Location: Newtown New York

Will of John Perring – 1675

HENRY PERRING, Brookhaven, “Being weak in body,” directs his body “to be decently buried in the Buryal Place of Brookhaven.” Leaves to wife Hannah all lands and goods in Brookhaven, or elsewhere, during her life or widowhood. Leaves to son-in-law Joseph Longbothem, 40 acres of land as followeth, namely, 9 acres in the old field of said town, whereof 3 acres joins eastward on Andrew Miller’s lot, and west on Goodman Riggs, 6 acres at the rock, formerly belonging to James Cook. Also 9 acres of my Home lot, 5 acres at Newtown, joining west on Goodman Fancy’s lot, and east to the commons, and 3 acres more at Newtown of the last division betwixt Mr. Woodhull’s and Goodman William’s lots. Also 14 acres at the old man’s, when the division shall be made. Leaves to son-in-law Jacob Longbothem, and to Joseph his brother, “my water mill in Brookhaven, and they are to pay to my daughter Hannah Perring 40 shillings, and she is to have one half of the profits of the mill during her life,” “and she and her children are to be Toll free,” “my daughters-in-law Joana Smith and Judith Longbothem shall be Toll free at said mill,” Leaves to son-in-law Jacob Longhothem one half acre of land “adjoining my orchard.” Makes Jonathan Smith, of Smithfield (Smithtown), and Wm. Satterly, of Brookhaven, executors. Dated December 1,...

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Will of Thomas Robinson – 1671

Whereas THOMAS ROBINSON, late of Newtown, died intestate, leaving two sons, his only children, namely, Thomas and Josyas, the care of whom for the present is committed by the officers of the town to Jacob Reade, their uncle. He is appointed administrator, September 23, 1671. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Daniel Whitehead – 1669

DANIEL WHITEHEAD, of Maspeth Kills, in Newtowne, left will, and made his wife (not named) executrix. She renounced the right, and Letters of Administration were granted to Stephanus Van Coitlandt, March 31, 1669. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of John Larrison – 1670

JOHN LARRISON, Sr., New Town. “My will is that Wm. Ileyward be disposed of by my daughter Abigail until he be 21.” Leaves to son John 55 bushels of wheat, due from John Cleve of Utrecht. Rest of estate to son John and daughter Abigail. Leaves to wife (not named) 20s. and makes her executrix. Dated December 5, 1670. Witnesses, Wm. Loveridge, Gershain Moore, John Ramsden. Inventory taken September 7, 1671, by John Burroughs, Thomas Lawrence, and Ralph Hunt, mentions “House and land £75.” LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of John Stevenson – 1670

JOHN STEVENSEN, Newtown. Leaves to sister Mary, wife of Patrick Harris, house and land, with a share of salt meadow lying by John Borroughs. “The rest of the upland and the meadow at ye South Sea, to my brother, Edward.” To brother Thomas. “my meadow before John Lorrison’s.” Makes brother Thomas executor. Dated December 13, 1670. Witnesses, Francis Doughty, Sam’1 Moore. Thomas Stevens confirmed as executor, March 2, 1670/1. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Letter of Administration for Roger Goodspeede – 1665

ROGER GOODSPEEDE, of Barnstable, Massachusetts, had wife Alice, who was sister and “next heire” of John Layton, “late of Middleborrough, alias New Towne upon Long Island.” Upon application of their son Nathaniel Goodspeede, Letters of Administration were granted to his parents January 2, 1665. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Matinecoc Tribe

Matinecoc Indians. An Algonquian tribe which formerly inhabited the northwest coast of Long Island, New York, from Newtown, Queens county, to Smithtown, Suffolk county. They had villages at Flushing, Glen Cove, Cold Spring, Huntington, and Cow Harbor, but even before the intrusion of the whites they had become greatly reduced, probably through wars with the Iroquois, to whom they paid tribute. In 1650 Secretary Van Tienhoven reported but 50 families left of this once important tribe. Ruttenber includes them in his Montauk group, which is about equivalent to Metoac; but the interrelationship of the tribes in the western part of Long Island has not been definitely...

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