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The Manor of Philipsborough — Address Written for The New York Branch of The Order of Colonial Lords of Manors in America by Edward Hagaman Hall, L.H.D. [Baltimore, 1920]

The Manor of Philipsburgh, A Paper Read Before The New York Historical Society by T. Astley Atkins,
Vice-President of the Yonkers Historical and Library Association, June 5th, 1894 [Published by the Yonkers Historical and Library Association, 1894]


The Philipse Manor's boundary on the west was The Hudson River and The Bronx River was the eastern boundary. It covered the area of the following present-day towns and villages:

Census Information


In volume 1 of Thomas Scharf's History of Westchester County, New York...., there is a map between pages 160f and 161 showing A Plan of the Manor of Philipsburg in the County of Westchester, ... which is dated 1785.


During the Colonial Wars, many men from Philipsburough enlisted in the local militia. Some rosters of the various regiments are available on the Westchester in the Military page. Some of the rosters show the age and place of birth of each enlisted man. Other rosters may even show his height.

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Cultural and/or Historical sites

Philipse Manor Hall
The manor, built in 1682, is located in present-day Yonkers and is one of the oldest houses in southern Westchester County. The City of Yonkers used it as their first City Hall. To see two views of the Manor, click on either of the following: Both of the above pictures are in the possession of this County Coordinator. No permission is granted to reproduce them.

Historic Hudson Valley

Transcribed Cemetery Inscriptions

Perry, William Graves. The Old Dutch Burying Ground of Sleepy Hollow in North Tarrytown, New York. [Boston, MA: Rand Press] c.1953.

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Some Surnames associated with Philipse Manor

MacKenzie Surname Index

Grenville MacKenzie, professional genealogist, compiled "The MacKenzie Papers" which are genealogies of about 200 families, mostly from Philipsburg Manor. The attached page is a listing of the surnames which was compiled by Drew Dubler who has kindly offered them here for his fellow researchers.

Sleepy Hollow Central

A page linking researchers and descendants of Colonial Philipse Manor Families can be found at http://pages.preferred.com/~dsee/SleepyHollowCentral.html

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Military Info

Look for additional information at the Military & War Links page at this Westchester site.

Loyalist Info

Perhaps one of the most widely known Loyalist families was that of Frederick Philipse, owner of Philipseburgh Manor. His Manor was confiscated in 1784 and the estate sold as directed by the Legislature of New York. Copies of the papers detailing the confiscation can be found the New York Public Research Library on Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street in New York City.

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Annotated Bibliography

Butler, Joseph T. The Family Collections at Van Cortlandt Manor. [Tarrytown, NY: Sleepy Hollow Restorations, 1967]

Capek, Thomas. Ancestry of Frederick Philipse, First Lord and Founder of Philipse Manor at Yonkers, NY. [New York: Paebar Company, 1939]

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index to Westchester County Names in the Federal Censuses, 1790-1840 [Elmsford: Westchester Cty. Historical Society] 1994.

Fuller, Elizabeth Griffen. Index of Personal Names in J. Thomas Scharf's "History of Westchester County, New York...." [NOTE: See below under "Scharf" for the full name and information concerning Scharf's book.]

Hall, Edward Hagaman. Philipse Manor Hall at Yonkers, NY: The Site, the Building and Its Occupants. c. 1925.

Pelletreau, William S., Am. M. Early Wills of Westchester County, New York 1664-1784 Pub. 1898. Cornell University Library has scanned this book and placed it on the web at the following address: http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/MOA/bookp.html

Scharf, J. Thomas. History of Westchester County, New York, including Morrisania, King's Bridge, and West Farms which have been annexed to New York City. [Philadelphia: L. E. Preston & Co.] c. 1886. 2 volumes. NOTE: Since republished by the Westchester County Historical Society which has copies for sale. For an index of personal names to this work, see the entry under "Fuller, Elizabeth G." found above.

For other books containing information related to this subject but covering a county-wide level, see the County section of the Bibliography page.

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