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Capt. Richard Betts

Male 1613 - 1713  (100 years)


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  • Name Richard Betts  [1, 2, 3
    Prefix Capt. 
    Born 1613  Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Nov 1713  Newtown, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    Buried 20 Nov 1713  [8
    Person ID I22582  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of GFS
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2020 

    Family Joanna Chamberlain,   b. Oct 1630, Strood, Medway, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 16 Mar 1711, Newtown, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Betts,   b. 14 May 1654, Newtown, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1734, Mattituck, Suffolk, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F13590  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Said to have come from Hemel Hempstead in Herefordshire. Said to have brought his own tombstone from England and dig his own grave, into which he went at the age of 100.

      Janet and Robert Wolfe's collection of notes on Richard Betts provides a thorough collection of his and his wife's appearances in the record. He appears first in Newtown, Long Island in 1656. He was a justice in Long Island in 1669, and High Sheriff of Yorkshire, Long Island in 1679 and 1680.

      (Yorkshire was an administrative unit that existed for a few years following the English conquest of New Amsterdam; it comprised the territory of present day Long Island, including modern Brooklyn and Queens, plus Staten Island, and also the modern Bronx, Westchester, and Nassau counties. Like the original Yorkshire, it was divided into three "ridings", East, West, and North.)

      On 13 May 1693, Richard Betts of Newtown and his wife Joanna sold 20 acres of land in Newtown to John Scudder. Joanna's mother's first husband was a John Scudder, who died in England in 1625 or 1626; it seems not unlikely that this John Scudder was a relative.

      In an August, 1698 census of Newtown (transcribed by Charles Carroll Gardner in The American Genealogist 24:133, July 1948), Richard Betts senior appears as an inhabitant with a family of 4 plus 1 Negro.

      His burial record (citation details below) gives his age at death as a highly believable 113 and says that he was buried at "ye kills."

  • Sources 
    1. [S506] Jane Fletcher Fiske, "A New England Immigrant Kinship Network: Notes on the English Origins of the Scudders of Salem and Barnstable, Massachusetts, Bridget (-----) (Verry) Giles of Salem, and Joanna (Chamberlain) Betts of Long Island." The American Genealogist 72:285, July/October 1997.

    2. [S2767] Genealogy of the Swasey Family by Benjamin Franklin Swasey. Cleveland: Ambrose Swasey, 1910.

    3. [S2762] Alice D. Serrell, "Descendants of Christopher and Sarah Davis Swayze." Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine 18:3, Oct 1954; 18:73, Feb 1955; 18:99, Apr 1955; 18:127, Jun 1955.

    4. [S399] The Settlers of the Beekman Patent by Frank J. Doherty. Ongoing multivolume series begun in 1990.

    5. [S2769] John Blythe Dobson, "William Holden, Patrick Swayze, and Tom Hulce: Their Cousinship with Jean Margaret (Kennedy) Mitchelson through the Betts Family.", year and place only.

    6. [S468] A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England by James Savage. Boston: Little, Brown, 1860-64.

    7. [S4451] John Blythe Dobson, "Chamberlaynes in the Ancestry of the Betts Family of Newtown, Long Island." The American Genealogist 82:227, 2007., place only.

    8. [S3834] Record Kept by Rev. Thomas Poyer, Rector of Episcopal Churches at Jamaica, Newtown & Flushing, Long Island, copied in the early 1860s by Henry Onkerdonk, Jr., and typed from Onkerdonk's manuscript by Josephine C. Frost. Brooklyn, New York, 1913.