According to the Diary of Joshua (or Robert -- I can't remember) Hempstead, which is also, I believe the first volume of the history of New London
(Connecticut)...all Hempsteads in America descend from this line. You'll have to excuse the sketchiness. My book is in Connecticut at the moment and I am not!
Since I also live in the area of Hempstead, Long Island, I too was curious. According to the town, the town is named after the town in England.
I am somehow descended from Hempsteads -- probably on my Richmond side -- and I do know the Richmonds were sea-faring...sea captain and ship builder known. According to my grandmother they travelled across Long Island sound, from Mystic Seaport to attend church -- before their church was built.
From a timeframe perspective, the only Richmond boat building I have found took place in the mid-1800's -- prolifically.
The Hempsteads came to New London (Robert -- it's coming back to me) around 1640.
Best Regards, Keli
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