There are numerous references concerning Christopher Billopp. If you want
to read the history of the family, Charles Farmer Billopp wrote a book in 1907
called "A History of Thomas and Ann Billopp Farmer and their Descendants in
This is what he wrote about Billopp House or Bently House. "Christopher
Billopp: In the spring of 1667 Christopher Billopp sailed from England in the"
Bentley," a small vessel carrying two cannon on her deck. Up to the year 1668 it
was a disputed question whether Staten Island belonged to NY or NJ. The Duke
of York decided that all islands lying in the harbor of NY, which could be
circumnavigated in 24 hours should belong to NY otherwise NJ. Capt. Billopp
undertook the work and was successful. The Duke of York presented Capt. Billopp
with a patent for a tract of land for 1163 acres on the southwest end of the
island, which he called "Beltley House" in honor of his ship. There and then he
built his house still standing (1907) and known as The Old Billopp House."
Another reference gives the location as "Following the Hylan Boulevard to
its end in Tottenville on Staten Island is the Billopp House, Richmond
County's chief historical landmark. This book has a picture of the house, the marker
and a portrait of Capt. Billopp.
There is another book "The Conference or Billopp House:Staten Island" 1926
and "Morris's Memorial History of NY" published in 1898.
His son Thomas who was married to Abigail is buried at a cemetery in the
borough of Queens, Jamaca, NY. According to his tombstone, he died 26 Feb.
1820. They also had a daughter named Elizabeth who died in 1805 at the age of 5.