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Friday, November 24, 2006

1788 Advertisement by Jemima Pell Offering 8 Acres on City Island for Sale

In 1788, Jemima Pell (widow of Joseph Pell of Pelham Manor) placed an advertisement in a New York City newspaper offering for sale eight acres of land located on City Island. The property had been given to her by Mr. Gilead Hunt. The advertisement describes the property and the "small tenement" that stood on it. The text of the notice appears immediately below.


SITUATE on City Island, Westchester county, about 20 miles up the East River from New-York.

The above Lot contains eight acres of land, and is well situated for a garden spot, for the supply of this city with vegetables, or tavern for the watermen.

On this lot is a small tenement, with one chimney only, and a never failing spring of fresh water. The excellence of this spot is too universally known, to require any particular description.

It was formerly the property of Mr. Gilead Hunt, who, by a deed of gift, conveyed it to Mrs. JEMIMA PELL (widow of the late Joseph Pell, of the Manor of Pelham) by whom a good title will be given. -- Enquire at No. 25 Water-street."

Source: To Be Sold, At Private Sale, A Lot of Land, The New-York Journal, and Daily Patriotic Register, Apr. 9, 1788, p. 4, col. 3.

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At 7:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would Gilead Hunt give the property to Mrs. Pell? Did he then move to Poughkeepsee? I have reason to believe he is the father of my 3great grandfather, Abraham Hunt, b. 1799, but no proof.
I believe his father was Moses Hunt, also of Westchester county, but have no information on him at all. Can you direct me?
Judith S. Rogers


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