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Source: S894 Author: Davis, W. T. Title: Conference or Billopp House: Staten Island, New York Publication: Name: Staten Island Historical Society; Location: Staten Island, New York; Date: 1926; Repository: #R3
Thomas, the third son of Thomas and Anne (Billopp) Farmar, was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, in the year 1711. As directed by the will of his grandfather. Captain Christopher Billopp, in regard to his heir, as previously mentioned, Thomas, when he became of age, dropped the surname of Farmar, and assumed that of Billopp, and came into possession of the noble estate of "Bentley Manor.” In 1740 he materially assisted his brother Robert to raise a company of 103 men to take to the war, which gained for the latter his commission as captain, and this, so far as there is any documentary evidence to show, seems to be nearly all that he did. It is true, he married-yes, married twice, and left sons and daughters-but the eighteen years between his majority and his death were very stirring and troublous times with the colonies, and the writer thinks that if his fortune had not been ready made for him there would have been much more said about him in the history of his times. His first wife was Eugenia Stelle, by whom he had two daughters, but one of them died quite young, as only one, “Anne," is mentioned in his will. Eugenia was a year younger than her husband. He must have married young, for after having borne him two children, she died, March 22, 1735-6. Her gravestone bears the following inscription:
Here Lyes ye Body of Eujenia
Ye Wife of Thomas
Billopp aged 23years.
Dec’d March ye 22nd 1735-6.
Thomas took for his second wife Sarah, the daughter of Mr. Samuel Leonard, of New Jersey. His wife, Sarah, was the mother of eight children; three sons-Christopher, Thomas, and Jasper Farmar; and five daughters - Mary, Elizabeth, Rachel, Sarah, and Katharine. Katharine was probably born after her father's death.
Thomas Billopp was judge in his county, and major of the local Battalion. He died the 2nd of August, 1750, in his thirty-ninth year. He appears to have been a man of considerable prominence. His grave was beside that of his first love-Eugenia. The tombstone bears the inscription:
Here Lyes ye Body of
Thomas Billopp, Esq
Son of Thomas Farmar, Esq.
Dec'd August ye 24 1750.
In ye 39th year of his age.
He and Eugenia were buried in the family burying-ground, near the "Old Billopp House," on Bentley Manor.
All of Thomas Billopp's children, except Christopher, after their father's death, assumed the name of Farmar, which fact has added not a little to the mystification of the historians who have attempted to unravel the tangled thread of the family alliance.
- The Conference or Billopp House, Staten Island. 1926. P. 115-118.
Note N14225Will of Thomas Billopp
In the name of God, Amen. I Thomas Billopp, of Staten Island, Esq., being in health, and of sound mind, my temporal estate I dispose of as followeth: 'And although I will as the law wills, in several cases, yet I think it best to declare my mind therein.' My executors are to sell all personal property not herein disposed of at public venue. I leave to my wife Sarah, a negro woman, and her child, and my riding chair, and the choice of my horses, and £500 in lieu of dower. I leave to my eldest daughter, Anne, whom I had by my first wife, £100 and my silver teapot. I leave to my eldest son, Christopher Billopp, all the certain part of my lands called the Manor of Bentley, on Staten Island. [Here are inserted the boundary lines.] And also all the mines and minerals in the other part of the Manor of Bentley, and he is to have the overplus of my personal estate, after paying debts, when he is of age. If he dies under age, the said lands are to go my son Thomas, and if he dies, then to my son Jasper Farmar Billopp. All the rest of my lands are to be sold by my executors, and after paying debts and legacies the remainder is to be paid to all my children except Christopher. If my wife shall bear me a child, it shall have an equal share. If I should purchase any lands after the date of this will, all such are to be sold and the proceeds to go to my children. I make my wife, Sarah, and my friend Paul Michaux and my son Christopher (when of age) executors.
Witnesses Elisabeth Seaman, Rachel Leonard, Benjamin Seaman.
Codicil:-'The Testator did on the 10 of October, 1749, call for his will' and ordered that all his silver plate, (except the silver teapot) be given to his wife, and she shall have the choice of the feather beds, with pillows, etc., and all table linen, and chest of drawers and dining table. He leaves to his eldest daughter, Anne, a large white bed quilt. He leaves to his son Christopher all the family pictures, and looking glasses, etc., and 'my large, square copper kettle.