Pre-1700 Ellison Braintree, Suffolk, Massachusetts and Queens New York... Wife???

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Thomas Ellison was married at some point in his life time and it was suggest to me that Mary Denton was the wife and possible mother of John Ellison born in Hempstead NY... 

I need some guidance on this matter...   It appears that Mary was married at some point in her life to Peter Smith while in Hempstead NY and became a widower with a child Peter Smith III... 

Here is my problem...  I know dates and records are approximate, however the age difference between the children Peter Smith III born in 1687 and John Ellison born in 1706 cannot get me to wrap my head around it...   That is approximately a 20 year gap +/- a few months...

Thanks in advance to all that can help!

WikiTree profile: Thomas Ellison
in Genealogy Help by Gene Ellison G2G6 Mach 1 (16.9k points)
I can't help with any information, but for whatever it's worth, Hempstead is in Nassau County, not Queens County, however that is now - I suppose it's possible that back then it was part of Queens County - it's only about 10 miles past the Nassau/Queens border now.

The way the geography works (now - which is all I know about), New York City consists of 5 boroughs - Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island (also called Richmond).  Adjoining the Queens border is Long Island, which consists of Nassau County and beyond that, Suffolk County.
Thank you Gail!

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The will of https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Denton-11 Samuel Denton executed in March of 1713/4.

From Genelogical Data from Inventories of NY Estates 1666-1825 by Kenneth Scott and James Owne. "Denton, Samuel of Hempstead, Queens CO., yeoman - Renunciation (20 March 1713/4) of Mary Denton of her right to administer the estate of her dec'd husband in favor of his sons, Samuel and Jonas Denton. Her renunciation was witnessed by Jacob Smith and John Sprague. Inventory (15 March 1713/4) taken and appraised by Obadiah Volentine and James Searing, by order of Col. John. Jackson, J.P. The chief item was a negro boy and girl (90 Pounds) and a Negro man listed as 'worth nothing.' Account of Samuel and Jonas Denton, administrators, records the following payments to heirs of the dec'd.: to Mary Denton (Widow of the dec'd.) to Peter Smith (Son of Mary Ellison, dec'd who was a daughter of the intestate), to Joseph Robinson and Jane his wife (who was a daughter of the dec'd., to Jonathan Seaman and Elizabeth his wife (a daughter of the intestate), to Abraham Denton (son of the intestate, to James Denton (son of the intestate), to Thomas Beadwell and Hannah his wife (a daughter of the intestate), to Robert Mitchell and Phoebe his wife (a daughter of the intestate), to Ezekiel Smith and Martha his wife (a daughter of the intestate) and to Jonas Denton (a son of the intestate)."
    He married Mary Rock SMITH in 1654 in Hempstead, Long Island, NY. Mary Rock SMITH was born on 20 Jul 1630 in Dorchester, Suffolk, MA. Died on 15 Mar 1713 in after in Hempstead, Queens, NY. They had the following children:

    Samuel II DENTON
    Jonas DENTON
    Benjamin DENTON was born in 1660
    Mary Ellison DENTON
    Jane DENTON
    Abraham DENTON Sr.
    James DENTON
    Phoebe DENTON
    Hannah DENTON
    Martha DENTON
    Elizabeth DENTON

Thank you Beryl Meehan!

by Gene Ellison G2G6 Mach 1 (16.9k points)
edited by Gene Ellison
Hurray for Beryl! She's a wonderfully generous Wikitreer.

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