Thus, according to Onderdonk, June 2, 1791, Obadiah Valentine of Oyster Bay offers a " ^5 Reward for the return of his remarkably black negro man. He had on a brown coat and green linings, yellow vest, old boots. Valentine " '" " Benjamin Birdsall " " Jonas " " " " 12 TIu Valentines in America.
It ii ;.- fesses to be only a collection of facts in relation to the Valentine name and history, such as were ac- cessible to the author. In regard to the spelling of proper names *' ever' man is a law unto himself," and no rules can be followed.
Whatever could be obtained by patient research, by careful inquiry, and by long and extensive correspondence, is here given : and, though it may contain a thousand imperfections, it is believed to comprise more information in re- gard to the \'alentines than anj' other book e.xtant. Figures and dates are also proverbially difficult to be, made perfect ; but when it is remembered these are often sent from remote points, and with every diversity of hand-writing, the wonder should rather be that there are not more. The author's alternative was, one or two costly ones, or a larger number of less expensive ones, which should, nevertheless, give the reader a good idea of the subject.
So far as he knows, he can at least say that they are remarkably good likenesses.
Whatever defects the work may have, it has cost the author an immense amount of labor, and not a little money, for which he expects no ad- equate return ; but he has done it con avtore, and only asks that it may be properly appreciated by those in whose behalf it is written, namely, all U'/io hear and lair the name of VALENTINE.
Of these, the oldest are the "Town Records of Hemp- stead," found in the North Hempstead Town Clerk's Office at Roslyn, which furnish the following items: — Thos.
In the absence of all genealogies, familj- records, and other similar data, I am compelled to resort to such public and private resources as can be found. He has gray hair on his neck." Oba- diah ought to have known that to a young man of 22 (and graj- at that .') liberty was as sweet as to himself. Simon Searing sold certain lands to Obadiah Valentine about 1670. The records of Conveyances in the County Clerk's Office at Jamaica mention the following Valentines: — Kichaid Valentine, of Hempstead, Yeoman, in 1706. In the case of one or two families of the Long Island branch, this has been attempted with but partial success ; and with the descendants of Tii OM.\s Valentine, of Hopkinton, it is be- lieved, with complete success. Tiiis, in the wide extent of territory over which the Valentines are spread, and the little or no relationship existing among many of them, would manifestly have been impossible. VALENTINE, MEMBER OF THE LONG ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIEIT, NEW YORK : CLARK & MAYNARD, PUBLISHERS, 5 Barclay Street. It does not profess to give in com- plete detail the gcnealog)' of any branch, and but of comparatively feu- families. PREFAC E, This book, except in some of its parts, is not a Genealogy.