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Long Island Genealogy

Group for anyone digging into their Long Island, New York roots! (Includes the counties of Queens, Nassau, Kings, and Suffolk)

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Started by James P. LaLone. Last reply by Jennifer Powell Nov 9, 2020. 32 Replies

Our colonial-era Long Island ancestors

Started by Joan Foster. Last reply by Cynthia Joslin Feb 22, 2016. 31 Replies

collaborating on Long Island genealogy

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Comment by Christine M. Worthington on August 28, 2013 at 3:54pm

Thanks!!!!  I have some Wansers in my tree--we should talk!

Comment by PM Wanser on August 28, 2013 at 2:50pm

Olivetree Genealogy has some records of the almshouse at Yaphank, Suffolk county at this site: at the bottom of the page. Hope it helps.

Comment by Christine M. Worthington on August 26, 2013 at 9:40pm

Has anyone ever heard of an orphanage or almshouse in Suffolk County in the mid 1800s?

Comment by Barbara M Leydecker on September 9, 2011 at 6:45pm
Emily Zengel Steininger Russwurm died August 8, 1927 in Rochester, New York.  She was buried in Long Island, but I do not know where.  I am looking for suggestions as to the cemetery.  She may be buried next to her first husband, Caspar Steininger, who died in 1874.
Comment by James P. LaLone on July 26, 2011 at 9:17am
Discover the Van Dusens of New Amsterdam – 1627-2011
Comment by Paul Caverly on May 28, 2011 at 6:23am

Caverly/Cavalier/Cavalie, Huguenots of Oyster Bay, Musketa Cove.

Peter Gerardus Cavalier (1672-1699) m Belitje Klaarhout abt 1692 and possibly was also married to Cornelia Bosch.

Peter Caverly (1694-1747) m Jane in abt 1720. Lived Mosqueta Cove, L I, New York and Oyster Bay. Children baptized in St. George Church at Hempstead, Long Island. NY Indorsed Land Records 1643-1803. 1730, Petition of Peter Caverly of Oyster Bay, in Queen's County, praying a patent for a ferry between neck of land in that town called Caverly's Island and Rye. Descendants later moved up the Hudson River to Marlborough, Ulster County, NY.

Fron author Stephen Davids - Long Island's Fort Franklin, became the centre point for the largest of all the American Revolution's refugee camps.  In September of 1776, the British had secured both New York City and Long Island as their strongholds in the Thirteen Colonies. To guard the outer frontier, the king’s army built garrisons along the northern coast of Long Island. Of all these British outposts, Fort Franklin on Lloyd’s Neck was the largest.  By the late 1770s, hundreds of loyalist refugees had fled across Long Island Sound and found sanctuary near the garrison's protective walls. Living in tents or huts, the loyalists no doubt saw their stay as a temporary situation. They would be safe, they reasoned, until the might of Great Britain utterly defeated the rebels.

While all the loyalists who sought sanctuary at Lloyd's Neck can never be completely determined, the records of the claims made to the loyalist compensation board reveal the names of some of the refugees. They include: Lyon, Bates, Hoyt, Dibblee, Hubbard, Pickett, Frost, Seely, Raymond, Fowler, Whelpley, Clarke, Whitney, Miles, Ketchum, Dickson, Chace, Roberts, Slocum, Corey, and Caswell. Most were from Connecticut, but there were loyalists from Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusetts as well. In the spring and summer of 1783, the refugees of Lloyd's Neck boarded evacuation ships and sailed north to Nova Scotia. Having created a loyalist community on Long Island, many of them decided to continue living together in the new settlements. Most of the loyalists buried in the graveyard in Kingston, New Brunswick, for example, had once sought refuge at Lloyd's Neck. 


Comment by Janice Bernath on May 25, 2011 at 11:40pm
Hi, I have some Hauxhursts from early days in Locust Valley. My main family name is Weeks/Weekes; major brick walls are Wansor, Bailey, Baker, Longworth. The Bailey/Baylis/Bayles family had a farm in Cedar Swamp (Brookville). Our Wansor line goes back to 1785 with the birth of John Hickman Wansor (always wondered if the middle name could have been a corruption of Hegeman), but we can't get back any further so no parents for John Hickman Wansor. John Hickman Wansor and his wife Catherine Baker lived in Lattingtown; later our line through their son John lived in Bayville. Earliest Bailey is 2x great grandmother Janette Baylis/Bailey who married Samuel Coles Weeks. A cousin and I think the Townsends and Underhills come through the Bailey line, but we're at a loss. Janette Bailey's parents might have been Samuel Bailey and Elizabeth Finch. Janette was born about 1820.
Comment by Charity Johnson on May 25, 2011 at 8:17pm
Researching mostly Quakers (Hicks, Hauxhurst/Hawxhurst, Seaman, Townsend, etc) on LI, but also searching for Egberts and a certain John Copes--who remains elusive.
Comment by Patricia Lee Allen on October 26, 2010 at 1:25pm
Hi! I am researching Cornell, Denton, Wanser and Trueman names-
Comment by Carol Peckham Poulos on July 18, 2010 at 8:46am
I want to mention a good resoucre for all researching Long Island. There is a website in which many libraries have been contributing, If you haven't checked it out, you should do so and check back frequently as new things are being added weekly. There are old photos, postcards, digitized newspapers, etc.

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