Philipse Family History:
Philip Philipse, oldest son of Frederick Philipse I, and his wife, Mary, both passed away in Barbados in 1689 (on September 14 and October 18, respectively). Their death notices, signed by the rector of nearby St. James Church, list cause of death as "belly ake", aka dysentery, a frequent cause of death during that time period on the island.
Philipse Manor Hall Architecture:
In the late 17th century, the Philipse family owned a plantation called Spring Head in Barbados. Portions of the original building still stand. Click here for photos and more information.
Local Ties to Slave History:
Local Ties to American History:
* “Condition & situation” refer to Mary’s affections for Washington.
*Roger Morris ultimately marries Mary Philipse in January 1758.
* The “Friend” being George Washington.
Local Ties to New York History:
John Jay Homestead SHS in Bedford, NY.
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Local Ties to World History:
In 1787, a British court decided that the inheritance rights of heirs to property that was confiscated by the Americans during the American Revolution was recoverable. Under this decision, John Jacob Astor I purchased the reversionary rights to the Philipse lands in 1809 from the heirs of Roger Morris (husband of Mary Philipse) for £20,000.
After Mary Philipse Morris passed away in 1825, Astor attempted to collect rents on the lands, but the new “owners,” who had purchased from the lands from the NY Commission of Forfeiture, refused to pay, and Astor tried to evict them. A compromise was reached in 1828 when NY State compensated Astor for the reversionary rights in the amount of $500,000.