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1839 South Country road (now Montauk Highway)

.. on this modern map is overlaid a portion of an 1839 Town of Brookhaven survey which shows a portion of South Country road in Brookhaven Hamlet. This survey was recorded in the Records of the Town of Brookhaven. It apparently was authorized by the Town to clarify the lots of the Great and Little Division made in 1733 at "South." The portion of the full survey shown here shows South Country road from the "Yaphank Line" westward to Ellison's Swamp. Ellison's Swamp contains the headwaters of Beaver Dam creek. "Ellison" was likely Robert Ellison.

The Yaphank Line is a survey line that runs north from the headwaters of Yaphank creek to where it intersects the Carman's River near the hamlet of Yaphank. This line crosses the South Country road (Montauk highway) at the western intersection with Old South Country road. This line was the eastern edge of the Great Division, and defined in part the western boundary of the original Manor of St. George.

Of particular note here is that this survey mentions and more or less defines the location of Rev. Nathaniel Hawkins homestead situated on the south side South Country road. This residence is no longer extent, although evidence of Hawkins family cemetery remains.

Also of note is that the survey defines the original intersection of the Old Town road with the South Country road to travel east. Old Town road, as it was originally laid out by the Town, stretched from Setauket at the north southward to the Great South Bay at Brookhaven hamlet (Fire Place). At Brookhaven it intersected with an east-west road (South Country road); this intersection (to travel east) was in the northern portion of the Brookhaven hamlet. The intersection to travel west was further south (at the "36" route marker, bottom of this map).


Owner/SourceAncestry.com. "Records of the town of Brookhaven" [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: "Records of the town of Brookhaven. New York": Derrydale Press, 1930-1932. p. 118 [159]. "Records Town of Brookhaven up to 1800;" Patchogue; Printed at the Office of the "Advance," 1880, p. 127-8. Survey recorded at "Records of the Town of Brookhaven from 1798 to 1856," Port Jefferson, N.Y., Times Steam Job Print, 1888.
DateOverlay prepared by: Richard Thomas, 2014. p. 306
File nameGreat Division Priest Hawkins Corner_Also Mid Lot15_1839 Survey_m.jpg
File Size555.48k
Dimensions1568 x 973
Linked toRobert Ellison, ^; Rev. Nathaniel Hawkins, [ii]^; Nathaniel Hawkins, [i]^

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