New Volume for Dutchess County, NY: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent

Map of the Patent granted to Henry Beekman.

We are very happy to add Volume 11 to our database Dutchess County, NY: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent. This series of books is an invaluable resource for researching the early settlers of Dutchess county, New York. Volume 11 contains over 1,000 pages and is focused on families with last names between Rood and Sly. Over 20,000 names have been added to this database.

Note that this database has a name only index, derived from the book index itself. Search terms should be focused on First and Last names. You may select a specific volume to restrict your search results.

The Settlers of the Beekman Patent series, by Frank J. Doherty, contains data on over thirteen hundred families who settled in the Beekman Patent, an original land grant given to Col. Henry Beekman in 1697 by the English Crown and the second largest patent in present-day Dutchess County, New York. Many emigrants from New England lived in and passed through the Beekman Patent on their way west. Others, such as the Palatines and Quakers (almost all from New England), were early settlers and remained for several generations or more. Mr. Doherty has published a total of 13 volumes in this series, we are now adding volume 11 in accordance with our agreement to make them available as searchable database after 7 years have passed.

The printed index is also available at the end of this volume, starting on page 845. As noted in the book (see here .)

This update is made possible by the efforts of our team our volunteers, particularly David Anderson. If you have some time and would like to get involved please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at

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