The original document containing the names of the inhabitants of the town of Hempstead, Queens Co., New York, in August, 1698, for many years was one of the treasured possessions of the State Library in Albany. It consisted of eight pages of manuscript, in excellent preservation, the names arranged in four colums to the page, evidently complied from a house to house visitation, children's names following those of parents, presumably in the order of their births. Most unfortunately, in the recent disastrous fire at the Capitol the document was destroyed.
The Queens County Sentinel, in its ussue of March 13, 1884, printed a copy of the census, which, although not altogether accurate, has proved of much value to students of family history.
In 1899 the writer caused to be made, for his own use, from the original sheets in Albany, a certified copy, in manuscript, which has been in his possession until recently, and is now deposited in the State Library. It is this certified copy, in Mr. Arnold J. F. van Laer's handwriting, that is reproduced in the following pages.
A List of all ye Inhabitants of hempstd, old and young fremen and servants, blacke and white tacken by strict Inquary, yt ye nams of all ye Inhabitants old and young, white and blacke tacken by order of yey ye Justises of ye Peece, and to ys being a true List by strict Inquiry we have given it under oure hands agust ye 31-1698
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Mi John Jackson
Mi Elizabeth Jackson
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