Location: Nassau County NY

Will of John Hicks – 1672

JOHN HICKS, Hempstead, “Being weak in body but sound in understanding,” makes son Thomas executor, and “he is to pay to my wife Rachel, £100 in cattle, according to wheat at 5 shillings a bushell.” Leaves to wife household utensils, “besides her own wearing clothes, and what goods my said wife brought with her to me.” I leave to each One of my daughter Haviland’s children, a colt.” Leaves to daughter Hannah £100, one-third in horses and two-thirds in cattle. Legacies to “children of my son Thomas,” and to ” my son-in-law Josyas Starr.” Dated April 29, 1672. The will is also signed by his wife Rachel, “in token of her satisfaction.” Witnesses, Jonah Fordham, Richard Valentine. Proved at Court of Sessions, held in Jamaica, June 14, 1672. Anthony Waters, Clerk. Letters of Administration granted to Thomas Hicks, June 17, 1672. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of John Underhill, Capt. – 1675

“Whereas Captain JOHN UNDERHILL, late of Killingworth, within the jurisdiction of Oyster Bay, upon Long Island, did in his will bequeath his whole estate to his wife Elizabeth, during widowhood, and did appoint his eldest son John, with others, to be trustees for his children,” and the said Elizabeth has since deceased, the said John Underhill is made administrator, November 4, 1675. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Peter Wright – 1675

“Whereas I am informed that PETER WRIGHT, late of Oyster Bay, upon Long Island, was casually drowned in Virginia and dyed intestate,” upon the request of his daughter Hannah, and son Gideon Wright, the said Gideon Wright is appointed administrator. April 12, 1675. E. Andross. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Latimer Sampson – 1668

LATIMER SAMPSON, Oyster Bay. “I Latimer Sampson of Oyster Bay, being intended (God permitting) to travel to Barbadoes, and well knowing the Casualty of man’s life.” Leaves all estate to Grizzell Sylvester, eldest daughter of Nathaniel Sylvester, of Shelter Island, and makes them executors. Dated in Shelter Island the 16th day of the month called February in the year 1668. Witnesses Christopher Foster, John Youngs, Isaac Arnold. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Thomas Ireland – 1669

THOMAS IRELAND, Hempstead. Leaves to eldest daughter Jane, one Cow, and £l0 when she is 18. To son Thomas “all Housing and lands,” to youngest daughter Elizabeth £20 when 18. Makes wife (not named) executrix. Dated September 30, 1669. Witnesses, Jonah Fordham, John Smith, Sr. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Henry Pearsall – 1667

HENRY PEARSALL, Hempstead. “This being the last will and testament of Henry Pearsall, Hee being in his right senses, notwithstanding very weake in Body.” Leaves to Joseph Williams “a pair of oxen I bought of Mr. Fordhams,” also some land upon ye north side lying in the New Field. Makes wife sole executor, and mentions “the four youngest of my children.” “I desire at the death of my wife the housing and land should be left to my son Nathaniel.” Dated July 24, 1667. Witnesses, Joseph Sutton, Clerk. Thomas Rushmore, Timothy Halstead. Proved March 1668. LIBER 1-2, page 23 Wee, John Williams, Joseph Williams, and Timothy Halstead, do acquit and discharge our late father-in-law (step-father) Henry Pearsall, his heirs and executors, from all demands of houses or lands, and all other goods that formerly were of our owne father Michael Williams, deceased. Dated July 28, 1667. Anne Pearsall is appointed executrix of the will of her late husband Henry Pearsall, deceased. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Letters of Administration for Samuel Andrews – 1667

Upon the request of John Richbell, of Mamaroneck, that he might in behalf of Joanna Davison, widow and executrix of Nicholas Davison, and Richard Russell, of Charles Towne, in Massachusetts, take Letters of Administration of estate formerly of Samuel Andrews, deceased, in Oyster Bay and Horse Neck, upon Long Island; the same was granted November 4, 1667. Whereas, Nicholas Davison, of Charles Town, in Massachusetts, merchant, was made Administrator of estate of Samuel Andrews, merchant, who being indebted to Richard Russell of Charles Towne, a certain sum which was allowed by the Court, held at Cambridge April 30, 1660; and as a considerable part; of the estate of said Samuel Andrews lies at a certain place upon Long Island, called Oyster Bay, and Horse Neck neare adjacent, the said John Richbell is appointed Administrator with full power to settle all claims, etc. November 6, 1667. Matthias Nicolls, Secretary. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Biographical Sketch of E. Miller France

France, E. Miller; insurance; born, Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 30, 1866; son of A. J. and Annie Ainsworth France; educated, Philadelphia public schools, and Pierce School; after entering business, took full course in telegraphy and shorthand at night school; married, Roslyn, Long Island, July 7, 1891, Alice H. Leys; one son, Leys, and one daughter, Helen; from 18 to 42, was telegraph operator New York Division of The Pennsylvania R. R.; three years stenographer and private sec’y, four years as see’y and treas. the Standard Wheel Co. (the Vehicle Wheel Trust), of Indiana; 1897, entered the life insurance business, spending two years in Indiana, then moved to Cleveland, and have continued the same business; general agt. The State Mutual Life Assurance Co. of Massachusetts; member committee of management, Central Y. M. C. A.; Mason, Woodward Cleveland Chapter, Cleveland Council; member Willowick, Euclid, Athletic, and Colonial...

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Biographical Sketch of Arthur Bishop Shepherd

Shepherd, Arthur Bishop; electric machinery and building materials; born Troy, N. Y., Nov. 29, 1871; son of William A. and Martha Vail Shepard; educated, St. Paul School, Garden City, L. I.; Columbian University, Washington, D. C.; Massachusetts, Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass.; married, New York City, September, 1900, Gertrude Robins; three children; designing engineer for The General Electric Co., Schnectady, N. Y.; afterwards mgr. of their Cleveland office; with the company fourteen years; one year pres. Toledo; Chicago Interurban R. R.; at present, district mgr. for the following corporations: Wagner Electric Mnfg. Co., Asbestos Protected Metal Co., Colonial Fan & Motor Co., Wilson System Co., Sundh Electric Co., C. & C. Electric Mnfg. Co., Niles Electric Works, of G. E. Co., U. S. E. M. Co.; director Toledo & Chicago Int. R. R. R. Co.; member Electric League, of Cleveland; member Theta Phi Fraternity, and Union...

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Biography of William W. Rose

William W. Rose has been practicing his profession as architect in the metropolitan district of Kansas City for thirty years. Without question he ranks as one of the ablest men both in the artistic and practical branches of his profession. Mr. Rose had also been prominently identified with civic affairs, and is well remembered as mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, during a very critical period of municipal affairs. He is now head of the architectural firm of Rose & Peterson, with offices in the Barker Building. He was born at Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, March 12, 1864, second of the three children of George Bruce and Charlotte N. (Warren) Rose. His father was a native of Jefferson County and his mother of St. Lawrence County, New York, the former born August 24, 1827, and the latter July 9, 1830. George B. Rose was of Scotch descent and spent forty years in the milling business, chiefly at Ogdensburg, New York. He died in 1887 and his wife in 1904. He was a republican, a member of the Masonic Order, and he and his wife were active in the Congregational Church. William W. Rose had a good home environment as a boy and attended the common schools and the Ogdensburg University. His inclinations and early talents were in the direction of architecture, and he gained his first training with...

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Ciesiel, Robert F. “Bob” – Obituary

Robert F. “Bob” Ciesiel, 77, a longtime Baker City resident, died Oct. 1, 2005, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Bob’s vigil/wake will begin at 5:30 tonight at his residence at 42797 Nye Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Bob was born on Aug. 7, 1928, at Brooklyn, N.Y., to Leo and Viola Lechmanski Ciesielski. He was raised at Brooklyn and Floral Park, N.Y., graduating from Sewanhaka High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 1, 1946. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 25, 1948. Later, he became a commissioned officer in the Air Force ROTC. He went on to college, graduating from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque with a bachelor’s degree in geology. He married Marihelen Williamson on Feb. 24, 1952, at Bernalillo, N.M. He started his working career as a doodlebugger in a seismographic company and then joined the Exploration and Mining Division of the Atomic Energy Commission at Grand Junction, Colo. He transferred to the Bureau of Land Management as a mining engineer at Portland, and finally transferred to the BLM, Baker District, in Baker City. Throughout his career, he worked in all of the 11 Western states. Bob was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic...

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Biography of John W. McNamara

JOHN W. McNAMARA A TRULY representative Albanian, who is actively engaged in a work highly conducive to the comfort and convenience of his fellow citizens, is John W. McNamara, the present efficient general manager and treasurer of the Albany railway. His career is interesting and instructive as showing a progressive mind with comprehensive views, and adaptability for filling with marked success different official relations of an intellectual or purely practical business nature. He was born on the 9th of January, 1839, at the town of Watervliet, Albany County, near what is now known as Karnerville. He is a son of Hugh McNamara and Ellen his wife, who, seeking to better their financial condition left the shores of their native land – Ireland – and sailed for America in 1832. On reaching this country they found their way to Albany, where they first located. After staying here for a brief period Mr. Hugh McNamara, who was a wide-awake business man and familiar with railroad matters, received the appointment of track superintendent on the old Mohawk and Hudson River railroad, and removed to the town of Watervliet before the close of 1832. Here in the midst of a rustic settlement John W. McNamara, the subject of our sketch, passed the first five years of his life, blessed with the tender care and filial affection of parents over whom the grave has...

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