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Richard Betts

Also Known As: "Capt Richard Betts I"
Birthdate: (99)
Birthplace: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
Death: November 18, 1713 (99)
Newton, Queens County, Province of New York
Place of Burial: Betts Cemetery Maspeth Queens County New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Betts, Sr; Richard Betts; Suzzanah Betts and Susannah Betts
Husband of Joanna Betts
Father of Richard Betts, Jr.; Joanna Scudder; Martha Betts; Mary Swasey; Daniel Betts and 5 others

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Capt. Richard Betts b. 1613 m. Joanna Chamberlain

Thomas Betts s/o Richard m. Mercy Whitehead

Elizabeth Betts d/o Richard m. Capt. Joseph Sackett

Richard Betts, Ipswich 1648, said to have come from Hemel Hempstead, Co. Herts, removed to Newton, L.I. 1656, there was in high esteem many years and died 18 Nov. 1713, at the age of 100, to render wh. great number of years, doubtful the stupidity of tradition adds, that he dug his own grave. By wife, Joanna, Riker says, he had Richard; Thomas; Joanna, who married John Scudder; Mary, who married Joseph Swazey; Martha, who married Philip Ketchum; Elizabeth who was first wife of Joseph Sackett; and Sarah, who married Edward Hunt. Richard Betts, Newtown, L.I. son of the preceeding died 4 Nov 1711, leaving Richard, Robert, Thomas, Sarah, Elizabeth Joanna, Abigail, and Mary, beside widow Sarah, who may have been mother of all these children. (Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, p. 172)

A paragraph from "The Scaketts of America," pg. 20, has the following:

Capt. Richard Betts, the father of Elisabeth, the first wife of Capt. Joseph Sackett, was born in Hertferdshire, England, in the year 1613. He came to New England about the year 1635, and in 1636 settled in Newtown, Mass., from which place, prior to 1642, he removed to Ipswich, where he remained until about 1654, when he removed to and became a permanent resident of Newtown, Long Island, N.Y. There he soon acquired prominence and influence, and for upwards of half a century participated largely in public affairs. In the revolution of 1663 he bore a zealous part, and after the conquest of New Netherlands by the English was a member from Newtown of the Provisional Assembly held at Hempstead in 1665. He was "High Sheriff of Yorkshire, upon Long Island" from 1678 to 1681. For a long series of years he was a magistrate, and several times a member of the "high Court of Assise," then the supreme power of the Colony. His name is honorably mentioned in upwards of thirty distinct paragraphs on the pages of "Riker's Annals of Newtown," the last of which reads as follows: "The last survivor of the original purchasors, Capt. Richard Betts, died on November 18, of this year" (1713) "at the patriarchal age of a hundred years. None in the township has been so eminent as he for commanding influence and valuable public service. His remains were interred on his own estate at the English Kills, on the 20th, with a funeral service by Mr. Poyer, rector of Jamaica Parish." (View the will of Richard Betts Sr.)

The Children of Richard Betts

Richard Betts who left a widow Sarah and children: Richard, Robert, Thomas, Sarah, Elizabeth, Joanna, Abigail and Mary.

Thomas Betts m. Mercy Whitehead, daughter of Daniel Whitehead

Joanna Betts m. 1669, John Scudder, born 1645, died 1732

Mary Betts m. Joseph Swazey

Martha Betts m. Phillip Ketchum. (Abstracts of Wills Vol III 1730-1744) Page 213--In the name of God, Amen. I, Philip Ketcham, of Newtown, in Queens County, "being at present in pretty good health." "I order that all such debts as I own in Law or Conscience to be paid." All the rest of my estate, real and personal, I leave to my beloved grand-son, Phillip Edsall, and to my beloved grand-daughter, Mary Ketcham. I make my trusty friends, Captain Samuel Fish and Peter Berrian, esecutors. Dated January 31, 173 2/3. Witnesses, Thomas Hazzard, Thomas Hazzard, Jr., Daniel Hazzard. Proved, April 21, 1734.

Elizabeth m. Joseph Sackett

Sarah Betts m. Edward Hunt

Captain Richard (1613-1713) and wife Joanna's home stood at the southwest corner of territory now surrounded by the Betts cemetery. The home was razed in 1899. According to legend, Captain Richard Betts dug his own grave in the Betts family plot a few days before he died. Their graves are not detectable.

Name: Richard (Capt.) BETTS 1 2 3 4 Sex: M Birth: 11 APR 1613 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England Burial: NOV 1713 Betts Estate, The English Kills, Newton, Queens County, Long Island, New York Event: 9JVK-CB Ancestral File Number Will: 16 MAR 1711 Immigration: BEF 1646 Death: 18 NOV 1713 in Newton (Newtown), Queens County, Long Island, New York Birth: 11 APR 1614 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England Note:

   "History of Long Island" (1906)
   In the Revolution of 1663, [Capt. Betts] borre a zealous part, and after the conquest of the New Netherlands by the English, he was a member from Newtown to the Provincial Assembly held at Hempstead in 1665. In 1678, he was commissioned high sheriff of 'Yorkshire upon Long Island,' and he retained the position until 1681. He became a bitter opponent to Director Pieter Stuyvesant and the little town of Bushwick, which he had founded. Under leave from the Governor, the English settlers had planted their town, but were refused the usual patent, and in 1656 Richard Betts administered a severe blow to Stuyvesant by purchasing the land for himself and fifty five associates, from the Red Men at the rate of one shilling per acre. The total cost amounted to some 68 pounds which together with the sum of 76 shilling paid to the Sachems, Pomwaukon and Rowerowestco, extinguished the Indian title to Newtown.
   For a long series of years, Betts was a magistrate. During this time, he was more than once a member of the High Court of Assize, then the supreme power in the province. He became an extensive land holder at the English Kills. His residence was here, in what is still known as the 'old Betts house.' It is further said that here within sight of his bedroom he dug his own grave, in his hundredth year. And from the former to the later he was carried in 1713. No headstone marks the grave, but its absence may be accounted for by the fact that his sons had become Quakers and abjured headstones.
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Richard Betts's Timeline

April 11, 1614
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
Age 35
Queens County, New York, United States
Age 35
May 14, 1654
Age 40
Middenburgh (Present Elmhurst), (Present Queens Borough), New Netherlands (Present New York)
Age 39
Newton, Queens, New York
Age 42
Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA

Daniel Betts
in the American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
Name: Daniel Betts
Birth Date: 1657
Birthplace: Connecticut
Volume: 13
Page Number: 222
Reference: Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): Jul 7, 1932, 3420
Source Information
Godfrey Memorial Library, comp.. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999.
Original data: Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library.
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Newtown, Queens, Long Island, New York
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Newtown,Queens,New York,USA
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Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United State