THE HEMPSTEAD CENSUS OF 1698

COMMUNICATED BY EDW. DOUBLEDAY HARRIS

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.

QUEENS COUNTY

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

Joseph Pettit
Jeremiah Wood

Page I, ColumnI.
Mi John Jackson
Mi Elizabeth Jackson
martha Jackson
Sarah Jackson
Samuell Jackson
hannah Jackson
Richrd Jackson
hop Willis
mercy Willis
Joseph Willis
Elizabeth Willis
Richrd Willis
Richrd Willis
hester Willis
Phebe Willis
Jeams Willis
hannah Willis
abegall Willis
Thomas seman
mary seman
Thomas seman
mary seman
Thomas seman
Richrd seman
samuell seman
Isack seman
mary seman
John seman
abigall seman
nathanell seman
mary wood
beneamen seman
Jane seman
martha seman
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