The population of Riverhead was reported as 2,373 in 1845. In 1847 and today Baiting Hollow is part of Riverhead Town and about 5-6 miles away from Main Street. According to Seeking the Past, Writings from 1832-1905 Relating to the History of the Town of Riverhead edited by Tom Twomey with a chapter about Riverhead written by R. M. Bayles in 1882 the main occupations for Baiting Hollow were farming and furnishing firewood. Abundant crops of grain, hay and potatoes were grown in the area. The Supervisor of Riverhead was Sylvester Miller and Justice of the Peace was Nathan Corwin.
Daniel and Jemima Benjamin Warner are my paternal 3x great grandparents. They were born, raised 6 children, died and are buried in Baiting Hollow, New York. (I believe Daniel’s father James Warner was the first Warner to live in Baiting Hollow.)
So, I located the following document that my 3x great grandparents were mentioned in. There is also a Nathan Benjamin who I believe was related to Jemima. I thought at first it may have been her father Nathan Benjamin (several generations were named Nathan Benjamin) but he had died in 1838. As I reread and transcribed the document I thought, OK, it’s another piece of evidence about the lives of my ancestors but pretty ‘typical’… that is… until I read the last line. I thought that was very different and very interesting!
Sealed, Signed and Delivered
In the presents of
Nathan Benjamin L. S. [Legal Signature]
Daniel Warner L.S.
Jamima Warner L.S.
Elkanah Davis L.S.
Sally Davis L.S.
John Fanning L.S.
Polly Fanning L.S.
Suffolk County SS: On the ninth day of March one thousand eight hundred and forty seven personally came before me Joanna Hulse, Nathan Benjamin, Daniel Warner and Jemima his wife, Elkanah David & Sally his wife and John Fanning and Polly his wife known to me to be the Individuals described in and severally acknowledged that they had executed the within conveyance and the said Jemima, Sally and Polly on a private examination apart from their husbands acknowledged that they executed the said conveyance freely and with out fear or compulsion of their respective husbands.
Nathan Corwin, Justice of the Peace
Enjoy the journey,