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Subject: Re: [NYROCKLA] Source material for 1715-1740 Haverstraw,Hempstead and Hackensack
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 16:58:41 -0600 (CST)
Yes, well according to Riker, I shouldn't exist either. He doesn't list
Mary Ann Cunningham as 2nd wife to Thomas Waldron [Calvin, Edward, Adrian,
Resolvert, Johannes, Resolved], or either my grandmother (Mary Agnes) or
her sister (Anna Margaret) as their children.
Yet, I have several firsthand official records indicating thus. Plus
numerous circumstantial evidence. It's a real shame Aunt Margaret burned
the Waldron family bible up in the furnace. Riker did a fabulous job, but
I suspect he didn't dig into every record, and probably got much from
interviews and such. He certainly got considerable info from the NYC
Archives, but some is obviously gotten from responses to requests for
I was wondering about the English Hempstead church records. That is likely
where any baptisms were. Not sure where the marriage might be. I suspect
in the city or Hackensack. One interesting thing I note from your research
is that Matthew Benson sold his Haverstraw land to John Allison. I was
afraid that there might not be records to support Elizabeth's birth, which
is why I'm hoping to do a process of elimination research. Once you remove
the impossible whatever remains must be the truth. There are only a few
Elizabeth Bensons born in the right timeframe. One is married to another
person and having children in that period. One died later unmarried. Etc.
But until I can find the source giving Matthew as Elizaberth's father,
everything else must wait.
On Tue, February 1, 2011 3:57 pm, wrote:
> There are published DRC records for the church in Hackensack. The
> Allisons, having come from the English settlement at Hempstead, LI, were
> probably members of the English Church (Presbyterian) in New Hempstead.
> Unfortunately, the first record book of that church has disappeared,
> either due to fire, or being kept by a minister who moved on.
> Land records for Haverstraw and New Hempstead may be in Goshen (Orange
> Co); or at the County Clerk's Office, in New City, Rockland Co, after the
> split from Orange Co in 1798 (?).
> As far as Elizabeth Benson's mother, all I have is Riker's statement that
> there were no children of Matthew Benson's m1. However, I also have an
> approximate date range which suggests that she was b. of the first
> marriage. I have seen no proof, either way.
> Bob Protzmann
> ----- Original Message -----
> Date: Monday, January 31, 2011 5:35 pm
> Subject: [NYROCKLA] Source material for 1715-1740 Haverstraw, Hempstead
> and Hackensack
>> I'm wondering what source material there is for the period 1720-
>> 1740 in
>> Hempstead, Haverstraw and Hackensack.
>> I'm wanting to look for records of Matthew Benson, the cooper,
>> in that
>> area at that time. Has anyone ever found his will/estate
>> disposition? I
>> read he died in NY, but never see a date.
>> I'm fairly certain Matthew had land in Hackensack.
>> My problem is Elizabeth Benson, daughter of Matthew Benson
>> marrying Joseph
>> Allison in West Hempstead on 10 Mar 1742 (or 1743).
>> I have her parents as Matthew Benson and Elizabeth Bussing. But pretty
>> much every genealogy I find says they had no children. Which
>> would be
>> phenomenal, considering they married in 1716 and Matthew took a second
>> wife 11 years later in 1727. Eleven years and no kids!? Well, I
>> know it
>> does happen.
>> All I have for Elizabeth Benson is various genealogies, probably all
>> quoting the same source (Riker possibly). But Riker's is hardly
>> complete,or always accurate. Genealogies are great, but hardly a
>> replacement for
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