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Robert Jackson (b. Bet. 1615 - 1620, d. 1683)Robert Jackson187 was born Bet. 1615 - 1620 in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England188, and died 1683 in Hempstead, Long Island, NY188.He married (1) Unknown on Abt. 1642188.He married (2) Unknown Washburn on Bet. 1650 - 1653 in Hempstead, Long Island, NY188, daughter of William Washburn and Jane.He married (3) Agnes Puddington on Abt. 10 Apr 1660189.
Notes for Robert Jackson:
According to Colonial Families of America, Vol. 7, National Americana Society (New York, 1930), Robert's father was Richard Jackson, born in 1582. He came from England to America as early as 1640 and held a grant of land and deed in Southhold, Massachusetts, but sold it. It is not known where Richard finally settled. He died in 1672. His (Richard's) first wife hasn't been identified, but his second wife was the widow of Robert Brown.
Robert's birth location is taken from a book which tells of his father Richard's participation in the Separatist movement in England. During that time it was an offense punishable by jail for not attending or paying tithes to the Church of England. There was a growing number of people in the Scrooby area that became so unhappy with the oppressive church rules and laws that they were willing to give up their middle class homes and lands in order to form a more suitable community together elsewhere. But it was also against the law to leave England and they had many struggles to get first to Holland where there was more religious freedom. Shortly after that, the group then gathered themselves together and with their minister Rev Denton, came to 'New Plymouth'. No record has been found of Robert's passage to America but he certainly came with his father with this group. The name of the book is "Collections Concerning the Church or Congregation of Protestant Separatists Formed at Scrooby" by Rev. Joseph Hunter, pub John Russell Smith, London, 1854, pgs 128, 131. It is available for viewing and downloading by googling the name of the book.
Quote from Jackson Ledger at HCPD: "Robert left England with John Winthrop 1630-31 but which Winthrop is not known. He was said to be of Scotch-Irish ancestry. He was our immigrant ancestor." (This reference to being Scotch crops up in occasional references, but I have not been able to discover the source of that info and it appears unsubstantiated.)
Quote fr website:www.rootsweb.com/~njmorris/rockawayrecords/jackson.htm: "Tradition has it that Robert Jackson came from Watertown, Mass. to Whethersfield, CT., from thence to Hartford, CT., and from thence to Hempstead in 1643 which perhaps was the first English settlement in the western part of Long Island."
Quote fr Rockaway Library document: "Robert Jackson...a founder of Hempstead, Long Island in 1643". That quote is not technically correct. A Jackson genealogist, Frank Jackson, has told me that Robert "was one of 50-55 proprietors who created the settlement. John Carman and Robert Fordham negotiated a purchase of land for the Hempstead settlement with the local Indians and if any may be said to have 'founded' Hempstead, it would be those two. Robert Jackson and Capt. John Seaman were two of the largest landholders. Richard Denton was the Presbyterian religious leader of the group."
Quote from O. B. Robbins' book "History of the Jackson Family of Hempstead..." pg 24. He is quoting a pamphlet written in 1883: "The settlers of Hempstead are supposed to have come from England with the New Haven Colony under the leadership of Gov. John Winthrop and Sir Richard Saltenstall, and before coming to Long Island in 1644, had previously settled at Watertown, Mass., and Weathersfield and Stamford, Conn. They were accompanied by their minister, Rev. Richard Denton, a graduate of Cambridge, who came with them from England. The name of the settlement is said to be from Hemel Hempstead, in Hertfordshire, whence they originally came."
Quote fr "History of the Jackson Family of Hempstead..." by O. B. Robbins: "Following is a copy of a record written by Chalon Lemuel Jackson: 'Robert Jackson born in Scotland in 1621, came to Boston, drifted south through Connecticut and Rhode Island into Long Island, laid out the City of Hempstead..."
Robert's father Richard owned a tract of land at Southold as early as 1640. (Mary P. Bunker, "Long Island Genealogies" (Albany, 1895), P. 220)
quote from http://18.104.22.168/qt/archive/files/1609.htm:
Coming around the circle to Rustdorp or Jamaica, which was bought of the Indians in 1656 by Robert Jackson and the three Townsend brothers and others of Hempstead, the site of the plantation to be "neare unto ye bever pond."
From Bill White, "In 1656, Robert Jackson and others wished to improve their labors, (Jacqueline Overton, Long Island Story, New York, 1929, p. 46) and applied to the Dutch Council for permission to begin plantations toward Carnarsie and Jamaica. They also applied to Governor Stuyvesant for more liberty and for representative government."
From Don Norman's file: "After the Dutch surrender to the English on August 27, 1664, the colony was renamed New York. Governor Nichol called a convention of two delegates from each Long Island town to frame a code of laws to govern the colony. This convention was held at Hempstead February 28, 1665, with Robert Jackson and John Hicks representing Hempstead. The code of laws [Duke's laws] written at this convention remained in force until after the Revolution. Robert's will, dated May 25, 1683 and proved October 13, 1685, is found in Will book A in Queens County, NY."
Quote from Long Island Genealogies, Bunker, pg 338, "Robert Jackson's Will dated 1683 says wife Agnes, was a dau of William and Jane Washburn." [but this is not correct! See transcription of Robert's Will on this site Table of Contents: Wills.]
From Genealogy of the FOWLERS in England and America by Wharton Dickinson
"Page 22: JOSEPH FOWLER, was b. in Dalbury Lees, in Derbyshire, before 1610; .... He and his brother Richard came to New England about 1650, and are said to have first located in Rhode Island. There may be some probability in this statement as most of the early settlers of Newton, Flushing, Hempstead and Oyster Bay were from that Colony. He was in Maspeth Kill, now Newtown (Riker's Newtown, p.38), in 1655; taxed £1 in 1656 for 20 acres at Middlebury; Dec, 12, 1657, he signed the remonstrance to the Governor of New York, protesting against the injustice to the Quakers. In the Town Records of Newtown, Book I, p.452, is a deed from Joseph Fowler of Maspeth Kills to Robert Jackson of Hempstead for 40 acres at Middlebury, which the said Fowler purchased from his brother-in-law Richard Betts; said deed is dated April 10, 1660."
For a historical perspective on New Netherland and of the Dutch influence during this early time, see Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Netherland#English_incursions
Quote from Jacob Milton Bergen, Sr. Family of Long Island, New York, by William Swayer Bergen, Appendix D, pg 282:
"Robert settled in Stamford in 1640. They left with others and moved to Hempstead in 1644 under the Dutch rule. There they were granted patents for land by Gov. Kiefe 16 Nov 1644. From there, he was a settler of Jamaica LI, NY in 1656. He moved back to Hempstead in 1658 where lands were granted to him. He was appointed a constable in 1671."
More About Robert Jackson and Unknown:
Marriage: Abt. 1642190
More About Robert Jackson and Unknown Washburn:
Marriage: Bet. 1650 - 1653, Hempstead, Long Island, NY.190
More About Robert Jackson and Agnes Puddington:
Marriage: Abt. 10 Apr 1660191
Children of Robert Jackson and Unknown are:
- +John Jackson, b. 1645, Hempstead, Long Island, NY192, d. 06 Dec 1725, Jerusalem, Queens County, NY192.