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Guide to the Sylvester Manor Archive
1649-1996
 MSS.208

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Collection processed by Colin Wells, with the assistance of Liza Harrell-Edge and Noah Gelfand, 2008-2010. Description revised and enhanced by Rhyannon J. Rodriguez , December 2015

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 02, 2017
Description is in English.

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Record Group I: Sylvester, Brinley, and Lloyd Families

Scope and Contents

Record Group I includes Sylvester, Brinley and Lloyd family items dating from 1649 to 1786. These documents provide evidence of an early northern provisioning plantation actively involved in the Atlantic trades and employing African slave labor, Native Americans, and early European settlers. Financial and accounting evidence of trading activities as well as a number of wills and land ownership documents of various family members provide detailed inventories of possessions during this period.

Series A: Sylvester Family

Biographical Note

The Sylvester Family was involved in the original purchase of Shelter Island in 1651 for the purposes of establishing a provisioning plantation for its Barbados sugar operations. Nathaniel Sylvester (1610 - 1680) was a member of an English merchant family that had briefly relocated to the Netherlands before moving to Barbados to manage the family’s interests in a sugar plantation. He married Grissell (Grizzell) Brinley (1635 - 1687), who was the daughter of Francis Brinley, a merchant of some wealth based in Boston and Rhode Island. The couple came to live on Shelter Island in 1652 as the first Europeans to permanently settle there. The couple produced eleven children, including Giles (Gyles) Sylvester (1657 - 1704), who inherited the heart of the estate from his father, while portions were given to the four other sons (portions of the island had also been given to Constant Sylvester). The Sylvesters were sympathetic to the Quaker religion, and provided shelter to several of its followers during persecutions in other areas of New England. After Nathaniel’s death, the property was no longer affiliated with the sugar plantation in Barbados that had been operated by Nathaniel’s brother Constant. Giles (Gyles) Sylvester died without heir and following a legal dispute, the property passed to Brinley Sylvester (1694 - 1752), Giles’ nephew via his brother Nathaniel II. Brinley Sylvester pursued trading and other maritime merchant activities. He married Mary Burrough and had two daughters, of which Mary Sylvester would marry Thomas Dering and later inherit the estate.

Scope and Contents

Record Group I, Series A: Sylvester Family consists of financial records, legal records, and personal and professional correspondence. Genres range from deeds of property sales, enfranchisements, grants, indentures, inventories, and wills, to bills, bonds and receipts, to letters, notation, and genealogical research. This series also includes the earliest evidence of African American slavery on Shelter Island in the form of Grissell (Grizzell) Sylvester’s last will and testament, dated 1685. These papers lightly refer to Shelter Island manorial business but also include accounts and ledgers of merchant activities in Boston while the settlement identified as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

This series is dominated by sales and settlement papers concerning Horse Neck, a property on the northern shore of Long Island. Horse Neck was purchased by Nathaniel Sylvester for his daughter Grissell (Grizzell) (1654-1691), who was engaged to be married to Latimer Sampson, who died before they were wed. Grissell then married Boston merchant James Lloyd, who appears in this series as well as in Series C: Lloyd Family. Following a dispute over the ownership of the Horse Neck property purchased by Nathaniel Sylvester and given to Latimer Sampson, it was determined that Sampson’s will entitled the property to Grissell and therefore, Lloyd.

The name “Horse Neck” was originally used by Huntington farmers who grazed horses there in the 17th century. Matinecock Native Americans sold Horse Neck (or Caumsett, “place by sharp rock”) to English settlers from Oyster Bay in 1654 before Boston merchant James Lloyd acquired the property in 1676. On March 8, 1685, Lieutenant Governor Thomas Dongan granted James Lloyd the royal patent for Horse Neck, formally renaming it the “Manor of Queens Village,” annexed to Oyster Bay, Queens County. James Lloyd remained in Boston, renting the property out to tenant farmers, but in 1711 his 24-year-old son, Henry, gave up a shipping business in Newport, Rhode Island, to farm the Manor. His “salt box” home, the Henry Lloyd Manor House, stills survives on the grounds of Caumsett State Historic Park, where it has been restored, maintained, and interpreted by the Lloyd Harbor Historical Society.

What was once referred to as Horse Neck is now called Lloyd Neck, and is part of Lloyd Harbor, a village in Suffolk County, while the Incorporated Village of Lloyd Harbor is located in the town of Huntington, Long Island, New York. The Papers of the Lloyd Family of the Manor of Queens Village, Lloyd Neck, Long Island, New York in book (1654-1826) and manuscript form (1654-1822) are preserved at the New York Historical Society.

These materials are arranged chronologically. In the case that a record includes more than one date expression, the listing will begin with its earliest. If an item is physically undated, approximate ranges are provided. These items are noted "undated" and followed by a "circa" estimate determined by the range represented in the same series.

Separated Materials

Britannia Illustrata or views of several of the royal palaces as also of the principal seats of the nobility and gentry of Great Britain elegantly engraven on lxxx. copper plates by Johannes Kip, Leonard Knyff [circa 1708 - 1740] has been removed from this series to Fales Special Collections and cataloged. Please find the Bobst collection and call number below:

SpecCol NA7620 .B75 1700z Flat Non-circulating.

Subject Names

  • Winthrop, John, 1588-1649
  • Richbell, Ann
  • Sampson, Latimer

Document Type

  • Legal correspondence.
  • Legal documents.
  • Notes.
  • Deeds.
  • Commercial correspondence.
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Personal correspondence.
  • Correspondence.
  • Personal papers.
  • Receipts.
  • Wills
  • Financial records
  • Business records.

Subject Topics

  • Genealogy.
  • Slavery -- New York (State) -- Long Island -x History.
  • Slavery -- America -x History.
  • Law -- New York (State) -x History.

Subject Places

  • Boston (Mass.) |x Intellectual life |y 20th century.
  • Lloyd Neck, NY (Suffolk County)
  • Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • New England

Occupation(s)

  • Law clerks.
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 147 Folder : 65 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation & Seal

Addressed To: John Winthrop

Sent From: Lion Gardiner

In Reference To: Business; Hay, Food, English lamb

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6.5” x 8”

Lion Gardiner (1599 – 1663), an early English settler and soldier in the New World, founded the first English settlement in what became the state of New York on Long Island. His legacy includes Gardiners Island, which is held by his descendants. John Winthrop (January 12, 1587 - March 26, 1649) was a wealthy English Puritan lawyer and one of the leading figures in the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the first major settlement in what is now New England after Plymouth Colony. The Winthrop Family Papers are preserved at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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1649 April 14 & 16
Box: 141 Folder : 20 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Deed of Property Sale

Acquistion: Horse Neck, [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Grantee: Nathaniel Sylvester

Grantor: Wyandanch (Wyandance)

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; [Includes Signatures of Witnesses]

4 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.25” x 11.25”

Wyandanch (Wyandance) (born circa 1620 in Montauk, Long Island - died 1660) was a sachem of the Montaukett tribe in the mid-17th century on eastern Long Island. He was an influential "alliance chief," a sachem who was responsible for maintaining friendly relations between his tribe and the settlers.

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1654 September 20; 1658 May 14
Box: 147 Folder : 64 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation & Seal

Addressed To: John Winthrop [Pequot Lands, CT]

Sent From: Nathaniel Sylvester of Shelter Island

In Reference To: Business / Professional; Mr. Russell, John Packer

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 8” x 12”

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1654 October 10
Box: 147 Folder : 63 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Deed of Property Sale

Acquisition: Horse Neck, Oyster Bay, [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Grantee[s]: Nathaniel Sylvester

Grantor: John Richbell

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; Payment Agreement; [Includes Signatures of] “Witnesses Daniel Whithead, Henry Townsend, The March W. of Francis Week”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.5” x 11.75”

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1664 January 8 & March 18
Box: 147 Folder : 62 Legal Record with Notation [Copy]

Scope and Contents

1 Deed of Property Sale

Acquisition: Horse Neck, Oyster Bay, [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Grantee[s]: Nathaniel Sylvester

Grantor: John Richbell

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; Payment Agreement; “Witnesses Daniel Whithead, Henry Townsend, The March W. of Francis Week” ; [This is a handwritten copy of the Legal Record housed in Box 140, Folder 4]

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 8.75” x 12.25”

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1664 January 8 & March 18
Box: 154 Folder : 1 Legal Records with Notation

Scope and Contents

2 Deeds of Property Sale

Acquisition: Horse Neck, [Huntington Bay / Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY]

Buyer: John Leveritt; Captain John Richbell of Oyster Bay

Sales Party: Captain John Scott of Ashford, Long Island [with Macon Cornwall]; John Leveritt of Boston, [MA]

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; [Certified by Robert Howard of Massachusetts Colony with three unidentified signatures]; “Entered & Recorded in the office of New York by Matthew Nicolls, Secretary” ; [Witnesses Richard Nicolls & Robert Howard with one unidentified signature]

2 Parchment Pages, Mounted on Tissue

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 22” x 8.75”

Captain John Scott of Long Island (1634–1696) was a royal advisor, military leader, spy, cartographer, attorney, land speculator, and early settler and leader of Long Island. He lobbied to make Long Island the 14th English colony in North America with himself as governor and, when not appointed by the crown, was elected President of Long Island by that region's leaders.

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1664 May 6, August 2, October 3; 1665 April 8 & May 6
Box: 141 Folder : 19 Legal Record with Notation & Seal

Scope and Contents

1 Enfranchisement Certificate

Acquisition: Shelter Island

Grantee[s]: Constant Sylvester of Barbados & Nathaniel Sylvester, Merchant of Shelter Island

Grantor: Richard Nicolls, Esq.

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; “Entered & Recorded by Matthias Nicolls, Secretary”

3 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 13” x 18”

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1666 May 31
Box: 141 Folder : 18 Legal Records with Notation & Seal

Scope and Contents

2 Deeds of Property Sale

Acquisition: Horse Neck, Oyster Bay, [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Grantee[s]: Nathaniel Sylvester, Thomas Hart, Latimer Sampson

Grantor: John Richbell

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; Payment Agreements; “Sealed & Delivered in the presence of John Youngs”

2 Pages, Mounted on Cloth

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 8.25” x 12.5”

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1666 October 18 & November 17
Box: 154 Folder : 6 Legal Record with Notation & Seal

Scope and Contents

1 Indenture

Acquisition: Horse Neck, Oyster Bay, [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Buyers: Nathaniel Sylvester of Shelter Island, Thomas Hart of Barbados, Latimer Sampson of Long Island

Sales Party: John Richbell with wife Ann Richbell

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; Transaction for Horse Neck, Oyster Bay to the limits of Hogg Island, Long Island; Purchase Obligation, Payment Agreement; the properties of John Underhill, Mathias Davies, David Godderson, Samuel Anderson, Richard Harcourt; “Sealed & Delivered in the presence of John Youngs; Recorded by Matthias Nicolls, Secretary”

1 Page, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 17.5” x 22”

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1666 November 17; 1667 June 1
Box: 147 Folder : 61 Legal Record Fragment with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Bill of Sale Amendments Note

Acquisition: Huntington & Oyster Bay, [Long Island, NY]

Buyers: Thomas Hart & Latimer Sampson

Sales Party: John Richbell

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; Property of John Underhill, Matthias Harvey, Anthony Wright

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 8” x 12”

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1666 November 17
Box: 147 Folder : 60 Legal Record with Notation [Copy]

Scope and Contents

1 Registered Inventory Note

Acquisition: Horse Neck, Oyster Bay [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Grantee: Samuel Andrews

Grantor: [Thomas Sanforth], Cambridge County Court, Massachusetts Colony, New England

In Reference To: Business / Professional / Real Estate; Handwritten Copy by Matthias Nicolls, Secretary; Original Record dated April 3, 1660

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.75” x 12.25”

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1667 November 28
Box: 141 Folder : 7 Legal Record with Notation

Conditions Governing Access

This item is missing as of 2015.

Scope and Contents

1 Deed / Quitclaim Property Document

Acquisition: Horse Neck, Oyster Bay, [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Grantee[s]: Thomas Hart of Barbados & Latimer Sampson of Oyster Bay

Grantor[s]: Nathaniel Sylvester, Merchant of Shelter Island from John Richbell with wife Ann Richbell, Merchants of Long Island

In Reference To: Business / Legal / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; “Sealed & Delivered in the presence of John Youngs, Isaac Arnold, William Shakery” ; “Recorded in the Book of Records of Oyster Bay by Thomas Townsend, Recorder”

1 Page, Mounted on Cloth

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 17.25” x 11”

1668 November 17; 1684 April 4
Box: 141 Folder : 17 Legal Record with Notation & Seals

Scope and Contents

1 Last Will & Testament

Estate: Latimer Sampson of Shelter Island

In Reference To: Business / Family / Financial / Professional; [Leaves his entire estate to Grizzell Sylvester, eldest daughter of Nathaniel Sylvester], “Recorded for Captain Nathaniel Sylvester by Matthias Nicolls, Secretary,” “Sealed & Delivered in the presence of John Youngs, Isaac Arnold” ; “Written & Transcribed into the Book of Records [by] Henry Pierson, East Riding, Southampton Court Sessions Clerk”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 13” x 9.5”

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1668 February 6; 1674 March 3-4, November 9
Box: 141 Folder : 16 Professional Correspondence with Financial Records [Copies]

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Endorsement Notation, 2 Receipts

Addressed To: James Johnson & Peter Oliver of Boston, [Massachusetts Bay Colony]

Sent From: Samuel Bellingham of Amsterdam, [Possibly New Amsterdam Settlement or Capital City of the Netherlands]

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Religion; Reverend Higginson, Pastor of the Church of Salem; Handwritten Copy by Nathaniel Oliver [Sylvester]; Receipts from Elizabeth Stone of Hartford, [CT] with witnesses John Higginson, John Hull, Thomas Hinkley

3 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 8.25” x 12”

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1669 April 23, November 3; 1670 July 6; 1683 June 16
Box: 141 Folder : 15 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Last Will & Testament

Estate: Latimer Sampson of Shelter Island

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional; Confirmation Document by Edmund Andros, Esq., “Governor of his Royal Highness James Duke of York & Albany Territories in America,” [Leaves his entire estate to Grizzell Sylvester, eldest daughter of Nathaniel Sylvester]; “Past the Office, Matthias Nicolls, Secretary," Court of Sessions East Riding, Southampton

3 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.75” x 12.25”

Sir Edmund Andros (December 6, 1637 – February 24, 1714) was an English colonial administrator in North America. He was the governor of the Dominion of New England during most of its three-year existence. Andros served as governor of the provinces of New York, East and West Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland. Before his service in North America, he served as bailiff of Guernsey. Andros' tenure in New England was authoritarian and turbulent, as his views were decidedly pro-Anglican, a negative quality in a region home to many Puritans. His actions in New England resulted in his overthrow during the 1689 Boston revolt. Records documenting Andros’ professional life are preserved at the New York Historical Society and the National Archives in Surrey, England.

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1675 March 1
Box: 141 Folder : 14 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Deed of Property Sale

Acquisition: Horse Neck, Oyster Bay, [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Grantee[s]: Captain Nathaniel Sylvester & Thomas Hart, London Merchant

Grantor[s]: James Lloyd of Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony [Son-in-Law of Nathaniel Sylvester]; John Bown[e] & Robert Story, New York Attorneys

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; “Sealed & Delivered in the presence of John Jason, John Robson,” “Written by Matthias Nicolls, Secretary”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 12.25” x 15”

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1678 October 11
Box: 147 Folder : 59 Legal Record with Notation [Copy]

Scope and Contents

1 Bill of Sale / Deed of Property Sale

Acquisition: Horse Neck [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Grantee: James Lloyd of Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England

Grantor[s]: John Bowne & Robert Story, New York Attorneys of Thomas Hart

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; “Sealed & Delivered in the presence of John Robson, Nathaniel Sylvester”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 8.5” x 12”

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1678 October 7
Box: 141 Folder : 13 Legal Record with Notation & Seal

Scope and Contents

1 Deed of Property Sale

Acquisition: Horse Neck, Oyster Bay [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Grantee: James Lloyd of Boston, [Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England]

Grantor: Nathaniel Sylvester of Shelter Island

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; “Signed & Delivered in the presence of [Giles Sylvester], Nathaniel Sylvester [by Peter Sanford-Towne]”; “Entered in the Public Record of his majesty’s colony of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations [by] John Sanford, Recorder” ; “Entered & Recorded in the Book of Records of Oyster Bay [by] Thomas Townsend, Recorder”

3 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.5” x 7.5”

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1678 November 5; 1680 August 30; 1684 April 1
Box: 141 Folder : 12 Legal Record with Notation & Seals

Scope and Contents

1 Deed of Property Sale / “Conveyance & Acknowledgment” Document

Acquisition: Horse Neck, Oyster Bay [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Grantee: James Lloyd of Boston, [Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England]

Grantor[s]: Captain Nathaniel Sylvester of Shelter Island, Latimer Sampson & Thomas Hart via John Richbell with wife Ann Richbell

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; “Signed & Delivered in the presence of Giles Sylvester, Grissell Sylvester, Jacques Guillot, John Collins, John Youngs, Nathaniel Sylvester, Peter Sylvester, William Brinley” ; Darnell Gould & William [Coddington-Gould] of Rhode Island; Isaac Arnold of Suffolk County, Long Island; Samuel [Clough] & William [Tailer] of Boston, [Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England]; “Recorded in the town Book of Records of Oyster Bay [by] Thomas Townsend, Recorder”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 16.25” x 10.5

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1683 February 6-7 & 19; 1684 March 30; 1692 September 22
Box: 154 Folder : 5 Legal Record with Notation [Copy]

Scope and Contents

1 Deed of Property Sale / Charter Document, "Confirmation of Land"

Acquisition: Horse Neck, Oyster Bay, [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Grantee: James Lloyd of Boston, [Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England]

Grantor: Governor General Richard Nicolls, Esq.

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; Recorded by Secretary Mathias Nicholls, Notary Public John Hayward; John Richbell, Thomas Hart of Barbados, Latimer Sampson of Oyster Bay

2 Pages, Bound on Parchment

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 23" x 11"

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1683-1684 March 19
Box: 141 Folder : 11 Legal Record with Notation & Seal

Scope and Contents

1 Last Will & Testament

Estate: Grizzell [Grissell] Sylvester

In Reference To: Business / Family / Financial / Professional / Slavery--America; Brother Joshua Sylvester; Brother William Brinley; Brother-in-Law William Paddington of Rhode Island; “[To my] Daughter Elizabeth Sylvester, my Bible and my Negro woman called Hope, the daughter of Jacques & Hannah his wife” ; Daughter Grissell Lloyd; Daughter Mary Sylvester; Daughter Patience Sylvester (Granddaughters Elizabeth, Mary, Anne, & Mercy); Father Thomas Brinley; Husband Captain Nathaniel Sylvester; Son Benjamin Sylvester; Son Constant Sylvester; Son Giles Sylvester; Son Nathaniel Sylvester; Son Peter Sylvester; “Signed, Sealed & Declared in the presence of [Henry Bull], Jacques Guillot, Nathaniel Sylvester, Peter Sylvester, Simon Grover” ; William Coddington

4 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 9” x 12.25”

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1685 May 7
Box: 147 Folder : 58 Financial Record with Notation & Seal

Scope and Contents

1 Bond

Acquisition: “Negro Boy named Tom”

Grantee: Nathaniel Sylvester [II] of Shelter Island

Grantor[s]: Isaac Arnold & James Lloyd, Executors of Captain Nathaniel Sylvester’s Estate

In Reference To: Business / Family / Legal / Professional / Slavery--America; “Signed, Sealed & Delivered in the presence of Jacques Guillot, Peter Sylvester” ; Constant Sylvester

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.75” x 10”

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1687 September 20
Box: 147 Folder : 57 Financial Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Bill of Sale / Receipt

Acquisition: “Four Negroes: Tony, [Touro, O]...”

Buyers: James Lloyd of Boston, New England, Constant Sylvester’s Estate

Sales Party: Captain Isaac Arnold, Executor of Captain Nathaniel Sylvester’s Estate

In Reference To: Business / Legal / Professional / Slavery--America; “Witnesses William Brinley, John Broeckhoven (Brookhaven)”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.75” x 12”

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1687 September 26
Box: 147 Folder : 56 Financial Record with Notation & Seal

Scope and Contents

1 (Bond) Bill of Sale / Receipt

Acquisition: “Two Negroes: [Tomeo, O Yoro]...”

Buyer: Peter Sylvester of Shelter Island

Sales Party: James Lloyd of Boston, New England

In Reference To: Business / Legal / Professional / Slavery--America; “Signed, Sealed & Delivered in the presence of Nathaniel Coddington, George [Boothe], Constant Sylvester” ; Clark Calloway, William Brinley Estate

2 Pages, Mounted on Cloth

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.25” x 12.25”

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1688 September 11
Box: 147 Folder : 55 Research Writing with Notation

Scope and Content

1 Transcription

Title: [Public History, Author Unidentified]

In Reference To: Social / Political; “Particulars of some public transactions at the time of the seizure of imprisonment of Governor [Edmund] Andros, in which John Nelson was a conspicuous actor” ; Events dated April 22, 1869 but origin of document circa post 1746

6 Pages, Bound by String

Handwritten in Blue Ink

Measurements: 8” x 10”

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1689 April 22; undated, circa 18th century
Box: 147 Folder : 54 Financial Record

Scope and Contents

1 Receipt for 1692 Salary

Employee: Joshua Hobart of Southold, Suffolk County, [Long Island, NY]

Employer[s]: John & Joseph Conklin

In Reference To: Business / Professional

1 Page, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.5” x 5.5”

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1694 December 22
Box: 147 Folder : 53 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Grant

Acquisition: Southampton Property [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

Grantee: John Parker

Grantor: William [Bocher], Justice

In Reference To: Business / Professional; “[Recorded] in Town Book of Records [by] Stephen Rogers, Clerk”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 8.25” x 13”

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1695 April 2
Box: 141 Folder : 10 Legal Record with Notation & Seal

Scope and Contents

1 Last Will & Testament

Estate: Constant Sylvester

In Reference To: Business / Family / Financial / Professional; Brother Nathaniel Sylvester; Brother Peter Sylvester; Nephew Brinley Sylvester; “Signed, Sealed & Declared [In the presence of] Joshua Hobart, Samuel Paul [DuPont], Elizabeth [Stanbrogh]”; Sisters Patience, Elizabeth, Mary Ann, Mary

1 Page, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 12.25” x 17”

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1695 October 26
Box: 147 Folder : 52 Legal Record with Notation [Copy]

Scope and Contents

1 Last Will & Testament

Estate: John Conkling II of Southold, Suffolk County [Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: African Americans / Business / Financial / Professional / Slavery--American; Daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Rachel, Sarah Conkling; “Signed, Sealed, Published [in the presence of] Governor Thomas Terry, Sarah Goodin, Benjamin Youngs” ; Son [Honnery / Henry] Conkling “all of my movable estate (except my Negro man [Tone])” ; Son John Conkling; Wife Sarah Conkling “with my Negro girl [Simone]”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.25” x 12.25”

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1705-6 January 15
Box: 147 Folder : 51 Financial Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Receipt for Debt Due

Collector: Margaret Sylvester for the Estate of Captain Nathaniel Sylvester [Wife of Nathaniel Sylvester II]

Debtor: Henry Lloyd

In Reference To: Business / Legal / Professional

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 8.25” x 4.25”

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1706 April 14
Box: 147 Folder : 50 Financial Records with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Bill & 1 Receipt for Debt Due

Collector: John Walley of Newport, RI

Debtor: Margaret Sylvester [Wife of Nathaniel Sylvester II] of [Newport], RI via Henry Lloyd

In Reference To: Business / Legal / Professional

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 5.5” x 4.25”

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1707 September 21 & October 6
Box: 147 Folder : 49 Research Writing with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Document List with Respective Dates

Title: “A Schedule of [Sylvester Family] Papers” ; “Copy of the Massachusetts Charter”

In Reference To: Administrative / Family / Genealogical / Personal

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 6” x 6”

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undated, circa 1707
Box: 141 Folder : 9 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Land Settlement Memorandum

Estate: Captain John Conkling [Deceased]

Executor[s]: John & Joseph Conkling of Southold [Grandsons of Captain John Conkling; Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Business / Family / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; “True Copy entered upon Town Book of Records by Robert Hempstead, Town Clerk” ; [Witnesses] Benjamin Youngs, James [Rogers]; Samuel [Conkling], Samuel [Huntington]

3 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.5” x 12.25”

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1712 September 29, December 30
Box: 147 Folder : 48 Legal Record with Notation [Copy]

Scope and Contents

1 Last Will & Testament

Estate: “Gyles” [Giles] Sylvester of Shelter Island, [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Business / Family / Financial / Professional; “A True Copy from the Records Clerk, Robin D. Leary” ; Captain Ebenzer Wilson; Wife Hannah [Sylvester]; William Nicolls, Esq. ; [Witnesses] John [Stoutenburg], Mary Seaver, Peter Sakerman, Richard Harris

2 Pages, Mounted on Tissue

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 8.5” x 13”

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1706-7 March 12; 1723 June 19
Box: 147 Folder : 47 Financial Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Receipt for Seized Tobacco Charges

Collector: Governor William Burnett of East Long Island, NY

Perpetrator: Brinley Sylvester In Reference To: Business / Crime / Legal / Professional

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6” x 7.5”

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1727-8 February 14, 1729
Box: 147 Folder : 46 Financial Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Subscription List

Title: [Erection of Shelter Island Church by Brinley Sylvester]

In Reference To: Business / Community / Political / Professional / Religion / Social; Abraham Halsey; Alex Munn; Benjamin Youngs; David Howell; Edward Howell; [Elener] Miller; [Elnathan] White; Ephraim Hopkins; Francis [Pelletrean]; Hugh Gelston; James Pell; John Davis; John Ledyard; John Murray; Jonah Whitehead; [Joseph] Smith; Josiah Peirson; Josiah Topping; Mrs. Steer; Nathaniel Hunting; [Plat] Smith; Robert Peirson; Samuel Hunting; Samuel Hutchinson; [Sutton] Grant; [Theophilos] Howard; [Theophilos] Peirson; Thomas [Chattfield]; Thomas Robinson

4 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.5” x 12”

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1732 August 19
Box: 147 Folder : 45 Legal Records with Notation [1 of 2]

Scope and Contents

Suffolk County Judiciary Case Documentation

Case Title: Patrick Lithgow, Heir to William Nicoll, Son & Heir to Benjamin Nicoll vs. Brinley Sylvester

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional; “Edward Gelman, formerly Downings” ; Transcribed by Joseph Murray, Delivered by John [Crooke-Fort]

30 Pages, Bound by String

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.75” x 12.25”

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1735 May 13
Box: 147 Folder : 44 Legal Records with Notation [2 of 2]

Scope and Contents

Suffolk County Judiciary Case Documentation

Case Title: Patrick Lithgow, Heir to William Nicoll, Son & Heir to Benjamin Nicoll vs. Brinley Sylvester

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional; Transcribed by Joseph Murray, Delivered by John [Crooke-Fort]

47 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.75” x 12.25”

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1735 May 13
Box: 147 Folder : 43 Financial Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Receipt

Acquisition: Legal Work

Buyer: Brinley Sylvester

Sales Party: David Corey

In Reference To: Business / Professional; Brinley Sylvester vs. William Nicoll

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.75” x 6.25”

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1736 October 11
Box: 141 Folder : 8 Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: “Mrs. Mary Sylvester [II] at Mrs. Grizzel Cotton’s, Boston, [MA]

Sent From: Mary Sylvester [I] of Shelter Island, [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Family / Personal; Captain Prince

4 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.5” x 12”

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1738 December 1
Box: 147 Folder : 42 Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: “Brinley Sylvester, Esq., Shelter Island, [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY, ℅ Mr. Prince”

Sent From: Andrew Oliver of Boston, [MA]

In Reference To: Friendship / Personal; Mr. Adams

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6” x 7.5”

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1739 June 6
Box: 147 Folder : 41 Financial Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Payment Pledge

Grantee: William Adams, Shelter Island Preacher

Grantor: Brinley Sylvester

In Reference To: Business / Community / Political / Professional / Religion / Social; Abraham Parker; [Eliza Pain]; Henry Havens; John Havens; Joseph [Bonditch]; Joseph Havens; Noah [Tittell]; Samuel Case; Thomas Conkling; William Havens [Hogneck]

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 8” x 13”

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1746 April 1
Box: 147 Folder : 40 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Inventory of Goods

Grantee: The Estate of Joseph Osborn

Grantor[s]: Certified by Brinley Sylvester; Transcribed by John Davis & Thomas Chatfield - East Hampton, Suffolk County [Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional; Apparel & Plates, Furniture, Grain, Husbandry, Sundries, Tobacco; Witnesses Jeremiah & Joseph Osborn, Executors of the Estate

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.25” x 7”

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1743 November 3; 1749 April 6
Box: 147 Folder : 39 Research Writing with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Birthdate List

Title: “The Children of My Brother Nathaniel Sylvester”

In Reference To: Family / Genealogy; In order of oldest to youngest - Grizzell (Grissell) Sylvester, Giles (Gyles) Sylvester, Nathaniel Sylvester (II), Peter Sylvester, Patience Sylvester, Elizabeth Sylvester, Mary Sylvester, Ann Sylvester, Constant Sylvester

3 Pages, Bound by String

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 4.25” x 4”

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undated, circa 1671 - 1749

Series B: Brinley Family

Biographical Note

The Brinley Family Papers are preserved at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Special Collections and University Archives in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, in which the following biographical and historical content is provided:

Englishmen and colonial Americans, Loyalists and Patriots, colonial Canadians and American citizens, the members of the Brinley family were a diverse group of characters, ranging from auditors to officers, businessmen, lawyers, legislators, book-collectors, historians, aristocratic ladies and housewives, devoted mothers, husbands, and fathers. A few were slave-holders. Yet through decades of tumultuous social and political change, the family maintained certain distinctive traits and traditions, clinging most notably to their strong ties to England and to the status quo at home. The Brinleys were wealthy, business-minded members of the colonial elite, profoundly Protestant, and most were highly educated and steeped in knowledge. Many became prominent public figures and many more served their respective nations in uniform.

The roots of the Brinley family extend back to England, where the common ancestor of the North American branch of the family, Thomas Brinley (1591 - 1661), served as Auditor of the Revenue for James I and Charles I. Thomas' daughter Grissell (Grizzell) was married to Nathaniel Sylvester. When Thomas' eldest son Francis (1626 - 1719) emigrated to Newport, Rhode Island in the mid-seventeenth century, the family's wealth and prestige were transplanted with him. This series documents Francis' professional life as a merchant.

Scope and Contents

Record Group I, Series B: Brinley Family consists of financial records, legal records, and personal and professional correspondence. Genres range from affidavits, deeds of property sales, indentures, inventories, memorandums, and wills, to bills, receipts, and statements of account, to letters, notation, and genealogical research. While this series lightly refers to family conversations about estate settlements, financial transition, and marriage, it is dominated by property management dealings in Rhode Island and records documenting trade in Boston, MA from Francis Brinley, the eldest son of Thomas Brinley, brother of Nathaniel Sylvester’s wife Grissell (Grizzell). This series' provenance is unique within the Sylvester Manor Archive as it is largely a research series, full of records purchased by Andrew Fiske and added for relevance. These records are marked with [Fiske Purchase] to indicate this difference. See Record Group V: Fiske Family, Series A: Correspondence and Research for documentation of Fiske's genealogical work behind these purchases.

These materials are arranged chronologically. In the case that a record includes more than one date expression, the listing will begin with its earliest. If an item is physically undated, approximate ranges are provided. These records are noted "undated" and followed by a "circa" estimate determined by the range represented in the same series.

Document Type

  • Commercial correspondence.
  • Personal papers.
  • Financial records
  • Correspondence.
  • Legal documents.
  • Legal correspondence.
  • Wills
  • Notes.
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Deeds.
  • Memorandums.
  • Personal correspondence.
  • Receipts.

Subject Places

  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Newport, Rhode Island
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 154 Folder : 2 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Last Will & Testament

Estate: Thomas Brinley

In Reference To: Business / Family / Financial / Professional; [Lymon Draxon of London, England]; Two brothers Francis Brinley, William Brinley; [Signature of] James [Fletergood] Provost

3 Parchment Pages, Mounted on Tissue

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 12” x 4” - 12” x 8”

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1672 April 12
Box: 142 Folder : 11 Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation [Fiske Purchase]

Addressed To: “Mr. Francis Brinley, North England”

Sent From: John Page of London, England

In Reference To: Family / Financial / Marriage; “Brinley’s failure to settle an estate in England; married Page’s daughter”

3 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.25” x 12.25”

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1688 July 12
Box: 154 Folder : 3 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Deed

Acquisition: Thomas Brinley I Estate Property

Grantee[s]: Thomas Brinley II, Rhode Island Merchant [Son of Francis Brinley] & his wife Katherin[e] Brinley

Grantor: Francis Brinley of Rhode Island, New England [Son of Thomas Brinley I]

In Reference To: Business / Family / Financial / Professional; [Francis Brinley executes orders from his father Thomas Brinley’s last will & testament who died on September 13, 1661 in Datchet, Buckinghamshire County, England; Francis also references legal work done in 1676]; Lands in Loston & Stanwell, Middlesex & Buckinghamshire Counties, England; “Signed, Sealed & Delivered in the presence of Robert Charlotte, John Scott” ; Lands of Thomas Brambleton, James Haine, James Hill, [Henry Bill Schroeder the Elder, Esq.], John Slocomb, Walter Hempersby & the Widow Sharpe

2 Parchment Pages, Mounted on Tissue

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 22.5” x 12”

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1689 June 8
Box: 142 Folder : 10 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 “Deed Of My Land” / Statement of Account

Acquisition: Property on [Quononquat, Candinan; Dutch Island Quentenis, Conanicut, RI; Fiske Purchase]

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; Alexander Tennant; Alvis Thomas; Andrew Willet; Anthony Lane; [Cott] Sandford; Dan Henchman; Eben Moons; Jeremy Willis; John Easton; John Fairfield; John Stanton; John Thomas; John Vaughn; Joseph Clarke; Josiah Arnold; [Peter] Sanford; Richard Knight; Richard Smith; Samuel & William Dyer; Stephen Arnold; Stephen Mumford; Willis of Bridgewater, [MA]

4 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.5” x 12”

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1690 May 27; 1697 August
Box: 147 Folder : 36 Financial Record with Notation & Seals

Scope and Contents

1 Receipt for Indenture [Fiske Purchase]

Buyer: Francis Brinley of Newport, RI

Sales Party: William Brinley of Newport, RI, New England Merchant

In Reference To: Business / Legal / Professional; “Signed, Sealed [in the presence of] Andrew Willett, Jonathan Bowers, John [Yelthros]"

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.25” x 12.25”

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1698 May 9
Box: 142 Folder : 9 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Memorandum Fragment

Addressed to: Executors of Francis Brinley Estate [Fiske Purchase]

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; Barbados; Boston; Brother Thomas Brinley; Brother William Brinley, Jr. ; Captain Edward [Hutchinsons]; Cousin William Baker; Edmund Andres; John Clarke; Jonathan [Albertson]; Litigation of Property; Living in London for 6 Years; Newport, RI; Thomas Carlson of England; “War with the Indians”

4 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 8.25” x 13”

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undated, circa post 1675
Box: 154 Folder : 4 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Deed of Sale / Indenture

Acquisition: Property in Newport, RI

Buyer: Francis Brinley

Sales Party: Captain Nathaniel Coddington, Merchant of Newport, RI

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; [Certified by Isaac Martindale]; Houses of Samuel Wightman & William [Mayo]; “Placed to record in the book of land evidences by Nathaniel Coddington, Register” ; “Sealed & Delivered in the presence of William Coddington, Ann Coddington”

2 Parchment Pages, Mounted on Tissue

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 22” x 13”

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1702 February 17, September 29 & October 4
Box: 147 Folder : 35 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: Thomas Brandon

Sent From: Francis Brinley of Newport, RI

In Reference To: Business / Financial

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.5” x 12

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1707 December 29
Box: 147 Folder : 34 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation [Fiske Purchase]

Addressed To: Francis Brinley

Sent From: Thomas Brandon

In Reference To: Business / Financial

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.5” x 12”

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1708 June 5
Box: 147 Folder : 33 Financial Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Bill of Sale, 1 Receipt with Notation

Buyer: Henry Lloyd [Nephew of Francis Brinley]

Sales Party: Francis Brinley via Abraham Scholeux of Newport, RI

In Reference To: Business / Financial

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.5” x 4.25”

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1708 June 10 & 18
Box: 142 Folder : 8 Legal Record with Notation & Seals

Scope and Contents

1 Deed

Acquisition[s]: Property in Kingsland, RI & Providence Plantations in New England

Grantee: Francis Brinley

Grantor[s]: Samuel Jones with wife Meribah Jones

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Legal / Professional; John [Eldrod]; “Signed, Sealed & Delivered in the presence of Andrew Willett (Town Clerk), Henry Lloyd, James [Groon]”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 11.5” x 14”

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1710 May 31 & June 5 - 6
Box: 147 Folder : 32 Financial Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Receipt

Buyer: Henry Lloyd [Nephew of Francis Brinley]

Sales Party: Francis Brinley of Newport, RI

In Reference To: Business / Professional

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 6” x 4”

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1710 July 6
Box: 142 Folder : 7 Legal Records with Notation & Seal

Scope and Contents

1 Indenture with 1 Amendment Agreement [Fiske Purchase]

Grantee: John Thomas of [Quononquat, Candinan; Quentenis, Conanicut, RI]; George Thomas [Son of John Thomas]

Grantor: Francis Brinley of Newport, RI

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional; Property Lease with follow-up agreement; “Signed, Sealed in the presence of Nathaniel Coddington, George Goulding” ; “Signed, Sealed in the presence of Joseph Lloyd, Francis Willett”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 12” x 14.5”

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1702 February 5; 1711 July 9
Box: 147 Folder : 31 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation [Fiske Purchase]

Addressed To: “Sir” [Unidentified]

Sent From: Francis Brinley of Newport, RI

In Reference To: Business / Family / Legal / Personal; “Sister’s marriage & descendents claims for estate”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.5” x 12”

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1713 July 21
Box: 147 Folder : 30 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Affidavit

Acquisition: Business with Thomas [Carlston]

Grantee: Francis Brinley of Newport, RI, Providence Plantations of New England

Grantor: Nathaniel Sheffield, Assistant

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional; Trading transaction with English merchant [Carlston] in Boston, [MA]

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 8” x 13”

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1714 April 7 & June 21
Box: 147 Folder : 29 Research of Professional Correspondence [Copy]

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation [Fiske Purchase]

Addressed To: Thomas Brandon

Sent From: Francis Brinley of Newport, RI

In Reference To: Business / Family / Financial / Legal / Personal; “Reviews history of his father under Charles I & financial losses, etc., more information on sister’s estate”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.5” x 12.25”

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1714 May 10
Box: 147 Folder : 28 Legal Record Fragment

Scope and Contents

1 Statement of Account

Acquisition: New England Real Estate [Fiske Purchase]

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; List of properties owned by Francis Brinley with values attached & corrected; Boston [MA]; Dutch Islands [Quononquat, Candinan, Quentenis, Conanicut, RI]; George Thomas; Henry Goddard; Jeremy Walter; John Fairfield; John Stanton; John Richmond; Joseph Clarke; Joshua Clarke; Richard Knight; Thomas Newton & James Updike; Township of Jamestown

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7” x 12”

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1706 May 10; 1716 August 2
Box: 142 Folder : 6 Financial Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Statement of Account

Acquisition: Francis Brinley’s Gold & Silver in New England

In Reference To: Business / Professional; Calculation Notation; Cambridge, [MA]; Captain Andrew [Roberts]; Captain Timothy Clark; Francis Willett; Henry Brightman; John Valentino; Joseph Nicholson; Roxbury; William Hutchinson

3 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 8” x 13”

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1716 November 16
Box: 147 Folder : 27 Research of Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Last Will & Testament

Estate: “Great Grandfather” Thomas Brinley - Fragment of Copy [Fiske Purchase]

In Reference To: Business / Family / Financial / Professional; Captain Timothy Clarke of Boston, Providence of Massachusetts Bay in New England; “Grandson Francis Brinley of Boston, Executors of this will”; Grandson William Hutchinson; Newport, [RI]; “Signed, Sealed & Declared by Francis Brinley in the presence of N. [Blagrove], Samuel Lloyd, Elizabeth [Blagrove]”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.5” x 9.25”

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1661 January 28; 1719 October 19

Series C: Lloyd Family

Biographical Note

Horse Neck was purchased by Nathaniel Sylvester for his daughter Grissell (Grizzell) (1654-1691), who was engaged to be married to Latimer Sampson, who died before they were wed. Grissell then married Boston merchant James Lloyd (d. 1698), who appears in this series as well as Series A: Sylvester Family. Following a dispute over the ownership of the Horse Neck property purchased by Nathaniel Sylvester and given to Latimer Sampson, it was determined that Sampson’s will entitled the property to Grissell and therefore, Lloyd.

The name “Horse Neck” was originally used by Huntington farmers who grazed horses there in the 17th century. Matinecock Native Americans sold Horse Neck (or Caumsett, “place by sharp rock”) to English settlers from Oyster Bay in 1654 before James Lloyd acquired the property in 1676. On March 8, 1685, Lieutenant Governor Thomas Dongan granted James Lloyd the royal patent for Horse Neck, formally renaming it the “Manor of Queens Village,” annexed to Oyster Bay, Queens County. James Lloyd remained in Boston, renting the property out to tenant farmers, but in 1711 his 24-year-old son, Henry, gave up a shipping business in Newport, Rhode Island, to farm the Manor. His “salt box” home, the Henry Lloyd Manor House, stills survives on the grounds of Caumsett State Historic Park, where it has been restored, and is maintained and interpreted by the Lloyd Harbor Historical Society.

Horse Neck is now called Lloyd Neck, and is part of Lloyd Harbor, a village in Suffolk County, while the Incorporated Village of Lloyd Harbor is located in the town of Huntington, Long Island, NY. The Papers of the Lloyd Family of the Manor of Queens Village, Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY in book form (1654-1826) and manuscript form (1654-1822) are preserved at the New York Historical Society.

Scope and Contents

Record Group I, Series C: Lloyd Family consists of financial records, legal records, and personal and professional correspondence. Genres range from deeds of property sales and memorandums, to bills and bonds, to letters, notation, and research. While this series lightly refers to Horse Neck [Lloyd Neck] and Shelter Island estate settlements, or family conversations about financial transition and marriage, this series is dominated by professional correspondence documenting statements of account and transactions in Boston, MA, Newport, RI and New York, NY.

These materials are arranged chronologically. In the case that a record includes more than one date expression, the listing will begin with its earliest. If an item is physically undated, approximate ranges are provided. These records are noted "undated" and followed by a "circa" estimate determined by the range represented in the same series.

Subject Names

  • Sampson, Latimer

Document Type

  • Legal documents.
  • Business records.
  • Commercial correspondence.
  • Poetry.
  • Personal correspondence.
  • Personal papers.
  • Notes.
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Deeds.
  • Correspondence.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Newport, Rhode Island
  • Lloyd Neck, NY (Suffolk County)
  • Southampton, NY (Suffolk County)
  • Huntington, NY (Suffolk County)
  • Shelter Island (N.Y.)
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • New England
  • Islip, NY (Suffolk County)
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 142 Folder : 5 Research of Legal & Financial Records with Notation [Copies]

Scope and Contents

1 Indenture with 3 Receipts

Acquisition: “Articles of Agreement for Dividing and Valuation of Horse Neck & Other Lands in Oyster Bay [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]”

Grantee: James Lloyd of Boston, [MA]

Grantor[s]: John Bowne of [Flushing] & Robert Storey of New York, Attorneys to Thomas Hart of London, [England]

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; C. Lewis Morris with John [Bradenham], London Merchant; Date of Copy Unknown, circa 18th century, dates of original content are September 26, 27, 29 & October 16, 1678; John Ware bill of exchange; S.V. Cortlandt, Mayor; Thomas Cooper with Edward Shipping of Boston, [MA]; Samuel Wilson for 4 barrels of pork; [Witnesses to Indenture, Articles of Agreement][Captain] Nathaniel Sylvester, William Frampton

4 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 8.25” x 12.5”

John Bowne (1627 – 1695) was an English immigrant residing in the Dutch colony of New Netherland, who is honored today as a pioneer in the American struggle for religious liberty. With his wife Hannah Feake (1637 - 1678), great-niece of Governor John Winthrop of Massachusetts, they relocated to Flushing, Long Island in 1661 to practice Quakerism. John Bowne’s journal and related papers are preserved at the New York Historical Society.

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1678 September 26 - 29, October 16
Box: 142 Folder : 4 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Memorandum / Title Transfer

Acquisition: "Horse Neck, Huntington, Oyster Bay" [Queens County, Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Grantee: James Lloyd; Nicholas King

Grantor[s]: Francis Brinley, John Nelson, John [Porter], Thomas Cooper, Thomas Thatcher, William White of Boston, [MA]

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; Latimer Sampson, Grizzell (Grissell) Sylvester, eldest daughter of Captain Nathaniel Sylvester of Shelter Island

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7.75” x 12.25”

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1685 November 26; 1874 February 5
Box: 152 Folder : 28 Financial Record with Notation & Seals

Scope and Contents

1 Bill of Sale

Acquisition: Horse Neck [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY], Huntington & Oyster Bay, Queens Village

Buyer: Thomas Palmer, Boston, [MA] Merchant

Sales Party: James Lloyd of Boston, [MA], New England Merchant with wife Grizzell (Grissell) Sylvester

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Professional / Real Estate; [Certified by] "Judge John Palmer, Court of Oyster Bay, Plantation & Colony of New York” ; “Entered in the Register for Queen County by William Nicolls, Register” ; “Recorded in the Secretary’s Office for the providence of New York [by] J. Spragg, Secretary” ; “Signed, Sealed, & Declared in the presence of William Brinley, John [Broeckhoven]” 2 Pages, Mounted on Cloth

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 16” x 19”

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1686 October 4 - 5 & 29, November 11
Box: 147 Folder : 26 Financial Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Bond

Acquisition: [Boston Sundries]

Creditor: James Lloyd of Boston, New England

Debtor[s]: Duncan [Campbell]; Gustav Hamilton of [Londonderry, Northern Ireland]; [Nohomiah Coventon]; Richard Edward; William [Walkmithan]

In Reference To: Business / Legal / Professional; [Certified] by James [Coddington] of Suffolk County, [Long Island] & Boston, [MA]; “Recorded in the Notary Office for the providence of the Massachusetts Bay in New England at the request of John [Boreland], Boston [MA] Merchant by James [Attestor Rogatus], Sampson [Sheafe]” ; “Signed, Sealed & Declared in the presence of Mary Sylvester, Samuel Clough”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 8.25” x 12.5”

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1692 August 11; 1695 June 24; 1705 February 20
Box: 147 Folder : 25 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: Barrett [Dyre] & Henry Lloyd

Sent From: Isaac Norris of Philadelphia, [PA]

In Reference To: Business / Legal; Veal, Wine Sale

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6” x 7.5”

Isaac Norris (July 21, 1671 – June 4, 1735) was a merchant and prominent figure in provincial Pennsylvania, including mayor of Philadelphia in 1724. In 1694 he married Mary, daughter of Thomas Lloyd, president of the council. Their son, Isaac, succeeded his father in business and also became active in politics, serving as speaker of the Assembly. Norris was a slave trader and owner. He and Mary Lloyd freed many of the slaves during their lifetimes or in their wills. Their children, including Elizabeth and Isaac Norris, Jr., freed the rest of them. The Papers of Isaac Norris (1742-1860) are preserved at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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1705 April 16
Box: 147 Folder : 24 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: Barrett [Dyre] & Henry Lloyd

Sent From: Isaac Norris of Philadelphia, [PA]

In Reference To: Business / Legal; Wine Sale

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.5” x 5.5”

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1705 November 29
Box: 147 Folder : 23 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation & Seal

Addressed To: “Mr. Henry Lloyd at Newport, Rhode Island”

Sent From: William Nicoll, Esq. of New York, [NY]

In Reference To: Business / Financial; Huntington; [Mr. Hulger]; Receipts

3 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6” x 7.5”

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1709 September 2
Box: 147 Folder : 22 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: [Henry Lloyd]

Sent From: William Nicoll of Islip, [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Business / Financial; Mr. Carpenter, July 11th

4 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6.25” x 2” - 6.5” x 9”

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1709 August 15
Box: 147 Folder : 21 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation & Seal

Addressed To: Henry Lloyd

Sent From: William Nicoll

In Reference To: Business / Financial; Accounts, Payment Due

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6.25” x 8.5”

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1710 July 31
Box: 147 Folder : 20 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: “Mr. Henry Lloyd at Newport, RI”

Sent From: "William Nicoll, Esq. of New York, [NY]"

In Reference To: Business / Financial; [Windell Lloyd]

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.75” x 12”

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1710 September 19
Box: 147 Folder : 19 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: [Henry Lloyd]

Sent From: William Nicoll of Southampton [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Business / Financial; Mr. Weeks; Charges & Credit

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6” x 7.5”

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1712 March 27
Box: 147 Folder : 18 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation & Seal

Addressed To: “Mr. Henry Lloyd at Queens Village” [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Sent From: William Nicoll of Islip, [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Business / Financial; [Justice] Weeks; Mr. Lellan

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6” x 7.5”

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1713 December 3
Box: 147 Folder : 17 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation & Seal

Addressed To: “Henry Lloyd, Esq. at Queens Village” [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Sent From: William Nicoll of New York, [NY]

In Reference To: Business / Financial; Deposit; Mortgage; Mr. Wendell

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6.5” x 8.5”

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1714 September 9
Box: 142 Folder : 3 Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

2 Letters with Notation

Addressed To: [Henry Lloyd]

Sent From: [John] Nelson of Dorchester, [England] & Boston, MA [Father-in-law of Henry Lloyd]

In Reference To: Bristol to Boston; Family; Uncle Brinley [Sylvester]

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 9.5” x 14”

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1709 October 28; 1716-17 March 8
Box: 142 Folder : 2 Professional Correspondence

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1 Letter with Notation & Seal

Addressed To: “Henry Lloyd Esq., at Queens Village” [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Sent From: William Nicoll of Islip, [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Business / Financial; February 13th

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 7.25” x 8”

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1717-18 March 22
Box: 147 Folder : 16 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: “Henry Lloyd, Esq.”

Sent From: William Nicoll of Islip, [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Business / Financial; James Frieze; Payments Due; Southampton, Captain Shaw

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6” x 7.5”

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1717 July 3
Box: 147 Folder : 15 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: “Henry Lloyd Esq., at Queen’s Village” [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Sent From: William Nicoll of Islip, [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Business / Financial; “James [Subject], Shelter Island”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6.25” x 7.5”

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1718 September 3
Box: 147 Folder : 14 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: “Henry Lloyd Esq., at Queens Village” [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Sent From: William Nicoll of Islip, [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Business / Financial; Land Payments Due

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6” x 7.5”

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1718 December 24
Box: 147 Folder : 13 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: [Henry Lloyd]

Sent From: William Nicoll of Islip, [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Business / Financial; Statement of Account, Calculation Notation with Payment Due Dates; 1708 June - 1719 May

4 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 5.75” x 7.5”

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1719 May 2
Box: 147 Folder : 12 Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: [Henry Lloyd]

Sent From: Temple Nelson of Boston, [MA] [Brother of Henry Lloyd]

In Reference To: Family / Financial; [Delivered by B. Larshall]; Mr. Clarke; Mr. Morris

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6” x 7.5”

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1720 June 12
Box: 147 Folder : 11 Personal Correspondence

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1 Letter with Notation & Seal

Addressed To: “Mrs. Rebecca [Nelson] Lloyd at Queens Village” [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]; [Wife of Henry Lloyd]

Sent From: Paschal Nelson of Boston, [MA] [Brother of Rebecca Nelson Lloyd]

In Reference To: Family / Financial / Legal / Native Americans; John Nelson; Lord [Cabham]; Mr. Morris; Sister Peggy; Richard Hubbard married widow [Sibbins]; Sister Hubbard; Thomas Temple Estate; “Uncle Taylor who is now sent to treat with the Indians”

3 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 7” x 8”

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1719-20 January 20
Box: 147 Folder : 10 Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: “Henry Lloyd Esq., at Queens Village” [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Sent From: Brinley Sylvester of Shelter Island [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY] [Uncle of Henry Lloyd]

In Reference To: Family; March 29th

3 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 6” x 7.5”

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1726 April 4
Box: 147 Folder : 9 Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: “Henry Lloyd, Esq. at Queens Village [Lloyd Neck] on Long Island, New York”

Sent From: Paschal Nelson of Boston, [MA] [Brother-in-Law of Henry Lloyd, Brother of Rebecca Nelson Lloyd]

In Reference To: Family / Financial / Legal / Professional / Real Estate; Certificate or Proof from Barbados of Lady Grace Pickering; Daughters of Grace Sylvester purchasing Shelter Island; Middleton; Estate Management; Mr. Antill; Mr. Worsam; Shelter Island Legal Records

4 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6” x 7.5”

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1726 Autumn
Box: 147 Folder : 8 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: [Henry Lloyd]

Sent From: John Nicoll of New York, [NY]

In Reference To: Business; Calculation Notation; Madame Lloyd & Family; Milk, Saffron, Worms

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6.5” x 8”

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1732 November 28
Box: 142 Folder : 1 Legal Record with Notation

Scope and Contents

1 Deed

Acquisition: "Shelter Island, Southold, Suffolk County" [Long Island, NY]

Grantee[s]: Dame Grace Pickering & Mary Worsam [Daughters of Grace Sylvester of Barbados]; Gershom Lloyd of Jamaica

Grantor: Henry Lloyd of Queens Village [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Business / Family / Financial / Professional; Joseph Lloyd [Brother of Henry Lloyd]“Signed, Sealed & Delivered in the presence of John Lloyd, Mary Hanna Marke, Samuel [Pelton]”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 15.5” x 12”

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1733 September 1
Box: 147 Folder : 7 Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: “Henry Lloyd, Esq., at Queens Village, Long Island, [NY]”

Sent From: Francis Brinley of Boston, [MA]

In Reference To: Family / Marriage; “Proposal of Henry Lloyd [II] to daughter of Governor Hutchinson of Boston, [MA]”

4 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 6.5” x 8”

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1736 December 10
Box: 147 Folder : 6 Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation & Seal

Addressed To: “Henry Lloyd, Esq., at Queens Village, Long Island, [NY]”

Sent From: James Lysaght of Huntington, [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Family / Poetry / Writing; “Condolences to Mr. Lloyd on the death of his wife, accompanied by a brief [poem]”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 8” x 13”

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1749 November 17
Box: 147 Folder : 5 Personal Correspondence [Copy]

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: [James Oliver, Husband of Rebecca Oliver]

Sent From: “Your affectionate Brother,” Henry Lloyd of Queens Village, [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Family / Legal / Marriage / Professional; [James Oliver is possibly the brother-in-law of Henry Lloyd]; Property Management, Settlement of Estate

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6” x 8.5”

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1751 May 15
Box: 147 Folder : 4 Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: “Henry Lloyd, Esq., at Queens Village, [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]”

Sent From: “Your affectionate sister,” Rebecca Oliver & James Oliver of Boston, [MA] [Sister of Henry Lloyd]

In Reference To: Family; [James Oliver is possibly the brother-in-law of Henry Lloyd]

4 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 6.25” x 7.5”

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1751 April 24
Box: 147 Folder : 3 Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation, “Soteria Lloydiana to Henry Lloyd, Esq. on his Recovery”

Addressed To: “Henry Lloyd, Esq., at Queens Village" [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Sent From: James Lysaght of Huntington, [Suffolk County, Long Island, NY]

In Reference To: Family / Poetry / Writing; Related to personal correspondence housed in Box 141, Folder 43: “Condolences to Mr. Lloyd on the death of his wife, accompanied by a brief [poem]”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 8” x 13”

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undated, circa 1749 November 17; 1753
Box: 147 Folder : 2 Personal Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: “Mr. Joseph Lloyd at Queens Village" [Lloyd Neck, Long Island, NY]

Sent From: [Nathaniel] Hatch of Dorchester, [MA]

In Reference To: Family / Marriage; Wedding of Mr. Loring (eldest son to Commodore Loring of Roxbury, MA) & Joseph Lloyd’s niece Elizabeth Lloyd

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink & Pencil

Measurements: 6.25” x 7.75”

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1769 August 10
Box: 147 Folder : 1 Professional Correspondence

Scope and Contents

1 Letter with Notation

Addressed To: “Mr. John Lloyd, Lloyd Neck, Long Island" [NY]

Sent From: “Your affectionate Brother,” James Hillhouse of New York, [NY]

In Reference To: Business / Financial / Legal; Calculation Notation; “Mr. [Woolsey’s] desire to have Ten Brooke Bond settled”

2 Pages, Unbound

Handwritten in Ink

Measurements: 6.5” x 8”

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1786 September 30

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