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The Jackson family of Long Island

Robert Jackson

    According to family papers, Robert and Agnes settled Hempstead in 1643 coming from "Watertown Mass. thence to Wethersfield Conn., thence to Stamford, and from thence to Hempstead".  Traveling in the party was their minister, Reverend Richard Denton, a graduate of Cambridge University, who also had been previously settled at Watertown Mass.
    Robert was a Freeholder of Hempstead when the first land division took place in 1647.  He was also for many years a (Trustee) of the Town and was one of the Deputies appointed in 1664 from the town of Hempstead  to a convention of delegates for the purpose of framing a code of laws for the colony that became known as the "Dukes Laws". (provided by Robert Jackson, a descendant of Robert Jackson and Agnes Wasborne)

Colonel John Jackson

    Colonel John Jackson was a prominent public man, and one of the first settlers of Jerusalem, Long Island.  Member of Assembly, January 11, 1664: Member Commission to Governor Stuyvesant, 1685; Patentee of land, 1687; Captain of Queens Troops in expedition to Albany, July 9, 1689; Juryman 1691 to 1695; High Sheriff of Queens County, 1693 to 1709 and 1710 to 1746; Representative from Queens county, 1693 to Colonial Legislature, 1699; Justice of the Peace of Queens County, 1700; Lieutenant Colonel, 1701; colonel, December 30, 1701; Member of Protestant Petition to King William III, 1703; Commissioner of Highways, 1710 to 1723; Judge of Queens County. [from Seaman, Mary Thomas "The Seaman Family in America..., 1928 p.22]
     "Colonel John Jackson was the oldest son of Robert Jackson, and was in his lifetime a leading man in all Public matters.  He was one of the Patentees of the Town of Hempstead, and one of the largest land holders in Queens County.  He was High Sheriff, Colonel of the Militia, member of the Provincial Assembly and Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.  Owning besides his lands in the Town of Hempstead, all the South Beach and Marshes from the Hempstead line to Suffolk County line.  His first wife was Elizabeth Hallett, and his second wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Captain John Seaman.  He died in 1725, and his will dated August 26, 1724, was proved in the Surrogate's Office of the Province, December 6, 1725, and recorded in the office of the Surrogate of the City and County of New York in Liber 10 of Wills, pages 107-116.
     "He left three sons and five daughters, viz:  first, Samuel, son of Colonel John Jackson, by his father's will inherited the Homestead, which was situated at Jerusalem in the Town of Hempstead.  His children were Richard, Townsend, Thomas, Ruth, Jemimah m. James Hewlet, Letitia m. Solomon Pool, Mary m. John Pratt and Martha m. Samuel Birdsall." [from: Robbins, Oscar Burton, History of the Jackson Family of Hempstead, Long Island, NY, Ohio and Indiana; descendants of Robert and Agnes Washburne Jackson,  (Loveland, CO: 1951), 5.]
     "At a tound meting Held in Hemsted October the 20th, 1683 by Reazon of an Ord'r sent from New York from ye Honor'd Governor and Councel wee the Inhabittants of Hemsted have chosen too attand ye Governor's ord'r in the behalfe of the towne Captain John Cieman Symon Searing and Left John Jackson to attend ye Honors order send unto uss per ord'r Recorded by mee Francis Chappell Clerk."

WILL dated August 26, 1724 Proved at Court of Common Pleas, Queens County, December 6, 1725.

   In the name of God, Amen. August 26, 1724. I, JOHN JACKSON, of Hempstead, in Queens County, Esq., being well in body. I leave to my son, Samuel Jackson, the house and land that I now dwell upon at Jerusalem, beginning at the northwest corner of the land by the south side of the road that parts my land and the Seaman's tract of land, and so to run on the east side of the road that leads to the South till it comes to the fence on the south side of my young orchard, and so to run east as the fence stands till it cometh to the fence that parts my son John Jackson's land and my land that I now dwell on, and then to run east as the fence stands, to the east end of it; and from thence a due east line to the east end of my land; and then to run north as the lines of my land runs to the north side of it, and then as the path goeth to the bounds first mentioned; also the land where his house standeth, bounded west by the road that leads to South, south by land of Joshua Barnes, north by fence that parts the land of my son John and my land that I now dwell on. And these pieces are to contain one half of my tract of land that lyeth in a body at Jerusalem. I leave to my son John the tract of land where he now dwelleth at Jerusalem, being the equal 1/2 of said tract of land; also 3 lots of meadow and all the upland on the "Half Neck," so called; also a piece of land on the Great Neck, above the Indian path or road across the Neck, adjoining to the Half Neck brook, 24 acres which he now hath in his possession; Also my 3 1/2 lots of meadow on the Great Neck, to the west of the Parsonage lot of meadow, bounded west by the Ditch, and all the upland that lyeth above the said meadow and to the neck fence, westward of Ireland's path; also 1/2 of that piece of land on the west side of Great Neck, north of the 8 acre lot, including my 8 acre lot I bought of Peter Titus, and south of Joshua Barnes' land. And he is to have the north end of the piece of land adjoining to Joshua Barnes' land. I leave to my son Samuel all my meadow and upland on the east side of Great Neck, bounded west by the Parsonage meadow, south by Ireland's path, north by the neck and east by the Half Neck brook; also that parcel of land and meadow lying on the Great Neck, east of the 8 acre lot and west of the path to South; Also the south half of the lot above the 8 acre lot including 1/2 of the 8 acre lot I bought of Peter Titus; Also another piece of land lying on the east side of Joshua Barnes' homestead, and west of the 50 acre lot; being 34 acres and 148 rods; also 50 acres of land lying between Jerusalem swamp and Birdsall's swamp, bounded east by Jerusalem brook, and west by the brook of Birdsall's swamp, north by Thomas Seaman and running west to Birdsall's swamp or Little meadow brook, and extending down south till it makes 50 acres; Also my house and barn and 4 home lots in the Town Plot of Hempstead, and one lot of meadow he now has. I also leave to him John Hewes' right in the undivided lands of Hempstead. I leave to my son John 79 acres of land to be taken up on my right in the Town of Hempstead; also 100 acres to be taken up on the same right. I leave to my son, James Jackson, 156 acres of land to be taken up on my right. And I leave to my three sons all the remainder of my estate in Hempstead or elsewhere, both divided and undivided, and Hollows on the Plains, and Ox Pasture rights in both Ox Pastures, and all my rights in the Patent of Hempstead. I leave to my daughter, Elizabeth Doughty, a negro girl. To my daughter, Martha Titus, another negro girl called "Nanny," "I will that the first girl that Nanny hath after the date of these presents, shall be to my daughter Hannah Seaman, and she shall have it when it is fit to wean." "And when my daughter Martha dieth, then Nanny shall be to my grand-daughter, Elizabeth Titus." "I leave to my son-in-law, Jeckomiah Scott, the negro woman he has in his possession, until his youngest children are of age, and then she or her value shall be divided among his four daughters." I leave to my daughter, Sarah Barnes, a negro girl. To my daughter, Elizabeth Doughty, my best bed, and to the four daughters of my daughter, Mary Scott, deceased, my next best bed. I make my trusty friends, Captain John Tredwell and my three sons, executors.
Witnesses, Timothy Bayley, Daniel Jones, William Willis. Proved at Court of Common Pleas, Queens County, December 6, 1725.

[NOTE.--The above is the will of one of the most prominent citizens of Queens County. Jeckomiah Scott, one of the sons in law, lived at Southampton, Suffolk County, and was son of the famous Captain John Scott, whose numerous escapades are a very important chapter in Long Island history. Joshua Barnes, another son in law, was born in Southampton, April 8, 1683. He was the son of Samuel Barnes who married Patience, daughter of Robert Williams, who was the proprietor of Robert Williams' "Purchase," now Jericho, in Queens County. They were married November 9, 1676. Samuel Barnes was the son of Joshua Barnes, of Southampton, who lived on the homestead now owned by William S. Pelletreau. Joshua Barnes (son of Samuel) sold the homestead to his brother-in-law, Captain Jeckomiah Scott, and went to Queens County. He afterward removed to Westchester, and some of the families of that name are descended from him.--William S. Pelletreau]