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The Southard family of Long Island

Descendants of Thomas Southard

Parts of the following as well as parts of the Southard File came from two Rootsweb sites.  One with information submitted by Doris Wheeler   Doris other websites are www.doriswheeler.org and http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com. She has a great deal of Southard information in both places. In addition she manages the Southard DNA Project at www.familytreedna.com/southworth-southard.  Other information was submitted by Gretchen Heller  as well Southard researcher was pointed out by Brenda Southard Keenan a Southard researcher and a descendant of Thomas Southard, is http://www.my-ged.com/iles/ by Dwight D. Iles.

NOTE of interest from Brenda Southard Keenan My father and I researched, using the North Carolina Archives Library, here in Raleigh, NC, the line of Henry Jr.  We have seen and held, Henry Jr.'s original will, as well as marriage and land records for many of these people.  Since we put most of this together, and made the contacts on the Internet to provide the rest, I feel like I can share this information.  Henry and Phebe moved to North Carolina with their son Isaac, and his family,  in March of 1767.  Their son, Henry, Jr., moved further into New Jersey about that same time for several years, and then, with a new second wife, moved to North Carolina also, probably between 1781 and 1785.  Henry Jr. is my ancestor.
  I don't know if I told you the reason I searched you out in the first place.  I made a trip with my family for a few days vacation to New York in June.  We had heard rumors that the Thomas Southard House was still standing on Long Island, so before we left, I did the Internet research to find it.  Not only did I find it on the Internet, but I found the house on Long Island.  I promised the 81 year old wife of the now deceased Southard descendant, who lives in the house, I wouldn't post on the Internet where on Long Island it is, but if you are interested, the story can be found on the Township of Hempstead's  Web Site.

   Thomas probably came on a Dutch ship directly from Holland to New Amsterdam (later New York City) around the1640's. Appears to have been working as a farm hand for his future father-in-law Anthony Jansen, who was a rather well-to-do farmer of Gravesend. After their marriage he bought a farm of 200 acres ajoining his father-in-laws. Both Anthony and Thomas were of a disagreeable sort and soon started quarreling and ended up in court in 1653. After loosing the court case, Thomas sold his farm and bought a  new farm 20 miles away in Hempstead on 8 Dec. 1655. Eventually  he owned about 214 acres of land at this location.
"Southard or Southart, Thomas, of Gd [Gravesend], (sup.) English, m. Annica da. of Anthony Jansen from Salee. Bought Dec. 20, 1650, of Thomas Applegate the one half of the lot Applegate bought of Randell Hunt, as per Gd. rec. Owned plantation-lot No. 11 in Gd in 1653. He quarrelled with his father-in-law Anthony Jansen about the ownership of cattle, on which Anthony was imprisoned by the local court of Gd, but released by the higher one of the colony, as per p. 136 of Calendar of Dutch Man.  He appears to have removed to Hempstead, where he resided in 1670, having sons Thomas Junr and John, whose descendants reside in that locality.  He was also probably the ancestor of the Southards of N.J.... " See Samuel, son of Thomas, Jr. for more info.
    From a Family Group Sheet in LDS online site: "It was fortunate for me that Jane and Jim were still in New Jersey when I found I had yet another family of that state to be researched.  Jacob Falkenburg, grandson of the first Henry Jacob Falkenburg, married a Phoebe Southard.  Jane and Jim found this researched by Ralph Potter at the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark.  The first American Southards were not of which we can be proud.  Let us hope that their unlovable characteristics were diluted through the years by other more gentle traits given to us by other ancestors.
    "Thomas Southard was the first of this family in America. He was probably of a family of English dissenters who went first to Holland -- as he was born there about 1615, possibly in Leyden.  He settled at Gravesend, Long Island and went to work for a farmer named Anthony Jansen.  Anthony was of a somewhat higher station in life and a man of property on Long Island.  His father was Jan Jansen Van Haarlem.  As you know, Haarlem is a city in Holland and no doubt that district in New York got its name from that Dutch city.
    "Anthony and Grietje Reyniers were married on board the ship that brought them to America ca 1631.  Annica, the first of their four daughters, was born around 1632 in what is now lower Manhattan in New York City.  In a mutually agreeable arrangement Thomas Southard and Annica Jansen were married. Thomas was probably looking to a dower, and Anthony no doubt happy to have one of his daughters off his hands.  Thomas bought land of Anthony whereby making them neighbors.  Court records show Anthony to be mean and quarrelsome, and at odds with the law, with the church pastor and his wife, and finally with Thomas who was no less contentious.  When it became apparent that things would be no better between the families, Thomas and Annica moved to Hempstead, Long Island.  There they raised their family of 9 children.  They died there, he in 1688.  Annica was still living in 1698.  Their second son, John, was our ancestor.
    "As the sons grew to manhood they found it more difficult to live in Hempstead as they felt more Dutch than English. "In the years before the Revolution, feelings ran high between the American rebels and those loyal to the crown. Their English neighbors insisted they take sides.  To escame this, many Southards decided to leave Hempstead, some going up the Hudson River and others going to Connecticut.  Our John had married Grace Carman who lived on a neighboring farm.  I believe she was the daughter of either Joseph or Caleb Carman.