Richard Valentine I1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

M, b. circa 1620, d. before 1684
     Richard was born circa 1620 in Lancastershire, England. Richard married Deborah (?) circa 1649 in Town of Hempstead, Long Island, New Netherlands. It has been indicated that Richard Valentine was part of the group of Dutch English traders who came from Virginia to settle in the western part of Long Island. It has also been indicated by some authorities that he came to this country with the Winthrop-Saltonstall party, going first to Watertown, Massachusetts. He later removed to Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut which was settled in 1634. From there he joined the New Haven Colony and then in 1644 he removed to Hempstead, Long Island as one of the first settlers. No proof has yet been uncovered to verify or negate either account. Richard was among the first settlers in Hempstead & he was a single man. In the Hempstead Town records there are many references to him in Libera A, B & C. In 1683, he was accessed for 34 acres, 6 oxen, 8 cows, one hog, 12 sheep & two horses. In 1658, Richard was given five acres of land at "Merock" next to Francis Weeks by Thomas Ellison which suggests that his wife may have been his daughter but there has been no proof of this found. It has also been stated that Richard Valentine is a lineal descendant of Richard Valentine of the Parish of Eccles, Lancastershire, England. At this point there is no substanciating proof. In 1684 the widow of Richard & four sons are mentioned in the tax list in Hempstead. Richard died in the Town of Hempstead, Queens County, Long Island, New York, between 11 October 1683 and 1684. He was accessed with the inhabitants of the town of Hempsted on 11 October 1683 on the value of his estate. In 1684, his widow and her four sons are listed on the tax list of freeholders - Widow Richard Valentine was assessed for 40 acres, Obadiah for 44 acres, William for 40 acres, Ephraim for 40 acres, and Richard (Jr.) for 71 acres. Thus indicating Richard had died in this time period.


Deborah (?) d. a 31 Aug 1698


  1. [S90] Genealogies of Long Island Families From the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Volume II: page 492 - Richard1 Valentine, the earliest of the name in New York, was born about 1610, reportedly in Lancashire, England. Some authorities state that he was a lineal descendant of Richard Valentine of the Parish of Eccles, the ancestor of the New England Valentines. He came to this country with the Winthrop-Saltonstall party going first to Watertown, Massachusetts. He moved on to Wetherfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, which was settled in 1634. He then joined the New Haven Colony, and from there crossed Long Island Sound to Hempstead, Long Island, in 1644. The first division of land among the sixty-six original proprietors – one of whom was Richard Valentine – took place in 1644. On 14 March 1658 he purchased an additional five acres of meadow from Thomas Ellison. The original homestead is said to have been six hundred acres.
    There are many references to him in libers A, B, and C of the Hempstead town records. As an inhabitant of Hemstead he signed his name to a reply to Syuyvesant’s demand on 4 July 1656…On 2 October 1676 he and other residents of Hempstead vowed to defend their rights to Great Neck (CDNY 14:726).
    “An account of ye Valluation of the Estates of thee Inhabbitants of ye Towne of Hampsted on Long Island” taken 11 October 1683 shows Richard Valentine Sr. accessed on 34 acres, 6 oxen, 8 cows, 1 hog, 12 sheep and 2 horses (DHNY 2:524).
    He probably died in 1684, possibly shortly before his sons Obediah and Epriam were grated home lots…
    They had seven children: Richard Jr. (b.c. 1650); William (b.c. 1655); Deborah (b.c. 1657; m. 1674 William Foster; Jonas (b.c 1660) m.c. 1686 Grace (-). He moved to New Jersey…; Obadiah (b.c. 1665); Ephraim (b.c. 1668); Ann who m. (1) Michael/Moyle Williams, (2) Henry Pearsall.
  2. [S126] Thomas Weston Valentine, The Valentine's in America,, pages 8-12 - The first division of land among the sixty-six proprietors of the town took place in /647, hardly a quarter of a century after the Pilgrims at Plymouth, and the advent of the Dutch in New York. Among these was RICHARD VALENTINE, then probably a young man of twenty-five or thirty years of age, but whether married or single I have no means of knowing. He was of English origin, and, from the fact that some of the company came from that section, as well as the identity of name, it is not at all improbable that he was a lineal descendant of RICHARD VALENTINE of the parish of Eccles in Lancastershire ...; in 1685, he had four sons, and perhaps more, who were freeholders. In a tax laid that year, Widow Richard Valentine is assessed for 40 acres, Obadiah, 44, William, 40, Ephraim, 40, and Richard (Jr.), 71 acres. Besides these, I find from the N. Y. Calendar of Hist. MSS., that in Feb., 1679, Jonah Valentine of Hempstead petitioned the Governor for a grant of loo acres of land. Moreover, I find from the same source that in 1679 Richard Valentine (Jr.), " one of the Hempstead rioters," asks to be exempted from punishment "on account of his youth and ignorance." As mention is made of Richard Valentine (Sen.), in 1682, and of his widow in 1685, it seems clear that lie must have died ...; In the "Colonial History of the State of New York," Vol. II., Page 728, I find that " the Marsteal of the town of Hemstede, Richard Valentyn by name," is complained of before the [Dutch] Governor-General and Council of New Netherlands, July 7, 1674, for refusing to put in execution a judgment against one Jeremy Wood, and "for uttering these seditious words: 'Is it in the name of the King of England? for I will do nothing in the name of the Prince or of the States of Holland,

    page 11 - the "Town Records of Hempstead," found in the North Hempstead Town Clerk's Office at Roslyn, which furnish the following items:—
    Thos. Ellison sold to Rich 1. Valentine 5 acres meadow, Mar. 14, 1658. Simon Scaring sold certain lands to Obadiah Valentine about 1670.
    John Jackson     SI     44     11     Ephraim     44     14     u
    Wm. Valentine "     "     41     Benjamin Birdsall     I.     "
    Jonas     44     14     11     

    page 12 -

  3. [S48] Josephine C. Frost, Ancestors of Frank Herbert Davol and his wife Phebe Downing Willits; showing Mayflower descent from John Alden, James Chilton...John Cooke...Priscilla Mullines, Richard Warren., pages 179-180.
  4. [S103] Clarence E. Pearsall, History of the Pearsall Family, pages 1023-24 - Mr. Pearsall indicates in his book that Richard Valentine was part of the group of Dutch English traders who came from Virginia to settle in the western part of Long Island.
  5. [S14] North Hempstead, Records of the Towns of North and South Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y.
  6. [S251] Beatrice Valentine Di Duca, The Orgin of Richard Valentine of New Jersey.
  7. [S33] Mrs. Mary Powell [Seaman] Bunker, Long Island Genealogies. Families of Albertson, Andrews, Bedell, Birdsall, ... Willets, Williams, Willis, Wright, & other families. Being kindred descendants of Thomas Powell of Bethpage, L.I., 1688, page 308 - Richard took his first share of land in Hempstead in 1647. In 1684, Widow Valentine & four sons named in Hempstead tax list.
  8. [S606] Peter Ross, History Of Long Island From Its Earliest Settlement To The Present Time, Volume I: page 883 - 25 July 1658 - Richard Valentine having reported that Thomas Southard went up and down with a club, the later meeting him one morning as he was going about his advocations, struck him on the face ...
    Volume I: page 896 - Richard Valentine had land as early as 1657. He was a town marshall and a man of some parts. ...
    Volume II: page 377 - Richard Valentine was one of the first settlers of Hempsted in 1644; took a share in the division of Hempsted in 1647 ...