4488. Epenetus Platt Sr. was born before Jul 12 1640.(21) He was born, either in New Haven or Milford. (GEORGE WOOD) He was baptized on Jul 12 1640 in Milford, CT.(106) He died in 1693 in Huntington, NY.

"G. Lewis Platt says, 'Epenetus Platt filled many public positions with ability and credit, He was called Captain and sometimes Lieutenant.'"

"In his will of Feb. 20, 1688, Jonas Wood, who died June 12, 1689 at Huntington, left his surgeons tools to his son Jonas and mentions his daughters Elizabeth and Phebe and his sons-in-law, Isaac and Epenetus Platt. Later Epenetus Platt obtained official permission in New York to use surgeons tools and to practice medicine"

From GEORGE WOOD 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'."

He was married to Phebe Wood in 1667.

4489. Phebe Wood. Children were:

child2244 i. "Major" Epenetus Platt Jr.

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5. EPENETUS2 PLATT (RICHARD1) (Source: George Norbury Mackenzie, ed., Colonial Families in the United States, (1907, New York).) was born July 12, 1640 in Milford, CT, and died 1693 in Huntington, NY. He married PHEBE WOOD (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) Frederick Virkus, Abridged Compendium Vol I.), daughter of JONAS WOOD and ELIZABETH STRICKLAND.


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The first record Epenetus at Huntington is on 24 February 1665, when he bought from Gabriel Finch all of the latter's houses, outhouses, orchards, barns, land and meadows, consisting of some 7 acres plus additional meadow lands. In the purchase Epenetus agreed not to molest his neighbor Samuel Wood in the harvesting of corn, who presumably used Platt's land for access to his cornfield. The completeness of the Finch purchase, along with later references, suggests that Epenetus bought a ready-made homestead, lock, stock and barrel, possibly to start his own family.

On 24 December 1667, Epenetus, Samuel Wood and Thomas Weeks were each granted 6 acres at Tredwell's Plain. On the same day Epenetus was permitted to "take in land fit to plant" on the east end of Wood's field. On April 16-17, 1672, he was assigned to Farm #4 in the well-known Ten Farms allotment, his co-owners being Jonas Wood, John Weeks and Thomas Whitson.

On 6 October 1673, after the Dutch reconquest of New York, Epenetus and four others were delegated to visit New York and petition the Dutch not to exact a pledge of allegiance from the town but to put it on good behavior for a year. The

following year, after the resumption of English control, the capricious and arbitrary Governor Andros suspended the Court of Sessions.

On 2 April 1680, at a town meeting Epenetus was granted land at the south end of his lot at Cow Harbor if not prejudicial to the existing highways. In December of that year he entered into a boundary line agreement with Jacob Walker, Richard Brush and Walter Nokes concerning their respective meadow lands on a south-shore neck of land.

Relations with Governor Andros continued to erode. In 1681, Epenetus and his brother Isaac, as well as Samuel Titus, Jonas Wood and Weeks were imprisoned in New York without trial for presuming to attend a meeting of delegates from several Long Island towns seeking some redress for their grievances against the arbitrary Colonial government.

On 30 June 1681, an inventory of Epenetus' lands on the East Neck on the south side of the town was published, being a codification of the agreement of 1680.

On 1 April 1682, Epenetus and James Smith were named overseers of the town; on 26 June it was voted that he go to New York to present a town petition to the Colonial government "if Mr. Wood will not". Apparently Jonas Wood was somewhat reluctant to risk another spell in jail. On 23 December, an inventory of Epenetus' lands on the east end of the town was certified by Joseph Bayly and Thomas Powell. This included 30 acres on the south side of the east field, described in detail as containing a swamp, Reed Pond, chestnut trees, etc.

On 24 September 1683, Epenetus and his brother Isaac, James Chichester and Thomas Whitson, were appointed to travel to Southold, there to choose 2 men from the East Riding to attend the New York Court of Assizes.

On 4 April 1684, he and Isaac were appointed commissioners when Thomas Fleet, Thomas Powell and Thomas Whitson were unwilling to take the commissioners' oath. This reflected their now being identified with the Quaker movement, which opposed all oath-taking.

In 1686 Epenetus was named Justice of the Peace and about the same time was named in the Dongan confirmatory patent.

His will, dated 1 September 1693, proved at Brookhaven 13 November, confirming his widow Phebe as executrix. The provisions include the following:

To his son Epenetus, the housing, lands and meadows of his homestead. He was to provide his mother with her room there during her lifetime and a 1/3 interest in all improvements. He was to pay his younger brothers Jonas and Jeremiah 10 each when they became 21, toward their building allotments.

To Jonas the allotment Epenetus acquired from Thomas Skidmore.

To Jeremiah a 100 right in the commonage acquired from John Jones and meadowlands on the South Shore (Babylon Area). This was to be divided into 3 parts and each brother was to draw his portion by lot.

To Jeremiah the home lot acquired from Walter Noakes when he attained the age of 21.

Land purchased from Thomas Whitson to be divided among Epenetus, Jonas and Jeremiah.

Of the balance, 1/3 went to his widow outright, the rest to his six daughters. Phebe's share was to include an additional 5. There was to be no general distribution until the youngest daughters were grown or 3 months after his widow's death.

The 3 sons were to receive 1/3 of the above. If his wife should die without leaving a will, her share was to be divided equally among all the children or the survivors among them.


Children of EPENETUS PLATT and PHEBE WOOD are:

i. PHEBE3 PLATT, b. March 19, 1668/69, Huntington, NY; d. 1748; m. JOHN TREDWELL (Source: Henry B Hoff, Genealogies of Long Island Families Vol I, (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, MD, 1987).).

Notes for PHEBE PLATT:

In the name of God, Amen. I, PHEBE TREDWELL, widow of Colonel John Tredwell of Hempstead, being sick. I leave to my brother, Jeremiah Platt, 10. To Phebe, wife of Jacob Smith, 50, and my red cloak and my brown Taffety suit of clothes. I leave to my cousin, Elizabeth Townsend, 10. To Sarah, wife of Adam Lawrence, 20. To Isaac Smith, 10. To Phebe Brush, 10. To Charity Ketcham, 10. To Tredwell Brush, 5, and my looking glass to his wife. To my cousin, Elizabeth Platt, 10. To the sons of Uriah Platt, Epenetus, Philip, and Uriah, 5 each. To Ann Brian, 10. To Ruth Brian,10. To Phebe, daughter of Zophar Platt, 10. To Phebe Marvin, daughter of my sister Sarah, one bed. To Sarah Tucker, daughter of my brother, Jonah Platt, 20. To Anna, daughter of David Jones, 10. I give 10 to repair the Presbyterian meeting house at Hempstead, to be placed in the hands of Jeremiah Bedell and John Hall. If Colonel Benjamin Tredwell shall pay the sum of 15 in lieu of a mare which he detains from me, and 6 which my attorneys paid him and which ought not to have been paid, then his wife Sarah Tredwell shall have a silver tea pot. I leave to my friend, Jacob Smith, a negro boy, and the rest of my household goods to his wife Phebe. All the rest of my estate I leave to Adam Lawrence and Jacob Smith, and they are to free certain negroes.

Dated August 3, 1748. Witnesses, Luke Cummings, Daniel Pearsall, Edward Tattersall. Proved, November 8, 1748.

11. ii. MARY PLATT, b. January 11, 1671/72, Huntington, NY.

12. iii. EPENETUS PLATT, b. April 04, 1674, Milford, CT; d. 1744, Huntington, NY.

iv. HANNAH PLATT, b. August 23, 1679; m. JACOB CONKLYN (Source: John Henry Jones, The Jones Family of Long Island, (New York: Tobias A. Wright, 1907).).

v. ELIZABETH PLATT, b. March 01, 1681/82.

13. vi. JONAS PLATT, b. April 24, 1684.

vii. JEREMIAH PLATT, b. November 25, 1686.

viii. RUTH PLATT, b. June 13, 1688.

14. ix. SARAH PLATT, b. February 04, 1692/93.