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Christopher Billopp (bef. 1638 - bef. 1726)

Christopher Billopp
Born before in Beverley, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Died before in London, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Sep 2016
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His Wikipedia entry (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Billopp_(Royal_Navy_officer)) tells the story of how, in about 1667, he secured Staten Island for the colony of New York by circumnavigating the island in less than 24 hours. This has always been the achievement he was remembered for by his Lackey descendants. For this service he was rewarded by the Duke or York with a large estate on the southern part of the island, and as late as 1709 he was operating a ferry out of Perth Amboy [Wikipedia]. But the Reitwiesner site strongly implies (without any amplifications) that he ultimately died in a London prison, since his Will was witnessed there. Perhaps his attatchment to the old Duke of York (James II) had been too close? Wikipedia also says that his great-grandson (of the same name) was a noted Tory leader in the Revolution, who afterwards emigrated to New Brunswick. Any hard data would be welcome.

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A curious item - Capt Christoper Billop was godfather 9 June 1686 in Yanghall, Ireland, of Hibernie Smith, 4th daughter of ... next entry Hibernie died at sea August 1686. By 8 Dec 1686 the Smith family was in New York.

In Tangier Smith Records https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/48331/LongIslandSrcRec-002388-533/296132

posted by Beryl Meehan

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