Queens County in Olden Times: Being a Supplement to the Several Histories Thereof.
Onderdonk, Henry Jr.

Jamaica, New York: Charles Welling, 1865. F 122 pages, with a useful index; and with an authorial inscription on the title page: "Sent by the author, Henry Onderdonk Jr. to C. T. Phillips, 1882." (From the Preface): "...contains scarcely anything that has hitherto appeared in any of our local histories...Much of the present volume has never before been in print..." Henry Onderdonk Jr. (1804-1886) teacher, local historian, principal of Union Hall in Jamaica, LI, lecturer on temperance, local history, collected and published many valuable original documents of early Long Island history, especially Revolutionary War incidents (DAB). A valuable Long Island history resource of prime importance for researching Queens and early New York. Early connections to the Dutch and English kingdoms and independence from them; farming, law, cultural and government events of importance in the area; governance and then independence from Connecticut; much on the contact and interaction with the local Indians and the Native American relationships with the colonists; with names and dates of specific events, treaties, purchases of properties and land transfers; also information on the maritime trade and transportation, crimes, business transactions of interest, births and deaths & more in the area. Covering the history of most of Long Island, as the county of Nassau had yet to be formed. The years from 1639-1832; there is material regarding the early colonial period and the Revolutionary and War of 1812: Newtown, Oyster Bay, Jamaica, Hempstead, Flushing, Mattinecock and other areas. Printed double column, with frequent footnotes. Front endpaper with the bookplate of Dyer. Bound in the original decoratively-blindstamped dark purplish-brown cloth, gilt cover titles; some wear & fraying to spine ends, tips, some sunning to back cover cloth at top; pages unevenly bound, resulting in some waviness; clean and in good condition, especially interesting for the authorial presentation from one of Long Island's important chroniclers and historians. Howes O-90. Good Hardcover (Item ID: 21306)


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