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Thomas Willett ( 1611- 1674) was a British merchant, Plymouth Colony trader and sea-captain, Commissioner of New Netherland, and a magistrate of Plymouth Colony. He was appointed Mayor of New York on June 12, 1665, by Governor Richard Nicolls, and as a commissioner of admiralty on August 23. He was a Councillor under Governor Richard Lovelace. He retired in 1673.
His son was Major Thomas Willett of the militia of Queens County, and a councillor under Governors Sir Edmund Andros and Henry Sloughter.
His great-grandson was Marinus Willett ( 1740- 1830), who was a lieutenant in General James Abercrombie's expedition to Fort Ticonderoga in 1758. Also a leader of the Sons of Liberty in New York city, he became Captain in General Richard Montgomery's force, then as lieutenant-colonel of the 3rd New York Regiment. He was a member of General Washington's army in New Jersey ( 1778) and General John Sullivan's in ( 1779). Elected to the State Assembly for the terms 1780- 1784, and as sheriff of New York for 1784- 1792. He was appointed as brigadier-general, but declined. He then became Mayor of New York after De Witt Clinton was removed from office, for the period 1807- 1808. Willett later became Lieutenant-governor.
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Marinus was born in Jamaica, New York on Long Island, the great-grandson of Thomas Willett who had immigrated to New York and also served as mayor of the city.
Willett was successful and a delegation of Creeks under McGillvray visited New York City, then capital of the United States, resulting in the Treaty of New York.
A memorial plaque commemorating Willett was fixed to a boulder in 1907 in the park.
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