About William Dervall
William Dervall was a colonial merchant and was appointed the eighth mayor of New York City on October 17, 1675. He was the first mayor of New York City after it was returned to English rule. He was an English merchant who had moved from Boston to New York during the administration of Governor Richard Nicolls and set up a store together with his brother near the lower end of Pearl Street. His wife, Rebecca, was the daughter of Thomas Delavall, who was the second, fifth and eleventh mayor of New York City, from whom he inherited Great Barn Island, together with a large estate in Harlem.