|8960. Isaac Platt
born before 1637 in England.(21)
on Jul 31 1691 in Huntington, NY.(130)
From GEORGE WOOD PLATT, pg 12
"Richard's Sons Isaac and Epenetus, became free planters of the colony of Huntington, Long Island, at the general assembly held at Hartford, May 12, 1664. Governor Nicoll issued a patent of confirmation, November 30, 1666 in which the names of both Isaac and Epenetus appear as patentees. In the New Netherlands Register (page 48 of Scudder collection) Isaac's name appears as Delegate from Long Island to confer with the Dutch commanders in 1673. Both brothers were imprisoned in New York by Governor Andrews in 1681 for attending a meeting of delegates from the several towns to devise means to obtain a redress of grievances under his arbitrary rule."
4. ISAAC2 PLATT (Sources: James Savage, A Genealogical History of Early New England, Vol 2.) Isaac was born April 10, 1633 in Ware, Hertfordshire, England, and died July 31, 1691 in Huntington, NY. He married (1) ELIZABEth WOOD in Huntington, LI, NY (Source: (1) Mary Powell Bunker, Long Island Genealogies, (1895, Joel Munsell's Sons, Albany, NY)., (2) Colonel Casey A Wood, The Wood Family of Shelf, Halifax Parrish, Yorkshire, England, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Long Island, New York and Canada, (Chicago, IL, 1920)., (3) The Colonial Society of Pennsylvania 1950., (4) Eliza Jane Johnson, "Newtown's History and Historian," CT, 1917., (5) Frederick Virkus, Abridged Compendium Vol I.)
Notes for ISAAC:
Huntington Historical Society -
In speculating as to the reasons Isaac and Epenetus elected to move to Huntington, the prospective availability of land, no longer available at Milford, must be placed at the top of the list. A second factor may have been the waning influence of the church; Peter Prudden died in July, 1656, leaving a pulpit devoid of a full-time successor until 1660. The memory of earlier Indian troubles may also have persisted.
That he and Epenetus had been established at Huntington at least a year or two prior to 1664 is borne out by the following Connecticut record entry: "At the General Assembly at Hartford on May 12, 1664, Isaac Platt, Epenetus Platt (et al) residing on Long Island, were made free planters with liberty to act in the choice of public officers, for the carrying on of public affairs in that plantation". The preceding year he was described as "Isack Plate", chosen on 6 April to be a messenger to Hartford.
On 13 December 1664, Isaac and Thomas Weeks were chosen to collect the rate for the minister Eliphalet Jones and "to take as fair what may be for his comfort as far as concerns the towne so long as Mr Jones dos stay or the town se case (see cause)" (Town Minutes, Vol. 1, p.1).
On 30 December 1666, Isaac was named a patentee in the Nicoll's confirmatory patent and the following year on 2 April he and Henry Whitson each received a two-acre grant at Santipauge Neck from the town.
On 19 May 1668, he had joined with Thomas Weeks, Capt. Fleet and Nathaniel Foster in a complaint against the unsatisfactory practices of Mark Meggs, the town miller.
In 1669 an inventory was taken of Isaac's lands. Unfortunately it is badly fragmented but does indicate holdings in the east field, commonage and meadowlands (Deeds: Vol 1, p. 4).
On 2 July 1670, Isaac and Thomas Powell were named executors of the will of Thomas Weeks.
On 12 April 1671, Isaac and Thomas Powell were named overseers and Content Titus chosen constable. At the same meeting, "all foreigners (other than townsmen) are prohibited from killing whales or other small fishes" (T.M., Vol. 1, p. 35).
On 16-17 April 1672, Isaac shared the 7th farm in the Ten-Farm allotment at Crabmeadow Little Neck. His fellow owners were Thomas Weeks, Richard Brush, John Green and Mr. Bryan.
On 14 August 1673, Isaac was selected, with Thomas Skidmore, by the town to treat with the Dutch upon the occasion of their resumption of power. Two months later, on 6 October, this led to Isaac, Epenetus and three others to constitute a committee to call upon the Dutch authorities in New York and petition them not to exact a pledge of allegiance from the town but instead put it on good behavior for a year.
Isaac was serving as constable when on 11 January 1674 he was cited before the Governor for neglecting to attend the Court of Sessions at Jamaica and for not furnishing Captain Salisbury with post horses when he was riding express. The extent of his punishment is not indicated.
In 1681, Isaac Platt, James Smith, Thomas Skidmore and John Jackson traveled to Stratford, Connecticut to testify concerning the handling by Jacob Walker of the affairs of Mark Meggs, Huntington's former miller who had moved to Connecticut. In April of that same year he and Epenetus, along with Samuel Titus, Jonas Wood and Thomas Weeks were imprisoned in New York by Governor Sir Edmund Andros for seeking redress for the town's grievances. On their release and return, the town voted to pay their expenses and any damages that they might have suffered in the town's interest. On 24 September, he was one of the deputies named to act on the town's behalf in the general assembly to review the discontent and hostility which was emerging from the tyrannical conduct of Governor Andros. This was a bold move as they had been jailed the preceding April. Fortunately, the unpopular governor was recalled to England shortly thereafter.
On 23 May 1681 Isaac received a 5-acre grant of land from the town on the south side of the east field path, adjoining his other holdings. On 31 October he received 16-18 acres toward his division at Jonathan Hartnet's Hollow on the north side of the path to Stony Brook.
On 1 April 1682, Isaac was again constable and with the overseers established the terms and conditions under which John Adams was granted a right to build a grist mill and saw mill at Cold Spring.
In 1683, the practice of naming 3 commissioners to constitute a town court was instituted but proved unpopular and was discontinued after several years. The first to be named, Thomas Fleet, Thomas Powell and Thomas Whitson, refused to take the requisite oath as they had become Quakers. In their places, Isaac and Epenetus Platt, with John Corey, were named commissioners on 7 April 1684.
On 10 March 1686, Isaac and others entered into a disputed boundary line agreement with James Lloyd concerning differences between Huntington and Lloyd's Neck. In later years the dispute rekindled and in 1734 the boundary required further codification.
On 16 October 1686, Isaac and Thomas Powell were designated to reply to Governor Thomas Dogan's "desire to know just what lands Huntington had already purchased from the Indians and what remained still unpurchased". On 10 November he and Powell were sent to New York to answer the governor's letter being authorized to "do what was for the town good". One of the governor's demands was the payment of £10, a typical ploy of confirmatory patents and one which the town agreed to pay, although under duress.
On 15 March 1687, Isaac rendered a detailed bill to the town covering his various services, costs and disbursements. Included was a journey of 11 days to New York for himself and horse; trips to Oyster Bay to see their patent; incidental expenses for cider, meals and meat; another 5-day journey to New York; compiling the town's rates and assessments and the time and difficulties of getting the taxes collected. In all his statement amounted to £5 5s 6d.
On 4 April 1687, Isaac, James Chichester Sr., and Samuel Ketcham were named commissioners. Apparently also serving as town clerk, Isaac wrote a letter to a Mr. Graham, apparently a functionary of the governor, outlining the town's desires in regard to the forthcoming confirmatory patent.
On 20 September 1687, Isaac, Capt. Thomas Fleet and Thomas Powell were chosen "to carry on all matters relating to the finishing of their Patent" (Town. Min. Vol. 1, p. 150). That same day he was chosen, with Mr. Wood and Thomas Powell, to serve as assessor for the 3 1/2 pence per pound of valuation ordered by the Governor and Council.
On 2 April 1688, Isaac was again named commissioner, with Joseph Whitman and John Sammis.
On 11 December 1688, Isaac bought 15 acres at East Neck from Joseph Whitman and Sarah his wife.
On 5 November 1689, Isaac was named in the Indian deed to Sumpwam's Neck South, together with Jonas Wood, Captain Epenetus Platt, Captain Thomas Fleet and others. The consideration paid Wameas, Pamequa and other Indians amounted to £90 in silver or goods valued at silver prices.
The last recorded reference to Isaac was on 1 April 1690, when he was permitted to take in an old footpath abutting his property on the north as well as 9 acres on the south side of the old path which led to Stony Brook.
His will was dated 22 May 1691, with the following provisions:
To his son Jonas, the house between Samuel Woods and Jonathan Jarvis; a £100 right of commonage purchased from the town and two parcels of meadowland on the south side. Also, a yoke of 3-year-old steers and, "if he abide with his mother & brethren until ye 29th of Sept next and faithfully improve his time about their occasions then I do also give him ten bushels of wheat, twelve bushels of corn, a quarter of an ox called Darling that is now feeding, half an ox hide tanned and as much upper leather as will make two pair of shoes".
To his wife, a 1/3 part of all other lands and meadows as long as she remained a widow. If she remarried then the above interest in the lands would revert to the three youngest sons. His widow also received 1/3 of all the goods and chattels plus her own room in the homestead.
To his daughter Elizabeth he gave £5 as valued in the inventory.
The balance of lands and meadows he devised to his sons John, Jacob and Joseph, to divide equally.
The balance of the goods and chattels went to his four sons and daughter Mary, to be divided equally. If Jonas the eldest son should die without issue, then his share went to the surviving younger sons. If any of them died unmarried then distribution would be among the surviving brothers and sister. Specific provision was made that the buildings remain solely with John, Joseph and Jacob and that the eldest son Jonas and his sister Mary be excluded as to the homestead title. The reason for this exclusion is not clear, other than the probability that Jonas had a homestead of his own and that Mary had married and had her own home as well.
The executor was his second son John, the overseers were Epenetus Platt and Isaac's brother-in-law John Wood. Witnesses were Joseph Bayley and Robert Ketcham.
Isaac Platt and his brother Epenetus were among the 57 landowners of Huntington in 1666. They were doubtless residents some years before that. At a general assembly at Hartford, May 12, 1664, they were made free planters "with the liberty to act in the choice of public officers, for the carrying out of public affairs in that plantation".
Children of ISAAC And Elizabeth are:
He married (2) PHEBE SMITH
Elizabeth Wood. Children were:
Elizabeth was the daughter of JONAS WOOD and ELIZABETH STRICKLAND
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