Samuel Dayton’s lots at Matinecock

The approximate location of Samuel Dayton’s lots at Matinecock might be determined by reading the descriptions of what became William Simson’s property and then William Frost’s property, both following Sam’s ownership. In 1667 (after Sam forfeited at least three lots), William Simson purchased from the native Matinecock people a tract of forty acres with rights in the,

…undisposed medows, fresh and salt, with crik, thatch, with ye benefits of ye cricks and coves, with fre hunting, fishing, fouling with ye benefit of all minerals according to law.

Here Simson erected a house and lived until 1674 when he conveyed it with all improvements to William Frost of Brookhaven. Simson had built his house by the side of Samuel Dayton’s Swamp, northeast of what would later become the Frost family burial place.

More is learned about what had been Sam’s land in November 1677 Oyster Bay records. William Frost, shipwright,

…being bounded by the Cartt path on ye west side, on ye East side by A swomp side Called doytons swomp, on the south side bounded by ye sayde william ffrost, ten rods southwards of doytons sellar, on ye north side by the medowes…

Cox also tells us that William Simson had his house lot by the side of Samuel Dayton’s Dswamp, located just northeast of the Frost family burial place. This might place Sam’s cellar somewhere in the vicinity of the current Creek Club golf course in Lattingtown, where the old Frost Family Cemetery is near the 16th hole.

The Frost family burial place is seen on the right in this Google© map, just left (north) of the 16th hole. The small ponds on the left of the photo are northeast of the Frost family burial place, and were probably formed from what had been “Dayton’s swamp.”

Is it possible that the Frost Family Cemetery was established on the mound where Simson found Medlin’s grave?

 

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One Response to Samuel Dayton’s lots at Matinecock

  1. Your latest post on Sam Dayton’s property in Matinecock was excellently done [as usual]. I didn’t understand the last sentence, “Is it possible that the Frost Family Cemetery was established on the mound where Simson found Medlin’s grave?”

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