Friday, February 12, 2010
Mr. Benjamin Feldman, author of "Butchery on Bond Street", has very generously sent me copies of some of the historical documents he used for researching the Hempstead family during the writing of his book. The documents are primarily copies of some of the probate documents of Nathaniel Hempstead [Sr.] and Christopher Hempstead [Sr.]. These documents, particularly those that pertain to Nathaniel's Will, establish the names of their children, spouses of their children, and in some cases the grandchildren. My feeling that Clement Miner Hempstead was the son of Nathaniel Jr., and brother of Nathaniel III, was confirmed! I have a couple of new surnames to research [Covel and Van Winkle, which gentlemen married Hempstead daughters], along with the name of a previously unknown-to-me daughter [Cordelia Hempstead, dau. of Christopher & Sarah].