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Early Families of Gravesend, Long Island

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  • N.N. (deceased)
    From William Compton was born between 30 Sept. 1622 and 29 Sept. 1623. He was English and lived among the Dutch who referred to him as Willem. He was not listed on the first division for the town o...
  • William Compton I, of Gravesend (aft.1622 - 1679)
    Notes From William Compton was born between 30 Sept. 1622 and 29 Sept. 1623. He was English and lived among the Dutch who referred to him as Willem. He was not listed on the first division for th...
  • James Hubbard (1613 - 1693)
    James Hubbartt was the youngest son of eleven children. He was born in 1613 in Langham, England, (Rutland Co.) He was the son of Henry and Margaret Hubbart, or Hubbard, the name was written both ways. ...
  • Elizabeth Hubbard (c.1646 - 1693)
  • Thomas Whitlock (1623 - 1703)
    Thomas emigrated to the US in 1641 from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. He was an early settler of Gravesend and Westchester NY and later a resident of Middletown, NJ.

Gravesend was founded in 1645 by Lady Deborah Moody who led a group of religious dissenters fleeing persecution, in the Dutch colony of New Netherland. The people from Gravesend were granted religious freedom, which was unusual for that period. Lady Moody was the only woman to found a colonial settlement in early North America. She was the first female landowner in the New World. Lady Deborah had unusual influence in a society dominated by men, and was described by contemporaries as "a dangerous woman."

Wilhelm Kieft, governor of New Netherland (present day state of New York, US) set aside a substantial area in western Long Island for Lady Moody and her colony, as he had done for Hutchinson, Doughty, and Throckmorton.

We do not know much more about the first settlement of Gravesend. We would like to know who, besides Lady Moody, was numbered among her fellow settlers. Profiles to be added to this project should be those of Lady Moody’s followers, or settlers of Gravesend. Important information about these individuals would include European place of origin, year of emigration to America, place of emigration or initial settlement, and work or position in Gravesend.

Good places to start finding Gravesend settlers are:

Known settlers include:

  1. Lady Deborah Moody
  2. Sir Henry Moody (Lady Deborah's son)
  3. James Hubbard
  4. George Baxter
  5. John Morrell
  6. Richard Ussell
  7. Nicholas Stillwell
  8. George Holmes
  9. Thomas Hall
  10. John Tilton
  11. James Ellis
  12. Cornelius Stellinant
  13. Edward Browse
  14. Richard Stout
  15. Thomas Cornish
  16. Thomas Greedy
  17. Thomas Spicer
  18. Walter Wall
  19. John Cooke
  20. James Grover
  21. John Rinkman/Ruckman
  22. William Musgram
  23. Thomas Whitlock
  24. Richard Gibbons
  25. Randall Huett
  26. Ralph Cardell
  27. Robert Pennoyer
  28. William Wilkins