Are there any reference books which name pirates? Was Southold a nest of pirates?
1. I notice in the wills of the people (John Budd) I'm tracing of Southold, Suffolk, NY in the late 1600's that there is no mention of God. Isn't that unusual?
2. Despite the fact that these folks were supposedly merchants who travelled to the 'South Seas" and built homes in the "Antigua style" (John Budd's home - now an historic site), in their wills they do not leave their ships or interests in their ships to heirs. The Dutch in NYC did leave shipping interests to heirs in that time period.
3. The late 1600's census shows the population to be English, Dutch, Blacks, Indians, and an unusual number of French.
4. People living in the area that is now Westchester Co., NY, then part of the Connecticut Colony complained of pirates in that area along the coast. Some of these folks from Southold also owned land in Rye. People in the Caribbean were complaining of French pirates.
5. David Gardiner of Gardiner's Island testified at the trial of Capt. Kidd who was hanged in 1701. Kidd had stopped at Gardiner's Island and left some material there and had requested sheep for his voyage. There were rumors of buried treasure on Gardiner's Island for years.
6. The coast in that area has many coves and islands - natural places to hide and maintain boats.
I'm also at a dead end with a Jonas Winters who married Ruth Corwin in Setauket.. I just noticed in the 7Oceans site that a John and a Christopher Winters were pirates. A Christopher Winters had alot of trouble with the Mass. church elders and was dismissed. A John Winters was murdered in early Massachusetts.