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QUEENS COUNTY.    551

Hicksville, projected to Cold Spring. Norwich (East Norwich p. o.) is a farming settle¬
ment 3 mi.
s.e. of Oyster Bay.1 Cedar Swamp, (p-o.,) s.e. of Glen Cove, and Cocsist
Valley,2
n. e. of the same place, are farming settlements. Jericho (p. o.) is a settlement, n.
of Hicksville ;3 Woodbury (p.o.) is a small village, near the e. border; Floyds Neck is a
farming vicinage, in the extreme
n. e. part;4 IBethphage is a farming locality, and Br©ok«
ville is a hamlet5 Fort Neck was named from two ancient Indian forts.6 Dosoris,7
Fiattingtowu, and Matinicock8 are localities
n. e. of Glen Cove. An attempt was made
by a party of English to make a settlement in this town in 1640; but the settlers were driven off
by the Dutch. In 1642 other English parties, who had purchased lands of the Indians, were also
driven off. The question of jurisdiction was a matter of debate until 1650, when commissioners
were appointed on both sides to settle ft. The w. boundary of Oyster Bay was fixed upon as the
line of separation of the two colonies; and in 1653 the first permanent English settlement was
made, upon land previously purchased of the Indians.6 In 1662 the town formed a close alliance
with Conn. De Lancey’s corps of royalists built a small fort on the hill, s. of the village of Oyster
Bay, in 1776; and it was occupied by Simcoe’s Queen’s Bangers in 1778 and’79. The census
reports 16 churches in town.10

Acres of Land, Valuation, Population, Dwellings, Families, Freeholders, Schools, Live
Stock, Agricultural Products, and Domestic Manufactures, of Queens County.

Names op Towns.

Acres of Land.

Valuation of 1858.

Population.

No. of Dwellings.

No. of Families, j

1

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Flushing...................

Hempstead................

Jamaica....................

Newtown...................

North Hempstead.......

Oyster Bay................

11,083

25,463

14.0421

10,288i

23,150*

35,522

3,813

14,888

5,555

2,009

7,989

22,950

$3,184,960

2,650,760

2,186,430

3,146,600

2,534,400

3,368,695

$257,110

349,667

196,156

253,290

288,750

420,769

$3,442,070

3,000,427

2,382,586

3,399,890

2,823,150

3,789,464

3,959

5,264

2,796

2,331

4,683

4,109

4,011

5,213

2,836

2,363

4,763

3,938

1,113

2,022

866

1,518

867

1,510

1,500

2.051

1,005

904

1,766

1,456

657

1,409

640

434

914

994

8

19

7

10

11

21

2.953

4,056

2.246

1,733

3,190

3.187

Total.................

119,549

57,204

17,071,845

1,765,742

18,837,587

23,142

23,124

7,S96

8,682

5,048

74 117.365

Names of Towns.

Live Stock.

Agricultural Products.

1.

& £

ii

£

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862

548

2,777

5,527

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Flushing...................

Hempstead.........:......

Jamaica....................

Newtown...................

North Hempstead......

Oyster Bay................

989

1,651

797

1,397

1,236

1,884

554

1,383

325

159

889

1,776

871
2.545
85
1,16
1.61
2,19

1,924

2,919

926

1,209

2.997

4,253

18,386
45,844
23,103
7,422
28,6701
. 49,762*

65,771

145,050-

50,515

86,677

111,309

157,648-

7,105

9,179

7,060

2,655*

11,101*

14,294

36,489

63,082

64,494

53,983

34,438

38,649

955

100

51

448

1,205

587

42,793

155,048

46,285

17,416

61,494*

118,947

240

525

Total.................

7,954

5,086

9,24

9,714

14,228

173,188*

616,971

51,395

291,135

3,346

441,983*

765

lands claimed hy the English. The Jones Institute is located
here.

6 In 1775, Daniel Jones, of this place, gave £300 sterling for
a charity school at Oyster Bay.

7 Sometimes written Desoris. It is an abbreviation of dos
uxoris,
or “ dowry of a wife,”—the property having come to the
first settler, Coles, by his wife.

8 A Friends’ meetinghouse was erected here in 1682.

9 Peter Wright, Wm. Leveridge, Samuel Mayo, Wm. and John
Washburne, Thos. Armitage, Anthony Wright, Eobt. Williams,
and Eichard Holdbrook were joint purchasers. Henry Town¬
send obtained a grant for a mill Sept. 1661, and erected the first
mill, in 1663. There were 53 freeholders in town.

10 4 M. E., 4 Prot. E., 4 Friends, Bap., Eef. Prot. D., Presb.,
and Af. Meth.


1

The town records are usually kept at this place.

2

The p. o. at this place was called “Buckram,” until recently.

3

Elias Hicks formerly resided here. The first settlement was
made hy Robert Williams, in 1650; called by the Indians

4

“Lusum.”

5

* This neck, containing 2,849 acres, is separated from the re¬
mainder of the town by Cold Spring Harbor. It is connected
with Huntington, Suffolk co., by a narrow isthmus. It is princi¬
pally devoted to the raising of stock. The Indians called it

6

at Lloyd’s Dock, on the w. side of the neck.


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