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From: Richard Thomas
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 5:30 PM
To: Van Lith, Marty; Deitz, John
Subject: The Suffolk Club, the act of incorporation, 11 Apr 1860

Attachments: SuffolkClubIncorporation.pdf

Hi Marty,
 
Even though I found the act of incorporation of The Suffolk Club in an index of laws passed by the State of New York last month, I didn't realize I had found it, so I didn't look up the act indicated by the item in the index.
 
Today I searched for it in a different way.
 
Ever since you sent me the copy of the renewal of the lease I have been trying to find out who Jones Rogers was.
 
I knew Joseph Grafton (husband of Elizabeth Remsen) had been the President of the Suffolk Club for much of its life, but I had never heard of Jones Rogers.
 
The 04 November 1872 Lease Renewal between the Suffolk Club and Henry W. Carman, states that the 15-year renewal is being done under the "covenants and agreements" contained in the lease of 01 Jan 1858 between Samuel Carman and Jones Rogers.
 
That implied Jones Rogers had been an important person in The Suffolk Club before it was incorporated, perhaps a president or treasure or secretary of the association.
 
I have come to the conclusion that Google Search learns from your searches and which results you click on which results you are most likely to be interested in and moves those closer to the top.
 
Last week I googled "Jones Rogers" and came up with very little.
 
So I decided to go to Riverhead.
1846 45 154   Charles Cook and others Jones Rogers Suffolk Club deed has not been examined, may not be for Suffolk Club
Dec 1858 102 56   Samuel Carman and wife Jones Rogers Suffolk Club  
15 Nov 1864 129 122   Charles V. B. Homan and wife Joseph Grafton Suffolk Club between Carman's River on north and River Road on south
15 Nov 1864 129 126   Charles V. B. Homan and wife Joseph Grafton Suffolk Club  
Jun 1865 131 518   John Shirley, Sheriff Joseph Grafton Suffolk Club  
Jun 1865 131 520   Jones Rogers Joseph Grafton Suffolk Club appears to be an exchange of properties, deed not yet examined
Jun 1865 131 522   Joseph Grafton Jones Rogers Suffolk Club appears to be an exchange of properties, deed not yet examined
Feb 1866 135 522   Sarah Nicoll Jones Rogers Suffolk Club deed has not been examined, may not be for Suffolk Club
Jun 1866 138 418   Samuel Carman Jones Rogers Suffolk Club  
Jun 1866 138 420   Samuel Carman Jones Rogers Suffolk Club 15-year lease
Jun 1866 138 425   Joseph Grafton Suffolk Club and assorted others Suffolk Club  
Jun 1866 138 488   James B. Johnston and wife Jones Rogers and others Suffolk Club  
Nov 1868 154 86   Sylvester Homan and wife Joseph Grafton Suffolk Club This may be a private purchase rather than one for the Suffolk Club
Jun 1870 170 133   Denning Duer Suffolk Club Suffolk Club  
01 Jan 1875 214 121   Joseph Grafton and wife Suffolk Club Suffolk Club $10, between Carman's River on north and River Road on south
01 Jan 1875 214 122   Henry W. Carman and wife Suffolk Club Suffolk Club $20,000, 305 acres - descriptive of dam and plume
25 Jun 1875 216 472   James N. Platt Suffolk Club Suffolk Club $10, farm formerly occupied by Gilbert B. Miller, ~4.25 acres, south of South Country Rd
May 1877 228 243   John M. Bowers and Susan B. D., his wife Frederick Schuchardt and the Suffolk Club Suffolk Club north South Country, east of Gerard
May 1888 310 480   James N. Platt Suffolk Club Suffolk Club  
Oct 1888 313 327   James N. Platt Suffolk Club Suffolk Club  
Oct 1893 402 1   Nathaniel Miller and another, executors Suffolk Club Suffolk Club  
Jan 1896 431 558   Wm. E. T. Smith and others Suffolk Club Suffolk Club  
Aug 1901 510 61   Frederick A. Schermerhorn Suffolk Club Suffolk Club  
Nov 1901 511 575   Frederick A. Schermerhorn Suffolk Club Suffolk Club  
Sep 1908 657 576   Wm. H. Eagleson and wife Suffolk Club Suffolk Club Guardian of Charles Gerard sold property to W. H. Eagleson
Nov 1910 745 520   Charles E. Gerard Suffolk Club Suffolk Club Same as Eagleson property, to insure title, Charles Gerard now of age
  
When I googled on "Jones Rogers" today, Google must have been ruminating on the results I preferred from my searches of last week and produced exactly what I had been looking for, the law that incorporated The Suffolk Club.
 
However, it wasn't incorporated as the Suffolk Club! 
 
It was incorporated as the Suffolk County Society.  (This is really a very unfortunate name, since articles about the Suffolk County Agricultural Society often leave out "agricultural" when the name of the group is repeated in an article.)
 
They may have chosen that form of the name because of the way New York corporation law allowed another type of volunteer association, a congregation, to incorporate.  A congregation in New York  incorporated as "a religious society." 
 
The "Suffolk County Society" was incorporated by an act of the New York State legislature on 11 Apr 1860.

(Eight days after a horseback rider started off from St. Joseph, Missouri, on the first mail delivery of the Pony Express and three days before the mail arrived in Sacramento, California; and one year and one day before South Carolina fired on Fort Sumter.)

The act states that the corporation is to have five directors, and the first five directors are to be:
 
        Jones Rogers,
        Isaac M. Wright,
        Henry A. Coit,
        J. Anthony Constant, and
        Daniel H. Tompkins.
 
The only name I recognize is Jones Rogers.
 
Richard