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Richard Gildersleeve

Male Abt 1626 - 1691  (~ 64 years)


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  • Name Richard Gildersleeve  [1
    Born Abt 1626  Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 7 Apr 1690 and 21 May 1691  [3
    Alternate death Aft 7 Apr 1690  Hempstead, Nassau, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    Alternate death 1691  [6
    Person ID I6175  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2020 

    Father Richard Gildersleeve,   b. Abt 1601, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1681, Hempstead, Nassau, Long Island, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Family ID F3760  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dorcas Williams,   d. 1704 
    Children 
    +1. Dorcas Gildersleeve,   b. Abt 1663, Hempstead, Long Island, New Netherland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1698  (Age ~ 36 years)
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F3755  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Town clerk of Hempstead from 1668 to at least 1671. Town drummer in 1670-71. Constable in 1678. It is said that when he was constable, the local Quakers protested his acts to the governor of New York. We have not seen this sourced, but certainly his father was a notoriously enthusiastic enemy of Quakerism. His will bequeaths to, among others, "dau. Dorkiss Lester".

      Various sources claim that he and/or his father signed the Hempstead Petition of 1679, claimed by some as the first assertion of the principle "no taxation without representation," but we have been unable to verify this.

      With their usual thoroughness, Janet and Bob Wolfe's genealogy site includes a well-sourced list of everything on record about the younger Richard Gildersleeve.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2203] New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence A. Torrey. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015., identified as father of Dorcas Gildersleeve.

    2. [S767] The Ancestry of Rev. Nathan Grier Parke & His Wife Ann Elizabeth Gildersleeve by N. Grier Parke II, edited by Donald Lines Jacobus. Woodstock, Vermont: 1959.

    3. [S4979] Long Island Source Records, From the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record ed. Henry B. Hoff. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1987.

    4. [S768] Amos Canfield, "Abstracts of Early Wills of Queens County, New York, Recorded in Libers A and C of Deeds, Now in the Register's Office at Jamaica, New York." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 65:114, April 1934.

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

    6. [S769] Gildersleeves of Gildersleeve, Connecticut and the Descendants of Philip Gildersleeve by Willard Harvey Gildersleeve. Meriden, Connecticut: 1914.