Samuel Clowes 1674-1740
Their ancestor, Samuel Clowes (1674-1740) was an advanced mathematician and lawyer in England before arriving in New York in 1697. He settled in Jamaica, Queens County, becoming the first lawyer on Long Island. He helped found the first Episcopal Church on Long Island, St George's Church in Jamaica. He was Queens County Clerk, and a (if not the only) land surveyor in Jamaica and Hempstead. Like other wealthy, well connected families at the time, he acquired vast tracts of land in upstate New York. In Clowes' case, his land was located across Orange and Sullivan Counties in the first division of the Minisink Patent. He founded the town of Goshen at the two counties' border and led generations of equally successful Clowes family members in the same fields.