Packet: LIFEBBS Date: 06-24-95 (15:56) Number: 324743 From: HELEN SILVEY Refer#: NONE To: DOLORES RUTHERFORD Recvd: NO Subj: ROCK SMITH & CARMAN Conf: (1053) Genealogy --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dolores, this probably isn't new to you, but I found the following in: "THE REFUGEES OF 1776 FROM LONG ISLAND TO CONN." by Frederick Gregory mather, Gen. Publ. Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1972 (re History of Hempstead, about 25 pp.) p.103. One of the most lovely of these smaller villages is Merrick, twenty-four miles from New York. the name is of Indian Origin, that of a tribe of Indians, and has appeared in the various forms of Meric, Meroks, Merikoke, Merock, eroque. The history of the town was written in the year 1900 by Mr. Charles N. Kent, and was psublished in a pamphlet, which is made in large part the basis of our account. The first actual settler was JOHN SMITH, who came to be known as JOHN ROCK SMITH and JOHN SMITH ROCK - the appellation being bestowed upon him in recognition of his ingenuity in building his house at Stamford, Connecticut, over a rock which was too large to be moved, and which was thus utilized as a part of the wall and also as a back to his fireplace. The CARMAN family sent representatives from the settlement in Hempstead Plains to Merrick at a very early day. the first white child born in the Merrick settlement was Caleb, a son of John CARMAN, January 9, 1645. the CARMAN and SMITH families intermarried, and appear to have held land in common, westward from the eastern line of what is now the proerty of H. H. Cammann, on Merrick avenue. These two family pre-empted the entire territory from Merrick river east to Cove spring Landing, Merrick Cove, and from the bay north to Hempstead Plains. JOHN ROCK SMITH settled west of the present lakes on either side of Merrick road - his house on the north and barn on the south side. JONATHAN SMITH BLACK laid out his farm east of Merrick path, which afterward became the Hempstead turnpike, and JONATHAN SMITH ROCK settled to the west, there being between them a wedge of land known as the Hewlett farm. It is reported that this wedge was contributed euqally by the two SMITHS to induce the Hewletts to settle thereon.... p. 104. (p. 103 The Hewletts were among the) leaders of the royalist party, and at times were in imminent danger, but finally a declaration of submission to the Continental Congress was drawn up, and among its signers were JOHN CARMAN, JOHN SMITH ROCK, WILLIAM SMITH BLACK, Benjamin Hewlett, Benjamin Hewett (2d), Joseph Hewlett, George Hewlett and John Hewlett. ...
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