Monday, May 02, 2005

Who was I. U. Willets?

While driving near and on I. U. Willets Road today it dawned on me, who was I. U. Willets? I tried to google him or her but the only things that came up were addresses that were on I. U. Willets Road.

{attempting to scan negatives but probably doing it wrong}

{blogger is a spaz}

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

just so you know, i was just driving on that road and had the same thought, but was able to find out some info you may not have found...

at first yours was the first link google showed me. but then i found that isaac underhill willets owned one if the biggest farms in the mid-1800's in that area. his farm is now the golf course that you pass along i.u. willets road. so there you go...

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Diane said...

Thank you for find this out. I also went to ASK.com his name and only got information on the happenings and places on the ROAD. I appreciated the help when I thought to just google the name and your web page popped up.

My friends and I were trying to think of a name that would fit..we all came up with Ishmael Ulysses and that is why the man chose to use initial instead of his real name.

Thank you again.

Take care.

Diane



Diane


PS: I also have a MySpace Page

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Dmbren said...

From what I heard, his name was Issac Underhill Willets

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

The story I was told growing up in the area was that I.U. Willets owned property in the area and built this road so his daughter could get to his home from her home. His home was Old Westbury Gardens and she lived on the other end of the road. I have never been able to confirm this but it makes sense.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I MUST SAY YOU PEOPLE HAVE WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS..

YOU REMIND ME OF THOSE DUDES THAT CORRECT MISTAKES FROM MOVIES.... LOL

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Westbury Gardens was the Phipps estate, and not related to IU Willets. IU Willet's home was just off Shelter Rock Road, south of the road that bears his name, it what is now the Links development. It was on old abandonned golf course until about 1992, when homes were built there.

6:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My ancestors are named Willets, so I'm glad someone cares about these things! Underhill is one of our famiy names.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

The old golf course! The hidden bamboo patch, and the remains of the Old Motor Highway... Me and Gene passed many a fine afternoon there in High School... doing things that by all rights should have gotten us arrested.

12:04 AM  
Blogger scott said...

To Wikipedia!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Underhill_Willets

6:59 PM  

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