In the more than 75
years since the publication of MaIlman's "Historical Papers on Shelter
Island and Its Presbyterian Church," a wealth of new or supplementary material
has become available on the lineage of the Havens family, with which the
genealogical pages of MaIlman's work were principally concerned. Some of
it is to be found in published works like Mather's "Refugees of 1776
from Long Island to Connecticut," much has been published in periodicals
like the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, and a
great deal has been researched by private individuals.
As one of the descendants of William Havens of Rhode Island, the first to arrive in this country, and of the Havenses who early settled in Suffolk County, New York, I have been particularly concerned with the genealogy of this family. In the course of my research, it very soon became apparent that it was necessary to consult very widely dispersed sources. As a consequence, it occurred to me that I could perform a useful service for the benefit of other genealogists in, or interested in, this family by organizing and assembling my material in the form of one publication.
The pages which follow are, as the title declares, confined almost entirely to the Havens family in Suffolk County, although they do follow some of their migrations elsewhere. They are based on MaIlman's valuable work, but they contain a great deal of new material. They also contain some revisions -- corrections, if you will, for MaIlman, being human, was not immune to error.
The MaIlman records cover only those Havens families in Suffolk County who descended from either Jonathan--313 and Hannah (Brown) Havens or John--315 and Sarah (Conkling) Havens. So far, I have been unable to uncover information on any Havens families in Suffolk County who go back to other ancestors in the third generation. It seems to me highly unlikely that the ancestry is so restricted; some names are found in the old Shelter Island records, for example, for whom I have been unable to establish the parentage. They may have been lines from George--312 who died on Fisher's Island.
To conserve time, labor and expense, the main entries in my material are limited to male heads of Havens families. Each of these is the nucleus of a family group, with attention centered on, but not limited to, the head of the household. Although the daughters are not overlooked, the information concerning them, their marriages and their children, is generally restricted, by force of circumstance, to what can be handily summarized as part of the information covering the family group.
It is interesting to note that, of all the 370-odd marriages between Havenses and other families, the family that they made the most marriages with -- 13 in all -- was Havens. In other words, more Havenses married Havenses than they did members of any other family.
The numbering system used has a twofold advantage. The first digit, from one to ten, indicates the generation to which the individual in question belongs, starting with William of Rhode Island as the first. The remaining digits form the distinctive number assigned to the person as an individual in that generation. For the convenience of those wishing to correlate individuals with Mailman's entries, the MaIlman number and/or pagination follow, in parentheses, the name of the head of the family, at the beginning of the entry. If no MaIlman data are found, it is because the main-entry individual is not found in Mailman but was uncovered by later research. I believe I have covered every Havens male in MaIlman's book -- and of course many more.
Source material referred to in the text is designated by A (for Reference) numbers, and documentary details are provided in Appendix I.
The greatest enrichment of the Mailman information will be found in the pages covering the first six generations. From that point on down to the tenth generation, the new or supplementary data taper off rapidly, until the final listings are almost entirely exact duplicates of MaIlman's information. Even there, however, some information will be found on lines of descent that have come to light recently. In those later generatIons I have supplied less information on tne collateral lines, excepting those not covered by MaIlman, feeling that further details can be obtained from the MaIlman opus itself.
There remain, of course, many riddles still to be solved, and there is much work yet to be done. A detailed extraction of statistics covering heads of families found in census records is badly needed, plus similar organized research of other records. For example, there may be a mine of information in the material accumulated by the late Judge Dwight C. Haven of Wilmington, North Carolina, who carried on extensive research of the Haven-Havens families. This material is now in the possession of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. I believe it would be advantageous to establish contact with all Havens descendants who are interested in their family history, and the formation of a Havens Family Society would be one means of accomplishing this end.
The accumulation and preparation of my material would not have been possible without the help of many individuals scattered throughout the United States. I am particularly grateful for the assistance or contributions from Mrs. R.S. Andrews of Hillsborough, California; Mr. Charles E. Craven of Wilton, Connecticut; Samuel B. Cross, Westhampton Beach, N.Y.; Mr. & Mrs. William Hannah of the Suffolk County Historical Society -- and that society's splendid library; Mrs. Charles E. Havens of San Jose, California; Mr. Edwin Havens of Arleta, California; Mr. John H. Howell of South Charleston, West Virginia; Mrs. Adele D. Jackel and other members of the staff of the Genealogy Section, New York State Library in Albany; Mr. David A. Overton, Brookhaven Town Historian, Patchogue, New York; Mr. Chester G. Osborne of Center Moriches, New York; Mr. Robert H. Pelletreau of Patchogue, New York; Mrs. W. K. Russell of Irvine, California; and my wife Jeanette, for her constant encouragement and invaluable assistance.
Scotia, New York