The war begins to wind down. The people
of New Rochelle are able to resume the farming and local
government affairs which were suspended during many years
of fighting and raiding. On June 24th, voters are asked
to select their officials freely. At a meeting held in Gilbert
Brush's tavern, James Willis is elected Town Clerk and,
along with David, Abraham and Isiah Guyan, is named Overseer
of the Poor.
Paine is granted a 300-acre farm in New Rochelle by the
State of New York in recognition of his eminent services
in the cause of independence.
first national census shows New Rochelle with 692 residents.
136 were African-American, of which 36 were freemen. French
is no longer spoken.
act of State Legislature provides funds for schools. New
Rochelle is divided into three school districts. When children
are needed to help with farm work, they meet at various
homes for lessons.
United States Post Office in New Rochelle is established.
show gratitude to the women responsible for saving her life,
Hannah Pugsley frees her slave, also named Hannah Pugsley.
The black woman becomes the matriarch of a long line of
New Rochelle descendants. The present day Palmer-Potter
Avenue area carried the name "Pugsley Hollow" until the