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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

1774 Notice of Public Sale of Applebee's Island, Later Known as Hunter's Island, in the Manor of Pelham

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On January 17, 2006, I posted to the Historic Pelham Blog an item entitled "John Pugsley, An Early Owner of Appleby's Island Later Known as Hunter's Island". In that posting I detailed advertisements published in 1770 and 1771 containing notices of public sales by the executors of the estate of John Pugsly (also spelled Pugsley) seeking to sell the island known then as Applebee's Island (known today as Hunter's Island) as well as twenty acres on the mainland adjoining the island.

I have located an advertisement published in 1774 offering the same lands for sale at a public auction by the executors of the estate of John Pugsly. It would seem, of course, that the lands did not sell in the early 1770s despite the efforts of the executors of the estate to dispose of them.

Below is the text of the advertisement. It is followed by a citation to its source.

"This is to give NOTICE,

That there will be exposed to sale, by way of public vendue on the premises, on Tuesday the 22d of November next, by the executors of the estate of John Pugsly, deceased. Sale to begin at ten o'clock.

The island called and known by the name of Appleby's Island, and Twins, lying and being within about 22 miles of New-York, containing about 230 acres of land and salt meadow, be it more or less; it joins the Manor of Pelham, and leads on with a Causeway. There is on said island a good dwelling-house, barn and orchard, a well of good water, two living springs, and several streams of water; about 60 or 70 acres of wood land. The quality of the land is so well known that it needs no recommendation.

ALSO will be sold, twenty acres (on the Main) of excellent land, adjoining said Island, on which there is a commodious dewlling-house, with four rooms on a floor, and kitchen; a cyder-mill, mill-house, and several other out-houses, two neat gardens well fenced, a good well and a stream of water near the house; excellent fishing, fowling, lobstering, claming and oystering, and in reality fitting for any Gentleman. The conditions will be made known on the day of sale; a good title, and reasonable time given for the payment of the purchase money, by us


N. B. Great plenty of dung can be made by the seaweed that drifts on said Island."

Source: This Is To Give Notice, The New-York Gazette; And The Weekly Mercury, Oct. 31, 1774, Issue 1203, p. 4, col. 4 (see also This Is To Give Notice, The New-York Gazette; And The Weekly Mercury, Nov. 14, 1774, Issue 1205, Supplement p. 1, col. 1).

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