An address in the 1860 Federal Census for the Town of Oyster Bay, New York State #general


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Hello kind people:

I found my ancestor, a renter, and his family in the 1860 Federal Census. He
only became a citizen much later. All persons in the Town of Oyster Bay are
listed as having a Glen Cove postal address at that time, and the definition
of the Election District is coequal with the Town (township). Can anyone
suggest a source that would list my ancestor's address in the Town of Oyster
Bay for 1860. He kept a fancy store, meaning that he sold trimmings for
ladies dresses and thread. I have not yet found any advertising literature
on him. Can you suggest where to look for any advertisements at that time.

So far as I am aware, the first City Directory for Queens County appeared in
1864, at least a year after my ancestor left the Town of Oyster Bay in New
York State. However, when I looked at that city directory, it was not clear
to me that it included the Town of Oyster Bay. As you probably know, the
1860 Federal census does not list street or even village locations, and
there appears to have been no extant city directory. Oyster Bay became the
northernmost of the three Towns in the newly-formed County of Nassau in
1899, long after the subject of this inquiry. My ancestor appears in city
directories in the early 1860s in Manhattan and also in the 1850s before he
moved to the Town of Oyster Bay. He had relatives in Manhattan but, so far
as I know, none in the Town of Oyster Bay. I believe that the Federal
records of Civil War taxes on income and watches, etc. is held in the
National Archives only for periods beginning 1863 onward so that does not
help. I found him there in those records in New York City in 1863.

Apparently, business was not so good, or he missed his family and social
support group because he moved back to Manhattan in or before 1863. The
newly operating Long Island Railroad would have greatly shortened the travel
time, but the family would still have had to stay overnight on a visit to
see relatives in Manhattan because the crossing >from Long Island to
Manhattan would have required a ferry trip. Since my ancestor had little
contact with Jews in Oyster Bay/Glen Cove, can anyone suggest what contacts
he might have established that would have left a paper trail still extant
today? He was Orthodox at the time. I know where he was buried in 1905 but
that gives no clue to his time in Queens County, NY 45 years earlier.

Any advice that you can offer in placing my ancestors at a specific address
in 1860 would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Edward Luft
luft1111@hotmail.com

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