(navigation image)
Home American Libraries | Canadian Libraries | Universal Library | Community Texts | Project Gutenberg | Children's Library | Biodiversity Heritage Library | Additional Collections
Search: Advanced Search
Anonymous User (login or join us)
Upload
See other formats

Full text of "A catalogue of the names of the first Puritan settlers of the colony of Connecticut; with the time of their arrival in the colony, and their standing in society, together with their place of residence, as far as can be discovered by the records"

1 ^^ m 


^^^H 


1 .H65 
Copy 2 


^^^^B 



no< 






■# 



i; 






-f 



•-^0^ :%:. 
^°<. -^- 













<^'\ '-.^m: J>\. Ifif.' .• 






v 






p ^3 

No. IV. 

0^ If an apology is I'equired for publishing, at my own expense, 
a Fourth Number, after having remarked in No. 3, that it was the 
last to be published, I have only to say that there were several names 
left on hand which had cost considerable labor, and the 3d No. had 
cost all for which the numbers sold, and could be made no larger 
without a loss — I have, therefore, rather than to lose the labor, ven- 
tured again to trespass upon the pubhc, by publishing a Fourth 
Number. 



The following is a copy of the officers of the first organized Gene- 
ral Court of Connecticut, under the compact of 1638, viz : — Record. 

" April, 1639. A General Meeting. 

John Haynes, Esq. was chosen Governor for this year, and until .a 
new be chosen. 

Mr. Roger Ludlow, Deputy Governor. 

Mr. George Wyllys, Mr. Thomas Welles, Mr. Edward Hopkins, 
Mr. John Webster, Mr. William Phelps were chosen to Assist in the 
Magistracy for the year ensuing ; and all took the oath appointed for 
them. 

Mr. Edward Hopkins was chosen Secretary, and Mr. Welles Trea- 
surer for the year ensuing. 

Mr. John Steel, of Hartford, John Pratt, of Hartford, Mr. Gaylord, 
Mr. Stoughton, of Windsor, Thurston Rayner, of Wethersfield, Geo. 
Hubbard, of Hartford, Mr. Spencer, Edward Stebbins, of Hartford, 
Henry Wolcott, of Windsor, Mr. Foard, of Windsor, James Boosey, 
Richard Crabb" of Wethersfield, were the Committee who composed 
the House of Deputies. 



Inscription on the Monument erected by the Ancient Burying Chound 
Association of Hartford, in Memory of the First Settlers of Hart- 
ford. 

Jeremy Adams, Matthew Allyn, Francis Andrews, William An- 
drews, John Arnold, Andrew Bacon, John Barnard, Robert Bartlett, 
John Baysey, John Bidwell, Thomas Birchwood, William Bloomfield, 
Thomas Bull, Thomas Bunce, Benjamin Burr, Richard Butler, Clem- 
ent Chaplin, Richard Church, John Clark, Nicholas Clark, James 
21 



162 

Cole, John Cro^v, Robert Day, Joseph Easton, Edward Elmer, Na- 
thaniel Ely, James Ensign, Zachariah Field, "William Gibbons, Rich- 
ard Goodman, William Goodwin, Ozias Goodwin, Seth Grant, George 
Graves, Samuel Greenhill, Samuel Hales, Tho's Hales, John Haynes, 
Stephen Hart, William Heyden, William Hills, William Holton, 
Thomas Hooker, Edward Hopkins, Thomas Hosmer, William Hyde, 
Thomas Judd, William Kelsey, William Lewis, Richard Lord, Tho's 
.Lord, Richard Lyman, John Marsh, Matthew Marvin, John Maynard, 
John Moody, Joseph Mygatt, Thomas Olcott, James Olmsted, Rich- 
ard Olmsted, Wilham Pantry, William Parker, Stephen Post, John 
Pratt, W^illiam Pratt, Nathaniel Richards, Richard Risley, Thomas 
Root, William Ruscoc, Thomas Scott, Thomas Sclden, Richard Sey- 
mour, John Skinner, Arthur Smith, Thomas Spencer, William Spen- 
cer, Thomas Stanley, Timothy Stanley, Thomas Stanton, Edward 
Stebbins, George Steele, John Steele, George Stocking, Samuel Stone, 
John Talcott, W^illiam Wadsworth, Samuel Wakeman, Nath'l Ward, 
Andrew Warner, Richard Webb, John Webster, Thomas W^elles, W^m. 
W^estwood, John White, W^illiam Whiting, John Wilcox, Gregory 
W^olterton, George Wyllys, John Hopkins, William Butler. 

The following names were also in Hartford as early as 1640 : — 
Andrew Adams, Nathaniel and John Allen, Thomas Allen, Thomas 
Alcocks, Joseph Aikin, Thomas Burnham, William Butler, Francis 
Barnard, John Bigelow, John Brunson and Richard, John Barnes, 
Natlianiel Bearding, John Bliss, sen'r. and jr., Richard Butler, John 
Bailey, John Cullick, Nathaniel Kellogg, Richard Church, William 
Clark, Tiionuis Calder, Thomas Catling, John Carter, Nicholas Dis- 
brough, Davey Fuller, Philip Davis, Nathaniel Eldredge, John Friend, 
Samuel Fitch, Jonathan Gilbert, Daniel Garriot, John and Thomas 
Hall, William Haughton, Thomas Hungcrford, John and Nicholas 
Jennings, John Kirbee, Ralph Keeler, William Lewis, Edward Lay, 
William Markham, John Meigs, James Northum, Nicholas Olmsted 
William Phillips, James Richards, Nathaniel Ruscoe, Henry Rowe, 
Robert Sanlbrd, John Sables, John Savill, Henry and Aaron Stark, 
James Steel, Samuel Storm, Benjamin Ufford, Thomas Upson, Robert 
Wade, Henry Wakelee, Henry Walkley, Richard Walkley, Nathaniel 
W^are, Thomas and Richard Watts, William Webb, William Wcstley, 
Samuel Whitehead, George Winterton, Thomas Woodford, Samuel 
Talcott, Matthew Woodrulf, Richard Billings, John Birchard, Thomas 
Bliss, Robert Boltwood, Richard Case, Thomas Collins, John Jessup, 
Paul Peck, Henry Stiles, Benjamin Munn, John Holloway, Widow 
Belts, Clement Chapin, Rev. Thomas Hooker, Gov. John Haynes, 
and others. 



1G3 

First Settlers of Windsor. 

The very few dates to be found for several years in llie first records 
)f Windsor, renders it diflicult to designate time in all cases, and for 
hree or four of the first years of the settlement there was little or no 
ecord. 

The following list of names are found in the land record of Windsor, 
n the hand writing of Bray Rosseter, Town Clerk of Windsor until 
1G52. Those names which have no date annexed, arc entered 1052, 
though many of them were probably much earlier. 

Thomas Marshfield, 1642, Thomas Newell, '42, William Hayden, 
'42, John Banks, '44, Thomas Gibbard, '44, Richard liyman, '44, 
James Eno, '46, Lawrence Ellison, '46, Anthony Dorchester, '49, John 
Wayt, '49, Owen Tudor, '49, John Bennett, '52, Peter Tilton, '52, 
Samuel Pond, '52, Thomas Orton, '52, Robert Howard, '40, Jasper 
Raulins, '52of Roxbury before '46, Thomas Parsons, '50, Jeffery Ba- 
ker, '52, John Osborn, '52, Robert Sanford, '52, Richard, Church, '52, 
John Strong, '51, Edward Griswold, '49, John Browton, 49, Miles 
Merwin, '49, St. John Nicholas, '49, Matthew AUyn, %7, George 
Alexander, '46, Thomas Huntington, '50, Walter Lee, '55, Edward 
King, (an Irishman) '62, Timothy Hall, '64, John Pettibone, '00, Jo- 
seph Skinner, '66, George Jeffries, '69, John Millington, '70, John 
Bartlett, '49, John Case, '04, John Griffin, '48, Humphrey Hydes. '45, 
Arthur Henbury, '09, Robert Sanford, (Rossiter) '52, Richard Saxton, 
'53, Josiah Ellsworth, '54, John Moses, '51, John Brooks, '50, John 
Owen, '57, Henry Curtice, — , John Bancraft, '58, Peter Brown, '58, 
Edward Elmer, '60, Jonas Westover, '01, Simon Miller, '51, Edward 
Messenger, '61, Robert Watson, '65, Samuel Wilcoxson, '04, Christo- 
pher Crow, '06, Edward Chapman, '07, Samuel Forward, '70, John 
Maudesly, '04, John Fitch, '43, Robert Haywart, '43, Michael Hum- 
phrey, '43, Tho. Rowley, '62, Ambrose Fowler, '50, John Pettes, '66. 

The foregoing persons appear at the dates given as land holders in 
Windsor. — Hayden. 

Many of these persons are known to have been in the colony sev- 
eral years before the above dates. 



Location of some of the Settlers of Windsor. 
Some of the following persons were located v/ithin the Palisado at 
the Windsor trading house, and others on the " common street" north, 
and many of them on the road leading west from Dr. Pierson's house 
and Joel Thrall's to sandy bank. Tradition says, that as late as 
1700, there were more dwellings upon the two roads mentioned than 
upon main street, viz : 



104 

William Gaylord, sen'r., Stephen Terry, John Hoskins and his 
son, Thomas Hoskins, Thomas Stoughton, Thomas Gunn, Thomas 
Holconib, Humphrey Pinney, Josiah Hull, John Rockwell, Thomas 
Buckland, Joseph Clark, Thomas Dibble, Michael Fry, Philip 
Randall, Robert Winchell, Joseph Carter, William Hanmer, Eddy 
Filley, Richard James, George Hull, George Phillips, John Hawkcs, 
Anthony Hawkins, David Wilton, Walter Filer, William Hill, Thom- 
as Ford, Nicholas Denslow, Capt. Mason, Giles Gibbs, Abraham 
Randall, Ephraim Huit, Henry Fawkes, Matthew Grant, William 
Hosford, William Hubbard, John Taylor, Eltwed or Edward Pome- 
roy, Aaron Cook, Elias Parkman, Brigget Egglestone, Francis Gibbs, 
Richard Weller, Simon Hoyto, Thomas Dewey, Thomas Bassett. 

Those who settled south of Little River in the vicinity of the mill, 
and between the mill and the foot of stony hill, were — Rev. John 
Warham, William Phelps, sen'r., Nathan Gillett, Jonathan Gillett, 
George Steeaky, Richard Voar, Bray Rossiter, Roger Williams, Tho. 
Bascome, Nicholas Palmer, William Thrall, John Hillier, Wm. Buell, 
Henry Wolcott, sen'r., Henry, jr., John Moore, Thomas Moore, John 
Branker, Thomas Marshall, Richard Birge or Birdge, Benedict Alford, 
Christopher Wolcott, John Witchfield, William Phelps, jr., George 
Phelps, John Porter, Joseph Loomis, Thomas Barker, William Filly, 
Simeon Mills, Arthur Williams, John Youngs, Joseph Newbury, Ben- 
jamin Newbury, John Newbury, Sarah Newbury. — Hayden. 



The First Settlers of WetJiersJield. 
Richard Belden, Jacob Waterhousc, William Boarman, John Roote, 
Richard Wastecoat, Jeremiah J agger, Samuel Barrett, Robert Bur. 
rows or Barrows, John Northend, William Bramfield, Robert Beedle, 
Enoch Buck, John Bishop, Joseph Bennett, John Brundish, Wm. Pal- 
mcr, Enoch Buckley, Hon. James and Joseph Boosey, Wm. Bascum, 
Jasper Rawling, Dorothy Chester, Robert Abbott, Leonard and John 
Chester, Richard Crabb, Robert Coe, Thomas Coop, Amos Williams, 
George Chappell, Josiah or Joseph Churchill, John Whitmore, Mr. 
Chaplin, Matthew Mitchell, John Coltman, William Colefax, Richard 
Park, John Curtice, Tliomas liflbrd, William Dickinson, Rev. Rich- 
ard Denton, Rev. Peter Pruddon, John Edwards, Rev. Henry Smith, 
Fracis Kilbourn, John Deming, Joseph Edwards, Abraham Elson, 
Nathnicl Foster, Daniel and John Finch, Nathaniel Foot, Richard 
Gildersleve, John Johnson, Richard Harris, John Tinker, Thomas 
Hurlbut, Thomas Hubbard, John Gibbs, Joseph Hollister, John Har- 
rison, Richard Smith, John Kilbourn his father and family, Samuel 
Ireland, Richard Laws, Mrs. Lattimore, Andrew Landon, Richard 



1 



165 

Montague, Andrew Langdon, Matthew Williams, Benjamin Munn, 
John Nott, John and Edward Pierce, Joseph and John Plumb, Thurs- 
ton Rayner, John Reynolds, Richard Riley, John Robins, Robert 
Rose, John Saddler, Lieut. Robert Seeley, Joseph and Samuel Sher- 
man, Thomas Stanton, Thomas Standish, John Stoddar, Hon. Thomas 
Tracy, Richard Treat, Richard and Matthias Trott, Ephraim Turner, 
John Wadams, John Miller, Hon. Andrew Ward, Joyce Ward, Josias 
Willard, Jonas Wood, William Swain, Thomas Wright, Thomas At- 
wood, William Biggs, George Hubbard, Thomas Couch, Wm. Tailer, 
Benjamin Crane, Leonard Dix, Thomas Fenner, John Goodridge, 
John Hilton, John Betts, Alexander Keeney, Thomas Hanset, Edward 
Mason, Charles Taintor, (1640,) Widow Paine. Not as early, James 
Boswell, John Russell, jr., Edward Stott, Philip Goose, Hitchcock 
Lake, Samuel Hale, John Kirbe, John Lateraore, John Lilly, John 
Westfall, Francis Yates. 

Where these names are found in Connecticut at this time, it will 
also be found that in nine cases out of ten that the person of the name 
found in the above list was their first ancestor in Connecticut. 



The Proprietors of the Undivided Lands of the Town of Hartford, in 
1639, u-ho were probably all settlers in the town at that time — I give a 
list of their names, viz : 

William Andrews, Jeremy Adams, John Arnold, Francis Andrews, 
Matthew Allyn, Andrew Bacon, John Barnard, Thomas Birchwood, 
William Butler, William Bloomfield, Richard Butler, Thomas Bull, 
John Basey, Robert Bartlett, John Crow, John Clark, James Cole, 
Nicholas Clark, Richard Church, John Cullick, Clement Chaplin, 
Dorothy Chester, Robert Day, Nathaniel Ely or Elly, Joseph Easton, 
Edward Elmer, James Ensign, Zachery Field, William Goodwin, 
William Gibbons, Richard Goodman, Samuel Greenhillj^Geo. Graves, 
Seth Grant, Bartholomew Green, John Haynes, Edward Hopkins, 
Thomas Hooker, Thomas Hosmer, Stephen Hart, John Hopkins, 
William Hills, William Heyden, Thomas Hales, Samuel Hales, Wm. 
Hide, William Holton, John Higginson, Jonathan Ince, Thomas Judd, 
William Kelsey, William Lewis, Thomas Lord, Richard Lord, John 
Moody, John Marsh, John Maynard, Joseph Mygatt, James Olmsted^ 
Richard Olmsted, Thomas Olcock, William Pantry, John Pratt, Ste- 
phen Post, William Parker, William Pratt, William Ruscoe, Nathan- 
iel Richards, Thomas Root, Samuel Stone, John Steel, Thomas Scott, 
William Spencer, Thomas Stanley, Timothy Stanley, Edward Steb- 
bins, George Steel, John Skinner, John Stone, Thomas Spencer, Ar- 



1 GO 

thur Smith, George Stocking, Thomas Stanton, Thomas Selden, JoI)n 
Talcott, George Wyllys, Thomas Welles, John Webster, William Wiii- 
ting, William Westwood, Andrew Warner, Nathaniel Ward, William 
Wadsworth, Gregory Wiiitcrton, Samuel Wakeman, Richard Webb, 
Richard Wrislcy, John Wilcox. 

In addition to this class of" proprietors, there were others who by 
the courtesy of the town had the privilege of wood and keeping cows, 
&c. on the common, viz : 

John Brunson, John Biddidl, (Bid well) Thomas Barnes, Benjamin 
Burre, Nathaniel Barding, Thomas Blisse, Thomas Blisse, jr.. Widow 
Betts, Thomas Bunce, William Cornwell, Nicholas Disbroe, llosea 
Goodwin, ])aniel Garwood, John (iir.nings, Thomas Gridley, John 
Hallaway, John Hall, George Hubbard, Ralph Keylor, Nathaniel Kel- 
logg, Thomas Lord, jr., IJenjaniiu Munn, John Morrice, John Olmsted, 
John Purcase, William Phillips, John Pierce, Paul Peck, Tho's Rich- 
ards, Richard Seymour, John Sables, Giles Smith, Thomas Upson, 
Thomas Woodford, Robert Wade, Richard Watts, Henry Walkley, 
James Walkley, William Watts, William Westlcy. Whether Tho's 
Reed, Thomas Fisher, John Friend, Thomas Goodfellow, Thomas 
Hungerfoot or ford, Thomas Mmison, Renold Marvin, Abraham Pratt, 
and Samuel Whitehead were there at this time is imcertain — they had 
owned lots previous to 1630, and had sold them, or not fulfilled the 
conditions of the grant. 

If all these persons were settlers in Hartford at the land division in 
1G39, and had families, as probably most of them had, there must have 
been from 500 to 800 settlers in Hartford in 1G39. 



The following persons, it is supposed, came from England to Mas- 
sachusetts with Mr. W^arham in 1632-3, viz : 

Henry Wolcott, William Phelps, George Phelps, John Whitefield, 
Humphrey Pinny, Dca. John Moore, Dea. William Gaylord, Lieut. 
Walter Fyler, Matthew Grant, Thomas Dibble, Samuel Phelps, Na- 
than Gillett, Richard Vere or Voar, Abraham Randall, B. Egglestone 
and Thomas Ford, all of whom settled at Windsor under the pastoral 
charge of 3Ir. Warham. 



The following persons who first came to Hartford from Massachu- 
setts, were from the countty of Essex, in England, and probably from 
Braintrce, in 1632, viz : 

Jeremy Adams, Matthew AUyn, Richard Butler, Edward Elmer, 
Richard Goodman, WilUam Goodwin, Stephen Hart, John Ilaynes, 



1G7 

(Thomas Hooker, Chelmsford) Thomas Hosmer, William Lewis, 
Richard Lord, James Olmsted, Daniel Patrick, John Pratt, William 
Pantry, Nathaniel Richards, William Spencer, Tliomas Spencer, Ed- 
ward Stebbins, John Steel, Henry Steel, Samuel Stone, John Talcott, 
William Wadsworth, Andrew Warner, Richard Webb, William West- 
wood, John White. These men, with others, went to Newton be- 
fore Mr. Hooker ; Mr. Hooker arrived and was settled there in 
October, 1633. 



The following persons, mentioned by the Rev. Mr. Hotchkiss, were 
the early settlers of Saybrook, viz : 

D. Gardner, J. Winthrop, Higginson, Peters, Barker, Bull, William 
Bushnell, Clark, Lay, Lord, Parker, Pratt, Post, Champion, Griswold, 
Lee, Wade, Backus, Bliss, Huntington, Hyde, Larrabee, Leffingwell, 
Breed, Chalker, Waterhouse, Kirtland, Shipman, Whittelsey, and 
Willard. 

Many of these persons must have came directly to Saybrook, as 
their names do not appear upon any of the records of the three towns 
first settled ; the remainder of them removed there from Windsor, 
Hartford and Wethersfield. 



An Alphabetical List of the First Settlers of Enfield ; arid a Genealo- 
gical View, comprising only those perso7is wJiose descendants are now 
settled in that to ten. 

Abbe, Thomas — one of the original proprietors of the town, died 
1728, had two sons settled in Enfield. Thomas, b. 168G, married 
Mary Pease, daughter of Capt. John Pease, 1714, d. 1745, had two 
sons, (1.) Obabiah, b. 1728, d. 1745 ; (2.) Thomas, b. 1731, married 
Penelope Terry, daughter of Dr. Ebenezer Terry, d. 1811, aged 81, 
leaving children; John, b. 1692, one of the first settlers of the upper 
part of " King's street," had four sons — John, b. 1717, married Sarah 
Root, daughter of Timothy Root, of Somers, 1739, settled in the east 
part of the town, d. 1794, left two sons, who both settled and died in 
the east part of Enfield. Thomas, b. 1721, and Daniel, b. 1726, both 
died at Cape Breton, 1745, without children. Richard, 4th son of 
John Abbe, b. 1735, m. Mary Bement, daughter of Capt. Dennis Be- 
ment, 1755, d. 1807, left children. 

Allen, John — one of the first settlers of King's street, supposed to 
have come from Deerfield about 1700, d. 1739, aged 69 — had two 
sons who settled in Enfield. Azariah, b. 1701, m. Martha Burt, of 
Longjucadow, d. 1787, left one son, Moses, who settled and died in 



168 

Enfield. Ebenezor, 2d son of John Allen, was b. 1712, settled and 
died in the south part of Enfield, left four sons, two of whom settled 
and died in East Windsor, two in Enfield. 

Allen, Samuel — married Hannah Burroughs, 1700, settled in King's 
street, d. 1735, aged 02 — had three sons. Samuel, b. 1702, m. Eli- 
zabeth Booth, 1728, settled in E. Windsor, where ho died. Joseph, 
b. 1704, settled and died in E. Windsor. John, b. 1712, m. Abigail 
Pease, 1737, d. 1791, left one child, settled in Enfield. 

Bement, John — first settler on lot now occupied by his descendants 
— came in 1682, d. 1684, left three sons. John, d. 1703, had two 
sons — Benjamin, b. 1698, m. Elizabeth Abbe, 1723, removed to Sims- 
bury. John, b. 1701, history unknown. William, 2d son of John, 
sen'r., m. Hannah Terry, daughter of Capt. Samuel Terry, 1707, 
settled in the east part of the town, died 1728, left four sons. William, 
b. 1708, m. Phoebe Markham, and removed to Windham. Samuel, b. 
1720. Ebenezer, b. 1723. Joseph, b. 1725, settled and died in En- 
field, without children. Edmund, 3d son of John, sen'r., m. Prudence 
Morgan, 1700 and Priscilla Warner 2d wife, 1703, d. 1745, had three 
sons ; Jonathan, b. 1705, removed to Suffield, d. in the Cape Breton 
expedition; Dennis, b. 1711, m. Mary Abbe, daughter of Tho's Abbe, 
1737, d. 1789, had two sons, Dennis and Edmund, both settled and 
died in Enfield. Edmund, 3d son of Edmund, sen'r., b. 1713, settled 
in East Hartford. 

Booth, Simeon — a first settler in 1080, d. soon after, left two sons ■; 
William, m. Hannah Burroughs, daughter of John B., 1693, d. 1753, 
aged 89, had two sons ; Caleb, b. 1695, m. Mary Gleason, 1728, 
settled in E. Windsor, had a numerous family ; one of his sons, Levi, 
d. in Enfield, 1815, aged 76, without children ; Joshua, 2d son, boru 
1697, settled first in Enfield, had two sons ; Oliver, b. 1725, and Wil. 
liam, b. 1731. Zachariah, 2d son of Simeon Booth, m. Mary War- 
riner, 1691, and Mary Harman, 2d wife, 1696, d. 1741, had two sons ; 
John, b. 1G97, m. Lydia Chandler, daughter of Henry Chandler, 1727, 
d. 1778, left two sons ; John, b. 1728, m. Hannah Phelps, 1751, d. 
in Enfield, leaving children ; Daniel, b. 1744, removed to Ohio in 
1811, and died leaving children ; Joseph, 2d son of Z. Booth, b. 1710, 
m. Sarah Chandler, daughter of Henry C, 1736, d. in Enfield, had 
six sons ; Joseph, b. 1736, m. Mary Hale, 1762, died in Enfield, and 
left children ; Isaac, b. 1739, m. Deborah Hurlburt, 1764 ; Samuel, 
b. 1740 ; Zachariah, b. 1742, settled and died in Enfield, leaving a 
family ; Henry, b. 1745, and David, b. 1747. 

Bush, Jonathan — a first settler, 1680, d. 1739, aged 89, had two 



109 

sozis ; Jonathan, m. Rachel Kibbe, daughter of EHsha Kibbe, d. 1746, 
aged 65, left four sous ; Joshua, b. 1712, m. Experience French, 
1737, settled in "Terry Lane," d. 1793, had three sons ; Joshua, b. 
1737, died in Entield ; EH, b. 1741, moved to New York and died ; 
Jonathan, b. 1747, died also in New York State ; Moses, 2d son of 
Jonathan Bush, jr., b. 1714 ; Aaron, 3d son, b. 1717, m. Alice 
French, d. 1805, had five sons ; Caleb, 4th son, b. 1725, left town ; 
John, 2d son of Jonathan Bush, sen'r., b. 1685, d. young, left one son, 
Joseph, b. 1718. 

Collins, Rev. Nathaniel — first settled minister of Enfield, began 
the ministry in 1700, m. Alice Adams, 1701, d. 1756, had four sons ; 
John, b. 1705, m. Mary Meacham, daughter of Isaac Meacham, jr., 
1728, d. 1746 ; Nathaniel, 2d son of Rev. Nathaniel, b. 1709, m. 
Abigail Pease, daughter of James Pease, 1735, d, 1787, left one son, 
Eliphalet, b. 17^4, settled and died in Enfield ; William, 3d son of 
Rev. Nathaniel, b. 1711, m. Ann Collins, 1734, settled and died in 
Somers ; Edward, 4th son, b. 1713, m. Tabitha Geer, 1736, d. 1796, 
left descendants who left town. 

Chandler, Henry — one of the early settlers of the N. W. part of 
Enfield, came from Andover, 1723, and purchased 700 acres of land, 
d. 1737, aged 70, had five sons ; Henry, d. 1735, left three sons, who 
left town ; Samuel, b. 1699, d. 1761 ; Daniel, b. 1701, m. Sarah 
Keep, 1728, d. 1785, left two sons — Daniel, b. 1732, d. 1805 out of 
town — Joseph, b. 1738, d. 1816, in Enfield, and left children ; Nehe- 
miah, 4th son of Henry Chandler, b. 1702, m. Mary Burroughs, 
daughter of John B., 1737, d. 1756, aged 54, had five sons — Samuel, 
b. 1737, Jonathan, b.'l742, died young, Nehemiah, b. 1744, d. 1814, 
John, b. 1746, died young, Joel, b. 1748, left town ; Zebulon b. 1754, 
left town ; Isaac, youngest sou of Henry Chandler, b. 1717, m. Abigail 
Hale, 1741, d. 1787, aged 70, had five sons, Isaac, David, Henry, Na. 
thaniel, and John. Henry Chandler had six claughters — five settled 
in Enfield. Lydia, m. John Booth, 1728, d. 1780, Abigail m. John 
Rumerill,I728, d. 1772, Sarah, m. Joseph Booth, 1736, d. 1777, Deb. 
orah, m. Ebenezer Colton, d. 1769, Hannah m. Ezekiel Pease, 1732, 
d. 1756, Mary, m. Timothy Pease, 1736, d. 1789. 

Chapin, Ebenezer — an early settler near Scantic — the son of Japhet 
Chapin, of Springfield, d. 1772, aged 97, left eleven sons ; Ebenezer, 
b. 1705, m. Ehzabeth Pease, daughter of Jonathan P., d. 1751, left 
two sons, Ebenezer, b. 1735, settled in Enfield, d. 1822, left children, 
history of the other son unknown ; Noah, 2d son of Ebenezer Chapin, 
22 



170 

sen'r., b. 1707, left town, as also Seth, b. 1709, Moses, b. 1712, and 
Aaron, b. 1714, m. Sybil Markham, daughter of Daniel M., 1745 ; 
Elias, b. 171G, died out of town ; Reuben, b. 1718, settled in Salisbury; 
Charles, b. 1720, died in Western N- Y., 1812 ; David, b. 1722, set- 
tied at New Hartford ; Elisha, b. 1725, died unmarried, as also Phin- 
eas, b. 1726. 

Gleason, Isaac — a first settler, d. 1698, aged 44, left two sons ; — 
Isaac, b. 1687, m. Mary, daughter of John Prior, 1712, settled and died 
in the S. E. part of the town, had four sons — Isaac, b. 1715, settled 
in Enfield ; Jonah, b. 1724, ditto, had a family ; Joseph, b. 1726, m. 
Hannah Colton, 1746, settled and died in Enfield, left children ; Job, 
b. 1734, scttlc'd in Enfield for a time. Thomas, 2d son of Isaac Glea- 
son, sen'r. b. 1690, supposed to have moved to Farmington. 

Hale, Thomas — an early settler, m. Priscilla Markham, 1695, d. 
1725, had five sons, who settled in Enfield ; John, m.* Mary Gleason, 
1716, d. 1753, left two sons, who settled in Enfield— Thomas, b. 1727, 
m. Elizabeth Bush, 1753, died leaving children — David, b. 1732, m. 
Hannah Warriner, d. 1796. William, 2d son of Thomas Hale, sen'r., 
died in Enfield, had two sons — William, b. 1724, left town — Jonathan, 
b. 1729, died in Enfield. Joseph, 3d son of Thomas Hale, sen'r., m. 
Phoebe Warriner, 1725, had three sons, two died in Enfield. Samuel, 
4th son, b. 1698, d. 1774, left one son, b. 1762, died at Greenwich, 
Mass., 1830. Thomas, youngest son of Thomas, sen'r., died in 
Enfield about 1759. 

Hurlburt, William — an early settler near the south part of the town, 
d. 1734, had three sons ; William, b. 1698 ; Obadiah, b. 1703, m. for 
2d wife, Esther Colton, 1745, d. 1784, had four sons — William, b. 
1731, Obadiah, b. 1738, settled and died in Enfield, 1811, left children, 
Ebenezer, b. 1747, Job, b. 1750, settled and died in Somers, 1827, 
Eliphalet, b. 1752. Benjamin, the other son of William Hurlburt, lived 
in Enfield until he had five sons — Abel, b. 1741, Benjamin, b. 1746, 
Berijah, b. 1749, Ambrose, b. 1752, Elisha, b. 1756. 

Killam, Lot — a first settler in the south part of the town, d. 1683, 
aged between 40 and 50 — the first person who died in the settlement ; 
left one son, James, who settled and died in Enfield, 1761, aged 84, 
and had one son, Lot, b. 1717, m. Jemima, daughter of James Pease, 
1739, d. 1772, aged 54, left one son who settled and died in Enfield, 
James Killam had seven daughters — Elizabeth, m. Samuel Vining. 
1721, died young, Patience, b. 1701, m. John Osborne, of Kidgefield, 
1726, Sarah, b. 1703, m. Ebenezer Morris, of Woodstock, 1728, Han- 



171 

nah, b. 170G, m. Josiah Wood, of Somers, 1724, Ruth, b. 1709, m. 
Edward Farrington, 1728, Mary, b. 1712, Thankful, b. 1715, m. 
Israel Meacham, 1737. 

Markhani, Daniel — one of the first settlers in the east part of the 
town, m. Deborah Meacham, daughter of Capt. Isaac, 1703, d. 1761, 
aged 88, had five sons ; Daniel, who mov'ed to Stafford, Israel, m. 
Ann Spencer, 1733, died in Enfield, had three sons, Nathan, b. 1737, 
died in Enfield, Barzillai, b. 1740, left town, Darius, b. 1745, died in 
Enfield. Isaac, 3d son of Daniel Markham, sen'r. m. Jemima Pease, 

1734, settled in Enfield until he had three sons — Ambrose, b. 1746, 
Ebenezer, b. 1750, Isaac, b. 1752, died out of town — Jeremiah, ano- 
ther son of Daniel Markham, m. Sarah Hale, 1734, died out of town — 
Joseph, youngest son of Daniel Markham, m. Abigail Booth, 1740, 
died of small pox, 1763, had four sons ; Joseph, b. 1742, m. Abigail 
Meacham, 1701, died out of town — Justus, b. 1744, died in Enfield — 
Jehiel, b. 1746, died out of town, as also the youngest, Isaac. 

Meacham, Isaac — a first settler, d. 171,), had seven sons ; Isaac, 
d. 1715, left two sons — Benjamin, b. 1701, m. Elizabeth Pease, 1722, 
d. 1770, had eight sons — Benjamin, b. 1723, d. 1776, left children — 
Isaac, b. 1725, died at Cape Breton, 1746 — James, b. 1728, went to 
New Hampshire — Abner, b. 1732, died in tlie French war — Joel, b. 

1735, m. Priscilla Simons, 1760 — Isaac b. 1746, both died out of town. 
Samuel, 2d son of Isaac, jr., b. 1703, m. Sarah Pope, 1727, settled 
and died in Somers. Israel, 2d son of Isaac Meacham, sen'r., d. 
1715, without children. Jeremiah, 3d son, d. 174*^, aged 75, without 
children. Ebenezer, 4th son, settled in the N. E. part of Enfield, had 
three sons born in Enfield — Ebenezer, b. 1721, m. Rachel Hale, 1749 
— Jeremiah, b. 1725, and Barnabas, b. 1734. Ebenezer Meacham, 
sen'r., d. 1744, aged 66. Ichabod, 5th son of Isaac, sen'r., died in 
Enfield, 1766, had two sons — Ichabod, b. 1725, died in Enfield, left 
children, John, b. 1728, died in Middlcfield, Mass. John, 6th son, 
settled in the N. E. part of Enfield, died 1765, aged 84, had two sons, 
Israel, m. Thankful Killam, 1737, died at Salisbury, 1760, Joseph, d. 
1794, aged 82. Joseph, youngest son of Isaac, sen'r., b. 1685, settled 
as first minister of Coventry, 1713, and there died. 

Parsons, Benjamin — one of the Proprietors' Committee, died at 
Springfield soon after the settlement of Enfield, had two sons who 
settled in Enfield ; Benjamin, first settler near the centre, d. 1728, 
left two sons, Benjamin, b. 1688, d. 1734, without children, Christo- 
pher, b. 1691, m. Mary Pease, 1714, d. 1749, had seven sons, John, 



172 

b. 1716, m. Ann Colton, 1740, d. 1773, had one son, John, b. 1744, 
settled and died in Enfield, and one son, Ebenezer, b. 1746, left town. 
Christopher, 2d son of Christopher Parsons, sen'r. b. 1717, d. 1789, 
had two sons, Asahel, b. 1747, and Christopher, b. 1748, both died in 
Enfield. Ebenezer, 3d son of Christopher, sen'r., died at Cape Breton, 
1746, aged 21. Joseph, b. 1724, m. Rebecca Allen, 1751, died out 
of town, left children. Benjamin, b. 1729, d. 1795, left children. 
The sixth son b. 1731, history unknown. Noah, b. 1734, died at the 
north in the French war. Samuel, 2d son of Benjamin Parsons, sen'r. 
d. 1736, aged 69, had seven sons ; John, b. 1693, m. Thankful Root, 
1716, settled and died in Somers — Luke, b. 1696, m. Sarah Osborn, 
1716, settled and died in Somers — Hezekiah, b. 1698, settled in En- 
field, d. 1748, had five sons, Hezekiah, d. in Enfield, 1810, David, b. 
1732, died aged 73, Eldad, b. 1734, m. Elizabeth Meacham, 1763, d. 
in Enfield, Jonathan, b. 1741, left town, as also, Charles, b. 1742. 
Nathaniel, 4th son of Samuel, sen'r., b. 1702, m. Mary Pope, 1726> 
settled in Somers. Moses, 5th son, b. 1707, died in Enfield, 1786, had 
four sons, Wareham, b. 1737, d. 1802, left children, Daniel, b. 1744, 
settled and died in Enfield, Caleb, b. 1746, Peter, b. 1752. Samuel, 
sixth son of Samuel, sen'r., b. 1714, history unknown, and ditto, Aaron, 
born 1717. 

Parsons, Philip — a first settler 1697, d. in Enfield, had five sons ; 
Philip, b. 1708 ; Nathaniel, b. 1712, m. Alice Collins, 1736, had six 
son.s, Nathaniel, b. 1736, settled in Enfield, Asa, b. 1742, Edward, b. 
1745, d. in Springfield, Ebenezer, b. 1748, William, b. 1750, died in 
E. Windsor, Shubael, b. 1752, died in Enfield, 1819. Shubael, 3d 
son of Philip Parsons, sen'r., b. 1715, died in Enfield at an advanced 
age, without children. Thomas, 4lh son, b. 1718, died in Enfield, 
1811. His eldest son, Elijah, b. 1745, d. 1797. Ebenezer, fifth son, 
b. 1724, died young. 

Pease, John — from Salem, Mass., came to Enfield in 1680, d. 1689 
aged 60, left six sons, all of whom settled in Enfield. John, jr. came 
to Enfield in 1679, m. Margaret Adams, of Ipswich, d. 1734, ao-ed 80 
or 82, left three sons and four daughters ; John, b. 1678, at Salem, m. 
Elizabeth Spencer, of Hartford, d. 1761, aged 83, left one son, John, 
b. 1726, m. Bathsheba Jones, daughter of Thomas J., 1752, d. 1810, 
aged 84, left four sons and two daughters. James, 2d son of John 
Pease, jr., b. at Salem, 1679, cameJto^Enfield, 1679, m. Mary, daugh. 
tcr of Thomas Abbe, 1710, settled in Somers, 1713, there died, had 
one son, Richard, b. 1717, settled and died in Somers. Joseph, 3d 



173 

son of John, jr., b. 1693, ni. Mary Spencer, of Hartford, 1727, d. 1757, 
left three sons, Joseph, b. 1728, Stephen, b, 1731, Jonathan, b. 1740, 
all left town. Joseph died in Suffield. Margaret, eldest daughter of 
John Pease, jr., b. 1683, first child born in Enfield, m. Josiah Colton, 

1709, d. 1775, had two sons and five daughters ; Josiah, b. 1709, Job, 
b. 1711, Esther, b. 1714, ni. Obadiah Hurlburt, 1745, Margaret, b. 

1716, m. David Phelps, 1737, Abicl, b. 1718, m. Col. John Bliss, of 
Wilbraham, d. 1803, Ann, b. 1720, m. John Parsons, 1740, Hannah, 
ni. Joseph Gleason, 17'45. Sarah, 2d daughter, m. Timothy Root, 

1710, settled in Somers, 1713, d. 1750, had two sons and five daugh- 
ters, Timothy, b. 1719, Thomas, b. 1726, Elizabeth, m. Ebenezer 
Spencer, 1733, Sarah, m. John Abbe, 1739. Mary, 3d daughter of 
John Pease, jr., m. Thomas Abbe, 1714, d. 1746, had two sons and 
five daughters ; Obadiah, b. 1728, d. young, Thomas, b. 1731, d. 181 1, 
Mary, m. Dennis Bement, 1737, Sarah, m. Nathaniel Chapin, Tabitha, 
m. Ephraim Pease, 1740. Ann, 4th daughter, m. Jeremiah Lord, 1719, 
settled in E. Windsor, d, 1753, had two sons and one daughter. 

Pease, Robert — second son of John, sen'r., came to Enfield in 1679, 
d. 1744, aged 88, had four sons ; Robert, b. 1684, m. Hannah Sexton, 
first wife, had one daughter who married Nathaniel Pease — second 
wife, Elizabeth Emery, had four sons and one daughter, Robert, b. 
1724, Emer}', b. 1727, Abiel and Noah, all with their father settled 
and died in Somers. Samuel, 2d son of Robert, sen'r., b. 1686, m. 
Elizabeth Warner, 1717, had four sons and four daughters, Samuel, b. 

1717, m. Teriah Chapin, settled and died in Enfield, left children, 
Ephraim, b. 1719, m. Tabitha Abbe, 1740, d. 1801, had three sons 
who died young, and four daughters, Tabitha, d. young, Sybil, m. Rev. 
Elam Potter, Nancy, m. Augustus Diggins, Agnes, m. Rev. Nehemiah 
Prudden. Aaron, 3d son of Samuel, sen'r., m. Anna Geer, 1751, set- 
tled and died in Enfield, left children. Nathaniel, 4th son, m. Eunice 
Allen, 1754, died in Norfolk. Mary, eldest daughter of Samuel, sen'., 
m. James Gains, had one sou and two daughters. Elizabeth, 2d daugh- 
ter, m. John x\llen, had one son and two daughters. Joanna, m. Ben- 
jamin Root, had one son and one daughter. Mary, m. Christopher 
Parsons, had three sons and four daughters. Daniel, 3d son of Robert 
Pease, sen'r., b. 1692, m. Abigail Fletcher and settled in Somers, had 
four sons, Daniel, b. 1718, William, Parker and Asa, and four daugh- 
ters, rest unknown. Ebenezer, 4th son of Robert, sen'r., b. 1698, m. 
Mindwell Sexton, d. 1743, had two sons, Ebenezer, m. Mary Terry, 
1739, d. 1784, aged 70, left children, James, b. 1724, had five daugh- 



174 

ters, Hannah, m. Shubacl Gecr, had two sons and four daughters, 
Abigail, m. George Pyncheon, of Springfield, had three sons and two 
daughters, Mind well, m. Amos Bull, 1741, had five sons and four 
daughters, Catherine, ni. Benjamin Hall, 174(5, had three sons and five 
tlaughters, Martha, m. Caleb Bush, had six sons and five daughters. 
Abigail, a daughter of Robert Pease, sen'r., m. Israel Phelps, 1703, 
had one son and three daughters. Hannah, m. David Miller, first 
husband, had one daughter, second husband, Gershom Sexton, had 
five sons and four daughters. 

Pease, Abraham — third son of John, sen'r., m. Jane Mentor, died 
1735, without children. 

Pease, Jonathan — fourth son of John, sen'r., m. Elizabeth Booth, 
daughter of Zachariah, IG93, d. 1721, left three sons ; David, b. 161)8, 
went to the South, Josiah, b. 1706, moved to Massachusetts, Pelatiah, 
b. 1709, m. Jemima Booth, 1736, d. 1769, had four sons and one 
daughter — one son, Jonathan, died at Schenectady, 1760. Rebecca, 
a daughter of Jonathan, m. John Pierce, 1736, had four sons and tv.o 
daughters. Elizabeth, another daughter of Jonathan, m. Ebenezer 
Chapin, had two sons and five daughters. 

Pease, James — fifth son of John, sen'r., came to Enfield when ten 
years old, m. Hannah Ilarman, 1695, d. 1748, left one son and six 
daughters ; Joseph, b. 1712, d. 1800, had four sons, Noah, b. 1736, 
Joseph, d. 1758, Gideon settled and died in Enfield, James, d. in Som- 
ers, 1830. Hannah, eldest daughter of James, b. 1700, m. Benjamin 
Terry, 1721, had six sons and three daughters. Elizabeth, b. 1703, 
m. Benjamin Meacham, 1722, had eight sons and three daughters. 
Mary, b. 1706, m. Jacob Terry, 1730, had five sons and two daugh- 
ters. Abigail, b. 1708, m, Nathaniel Collins, 1735, had three sons 
and six daughters. Sarah, b. 1710, m. Jonathan Terry, had two sons 
and two daughters. Jemima, b. 1716, m. Lot Killam, 1739, had four 
sons and six daughters. 

Pease, Isaac — youngest son of John, sen'r., m. Mindwell Osbom, 
1691, d. 1731, aged 59, left seven sons and two daughters ; Isaac, b. 
1093, m. Amie French, 1722, d. 1757, had four sons, Isaac, settled 
and died in Enfield, left children, Abner, and Jacob unknown, Noadi- 
ah, m. Terzah Smith, 176.5, went ta Sandisfield, Mass. ; one daughter, 
Ann, m. Ebenezer Hall, 1753 ; Laurani, m. John Gains, 1755. 
Abraham, 2d son of Isaac, sen'r., b. 1695, m. first wife Jemima Booth, 
1719, had three sons and one daughter, Abraham, b. 1721, John, b. 
1725, settled in Suflicld, one son died young, the daughter m. VA'illiam 



175 

Lord, 1752 ; by his second wife, Abigail Warner, he had nine sons 
and one daughter, viz : Moses, settled and died in Enfield, aged 91, 
left children, Samuel, d. 1772, aged 35, left children, Joel b. 1737, 
Nathan, b. 1740, went to Wilbraham, Gideon, b. 1741, went to Mas- 
sachusetts, Josiali b. 1744, William b. 1746, died in Enfield, Zebulon 
b. 1749, d. 1829, one son died young — the daughter m. Nathaniel 
Parsons. Abraham Pease d. 1750, aged 55. Israel, 3d son of Israel, 
sen'r., b. 1702, m. Sarah Booth, 1726, d. 1771, had five sons and four 
daughters ; Israel died in Massachusetts, left a family, David b. 1729, 
died in Enfield, Hezckiah died in Enfield, Jesse b. 1739, Nathan 
died in Enfield, Sarah m. Jeremiah Lord, Mindwell m. Ebenezer Ter- 
ry, Alice m. Thomas Root, Bathsheba m. David Wilson. Ezekiel, 
4th son of Isaac, scn'r., b. 1710, m. Hannah Chandler, 1732, d. 1799, 
had four sons and five daughters, Ezekiel m. Jemima Markham, mov- 
ed to Vermont, Henry b. 1 739, moved to Massachusetts, Isaac died in 
Enfield, left children, Oliver died young, Hannah m. Job Gleason, had 
three sons and seven daughters, Abiah m. Samuel Gowdy, 1759, had 
four sons and three daughters, Jane m. Obadiah Hurlburt, had one 
son and four daughters, Mahitabel m. Edward Parsons, had two sons 
and tour daughters, Sarah m. Jehiel Markham, had two sons and two 
daughters. Timothy, 5th son of Isaac, sen'r., b. 1713, m. Mary 
Chandler, 1736, d. 1794, had three sons and nine daughters, Timothy 
b. 1737, Edward and James settled in Enfield, Mary m. Wareham 
Parsons, Abigail m. David Terry, Martha died young, Deborah m. 
Gideon Pease, Dorcas m. Isaac Pease, Lydia m. Ezekiel Pease, one 
daughter m. Benjamin King, one Samuel Hale, and one Freegrace 
Hancock. Cummings, 6th son of Isaac, sen'r., b, 1715, m. Elizabeth 
Pease, daughter of John, for first wife, had three sons, Cummings left 
town, Ebenezer, Asa, died in Enfield, and two daughters. Love m. 
Jacob Hills, and Ruth, David Hale. Cummings m. for second wife 
Sarah Hale, 1755, had two sons. Isaac Pease, sen'r., had two daugh- 
ters, Ann m. Nathaniel Prior, 1725, and Abigail, history unknown. 
Benjamin, youngest son of Isaac, sen'r., b. 1717, m. x\bigail Rose, d. 
1768, had two sons, Benjamin m. Margaret Prior, died in Enfield, 
Sharon died in Hartford, two daughters died young, Abigail m. Zach- 
ariah Prior, 1 759, Lucy m. Reuben Perkins, Rose m. Daniel Kings- 
bury, Damaris m. Edward Collins. 

Phelps, Israel — a first settler near Scantic, married for first wife 
Mary Pease, 1703, had one son, Israel, who married Hannah Bement, 
daughter of William B. 1731, had a son Israel b. 1733, left town. 



176 

Israel Phelps, sen'r., married for second wife, Avidovv Rachel Jones'^ 
1713, had two sons, David b. 1716, m. Margaret Colton, 1737, d. 1803, 
left a family, Noah b. 1720. 

Pierce, Nathaniel — a first settler in tlie S. E. part of the town, d. 
1755, aged 84, had two sons ; Nathaniel b. 1704, Joseph b. 1721, 
died in Enfield. 

Prior, John — settled in Enfield in 1686, married Mary Geer, had 
six sons; Daniel b. 1697, died at Cape Breton, 1746, Nathaniel b. 
1702, m. Ann Pease, 1725, d. 1786, had one son w ho settled and died 
in Enfield, Azariah b. 1705, left town, Ezekiel b. 1708, m. Deborah 
Geer, 1732, settled and died in Enfield, had one son who settled and 
died in Enfield, left a family, Ebenezer b. 1712, m. Hannah Simons, 

1737, left town, and died in Vermont, old. John Prior m. Sarah 
Pease for second wife, 1721, had one son, John b. 1723, went to East 
Windsor. 

Raynolds, Rev. Peter — settled as minister in Enfield in 1725, died 
1768, aged 68, had four sons ; Samuel b. 1728, settled as physician 
in Somers, d. 1774, Peter b. 1730, d. 1777, left two sons, John b. 

1738, d. 1812, left children, Edward b. 1740, a daughter Margaret b. 
1742, m. Doct. Simeon Field, 1763, died in Enfield. 

Simons, William — a first settler, d. 1738, aged 79, had four sons ; 
John b. 1695, m. Sarah Geer, 1722, had six sons, John b. 1724, Paul 
b. 1726, Ebenezer b. 1731, Asahel b. 1734, settled and died in En- 
field, Edward b. 1740, and Titus b. 1744. William, 2d son of William, 
sen'r., b. 1690, in. Hannah Randall, first wife, and Margaret Parks, 
second wife, had five sons, William b. 1718, Timothy b. 1720, Ste- 
phen b. 1723, Benjamin b. 1731, settled and died in Enfield, 1805, 
Joseph b. 1729. James, 3d son of William, sen'r., b. 1099, m. Dor- 
cas Foster, 1730. Philip, 4th son, b. 1702, m. Martha Bement, 1727, 
had one son, Philip b. 1734, Abel b. 1742, one daughter, Esther m. 
Caleb Jones, 1759. 

Terry, Samuel — a first settler, married Hannah Morgan, daughter 
of Isaac M. 1682 — the first marriage in the settlement — died 1730, 
had seven sons ; Samuel b. 1090, went to N. York State, Ebenezer 
b. 1696, d. 1780, had three sons who settled in Enfield, Ebenezer b. 
1722, d. 1817, aged 94, left children, Selah b. 1732, d. 1803, left 
children, Christopher Healms d. 1770, aged 34, left children. By his 
first wife, Samuel Terry, sen'r., had two daughters ; Hannah m. Wil- 
liam Bement, 1707, Rebecca m. .John Pasko, 1713. By his second 
wife Martha Credan, Samuel, sen'r. had five sons ; Benjamin b. 1698, 



177 

m. Hannah Poase, 1721, died in Enfield, liad throe sons wlio settled 
in Enfield, Benjamin b. 1728, m. Hannah Olmstead, llTyii, died in 
Enfield, left children,'Gideon b. 1737, died witliout posterity, Shadrach 
b. 1741, d. 1799, left children. Ephraim, 4th son of Samuel, sen'r., 
b. 1701, m. Ann Collins, 1723, d. 1783, left five sons, Samuel b. 1725, 
died in Enfield, 1798, left a family, Ephraim b. 1728, d. 1807, left 
children, Nathaniel b. 1730, d. 1792, left children, Elijah b. 1730, 
died in Enfield, left children, Eliphalet b. 1742, d. in Enfield, 1812, 
left children. Jacob, 5th son of Samuel, sen'r., b. 1704, m. Mary 
Pease, 1730, settled in Terry lane, d. 1779, had four sons, Jacob b. 
1731, left town, Joseph b. 1732, died in Enfield, left children, Daniel 
b. 1743, died in Enfield without children — one son living in 1831,, 
died soon after. Jonathan, 6th son of Samuel, sen'r., b. 1707, m. 
Sarah Pease, 1738, d. 1793, had two sons and two daughters. Isaac, 
youngest son of Samuel Terry, sen'r., b. 1713, died in Enfield in 1782, 
left children. — Di: John C. Pease. 



LIST OF FIRST SETTLERS, 

WJio have few or no Descendants in Enfield. 
Abbe, Obadiah— settled in 1682, d. 1733, without children. 
Adams, John — settled in 1697, lived in Enfield for some years, his- 

tory unknown. 
Pancraft, Thomas — settled in 1681, had one son, Nathaniel b. in En- 

field, d. 1684. 
Burroughs, John — settled in 1680, d. 1691, aged 42, had one son who 

settled in Enfield, and had the following sons born in the town : 

John-b. 1711, Simon b. 1719, David b. 1724, Abner b. 1728, one 

daughter, Mary m. Nehemiah Chandler, sen'r., and d. 1807, M 95. 
Bliss, John — an early settler, had one son, John b. in Enfield, in 1695. 

John Bliss went to Lebanon. 
Bliss, Nathaniel — m. Mary Wright, settled in Enfield, 1697. 
Bishop, David — an early settler, had one son, Thomas b. in town. 
Citron, Benjamin — m. Sarah Bush, and settled in Enfield, 1718, had 

two sons b. in Enfield ; Benjamin b. 1721, Daniel b. 1723. 
Collins, Daniel — a first settler in the south part of the town, d. 1690> 

aged 42, left one son, Nathan, who went to Brimfield, Mass. 
Durell, John — an early settler, had two sons b. in Enfield ; John b. 

1721 ; David b. 1723. 
Fairman, John — an early settler in the lower part of town, died out of 

town, had one son, James b. 1683, m. Patience French, 1711, set- 
23 



178 

tied in the west part of Somors, died about 1722, had five sons ; 
James b. 1713, died in Enfield, John b. 1715, went to Wilbraham, 
Joseph b. 1717, Richard b. 1719, went to Newtown, Benjamin the 
youngest, m. Hannah McGregory, 1741, first wife, and Abigail 
Bement, second wife, 1749, died at Havanna. 

French; Ephruim — a first settler in the north part of the town, d. 1716, 
had one son, Richard, who died 1757, aged 83, had three sons ; 
Ephraim b. 1708, settled in the east part of the town, Richard born 
1712, d. at Ticonderoga, 1759, John b. 1710, d. 1775. 

Gains, Benoni — an early settler, m. Abigail Fairman, 1700, had three 
sons ; Benoni b. 1706, d. 1741, John b. 1708, m. Hannah Chand- 
ler, 1736, d. 1784, had one son, John b. 1787, m. Lauraina Pease, 
1755, left town. James, 3d son of Benoni, sen'r., b. 1710, ra. Ma- 
bel Pease, had one son, James b. 1741. 

Gary, Nathaniel — an early settler from Barnstable, had a large fam- 
ily, five daughters married in Enfield ; Mahitabel m. Ebenezer 
Jones, 1719, Rachel m. Nicholas Hall, 1721, Mary m. Thomas 
Whipple, 1722, Rebecca m. Samuel Gibbs, 1731, Abigail m. Ger- 
shom Sexton, 1736. 

Geer, Thomas — a first settler in the south part of the town, died in 
1722, aged 99, had one son, Shubacl, who settled in Enfield, m. 
Sarah Abbe, 1706, had two sons ; Shubael b. 1717, had four sons 
and four daughters, Thomas b. 1722, m. Hannah Abbe, had two 
sons, Thomas b. 1740, Elihu b. 1749, died in Enfield. Sarah, eldest 
daughter of Shubael Geer, sen'r., b. 1704, m. John Simons, 1723, 
Deborah b. 1707, m. Ezekiel Prior, 1732, Mary b. 1710, m. Roger 
Griswold, 1731, Tabitha b. 1712, m. Edward Collins, Bathsheba b. 
1715, m. Charles Sexton, 1745, Anna m. Aaron Pease, 1751, Eli. 
zabeth b. 1720, m. Ebenezer Terry. 

Hall, Ichabod, Nicholas and John — three brothers, were early settlers 
in the cast part of Enfield. Nicholas settled at Coal Meadow, had 
two sons ; Benjamin b. 1723, left town, Joseph died in the Revolu- 
tion. Ichabod settled on the Somers road, had three sons, Ebene- 
zerb. 1730, went to Tyringham, Moses b. 1732, Elisha b. 1751. 
John settled near Scantic, d. 1775, aged 51, had six sons, Israel, 
John, Joel, Azariah, Daniel and Levi, all left town. 

Hay ward, Thomas — settled in Enfield in 1682, had two sons ; Na- 
thaniel and John. The family lived in Enfield twenty or thirty 
years, and finally removed to New London and other places. 

Hitchcock, David — an early settler, had two sons born in Enfield ; 



179 

David b. 1708, Paul b. 1714. David, scii'r. in. Mary Thomas, 2d 
wife, 1717. 

Horton, Nathaniel — an early settler in the south part of the town, af- 
terwards went to Somers, had two sons ; Nathaniel b. 1695, m. 
Hannah Parsons, 1720, d. 1790, had one son, Aaron b. 1733, d. 
180G. David Horton, 2d son of Nathaniel b. 1098. 

Jones, Benjamin — one of the first settlers of Enfield, and the first settler 
of Somers in 1706, d. 1718, had six sons ; Thomas m. Mary Meach- 
am, daughter of Capt. Isaac, 1708, d. 1763, aged 83, had four sons 
and four daughters, Mary b. 1709, ni. Abraham Whipple, 1731. 
•Icrusha, 2d daughter of Thomas .lones, b. 1711, m. Jonathan Spen. 
cer, 1731, settled in Somers. Thomas, b, 1713, died in the Cape 
Breton expedition, 1746, Israel b. 1716, went to Barkhamsted, 
Rev. Isaac b. 1717, settled in Mass., Bathsheba b. 1720, m. John 
Pease, Elizabeth m. David Kellogg, of VVestfield, 1747, Samuel b. 
1724, d. 1743. Mary, the wife of Thomns Jones, d. 1744. Eben- 
ezer, 2d son of Benjamin Jones, m. Priscilla Smith, 1713, settled in 
Somers, Elcazer m. Mahitabel Gary, 1719, settled in Somers, Ben- 
jamin b. 1710, Levi b. 1716, one other son, name unknown. 

Kibbe, Elisha — a first settler near the middle of the town, died 1735, 
aged 97, had four sons, Edward, one of the first settlers of Somers, 
in 1713, had four sons born in Enfield, Edward b. 1694, m. Esther 
Fowler, 1720, settled in Somers, Elisha b. 1698, m. Mahitabel Felt, 
1728, settled in Somers, his eldest son, Elisha b. 1729, d. in Enfield, 
1805. Jacob, 3d son of Edward Kibbe, b. 1701, m. Grace Citron, 
1723, settled in Somers, Israel b. 1704, m. Sarah Horton, 1725, 
settled in Somers, left sons. John Kibbe, 2d son of Elisha, sen'r., 
settled near the centre of the town,' had one son, John b. 1699, 
moved to Stafibrd, left three sons. James Kibbe, 3d son of Elisha, 
sen'r., settled in the north part of the town, had four sons born in 
Enfield; James b. 1707, Isaac b. 1712, Stephen b. 1714, David b. 
1723, and one daughter who married Samuel Billings, 1733, and 
settled in Somers. Isaac, youngest son of Elisha, sen'r.. b. 1683, 
the first male child born in Enfield, died 1766, had one son, married 
Margaret Terry, 1755, d. 1779. Rachel, daughter of Elisha, sen'r., 
b. 1688, m. Jonathan Bush, first husband, d. 1786. 

McGregory, John — married Hannah Pease, 1712, one of the first set- 
tiers of Somers, afterwards went to the N. E. part of Enfield, and 
died there, had two sons ; John b. 1714, died in Enfield, Ebcnczer 
died in Enfield, left a large family, four sons and seven daughters, 
(three of the daughters were born at one birth.) 



180 

Miller, Andrew — an early settlor, died 1708, aged 60, had one son, 
David, who m. Hannah Miller, 1713, d. 1715. 

Morgan, Isaac — settled in 1682, was drowned, November, 1706, aged 
56, had one daughter who married Capt. Samuel Terry. 

Osborn, Samuel — early settler, died in 1713, aged 60, had one son, 
Isaac, who married Elizabeth Jones, 1715, one son, Samuel b. 1694. 

Pasco, John — early settler, died 1706, had one son, John, who mar- 
ried Rebecca Terry, 1713, and one son, Jonathan b. 1687. 

Pease, Robert, 2d — from England, came to Enfield in 1687, married 
Hannah Warriner, 1691, had three sons ; Nathaniel b. 1702, rn. 
Miriam, daughter of Robert Pease, 3d, 1730, had three sons, Na- 
thaniel b. 1737, left town, Levi b. 1739, settled in Shrewsbury, Ms., 
and died in 1821, Abel b. 1741. Joseph, 2d son of Robert, 2d., b. 
1707. Benjamin, 3d son. 

Perkins, Thomas — early settler, married Sarah Richards, in 1694, d. 
1709, aged 43, left one son, Thomas b. 1695, m. Widow Mary 
Allen, 1718, settled in the east part of Enfield, died 1770, had five 
sons by first wife, Thomas b. 1720, d. 1768, John b. 1723, left town 
for Massachusetts, as did Israel, Daniel b. 1730, died in Enfield, 
1803, Elias moved to Derby. By his second wife Thomas Perkins 
had two sons, both left Enfield. 

Pierce, John — died in 1743, aged 60 ; his eldest son, John married 
Rebecca Pease, 1736, settled in the N. E. part of Enfield. 

Randall, William — an early settler, and one of the original Proprietor^ 
of the town, lived in Enfield several years, and had daughters there 
married. 

Rumerill, Simon — married Sarah Fairman in 1692, and settled in En- 
field, had three sons born in Enfield ; Simon b. 1696, Ebenezer b. 
I70I, settled in Enfield, had one son, Ebenezer b. 1729. John, 3d 
son of Simon, sen'r., b. 1704, settled in Enfield, had one son, John 
b. 1728. 

Sexton, Joseph — early settler, died in 1742, aged 76, had one son, 
Gershom, who married Widow Hannah Miller, and settled in the 
east part of Enfield in 1716, had four sons ; Gershom b. 1717, Jon- 
athan and David b. 1725, Asahel b. 1733. Joseph, another son of 
Joseph, sen'r., m. Sarah Parsons, 1723, had one son, Joseph b. 
1724. Daniel, a son of Joseph, sen'r., settled in Somers, had one 
son, Daniel b. 1737, and Stephen b. 1741, Joseph b. 1743. Charles, 
a son of Joseph, sen'r., b. 1708, m. Bathshcba Geer, 1738, left town. 

Trumbull, Jolm — settled in Enfield in 1691, left town soon. 



181 

Trumbull, Joseph — died in Enfield in 1761. 

Warriner, Joseph — from Nortiificld, settled in Enfield in 1791, had 

two sons ; Ebenezer and John, who both settled in Enfield. The 

last of this family, Samuel, b. 1719, d. 1788. 
Weld, Daniel — married Mary Warriner, and settled in Enfield in 

1711, had four sons ; Daniel b. 1719, Joseph b. 1726, Samuel b. 

1728, Edmund b. 1732. 
West, Joseph and Benjamin — two brothers, settled in Enfield in 168(i. 

Benjamin married Hannah Haddock, 1692, had one son, Benjamin 

b. 1692. This family removed to Middlctown. — Dr. Pease. 



CATALOGUE 



OF THE 

NAMES OF THE FIRST PURITAN SETTLFRS OF 
CONNECTICUT. 

COXTINUKD. 



A. 

Abbe, Samuel, of Windham, (No. 3, p. 110,) Abraham IVlitcliell, 
married his widow, he and Mary Abbe, were adniiaistrafors on tlie 
estate of Samuel Abbo in 1698. .lohu Abbe, of Windham, died Dec. 
1700 ; he left a widow and children, and married a widow who had 
children by her first hus])and. The name of Abbe is first found 
in the colony at Wethersficld ; the names of Hebard or Ilibbard and 
Ripley arc first found at Windham. (Seep. 110.) 

Ackley, Henry, settled at Stamford, 1G62. 

Ackley, Nicholas, of Haddam, died vVpril 29, 1G95. He left a 
widow and children, John, Nathaniel, James, Hannah, Mar}-, Sarah 
and Lydia — perhaps another son. He moved from Hartford to Had- 
dam. (For Ashley, p. 13, read Ackley — sec p. 110.) 

Alderman, William, of Farmington, died about 1G97, left a widow, 
perhaps children. 

Allyn, Col. Matthew, jr., of Windsor, grandson of Hon. Matthew, 
sen'r., married Elizabeth Wolcott, a grand daughter of Hon. Ilenr}', 
sen'r. An estate had fallen to his wife Elizabeth, from her grand 
father Wolcott, which was situated in the Parishes of Tolland and 
Ledyard Lauran, in the county of Sommerset, and at Willington, 
called Long Forth, in England. la June, 1740, he made a will solely 
to dispose of this property, without including any of his property in 
this country. At this time he disposed of his rents in these lands, 
held by him in right of his wife. His children were, Thomas, (who 
died before this time and had left a son Thomas,) Henry, (who h;ul 
but one son Henry,) Josiali, Pelatiah and Matthew. (His wife Eliza- 
beth was deceased.) Ho gave his rents in England to Henry, jr., 
grandson of Col. Matthew, to Josiah, son of Josiah, deceased, and 
to some of his own sons. The death of some of his sons caused him 
to malic a codicil to his will, which somewhat altered the disposal of 
the property. Estate £1800. (Sec p. 10.) Col. Matthew died. 



183 

June, 1753. His children were, Matthew, Pclatiah, (Thomas died 
before his father, and left four sons, Thomas, Theophilus, John and 
Joseph,) Henry, Elizabeth, Eunice and Azuba. His lands at Wilhng- 
ton and Torrington he gave to his three living sons, and one fourth to 
the four sons of Thomas, deceased. He gave £4 to the old church in 
Windsor. He had three grandsons — the sons of Josiah, viz. Josiah, 
John and Matthew. 

Ainsworth, Tixhall, of Hartford, had a case in court in 1700. 

Ashley, Robert, came to Si)ringfield in Mass. in the year 1G39, and 
now appears to have been the only one of the name that came to New 
England. The name of his wife was Mary — her family name is not 
known. Their children were as follows, all born in Springfield : 

David, born June 8, 1042. Sarah, born Aug. 23, 1048. 

Mary, born April 0, 1044. Joseph, born July 0, 1052. 

Jonathan, born Feb. 12, 1040. 
Of these children, all are noticed in their flither's will, except Sarah, 
who probably died young. Mary married John Root, of Westfield. 
(This branch is not traced.) Robert the first, died at Springfield, 
Nov. 29, 1082 ; his wife, Mary, died Sept. 19, 1083. 

Ashley, David, son of Robert, married Hannah Glover, of New 
Haven, Conn., in 1003, supposed a daughter of Henry Glover. Their 
children were, 

Samuel, born Oct. 20, 1004. 

David, born March 10, 1007. 

John, born June 27, 1009. 

Joseph, born July 31, 1071. 

Sarah, born Sept. 19, 1073, married Thomas Ingersoll, 1091. 

Mary, ) , ^. born Dec. 14, 1075, died young. 

Hannah, \ born Dec. 14, 1075, married Nath 1. Eggleston. 

Jonathan, born June 21, 1078. 

Abigail, born April 27, 1081, m. Nath'l. Lewis, of Farmington. 

Mary, b. March 3, 1083, m. Benjamin Stebbins, of Northampton. 

Rebecca, b. May 30, 1085, m. Samuel Dewey. 
David removed to Westfield, and died there in 1718. His five eldest 
children are recorded in Springfield, and two of the same, and the six 
youngest are recorded in Westfield. The first Mary died young. 
The other five sons and five daughters were married, and are men- 
tioned in their father's will. 

Ashley, Jonathan, 2d son of Robert, married Sarah Wadsworth, the 
daughter of William Wadsworth, an original proprietor of Hartford, 



184 

Conn., a gentleman of wealth and exalted reputation. (Sec page 8t>, 
No. 3.) Jonathan removed to Hartford, and died there, Feb. 1705, 
and left three sons and two daughter.", and a large estate. (See p. 
111.) This branch in Connecticut is not traced. 

Ashley, Joseph, 3d son of Robert, lived in West Springfield, and 
was the ancestor of the West Springfield Ashleys. He married Mary 
Parsons, 1G85, and had children, Joseph, Ebenezer, Mary, Abigail and 
Benjamin. He died May 19, 1G98. This includes the children and 
grand children of Robert Ashley, (except the Roots, and some of Da- 
vid's grand children.) 

Ashley, Samuel, son of David, married Sarah Kellogg, of Hadicy, 
and had children, Mary, born 1687, Samuel, jr., 1088, Daniel 1G91, 
Sarah 1(593, Rachel 1G95, Jacob 1G97, Johannah 1G99, Aaron 1702, 
Ezekiel — , Abigail 1708, and Joseph 1709 — this last son graduated 
at Yale College, 1730, and was a minister at Sunderland, Mass., and 
died in 1780. 

Ashley, Dea. David, son of David, married Mary Dewey, 1688. 
Their children were, Thomas, born 1690, David 1692, Mary 1694, 
Ehzabeth 1697, Abigail 1700, Moses 1703, Hannah 1706, Israel 1710 
— Israel graduated at Yale College in 1730, was a physician, and 
died in 1758. Dea. David died in 1744. (See Yale Catalogue.) 

Ashley, Joseph, son of David, married Abigail Dewey, 1699, died 
before his father, and left but one son, James born in 1770. He had 
three other children, who died young. 

Ashley, Jonathan, son of David, married Abigail Stebbins, of Spring, 
field, 1699, and had children, Abigail born 1701, Azariah born 1704, 
Mercy 1707, Lydia 1710, Jonathan 1712, Benjamin 1714, Ebenezer 
1717, Phineas 1729. Jonathan, son of David, died 1749. The above 
Jonathan, the son of Jonathan, graduated at Yale College in 1730, in 
the same class with three other cousins, viz. Israel, John and Joseph 
Ashley. This Rev. Jonathan, son of Jonathan, was ordained at Deer- 
field, Mass., in 1732. He married Dorothy Williams, daughter of 
Rev. William Williams, of Hatfield. She was born in 1713. He 
was the second ordained minister at Deerfield, and became a celebra- 
ted preacher and divine. Their children were, William, born July, 
1737, died in 1737, Jonathan born Jan. 6, 1738, William born 1740, 
died same year, Dorothy born April 3, 1743, married Dea. William 
Williams, of Dalton, Mass., Elizabeth born June 9, 1745, married 
Maj. David Dickinson, of Deerfield, 1783, Solomon born May 2.'>, 
1754, drowned Jan. 14, 1823, Elisha (Doctor) born Oct. 12, 1750, 



185 

Clarissa bora Dec. 1, 1757. Jonathan, son of Rev. Jonathan, grad- 
uated at Yale College in 1758, and became a lawyer, and practised 
at Dcerfield. He married Tirzah Field, daughter of Col. Field, of 
Decrficld, and had three daughters, viz. Tirzah, who married Rufus 
Saxton, Esq., ofDeerfield ; Harriet married Col. E. Gilbert, of Green- 
field ; Dorothy married Dr. Roswell Leavitt, of Cornish, N. H., and 
all had families ; Clarissa, youngest daughter of Rev. Jonathan, mar. 
ried Dr. Moses C. Welch, of Mansfield, Conn., who was a distinguish- 
ed divine. They had children, Jonathan Ashley Welch, Esq., attor- 
ney at law at Brooklyt), Conn. ; he married Mary Devotion Baker in 
1819 ; his children are, Ebenezer B., Mary C, Louisa D., Charles 
A., Joseph, James E., and Elizabeth Jane. Archibald Welch, M. D., 
of Wethersfield, is also a son of Rev. Moses C, born 1794, President 
of the Connecticut Medical Society ; he married Cynthia Hyde, of 
Lebanon, in 1819, and has three sons and two daughters. Rev. Jon- 
athan Ashley died in 1 780, aged G8 ; his wife died at Deerfield in 
1808, aged 95 years. Elisha Williams, Esq. settled at Wethersfield, 
and married Mehitabel Burnham, Aug. 24, 1749, and had eight chil- 
dren ; he died in 1784. Samuel W., his son, graduated at Yale Col- 
lege in 1772, and married Emily Williams in 1785, and had eleven 
children, the last born at W^ethersfield in 1 806, John Stoddard Wil. 
liams. Dr. Elihu Ashley, son of Rev. Jonathan, married his cousin, 
Mary Williams, daughter of Dr. Thomas Williams, of Deerfield, a 
brother of Col. Ephraim Williams, the founder of Williams College. 
The children of Dr. Elihu were. Col. Thomas W., born 1775; Rob- 
ert W., a physician ; Mary b. 1790. Col. Thomas W. married a 
daughter of Rev. Mr. Crosby, of Enfield in 1814, and has children, 
Jonathan, Josiah, Thomas W. and Abbot, and had others who died. 
Dr. Robert W., brother of Col. Thomas W. Ashley, now resides at 
Lyons, N. Y., and has children. Mary, sister of Dr. Robert, married 
a Mr. Tippets, and died at Geneva, N. Y. It was by the above inter- 
marriage of the Ashley and Williams famihes that the late Chief Jus- 
tice Williams, of Connecticut, is descended from this family. 

Ashley, John, the third son of David, born in 1067, in Springfield ; 
had three wives, first, Sarah Dewey, born 1692, she died in 1708 ; he 
married for his second wite, widow Mary Sheldon in 1708, she died 
in 1735 ; for a third wite he married Hannah Glover in 1735. The 
second wife, widow Mary Sheldon, was the relict of Joseph Sheldon, 
of Suffield, (who went from Northampton) ; she was the daughter of 
Joseph Whiting, of Hartford, who was the Treasurer of Connecticut 
24 



18« 

for some years. (See VVilliiun Whiting, No. 3, p. J)7 — Siborn Nich- 
ols, p. 155, No. ti.) This Joseph Wlufing resided a few years in 
Westfield, and married Mary Pyncheon, the only daughter of Col. 
John Pyncheon, of Springfield, Oct. 5, 16G9 ; she was born Oct. 28, 
1650. Mr. Whiting had by Mary Pyncheon in Westfield, Mary, born 
Aug. 10, 1672, and Joseph born 1()74, who died young. Mr. Whiting 
returned to Hartford, and his wife soon after died, and he married a 
daughter of Col. John AUyn, for his second wife. This Mary Whi- 
ting, born 1G72, the grand daughter of Col. Pyncheon, (see William 
Pyncheon, p. GG, No. 2,) married Joseph Sheldon about 1G94 ; she 
had a son Joseph born in Northampton, 1695 ; the other children 
most or all of them were born in Suffield, Conn., viz. Amy, Mary, 
Joseph born in 1700, (the first Joseph died,) Rachel born 1703, Ben- 
jamin 1705. Joseph Sheldon died July 2, 1708, at Boston, where he 
was attending the General Court as Representative of Suffield. His 
widow (the grand daughter of Col. Pyncheon) married John Ashley, 
Esq., of Springfield. The children of John Ashley, of Springfield, by 
his \\'ife, Sarah Dewey, were — Sarah born 1G93, Hannah 1695, John 
1697, (died young) Moses 1700, Ebenezer 1702, Noah 1701, Roger 
1 705, Lydia 1708. By his second wife, widow Mary Sheldon, he had 
John born 1709, and Preserved 1711 — the latter died young. John 
Ashley, of Sheffield, was the only child of John Ashley, Esq, of Spring- 
field, by his 2d wife, (Mary Sheldon) who lived. John Ashley, Esq. 
who had been much employed in public business, and held many res- 
ponsiblc places of public trust in Springfield, died April 17, 1759, in 
his 90th year. Col. John Pyncheon, of Springfield, died in 1703, but 
his estate, for some reason, wiis not fully settled until 1737. In that 
year there was about Jt8000 of his estate remaining not distributed, 
which consisted chieffy of land, and two-thirds of this, or £5312 was 
given by the Probate Court to the heirs of his son John, and one-third 
or cC26.56 to heirs of his grand daughter, Mary Ashley, alias Sheldon, 
alias Whiting, (so the record reads) ; of this £2656 Joseph Sheldon 
had a double portion, £758, Benjamin Sheldon £379, Amy, wife of 
James Warriner £379, Mary, wife of Ebenezer Hitchcock, £379, 
Rachel, wife of Jedediah Bliss £379 — (these were the five Sheldon 
children), and John Ashley, son of Mr. John Ashley £379 — all hav- 
ing the same mother. This John Ashley, who afterwards settled at 
Sheffield, was a great grand son of the first Robert Ashley ; he was 
also the great grand son of Col. John Pyncheon, of Springfield. 
Ashley, John, Esq., of Sheffield, son of John, Esq., of Springfield, 



187 

was born at Wcstfield, Dec. 2, 1709, emigrated in early life to Shef- 
field, and located himself there as a lawyer, after he had been admit- 
ted to the bar, in 1732 or 3. He held large quantities of land in the 
valley of the Housatonic and at Kunkapot, three miles east of the 
river. He soon rose in the militia to the rank of colonel, and was 
most of his life a magistrate of the county of Berkshire ; he was also 
a Judge of the County from 17G5 until the Court was dismissed dur- 
ing the war of the Revolution in 1781. He graduated at Yale College 
in 1730, and died at Sheffield, Sept. 1803, aged 93 years. Hannah, 
his wife, died June 19, 1790. lie became a gentleman of great wealth, 
and left to his son and grand children about 1000 acres of finely cul- 
tivated lands and other estate ; most of his lands he had held from his 
first settlement there, until his death. Colonel or Judge John married 
in early life, Hannah Hugaboom, of Claverac, in the State of N. Y. 
Her sister married Mr. Van Ness, of Kindcrhook, the father of Gen. 
Van Ness, late deceased, of Washington, D. C, of Hon. C. P. Van 
Ness, former Governor of Vermont, and Minister to Spain, and Judge 
Van Ness, deceased, of New York. Judge Ashley had one son and 
three daughters, viz. Gen. John, Jane, Mary and Hannah. 

Ashley, Jane, the eldest daughter of Judge John, of Sheflield, mar- 
ried William Bull, who lived and died at Sheffield. They had one 
son. Dr. William Bull. After the death of her husband, she married 
Rulutt" Dutcher, of Canaan, Conn., by whom she had several children, 
viz. Christopher, John, Ruluff, jr., Washington, and five daughters — 
one of the daughters of Ruluflj jr. married Mr. Stirling, of Salisbury, 
another married a Mr. Bushnell, and a third married Gen. Francis 
Bacon, of Litchfield, a young lawyer of much promise. After the 
death of Mr. Dutcher, Jane married for her 3d husband. Judge J. 
Porter, of Salisbury, the father of the late Gen. Peter B. Porter, of 
Black Rock, or Niagara Falls, N. Y. 

Ashley, Mary, 2d daughter of Judge Ashley, married Gen. John 
Fellows, of Sheffield. They had four daughters and three sons, viz. 
Hannah, Mary, Charlotte, Jane, John, Edmund and Henry. Hannah 
married Dr. J. Porter, of Salisbury ; Mary married a Mr. Penfield 
who settled the town of Penfield in the State of New York ; one of 
'the daughters of Mr. Penfield married the Hon. Ogden Edwards, of 
the city of New York. Mary Fellows, wife of Gen. Fellows, died 
Dec. 7, 1797. 

Ashley, Maj. Gen. John, born Sept. 26, 1736. He entered Yale 
College, and received the honors of that Seminary in 1756, after 



188 

which he received a law education, but never followed his profession, 
and settled in his native town, Sheffield, as a merchant. He served 
his town many years as Representative to the General Court at Boston, 
as his honored father had done before him. He rose through the 
several militia grades to the rank of Major General of the 9th division 
of the militia of Massachusetts ; he also held several civil appoint- 
ments. Gen. Ashley distinguished himself in the suppression of Shay's 
rebellion in Massachusetts. He married Louisa Ward, of New Marl- 
borough, May 20, 1702. Their children by this connection, were — 
Louisa, born March 10, 17GH, and John Ashley, born Jan. 11, 1767. 
Louisa, the first wife of Gen. John, died April 2, 1769. Gen. Ashley, 
for his 2d wife, married Mary Bollentine, Oct. 17, 1769, daughter of 
Rev. John Bollentine, of Westfield. She was born in 1744, and died 
March 8, 1827, aged 83 years. By this marriage his children were, 
Bollentine born Dec. 2, 1770, M.ij. William born Jan. 3, 1773, Rogc^r 
born March 27, 1775, Samuel born Nov. 21, 1778, Mary born March 
20, 1781, Hannah born Sept. 10, 1782, Jane born March 19, 1784, 
Lydia Ashley born Nov. 19, 1788. Gen. Ashley died Nov. 5, 1799, 
in the G4th year of his age, and was buried with military honors. 
Bollentine, son of Gen. John, died single, aged 28 years. Roger and 
Samuel died young and unmarried. Col. John, son of Gen. John, of 
Sheffield, half brother of Maj. William, married Aseneth Keyes, a 
relative of Col. Henry Stanton, U. S. A., and had children, Harry, 
Louisa, Maria, Emclinc, Eliza, Jane, John and Robert. Col. John 
died Dec. 22, 1823, and his widow, Aseneth, died a few years after 
him. 

Ashley, Louisa, eldest daughter of Gen. John Ashley, by his first 
wife, married Samuel B. Sheldon, then of Salisbury, who soon moved 
to Vermont and became the first settler of the town of Sheldon, and 
gave to the new town his own name. They had two children, Eliza 
and John — the latter died young. Eliza married Dr. Cliauucey Fitch, 
late of Sheldon. Their children were, Jabez, Samuel S., John, Louisa 
and Eliza. 

Ashley, Maj. William, son of Gen. John, was born Jan. 3, 1773, 
and was educated at Harvard College, but followed no profession, 
except that of a gentleman farmer, holding a large estate in lands in 
Sheffield, where he now resides. When young he married Jane Hill- 
yer, a daughter of Judge Hillyer, of Granby, Conn., Jan 4, 1803, born 
Aug. 24, 1779. By this connection he had a son and two daughters, 
viz. Julia H. b. Nov. 29, 1803, and died Aug. 4, 1822, and Jane Pel- 



189 

Ictrau, b. Jan. 21, 1808. Julia married Horatio L. Waincr, Esq., a 
merchant of Sheffield, June 18, 1821, she died soon after marriage, 
and left no issue. Jane married Hon. WilHam G. Bates, of Westfield, 
Mass., October 29, 1830, a lawyer of eminence, and has been two 
years a member of the Governor's Council of his State, and held other 
important offices. He was born Nov. 17, 1803 — his children, Sarah 
Barnard b. June 24, 1831, d. Aug. 27, 1831, Jane Ashley b. Feb. 24, 
1835, Mary Ashley b. July 28, 1837, d. Sept. 23, 1838, William Ash- 
ley b. Jan. 2G, 1839, d. May 2, 1839, Sarah Porter b. Oct. IG, 1840, 
d. April 25, 1841, an infant b. June 17, 1843, d. same day, and Fan- 
nie Bulah Bates b. March 4, 1845. 

Mar\', the daughter of Gen. John, married Dr. John Laflargue, of 
St. Domingo, in the West Indies — he afterwards located and died at 
Sheffield. He had only one son, John, who is married and has seve- 
ral children. Mary, tlic widow, is yet living at Sheffield. 

Hannah Ashley, married John Hillyer, son of Judge Hillyer, dec'd. 
of Granby, Conn., and has several children, viz. Mary A b. July, 1809, 
Julia b. 1812, William A. b. 1814, John b. 1817, and Jane b. Jan. 
11, 1823. William A. married Julia Banker, of New York, January 
10, 1815. 

Jane Ashle^', daughter of Gen. John, married Harry Clark, of Shef- 
field, and had two children, John B. and Jane M. She then mar- 
ried Dr. Nathaniel Preston, of Sheffield, and had Lydia A., Harriet A., 
and Sarah B. Sarah died young. John married Miss Graves, a 
daughter of Judge Graves, of Sherman. Jane married Judge Pren- 
tice, of Michigan. Lydia married Jonathan Woodruff, of Lima, In- 
diana, and left one child, she died in 1846. Harriet married Elijah 
Deming, of Indiana, June 23, 1847. 

Lydia Ashley, youngest daughter of Gen. John, married Royal R. 
Hinman, Esq., of Hartford, Sept, 14, 1814. (See No. 3, p. 147.) 

John Ashley, Joseph Ashley, Israel Ashley and Jonathan Ashley, 
graduated at Yale College in 1730 ; Jonathan Ashley and John Ash- 
ley graduated at Yale in 1758 ; and in 1707, Israel and Moses Ashley 
also graduated at Yale. Hon. Chester Ashley, the present United 
States Senator from Arkansas, was born in Massachusetts, and gradu. 
ated at Williams College in 1813, and is a descendant of Robert Ash- 
ley, of Springfield, 1639. 

Austin, John, of Hartford, appointed guardian of the minor heirs of 
Ebenezer Fitch, deceased, of Windsor, 1734. He married Mary 
Hooker, Dec. 1713. 



190 

Ayrault, Nicholas, of Wcthcrsficlcl, died 1706. Ho was a physi- 
cian by profession, a French gentleman. At his decease he left a 
widow, (Marian) and several children. To his son Peter, he gave his 
gold buttons. The rest and residue of his property in France and else, 
where, he gave to his M'idoAV, Marian. He provided for his children, 
after either the marriage, or death of his widow. He married Marian 
Breton or IJrctoon, of Providence, R. I. The house which he built, 
stood on the next lot south and adjoining the residence of Capt. Jesse 
(Jof)drich in Wethersfield. lie was a gentleman of wealth and rcpu- 
tation, and was connected by marriage to the Dodd family. Marian 
Dodd, of Hartford, now has a beautiful French box of splendid w ork- 
manship, which has descended from Marian Ayrault. 

B. 

Baldwin, Nathaniel, was a resident at Fairfield as early as KMl. 

Barlow, James, of Suffield, and Sarah Huxley, were joined in mar. 
ria<To. James Barlow, the son of James, which Sarah his wife bore 
to him, born Jan. 27, 1088. James Barlow, seu'r., died March 10, 
1089-90. James Barlow, jr., and Mary Harmon, were joined in 
marriage, April 1st, 1714. Their children were, Mary b. March 17, 
1714-15, Sarah b. Jan. 14, 1716-17, Elizabeth b. April 20, 1719, 
James b. June 10, 1721, Anne b. June 19, 1723, Nathan b. March 26, 
1720, Ebcnezer b. Jan. 30, 1727-8, Deborah b. Nov. 14, 1729, Ed- 
mund b. May 18, 1732. John Barlow, of Fairfield, 1050. Thomas, 
at Fairfield, 1654. 

Bates, Robert, an early settler in Stamford, 1041 — whether of the 
family which settled at Iladdam is not known. 

Bearding, Widow Abigail, died in 1082, (relict of Nathaniel, p. 17.) 
She had a daughter, Hester Spencer. Another married xMr. Andrews, 
and had a son Samuel. 

Belden, Richard. Tradition says, that two brothers, by the name 
of Belden, wore amoiig the first settlers of the colony of Connecticut, 
and that they made their first location at Wethersfield, but that one of 
them, (William) after a while, on the settlement of Norwalk, removed 
thither. And this appears nearly certain by the records of the town 
of Wethersfield ; for as early as Feb. 7, 1041, and among the earliest 
grants, Richard had eight distinct tracts of land allotted to him by the 
town, and little or no mention is made of William, save that he had 
three sons, Samuel, Daniel and John born to hiu), by his first wife, 



191 

Tomisin, in 1047, 1048 and 1050, and no trace of them is found 
afterwards. 

Belden, Samuel, a son of Richard, had a daugliter Mary, and two 
sons, Samuel and Stephen, born to him by his wife, Mary, July 10, 
1055, April 0, 1057, and Dec. 28, 1058. 

lielden, Samuel, jr., son of Samuel, m. Hannah, Jan. 14, 1085. 
They had issue, Samuel born July 25, 1089, Daniel, Feb. 14, 1091, 
Gideon, March 24, 1093, Prudence, Feb. 12, 1094, Richard, April 18, 
1099, Matthew, June 13, 1701, and Hannah, Sept. 25, 1704. 

Belden, Daniel, 2d son of Samuel, jr., married Margaret Clark, 
widow, daughter of Peter Blin, Nov. 23, 1714. They had issue five 
daughters, Margaret, Lois, Prudence, Eunice and Thankful b. Sept. 
10, 1715, June 14, 1717, Jan. 28, 1719, Mar. 17, 1722, Nov. 10, 1724. 

Belden, Samuel 3d, son of Samuel, jr., married Mary Spencer, of 
Haddam, April 10, 1712. They had issue, Samuel born April 20, 
1713, Jared, Jan. 19, 1715, Nathaniel, June 24, 1710, Lydia, May 24, 
1718, Asa, April 1, 1720, Mary, Dec. 11, 1721, Ann, Nov. 7, 172.3, 
Seth, Sept. 18, 1725, Daniel, May 19, 1727, Richard, Dec. 30, 1728, 
Phineas, Sept. 14, 1730, Dorothy, Sept. 0, 1732, Esther, June 22, 
1734, and Martha, June 0, 173G.(a.) 

Belden, Gideon, 3d son of Samuel, jr., married Elizabeth, daughter 
of Zachariah Seimer, (Seymour) Feb. 7, 1712. They had issue, 
Eunice, Elisha born July 22, 1715, Ruth, Elizabeth, Abigail, Hannah, 
Hezekiah born Oct. 20, 1725, Sarah and Experience. 

Belden, John, presumed to be the 2d son of Richard, married Lydia, 
his wife, April 24, 1057. They had issue, John born June 12, 1058, 
Jonathan, June 21, IGGO, Joseph, April 23, 1003, Samuel, Jan. 3, 1005, 
Daniel, Oct. 12, 1070, Ebenezer, Jan. 8, 1072, and two daughters, 
Sarah and Margaret. He was much employed in the public affairs 
of the town. He died in 1677, aged 40. 

Belden, John, jr., son of John, married Dorothy, daughter of Josiah 
Willard, June 15, 1082. Had issue, Josiah born ¥eh. 14, 1083, John, 
Dec. 3, 1085, Benjamin, 1687, Stephen, May 21, 1097, Ezra, Nov. 
27, 1099, and three daughters, Lydia, Hannah and Dorothy. 

Belden, Josiah, eldest son of John, jr., m. Mabel, daughter of Serg't 
Samuel Wright, May 1, 1707, and had issue, Josiah, b. June 11, 1713, 
Ozias, Nov. 18, 1714, Return, Jan. 28, 1721, Solomon, May 22, 1722, 
and six daughters, Mabel Wright, Dorothy, Rebecca, Abigail, Lydia 
and Hannah. Died Sept. 5, 1740. 

Belden, John, 3d — second son of John, jr., m. Keziah, daughter of 



192 

Sergt. Benjamin Gilbert, May I, 1712. She died Dec. 2, 1712, in 
premature childbirth, agod 21. For his 2d wife he married Patience, 
daughter of Josiah Rossiter, Esq., March 22, 1715, by whom he had 
issue, John born March 1, 171G. His wife died on the 9th of tlic 
same month, " aged 24 years wanting one month." He married for 
his 3d wife, Sarah, daughter of Jacob Griswold, Dec. IG, 1718, by 
whom he had issue, Ebenezer, born Dec. 6, 1719, Timothy, Dec. 26, 
1723, and a daughter Keziah, b. Aug. 21, 1722. 

Beldcn, Benjamin, 3d son of John, jr., married Anne, daughter of 
Lieut. Benjamin Churchill, Jan. 29, 1714, and had issue, Mary, born 
Dec. 9, 1715, Benjamin, Feb. 9, 1718, and Charles, Marcii 13, 1720. 

Belden, Ezra, 5th son of John, jr., married Elizabeth, daughter of 
Dca. Jonathan Belden, Feb. 15, 1722, by whom he had issue, Ezra 
born Nov. 29, 1722, Aaron, Sept. 9, 1725, and a 2d Aaron, Oct. 1, 
1731, and three daughters, Elizabeth, Lois and Eunice. From this 
family descended all the Beldens in Rocky Hill.(Z>.) 

Belden, Lieut., Esq., and Dca. Jonathan, 2d son of John the. 1st, 
was born June 21, 1660. Married Mary, daughter of Thomas Wright, 
Dec. 10, 1685. Had issue, Jonathan born Dec. 11, 1G86, Mary, 
Sept. 11, 1687, Silas, July 29, 1691, Jonathan, March 30, 1695, and 
Elizabeth, Oct. 1, 1698. Greatly respected, and much employed in 
town affairs. He died July 6, 1734. 

Belden, Jonathan, his eldest son, died in childhood. 

Belden, Silas, his 2d son, married Abigail, daughter of Capt. Joshua 
Robbins, Nov. 30, 1716. Had issue, Silas, born Nov. 13, 1717, Abi- 
gail (married to Thomas Ilurlbut, of Wcthersficld) Nov. 4, 1720, 
Joshua, July 19, 1724, Charles, May 4, 1728, Lydia, May 1, 1730, 
Oliver, Nov. 19, 1732, and Jonathan, Nov. 16, 1737. While he re- 
mained in Wethersfield he was much employed in public aftairs. Dis- 
posing of his property in Wethersfield, he removed to Canaan in the 
spring of L741, where he had made purchase of large tracts of choice 
new land. He made like purchases also in Dutchess county, N. Y., 
and in Berkshire county, Mass., proposing to make them the future 
establishments of his children. In the autumn of 1741 he returned to 
Wethersfield to settle up his affairs and remove his tl^mily to his new 
possessions. At the time a malignant dysentery prevailed in Weth- 
ersfield. He was seized with it, and died. 

IJcldcn, Silas, jr., his eldest son, settled in Canaan, on a farm inher- 
ited from his father. 

Belden, Joshua, his 2d son, was liberally educated — graduated at 



193 

Yale College in 1743. He studied theology, was settled in the minis- 
try in Nevvington, Nov. 11, 1747, and statedly discharged the duties 
of the sacred office until Nov. 1803 — 5G years. He married Anne, 
daughter of Lieut. Ebenezer Belden, Nov. 1749, by whom he had 
issue nine daughters. Martha and Anne, both of whom died in child- 
hood, Abigail married to James Lusk, late of Enfield, Sarah, who 
died, aged 22, a 2d Anne died in infancy, a 3d Anne, Martha married 
to Joseph Lynde, druggist, late of Hartford, Octavia married to the 
Rev. Nathaniel Gaylord, late of Hartland, Rhoda married to the Rev. 
Silas Churchill, of New Lebanon, N. Y., and one son Joshua, born 
March 29 1768. His wife, Anne, died Oct. 29, 1773. By a 2d mar- 
riage, with Honor Whiting, widow of Capt. Charles Whiting, of Nor- 
wich, and daughter of Hczekiah Goodrich, Esq., of Wiethe rsfield, Nov. 
14, 1774, he had a son Hezekiah, born Feb. 17, 1778. In 1772 he 
corrected the erroneous orthography of the family name, from Beldino- 
to Belden, at the suggestion of Col. Elisha Williams, then Town Clerk. 
The Colonel showing him from the records, an original signature of 
the first John, where the name was spelled as it now is. He effected 
the change by addressing a Circular, requesting the correction, to all 
of the name, of w'hom he had knowledge ; and it was at once, very 
generally complied with — very few thereafter spelling the name Bel- 
ding, although there are still a i^ew who adhere to the corrupt spelling. 
He died, July 23, 1813, in a good old age, and ripe for eternity. 

Belden, Joshua, jr., eldest son of Rev. Joshua, graduated at Yale 
College in 1787 — studied medicine and settled as a physician, and 
after a few years, as a farmer, in Newington. Married Dorothy, 
daughter of Lieut. Lemuel Whittlesey, Jan. 9, 1797. Had issue, four 
sons, Lemuel Whittlesey, born Jan. 0, 1801, Joshua, Aug. 3, 1802, 
Chauncey, Oct. 15, 1804, John Mason, Aug. 20, 180G. He was 
highly esteemed, and died June G, 1808, greatly lamented. 

Belden, Hezekiah, 2d son of the Rev. Joshua, was liberally educa- 
ted, and graduated at Yale College in 1796. Was a merchant in New 
Haven for some years. Married Harriet Halsted Lyon, daughter of 
Underbill Lyon, Esq., of Rye, N. Y., Dec. 28, 1818. Losing his wife, 
he removed to Richmond, Va., and in connection with others, became 
a contractor for the transportation of the U. S. Mail from 1823 to 1842 
when he returned to Wethersfield, and is at present town clerk of 
Wethersfield. He has a son, George Hubertus, born Oct. 12, 1819, 
who is now an engineer on the New York and Erie Rail Road, and 
a daughter, Mary Honoria, born Sept. 20, 1821. 
25 



/ 194 

Belden, Lemuel W., eldest son of Joshua, jr., graduated at Yale 
College in 1821. Studied medicine, and settled at Springfield, Mass., 
as physician. He married Catherine, daughter of Stephen Chester, 
Esq., May 7, 1829, had issue a son, Donald, born Jan. 21, 1831, who 
died June 1, 1837. Dr. Belden died, greatly lamented, leaving no 
issue, Oct. 2G, 1839. He was a man of great purity of mind, of amia- 
ble manners, and of rare attainments, and Mas rapidly rising into em- 
inence. 

Belden, Joshua, 2d son of Joshua, jr., graduated at Yale College in 
1825. Went to St. Louis, Mo., and commenced business as a mer- 
chant — was unsuccessful — removed to Glasgow, Mo., and retrieved his 
circumstances. Married Agnes Morton Graves, widow, daughter of 

Lewis, Esq., of Glasgow, a large landed proprietor, of the ancient 

family of the Lewises, of Virginia. He is now a land holder and far- 
mer in Glasgow, has the unbounded confidence of the community about 
him, and has obtained the rare and enviable subriquet of the honest 
man. He has one surviving daughter, Elizabeth Morton, born April, 
1838. His wife died two or three years since. 

Belden, Chauncey, 3d son of Joshua, jr., was graduated an M. D. 
at Yale College in 1829. Settled in West Springfield, Mass., as a 
physician. Married Lucy B., daughter of Justin Ely, Esq., of that 
place, Nov. 1834. Had issue, Theodore, born June 8, 183G, Elizabeth, 
May, 1838, Chauncey Herbert, Feb. 6, 1844. Died in 1846. He 
was respected both as a physician and a man. 

Belden, John Mason, 4th son of Joshua, jr. Married Mary Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Mr. Hale, of Glastenbury, June 14, 1838, and 

is settled as a farmer at Newington, on the old ancestral Belden place. 
He has surviving issue, three daughters, Mary Elizabeth, Cornelia 
Hale, Agnes Whittlesey, born Sept. 8, 1839, April 11,-1845, January 
18, 1847. 

Belden, Charles, 3d son of Silas, was born May 4, 1728. Settled 
at Dover in Dutchess county, N. Y., on a fine farm inherited from his 
father. This family has furnished a member of Congress. 

Belden, Oliver, 4th son of Silas, born Nov. 19, 1732, settled on a 
noble farm inherited from his father, in Lenox, Mass. Two of his 
sons have been Representatives of Lenox in the Mass. Legislature. 

Belden, Jonathan, 5th son of Silas, born Nov. 16, 1737. Little is 
known of him by the Compiler, not even his place of settlement. He 
undoubtedly shared with his brothers in his father's provident provis- 
ion for his children. 



195 

Belden, Jonathan, 3d sonof Dea. Jonathan, born March 30, 1695, 
married Martha, daughter of John James, Dec. 29, 1715. Had issue 
David, born Oct. 4, 1716, Jonathan, March 8, 1719, Moses, Dec. 29, 
1720, and two daughters. He bore the military title of captain, was 
a justice of the peace, town treasurer a number of years, and much 
employed in public affairs. He died Aug. 20, 1768. 

Belden, David, his eldest son, married Hepzibah Goodrich, A.ug. 3j 
1769 — had issue, one daughter, born June 29, 1772. 

Belden, Joseph, 3d son of John the 1st, was born' April 23, 1663, 
and m. " Mary his wife, Oct. 27, 1693." Had issue, Joseph, b. Dec. 
28, 1667, Thomas, Sept. 9, 1700, and four daughters, Sarah, Mary, 
Esther and Eunice. It is supposed that Joseph died young, or left 
town, as there is no further mention of him. 

Belden, Thomas, 2d son of Joseph, married Mary, daughter of Rev. 
Stephen Mix, (date of his mari'iage not given.) Had issue, Thomas, 
born Aug. 9, 1732, Joseph, Nov. 24, 1733, and Simeon, Feb. 24, 1737, 
and three daughters, Mary, Rebecca and Lucy. 

Belden, Thomas, jr., eldest son of Thomas, married Abigail, daugh- 
ter of Doct. Ezekiel Porter, Aug. 1, 1753. Had issue, Ezekiel Por- 
ter, born Feb. 12, 1756, and James, and two daughters, Mary (married 
to Frederick Butler, late of Wethersfield,) and Abigail. He was libe- 
rally educated, and graduated at Yale College in 1751. He was 
highly esteemed, took an active part in public afTairs, discharged the 
duties of many of the more important aliairs of the town, and bore the 
titles of Esq. and Colonel. He died May 22, 1782, greatly lamented. 

Belden, Ezekiel P., eldest son of Thomas, jr., graduated at Yale 
College in 1775. The Revolutionary war had commenced, and he 
soon entered the service of his country, as a lieutenant of light horse 
in Sheldon's regiment. He continued in the service to the close of 
the war, and retired from it as captain, with the honorary or brevet 
title of major. Subsequently he was colonel of militia. He married 
Elizabeth, daughter of Elisha Williams, Esq., Sept. 26, 1781. By 
her he had issue, Abigail, married to Justin Ely, Esq., of West Spring- 
field, Elizabeth, married to Daniel Buck, of Hartford, Thomas, born 
July 29, 1785, died Feb. 24, 1831, without issue. His wife, EHza- 
beth, died Oct. 30, 1789. Nov. 1, 1790, he married Mary Parsons, 
of Amherst, by whom he had issue, James, born Oct. 1, 1791, died 
Sept. 13, 1800, Ezekiel P., born March 18, 1794, died April 2, 1818, 
Mary, married to Erastus F. Cooke, of Wethersfield, Celia, married 
to Heman Ely, of Elyria, Ohio, Julia, married to James L. Belden, of 



196 

Wetliersfield, Haunali, inarried to George Prior. He was often and 
repeatedly chosen selectman — was elected town clerk in 1812, and 
held the office uninterruptedly until his death — w^as a member of al- 
most all the town committees, a justice of the peace, and representative 
of the town in the General Assembly forty-nine sessions, and was 
elected to two more in which he declined serving. He was a man 
of kind and social feelings, gentlemanly and amiable manners, and 
ready and active in the transaction of public affairs. He died Oct. 
9, 1 824, honored and lamented. 

Beldcn, Joseph, 2d son of Thomas 1st, was born Nov. 24, 1733, 
and graduated at Yale in 1751. It is presumed he removed from the 
town in early life, as his name does not appear again on the records, 
or in the doings of the town. It is understood, however, that he had 
a son Thomas, who died at Hartford, a few years since, leaving a 
family. 

Belden, Simeon, 3d son of Thomas 1st, was born Feb. 24, 1737, 
graduated at Yale College in 1762 — married Martha, daughter of the 
Rev. James Lockwood, Nov. 3, 1765, had issue, Simeon, born April 
27, 1760, settled at Fayetteville, N. C, Charlotte, married to the Hon. 

Lewis B. Sturges, of Fairfield, Martha to DeWitt, E?q., of 

Milford, James Lockwood, Joseph, Mary Mix married to Barzii- 
lai Deane Buck, of Wethersfield. By profession a merchant — held 
several of the town offices, and for several years was deputy sherifl". 
He died Oct. 29, 1820. 

Belden, James L., 2d son of Simeon, w^as born Oct. 15, 1774. By 
profession a merchant — for a while successful — ultimately the reverse, 
and lost his property — turned his attention to horticulture, established 
the Wethersfield Seed Garden, and thereby retrieved his circumstances 
and accumulated a handsome property. Married Julia, dautrhter of 
Ezekiel P. Belden, Esq., Sept. 28, 1819. By her he had issue, three 
sons and one daughter. The eldest son and daughter died in early 
childhood. The survivors are, Ezekiel P., born April 4, 1823, and 
James L., March 23, 1825. Ezekiel P. graduated at Yale in 1844, 
and is the ingenious modeller in wood of the Cities of New Haven and 
New York. James L. has a spirit of enterprise and daring, and is a 
sailor on his first voyage. While at Wethersfield, Mr. Belden was 
held in high estimation and had much of the public confidence, and 
was an active and useful member of society. For a number of years 
he held the office of Post Master in the town ; this he resigned to ena- 
ble him to enter into the civil concerns of the State — was several 



197 

times elected a representative of the tovvii in the General Assembly^ 
and was appointed a justice of the peace from year to year. In 1 840 
lie removed to New Haven for the purpose of educating his sons. He 
was highly respected there. He was a man of sound judgment and 
of much shrewdness, conjoined with probity of character and great 
energy in action. He died in New York, Feb. 22, 1847, and has his 
sepulture by the side of his fathers. 

Belden, Joseph, 3d son of Simeon, was born Dec. 29, 177G, gradu- 
ated at Yale in 1795. Commenced business as a druggist, but after a 
(ew years became a general book agent, and by industry and tact 
made the business profitable both to-himself and his employers. Mar- 
ried Hannah, daughter of John Reynolds, of Enfield, Nov. 1813, had 
no issue, and died iu 182G. 

Belden, Samuel and Daniel, 4th and 5th sons of John the 1st, born 
Jan. 3, 1665, and Oct. 12, 1670, it is supposed removed, the one to 
New London, and the other to Norwalk, (to his great uncle William,) 
and are the progenitors of the Beldens in those towns. 

Belden, Ebenezer, 6th son of John the 1st, Mas born Jan. 8, 1672. 
No record of his marriage, but his son Ebenezer, by his wife, Abigail, 
was boi'n Sept. 7, 1697. He held, at times, nearly all the oflices of 
the town, from hayward and constable to selectman, and bore the 
military title of sergeant. His son Ebenezer, born as above, married 
Mary, daughter of cornet Samuel Talcott, Dec. 7, 1720. Like liis 
father he held most of the town offices and bore the military title of 
lieutenant. He had issue, Martha, born Sept. 24, 1721, John, Anne, 
married to the Rev. Joshua. 

Belden, John, son of Lieut. Ebenezer, like his father, ran the round 
of the town offices, and enjoyed the military title of colonel. Married 
Rebecca Rennalls, June 12, 1760. Had issue, Elizur, Rebecca, Mary, 
John, Ebenezer, Lucy, Ebenezer, Sarah, Nancy and Harriet Man. 
Time of his birth and death not recorded. 

(a.) page 191. Belden, Matthew, 5th son of Samuel, jr., born June 
13, 1701 — married Ehzabeth, daughter of Samuel Williams, Apr. 16, 
1 729. Had issue, a daughter, Mercy. 

Belden, Samuel 4th, eldest son of Samuel 3d, born April 26, 1713 — 
married Elizabeth, and had issue, Abner, born Jan. 12, 1744, Bildad 
Sept. 9, 1745, Seth, Aug. 7, 1747, Moses, June 18, 1749, and three 
daughters. Prudence, Rebecca and Mary. 

Belden, Richard, 7th son of Samuel 3d, born Dec. 30, 1728— 
married Elizabeth Hurlbut, Oct. 30, 1749 — had issue, Amos, b. Oct. 



198 

26, 1750, Jeremiah, March 26, 1753, Othnicl, March 27, 1755, Caleb, 
Feb. 10, 1757. 

Belden, Phineas, 8th son of Samuel 3cl, born Sept. 14, 1730 — mur- 
ried Haimah Deming, March 22, 1751 — had issue, Charles, b. April 
3, 1752, and a daughter, Mar)\ 

(b.) jiage 192. Belden, Aaron, 3d son of Ezra, born Oct. 1, 1731 
— married Mercy, daugliter of Matthew Belden, Feb. 1756 — had issue, 
Moses, b. Aug. 14, 1756, Benjamin, Oct. 25, 1757, Ashbel, Sept. 18, 
1759, Silas, Dec. 28, 1761, Roswell, Jan. 21, 1763, Justus, Jan. 23, 
1767, iVaron, Sept. 14, 1769, and a daughter Elizabeth. 



Benjamin, Caleb, sen'r., of Wethersfield — died May 8, 1684. Wife, 
Mary. His children were, Mary, aged 13, Sarah 8, Samuel 5, Abigail 
11, John 6, and Martha 3 years. (See p. 114, 115.) One of his de- 
scendants emigrated to Stratford. 

Berry, Nathaniel, of Mansfield — died 1719 — wife, Elizabeth, and 
children, Nathaniel, Rachel Fuleham, Ann Fenton, Bethia Gove, Eli- 
zabeth, Sarah 14, and Abigail 1 1 years old. 

Betts, John, sen'r., is found in Wethersfield as early as 1648, but 
removed to Long Island, and died at Huntington on the Island, before 
1700. His son John was administrator. 

Bevin, Arthur, of Glastonbury— died in 1697. Estate £269. Wife, 
Mary— children, John, b. 1676, Mary, 1678, Grace, 1679, Mercy, 
1681, Thomas, 1682, Desire, 1684, Arthur, 1686, Joanna, 1687, Eli- 
zabeth, 1690, Abigail, 1692, Sarah, 1694, and Anna, 1G96. Arthur 
Bevin came early to Wethersfield, before Glastenbury was incorpora- 
ted as a town. Arthur died at Glastenbury. 

Bidwell, John, of Hartford, (in No. 1,) — was in the colony in 1639. 
Wife, Sarah. He died in 1683. He gave to his son John, his swamp 
east of Connecticut river, also all his lands and buildings, in Hartford, 
west of the river. To his son Joseph, he gave £'S0 ; to his son Sam- 
uel, £20 ; to his daughters, Sarah House and Hannah Wadams, £20 
each ; to his daughter, Mary Meekins, half his upper lot, and the other 
half to his grandson, John Meekins, provided John should live with 
him and his wife until he became 20 years of age ; he gave his wife, 
Sarah, half of all his estate not disposed of; to his son Daniel, he 
gave the property which he had devised to his wife, after her decease. 
He afterwards made a codicil, and added to and altered his will. 
Estate £419 : 10 : 6. 

Bidwell or BiddoU, Jacob — Sarah, his wife — had children, Mabel, 



199 

b. March 19, 17GG, d. July, 17G0, Jacob, jr., Sept. 2, 17G7, Jarcd, 
Feb. 12, 17G1), 2d Mabel, June 23, 1771, Timothy, May 7, 1773, and 
d. March, 1774, Sarah, March 31, 1774, Lucretia, Oct. 2, 1777, Polly, 
July 23, 1780, d. Feb. 13, 1781, 2d Polly, Jan. 30, 1782, d. Feb. 4, 
1782, 2d Timothy, Dec. 28, 1782, Abner, July 8, 1785, Charles, 
Sept. 10, 1787. 

Bishop, John, of Wethersfield — was in the colony as early as 1648. 
He died in 1G78. Wife, Sarah. Joseph Bishop, settled at Stamford 
as early as 1662 — perhaps the son of Rev. John, who had previously 
preached there. 

BIynn, Peter, of Wethersfield — died in 1724 — wife, Mary — children, 
Peter, James, William, Deliverance, Mary Hurlbut, Daniel, Jonathan, 
and Margaret Belden. His silver-headed cane, he gave to his grand- 
son, George Blynn. A joiner by trade. 

Boarn, John, of Middletown, was supposed to have been lost at 
sea, and in 1707, administration was taken on his estate by Hannah, 
his wife. Children, Nathaniel 17, Francis 15 years old, and others. 

Boreman, Mary, of Wethersfield — died in 1G84. Estate £257 — 
children, Isaac, Samuel, Mrs. Sarah Robbins, Jonathan, Sarah, Daniel, 
Nathaniel and Martha. 

Bowman, Nathaniel, (inn-holder at Wethersfield in 1706-7.) He 
died unmarried without issue, in 1707, and gave his small estate to 
Samuel Buck, of Wethersfield. 

Brunson, Richard, of Farmington — died, stricken in years, about 
1685. His children were, Samuel, John, Hannah, Eddy, Abigail, 
Mary, and another son. He was the father of John, (see p. 119.) 
Estate £405 : 8. 

Bunce, Thomas, of Hartford — wife, Sarah — died in 1683. Chil- 
dren, John, Elizabeth White, Thomas, jr. Estate £1024 : 3. He 
gave his son John his house, barn and home lot in Hartford, which he 
purchased of Thomas Gridley, and 40 acres near Wethersfield line, 
also his right in a saw-mill built by Mr. Gardner, Stephen Hosmer and 
himself; also, 16 acres in the south meadow; also, a lot near Mr. 
Websters. To Elizabeth he gave £20. He left a legacy to eacli of 
his grand children ; also, to his cousin, Elizabeth White £ ; to his 
sister, Katherine Clark, £10 ; he also provided liberally for his wife, 
Sarah. To his son, Thomas, jr., he gave, after the death of his wife, 
all his housing and lands, not disposed of before, and made his son 
Thomas, executor of his will. (See p. 16.) 

Burnam or Burnham, Thomas, is found at Hartford as early as 1648. 



200 

lie resided at Podunk at the time he made his will, and at his decease. 
Wife, Ann. His children were, Thomas, John, Samuel, Richard and 
William, Rebecca, wife of William Mann — (perhaps the same William 
Man who settled early in Rhode Island,) the wife of Samuel Gaynes, 
the wife of William Morton, and the wife of Moore Cook. To his 
daughter, Rebecca, he gave his dwelling house and barn and other 
buildings on his home lot, together with the lot at Podunk, &c. He left 
a grandson, Thomas Gaynes. His will having been secreted by his 
widow, (Ann) or lost, was proved by the M'itnesses of the will, in June, 
1690, though he died as early as 1688. 

Burnham, John, the son of Thomas, died in 1721, and left a widow, 
Mary, who with his son, John, jr., were his executors. John, jr. had 
10 acres of meadow land, bounded south on Samuel Burnham and 
Richard Gilman, and west on Podunk river, and 37 acres east of the 
country road ; and left other property to his other children, viz. Jon- 
athan, Jabez, Caleb, Mary Webster, Rachel, Amy, Sarah, Elizabeth, 
and Silas, b. Nov. 1721. His inventory is dated May 15, 1721, ap- 
praised at =£487 : 18:7. Sarah married Elisha Pratt, and had seven 
children. Ehzabeth married Richard Gilman, March, 1702. Mary 
married Stephen Webster in 1717. 

Burnham, Samuel, son of Thomas, of Hartford, d. 1728. Wife, 
Mary. His children were, Samuel, jr., Joseph, William, Daniel, Tim- 
othy, Hannah Drake, Amy Trumble, Mary Churcli, and Rebecca. 
Samuel and Joseph Burnham were his executors. 

Burnham, Thomas, jr., son of Thomas, died in 1726. He left a 
son, Thomas, to whom he gave all his lands in Hartford and Windsor. 
He also left two daughters, Elizabeth and Esther Burnham — he o-ave 
them each £25. Thomas, jr. married a daughter of John Strono-, of 
Windsor, who was his executor. He left three children, and a hand- 
some estate. 

Burnham, (another Thomas,) of Hartford, died in 1726. Wife, 
Naomy. He left children, Thomas, John, Josiah, Charles, Elizabeth 
Gilman, Sarah Mulford, Naomy Gailor, Mary, Abigail Williams. His 
son, Charles, was his executor. 

Burnham, Capt. William, son of Samuel, a grand«on of Thomas, 
sen'r., resided at Kensington, (then Farmington.) He died in 1749. 
Wife, Ruth. Elisha was his only son, to whom he gave half of his 
estate i the other half he gave to his two daughters, Sarah and Ruth. 
He left an estate of £8246 : 10 : 11 — distribution on file, 1756, and 
perhaps he left a daughter Mehitablc. Sarah m. Ehsha Pratt, 1726. ' 



201 

Burnham, Charles, son of Thomas, jr., of Hartford, died in 1753-4. 
Wife, Doj-othy. Left children, Charles, jr.. Freeman, Rachel, Stephen, 
Mary or Mercy Kilbourn, the wife of John Kilbourn, Anna, the wife 
of John Rislc}^ and Susannah Burnham, He left a large estate. 

Burnham, Caleb, of Hartford, son of John, died in 1750. Sarah, 
his widow and Caleb, jr., administrators. Account of administration 
presented by Jabez and Sarah Burnham in 1753. His minor children 
were, Isaac4l2 years old, Sarah 10, Ame or Anne 5, and Jemima 3. 
He left a large estate. 

Burnham, Nathaniel, of Wethersfield, died in 1755. Widow, Me- 
hitabel. Children, Nathaniel, jr., Peter and Mehitabel. 

Burnham, Lieut. Richard, of Hartford, son of Thomas, died in 
1754. Elisha and Ezra Burnham, of Hartford, administrators. His 
estate was settled by an agreement on file. He married Sarah Hum- 
phrey, June 11, 1080. His children were, Sarah, b. July 11, 1683, 
Rebecca b. Sept. 20, 1685, Mercy b, April 14, 1688, Richard b. July 
6, 1692, Martha Esther b. March 22, 1697, Charles b. July 23, 1699, 
Susanna b. Feb., Michael b. May 30, 1705. 

Burnham, Martha, of Wethersfield, died in 1733. Her children 
were, Eleazer Gailord, Martha Wilcox, Elizabeth Gailord, Sarah Bis. 
sell, Hannah Orvis, and Samuel Gailord. Her son in law, Nathan- 
iel Gailord, was her executor. 

Burnham, Freeman, son of Charles, of Hartford, chose his brother 
in law, John Risley, his guardian in 1 753. 

Burnham, Jabez, son of John, died in 1760 — Cornelius Burnham, of 
Hartford, was his administrator. 

Burnham, Charles, of Hartford, son of Charles, died in 1760. Wid- 
ow, Elizabeth. Elizabeth and Eastman, of Ashford, administrators. 
~> Burnham, Aaron, of Hartford, died Sept. 14, 1760, supposed son of 
Richard. Widow, JHannah, who with Ezra Burnham, were lus ad- 
ministrators. t^Ari' .,-ii^yVtjl2,^»-'*4..>T^ "^ *^^^'"^'*^ 

Burnham, John, jr., son of John, left children, Silas b. 1721, Mary 
b. 1722, Stephen b. 1724, Sarah b. July, 1727, Daniel b. Nov. 1730, 
Mabel b. iVIay, 1734. 

Burnham, Rev. WiUiam, of Kensington, executed his will upon the 
15th day of July, 1748. He died before 1751. His wife died before 
him. His children were, William, (he was married and resided near 
his father,) Josiah and Appleton. He gave his house and homested 
to his youngest son ; his large tracts of land, divided or undivided, in 
Farmington, he gave equally to his three sons, as well as lands in other 
26 



20@ 

towns. He left four dauglitcrs, viz. Hannah, wife of Jeremiah Curtiss, 
of Southington ; Lucy, the wife of Jacob Root, of Hebron ; Abigail, 
the wife of Lieut. Robert WilHs or Welles, of Newington ; and Mary, 
the wife of John Judd, of Farmington. To his daughters he gave his 
servants, furniture, money, plate, books, cattle, swine, horses, indeed 
all his personal property, except his tools for husbandry. His Spanish 
Indian woman (Maria) he gave liberty to live with any of his children, 
and made them responsible for her support. His mulatto boy, James, 
he desired Abigail to take at appraisal — in case she refused, he then 
required William to take him upon the same terms, and if he refused, 
then to have him disposed of in one of the families of his deceased 
wife's children, or her sister's children. Rev. William was a gentle- 
man of great w'calth. His son, William, was his executor. 

Burnham, Silas, son of John, and grandson of Thomas, b. 172G — 
daughter Mary, 22 years of age. 

Butler, Dea. Richard, of Hartford, died in 1G84. Wife, Elizabeth. 
Made his will in 1677. Children, Thomas, Samuel, Nathaniel, Joseph, 
Daniel, Mary Wright, Elizabeth Olmsted, and Hannah Green. To 
Thomas he gave his upper lot in long meadow ; to Samuel all his 
meadow land in Wethersfield meadow ; to Nathaniel his meadow lot 
near long meadow gate ; to Joseph his lands in south meadow ; to 
his son Daniel his dwelling house, buildings and land about it, also his 
lot called ten acres ; to each of his daughters he gave twenty shillings. 
Estate £5G4 : 15. Dea. Butler was a leading amd important man in 
Hartford. (Seep. IG.) 

Butler, William, of Hartford, brother of Richard, died in 1648-9. 
Mrs. West was his sister — he gave her children, in England, j£5 each ; 
he gave his sister Winter's children, who lived in England, £5 each ; 
he gave Rev. S. Stone, T. Hooker £10 each ; John Steel and William 
Goodwin £10 each ; he gave three score pounds to the church in 
Hartford ; to William Gibbons and Mr. John Cullick £3 each ; to his 
brother, Richard, the remainder of his estate of £429. He appears 
to have left neither "wife or children. (Sec p. 15.) 

C. 

Cadw-ell, Thomas, (in No. 1, p. 20) — had children, Mary b. Jan. 
8, 1657, Edward, Nov. 1, 1660, Thomas, Dec. 5, 1662, William, July 
14, 1664, Matthew, Oct. 5, 1668, Abigail, Nov. 26, 1670, Elizabeth, 
Dec. 1, 1672, Samuel, April 30, 1675, Hannah, Aug. 22, 1677, Me- 
hitabel, Jan. 12, 1679. 



203 

Cadwell, Edward, son of Edward and Elizabeth, b. Sept. 24, 1681, 
William, Aug. 24, 1684, Elizabeth, Dec. 5, 1687, Rachel, April 3, 
1689. 

Cadwell, Matthew, of Hartford, m. Abigail Beckley, a daughter of 
John, March 25, 1695— and had Matthew, b. June 11, 1696, Abigail, 
April 28, 1698, Ann, May 6, 1700, John, Nov. 30, 1702, Abel, Nov. 
27, 1703. 

Camp, John, of Hartford — had children, Hannah, b. Nov. 24, 1672» 
John, Feb. 13, 1675, Sarah, Feb. 17, 1677, Joseph, Jan. 7, 1679, Mary, 
June 30, 1682, James, June 23, 1686, Samuel, Jan. 29, 1690, Abigail, 
July 30, 1699. (Seep. 122.) 

Catlin, John. His children were, Mary, b. July 10, 1666, Samuel, 
Nov. 4, 1673, John, April 27, 1676, Thomas, Aug. 1678, Benjamin, 
1680. (See p. 123.) 

Catlin, John, son of Samuel, married Elizabeth, October 20, 1703. 
Children, Thomas, b. Feb. 17, 1705-6, Samuel, March 27, — , Isaac, 
Nov. 11, 1712, Abijah, April 6, 1715, Mary, March 26, 1717, Ebene- 
zer, July 25, 1724. 

Chalkwell, Edward, of Windsor — died Dec. 5, 1648. He left no 
childeren. His legatees were, Nicholas Sensions, John Moses, Rev. 
Mr. Warham, George Phelps, and the poor of the church of Windsor. 
Cheeny, William, of Middletown — died in 1705. Estate £259. 
He gave Benjamin Hand, of Middletown, 80 acres of land ; he gave 
Cheeny Clark, son of John Clark, deceased, his son in law, another 
lot of land of about 327 acres ; he gave Ambrose Clark, his brother, 
several lots ; he gave all his personal and real property not before 
named, to the three children of John Clark — Cheeny, Ambrose and 
Eunice. John Williams, and Abigail, his daughter, executors. 

Clark, Samuel, of Wethersfield, in 1640, was of the company who 
purchased the town of Stamford of the New Haven Company, and 
settled there among its first settlers. 

Clark, Nicholas, of Hartford — died in 1680. Children, Thomas 
appears to have been his only son. He had two daughters, one of 
them married Alexander Douglass, the other married Mr. Leister, of 
New London. He entailed his estate to his son Thomas, son in law 
Douglass, and grandsons Thomas, Daniel and Joseph Clark, and for- 
bid any alienation by them of any of his estate either by deed or even 
by mortgage. Estate j£243. 

Clay, Miles, of Braintree or Brantery, in England, owned a right 
in the estate of Zachery Sanford, who had lately deceased, in 1678. 



204 

John Durant and John Loomis, of Hadley, were grand children of 
said Clay, either in their own or wives' descent, and were administa- 
tors of his estate. 

Coe, Robert, (in No. 1,) moved to Stamford in 1640 or 41. He 
was a worthy man, and much respected at W^ethersfield, and the an- 
cestor of those of the name in Connecticut. He died at Stamford. — 
(See p. 19.) 

Cole, James, of Hartford, married Ann Edwards, the widow of Rev. 
Richard Edwards, who had been a minister in London, and died there. 
I\Ir. Edwards left a young son, William Edwards, who came to Hart- 
ford with his mother and father in law. Mr. Cole located in Cole, 
street, east of the South Green, in Hartford. Ann, his wife, died Feb. 
20, 1678-9. She gave her house and lot to her son, William Edwards, 
during the lives of William and his wife, then to vest in her grandson, 
Richard Edwards, the son of William and his heirs forever. Richard 
was appointed administrator. Estate £103. James Cole had a son, 
John Cole, who married, and had a son John. John, sen'r., died at 
Hartford in 1685. Elizabeth married Daniel Sillivant, of New Haven. 
William, son of Ann, married Agnes Spencer, the widow of William 
Spencer, of Concord, about 1616, and had a son Richard, born in 
1647. This William and his son Richard were the progenitors of the 
celebrated Edwards family of Connecticut. John, of Wethersfield, in 
1640, (page 130,) was not the ancestor of either President Edwards, 
Pierpont, or either of the Dr. Edwardses. 

Cole, John, grandson of James, of Hartford, died before his wife, 
about 1682 or 3. His son John settled at Farmington, to whom he 
gave £30. He had daughters, Benton and Wilson, and a son Job, in 
England, to whom he gave £10. He gave his wife £6 a year during 
her life, also a cow to be kept summer and winter during the life of 
his wife, out of his estate. The residue of his estate he gave to his 
sons Samuel and Nathaniel, except the housing and home lot, which 
was divided by metes and bounds, to his children. He gave Samuel 
20 bushels of apples annually for six years, and gave Nathaniel the 
remainder, except some privileges to his wife, and 40 shillings to 
Hannah Yeomans. Re was not the husband of Hannah Cowles below. 

Cowles, Hannah, (widow of John, of Hartford) — died March, 1683. 
Estate £107. Children, Samuel, John, Hannah, (wife of Caleb Stan- 
ley) Esther Bull, Mary Dickinson, Elizabeth liyman, and Sarah Good- 
win. 

Coltman, John, of Wethersfield — died about 1696. He married 



205 

Mary, who after his decease, married Mr. Sherman. Estate £142. 
He left tliree daughters and no sons. He was in the colony in 1645. 

Colton, Rev. Benjamin, of Hartford, married Ruth Taylor, Dec. 3, 
1713, died in 1759. He graduated at Yale College in 1710, and was 
the first minister of West Hartford. 

Corbe, Samuel, of Haddam — died April, 1694. Estate £60. Chil- 
dren, Mary 17 months old, and " a posthumous son three months old, 
named Samuel." 

Couch, Samuel, of Fairfield, in the year 1724, purchased of Chick- 
en, an Indian saggamore, (who lived between Fairfield and Danbury,) 
Ridgefield and Newtown, at a place called Longtown, for the consid- 
eration of jC12 : 6, all the lands situated between said towns, except 
such as had been Patented by the Governor and Company of Connect- 
icut — (all unpatented land) Chicken reserved in his deed, to himself 
and his heirs, the right to hunt, fish and fowl upon the land and in the 
waters ; also reserved to himself, his children and grand children and 
their posterity, the use of so much land by his wigwam as the Gene- 
ral Assembly should by an indifibrent committee deem necessary " for 
him, and his children's children's children and their posterity." — 
Acknowledged before Joseph Piatt, Justice, 1724. (The above Sam- 
uel Couch was a descendant of Thomas, in No. 3. Some of his pos- 
terity yet reside in Fairfield county, at Greensfarms.) Record of Pa- 
tents, p. 31. (See No. 3, p. 127.) 

D. 

Davenport, Rev. John, of Stamford, was the only son of Rev. John 
Davenport, one of the founders of New Haven. Rev. John, of Stam- 
ford, had a daughter, Sarah, who married Rev. Eleazer Wheelock, 
D. D., of Lebanon. Dr. Wheelock was known as the " founder of 
Moor's Charity School for Christianizing the Indians." Sarah mar- 
ried Rev. Mr. Maltby, of New Haven, by whom she had a son and 
two daughters ; the son became a minister, and settled in Bermuda, in 
the W^est Indies, and afterwards settled in Charleston, S. C. ; one of 
the- daughters died young, the other married Doct. Betts, of Norwalk, 
Conn. After the death of Mr. Maltby, she married Dr. Wheelock, 
while a widow, and by her 2d marriage had three children, viz. The- 
odora, Ruth and Ralph. Theodora married Alexander Phelps, Esq., 
of Hebron, who afterwards removed to Oxford in New Hampshire ; 
Ruth married Rev. William Patten ; Ralph was also a clergyman, and 



206 

an assistant of his father in the ministry — and died without children- 
Ruth was born March 4, 1740. Rev. James Davenport was a brother 
of Sarah Wheelock. .lames had a son, John Davenport, who was a 
minister ; Hon. Abraham Davenport, of Stamford, was also a son of 
John, and brother of James and Sarah. A daughter of Hon. Abra- 
ham, married Dr. James Cogswell, a son of Rev. Dr. Cogswell, of 
Windham — he had but one daughter, who married the Rev. Samuel 
Fisher. Hon. John, son of Abraham, married a daughter of the Rev. 
Noah Welles, of Stamford, and one of their daughters married Judge 
Radcliffj of Brooklyn, Long Island. The 2d son of Abraham, viz. Hon. 
James, was a gentleman of great ability ; three of his daughters mar- 
ried clergymen, viz. Rev. Messrs. Whclpley, Bruen, of New York, 
and Dr. Skinner, late a Professor in the Theological Institution at An- 
dover. It* is supposed by the Compiler, that a sister of Sarah Whee- 
lock married the Rev. Dr. Williams, of Springfield, who had three 
sons who were ministers, of which Rev. Dr. Williams, of Tolland, was 
one. By the different marriages into the Davenport family, they are 
now the relatives of the following families, viz. Pattens, Williams, 
Cogswells, Fishers, Welles, RadclilTs, Whelpleys, Bruens, Skiimers, 
Storrs, Stebbins, Streets, Barkers, Reynolds, Kirklands, Wheelocks, 
and many other distinguished families in this country. 

Davie, Humphrey, Esq. — inventory presented to court by John 
Davie, his son, Nov. 6, 1689. He died at Hartford, the 18th day of 
Feb. 1688. Wife, Sarah. He had two negro servants, both named 
Mingoe. He owned a small dwelling house with two and a half acres 
of land at (Beacon Hill) Boston, part of a powder mill at Dorchester, 
a small orchard at Rumney March, and had some moveables at Bos- 
ton, and lands at the Eastward not then known. He was a gentle- 
man of high respectability and wealth. 

Deane, Hon. Silas, deceased, of Wethersfield, in Connecticut, came 
from the town of Groton to Wcthersficld, about 1762. Oct. 8, 1763, 
he was married to Mrs. Mahitabel Webb, of Wethersfield, the grand 
mother of J. Webb, of Hartford. After her death he married a Miss 
Saltonstall. He had but one child, Jesse Deane, born June 24, 1764. 
Jesse located himself at Hartford. He married and had an only 
daughter, named Philura, who married Horatio Aldcn, of Hartford, at 
which place they now reside and have several children. Hon. Silas 
resided at Wethersfield until he received his appointment of Minister 
to the Court of France. He was a man of fine appearance, of about a 
middle stature, strong powers of mind, and a true gentleman of his day. 



207 

He never returned from his mission, but died in England in 1792. 
His wife died at Wethersfield in 1767, before he left this country 
for Europe. Hon. Silas owned two slaves, Pompey and Hagar, and 
though he had considerable estate at his decease, yet his estate proved 
to be insolvent — he having received of his country but little remune- 
ration for his services abroad. Silas had several brothers, viz. Bar- 
nabas, Simeon, John, Barzillai, Jesse, and a younger brother whose 
name is supposed to have been David — the latter died young. Silas 
had also a sister Hannah, who married Josiah Buck, jr., of Wethers, 
field, whose descendants now reside there. Jesse, son of Silas, died 
at Hartford in 1828. At his decease he left a large estate to his only 
daughter, Philura. Hon. Silas Deane graduated at Yale College in 
1758. 

Deane, Jesse, brother of Silas, died at sea, and left no family. 

Deane, Barnabas, also a brother, resided at Hartford, and was never 
married. He was a wealthy merchant — built and resided in the house 
Avhcre Daniel Buck, Esq. now resides in Hartford. He owned seve- 
ral stores and wharves in the city — was a partner in a large distillery, 
with John Caldwell, Esq^ — and was also a partner with Jeremiah 
Wadsworth, Esq., and Gen. Green, of Rhode Island, of Revolution- 
ary memory. He made his will in October, 1794, and gave to his 
nephew, Jesse Deane, his house and home lot where said Barnabas 
had lived in Hartford, and two gold watches, one of which had been 
left by his brother Simeon, and the other a French watch. He gave 
his friend, Jeremiah Wadsworth, his horse and saddle and £10 sterling 
in money, in testimony of his esteem for him. The residue of his 
property, real and personal, he directed to be sold, and the avails of 
the whole of it to be divided between his sister, Hannah Buck, and 
his nephew, Jesse Deane. The estate of Barnabas was appraised at 
£10,208 : 11. Another record says, the balance of the estate, after 
payment of debts, was paid over to Hannah Buck and John Deane, 
in equal shares. 

Deane, John, a brother of Silas, died at sea in 1788. Doct. Caleb 
Perkins was his executor or administrator. He left no family. 

Deane, Simeon, a brother of Silas, of Wethersfield, in April, 1777, 
being about to make a journey to a distant part of the continent, and 
to provide against the chance of his return, made his will — and as he 
had no family, he gave to Jesse, the only child of his brother Silas, all 
his books and wearing apparel ; he gave to his nephew, Josiah Buck, 
the 3d son of his sister Hannah, a debt due him from his brother in 
law, Josiah Buck ; he gave the United States the avails of tickets he 



208 

held in the U. S. Lottery ; and the remainder to liis brotiier Bar- 
nabas, his sister Hannah, and Jesse, his nephew. 

Deane, Barzillai, brother of Silas, died at Wethersfield in 1788. 
Barnabas was his administrator. Ho left no family. 

This family of brothers appear to have originated from the ancestor 
who settled early at Pequot, and were probably relatives of the Deane 
families at Stoiiington, Colchester, and Canaan — the latter moved from 
Colchester to Canaan many years since. 

Deane, John, made his will at Hartford, the 25th day of June, 1791. 
He appears to have been of a different family. He gave in his will 
to his brother David Deane, his house, shop and one rood of land, at 
Flamington, ten miles from Trenton, in New Jersey, for which David 
was to support his father during his life. He gave to his sister Betsey 
Armstrong, of New Jersey, £50. ; to his father, the furniture to fur- 
nish one room. He ordered his large farm of 270 acres, situated and 
butted on the Raritan river, one mile in length, together with his stone 
house and other buildings on the farm and his lot on Limehill, to be 
sold by his executor, and laid out in farms at f lartford. Conn., for his 
children. To his wife, Mfibel, he gave his -moveables in Connecticut, 
and the use of his children's lands so long as she remained his widow. 
He ordered collected of his uncle, Doct. Jonathan Deane, 120 hard 
dollars, and a State note of £50, and $8000 in continental money, for 
his children. His slave, Jack, he ordered sold in New Jersey, or 
brought to Connecticut. The names of his children not found at 
Hartford. 

Deane, Jarvis, of Manchester, died in 1824, and left an estate of 
$2348. His relation to Silas not found — probably of the Groton 
family. 

Deane, William, of Plainfield, had a deed of land of William Blan- 
chard, of Hartford, in 1720. Relation not found. 

Deane, Joshua, of New London, married Charlotte Smith, of Weth- 
ersfield, June 27, 1830. 

Deane, James, married Sarah Parker, June 2, 1697, both of Ston- 
ington. Their children were, James, b. Oct. 1(571, Sarah, lC7G,John, 
1678, Nuphirus and Mary, (twins) 1680, William, 1684, and Francis, 
1689. James, son of James, had James, b. 1098, Sarah, 1609, Fran- 
cis, 1701, Christopher, 1702, Elizabeth, 1703, Jabez, 1704, John, 
1707, Benajah, 1709, (David, 1711, d. 1711) Thankful, Jan. 1713.— 
James Deane, son of James, d. 1747 ; Sarah, daughter of James, d. 
Dec. 20, 1712. James and his children and grand children were of 
Stonington. 



209 

Diggins, Jeremy, resided in Hartford in 1G84, and had children, 
Mary, Elizabeth and Jeremy, jr. 

Disbrow, Nicholas, of Wethersfield — died in 1G83. He left four 
daughters, but no sons. One daughter married Obadiah Spencer ; 
one Samuel Egglestone ; one John Kelsey, and one Robert Flood. 
Estate about £300. 

Doan, Joseph, of Middletown — died Aug. 27, 1745. Estate £766. 

Dodd, Edward, the son of John, of Northamptonshire, in England, 
was the first of the name that came to Hartford, Conn., and when 18 
years of age, about 1682, to accompany his sister, Joani^ij, who after- 
wards married. Thomas Richards, Esq., only son of Hon. James Rich- 
ards of Hartford. Edward Dodd married Lydia Flowers, of Hartford, 
and had ten children, viz. Joanna, (married Joseph Porter,) John, mar. 
ried Dorcas Spencer, Lydia, married Bavil Seymour, Mary, (died 
young,) Mary 2d, married John Francis, and for her 2d husband mar- 
ried P. Ayrault, Edward, married Rebecca Barnard, Elizabeth, married 
Nathaniel Porter, son of Solomon, Anna, married Joseph Rockwell, 
Benjamin, — Timothy, married Abigail Benton. Edward, sen'r., died 
in 1729. Edward, jr., married Rebecca Barnard, March 14, 1744, 
and had eight children, Mary his last, b. April 4, 1765, and d. April 9, 
1822. John, his eldest son, married first, Sarah Benton, and for his 
2d wife, Mary Steel — by his first he had John, Henry and Sally, and 
by his 2d wife he had James, b. June 10, 1786. His first wife died 
in 1775, and his 2d M'ife died March, 1809. 

Doolittle, Abraham, of Middletown — died in 1733. Wife, Martha, 
administratrix. Estate £288 : 7 : 9. 

Douglass, Francis, came from the island of Barbadoes to Hartford. 
He disposed of his property in the West Indies before he left there, 
to his brother, Lewis Douglass, of London, Gent., sister Elizabeth and 
Mary Anne Douglass, of London, and Peter Douglass, of Barbadoes, 
and appointed Capt. Thomas Mapp and Joseph Bailey, of Barbadoes, 
his executors. He left his will in the hands of John Dallison, of Bar- 
badoes, merchant. In 1731 he made another will at Hartford, and 
disposed of all his property in New England to Francis Bewithe, of 
Boston, merchant, and Mrs. Susannah Beuchamp, a daughter of John 
Beuchamp, of Hartford, Conn. His executors, Samuel Mather, of 
Windsor, and William Pitkin, of Hartford — they refused, and John 
Beuchamp was administrator. Mary Douglass, of Coventry, (9 years 
old) a daughter of Mary Johnson, then deceased, had a guardian ap- 
pointed June 3, 1712 — first of the name found in the Hartford Probate 
27 



210 

Office. Francis Douglass, of Hartford, died in 1731. Samuel Doug, 
lass, of New Hartford, died in 1766. His administrators were, Sam- 
uel and Moses Douglass, of New Hartford. Estate £461 : 17 : 6. 
Distribution returned to court Oct. 11, 1770 — on file. 

Dunham, Thomas, (in No. 3,) died in 1717. The heirs to his 
estate were, John, Elisha, Bonjamii), Edward and Ebenezer. Sam- 
uel Stetson and Desire Stetson were also heirs. Estate £285 : 17 : G. 
(See p. 130.) 

Dusce, Abda, alias Jinnings, of Hartford — died before 1710. Wife, 
Lydia. » 

Dutton, Joseph, of Haddam, (east society) — died in 1733. Wife, 
Mary. Samuel Dutton, executor. Children, Samuel, Benjamin, Da- 
vid and Thomas — Matthew Smith, son in law — Rebecca Gates, Ruth 
Millard, daughters. He had a grandson, William Selby. Will dated 
1733. Estate £157: 11. 



E. 



Edwards, William, of Hartford. He was a son of Richard Ed- 
wards, D. D., of London. After the death of his father, his mother 
married James Cole in London, and moved to America, and settled in 
Hartford, a\ hen William was young. After a few years William mar- 
ried Agnes Spencer, and had a son Richard, born in 1647. The grand 
mother of Richard died at Hartford in 1678-0, and gave her estate to 
her son William and his Avife fur their lives, and then to vest in Rich- 
ard and his heirs forever. Richard for his first wife, married Miss 
Tuttle, and for his second wife, Mary Talcott, by whom he had the 
following children living at his decease, viz. John, Timothy, Samuel 
and Daniel — Mary, Abigail, Elizabeth, Ann, Mabel and Hannah. His 
widow, Mary, was living at his decease, and he provided for his son 
John, to take charge of his mother during her lite. He also directed 
Daniel to be educated at College — and he graduated at Yale in 1 720, 
and became a Judge of the Supreme Court of Connecticut, and died 
1765. Samuel, he directed to be put to a trade, if his overseers 
thought advisable, and he gave him all his lands in Colchester, (250 
acres.) Estate £1125:12:11. Richard Edwards died in 1718. 
His son, Timothy, was educated, and settled at East Windsor as their 
minister. He had a son, Jonathan, who graduated at Yale College in 
1720, who became President of Nassau-Hall College, and one of the 
most celebrated and orthodox divines in New England. President 



211 

Edwards died in 1758. His son, Jonathan, D. D., graduated at Nas- 
sau-Hall College in 1765, who became President of Union College at 
Schenetady, and died in 1801. These were among the fathers of the 
divinity of New England, in the early settlement of the country. Such 
has been the respect entertained for this family of divines in Connecti- 
cut, that as late as 1834, even the step-stone of the door of the Rev. 
Timothy Edwards' house, in East Windsor, was placed as the corner, 
stone of the building erected there for the Theological Institute of 
Connecticut. (See James Cole, p. 204.) 

Elson, Abraham, of Wethersfield, left a widow and two daughters, 
one 3 years, the other one year and a half old. He ordered his lands 
to be rented for four years to support his children. Estate £221. He 
gave to his friend, B. Gardner's children, his lot at the meadow gate, 
and the remainder to his wife, except his house and home lot, which 
he gave to the two sons of his wife, Benjamin and Job, after her de- 
cease. 

F. 

Farnsworth, Mary, in 1083, complained to the court at Hartford, 
that her husband had leased his farm and servant, and left her desti- 
tute of any means of living. She asked for half the rents of the land 
and servant. 

Faycrweather, Benjamin, of Stratford, and his associates, in 1722, 
purchased for the consideration of £29 in money, of Waromaug and 
Nepaloe Peacooke, Indian proprietors of lands situated the east side of 
Stratford great river, northerly of New Milford, running with the river, 
one full mile east from the river, and 25 or 30 miles by estimation, to 
comprise the whole of the Massachusetts swamp. Deed dated March, 
1722. 

Ferris, John, settled at Stamford in 1640 or 41. 

Finch, Abraham, of Wethersfield — died as early as 1640, and left 
a wife and one child, (Abraham) whom he loft in charge of his grand- 
father, Abraham, who agreed to educate him at his own expense. 
David Finch, a son or brother of Daniel, (in No. 1) of Wethersfield — 
one of the purchasers of Stamford, and a first settler therc^. 

Fisher, Robert, of Wethersfield, emigrated to Stamford as early as 
1642. 

Flood, Robert, of Wethersfield — died in 1689. His widow, Abigail, 
married Matthew Barry. Robert left several sons and daughters, and 
a small estate. 



212 

Foster, Rev. Lsaac, settled in Hartford, in ilie ministrj^ in the latter 
part of 1671), or beginning of 1680, and died in 1683-4. Mchitable 
Russell, his wife — married about 1679. In 1679, before marriage, 
the parties formed a jointure, providing that if said Foster should de- 
ceaste before said Mehitabel and leave issue of her body, that the estate 
descend to her and her heirs. She had received one-third of the 
estae from Daniel Russell's last will, (supposed her father ;) this one- 
third was distributed to the widow, and £200 to Ann Foster, to be 
paid her when 18 years of age or married, and the remainder of the 
estate to Mehitabel Woodbridge and her heirs. Estate £1507 : 15 : 4. 

Fowler, Jonathan, of Windham — died before 1698. His widow, 
Elizabeth, administratrix. Children, Elizabeth, Joseph, Sarah and 
Jonathan. 

Fyler, Lieut. Walter, of Windham — died in 1683. Wife, Jane. 
In his will he gave the use of his estate to his wife, Jane, during her 
life ; he also gave her £100 in cash to bestow upon another husband, 
or to reserve it to herself to bestow upon whom she pleased. He left 
two sons and no daughters. His sons were, John and Zerubbabel. He 
gave his grandson, Thomas, £20, and his other three grand children 
£5 each. Estate £318 : 6 : 10. Jane, his widow, died in 1690, not 
having married a second time. She had a grand cliild, Jane Fyler. 
The money her husband gave her to purchase a second husband, she 
carefully saved for her children and grand children. (See p. 26.) 
Zerubbabel Fyler, of Windsor, son of Walter, died in 1714. Wife, 
Experience. Children, Thomas, Zerubbabel, Stephen Fyler, Wakefield 
Dibble, Experience and Elizabeth Fyler, and Jonathan Doming, of 
Windsor. He left a good estate to his family. John Fyler, of Wind- 
sor, son of Walter, died in 1723, and left a large estate — (children not 
found.) Samuel Fyler, of Hebron, brother of Thomas, of Windsor, 
died in 1710. He was also a brother in law to Timothy Phelps, of 
Hebron. Estate £129. Children, Abigail 17 years old, Ann, Sam- 
uel, jr., 10 years old, an only son — perhaps other daughters. (See p. 
134, No. 3.) 

G. 

Gardner, George, of Hartford — died in 1679. He had brothers, 
Thomas and Samuel. He owned an interest in a mill in Salem, Mass., 
and gave his son, Samuel, his house and land at Salem, where his 
son Samuel then lived, and his share of the mill there ; ho also gave 



213 

Samuel his farm and meadow where Thomas Gold then lived. His 
house and land at Hartford, Windsor and Simsbury he gave to his son, 
Ebenezer. He had a daughter, Buttolph, also Mrs. Turner, who left 
children ; another daughter. Hawthorn. He gave his daughters £300 
each, and gave his cousins, Miriam Hascall and Susannah Hill £5 
each ; to his sister, Grafton £5 ; to his servant, Arrah £5. Estate, 
£3001 : 0:6. His widow, Elizabeth, died about 1681. She made 
her will, June, 1681. She left a grandson, Samuel Sedgwick, and a 
grandson, John Roberts. One of her family married a Mr. Fitch, 
another Mr. Butler. Mrs. Fitch had children, Rebecca, Nathaniel and 
Mary. Mr. Butler had a daughter, Sarah Butler. Her daughter, Eli. 
zabeth, married John Roberts, of Hartford. Mrs. Gardner died the 
widow of Rev. Samuel Stone, of Hartford, by whom she had Samuel 
Stone, jr. (See p. 135, No. 3.) 

Gibbs, Giles, of Windsor — died in 1648. There appears to have 
been in the early settlement of Windsor, not only Giles, but Francis 
and Joseph Gibbs, who are supposed to have been brothers. Giles, in 
his will, directed that his son should be placed as an apprentice to some 
godly man for five years ; and provided if he served out his time, for 
him to have the lot over the Great River. He gave Samuel, Benja- 
min and Sarah £20 each ; he gave Jacob. his house and home lot, and 
all his lots west of the river, after the decease of his mother. Kath- 
erine, his widow, executrix. Estate £76 : 18 : 8. (See p. 125.) Ja- 
cob Gibbs, of Windsor, an early settler there, before 1700 — died in 
1711-12. Widow, Abigail. Left an estate of £778 : 8 : 10. He 
was the first of the name who died in this colony. Children, Jacob, jr., 
Ebenezer, John, Abigail, Elizabeth, Mary and Esther. Samuel Gibbs, 
sen'r., of Windsor, (supposed to be a brother of Jacob,) died in 1716, 
an aged man. Children, Samuel, jr., his eldest son, Benjamin, Hep- 
zibah, Avho married a Dickinson, and died before her father. Patience, 
who married Samuel Denslow, Elizabeth Hayden, Joanna, who mar- 
ried Moses Loomis, Experience Huxley, and Miriam, the wife of Jo- 
siah Bissell. He left an estate £111 : 3 : 9. Samuel Gibbs, jr., son 
of Samuel, died in 1720. No other estate of the name appears in the 
Probate record at Hartford for many years after this. John Gibbs, 
aged 17, (a son of Jacob, of Wethersfield, who was deceased in 1764,) 
made choice of William Morrice, of Wethersfield, for his guardian 
in 1764. 

Gold, Nathan, (in No. 3,) of Fairfield, had a grandson by the name 
of Nathan, who was Lieut. Governor of Connecticut, from 1708 to 



214 

1724, until he deceased, aged GO. Samuel Gold, of Fairfield, died in 
1723, aged 77. Col. Abraham Gold, his son, died in 1777, aged 44. 
He was killed at Ridgcficld in the M'ar of the Revolution. Jason Gold, 
son of Abraham, of Fairfield, died in 1810, aged 39. Abraham had 
two brothers, Daniel and Abel. Hon. John Gold, State Senator in 
1847, is also a descendant of Hon. Nathan, of Fairfield. (See p. 130, 
No. 3— also p. 28, No. 1.) 

Goodfellow, Thomas — died Nov. 25, 1685. Wife, Mary. He re- 
sided in the colony as early as 1G39. Estate £49. 

Goodwin, George, moved from Hartford to Fairfield about 1654. 
Gozzard, Nicholas, of Windsor. Widow, Elizabeth — and children, 
Matthew 16 years old, Eizabeth 4, John 11. (See p. 137.) 

Grant, Seth, of Hartford — died as early as 1646. Estate £141. 
Gray, Walter, was in the colony in 1644. He died at Hartford in 
1684 or 5. He left several children and a small estate. (See p. 138.) 

Grimes, Henry, of Hartford — died about 1684. Wife, Mary. Ben- 
jamin, eldest son. The widow died in 1685. Children, Benjamin 
22 years old, John 19, Joseph 17, Mary 16, Sarah 13, Ellizabeth 10, 
Susanna 7, Rebecca 4. The widow, in her will, provided for her 
brother Benjamin to take her second daughtei" — her brother Joseph the 
third daughter, and John Watson the fourth, to educate and bring up. 

Griswold, Francis, of Norwich, in 1660, appears to have been of a 
different family from that of Matthew, of Lyme, or Samuel, of Wind- 
sor — perhaps the same Francis who was at Cambridge in 1637. — 
(See Farmer.) 

Gross, Josiah, of Hartford, married Susanna, and had Samuel, born 
Jan. 24, 1719, Susanna, born June 20, 1722. 

H. 

Hallaway, John — died in 1683-4. He resided alone in his house, 
and the selectmen made an inventory of his estate — probably left nei- 
ther wife or children. 

Halstead, Henry, of Hartford — died in 1692. He lived with John 
Meekins, sen'r. He gave what property he had to said Meekins' 
children, viz. John, jr., Mary and Sarah. 

Hamlin, Hon. Giles, an early settler at Middletown. He apparent- 
ly came from England, and located first at Middletown as early as 
1654. (See p. 39.) He had followed the seas some — perhaps as 
captain — before he came to this country. He was a firm Puritan, a 



215 

man of good common sense, and soon gained a liigh standing in tiie 
colony, for probity and ability ; and as early as 1673, and for years 
after, he was an assistant in the colony — was long a magistrate — fre- 
quently on important committees — a member of both branches of the 
General Assembly ; indeed he was one of the pillars of the colony in 
its early settlement. He married Eunice Crow, daughter of John, of 
Hartford, grand daughter of elder William Goodwin. He made his 
will Aug. 30, 1G89, in which he gave his son, Hon. John, the home 
lot, a parcel of land in long meadow, one half of his land at " Gooses 
Delight," and many other large tracts of laud on both sides of the 
Connecticut river, with £30 in money, one silver platter, one large 
silver spoon, the largest silver hat-band, one cow, and one breeding 
mare. He gave to his sons, Giles, jr. and Richard J all his lands at 
Hartford, and his interest in the mills, by paying their mother, annu- 
ally, during her life, £14. He gave Giles, jr. a large silver spoon 
and silver wine cup and one gilt spoon ; to Richard a silver spoon 
and silver dram cup. For his wife, Hester, he made ample provision. 
To his daughter, Mary, he gave £100 in money and a share of his 
furniture ; he also gave to her his servant, Joan, if she needed her, and 
his widow could spare her ; also a silver spoon and plate. To his 
daughter, Mabel, he gave £50 in money over and above what he had 
given her before, and one silver spoon and porringer and goblet, to be 
divided between Mary and Mabel. He gave a cow to young Samuel 
Hooker and a small silver spoon. To young John Hamlin, his grand- 
son, he gave a cow and a small silver spoon. The remainder of his 
estate he gave equally to his sons. The widow and his son John, he 
made executors of his will. He had grand children, John Hamhn,jr. 
Giles Southmayd, Samuel Hooker, jr., to each of whom he gave an 
ewe lamb, and gave the same to each of his negro servants. He died 
greatly lamented and respected, in 1689 or 90. Estate £2249 : 18 : 6. 
Hamlin, Hon. John, of Middletown, was the eldest son of Hon. 
Giles. He posssessed all the abilities and virtues of his father, and 
had a larger share of public iavors. He was a member of the church 
over forty years, and was an assistant in the colony from 1694 to 1730. 
In 1715 he was appointed a Judge in Hartford county, and from 1716 
to 1721 he was an assistant (or side) Judge of the Supreme Court of 
the colony." From his early life to his death, in 1733, (aged 75 years) 
he was greatly esteemed for his many great and good qualities. His 
wife, Sarah, survived him. He disposed of his great wealth to his 
family by will. He made provision for his wife so long as she should 



216 

bear his name, and gave her the use of a part of his house and furni- 
ture, unless she should reside Avith her own children, (probably a widow 
when he married her.) His children were, John, jr., who (though 
married) died before his father. To John, jr.'s children he gave £340, 
and the house and homested that John, jr. possessed at his decease, 
and other lands. The children of John, jr. were, Giles, Mahitabel, 
Elizabeth and Mary ; to these children he also gave each £60 in siU 
ver, besides lands and other property. Hon. John gave to his son, 
Jabez the house and home lot where he resided, the homested with all 
the buildings and fences, wharves, warehouse and the grounds — they 
stood upon the land which had been given him by the town. He also 
gave him large tracts of land, also his negro, Robbin, the silver tank- 
ard, silver hat-band and his seal ring. He ordered his land, located 
east of Connecticut river, to be immediately sold by his executor, and 
each of his daughters to be paid £500, viz. Esther, Mary and Sybil. 
The residue of his real and personal estate, he directed to be divided 
equally between his four children then living, except Mary King, his 
grand daughter, was to have a half share with them. One daugh- 
ter married Mr. Johnson, Sybil married Mr. Dwight, Esther married 
Mr. Hall, Mary married Mr. Bhikc or Blague. He gave also in his 
will, to (his clergyman) Rev. Mr. Russell, £5 ; the church of which 
he was a member, £5. He had grandsons, Hamlin John Hall, Ham- 
lln Blake, Hamlin Johnson, — to these he gave each, one ewe sheep ; 
his scaling rujg he gave to his grandson, John Hamlin ; to his daugh- 
ter, Sybil Dwight, he gave his silver salt-cellar ; to his grand daughter, 
Esther Hall, he gave a silver cup with two handles ; to his grand 
daughter, Mary Blake, a silver cup with one handle, and to Sybil 
Dwight, his grand daughter, he gave his silver porringer and dram cup. 
Hamlin, Hon. Jabez, grandson of Hon. Giles, and son of Hon. John, 
became more extensively known and employed by the public than 
either Giles or John. He graduated at Yale College in 1728. Being 
mild in his disposition, affable and easy in his deportment, he became 
greatly respected in the colony and State. He was a colonel of militia, 
and magistrate in 1733, and was a side Judge in Hartford county from 
1745 to 1754, at which latter period he was appointed Chief Judge 
until 1784. He was also Judge of Probate from 1752 until 1789, and 
was Mayor of the city of Middletown from its incorporation, in 1784, 
until his death. He was an assistant from 1773 to 1778. He was 
frequently a member of the General Assembly and Speaker of the 
House of Representatives. During the war of the Revolution he was 



217 

a member of the Council of Safety, and was found in that important 
body of patriots not only a useful, but a safe adviser in that eventful 
struggle for liberty. He was a deacon of the first church in Middle, 
town for many years. He died in 1791, at the advanced age of 82 
years. He was born, July, 1709. He married for his first wife, 
Mary Christophers, of New London ; by her he had Sarah, b. Aug. 3, 
1730, d. 1799, John, b. Nov. 14, 1731, d. Aug. 28, 1736, Christopher, 
b. April 25, 1733, d. Aug. 5, 1768, Mary, b. Nov. 21, 1734, d. Sept. 
17, 1736, Esther, b. March 22, 1736, d. Jan. 13, 1812. For his 2d 
wife he married Margaret Phillips, of Middletown ; by her he had 
John, b. Sept. 5, 1737, and George, b. Feb. 1738. John died in 1750 ; 
George also died Sept. 15, 1750. Ho lost his 2d wife, and married 
Abigail Chauncey, of Durham; by her he had Jabez, b. Dec. 11, 
1752, d. Sept. 20, 1776, Margaret, b. June 22, 1756, d. Aug. 1847, 
(Mrs. Canfield,) Abigail, b. May 4, 1758. The five sons left no chil- 
dren. For his 4th wife he married Susannah Whittlesey, the widow 
of Rev. Mr. Whittlesey, of Milford. She was born Jan. 1716. By 
the last wife he had no children. Mrs. Hubbard, of Middletown, and 
Mrs. Esther Rainey or Ranny, of New London, are now living, and 
are grand daughters of Hon. Jabez Hamlin. 

Hamlin, William, son of Hon. Giles, of Middletown — died in 1733. 
His children were, Richard, Nathaniel, Edward, Charles, Susannah 
and Esther. (Nathaniel died before his father.) William left a grand, 
son, Timothy Cornwell, and a grand daughter, Rebecca Cornwell. 
He gave Rev. William Russell, his clergyman, £5, and Jabez Hamlin 
£5. His son Charles, was sole executor of his will. He left a large 
landed estate. 

Hamlin, Nathaniel, grandson of Giles, and son of William — died in 
1733, and left Mary, his wife — and children, William, Harris and 
Sarah. In 1737 the court appointed Richard Hamlin guardian for 
said William, aged 12, also for Harris, aged 5 years-rNathaniel Ba. 
ker or Bacor was appointed guardian, at and by said court, for Sarah, 
9 years old, children of Nathaniel. After the death of Nathaniel, his 
widow, Sarah, married for her 2d husband, Nathaniel Baker. 

Hamlin, John, son of Hon. John — died young, but left a widow, 
Elizabeth, and four children, viz. Giles, Mahitabel, Elizabeth and 
Mary. These children were amply provided for in the will of their 
grand father. Estate £790 : 19. He left 2 gold rings, 4 oz. of silver 
buttons, a silver tankard 10 oz., a silver goblet 9 oz., 6 silver spoons 
12 oz. 

28 



218 

Hamlin, Richard, son of William, married Martha Smith, Nov. 30, 
1721, and had Mary, b. July 3, 1722,- Esther, b. Oct. 9, 1723, Nathan- 
iel, b. May 29, 1732.. 

Hamlin, Nathaniel, married Sarah Ware, Sept. 16, 1725, and died 
Sept. 28, 1731. His children were, William, b. Feb. 11, 1725-0, 
Sarah, b. April 24, 1728, Harris, b. April 14, 1730, Susannah, b. Jan. 
27, 1731. 

Hamlin, Charles, grandson of Giles, married Elizabeth Starr, Dec. 
18, 1735. By this Avife he had Charles, b. Sept. 2, 1736, when his 
wife died. He then married a 2d wife at Hartford, and had Richard, 
b. May 12, 1741, John, b. Feb. 23, 1743, William, b. Nov. 17, 1744, 
and died Sept. 23, 1753, Samuel, b. Sept. 9, 1746, and two sons, twins, 
b. April 1, 1749, one of which died, aged 5 days. In Oct. 1761 he 
married Elizabeth Rogers, and had Elizabeth, b. Feb. 5, 1762 — she 
died July, 1762— Elizabeth, b. Jan. 30, 1763. 

Hamlin, Nathaniel, of Suflield, died in 1760, and Samuel Kent, jr. 
w'as administrator on his estate. 

Hamlin, William, son of Nathaniel, married Hannah Allen, June 22, 
1750. Their children were, Lucia, b. Sept. 22, 1751, and died Sept. 
25, 1751, Hannah, b. Nov. 2, 1752, William, b. Sept. 14, 1754, Lucia, 
b. May 15, 1756, Susannah, b. July 29, 1757, Sarah, b. Nov. 15, 1758, 
Elizabeth, b. Sept. 15, 1760, Experience, b. Nov. 10, 1761. 

Hamlin, Nathaniel, son of Richard, married Lucretia Ranny, March 
9, 1755, and had children, Daniel, b. July 23, 1755, John, b. Jan. 7, 
1757, Esther, b. July 10, 1759, Martha, b. May 29, 1761, Lucretia, b. 
May 3, 1763. 

Hamlin, Jabez, son of Thomas, son of Eleazer, lived in Sharon, Ct., 
from thence he removed to Austerlitz, Columbia county, N. Y., and 
from thence to Alford, Berkshire co., Mass., where he died, aged 94. 
His sons were, Solomon, Amasa, Jabez, John, Frederick and Erastus. 
The four first are deceased — Frederick lives in Elyria, Lorain co., 
Ohio — Erastus lives in DeKalb co., Illinois. His daughters were, 
Zilpha, Lucinda, Ruth and Phoebe ; they are all deceased except Lu- 
cinda, who now lives in Alford, aged 82. Zilpha married a Mr. Par- 
dee, of Sharon. She had three sons, two of whom are now living, 
Daniel in New York, and David in Delhi, Delaware co., N. Y. Ruth 
married, first, a Mr. Johns — second, Samuel Church, of Salisbury, as 
his third wife, (the father of Chief Justice Church,) by w-hom she had 
Nathaniel and Frederick, and two daughters. The sons of Jabez Ham- 
lin, jr. are, Lorenzo F., an attorney, of Elyria, Lorain co., Ohio, Jolm 



219 

W., farmer, Aurora, Erie co., N. Y., Hon. Edward S., attorney, 
Cleaveland, Ohio, Frederick V., merchant, New York, and Cicero J.> 
merchant, Buffalo, N. Y. They are all living. Frederick V. married 
Catherine E. Hinman, daughter of R. R. Hinman, Esq., of Hartford, 
March ]6, 1847. Jabez's daughters were, Minerva C, married Mr. 
Hazen, author, N. Y. city, Emeline B., deceased, Harriet, Lucinda 
L., married Edward Phelps, attorney at law at St. Mary's, Mercer co., 
Ohio. It appears there were, in the first settlement of New England, 
two brothers by the name of Hamlin, who emigrated to Massachusetts, 
one settled about Cape Cod, and the other settled at Middlctown, Ct. 

Haughton, Richard — died at Wethersfield in 1682 — he was build, 
ing a vessel there at the time of his death. 

Hawkins, Sarah, daughter of Anthony — died in 1678. She had an 
interest in her father's will, also in the will of her brother John Hawk- 
ins. Sarah divided her property between her four sisters, viz. Mary, 
Ruth Hart, Elizabeth Brinsmade, and Hannah Hawkins. Mrs. Ann 
Hawkins, of Farmington, died in 1680. Her property was distributed 
to her son, John, Thomas Thompson, Beatrice Parker, Mary Hally or 
Holly, Hester Gridley and Honor Hawkins. 

Heberd or Hibbard, Robert, of Windham — died previous to 1710. 

Heber, Christian, of Hartford — died Dec. 1680. 

Hilton, John, of Middletown — died in 1680. Children, John, aged 
11, Richard 7, Ebenezer 8 months, and Mary 14 years. 

Huit, Rev. Ephraim, of Windsor — died in 1643. Estate £633: 
19s. The widow survived him. Children — no sons — four daughters. 
(See p. 41.) The widow married a second time. 

Holly, Francis, became a settler in Stamford as early as 1662 — 
was a leading man in the colony, and is supposed to have been the 
ancestor of a respectable family now of Salisbury. This name is 
found uniformly spelt Holly and not Hawley. 

Hoyt, Thomas, of Windsor, moved to Stamford, and settled there 
in 1662. 

Hungerford, Thomas, of Haddam— died in 1713. Wife, Mary. 
He gave all his buildings and the grass land adjoining them in East 
Haddam, and other lands, to his wife ; he gave his son, Thomas, one 
half his land at Stonington which fell to him by his father ; he gave 
his son, John, and his male heirs, his buildings and homested of 80 
acres, (except what he gave his wife) ; to his son. Green Hungerford, 
he gave half his interest in land in Stonington, and half his land east 
of eight mile river, and his right in the Moodus meadows on falls 



, I 



220 

river ; he gave to his five daughters, Ehzabcth, Susannah, Sarah, 
Mary and Esther, the remainder of his moveable estate, after one- 
third to his wife ; to his grandson, John Churchill, he gave his rights 
in Lyme ; he gave his son Thomas's eldest son, half of his 4th division 
east of eight mile river. Estate £278. The deceased was a grand- 
son of the Thomas Hungerford mentioned in page 39. This was one 
of the best names in England, particularly in the days of Oliver. Crom- 
well. 

Hungwell, John, in 1682 sued Samuel Collins, at Hartford. 

Hurlbut, John, of Middletown — died Aug. 30, 1690. Legatees, 
John Hurlbut, b. Dec. 8, 1671, Thomas, b. Oct. 20, 1674, Laura, b. 
Dec. 6, 1676, Mercy, b. Feb. 17, 1680, Ebenezer, b. Jan. 17, 1682, 
Margaret, b. Feb. 1684, Mary, b. Nov. 17, 1678, David, b. Aug. 11, 
1688, and one in March, 1690. 

Hutchins, John, of Wethersfield — died in 1681 — left a widow and 
two children, Sarah, 4 years old, and Ann, a year and a half old. — 
Estate £38. 

Huxley, Thomas, of Suffield — died in 1767. Martin Ashley, of 
Suffield, administrator, also his widow Lois Huxley. Estate £558 : 
17s. Thomas Huxley, of Suffield, a minor in 1781, chose Gideon 
King, of Suffield, his guardian — perhaps a son of Thomas, deceased, 
above. 

J. & K. 

Jagger, Jeremiah, in 1640, Avas one of the purchasers of Stamford, 
and soon after located there. He had resided, firstly at Wethersfield, 
and probably moved with Charles Tainter to Fairfield county. 

Johnson, Thomas, of Hartford — died in 1641. Estate £10. 

Knight, George, of Hartford, (from Great Britain.) Sarah, his 
wife — had children, Sarah, b. April 27, 1680, married George Sexton, 
Dec. 25, 1699, Love, b. Sept. 10, 1682, married Thomas Andrews, 
son of Thomas, Nov. 20, 1702, Ehzabeth, b. Dec. 13, 1690, Anne, b. 
April 16, 1688. George Knight died April 19, 1698. The children 
of Thomas and Love Andrews were, Thomas, b. Aug. 21, 1703, Eli- 
jah, b. March 13, 1705-6, Love, b. Nov. 8, 1708, Samuel, b. Jan. 6, 
1712-13. Sarah Knight married Samuel Galpin, Dec. 9, 1715. Je- 
rusha Andrews, daughter of Love, b. June 14, 1716. Love, the wife 
of Thomas, died Oct. 13, 1718. Moses Ensign, of Hartford, married 
Love Andrews, daughter of Thomas, Jan. 3, 1730-1. 



221 



Lancton, John, jr., of Hartford — died in 1683. Estate £100 : 5. 
He was a son of Dea. John Lancton, who was administrator. The 
estate was given to his son, John, to be received at the age of 21 years. 
In case of the death of John, then to be divided among the children of 
Dea. Lancton. 

Lee, John, of Farmington — died in 1690. Estate £359. Children, 
John 30 years of age, Mary 26, Stephen 22, Thomas 19, David 16, 
and Tabitha. 

Leete, Hon. William's will was presented to the court at Hartford, 
May 16, 1683. Gov. Leete gave to his wife, Mary, the use of his 
hall chamber in his house at Guilford, well furnished, and the I'ents of 
half the housing and lands at the island, and of the church housing and 
land at New Haven, and £6 a year out of his estate during her life. 
He gave to his lame daughter, Graciana, the remainder of his housing 
and land in the whole home lot at the town, in fee-simple, &;c., to bo 
inherited by his son, John, after her decease ; to his daughter, Ann, 
(beside former gifts) £100 in his best household stuff. His sons, An- 
drew and William were married, also Abigail, to whom he had given 
their portions ; yet he gave by his will to Andrew and William his 
farm at Causenchaug, and the property given him at Stonington by 
Herman Garret, and other lands to his sons. To his daughter, Abigail 
Woodbridge, he gave £10 in household stuff, &c. ; the remainder he 
gave to his three sons equally, and made them his executors. Dated 
Hartford, April 2, 1683. After the above he made a codicil, and 
made additional provision for his wife. Gov. Leete left a large estate 
for A. D. 1683. After the Union of the Connecticut and Now Haven 
Colonies, in 166.5, Mr. Leete was elected Gov. of Connecticut in 1676, 
and was continued in the office until 1683, inclusive. He had previ- 
ously been elected Lieutenant Governor from 1009 to 1675, inclusive. 
Gov. Leete, previous to the Union of the Colonies, had uniformly held 
a high standing as a man and a Christian, in the New Haven Colony. 

Lothrop, Benjamin, of Hartford — died in 1690. He had property 
on board the sloop Adventure. Malatya Lathrop, administrator — pro- 
bably a sailor. 

Loveland, Robert, of Glastenbury, made his will in Dec, 1762 — he 
was then an aged man. Sons, Lot and Robert — daughter, Ruth An- 
drews, Hannah Loveland. Lot and Hannah, executors. Perhaps 
other daughters. 



Lucas, William, of Middletown — died in 1690. William, his eldest 
son, 23 years old, John 21, Mary 18, Thomas 14, Samuel 11. Left 
a small estate of about £39. 

Lyon, Richard, was at Fairfield in 1654, and is the first of the name 
found in the colony. Henry at Fairfield in 1657. 

M. 

Maccov, Hugh, of Wcthersfield — died in 1683 — no family found. 
Alice Maccoy was administratrix of his estate, £100. He had 60 
acres of land and a house, and appears to have been a farmer. 

Macmin, James, of Windsor — died in 1698. Wife, Elizabeth. Left 
a handsome estate to his widow, and appears to have left no children. 

Marks, Thomas, of Middletown, in 1730. Wife, Sarah — (Sarah 
Tobe before marriage.) Broughton ran away with a sloop from NeAV 
London, and carried off the goods of Marks. 

Maudsley, Capt. John, of Windsor, (page 153, No. 3,) died in 1690. 
He owned a mill in Windsor, and an estate of £228 ; he also had 
houses and lands at Westfield, appraised at £543. 

Merrills, John, of Hartford, had children, Sarah, b. Sept. 19, 1664, 
Nathaniel, John, Abram, Daniel, Walterton, Susannah, Abel, Isaac 
and Jacob, b. March 27, 1686. 

Miller, John, settled at Stamford as early as 1661. 

Mills, Simon, of Windsor— died in 1683. Estate £168. Children, 
John, aged 14, Simon 5, Mary Humphrey, eldest daughter, 20, Han- 
nah 18, Sarah 13, Abigail 11, Elizabeth 9, Prudence 7. He owned 
land at W eataug, at horseshoe swamp, at long meadow, and four par. 
eels on the plain. 

Minor, Thomas, (in No. 2, p. 54,) of New London, was the first 
and only person of the name who came to Connecticut. He married 
Grace Palmer, April 23, 1634. Children, Manasseh, John, Thomas, 
Clement, Ephraim, b. April 27, 1642, Joseph, Eunice and Marie. 
John emigrated to Stratford, and from thence he removed to Wood, 
bury in its first settlement, and became the town clerk of Woodbury 
for about 30 years. From this branch of the fiimily of Thomas, are 
all of the name descended in Fairfield and Litchfield counties. (See 
No. 3, p. 153.) 

Morecock, Nicholas, of Wcthersfield, in 1693. 

Morehouse, Thomas, at Fairfield, in 1654. He first settled at Stam. 
ford in 1641. 



223 

Morrice, Robert, of Hartford, brother of Joliii, of Windsor — died 
Nov. 19, 1684. In his will he gave Hannah, the wik of Caleb Stan- 
ley, some of Baxter's works ; to Hannah Pitkin, a daughter of the 
wife of Caleb Stanley, a book called the " Godly Man's Ark ;" to 
Elizabeth Stanley, her sister, he gave " Abraham's intercession for 
Sodom ;" and other books and property to John Andrews, John Wil- 
son, Samuel Spencer, John Tilestonhis kinsman, Jeremy Diggins, and 
Thomas Andrews ; to Mary, Elizabeth and Jeremy Diggins, jr., chil- 
dren of Jeremy Diggins and John Wilson, the remainder of his prop- 
erty. He appears never to have been married. 

Moses, John, of Windsor — died in 1683. He married Mary Brown, 
who survived him, and had one-third of his real estate, and £64 per- 
sonal estate. Distribution of his estate to Timothy £66, to Mary £70, 
to his four youngest daughters £60 each. Estate £575. Children, 
John, 28 years old, Timothy 14, Mary 22, Sarah 19, Margaret 17, 
Martha 12, and Mindwell 7. 

Mygatt, Dea. Joseph, of Hartford — died in 1680. For his son, 
Jacob, he had built a house. He left a wife, to whom he gave an 
annuity during her life. He had a grandson, Joseph Deming, son of 
John Diggins, and a grandson, Joseph Mygatt, who was his executor. 
Estate £308. Ann Mygatt died in 1685-6. 

/ N. 

Newman, William, settled at Stamford in 1662. (See Newman in 
No. 2, p. 57.) 

North, John, of Wethersfield — died in 1682. Wife, Susannah. — 
Children, John, aged 10, Mary 3, Susannah 6. Estate £133. Sam- 
uel North, of Wethersfield or Farmington — died in 1682. Estate 
£ 188. Children, John, aged 13, Samuel 10, Thomas 8, Hannah 4. 

Nott, Serg't. John, of Wethersfield— died in 1680-1. Wife, Ann. 
Children, Elizabeth Reeves, Hannah Hale, and John Nott. 

O. 

Ogden, John, a settler at Stamford as early as 1662. 

Olderman, William, of Farmington or Simsbury — died in 1697. 
Mary, his relict. Children, Thomas, 14 years old, William 12, John 
3, Joseph 1, Mary 17, Sarah 6. Property at Farmington £42, at 
Simsbury £53. 



224 

Orton, John, of Farmington — died in 1695-G. His widow, Mary, 
and Thomas Orton, administrators. Estate £486. Left sons and 
daughters. John and Samuel appear to have been his sons. The 
maiden name of his wife was Tudor. The estate she received of her 
father Tudor, she received of her husband's estate as her dower. 
(See p. 59.) 

Ostorn, Widow — died in 1689. Children, John, 43 years old, Na- 
thanicl 30, Mary Owen, Samuel Osborn 26, Hester Owen 22, Sarah 
Wright 20, Hannah Eggleston 24. Richard Osborn, at Fairfield, in 
1654. The Osborns in New Haven and Fairfield counties, originated 
at Long Island, and not from the family at Windsor. 

P. 

Parents, John, of Haddam — died in 1686. He left a daughter in 
the care of Nathaniel Chapman, and had another daughter, and no 
sons. Estate £84. He moved from Hartford to Haddam. 

Paring, Samuel, of Windsor — died in 1690. Estate £6. No family. 

Patten, Rev. William, was one of the first of the name who settled 
in Connecticut. He was the son of Nathaniel, of Billerica, near Bos- 
ton, where he was born. He graduated at Dartmouth College in 1754, 
and received an honorary degree at Yale in 1759. Li 1767, owing 
to the ill health of the Rev. Elnathan Whitman, who had been settled 
at the South Church in Hartford, Conn., in 1732, Mr. Patten was 
settled as his colleague. He married Miss Ruth Wheelock, a daugh- 
ter of Rev. Elcazcr Wheelock, D. D., of Lebanon, afterwards Presi- 
dent of Dartmouth College. He finished his collegiate and theological 
education, married and settled at Hartford when quite young. In 1773 
his health began to fail and he left the charge of the church at Hart- 
ford, and in 1 775, while on a visit at his father's house at Roxbury, 
Mass., he declined so rapidly that he died there on the 16th day 
of January, 1775, aged 37. His children were, Eleazer W., Sarah, 
Rev. William, Ruth, Nathaniel, Mary, Charlotte and George J. Of 
this family, Eleazer W., Charlotte and Nathaniel died in early life and 
unmarried. Ruth and Mary arc now residing at Hartford, as samples 
of living piety. Sarah died since 1840, and George J. in 1830, unmar- 
ried. Rev. William, D. D., son of Rev. Wilham, of Hartford, gradu- 
ated at Dartmouth College in 1780, and received the honorary degree 
of D. D. at Brown University. He was settled in the ministry at 
Newport, R. I., in 1786, where he preached about 48 years. He 



225 

married Hannah Hurlbut, of New London, and had the following 
family, viz. Ruth W., William S., Joseph H., Maryanna, Florid^, 
George W. and Charlotte. Ruth W. married Frederick W. Hotch- 
kiss, a merchant, of Hartford, and had a fomily of three sons and two 
daughters, all of whom are now living, except Elizabeth, who died 
young. William, son of Dr. Patten, is a lawyer at Providence, R. I. 
Joseph is a lawyer in New York. Maryanna married C. Stockton 
Halsted, of Brooklyn, N. Y. Floride resides in Brooklyn, N. Y. 
George W. is a captain in the U. S. Army, and distinguished himself, 
where he was wounded in the bloody battle at Cerro Gordo, in Mexico, 
in 1847. Charlotte died recently. Dr. Patten died at Hartford in 
1839, aged 76 years, and in the 54th year of his ministry. (Sec 
Davenport, p. 205.) 

[Rev. William Patten, sen'r., was admitted to Harvard University 
when about 12 years of age ; within two years after he received his 
degree. He was licensed to preach, and was ordained before he was 
19 years of age, at Halifax, in Mass., where he continued about ten 
years, when his ill health rendered it necessary for him to ask for a 
dismission from his society, and was afterwards settled at Hartford. 
He graduated at Harvard College in 1754, and not at Dartmouth, as 
stated on the preceding page.] 

Peters, Arthur, of Wethersfield — died in 1G90, unmarried, and gave 
his estate to Ephraim Goodrich, of Wethersfield. 

Phillips, George, of Windsor — died 1077 or 8 — was found dead in 
his room. Estate £152. No family found. (See p. 03.) 

Pierce, Edward, of Simsbury — died in 1093. No estate. 

Pinkney, Philip, at Fairfield in 1054. 

Piper, Richard, of Haddam — died in 1078. Left no family. Es- 
tate £204. Legatees, Susannah Ventriss, John Ventriss, Sarah Gates, 
2d, John and Samuel Ackley, John Kinnard and Edward Purfcll. 

Pomeroy, Eltwed or Edward, (in No. 2) — had a son, Medad, born 
in 1038, Caleb, b. in 1641, Mary, b. in 1644, Joshua, b. in 1040, 
and Joseph, b. in 1052. Caleb m. Hcpzibah Baker, May, 1004, and 
had a daughter, Hepzibah, b. in 1 000, and probably had other children 
after he moved to Northampton. Samuel Benton m. Mary Pomeroy, 
of Northampton, a daughter of Medad. (See p. 05.) 

Porter, John, came from England, and settled in Windsor in 1039, 
and died in 1098, He had a son, Nathaniel, b. at Windsor in 1040, 
Harmah, b. in 1042. He also had a son, John, who married and had 
29 



226 

John, Mary, Sarah, James, Nathaniel, Hannah, Samuel, Rebecca, Hes- 
ter, Ruth, Hezekiah and Joseph. The last John, in 1669, m. Joanna 
Gaylord, and had Joanna, Mary, John, Sai'ah and Ann. 

Post, John and Thomas, of Norwich, made free in 1663 — probably 
were brothers, and the sons of Stephen, who settled at Hartford before 
1639, and was in the land division of 1G39 — but left Hartford before 
he died. 

Powell, Thomas, of Windsor — married in 1676, and had Ann, bom 
in 1678, and Thomas, b. in 1680. John Powell, of Windsor, died in 
1685, and left an estate of £3 : 9. 

Preston, William, of Hartford, in 1642 — probably went to Stratford, 
where the name was soon after found, and some years after at Wood- 
bur}^ Neither William or Edward Preston died at Hartford. (See 
No. 2.) The name is yet at Woodbury and Hartford. 

R. 

Randall, Abraham, of Windsor—died Aug. 22, 1690. Estate £140. 
He had two wives. He had adopted as a son, his cousin Abraham 
Phelps, when a child, (who was noAv married,) and he made him his 
principal legatee, and provided for his wife, and gave small legacies 
to Isaac Phelps, of Westfield, and Joseph Phelps, of Windsor. Left 
no children of his own. William Randall, of Middletown, died in 
1684. Estate £18. The Randalls finally settled at Middletown. — 
William Randall, of Hartford, died in 1684, and gave his estate to 
Thomas, John and Rachel Grant, the children of his wife. (See No. 2.) 

Ranny, Thomas, of Middletown — died in 1713. Wife, Mary. Es- 
tate £758. Children, Thomas, John, Joseph, Ebenezer, Mary Sav- 
age, Elizabeth, wife of Jonathan Warner, and Esther Savage. He 
married Mary Hubbard. A good family. 

Ray, James, sen'r., of Haddam — died in 1731. Wife, Ehzabeth, 
and sons, James, Peter and Joseph — Anna Dimock, grand daughter, 
Elizabeth Ray, grandson Isaac Ray, and grandson Samuel Bangs, of 
Bolton. Estate £255. 

Read, Doct. Jacob, of Simsbury — died in 1709. Widow Elizabeth, 
and John Tuller, administrators. Left a son, Jacob — perhaps other 
children. 

Reeve, Robert, of Hartford — died in 1680. He left a M-idow and 
seven children, sons and daughters, with a small estate. (See p. 68.) 

Reiuolds, John, of Wethersfield— died in 1682. Estate £121. 



221 

Widow, Mary. Children, Kcziah, aged 10, Anna 14, Rebina 11, John 
9, and Jonathan years. 

Renolds, John, settled at Stamford among the first settlers of the 
town. 

Reynolds, John, of Norwich — perhaps the son of Robert an early 
settler of Wethersfield, and moved to and died at Saybrook as early 
as 1G62 — yet more probable was a brother of James and Robert. 
Robert M'as employed about the fort. 

Richards, Hon. James, died at his house in Hartford, on the 29th 
day of June, 1680. He married Saroii, the daughter of William Gib- 
bons, Esq., of Hartford. He owned land in England at his decease, 
and was liberal to his wife in his will. She had received of her father 
(iibbons a handsome estate in lands before, some of which were located 
in England, and the rents of which her mother in some measure relied 
upon for support. Mr. Richards supposed it would prove inconven- 
ient for his mother in law to obtain her distant rents, he therefore 
made an exchange with her, and took her lands in England and gave 
her £30, annually, for life, and £200, to dispose of as she pleased for 
her lands there. His children were, Thomas, Mary, Jerusha, Ehza- 
beth, and one not born at his decease. To his son, Thomas, he gave 
all his lands and buildings in England, and informed him he could call 
upon Ralph Ingram, a woolen draper in London, for his deeds ; he 
also gave Thomas most of Ins lands in Hartford. To his daughter, 
Mary, he gave his farm at Habuck, east of the river in Wethersfield, 
to be received when married, or 18 years of age, with the buildings, 
and £300. To Jerusha, all his lands and buildings west of the river in 
Wethersfield, and £300. To Elizabeth, all his lands and buildings in 
and about New London, and £450. He gave to his chdd not then born, 
£700. To Thomas Bradford, (his nephew) he gave 10 acres of land 
and £60, if he should build upon the land. To his brother, John 
Richards, of Boston, he gave his largest silver tankard and his watch. 
To the church south of Little River, in Hartford, where he had attend, 
ed meeting, he gave £10 in silver plate lor administering the sacra- 
ment. To the Latin school in Hartford, £50. To his pastor. Rev. 
John Whiting, £15. To the poor of Hartford £20. To Mercy Brad- 
ford, his kinswoman, he gave £10 ; and provided like a true Puritan, 
that whoever thereafter should hold his lands in Hartford, should pay 
the ecclesiastical taxes upon them to support the south church in 
Hartford. His wife, Sarah, and son, Thomas, executors. To his 
brother, John, of Boston, Jind Capt. John Allen, of Hartford, he gave 



228 

£10 each, uud made them overseers of his will. His houses and lands 
in Boston, he ordered to be equally divided between all his children 
who were then minors. Estate £7930 : 1 5. Mary married Benjamin 
Alford, of Boston ; Jerusha married Gurdon Saltonstall, Esq. ; Thom- 
as married Joanna Dodd, sister of Edward Dodd, of Hartford ; p]liza- 
beth married John Davie, supposed of Boston, (but in 1709, appears 
to have been the wife of Jonathan Taylor,) she waS the wife of Davie 
m 1691. The child unborn, mentioned in Hon. James's will, proved 
to be a daughter, and was named Anne — she died before 1091, and 
the £700 given her in the will w^as equally distributed to the other 
children in Oct. 1091. The £200 given to Ursula Gibbons by Hon. 
James towards her lands in England, were also divided between the 
children of Hon. James. Sarah, the relict of Hon. James, in 1691, 
sio-ned the distribution of the personal estate of Hon. James, as Sarah 
Davie, with her husband, John Davie, together with the children of 
James. In 1709 " Dame Sarah," relict of Hon. James, was the wife 
of Jonathan Tyng, Ef-q., Gent., of Dunstable, in Mass. She gave up 
to her son, Thomas, her right as executor of his father's will, and 
quit to him her dower estate in Hartford, signed by herself and Tyng, 
her husband. Deed dated Boston, March 30, 1709. 

Richards, Capt. Thomas, the only son of Hon. James, removed to 
Boston. He married Joanna Dodd, sister of Edward Dodd, and had 
two daughters, but no sons. He made his will in 1714, and died in 
1715. He owned a shipyard and buildings in Boston, which he gave 
to his wife, with £500 in money. He gave his niece, the wife of Rev. 
Sampson Stoddard, of Chelmsford, £50. ; Daniel Alford, of Boston, 
£50 ; his brother in law% Edward Dodd, of Hartford, £10 ; Rev. Cot. 
ton Mather £10 ; Mr. Thomas Buckingham, of Hartford, £5 ; Har- 
vard College £30 ; his servant, John Arcoss, £10 ; the poor of Bos. 
ton £20 ; his sister, Mary Alford, £10,. and her daughter, Sarah, £5. 
All his other property in England, Boston, Hartford and elsewhere, he 
gave to his two daughters, Joanna and Mary Richards, conditioned 
that if his daughters died without issue, the property should fall to 
William Davie, Sarah Bill, Elizabeth Stoddard and his nephew, Ben. 
jamin Alford, on condition that they should yay Edward Dodd £50 — 
another £50, and his niece, Joanna Alford, £30, and the three chil- 
dren of his sister Saltonstall £20 each. (Vol. 3, p. 55, Town books.) 
His wife was sole executrix — Paul Dudley, Esq. and Samuel (jrccn- 
wood, merchant, of Boston, trustees of his will. His widow sold a 
part of his lands in Hartford, for £1108, to 'Jonathan and Isaac Shel- 



229 

dou, of Northampton. This family closed the name of Richards ou 
the death of Thomas, as he left no son to perpetuate the high reputa- 
tion of the family name. It is painful to know that such men as 
Richards, Hamlin, Gold, Mason, Ludlow and many others, the brill, 
iants of their day and generation, who had figured so largely, morally 
and politically, in Connecticut, should so soon have been forgotten, 
not only by the citizens of the State, but by the great mass of their 
descendants. (See p. 68, No. 2.) 

Richards, Thomas, died at Hartford before 1039. His widow had 
several pieces of land noted in the land records of Hartford, in 1639. 
He left lour children, viz. John, Mary, (married Mr. Peck, of Mil- 
ford,) Thomas and Obadiah. The widow of Thomas, deceased, died 
in 1671. John married and had children, Tho's and Samuel. Tho's 
married Mary Parsons, daughter of Dea. Parsons, of Springfield, in 
1691, and had sons, Thomas, Ebenezer, Jedediah, Benjamin and Jo- 
seph. Samuel, of W. Hartford, married Mary Graves, daughter of 
George, scn'r., in Dec. 1065, and had children, Josiah, James and 
Daniel ; the last Thomas settled at Southington ; Jedediah went to 
Tolland and from thence to Norfolk, and joined the church there. 
Joseph, the son of Thomas, settled at Wethersfield. He married and 
had Joseph and other children. The last Joseph died in 1771. Wife, 
Lydia, and children, Joseph, Simeon and Eli. He gave Joseph land 
in Newington, Wethersfield and New Hartford. To Eli and Simeon 
he gave his homested and some lands in Wethersfield. He had a 
grandson, Charles Dix, who is supposed to have been the ancestor of 
Senator Dix, of New York, whose parents removed to Oak Orchard, 
N. Y., from Torrington. Joseph, a son of Joseph, settled in Berlin — 
wife, Abigail. He died in 1801. He had a 2d wife, and had children, 
Thomas, Joseph, Oliver, Joanna and Eli — Lydia, wife of Benajah 
Deane — Polly, wife of Elias Dilling — Betsey, Sally and Olive. Estate 
$3767. Obadiah, the son of Thomas, sen'r., appears to have settled 
at Waterbury, and had children, Benjamin, (died 1714) Obadiah, John, 
Thomas, Mary, Hannah, Esther and Rachel. Obadiah, jr. settled at 
Lyme, and died there in 1720. Among the first settlers of Hartford, 
was Nathaniel Richards, (See p. 08,) who was probably a brother of 
Thomas, sen'r., and of the father of Hon. James. Nathaniel removed 
to Norwalk about 1650. The connection of the descendants of the 
three important families of Richards, is not satisfactorily discovered 
by the writer. The location, and the names of Thomas, James, John 
and Samuel, so uniformly given to the children of the different families 



230 

from one generation to another, is strong presumptive evidence of olden 
times that they 'originated from the same common ancestor. 

Richardson, Lemuel, of Haddam — died in 1713. Wife, Mahitabcl. 
He owned property at Stonington, which Mas appraised by Stephen 
Richardson and James Noycs, of Stonington. Children, Samuel, Lem- 
uel and Mahitabcl. Thomas Richardson, of Waterbury, died in 1712. 

He had a son Thomas. Richardson at New London in 1663. 

Israel Richardson, of VVallingford, died in 1712. His administrators 
were, John Hopkins and Stephen Richardson, of Waterbury. He had 
children, Joseph and Hannah. John Richardson, of Waterbury, died 
in 1 712. Wife, Elizabeth. Nathaniel Richardson, of Waterbury, died 
in 1714. This name was not as early in the colony as many others. 
Amos, of Coventry, in 1745. Sarah Richardson married Samuel Wil- 
liams in 1691. 

Riley, Jonathan, of Wcthersfield, in 1706 — was a brother of Joseph, 
who was then late deceased, of Wethersfield. 

Ripley, Joshua, of Windham, was one of the early settlers of the 
town, and was a commissioner there before 1697. He M'as a leading 
man, and well educated. He is the first of the name found in the 
colony, and was probably the ancestor of those of the name in Con- 
necticut. 

Risley, Richard, of Hockanum — died in 1647 or 8. Estate £188. 
Children, Sarah, 7 years old, Samuel 2, and Richard 3 months. 

Rix, Thomas, of Wethersfield — died in 1690 — left a wife and £36 
estate. 

Roath, Robert, of New London — died in 1650. A few years after 
at Norwich, where the name yet remains. 

Roberts, John, of Middletown — died in 1721. Left: children, David, 
aged 20, Mary 17, Jonathan 15, Nathaniel 11, Daniel 8. John Rob- 
erts, jr., of Simsbury, died in 1724. Samuel Roberts, jr., of Middle, 
town, died in 1726. Samuel Roberts, the first that I find in the colo- 
ny, had married Sarah Hinman, daughter of Edward, of Stratford, 
before 1681, and resided at Woodbury. 

Robinson, Samuel, of Hartford. Inventory presented in 1682. — 
Mary, his widow, administratrix. Estate £55. Children, Sarah, 17 
years o|d, Samuel 14, Mary 10, John 6, and Hannah 3 in 1682. 

RoUo, Alexander, of Middletown — died in 1709. Wife, Hannah. 
William, a son of the deceased, at that time resided at Haddam. 

Root, John, sen'r., of Farmington — died about 1685 or 6. Wife, 
Mary. Children, Joseph, Caleb, Mary, wife of Isaac Brunson, Ste- 
phen — perhaps other daughters. Estate £819. 



231 

Rose, Nathaniel, resided at Southampton in 1698. 

Rowlandson, Rev. Joseph, of Wethersficld — died in 1G79. Wife, 
Mary. Children, Joseph 17 years old, and Mary 13. Estate £290. 
He also had lands at Lancaster, appraised by Ralph Haughton and 
Roger Sumner, at £129. 

Rudd, Jonathan, (in No. 2, in 1639) — is probably the same Jonathan 
Rudd M^ho afterwards settled at Norwich. 



S. 



Sadd, John, of Windsor — died in 1694 — and left a son, Thomas, 4 
years old. 

Sanford, Ann, widow of Robert, of Hartford, made her will in 1682, 
and died the same year. Her husband's estate was settled in 1776. 
Children, Zachery, Robert, Ezekiel, Hannah and Abigail. A Zachery 
Sanford, of Hartford, died in 1713, and Jonathan, Sarah and Abigail 
Bunce, of Hartford, exhibited his will in court. Nathaniel Sanford 
appraised the estate at £1100 : 16. Z. Sanford's will was made in 
1710, and his children were, Sarah, the wife of Jonathan Bunce, Abi- 
gail Sanford and Joseph Bunce. Robert, sen'r., died in 1676. Na- 
than or Nathaniel Sanford, of Hartford, died in 1687. Susannah, his 
wife, procured of him a deed to her of all his lands. Deed dated in 
1677. Estate £1100: 16. 

Saunders, Christopher, of Windsor, had children, Susannah, born in 
1676, Daniel in 1678, and Elizabeth in 1681. 

Sawyer, Edward. A settlement began in Hebron in 1704, and the 
settlers were from Windsor, Saybrook, Long Island and Northampton. 
Nath'l Phelps, from Windsor, was the first clerk, and Timothy Phelps, 
Stephen Post and Samuel Palmer, townsmen ; Edward Sawyer, con- 
stable. The town was incorporated in 1707. Samuel Curtiss was 
town clerk there in 1712. Jacob Root resided there. 

Scoficld, Daniel, came to Stamford as early as 1641. The name 
of Scofield is common and respectable in the town at tliis time — per- 
haps the same name of Scofell or Scoville. 

Scovill, Edward, of Haddam — died in 1703. Wife, Hannah. Thom- 
as Shailer and William Scofell appointed guardians of Susannah and 
Hannah, only children of Edward. His widow married Benj. Smith. 
The name is spelt upon the colony records, Scofell — at a later period, 
Scovill. WiUiam, of Haddam, died in 1712. 

Scott, John, of Ashford or Setaukct, L. L, in 1664, was charged of 



232 

many heinous offences against His Majesty's peace, viz. defaming the 
King, seditious practices, encouraging the natives in their hostihty, 
usurping the power of the King in pardoning ti'eason, threatening the 
King's subjects to hang and banish them, profaning the Sabbath, for- 
gery, treachery, claiming power under a pretended commission, and 
slandering a commissioned officer. A warrant was issued to New 
Haven, Branford, Milford, Stratford, Fairfield and oilier towns, to ap- 
prehend him. Edmund Scott, sen'r., of Waterbury — died in 1691. 
Children, Joseph, Edmund, Samuel, George, Jonathan, David, Robert, 
Elizabeth and Hannah — supposed descendants of Thomas, of Hartford, 
(in No. 2, p. 71.) Thomas Scott, of Hartford, died as early as 1643. 
He had only one son, (Thomas) and several daughters. The widow 
survived him. Estate £174. 

Scranton, Nathaniel, of Wethersfield — died in 1693, and gave his 
estate to William Goodrich, being £36 : 11. 

Seaman, John, one of the original purchasers of the town of Stam- 
ford, where he settled in 1641. It is supposed he moved from Weth- 
ersfield to Stamford. 

Seabrook, Mr. was of Stratford in 1650, with Samuel Sherman, 
Thomas Fairchild, William Judson and three sons, Nicholas Knell, 
William Wilcoxson and three sons, William and John Curtis, broth- 
ers, William Beardslee, John Beardslee, Joseph Hawley, Samuel 
Wells and three sons, Philip Graves, Rev. Mr. Blackman, Henry 
Wakelin, Richard Booth, William Burritt, John Brinsmade, Edward 
Hiiiman, Daniel Tetherton, John Thompson, David Mitchell, John 
Hurd, John Beach, Moses Wheeler, Richard Butler, Arthur Bostwick, 
John Birdseye, Mr. Isaac Nichols, Richard Harvey, John Peacock, 
Nathaniel Porter, Thomas Sherwood and Mr. Seabrook. These per- 
sons, with others, were of Stratford in 1651, and previous — unques- 
tionably many others, who were the pioneers of the settlement, and 
had either died or removed — are necessarily omitted by the loss of the 
first records. 

Sedgwick, Ebenezer, of Hartford, in 1644, (in No. 2,) who had an 
ear mark recorded there in 1646, is not afterwards found in the colony. 
He probably returned to his native country. He was not the progen- 
itor of the Sedgwick family of Connecticut. Robert Sedgwick, who 
was an early settler at Charlestown, Mass., in 1636 or 7, was the an- 
cestor of this family. Robert at length returned to England in 1654, 
and died there in 1656. He was made a major general in the days of 
Cromwell. Gen. Robert had a son, William, who for a while resided 



233 

in Hartford, and married Elizabeth, the daughter of the Rev. Samuel 
Stone, of Hartford. He proved to be of a roving character, and spent 
much of his time in passing to and from the West Indies, in the neg- 
lect of his family. His wife became dissatisfied with his absence and 
negligence, and petitioned the Court of Assistants, in 1674, for a bill 
of divorce from said William, which was granted the same year. 
She had but one child by William, which w as born after his father 
left for the West Indies the last time. This child, Samuel, was the 
only person of the name of Sedgwick in New England then living. 
His mother afterwards married John Roberts, of Hartford. Mrs. 
Stone, the grand mother of Samuel, married Mr. Gardner after the 
death of Rev. Mr. Stone. She left Samuel, her grandson, a small 
legacy, which was so well managed that at his arrival to manhood, he 
purchased a valuable farm at West Hartford. He lived where Ben- 
jamin Colton now resides, upon the middle road from Hartford to Far- 

mington. Samuel married Mary . He became a captain of 

militia. His children were, Samuel, jr., b. Aug. 22, 1690, Jonathan, 
b. March 29, 1693, Ebenezer, b. Feb. 25, 1695, Joseph b. May 16, 
1697, Stephen b. March 17, 1701. Samuel married Ruth Peck, Feb. 
1, 1710-11, Ebenezer m. Prudence Merrills, June 30, 1720, Stephen 
m. Mary Harriss, Dec. 1725. His children were, Abigail, b. in 1703, 
Mary in 1705, Elijah in 1708, Thankful in 1710, Mary in 1712-13, 
Benjamin in 1716. Jonathan was the father of William the father of 
Timothy. A grand daughter of Stephen, (son of Samuel) is yet living 
at West Hartford — a fine aged Quaker lady — the mother of Timothy 
and Levi. Ebenezer bad but one son, Abraham, who settled in Lenox, 
Mass., where his widow and children now reside. Ebenezer's daugh- 
ter Mary, married John Ensign, and was the grand mother of Chief 
Justice Church, of Litchfield. Joseph was the father of Samuel, 
whose descendants reside in Stockbridge, Mass. Benjamin, his young, 
est son, had his father's homested, but he emigrated to Cornwall in 
1744, where he died at the age of 42, in an apoplectic fit, in 1758. 
He married Ann Thompson, of Wallingford. Abigail, the daughter of 
Capt. Samuel, married Benjamin Kellogg, Nov. 1721. Mercy mar- 
ried Caleb Merrills in 1733. Capt. Samuel, sen'r., died March 24, 
1735, aged 69, and his wife died Sept. 4, 1743, aged 73 years. Sam- 
uel, jr. married Ruth Peck, and died before his father, in Dec. 1724, 
and his father, and Ruth, his widow, were administrators on his estate. 
In March, 1726, Ruth, his widow, was made guardian of his children, 
Ruth, 16 years of age, Mary and Jerusha, twins, 13, Daniel 8, and 
30 



234 

Thankful 5. The children of" Benjamin, who emigrated to Cornwall, 
were, Sarah, who married Rev. Hezekiah Gold, the mother of Hon. 
Thomas R. Gold, member of Congress of Oneida co., N. Y., and of 
Thomas Gold, Esq., of Pittsficld, Mass. John A., the son of Benja- 
min, was the grand father of Gen. Charles F. Sedgwick, attorney at 
law in Sharon, and of Albert, the present Sheriff of Litchfield county. 
The 2d son of Benjamin was Benjamin, jr. The 3d son of Benjamin, 
of Cornwall, was, Hon. Theodore, who was many years celebrated as 
a lawyer and judge in Massachusetts. Mary Ann, another daughter 
of Benjamin, married Rev. Job Swift, D. D., and was the mother of 
a numerous family, among whom were the Hon. Benj. Swift, U. S. 
Senator from Vermont, and Hon. Samuel Swift, many years Secretary 
of the State of Vermont. Lorain, another daughter of Benjamin, mar- 
ried Jacob Parsons, of Richmond, Mass., and from that place he emi- 
grated to Chenango co., N. Y. The children of Col. John Sedgwick 
were, John A., Sally, Henry, Parnel, Pamclia, Benjamin, Stephen and 
Roderick. John A. was the father of General Sedgwick and of Al- 
bert — perhaps others. Henry Mas the father of John E., deputy 
sheriff. Benjamin yet lives upon the old homested in Cornwall, the 
father of P. C. Sedgwick, of Pennsylvania, clerk of the Supreme Court, 
also father of Lieut. John Sedgwick, of the U. S. Army, now in Mex- 
ico. Stephen, son of John A., is the father of Hon. Henry James 
Sedgwick, of the New York Senate, and of Charles P. Sedgwick, of 
Syracuse, N. Y. Roderick yet resides in the city of New York. 
Hon. Theodore, youngest son of Benjamin, graduated at Yale College 
in 1766. He held an exalted rank not only in his State, but in the 
nation. He was Senator and Representative in Congress, and Speaker 
of the House of Representatives of the U. S., and for many years a 
distinguished Judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. He died 
in Februaay, 1813, aged 66 years. His children were, Pamelia, 
(married Elkanah Watson, of Albany) Theodore, father of Theodore 
a lawyer of New York, Henry Dwight, Robert, Catherine M., (the 
authoress) Charles, clerk of the courts in Berkshire county. Gather- 
ine and Charles are the only survivors of Hon. Theodore's children. 
The children of John A., son of Gen. John, are. Gen. Charles F., a 
lawyer in Sharon, Albert, sheriff of Litchfield county, Maiy Ann, mar- 
ried Mr. Noyos, Amanda, married Mr. Bridgman. The children of 
Gen. Charles F. Sedgwick and his wife, Betsey Swan, are, Elizabeth 
Swan, John, Marie, Emma, Caroline Swan, Charles H., (died in 1841, 
6 years old,) Mary Gould and Robert Adam Sedgwick. 



) 



235 

Sedgwick, Abraham, sou of Ebenezer and Prudence, was born A|)ril 
27, 1721, Abigail b. Dec. 2, 1722, Prudence b. Sept. 14, 1724, Mary 
b. April 29, 172G, Thankful b. April 7, 1728, Eliza b. June 17, 
1731, Edward b. March 4, 1734-5. Samuel Sedgwick, son of Jo- 
seph, b. April 11, 1725. 

Seely, Lieut. Robert, (in No. 2,) had a lawsuit .igainst VVethersfield, 
in 163G, to compel the inhabitants who held land in VVethersfield, to 
remove there, or forfeit it, and receive nothing in the land division of 
the town. The case was tried by a jury, and found for Seely, as he 
had been an adventurer, the town gave him William Bascum's share. 
In March, 1637, jtiror's fees were limited by law to six pence for each 
action tried by them. 

Sexton, John, married Mary Hill in 11577. 

Shears, VVid. Sarah, of Windsor — died in 1689. Legatees, Doct. 
Hasting, the wife of Nathaniel Dickinson, Hannah Palmer, Samuel 
Forward, Stephen Loomis, Timoth}' Hosford, John Grimes, and Jacob 
Gibbs. Executors, Benajah Holcomb and Michael Taynter. Estate 
£128. 

Shepard, Susannah, sen'r., died in 1698. Her daughter, Susannah, 
married John Pratt ; another daughter married Nathaniel Goodwin. 
She had three daughters — had a grandson, John Pratt, jr., and grand 
daughters, Susan and Mahitabel Goodwin. Wittir Goodwin married 
her daughter. John Shepard, son of John, jr., was born in Nov. 1681, 
Samuel his brother, b. in 1682, Hannah b. in 1684, Joseph b. in 1688, 
Timothy b. in 1691, Rebecca b. in 1695. Grand children of John 
Shepard, sen'r., Timothy, d. in 1716, and Rebecca in 1706. The 
great grand children of Edward Shepard, of Hartford — Tho's Shep- 
ard married Susannah Scott in Sept. 1695, John, jr. married Hannah 
May in 1680, Thomas Ensign married Hannah Shepard in 1692. 
Edward Shepard, of Middletown, died in 1713. John, eldest son, 
Edward, 2d son, Samuel, 3d son. Samuel married Bethia, and had 
John in 1710, and James in 1714. Serg't. John Shepard, of Hartford, 
died in 1707, was a cooper. Wife, Martha. Sons John and Thomas 
his executors. The two sons were also coopers. 

Sherman, Samuel, was one of the purchasers of Stamford in 1640, 
and moved there from VVethersfield in 1640 or 41. (See Sherman 
in No. 2.) He resided in Stratford in 1650. Joseph Sherman, of 
Wethersfield, (in No. 2,) Andrew^ Ward, Joseph Strickland, Robert 
Coe, Robert Reynold united in the certificate with Jonas Wood to join 
the church at Wethersfield. (See Jonas Wood.) They soon renew. 



230 

ed their covenant publicly bofore the court and churches, and settled 
at Wethersfield in 1036. 

Sherrington, Thomas, (in No. 2,) resided at Fairfield in 1650. 
Sherwood, Thomas, of Fairfield, in 1650. This name has ever 
since been a Fairfield county name. He was probably the ancestor 
of Hon. Samuel B. Sherwood, member of Congress, late deceased, of 
that county, the father in law of Gov. Bissell. Matthew Sherwood, 
of Fairfield, in 1673, a descendant of Thomas, (in No. 2.) In 1673, 
the grand committee appointed for ordering the militia of Connecticut? 
after the Legislature had ordered to be raised 500 dragoons to be 
ready to march at an hour's warning — appointed Matthew- Sherwood 
ensign, Thomas Fitch, captain, and Jehu Burr, lieutenant for Fairfield 
troops. 

Shippason, Nathaniel, widow Mary, of Hebron. Estate £207. 
He died in 1718. Children, Jonathan, Nathaniel, John, Ehzabeth, 
Mary, Mercy, Joanna and others. (Perhaps Shipman.) 

Simking, Vincent, one of the purchasers of the town of Stamford 
in 1640. 

Skinner, Joseph, married Mary Filly in 1666, and had children, 
Mary in 1667, and Elizabeth in 1669. 

Slater, Thomas, of Simsbury — died intestate in 1700. 

Slauson, Thomas, first appeared at Stamford in 1662 — a firm Puri- 

tan and a good man. He was a strong friend of Bell, Holly and Law. 

Smead, Richard, of Hartford — died in 1704, intestate. Estate j£12. 

Smith, Elizabeth, of Farmington — died in 1677 or 8, and left sons, 

Samuel, Jonathan, William arid Benjamin. She had a grandson by 

the name of Samuel, a son of Jonathan. She had a daughter, Mahit- 

abel, (Elizabeth, her daughter, appeared to have died before her 

mother,) Susannah. She had a daughter in law, Rachel Smith. 

Jonathan was a mechanic, and was requested by his mother to teach 

his brother Samuel his trade. William died before his mother. 

Smith, Simon, of Haddam, was one of the twenty-eight original 
purchasers and settlers of Haddam. He had a son Simon, who had a 
son David, the father of James. David married Dolly Brainerd, (sister 
of Rev. David and John Brainerd, missionaries among the Indians,) 
by whom she had four sons and six daughters, viz. David, James, 
Hezekiah, Nehemiah, Anne, Jerusha, Dolly, Molly, Esther and Su. 
sannah. After the death of his first wife, he married a widow Shailer 
and died soon after. His son, David, died young, and left a widow 
and two daughters. James married Mary Hubbard, and had four sons 



237 

and three daughters, viz. Frederick, James, Hubbard, Nehemiah, 
Alice, Catherine and Polly. James the first, removed with his family 
to Harpersfield, Delaware co., N. Y., in the early settlement of that 
county, M'here he died in the winter of 1830, aged 93, and left over 
250 descendants. He was a captain in the Revolution. Hezekiah 
married Elizabeth Shailer, and had several children. He removed to 
Western New York, where his descendants still reside. Nehemiah 
died young, at sea. Anne married Timothy Towner, and lived in the 
west part of Haddam. Dolly married Samuel Brooks, and settled in 
the north part of Haddam, and had a large family. Jerusha married 
Ezra Brainerd, settled in Middle Haddam, and had a large family. 
Molly married Joseph Arnold, and resided in Haddam, with a large 
family. Esther married Ephraim Sawyer, and lived in the north part 
of Haddam. Susannah married Joseph Selden, and had a numerous 
family. She settled in West Hartford, Avhere her descendants now 
reside. Henry Smith, one of the first settlers and purchasers of 
Stamford. 

Soper, Mary, of Windsor, guardian of Pelatiah, 19 years old, Sarah 
16, John 13, Abigail 12, Dorcas 7, and Return Soper 4 — her children. 

Southmayd, William, mariner, of Middletown — died in 1702. Wife, 
Margaret. He left some daughters, and an estate of jS108(). 

Sparks, John, of Windsor — died in 1710. Estate £54. Children, 
Martha, 16 years old, Esther 18, Ruth, John, Anne, Dorothy and 
Thomas. 

Spencer, William, of Hartford — died in 1640. He left a wife and 
3 children, viz. Sarah, Elizabeth and Samuel. He was a kinsman of 
Matthew Allyn, a brother in law of John Pratt and John Talcott. 
William Spencer was the ancestor of the Hon. Judge Spencer and 
Hon. John C. Spencer, of the State of New York. He was one of 
the first Puritan settlers of Hartford. John Spencer, of Haddam, died 
in 1682. Children, Gerrard, Rebecca, Benjamin, Lydia and Grace. 
The two eldest children he placed in the care of his sister Hannah, 
who had married Daniel Brainerd, and allowed Mr. Brainerd the use 
of the two children's interest in his estate. His son, Benjamin, he 
placed in the charge of Nicholas Noyes, of Haddam, until he became 
of age, with the liberty to take the use of Benjamin's share. Lydia 
he gave to his father Howard, and gave her the old cow and £7 more 
than her portion, because she had a defective hand. His youngest 
daughter, Grace, he placed in the care of his brother in law, Kinne, 
and his sister Rebecca. He left for them to use as a compensation 



238 

for keeping her, lier share, and gave Grace a cow and £5 more than 
her portion of his estate. The deceased John had taken Tho's Brooks 
at the age of four years, who had now become 18 years of age, a son 
of his sister Brooks. This adopted son he directed to respect his 
mother, (who had married Thomas Shailer,) and gave him his time 
until 21 years of age ; he also gave him his loom and tacklin for it, 
and two steers, and directed him to be clothed as well as his own 
children. He gave the remainder of his property equally to all his 
children, after dividing to each son £30, and each daughter £20. 
He allowed ]4 shillings to purchase books for his children, and gave 
Goodwife Smith 20 shillings — his sister Shailer and Thomas Brooks 
each 20 shillings, for their kind attention in his sickness. He desired 
Nicholas lloycs, George Gates, Daniel Brainerd, Daniel Cone and 
Thomas Spencer to be overseers of his will. Ebenezer Spencer mar- 
ried Mary Booth in 1699. Garrit Spencer married Hannah Pratt, 
daughter of John, in 1680. She died in 1692. 

StancHft, James, of Middletown — died in 1712. Wife, Mary. Left 
two sons, William and James. 

Standish, Thomas, of Wcthersfield— died Sept. 1735. Estate £39G. 

Starr, Comfort, was a physician, and the first of the name in New 

England. He married Elizabeth . He came from Ashford, in 

the county of Kent, in England, and settled at Cambridge, Mass. in 
1G33. He died at Boston, Jan. 1660 — his wife died in 1658. Chil- 
dren, Doct. Thomas, John, Comfort, Elizabeth, Hannah and Maynard. 

Starr, Doct. Thomas, son of Doct. Comfort, married Rachel , 

and settled in Charlcstown. His children were, Thomas, Comfort, 
Elizabeth, Benjamin, Constant, (died in 1654,) William b. in 1654, 
and Josiah b. in 1657. 

Starr, Benjamin, son of Doct. Thomas, married Elizabeth Alston in 
1675, but left no children. 

Starr, Josiah and Thomas, sons of Doct. Thomas, settled at Dan- 
bury, and in 1715-16 purchased 100 acres of land of Abraham Adams, 
located in Danbury. Josiah married and had Benjamin and Comfort. 

Starr, John, 2d son of Dr. Comfort, of Cambridge, resided at Bos- 
ton. He married Martha , and had a son, Comfort, b. in 1661. 

Starr, Rev. Comfort, 3d son of Doct. Comfort, graduated at Harvard 
College in 1647. He then returned to England, and after having 
been settled there, died in 1711. 

Starr, Comfort, son of Doct. Thomas, settled at Middletown. He 
married Rachel Harris, and had children, Comfort, 24 years old, b. in 



239 

1G70, Mary 22 years old, Joseph b. in 1G7G, Benjamin b. in 1679, 
Rachel b. in 1681, Thomas b. in 1684, and Daniel b. in 1689. At 
his decease Mary was his relict. He died in 1693. Estate £89. 

Starr, Joseph, son of Comfort, of Middletown, married Abigail Bald- 
win, and had nine children, seven sons and two daughters. 

Starr, Comfort, son of Comfort, of Middletown, married Elizabeth 
Hopson, and had eight children, three sons and five daughters. 

Starr, Jonathan, son of Comfort, resided at Stonington, married 
Abigail Cad well, and had one son and two daughters, the last born in 
1750. He died in 1765— his wife died in 1764. 

Starr, Jehoshaphat, son of the 3d Comfort, married Elizabeth Rug- 
gles, and had two sons and two daughters. But the record says he 
settled at Newport, R. I., and his estate at Middletown was about £54. 
His sister, Elizabeth, married Capt. Thomas Ward. His sister, Han- 
nah, married Mr. Greenfield, of Newport, R. I. He died at sea, in 
1717, and his property at Middletown was distributed to his aforesaid 
sisters. Yet he might have had four children who were deceased at 
his death — if not, why was his property at Middletown distributed to 
his sisters instead of his children and widow ? — doubtful whether he 
left children. 

Stedman, Samuel — died in 1684. Simmons Stedman, of Farming, 
ton, also died — was a brother of Thomas, of Wethersfield. Lieut. John, 
and his wife, Elizabeth, both died before 1678, and left four small 
children, with an estate. 

Stearns, John's children Avere, John, Jacob, Josiah, Mary and Han- 
nah Hopkins. This 2d John moved to and died in Northampton or 
Hadley. 

Stevens, Thomas, sen'r., of Middletown — died in 1714, and left a 
son, Thomas, and other children. 

Steward, Alexander, of East Haddam — died in 1732. Margaret, 
his relict. 

Stillman, George, resided in Hadley, Mass. He married Rebecca 
Smith, daughter of Dea. Philip Smith, in 1685, and lived there until 
1703 or 4, and then removed to Wethersfield, Conn. He was a se- 
lectman of Hadley in 1696, and a deputy to the General Court of Mas- 
sachusetts in 1698, and a juror of Wethersfield in 1705, and selectman 
in 1708. His origin is not known. He was born in 1654, and died 
in 1728, aged 74 years. He was a merchant at Wethersfield, and 
left an estate valued at £3622 : 4 : 7. Dea. Smith, the father of his 
wife, moved to Hadley, one of the first settlers, with Gov. Webster and 



240 

the Rev. John Russell and others, from Hartford and Wetherslield. 
His children were, George born in Hadley^about 1686, whether he 
married or not is not known — was living in 1728, and named in his 
father's will ; Rebecca b. Jan. 14, 1688, d. Oct. 19, 1712 ; Mary b. 
July 12, 1689, m. Deliverance Blinn ; Nathaniel b. July 1, 1791 ; 
John b. Feb. 19, 1693 ; Sarah b. Dec. 28, 1694, m. Mr. Willard, of 
Saybrook ; Martha b. Nov. 28, 1796, d. Oct. 2, 1712 ; Anna b. April 
6, 1699, m. Dea. Hezekiah May, of Wethersfield ; Elizabeth b. Oct. 
19, 1701, m. Mr. Blinn ; Hannah b. Nov. 7, 1702, d. Aug. 9, 1705 ; 
Benjamin b. in Wethersfield, July 29, 1705 ; Lydia m. Rev. Daniel 
Russell in 1728, minister at Wethersfield ; Hannah m. John Caldwell, 
of Hartford. 

Stillman, Nathaniel, 2d son of George, m. Anna Southmayd, daugh- 
ter of William, of Middletown, for his first wife, by whom he had one 
child, Nathaniel b. March 10, 1719, Anna, his wife, d. Jan. 6, 1729, 
aged 37 — he then m. Sarah, daughter of Capt. Joseph AUyn, and had 
the following children : AUyn b. March 20, 1731 ; Anna b. March 
26, 1734, m. Ezekiel Fosdick ; Sarah b. Feb. 26, 1736, m. Mr. Burr, 
of Hartford, ; Joseph b. Oct. 21, 1739 ; Samuel b. March 18, 1741 ; 
Mary b. Nov. 18, 1744, m. Appleton Robbins, father of Appleton Rob- 
bins, Esq., of Granby ; George moved to Machias, Maine — his daugh- 
ter Elizabeth O., m, Hon. James Savage, of Boston. He has nume- 
rous descendants living in Maine and Massachusetts. 

Stillman, John, 3d son of George, m. Mary, daughter of Samuel 
Wolcott, and his wife Judith, who was an Appleton from Massachu- 
setts. His children were, John b. Aug. 9, 1717 ; Rebecca b. Sept. 
17, 1719 ; Mary b. Dec. 31, 1721 ; Abigail b. Jan. 22, 1723 ; Mar- 
tha b. Aug. 20, 1726 ; Sarah b. Dec. 2, 1728 ; Elisha b. Feb. 14, 
1730, d. Sept. 23, 1803, aged 73 ; Abigail b. March 2, 1732 ; Apple, 
ton b. March 23, 1734 ; Huldah b. April 30, 1737. 

Stillman, Benjnmin, 4th son of George, m. Sarah, daughter of Capt. 
Samuel Doty, of Saybrook, for his first wife, and Katherine Chauncey, 
of Durham, for his second wife. His children were, (those knoAvn 
to the writer,) George b. Nov. 24, 1729 ; Samuel b. Nov. 28, 1731. 
Stillman, Nathaniel, eldest son of Nathaniel and his wife Anna, m. 
Mahitabel, daughter of David Doming of Wethersfield, June, 1743, 
and resided in Wethersfield until his death, Feb. 1811, aged 92. His 
children were, Anna b. Aug. 6, 1748, m. AsaTalcott for her first hus- 
band, then m. Abijah Ranney ; Mahitabel b. Sept. 23, 1750, m. Peter 
Deming as his second wife ; Nathaniel b. Nov. 27, 1752 ; South- 



241 

mayd b. Nov. 3, 1754 — lost at sea when young; AUyn b. Dec. 12, 
1757, m. Elizabeth Deming, had no children, and died in 1818 ; Wil- 
liam b. Nov. 3, 1759; David b. Jan. 3, 1762 ; Simeon b. June 12, 
17G4 ; Giles b. Jan. 15, 1766 ; James b. Sept. 9, 1770. 

Stillman, AUyn, 2d son of Nathaniel and his wife Sarah, was a sea 
captain in the employ of Congress, or the State, in 1771, and after- 
wards moved to Enfield, where he has descendants still living. 

Stillman, Joseph, 3d son of Nathaniel, m. Huldah Wright for his 
first wife — was the father of major Joseph Stillman, who entered the 
army of the Revolution as a drummer, at the age of 16, and afterwards 
rose to the rank of major in the militia of the State. He was the 
father of Capt. George, Deac. Timothy and Ebenezer Stillman now 
living at Wethersfield. He married Sarah Meekins for his 2d wife, 
by whom he had Otis, a sea captain in the merchant service, who 
was lost at sea. 

Stillman, Samuel, 4th son of Nathaniel, m. Meliscent Riley — was 
also a sea captain. 

Stillman, Nathaniel, eldest son of Nathaniel and Mahitabel Deming 
his wife, m. Martha Hanmer — was a soldier of the Revolution, and 
died a pensioner, Aug. 1838, aged 86. His children were, Martha, 
m. Otis Stillman ; Elizabeth m. William Montague — died at Hartford; 
Francis, was a sea captain — died in 1838 ; Clarissa ; Charles, lost at 
sea with Otis Stillman when young. 

Stillman, Southmayd, 2d son of Nathaniel, was lost at sea when 
young. 

Stillman, Allyn, 3d son of Nathaniel, m. Elizabeth Deming, and 
died without issue, Nov. 12, 1818, aged 61. 

Stillman, William, 4th son of Nathaniel, m. Mary Goodrich, and 
removed to Sheffield, Mass., where he died. His children were, 
Southmayd, Hetty, Samuel, Hopey, Lois, Jared, Allyn and William. 

Stillman, David, 5th son of Nathaniel, m. Prudence Hurlbut, and 
removed to SheflSeld, Mass. His children were, AmeUa, Thomas, Da- 
vid. Prudence, (m. Mr. Crippen,) and Harriet. 

Stillman, Simeon, 6th son of Nathaniel, was formerly a sea captain 
in the merchant service — m. Rebecca Deming for his first wife, and 
Nancy Deming for his second wife. He died April 22, 1847, aged 
83 years. His children were, Rebecca, m. George Butler ; Simeon, 
jr., died at the age of two years ; Simeon, Southmayd, Laura, m. 
Mr. Dickinson ; and Jared A. 
31 



242 

Stillnian, Giles, 7th sou of Nathaniel, died at Cape Francois about 
1796, unmarried. 

Stillman, James, 8th son of Nathaniel, m. Elizabeth, daughter of 
John Webster, a descendant of Gov. Webster. He is now living at 
the age of 77 years. His children were, James b. Feb. 12, 1796 ; 
Giles b. Aug. II, 1798; Allyn Southmayd b. April 28, 1800; Ma- 
hitable b. Sept. 26, 1803; Elizabeth b. Jan. 15, 1807, m. Benjamin 
Boardman, of Hartford ; John Webster b. May 10, 1813, and was 
drowned Jan. 11, 1822, aged 9 years. 

Stillman, James, son of James, m. in Augusta, Georgia — his wife 
died in five or six years after marriage ; William T., and Frances. 

Stillman, Giles, 2d son of James, m. Sally Loveland, of Wethers, 
field, and removed to Farmington — was a captain in the militia, and 
justice of the peace for several years in the town of Farmington. His 
children were, Sarah b. July 27, 1823, m. Edward Warren ; Jane 
Maria b. Oct. 18, 1824, d. at the age of 20 years ; John Webster b. 
Nov. 21, 1826; Walter b. Aug. 27, 1828; Giles b. July 9, 1830; 
James Allyn b. Feb. 14, 1833 ; Ellen Elizabeth b. April 22, 1737, 
died at the age of two years ; Eliza L. b. Feb. 18, 1839 ; Albert b. 
Dec. 29, 1840. 

Sitllman, Allyn Southmayd, 3d son of James, m. Cecilia Andross, 
of Hartford — was a captain in the militia, has been a representative 
and selectman of Hartford. His children are, Cecilia A. b. Feb. 23, 
1835 ; Charles Allyn b. Feb. 10, 1837 ; Alice Webster b. March 29, 
1839 ; Anna E. b. July 28, 1841, d. at the age of two years ; Mary 
b. Jan. 12, 1846. 

Stoddard, John, moved from Wethersfield to liitchfield — was a de- 
scendant of Scrg't. John, (in No. 2,) and not of Anthony. 

Stocking, George, of Hartford — died in May, 1683. He was aged 
at his decease, and left children, Dea. Samuel, Hannah Benton, the 
wife of John Richards, and the wife of Samuel Olcott. Estate £257. 
He had a grandson John, a son of Dea. Samuel. Dea. Samuel Stock, 
ing, of Middletown, son of George, of Hartford, died Dec. 30, 1683. 
Wife, Bethia. Children, Samuel 27 years of age, Bethia Stowe 25, 
John 23, Ebenezer 17, George, Stephen 10, Daniel 6, Lydia 21. He 
gave to Rev. Nathaniel Collins, his minister, £3. (See p. 77, No. 2.) 

Storrs, Samuel, of Mansfield — died in 1719. 

Stouo-hton, Ancient, was appointed in 1636, with George Hubbard 
and S. Wakeman, to settle the bounds of Windsor towards the falls 
near little brook, and upon the cast side of the river upon the same 



^43 

line. He with S. Wakernan in Nov. 1G3G, reported to extend Weth. 
ersfield towards Ira, six miles from the south line of Hartford, east 
of the river, to begin at the mouth of pewter-pot brook and run due 
east into the country three miles, and then south six miles. (Page 77.) 
Stoughton, Thomas, an early and important settler — died in Sept. 
1684. He left an estate of £941 to his children, John, Thomas, Sam- 
iiel, Israel, Elizabeth and Rebecca. This name was formerly spelt 
Stoton, and afterwards Stoughton. 

Stoton, Thomas, of Windsor, married Mary , and had John b. 

in 1657, Mary b. in 1658, Elizabeth b. in 1660, Thomas b. in 1662, 
Samuel b. in 1665, Israel b. in 1667, and Rebecca b. in 1673. 

Stoton or Stoughton, John, of Windsor — died in 1685. Wife, Mary. 
Estate £909. The use of one-third of his real estate and £100 per- 
sonal estate was distributed to his widow, and to his children, as fol- 
lows : To John £199 ; to Thomas £136 ; to Samuel £126 ; to Israel 
£126 ; to Elizabeth £116, and to Rebecca £116 — to be received by 
the sons at the age of 21 years, and the daughters at 18 years of age. 
(Seep. 77, No. 2.) 

Stowe, Thomas, sen'r., of Middletown — died in 1683. Children, 
John, Nathaniel and Thomas ; he also appears to have had a son in 
law, Samuel Bidwell, who shared in his estate. The Stowe family 
settled first at Middletown. 

Strickland, Joseph, of Wethersfield, in 1636. Upon the 29th of 
March, 1636, a dismission from the church at Watertown, Mass., was 
granted to Robert Coe, Robert Reynold, Jonas Wood, Joseph Strick- 
land, Joseph Sherman and Andrew Ward, conditioned that they should 
renew the covenant in Connecticut. The court therefore at Hartford 
on the 26th day of April, 1636, confirmed the certificate, by their 
promising shortly publicly to renew said covenant, upon notice to the 
churches. These men settled at Wethersfield, April, 1636. 

Strong, John, sen'r., of Windsor, son of John, of Northampton, was 
one of the early settlers with his father, at Windsor. His children 
were, John 32 years old, b. in 1663 ; Jacob 25, b. in 1675 ; .losiah 
19, b. 1678 ; Mary 40, b. in 1658 ; Hannah Hopkins 36, b. in 1660. 
Estate £483, Michael Taintor, appraiser. He married Mary Clark 
in 1656 ; she died in 1663 ; he then married Elizabeth Warner. 

Strong, Return, sen'r., of Windsor — died in 1726. Children, Sam- 
uel, Benjamin, Sarah, Abigail, Elizabeth, Damaris, Hannah and Mar- 
garet. He had grandsons, William Boardman, John Warham Strong, 
and William Warner. 



244 

Strong, Return, jr., of Windsor — died in 1708-9, by trade a tanner, 
a brother of Samuel. Wife, Elizabeth. Children, John Warham, 7 
years old, only surviving son of Return, jr., and Elizabeth, 5 years old 
in 1713. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. John Warham, of 
Windsor. Estate £419. The widow was guardian of the 2 children. 

Strong, John Wareham, son of Return, jr., — died in 1752. Wife, 
Azubah. Left a large estate. 

Strong, Samuel, of Windsor, a brother of Return, jr. — died in 1741 . 
Left his widow, Martha, and children, Samuel and Return. He owned 
land at Torrington, which he ordered to be sold, in his will. He also 
owned land in Harwinton, which had been laid out to his father. Re- 
turn. He also had daughters, Mary, Sarah Phelps and Martha Strong. 
He was a grandson of Rev. John Warham. 

Strong, John, son of Return, jr., who deceased in 1726. Wife, 
Mary, and children, Jonathan, David, John, Hester Clark, Abigail 
Loomis, Sarah Clark, Elizabeth Burnham and Hannah Strong. David 
had land in Bolton, and removed there. John died in 1749. 

Strong, Asahel, of Farmington — died in 1739, and left children, John, 
Margaret Root, and Mary Lewis. 

Strong, Asahel, of Farmington — died in 1751. Wife, Ruth, and 
children, Lois 4 years old, Ruth 11, Elnathan 9, Cyprian 7, Elizabeth 
4 years old. Estate £1003. Rev. Cyprian, D. D., graduated at Yale 
College in 1763. He was settled in the ministry at Chatham, and was 
an eminent divine. He died in 1811. 

Sumner, William, of Middletown — died July, 1703. Children, Hez- 
ekiah, aged 20, Daniel 15, Sarah 18. This family came late into the 
colony, but before 1700. 



T. 



Taintor, Charles, of Wethersfield, in 1044, is found upon the 
records of lands, and was probably the man who was deputy in 1643 
and '46, (in No. 2, p. 79.) Michael Taintor was in this colony, and 
at Branford and Windsor. As none of the family appear to have died 
in the probate district of Hartford, Charles probably removed to Fair- 
field with Jagger, before 1650. 

Taintor, Michael, of Colchester, supposed the son of Charles, first 
of Wethersfield, and afterwards of Fairfield county. Michael's chiU 
dren were, Mary, Sarah, John, Michael and Joseph. His daughters 
were married at their father's decease. He owned land at Windsor 



245 

at his deatli. He had a grandson Michael, and a grandson John, son 
of Michael, a grandson Michael, son of Joseph, of Branford, deceased. 
Michael, sen'r., moved from Windsor to Colchester. Wife, Mabel. 
He died in 1 73 1 . Estate £181. 

Tomlinson, Noah and Isaac, brothers, were born about 1720. Noah 
settled at Derby, and married Abigail Beers, of Newtown, and had 
children, Dan, Nathan, Noah and Beers. Dan lived and died at Der- 
by. He had children, Philo, Abijah, Dan, Ehphalet, Abigail, Susan 
and Comfort. Philo married Miss Atwell ; Abigail died single ; Dan 
married Miss Judd, and lives in East Bloomfield, N. Y. ; Eliphalat 
married Polly Logan, of Washington, where he lived and died. He 

left children, Christopher, of Canada, married Susan ; Comfort 

married George Bradley, of Newtown, Conn. This is the family of 
which Governor Tomlinson is a descendant. The first of the family 
appears to have settled in Milford or Stratford. 

Tomlinson, Thomas, of Hartford — died March 27, 1G85. Estate 
£68. Widow, Elizabeth. Children, Sarah Bishop, aged 20, Mary 
18, Ruth 15, Phoebe 12, Elizabeth 10, Hannah 6, and Thankful 1. 
No sons. In 1727, Henry Tomlinson, of Colchester, died, and left a 
widow Elizabeth. 

Thompson, William, of New London, in 1664, removed to Virginia. 

Tomson, John, of Fairfield, in 1641. 

Toobe or Tobe, John, of Middletown — (wife, Sarah) died in 1728. 
Sarah Marks, administratrix, 1730. Son Anthony, aged 15 — per- 
haps other children. His name is spelt Toobe on the record. 

Tyler, Isaac, of Haddam — died in 1718-19. Wife, Abigail. Estate 
£136. Children, Abniham, 13 years old, Abigail 14, Isaac 11, Ann 
9, Watchful 8, Israel and Hannah 4. 

Tryon, David, of Wethersfield, died as early as 1733. He had a 
son Benjamin, aged 18 years. 

W. 

Wade, Robert, of Windham — died in 1696. Peter Cross, adminis- 
trator. (See p. 86.) 

Wait, William, (an Indian man, of Hartford,) died in 1711. Estate 
£6 : 4 : 5, which was paid him for his expedition against Canada in 

1709. • 

Warner, John, of Waterbury — died while on a visit at Farmington 

in 1707, Children, John, Ephraim, Robert, Ebenezer, Lydia Branson, 

wife of Samuel Brunson. 



246 

Waters, Bevil, of Hartford, purchased land of J. Pantry before 1G8G, 
Way, Elizur, of Hartford, (see No. 3, p. 90.) He owned lands at 
Westfield, Southfield and Rocky Hill. Estate divided by the heirs, 
March, 1695. 

West, Benjamin, of Middletown — died in 1733. Widow, Hannah. 
He left a daughter, Abigail, and perhaps other children. He moved 
from Enfield to Middletown. He married Hannah Haddock in 1692. 
(See p. 181.) 

Whitmore, John, son of Thomas, of Middletown — died in 1696-7. 
Mary, his widow. Children, Thomas, Abigail, Elizabeth 9, Mary 5, 
John 2, and Ebenezer 3 months old. Some of these may have been 
the children of his first wife. His widow, Mary, appears to have 
been the daughter of Andrew Warner. John married Mary for his 
second wife, she also appears to have married Mr. Savage, for her 
first husband. John, the deceased, was a brother of Beriah and Jo- 
seph Whitmore. (See p. 97.) 

Watson, Caleb, of Hartford — died in 1725. Wife, Mary, executrix 
of his will. He left no children. Samuel Mitchell, administrator with 
the will annexed. Estate £320. He gave his estate to his sister, 
Dorcas Adams, of Ipswich, and to his relative Sarah Mitchell, wife of 
Samuel. In early life he was a school master at Hartford. At the 
close of his life he was called Rev. He is supposed to have died over 
one hundred years of age. 

Wilcox, Israel — died in 1689. Children, Israel 10 years old, John 
8, Samuel 5, Thomas 3, and Sarah 1. 

Winchill, Nathaniel, sen'r., of Windsor — died in 1700. Sarah, his 
relict, and his son Nathaniel, administrators, presented the inventory. 
Estate £540. Children, Nathaniel 32 years old, Thomas, (deceased 
when 28 years old, left four children,) Stephen 22, John 20, Sarah 25, 
and Mary 17. 

Wood, Jonas, jr., son of Jonas, of Wethersfield, removed to Stam- 
ford in 1640. 

Wright, Anthony, of Wethersfield — died in 1679. Wife, Mary, 
(who had been the widow of Matthias Treat, by whom she had chil. 
dren.) Estate about £200. 

Woodruff", Matthew, of Farmington, went there in the early settle- 
ment of the town, from Hartford. He lived to old age, and died in 
1682. When he made his will he omitted to notice in it, one of his 
daughters, but the court gave her a share in his estate. His children 



found, were, Samuel, John, Matthew, Hannah, Seymour, and his 

daughter, unnoticed by him. 

Woodruff, Wid. Sarah— died in 1690. She left two sons, Nathan. 

iel 5 years old, and Joseph 3. (See p. 38.) 

Woodruff, Matthew, jr., son of Matthew, sen'r., died in 1691. His 

children were, Matthew 23 years old, John 19, Samuel 14, Nathaniel 

5, Joseph 2, Mary 21, (a cripple,) Sarah 17, Hannah 10, and Ehza- 

beth 12. Estate £324. 

Woodrufi; John, sen'r., son of Matthew, sen'r., died in 1692. His 

children were, John aged 23 years, Joseph 13, Mary 25, Hannah 21, 

Phoebe ] 6, Margaret 10, and Abigail 8 years. Estate £353. He left 

a widow. He had a grandson, John Root, son of his daughter Maiy. 
Woodruff, Samuel, (that hereafter follows, now of Windsor,) was 

probably the great grandson of Samuel, the son of Matthew, sen'r. ; 
at all events, Matthew was his progenitor — whether of the fourth or 
5th generation. 

Woodruff, Samuel, of Southington, long since deceased, was the 
grand father of Hon. Samuel, of Windsor, who is now living, ao-ed 87 
years. Samuel, of Windsor, was long a judge of the County Court — 
was also an agent to Greece, and published his journey and travels 
in Europe. The children of Samuel, his grand father, were, Samuel, 
Isaac, Phoebe, Lois, Rebecca, Sarah and Bulah. Phoebe married Mr. 
Peck ; Lois married Richard Porter ; Rebecca married Benjamin But- 
ton ; Sarah married Mr. Peck, and Bulah married Mr. Scott, all of 
Southington. Judge Samuel, the grandson of Samuel, had children, 
James, now of Detroit, Michigan, Samuel Henry, Esq., of Tariffville, 
Sophia, who married Egbert Cowles, Esq., of Farmingion, Esther 
Julia, married Albert Clark, of Enfield. Hon. Samuel married Esther 
Sloper, of Southington — she died in 1807 ; he then married Chloe 
Phelps for his second wife, by whom he had one daughter. His son 
James, of Detroit, married Sophia, daughter of Rev. William Robin- 
son, of Southington, and has children, Anna Mills, Helen E. Anna 
M. married Theodore Remain, of New York. Helen E. married 
George H. Tracy, of Troy, N. Y. Samuel H. married Elizabeth M. 
Root, daughter of Joel Root, of New Haven, in 1812. His children 
are, Samuel R. born in 1813, William Henry (died an infant,) Sarah S. 
born in 1818, (died young,) James C. born in 1821, William Forbes 
born in 1822, Henry Dwight born Dec. 1824, Joel Root Woodruff 
born Aug. 1828. 



248 



PASSENGERS OF THE MAY FLOWER IN 1620. 

I have taken the hberty of copying from that most excellent work, 
which should be in every family in New England, " The New Eng- 
land Historical and Genealogical Register, published quarterly, under 
the direction of the New England Historic, Genealogical Society," at 
Bosfon, Mass., a List of the Names of the Passengers of that noted 
vessel, the *' May Flower," on her first voyage to this country, in 
1620, and landed her passengers at Plymouth Rock, (now in Massa- 
chusetts,) on the Ilth day of December, O. S., 1G20. 

List of the Names. 

John Carver, died in April, 1621 ; Mrs. Carver, his wife, died in 
May, 1621 ; Elizabeth Carver, daughter of Mr. Carver, and after- 
wards wife of John Howland ; Jasper, the boy of Mr. Carver, died 
Dec. 6, 1620; John Howland; three others^ of this family died 
before 1627. 

William Bradford ; Mrs. Dorothy Bradford, his wife, drowned 
Dec. 7, 1620. 

Edward Winslow ; Mrs. Elizabeth Winslow, his wife, died March 
24, 1620-1 ; Edward Winslow, jr., son of Edward ; John Winslow, 
son of Edward ; George Soule. 

William Brewster ; Mrs. Brewster, his wife ; Love Brewster, son 
of William ; Wrestling Brewster, son of William ; Mrs. Lucretia 
Brewster, wife of Jonathan, the eldest son of Elder Brewster ; Wil- 
liam Brewster, son of Jonathan. 

Isaac AUerton ; Mrs. Mary Allerton, his wife, died February 25, 
1620-1 ; Bartholomew Allerton, son of Isaac ; Remember Allerton, 
daughter of Isaac ; Mary Allerton, daughter of Isaac, and afterwards 
wife of Elder Thomas Cushman ; Sarah Allerton, daughter of Isaac, 
and afterwards Avife of Moses Maverick. 

Miles Standish ; Mrs. Rose Standish, his wife, died Jan. 29, 1620-1. 

John Alden. 

Samuel Fuller ; William Butten, his servant, died Nov. 6, 1620. 

Christopher Martin, died Jan. 8, 1620-1 ; Mrs. Martin, his wife, 
died the first winter ; Solomon Martin, son of Christopher, died Dec. 
24, 1620 ; one other of this family died the first winter. 

William MuUins, died Feb. 21, 1620-1 ; Mrs. Mullins, his wife, 
died the first winter ; Priscilla Mullins, daughter of William, and after- 



249 

wards wife of John Alden ; two others of this family died the first 
winter. 

WiHiam White, died Feb. 21, 1620-1 ; Mrs. Susanna Wliitc, his 
wife, afterwards M'ife of Governor Winslow ; Resolved White, son of 
Wilham ; William White, jr., son of William ; Edward Thompson, 
died Dec. 4, 1620. 

Richard Warren. 

Stephen Hopkins ; Mrs. Elizabeth Hopkins, his wife ; Constance 
Hopkins, daughter of Stephen, and afterwards wife of Nicholas Snow ; 
Giles Hopkins, son of Stephen ; Caleb Hopkins, son of Stephen ; 
Oceanus Hopkins, son of Stephen, born at sea. 

Edward Dotey. 

Edward Leister. ^ 

Edward Tilley, died the first winter ; Mrs. Tilley, his wife, died 
the first winter ; two others of this family died the first winter. 

John Tilley, died the first winter ; Mrs. Tilley, his wife, died the 
first winter ; one other of this family died the first winter. 

Francis Cooke ; John Cooke, (called the younger,) son of Francis. 

Thomas Rogers, died the first winter ; Joseph Rogers, son of 
Thomas. 

Thomas Tinker, died the first winter ; Mrs. Tinker, his wife, died 
the first winter ; one more of this family died the first winter. 

John Ridgdale, died the first winter ; Mrs. Ridgdale, his wife, died 
the first winter. 

Edward Fuller, died the first winter ; Mrs. Fuller, his wife, died 
the first winter ; Samuel Fuller, (called the younger,) son of Edward. 

John Turner, died the first winter ; two others of this family died 
the first winter. 

Francis Eaton ; Mrs. Eaton, his wife, died before 1627 ; Samuel 
Eaton, son of Francis. 

James Chilton, died Dec. 8, 1620 ; Mrs. Chilton, his wife, died the 
first winter ; Mary Chilton, daughter of James, afterwards wife of John 
Winslow, the brother of Edward. 

John Crackston, died the first winter ; John Crackston, jr., son of 
John. 

John Billington ; Mrs. Helen Billington, his wife ; Francis Billing, 
ton, son of John ; John Billington, jr., son of John. 

Moses Fletcher, died the first winter. 

John Goodman. 

Degory Priest, died Jan. 1, 1620-1. 
32 



2r)0 

Thomas Williams, died the first winter. 

Gilbert Winslow, brother of Edward. 

Edward Margeson, died the first winter. 

Peter Brown. 

Richard Britterigc, died Dec. 21, 1G20, 

Richard Clarke, died the first winter. 

Richard Gardiner. 

John Allerton, (seaman,) died the first winter. 

Thomas English, (seaman,) died the first winter. 



TOBACCO LAW OF CONNECTICUT IN 1G47. 

" Forasmuch as it is observed that many abuses are crept in, and 
committed by frequent taking of tobacko — It is ordered by the authority/ 
of this Courte, that no person under the age of twenty -one years, nor 
any other, that hath not already accustomed himself to the use thereof, 
shall take any tobacko until he hath brought a certificate under the 
hands of some, w ho are approved for knowledge and skill in Physick 
that it is useful for him, and also that he hath received a lycense from 
the Courte for the same — And for regulating of those who, either by 
their former taking it, have to theire own apprehensions made it 
necessary to them, or uppon due advice are persuaded to the use 
thereof." 

" It is Ordered, that no man within this CoUony after the publica- 
tion hereof, shall take any tobacko publicquely in the street, nor shall 
any take yt in the Fyelds or woods unlesse when they be on their 
travill or joyrny, at lest IG niyles or at the ordinary tyme of repast 
comonly caulcd dyuner, or if it be not then taken, yet not above once 
in the day at most, and then not in Company with any other ; nor shall 
any inhabiting in any of the Towns within this jurisdiction take any 
tobacko in any house in the same Town whcr he liveth, with and in 
the Company of anv more than one who vseth and drinketh the same 
weed with him at that tyme vndcr the penalty of six pence for ech 
ofience against this order in any of the particulars thereof," &:c. 

The foregoing was one of the Public Acts of the Puritanic Legisla- 
ture of Connecticut, passed in 1G47, contemptuously termed Bine 



251 

Laws. The great and only object of that noble and honest body of 
men who enacted it, appears uniformly to have been, to do all things 
without reserve, fear or affection, which they sincerely believed would 
result in the greatest good, to the largest number of the people of the 
colony, morally and politically. The disposition so often manifested 
by a class of men, even of our own citizens, to ridicule the acts of their 
ancestors, is too often indulged with far less reflection and honesty, 
than the Puritans manifested in their acts. There had been discovered 
in this country, a weed which had neither beauty in its form or fra- 
grance agreeable to the senses, but on the contrary, so bitter and nau- 
seous to the taste and smell, that but two living creatures on earth 
could relish it — one a worm the most filthy and obnoxious of its species 
— the other a kind of goat which stenched the air where it moved. 
It had been discovered by the good Legislators, that a disposition had 
been manifested by some few of their citizens, to level themselves with 
the worm and the goat in the use of this filthy weed, by snuffing it into 
their nostrils, to the injury of their smell and voices, by placing it in 
their mouths, causing an obnoxious breath, injuring the lungs, and 
destroying their general health ; besides setting their heads on fire by 
its pestiferous and noxious smoke, or " drinking the weed," as the 
Indians called smoking ; neither of which could ward ofi" disease, pro- 
long life, or afford nourishment to the body — but on the contrary, 
laid a sure foundation for disorders, and a certain result in evil con. 
sequences — to prevent which, the Puritans enacted the law above. 
Had the Legislature of Connecticut been alone in its action to prevent 
the use of tobacco, the enemies of her policy might have sneered 
at her Blue laws ; but we find that Queen Elizabeth also caused 
an edict to be enacted against its use ; James I. of England not only 
enacted laws against its use, but personally attempted to write it down; 
Charles I. also in his reign made a like attempt. Pope Urban VIII., 
of Italy, pronounced sentence of excommunication against all who 
should take snuff at church : Innocent XII. pronounced his curse upon 
all who should defile the walls of St. Peters with tobacco. In Russia 
the penalty for a violation of the tobacco law, was first, the knout, and 
death for the second offence — and for snuffing tobacco, to slit the nos- 
trils of the offender. In Switzerland, Persia and other Powers in 
Europe, edicts were passed to prevent the use of this filthy weed 
under severe penalties. Massachusetts legislated upon this subject, 
in its early settlement, and made it penal to smoke tobacco within 
" twenty poles of any house." It was declared by Abbot Nessens 



252 

" that the devil first introduced tohacco into Europe." It will in this 
place' be recollected that in the early use of tobacco, a servant of Sir 
Walter Raleigh entering the room of his master discovered volumes 
of smoke issuing from his mouth and nostrils, and, supposing his mas- 
ter's head on fire, dashed a pitcher of water into his face to save his 
life. 

Doct. Rogers in his valuable Lecture upon Tobacco, remarks — 
" that in looking at the history of this plant, (tobacco) we shall see 
that it has thus advanced to universal sway against the united power 
of rulers both in church and state. Kings, Sultans and Emperors 
have opposed its progress ; ecclesiastics have thundered their anathe- 
mas at the heads of those who should seek in it a gratification, which 
they pronounced unlawful ; the bow-string and the sword and the 
faggot have been unsparingly used in enforcing their authority ; but 
in spite of edicts and anathemas, it has made its way, until triumphant 
over its bitterest opponents. Monarchs have now learned to enjoy in 
it a pleasure in common with their meanest subjects ; and nations 
look to it as one of the most important sources of their wealth and 
power. And thus (he says) to borrow the words of a writer, ' the 
whole world finds itself — if I may so speak — tributary to an acrid, 
filthy, stinking vegetable.' " If, therefore, the Puritans are blame, 
worthy for enacting the foregoing law, or are to be ridiculed for its 
being in the class termed blue laws, I have only to remark, that other 
countries and states much older, have been as blue and ridiculous in 
their laws, as Connecticut. Kings, Popes and Emperors, have imitated 
the Puritans in enacting laws to prevent the use of this noxious and 
unhealthy weed. 

The following are some of the. First interesting events which occurred 
in Connecticut during its early settlement. 

The first Court held in the colony, was apparently self-constituted, 
and held at Hartford, April 26, 163(), by five men, before any laws had 
been enacted, or a government organized — for the trial of Henry 
Stiles for the oflfence of selling a gun to an Indian. 

The first Law enacted, was to prevent the sale of pistols, guns, 
powder and shot, to the Indians, April 26, 1636. 

The first Military training was ordered by the General Court, held 
at Wethersfield, in June, 1636. It was then ordered that " each plan- 
tation" should train once each month. 



253 

Juries have attended the trials of cases ui the colony previous to its 
organization as a colony. The first trial by jury was in the case of 
Serg't. Robert Seely vs. Wethersfield, before the General Court, with 
a jury, in Nov. 1636. 

The first warrant issued and ordered by the Court, was directed to 
Daniel Finch, of Wethersfield, to summon Richard Gildersleeve to 
appear before the Court, with the inventory of John Oldham's estate. 

The first Probate business done, was in settling the estate of John 
Oldham, who had been murdered by the Indians, in 1636. Clement 
Chaplin, first administrator. 

George Chappell, Tho's Cooper, and Thomas Barber were the first 
indentured apprentices, bound by the Court, to Francis Stiles, to serve 
him four days in each week, to learn the trade of a carpenter, in 1637. 

The first session of the General Court, with a Committee or Lower 
House, was held upon the first day of May, 1637, for the purpose of 
declaring war against the Pequot Indians : which was also the first 
declaration of war by Connecticut — the first victory as well as the first 
and last territory ever held by conquest by the colony, 1637. 

The first military draft for soldiers, was for this war in 1637. 

The first fort erected by the English was at Saybrook, in 1635-6-7, 
unless a small fort had been begun at Windsor in 1634. 

The Particular Court was the second Court, formed by the General 
Court, Feb. 9, 1637, O. S., which was principally constituted as a 
Probate Court, to close the settlement of Oldham's estate, and the 
business of John Jessup. 

Clement Chaplin was the first treasurer, appointed February, 1637. 
He was also the first collector of rates, with VVilliam Wadsworth, 
Henry Wolcott, Andrew Ward and Jehu Burr, for his sub-collectors, 
in 1637. 

The first tax laid upon the people was for £520, to defray the ex- 
pense of the war against the Pequots. 

The first constables in the colony were, Henry Wolcott, Samuel 
Wakeman and Daniel Finch, appointed by the General Court in April, 
1636. 

The first election of the members of the General Court, was in 
March, 1637. And no evidence of record even then, is found that 
they were elected by the people ; but they attended at the time stated 
for holding the court, and took their seats. 

Thurston Rayner was the first person fined for neglecting to attend 
the General Court, when elected a member, in 1637 — probably few 
have been fined since for that ofience. 



254 

Ccipt. John Mason Mas the first Major General in Connecticut, with 
a salary of £40 per ainium, paid out of the public treasury quarterly> 
to train the men ten days each year, 1(537. 

In 1637 all measures were regulated by law. 

The first house built in Windsor, was called the Plymouth house. 

The first highway laid out by order of the General Court was loca- 
ted between Hartford and Windsor, and made fit for horse and cart 
in 1G38. 

Thomas Stanton was the first public officer appointed to attend 
courts upon all occasions. General, Particular and meeting of Magis- 
trates, as interpreter between the whites and Indians, (1038) at £10 
per annum. 

The first formal duty paid, was a duty of one shilling on each 
beaver skin, half yearly, to the public treasury, (1038.) 

Oaths were formed for the Governor, magistrates and constables 
by law, in 1038 ; before this, the forms used in England, for consta- 
bles, &c., were used here. 

The first General Court legally organized and holden under the 
Articles of Confederation between the towns of Hartford, Windsor and 
Wethersfield, was in April, 1039. 

The first person who applied to the General Court for remuneration 
lor injuries done to private property by the Indians, was Edward or 
Eltwed Pomeroy, of Windsor, for a horse killed by the Indians, for 
which he was allowed, in 1039, £10. 

The first case of bastardy punished in the colony, was that of Aaron 
Stark and Mary Holt, in 1639, (page 75.) 

The first writ of attachment issued by the Court against the goods 
of a debtor, to hold them in security for a debt, was against Thomas 
James, for five pounds of tobacco, in 1639. This was the first law 
of attachment in Connecticut. 

The first auditors of public accounts, after the Confederation, were 
Gov. Welles, William Hill and Andrew Ward, in 1039. 

Edward Hopkins was the first attorney of record. He appeared 
in Court for John Woodcock, as plaintift', in ]639. 

Ro'Tcr Ludlow, Deputy Governor, was fined 5 shillings for being 
absent from the General Court in September, 1639. 

The first court constituted for Poquonnuck, was in October, 1 039, 
to try cases of less than 40 shillings, with the right of appeal. 

The first revision of the Laws of the colony was made by Governor 
Wyllys, Welles, and William Spencer, in 1639. 



255 

In 1639 no person could be elected a magistrate unless he had been 
previously nominated by the General Court. 

Previous to Oct. 1639, the towns could not dispose of their lands, 
except by liberty from the General Court. At this session, liberty was 
granted ; also the privilege of ordering their towns, making orders, 
imposing fines and collecting them — with power annually to elect 3, 
5, or 7 chief men in each town, one of which should be chosen mod- 
erator, and sworn, to meet once in 2 months, as a court to try causes 
of trespass or debt under 40 shillings, and to administer oaths and issue 
summonses, with the right of appeal, if aggrieved — and to fine and 
punish the appellant, if the court should find there was no grounds 
for the appeal. 

It Oct. 1639, the General Court ordered each town in the colony to 
procure a book for town records, viz. a ledger, with an alphabet. At 
the same Court ordered town clerks to be elected in each town, to 
record all deeds of houses and lands, on penalty of 10 shillings per 
month. All deeds not so recorded, were declared invalid. 

In 1656, it was ordered, that all swine over three months old, should 
be wrung at all seasons of the year, if out of the owner's yard, or 
within 4 miles of any meeting house — which order extended to all 
towns in the colony, except Windsor — and there also if found at large, 
unwrung, within 3 miles of Connecticut river. 

A grand list of each town in the colony, in 1052, viz. Hartford, 
£19,733:19; Windsor, £14093; Wethersfield, £11499 ; Farming, 
ton, £5164 ; Saybrook, £3630 ; Stratford, £7040 ; Fairfield, £8850. 

The poll tax in 1651 was reduced from 2 shillings 6 pence to 18 
pence per poll. 

In the year 1653, the General Court of the colony ordered the Hart- 
ford Guard, (Governor's Guard) to be allowed a half pound of powder 
to each man upon Election day, with orders that no enlisted soldier 
should leave the guard on that day, except by special liberty from the 
Gov. This appears to have been the company now called the Govern- 
or's Foot Guards, who yet attend the Governor on days of Election. 
It is probable this company has existed as a Governor's guard since 
the first formation of the colony as a distinct government, in 1639, (on 
the election of John Haynes, Governor of the colony.) If so, this 
company is the oldest in the State, if not in the United States, and is 
still one of the best drilled companies in Connecticut. 



25U 



ERRATA. 

Page 13, top line, for Ashley, read " Ackley." 

41, top line, omit the word "he." 

42, read Jonathan Ince for " John Ince.'' 
50, line 16tli from top, omit " in," and insert took. 

64, line 4th from bottom, insert " not" before probably. 

65, death of John Porter, read » 1648.'" 
67, line 3d from top, read A. Ward for " H. Ward." 
78, line 18th from top, for Return, read '• John." 
89, line 9th from top, read Milford, for " Guilford." 
94, line 5lh from bottom, read Dr. Charles P. Wells, for " H. Wells." 
105, line 2d from bottom, for War, read " the Treasury," 
108, line 12th from bottom, omit the words Henry Wolcott, the first, of 

Windsor, and read " Gov'rs. Winthrop, Welles and Webster." 
145, to the children of Andrew Hinman, jr., add Mary, who married Sha- 

drach Osborn, Esq., and died before her father. 
159, line 18th from top, read " are,'' for the 2d " is." 
184, bottom line, for Elisha, read " Elihu." 
188, line 2d from bottom, omit the words " a son and." 
206, line 9th from bottom, insert " grand" before " mother." 
213, line 12th from top, read " had been," for "died." 

228, line 18th from top, read " executrix," for " executor." 

229, line 15th from bottom, for" Oak," read " Indian." 



ABBREVIATIONS. 

Wid. for widow. 

d. " died. 

m. •' married, 

b. " born. 



^^ 



RD 18 « 









•■^'/' 



■^< 



.^-^"^^ 






% 






-^^ 









l^° ^-^ 



^-.. 



T'Vr 



■■■; o. 



"-^^ - 



'.'^i 



.c,^ "vP:. "YZ/mXiY 



.<' "^r. ° Y//5'' 



LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 



014 075 742 1