Jamaica, New York, USA - Town Hall
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Where is Jamaica, New York, USA? 

Jamaica, Queens, New York, USA

Jamaica is a middle-class neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens.

It was settled under Dutch rule in 1656 in New Netherland as Rustdorp. Under British rule, Jamaica became the center of the "Town of Jamaica". Jamaica was the county seat of Queens County from the formation of the county in 1683 until March 7, 1788, when the town was reorganized by the state government and the county seat was moved to Mineola (now part of Nassau County). In 1814, Jamaica became the first incorporated village on Long Island. When Queens was incorporated into the City of Greater New York in 1898, both the Town of Jamaica and the Village of Jamaica were dissolved, but the neighborhood of Jamaica regained its role as county seat.wikipedia

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News  1865 - Train Wreck
A collision occurred on the Long Island Railroad, near Jamaica, between the two engines, General Grant and General Sherman, attached to their respective trains. The trains were badly wrecked, the engines capsized, and four or five persons killed and large numbers injured.
The Daily Phoenix
Columbia, South Carolina
September 6, 1865
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New York, April 23. - A horrible accident is reported on the Long Island Railroad. The train which left Hunter's Point at 10 o'clock this morning, when about one mile east of Jamaica, ran off the track when going at the rate of twenty miles an hour. Six passengers were instantly killed, fifteen...Read MORE...

News  1901 - Ran Into Trolley Car - Pleasure Party Comes to grief on Long Island. Two Men Carried Home Dead
Five of the Party in the Hospital and the Remainder of the 26 Merry-Makers Were More of Less Bruised - The Motorman Under Arrest.

New York, May 12. - Of 26 young people who started from College Point, L.I., last night on what is locally known as a “starlight ride” two were carried home this...Read MORE...

News  1911 - Electric Train Wreck
A thick fog descended on the city early yesterday morning and tied up traffic on the railroads and in the harbor until shortly after 11 o'clock, when the sun dispelled the gloom and allowed transportation to return to normal.

Several persons were hurt in the two suburban collisions. One occurred ...Read MORE...

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

Denton (Whitehead)
flag  Mercy Denton (Whitehead) (10 January 1667, Jamaica, New York, USA - 23 November 1743, East Haven, Connecticut, USA)

flag  Mary Messenger (abt. 1642, Jamaica, New York, USA - 1699, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

flag  Abigail Stevenson (abt. 1642, Jamaica, New York, USA - 15 October 1715, Jamaica, New York, USA)

flag  Jan Cornelis Verwey (1675, Jamaica, New York, USA - 23 January 1715, , New Jersey, USA)

Ancestors Who Died Here

immigrant flag  Daniel Denton (10 July 1626, , England (United Kingdom) - , Jamaica, New York, USA)

Messenger (Massinger) (Messinger)
immigrant flag  Andrew Messenger (Massinger) (Messinger) (1615, , England (United Kingdom) - 1680, Jamaica, New York, USA)

flag  Abigail Stevenson (abt. 1642, Jamaica, New York, USA - 15 October 1715, Jamaica, New York, USA)

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Cemeteries in Jamaica, New York, USA

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