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Subject: [NYSUF] Jeremiah Jones
Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 22:11:06 EDT
On 5/10/03 (9:00:21 AM MDT), in a post script to her eMail, Rachel
"PS Also searching for any info. on descendants of Jacob Osborn of
Riverhead....Jacob had 4 daughters...Mrs. Norton, Mrs. Hallock, Mrs. Homan, &
Mrs. Overton....searching for their families......"
For questions such as yours, you may want to contact the Riverhead Free
Riverhead Free Library
330 Court Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Riverhead is a hamlet (unincorporated area) in the central part of the Town
of Riverhead, Suffolk County. There are no villages (municipal corporations)
and 7 hamlets all or partly in the Town of Riverhead (Riverhead is the only
town in either Suffolk or Nassau County without any villages within its
borders). There are no cities and 10 towns in Suffolk County. There are 2
Indian reservations in Suffolk County. (I'm including after my name a NYS
Geographic Glossary with the NYS definitions of county, city, town, village,
hamlet and postal zone.)
Beginning on the north and moving in a clockwise direction, the Hamlet of
Riverhead in the Town of Riverhead is bordered on the north by Long Island
Sound; on the east by the Hamlets of Northville and Aquebogue; on the south
by the Hamlet of Riverside in the Town of Southampton (the
Riverhead/Southampton Town line); and, on the west by the Hamlets of
Calverton and Baiting Hollow.
And, as occurs in every one of Suffolk County's 157 communities (0 cities, 31
villages and 126 hamlets), the Hamlet of Riverhead has a different border
than does the "Riverhead, NY 11901" postal zone (i.e., a place can have a
Riverhead mailing address and not be in Riverhead). These places that have a
"Riverhead, NY" mailing address that are not in the Hamlet of Riverhead are
in the Hamlets of Northampton, Riverside and Flanders in the Town of
Southampton, as well as in the Hamlets of Baiting Hollow and Northville in
the Town of Riverhead.
For those who have their copy of the 2002 or earlier edition of the LI
Population Survey or have already downloaded the report from the Long Island
Power Authority web site (eMail me directly if you need instructions on how
to access and download the report), you'll find the Hamlet of Riverhead in
the Town of Riverhead, Suffolk County on pages 14 & 26 (map) and 27
I hope this information is useful or, at least, interesting.
. Cities, Towns, Villages, Hamlets and Postal Zones in New York State
New York State is divided into counties.
A county is a municipal corporation, a subdivision of the state, created to
perform state functions; a "regional" government. All counties are divided
into cities, towns and Indian reservations.
A city is a unique governmental entity with its own special charter. Cities
are not sub-divided, except into neighborhoods, which are informal geographic
A town is a municipal corporation and encompasses all territory within the
state except that within cities or Indian reservations. Towns can be
sub-divided into villages and hamlets.
A village is a general purpose municipal corporation formed voluntarily by
the residents of an area in one or more towns to provide themselves with
municipal services. The pattern of village organization is similar to those
of a city. A village is divided into neighborhoods, which are informal
A hamlet is an unincorporated area in one or more towns that is governed
at-large by the town(s) it is in. A hamlet is divided into neighborhoods,
which are informal geographic areas.
Postal Zone "City" and "Town"
A postal zone "City" and "Town" is an administrative district established by
the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the mail. Postal zone "City" and "Town"
may not (but are encouraged to) conform to municipal or community borders.
Thus, postal zone location does not always determine city, village or hamlet
Please be aware: In many areas of New York State, the problem of
non-conforming postal zones leads to a situation where the majority of places
have a different community name in their mailing address than the community
where that place is actually located.