Freeport and Baldwin are Long Island towns where I can see the past as I drive through. I know its history and I know how much it has changed. I can see the beauty in all the current modern chaos and disrepair.
One of the families that were prominent in the Freeport area during the mid 19th century was the Doty family. I would like to pay particular attention to Phebe E. Doty, the eldest daughter of Carman Doty and his wife Nancy Jackson. Phebe, an illiterate housekeeper, married fisherman Abram L. Carman. Abram descended from a century old family of fisherman known well to the Long Island coast. He did well as a fisherman, although was in trouble a few times for fishing beyond what the law allowed. I can only suppose it was to feed his wife and children.
Phebe and Abram were married at the Freeport Presbyterian Parsonage in the fall of 1865 by Rev. Marens Burr. Abram and Phebe made their home in Baldwin where they raised their five children: Mary, Lewis, George, Lavinia and Ettie. They neighbored other old families of Long Island such as the Hulse and Bedell families.
The Carmans were not prominent in the sense of wealth, but rather in character and color as they are part of a local history that dates back centuries. In fact, the Carman family founded the same section of Long Island where they lived centuries later. When they lived in the Freeport area, it was quite different from today. Their home was modest and near the water. They likely walked to the M.P church they attended in Baldwin.
Phebe’s husband, Abram and their son George, both died of typhoid fever just a month apart in 1905. How tragic for this family and others affected by the spreading disease of this time.