I had John Hempstead, probable brother of Phoebe, living with her and new husband Adrian Morrell at the 1850 census [Bklyn NY]. My mother had also told me that the Hempsteads living in Riverhead were "cousins" that she visited as a child. John Hempstead resided Riverhead, Long Island from the 1865 census on - with wife Mary [Walton] listed as his 2nd wife. Next door was Clement Miner Hempstead. Per Riverhead cemetery records, Clement was b. 1810 in Bklyn, as was a Nathaniel Hempstead, b. 1803, d. 1870, buried in Clement's family plot. [Could the 2 be brothers?] [see separate post on Clement.]
In researching the federal censuses, there weren't many Hempsteads in early Brooklyn. I found Nathaniel, his son Nathaniel, Christopher, his son Christopher. There was a Charles Hempstead in 1790, and Charles is a name that seems to appear in almost every generation of the families, but Charles didn't appear in the indexes for the early 1800's in Bklyn. There was a Thomas, but per the Thomas Hempstead bible record found at the Bklyn Historical Society, he was from Groton, Connecticut, while our Hempsteads were from New London [per the famous diary of Joshua Hempstead, of Hempstead House] with a family connection to Long Island.
Also at the Bklyn Historical Society I found the following birth and baptismal information on our Hempstead family, as well as marriage dates, extracted from the "Long Island Patriot" [unless otherwise noted] by Bertha Lee Hempstead Benn:
- Elisa[Eliza], dau. of Nathaniel & Mary Hempstead, b. 8/29/1801, baptised 4/6/1802; sponsor: mother. [This record only was extracted from the church records of St. Ann's Episcopal Church of Bklyn]
- Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel and Mary Hempstead, b. 8/29/1803, baptised 11/16/1805. Sponsors David Steward, Christopher Hempstead, Sarah Hempstead, Elizabeth Stewart.
- Ann, dau. of Nathaniel & Mary Hempstead. Born 9/14/1805, baptised 11/16/1805, sponsors David Steward, Christopher Hempstead, Sarah Hempstead, Elizabeth Stewart.
- Sarah, dau. of Christopher and [Mary - should be Sarah?] Hempstead, born 8/4/1805, baptised 11/16/1805. Sponsors Nathaniel & Mary Hempstead, Elizabeth Stewart.
- Sat. 11/1/1800 at the house of David Stewart in Brooklyn, Nathaniel Hempstead, bachelor, and Mary Pedricks, spinster, by John Ireland.
- Sat., 11/16/1805 at the house of Nathaniel Hempstead in Bklyn, Jacob DuBois and Phoebe Pedricks, by John Ireland.
- [Baptised the same day - Phoebe Pedricks an adult aged 18 years baptised 11/16/1805. Sponsor David Stewart, Nathaniel Hempstead, Elizabeth Stewart.]
- 11/19/1821 at the house of Mrs. Hempsted, John Gildersleeve & Eliza Hempsted. [married]
- 4/19/1826 James Tredwell & Ann Hempsted, at the house of Mrs. Hempstead. [married]
- 3/5/1826, at the parsonage, Nathaniel Hempstead & Caroline Glispie. [married]
- [Long Island Patriot dated 6/14/1827]:
Married in the village [Bklyn] on the 31st Ultimate, by Rev. L.S. Stillman. Mr. John Williams of Middletown, CT to Miss Sarah, dau. of Mr. Christopher Hempstead.
- another Hempstead researcher felt that Nathaniel's wife's maiden name was Pettit, not Pedricks; however, the newspaper accounts of both Mary and her sister having the surname of Pedricks makes it more likely, in my opinion, that Pedricks is correct.
- The baptismal sponsors of Nathaniel & Mary's children were Christopher Hempstead, probably his wife Sarah, and the Stewarts, David and Elizabeth. [Not sure who the Stewarts were; Nathaniel had an older sister named Elizabeth who, per her father's pension affidavid, died in 1796.] [Note: The 1800 census shows a daughter whose age fits Elizabeth's...] Nathaniel & Christopher Hempstead were probably brothers: Nathaniel, in turn, was a baptismal sponsor for his niece, Christopher's dau. Sarah. [Note that all but one of the 5 children named above were baptised on the same day.]
- Note - only Nathaniel's first child was baptised at church; the next 3 were baptised at home. I wonder why?
- Nathaniel Hempstead, father of the 4 children named above, must be the Nathaniel Jr. who died some time before 1820, when his widow Mary first appears as a "Mrs. Hempstead" with young children in the federal census. Later on in the Bklyn Directories she is listed as "Mrs. Hempstead, widow of Nathaniel Jr." Note that the 1821 and 1826 marriages of 2 daughters, above, mention only their mother's house and not Nathaniel's.
- Nathaniel Jr.'s son Nathaniel [III], born 1803, must be the Nathaniel "b. 1803 Bklyn, died 1870", buried in the same plot as Clement Miner Hempstead in Riverhead, Long Island, NY.
- Christopher and his wife Sarah Hempstead had to be the parents of "my" Christopher Hempstead, father of Phoebe Hempstead Morrell. Although the only mention of Christopher's wife [above] calls her "Mary", I think the extractor of the info automatically wrote the wife's name as "Mary" due to the name being written in all the extracts directly above ["Nathaniel and Mary"]. Christopher & "Sarah" were named as sponsors for all the above baptisms of Nathaniel's children. And their daughter Sarah, married to Mr. Williams in 1827, would have been named for her mother.
- Note: Sarah is specifically named as Christopher's wife in the "Brooklyn Daily Eagle" auction announcements in the 1840's, after his  death; their house was foreclosed upon for non-payment of a mortgage. She also appears in the 1870 census, living with "my" Christopher.
- Obtain death certificate of Christopher [Jr.], some time after 1880, to ascertain his parents' names [including mother Sarah's maiden name]. [Note, he died in his 70's or 80's, there may not have been anyone left who knew his mother's maiden name.] [Note: Sarah's maiden name later found to be Sherman]
- Obtain probate file for Christopher [Jr.] to see who his living children were [DONE]
- Obtain death certificate of [his mother] Sarah Hempstead [between 1870-1880] to discover her parents' names. [Found entry in death index only]
- Obtain probate records of Christopher [Sr.] to find names of his married daughters, and verify Christopher [Jr.] was a son. [DONE]
- Obtain death record [church?] of Alice [Smith] Hempstead, probably between 1844-1849, to discover her parents' names. [See later blog on mystery surrounding her name/identity]
YET TO COME...More Mysteries Remain!