We continue with our ongoing series of family sketches featured in The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Frank J. Doherty's multi-volume study. The Settlers of the Beekman Patent contains data on over thirteen hundred families who settled in the Beekman Patent, an original land grant given to Col. Henry Beekman in 1697 by the English Crown and the second largest patent in present-day Dutchess County, New York. Many emigrants from New England lived in and passed through the Beekman Patent on their way west. Others, such as the Palatines and Quakers (almost all from New England), were early settlers and remained for several generations or more.
Compiler and author Frank J. Doherty has researched the settlers of the Beekman Patent for over thirty years and is considered the foremost expert on these families. He began his research after he purchased property in the town of LaGrange in Dutchess County and became interested in the history of the area. His research includes all eighteenth-century records from Dutchess County courts, probate, cemeteries, churches, stores, leases, tax lists, military, census, and other documents pertaining to the area.
The eighth volume, published in 2005, includes family sketches pertaining to the following surnames: Lee, Lent, Leonard, LeRoy, Lester, Lewis, Light, Lightheart, Linsey, Lobdell, Lockwood, Losee, Lossing, Lovejoy, Loveless, Luckey, Lyon, Mabie, Mace, Macomber, Macy, Maguire, Mainger, Mallory, Maloney, Mancius, Mandigo, Manter, Mentor, Marble, Marcy, Marks, Marsh, Marshall, Martin, Martling, Marvill, Masten, Matthews, McAuley, McCarty, McCarthy, McClave, McCollum, McCord, McCready, McDaniel, McDonald, McDougal, McDowell, McIntire, McLees, McNeal, McPherson, McWilliams, Mead, Meloy, Merrick, Merrihew, Merritt, Meyer, Myers, Miles, Milk, Millard, Miller, and Millington. The inclusion of this volume adds more than 32,000 individual name entries to this database.
Hard copies of The Settlers of the Beekman Patent are available through our bookstore, and you can find additional information about this resource here.
Other New York databases available through our digital collections include First Settlers of Albany County from 1630 to 1800, First Settlers of Schenectady from 1662 to 1800, and New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.
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