"OLD DOMINIE HOUSE, East Hampton," ETCHING by FREDERICK CHILDE HASSAM, included in the "WIGGIN" Gallery exhibit.

Am quoting from a clipping, The Boston Sunday Globe, September 9, 1951, presented to me by Nathaniel Middlemas Dominy, 46 Forest St., Rockland, Mass. August 19, 1952.



"It's always a pleasure in this in-between art time, when Summer exhibits are being dismantled and the first offering of the new season are going up, to walk into the Boston gallery and find an exhibit which is both new and deserving of attention.

"And such was the case last week when we came upon the pleasant, craftman-like exhibition of prints by Childe Hassam, noted 19th century painter and graphic artist, showing at the Wiggin Gallery of the Boston Public Library, Copley sq.

"Made up of a selection of 60 etchings, drawings and lithographs given by the gallery's greatest benefactor, the late Albert H. Wiggin, in January of this year, the exhibit affords Boston an excellent chance to view the work on one of the most famous American etchers of the last century - who also happens to be a native son.

"In this show there are a number of vibrant sunshine and shadow versions of the New England scenes, such as weatherbeaten old houses, barns, hills, dales and closeups of the gnarled old trees that dot them.

"Then there are a number of etchings of East Hampton, and other picturesque East Coast towns, as well as Manhattan views. There are also many closeups of historic landmarks in these places, recorded with charm as well as great technical skill.

"Hassam fascinated with the play of light on old buildings and as it filtered down through leafy trees. And to all his work, whether light and airy or massive and solid, he conveys the sense of scintillating light and moving shadows with which he was so intrigued.

"Those who study this Hassam collection, one of the finest ever assembled will find that the artist was most original in his technique. His lines were sharply bitten, direct and vigorous, producing effects of mass, contour and solidity with seemingly effortless ease. His ability to draw by suggestion rather than detail was marked. Yet behind this ease of description, there was complete mastery of the subject, based on the keenest observation.

"He was born in Dorchester in 1859, a member of a prominent family dating back, and landing at Salem in 1630. He died in 1935.

"Hassam's artistic career began before graduating from Dorchester High School. He began making sketches and drawing instead of sticking to accounting. Advised that his talents were better suited to art than accounting, he entered a wood engraver's office, graduating to staff artist

"From wood-engraving the young artist turned to illustration during the period when American illustration was at its best. As an illustrator in the '80's and '90's he worked in all mediums, lithography, pen and ink, crayons, charcoal, wash and in full color. Being a sensitive artist, he was constantly experimenting in the problems of light, atmosphere and color. It was his experience in illustration that enabled him, a generation later, to swiftly conquor the etcher's art.

"Hassam was by 1883 a successful illustrator, embarked on a year of travel and study abroad. In 1884 he married Kathleen Maul Doane, a year later they went to Paris, France to live.

"Hassam studied the work of such men as Renior, Degas, Sisley, Pissarro and Monel, who awakened him to keen analysis in the handling of broken colors and variation of light. That is why he is sometimes referred to today as the first American Impressionist. Not until he was 56, however, after a period of full recognition as a painter did Hassam take up the etching needle and copper plate as a definite medium for full artistic expression. But it was not until he started his New England group of plates that he really expressed himself with the freedom and color demonstrated in his painting.

"Included in this current show, by the way, are such early plates as 'Connecticut Barnes,' 'The Old House;' 'Portmouth Doorway," in which trees cast shadow on an old brick house; the lovely 'OLD DOMINIE HOUSE,' in East Hampton, etc. A very delightful show."

After a careful reading and studying the clipping, it gave me an idea, as I had been thinking where I might secure a printers print. It would be nice, if I could present to those future generations what the building of this pioneer home meant to our pioneer family centuries ago.

So I got in communication with the Boston Public Library to see if I might be able to get a plate made of the 'OLD DOMINIE HOUSE" from Hassam's etching in Wiggin Gallery Exhibit there. Received hearty cooperation from the Boston Public Library, and also from the Keeper of Prints, Mr. Arthur W. Heintzelman, who sent me a glossy print of Childe Hassam's etching "The Old Dominie House," which gave me some idea of the print. However, he stated, if you wish to use it for reproductive purpose, let our engraver who makes our plates produce a halftone cut from the original print. By having this half-tone made from the original plate, it could be made in reverse to bring the subject to its original position, and more pleasing to the eye.

I gave the Keeper of Prints, the go-ahead signal and in a short time received two cuts, one in halftone - copper, and the other in lines - printers material, of the "Old Dominie House, East Hampton," the lines to be used for ordinary purpose, while the half-tone for more careful printing.


I want to heartily express my sincere appreciation for the fine cooperation shown me by the Boston Public Library, and Keeper of Prints, so that my family and our eastern relatives can have before them, the original print, "THE OLD DOMINIE HOUSE" an etching by Frederick Childe Hassam, greatly acknowledging to the Albert H. Wiggin's Collection in the Boston Public Library, the use, shown as one of the Masterpieces of art. I had the print reversed in order to bring the house into view as the eyes would see it. Words cannot express my feelings the half-tone is a beauty for the eyes to behold

THANKS, Newton J. Dominy, Historian


Picture on left - Felix Dominy - Great grand father. 
Picture on right - Nathaniel Dominy - Great-great grand father.




The name of COREY or CORY is said by some authorities to have derived from CORI, the name of a Roman fort in Scotland; while others claim it was taken from the Gaelic CORRIE, meaning "the hollow in the side of a hill." Still others say it was of Celtic origin, a variation of the name CURRY or CURRIE meaning a "valient champion." It is probable the name was of local origin taken by its bearers from the residence of the family in a place of that name. On the records of Great Britain it is found in various forms as Corri, Cori, Corye, Correy, Coree, COREY and CORY, and others, but the last two are most generally accepted in America today.

Among the earliest records of the family are Peter de Corrie of Scotland in 1170, Hugh de Corrie of Scotland in 1194, Sir Donald Corry in 1276, Adam de Corry in 1329, and others, from which the Scottish line seem to have descended. Thomas Corrie of Scotland, who was the father in the fifteenth century, of George, Thomas, and "WILLIAM."

Other early records of the family gives John Corrie of Dovonshire of the sixteenth century, who had two sons Richard and Stephen. Stephen was the father of four sons, one of whom, Hugh, married Maria Penfound who had four sons and three daughters.

WILLIAM CORY of Cornwall of the sixteenth century, who was the father of John and five brothers and three daughters. John married Elizabeth Randell and had issue of four sons and several daughters. One WILLIAM Corey or CORY, resided at Portsmouth, Rhode Island sometime before 1679, by his wife MARY EARL, is said to be the father of John, William, Mercy, ANNIE, Thomas, Margaret, Mary Cabe, Roger, Joan, as well as others. In 1691 John and Thomas Corey were living at Chelmsford, but no record has been found of their family.

It is not definitely known from which illustrious line in England the first emigrants who came to America were descendants of, but it is believed chat all COREYS or CORYS were ancestry at a remote period. Probably the first to come to America was John Cory from Suffolk, England, settling at Southold, Long Island, about 1640. By his wife Hannah, he had issue of John, Isaac, Abraham, Jacob, Sarah, Abagail and Hannah.


John Cory is listed as a Refugee or Tory, but signed the Association of East Hampton, August 5th, 1776, COREY or CORY - John 1, probably died between 1680 and 1686. Among his sons - John 2, born 1668, married Dortha Hobert. Abraham 3, of Westfield, New Jersey. COREY - Isaac, son of John and Hanna, 1st Regiment of Minute Men, Suffolk County. CORY - John was in South Hampton, Long Island, before 1664, but list no family. CORY - John, (1639 - January 25, 1668) married December 15, 1667, Mary Cornish (after 18 March 1685) list on family. COREY - John, (1703, August 8, 1768) married - 1700, Percilla Thompson. Died 1722. No family listed. CORY - John 2, died December 26, 1753, no family. The celebrated martyr, Giles Corey, who was living in Salem, Massachusetts before 1649, had issue by his first wife Margaret, a daughter named Deliverance. In 1664 he married his second wife Mary Britz, and later married his third wife Martha, who was convicted and hanged for witchcraft in 1692. In the same year Giles was pressed to death between stones for the same crime. He left no male issue.

The descendents of these, and other branches of the family in America have spread to every state in the union, having aided in the growth of the country, as their ancestors did in the founding of this nation. They have been noted for their energy, industry, piety, integrity, perseverance, fortitude, patience, loyalty, resourcefulness, courage and leadership.

Among those who fought as officers in the Revolutionary War, as I have been able to learn were Ensign James of Virginia, Captain Timothy of Massachusetts, Lieutenant Ephraim and Ensign Phillip, also of Massachusetts.

Two of the many members of this family who have distinguished themselves in recent times are Charles B. Cory of Boston, the celebrated naturalist, born in 1857, died in 1921, and William E. Corey of Pennsylvania, capitalist, born in 1866.

To the best of my knowledge and belief it appears that WILLIAM, Hugh, Thomas, George, JOHN, Samuel, James, and Richard are the Christian names most favored by the family in its male membership.

I find one of the most ancient and frequently used of the coat-of-arms of the British family, COREY or CORY is described as follows: ARMS - - "Sable, on a Chevron or, between three griffins' heads erased of the second, as many estoiles guiles." CREST - - "Out of a ducal coronet or, a griffin's head between two wings expanded proper." MOTTO - - "Virtus semper viridis." (Arms taken from Burke's General Armory, 1884.)

BIOGRAPHICAL:- BRADSLEY - "English and Welch Surnames," 1901. J. E. CORRIE "Records of the Corrie Family," 1899. DICKINSON - "The Cory Family," 1914. SAVAGE "Genealogical Dictionary of New England," 1861. AUSTIN - "Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island," 1887.

It appears from lineage, also in the run of names in a family, and my research and study of family Genealogical History, these facts are known to be well established; TO WIT - that ANNIE COREY, born February 8, 1678, was the daughter of WILLIAM and MARY (EARL) COREY, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

SECOND GENERATION: - COREY or CORY - ANNIE, born February 8, 1678, died August 8, 1748, age 70 years. Married, November 24th, 1706 to NATHANIEL DOMINY, born July 14, 1684, died May 5, 1768, age 84. HER CHILDREN - MARY, born October 7, 1707; ANNIE, born March 14, 1710; PHOEBE, born February 11, 1712; NATHANIEL, born December 3, 1714; JOHN, born May 6, 1716; LYDIA, born April 18, 1718.

RESIDENT - East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk County, New York 

Dated August 23. 1946 Newton J. Dominy, Historian 
Dublin, Ohio

FIRST GENERATION:- or second in line. DOMINY, NATHANIEL (1). Born July 14, 1684. Died, May 5, 1768. Age 84 years. MARRIED - November 24, 1706 to ANNIE COREY or CORY. Born February, 1678. Died August 8, 1748. Age 70. THEIR CHILDREN:-MARY, born October 20, 1707. ANNA, born March 14, 1710. Died ?. PHOEBE, born February 11, 1712. Died?. Married Sam Corwin. NATHANIEL (2). Born December 3, 1714. Died March 30, 1778. Married Elizabeth Eyers. JOHN, born May 6, 1716. Died, May 3, 1751, age 35 years. Married ?. LYDIA, born April 18, 1718. Died, Match 6, 1721, age 3 years. RESIDENT - East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk County, New York.



The name EYERS, EYRES or AIRES, is said to have derived from a nickname "the heir," and adding the letter "A" gives the name the meaning" Son of the Eyers." It is found in the English records in various forms, Hayer, Hayre, Eyer, Eyers, Eyres, Eyre, Aires, Aiers, Ayre, Ayres, Ayers, the last three are most used in America today, and Eyers, Eyres, and Aires first mentioned are the most used in England today.

The early records of the family in England were Roger le Eyer or Ayer of Norfolk county in 1264, Henry Eyer or Ayer of Lincolnshire in 1273. Thomas Eyers or Ayers of Norwich in the fifteenth century, was burned at the stake in 1510 for his religious belief, after adjudged guilty. Thomas Eyers or Ayer, is said to have descended from Humphrey le Heyer of Wiltshire in the fourteenth century, living in Dorset county England.

The middle of the sixteenth century, the father by his wife Elizabeth Rogers had five sons and four daughters. John, one of his sons, is said to have been the first emigrant to New England, settling in Massachusetts before 1640, or as early as 1637.

I am entering for the curious, a cause of an action taken centuries ago, use of some legal wording then, practically not in use today (Blackstone), that was contributed by Miss Elizabeth French, Genealogical Research in England, Preserved in the Public Record Office, London, England. FROM FEET OF FINES.

"Fifteen days after Easter, 11 Charles 1 (13 Aril 1635). Final Concord in the King's Court at Westminister between Timothy Oldmanes alas Prick and Mary, his wife, querents, and Simon Eire, Gentlemen, and Dorothy, his wife, deforeints, o/ two messuages, one stable, two gardens, and one orchard in Bury St. Edmonds. Plea of covenant.

"Simon and Dorothy have acknowledged the aforesaid premises to be the right of Timothy, at those which Timothy and Mary have of gift of Simon and Dorothy, and they have remised and quitclaimed them from Simon and Dorothy and their heirs to Timothy and Mary and the heirs of Timothy forever.

"And moreover, Simon and Dorothy have granted for themselves and the heirs of Simon that they will warrent to Timothy and Mary and the heirs Timothy the aforesaid Premises against Simon and Dorothy and the heirs of Simon forever.

"And for this, Timothy and Mary gave to Simon and Dorothy L 80. (Translated from the Latin). (Feet of Fines, Suffolk, Easter, 11 Charles I)."

"I am sorry that nothing has been learned about the ancestry of Simon Aires and his wife Susan Vale, parents of Simon Eyers who emigrated to New England in 1635, both were residents of Lavenham, County Suffolk, England, since the Middle Ages.

"The following therefore, begins with the emigrant father. 1st. SIMON AIRS, of Lavenham, County Suffolk, born about 1557, died after 1637. He married 7 February 1582/3, SUSAN VALE, who died at Lavenham, 21 September 1637. CHILDREN: - BAPTIZED AT LAVENHAM 1. SUSAN, baptized 18 October 1585, died 20 June 1589; 2. SIMON, baptized 21 June 1588; 3. ANNA, baptized 23 April 1591; 4. JOHN, baptized 5 January 1593/4, perhaps the man who married 13 November 1627, DOROTHY HUSKE, had children who are not recorded. 5. ANTHONY, baptized 24 October 1596, died 2 March 1615.

"2nd. SIMON EYRE or AIRES, Lavenham and Bury St. Edmunds, county, Suffolk, England, and Watertown, Massachusetts, SURGEON, died in New England in December 1658. He first married, about 1616, DOROTHY PAYNE, born about 1598, died in Boston, Massachusetts, 11 August 1650, daughter of William and Agnes (NEVES) Payne of Lavenham. At some time after the birth of their first child, from Lavenham removed to Bury St. Edmonds, where on 13 April 1635 they sold two houses, a stable, two gardens, and an orchard. Two days later, with their eight children, they sailed for New England in the ship "INCREASE," and settled on their arrival in Massachusetts, at Watertown. SIMON, married secondly, about 1651, MARTHA (HUBBARD) WHITTINGHAM, born in England about 1612, died 13 July 1687, daughter of William and widow of John.

"He was freeman 17 April 1637, representative in 1641, selectman in 1636 - 1643, town clerk in 1641 - 1645. He was admitted to the church 17 April 1647, afterwards he removed to Boston. In his will, dated 5 July 1658, an abstract of which is in Register, volume 9, pages 39-40, he mentions MARTHA, his wife, and children Thomas, Dorothy, John, Maria, and states that the rest of his children had received their portion, as we know to be the case with Anna.

"FIRST WIFE'S CHILDREN : 1. MARIE, baptized at Lavenham, 22 June 1619, came to Watertown with her parents, married Richard Moseley, mentioned in the will of her uncle, William Payne, in 1660; 2. THOMAS, born in England about 1621, died in Virginia in 1666, came to New England with his parents, living in Watertown in 1644, mentioned as the oldest son in his father's will in 1658; 3. SIMON, born in England about 1623, came to Watertown with his parents; married about 1651, LYDIA STARR, who died in Boston 10 August 1653, daughter of Comfort of Ashford, county of Kent, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Simon died a few days before his wife. CHILD: - 1. SIMON, born 6 August 1652; died 1695; mentioned in will of his great-uncle, William Payne, in 1660; settled at New Haven; married 22 July 1679 EIizabeth (Allerton) STARR, daughter of Isaac 2nd and widow of Benjamine; had issue. 4. REBECCA, born in England about 1625; came with her parents to New England; mentioned in the will of her uncle, William Payne in 1660; 5. CHRISTIAN, born in England about 1627, came with her parents to New England, mentioned in will of her uncle, William Payne in 1660; 6. ANNA, born in England about 1629; came to New England with her parents, mentioned in will of her uncle, William Payne in 1660; married in Boston, 5 March 1651/2, John Checkley of Preston Cape, county Northampton, and Boston, who died 1 January 1684/5, age 75, his wife surviving him. They lived in Charlestown and Boston and had issue. 7. BENJAMINE, born in England about 1631, came to New England with his parents, mentioned in will of his uncle, William Payne, in 1660. 8. SARAH, born in England in January 1634/5, came with her parents to New England, probably died young. 9. JONATHAN, born at Watertown 20 March 1637/8, educated for a Surgeon in 1656, no further record of him. 10. DOROTHY, born at Watertown 4 June 1640. Mentioned in will of her father in 1658 and in that of her uncle, William Payne, in 1660.

"SECOND WIFE'S CHILDREN- BORN IN BOSTON: - 11. MARTHA, born March 1652. Mentioned in will of her father. 12. JOHN, born 19 February 1653/4, died June 1700. Married 20 May 1680 to CATHERINE BRATTLE, born in Boston 26 September 1664, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (TYNG) of Boston. She married (2) in Boston, (13 November 1707, Chief Justice Wait Still Winthrop, son of John and grandson of Governor WINTHROP. John died 2 August 1725.

"JOHN EYER or EYERS, was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company 1682, of the Committee of Safety in 1689, and representative in 1693 and 1698. HIS CHILDREN:- Born in Boston. 1. JOHN, born 27 March 1682; died, 1 December 1696. 2. THOMAS, born 21 June 1687, married 12 February 1715/16, Deborah Sheldon, had issue. 3. MARTHA, born 28 January 1688/89. 4. CATHERINE, born 20 July 1694. 5. BERTHA, born 24 July 1695. 6. MARY, born 15 September 1697. 7. JOHN, born 17 January 1698, died young. 8. JOHN (2), born 7 August 1700; A.B. (Harvard College) 1718."  - - ELIZABETH

The descendants of these and probably later branches of the family in America have spread to every State in the Union and aided much in the growth, as the ancestors did in founding the Nation. They have been noted for energy, integrity, perseverance, resourcefulness, loyalty and courage.

The Christian names most favored by the family were Simon, John, Thomas, BENJAMINE, Jonathan, William, Samuel and Richard for the sons. For the daughters were ELIZABETH, Anna, Marie, Susan, Rebecca, Dorothy, Sarah, Mary and Deborah.

One of the most ancient and frequently used of the numerous coat-of-arms of the English family of Eyers, from which the American Ayer(s) and Ayres families are descended, is described as follows: ARMS -"Gules, three martlets argent, numbered or." CREST - "On a ducal coronet or, a wiven vert." (Arms taken from Burk's "General Armory," 1884).

BIOGRAPHY-The above data has been gathered from the following: SAVAGES - "Genealogical Dictionary of New England," 1861. "The New England Historical and Genealogical Dictionary," 1861, 1863. TITCOMB - "Early New England People," 1882. BRADLEY - "English and Welch Syrnames." 1901. HARLEIAN SOCIETY - "Devonshire Visitation," 1872. "Cornwall Visitation," 1874 and "Cambridge Visitation," 1897. BURKE - "General Armory."

3rd. SIMON EYERS, born in England about 1623, emigrated to Watertown, Mass. in 1635. Married about 1651 to LYDA STARR, born (?), died August 10, 1653. CHILD, SIMON 4th, born August 6, 1652, died in 1695 at the age of 43. Married July 22, 1679, ELIZABETH STARR, widow of BENJAMINE, born(?) died (?). CHILDREN - Records show that they had issue, no names given, but, from the run of family names - one could have been "BENJAMINE," who married DEBORAH PARSONS, who begot with others, "ELIZABETH," born April 9, 1717, died September 1, 1781. Married NATHANIEL DOMINY, July 23, 1736. She had a brother BENJAMINE, one of the signers of the Association of East Hampton of date June 6, 1775, on careful scrutinizing of the records.


Dated: August 22nd 1946

 Newton J. Dominy, Historian

SECOND GENERATION:- or third in line.

DOMINY, NATHANIEL (2). Born December 3, 1714. Harbor. Died Match 30, 1778. age 64 years. MARRIED, July 23, 1736 to ELIZABETH EYERS or EYER, born April 9, 1717. Died September 1, 1781, age 64 years. THEIR CHILDREN: NATHANIEL (3), born July 25, 1737. Died October 23, 1813. Married Hannah Baker.

WILLIAM, born July 1, 1739. Died December 10, 1769, age 30 years. Married (?). ELIZABETH, born October 6, 1741. Died August 20, 1752, age 11 years. DEBORA, born August 5, 1744. Died May 6, 1806, age 62 years. Married Jesse King. HENRY (1), born December 15, 1746, Died January 23, 1817. Married ELIZABETH DAYTON.

MILITARY SERVICE:- The muster rolls of Colonal Josiah Smith, Regiment at East Hampton, Long Island, New York. HENRY (1), son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Eyers) Dominy, Sergeant, age 29, height 6'1", hair light, complexion dark, occupation Yoeman. ELIZABETH (3), born September 16, 1752. Died March 17, 1802, age 50 years. Married Mr. Tuthill. MARY and ANNE, Twins, born April 2,1755. MARY died April 15, age 13 days. ANNE died September 18, 1788, age 33 years. Married a Mr. Peck. JOHN, born December 31, 1760. Died February 21, 1837, age 77 years. Married (?).

RESIDENT - Three Miles Harbor, Long Island, Suffolk County, New York.

THIRD GENERATION:- or fourth in line. DOMINY, NATHANIEL (3), born July 25, 1737. Clockmaker. Died October 23, 1813, aged 76 years. Married November 28, 1759 to HANNAH BAKER, born July 27, 1740. Died February 10, 1811, age 71 years. THEIR CHILDREN: HANNAH, born October 8, 1760, died July 7, 1815, age 55 years. Married Iseral Conklin. MARY, born August 1, 1763. Died November 19, 1763, age 3 months, 18 days. URANIA, born April 18, 1765, died February 15> 1837, age 72 years. Married Elnathan Parsons. LEAH, born August 30, 1767, died May 13, 1851, age 84 years. Married Edward Jones. NATHANIEL (4), born January 16, 1770, died May 29, 1852. Married Temperance Miller. PHOEBE, born January 12, 1774, died April 29, 1822, age 48 years. MARRIED Lewis Conklin. CLARA, born October 17, 1778, died March, 1854, age 76 years. MARRIED (?).

RESIDENT - East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk County, New York.

FOURTH GENERATION:- or fifth in line.  DOMINY, NATHANIEL (4), Wind Mill Builder, born January 16, 1770. Died May 29, 1852, age 82. MARRIED, about 1795 to TEMPERENCE MILLER, born October 30, 1774, died January 15, 1849, age 75 years. THEIR CHILDREN JOHN, born October 23, 1796, died 1891. Married Queen Lill. (Hawaiian Islands). NANCY, born November 15, 1797. Died October 9, 1886, age 89 years. Married (?). FELIX (1), born February 12, 1800, died December 20, 1868. Married Phoebe Miller.

RESIDENT - East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk County, New York.

FIFTH GENERATION:- or sixth in line. DOMINY, JOHN, Captain. Born October 23, 1796. Died 1891, age 95 years, at OAHU. MARRIAGE - not known as to how it was consummated to KAMKEHA. Known as QUEEN LILL, born September 2nd, 1838. Died November 11th, 1917, age 79 years in California. CHILDREN - it is a well established fact they had one DAUGHTER, who was considered the most beautiful lassie on the Island.

RESIDENT-The Sandwich Islands, better known as the Hawaiian. When cousin Nathaniel, with his wife, Doris, and his father, Charles of Boston, Massachusetts, attended our reunion on August 17, 1952, he had in his possession letters John's father and mother had written, which I read and returned. John was the Captain of a vessel that sailed the seven seas. The most peculiar instance, he never returned home; his parents were unable to understand what it meant!

I have from good authority, and a well established fact, that on one of his voyages to the Sandwich Islands, he was shipwrecked at, sea about one mile off the shore of Oahu, where he swam to shore. He appeared to the Islanders a man of great stature, robust and brawny, six feet two inches in height, perfect manhood! When seen by this Island Maiden later to become Island Queen, it was love at first sight and she was ready to relinquish all her Royal rights, so that she could marry the man truly and dearly loved.

It took some shrewd work on the part of her brother, The Island King, to suspend some of the Island Customs, so that his sister could marry the man she loved. After the marriage, He (John) was made Governor of Oahu, The Island which saved his life and later on upon the death of her brother, she became Queen LILL of the Sandwich Islands, now the Hawaiian, one of our island possessions, which is our key possession in the great Pacific. What happened to us on December 7th, 1941, long will it be remembered.

"As the fault lay in the head of our Government, - that this black day, `A disgrace', that never can be erased from the pages of our glorious American Tradition, - that many Sons shall go forth and lay down their sacred lives - to hold up what we so dearly love - good old American freedom, which was given us on the greens of Lexington - at Valley Forge and sealed at Yorktown, - by our honorable ancestors!"

FIFTH GENERATION:- or sixth in line. DOMINY, FELIX (1), Born February 12, 1800. Died December 20, 1868, age 68 years. MARRIED, October 26, 1826 to PHOEBE MILLER, Born April 22, 1807. Died April 22, 1891, age 84. THEIR CHILDREN: - NATHANIEL (5), born July 28,1827. Died June 10, 1910. Married Sybil Mulford, first; married Hydreda Van Desen, second; married Helen L. Hathaway, third. JERUSHA B. Born July 12, 1835. Died October 25, 1857, age 22 years. Married a Mr. Husle. MARY Born January 16, 1840. Died October 10, 1915, age 75 years. Married Washington Tyson. ARTHUR (1), born July 2, 1841. Died, December 27, 1918 married Antoinette Sendecor. NED, Born September 6, 1846. Died September 1927, age 81 years. Married ?

RESIDENT - East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk County, New York. Removed to Fire Island, where he was Light House Keeper.

SIXTH GENERATION:-or seventh in line.
DOMINY, NATHANIEL (5), Born July 28, 1827. Died,  June 10, 1910, age 83 years. MARRIED, May 16, 1846 to SYBIL MULFORD, Born October 12,  1827, died April 22, 1873·.CHILDREN: NATHANIEL (7), Born June 2, 1847. Died 1923, age 76 years. Married Kate Haven. BURNETT, Born April 24, 1849. Died September 13, 1849. HENRY, Born September 18, 1850. Died?. Bachelor. WILLIAM, Born July 12, 1850. Died February 2, 1864, age 11 years. HARRIET MULFORD, Born October G, 1855. Died?. Married George A. Kellog. ESTHER BURNETT, Born August 31, 1858. Died January 8, 1864. FELIX (2), Born November 2, 1860. Died 1935· Married Mary Gilmartin. JEREMIAH M., Born January 2, 1863. Died ?. Married Fanny Veil. JONATHAN M., Born February 18, 1865. Died September 23, 1865. TYSOM W., Born July 20, 1866. Died ?. Married Emily Ormsby. MARY, Born May G, 1868. Died ?.Married ?. SYBIL, Born ?. Died ?. CHARLES M., Born March 11, 1873. Living. Married Mary Middleman. BERTHA, Born?. Died?. SECOND MARRIAGE to HYDREDA VAN DESEN, Born November 19, 1839. Died April 10, 1894. CHILDREN: None. THIRD MARRIAGE to HELEN L. HATHAWAY, Born ?. Died ?.

RESIDENT: East Hampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.

Nathaniel, was a singular man, having been married three times during his eighty three years of his life. He cleaned and tinkered with watches and clocks, and also built boats and wind mills, this work was done in the old workshop attached to the old Dominy house used by his ancestors.

SIXTH GENERATION:- or seventh in line. DOMINY, ARTHUR (1), Born July 2,1841. Died December 27, 1918, age 77 years. MARRIED April 24, 1877 to ANTOINETTE SENDECOR, Born August 18, 1849. Died?. CHILDREN: FREDERICK A., Born August 15, 1880. CLARENCE, Born June 20, 1882.

RESIDENT: Bay Shore, Long Island, New York.

SEVENTH GENERATION:- or eighth in line. DOMINY, CLARENCE, Born June 20,1882. MARRIED:Date?, to whom?. Born?.

RESIDENT: Blue Point, Long Island, New York.

It is an established fact, now from the following submitted, that the Ohio Branch of the family is from the original Long Island Branch of DOMINY'S, East Hampton, Suffolk County New York, as presented to me.

Newton J. Dominy, Historian


"FIRST GENERATION: NATHANIEL DOMINY, (1) Born?. Died 1690. (Little is known of this man who assumably came from England by the way of New England. He died young and his widow remarried and went to live in what is now called Southold, Long Island, the son NATHANIEL later coming back to the original home in East Hampton, which was located at Dominy's Point, Three Mile Harbor.

"This house was occupied by several generations and a Dominy burying ground was established there which was moved to Lilly Hill in the middle of the nineteenth century. All of the bodies of the early Dominys are located here although unfortunately these graves are not all marked with stones.)

"MARRIED: Sarah Edwards, daughter of William Edwards, no date. Her second marriage: Robert Moore, December 25, 1699, died in Southold, Long Island, New York, no date. "CHILDREN: JANE, Born 1674, married Edward Lampert, November 11, 1696. MARY, Born 1680. Married Robert Parsons, March 6, 1701. NATHANIEL, Born July 14, 1684. Died May 5,1768. He married ANNE COREY, November 24, 1706.

"SECOND GENERATION: NATHANIEL DOMINY (2), Born July 14, 1684. Died May 5, 1768. MARRIED: ANNE COREY, November 24, 1706. Born February 8, 1678. Died August 8, 1748. CHILDREN: MARY, Born October 20, 1707. Died ?. Married ?. ANNE, Born, March 14, 1710. Died?. Married?. PHOEBE, Born February 11, 1712. Died ?. Married Sam Corwin of Southold, October 16, 1733· NATHANIEL (3), Born December 3, 1714. Died March30, 1778. Married Elizabeth Eyers, July 23, 1736. JOHN, Born May 6, 1716. Died May 3, 1751. Married?. LYDIA, Born April 18, 1719. Died March 6, 1721, age 3 years.

"THIRD GENERATION: NATHANIEL (Harbor) DOMINY, Born December 3, 1714. Died March 30, 1778. (Old Style Calender.) MARRIED to ELIZABETH EYERS, July 23, 1736. Born April 9, 1717. Died September 1, 1781. CHILDREN: NATHANIEL (4), Born July 25, 1737. Died October 23, 1813. Married Hannah Baker. WILLIAM, Born July 1, 1739. Died December 10, 1769. Married ?. ELIZABETH, Born October 6, 1741. Died August 20, 1752, age 11. HENRY (1). Born December 5, 1746. Died January 23, 1817. Married Elizabeth Dayton. No date. MILITARY SERVICE: The muster roles of Col. Josiah Smith, Regiment at East Hampton, Long Island, New York gives Henry, son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Eyers Dominy, Sergeant, age 29 years. height 6 feet, 1 inch, occupation Yoeman, Resident, East Hampton, Long Island, New York. ENLISTED, July 26, 1775. 1st Regiment, 12 Company, Suffolk County, Militia of Minute Men. ELIZABETH (2), Born September 16, 1752. Died March 17, 1808. Married a Mr. Tuthill. Date ?. MARY and ANNE, TWINS, Born April 2, 1775. MARY died April 15, 1775. ANNE, died December 18, 1788, Married a Mr. Peck. JOHN, Born December 31, 1760. Died February 1, 1837. Moved to Beekmantown, New York (Next town to Plattsburgh), in May 1796, a Surveyor.

"FOURTH GENERATION: NATHANIEL DOMINY (4), Born July 25, 1737. Died October 23, 1813, (CLOCK MAKER). MARRIED to HANNAH BAKER, November 28, 1759. Born July 27, 1740. Died February 10, 1811. CHILDREN: HANNAH, Born October 8, 1760. Died July 7, 1815. Married Iseral Conklin. MARY, Born August 1, 1763. Died November 19, 1763. URANIA, Born April 18, 1765. Died February 15, 1837. Married Elnathan Parsons. LEAH, Born August 30, 1767. Died May 13, 1851. Married Edward Jones. NATHANIEL (5). Born January 16, 1770. Died May 29, 1852. Married Temperence Miller. PHEOBE, Born January 12, 1774. Died April 13, 1822. Married Louis Conklin. CLARA, Born October 17, 1778. Died March 15, 1854. Married not given.

"FOURTH GENERATION- PLATTSBURGH DOMINYS. HENRY (1), Born December 15, 1746. Died January 23, 1817. RESIDENT: East Hampton, Long Island, New York. Removed to Beekmantown, Clinton County, New York, in the spring of 1796. MARRIED: ELIZABETH DAYTON, November 4,1773. Born July 14,1752. Died December 22, 1830. (Descendant of Ralph Dayton). CHILDREN: HENRY (2). Born September 11, 1774. Died September 1834. Married Charity Hubbard. WILLIAM, Born May 26, 1776. Died ?. Married Cathrine Stafford. ELIZABETH Born January 26, 1781. Died April 14, 1864. Married Dr. Sharp McFadden. EZRA, Born May 13, 1786. Died January 13, 1879. Married Rhoda Smith. JEREMIAH (1). Born October 23, 1789. Died January 3l, 1865. Married ABIGAL NORTON. PHOEBE, Born June 26, 1793. Died January 27, 1873. Married John Gail. ANNA, Born November 28, 1794. Died ?. Married Josiah Boswick. AMY, Born 1796. Died ?. Married Samuel Flint.

"FIFTH GENERATION: NATHANIEL DOMINY (5), Born January 16, 1770. Died May 29, 1852. (WINDMILL BUILDER and WOODWORKER). MARRIED: TEMPERENCE MILLER, Date?. Born October 30, 1774. Died January 15, 1849. (Daughter of Major Jeremiah Miller, Revolutionary War.) CHILDREN: JOHN, Born October 23, 1796. Died ?. (Hawaiian Island John.) NANCY, Born November 15, 1797. Died October 9, 1886. Married ?. FELIX (6), Born February 12, 1800. Died December 20, 1868. Married Phoebe Miller.

"SIXTH GENERATION: FELIX DOMINY (6), Born February 12, 1800. Died December 20, 1868. MARRIED: PHOEBE MILLER, October 26, 1826. Born April 24, 1807. Died April 22, 1891. CHILDREN: NATHANIEL (7), Born July 28, 1827. Died June 10, 1910. Married Sybil A. Mulford. JERUSHA B., Born July 12, 1835. Died October 25, 1857. Married a Mr. Hulse. MARY, Born January 16, 1840. Died October 10, 1915. Married Washington Tyson. ARTHUR Born July 2, 1841. Died December 27, 1918. Married Antoinette Sendecor. NED, Born September 6, 1846. Died September 1927. Married ?.

"SEVENTH GENERATION: NATHANIEL DOMINY (7), Born July 28, 1827. Died June 10, 1910. MARRIED: SYBIL MULFORD, May 16, 1846. Born October 12, 1827. Died April 22, 1873. 2nd Marriage: HYDREDA VAN DUSEN, Dare ?. Born November 19, 1839. Died April 19, 1894. 3rd Marriage: HELEN L. HATHAWAY, October 16, 1896. Born ?. Died ?. CHILDREN BY FIRST WIFE: NATHANIEL (8), Born June 2, 1847. Died 1923. Married Kate Haven, September 1879. BURNETT, Born April 24, 1849. Died September 13, 1849. HENRY, Born September 18, 1850. Died ?. Bachelor. WILLIAM, Born July 12, 1853. Died E February, 1864. HARRIET MULFORD, Born October G, 1855. Died?. Married George A. Kellog, June 8, 1875. ESTHER BURNETT, Born August 31, 1858. Died January 8, 1864. FELIX, Born November 2, 1860. Died November 1935. Married Mary Gilmartin, Date 1886. JEREMIAH MILLER, Born January 2, 1863. Died 1943. Married Fannie Velie September 16, 1885. JONATHAN MULFORD, Born February 18, 1865. Died September 23, 1865. WASHINGTON TYSON, Born July 20, 1866. Died ?. Married Emily Ormsby. April 16, 1895. Died March 12, 1905. 2nd Marriage Victoria Bell. MARY, Born May 6, 1868. Died ?. Married Thomas Mead, SYBIL MULFORD, Born June 12, 1871. Died April 22, 1873. CHARLES MULFORD, Born March 11, 1873. Still living in Boston, Massachusetts. Married November 21, 1898 to MARY MIDDLEMAS. BERTHA, Born July 27, 1874. Died September 20, 1874.

"SEVENTH GENERATION: (BAY SHORE DOMINYS ) ARTHUR DOMINY, Born July 2, 1841. Died December 22, 1918. MARRIED, Antoinette Sendecor, April 24, 1877. Born August 18, 1849. Died?. CHILDREN: Frederick A., Born August 15, 1880, Still living. CLARENCE, Born June 20, 1882. Died ?. Married ?. No children.

"SEVENTH GENERATION: (BAY SHORE DOMINYS ) NED DOMINY, Born September 2, 1846. Died September 1927. MARRIED ?. Born ?. CHILDREN: NONE.


"EIGHTH GENERATION: CHARLES MULFORD DOMINY, Born March 11,1873. Still living. MARRIED: MARY MIDDLEMAS, November 21, 1898. Born?. CHILDREN: NATHANIEL MIDDLEMAS (9), Born August 15, 1899. MARRIED: October 1925 to IRENE MILLER. Died May 10, 1946. ALLISON, Born. Married. PHOEBE, Born. Married. HARRIET, Born. Died. ROBERT, Born. Married Elaine Magobgob 1940.

"NINTH GENERATION: NATHANIEL MIDDLEMAS (9), Born August 15, 1899. Married: IRENE MILLER, Born January 7, 1902. Died May 10, 1946. CHILDREN: ROBERT MILLER, Born September 25, 1926. Married Virginia Gauley. CHARLES HENRY, Born July, 1936. Died August 18, 1937. 2nd Marriage to DORIS JOHNSON, October 10, 1946. Born March 25, 1908.


"This information has been checked from several sources, such as family Bibles, old records, tombstones, and other genealogical records and is as accurate as is possible to get it.

This was compiled by --


Dated: November 8, 1951


"Because it has been in the Dominy family since the first Nathaniel Dominy came to East Hampton in the seventeenth century; because twelve or thirteen generations of Dominy's since then have called it home; because through all those generations has run a streak of mechanical genius and one eighteenth-century Dominy is still famous as the clock-maker, and because more than almost any other house of its age in East Hampton, it has remained just as it used to be; the old Dominy house just below the railroad bridge is well worth a visit and deserves a much mote searching write-up than I am able to give it in this little volume.

"Perhaps this is the oldest house still standing in East Hampton, the actual date of its construction I have been searching, off and on, for years. Nobody seems to know its exact date; but, certainly it dates from the sixteen hundred's. The ancient grey shingles are crumbling; right beside the front door is a hole where honey bees walk in and out unmolested; and inside are fascinating, unexpected cubby-holes and queer little doors and some handsome pieces of old furniture.

"Two old millstones make the front door steps; you go into a tiny triangular front hall; there are two of them, just alike, for once upon a time two families of Dominys lived there in the double house together. In the living room is a beautiful chest - it must be eight feet longof softly rubbed brown wood. Once it held wool, yarn and cloth, spinning wheel things and then it became a grain bin. It would be a priceless addition to any luxurious house-hold, but the family very wisely is clinging to its treasure.

''There is the chair where "Grandma Dominy rocked all her babies," the young Dominy daughter now mistress of the house told us.

"In front of the fireplace is the old spinning wheel; and on the hearth a revolving homemade toaster, of ancient vintage. There is a beautiful highboy in a corner; and a secretary bearing the date 1732, full of little old leather-bound books, behind diamond panes. We saw a big wooden bowl, shapped from a knot of an appletree on the Dominy place; long ago somebody told one Felix Dominy that he couldn't carve one out in one piece like that; so he did it! Tucked away in a corner hardly visible is a door not over twelve inches wide, that leads to the old clock shop.

"The old clock-maker wasn't fat, that is certain, for it was all we could do to squeeze through. That funny little shop hasn't been touched; the dust of ages lies on delicate old tools, bits of harness, a whalebomb gun-Oh the greatest assortment of odds and ends imaginable. That is a real "glory-hole".

"There is the high chair that the clock-maker sat in. There is his account book dated 1798. Every old original name in East Hampton history is in that book; he made all sorts of things for them, mostly windmill parts. One item was a mahogany coffin, which came to twelve shillings. That particular Dominy, though, may not be the very one who made the clocks; perhaps there was not one special one, for all Dominys have been clever with their hands and were always called on to built things and to repair.

"Many of us can still remember the grandfather of the youngest Nathaniel Dominy, present owner of the house. He mended clocks in the old shop to the right of the house. In this little old room that we saw were patterns to paint numbers of doors of seats in the Presbyterian church. In the chimney were built little coveted holes where acids were kept away from baby's hands.

"Going out into the living room again, we went into a tiny office; and out of that was the most curious secret chamber, it might have been made to hide refugees in time of war of for some like romantic purpose.

"The entrance hardly looked big enough to crawl into; but away inside was a dark chamber big enough for a full grown man to stand in. It went up behind the forge built in 1800. In the little office stood the Dominy baby high chair, made in 1796; little feet had kicked and worn the wood away at the foot rest.

"In the dining room is one of those huge fireplaces that will hold a whole cordwood log, with the Dutch oven and other accessories. On the mantle stands a tall pewter jug that was the New York State standard two-quart measure. Long ago, when people sold things, they went there for standard weight and measure. They came there, too, for the standard time of Long island; the time was taken from a Sun dial out in the yard; and people made a custom to stop at Dominy's for the correct time.

"About a hundred and fifty years ago that was the bank of East Hampton; the money drawer is still there where any one could come and make change in a day when little money was passed and most of the trade took the form of exchange of produce. And there were tiny scales there, with pans no larger than a fifty cent piece, where gold and diamonds were measured.

"The doors in that house all have the old long iron hinges and thumb latches. One door had a crystal set in it; because when the house was built it was made fine and tight so that not a breath of air could get in and the fireplace would not draw; so they bored tiny holes in a door to make a draft. When the house grew old there were plenty of chinks for drafts; and crystal marbles were set in the holes. Then any one could see through the front windows whether any one was up and about the house, for the light would show through that ball into the back of the house.

"Sometime ago the family was kind enough to loan me four little books found among the heaps of old volumes collected through the generations. The fly-leaf of one read, `Nathaniel Dominy. His Book, 1729. (Born 1684, July 14.)'

"It is a thick leather-bound tome, entirely written in script; in fine shape, regular lines of brownfaded ink, excellent as to English and spelling; really easy to read in spite of the long s's. Evidently it is sort of a note book kept by that Dominy, in which he set down any thing he came across that especially interested him.

"And speaking about our early Victorians here being high-brow! There wasn't a circumstance that wasn't to the interest of that old boy who possibly never went as far as New York in his life. Such a range of subjects, as he set down; much about religion of course; much philosophy; poetry quotations; pages about coat-of-arms; geography - all rivers of Europe; population of different countries; their government. He sets down that `Malta is governed by the Great Master and his knights'. He tells the number of archbishops and nobles in each country. He describes the wonders of the world. He is interested in science; and draws diagrams of the tides.

"There is a great deal about exploration and the man who had circumnavigated the globe. He gave a great deal of thought to religious problems. In one place he says: `There be some that hold all religions to be true because every one takes that to be God which he worships: Rather modern thought?

"An early relation of the radio is described; `Some authors write that by the help of the loadstone, persons may communicate their minds at a great distance to a friend, as suppose one be in London, and the other in Paris; if each of them have a circular alphabet like the dial plate of a clock, and a needle touched with one loadstone, then at the same time that the needle in London was moved that at Paris would move in a like manner'.

"That Nathaniel Dominy was much interested in `natural magic'. He was also much interested in the Mohammedan religion. He described the great mosque at Fez. There is an interesting explanation of the reason why all the world is not Mohammedan.  

"It seems that the prophet prayed that all men might become true believers and `doubtless God would have granted his petition had not the angel who carried up the prayer to heaven met a little on this side of the orb of the moon with the Devil, who stole from him some of Mahomets words so that the prayers ascended imperfect to the throne of all-merciful; never the less a great part of the men became believers and more shall be added to the number in a little time'.

"One of the other old books was the `Journal. 1821 - 22 of Felix Dominy. Probably that is the one who moved to Fire Island. In it are recorded the weather and heat of every day, such as `good breeze,' `excellent sleighing,' `smart rain' or `frosty mornings'. On June 27, 1822, currants were ripe; on June 28, he picked `cherry, a few for M. P.'s birthday'. On July 9 he went to Gardiner's Island, with Nathan Barnes.

"On September 4 he again records `Island voyage,' and makes the note: `girls and boys peaches ripe'. On December 3 `smart snow storm all day; fell 8 or 10 inches on level'.

"On December 5, `sheep and cattle came off Montayk'. At the end of the month he says: Another year it soon may be called eighteen hundred twenty-three.

"It is all awfully real and near, that hundred year old record. The house and all its associations, might be subject for a novel and I should like more than I can say to have time to study the old volumes more thoroughly. But one of the most interesting things about it all is, to me, the fact that the strain of genius persists.

"There is a Nathaniel Dominy today, age fifty-six, who at the age of fifteen, with tan other boys, rigged up the first wireless ever heard around here (so far as I know). At seventeen he went away; studied at night school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for four or five years; and is now an Architect living in Boston; and making radios, designing cards, and doing various other things on the side.

"Still another `Nathaniel Dominy the Clockmaker.