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The Valentine family of Long Island

Richard Valentine

    RICHARD VALENTINE (1681-bef 1768) is thought to have been born at Hempstead. The first public record in which Richard is found is a deed dated 25 October, 1715 in which John Jackson of Hempstead  sells a certain piece of property to his son, James Jackson of Flushing, describing the land as "the Harbour Hill" in Hempstead adjacent to lands of Richard Valentine, Jr.  The next record which mentions him is that of his father's Will which was made in 1723.  He is believed to have married MARY, daughter of THOMAS and MARTHA (SEAMAN) PEARSAL(L), for he is next mentioned with Henry Pearsal  in the Will of Charles Mott of Cowneck, dated 21 August, 1729 as "my brothers-in-law".  Charles Mott requested that  his executors sell the land he bought from Noah Barton in Westchester, (Westchester County, NY).  He devised to his wife, Deborah (Valentine/Pearsal); to his daughters Abigail, Elizabeth and Mary, all under the age of 18, and four Joseph, Thomas, Samuel and Sylvanus Mott. He referred to his father, Charles Mott and his uncle, Adam Mott. Witnesses were Jacob Mott, Alexander Yong, William Kirk and Thomas Pearsal. [NYHS COLL XI:156]  Herny Pearsall (Sr.), Mary's grandfather, was one of the original fifty proprietors of Hempstead with 9 acres in Mr. Washborn's Neck, 12 acres more in Mr. Fordham's neck and 12 acres held "for estate".
     In December, 1753, Richard (Sr), for love and affection, deeded to his youngest son, Richard "equal moiety or half part of all my land." [HTR IV:295]  On 20 March 1758, Richard, yeoman, of Hempstead Harbour, deeded land to his son, Richard, Jr., yeoman, of same, that was land bequeathed to him by his son, John Valentine, in his Will dated 3 May, 1748. [HTR IV:293]
     Whether Richard had been brought up in the Society of Friends or adopted the Quaker faith when he married Mary Pearsal is difficult to say.  Though a through search of available Quaker records has not revealed the first mention of him or his children, it is entirely possible he belonged to a unit of the Quakers who's records have not survived.  According to the family tradition as written in 1858 he was a Quaker;  his wife's family undoubtedly belonged to this faith.  It is noted that the north side of town - in which the Valentines lived - was "rapidly become a Quaker area" , about the time of Richard's birth. Such leaders as John Seaman, Mary's maternal grandfather; and Nathaniel and Thomas Pearsall, Mary's uncle and father, had jointed that Society.
     Richard "of Hempstead Harbour, Queens County," left a Will dated 4 April, 1768, proven 18 June, 1768.  In it he refers to himself as being "far advanced in years."  He bequeathed to his sister (sister-in-law) Ann Pearsall, the use of the west dwelling house and two lean-tos on the north side along with the cellar and Chamber, and one-half of his meadow ground below the house with firewood for her use to support one fire, a cow and his black horse, and the privilege to
gather apples.  She was to have pasturage for both until her death or marriage.  He also gave her all the beds she called hers, linen she marked with by name, a year's board or provision, wool and flax and two barrels of cider yearly.  He mentioned his grandson, George Weeks to whom he devised a piece of meadow ground lying west of his house and which he had given a deed to him, and to his deceased grandson, Richard Weeks, containing six acres."  He stated, "if there is any dispute made by the executors of my son, Richard, or my grandson Richard Valentine, the son of my deceased son, Richard Valentine, then my grandson, George Weeks is
to have as much other land."  The executors were to divide the land that had laid in common between him and the children of his deceased son, Richard. They were to sell eighty acres of land above the Hill eastward to the house. He devised to his son, Joseph, fifty acres of land lying on the west side of the road and joining the east side of Onderdonk's mill pond, and a small piece of land on the east side of the highway, and adjoining the north side of Thomas Ireland's land. He also left to his
son, Joseph, one-half of all the undivided lands in Hempstead.  To his grandson, Richard Valentine, son of his deceased son, Richard, the other half.  The executors of his Will were to pay to his "sister-in-law", Phebe Valentine, the use of all lands, gardens and buildings not ordered to be sold during ten years to support her and her children and they were to be sold with monies being paid to grandsons, Richard and Samuel Valentine, sons of his son Richard, deceased. To his two granddaughters, Jemima Baker and Abigail Weeks, he gave all of the household goods with the rest of his personal estate being sold. Thomas Seaman of Westbury, Israel Pearsall of Hempstead Harbor, his loving friends, and his grandson, Richard Kirk, were appointed executors of the Will. Witnesses were Elijah Gowdy,
Hendrick Onderdonk and Samuel Willis. [NYHS COLL VII:183-4]


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CHARLES EDWARD VALENTINE Born: Brooklyn, NY 1856.   Died 1-21-1918 Norwalk .  Death Records P-166.Appeared in Norwalk CT Directory in 1890
Last Address:  42 Butler St, So. Norwalk, Conn.. Foreman  Was Volk Hat Co.
Buried:            St. Mary's Cemetery, 233 Richards Ave Norwalk, Conn..,   (St Mary's Church 669 West Ave,)  Maybe Wed there.
Undertaker:     Raymond & Son, Norwalk, Conn..
WED.              In Brooklyn or Norwalk -Where or when unknown?
Annie (McCloskey) Valentine (wife of above)  (mis-spelled McCluskey on death certificate)
Born:              1852  England (per death certif.)  Died: 3-23 1910 Norwalk, Conn..
Address:         Chapel St., Norwalk, Conn..
Buried:            St. Mary's Cemetery, Norwalk, Conn..
Undertaker:     Raymond & Son, 5 East Wall St, Norwalk, Conn.

OFFSPRING (order unknown)

(1)  Catherine  1879/80 ?  d. 1897 ?    Accidentally killed on 16/17th  birthday by fallen electric wire.  Place of birth unknown. Assume died Norwalk, CT.
(2) Grace     1881, d.1944. Grave, St. Mary's, Norwalk, CT. Last Address: Post Rd. Darien, Ct.  Wed. (1) Sieler,
(2) William F.

Will Abstracts relating to the Valentine Line

submitted by Valentune Van Zee
Abstracts of Wills Vol VII 1766-1771, pages 233 & 234:
Page 498.--In the name of God, Amen. December 7, 1768. I, JONATHAN VALENTINE, of Hempsted, in Queens County, "being at this time advanced in years and infirm in Body." I leave to my wife Huldah 3 cows, to be purchased and maintained on her thirds of my farm; Also 10 bushels of wheat, 10 of corn, and 10 of Rye yearly, and firewood brought home to the door, and a horse and a riding chair, and a negro man, and all household furniture. I leave to my son Philip 10 acres of land fronting on the south side of 10 acres that my son Richard holds by deed on the north side of my farm. I leave to my sons, Richard and Philip, all the rest of my lands and all my rights in the Common lands, except the Brushy Plains. To each of my sons I leave a negro boy. I leave to my two sons "my Desk and two Books, one titled the Present State of England, the other named Conductor Generalis, and my book stand." I leave to my wife my Great Bible during her life, and then to my son Philip, and I leave to my two sons all my lands and Money. I leave to my grandson, Jonathan Valentine, 8 acres of timber land, to be laid out on the west side of my land joining to Francis Davenport, also the privilege of cutting 5 loads of hay on my meadow at South, yearly. And my sons shall furnish my grandson Jonathan apparell, meat, drink, washing, and lodging, and pay for his Schooling until he is 14 years old, and then put him to learn a trade. I leave to my son James a bond of Daniel Tarbush; To my daughter Anne a looking glass that hangs in the west room, and the bed and furniture, and £40 and a negro boy; To my granddaughter, Margaret Valentine, £18, and all the movables that did belong to her father, Jonathan Valentine, deceased. I leave to my son Jonas 1/2 of my right in the Brushy Plain, and to my son David the other half. I leave to my daughters, Martha Foster and Phebe Hendrickson, 10s. each. I leave to my daughter, Sarah Crooker, 10s., and to my daughter, Ruth Crooker, three cows, "when she thinks fit to call for them." I make my wife and my sons, Richard and Philip, and my friend, Samuel Clowes, Esq., executors. Witnesses: John Williams, Benjamin Downing, Luke Cummins. Proved, January 14, 1769.
Abstracts of Wills Vol X 1780-1782, page 216:
Page 488.--I, HULDAH VALENTINE, of the Township of Hempstead, on Nassau Island, being this 10th day of November, 1781, weak in health of body, but understanding sound, altho ancient in years. I leave unto my two sons, Richard and Phillip, three cows, paying all my charges of sickness and funeral charges. Unto Phebe Crooker, daughter of my daughter Ruth, my best cupboard and stand and two brass candlesticks, one small trunk, a half a dozen silver tablespoons, silver tea tongs and milk pot. The rest of my estate that was given to me by my husband, to Phebe Hendricks, Sarah Crooker, Anna Smith wife of James Smith, and Phebe Crooker, and Martha Forster's children as much as either of my above-mentioned daughters, and Black Sarah and the rest of my money and clothes to be equally divided between Phebe Hendrickson, Sarah Crook[er], and Anna Smith wife of James Smith, my three daughters, and Phebe Crook[er] and Martha Forster's children equal with either of my three daughters. Unto David Valentine's, deceased, two sons, George and Phillip, £50, to be in their uncles' (Richard Valentine and Phillip Valentine) hands till the boys come of age. Unto Abigail Valentine, daughter of David, £10; to James Valentine's four daughters, £20. I make James Smith, Hendrick Onderdonck, John Williams, executors.
Witnesses: John Williams, Samuel Searing, Richard Smith, yeoman. Proved,  March 25, 1782.
In addition William Crocker's will seems to supplemints the wills of Jonathan and Huldah:
William Crucker (Crooker) of Oyster Bay, Queens Co. left a will dated 6 Apr 1782, proved 26 Mar 1784 in which he allowed he was “far advanced in years…” He names his daughters Elizabeth Weeks, Anna Albertice, Sarah Valentine; son William Crucker (who married Sarah Valentine); grand daughter Phebe Crucker, grandsons James and William Pine. Executors were friends Timothy Townsend, Richard Valentine and Anna Albertice. [NYGS COLL XIL:312]
Abstracts of Wills Vol III 1730-1744, pages 24 & 25:
Page 97.--In the name of God, Amen. The 6 day of February 1730/1. I, JOHN KEARLE, JR., of Hempstead, in Queens County, on Nassau Island, being now very sick. My will is that my dwelling-house in which I now live, and all my lands and meadows, "divided and undivided, with housen and outhousen," belonging to me in the town of Hempstead, shall be sold by my executors within 12 months. My executors shall pay to my father, John Kearle, Sr., £400. If any part of the £400 is remaining after the death of said John Kearle, Sr., or his wife (my mother, Sarah Kearle), it shall be paid to my executors. I leave to my wife, Ann, all my movable estate "within doors and without," except my winter corn, now in my barn, and the money owed to me by debtors. And my executors shall provide a house and a small piece of land for my said wife to dwell in, while she remains my widow, and at her death or marriage, it is to be sold by my executors for the benefit of my children, and the whole is to be divided among my children, viz., Jacob and Sarah Kearle, "and also that child which my wife is now bigg with." I appoint my wife Ann, and my brothers-in-law, Richard Valentine and James Pine, and John Treadwell, Jr., all of Hempstead, executors. Witnesses: Nathan Valentine, John Mott, Jr. Proved, March 6, 1730/1.
Abstracts of Wills Vol III 1730-1744, pages 192 & 193:
Page 442.--"I, GEORGE DOUMEN [DOWNING], of Oyster Bay, in Queens County, yeoman, being sick." My executors are to sell all my land on the west side of Hudson river, at Kakiat or New Hempstead, and they are to sell all the wheat that can be spared, and from the proceeds they are to pay all debts. I leave to my son Daniel the value of Å"3 "of creatures." I leave to my wife Phebe, a negro girl during life, and then to be sold. I leave all my houses, lands, and orchards to my five sons, George, Daniel, Richard, Benjamin, and Henry. And the personal property to them and my daughter, Sarah Valentine [wife of Jacob Valentine, son of Obadiah, son of Richard1]. I make my wife, and my sons George and Daniel, executors. Witnesses: Thomas Pearsall, Joseph Carpenter, Richard Valentine. George Clarke, Esq., President of His Majesty's Council, and Commander-in-Chief of the Provinces of New York and New Jersey. To all to whom these Presents may come, Sendeth Greeting. Know ye, that at Queens County, the 9th day of March, 1735/6, before John Messenger, Esq., the will of GEORGE DOUMEN was proved, and the executors confirmed.
Note: Wife Phebe, was the daughter of Richard Valentine and Sarah Halstead.