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Monday, October 12, 2009

More Evidence that John Pell Died Well After 1702 or 1703 When Some Say He Died in a Boating Accident on Long Island Sound

As I have noted before, there long has been confusion regarding the date of death of John Pell, the nephew of Thomas Pell of Fairfield, who inherited the Manor of Pelham following the death of his uncle in late September, 1669.  Pell family members long have claimed that John Pell drowned in a boating accident during a storm on Long Island Sound in 1702 or 1703.  See, e.g., Pell, Robert T., Pelliana:  Pell of Pelham, p. 25 (Privately Printed, 1934).  For more on the issue, see

Wed., November 7, 2007:  A Secondary Source To Follow Up On Regarding When John Pell, Nephew of Thomas Pell, Died.

I have located one of the resources that I recalled but could not locate at the time of my November 7, 2007 posting referenced above.  The resource contains two pertinent abstracts of Westchester County deeds reflecting conveyances of property by John Pell, Sr. in the Manor of Pelham after 1702-03.  The abstracts are quoted below, each followed by a citation to its source.

"P. 17:  John Pell, Senr., of the Manor of Pelham, Proprietor of ye same, to son Thomas Pell, land in ye Manor aforesaid, May 3, 1712." 

Source:  Bristol, Theresa Hall, ed., Westchester County, N.Y., Miscellanea in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. LII, p. 74 (NY, NY:  The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society 1921) (citing p. 17, Liber E, Land Records, Westchester Co., N.Y.).

"P. 210:  John Pell, Senr., Esq., of Peham Manor, to son Thomas Pell; 1719."

Id., p. 78 (citing p. 210, Liber E, Land Records, Westchester Co., N.Y.).

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