2 manuscript maps of NY by Samuel Willis. 1759 and 1772.
Lot 57
NEW YORK—GLEN COVE, LONG ISLAND. WILLIS, SAMUEL. Two manuscript surveys of the extensive property of Benjamin Woolsey, just north or in the northern part of present-day Glen Cove, Long Island.
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2 manuscript maps of NY by Samuel Willis. 1759 and 1772.
Lot Details
NEW YORK—GLEN COVE, LONG ISLAND.
WILLIS, SAMUEL. Two manuscript surveys of the extensive property of Benjamin Woolsey, just north or in the northern part of present-day Glen Cove, Long Island.
1. Map dated August 1759, showing the property of Woolsey and his neighbor (& son?) Colonel Melancthon on Long Island Sound near "Caveley's Island", with the 2 houses located, tables of distance, in brown, green and red inks, 725 x 390 mm.
2. Map dated April 1772, showing Woolsey's plantation at Dosoris, in brown, red, yellow and green inks, 543 x 365 mm.
On original buckram backings, second map attached to roller. Heavily browned, chipped with some losses.

Reverend Benjamin Woolsey [1687-1756] was an important colonial settler of Long Island, known for his fine sermons and open hospitality. He preached in the village of Hempstead for over 20 years. He acquired "Dosoris," a property of over 300 acres, from his wife, Abigail Taylor. See Georgiana Clapham, "Colonial Neighbors," in New England Magazine (October, 1893).
The present maps were executed for his estate and at the time of the sale of the land in 1772 to Nathaniel Coles. The earlier map bears a faded inkstamp of John Carey, stenographer.
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