CHAPTER SEVEN THE MOTT LINE
Although the Mott line has only been pushed back one more generation than in ATB's genealogy, we now can identify Gilbert Mott, and his father Hewlett. Hewlett Mott had a wife Miriam Cornell whose ancestry can be traced back to the very early days.
1. HEWLETT1 MOTT was born in an unknown place 16 December 1775, and died 23 April 1836 in Jamaica, New York. He married in Hempstead, Long Island, 15 September 1795, Miriam Cornell, who was born in Jamaica 10 November 1778 and died in Foster's Mead, Elmont, Long Island, daughter of Samuel and Jane (Hewlett) Cornell. His birth and death dates are on his tombstone in Elmont Cemetery. His marriage is registered in St. George's Church, Hempstead :"Hewlett Mott of Brooklyn mar.Miriam Cornel Sep. 15, 1795." This is nearly all we know about Hewlett; he is mentioned in the Cornell Genealogy, by the Reverend John Cornell as the husband of "Marian" when they and all her siblings signed a deed of sale of 180 acres from their deceased father's estate.
A check of the 1796 city directly of Brooklyn lists only one Mott, Ridgeable (Richbell). The family of this Richbell is known, and contains no Hewlett.
He left a will which was probated in Jamaica, Long Island in 1836; he left his estate to his wife, Miriam and two minor younger children, Mary and Whitehead; after her death to be distributed among all his children share and share alike. The next of kin mentioned, presumably his children, were Samuel and Richard Mott of New York City, Gilbert Mott of Huntington, and Thomas Mott and Elizabeth Hewlett of Hempstead. Since the tombstone of this Hewlett Mott gives the dates of his birth, death and marriage, we can reconstruct his family thus:
Children of Hewlett and Miriam:
i. THOMAS MOTT, b. 1798 (on his tombstone in family plot in Elmont cemetery); m. ELIZABETH CORNELL, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Ackerman) Cornell.
ii. SAMUEL MOTT, b. 1801 ( My date, because he fits in here).
2. iii. GILBERT MOTT., b. 1803 ( date of tombstone in Woodlawn, Brooklyn cemetery) .
iv. RICHARD MOTT, b. 1805 (on tombstone, Elmont cemetery).
v. ELIZABETH MOTT, b. 6 Nov. 1780; d. 25 July 1858; m. (1) St. George's Church, Hempstead, 2 Dec.1826 SYLVANUS HEWLETT (Frost).. Mary Cornell says she m. (2) ROBERT NOSTRAND, and is buried in the Nostrand plot, Elmot cemetery.
vi. MARY MOTT.
vii. WHITEHEAD MOTT.
As further corroboration, the address of Richard Mott in the New York City Directory was 114 Essex Street (1843-45); while Gilbert's address was 117 Essex Street.
2. GILBERT2 ( Hewlett1) MOTT was born in Hempstead, Long Island 1803 and died in Peekskill, New York 6 March 1874, but was buried in Brooklyn with the rest of the family. He married in an unknown place about 1821 ELIZABETH HAWXHURST, who was born in Oyster Bay. Long Island 9 June 1803 and died in Brooklyn, New York 3 September 1881, daughter of James and Sarah (Powell) Hawxhurst. We have copies of the cemetery records of both Gilbert and Elizabeth, and a certified letter confirming the birth date of Elizabeth.
If we accept a date of marriage of 1821, we see that they both were just eighteen which is probably the reason there is no record of the marriage. I suspect it was an elopement. Neither family would have been happy with such an early marriage, and Elizabeth would have been expelled from the Quakers for marrying outside. In spite of this it was a very good marriage and lasted over fifty years. Probably they raised their children in the Oyster Bay/ Hempstead area; Hewlett's will shows that Gilbert was of "of Hempstead" in 1836 and they may have moved to the city soon after that. He appears in the New York Directory of 1839-40 on Rivington Street, no occupation listed, and Richard is on Essex as milkman;; in 1639-40 he was Gilbert Mott, agent, (no clue at all as to what or who he was agent for) still on Rivington Street.
ATB copied from Gilbert's Bible:
Gilbert Mott, m. Elizabeth Hawxhurst.
Emeline Amelia, b. Jan 7, 1822.
Gilbert, Dec. 18, 1824.
William Henry, Feb. 13, 1826.
Hannah Elizabeth Oct. 13 1828 (claimed Oyster Bay).
Mary Esther April 13, 1830.
Abial B., .Helen and Charles, no dates,
Phoebe Dec 24, 1846 NYC.
and two adopted Children Leander and George.
The adopted (after 1855) children were sons of Gilbert, Jr.
Children of Gilbert and Elizabeth:
i. EMELINE AMELIA2 MOTT, b. 7 Jan, 1822.
ii. GILBERT MOTT, b. 18 Dec. 1834. He was listed as a laborer in Fairhaven. MA in 1855. With children: George and Leander.
iii. WILLIAM HENRY MOTT, b. 13 Feb. 1826.
3 iv. HANNAH ELIZABETH MOTT, b. Oyster Bay 13 Oct. 1828.
v. MARY ESTHER MOTT, b. 13 April 1830.
vi. ABIAL B. MOTT.
vii. HELEN MOTT.
viii. CHARLES MOTT.
ix. PHOEBE MOTT, b. New York City, 24 Dec. 1846.
3. HANNAH ELIZABETH3 (Gilbert2, Hewlett1) MOTT was born in Oyster Bay, Long Island 13 October 1828, and died in Mt. Vernon New York 11 September 1902.. She married in New York City 4 June 1844 JOHN LOCKWOOD.
I have a letter from the New York Historical Society, certifying that in their records of St. Paul's and St. Matthew's church the Rev. Frederick Geissenhainer married on 1844 June 4 of John Lockwood, aged 23 years, residing No. 76 Clinton Street to Hannah Elizabeth Mott aged 16 years, residence 117 Essex Street, both single.
1. THOMAS1 CORNELL was born about 1595 in County Essex, England and died in Portsmouth, Rhode Island about 1655. Glazier claims that this Thomas was the one baptized in Fairstead, Essex in March 1594, son of George and Susan Cornwell; this one had a brother Joshua. He married in England about 1622, REBECCA (?BRIGGS). For a long time it was believed that she was the Rebecca Briggs baptized.25 Oct. 1600 in St. James Clerkenwell parish, London; but this was shown to be questionable in an article in TAG in 1960 by George McCracken.. About 1638 they came to America, leaving at least one child, Richard, in Holland studying law at the University of Leiden.
In 1638 he bought a house in Boston, and obtained a license to keep an inn, which was revoked within a year because he had not obtained a license to sell wines. This wouldn't have mattered by itself, but Thomas was caught up in the antinomial controversy. Ann Hutchinson was expelled from the Colony in 1637 with many of her followers, including Rebecca's brother, John Briggs.. Thomas joined them in their new home in Portsmouth Rhode Island in 1640. With the authorities at Boston breathing hard down their necks, some of the antinomians, among them Hutchinson, Cornell, and Throckmorton, decided to move to New York under Dutch rule while others decided to stick it out in Rhode Island until Roger Williams could get to England, obtain his own charter, and return. On 22 October 1642, the local Dutch government granted permission for 35 families to settle. about ten miles north of New Amsterdam.
It was in late February of 1643, in revenge for something Governor Kieft had done to them that the Indians attacked the white settlements,.burning and killing almost everyone. Ann Hutchinson and all her family save one, were killed "and such of Mr. Throckmorton's and Mr. Cornell's families that were at home". Throckmorton and Thomas Cornell were not at home that night, but at a meeting in Flushing, Long Island it is thought; coming back across the Sound in row boats they could see their settlements in flames but were helpless to reach them in time to save anything.. (In spite of rumors, no one in the Cornell family seems to have been hurt) Some of the Cornell children elected to stay in New Ansterdam, Thomas and Rebecca returned to Portsmouth, where in August of 1644 he got a grant of land and then more as the years went on. He returned to New York to clean up the land that been his, and got a grant about two miles square, fronting on the sound in what is now greater Manhattan, and still called Cornell's neck; this land he worked and improved for about nine years till he was again driven off by Indians. His final return to Portsmouth was by1653, and he died probably the following year, (This is from Rev. John Cornell)
Rebecca was the executrix of his estate, she lived by herself for a while, then decided on 27 July 1659 to deed her house and land in Portsmouth to her eldest son Thomas, and live with him and his family so that they could take of her in her old age. She even lent him 100 pounds to help him along. One evening nine years later she was sitting by the fire smoking her pipe while the rest of the family were having dinner (they were eating herring which she didn't like) and one of her grandsons went to ask her if she would like a little warm milk......he found her dead, burned to death. Thomas was accused of her murder, tried, convicted, and hung!
"It appears that the old lady (she was 73) having been sitting by the fire smoking a pipe, a coal had fallen from the fire or her pipe and that she was burned to death,"
says John Cornell in The Cornell Family. The official family record goes on:
"But on the strength of a vision which her brother John Briggs had in which she appeared him after her death and said:'See how I was burned with fire', it was inferred she was set fire to, and that her son who was the last with her did it and principally on this evidence Thomas Cornell was tried, convicted, and hung for her murder."
Later experts have all agreed that there was insufficient (or no) evidence for conviction. To the end, Thomas maintained his innocence, asking only that he be buried beside his mother, but he was not granted even this.
I have obtained copies of the evidence at the trial and am not completely convinced of Thomas' innocence. Rebecca may have been a very difficult and complaining old lady. There was other testimony: a John Russell said the constable of Dartmouth had told him before Rebecca's death that "she intended in the spring of the year to go and dwell with her son Samuel, and she feared she should be made away with before that time" Mary Cornell, the wife of John, Thomas' brother, said that about three months previously, her mother told her one day when she was tired after running after pigs, that she was weak and had no help, and was disregarded and should stab herself with her pen knife to be rid of her trouble, but when she was refreshed she did not complain and said she was well.The constable testified that when she told him that she wanted to move, he had said she was probably better off where she was and she replied that she had had a disagreement with her son Thomas about rent and she had spoken advisedly and that about the bond, he would have that too. Mary Almy wife of a neighbor said she had several times observed an "undutifullness" in Thomas Cornell towards his mother, that Rebecca had told her she was neglected, that she was forced in the winter to go to her bed unmade and unwarmed..that she had to get some woolen cloth to wrap herself in before she went to her cold bed. That she couldn't eat all the stuff the others did, so she had to fast for nothing else was brought her (the night she died they were having mackerel which she couldn't eat and sent to ask her if she would like some warm milk!)
Patience Coggeshall said that when she went to see Rebecca, Rebecca had wept and related the sad condidition of the life she led with her son Thomas, and that he would not let her keep a maid and was very cross to her; she also didn't like her daughter-in law and had to prevent her striking her step-children. Once she "had been forced to go out in the snow for wood, and had fallen with the wood under her, and they have been in my house and saw it all. And her son Thomas said if she would forgive the hundred pounds, he would pay for a maid. She had said :that her son Thomas, one time being angry with her, "lookt very fircely upon her & nasht or sott his teeth at her and said she had been a cruel mother to him." Rebecca Woolsley, sister of Thomas, said that her mother had said she sometimes wished to kill herself, but that the Lord persuaded her not to.
That was about all the "evidence." I agree the conviction was unfair, and realize that none of the testimony should be taken too seriously, remembering the witch trials. Thomas' wife was apparently pregnant and no help. But why didn't Thomas' siblings rally to his defense? Where was Sarah, the oldest child, and where was Richard the second son? They lived in New Amsterdam and Long Island, but there was plenty of time to get to Portsmouth. Did they believe their brother guilty? Or did they think the accusation was so silly it would be dismissed right away? Although we do not descend from the questionable Thomas, Ezra Cornel, the founder of Cornell University did; and his son Alonzo Cornell, the Governor of New York.. There were many other distinguished descendants, who, of course could not descend from a murderer, so the later whitewashing is nearly as bad as the earlier conviction. The complete answer will never be known.
It is fortunate that Rebecca wrote a will in 1664; though it was not probated till after she died in 1673. She numbered her sons: 1 Thomas, 2 Richard, 3 William, 4 John, 6 Samuel, 6 Jishua, and her daughters 1Sarah, 2 Ann married to Thomas, 3 Rebecca, 4 Elizabeth and 5 Mary.. When this is combined with the baptisms found at Saffron-Walden (Moriarty), we can write their approximate birth dates.
It is interesting to note the frequency of births in this and the following families; it is not the regular every-two-years common at this time in New England, but has many more one year gapst I suspect this is because the families were richer, had slaves or other servants and could easily employ wet nurses.
Children of Thomas and Rebecca:
i. SARAH3 CORNELL, bap.. 30 March 1623; m. 1 Sept. 1643. THOMAS WILLETT, children: William, Thomas, and Elizabeth; m. (2) CHARLES BRIDGES; m. (3) JOHN LAWRENCE, eldest son of first Mayor of New York.. Sarah and Charles sued and won from a man who had laid claim to Cornell's Neck. She lived in New Amsterdam The story is that one of the sponsors at the baptism of William was Governor Kieft. Thomas became a Colonel in the Militia and sheriff of all Yorkshire County. After the death of her first husband she had so many persistent suitors she had to appeal to the court for protection.
ii. ANNE2 CORNELL, b. ca. 1624 ;in mother's will.; m. THOMAS KENT.
iii. WILLIAM CORNELL, bap. 4 April 1625; d. 7 Jan. 1628.
iv. THOMAS CORNELL, bap 21 Oct. 1627; m. (1) (------), children: Thomas, Edward, Stephen, and John; m. (2) SARAH EARLE, children: 2 daughters and Innocent; Innocent probably named in protest to her father's execution. Thomas was hung for the murder of his mother 23 May 1673. Acquitted after his death. He was the great- great- grandfather of Ezra Cornel, the founder of Cornell University. He held the post of deputy to the RI assembly 4 times, the last time in 1672. John3 perhaps married Hannah Smith, daughter of Jeremiah.
2 v. RICHARD CORNELL, b. ca. 1628 .
v i. REBECCA CORNELL, bap. 31 Jan. 1630; buried 5 Feb. 1713, aged 91; m. in New Amsterdam Dec. 9 1647 GEORGE WOOLSEY., children, Sarah, George, Thomas, Rebecca, John, Mary and William. George was the great-great-great-grandfather of President Woolsey of Yale.
vii. ELIZABETH CORNELL, bap. 1 May 1631; died young.
viii. KELAME, bur. 18 Oct. 1632. No explanation for this person or name.
ix WILLIAM CORNELL, bap. 9 Dec. 1632; no further information. In his mother's will.
x. JOHN CORNELL, bap. 6 June 1634; m. MARY RUSSELL, children: Richard, Joshua. Mary, John, Caleb, and Rebecca. They lived in Dartmouth, MA, part of Plymouth Colony., and moved to Hempstead, LI in 1676.Children, Richard, Joshua, Mary, John, Caleb, and Rebecca. He was Justice of the Peace.
xi. ELIZABETH, bap 15 Jan. 1637;m. 9 July 1661 CHRISTOPHER ALMY., children :Sarah, Elizabeth. William, Ann, Christopher, Rebecca and John.. Christopher was an Assistant in RI in 1690 (Savage).
xii. SAMUEL CORNELL, b. America ca. 1642; wife unknown, children Thomas, Samuel and Comfort. He lived in Dartmouth, MA in Plymouth Colony
xiii. JOSHUA CORNELL, b. America; he gave his property to Samuel in 1664, and after that there is no further record of him.
xiv .MARY CORNELL, b.America. No further information.
2. RICHARD2 (Thomas1) CORNELL was born in England, 1628 and died in Rockaway Long Island in 1694.. He married in Flushing, Long Island about 1655 ELIZABETH (-----). His birthplace may have been Bumpstead Steeple, which he himself once mentioned as his home (REF).. His wife may have been a sister or some relative of Edward. Jessup, who was Justice of the Peace in nearby Newton..
He came to America a few years later than the rest of his family and was listed in Rhode Island prior to 1650.(C.C.Cornell) He was settled at Flushing on Long Island before 1656., and after that held many important positions. In 1665 he was named delegate from Flushing to the Hempstead Convention that framed "Duke's Laws" a code of law for the colony of Yorkshire, which included Long Island, Staten Island and Westchester under Governor Nicholls. Then Justice of the Peace, and patentee of Flushing with seventeen others in 1666; the next year appointed by Governor Nichols to enroll the militia. One of the most interesting things was that he was licensed to sell liquor and powder to the Indians. Hhe moved to Rockaway about 1666. By 1688 he was called Richard Cornwall of Cornwall Hall, Queens Co. He leased the court house in Jamaica for 20 years, agreeing to keep it in repair and allow courts to be held in it. He wrote his will 7 November. 1693 and it was probated 30 October 1694. He left to his wife the use of "the negroes and stocks" and if she married again she would get the negro girl Jane, while William would have James and Dinah.
Children of Richard and Elizabeth:(From Rev. John) :
i. RICHARD3 CORNELL, b Flushing. ca. 1656; m. SARAH ( --); children Richard, Samuel, Elizabeth, Mary, and Sarah. Richard4 married Miriam Mott.
ii. SARAH CORNELL, bap. New York 4 July 1657.; m. (1) JOHN WASHBURN, children: John, Susannah, and Mary; m. (2) ISAAC ARNOLD , who was Sheriff of Suffolk Co.
iii. ELIZABETH CORNELL, bap. 2 July 1662; m. JOHN LAWRENCE, children: Richard, Benjamin. William, Elizabeth. Mary. Deborah, Sarah, and Charity.
3 iv. WILLIAM CORNELL, b. ca. 1667.
v. JACOB CORNELL, b. ca. 1668; married HESTER (-----), children Jabob, Daniel, Samuel, Richard, and Mary.
vi. THOMAS CORNELL, b. abt. 1675; m. (1) (----). Children Thomas, Samuel, John, Richard, Charles, and Elizabeth ; m. (2) CHARITY HICKS., child: Charity.
vii. COL. JOHN CORNELL, b. ca.1672; m. LETITIA PRINZ, child: Gloriana. He was very rich. He had a whaler and 2 schooners, 24 horses 99 cattle. His widow freed his eight slaves and remarried, Capt. John Brown.
viii. MARY CORNELL, b; aft. 1675; m. (1) WILLIAM CREED, Jr.;, children: William, Augustine, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Letitia; m. (2) RICHARD BETTS.
3. WILLIAM3 ( Richard2, Thomas1) CORNELL was born about 1667 in Flushing, Long Island and died in Rockaway, Long Island about 1743. He married first about 1692 ELIZABETH SMITH, daughter of Jeremiah and Ann Smith;) and married second, in St. George's Church Hempstead 8 April 1735 (2) JANE (CREED) WHITEHEAD widow of Thomas Whitehead and daughter of William Creed.
If William and Elizabeth had a daughter Hannah, as stated in the will of Jeremiah Smith, she must have died between 1723, the date of Jeremiah's will and 1743, the date of William's will.
Children of William and Elizabeth:
i. RICHARD4 CORNELL; m. HANNAH VAN WYCK, children: Richard and Cornelius.
4 ii. JOHN CORNELL, b. ca. 1700.
iii. WILLIAM CORNELL, m. (1) CHARITY DOUGHTY, children: Susannah, Anne, Elizabeth, William, John, and Timothy; m. (2) ( ..) MOTT.
iv. ELIZABETH CORNELL, m. (1) JAMES DENTON; m/ (2) BENJAMIN SMITH (LIF. 2:105).
v. MARY CORNELL, m. JAMES STRINGHAM.
vi. LETITIA CORNELL, m. JONATHAN HAZARD.
vii. THOMAS CORNELL, m. MARY LOEYSSAN, children: Elizabeth. Mary and Letitia.
4. JOHN4 (William3, Richard2, Thomas1) CORNELL was born about 1700 and died 1773. He married first 1722 ABIGAIL WHITEHEAD, who was born about 1705 and died 20 April `1766, daughter of Thomas and Jane (Creed) Whitehead,; and married second 6 June 1766 the widow PATIENCE OAKLEY daughter of Samuel and Hannah Skidmore. He had three slaves. Was a farmer. In his will be stipulated that all his children should pay toward the maintaining of his old slaves. His mother-in-law became his stepmother in 1735.
Children of John and Abigail:
5 i. WILLIAM5 CORNELL , bap. 25 July 1725.
ii. DANIEL CORNELL, bap. 29 Oct. 1727; m. CHARITY VALENTINE, children: Elizabeth, Jane, and Sylvester.
iii. MARY CORNELL, bap. 7 Jan. 1728, not in father's will.
iv. ELIZABETH CORNELL, b. 20 Sept.1729; m. ISRAEL HORSFELD...
v. WHITEHEAD CORNELL, b. 12 March 1731; m. (1) MARGARET SEBRING, children: John, William and Isaac; m. (2) PHEBE THORNE. He was a buitcher, moved to Brooklyn; had two slaves. During the revolution he was a contractor for supplying the British fleet with meat. Bequeathed his slaves to his children.
vi. THOMAS CORNELL, bap. 11 Sept. 1737; died young.
vii. JOHN CORNELL, bap.14 June 1739; m. ELIZABETH WHITEHEAD, children: Elizabeth, Abigail, Miriam, Mary, Whitehead, John, Benjamin, and William.. He was a butcher, lived in Brooklyn. Had slaves. Ran horses at Ascot in 1783. "He was a famous rider and a free liver, became embarassed and died in debt."(Rev. John). His house of four chimneys was where the council of war was held that decided on the retreat of the American forces from Long Island. He kept a St. Georges Tavern near Brooklyn Ferry. Rev. John says "bull baiting on Tower Hill."
viii. SYLVESTER CORNELL, bap. 12 June 1743; d. ca. 1799.He was weak minded, never married, .lived on allowance from his nephews, John, William and Isaac.
ix. THOMAS CORNELL, bap. 25 April 1745; m.. ELIZABETH THURSTON., children: John, Joseph, Thomas, Elizabeth, and Abigail.
5. WILLIAM5 ( John4, William3, Richard2, Thomas1) CORNELL was baptized at Hempstead, Long Island. 25 July 1725, and died in Jamaica, Long Island about 1798. He married, 17 February 1747 MIRIAM MOTT parentage unknown. In his will, dated 1782 and proved 1798; he was called William Cornell of Jamaica. It is interesting that he purchased land from De Mott he left to his son Charles.. He had one slave which he bequeathed to Samuel. They were negligent getting their youngest children baptized, waiting ten years for Elizabeth and Samuel. He left all his property to Samuel, some of which had belonged to Thomas Whitehead.
Children of William and Miriam: approximate birth dates mine.
i. ABIGAIL6 CORNELL, bap. 19 Oct. 1748; M. CHARLES HICKS.
ii. MARTHA. CORNELL, b. ca. 1750; bap. 27 Dec. 1753; m. NATHANIEL TOWNSEND.
iii. MARGARET CORNELL, b.ca, 1752; bap. 27 Dec. 1753; m. LEFFERT LEFFERTS.
iv. ELIZABETH CORNELL, b. ca. 1754; bap. 19 Dec.1765; m. DANIEL LEFFERTS.
6 v. SAMUEL CORNELL, b. 1755; bap Dec. 19, 1765.
vi. CHARLES CORNELL
6. SAMUEL6 (William5, John4, William3, Richard2, Thomas1 ) CORNELL was born in Jamaica, Long Island in 1755 and died there 10 September 1828, aged 73 years. He married in Hempstead, Long Island 9 November 1777 JANE HEWLETT, who died 15 February 1826 aged 66 years. Samuel and Jane are both buried in the Hempstead Presbyterian Church. In 1829 all of Samuels children sold their common land to Stephen Carman.
Children of Samuel and Jane: These signed the bill of sale in 1829.
i. HEWLETT7 CORNELL, no further information.
ii. HARRIET CORNELL; m. WILLIAM WATTS.
iii. OLIVER CORNELL, m. SARAH (---).
iv. RICHARD CORNELL, m. (/) CHARITY VAN SICKLEN.
v. SAMUEL CORNELL, m. ELIZABETH (----).
vi. CAROLINE CORNELL, m. JOSIAH BANNISTER.
7 vii. MARIAN CORNELL, b, 19 Nov. 1778.
viii. THOMAS CORNELL, m. ELIZABETH (--).
ix. JANE CORNELL, m. PETER DURYEA.
7. MIRIAM7 (Samuel6, William5, John4, William3. Richard2, Thomas1) CORNELL.was born in Jamaica Long Island 19 Nov. 1778, and died there 19 August 1857. She married in Hempstead 15 September 1795, HEWLETT MOTT. She and Hewlett signed the Cornell family bill of sale in 1829, proving her descent from Samuel6.
John "Nan" Smith Family
1.. JOHN1 "Nan" SMITH of Hempstead, said to be the first, His son was:
2. JEREMIAH2 (John1) SMITH, was called John Smith of Herricks, Hemsread, Long Island; he married ANN (----). We know about him from his will, from which we can reconstruct his family as it was at the time of his death in 1723.:Jeremiah, in his will of 1725, left legacies to Elizabeth and Hannah,, children of my second daughter Elizabeth Cornell; he also left legacies to Elizabeth and Ann, daughters of my eldest daughter Hannah. Since none of the dates are known it is impossible to say if the following is correct, but is is possible, and I think, highly probable.
Children of Jeremiah and Ann:(sons listed first in order, then daughters.
i. JEREMIAH3 SMITH.
ii. JOHN SMITH.
iii. RICHARD SMITH.
iv. JAMES SMITH.
3 vi. HANNAH SMITH perhaps m. ca. JOHN3 (Thomas2,1) CORNELL.
4 vii. ELIZABETH SMITH, m. ca. RICHARD2 (Thomas1) CORNELL
viii. RACHEL SMITH.
ix. ANN SMITH.
3. HANNAH ( Jeremiah, John ) Smith probably married JOHN3 (Thomas2,1) CORNELL..
4. ELIZABETH (Jeremiah, John) SMITH probably married WILLIAM3 ( Richard2, Thomas1) CORNELL.
The main reference for this family is the article in LIF by C. B. Curtis.
1. DANIEL1 WHITEHEAD was born about 1603, and died16 November 1668, aged 65 years. He married JANE SKIDMORE His estate was administrated by Stephanus Van Cortland, son of a creditor, and the distribution names his children... He was a proprietor of Hempstead in 1647 and after, purchasing land from the Indians in Oyster Bay,. Huntington and elsewhere.. Also he was an original patentee of Newtown in 1666, where he was a town overseer, magistrate and surveyor. Savage gives him four sons, Curtis thinks just two.
Children of Daniel and Jane:
2 i. DANIEL2 WHITEHEAD,b. 1646.
ii. DAVID WHITEHEAD, b. ca. 1647.; m. ca 1685; had one known daughter Catherine, born by after 1685.. Curtis suggests he married Sarah Opdyke, daughter of Gilbert and Catherine (Smith) Opdyke. David was disabled by a gunshot in 1689, and could "do no service for himself."
2. MAJOR DANIEL2 (Daniel1) WHITEHEAD was born in Newton, Long Island in 1646 and died in Jamaica. Long Island in 1704, aged 58 years; he married ABIGAIL STEVENSON, daughter of Thomas Stephenson and the widow Maria (Bullock) Bernard (Rev. John).. Curtis sums him up: a man of wealth and enterprise, a magistrate, ranger-general, patentee of Jamaica, on committee of safety and committee for building a meeting house; a Jacobite ( pro-Stuart, adherent of James the second of England), representative in the Colonial Assembly and trustee of the Parish Church. We descend from both his sons.
Children of Daniel and Abigail:
4 i. JONATHAN2 WHITEHEAD, b. 1672.
2 ii. THOMAS WHITEHEAD, b. ca. 1674.
iii. DEBORAH WHITEHEAD, b. 1675; m. THOMAS HICKS.:
iv. ELIZABETH WHIEHEAD, m. ANTHONY WATERS, child: Anthony.:
v. MARY WHITEHEAD, m. JOHN TAYLOR, child Abigail.
vi. AMY WHITEHEAD, m. JOSEPH DOUGHTY.
vii. MERCY WHITEHEAD, m. (1) THOMAS BETTS; m. (2) CAPTAIN JOSEPH SACKETT.
viii. ABIGAIL WHITEHEAD, m. BENJAMIN STEBBINS.
2. THOMAS3 (Daniel2,1 )WHITEHEAD was born about 1674 and died in Hempstead, Long Island 1732.; he married 24 December 1703 JANE CREED, daughter of William Creed. He was Justice of the Peace and Captain of Militia in an expedition to Canada in 1711, probably the capture of Acadia. He lived in Hempstead, near the Jamaica line. Jane married second 8 April 1735, as his second wife, William3 Cornell, father of her daughter's husband..
Children of Thomas and Jane:
3 i. ABIGAIL WHITEHEAD, b. 1705.
ii DANIEL WHITEHEAD, bap. 14 Feb. 1710; died as infant.
iii. DAUGHTER,m a CORNELL
3.. ABIGAIL4 (Thomas3, Daniel2,1 )WHITEHEAD was born in Hemstead in 1705 and died at Rockaway, Long Island 20 April 1762, in her 57th year. She married 9 January 1722, JOHN4 CORNELL.
4. JONATHAN3 (Daniel2.1 ) WHITEHEAD was born in 1672 (baptized in 1713, aged 41 years) and died in 26 July 1737. He married 23 July 1697, SARAH FIELD, daughter of Robert and Susanna (Stevenson) Field. .He was Justice, and a member of the Colonial Assembly, representing Queen's County, 1705-1709.
Children of Jonathan and Sarah (order not certain):
i. DANIEL4 WHITEHEAD, b. ca. 1798; m. ELINOR WILLET, children:Ann and Daniel.
ii. ABIGAIL WHITEHEAD, b. 1702.
iii. BENJAMIN4 WHITEHEAD, b. 1703; d. 1780; m. ELIZABETH WILLET.
iv. THOMAS WHITEHEAD, b, ca. 1704; m. HANNAH SACKETT.
v. DEBORAH WHITEHEAD, m. JOSEPH KISSAM.
vi. CHARITY WHITEHEAD; m.(--) DOUGHTY, children Charles and Charity.
vii. SARAH, b. ca. 1718; b. JOHN BETTS.
5 viii. SUSANNAH WHITEHEAD, b. abt 1718.
5. SUSANNAH4 (Jonathan3, Daniel2,1) WHITEHEAD was born in Hempstead about 1718; she married there BENJAMIN HEWLETT.
1. GEORGE1 HEWLETT of Hempstead was born at an unknown to unknown parents he was in the 1698 Hempstead census as a child; he wrote his will in 1766 and it was probated 1770. He married, in Hempstead, about 1707 HANNAH SMITH, born in Hempstead about 1690, daughter Captain Joseph and Hannah Smith (Bailey, p.71).
Children of George and Hannah, from will of George: dates in parenthesis mine:
i.GEORGE HEWLETT2, (b. ca. 1707).
ii. JOSEPH HEWLETT, (b. ca.1709).
iii. MARY HEWLETT, (b. ca. 1710). m. (----) KISSAM.
iv. HANNAH HEWLETT, b. ca 1712; d. 25 April 1798 in 86th year; m. JOHN TOFFEY.
2 v. BENJAMIN HEWLETT, 1715.
vi. PHEBE HEWLETT, b. ca. 1721 ; d. 17 Sept. 1757, aged 36 years.
2. BENJAMIN2 (George1) HEWLETT was born 1715 in Hempstead and died there 6 August 1782, aged 67 years. He married SUSANNAH WHITEHEAD, born about 1718 to Jonathan and Sarah ( Field) Whitehead.
3. JANE3 (Benjamin2, George1)HEWLETT
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