Land for the Taking

The circa 1670 DeHart home in Brooklyn, as seen in the mid 19th century. At that time it was the oldest remaining structure in the Borough. Source: Brooklyn Public Library

Just getting started here…

“We found a good fire,’ they say, in speaking of the house, “half-way up the chimney, of clear oak and hickory, of which they made not the least scruple in burning profusely. We let it penetrate us thoroughly. There had been already thrown upon it, to be roasted, a pail-ful of Gouanes oysters, which are the best in the country. . . .
They are large and full, some of them not less than a foot long, and they grow sometimes ten, twelve and sixteen together and are then like a piece of rock. . . . In consequence of the great quantities of them, everybody keeps the shells for the purpose of burning them into lime. They pickle the oysters in small casks and send them to Barbadoes and other islands.”

Jasper Dankers & Peter Sluyter

1678, via stevemorse.org



How Does 300 acres in Brooklyn Sound?

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A visit from Holland

We know a little about Simon DeHart thanks to a travel journal.

Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

after 1617

Is Pocahontas a Sister-in-Law?

According to Helen, we are related to John Rolfe’s brother. I know only of one Rolfe brother, a Henry Rolfe, who adopted John & Pocahontas’s son Thomas after Pocahontas’s death in 1617.