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Nicholas Stillwell, III

Birthplace: Collopmore, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Staten Island, Richmond County, Province of New York, Colonial America
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Son of Nicholas Stillwell, II and Alice Odelle Stillwell
Husband of Ann Stillwell; Abigail Stillwell and Anetje 'Anne' Van Dyke
Father of Nicholas Stillwell, III; John Stillwell; Richard Stillwell; Anne Stillwell; Maria Britton and 7 others
Brother of John Stillwell; Emma Stillwell; Elizabeth Stillwell; Mabel Cooke; Edwin Stillwell and 4 others

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Nicholas, the emigrant and ancestor of the Stillwells of this vicinity (English), came to this country about 1638 from Holland, and settled at first on Manhattan I. He m. 1" Abagail dau. of Robert Hopton; m. 2d Ann Van Dyke of Holland; d. Dec. 22, 1671, at Dover, S. I. His wid. m. 2d W mWilkins. In 1639 he located a tobacco plantation on Manhattan I., and in 1643 purchased a house and lot on the present Beaver St. in N. A. When the Lady Mody in 1643, accompanied by several Englishmen from Massachusetts, undertook the settlement of Gd (" Graoenzande"), he with other Englishmen who had previously settled on Manhattan I. joined her and took up lots in the new settlement. In the Indian war which took place shortly after \he commencement of the settlement, and caused its temporary abandonment, as Lieut. StillweU he defended the place, and afterwards appears to have returned to N. A. In 1648 he bought of Richard Dunn the village lot in Gd which Dunn had bought of Ralph Cardell, this being the first account of his owning land in said town after its abandonment during the Indian war, his name not appearing among the associates who in 1646, '47, and'48 were allotted plantationlots of 50 A. Oct. 6,1649, he bought of George Homes, for his s. Richard, Homes's plantation-lot, for which he agreed to pay 900 lb. of good merchantable tobacco. This plantation he agreed Oct. 10, 1650, to sell to Richard Cluffe for the use of Thomas Doxsey. By O'Callaghan's Register he was a mag. of Gd in 1650 and '51, a mag. of Fld" in 1654 and 'q5, where he probably resided at that date, and a mag. of Gd in 1657 and '64. Dec. 27, 1657, he sold to John Bowne 12 A. lying on the " Cellers Neck" (Sellers Neck), being part of plantation-lot No. 40, which lot No. 40 he bought Aug. 25, 1654, of the agent of William Hallet. Aug. 29, 1659, he sold John Wilson a part of plantation-lot No. 40—all as per Gd rec. Feb. 9, 1660, he bought of Anthony Jansen from Salee his patent of 100 morgens. Apl. 2,1660, he sold to Richard Aste 12 A. of the E. end of the plantation he bought of Anthony Johnson, as per Gd rec. Jan. 15, 1663, he sold to Mr. Francoys de Bruynne, for 700 gl. in wampum, the balance of said plantation; reasonable satisfaction to be made by said Francoys to " my son in law Nathaniell Brittanie at or upon the 25th of March next for the house and housing which hee the said Nathaniell built upon said land." All the above Gd and N. U. purchases copied from the Gd town rec., on which numerous other purchases and sales of Nicholas are entered. NicholasStillwell is entitled to credit for, never swerving from his allegiance to the Dutch government, which is more than can be said of many of his English neighbors, who, on what they supposed to be the first favorable opportunity, proved themselves to be traitors to the colony to which they fled from persecution, and to which they were indebted for protection and the enjoyment of religious liberty. In 1663 he was an ensign in the Esopus expedition against the Indians, and the same year commissioned as lieut., as per Col. Man. He finally removed to Dover, S. I., where he d. Dec. 22, 1671, his will being da. Dec. 22, 1671; pro. June 17, 1672; and rec. p. 161,Lib. 1, N. Y. surr. off. His wid., Ann Stillwell of Dover, bought June 21, 1672, of Jan Jansen Ver Rhyn plantation-lot No. 18, with the buildings in Gd, as per town rec. Issue by 1" w., as per Memoirs of Stillwell Family:—Richard, b. 1634; Nicholas 2d, b. 1636; (by 2d w.) Anne, b. 1643, m. 1660 Nathaniel Brittan; Ales or Abagail, b. 1645, m. Oct. 26,1665, Samuel Holmes; William, bp. May 11, 1648; Thomas, bp. July 9, 1651; Daniel, bp. Nov. 1, 1653, in N. A.; Jeremiah, bp. Jan. 13, 1663, in N. A.; and Elias. Made his mark to manuscripts with a bungling reversed " N," in no manner resembling that which would be made by a scholar with his left hand, who had had the misfortune of losing his right one as has been claimed. Dr. J. E. Stillwell of N. Y., in behalf of the claim that Nicholas made his mark in consequence of the loss of his right arm, has exhibited to the compiler of this work an original and genuine document (stating that he had seen another) on which his name was subscribed in full in a good and legible hand. Against this evidence are documents of a prior date, with numerous ones later, with the bungling mark, from which it may fairly be inferred that the name on the document exhibited had been written by some other person at Nicholas's request, as is occasionally done at the present day.


Birth: 1603 Surrey, England Death: Dec. 28, 1671 Kings County (Brooklyn) New York, USA

Born Staten Island, New York Burial: Unknown, Dover, Staten Island, Richmond Co. NY. The Stillwells were descended from one of the most influential and important families, which first settled in New Amsterdam (New York) in the late 1630's while it was still controlled by the Dutch. The family originated in Surrey England. The progenitor of the family in America was Lt. Nicholas Stillwell, 1603-1671. To escape religious persecutions in England he went to Holland. There he offered his services as a soldier to Elizabeth the queen of Bohemia in support of Protestantism. After suffering defeat at Prague, he was one of the queen's escort during her flight to Breslau. It is rumored that he married one of her maids of honor, Abigail Hopton. Extensive research had yet to prove that that marriage happened. After the disbandment of the queen's army he and other family members came to New Amsterdam. He emigrated with his family to New Amsterdam, apparently in the 1640's. The Stillwells eventually settled at Graves End on Long Island with the Lady Moody colonists. Lt. Nicholas Stillwell commanded forces against the Indians in Virginia and later aided Governor Claybourne in MD. He owned one of the original 20 acre farms at Graves End. and eventually resided on 200 acres near Graves End. He was a lieutenant and commander in charge of the expedition against the Indians in the Esopus war. After completing that mission successfully he returned to New Amsterdam and served as a friend and confident of Gov. Peter Stuyvesant, the last of the Dutch governors before the English takeover of New Amsterdam.

His second son was Captain Nicholas Stillwell 1636-1714/15. He served as a justice and a constable at Graves End for a number of years. He also served as captain of the Graves End militia. From 1691-1698 he was a member of the colonial assembly from King's County NY. In 1693 he commanded the King's County contingent of men with the Fletcher expedition to Canada against the French and the Indians. He was a man who received many honors during his lifetime. He was also well educated which was an exception in the times in which he lived. (Source: Genealogical and Family History of the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys, Pennsylvania, vol. II, pp146-147.

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Burial: Body lost or destroyed

Created by: Vicky Record added: Jan 13, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 103491026

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Saint Martin's Church, Dorking, Surrey, England
Saint Martin's Church, Dorking, Surrey, England
Collopmore, Surrey, England
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October 27, 1634
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Guilford, Surrey, England
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Gravesend, Kings, New York, USA
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New Amsterdam, NY, New York, USA
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Gravesend, Long Island, Nieuw Nederland