Isaac Underhill Willets
I.U. Willets Road
The road (in western Nassau County) was built in 1850 through the middle of his lands. He complained that there were too many roads on Long Island to begin with. The road is known today as I.U. Willets Road. In Willets' time, the road was known as Westbury Road. The Northerent and the Buckley Country Day School now occupy the land on what was Willets' property.
Willets was born to David Willets and Deborah Whitson in Westbury, New York. He married Mary Cromwell on December 29, 1843. By 1849, Willets had one of the largest farms in the area. His farm was located in the area where North Hills and Herricks meet. This area was once known as Plattsdale.
In 1912 (after his death), Willets' 216-acre (0.87 km2) farm was bought by a corporation intending to build a large cemetery. These plans fell through after a political battle and a state law was passed banning the creation of any new cemeteries in Nassau County.
The Willets family was prominent in Quaker affairs on Long Island. David Willets, an ancestor of Isaac U. Willets, came to America from Wales in 1650. In 1845, members of the Willets family purchased a homestead on Cow Neck (near present-day Port Washington). This house had previously been owned by another prominent Long Island family, the Sands Family.
- FamilySearch IGI Individual Record, Isaac Underhill Willets
- Ross, Peter (1903). History of Long Island From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Lewis. p. 108.
- Albertson, New York
- Nicholas A. Meyer (1970). East Williston history, 1663-1970. Incorporated Village of East Williston. p. 63.
- History (http://herricks62to64.com/)
- map of NORTH HEMPSTEAD Archived 2007-06-10 at the Wayback Machine.
- Surname Databases of Long Island Genealogy
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- What Do You Know About Herricks? What's in Your Backyard
- The Sands-Willets House (circa 1735)