Lt. Nicholas Stillwell Jr.
was born in 1609 at Collopmore, Surrey, England. He was the son of Nicholas Stillwell Sr.
and Alice (Unknown)
. Lt. Nicholas Stillwell Jr. married Abigail Hopton
circa 1630 at England. Lt. Nicholas Stillwell Jr. held the position of tobacco viewer in 1639 at lower side of parish to the Eastern Side of Capt. Uby's creek, Charles River County, Virginia. Charles River County was an early appellation for York County, which, with James City County and Warwick County ranging along the southwest of it, and Elizabeth City County, abutting on the southeast of it, occupied the peninsulas creadted by the York River, on the northeast, and the James River, on the southwest, and terminated at Point Comfort, in Elizabeth City County, sher the peninsula ends in a broad projection into Chesapeake Bay. He married Anne (Unknown)
circa 1642 at Netherlands. Lt. Nicholas Stillwell Jr. sold land Before me Cornelis Van Tienhoven, Secretary of New Netherland, appeared Nicholas Stillewel who declared in the presence of the undersigned witness, that he sold to Jan Jansen Schepmoes, his house and lot heretofore occupied by ensign Gysbert de Leuw, situate on the North side of the Graft on the Island of Manhatan, and promises to deliver proper deed and conveyance ot the afore said house and lot, for which lot and house Jan Jansen Schepmoes promises to deliver to the above named Nicholas Stillevell in payment, his plantation heretofore occupied by Nicholas Sloper, situate on the Island of Manhatan near George Hom's plantation, of which plantation Schepmoes also promises to deliver a proper deed in form, which contract parties declared they have made and that Nicholas Stilwell must move out of the house next May day. If said house be burned before May, Scepmoes retains his plantation.
Done the 25th
1646 in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland.
This is the mark of
Ian Inason Schepmoes
Gysbert De Leeu
This is the mark of
To my knowledge
Cornelis Van Tienhoven, Secretary Dutch Records, Albany, Vol. III, p. 366
on 25 November 1646 at Manhattan, New York County, New York. He was nominated and confirmes as on of the magistrates of the town in January 1649 at Gravesend, Kings County, New York. He removed to at New Amersfoort, Kings County, New York, in 1653. He appointed Ensign during the Esopus War on 1 July 1663. He Commisioned Lieutenant of an English Troup on 6 July 1663. He resided at at Dover, Staten Island, Richmond County, New York, in 1671. He left a will on 22 December 1671 at Staten Island, Richmond County, New York.
In ye name of God, Amen, I, Nicholas Stillwell of Staten Island in ye terrtoryes of his Royal highness, James Duke of York in America, Husbandman, being sick and weake in body, but of perfect and sound understandin, Thanks bee rendered to Allmighty God for the same, doe make and ordaine this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following, Viz:
Imprimis: I give and bequeathe my Soull unto ye hands of Allmighty God who gave it in hopes he saved in and through ye Passion, merritts and mediacon of Jesus Christe my only Savior and Redemer and my .bodye to ye earth to be buryed in decent and Christian like Buryall according to ye discretion of my executix hereafter named.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved and affectionate wife Anne Stillwell all my whole estate consisting of Lands, Housing, Corne, Oxen, Kine, Horses, Mares, Sheep, Swine, removeables whatsoever being and lying upon Staten Island aforesaid or elswhere with all maner of debts whatsoever belonging unto mee.
And I do hereby constitute and appoint my said wife to be my full and sole executrix of this my last will and testament. Revoking all former wills and Testaments by mee formerly made.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale ye 22nd day of December in Annon 1671.
Nicholas (x) Stillwell
his marke (Seal)
Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
N. DE Meyer
He died on 28 December 1671 at Staten Island, Richmond County, New York. Nicholas' first wife was Abigail Hopton the daughter of Sir. Robert Hopton of Hopton Priory, England. Nicholas Stillwell the ancestor of the Family in America was an Englishman, who came from Leyden, in Holland, about 1638, after the death of his first wife Abigail Hopton, bringing with him his two only children Richard and Nicholas. He settled on Manhattan Island and married Ann Van Dyke.
(Notes on the Descendants of Nicholas Stillwell, the Ancestor of the Stillwell Family in America by: William H. Stillwell, NY 1883). Grand Prairie Historical Society Bulleting, Vol 6 #4 Oct. 1963 by Eugene Cass Haller, states that Nicholas Stillwell in 1639 was in VA., and was a tobacco planter and in the militia but became discontent there and went to New Amsterdam ca. 1645. this is in disagreement with 'Early Settlers of Kings Co., NY' which places him in New Amsterdam in 1639.
The History of Lieutenant Nicholas Stillwell-Progenitor of the Stillwell Family in America by: John E. Stillwell M.D., NY 1929. Moved from Gravesend, Long Island, NY ca. 1665 to the south eastern shore of Staten Island, NY. Emigrated to New Netherland in 1638. He was in the military and a farmer.