County plus Suffolk County equals...
LONG ISLAND, NY
The early days of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, better known
as Long Island, New York, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales
and factual data in this NEW 57 Page
Booklet, reprinted primarily from two hard-to-find books:
the 1841 edition of Historical Collections of the State of New York
by John Warner Barber and Henry Howe, and New York, a Guide to the Empire
State, a WPA project.
The spiral-bound booklet, sold exclusively
on eBay, is one-sided on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier
reading. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover.
Individual Long Island communities mentioned
in the booklet (alphabetized by first letter only) include: Amityville, Amagansett,
Beaverdam, Bridgehampton, Baiting Hollow, Babylon, Bay Shore, Brightwaters,
Brookhaven,Brentwood, Bellport, Baldwin, Cutchogue, Canoe Place, Centerport
(Centre Port, Little Cow Harbor), Central Islip, Central Moriches, Cedarhurst,
Corum, Cove Neck, Cold Spring Harbor, Easthampton, East Islip, East Moriches,
East Marion, Eastport, Fire-Place, Far Rockaway, Farmingdale, Fresh Pond,
Fisher's Island, Freeport, Flanders Speunk, Greenport, Good Ground, Glen
Cove, Glenwood Landing, Great Gull Island, Gardiner's Island, Huntington,
Hewlett, Hempstead, Hampton Bays, Islip, Laurel, Locust Valley, Long Beach,
Lawrence, Little Gull Island, Lindenhurst, Lynbrook, Mineola, Manhasset,
Massapequa, Mattatue, Middletown, Moriches, Matinecock, Merrick, Mill Neck,
Montauk, Miller's Place, Nichol's Patent, North Hempstead, Northport (North
Port, Great Cow Harbor), Norwich, Old Aquabogue, Old Mans, Old Westbury, Oceanside,
Oyster Bay, Oyster Ponds, Orient, Port Washington, Port Jefferson, Patchogue,
Quogue, Rockville Centre, Ronkonkoma, Riverhead, Ridge, Roslyn, Setauket,
Stony Brook, Sayville, Sag Harbor, Sea Cliff, Shelter Island, Southampton,
Smithtown, Southold, Upper Aquabogue, Valley Stream, Westbury, Wainscott,
Wading River, Westhampton, Westhampton Beach, Wantagh and Yaphank.
Since Nassau County was part of Queens County
until 1899, portions of the early history of Queens County have been included.
Among the many and diverse topics in the booklet
are: Capture of the Schooner Amistad which had been Seized by Negro Slaves
& Trial That Followed; Capt. Kidd's Treasure -- Buried and Unburied;
the Power of the Church, and Church Seating Arrangements; the Capture of British
Supplies near Corum in 1780; Commerce without Money; Blue Smiths, Rock Smiths,
Bull Smiths & Tangier Smiths; Interesting Laws; Indian Affairs; the wreck
of the Bristol and the Mexico on Far Rockaway beach in 1836; and other interesting
bits of history and trivia.
The booklet has no index, but some of the names
and surnames mentioned are: Rev. Nathaniel Brewster, Samuel Eburne, George
Phillips, David Youngs, Col. Tallmadge, Noah Wetmore, Zacharial Greene, Capt.
Clark, Joseph Tooker, Thomas James, Nathaniel Hunting, Samuel Buell, Lyman
Gardiner, Mrs. Wetmore, Gov. Eaton, Stephen Jarvis, Ensign Briant, William
Leveridge, Eliphalet Jones, Ebenezer Prime, Nahan Woodhull, William Schenck,
William Nicol, J. P. Terry, James Farret, Nathaniel Sylvester, Thomas Middleton,
Blydenburgh, Updike, Roger Williams, Wilcox, Richard Smyth (Smith), Jacob
Pindor, John Thomas, Newton, Pratt, King, Tucker, Thompson, Brown, Longbotham,
Lawrence, Floyd, Abner Reeve, Napthali Daggett.
ILLUSTRATIONS include Patchoque
in Brookhaven, Montauk Point, Huntington Village, Riverhead, Sag Harbor,
Hempstead, and Greenport.
The Howe/Barber history covers the development
of this area until about 1841, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic
glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes,
especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There's also a small
map of the area from a 1948 booklet printed by the New York Telephone Company.