An American Family History

Jeffrey Estey and Margaret Pott

Freston, Suffolk, England
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Southold, Suffolk County, New York
Huntington, Suffolk County, New York

Various spellings of Estey
Easte, Este, Estee, Estes, Estey, Esty

Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."

Jeffrey (Geoffrey) Estey and Margaret Pott (Pote, Pett, Pitt) married on May 29, 1606 in Freston, Suffolk, England. 

Isaac Estey, Sr. was born in 1627. Mary Estey was born in May, 1629. Catherine Estey Scudder Jones’ date of birth is not known.

They moved to Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts in 1636 where Jeffrey was granted 20 acres of land. He was a proprietor.

Jeffrey sold his home in Salem on August 23, 1651, and moved in with his daughter, Catherine Scudder, and her husband in Southold, Long Island, New York.

In 1657 the family moved to Huntington, Suffolk County, New York. Jeffrey died in January 4, 1657 in Huntington. His death was the first recorded at Huntington. He left his son, Isaac a bed and bedding and left his house and land to his grandson, Jonathan Scudder. His granddaughter received 20 shillings.

Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

Eastern Long Island was settled at Southold by English Puritans on October 21, 1640. Western Long Island was Dutch. The Conklins and other related families owned the entire area in the 17th century. The Dutch granted an English settlement in Hempstead (now in Nassau) in 1644. In 1664, the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam became English and was renamed New York.




from The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volume 31

The Estey lines begins with Jeffrey who emigrated with his wife Margaret Pett or Pote and three children to Salem, Massachusetts from Suffolk County, England about l636. It is believed his occupation was that of a fisherman. Jeffrey Estey late


from A Dutch-English Odyssey: stories of Brewer and Estey families in North America, 1636-1996 by Floyd I. Brewer

Born in Freston or Hintlesham, Suffolk County, England, about 1586, Jeffrey Estey emigrated to Salem, Massachusetts, about 1636 with his wife Margaret Pett or Pote and three children and founded the Estey family in America. Jeffrey Estey's ...


Colonial legislatures granted land to a group of settlers (proprietors) who chose how to divide the land. They had some rights of governance.

from The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 49

Jeffrey (or Geoffrey) Estey, b 1586 (about), at Hintlesham (or Freston), Eng., probably; d. Jan. 4, 1657-8 (will not dated; proved Jan. 23, 1657-8), at Huntington (i. e. East Neck, where he lived). Long Island, N. Y., his being the first death recorded in Huntington;

m. possibly May 29, 1606, at Freston, Eng., to Margaret Pote (or Pett) (whose parentage has not as yet been determined),

Came over to this country from England (probably) and first appears in Salem, Mass., as a proprietor in 1636; he remained there until 1651 when he sold his home and removed to Southold, Long Island. N. Y., where he remained until Aug. 12, 1657, on which date he sold his home there and removed to Huntington, Suffolk Co., N. Y., where he died.

He probably removed from Salem to Southold and thence to Huntington to accompany his daughter Catharine who had m. Henry Scudder.

(Estey): Isaac
Catharine (who m. (1) Henry Scudder, who made his will Jan. 25, 1661; and she m. (2) Thomas Jones).

Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.
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