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In memory of Capt. John Underhill, my Maternal 10th Great-Grandfather on the DECKER branch.


  • Colonial Families of the United States of America, Vol. VII, p. 464-465.
  • The Frost genealogy; descendants of William Frost of Oyster Bay, New York, showing connections never before published with the Winthrop, Underhill, Feke, Bowne and Wickes families, p. 374-376. [Link]
  • A journal of the transactions and occurrences in the settlement of Massachusetts and the other New-England colonies, from the year 1630 to 1644 [Link] or [Link]
  • John Underhill (captain) [Wikipedia]
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Capt. John Underhill

Hero of the Pequot War

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1597 Oct 5




Flushing, New York



1672 Jul 21

Matinecock, Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York

Underhill Burying Ground (likely)

Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York

[ View memorial on Findagrave ]


Capt. John Underhill was reportedly born in Bagington, Warwickshire, England, on Oct. 5, 1597, according to the 1908 monument in Underhill Cemetery. Other sources suggest he was an Englishman born in 1609 in Holland. He "landed in Boston May 18, 1630, from the vessel over which he had command named John and Mary from his father and mother." His son John and wife, Helena (Kruger), a Dutch woman, came with him. He was banished from the Puritan Colony in 1638 and moved to New Hampshire where he was made governor for a short time. From there he went to Stamford, Connecticut, and by 1644 he was in Southold, Long Island, New York. Helena died there in 1658 and soon after, John sold his property to Thomas Moore and moved to Oyster Bay, Long Island. He was made High Sheriff of the North Riding on Long Island in 1665. He purchased land from the Matinecock Indians in 1667. The Underhill Cemetery was made on his property.

He married, second, to Elizabeth Feake (or Feke), daughter of Robert Feake and Elizabeth Fones. She was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1633 and died in 1674-75. Copies of their children's births are recorded in the Fifteenth Street Meeting House, New York City.

Notable descendants of Capt. John Underhill include Amelia Earhart, Tom Selleck, Johnny Depp, and U.S. Secretary of State, John F. Kerry.


Capt. John Underhill & Elizabeth Feake were the parents of my ancestor,

With first wife, Helena (Kruger):

  1. John Underhill, born Apr. 11, 1642, probably in Boston, married Mary Pryer at Oyster Bay, Aug. 11, 1668, and died May 29, 1698. Issue: John, Daniel, Samuel, Abraham, and Jacob.

With second wife, Elizabeth (Feake):

  1. Deborah Underhill, born Sept. 29, 1659, married Henry Townsend.
  2. Nathaniel Underhill, born Dec. 22, 1663, married Mary Ferris. [Link]
  3. Hannah Underhill, born Oct. 2, 1666, married Richard Alsop.
  4. Elizabeth Underhill, born May 2, 1669, married Isaac Smith.
  5. David Underhill, born Feb. 1676, married Hanna Forman.
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