Lt. Nicholas Stillwell, Jr.

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Nicholas Stillwell, Jr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Collopmore, Surrey, England
Death: Died in Staten Island, Richmond County, Province of New York
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Son of Nicholas Stillwell and Alice Odelle Stillwell
Husband of Anetje "Anne" Van Dyke, and Abigail Stillwell
Father of John Stillwell; Anne Stillwell; Maria Britton; Alice Osborn; William Stillwell and 8 others
Brother of John Stillwell; Emma Stillwell; Elizabeth Stillwell; Mabel Cooke; Edwin Stillwell and 5 others

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About Lt. Nicholas Stillwell, Jr.

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.

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Lt. Nicholas Stillwell, Jr.'s Timeline

1601
1601
Saint Martin's Church, Dorking, Surrey, England
1601
Saint Martin's Church, Dorking, Surrey, England
1603
1603
Collopmore, Surrey, England
1624
1624
Age 21
1630
1630
Age 27
Eng
1634
1634
Age 31
Guilford, Surrey, England
1636
1636
Age 33
Gravesend, Kings, New York, USA
1641
1641
Age 38
Hol.
1643
1643
Age 40
New Amsterdam, NY, New York, USA
1645
1645
Age 42
Gravesend, Long Island, Nieuw Nederland