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EXCERPT FROM BETHPAGE THE YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT 1840-1910 BY TERRY HUNT


BETHPAGE OF 132 YEARS AGO WAS A SMALL VILLAGE OF FARMERS & THEIR HELPERS. THERE WERE NO STORES OR WORKSHOP, REPAIRS & GOODS HAVING BEEN SECURED ON THE FARMS OR IN OTHER COMMUNITIES & THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD HAD NOT YET BEEN EXTENDED THIS FAR EAST. THERE WERE ABOUT 33 PEOPLE HERE, A FIGURE RELATIVELY UNCHANGED SINCE 1790. MOST OF THE FAMILIES HAD SETTLED IN THE MID 18TH CENTURY WERE QUITE WELL ESTABLISHED.

THE OLDEST RESIDENT WERE THE POWELLS. THOMAS POWELL WAS THE FIRST WHITE MAN TO SETTLE THE AREA ENCOMPASSING PARTS OF BETHPAGE, FARMINDALE, OLD BETHPAGE, PLAINVIEW & PLAINEDGE, IN 1695. FOR YEARS THE POWELLS PROSPERED IN FARMINGDALE, WHERE THOMAS BUILT HIS HOME. AS THE FAMILY GREW, FATHERS DIVIDED LAND AMONG THEIR SONS, THE FARMS BEGAN TO SPREAD FURTHER AWAY FROM THOMAS HOME TRACT.

BY THE MIDDLE OF THE 1700'S BROAD HOLLOW IN BETHPAGE HAD BEEN REACHED. THE HOLLOW TOOK IN THE LOW AREA THAT THE SEAFORD OYSTER BAY EXPRESSWAY NOW RUNS BETWEEN PLAINVIEW ROAD & CENTRAL AVE.,  AND WAS A GOOD PLACE FOR SETTLEMENT BECAUSE A STREAM PROVIDED A SOURCE OF WATER.  ONE OF THOMAS POWELL'S GREAT GRANDSONS, ALSO NAMED THOMAS, ESTABLISHED A FARM THERE, WHICH EXTENED, NORTH OF POWELL AVE., FROM THE PRESENT STATE PARK TO MIDDLE OF THE GRUMMAN AEROSPACE CORPS LAND. BEFORE 1840 IT HAD BEEN DIVIDED THE SECTION FROM PARK TO STEWART AVE. BELONGED TO JOHN POWELL 1796-1877, A SON OF THOMAS AND THE REST WAS DIVIDED AMONG JOHN'S BROTHERS: THOMAS, JAMES 1790-1881 & JOSHUA 1790-1861. ROWLAND PEARSALL WAS ANOTHER OF THE FIRST SETTLERS. HE LIVED IN A HOUSE ON THE HILL WHERE BROADWAY INTERSECTS PLAINVIEW ROAD AFTER HE MARRIED A DAUGHTER OF WAIT POWELL, IN 1748.

WILLIAM BEDELL'S FAMILY FARMED JUST NORTH OF THE PEARSALLS. BY 1790 THERE WERE 15 BEDELLS IN TOWN, AND THEY SO DOMINATED THE NORTHERN POPULATED SECTION THAT IT WAS KNOWN AS BEDELL TOWN FOR ALMOST 100 YEARS. BY THE 1840 THE FAMILY HAD SPLIT: R. BEDELL STAYED ON THE ORIGINIAL FARM, AND SAMUEL MOVED TO STEWART AVE. SOUTH OF CENTRAL.

IN 1763 CHRISTOPHER STYMUS, A GERMAN WHO HAD BEEN LIVING IN GRAVESEND BOUGHT LAND IN BROAD HOLLOW LYING BETWEEN REVERE ST AND SOUTH OF CENTRAL AVE FOR 429 POUNDS FROM TUNIS VAN COTT WHO HAD PURCHASED IT FROM THOMAS POWELL OF BROAD HOLLOW. STYMUS LIVED IN A HOUSE SOUTH OF THE LIRR BRIDGE OVER EXPRESSWAY, NEAR THE EQUITABLE BUILDING. BY 1840 IT HAD PASSED TO CHRISTOPHER SON ORISS 1781-1857.  JOHSUA HUBBS BORN 1806 AND HIS WIFE ELIZABETH CAME TO BETHPAGE IN THE EARLY PART OF THE 19TH CENTURY. THEIR FARM WAS BETWEEN STEWART AND FARMERS AVE.

IN MAY 1839 JOHN JARVIS 1810-1893, A QUAKER FROM MELVILLE, AND HIS WIFE JANE POWELL JARVIS 1813-1881, CAME TO BETHPAGE. THEY BOUGHT A SECTION OF JAMES POWELL FARM AND SETTLED IN WHAT TODAY IS THE COMMUNITY PARK.
JANE WAS A DAUGHTER OF JOSHUAL POWELL, WHO BOUGH METHODISM TO THE AREAM WHEN HE DONATED LAND FOR A CHURCH IN 1835. THIS WAS A TIME OF GREAT EVANGILISM, AND MANY CONGREGATIONS WERE BEING ORGANIZED ALL OVER THE STATE. THE BUILDING WAS WHERE CENTRAL AVE MEETS HICKSVILLE ROAD.  

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POWELL FAMILY
STYMUS FAMILY
JARVIS FAMILY