-
erly to Henry Whitsons Great field three rods wide

There is another highway two rods wide that begins at Henry
Whitsons Great field and runs Southwardly between the land of
John Powell and Wait Powell to Henry Whitsons other land

There is another highway three rods wide from the Northeast
corner of John Whitsons Great field running Northwesterly to his
other land

There is a two rod highway turning out of Mannot — (p. 25) —
hill path and running between the land of Nathaniel Whitson &
John Powell up to Joshua Powells lotted land in his half mile Island

There is a highway turning out of the road leading to Whitsons
Great field and running up to a swamp of water between Joshua
Powells and Thomas Pearsalls land and so to said Thomas Pear-
sails house

There is a highway to run from Jereco path two rods wide all
along in the edge of the rim of woods or Hendricksons purchase
South two thirds of a degree East until it comes to Daniel Hen-
dricksons lotted land that joyns the rim of woods above mentioned

The before mentioned highways laid out by the commissioners
of the highways and recorded in Oysterbay Records

THOMAS WHITSONS RIGHT
{p.20)-

In those two purchases after fifty acres is taken out of the whole,
is the equal one third part, as by his deed of release ffom Thomas
Powell Sen"" before recited may plainly appear

Memorandum, That at the request of Thomas Whitson Senior,
John Powell Senior, Elisha Powell, Thomas Powell Wait Powell.
Amos Powell, Moses Powell, Richard Powell Joshua Powell and
Isaac Powell I began to measure and survey the lands of Bethpage
on the 30"^ day of V-^ month called March in the year one thousand
seven hundred and thirty two and surveyed the greatest part of
their improved lands that the proprietors had in their possession
and the next year 1733 I went on and surveyed many more lots
and made a division of what lands they then thought proper to
divide, all which I surveyed and recorded in this book, under the
several persons rights as they stand entered under their respective
names

And in the year 1734 I surveyed the common land that belonged
to Bethpage purchase that lyeth Northward of Thomas Whitson's
fixed line mentioned in page 13*^ and have recorded the same in
the names of those that were then the proper owners of their re-
spective rights And in the year 1755 the proprietors of Bethpage
that had lands on the South side of Thomas Whitsons line got Solo-
mon Ketcham to survey most of the common lands they judged
proper to lay out which was divided amongst the proprietors with



Appendix 529

my assistance according to their rights and the same is recorded in
this book by the proprietors order

By me Samuel WilHs

Note The following surveys that were made and the day of the
month omitted was surveyed by Solomon Ketcham and not by
Samuel Willis

(^. 31)— [p. 1]— RECORDS OF THOMAS WHITSON'S
LANDS

Anno 1732 ye 30*'^ day of ye first month (March) N° 4

Laid out to Thomas Whitson Eight acres and one hundred and
twelve rods of land situated lying and being in Bethpage

Beginning at a certain black oak tree standing on ye East side of
ye Great Hill in Bethpage being on ye West side of ye highway that
leads through ye place and from said tree ranging by ye highway
South three degrees East fourty one rods thence West twenty
seven degrees South by ye highway thirty four rods from thence
North four degrees and thirty minutes West thirty seven rods
twelve links of chain from thence North thirty five degrees East



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