Sylvester Woodbridge Willetts

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  • Name Sylvester Woodbridge Willetts 
    Born Mar 1852  New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 4 Sep 1852  Hempstead, Nassau, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1880  Queens, New York City-Greater, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1900  Hempstead, Nassau, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1910  Hempstead District 12, Nassau, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christening Christs Presbyterian Church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID E150DD208315E4439DD695FFB162B2CD861A 
    Person ID I80578  Scudder
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2012 

    Father George Willetts,   b. 19 Mar 1820, Hempstead, Queens, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1892  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Phoebe Gildersleeve,   b. Abt 1824, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1880, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married 7 Oct 1846  Hempstead, Queens, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 6E3A08E46BCF89418BAFBF6012867FA5ADCE 
    Family ID F29723  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah F.,   b. Jul 1855, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1910  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Married Abt 1882  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID AB539305D36EED408F558ACA9A32C06028CF 
    Children 
     1. Willetts,   b. Aft 1882, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1900, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 16 years)
     2. Emma Willetts,   b. Feb 1890, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Frances Willetts,   b. Jul 1893, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F29729  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Sylvester was named after the Rev. Sylvester Woodbridge Jr., minister of St. George's church who officiated at his parents' wedding.

      Sylvester became a stone mason and feed dealer in Hempstead. At one time he was a foreman in the Hempstead Fire Dept. He was also a director in the Hempstead & Jamaica Plank Road Co., as was his father.

      When his father died in 1892, Sylvester inherited the family farm in West Hempstead. The farm was bounded by Hempstead Turnpike to the North, Hempstead Avenue to the south, and Maple Avenue (Maplewood) and Westminster Road to the west and east, respectively. Some time in the early 20s, Sylvester sold the farm to a developer who laid out streets for a planned community called "Morton Manor." One of the streets would be called Morton Avenue. Another street, Willets Avenue., paid tribute to the original owner of the property. Shortly after the streets were platted the property went into foreclosure and the plots auctioned in 1925. Preferred Homes, Inc. then built homes at that location. In the 1930s, the Depression took a big toll on property values, as homes that were originally built to sell at close to $8,000 were being liquidated at half that amount.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1580] 1880 United States Census, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 2000, 2002 FamilySearch (TM) Internet Genealogy Service, February 24, 2012), FHL Film 1254918; National Archives Film T9-0918; Page 397A.