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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"

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Tanner, Rebecca^ was a sister of Thomas Shaylor, and was mar- 
ried and had sons previous to 1690. 

Talcott, Capt. Samuel, Wethersfield, died in 1691 — wife Mary, and 
children, Joseph, John, Elizur, Benjamin, Nathaniel, Hannah Chester, 
and Rachel. 

Talcott, Col. John, died in 1689, and left an estate over £2000 — 
his lands being over 2000 acres. 

Taylor, Stephen, jr. His children were, Stephen and Mercy. — 
Their mother Patience, removed to Colchester, and resided there in 
1719. 

Mrs. Taylor, widow of Stephen, jr., Windsor, died in 1689. 

Terre or Terry, Richard, of Southold, L. I., 1662. The descend- 
ants of Stephen, of Windsor, claim Richard, of Southold, to have been 
a brother of Stephen. Tradition says they came to Massachusetts in 
company ; Stephen settled in Connecticut, and the other on L. I. It 
was probably as claimed by them — being found one at Windsor, the 
other at Long Island. 

Terry, Lieut. John, Simsbury — died in 1691 — son of Stephen, of 
Windsor. Children, Stephen 25, Elizabeth 27, Sarah 22, Mary 17, 
Abigail 15, Samuel 13, John 7. He owned a mill, and left an estate 
of £518. Widow Elizabeth— son Stephen. 

Thrall, Timothy, Windsor, grandson of William, 1713. The town 
of Tolland was originally the east part of Windsor, and in I7l3 the town of 
Windsor appointed Matthew Allyn, Roger Wolcott, and Timothy Thrall to lay 
out a settlement on the east side of Windsor, on lands purchased of the Indians, 
which the committee performed and reported, Joseph Benton who had emi- 
grated to Tolland from Hartford, made the record as town clerk in 1719. Not- 
withstanding in 1715, M. Allyn, R. Wolcott, T. Thrall, and John Ellsworth pe- 
titioned the General Court to lay out a township, to be bounded east upon Wil- 
limantic river, &c., to contain 36 square miles, and to be called Tolland. The 
petition was granted, and a town 6 miles square, called Tolland, allowed to the 
Windsor petitioners. In May, 1719, the four petitioners conveyed the town of 
Tolland to 53 persons, but reserved to each of tliemselves 300 acres, and these 
53 became the actual settlers of Tolland, some of whom had been settled there 
as early as 1713 or '14. Amy Hatch was born there as early as 1713. Joseph 
Hatch the son of Joseph, was the first white male child born in Tolland in 1715. 
In 1719 Joseph Benton was one of a committee to build a meeting house there ; 
the same year he was appointed to procure a minister to preach there, and the 
Rev. Stephen Steel officiated at Tolland in 1720. Mr. Benton was sworn first 
town clerk in 1719, and Shubael Stearns in 1720. Delano, West, Cobb, Steel, 
Shepard, Chapman, Wells, Lathrop and Grant were among the early settlers of 
Tolland. Timothy, sen'r. was an early settler at Windsor. He died in 1697. 
Children, Deborah, Moses, Elizabeth Cornish, Mehitablc Carter, Martha Pinney, 
Abigail Thrall— Timothy, John, Thomas, and Samuel Thrall. He had an estate 
of nearly £800. 

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ted a clergyman, and settled in Fairfield county, at Newtown, and was the an- 
cestor of Governor Toucey, of Hartford ; since which time all by tliis name 
have uniformly originated at Newtown, where Rev. Thomas Towsey began to 
preach about 1712 or '13. 

Tucker, John, 1G42 — died in 'G2, at New London. Children — 
Mary, John, Amos, Samuel and Rhoda. 

Tucky, George, was fined 40 shiUinga for using improper language 
to Mrs. Eggleston. 

Tudor, Owen, came with the 2d colony to Windsor, in 1639. He 
married Mary Skinner in 1641. Ho was the ancestor of a respectable family in 
Hartford, also in East Windsor, and in Vermont. He died in 1690. Had sons 
Samuel and Owen ; Samuel had a double portion. He also had daughters. — 
Doct. Elihu Tudor, of East Windsor, was a son of Rev. Samuel Tudor, and a 
great grandson of Owen, he graduated at Yale College in 1750. In 1757 he 
entered with great spirit into the French war as a surgeon. He was with Gen. 
Wolf in Canada — and was at the capture of Havana ; after the war closed no 
man in Now England was more eminent in his profession than Doctor Tudor. 
He went to London, and for a long time practised in the hospitals, to become 
eminent in his profession. He was made a half pay officer during life, and died 
at the advanced age of 93 years. Rev. Samuel, the grandfather of Samuel, of 
Hartford, graduated at Yale College in 1728. Owen, jr. died unmarried, and 
left no issue. Rev. Samuel married tho widow Bissell — her maiden name was 
Filley. 

Tully, John. The time Mr. Tully came to Saybrook is uncertain, 
yet he is considered one of the early settlers. He published an Alma- 
nac there in 1081, which he continued to do until 1702. He was 
called the great mathematician of the day. 

Turner, Daniel, in 1G49 was twice publicly whipt on lecture days, 
then imprisoned one month, and again whipt and gave bonds for his 
future good behavior — for slandering Mrs. Chester. The Puritans 
appear to have punished offenders by whipping, with the same object 
that a parent corrects his children, only to improve their habits, morals 
and manners, and not to disgrace them, unless the offence committed 
was a great immorality and violation of law. Men who had been 
publicly whipped, are found afterwards holding places of honor in 
the colony. 

Turner, Nathaniel, (see Underhill.) He went with Capt. Endicott 
to reduce the Indians on Block Island, for tho murder of Capt. Old- 
ham, and from thence to the Pequots, to demand the murderers of 
Capts. Stone and Norton, 1630. 

Turner, Ephraim, Hartford — died in January, 1705. Wife Mary. 
Cyprian Nichols, administrator. 

Turner, Capt., New Haven, as agent for New Haven, in 1640-1, 



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made a large purchase of lands upon the Delaware river. Capt. 
Turner appears not to have been of the family of the name who settled 
in Connecticut. 

Tuthill, John, with Rev. John Young, William Wells, Barnabas 
Horton, Thomas Mapes, and Matthias Corwin, who were the first and most 
important settlers at Southold, L. I., after the purchase of tlie town by New 
Haven — continued for a time under the strict discipline of that colony, and in 
October, 1640, Mr. Young renewed his church there. They however became 
dissatisfied that no person could hold ofiice or be a freeman but those who were 
members of the church. In consequence of this fundamental principle of the 
New Haven Colony, Southold afterwards united with the Connecticut Colony, 
and Young and Horton became important officers under Connecticut. 

Turney, Robert, Fairfield, 1654. 

Tylerton, Daniel, deputy in 1646 — went to Fairfield county. 

U. 

Underbill, Captain John, in 1636, sailed from Boston under Capt. 
Endicott, for Block Island, to put the Indians to the sword and take possession 
of the Island, with orders to spare the women and children ; after which to sail 
to the Pequot country, and demand of the Pequot Indians, the murderers of 
Capts. Norton and Stone — which mission was performed. In the same year he 
was directed to reinforce the Fort at Saybrook with 20 men. In 1643 Capt. 
John Underbill was a deputy from Stamford with R. Gildersleeve at N. Haven, 
and after a residence of a few years at Stamford, he moved to Long Island, 
where he died about 1673. Probably the same man who accompanied Capt. 
Endicott to Block Island. He took the Indian prisoners, and wounded men by 
water, in 1637, from Mystic to Saybrook, while Maj. Mason and Capt. Patrick 
went through the woods with the soldiers to Saybrook, after the Pequot action. 

Uftbrd, Thomas, was a juror 1644, at Hartford — and probably was 
the same Thomas Ufford who resided at Roxbury in '33, afterwards 
at Springfield, and in '44 in Fairfield. 

Ufford, Benjamin, a juror at Hartford in 1643 — probably a relative 
of Thomas. 

Upson, Thomas, Hartford. In 1640 had four acres of land in the 
division east of Connecticut River. Soon after 1700, Stephen Upson 
resided at Waterbury, who was the ancestor of the Hon. Stephen 
Upson, late of Georgia, deceased. 

Usher, Robert, was a constable in 1662-3 in Stamford. 

V. 

Varlet, Jasper, in 1661, brought a Dutchman and his wife, by the 
name of Bolters, to Hartford, without any security to the town ; upon 
which order was taken against him. 



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Vandict, Gisbert, 1649— a Dutch officer of Hartford, '36. 

Vantinc, Cornelius, Hartford, 1640. 

Veats, Francis, Windsor, 1663. This name is yet in the north part 
of Hartford county. 

Vere, Voare or Vose, Richard, came to Windsor with the first set- 
tiers as oarly as 1636. He camo from Cambridge with Mr. Wolcott — and was 
the ancestor of some of the Parsons' family. The name is spelt various ways, 
but more generally Vere, upon the record. He died in 1683. Wife Ann — 
children, Abigail, wife of Timothy Buckland — wife of Nathaniel Cook, Mary 
wife of Thomas Alvord, Sarah Parsons, wife of Benjamin Parsons, of Spring- 
field. His name is spelt Vere by himself in his signature to his will. Benja- 
min Parsons above was the ancestor of Major Gen. Parsons so much distin- 
guished in the Revolutionary War. 

Vcntris, Moses, Sen'r., Farmington — died about 1607. Children, 
Sarah, wife of John Brunson, Grace, wife of John Blakely, Mary 
Ventris, Moses and Ventris. 

Vincent, Richard, 1647. 

Vincent, William, is supposed to have come from Dorchester to 
Windsor before 1647. 

W. 

Wade, Robert, Hartford, 1639 — of Saybrook in '57. He was di- 
vorced from Joanna his wife, who had refused to fellowship with him 
in England and America for 15 years. This was the second divorce 
granted in the colony. He held 10 acres of land in Hartford in '30. 
This was a highly respectable name in Massachusetts and Connect- 
icut. 

WadsAVorth, William, Hartford — selectman in 1642, also in '47, col- 
lector in 1637, deputy in 1642, and frequently afterwards. He was an original 
proprietor of Hartford, and in the division of the land of the town in 1639. — 
He was a valuable man in the town and colony. (He is supposed to have been 
the ancestor of Joseph Wadsworth of Charter notoriety.) He died in 1675. 
His sons were, John, Samuel, Joseph, and Thomas. He had a daughter who 
married a Mr. Stoton — another Terry — another Jonathan Ashley, and left Re- 
becca unmarried — he also had a grand daughter Long. He was a getleman of 
wealth and of high reputation in the colony. This Wadsworth was of the blood 
of him who told Col. Fletcher when he demanded the command of the militia 
of Connecticut, that if he was again interrupted by him, " he would make the 
sun shine through him in an instant." 

Wadsworth, Elizabeth, widow of William — died 1680. Her chil- 
dren were, Samuel, Joseph, Thomas, Elizabeth Terry, Jonathan Ash- 
icy, Rebecca and John Wadsworth 

Wadsworth, John, Hartford— died in 1689, (Sarah his wife.) He 



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gave his negro man to his wife. Children, Samuel 29, Sarah Root 31, 
Hezekiah 6, John 27, William 18, Nathaniel 15, James 12, Thomas 
9 — he had grand children, Timothy 8, and Joh|i 4 years old. 

Wadsworth, Samuel, son of William, of Hartford, 1682, brother of 
Joseph, Thomas and John. He was a cousin of William Wadsworth, 
2d, and died unmarried. 

Wadsworth, John, Farmington, 1670. 

Wadams, John, Wethersfield, 1664 — he died in '76, and left a 
widow and son John. He might have came into the colony earlier 
than '64. Perhaps ancestor of those of the name in Litchfield Co. 

Wain Wright, Thomas, 1643. 

Wakeman, Samuel, the first constable of Hartford, 1636 — surveyor 
of Dorchester and Watertovvn with George Hubbard in 1636. He was directed 
by a law of the landholders, to attend to the watch, and warn them in their turn 
to do duty as a watch against the Indian depredators upon the lives and prop- 
erty of the settlers. He with George Hubbard, sen'r., 'in 1636, were appointed 
to survey the breadth of Windsor, and say how far it should extend above the 
house of Mr. Stiles ; he was also to survey the breadth of Watertovvn. He died 
in 1645, and left one son and three daughters. He was an original proprietor 
of Hartford, and in tlie division of the land in 1639. 

Wakeman, Samuel, a clergyman at Fairfield in 1665. His name 
is rarely found in the State except in Fairfield county. 

Wakelee, Henry, Hartford, 1639 — the first lawyer of record in the 
colony. 

Waldo, John, Windham — died in 1700. This family appears to 
have come late into the colony. He had a son John in Windham — 
perhaps other children. He left an estate of £292. It was a family 
of respectability, and probably he was the ancestor of L. P. Waldo, 
Esq., of Tolland. 

Walker, Rev. Zechariah, Stratford — was first settled at Jamaica, 
L. I., and preached there for a time, and about 1668 removed to Stratford, where 
he had a severe contest with Rev. Mr. Chauncy, and a part of the congregation 
at Stratford. The controversy closed by Gov. Winthrop's advising Mr. Walker 
and his friends to remove and settle a new town, with which he engaged they 
should be accommodated ; and Mr. William Curtiss, John Sherman and others 
were authorised to locate at Pomperaug (now Woodbury) ; therefore Mr. Walk- 
er with his friends moved there from Stratford about 1672-3. Woodbury was 
settled by several different companies at ditferent times, and embraced a large 
territory. 

Walker, Jacob, Stratford, about 1665. Josiah and Joseph Walker, 
went from Woodbury to Litchfield to settle. 

Walkeley, Henry, Hartford, 1639. In '63 appeared in court as at- 
torney for James Wakelee. He held land in Hartford by liberty of 
the town in '39. 



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Walkeley, James, a brother of Alice — improved land in Hartford in 
1639, with the right of wood and pasture, not having been an original 
proprietor of Hartford. 

Walkeley, Alice, sister of James — in court in 1663. 

Walkeley, Richard — died at Haddam in 1681. It appears by the 
record that Richard's property was given to his two sons and one 
daughter. Alice the daughter died in '83. The name is spelt Walk- 
ley and Walkeley. Alice left an estate of £348. The sons were 
James and Henry, and were brothers of Alice. Richard was the 
father of the family. 

Waller, Matthew, Lyme, 1674. William Waller had moved to 
Lyme in '64. 

Ward, Andrew, was amongst the first Puritan settlers who came to 
Wethersfield. He was one of the five persons who held the first Court in the 
colony, in April, 1636 — tried the first cause, and made the first law. He was a 
member of this court seven sessions in 1636, and five sessions in 1637. He was 
a member of the Upper House in May, 1637, when war was declared against 
the Pequots. Ho was twice a member of the Committee or Lower House of the 
General Court in 1637, and of the same House again in 1638 — four sessions he 
acted as deputy after the Confederation of the three towns into a Colony in 
1639 — was frequently made a member of both branches of the General Court 
afterwards — collector of rates in 1637, and a magistrate in 1639. He was a 
member of the church in Wethersfield. He held other oflices in Wethersfield. 
He was frequently united with the Governors and the most important men in 
the colony on committees of the General Court. He was a gentleman of great 
worth in the colony, and was the ancestor of a respectable and wealthy family 
who reside in Hartford ; also of the Wards in Southbury and other parts of 
Connecticut, and of a few families in Pennsylvania. In 1653, Ward and Hill ' 
were appointed by the General Court to press men in Fairfield for an expedi- 
tion. In the fall of 1640, Mr, Ward and Robert Coe, of Wethersfield, for them- 
selves and several others, purchased the town of Stamford of tiie New Haven 
Company — all of which purchasers obligated themselves to move there within 
one year ; and in the spring of 1641, Matthew Mitchell, Thurston Rayner, Rob- 
ert Gildcrsleeve, Robert Coe and others moved to Stamford, Mr. Ward also 
moved to Stamford, but whether at this time, is not known to the writer. These 
with their pastor, Mr. Denton, were tlie leading men of Stamford. Within a 
few years Mr. Denton left Stamford and moved to Hempsted on Long Island. 
Mr, Ward also removed to Hempsted within a few years — but about 1650 he 
returned and settled in the town of Fairfield, where he closed a long and useful 
life. — (See Denton.) 

Ward, Nathaniel, Mas an early settler in Hartford, and a gentleman 
of good standing in the colony. In 1642 he was a juror, and frequently after- 
wards. He was a member of the first grand jury in 1643, held in the colony, 
and held other oflices of trust and honor in the town and colony. In 1645 he 
was one of the committee appointed by the General Court to collect funds for 



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the students in Cambridge College. He was townsman in 1639-44-and 47, and 
constable of Hartford in 1636 — ^juror in 164:}. He moved to Hadley, where it 
is supposed he died without issue, and gave no part of his estate to any person 
of his name. A Nathaniel Ward was at the Emanuel Institution in England, 
in 1613. Mr. Ward was one of the leaders with Gov. Webster and others, in 
procuring the settlement of Hadley, by emigrants from Connecticut, in 1659. 

Ward, Joyce, Wethersfield — died in 1640. Her children were, 
Edward, Anthony, William, Robert and John. She had a son-in-law, 
John Fletcher, who perhaps resided at Guilford. Robert had given 
to him by his father, £20 in England, in the hands of Edward his 
eldest brother's son. Robert was put to a trade. 

Ward, John, Middletown — died in 1683, and left an estate of £446 
to his family, viz. John, 18 years old, AndreAv 16, Easter 14, Mary 11, 
William 9, Samuel 4, and one unborn. 

Ward, WiUiam, was confirmed a sergeant by the General Court for 
the train-band at Middletown in 1664. 

Warham, Rev. John, was the first Elder of a church who came 
into the colony in 1636. His church had been located with him as their pastor, 
at Dorchester, in Massachusetts — but in 1636 the minister and church all moved 
to Windsor, where he lived until April 1, 1670, when he was called from his 
people by death ; he however lived to see not only his church, but many others 
in the colony prosperously located. He had lived to witness much of the dense 
forest he found there in 1636, by the industry of the good men he brought with 
him, removed. He left a large estate in lands to his family, and saw some of 
them happily located in life, before his decease. He had preached at Exeter, in 
England, before he came to New England. He had four daughters. After his 
decease, his widow married Mr. Newbury, and had two children, both daugh- 
ters. After the death of Mr. Warham, Easter or Hester, one of his daughters* 
married Rev. Mr. Mather, and had children, Eunice, Warham and Eliakim. 
After the death of Mr. Mather, she married Mr. Stoddard, and had six sons 
and six daughters — three of the sons lived to adult years, Anthony, John and 
Israel ; Israel died in prison, in France — John settled at Northampton — was a 
colonel, chief judge of the court of common pleas, and was a leading politician 
(or rather statesman) in Massachusetts. His brother Anthony settled as the 2d 
minister at Woodbury, Conn., and died there in 1776, at the age of 82, after 
having been the only officiating clergyman there for about 60 years. Anthony 
left a son Israel, who resided in Woodbury until his death. Israel had a son 
Asa, who marriad and had a son Henry, and two daughters. Asa and his chil- 
dren moved to Dayton, Ohio, about the year 1817. Hon. Henry Stoddard is 
now a gentleman of high standing in that State. Asa the grandson of Anthony, 
died a few years since, in Ohio, far advanced in years. 

Warham, Abigail, widow of Rev. John Warham — died in 1684. 

She was a cousin of Miles Marwine or Merwin, for whom she had 

formerly done much — that in her will she declared " that if she had 

thousands she would not give him a penny — no, not a pin's point." 

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Merwin attempted to persuade her to give him her property in exchi- 
sion of lier children. 

Wiire, Nathaniel, Hartford, 1(548. Several of this name settled in 
Massachusetts. 

Warner, Andrew, Hartford, 1639. He came to Cambridge in '32 — 
was one of the committee with Webster, Talcott, Timothy Stanley and 
others to divide the lands east of the river — surveyor of lands and 
fences in '47 — in the land division of Hartford in '39 — signed to move 
to Hadley in '59. 

Warner, Robert — deputy in 1663, and often afterwards. Supposed 
son of Andrew. 

Warner, John, 1639 — had six acres of up-land in the division east 
of the river in "40. 

Warner, John, Farmington — made free in 1663, and died in '78-9. 
Left sons, John, Daniel, (Thomas did not reside in Farmmgton,) and 
William Higginson — a son-in-law — father of John, of Waterbury, who 
died in 1707. He was a soldier at Pequot, for which the colorly 
gave him a tract of land, which he gave to Higginson. 

Warner, John, sen'r., Waterbury — died at Farmington in 1707. 
His children Avere, John, jr., Ephraim, Robert, Ebenezer, and Lydia 
who had married Samuel Hrunson before the death of her father. 

Warner, Daniel — signed to move to Hadley, in 1659, son of John. 

Warner, Andrew, Middletown — son of Andrew, of Hartford — died 
in 1683-4. Children, Andrew, 19 years old, John 11, Joseph 9, Abi- 
gail 21, Mary 17, Hannah 13, Rebecca 6. It is supposed this An- 
drew, jr. moved to Windham. 

Warren, William, sen'r., Hartford — surveyor of highways at Hart- 
ford in 1663, and died in 1689. He resided at Hocanum on his farm. 
He left a widow, and children John, William and Thomas. He ap- 
pears to have had four younger children. He married two wives, 
and ordered his girls to be bound out until they were 18 years of age, 
and Abraham until 21. 

Wastall, John — deputy in 1643 — ^juror in '43 — selectman of Say- 
brook in '63-4 with Zechariah Sanford and John Clark. 

W^asby or Wasly, William, Hartford, 1645. 

Way, Elizur — died in 1686. His wife 3Iary had over £200 in 
his astate. His children were, Ebenezer, Sarah (married Ichabod 
Wells,) Elizabeth (married Joseph Wells,) and Lydia Wav. He left 
an estate of £867. 

Watts, Capt. Thomas, Hartford — died in 1683 — wife Elizabeth — 
hor brother's son, Samuel Hubbard, lived with her, and shared largely in his 



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estate ; he was a kinsman of Samuel Steel, jr., who shared in his property. — 
His sister Hubbard's children were, Joseph, Daniel, Nathaniel, Richard, Eliza- 
beth Hubbard and Mary Ranny. His brother Brown's children were, Nathan- 
iel, John, Benoni Brown, and Hannah wife of Isaac Laine ; to the last five she 
gave her land in Middletown. He was a brother of James Steel, who had 
sons James and John Steel. He gave £20 to the poor of the church in Hart- 
ford. Martha Harrison shared in his will. He made some provision for the 
south church in Hartford — owned a grist mill in Hajtford. 

Watts, Elizabeth, who died in 1684, widow of Thomas Watts, wa3 
a sister of James Steel, who had four daughters, viz. Elizabeth, Sarah, 
Rachel Steel, and Mary Hall— she was a cousin of Martha Hender- 
son, and had a sister Willet. 

Watts, Richard, Hartford — an early settler, 1639 — not an original 
proprietor of Hartford. Had 14 acres of land, with liberty of pasture 
on the common and to fetch wood, &;c. 

Watts, William, Hartford — hel I four acres of land in Hartford, in 
1639, with the liberty of wood and pasture of cows and swine. 

Watts, Elizabeth, widow of Richard — her daughter married Hub- 
bard ; she was a cousin of Daniel and Elizabeth Hubbard, of Hannah 
and Nathaniel Brown, and had a daughter Brown. 

Watts, Elenor, 1646 — selectman of Hartford in '61. 

Waterhouse, Isaac, New London — fined £5 for upsetting Tinker's 
warehouse. Thomas Waters married Sarah Fenn, of Milford, a 
daughter of Benjamin and Mary Feen, 1696. Waters, Watroua and 
Waterhouse appear to have been the same name. 

Waterhouse, Jacob, 1639. 

Waterman, 1647. Richard, of Salem, '37, was one of the founders 
of the first Baptist church in America. — Farmer. 

Waters, Peter, (a Dutchman) 1672. 

Watson, Thomas, 1644. Robert Wa.tson came to Windsor in '39^ 
in the 2d colony — he died July, '89. Widow Watson signed to move 
to Hadley in '59. John, of Hartford, '44 — surveyor of highways in 
'46 — juror in '44 — signed to move to Hadley in '59. 

W^atson, Margaret, Windsor — died in 1683. Children, Sarah Mer- 
rills, wife of John — Mary Seymour, grand daughter Sarah Merrills — 
grand children Mary Seymour and Margaret Seymour — grandson 
John Watson. 

Webster, Gov. John. This gentleman probably came into Connect, 
icut in 1637, or in the autumn of 1636. His first appearance as an officer of 
the Court was in April, 1637. He was then one of the Committee, who for the 
first time sat with the Court of Magistrates for the purpose of declaring war 
against the Pcquot Indians. He was again the same year elected to the General 
Court, and was also elected as one of the committc (deputy) in 1638. He was 



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elected a member of tlie Court of Magistrates at the first General Court holdcn 
by Gov, Ha) nes, in April, 1639. From this time forward for many years he 
was a member of the General Court as a magistrate or assistant. That the 
public may appreciate the arduous services of Gov. Webster, I take the liberty 
of stating, that in 1639 he attended four sessions of the General Court — three 
sessions in 1640— four in 1641 — three in 1642 — five in 1643 — five in 1644 — 
five in 1645; and held five sessions of the Particular Court in 1639 — four in 
1640— two in 1641— two in 1642— six in 1643— five in 1644 — six in 1645, and 
four in 1646 — and so continued faithfully to discharge all the duties of the res- 
ponsible and important offices bestowed upon him by the people for years. He 
was uniformly a magistrate or assistant while he remained in the colony after 
1638. He was appointed with Mr. Ludlow and Gev. Welles to consult with 
their friends in the New Haven Colony, respecting the Indian murders which 
had been committed, to learn of them whether they would approve of a decla- 
ration of war as a reparation of the injury, in 1640 ; he was appointed with the 
Hon. William Phelps, to form a law against lying, and to hold a consultation 
with tiie elders upon the subject. Pie was of the committee with Wm. Phelps, 
Sic, who formed the noted criminal code of laws for the colony, reported and 
approved by the General Court in 1642— several of which laws yet remain in 
our statute bock with little alteration, except in punishment. In 1655 Mr. Web- 
ster was elected Deputy Governor of the colony, and the following year was 
made Governor. In 1654 he was appointed with Maj. Gen. Mason a member 
of the Congress of the United Colonies. — Enough is already said to show the 
elevated position held by Gov. Webster in the colony, while he remained in it. 
Ho was the first in this country who gave the high character for talent to the 
name of Webster, which has been since so nobly and amply sustained by Noah 
as a man of literature, and Daniel as a statesman and orator. Many of his 
descendants yet reside in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Gov. Webster was 
from Warwickshire, in England, and was an original settler in Hartford as early 
as 1637, when he was a member of the General Court. He greatly aided and 
improved the new form of government in the colony. The severe quarrels in 
the churches at Hartford and Wcthersfield so disgusted, not only Gov. Webster, 
bu 59 others of the settlers in the colony, that upon the 18th day of April, 1659, 
they signed an agreement, in which they engaged to remove themselves and 
families out of the jurisdiction of Connecticut, into Massachusetts. Gov. Web- 
ster headed the list of names. About three-fourths of the signers did remove to 
Massachusetts, and purchased and settled the town of Hadley, which then in- 
cluded what is now Hadley, South Hadley, Granby and Amherst, east of Con- 
Tiecticnt river, and Hatfield and a part of Williamsburg west of the river. Gov* 
Webster became a Judge of the Court in Hampshire. He died in 1661, and 
left four sons, Robert, Matthew, William and Thomas. He also left three 
daughters. Matthew settled in Farmington, William in Hadley, Thomas mov- 
ed to Northampton, afterwards to Northfield, and was driven from the latter 
place by the Indians, he then located at Hadley, but finally returned and died at 
Northfield. His daughter Ann married John Marsh, of Hadley ; the other two 
married Markham and Hunt. Robert, the eldest son, appears to have remained 
in Hartford, where he died in 1676. Robert left six sons and four daughters. 
The daughters were connected by marriage with the families of Seymours, My- 



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gatts and Graves, some of the most respectable settlers. Robert was the branch 
of Gov. Webster's family through whom Hon. Noah Webster, LL. D., late 
deceased, traced his ancestry. — (See Robert Webster.) 

Webster, Robert, the eldest son of Gov. Webster — probably came 
into the colony in 1637, with his father. He appears to have been a man in 
active life in the early settlement of Connecticut. He received many marks of 
respect, showing his fair standing as a citizen ; but like most young men who 
have a father of wealth and distinction, he borrowed some of the plumes of his 
father's greatness. As is often the case with young gentlemen in his situation 
in life, he fell short of arriving at the eminence to which Gov. Webster had at- 
tained ; yet he was above a mediocrity in talents and standing in the colony. 
In 1659, he with 59 others, his father at the head of the company, signed a con- 
tract to remove from Connecticut to Massachusetts ; but from all the facts, it 
appears that Robert did not remove his family, but continued in the colony until 
his death. The children of Robert, jr., the grand children of Gov. Webster 
were, Robert, born October, 1689, Abraham, September, 1693, Hannah, Nov. 
1695, Matthew, April, 1698, Joshua, March, 1700, Caleb, January, 1702, 
Mary, December, 1704. Abigail, January, 1710. 

Robert married Hannah Bockly, daughter of John, Sept. 1689. Jonathan 
Webster married Easter Judd, daughter of Benjamin, Dec. 1704. John Bracy 
married Mary Webster, daughter of Jonathan, 1705. Joseph Webster married 
Mary Judd, 1695. Benjamin Webster, supposed the great grandson of Gov. 
Webster, after 1717, moved to Litchfield, where he located, and where the name 
yet continues. Jonathan resided on Wright's Island in 1730. 

Webster, Matthew, made free in 1645. 

Webb, Richard, Hartford, 1639 — on the first grand jury at the 
General Court in the colony in 1643 — also juror in '43-4 — selectman 
in '48 — surveyor of highways in '49. He soon after moved to Stam- 
ford, was made free there in '62, and he was sworn by Judge Gold, at 
Fairfield court. He was an original proprietor of Hartford in '39, 
and was a gentleman of standing in the colony. Henry Webb, '42. 
John, Hartford, '48 and '63. William, Hartford, in '40. Richard 
was the ancestor of John Webb, Esq., of Hartford. 

Weed, Joseph, Fairfield — made free in 1662. Jonas, Wethersfield 
1636 — juror in '39. Perhaps the father of Joseph. 

Weeks, Thomas, John Ketchum and Mr. Ridgebell, in the recep- 
tion and organization of the towns of Huntington, Setauk and Oyster Bay, on 
Long Island, in 1662, were appointed constables of those towns under the Char- 
ter of Connecticut. All the towns upon Long Island were also notified by 
Capt. Sylvester and Lieut. Gardner, to attend the General Court of Connecticut 
by representatives, the next May session. Mr. Weeks appeared and took the 
oath with 22 others. After he returned to Long Island he revolted, and made 
great disturbance in Southold — to quell which the General Court appcinted M. 
Allyn and S. Wyllys to go to Long Island, and with the assistance of the magis- 
trates there, to settle the affair. 

Welles, Gov. Thomas, came into the colony and located himself at 
Hartford in the autumn of 1636, and upon the 28th day of March, 1637, he be- 



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came a member of the Court of Magistrates. la April following an importint 
crisis had arrived. The inhabitants of the colony had been constantly annoyed 
by the Indians, and particularly by the Pequots, by robberies, murders, and the 
abduction of two respectable young ladies from Wethersfield, who had been 
carried among the Indians — which outrages could no longer be submitted to by 
the English settlers. To redress these grievances a General Court of Magis- 
trates were convened, and the three towns which then formed the colony, were 
ordered, for the purpose of adding safety to the counsels of the court, to send a 
committee of three persons from each town, to set as advisers with the General 
Court. Gov. Welles was one of the Court of Magistrates held on the 7th day 
of May, 1637, who declared an offensive war against the powerful and warlike 
nation of Pequots, for the redress of the many grievances they had visited 
upon the English settlers. It was a most important meeting and decision not 
only to the colon}', but to all the settlers in New England. The Indians had not 
only murdered many of the English, but had driven away their cattle, and com- 
mitted other gross wrongs. After mature deliberation, war was declared, and 
the result saved the colony, and was of immense advantage to all the other 
colonies, and much credit was due to Mr. Welles for his course taken in this 
important step. After this time he appears to have become an important man 
in the colony. He was uniformly a member of the Court of Magistrates after 
March, 1637, until he was elected Deputy Governor, in 1654. In 1640 he was 
appointed secretary of the colony, which office he held until 1649, and performed 
the duty of both offices during the whole period. For a time he also performed 
the duties of treasurer for the colony in 1639. At the session of the General 
Court in 1653, in March and April, the Governor being absent, Mr. Welles per. 
formed the duties of the Governor as Moderator of the General Assembly un- 
der the Constitution of the Commonwealth. In 1654 he was elected Deputy 
Governor, in 1656, 7 and 1659. He was also elected Governor in 1655 and 8. 
In 1649 he vv-as a Commissioner to the Colony Congress, Gov. Welles was 
frequently associated with Haynes, Ludlow, Mason and other leading men upon 
important committees appointed by the General Court. He did much in the 
formation and union of the colonies in 1643, for the mutual benefit and protec- 
tion of each other. No one of the distinguished men of his time was more 
uniformly attentive to all his official duties than Gov. Welles, from his first ap- 
pointment in 1637, until 1659. He was a constant attendant upon the General 
Court, except when employed in other public duties. His whole public life 
being fairly examined, he was as important a prop to the new colony as any of 
the principal men, except Gov. Winthrop. — He died in 1668, and left a large 
estate to his children, viz. Thomas, Ichabod, Samuel, Jonathan, Joseph, Rebecca 
and Sarah. Samuel settled at Wethersfield. The descendants of Gov. Welles 
are numerous in Connecticut at this time. The most prominent of whom are 
Hon. Gideon, of Hartford — since his late appointment, at Washington — Thad- 
deus, Esq., of Glastonbury— Hon. Martin, of Wethersfield, and Doct. H. Welles, 
of Hartford. Gov. Welles came to Massachusetts in a vessel named the Susan 
and Ellen, E. Payne, master, in company with Richard Saltonstall, Esq. and 
family, Walter Thornton and others. 

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10 years old, Tliomas 14, Sarah 12, Mary 10, Ann 7, and Elizabeth 
5. John, son of Samuel, 1664. Edward, 1644. Thomas, son of 
Thomas, born 1690. 

Welles, Wid. Elizabeth, Wethersfield — died in 1683. Children, 
Robert Foot, (died before her,) Sarah Judson, deceased — ^lefl children, 
daughters Churchill, Goodrich, Barnard and Smith. Nathaniel Foot's 
eldest son Nathaniel and his brother and their children shared in her 
will, Daniel and Elizabeth — grandson John Stoddard — grandsons Jo- 
seph and Benjamin Churchill. She was a sister of John Deming, 
sen'r. and had a grandson Henry Buck. 

Welles, Samuel, moved from Wethersfield to Stratford, with three 
sons — Thomas, Samuel, and another, perhaps other children. He 
was the son of Gov. Welles. Perhaps the same Capt. Samuel who 
died in 1675. 

Weller, Richard — came early to Windsor. He married Ann Wil- 
son in 1639. Children, Rebecca born May, 1641 ; Sarah in '43 ; 
William in '45 ; Nathaniel in '48 ; Ebenezer in '50, and Thomas in 
'53. This name is yet known in Litchfield county. 

Westover, Jonah, sen'r., Simsbury, father of Jonah, jr., died in 
1708. Samuel Case married his daughter. Children, Jonah, Jona- 
than, Margaret, Hannah, Jane, Mary and Joanna. 

Welton, Richard, 1656. 

Welton or Wilton, David — ^juror in 1644 — deputy in '46. 

Westley, William, Hartford, 1639 — held 14 acres of land there, 
with liberty to fetch wood and keep swine and cows on the common. 
Widow Westley signed to move to Hadley in '59. 

West, of Saybrook, 1669. John West, '49. 

Westcoat, Richard, 1639. 

Westwood, William — selectman of Hartford in 1636 — member of 
the General Court in April, June, Jul)', November and February, '36 
— aided in declaring war in '37 — deputy in '42-46 — selectman in '39. 
He was one of the first settlers and leading men of the colony — an 
original proprietor of Hartford, and in the land division in '39. In 
'59 he signed a contract to remove his family to Massachusetts with 
those who settled the town of Hadley. 

Wakelin, Henry, Stratford, 1650. 

White, John — one of the early and principal settlers of Hartford, 
before 16^9 — was a juror in 1643-4 — orderer of the town in 1641 and '45 — 
fence viewer in 1649. He was an original proprietor of Hartford, and in its 
land division in 1639. He was one of the 60 persons, in 1659, wlio signed an 
agreement to remove to Massachusetts for the settlement of Hadley. He re- 
moved, and died there in 1683. His children were, Nathaniel, (who resided at 



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Hadley,) Daniel, Jacob, John, Sarah Gilbert, Mrs. Taylor, and a daughter who 
had married Mr. Hixton. Nathaniel had a daughter Sarah. Mr, White in his 
will gave Rev. John Whiting £5 in silver. lie had intended to have given 
Stephen Taylor a select tract of land, but he found himself bound for a large 
sum to redeem his son Taylor's house and home-lot ; he therefore ordered the 
land originally designed for Taylor to be sold to redeem his house and lot. 
He gave property to the children of his daughter Hixton — to his grandson Ste- 
phen Taylor, to be received at Nathaniel White's at Hadley — to his grand 
daughter Sarah, (a daughter o£ Nathaniel) he gave £5. The remainder of his 
estate he gave to his grand children, viz. Jonathan Gilbert, and to the children 
of his sons Nathaniel, John and Daniel, also the children of Sarah, (who had 
three sons) — his grandson Gilbert was the son of his daughter Mary. He owned 
a share in a mill at Hadley. His son Nathaniel was his executor. Mr. White 
was a strict Puritan in all its forms, and left the colony in consequence of a 
division in the church at Hartford. 

White, Nathaniel — confirmed an ensign at Middletown in 1664 — 
deputy in '63. Philip, 1646. 

Whaples, Ephraim, Wethersfield — wife Mindwell — died in 1712. 
His children were, Ephraim and three daughters. He ordered his 
daughters to be paid out of his estate £10 each, by his son Ephraim, 
and to have a share of the moveables. The will was signed in the 
presence of Eliphalet Whittlesey and Joseph Hurlbut. Jabez Whit, 
tlesey was made overseer of the will. He was a brother of Thomas. 

Whaples, Thomas, 1644 — died in '71, and left children, Rebecca, 
Hannah, Joseph, Jane, Ephraim and John — resided in Hartford in '64. 
Thomas, son of Thomas, of Hartford, died in 1712-13. Children, 
Nathan, Joseph, Abigail, Rebecca, Mary and Elizabeth. Elizabeth 
was learning the trade of a tailor. 

Wheatly, James, 1644. 

Wheeler, John, from Concord in Massachusetts — went to Fairfield 
in 1644. He was one of the early settlers of the town. Moses, 
Stratford, '50. Samuel, sen'r., of Hartford, had children in 1712 — 
Rachel 14, Elizabeth 7, Isaac 17, and Moses 9 years of age. Thomas 
of Fairfield, 1053. John, juror at Stratford, 1730. Ephraim, col- 
lector for the students of Cambridge College in '45 — from Fairfield 
or Stratford. Farmer says, 30 distinct families of the Wheelers lived 
in Concord, Mass. between 1650 and '80 — a prolific race of men. 

Whelpley's fine remitted in 1601. 

Whitefield, Thomas, removed from Dorchester to Windsor, 16.35-6. 
Henry, first minister at Guilford, from Surry, England, '39. John, 
came to Windsor as early as '36. 

Whitehead, Samuel, had owned land in Hartford before 1639. 
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Whiting, William, Hartford — was a member of the General Court 
jn 1637. The Court ordered him to supply 100 pounds of beef (for Hartford) to 
carry on the Peqiiot war, in 1637. He was treasurer of the colony in 1641 to 
1647. In 1638 he was allowed to trade with the Indians; and was appointed 
with Maj. Mason, &c. in 1042 to erect fortifications ; he was also appointed with 
the Major ill 1642 to collect tribute of the Indians on Long Island and on the 
Main; — on a committee to build a ship, and also to defend Uncas — foreman of 
the jury in 1640. He was a magistrate as early as 1639, and a leading man in 
the colony. His estate at his decease was over £9000 sterling. In 1649 he made 
his will. His children were, William, John, Samuel, Sarah, Mary and Joseph. 
Joseph appears to have been born ader tlie will was made, and he provided for 
him by a codicil to his will. He h.id a sister Wiggins who had children. He 
gave £10 to Margery Parker , £10 to Mr. Hopkins ; £10 to Mr. Webster ; £10 
to the children of Mr. Hooker ; £10 to the children of Mr. Stone ; £10 to the 
poor of Hartford ; £5 to the town of Hartford ; £5 to the poor of Windsor ; 
£5 to the poor of Wethersiield, and £5 to the children of the Rev. H. Smith, of 
Wethersfield. His son William was a merchant in London, and sold the lands 
he received by his father to Siborn Nichols, of Witham, in England. 

Whiting, Rev. John. His children were, Sibbel Bryan, aged 34, 
Martha Bryan 28, Sarah Bull 26, Abigail Russell 24, William 30, 
Joseph 8, Samuel 19, and John one year old — (probably had two 
wives.) Ordained at Hartford in 1660. In '69 the church divided, 
and Mr. Whiting became pastor of the south church, and died in '89. 
Whiting, Joseph — was the third treasurer of the colony. John 
was afterwards also treasurer. William was an original proprietor 
of Hartford, and in the land division in '39. 

Whiting, Giles, 1643. Samuel, educated at Emanuel College in 
1613, Anna married Nathaniel Stanley in 1706. 

Whittlesey, John, 1662 — the first of the name who came into the 
colony. He was located at Saybrook, not however as early as many others. 
The name was next found at Middletown and Wethersfield. It has been a most 
prolific race. The family have been uniformly respectable, generally wealthy, 
and produced some men of high standing and reputation, viz. Hon. Elisha, of 
Ohio. He has through a long and constant public life, from early manhood, 
retired to private life, and carried with him the reputation of an honest man — 
the fate of few politicians. John Whittlesey and William Dudley, of Saybrook, 
in 1663, contracted with the town to keep a ferry across the river at Saybrook 
from Tilley's Point, for which the town gave them all the toll received of stran- 
gers, (except the inhabitants of Saybrook,) 20 acres of up-land, 10 acres of 
meadow, and £200 of commonage — £100 on each side of the river. Whittlesey 
and Dudley contracted to build a road to the Point — build a horse canoe or 
boat large enough to carry over 3 horses at a time, and such passengers as de-* 
sired to cross the river. They made the contract with John Wastall, John 
Clark, William Pratt, William Waller and Robert Lay, agents for the town. 

Whitmore, Thomas, Middletown, 1654 — was a gentleman of good 
character, and received appointments of the General Court. The 
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name is spelt differently by the same family. It has been an ancient 
name at Middletown and in Stratford. Seth and William, of Middle- 
town, were jurors as late as 1730. 

Whitmore, Thomas, sen'r., aged 66. He was a carpenter by trade, 
and gave his tools to two of his sons. He died at Middletow^n in 
'81, and left a wife Katherinc, and children, viz. John aged 36 years, 
Beriah 23, Thomas 29, Hannah Stowe 28, Samuel 26, Elizabeth 32, 
Abigail 3, Tsrahiah 25, Nathaniel 20, Joseph 18, Josiah 13, Sarah 17, 
Mehitabel 13, and Benjamin 7. I find the name spelt Whitmore, 
Whetmore, Whittemore and Wetmore, apparently the same name. — 
John, of Hartford, 1665. 

Whittemore, John, Stamford, was murdered by the Indians previ- 
ous to 1649. 

Whitcombe, Job, Wethersfield — died in 1683. Wife Mary. His 
children were, Mary, aged 12 years, Job 9, Jemima 6, and John 4. 
This name is yet in New London county. 

Witchfield, Margaret — died at Windsor in 1663. Her daughters 
were, Hannah and Abigail. They married two men by the name of 
Goff' at Wethersfield. Her son married Miss Hayw^ard. Margaret 
was a sister of Jane Winship, who left a daughter Joanna. Samuel 
Goft'had children, Edward and Deborah. 

Whitefield, Henry, the first mhiister at Guilford. He left preach- 
ing there in 1650, and was succeeded by Rev. John Higginson. 

Wickham, Sarah, Wethersfield — died in 1699. Children, Thomas, 
Wittin, Sarah Hudson, Samuel, Joseph and John — perhaps others. 
She had a grandson John Cherry, the son of Sarah Hudson. 

Wilcox, John, Hartford — surveyor of highways in 1642 and '44 — 
selectman in '49 — juror in '45. He had moved to Middletown in '54 
— and died in '76. His children were, Sarah Long, aged 28 years^ 
Israel 20, Samuel 18, Ephraim 4, Hester 2, and Mary 1. He was 
an original proprietor of Hartford, '39. John, of Middletown, (wife 
Mary died in 1671.) His children were, Joseph, Samuel and Mary. 
Israel, sen'r., died in '89. Children, Israel aged 10, John 8, Samuel 
5, Thomas 3 years, and Sarah one month. Mary, widow, of Hartford, 
died and left a cousin Sarah Long, a daughter, Ann Hawiey, and a 
son-in-law John Bidwell. 

Wilcocks, Ephraim, Middletow'n — died in 1712 — son of John, and 
grandson of Andrew, of Middletown. 

Wilcoxson, Samuel, Windsor, deputy in 1646. William, '47 — per- 
haps the same w'ho was made free in Massachusetts in '38. Timothy 
moved to Stratford as early as '40. William, of Stratford, '50 — had 
sons, Joseph, John and Timothy. 



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Wickham, Thomas, Wethersfield, 1671. 

Wild, Edmond,, 1663. John, a grand juror inMS. 

Wilkinson, Josiah, about Saybrook in 1664. Thomas, '49. 

Willard, Josias, Wethersfield — died in 1674 — juror in '71. Joseph, 
Wethersfield, '70, and died in '74. 

Willet, Nathaniel, Hartford — constable in 1644. Elizabeth, '48. 

Wilier, Richard, Windsor, 1640. 

Williams, Roger — juror in 1642-44 and 45 — deputy in '37. He 
came to Windsor as early as '36. He was often a member of both 
branches of the General Court, and was a gentleman of importance 
in the colony. 

Williams, William — a landholder at Podunk, an early settler, 1646. 
Arthur, of Windsor, '40 — juror in '43. David, died in '84, and left a 
small estate. Matthew, of HartfoiFB, '46. James, son of James and 
Sarah, born in '92, Hepzibah in '98, Sarah in '99, Samuel in 1700, Ab- 
igail in 1707, Daniel in 1710. John, of Windsor, married Bethia 
Marshall, in 1672. John and Ebenezer born in '73, another in '75. 
(John, of Hartford, '37. See Aaron Starks.) 

Williams, Amos, an orphan. The magistrates ordered the little 
Bible and a paper book, left by his mother, to be delivered to him, in 

1663. He died in '83. Children, Amos 13, Samuel 8, Elizabeth 6, 
and Susannah 3 years old. 

Willey, John, Haddam — died May 2, 1688. He left an estate of 
£169 to his wife and 7 children, viz. Isaac 18 years old, Isabel 17, 
John 14, Miriam 12, Allyn 9, Mary 7, andAbel 6 years. Thomas, 

1664. Isaac, 1649, about N. London in '71. 

Wills, Joshua, Windsor, 1647. This was a common name in 
Massachusetts in its early settlement. Henry, a Pequot soldier in '37. 

Wilton, Nicholas, Windsor — died July, 1683. 

Winterton, Gregory — constable of Hartford in 1642 — selectman in 
'45 — juror in '40 and '42 — surveyor of common lands in '47. He 
was an original proprietor of Hartford, and in the land division in '39. 
Signed to move to Hadley in '59. He was an uncle of John Shepard, 
and gave John £34. John was a brother of Thomas Greenhill, 1654. 
Record, p. 118. 

Willoughby, Jonas, Wethersfield, 1666. This was a reputable 
name in Massachusetts in the early settlement of the colony, as it 
was in Connecticut. 

Wilson, Anthony — deputy in 1646. Phineas, of Hartford — died in 
'92, and left a large estate He had an only son Nathaniel, and 
daughters Hannah and Mary. Had 3 sisters, Hannah, Margaret and 



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Jane, who tlKii lived in Hull, in Yorkshire, England. His wife had 

a dau<Thter Abigail Warren. Samuel married Mary , May, '72, 

and had a daughter in '74, and another born in '75, and Samuel in '78. 

Wilton, David — moved to Northampton from Windsor, in 1660, 
where lio dind. He left a grandson, Samuel Marshall, to whom he gave much 
of his property at Northampton. Joseph Hawley was about to marry his grand 
daaghter Lydia, at Northampton, to whom he gave a share of his estate, pro- 
vided he married her, and built a house on the land at Northampton, and lived 
there four years — if not, he gave it to Samuel Marshall, his grandson. He pro- 
vided for his wife Katherine. Samuel Marshall, sen'r., married his daughter, 
and died before him. He was a brother of Nicholas Wilton — had a sister 
Joan Wilton. He gave a silver bowl to the church in Northampton — £\0 to 
the College — gave his wife the sawmill at Northampton. His grandson Thomas 
Marshall lived with him at Northampton. Medad Pomeroy was overseer of his 
estate at Northampton. Daniel, 1644» Nicholas, of Windsor, died July, 1683. 

Wimbell, Robert, a distributor of the estate of Thomas Dewey, 1648. 

Winchell, Robert, Windsor — a juror in 1644. In '37 was appoint- 
ed with Mr. Ludlow and William Phelps as agents for the purchase of corn, &c. 
He came early to Windsor. His children were, Phebe born in 1639, Mary in 
1641 — David, Joseph, Martha, Benjamin. — Robert died in 1657. Nathaniel, son 
of Robert, married Sarah Porter, and had Nathaniel, Thomas and Sarah, born 
1674, and Joseph 1677. Jonathan Winchell married Abigail Brunson, and had 
a son Jonathan, 1663. David married Elizabeth Filly, 1669, and had Joseph 
and two daughters, Nathaniel Winchell, 1664— probably the same who was at 
Westfield in 1686. 

Winthrop, Gov. John, -who first came to Saybrook, in 1635 — was 
the son of John Winthrop, the Governor of Massachusetts. Ho arrived at Bos- 
ton in the autumn of 1635, with a commission from Lord Say and Seal, Lord 
Brook and others, who were interested in a Patent of a large tract of land ad- 
joining the Connecticut River, as agent of the Company — to erect houses and 
build a Fort at the mouth of the river, not only for self-protection against the 
Bavagcs, but to command the navigation and prevent the Dutch from taking 
possession of the lands. Mr. Winthrop brought with him from England, men, 
ammunition, ordnance and money, furnished by the Company, to carry out their 
design. He was directed by the Company, on his arrival at Boston, to repair 
at once to Connecticut, with 50 men, to erect fortifications and build houses 
for the garrison, and the houses for the men of quality within the Fort. He 
was also directed that such as should locate there in the beginning, should plant 
themselves either at the harbor or near the mouth of the river, for their own 
safety, and that they should set down in bodies together, that they could be 
better entrenched ; also to reserve to the Fort 1000 or 1500 acres at least of 
good ground as near to the Fort as could be obtained. The Company also, be- 
fore Mr. Winthrop left England, appointed him Governor of the Connecticut 
River, in New England, and of the harbors and places adjoining, for the space 
of one year after his arrival there. Gov. Winthrop soon learned that the Dutch 
at Now Netherlands intended to seize upon the mouth of the river, and he im- 



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mediately despatched 20 men trom Boston to his place of destination, (now Say- 
brook) to get command of the river, and repel the Dutch if they should appear. 
Soon after the arrival of Mr. Winthrop's men at the mouth of the Connecticut, 
the Dutch who had been sent from New Netherlands arrived to take possession, 
but Gov. Winthrop's men had in season planted two of their cannon in so favor- 
able a position that the Dutch troops were prevented from landing. Mr. Win- 
throp soon went to Saybrook and fulfilled his commission as agent for the Com- 
pany. He and Mr. Fenwick did not consider either themselves or the lands 
within their grant, as strictly under the government or within the jurisdiction of 
Connecticut, until after the colony of Connecticut had purchased the land upon 
the river, and the Fort of Mr. Fenwick, in 1644 ; for which reason Gov. Win- 
Ihrop is not found very frequently upon the records of the colony for some of 
the first years of its settlement. Even Mr. Fenwick was not a magistrate in 
the colony until 1644. Gov. Winihrop the younger apphed to the General As- 
sembly of Connecticut, in 1640, for a grant to him of Fisher's Island. The 
Court decided that so far as it would not hinder the public good, either in forti- 
fying it for defence, or fishing, or making salt, that he had liberty to proceed 
therein. He therefore took possession of it, and his heirs hold it to this day. 
Gov. Winthrop did not become a member of the House of Assistants in the 
colony until after 1650 ; after which time he became the favorite of the colony 
and received apparently any appointment he desired. He was elected Governor 
in 1657, 9 and 1660, to 1675. He was the first Governor of the colony who 
was ever elected previous to 1660, two years in succession — the old law upon 
this subject, owing to the universal popularity of Mr. Winthrop as Governor, 
was repealed. In 1662 he procured the Charter for the colony, for which he 
was agent, which greatly added to his popularity in Connecticut, but gave much 
offence to the colonists at New Haven ; yet at the Union of the two Colonies, 
in 1665, Mr. Winthrop was continued as Governor of the colony, and Major 
Mason, Deputy Governor. To give the honors and incidents of the life of so 
valuable a man as Gov. Winthrop would require volumes, it therefore will not 
be expected even an outline can be detailed in this small pamphlet. 

In September, 1647, the General Court " thought meet ' to give Mr. Win- 
throp a commission to execute justice, at Pequot, according " to their laws, and 
the rule of rigiiteousness." Previous to 1660 no person was eligible by law, 
two years in succession to the office of Governor. But the people had now 
become so much enamored with the good management of the affairs of the 
government by Mr. Winthrop, that the General Court, at the April term, pro- 
posed repealing the law, that Gov. Winthrop should be eligible the second year 
to the office of Governor. To do which it was propounded to the freemen, and 
inserted in the warrants for the choice of deputies, which was effected, and Gov. 
Winthrop triumphantly elected, not only two years in succession, but many 
years after. This was a year full of great and happy events in the colony. 
Mr. Winthrop had been elected Governor, and Gen. Mason, Deputy Governor ; 
two of the most popular, deserving and able men in the colony, and better ac- 
quainted with the affairs of the country than any others. Gov. Winthrop was 
deemed by the people as a learned, safe and judicious statesman, while it ap- 
peared to be a conceded point by all, that no man could be as familiar with the 
condition of the various tribes of Indians as Maj. Mason — and in this respect 



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was viewed as peculiarly fitted for his new and responsible oft'ice of Deputy 
Governor. In the repeal of the law, the freemen had wisely discovered that 
the first year of holding an office was wasted more in learning its duties than 
in performing them acceptably to the public. I here for brevity, skip over that 
part of the record which appointed Gov. Winthrop agent to procure the Charter 
for the colony, and much of their distress in meeting the expense of his mission. 
In July, 1662, it was discovered that the £500 which had been appropriated for 
the expenses of Gov. Winthrop, had proved altogether insufficient for the object, 
and a part of that even then, unpaid, and the expenses had far exceeded their 
expectation. All was now consternation and excitement — a new and unexpect- 
ed debt had been added to their misfortunes, while they were ignorant of the 
progress or success of their petition to the Kin|f — yet never daunted, the General 
Court at once appointed committees to notify those persons who were yet owing 
Mr. Cullick any part of tlic i^SOO, . to pay it at once, and the collectors for the 
country to prepare for payment without delay, to discharge the sums required 
by the Worshipful Governor, The General Court, in case those indebted as 
aforesaid, failed to pay as directed, appointed a committee to procure corn or 
other provisions, and compel such as were indebted towards the £500 so appro- 
priated, to pay for it. The distress continued through the summer. But when 
the General Court convened at Hartford on the 9th day of October, 1662, all 
was hilarity and excitement in-doors and out, such as had never before been 
witnessed in the colony, and probably never since, when the people were notified 
that Gov. Winthrop had succeeded in the object of his mission to England, and 
that the Charter had arrived full of liberty for the people, confirming their titles 
to their lands, extending their territory, with the confidence of the King in the 
loyalty of his new subjects. They were publicly notified that it was then in 
the possession of the Court. It v\'as then publicly read to both Houses of the 
General Court, with an immense concourse of the freemen and people present — 
when one of the Court, (probably Major Mason) held it out in his hand, and 
declared it to be thtirs and their successors .' It was viewed by all as a full con- 
firmation, not only of all the titles in the colony, but of the colon)' itself. Gov 
Winthrop at this time had not arrived, but remained in England for some time 
after he forwarded the Charter. The question in the House at once arose, who 
should take charge of and hold an instrument that was the Palladium of every 
man's Liberty in the Colony, and the safeguard to the title of every foot of 
soil in the jurisdiction of Connecticut. The Court selected Mr. Wyllys, John 
Allen and John Talcott to take the Charter into their custody and keeping, in 
behalf of the Colony. An oath was then administered to them in open Court, 
for a faithful discharge of so important a trust. 

It now became necessary for the General Court to prepare to legislate in 
conformity to and under the provisions of the Charter. The General Court, 
therefore, established and confirmed all civil and military appointments in the 
colony — all orders and laws not at variance with the provisions of the Charter 
were also confirmed. The Colony Seal was declared to be continued in the 
hands of the Secretary as the seal of the colony under the Charter. The town 
of Hartford was decreed by the freemen as the settled location for the convoca- 
tion of the General Assembly for all future time, (except when visited by epi- 
demic diseases.) Tlie people throughout the country at once saw the advanta- 



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jres which Connecticut necessarily must possess under the Charter, over other 
colonies, and particularly over the New Haven Colony. Towns from all parts 
of the country soon began to apply to the General Court to become members of 
the colony under the new government. Capt. John Young and others applied 
for the admission of Southold, on Long Island, into the colony, and submitted 
their persons and property under the Charter, which was accepted, with a prom- 
ise of protection. South and Easthampton had before united with the colony. 
Capt. Young was declared a freeman, and a commission given him to act in 
Southold as the General Court should require- Their citizens were required to 
meet and elect a constable for the organization of the town. The inhabitants 
of Guilford applied for admission, and tendered themselves and estates, and 
were accepted upon the usual terms. The towns of Stamford and Greenwich 
also applied, and were received as other towns had been. The inhabitants of 
Mystic and Paugatuck had until this time held their commissions under Massa- 
chusetts, but the Court now ordered that " henceforth they should forbear exer- 
cising any authority by virtue of commissions from any other colony than Con- 
necticut ;" and ordered the inhabitants to elect a constable and organize the 
town, and pay the sum of i;20 towards defraying the expense of procuring the 
Charter, as their proportion. 

Gov. Winthrop executed his will in Boston, at the time of his sickness, where 
it is supposed he died. His sons were, Fitz John and Wait Still. He had five 
daughters, viz. Elizabeth, Lucy, Margaret, Martha and Anne. He gave his sons 
double portions compared with his daughters, and made all his children execu- 
tors and executrixes of his will. He also appointed John Allen, Mr. Humphrey 
Davie, James Allen and his brother John Richards, to settle any difficulty that 
might arise in the settlement of his estate, or any three of them. His will was 
proved in court by Thomas Hatch and John Blake, July 25, 1676. 

Winthrop, Fitz John — son of Gov. Winthrop, of Connecticut. He 
early became an important man in the colony, and was a magistrate when 
young. He depended not so much upon the exalted reputation of his honored 
father as upon his own exertions, for preferment and honors. His doctrine was 
the same as that of the Wolcotts — that all men were self-made who became 
eminent — that the son of a great man was no better than the son of a pauper, 
except that his advantages were preferable for accomplishing the object. Fitz 
John appears early to have imbibed a military spirit, and possessed every qual- 
ification for an important military officer ; he was educated in the art of war — 
was bold, brave and daring to a fault, and received the commission of Captain 
when young. The first important appointment which brought him particularly 
before the public, was an appointment by the General Assembly of Connecticut 
in 1664, with his honored father, Matthew Allyn, sen'r.. Gold, Richards, Howell 
and Young, some of the most important men in the colony, to meet His 
Majesty's Commissioners in New York, and hear the differences and settle the 
boundaries of the Patent of the Duke of York and the colony of Cnnecticut, by 
which decision Long Island was awarded to the Duke of York, Sec, and the 
boundaries of Connecticut settled. We next find Mr. Winthrop, in 1683, ap- 
pointed by the King of England, and associated with Cranfield, the Commader- 
in-Chief of New Hampshire, with Dudley, Stoughton, Randolph, Shrimpton. 



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Palmes, Pynclieon, jr., and Saltonstall, as a committee to quiot all disputes re- 
gardinjj the Narragaiisctt country, as Commissioners of Charles 11. In 1693 the 
colony of Connecticut found it necessary to address King William and Queen 
Mary with reference to the militia of the colony, and to send an Ambassador to 
England for this special purpose. Maj. Gen. Fitz John Winthrop was at once 
selected and appointed for the important mission. While in England, in 1697, 
he laid before the Council of Trade a memorial giving an answer to the Dutch- 
ess of Hamilton's petition to the King regarding her claims to Narragansett, so 
far as the people of Connecticut were concerned, though this matter was not 
included in his instructions. He managed the affair with great adroitness and 
good judgment. Gen. Winthrop was appointed Major General in 1690 over 
the army designed against Canada. In 1698, such was his popularity that he 
W£is elected Governor of Connecticut, and continued to be re-elected until his 
death, in 1707. He was the last of the eminent men of the name in Connect- 
icut, though Massachusetts yet hasher Winthrops. 

Wood, Jonas, Wethersfield, 1636 — produced to the court his cer- 
tificate of church-membership, dated at Watertown, Mass., 29th of 
March, 1636, to join a church in Connecticut ; and he was at Weth- 
ersfield in '36. He came with Andrew Ward, Coe, &;c. Jonas, 
at Southnmpton, L. I., in '48, (which was under the jurisdiction of 
Connecticut) — was custom-master there in '61 — magistrate and com- 
missioner in '63. Perhaps the same who located at Wethersfield 
in '36. 

Wood, John, was killed in 1639, near the mouth of Connecticut 
river. Lieut. Bull, while in pursuit of the Pequots, found his gun 
marked I. W. Matthew, '63. Consider, '64, of Westchester, which 
at this time was claimed within the jurisdiction of Connecticut- 
Woodcock, John, 1639. This name is found in Connecticut before 
it is in Massachusetts. 

Woodbridge, Rev. Timothy, Hartford. I insert this family as a 
family of clergymen ; there having been seven of the name, ministers in the 
colony at about the same period of time. Timothy was settled over the first 
church in Hartford, in 1685, and died in 1732. According to an account by 
T. S. Perkins, E.sq., deceased, (who was a descendant,) Timothy was the 2d son 
of Rev. John, who married a daughter of Gov. Dudley, of Massachusetts, and 
was settled at Andover, in that colony, in 1644. Thomas Woodbridge was first 
married to a daughter of Hon. Samuel Wyllys, of Hartford, and was the ances- 
tor of Sheldon Woodbridge, Esq., of Hartford. A daughter of Thomas married 
Gov. Pitkin. Rev. Samuel (was a nephew of Timothy, of Hartford,) — was 
settled over the 3d church in Hartford, in 1705, and died in 1746. He was a 
grandson of Rev. John, of Massachusetts, mentioned above — from him are the 
descendants of those of the name in Hartford, East Hartford, and Manchester. 
Rev. John Woodbridge was settled at Killingworth. Rev. Dudley Woodbridge 
was settled over the first church in Simsbury, and died in 1710. The 2d Rev. 
Timothy, son of the first Timothy, was settled also at Simsbury, over the first 



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churcli in 1712, and died in 1742. Rev. Ashbel was settled at Glastenbury, in 
1728, and died in 1758 ;— he was the son of the first Rev. Timothy by his sec- 
ond marriage to Mrs. Howell. Rev. Benjamin was settled at Amity in the town 
of Woodbridge, in 1742. Rev. Ephraim Woodbridge was settled over the first 
church in Groton, in 1704, and died in 1724— neither of whom were either dis- 
missed or removed from their places of settlement. The first Rev. Timothy, 
was a member (in 1708) of the Convention which, for the better regulation of 
the administration of church discipline, formed the noted Say brook Platform, of 
which meeting Rev. James Noyes and Thomas Buckingham were moderators, 
and Rev. Stephen Mix and John Woodward were chosen scribes. 

Woodbridge, Benjamin, 1673 — witness of Thrall's will. 

Whittlesey, Ruth, Wethersfield— died in 1734. This is the first 
death in the family, in Connecticut, on the Probate record at Hartford. 
Jabez Whittlesey was administrator. Jabez, of Wethersfield, was a 
farmer at Newington. He died in January, 1743, and left an estate 
of £718. 

Wolcott, Hon. Henry, sen'r., was an early settler at Windsor. He 
came to Massachusetts from Tolland, England, and moved his family to Wind- 
sor in 1636, to continue with Mr. Warham's church, with which he had united 
in England. He had married Elizabeth Saunders before he left his country, and 
had some family. His son Henry, jr., was about 25 years of age when the family 
moved to Windsor, in 1636, and soon became an active business man. Hon. 
Henry was a gentleman of education, wealth and distinction, and had been a 
magistrate before he left England. He was long a magistrate and assistant in 
the colony, though he had become somewhat advanced in life before he settled 
at Windsor. He was made the first constable of the town, which at that day 
and for many years after, was an office of great honor and power in the colony. 
In 1637 he was appointed collector of rates — deputy in 1639 and '41 — ^juror in 
1641, 3 and 4— a committee with Major Mason to locate and erect fortifications 
— was frequently a member of both houses or branches of the General Court, 
and upon many of the most important committees in the colony — was one of 
the nineteen signers of the Petition to Charles II. for the Charter of Connecticut^ 
all of whom were the principal men in the colony. Mr. Wolcott was the an- 
cestor of more Governors of the Colony and State than any other individual? 
not only in the State, but in the United States. He was the ancestor of three 
Governor Wolcotts in Connecticut, viz. Roger and two Oliver Wolcotts — two 
of whom had been Lieutenant Governors ; also by the marriage of his daughter 
lo the first Matthew Griswold, of Saybrook, he became the ancestor of the two 
Governor Griswolds, viz. Matthew and Roger. His son Simon married a 
daughter of the first William Pitkin ; and by this connexion he also became 
the ancestor of Gov. Pitkin. The children of Hon. Henry were, Plenry, jr., 
George, Ann, Mary and Simon. Simon's children were, Elizabeth, Martha, Si- 
mon, Joanna, and the Hon. Roger — the latter was the second in command at 
the siege and reduction at Louisburg, in 1745, and in 1751 he was elected Gov- 
ernor of Connecticut. The first Oliver, LL. D., was Governor in 1796 and 7, 
The second Oliver, LL. D., had been Secretary of War, and Governor from 
1817 to 1827. Erastus, who served as General in the War of the Revolution, 
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lor. 

was a brollier of Oliver, who was also General in the same service. Erastus 
was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Connecticut for some years. This wor- 
thy band of a single line, were the descendants of Henry Wolcott, of Windsor 
Of the same line of ancestry was the Hon. Frederick, late of Litchfield — a broth- 
er of the last Gov. Oliver — who was a gentleman no less talented and worthy 
than any of his ancestors. There are at this day no public men by this name 
in the high public stations of our country. It was well for the Wolcotts that 
they lived when integrity and talents were the only qualifications for preferment 
and high places of public trust. There are two of the sons of Hon. Frederick — 
one in Boston, the other in New York — who are merchants of distinction. A 
grandson of the last Governor Oliver, and a son of the late Col. Gibbs, of Long 
Island, is fast rising into notice and favor as a gentleman of literature by his 
valuable productions. One other of the descendants in Hartford, not of the 
name, but of the blood, is also by his talents, industry and acquirements, mak- 
ing rapid progress to public favor and preferment. Hon. Henry Wolcott died 
in 1680. He gave in his will his seal ring to Henry, jr. He had land at 
Tolland, in England, at his decease, which was in the possession of John 
Wolcott and John Dart, which he gave to his youngest son Josiah, after the 
expiration of the estate given by his (Henry's) uncle Christopher to John Wol- 
cott, sen'r., then deceased. He also held land at Willington, called Longforth, 
in England, in the possession of Hugh Wolcott at his decease. He at the close 
of his will changed his views, and gave his lands in England to Henry, jr., for 
life, and to the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten, and to their heirs for- 
ever, by Henry, jr.'s paying annually for six years, £50 to his other three 
youngest sons. He was a gentleman of great wealth ; his land at Wethersfield 
alone was appraised at £ 1234. His other property in this country at £2743, 
exclusive of his property in England. 

Wolcott, Henry, jr., received many appointments from the General 
Court. George, 1640 — a brother of Henry, jr., and son of Henry, 
sen'r. Hannah, had a sister who married James Russell, who had a 
daughter, Mary Russell — she also had a sister Price, who shared in 
her estate. She died unmarried in 1G83-4. Sarah, died unmarried, 
or without children, in July, 1684. Simon, of Windsor — moved to 
Simsbury, and owned land there in 1667. Simon, son of Simon, 
brother of Henry, John, William Pitkin, Christopher, William and 
Roger. Treat, an assistant in 1663. 

Woodford, Thomas, Hartford, 1639 — fence viewer in '39 — collector 
of funds for the students of Cambridge College in 1645 — sexton to dig graves 
and ring the bell for funerals, with orders that Thomas Woodford ehould 
" attend making graves for any corpses deceased ; and that no corpse shall be 
laid less than four feet deep ; none that be above four years old shall be laid 
less than five feet deep ; none that be above ten, shall be laid less than six feet 
deep. He was not an original proprietor of Hartford, but had 14 acres of land 
there, with the right of pasture on the common, to fetch wood, &;c. He was 
appointed to cry all lost property at public meetings, at 2 pence paid in advance, 
in 1640. Joseph, made free in 1663. 



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WoodhuU, Richard, and Thomas Pierce, were appointed officers 
under Connecticut, on the admission of Setauk, L. I., into the jurisdic 
tion of Connecticut. 

Woodruff, Matthew, came early to Hartford among the first sut- 
lers. After remaining awhile at Hartford, he removed with his family to Far- 
mington ; since which the Woodruffs have emanated from Farmington. Na- 
thaniel, after 1717, moved from Farmington to Litchfield, which makes Matthew 
the ancestor of the name there. Matthew died at an advanced age, in 1691. 
His children were, Matthew, aged 23, John 19, Samuel 14, Nathaniel 5, Joseph 
2, Mary 21, Sarah 17, Elizabeth 12, Hannah 10. Widow Sarah Woodruff died 
in 1690. John died at Farmington in 1692, and left Joseph, aged 13, John 23^ 
Mary 25, Hannah 21, Phebe 16, Margaret 10, and Abigail 8. The family have 
uniformly supported the good reputation of their ancestor. Gen. Morris Wood- 
ruff was as prominent as any of the name. The Woodruffs of Connecticut are 
the descendants of Matthew, and not of WilHani. 

Woodward, Rev. John — was scribe, in 1708, for the Convention 
who formed the Saybrook Platform. 

Woodward, Hartford, 1640. It was voted by the town that he 
should employ his whole time in killing wolves, for which he was to 
have 4s. 6d. per week for his board in case he killed neither wolves 
or deers in the course of the week, but if he killed either, to pay for 
his board. This name was frequent in the early settlement of Massa- 
chusettss. 

Woolfe, Edward, New London, 1671. Peter was at Salem as 
early as 1634. — Farmer. 

Wolterton, Gregory, Hartford — died in 1674 or in '74. He had a 
nephew James, son of his brother Matthew, in New London. He 
left no children. He was a useful citizen. 
Worstall, John — juror in 1644. 

Wright, Thomas — deputy from Wethersfield in 1643 — died in '70, 
and left Margaret, his widow, and children, Samuel, Joseph, Thomas 
and others. A daughter of his son Thomas married Job Hillyer, and 
they had a son William, and daughters, Margaret and Sarah. His 
widow died in '71. 

Wright, Thomas, Wethersfield — died in August, 1683. His chil- 
dren were, Thomas, aged 23 years, Mary 18, Hannah 13, Lydia 11. 
His estate was £673. Anthony Wright married Mary, the widow of 
Matthias Treat, by whom she had children. Anthony died in '79. 
Wrisly, Richard — one of the first settlers. 

Wrotham, Simon, Farmington — died in 1694-5. His daughter 
House's children were, William, Susannah and Samuel — sons Samuel, 
and Simon, and daughter Newel. 

Wyard or Wire, Robert, Wethersfield — died in 1682. 



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Wyatt, Jolin, IGKJ — died in '68. His children were, Mary, Hep- 
zibah, Dorcas, Sarah, Joanna, Elizabeth and Israel. 

Wyllys, Gov. George, was the son of Richard, of Fenny-Compton, 
in Warwickshire, in England. He was the first of the family who came to New 
England. He held an estate there of £500 per annum, in possession of George, 
his eldest son, who he left in England. In 1636, being a Puritan in principle 
and feeling, he became anxious to remove to Connecticut with his family, he 
tlierefore to prepare a comfortable situation in the new country for himself and 
family, at Hartford, during the year 1636, sent his steward, (William Gibbins) 
with 20 men, to Hartford, to purchase and prepare for him a farm, and erect 
such buildings as should be needed for liis reception. Mr. Gibbins therefore 
came to New England, and purchased that elevated and delightful plat of 
ground, at this day celebrated not only by the location of the Charter Oak upon 
it, but as the Wyllys Place, at the south part of the city. He erected the neces- 
sary buildingf, and prepared the grounds for a garden, where the family have 
uniformly resided. In 1638 Mr. Wyllys removed with his family direct to Hart- 
ford. His reputation in England had been of that high character, that in the 
following year he was made a magistrate, and in 1641 was elected Deputy Gov- 
ernor of the colony, and in 1642 was made Governor. He was once elected 
Commissioner to the United Congress of the Colonies. Dr. Trumbull says, " he 
was a Puritan of the strictest kind, and lived in all the exactness of the most 
pious Puritans of the day." His death, which took place March 21, 1644, was 
deeply realised throughout the colony. He left a son Samuel, who was born in 
England, about 12 years of age at the decease of his father, who at the age of 
22, was made a magistrate, and became a prominent man in the colony. Gov. 
Wyllys, as early as 1639, was appointed with Gov. Welles to revise the laws of 
Connecticut. Among the many important offices which have been held by the 
different members of the Wyllys family, it is worthy of remark, in this day of 
shifting and change, that three of the descendants of Gov. Wyllys, (viz. Heze- 
kiah, George and Samuel) held in succession, the office of Seretary of State of 
the Colony and State of Connecticut 98- years. Gov. Wyllys had brothers, 
William and Richard. This family, so long and so favorably known in Hart- 
ford, are now all deceased, and the name become extinct in the State ; — and that 
beautiful seat occupied by them nearly 200 years, has passed, for want of 
Wyllys heirs, into the hands of a gentleman no less talented than its original 
proprietors — a regular descendant of the Hon. Henry Wolcott the first, of Wind- 
sor. He left a wife, Mary, and children, George, Samuel, Hester and Amy. 
His son George remained in England, and was there, as appears by the will of 
Gov. Wyllys, in 1644 ; property was given to his son George in Connecticut^ 
provided George should move with his family to Hartford, &c., otherwise given 
to his son Samuel. — Records, Trumbull, and Farmer. 

Wyllys, Hon. Samuel, son of Governor Wyllys, of Connecticut, was 
born in Warwickshire, in England, in 1632, and came to, Hartford with his 
father in 1638. When only 22 years of ago he was made a magistrate, (in 1654) 
which he held for many years. He married a daughter of Governor Haynes, 
and died aged about 77 years, in 1709. His son Hezekiah held the office of Sec- 
retary for the colony from 1712 to 1734, when he died. George, his grandson. 



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was Secretary from 1735 until he died in 1796, when Samuel the son of the 2d 
George succeeded his father in the same office, and held it until 1809, when 
Hon. Thomas Day was appointed, and held it 24 years. In 1659 Mr. Wyllys 
was appointed by the General Court to go to Saybrook and assist Major Mason 
in examining the suspicions there about witchery. In 1660 ho was auditor of 
public accounts with Capt. Lord. He was a member of the Congress of the 
United Colonies in 1661, 2, 4 and 7. 

Hezekiah Wyllys married Elizabeth Hobart, a daughter of Rev. Jeremiah Ho- 
bart, in 1704. George Wyllys, son of Hezekiah and Elizabeth — was born Oc- 
tober, 1710 — grandson of Samuel first — Samuel, his great grandson, was the 
last Secretary of the Wyllys family. 

Y. 

Young, Rev. John, of Southold, L. I., was appointed a magistrate 
by Connecticut as early as 1662, to assist the magistrates of South and East- 
Hampton. The towns of Southold, Huntington, East and Southampton, Oyster 
Bay and other towns on Long Island, were under the jurisdiction of Connecti- 
cut for several years ; and the Island was claimed as being within the bounds 
described in the Charter, as was Rye, Hastings, Westchester, Narragansett, &c., 
and most of them were organized as towns by order of the General Court of 
Connecticut, and were represented in the General Assembly of Connecticut for 
some years, until the bounds of the Colony under the Charter were settled by 
the King's Commissioners, in 1664-5. On the admission of Southold into the 
jurisdiction of Connecticut, a petition, signed by said Young, Richard Terre and 
22 others, inhabitants of Southold, was presented, all of whom were made free- 
men of Connecticut. George, 1664. Capt. J. Young was appointed in 1655, 
to command a vessel for observation, with men from Saybrook and N. London, 
to prevent Ninegrate's crossing the sound to attack the Indians on Long Island, 
and in case he did, to destroy his canoes, and kill his men, if possible. John, of 
Windsor, 1640. 



APPENDIX. 



CONTAINING ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS. 



A. 

Abbey, Samuel, Windham — died in 1698 — wife Mary. His chil- 
dren were, Mary, 25 years of age, Samuel 23, Thomas 20, Eleazer 18, 
Ebenezer 16, Mary 14, Sarah 13, Hepzibah 10, Abigail 8, John 7, 
Benjamin 6, and Jonathan 2. 

Acklcy, Nicholas, chimney viewer of Hartford, 1662. 

Adams, Edward, resided at Fairfield in 1653. Ephraim, of Sims, 
bury, 1730. Edward, in 1660, married Elizabeth Buckland — wheth- 
er he was the son of Edward, of F'airfield, is not known — he had a 
daughter Mary. Jeremiah, of Hartford, (in No. 1,) — was the only 
person in Hartford, in 1660, allowed to sell wine in a less quantity 
than a quarter cask, or other liquors less than an ancor. 

Adgate, Thomas, Norwich, 1660 — was a deacon of the church in 
Saybrook in '59. He is not found upon the colony record in any 
town previous to his being in Saybrook. While there he married the 
widow of Richard Bushnell. Was made free in '63. 

Adkins, Thomas, (probably now Atkins) — died in 1694. His chil- 
dren were, Mary aged 22, Thomas 21, Mary 19, Jane 16, Josiah 9, 
Sarah 12, and Benoni 4. Estate £182. Josiah died in '90 — wife 
Ehzabeth — children, Solomon, aged 12, Josiah 10, Benjamin 8, Eph- 
raim 5, Sarah 16, Abigail 14, and Elizabeth 3. 

Andrews, John, sen'r., Hartford — died in 1681 — wife Mary. His 
children were, Benjamin, John, Abraham, Daniel and Joseph. He 
had grand children, Thomas Barnes, John Andrews, Abraham An- 
drews, John Richards, Daniel Andrews, Ezekiel Buck, and Joseph, 
the son of his son John. He had daughters, Mary Barnes, Hannah 
Richards, and Rachel Buck. He gave each of his grand children 
named, a legacy. 

Andrews, Edward — died in 1673 — was a brother-in-law of Josiah 
Adkins. He left a wife and children. Josiah Howlton married his 
sister. Gideon, of Fairfield, juror in 1730. Thomas, of Middletown, 
died in 1690, and left children, Thomas, John, Samuel, Hannah, Eliza- 
beth, Sarah and Abigail. 

Allyn, Matthew, (in No. 1,) — stated by Miss Caulkins, as having 
been a brother of Robert, who early settled at Saybrook, and after- 
wards at New London. All the descendants of Matthew spell the 
name (Allyn,) instead of (Allen) in and about Hartford ; so that their 
signs upon their buildings show their descent from Matthew. He so 



Ml 

spelt his own name. He was a petitioner for the Charter of Connect- 
icut. Robert, was one of the principal settlers of New London, 1{)48. 

Alsope, New London, 1674. He is supposed to be Joseph Alsope 
who came to New England in the Elizabeth and Ann, Roger C. mas- 
ter. Thomas came in the same vessel at another time. 

Armstrong, .Jonathan, New London, 1671. 

Arnold, Joseph, Haddam — died in 1691. His children were, John 
29 years old, Joseph 26, Samuel 23, Josiah 21, Susannah 16, Jonathan 
12, and Elizabeth 9. This name is yet at Haddam in the person of 
the sheriff, Charles Arnold, Esq. Samuel had his share of the estate 
at Machemoodus (in East Haddam,) — he probably moved there. 

Ashley, Jonathan, sen'r., Hartford — died in 1704. His son Joseph 
was his executor. He married a daughter of William VVadsworth, 
sen'r. His children were, Jonathan, Joseph, Samuel, Sarah and Re- 
becca. He gave four score acres of land in Plainfield to his son 
Samuel. His family appear to have been a distinct family from that 
of Robert, of Massachusetts. 

Atwood, Capt. Thomas, Hartford, 1664 — was an early settler. 

Atwood, Doct. Thomas, Wethersfield — died in 1682, and left a 
wife, Abigail, and children, Abigail, aged 14, Andrew 11, Jonathan 7, 
, and Josiah 4. He was a son of Capt. Atwood, of Hartford. One of 
the descendants emigrated to Woodbury or Waterbury. 

Avery, James, New London, (in No. 1,) — was ordered in case of a 
war with the Dutch in 1673, to act as captain, Thomas Tracy, heu- 
tenant, and John Denison, ensign, for the county of New London, over 
such forces as should be called out. Commissioner in '63. 

B. 

Babcock, James — was born in Essex, England, in 1580. In 1620 
he moved to Leyden, in Holland, and remained there nearly three 
years, and being a strict Puritan in his faith, he removed from Holland 
to Plymouth in 1623, and arrived in July of that year. He came to 
this country in the ship Ann. He had four children born in England 
who came with him, viz. James, John, Job and Mary. He lost his 
wife by death, and married a second wife in 1650. He soon had a 
son — he named him Joseph ; this son, between 1670 and '80, emigra 
ted to Connecticut, and settled in the vicinity of Saybrook, and was 
the ancestor, in this State, of the family at Hartford, New Haven and 
other parts of Connecticut. 

Backus, Stephen, Norwich, 1660 — married Sarah, a daughter of 
Lyon Gardiner, the first Lord of Gardner's Island. His sons, Stephen 
born in '70, and Timothy in '82. Stephen moved to Plainfield, after- 
wards to Canterbury. — F. M. Caulkins. William, was early found 
at Saybrook, and made free in '63. The name was at Saybrook at 
a much earlier period, (in '38) ; he afterwards became a proprietor 
of Norwich. 

Bacon, Elizabeth — died in 1670-80, widow of Andrew, deceased, 
of Hadley. She returned to Hartford after the death of her husband, 
(being old.) One of her daughters married Caleb Stanley, to whom 
she gave her house and lands in Hadley, 'and the share of Isaac, her 
son, deceased, in his father's estate, which was then hers. She had 



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a daughter, Abigail Coles, wife of Samuel Coles, and Lois, wife of 
Thomas Porter, both of Farmington, and Elizabeth Sension, wife of 
Mark Sension. Nathaniel, Middletown, 1GG4. Andrew, (in No. 1,) 
signed with the 60 to remove to lladley, in '59, which he performed, 
and died there. 

IJadgcr, Daniel — moved from Hartford to North Coventry. He had 
sons, Daniel and Moses. The first settler there was John Bissell, jr., 
from Lebanon, (originally of Windsor) — his deed was dated July, 
17 IG, and his deed of land in South Coventry is dated October, 1715, 
ancestor of Hon. Samuel Badger, of Philadelphia. 

Bailey, John, Harttord, 1648 — he resided at Haddam in '76 — was 
a fence viewer at Hartford in '66. He with Joseph Aiken were 
viewers of chimneys in Hartford in '48. 

Baker, Jeftery, Windsor — married Jane Rockwell in 1642, and had 
Samuel, Hepzibah, Mary, Abigail and Joseph. Samuel married Sarah 
Cook in '70. Baker, Wyllys, Gold, Richard Treat, Thomas Tappin, 
Wolcott, Sherman, Howell and Thurston Rayner were magistrates at 
the General Court in '63. Joseph, of Windsor, son of Jeffery, died 
in '91, and left Joseph and Lydia. He was a brother of Samuel. 
John married a daughter of John Bailey — was chimney viewer at 
Harttord in '65. Timothy, of Wethersfield— died, 1709— estate £21. 

Baldwin, John, Saybrook, 1659 — afterwards one of the proprietors 
of Norwich. Miss Caulkins states in her valuable work, that John 
was the ancestor of Judge Baldwin ; he was also of Gov. Baldwin, 
of N. Haven ; and of Judge Baldwin, late deceased, of Pennsylvania. 
The name first came into the colony at Saybrook. 

Banks, John, was a juror at Hartford in 1645. It appears he had 
been some time in the colony. He probably removed to Fairfield as 
early as '55, as the name is found there in '53 — deputy in '63. 

Barber, Thomas, Windsor — married in 1640, and had John, Thomas, 
Sarah, Samuel, Mary and Josiah. John married Bethsheba, and had 
a daughter and son. Thomas married Mary Phelps, and had Mary 
and Sarah. Samuel married Mary Long, and had Thomas and Sam- 
uel, in '71 and '73. 

Barber, Thomas, of Windsor, (in No. 1.) There was a young man 
of this name at Wethersfield who was a carpenter. The one at Wind, 
sor came there with Mj. Huet, in 1639, and married in '40. The 
name is common in Hartford county. John, '64. (See No. 1.) 

Barlow, John, Fairfield, 1652 — perhaps the son of Thomas, who 
was juror at Hartford in '45, and moved to Stratford soon after. 

Barnard, John — a man of active business habits, and held many 
offices in Hartford. He came early — was one who signed to move 
to Hadley in '59. Bartholomew, a constable in '64. He was often a 
deputy, and held other important offices. Francis, signed the agree- 
ment to move to Hadley in '59. 

Beach, John, settled at Stratford previous to 1650. 

Bartlett, John — one of the first settlers of Poquonnock, in Windsor, 
with Holcomb, Francis and Griswold. He was among the first set- 
tlers of Windsor. Edward, died in 1676, and left no family. He 
gave a part of his estate to Benoni Case, of Simsbury, a son oi' Chris- 
topher Crow. Robert, in '46, appears to have been of Windsor. He 



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moved to Northampton, but owued land in East Hartford in 1664. 
The town of Hartford appHed to purchase it, on condition that if he 
refused to sell, to call on him for security not to sell it to improper 
inhabitants. William, resided at New London in 1649. 

Barnes, Thomas, Hartford, 1640 — had land distributed to him east 
of the river, and resided there in '63. Joshua, deputy in '63. 

Bassett, Robert united with John Chapman and others, in 1653-4, 
in Fairfield county, to raise ti'oops. The town of Fairfield held a 
meeting, without authority from the General Court, to raise troops to 
fight the Dutch at New Netherlands, and appointed Mr. Ludlow com- 
mander-in-chief of their troops, which office he accepted. This 
transaction, it was supposed, caused the departure of Mr. Ludlow to 
Virginia. Thomas, '43. A man of this name came from England in 
'34, to Boston — may be the same Thomas Bassett. 

Basey, John, was in the land division of Hartford, 1639. He died 
in '71. Elizabeth his wife. He had a grandson, Paul Peck, another 
Joseph Baker, a brother John Baker, and a son-in-law John Baker. 
His eldest daughter married a Burr — his third daughter Elizabeth, 
married a Peck — Lydia married John Baker. 

Bascom, Thomas, in 1639 — had a daughter, Abigail. Thomas, in 
'40, and Hepzibah in '44. 

Bates, John, Haddam, 1676 — died in 1718. Jonathan, of Haddam, 
had children, John, Solomon — Joseph Graves married his daughter — 
Jonathan, James Ray, jr., Elizabeth Bailey. His widow" w^as Eliza- 
beth. John, of Middletown, 1677, and James Bates. James, '69, of 
Saybrook. 

Baxter, Thomas, New London, husband of Bridget, 1662. 

Beardsley, William, (in No. 1,) — is probably the W^illiam Beards, 
ley who came from Hertfordshire with John and Joseph Beardsley to 
Massachusetts in a vessel called the Planter. 

Beardsley, Thomas, at Fairfield in 1658 — probably the grandson of 
William, who moved to Stratfoi'd before, and who was a juror at 
Hartford in '49. John, of Stratford, before '50. 

Beaumont, William — moved to Saybrook, and resided there in 1663. 

Beckwith, Nathaniel, Haddam — died in 1717, and left Sarah, his 
widow, with £269 estate. His children w^ere. Job, Nathaniel, Jeru- 
sha, Sarah, Joseph and Patience. Nathaniel, of Lyme, was appointed 
by the court, guardian of the children of Nathaniel Beckwith, deceased, 
of Haddam. It is probable the two Nathaniels above, were the sons 
of Matthew and Stephen, brothers, who were early settlers in Hart- 
ford, neither of whom appears to have died at Hartford. 

Beckly, Richard, Windsor — juror in 1664. 

Beers, Thomas, came to Connecticut as early as 1645, and was a 
constable in '47 — whether he was a relative of the brave Capt. Beers, 
who, in Philip's war, was killed with 20 of his men near Northfield, 
is not known. The name soon after '47 disappeared in Hartford, and 
is early found at Stratford, so that it is supposed Thomas moved to 
Stratford with the flood of emigration from Hartford and Windsor. 
Joseph Beers who resided at Stratford in '72, is supposed to have 
been the son of Thomas. Joseph had a son Daniel, who, after a set- 
tlement had commenced at Woodbury, located himself there, and mar. 
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ried a Miss Walker, either a daughter or grand daughter of the Rev. 
Z. Walker, who had also moved to Woodbury. They had sons, Jo- 
siah, Zeehariah and Lewis, born at Woodbury. Josiah was the father 
of Hon. Seth P. Beers, Commissioner of the School Fund of Con- 
necticut. Josiah, of Stratford, and James, of Fairfield, were jurors in 
1730. The name yet remains in Fairfield and Litchfield counties. 

Bell, Francis, Stamford, 1042. Mr. Bell was one of the early set- 
tlers, and an important man in the colony — a firm Puritan in forms 
and principles. Rev. Mr. Denton, Mitchell, Ward, Law, Rayner, 
Bell and Hollys were important men in Stamford in its fii'st settle- 
ment. Some of the descendants of Francis have a Bible which was 
brought to New England in the Mayflower, in which is a record of 
the first male child born in Stamford. Francis Bell is favorably 
noticed by Cotton Mather, in company M'ith Slosson 

Bell, Robert, Hartford — was fined j£10, in 1683, for selling Tucker 
a pint of liquor with which he became intoxicated, in violation of law. 
Bell died in Hartford in '84 — Estate £28 — children, John 6 years old, 
Robert 4, and Mary 1. Thomas, of Fairfield county, '70. 

Belding, John, Wethersfield — died in 1677. His children were, 
John, 19 years old, Jonathan 16, Joseph 14, Samuel 11, Daniel 7, 
Ebenezer 4, Sarah 9, Lydia 2, and Margaret 6 months, at his death. 
John Belding, Robert Morice, John Waddams and John Stedman, 
jurors in 1664. 

Benedick, Thomas, 1662. 

Benfield or Penfield, Middletown, 1664. 

Benham, Hannah, daughter of Richard, Avas born, July, 1683. 
Rebecca, was born, September, '85. 

Bennet, James — moved from Concord to Fairfield in 1644. He 
had a son Thomas. This is a familiar name in the west part of Con- 
necticut at this time. A man by the name of Henry Bennite — (per- 
haps the same name) was Secretary to King Charles IL, and signed 
the Commission or Letter for Col. Richard NicoUs, Sir Robert Carr, 
George Cartright, &c. in '64, to the Governor of Conecticut., in be- 
half of the King. 

Benton, Andrew, Milford, in 1646 — of Hartford, '66. He married 
at New Haven — died at Hartford, July, '83, aged 63 years. Him- 
self and wife took a dismission from the church at Milford to the 
church in Hartford, in '6G. His children were, Hannah, (died) An- 
drew, Mary, John, (died) Samuel, (settled at Tolland) Dorothy and 
Joseph, (his wife died) — and by a second wife he had Ebenezer, Ly- 
dia and Hannah, (named after the deceased Hannah.) See Timothy 
Thrall in this No. He left 7 children at his decease. Andrew, of 
Hartford, '64, '70— juror in '64. Edward, in '74. Edward, of Guil- 
ford, '50. Andrew held land, and was a fence viewer in Hartford, in 
'64. Edward, of Hartford, signed with 59 others to remove to H ad- 
ley, in '59. 

Benjamin, Caleb, resided in Hartford, but appears to have died at 
Wethersfield, in 1709. He was a brother of Samuel, who died in 1769. 
He left a son John and four daughters. John had a double portion of 
his estate, and was executor of his father's will. Caleb was admitted 
a freeman with Gershoni Bulkley, &c., in '69. He petitioned the 



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General Court in '82, to form a town in the Webaquassott country, 
situated probably north of the Pequot territory, perhaps in what is now 
Windham county. 

Benjamin, Samuel, (in No. 1,) — resided at Hoccanum, in Hartford 
— died in 1669, and left sons, Samuel and John, and daughters, Mary 
and Abigail. Probably was a relative of John at VVatertown, one of 
the proprietors of Cambridge. Left his estate with his wife Mary, and 
made Caleb, his brother, overseer of his estate and family. 

Benjamin, Richard, in May, 1664, with JefFery Jones and others, 
were admitted freemen, and the oath was administered by Capt. John 
Young, of Southold, L. I. He appears to have resided at L. Island. 
The relation, if any, to Samuel and Caleb is not known. 

Benjamin, John, appears to have been the grandson of Samuel, who 
died at Hartford, (Hoccanum) in 1669. Samuel left a son Samuel, 
and daughters, Mary and Abigail. The first Samuel was a brother of 
Caleb, of Hartford. John died in '53, and left his wife Hannah. To 
his son John he gave £50 — to his son Caleb he gave a house and four 
acres of land east of the river — to his son Samuel, £50. He had a 
son David, who died before him, who left two children. Gideon, his 
son, was executor of his will, and had the residue of his estate. Gid- 
eon, or his son Gideon was the grand father of Edwin Benjamin, Esq., 
now of Hartford. Jonathan, sou of Gideon, married Miss Woodbridge, 
who was a descendant of Governor Dudley, of Massachusetts. Sam. 
uel, son of John and Hannah, of Hartford, was born, May, 1708. 
Caleb was born, 1710. 

Beswick, George — died in 1072. 

Betts, Thomas, Guilford, 1650. (See John and Widow Betts in 
No. 1.) 

Bidwell, Joseph, Wethersfield— died in 1692. Children, Amy 14 
years, Joseph 12, Benjamin 9, Ephraim 6, Lydia 3, and Mary four 
months old. John Bidwell died in '92, and left an estate of £1081. 
BidoU or Bidwell, John, 1673— of Hartford, '51. 
Bigelow, Jonathan, sen'r., Hartford — died in 1710, and left Mary, 
his wife, and children, Jonathan, John, Mary, Sarah, Violet, Joseph, 
Abigail, Daniel and Samuel. Left an estate of £549. Jonathan, son 
of John, married Mabel Edwards, in 1699. 

Biggs, WilUam, Wethersfield — died in 1681, and left his widow, 
and children, WilUam 15 years old, Mary 14, Thomas 9, Elizabeth 8, 
Sarah 6, and John 4. Estate £139. 

Billings, Richard, Hartford — had 6 acres in the division of land 
east of the river, in 1640. He Avas in the colony before '40, and was 
one of the 60 who signed to remove to Hadley in '59. 

Bingham, Thomas, is first found at Norwich as a proprietor in 1660, 
after which he married, and had eleven children. The name yet 
remains in New London county. Thomas, of Windham, '97. 

Birchard, John. A Mr. Birchard was a juror at Hartford as early 
as 1639, before any jurors came from Saybrook, which shows he must 
have been settled in one of the three towns on Connecticut river — 
perhaps John, who afterwards settled at Norwich, and became a pro- 
prietor and clerk, selectman, constable and commissioner there — per- 
haps the same to whom the General Court sent a warrant to enforce 



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payment of the Charter tax against Mystic. His sons, as stated by 
Miss Caulkins, were, Samuel, James, Thomas, John, Joseph and 
Daniel. John was made free in '63. 

Birdsey, John, moved from Milford to Stratford, before 1645, and 
became a leading man in the church there. 

Bird, John and Joseph, first settlers of Litchfield from Farmington — 
were descendants of Thomas, (in No. 1,) who moved to Farmington, 
and was the ancestor of Dr. Bird and Gcu. Bird, and others. James, 
Thomas and Joseph, 1663. 

Birdge, Joseph, who settled at Litchfield in the early settlement of 
that place, was from Windsor, and a descendant of Richard, (in No. 1.) 
The present Treasurer of Connecticut is also a descendant. John, of 
Windsor, married Hannah Watson in 1678 — in '79 had a sop John. 

Bishop, Anne, Guilfard — died in 1676. Children, John, Stephen, 
and a daughter who married James Steel. She had removed from 
Hartford to Guilford — perhaps the ancestor of James, who was seven 
years Deputy Governor of Connecticut before '90. Rev. John, min- 
ister at Stamford, '44. 

Bissell, John, Windsor — had a son Nathaniel born in 1640. His 
son John married Miss Mason, in '58, and had Mary in '58, John in 
'61, Daniel in '63, Dorothy in '65, Josias in 70, a son in '73, Ann in 
'75, and another son in '75. Thomas Bissell in '55, married Abigail 
Moore, and had Thomas in '56, Abigail in '58, John in '60, Joseph in 
'63, Elizabeth in '66, Benjamin in '69, a son iu '71, and other chil- 
dren. John, sen'r., of Windsor, died in '77 — his children were, Mary, 
who married Jacob Drake — Joyce married Samuel Pinney — John, 
Thomas, Samuel and Nathaniel. John, jr., was the first settler in 
Coventry — and received his deed of Israel Everett, of Lebanon, Oct. 
1715 — was the first captain in Coventry — held slaves. Though he 
moved from Lebanon to Coventry, he originated at Windsor. 

Blachford, Peter, Saybrook, 1663. 

Blackledge, John, jr., admitted an inhabitant of Hartford in 1659. 

Blackleach, John, Wethersfield, (in No. 1,) slandered the authority 
of the colony, and was fined £30 — was informed by the Court, that 
he deserved a penalty of £100, but owing to a Aveakness incident to 
him, they fined him only £30. He died in 1683. He had been a 
gentleman of estate, but left only £373 to such of his children as were 
supposed to be then living, viz. John, Exercise Hodges, Mary Jeffe- 
ries, and Benoni. Was an early settler. 

Blackley, Thomas, (in No. 1) — who resided in this colony in 1641, 
embarked from London in the Hopewell, Thomas Babb, master, for 
Massachusetts, some time previous. 

Blake, John — died in 1690. Children, Mercy 17 years of age, Sa- 
rah 16, Mary 14, Elizabeth 12, Abigail 10, John 8, Jonathan 6, Ste- 
phen 4, and Richard 11 months. Nicholas, 1656. 

Blanchard, Peter — collector of rates against the inhabitants of Mys- 
tic and Paugatuck, in 1662. 

Bliss, Thomas, sen'r., and jr., (in No. 1,) were among the early 
settlers of Hartford, before 1639. It is more than probable that iu 
the constant emigration down the Connecticut river, from the three 
old towns, that the Thomas Bliss who settled at Norwich in '60, was 



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one of the above — probably was Thomas, jr., who had then grown to 
manhood. Thomas, made free in '63. 

Bloomer, Robert, 1664. 

Bloss, James, was voted not to be an inhabitant of Hartford, but he 
was allowed by the town to continue there until the spring of 1660. 

Blumfield, William, Hartford, (in No. 1) — in 1663 had moved down 
the Connecticut river. 

Boardman, Daniel, Wethersfield — married Hannah Wright, and had 
12 children, viz. Richard, born in 1684 — settled at Wethersfield — 
Daniel, jr., born IlI '87 — he became a minister at New Milford, and 
died Aug. 1744 — Mabel, born in 1689, and married John Griswold — 
John, born in '91, and died young — Hannah, born in '93, and married 
John Abbey, of Enfield — Martha, born in '95, and married a grandson 
of Josiah Churchill, of Wethersfield — Israel, born in '97, and died at 
Stamford, in 1724 — Timothy, born in 1699, and died the same month, 
(and a second) Timothy was born in July, 1700 — he married and set 
tied at Wethersfield, and had a son Timothy, in '27 — sons, Oliver, 
Thomas and Sherman — (Timothy died in '53, and his widow in '80) — 
Joshua, born in 1702 — Benjamin, born in 1704, and settled at Sharon 
— Charles, born in 1707. Daniel, the father, died the 20th of Feb- 
ruary, 1725, and left his wife, Hannah, and most of his children liv- 
ing. Son Charles died soon after his father. Daniel, the father of 
Daniel, sen'r., of Wethersfield, appears to have died in Massachusetts, 
and left a son Daniel, and other sons. Daniel moved to Wethersfield 
about 1680. About the same time the name appears at Middletown — 
perhaps a brother of Daniel, sen'r., of Wethersfield. Daniel in his 
will, gave Joshua his house at Wethersfield, and half his lands at 
Litchfield and New Milford — and to his son Benjamin the other half. 
John Bostwick and Zechariah Ferris, of New Milford, appraised the 
property at New Milford in 1725. Daniel was the ancestor of the 
Boardman family at N. Milford. The name and family are distinct 
from the name and family of Samuel Boarman, who was an early set- 
tler at Wethersfield. Boardman, Isaac, jr., of Wethersfield, died in 
1719. Sherman, and other families of Hartford, are descendants of 
Daniel Boardman. Elizabeth, widow, at Middletown, died in 1730 — 
estate £115. Samuel, of Middletown, died in 1733. Sarah, of Weth- 
ersfield, widow, died in 1733, and left children, David, Joseph and Ma- 
ry Warner. She had grand children, William, Sarah and Hannah 
Warner. Isaac, jr.'s property was given and distributed to his widow 
Rebecca, and his children, Isaac, Edward, Josiah, Ephraim and other 
children. In this family there has been one Senator of the U. States, 
one member of the House of Representatives in Congress, a Judge of 
the County Court, and several clergymen. 

Boarman, John and Joseph, Wethersfield — both died in 1676. 

Boreman, William, Guilford, 1649. 

Boltwood, Robert, signed to move to Hadley in 1659. 

Booth, Richard — was an early settler at Stratford, some years pre- 
vious to 1650. This family has now become numerous in the western 
part of the State. 

Boen, Daniel, Wethersfield — died in 1693 — was unmarried — he 
owned a sloop and other property, all of which was appraised at £85. 



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Boosy, James, (in No. 1,) — who was one of the principal settlers of 
Wethersfiekl, was united with Edward Hopkins, John Haynes, John 
Mason and John Steele, as a committee for Connecticut, to conclude 
articles of agreement with George Fenwick, Esq. for'the purchase of 
the Fort, 6cc., at Saybrook, which was effected in 1644. He w-as a 
leading man in Wethersfield, and ranked high in the colony. 

Bostwick, Arthur, Stratford, 1059. Had trouble in his family, wiiich 
Avas submitted b}' the General Court, to Joseph Judson, Mr. Blackman, 
Beardsley and Fairchild. He settled at Stratford previous to '50. 

Bowe, Alexander — died in 1078, and left children, Samuel, Anna 
and Rebecca. 

Bowden, John, 1663. 

Bowers, Morgan, Norwich, 1660. He is said by Miss Caulkins, to 
have been illiterate and thriftless, and was the first case of penury in 
Norwich. John, of Derby, from Cambridge, Massachusetts. A cler- 
gyman by this name came later into the colony, whose descendants 
are of high standing at Berlin, Middletown and other places. 

Bowies, Richard, at Fairfield, in 1641 and '51. Thomas, of New 
London, '71. Richard was chosen constable of Greenwich, and made 
a freeman in '62 — appointed a constable of the town of Hastings in 
'63. No person by this name died in Hartford until after 1700. The 
name is uniformly spelt Bowles upon the early record, and not BoUes. 

Brace, Stephen, Hartford — died in 1092, and lel'ta widow and chil- 
dren, Elizabeth, Phcbe, Ann, Stephen, John and Henry. He ordered 
in his will, to put Henry to a trade. He owned land in the great 
meadow at Rocky Hill and at Pattacunk. Left an estate of more than 
£400. 

Bradfield, Leasly. 

Bradford, John, Norwich, was the youngest son of Gov. Wm. Brad- 
ford, of Plymouth, Mass. by Dorothy, his first wife. An interesting 
account is given of this man by Miss Caulkins, p. 100. Mercy Brad- 
ford married Samuel Steel in 1680. 

Brainard, Daniel, was one of the first settlers of Haddam. Several 
of the family have been deacons at Haddam and East Haddam, from 
the first formation of a church there. Daniel, jr. was made deacon 
in E. Haddam in 1725 — died '43, aged 77 years. Noadiah, made 
deacon there in 1743, and died in '46. Daniel, sen'r., died in 1714 or 
'15. His sons were, Daniel, James, Joshua, William, Caleb, Elijah 
and Hezekiah — no daughters. A respectable family, 

Brewster, Jonathan, (in No. 1,) was at New London in 1648. He 
was the grandson of William, who came to Plymouth in the May- 
flower. He was early an important man at New London, (in '49) — 
he afterwards, in the early settlement of Norwich, moved there. The 
Brewsters of Connecticut are most of them descended from Jonathan, 
and apparently all from William of the Mayflower. In '61 he was 
ordered to take his pay out of the wampum received from Narra- 
gansett. 

Brinsmaid, John, first settled at Stratford, and held land there be- 
fore 1651. Probably the ancestor of General Brinsmade, of Wash- 
ington, Conn. 

Brockway, Woolston, (in No. 1, of Saybrook, 1663)— left a son 



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William, and perhaps other children. He was the ancestor of Rev. 
Diodate, and Hon. John H., of EHington. The family by marriage, 
are connected with the Spencers at East Haddam. 

Brigden, Rev. Zechariah, Stonington, 1661. 

Briggs or Biggs, William, of Middletown — died in 1681. His chil- 
dren were, William 15 years old, Mary 14, Thomas 9, Elizabeth 8, 
Sarah 6, and John 4. 

Brown, Francis, and Lieut. Lewis had buildings burned by the In- 
dians, at Farmington. The damage w^as submitted by the General 
Court to Mygatt, &,c., in 1661. Francis Brown, constable of Strat- 
ford, in '63. 

Brown, Peter, Windsor^— died 1691. Children, Peter, John, Jona. 
than, Cornelius, Mary, Hepzibah, Esther, Isabel, Deborah and Sarah ; 
he also had two other daughters who were married. He left for them 
au estate of £408. 

Brundish, John, Wethersfield — died in 1639, and left two sons and 
three daughters. 

Bruen, Obadiah, James Rogers, and John Smith were appointed 
commissioners in 16t)0 and '63, to try causes and punish offences — 
confined to a jurisdiction of £20. Mr. Bruen was a petitioner to 
Charles II. for the Charter of Connecticut. 

Brunson, John, Farmington — died in 1680, and left a wudow, and 7 
children, viz. Israel, John, Isaac, Abraham, Mary, Dorcas and Sarah. 
John settled at Waterbury, and died there in 1696-7. Dorcas mar- 
ried Mr. Hopkins, and Sarah Mr. Kilbourn. The name on the record 
is generally spelt Brunson, but occasionally Brownson. Jacob, sen'r., 
of Farmington, died in 1707-8, and left Samuel, Roger, Isaac, Jacob, 
Elizabeth Harris, and Rebecca Dickinson. (See John, of Hartford, 
in No. 1.) John moved from Hartford to Farmington. The descend- 
ants of this family are numerous, and settled in many parts of the State 
and country. Judge Brunson, of the State of New York, has become 
the most eminent of the name ; Alvin, of Oswego, N. Y. ; the family 
at Waterbury, Greenfield Hill, Middlebury, Southbury, and Simsbury, 
are descendants of John, originally of Hartford and Farmington. 

Bryan, Alexander, 1664. 

Buck, Ezekiel, Wethersfield, father of Enoch — was a farmer, and 
died in 1712 or '13. To liis wife Rachel, he gave a share of his 
estate for her life-time — at her decease to fall to his grandson Ezekiel, 
the son of his eldest son Ezekiel. His children were, Ezekiel, Enoch, 
Jonathan, (Stephen 2 years old at this time,) Hannah, Abigail, Com- 
fort, Rachel Brunson (was deceased,) Sarah Welton, and Mary Kel- 
sey. He left a good landed estate to his large family. Samuel, of 
Wethersfield, died in 1708. Ezekiel, jr. moved from Wethersfield to 
Litchfield. Henry, of Wethersfield, 1670. This family have gene- 
rally been farmers or merchants, and uniformly respectable. 

Buck, Roger and William, with Thomas Kilbourn and family, Mat- 
thew Marvin, William Payne and James Rogers were fellow passen. 
gers in the sliip Increase, Robert Lea, master, from England — most 
of whom settled in Connecticut, as is supposed, from the fact that 
early settlers of the same names were early settlers here, and most oi 
them at Wethersfield as early as 1636. 



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Buckingham, Rev. Thomas, sen'r., was a Welchman, and \vas not 
ordained at Saybrook until 1670. His parents resided at Milford. 
He was a Trustee of the College at Saybrook — was a strict Puritan 
in all forms — was one of the Moderators of the Synod which formed 
the noted Saybrook Platform in 1708 — and died in 1709. Thomas, of 
Hartford, married Ann Foster, daughter of Isaac Foster, November, 
1699. He was a judge at Hartford, and a man of some considerable 
importance in the colony. Some of the name yet reside in Hartford, 
and a street is called by that name in honor of the family. Others of 
the name still reside in Milford. Thomas came to Hartford as early 
as 1645. 

Buckland, Thomas, Windsor — had children, Timothy in 1638, Eli- 
zabeth in '40, another daughter in '42, Mary in '44, Nicholas in '46, 
Sarah or Tana in '48, Thomas in '50, and Hannah in '54. Timothy 
married Abigail Ware, in '62, and had Timothy, Thomas, Abigail, 
Mary, Sarah, Hannah and others. Thomas, (in No. 1,) Windsor — 
died in '76. 

Bulkley, Rev. Gershom, the third ordained minister at Wethersfield, 
1666 — married Sarah Chauncey — he also preached at New London. 
He resigned his ministry in consequence of ill health, several years 
before his death. He was eminent as a divine and scholar. He was 
the son of the Rev. Peter Bulkley, of Concord, Mass., who had de- 
scended from an honorable family in Bedfordshire, England. His 
father was Edward Bulkley, D. D., of Bedfordshire. Rev. Edward 
was when young, made a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. 
He married the daughter of Thomas Allen, of Goldington, in England, 
and she had a nephew who was the Lord Mayor of London. He had 
by two wives, fifteen children. His son John was a minister at Col- 
Chester, and father of judge John Bulkley. — Collon Mather, and Rec. 

Bulkley, Peter, Wethersfield — died in 1701-2 — a mariner. Wife, 
Rachel — died Avithout issue. His property was quit to the widow, by 
the children of Gershom Bulkley, by her securing the child of 
Charles Bulkley, deceased, of New London, if she should demand it. 

Budd, John, was appointed commissioner for the town of Hastings, 
and Richard Bowles, constable, in 1663. 

Buell, William, (in No. 1,) married in 1640, and had children, Sam- 
uel, Peter, Mary, Hannah, Hepzibah, Sarah and Abigail. His son 
Samuel, settled in Killingworth, and had a son Samuel. Peter, of 
Simsbury, in '86, was chosen sergeant of the train-band, in Simsbury, 
and was orderly proclaimed by the chief military officer there, sergeant 
of the train-band by 23 votes. He was also, in '87, voted 20s. for his 
deputyship and expenses. In Simsbury, the deacons published all per- 
sons for marriage, as late as 1786. Widow Mary Buell, of Windsor, 
died in 1684. Children, Mary Mills, Hannah Palmer, Hepzibah Wells, 
and Hannah — grand children, Mary and Sarah Palmer. I'homas Bu- 
ell and Edward Stebbins were ordered to take the charge and man- 
agement of the estate of Mr. Hopkins, deceased, in '61. In '62 Sam- 
uel Buell married Deborah Griswold, and in '63 had a son Samuel. 
John Buell, moved from Windsor to Killingworth, with his father — 
then to Lebanon, and afterwards to Litchfield — and not William, .as 
in No. 1 . 



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Burnhani, Thomas, (in No. 1,) purchased lands of tlic Indians, at 
Podunk, in 1660. 

Burden, John, Savbrook, 1664. 
Burlson, Edward,' 1664. 

Burrell, Charles. The first of this name I find in the colony, is 
Charles, 7 years old, and Jonathan 5, wards of Capt. Jonathan West- 
over, of Simsbury, appointed in 1728, as their guardian. 

Burr, Jehu, Agawam, (in No. 1.) In 1637, a tax of £520 was 
imposed upon the colony to defray the expense of the Pcquot war. 
Hartford was to pay £251 ; Wethersfield, £124 ; Windsor, £158, and 
Agawam, £86 : 16 — payable in money or wampum at 4 a penny, or 
beaver at 9s. a pound. Mr. Burr was appointed collector for Aga- 
wam, (now in West Springfield.) The tax appears to have been laid 
large enough to cover losses. He was a grand juror from Fairfield 
in '61. He was a carpenter by trade. Rev. Jonathan from Dorches- 
ter, also settled in Fairfield county. Jehu first settled at Agawam as 
early as '37, and received many of the ofiices and honors of the Con- 
necticut colony in its first settlement, early left Agawam, and removed 
with his family to Fairfield, where he continued to be favorably known , 
in the colony. He is supposed to have been the ancestor of those of 
the name in Fairfield county, viz. Thaddeus, of Fairfield, who during 
the struggle in the war of the Revolution, ranked with such men as 
Davenport, Sherman, and Hillhouse in usefulness in that eventful 
struggle. Rev. Aaron Burr, who was born at Fairfield in 1715, set- 
tied at Newark, N. J., in the ministry, married the daughter of Rev. 
Jonathan Edwards, of Noi-thampton, and afterwards became the first 
President of Princeton College. He was the father of Col. Aaron 
Burr, former Vice President of the United States. This, hoM'ever, so 
far as concerns the ancestry of Rev. Aaron, and his son. Col. Aaron, 
has a different version by M. L. Davis, Esq. in his Memoirs of Aaron 
Burr. He states, that the grand father of Col. Burr was a German, and 
by birth of noble parentage ; that he emigrated to this country, and 
settled at Fairfield — perhaps so, but quere — there is now in the Hall 
of the Connecticut Historical Society a very ancient and beautiful 
English chest, Avhich was presented by some one of the Burr family, 
of Fairfield, to the Society, as an early family relict — supposed to have 
been brought from England by the family who settled at Fairfield. 
The workmanship upon the chest has the appearance of English work 
200 years since. The name of Burr is an English name, and not 
German. Jehu was an Englishman, as was Rev. Jonathan, born, 
educated and licensed in England. Perhaps Aaron was of German 
extract. 

Burritt, William, was an original settler at Stratford, previous to 
1650. The family have been uniformly respectable. 

Buttolph, George, Simsbury — died in 1696, and left a small estate, 
and children, John, David and one other child. David died in 1717, 
and left an estate of £176. John died in 1692, and his son David 
was his executor. 

Bushnell, Susannah, Saybrook — died in 1686. She gave all her 
estate to her son, John Waddams, as testified by Lieut. William and 
Samuel Bushnell, of Saybrook. John Bushnell was townsman at Say- 
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brook in '86. The relation of the Bushnell family at Guilford and at 
Saybrook is not known to the "w^riter, (if any.) Richard, of Saybrook, 
in '48 — married Mary Marvin, sister of Reinold. Francis, of Guilford, 
'50. William, of Saybrook, sergeant in 'Gl. 

Butler, Richard, and Josias Bull, of VVethersficld, grand jurors, 1661. 



Cable, John, Fairfield, 1653. 

Cadwell, Samuel, had a daughter Mary, born in 1708, and a son 
Samuel, born in 1710. 

Calkins, Deacon Hugh — deputy in 1663, two sessions, from New 
London, with James Rogers. Appointed in '59, with James Morgan 
and J. Avery, to lay out to Governor Winthrop, 1500 acres of land 
at the head of Paugatuck Cove on fresh river. 

Caulkins, G., was one of the first settlers of New London, and an 
important man there. Hugh, of Norwich, the father of John, might 
have been the son or brother of Deacon Calkins, of New London, and 
Hugh resided himself at New London in '54. Those of the name ia 
Sharon are of the family of Hugh. John, free in '63. 

Cakebread, Isaac, Hartford — died in 1698, and left a son Isaac, 18 
years of age. Isaac, jr. died at Hartford, in 1709. This probably 
closed the Cakebread family. 

Callsey, Mark, 1663. 

Camfield, Matthew. (This name is uniformly spelt upon the record, 
Camfield or Campfield.) He was an early and original settler at 
Norwalk. He was soon made a magistrate and judge, and was not 
only a leading man there, but in the colony. As full proof of his 
standing in the colony, I need only mention that he was one of the 19 
signers of the Petition to King Charles II. for the Charter of the Col- 
ony ; and his name is mentioned in that invaluable grant to Connect- 
icut in 1662. (It is signed Camfield.) He was in '62, appointed with 
Gold and Sherman, to hold courts at Fairfield. Deputy in '62. He 
was early a magistrate, assistant and judge. 

Camp, John — son of John and Rebecca, born in 1711. 

Carrington, John, Waterbury— rdied in 1692. He appears to have 
been by trade a cooper. He left no children. His brothers and sis- 
ters were, John, Clark, Ebenezer, Mary, Hannah and Elizabeth. 

Case, Richard, Hartford, (E. H.) — died in 1693, and left his wife, 
Elizabeth, to whom he gave all his estate during her life. Children, 
Richard, John and Mary. He was a kinsman of Thomas Olcott. He 
moved to East Hartford from Windsor. John Case married Sarah 
Spencer, and settled in Windsor — died in 1704. He moved to Sims- 
bury before his death. Children, Mary, John, William, Samuel, Rich- 
ardj Sarah, (born in 1676) Elizabeth, Abigail, Bartholomew and Jo- 
seph. John, of Simsbury, 1681 and 1667. Benjamin, removed from 
Mansfield to Coventry in its early settlement — probably a descendant 
of Richard, of East Hartford, who came from Windsor. 

Case, Richard, Hartford — married Elizabeth Purcase or Purchase, 
a daughter of one of the early settlers of Hartford. The name is yet 
common in Hartford county. 



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Catlin, John, Hoccanum, 1664, son of Thomas, who was an old 
and standing constable of Hartford, as well as selectman. John or 
his son, moved to Litchfield in its early settlement. Many of the name 
now reside there. John signed the agreement to remove to Hadley, 
in 1659. He signed his name Catling. The name is now numerous. 
He was the ancestor of all the Catlins in the State. Col. Catlin, of 
Hartford, now owns some of the real estate held by Thomas, more 
than 200 years since. Samuel, son of John, married Elizabeth Nor- 
ton, of Farmington, in 1702. 

Champion, Henr)^, and John Borden witnessed the will of Tobias 
Coles in 1664. The name of Champion, since the war of the Revo- 
tion, has been noted for wealth and good common sense, in which few 
excelled the late Hon. Henry, and Hon. Epaphroditus Champion, a 
member of Congi'ess from this State. 

Chaplin, Clement — came to New England with Mr. Swain, in the 
ship Elizabeth and Ann, Cooper, master. They early settled at Weth- 
ersfield, and were important men in the colony. He held land in 
Hartford in 1639. (See No. 1.) 

Chappeli, George, New London, 1671. George Chappell, of New : 
London, Henry Stiles, of Windsor, Henry Stiles, of Hartford, John 
Stiles, Thomas Stiles, Edward Preston, John Harris, John Dyer and 
Francis Stiles came to New England, from London, in the ship Chris- 
topher, in 1634. 

Chapman, Robert — deputy in 1662, and twice in '63 — also an assist- 
ant in '61. He with O. Bruen and John Smith, of New London, were 
appointed to settle the difficulties with the Niantick Indians, for burn- 
ing fence in '63 — grand juror same year. The ancestor of Judge 
Chapman, deceased, and of Charles Chapman, Esq., of Hartford. 

Chauncey, Rev. Charles, Stratfield — in 1710, was appointed guar- 
dian for his children, Robert 6 years old, Ichabod Wolcott 5, and 
Abiah 8. He died before 1715, and John Moore and Daniel Bissell, 
of Windsor, were appointed guardians for the children of Mr. Chaun- 
cey. This name has uniformly held a high rank in the State. Israel, 
minister at Stratford, 1665. Nathaniel, of Windsor, a witness in '77. 

Cheeseholm, Thomas, 1663. 

Cheesbrook, Samuel, 1064. 

Cheesebrough, William. In 1657-8 a considerable settlement was 
made between Mystic and Paugatuck rivers ; Mr. Cheesebrough 
from Rehoboth, was the first settler on the tract, in '49. He was 
charged of mending guns for the Indians, &c., and was brought before 
the General Court for withdrawing himself from civil society, and 
trading with Indians and assisting them. He confessed his fault, but 
claimed he had been induced to settle there by Mr. Winthrop, who 
claimed the land. He gave bonds for his good behavior, and was 
allowed to remain there. 

Cherry, John — with three Milford Indians, in 1670, was ordered to 
pay John Brunson for cider stolen, 20s., and 10s. to Daniel Garrit, for 
bringing them from Milford to Hartford. 

Chester, Leonard, Wethersfield — the father and ancestor of the 
Chester family — came to Wethersfield in 1635, from Massachuetts ; 
he came to the latter place from Leicestershire, England, in '33. He 



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died when younpj, (under 40 years of age) in '48. He had a son, 
grandson, groat grandson, and a great great grandson, by the name of 
John, and the last left a son Hon. John Chester, who was well known 
by many of our aged men, as one of the pillars of the town of VVeth- 
ersfield, and of the State. Leonard was a juror in '42, grand juror 
in '43, and held many places of trust in the colony. The family have 
been of the first respectability in the colony and State. The children 
of Leonard and Mary, his M'ife, were, John, born August 3, '35 — Dor- 
cas in November, '37 — Stephen, March 3, '39 — Mary in January, '41 
— Prudence in February, '43 — Eunice in January, '45, and Mercy in 
February, '47. John Chester was the first white child, of record, 
born at VVethersfield. Capt. John Chester married Sarah, a daughter 
of Gov. Welles, in '53. John, jr., married Hannah, Nov. 25, '8G. 
Stephen, jr., married Jemima, a daughter of James Treat, in '91, and 
Thomas married a daughter of Richard Treat, in Dec. '84. A record 
is found at Wethersfield, that John Chester, the son of Leonard, was 
the first white child born at Wethersfield, in Aug. 1635 ; and another 
record in the same book, that he was born at Watertown, Mass. 

Chester, Capt. John, sen'r., Wethersfield — died the 23d of Feb. 
1697. His children were, John, Thomas, Stephen, Eunice, Sarah, 
Prudence, and Mary, the wife of John Wolcott. To his oldest son, 
John, he entailed his buildings and home-lot, and his land adjoining, to 
him and his heirs male. Stephen died in Feb. '97, before his father, 
and left heirs. Capt. Chester had a slave named Anthony, who he 
gave to his wife. He gave mourning rings to each of his children, 
and to the wives of his sons. He was a brother of Stephen the elder. 
He left a large estate for his family. The family held a high rank in 
England, and in this colony. 

Chester, Stephen, was an early settler at Wethersfield, and a broth- 
er of Capt. John, and uncle to Maj. John, the son of John. He died in 
1705. Major John administered upon his estate. He had a ware- 
house at the landing on the river. The wife of Samuel Whiting, of 
Billerica, was a sister of Capt. John and Stephen. Thomas Russell, 
of Charlestown, Mass., married another sister. 

Chilly, John, 1663. 

Church, John, Hartford — died in 1691. Children, Richard, John, 
Samuel, Joseph 15 years, Deliverance 12, Sarah Knight, Mary Stan- 
dish, Ruth, Ann 18, and EUzabeth 17. Samuel and Richard, both 
signed the contract to remove to Hadley, in '59. ' 

Churchill, Josiah, Wethersfield— died in 1686. Wife EHzabeth. 
Children, Joseph, Benjamin, Mary, Elizabeth Buck, Ann Rice, and 
Sarah Wickham. To his son Joseph he gave his land in the Avest 
part of Wethersfield, (now Newiugton.) Was a juror in '64 — mar- 
ried Miss Towsey. 

Clark, Daniel — came early into the colony — though young at the 
time, but he became a gentleman of distinction. He was appointed 
Secretary of the colony in 1658, and held the office until '64, when 
John Allen was appointed, and held it during the year '64. Mr. Clark 
was again appointed and held the office during '65 and '66, at which 
time John Allen was again appointed and held it until '96. Mr. Clark 
was removed by a charge made against him by an enemy. He was 
in the land division of Hartford, in '39. 



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Clark, Daniel — married Mary Newbury in 1644, and had children, 
Josias in '48 — Elizabeth in '51 — Daniel in '54 — John in '56 — Mary 
in '58 — Samuel in '61 — Sarah in '63 — Hannah in '65, and Nathaniel 
in '66. Joseph, of Saybrook, 1658, was brother of John. He died in 
'63 — was a relative of the Clarks of Milford, and the son of John 
Clark, sen'r. John, constable and selectman of Saybrook, in '64. 

Clark, Mary — in 1692 " had a base born child," and accused Lieut. 
Hollister of being the father ; " she having been constant in the 
charge in time of travail, and at all times." The court judged him the 
reputed father ; and ordered him to pay 2s. per week from its birth, 
for the term of four years ; and ordered Mary to pay a fine of 40s., 
and to be whipt. A portion of the present law upon this subject 
originated in the Puritan law of '92 — the same evidence of being con. 
stant in the charge and in time of travail, is now required in this State. 

Clay, Umphrey — attorney for Richard Elliot, 1663. 

Clemens, Jasper — being in a probable way of marriage, in 1661 — 
confessed he had a wife in England. The court ordered him at once 
to separate from Ellen Brown, until he cleared himself from his law. 
ful wife. 

Clements, Jasper, Middletown — died in 1678, aged 64 )fears Wife, 
Eleanor. Left no children — and gave his estate to Nathaniel, John, 
and Benoni Brown, Hannah Long, and to the town of Middletown for 
the support of a school there. 

Clinton, John, 1663. 

Clough, John, 1663. John, jr., of Killiugworth, '63. Constable of 
Hartford, in '61. 

Cockshot, Eliza, widow at Haddam, died in 1699. 

Collins, Nathaniel. The early church members in Middletown, 
were, Nathaniel Collins, Thomas Allen, Thomas Wetmore, John Hall, 
jr., Samuel Stocking, sen'r., William Harris, John Savadge or Savage, 
sen'r., Robert and Andrew Warner, sen'r., (and George Hubbard, 
sen'r., after his return from the New Haven colony.) The first meet. 
Ing house erected there was in 1652 — and the size of it, 20 by 20 feet. 
They had but one society there until 1703, when a second society 
was formed. 

Collins, Thomas, Hartford, had his ear-mark in Hartford, for his 
cattle, in 1646. Timothy, of Guilford, moved to Lebanon, and from 
thence he removed to Litchfield. Nathaniel, of Wethersfield, in '67. 
Daniel, of Milford, 1730. Rev. Nathaniel, of Middletown, 1668, and 
Nathaniel, a minister at. Enfield, in '97. Nathaniel, of Middletown, 
died in '84. Estate £679. Left a widow, and children, John, 16 
years of age — Susannah 14 — Martha 11 — Nathaniel 7, and Abigail 4. 
He gave John £146, and each of his daughters £76. Samuel, of Hart, 
ford, died in '97. Mary, his wife. Samuel, of Middletown, 1711. 

Cole, Samuel, married Mary, daughter of James Kingsbury, of 
Plainfield, in 1693. 

Coles, John, in 1661, occupied the farm in Hartford, which had 
been owned by Governor Hopkins. 

Colefax, John, Wethersfield — died in 1681. His brother had his 
estate. He was a brother of the wife of Joseph Bidwell, and the wife 
of Henry Arnold. John, died at Windsor, in '76, and left no family. 



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Coleman, Thomas and John, signed the agreement to move to Had- 
ley in 1659. He was an early settler in Connecticut. 

Cone, Daniel, Haddam, 1004 — he then had a case in court con- 
cerning the ownership of a steer. The jury on trial disagreed. The 
court and jury then unitedly attempted to agree upon a verdict, but 
failing in so doing, the court advised the parties, to either divide the 
steer between them, or carry the cause to the General Court for trial. 
Daniel Cone, jr., was made deacon of Mr. Hosmer's church, in East 
Haddam, in 1704 — and died in 1725, aged 60 years. His son Daniel 
was made deacon of the same church in 1746 — he was also a justice 
of the peace — died in 1776. These were the ancestors of William 
R. Cone, Esq., of Hartford. 

Coit, John, was at Gloucester as early as 1648. Joseph was the 
first minister at Plamfield, in 1706. The name has been at Middle- 
town, Haddam and New London. At a later period, during the war 
of the Revolution, there was a Col. Coit, and three Captain Coits — 
Oliver, William, &c. Capt. William was the commander of the Col- 
ony ship, Oliver Cromwell, in the Revolution. It has been a minis- 
terial name — the name has been generally in New London county — 
not as early settlers as many others — but has uniformly been a name 
of respectability in the colony and State. 

Collier, Joseph, Hartford — died in 1691. He left all his estate to 
his wife Elizabeth, for life — the real estate to be distributed to his sons, 
and the personal estate to his daughters after the decease of his wife. 
His sons were, Joseph 23 years old, Abel 14, (died in '97) and John 
12— daughters, Mary Phelps, 22, Sarah 18, Elizabeth 16, Abigail 9, 
Susannah Ann 9. His wife was sister to Zachary and Robert San- 
ford. She died in '95. Samuel Peck married Abigail in 1701. 

Collier, Samuel, removed from Hartford to Litchfield, and became 
a member of the church there, with Jacob and Comfort Griswold, 
Dorothy Pierce, Sarah Beach, Nathaniel Hosford, Ezekiel Buck, jr., 
Sarah Buck, Thankful Woodruff", John Gay, Benjamin Hosford, Na- 
thaniel Woodruff, Joseph Kilbourn, Elizabeth Collins, Daniel Allen 
and James Beebe, jr., before 1736. The Parish originated in May, 
1717, by a compan}- from Hartford, Windsor, Wethersfield and Leba- 
non, under the direction of deacon John Buell, from Windsor, and 
John Marsh. The original name of the place was Bantum — and a 
pond there now retains the first name of the place. Their first min- 
ister was the Rev. Timothy Collins, from Guilford, who was ordained 
at Litchfield, in 1723, old style. He was dismissed at his own request 
in 1752. His salary the first four years, Avas £57 annually, and was 
afterwards increased to £80. The May after liis dismission, (1753) 
he was inade a justice of the peace, and practised medicine at Litch- 
field. He died there in 1776. Samuel, was the ancestor of the Hon. 
John A. Collier, of Binghampton, New York. 

Coke, Penfield, not accepted an inhabitant of Hartford, 1664. 

Cook, Nathaniel, Windsor, married Lydia Ware in 1647, and had 
children, Sarah, Lydia, Hannah, Nathaniel, Abigail, John and Josiah. 
Capt. Aaron Cook, owned land at Massico in '61, and resided there or 
at VVindsor. Samuel, left Middletown in '64. 

Cooly, Samuel, Hartford — in 1689, was made overseer, to counsel 



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and assist widow Newell in the distribution of her (then) late hus- 
band's estate, to his children. He was not one of the first settlers of 
Hartford. 

Conant, Exercise and Sarah, Windham, as early as 1G97. This 
name is first found at Windham — perhaps the name might have been 
at New London earlier. 

Cooper, John and Thomas, 1664. John was charged of high trea- 
son, by John Scott. 

Cordent, Richard, 1663. 

Cornwell, William, sen'r., Middletown — died in 1677 — and was old. 
Sons, John, William, Samuel, Thomas and Jacob — daughters, Sarah, 
(ynmarried) Hester Wilcox and Elizabeth Hall — wife, Mary. He 
had a large landed estate. Was a constable in '64. 

Cornish, James, was an appraiser of R. Marvin's estate in 1662. 

Cotton, John, New London, made free in 1660. 

Couch, Thomas, Wethersfield — died in 1687. Children, Susannah, 
aged 20 years, Simon 18, Rebecca 15, Hannah 13, Thomas 12, Mary 

11, Sarah 8, Abigail 6, and Martha 3. He was an early settler at 
Wethersfield — one of the family moved to Fairfield. 

Crabb, Richard, (in No. 1) — removed first to Stamford, afterwards 
to Greenwich. In 1655 complaints were made to the General Court 
at New Haven, of the conduct of the people of Greenwich, that they 
permitted drunkenness, harbored runaway servants, and joined persons 
in marriage without lawful authority. Greenwich denied the juris- 
diction of New Haven over them, and refused obedience to their orders. 
The General Court therefore ordered, that unless they appeared before 
the Court, and submitted by the 25th day of June then next, viz. Rich, 
ard Crabb and others, who had been the most stubborn, they should be 
arrested and punished. They complied. Mr. Crabb had been at 
Hartford, one of the leading men in the colony. He resided for a 
time at Stamford. 

Craddock, Matthew, in 1637, was indebted to John Oldham's estate, 
£229. 

Crane, Benjamin, sen'r., Wethersfield — juror in 1664 — he died in 
'93. His eldest son was Benjamin — he had other children. John, of 
Wethersfield, died in '94. Jonathan, of Windham, '97. 

Crandall, George, New London, 1671, was suspected of opposing 
the government of the colony. 

Cross, Samuel, Windsor — died in 1707. He had sons-in-law, Ly- 
man or Simon Chapman, and was a cousin to John, Samuel and Jona- 
than Bates, also of Sarah Ketchum, Jonathan Jagger, Hannah Welch, 
James Picket, Mary Hoyt and Ephraim Phelps — all of whom shared 
in his estate. 

Crombe, Alexander, 1663. 

Crook, Samuel, 1664. 

Crow, Christopher, Greenfield, in Windsor — died in 1681. Chil- 
dren, Samuel 21 years old, Mary 18, Hannah 15, Martha 14, Benoni 

12, Margaret 11, and Thomas 5. John Crow, was an early settler, 
as early as '39. He signed the agreement to remove to Hadley, in 
'59 — he did remove, and died there. 

Crowfoot, Margaret, widow, W^ethersfield — died in 1733. Chil- 
dren, Joseph, Ephraim, Elizabeth, Mahitabel and Sarah. 



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Culver, Edward — Roath, Sherman, Abell, Amos, Hough, Coy, Arm- 
strong, Breed, Elderkin, Bushnell, Lathrop, Brewster, Hendy, Water- 
man, Wade, Leffingwell, Gifford, Gagcr, Egerton, Caulkins, Bowers, 
Gookin, Fitz, Bingham, Backus and Adgate, and some few other 
names, appear to have come directly to the county of New London, 
and a few of these names are yet found in no other county in the 
State — as is the case with a few names in Fairfield county, which 
first came there, viz. Scofield, Sherwood, &c. 

Curtice, Thomas, Wethersfield— died in 1681. Estate £717.— 
Children, John, Joseph, James, Samuel, Isaac, Ruth Kimberly and 
Elizabeth Stoddard. Joseph, died in '83 — wife, Mercy — estate £271. 
Children, Joseph 9 years old, Henry 7, Sarah 5, Thomas 3, David one. 

Curtiss, Henry, Windsor, married Elizabeth Abell, in 1645, and had 
children, Samuel and Nathaniel, '77. Samuel married a widow, and 
had Hannah and Samuel. Hannah died in '80. Abraham and Daniel 
Curtiss, jurors at Stratford in 1730. Capt. William and Ens. John 
Curtiss, brothers, resided at Stratford, with their mother, in the early 
settlement of the town. The Curtiss and Beardslee families were, by 
tradition, from Stratford, upon Avon. The Curtiss family located at 
Wethersfield, in 1636-7. 

D. 

Davis, Philip, constable of Hartford in 1659 — was at Hartford in 
'45. John Davis, is supposed to be the sergeant Davis who, tradition 
says, cut the bow-string of an Indian, and saved the life of Major 
Mason at the battle of Mystic. The same who pursued them to a 
swamp in Fairfield, and cut his way into the swamp, which was the 
ambuscade of the fugitive Pequots. John, appointed to impound all 
swine over three months old, unwrung, in Hartford, in 1651. 

Davie, Humphry, Hartford — died in February, 1688. He was the 
son of Humphry and Sarah, of Boston, a particular friend of Governor 
Winthrop. He held land at Boston at his death, and a part of a pow. 
der mill at Dorchester ; also a small house with two acres of land near 
Beacon Hill, at Boston, with moveables there, and a large estate in 
Connecticut. He had a son John. Humphry was one of the persons 
pointed out in the will of Governor Winthrop, to settle any difficulty 
that might arise in the settlement of his estate. 

Dayley, Nicholas, made free in 1663 — supposed one of the de- 
scendants settled at Woodbury. 

Deming, John, with William Swain, Thurston Rayner, Andrew 
W^ard, Matthew Mitchell, &:c., were the principal settlers of the town 
of Wethersfield. 

Denslow, Henry, Windsor — died in 1676. Children, Samuel, his 
only son, and seven daughters, viz. Susannah, married John Hodge — 
Mary married Thomas Rowley — Ruth married Thomas Copier — and 
Abigail 21, Deborah 19, Hannah 15, and Elizabeth 11 years old. 

Denton, Rev. Richard, was from Yorkshire, in England, and had 
preached at Halifax before he left his native country. After his arri- 
val in New England, he preached for a time as an unsettled minister, 
at Wethersfield. At this time seven members constituted the church 



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tlicro, among whom a severe contest had arisen. The division was 
three and four, and it became necessary to make peace in the church 
— that one party or the other should remove. After some controversy, 
who should remove, the four members consented to yield to the minor. 
ity, viz. Matthew Mitchell, Thurston Rayner, Andrew Ward and 
Robert Coe, when they united witli Mr. Denton and others in purchas. 
ing the town of Stamford, in 1640. Mr. Denton soon organized his 
church, and remained in Stamford until '43 or '44, when he removed 
with a part of his church to Hempsted, L. I. lie appears to have 
been a pioneer in the settlement of many towns. Rev. Cotton Mather 
says of him, " he was small in stature, and blind with one eye — but 
was an Iliad in a nut-shell." He was educated at Catherine Hall, in 
England, in 1623. 

Dibble, Thomas, Windsor — had children, Israel, born in 1637 — 
Ebenezer in '41 — Hepzibah in '42 — Samuel, baptized, in '43 — Miriam, 
baptized, in '45 — Thomas, born in '47. One of the sons married Eli- 
zabeth Hull, in '61 ; Ebenezer married Mary Wakefield, in '63, and 
had Mary, Wakefield, John, and Ebenezer ; Samuel married Hep- 
zibah Bartlett, and had( Abigail by a former wife in '66,) Hepzibah in 
'69 ; Joanna in '72 ; Samuel in '75, (died) and a 2d Samuel in '80. 
Thomas, married Mary Tucker, and had Mary, born in '63, Thomas 
in '77, and Mary in '80. 

Dibble, febenezer, Windsor — lost his life in the early settlement of 
the colony, in a war with the Indians. Left his wife, Mary, and chil- 
dren, Mary 12 years old, Wakefield 9, Ebenezer 5, and John 5. He 
was killed in December, 1674-5. 

Dickinson, John, Nathaniel and Thomas — signed the contract to 
leave Hartford, and move to Hadley, in 1659. 

Dier or Dyer, Mahon, New London, 1664. John Dyer came to 
Massachusetts in '34, in the Christopher. 

Dinley, John, 1663. 

Dix, William, Hartford — died in 1676. His estate was appraised 
by Nathaniel Stanley, Siborn Nichols and Stephen Hosmer. Left no 
family. 

Dymon, John, New London, 1671 — probably the ancestor of the 
late sheriff" Dimon, of Fairfield. 

Dy;s or Dix, Leonard, Wethersfield — died in 1696. Left an estate 
of £53, to his children, viz. Samuel, John, Mercy Squire, Hannah, 
Elizabeth and John Francis, a son-in-law. Sarah Dix, of Wethers, 
field, a widow, died in 1708 — her children were, Elizabeth Vincent, 
Mercy Goft", Hannah Renolds, Samuel and John Dix. 

Dixison or Dixon, John, 1674. 

Dixwell, George, 1663. 

Doeman, Wethersfield, 1670. 

Douglass, William, New London, 1663. He with Cary Latham 
were appointed by the General Court, to appraise New London for 
assessment, in 1663. He was one of the early settlers there, and was 
appointed packer at New London in '60. 

Doughty, John, 1663. 

Dow, Samuel, died in 1690. 

Drake, Job, Windsor, married Mary Wolcott in 1646, had children,* 
Abigail, born in '48— Mary in '49— Job in '52— Elizabeth in '54— Jo- 
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sepli in '57 — Hepzibah in Tj9, and Hester in '62. John Drake mar- 
ried Hannah Moore, and had John in '47 — Job in '51 — Hannali in '53 

Enoch in '55 — Ruth in '57 — Simon in '59 — Lydia in 'Gl — Mary 

in '6(5 — EHzabeth in '64 — Mindwell in '71, and Joseph in '74. Jacob 
married Mary Bissell in '49. These were the ancestors of Richard G. 
Drake, Esq., of Hartford, and those of the name now in Windsor. — 
The first Job appears to have had a family before he came to Windsor. 
He was a strict Puritan. 

Dudley, William, Saybrook, 1G63. (See John Whittlesey.) 

Dunk, Saybrook, 16G9. 

Dunn, Thomas, Fairfield, 1052. 

Driscall, Florence, owned property at Wethersfield and Springfield. 
He died insolvent, in 1G78. 

Dunham, Thomas — probably came to Mansfield before 1700, as he 
died there in 1717, where he owned a large landed estate. He had 
236 acres adjoining the Willimantic river — lands at Mount Hope and 
other places. His son was of age to settle his father's estate. Jona- 
than resided at Haddam in 1712 — perhaps son of Thomas. 

Durant, George, Middletown, the father of Edward, died in 1690. 

Dwire, Mayo, or Dyer, New London, 1664. 

E. 

Earl, Ralph, 1665 — a 'Scotchman or Welchman. 

Easton, Joseph, hog haward of Hartford, in 1654. 

Edwards, John, Wethersfield, noted in No. 1, as early as 1640 — 
father of Joseph, Thomas and John. This name has furnished many 
men of distinction : two Presidents of Colleges — Hon. Pierpont, ofN. 
Haven — Judge Ogden, of New York — Hon. Henry W. of New Haven, 
three years Governor of Connecticut, the sons of Pierpont. Wil- 
liam Edwards came to Hartford when young, with his mother, who, 
when a widow in England had married James Cole — they settled in 
Hartford. Richard, who had been a minister in London, was the 
father of William. A sister of Gov. Talcott married an Edwards. 
There have been many distinguished men of this name. 

Edwards, Capt. John, Wethersfield — (he is noted of Hartford in 
No. 1,) — died in 1675, mortally wounded by the enemy when in the 
service as a captain — which was proved by Benj. Adams and Samuel 
Williams. Was a brother of Joseph — left no children. 

Edwards, William, in 1 663, caused the removal of Daniel Clark 
from the office of Secretary of the colony, by charging him with an 
infringement of a Royal prerogative. 

Edwards, Thomas, Agawam, with the inhabitants there, were or- 
dered by the General Court, to build two bridges at Agawam, for 
horses and footmen, before the next Court — by hewing three sticks of 
timber and laying them side by side, over each stream. Ten shillings 
was to be paid out of the public treasuary towards the expenses. 

Elderkin, John, is first found at New London as early as 1650. In 
'54 he appears to have been at Saybrook, contracting to build a grist- 
mill. He appears to have been not only a carpenter, but a miller. 
Afterwards he moved to Norwich, and erected a mill there, in fulfil- 



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inent of his previous contract. In '62, he made over in writing, to 
Jacob Drake and John Gaylor, of Windsor, his corn-niill and lands at 
Norwich, and his goods, for the use of his wife, Ehzabeth ; and in '70 
he sold 18 acres of land at the Neck, in N. London, to James Rogers. 

Edgerton, Richard, Norwich, 1660. This name I find in no other 
place in the colony as early as at Norwich, yet it is now in several of 
the eastern towns of the State, all of whom may pretty safely look to 
Richard, of Norwich, as ancestor. 

Eggleston, Thomas, son of Bridget, of Windsor — born in 1638 — 
Mary in '41 — Sarah in '43 — Rebecca in '44 — Abigail in '48 — Joseph 
in '51 — Benjamin in '53. Bridget died in September, '74. James, 
the son of James, born in '50 — John in '59 — Thomas in '61 — Hepzi- 
bah in '64 — Nathaniel in '66 — Isaac in '68 — Abigail in '71 — Deborah 
in '74, and Hannah in '76. 

Ellsworth, Serg't. Josiah, son of John, (in No. 1,) was one of the 
early Puritan settlers of Windsor. Juror in 1664. Died in '89, and 
left an estate of £655 to his family, widow and children, viz. Josiah, 
born in '55 — Elizabeth in 57 — Martha in '62 — Thomas in '65 — Jona- 
than in '69 — John in '71 — Job in '74, and Benjamin, 12 years old at 
his father's decease. Josiah, jr. died in 1706, and left his widow, 
Martha, with £377 for his children. Martha, (was married) Eliza- 
beth, Mary and Abigail, Timothy and two other sons. Jonathan, a 
brother of the deceased, was his executor. Lieut. John, the son of 
Josiah, sen'r., was deceased in 1722 — he left a daughter Anne ; John 
and Esther were appointed her guardians. Esther and Daniel were 
also guardians of Martha, another daughter of Lieut. John, deceased, 
and of another young daughter. Lieut. John also, son of Josiah, sen'r. 
left three daughters and two sons — the sons had the two farms in 
Windsor, and paid Martha and her sisters' legacies. 

Ellis, John, and Edward Hall, for their ill carriage the 9th time, 
on the Sabbath, in meeting, were ordered to sit in the stocks one hour 
and a half the next training day, at Wethersfield. 

Ellis, James, Saybrook, in 1665, gave all his estate to William 
Pratt, of said town, by will — proved by Robert Chapman, &c., of 
Saybrook. 

Elson, Abraham, Wethersfield, (in No. 1) — died in 1648. A part 
of his estate was given to the children of B. Gardiner, and the remain, 
der to his two sons, Job and John Elson. 

Elmer, Edward, Hartford — died in 1676, (in No. 1.) His children 
were, John, 30 years old — Samuel 27 — Edward 22 — Mary 18, and 
Sarah 12. 

Enoe, James, Windsor, married Anna Bidwell, in 1648, and had 
chidren, Sarah, born in '49 — James in '51 — John in '54. His wife, 
Anna, died in '79. His son James married Abigail Bissell in '78, and 
had a son James, who married the widow of James Eggleston for his 
second wife. 

Ensign, Sarah, Hartford — died in 1676. Children, Mary Smith, 
Hannah Easton, David and Me'hitabel Ensign ; grand children, Sarah, 
Ruth and Lydia Rockwell. James, constable of Hartford, in 1661. 

Evens, Nicholas, Windsor — died, August, 1689. Left £110 to his 
children, viz. Samuel, aged 14 — Nicholas 12 — Joseph 8 — Thomas 5 
— Benoni 1 — Mercy 16 — Hannah 10, and Abigail 3. 



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Fanning, Thomas — supposed at New London. 

Fen wick, Lady, or Lady Ann Butler, as she was usually styled in 
Saybrook, (in No. 1,) was the daughter of an English nobleman, 
(Jewett.) She married Hon. George Fenwick, before he came to Con- 
necticut, and died in 1648 — over whose ashes was erected the first 
table monument in the colony, at Saybrook, which is in full view from 
the Sound at the mouth of the Connecticut river. Mr. Fenwick was 
s^ grievously afliicted with the loss of his wife, that he soon returned 
to England, and received the appointment of judge. He died in Sus- 
sex, England, in '57. The moss-covered monument of Lady Ann 
Butler, or Lady Fenwick, who died in Saybrook nearly two centufies 
since, yet shows the place of her sepulture. The monument being 
now greatly out of repair, a gentleman of wealth and of a liberal and 
noble spirit of Hartford, is about to repair it, at his individual expense. 
A noble spirit for a man of wealth surely. He is not a relative of 
the family. 

Fenner, Thomas, Wethersfield, (in No. 1) — died in 1647. 

Ferris or Pheries, Peter, Stamford — was made free in 16G2, under 
Connecticut. 

Finch, Abraham, Wethersfield, (in No. 1) — died in 1640, and left a 
wife and one child. His grand father's name was Abraham. 

Filly, William, Windsor, in (No. 1,) married in 1641-2, and had 
four daughters, viz. Mary, Elizabeth, Abigail and Deborah, and sons, 
Samuel, John and William. Samuel married Ann Gillett, and had 
four daughters, and sons, Samuel, (died) Jonathan, Samuel, Josiah and 
John. 

Fisher, Robert, one of the first settlers of Stamford, 1640-1. 

Fish, William, 1664. 

Fitch, Rev. James, was from the county of Essex, in England, and 
received the foundation of his education in England, though he came 
to this country in his boyhood, (about 16 years old.) He was placed 
in charge of Rev. Thomas Hooker and Samuel Stone, for the comple- 
tion of his literary and religious education, where he remained about 
seven years. He was soon after settled at Saybrook, and remained 
there about 14 years, until he removed to Norwich, in 1660, with 
most of his church, where he closed his pastoral life in his old age, 
and died in 1702, aged about 80, (at Lebanon with his children.) He 
had two wives. His first wile was Abigail, the daughter of Mr. 
Whitefield, of Guilford. His children born at Saybrook were, James 
in '47 — Abigail in '50 — Elizabeth in '52 — Hannah in '54 — Samuel 
in '55, and Dorothy in '58. His wife died in '59. After he removed 
to Norwich, in '64, he married Priscilla, a daughter of Major General 
Mason, who resided at Norwich. By this marriage, his children were, 
Daniel, John, Jeremiah, Jabez, Anna, Nathaniel, Josiah and Eleazer, 
in all fourteen children, and a majority of them sons, which was for- 
tunate in the early settlement ; thirteen of them married and had fam. 
ilies. Thomas Fitch, who was an early settler at Norwalk, and father 
of Gov. Fitch, was a brother of Rev. James ; also, Joseph, of Wind, 
sor was his brother. Mr. Fitch came to this country with 13 other 



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young men 1638, to prepare for and become ministers of the gospel 
- — most of whom effected their object. 

[Record, Tombstone <^ Miss Caulkins. 

Fitch, John, Windsor — died in 1G76, and gave his estate to support 
a school there, and appropriated it in such manner as the county court 
and the selectmen of Windsor should direct its application. Joseph 
Fitch was accepted an inhabitant of Hartford, in '59, selectman in 
'61. He died in Hartford. Samuel was a school teacher in Hartford 
for 3 years, at £15 a year, 1049. Thomas, of Norwalk, was the father 
of Gov. Fitch. The Fitch family did more for schools and schooling in 
the early settlement, than any other, except Gov. Hopkins. 

Fitz, Gerrald, New London, 1664. 

Flower, Lumrock, Hartford — had a daughter Elizabeth, born in 
1714, and a son, Elijah, in 1717. Lydia Flower married Edward 
Dodd, in 1705. Lydia Flower was born in March, 1686 — Lumrock 
in March, '89 — Elizabeth in March, '92— John in Feb. '94— Mary in 
'97— Francis in 1700— Ann in Nov. 1703, and Joseph in 1706. 

Ford, Thomas, moved to Northampton. He had been a leading 
man at Windsor. 

Foote, Nathaniel, Wethersfield, appraiser of the estate of Abraham 
Fynch, in 1640. His children were, in '43, Nathaniel, 24 years old — 
Robert 17 — Francis 15 — Sarah 12 — Rebecca 10, and some daughters 
married. 

Forbes, James, Hartford — died in 1692— estate £344. Children, 
John, Dorothy, Robert, Mary, David, Sarah, all except Francis, (15 
in number) were more than 21 years of age at the death of James. 
This name came first to Windsor. 

Forward, Samuel, sen'r. — died in 1684. His wife died in '85. 
His children were, Samuel and Joseph. Samuel, jr., son of Samuel, 
of Windsor, was born in '71 — another Samuel Forward, born in '74. 
These were the ancestors of the Hon. Walter Forward, late Secretary 
of the Treasury of the United States. 

Foster, Rev. Isaac, Hartford— died in 1683. £200 of his estate 
was given to Ann Foster, and the remainder to Mehitabel Woodbridge 
• — supposed the daughter of Mrs. Mehitabel Russell. 

Foster, Nathaniel, Wethersfield, (in No. 1.) After the conquest of 
the Pequot country, the General Court found it necessary to hold the 
country — that troops should be sent there for this purpose — according. 
ly 40 men were detached from the three towns, and Lieut. Robert 
Seely took command of them, and provision was made for their sup- 
port, viz. for Wethersfield, Nathaniel Foster's hog, 20 pounds of butter, 
and 50 pounds of cheese ; and Mr. Wells, 2 bushels of malt. Wind- 
sor, one ram goat, 20 pounds of butter, 50 pounds of cheese, 1 gallon 
of strong water, and 3 bushels of malt. Hartfoixl, 20 pounds of butter, 
50 pounds of cheese, and 100 pounds of beef, from Mr. Whiting. 
(Other provision was matie.) 

Fowler, Lieut. William, with Giles Hamlin, Captain Newbury, W. 
Wadsworth, Captain W. Curtice and Lieut. Munson, in August, 1073, 
were made a grand committee to commission ofiicers, press men, 
•horses, arms, &c., and dispose of the militia, &;c., to march against 
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Talcott was made major for Hartford, Robert Treat for New Haven, 
and Nathan Gold for Fairfield — and other officers appointed. 

Fowler, Ambrose, Windsor — married Jane Alvord, May„1016, and 
had children, Abigail, John, Mary, Samuel, Hannah, Elizabeth and 
Ambrose. 

Fox, Richard, sen'r., Glastonbury — died in 1709. His widow, Beri- 
ah, was administratrix — perhaps the same who came to New England 
Avith Isaac and Thomas Jones. The first emigrant of the name in the 
colony came to Windsor. Thomas, 1GG3. Richard, with Isaac and 
Thomas Janes, William Payne, John Moore, Richard Graves, Francis 
and Christopher Foster and Robert Sharp, came from England to N. 
England, in the Abigail, Robert Hackwell, master. 

Francis, Robert, is first found on the records, at Wethcrsfield, in 
1G51, and was the first of the name who settled there. He had three 
sons and four daughters. He died in 1711, and left a family. John, 
son of Robert, died also in 1711, aged 53. Estate £713 — wife Mercy 
— children, John, James, Thomas, Robert, Joseph, Daniel, Sybba- 
rance, Abigail, Hannah, Sarah, Prudence, Mercy, Mary Griswold, and 
one who died young. Of the three sons of Robert, John only left 
issue. John had 14 children. His sons John and Robert remained 
at Wethersfield — Daniel settled at Killingworth — Joseph at Walling- 
ford — James at Berlin, and Thomas at Newington. 

Freeman, Joseph, 1665. 

French, Ephraim, 1G76. 

Frost, Daniel, Fairfield, 1G49. Henry, '63. 

Fry, Michael, Richard Year, Fossaker, and Stockin, freed from 
training in 1660. Anthony, 1663. 

Fyler, Walter, Windsor. Children, John, born in 1642 — Zeruba- 
bel in '44 — the last married Miss E. Strong, in '69, and had a son 
Thomas in '69 — Jane in '71 — Zerubabel in '73, who died, and in '74 
had another Zerubabel, and John born and baptized in '75. John, 
married Elizabeth Dolman. 

G. 

Gager, John, Saybrook, son of William, was among the earliest 
settlers there, and it is supposed came there firstly with Mr. Winthrop, 
about 1645. He removed to New London, where he continued until 
he united with the other proprietors and settlers of Norwich, in '60. 
This name is rarely, if at all, yet found in the State west of Connecti- 
cut river. John, of Norwich, in '73, was robbed of his goods by In- 
dians. They were apprehended, and tried. The court inflicted a 
fine of £20, and authorised Gager to sell them in service to pay it. 

Gaines, Samuel, Glastonbury — died in 1699 or 1700 — wife Hannah. 

Galpin, Philip, of Bristow, Summersetshire, England — a mariner, 
sou of John Galpin, of Rye, Fairfield county. Conn. Mary Avas 
the wife of John. In 1689 he owned land near the shore in Fairfield 
county, he also had a deed of land and houses there in '70, and sold 
his land in 1700. 

Gardner, David, Saybrook, (in No. I.) By the account given by 
Rev. Mr. Hotchkiss, it appears, he left the Fort at Saybrook as early 



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,is 1639, and then removed to Gardner's Island and became a magis- 
trate there, which office he held until his death, in '03. His first son 
was born at the Fort. As Mr. Fenwick came to the Fort at Saybrook 
in '39, liieut. Gardner must have left it soon after his arrival, if Mr. 
Hotchkiss is correct. 

Gardner, Wid. Elizabeth, Hartford — died in 1G81. Before her mar- 
riage with Mr. Gardner, she was the widow of Samuel Stone, by 
whom she had a son Samuel. Her children were, Samuel and Eliza- 
beth. She had a grandson Samuel Sedgwick, another John Roberts ; 
Rebecca Nash, Mary Fitch, and Sarah Butler, daughters, to whom she 
gave legacies. She gave Mary Butler one acre of land. Samuel, of 
Hartford, agreed to move to Hadley, in '59. This name is spelt Gard- 
ner and Gardiner. 

Garding, Nathaniel, chimney viewer of Hartford, in 1664. 

Garrad, Daniel, 1664. 

Gates, Deac. Thomas, was an early settler in Haddam. In 1704 
he was made a deacon at East Haddam — died 1734, aged 70 years. 
The Gates family were a family of deacons. Thomas in 1704 — Jer- 
emiah in 1741 — James in 1762 — Caleb in 1795, and Ephraim in 
1806, deacons in East Haddam. This was a noble name in England. 
Sir Thomas Gates, Kt., was one of the grantees of the Great Patent 
of New England, by King James. 

Gates, George, a chimney viewer of Hartford, in 1661. He was 
located at Haddam, in '75. Robert, '64. 

Gaylord, Wilham,* Windsor — married Ann Porter in 1641. Wal- 
ter Gaylord married Mary in '48. Samuel Gaylord married Eli- 

zabeth Hull in '46. John Gaylord married Mary Drake in '53, and 
had four children. Ruth, daughter of William, born, Oct. 1704 — 
twins born, Aug. 1706 — William born, Nov. 1709 — Samuel and Sarah, 
grand children, born afterwards. Children of John were, John, born 
in 1656— Mary in '63— a 2d John born in '67, and Elizabeth in '70. 
Joseph, son of Walter, married Mary Stanley in '70 — his children 
were, Sarah, Joseph and John. Hezekiah, of W^indsor — died in '77. 
He had no family. Was a brother of John and William, Ann Phelps 
and Hannah Crandall, and half brother of Joseph and Nathaniel 
Gaylord. 

Geere, George, New London, 1664. Dennis and Elizabeth Geere 
and two daughters, came in the ship Abigail, from London to New 
England, (from Thessel worth.) This name is spelt on some records 
Geere, others Geeree and Gear. 

Geffers, Gabriel, Saybrook, died in 1664. 

Gibbs, Jacob, Windsor — married Elizabeth Andrews in 1657, and 
had children, Mary, Abigail, Jacob, Sarah and Elizabeth. Samuel, 
married Hepzibah Dibble in '64, and had Hepzibah, Paulina, Eliza- 
beth, Catherine and Jonathan. Many of this name came early to 
Massachuetts. Giles, of Windsor, died in '41— wife, Kalhcrine, and 
children, Samuel, Benjamin, Sarah and Jacob. Richard Wellar had 
lived with him at 40s. p§r annum. Giles was father of Jacob — per- 
haps the same who was admitted freeman in Massachusetts, mention- 
ed by Farmer. 

Gibbins, William, (in No. 1,) Hartford, 1636, the steward of Gov. 



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George Wyllys, in England, he first purchased the Wyllys place in 
Hartford, for Mr. Wyllys — came to Hartford in '30, for this purpose, 
and built his house and prepared his garden for him. In the division 
of land in Hartford, in '39. 

Giles, John, in 1037, was ordered with Capt. Mason, Thomas Stan- 
ton, J. Adams and Thomas Merrick, to go to Waranock, (Westfield) 
and declare to the Indians there, that the Court wished to speak to 
them, and hear their reasons why they had said they were afraid of 
them, and if Capt. Mason thought proper, to receive hostages of them, 
and compel them by violence, if they refused to go willingly, but to 
leave them two of the English as pledges during their absence ; also 
to trade with them for corn, if possible. Jacob Gibbs, after 1717, 
moved to Litchfield from Windsor. 

Gillett, Nathan's children, (of Windsor) were, Elizabeth, born in 
1039— Abia in '41— Rebecca in '40— Elias in '49— Sarah in 'Si- 
Benjamin in '53 — Nathan in '55, and Rebecca in '57. He moved to 
Simsbury, where his wife died in '70. Jonathan, sen'r., a brother of 
Nathan, was one of the early settlers of Windsor — held several offices, 
and was highly esteemed in the colony, died in '77, and left a widow 
and children, Josias, John, Jeremiah, Jonathan, Joseph and Cornelius, 
also the wife of Peter Brown, and the Avife of Samuel Filley. Joseph 
married, and died before his father, and left a sou Jonathan, and one 
daughter. He came from Dorchester, Mass. Jonathan, jr., of Wind- 
sor, married Mary Kelsey in '01, afterwards married M. Dibble. He 
had eight children. Josiah, son of Jonathan, *of Windsor, married 
Joanna Taintor, in '70, and had Josias, in '78, and Joanna in '80. 

Gilman, Richard, Wethersfield, had a daughter Elizabeth, born in 
1704 — and sons, Richard in 1700 — Samuel in 1708, and Naomi in 
1710. This, name was not as early as some others — was early in 
Massachusetts, and respectable in the colony. 

Gishop or Bishop, Edward, was appointed a commissioner, in 1663, 
with the power of a magistrate in the town of Westchester. 

Gipson, Roger, Saybrook — died in 1680. Estate £120. Children, 
Samuel, 8 years old — Jonathan 6 — Roger one, and a daughter 5. 

Goff", Philip, and Naomi, his wife, Wethersfield, in 1704, were pro- 
secuted for absenting themselves from church upon the Sabbath, and 
were tried. Goft' and his wife declared in court, that they could not 
in conscience attend, and would not go to meeting on the Sabbath at 
the public meeting house. They Avere sentenced by the court to pay 
a fine of 20s. to the county treasurer. He died in 1074. Children, 
Rebecca, aged 23, Jacob 25, Philip 21, Moses 18, and Aaron 10. Mr. 
Goff was an early settler, and had a brother with him — married sisters. 
Gold, Nathan, Fairfield, (in No. 1,) was an assistant in 1071-2, and 
a magistrate also— one of the leading men of the county. Gold, Top. 
pin, Sherman and Howell were appointed to hear the claim of Say- 
brook to Hommonasett, (Killingworth) in '03. Gold, Fairchild and 
Canfield were appointed to approve of the men to be selected to com- 
pose the 2d troop of horse raised in the colony, to consist of 18 men 
and two officei's, from the towns of Stratford, Fairfield and Norwalk ; 
officers chosen by the company, and appointed by the General Court, 
in '01. The troopers were allowed a salary, oflicers and soldiers. 



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Mr. Gold, with Gov. Winthrop, Samuel Wyllys, Gen. Mason, Matthew 
Allyn, Henry Clark, John Topping, Richard Lord, Henry Wolcott, 
Richard Treat, John Talcott, Daniel Clark, John Clark, John Ogden, 
Thomas Wells, Obadiah Bruen, Anthony Hawkins, John Deming and 
Matthew Canfield, Esq'rs. were the petitioners to Charles H. for the 
Charter of Connecticut, and their names were embodied in the King's 
grant to Connecticut, which is ample proof of their exalted standing 
in the colony. No gentleman would have been called upon to have 
signed the Petition, but such men as had sustained a high reputation 
in England before they came to New England. 

Gleason, Isaac, Enfield, was an early settler there. He owned 
the lot now occupied by Nathaniel Prior, and died in 1698, aged 44 
years, leaving two sons, viz. Isaac, born in '87, and Thomas, born in 
'90, who moved to Farmington, and died in 1745. Isaac married 
Mary Prior, daughter of John Prior, in 1712, and was one of the first 
settlers of the southeast part of Enfield, called Wallop. He left four 
sons, viz. Isaac, born in 1715, Jonah in 1724, Joseph in 1726, and 
Job in 1734. Joseph married Hannah, daughter of Josiah Colton, in 
174G — was the father of Joseph, Solomon, and Jonah Gleason — all 
lived and died in Enfield. David, of Simsbury, died in 1746. Isaac, 
of Windsor, died in 1750. Isaac, son of Thomas, of Simsbury — his 
uncle Ezekiel Thompson, of Farmington, was appointed guardian, in 
1752. Hannah, of Enfield, died in 1757. Jonah, of Enfield, died in 
1763. Sylvanus, son of Jonah, died in 1765. The name is in vari- 
ous parts of the State, and of uniform respectability. 

Glover, John. This name is first found at Norwich, not however, 
among the pioneers of the town, yet a familiar name in Fairfield Co. 

Glover, Marv, Springfield — married John Haynes in 1659. 

Goodfellow, Thomas, Wethersfield, (in No. 1)— died in Nov. 1685. 

Goodrich, John, Wethersfield, son of John — died in 1 676, andjleft 
Mary, his widow, and a child. He had a sister Mary, and a brother 
Joseph. William, of Wethersfield, died in '76. He left his widow, 
Sarah, and an estate of £915 for his children, John, 24 years old, 
William 17, Ephi-aim 14, and David 10. The daughters were married 
at his decease — one married Joseph Butler, of Wethersfield. 

Goodwin, Ozias, signed the agreement to remove to Hadley, in 
1659. Hosea, (in No. 1,) should have been Ozias, yet it is spelt on 
the record, Hosea. He was the ancestor of Nathaniel Goodwin, Esq., 
of Hartford. George, of Fairfield, 1G54. Abraham, who moved from 
Hartford to Litchfield, was the son of Nathaniel, of Hartford. 

Goodall, (or ale,) Richard, Wethersfield — died in 1676, and left a 
son John Gill. A man of this name was the founder of the first Bap- 
tist church in Boston. A Richard Goodale came from Yarmouth, in 
England, in 1638, and died in Massachusetts, in '66. 

Goodheart, 1659. 

Gookin, Daniel, 166.3. 

Gozzard, Nicholas, Windsor, died in 1693, and left an estate of £83. 

Graham, Lieut. Benjamin, Hartford — died in 1725, \\'ife, Sarah 
— had a grand daughter, Mary Graham ; sons, Benjamin, Samuel, 
and Isaac. He had a grist mill, saw mill and fulling mill at Hartford, 
and other property. In 1733, Benjamin sold out the property he had 
by his father. In 1749, CJeorge, tlie son of Samuel, died — and" gave 
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his carpenter tools to his father Samuel — his gun to his brother J;imes. 
He had a sister, Abigail Seymour. He left an estate of £111:10. 
After the death of George, the family appear to have left Hartford — 
perhaps not. John, of Hartford, died in 1720. Hannah Tillotson, 
his wife, and Benjamin, administrators. Left one child only. John 
appears to have been a brother of Lieut. Benjamin. He is supposed 
to have been the ancestor of Andrew, deceased, of Southbury. Henry, 
lived south of Little river, in Hartford — chimney viewer in 1659 — 
surveyor of highways in '62. 

Grant, Matthew, (in No. 1) — died in 1681, when he had become 
aged. He had resided with his son John for some years previous to 
his death. His children were, Samuel, Tahan, John, and a daughter 
Humphrey. Samuel Grant, of Windsor, Mas born at Dorchester in 
1631. Samuel Grant married Anne Fyier in '83, and had a daughter 
Anne in '84. Tahan Grant was born in Dorchester in '33. Ho mar- 
ried Hannah Palmer in '62, and had Matthew, Tahan, Hannah, Thom- 
as and Joseph, and a daughter and son afterwards — the son as late as 
'80. John, the son of Samuel, sen'r., was born in '42. He married 
Mary Hull in '66, and had John, Mary, Elizabeth, and others. 

Grannis, Edward, leather sealer in Hartford, in 1663. This name 
is yet in Southington and Warren. An Edward Grannis was at Had- 
ley in '71 — perhaps the same. 

Gray, Walter^ (in No. 1) — often spelt Grey — appears to have had 
descendants who went to New London. John, of Windsor, moved 
from Windsor to Litchfield after 1717. Nicholas and Henry, 1664. 
John, Fairfield, in '49. 

Green, Bartholomew, had land in Hartford in 1639, which was for- 
feited — probably the same who was made free at Cambridge in '34. 

Greenhill, Thomas, died in 1660. Samuel, was at Cambridge in '35. 

Greensmith, Thomas, Hartford, set his barn on the common land in 
1660. Stephen was in Massachusetts in '38. 

Gregory, John — a deputy in 1662-3. Wollerton Gregory, Hart- 
ford, died in '74 — was a rich tanner-^had no children. 

Griffin, John, Windsor, (in No. 1) — had children, Hannah, Mary, 
Sarah, John, Thomas, Abigail, Mindwell, Ruth, and two sons. John 
Griffin and Simon Wolcott, in 1673, were ordered by the court to com- 
mand the train-band in Simsbury, until further orders should be given. 
Hugh, at Sudbury in '45. 

Griswold, Matthew, (in No. 1,) was a stone cutter by trade, in 
England. He appears to have remained a ^hile at Windsor, and 
while there, became intimate with the family of Hon. Henry Wolcott, 
and married his daughter Ann. He Mas called to Saybrook to aid in 
erecting the Fort and other buildings there, and finally located his fam- 
ily at Lyme, M'hcre he closed his life. After the death of Mr. Wol- 
cott, Mr. GrisM'old made his grave-stones, M'hich are yet standing in 
the burial ground at Windsor. He was the ancestor of the tMo Gov. 
Griswolds of Connecticut, Matthew and Roger. The first Matthew 
appears to have been a relative of Edvard, Mho came early to Wind- 
sor. The Edward GrisMold mIio OMned land jointly Mith MattheM-, 
at Lyme, in 1681, Mho resided at KillingMorth, must have been a 
younger man than Edward, of Windsor — probably the son of John, 
and grandson of EdMard, of Windsor. 



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Griswold, Edward, 'Windsor, had children, viz. Ann, baptized in 
1642, Mary in '44, (married Timothy Phelps,) Deborah in '40, (mar- 
ried Samuel Buell,) Joseph in '47, Samuel in '49, and John in '50. 
George Griswold married Mary Holcomb, and had Daniel, Thomas, 
Edward, Mary, George, John, Benjamin, Deborah, and Abigail, the 
last in '76. In '81 the General Assembly appointed John TuUy and 
Abraham Post, to lay out several grants of land to Edward Griswold, 
of Kennehvorth, and Matthew Griswold, of Lyme, 400 acres of land, 
Avhich was laid out to them jointly in the nortli part of Lyme. This 
Edward was probably the son of John, who emigrated to Killingworth. 
George and Edward were the first settlers at Poquonnock, in Windsor. 
(See Thomas Holcomb.) Lieut. Francis, of Norwich, in 1660, ap- 
pears to have been a distinct family from those of Edward, Matthew, 
or Samuel, of Windsor. He appears to have come from Massachu- 
setts direct to Norwich as his first location in the colony — perhaps 
the same Francis who was at Cambridge in 1637. (See Farmer.) — 
Joseph, son of Edward, sen'r., married Mary Gaylord in 1675, and 
had Mary and Joseph. John, son of Edward, sen'r., settled at Kil- 
lingworth, or Hammonasett. Samuel, (in No. 1,) died in 1672 — had 
a daughter. Plumb, and a daughter, Butler. 

Groves, Philip, New London county — deputy in 1662 and 3, grand 
juror of Sratford in '61. Philip, Elder — was probably a ruling elder 
in Mr. Blackman's church, at Stratford as early as '50. Simon, '63. 

Guildersleeve, Richard, (in No. 1,) wag an inhabitant of Wethers- 
field within the three first years of its settlement. In 1641 ne left 
Wethersfield, M'ith Andrew Ward, Samuel Sherman and others, and 
settled the town of Stamford. The name is yet in Middlesex county. 

Gull. William — agreed, and did move to Hadley in 1659. 

Gunn, Thomas, Windsor — had children, Elizabeth, born in 1640, 
Deborah, Mehitable and John — Joseph was in Massachusetts in '36. 

Gwin, Paul, 1656. 



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Hakes, John, Windsor — had children, Isaac, born in 1650, Mary 
in '52, Joanna in '53, Elizur in '55, Sarah in '57, a son in '59, John 
in '43, Nathaniel in '44, Elizabeth in '46, and Anna in '48. He was 
an early settler. 

Harris, Capt. Daniel, Middletown — died in 1701 — had children, 
Daniel, Thomas, William, John — (to John he gave Mingo, his negro,) 

Mary Johnson, Elizabeth , and Hannah Cook. He had a grand 

child, Thankful Bidwell, daughter of Samuel Bidwell— also a grand 
child, Abiel, daughter of Elizabeth. 

Hart, Elisha, Windsor— died in 1683. He owned land in Westfield, 
the north side of Westfield river. 

Harvey, Richard, resided at Stratford in 1650. 

Hawley, Samuel, was one of the pioneers of Strattbrd as early as 
1640, and was a leading man there afterwards. In '77, Joseph Haw- 
ley was in Windsor. The name has been numerous and respectable 
in Fairfield county from the first settlement. Joseph, was town clerk 



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at Stratford in '51. The records of Stratford were destroyed by fire 
previous to '50, so that what is pubHshed of the first settlers of that 
town is mostly taken from the colony recordsj and a letter from a 
friend in Stratford. This familj' were early settlers in the colony. 

Hawkins, Anthony, Windsor, afterwards of Farmington — had born 
at Windsor, Mary in 1644, Ruth '40, and John in '51. 

Hayward or Howard, Robert — died in 1684 — wife Lydia aged 70, 
and son Ephraim, administrators. Children, Ephraim and others. — 
He was one of the pioneers of Windsor. 

Hayward, Ephraim, Windsor — died in 1690 — children, Azor, 4 
years old, and a daughter 2. 

Hayden, VV^illiam — had children, Daniel, born in 1640, Nathaniel 
in '43, Mary in '48. Daniel, married Hannah Wilkinson, and had 
Daniel, born in '6(5, Hannah in '68, Nathaniel in '71, (died) William 
in '73, (died) and William in '75. 

Hazen, Thomas, together with H. Wells, David Hartshorn, Nathan- 
iel Rudd, Joseph Kingsbury, Samuel Edgarton and Samuel Ladd were 
the first members of the church formed in 1718, at West Farms, now 
Franklin, and the Rev. Henry Wills was the first minister there. 

Heart, Deac. Stephen, Farmington — died in 1682-3. His chil- 
dren were, John, Stephen, Thomas, Sarah Porter, and Mary Lee. 
He had a son-in-law, John Cole — grandson, Thomas Porter — grand 
daughter, Dorothy Porter, and a grandson, Jolm Heart, a son of John 

. Stephen, of Farmington, died in '89, son of Stephen, deceased. 

Children, Stephen, aged 27, Thomas 23, John 20, Samuel 17, Sarah 
14, Anne 11, and one other 7. Margaret, died about '92, and gave 
her property to her sons, John and Arthur Smith, and daughter, Eliza- 
beth Thompson. She had grandchildren, Elzabefh, Thomas and Ann 
Thompson, and Margaret Orton. She also had a son, Tho. Thompson. 

Herbert, Christian, Wethersfield — died in 1686. 

Honeywell, Bridget, daughter of John, of Middletown — chose her 
uncle, Isaac Johnson, for her guardian, in 1706. 

Hicox, Samuel, Waterbury, (appears to have previously resided at 
Farmington)— died in 1694. Children, Samuel, 26 years old, Wil. 
liam 22, Thomas 20, Joseph 17, Stephen 11, Benjamin 9, Ebenezer 2, 
Hannah 24, Mary 14, Elizabeth 12, and Merly. After the de- 
cease of the father, whose name is spelt Hicox — the names of his sons 
are found upon the record uniformly spelt Hickcock. As late as 1707, 
Ebenezer chose his brother William Hickcock his guardian. I also 
find Hitchcock spelt Hickcock — perhaps originally the same name. 

Higley, John, Windsor, married Hannah Drake in 1671. Jona> 
than, born in '75, Hannah in '77, and John in '79. 

Hills, William, Hoccanum, (in Hartford,) was an early settler — 
died in 1683, let't his wife, Mary, and children, Jonathan, Mary, Wil. 
liam, John, Joseph, Benjamin, Hannah Kilbourn, Sarah Ward, and 
Susannah Kilbourn. In his will he provided, that upon the death of 
his son William, the property he gave him, should fall to his grandson, 
William Hills. By his will he made all his real estate for ever liable 
to pay taxes to maintain a minister for the church in Hartford. He 
owned land in right of his wife in Farmington. The name is uniform- 
jy Hills, and not Hill. 



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Hilliar, James, Windsor, married the widow of Ebeuezcr Dibble 
in 1677, and had James and EHzabeth. 

Hilton, John, Wethersfield — died in 1686. Children, John, aged 
11, Richard 7, Mary 14, and Ebenezer 8 months. 

Hinman, Serg't. Edward. From record evidence and tradition, the 
following facts are collected of the Hinman family. Edward appears 
to have been the only one of the name who came from England to this 
country, either in the early settlement, or since. Edward came to 
Stamford, where he first located before 1650, (probably as early as '45.) 
Being an unmarried man when he came to Stamford, ho married Han. 
nah, the daughter of Francis and Sarah Stiles, of Windsor, who sub- 
sequently removed to Stratford. In '51, he resided in the present 
Main-street at Stratford, upon the west side of the street, a few rods 
below the Episcopal church. He had before his emigration, belonged 
to the body or life guard of King Charles I. He had not resided many 
years at Stratford, before he, with Stiles, became the principal pur. 
chasers of the south part of Pamperaug, (Woodbury) now Southbury. 
It does not appear that he moved to Woodbury w ith his wife and fam. 
ily, but some of his children with the Stiles family located at South- 
bury, where the names are vet common. He died at Stratford, Nov. 
26, 1681. His will v/as proved at Fairfield in '82. To his son, Titus, 
he gave his land at Woodbury ; he also noticed his son Benjamin, and 
daughter, Sarah Roberts — his son Samuel, and daughters, Hannati, 
Mary, and Patience — he also noticed his brother, Ephraim Stiles, of 
Stratford. Hannah, his wife, died before him, in '77. Children, 
Sarah, born in '53, (married William Roberts, of Woodbury,) Titus 
in '56, Benjamin in '62, Hannah in '66, Mary in '68, Patience in '70, 
and Edward in '72. By his will he directed his youngest son to be 
placed an apprentice to Jehiel Preston, of Stratford. Sarah, who mar. 
ried William Roberts, had children, Hannah, baptized Oct. 21, '77, 
Zechery in May, '82, Sarah in '85, Hannah in May, '86, Amos in July, 
'89 — perhaps others. That part of the family who removed to Wood. 
bury, settled in the section of Southbury Main.street, called White Oak, 
near where the dwelling house of John Mosely, Esq. now stands. 

Hinman, Capt. Titus, eldest son of Serg't. Edward, married for his 
first wife, Hannah Coe, of Stamford, w'ho had moved there from Weth. 
ersfield Avith her father. After her decease, he married Mary Haw. 
kins, of Woodbury, January, 1701-2— he died in April, 1736, aged 80 
years — (Tombstone.) His will is in the records of Probate at Wood, 
bury, in which he notices his sons, Ephraim, Joseph, Andrew, Titus, 
Eleazer, and Timothy, and his daughters, Mary and Hannah. His 
children were, Ephraim, baptized July 26, '85, Joseph in June, '87, 
Andrew in April, '90, Titus in June, '95, Ebenezer, born January 4, 
1702-3, Titus in March, 1703-4, Eleazer in May, 1706, Timothy, 
baptized in March, 1708-9, Mary in Feb. 1713-14, married David 
Bostwick, July, 1739, Hannah in March, 1720-21, married Samuel 
Twitchel, Dec. 1739, Patience in July, 1722. He was a member of 
the General Assembly in 1715, 16, 19 and 20. 

Hinman, Samuel, 2d son of Serg't. Edward— lived on the place 
called the Dr. Graham place, in Southbury, Main.street, where Na. 
than Hinman lately lived and died. He had a wife but no children. 



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Sarah, liis adopted child, was baptized, Sept. 28, 1707. He died 
about 1720, and his place was piu'chased for a; Parsonage. 

Hinnian, Benjamin, 3d son of Serg't. Edward, married Elizabeth 
Lamb, at Woodbury, July 12, 1G84. He lived at Bullet Hill, in the 
Main-street at Southbury — died 1727. Children, Annis, baptized in 
1685, (died young), Hannah, baptized Oct. '86, married Benjamin 
llurd, jr., Adam, baptized Jan. '87, Noah in July, '89, Benjamin in 
April, '92, Elizabeth in Feb. '93, married John Hurd, Eunice in May, 
'96, married Nathan Hurd, supposed the grand mother of of the Hon. 
Judge Smith and Hon. Nathan Smith, deceased, of New Haven, Annis, 
in Sept. '97, married Samuel Martin, Rachel born Dec. 1700, mar- 
ried Ephraim Baldwin, Edward born Oct. 1702, Samuel in Dec. 1704, 
Wait in Oct. 1706, and Mercy in Dec. 1709. 

Hinman, Edward, jr., youngest son of Serg't. Edward, drew 18 
acres in the land division at Woodbury, in 1702, yet he appears to 
have uniformly lived in Stratford and vicinity. He was brought up, 
after his father's decease, by Jehiel Preston. The sons of Edward, jr., 
were, Samuel, John and Ebcnezer. Samuel moved to Goshen, and 
was the father of Lemuel, of North Stratford, and ancestor of the Fair- 
field county Hinmans — he removed a short time to Southbury, and 
then back to Fairfield county — perhaps to Trumbull. He had 5 sons, 
viz. Ephraim, Edward, Jonathan, Michael and Bethuel. He left two 
daughters, one married Gideon Perry, and was living in 1836 ; and the 
other married Jonathan Hinman, of Southbury, and is yet living. She 
was the mother of Gen. Robinson S. Hinman, late deceased, of New 
Haven, of Daniel, Simeon and John, of Betsey Canfiekl, and Orra 
Wheeler, of South Britain. 

Hinman, Ephraim, eldest son of Captain Titus — left no family. 

Hinman, Joseph, 2d son of said Titus, married Esther Downs, Nov. 
1714, and had children, Ebenezer, born in Oct. 1715, Joseph, bap- 
tized June, 1718, Tabitha in Feb. 1721, married Joseph Richards in 
1746, Esther in June, 1723, married David Munn, Nov. 1749, Eunice 
in Jan. 1725, Mabel Aug. 11, 1728, mother of Justus Hinman, Amos 
Nov. 1730, died young, Elijah in April, 1733, Daniel in July, 1735, 
and Lois in Oct. 1737, married John King, Dec. 1784. 

Hinman, Andrew, 3d son of Capt. Titus, married Mary Noble, Aug. 
1711. Their children were, Andrew, baptized in Aug. 1712, Hannah 
in Dec. 1714, married Josiah Everist, March, 1739, (ancestor of Dr. 
Solomon Everist, late deceased, of Canton, Coe in Aug. 1718, Mary 
in March, 1720, married Garwood Cunningham, of Wooodbury, Dec. 
1751, Margaret in Aug. 1723, (died single,) Aaron in Oct. 1726, (died 
young,) Nathan in Dec. 1729, Elisha, March 10, 1734, Noble in April, 
1737, he went to Nine Partners, in the State of New York, perhaps 
he afterwards went to New London with his brother, Elisha, who 
married, lived and died at New London. Elisha was commander of a 
government ship, called the Alfred, during the war of the Revolution, 
which sailed out of New London. In 1776, he took and sent into N. 
London, a continental armed brig of 200 tons, laden with rum, sugar, 
&c., bound to Scotland. In October, 1777, a prize ship laden with 
sugar and cotton, worth £60,000, was taken by the Alfred, Capt. Hin- 
man, and the Raleigh, Capt. Thompson, two ships of war. In 1776, 



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he with Capt. Shaw, carried three tons of powder into Dartmouth. 
In 1778, he tooiv and carried two prize ships into France, and sold 
them for the benefit of the States. He made several other captures of 
British ships during the war. After the war closed, he was for some 
years commander of a Revenue Cutter. Elisha left no sons, but sev- 
eral daughters. One married Mr. Day — one Sherifl'Dimond, of Fair- 
field, and one Mr. Kellogg, of Stamford — perhaps others. 

Hinman, Titus, jr., 4th son of Capt. Titus — married Sarah . 

Their children Avere, Titus, baptized in May, 1725, (died young,) 
Ephraim in Feb. 1727, Sarah, (Gingle) in Nov. 1728, she married 
Deac. David Hinman, Rachel in Oct. 1731, Titus in Nov. 1733, Amie 
in Sept. 1736, Prudence in Sept. 1738, married David Hurlbut, Nov. 
1757, and moved to Vermont, Lucy in March, 1740, married a Hurl- 
but, and also moved to Vermont, Enos in July, 1742, married and mov- 
ed to Vermont — he had a son Deac. Calvin, who married Miss Wheel- 
er, Annis in March, 1747. 

Hinman, Ebeiiezer, 5th son of Capt. Titus, married Hannah Scovil, 
of Waterbury. He was appointed by the General Assembly, in 1776, 
with Thomas Fitch, Rufus Lathrop and Samuel Bishop, Esq'rs., and 
others, to audit all colony accounts, and report thereon. Their chil- 
dren were, Jonas, baptized in Feb. 1730, John, Sept. 3, 1732, Eleazer 
in Dec. 1734, Dorcas in Nov. 1730, married Phineas Potter, Nov. 
1757, Hannah in March, 1739, married David Hinman, Dec. 1759, 
Peter in Aug. 1742, Molly in 1744, married B. Bassett, of Derby, 
Miriam in May, 1748, married Benjamin Richards. 

Hinman, Timothy, 6th son of Capt. Titus, married Emma Preston 
—he died Dec. 11, 1769, and wife died June 20, 1794. Their chil- 
dren were, Olive, baptized in Sept. 1739, she married Capt. Truman 
Hinman, Timothy in l74l, at Fair Haven in 1755, Ruth in Nov. 1748, 
married Aaron Hinman, Oct. 1772, Patience in Dec. 1754, married 
Judge Increase Moseley, of Southbury, 1769, father of Col. William 
Moseley, of New Haven, Mary in Jan. 1757, married Sherman Hin- 
man, son of Benjamin Feb. 1777. 

Hinman, Adam, eldest sonof Serg't. Benjamin, died single. 

Hinman, Noah, 2d son of Benjamin, married his first wife, Anna 
Knowles, Feb. l7ll — after her death, he married Sarah Scovil, of 
Waterbury. For several years he was a Judge of the Court at Litch- 
field. The children by his first wife were, Elizabeth, baptized in May, 
17 13, Gideon, born in Jan. 1715, (died young,) Adam, called after 
Adam Winthrop, baptized July, 1718, Thankful in Jan. 1719, Gideon 
in Nov. l725. By his second wife, his children were, Edward, bap- 
tized April, 1730, (Edward resided at Southbury, and was a lawyer of 
eminence in his day,) Abigail in 1733, Reuben in Sept. 1735, Simeon 
in Dec. 1737, died single, graduated at Yale College in 1762, Noah 
in June, 1740, Sarah in Aug. 1742, Arnole in Sept. 1746, married 
Elijah Booth, Oct. 1772, Damaris in Dec. 1748, married Simeon Mi- 
nor, Sept. 1669, (the ancestor of Simeon H. Minor, Esq., deceased, of 
Stamford, who was many years State Attorney for Fairfield county.) 
Deacon Noah above, died in 1766 (76). For 16 sessions he was a 
member of the General Assembly. 

Hinman, Benjamin, 3d son of Serg't. Benjamin, married Sarah Sher- 
man, a relative of Roger Sherman, Dec. 1718. Died in May, 1727, 



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in the great sickness, and his wife died the same month, aged 35 years. 
Their children were, Benjamin, baptized in April, 1720, Jerusha in Feb. 
1721, dit'd single, and David in March, 1722. Benjamin, his soiiy 
here spoken of, was a colonel, and served as quarter master of the 
troop in the l3th Regiment of the Connecticut colony against the 
French in Canada, as early as 175 J. On the 30th day of May, 1757, 
he was commissioned major of the l3th Regiment ; in 1758 he was 
made a lieutenant colonel of the 3d Regiment of foot, in the forces 
raised to invade Canada. On the 1st of Nov. 1771, he was made a 
full colonel of the l3th Regiment. Early in the war of the Revolu- 
tion, on the first day of May, 1775, he was appointed colonel of the 
4th Regiment of enlisted troops for the defence of the colony. He 
was ordered, in 1775, with five companies, to Greenwich ; and the 
same year was ordered to Ticonderoga to hold possession of the fort, 
&,c. In 1776 he was ordered with a regiment to New York, and was 
at New York at the time of its capture by the British — after which he 
was stationed at Horse Neck and other places on the Sound. In Jan- 
uary, 1777 he returned home in ill health, and did not again join the 
army. He died at Southbury, March, ] 809 or 10, over 90 years of 
age. There were more commissioned officers during the war of the 
Revolution by this name than any other in Connecticut — being in all 
13 from the town of Southbury. Col. Benjamin's children were, 
Aaron, the father of Judge William, Col. Joel, the father of Joel, 
Judge of the Superior Court, and of Hon. Curtiss, who died when a 
member of the State Senate, in 1820. Sherman, who died young, and 
another Sherman, who was baptized in Oct. 1752, and graduated at 
Yale College in 177(5. Col. Benjamin was a member of the General 
Assembly twenty-seven sessions. 

Hinman, David, a brother of Col. Benjamin, married Sarah Hin- 
man, a daughter of Titus, jr. Their children were, Annis, who mar- 
ried Daniel Hinman, and moved to Vermont, Gen. Ephraim, bap- 
tized in l753, David, jr., who lived and died at Southbury, and Capt. 
Benjamin, of Utica, the fixther of Col. John E. Lieut. Asa, who 
served during the war of the Revolution, was also a son of Dea. David. 

Hinman, Samuel, 4th son of Serg't. Benjamin, died single. 

Hinman, Wait, 5th son of Serg't. Benjamin, married . 

Children, Samuel, baptized in May, 1730, Truman, (Capt. Truman) 
in June, 1731, Wait in Dec. 1732, Aiercy in Sept. 1735, Ann in Dec. 
1737, Currence in April, 1740, and Bethuel in June, 1742. 

Hinman, Ebenezer, eldest son of Joseph, married Hannah Mitchell, 
Jan. 1737 ; — she soon died, and he married tor his second wife, Eliza- 
beth Pierce, April, 1743. Children, Jonathan, baptized in 1738, died 
young, Rhoda in April, 1740, married Seth Mitchell, Dec. 1762, Han. 
nah in Feb. 1744, married Gideon Hicock, Jan. 1768, Betty in April, 
1746, married Seth Wheeler, Nov. 1767, Annis died young, Comfort 
in Oct. 1750, Daniel in Sept. 1752, married Annis, a daughter of Dea. 
David, and removed to Vermont, Annis in Feb, 1755, married Lieut. 
Asa Hinman, son of Dea. David. Esther in Oct. 1757, Jonathan in 
Feb. 1761, died young, Jonathan, May, 1764, the father of Gen. Rob- 
inson S., late deceased, of New Haven. 

Hinman, Joseph, 2d son of Joseph, married and removed to Far- 



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mington. Children, Justus, baptized in Aug. 1750, Joseph in Aug. 
1750, and Hester in x\pril, 1753. Aaron Uved and died at Guilford. 

Hinman, Elijah, 3d son of Joseph, married and removed to Ver- 
mont. Children, Elijah, baptized in Aug. 1763 — Amos, and other 
children. 

Hinman, Andrew, jr., eldest son of Andrew, married Mabel Stiles, 
February, 1734. Children, Betty, baptized in Sept. 1735, Margaret 
in Dec. 1738, (single,) Mabel in June, 1740, married Shadrack Os- 
born, Esq., of Southbury, (the mother of Mrs. Betsey Dunning, of N. 
Haven,) Francis in Aug. 1742, David in 1744, married Hannah Hin- 
man ; — he was a member of the General Assembly in 1725, 28, 29, 
36, 39 and 40. 

Hinman, Coe, 2d son of Andrew, married and removed to the State 
of New York. Children, Nathan, baptized June, 1751, Abner in July, 

1754, and others. 

Hinman, Noble, 3d son of Andrew, married and had a family in 
Massachusetts or Vermont. 

Hinman, Titus, 4th son of Titus, married Joanna Hurd, Nov. 1757. 
Their children were, Solomon, baptized, in Nov. 1758, Hester in Nov. 
1761, and Titus — Titus removed to Wyoming, Penn., was an 
Ensign in the Regiment of Col. Zebulon Butler, and was killed, July 
3, 1778, in the bloody massacre of Wyoming. 

Hinman, Ephraim, son of Titus, married Rebecca Lee, x\ug. 1750. 
Their children were, Andrew, baptized in February, 1751, died young, 
Patience in Feb. 1753 ; she married Ebenezer Strong, Jan. 1771 ; 
one of her daughters married Nathaniel Bacon, of New Haven. — 
(Ebenezer Strong was a descendant of John, of Windsor.) 

Hinman, Enos, son of Titus, married and removed to Vermont. 

Hinman, Jonas, son of Eleazer, married Sarah Downs, Feb. 1756. 
Their children were, Silas, baptized in Jan. 1757, Agur in Jan. 1759, 
Jonas, Abner, Sarah, Mary, Reuben and Currence. 

Hinman, John, 2d son of Eleazer, married Abigail Graham in 1772 
— she died, and he married a second wife, and removed to Bethlem. 

Hinman, Eleazer, 3d son of Eleazer, married Rhoda Mitchell in 
1769, and had Nathan, baptized in Feb. 1771, Patty in March, 1773, 
Eleazer Preston in Jan. 1776, Mitchell in Sept. 1778, and Livingston 
in July, 1784. This family removed to the State of New York. 

Hinman, Peter, 4th sou of Eleazer, married and had children, Wil- 
liam, who married Sarah Manning, March, 1790, Scovill, (Deacon 
Scovill Hinman, of New Haven,) Nathaniel, John, Hannah and Mary. 

Hinman, Gideon, eldest son of Deac. Noah, married Hannah Cur. 
tiss, Sept. 1745. Their children were. Zipper, baptized in March, 
1747, Asahel in Nov. 1749, died young. Love in Oct. 1751, died, 
Arabel in April, 1753, Gideon in April, 1753, (twins,) Moses in June, 

1755, removed to the State of New York, Love in Nov. 1757, Curtiss 
in April, 1761, Sarah in July, 1764. 

Hinman, Adam, son of Noah, married and removed to Vermont. 

Their children were, Isaac, baptized in 1754, supposed to be living, 

Mary in Dec, 1756, Martha in March, 1758, married Frederick Hurd, 

Dec. 1783, Timothy in 1760, for many years a Judge of the Court in 

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Derby, Vermont, and is yet living, Adam, Jan. 15, 17G4, now lives at 
Southbun', Sarah in Jan. 1704 — Adam and Sarah were twins. 

Hinman, Reuben, son of Deac. Noah, married Mary Downs, Sept. 
175G. Their children were, Currence, baptized in April, 1700, Abra- 
ham in Sept. 1702, and others. This family removed to Williamstown. 

Ilinman, Noah, jr., son of Deac. Noah, married, and with his fam- 
ily removed to Vermont. 

Hinman, Col. Benjamin, son of Benjamin, married Molly Stiles. 
Their children were, Aaron in 1740, Joel, baptized in April, 1748, 
Sherman in June, 1750, died young, Sherman in Oct. 1752, graduated 
at Yale College in 1776 ; he married, and had Ruth Emm, who mar- 
ried William Forbes of Derby, Vermont, formerly of New Haven, and 
Clara, who married Jared Hawley, Esq. ; Sherman also died a young 
man a few years after he was married. 

Hinman, Aaron, son of Col. Benjamin — had Judge William, Anna 
Drakely, Benjamin, of Vermont, George, of Bangor, and Harry, of 
Southbury, who are yet living. 

Hinman, Col. Joel, son of Col. Benjamin, married Sarah Curtiss, 
(yet living.) Their children were, Daniel, (deceased) Irena, married 
Eli Hall, Jason, Esq., in Vermont, Sally, married Jedcdiah Hall, Hon. 
Curtiss, died in Dec. 1820, Phcbe, single, Nancy, single, Robert, died 
in 1813, Albert, died in 1842, Sophia, married Truman Mitchell, Sher- 
man, an attorney, died in Mississippi, in 1832, Hon. Joel is the present 
Judge of the Supreme Court — he married a Miss Scovil, of Water- 
bury, Marietta, married Isaac Johnson, and Maria married Mr. Pulford. 

Hinman, Hon. Edward, (more familiarly known as Lawyer Ned,) 
son of Deac. Noah, married Ann Curtiss, July 18, 1704. Their chil- 
dren were, Sarah Ann, baptized in Jidy, 1705, married Timothy Hin- 
man, son of Capt. Truman, July, 1792, he graduated at Yale, Sim- 
eon, Esq., in March, 1700, graduated at Yale College in 1784, was a 
Lawyer — he died single, in 1830, Cyrus also graduated at Yale Col- 
lege in 1789, was a LaAvyer — he died young and unmarried. Only 
two of the descendants of this family are now living, neither of whom 
are married — twice a member of the General Court before Southbury 
was incorporated. 

Hinman, Abijah, son of Deac. Noah, married and removed to Ver- 
mont. Their children Avere, Adoniram in 1757, Wait in 1700, Ruth 
Emm in 1702, Abigail in 1704, and Rebecca, baptized in 1700. 

Hinman, Deac. David, son of Benjamin, married Sarah Hinman — 
he died in 1756. Their children were, Lieut. Asa, who served dur- 
ing the war of the Revolution — he Avas baptized in Aug. 1750, Annis 
in Dec. 1751, married Daniel Hinman, and moved to Bennington, Vt., 
where they both died. Gen. Ephraim in March, 1753 — he acted as a 
Captain and Quarter Master, and Assistant Commissaiy of Forage in 
the war of the Revolution, David in Jan. 1750, and Benjamin, Esq., 
who moved to Little Falls, N. York, afterwards to Utica. 

Hinman, Samuel, son of Wait, married, and his children were, 
Ann, baptized in July, 1759, Olive and Wait. 

Hinman, Capt. Truman, son of Wait, married Olive Hinman, and 
had children, Timothy, (father of the present Edward, Esq.,) gradu- 
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mafried Nathan Judson, Dec. 1800, Col. Truman married Betty Cur- 
tiss, Nov. 22, 1798. Only two of the descendants of Col. Truman arc 
living — both unmarried. 

Hinman, Bethuel, son of Wait, married Hannah Hicock, Nov. 1770. 
Removed to Greenfield, N. Y., and had several sons, and one named 
Shadrack. 

Hinman, Lieut. Asa, son of Deac. David, married Annis Hinman. 
Their children were, David, Avho sailed in 1802, for China, and never 
returned — died single, Rhoda, married Elisha Pierce, and Sarah, mar- 
ried Nathan Rumsey, of Southbury. — Anuis, only daughter of Deac. 
David, married Daniel Hinman, and moved to Bennington, Vermont — 
they had but one child, (Betsey,) she married Samuel Brown, and had 
one child, Samuel H. Bi'own, Esq., of Bennington ; Samuel H. mar- 
ried Sarah Brown, daughter of Park, of Southbury, and had sev- 
eral children. 

Hinman, Gen. Ephraim, son of Deacon David, married Sylvania 
French, daughter of William French, of Southbury, Feb. 3, 1779, and 
had four children, viz. John, died in infancy, Laura, who married, and 
had a daughter, (Henrietta,) both of whom soon after died. Royal R., 
born at Southbury, and Mary, born at Roxbury. Gen. Ephraim was 
several times a member of the General Assembly — he was a Captain, 
Quarter Master, and Assistant Commissary of Forage in the war of 
the Revolution. He died in Dec. 1829, aged over 77 years. 

Hinman, Royal R. son of Gen. Ephraim — on the 14th of September, 
1814, married Lydia Ashley, youngest daughter of Gen. John Ashley, 
of Sheffield, Mass. He graduated at Yale College in 1804 — by pro- 
fession a Lawyer, and in 1827 was admitted to practice before the 
Supreme Court of New York — several sessions a member of the Gen- 
eral Assembly — was several years Secretary of State, and in 1844 
was appointed Collector of Customs at the port of New Haven. His 
children are, Jane Ashley, Royal A., Lydia Ann, Mary E., and Cath- 
erine E. Jane A. married John Bigelow, of Harttbrd, and removed 
to Boston in 1844 — they had children, Jane Frances, John H., and 
William Henry — John H., died at the age of 3 years — William H., 
died at Boston, an infant, in 1846. Lydia Ann, married Charles E. 
Babcock, of New York, Sept. 1845, and had a son, Charles H., born 
in July, 1846. Royal Ashley, unmarried. Mary E., and Catherine 
E. Hinman. 

Hinman, David, son of Deac. David, married Mary Ann Graham, 
daughter of Andrew Graham, M. D., of Southbury, and had Frederick, 
who married Fanny Mitchell — Nathan, married Miss Burritt — Benja- 
min, married Miss Minor, who died, he then married Mrs. Bacon — 
Polly, married Mr. Ward, of Vermont — Patty, married Deac. Nathan 
Mitchell. 

Hinman, Benjamin, son of Deac. David, moved in early life to Little 
Falls, N. Y., where he married Anna Keysor, in 1779, a daughter of 
Capt. Keysor, of Montgomery county, N. Y. — she was born on the 
farm where Fort Keysor was built. Their children were, Col. John 
E., of Utica, M ho married Mary Schroppel, of the city of New York, 
daughter of George C. Schroppel, deceased. John E. was several 
years sheriff of the county of Oneida. 



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ilininaii, C'ol. John Jay, Attorney at Law, son of Benjamin, mar- 
ried some lady from Connecticut, and resides in or near Rushville, 
Illinois. 

Hinman, Benjamin, Esq., son of Benjamin — died, unmarried, at 
Hinmanville, Oswego county, N. Y., Aug. 9, 1844, 49 years old. 
Maranda, a daughter of Benjamin, sen'r., died at Utica in July, 1806, 
about 2 years old. Gen. William A., (son of Benjamin, sen'r.,) Attor- 
ney at Rushville, Illinois, married Miss Grace Kingsbury, of Brooklyn, 
N. Y., Annis, 2d daughter of Benjamin, married Dr. Thomas Monroe, 
originlly of Baltimore, but now of Jacksonville, Illiaois. Benjamin, 
the father of this family, resided at Utica — he died in April, 1831, at 
Mount Pleasant, Pean., on a journey to New Jersey, where he was 
interred. His widow is yet living in Illinois, with her sons. 

Hinsdel, Barnabas, Hartford — mai'ried Martha Smith, Nov. 1793. 
Daniel v/as married to Katherine Curtiss, of Wethersfield, and died in 
1737. Barnabas, son of Daniel and Katherine, died in 1737-8. De- 
scendants of Robert, in No. 2. 

Hodge, John, married Susannah Denslow, of Windsor, in 1665, and 
had John, Thomas, Mary, Joseph, Benjamin, Henry and William. — 
John, of Lyme, '91. Chauncey, of Roxbury, 1846. 

HoUoway, John, and Thomas Root, elected chimney viewers of 
Hartford, in 1648. 

Holcomb, Joshua, Simsbury — died in 1690. Children, Ruth 26 
years old, Thomas 24, Sarah 22, Elizabeth 20, Joshua 18, Deborah 16, 
Mary 14, Mindwell 12, Hannah 10, and Moses 4. 

Holly, John and Francis, were important settlers in Stamford as 
early as 1641-2, with about 40 other families. 

Hopkins, Gov. Edward, in 1640, aided in purchasing W^aranock, 
(Westfield,) and erected a trading house there. He married a daugh- 
ter of Mr. Eaton, of New Haven, but appears to have left no children 
in America. He procured to be printed in England, the first code of 
Laws for the New Haven Colony, in '56, and never returned after- 
wards to New England. He died in 1657. Ebenezer, married Mary, 
daughter of Samuel Butler, of Wethersfield. 

Hoskins, John, Windsor, married Deborah Denslow in 1677, and 
had a daughter Deborah, in '79. Anthony, sen'r., of Windsor, died in 
1706-7 — ^left Mary, his widow, and children, John, Robert, Anthony, 
Thomas, Joseph, Grace Eggleston, Jane Alford, (Isabel Alford died 
before him.) He was a fanner, and aged at his decease. John had 
a double portion, and £20 over, as Anthony lived with his son John. 
He owned land at Simsbury, which he gave Robert — he also had land 
at Greenfield he gave to Anthony. He entailed his lands to his chil- 
dren. Was an early settler at Windsor, and left an estate of £984. 

Hosford, John, Windsor, son of William, married P. Thrall in 1657, 
and had William, John, Timothy, Hester, Sarah, Samuel, Nathaniel, 
Mary and Obadiah. John, of Windsor, died in 1683, and left a 
widow. The eldest son had £225, John £121, Timothy £121, Hes- 
ter £100, Sarah £100, Samuel £114, Nathaniel £114, Mary £100, 
Obadiah £122, Widow £85 of personal estate for life. Mr. Hosford 
was a man of wealth and reputation, and one of the early settlers of 
Windsor. Benjamin, of Windsor, after 1717, settled at Litchfield. 



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House, William, Glastenbury — died in 1703. Children, John, aged 
30, Sarah Smith 28, Mary Hale 26, Ann 20, William 19, and Joseph 16. 

Hoyt, Nicholas, married Susannah , in 1G4G, and had Samuel, 

Jonathan, David and Daniel. 

Hubbard, George, in 1665, certified before William Leete, at Guil- 
ford, the consideration paid Lowheag, by the inhabitants of Wethers- 
field, for six miles in breadth on both sides of the river, and six deep 
from the river west, and three deep from the river east, in Wethers- 
field. He was on the committee of the General Court in March, '37, 
Avith Talcott, Mason and others. While he remained in the colony 
he was an important man at the General Court, and upon committees 
appointed by the Court. He was one of the first settlers in the colony 
— was appointed with two others, in '56, to survey the town of Wethers- 
field — was a committee to the General Court in '37 and '38, and a 
deputy in '39 in April, August and September, and was one of the 
leading men in the colony. He resided at Wethersfield, but remained 
in the colony but a few years before he removed to Milford, then to 
Giulford, and afterwards to Middletown, where he died in 1684, aged 
about 80. Children, Joseph, Daniel, Nathaniel, Samuel, Elizabeth, 
Mary Ranny, and Richard. (His wife, Elizabeth.) Joseph, of Mid- 
dletown, died in '86 — his children were, Joseph, 15 years old, Robert 
13, George 11, John 8, and Elizabeth 3. 

Hubbell, Richard, sen'r., Bridgeport. The first settlers of (now) 
Bridgeport, and members of the church, were, Richard Hubbell, sen'r., 
Isaac Wheeler, James Bennett, sen'r., Samuel Beardsley, Matthew 
Sherman, Richard Hubbell, jr., David Sherman, and John Odell, jr., 
in 1695. It was a part of the town of Stratford. Most of these names 
are yet familiar in the town of Bridgeport. 

Howe, Capt., and others, about 1640-1, purchased for Connecticut, 
of the Indians, a tract of land on Long Island, from the east part of 
Oyster Bay to the west part of Holmes's Bay, to the middle of what 
was then Great Plain, upon the north side of the Island, extending 
south half its breadth, which lands were sparsely settled before '43. 

Huit, Rev. Ephraim, (in No. 2,) gave in his will, Great Island, at 
the Flatts, to the Court at Hartford, for the use of the country. 

Hull, Josias, married Elizabeth Loomis, of Windsor, in 1641. 
Children, Josias, born in '42, John, Elizabeth, Mary, Martha, Joseph, 
Sarah, Naomi, Rebecca, Thomas, and one other son. 

Humphrey, Michael, married Priscilla Grant, in 1647, and had 
children, John, Mary, Samuel, Martha, Sarah, Abigail, and Hannah, 
(born in '69.) 

Huntington, Simon, Norwich, 1660, appears to have been'another 
family from that of Thomas, of Windsor. He was made a freeman 
in '63, under the Charter, at Hartford. 

Hunt, Blayach, Wethersfield — died in 1640 — was a cousin of Mary 
Collins, and a nephew of Mr. Welles — was also a cousin of Mary 
Baylding. He died unmarried. 

Hurlbut, Thomas, Wethersfield— died in 1689. Wife, Elizabeth- 
children, Timothy, 9 years old, Nathaniel 7, and Ebenezer 4. 

Hutchins, John — died in 1681, and left a widow, and two children, 
viz. Sarah, 4 years old, and Ann, one. 



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Hyde, William, Norwich, IGGO — was probably the same William 
Hyde who came into Hartford in '39, and was surveyor of" highways in 
'41. After a few years residence there, he moved down the river. 
He had 20 acres in the division of lands east of the river, (in East 
Hartford) in '40. Timothy, of Hartford, died in 1710 — he was the 
nephew of Caleb Watson and wife, and of Thomas and John Olcott — 
was young and unmarried — and a weaver by trade. He gave his 
propei'ty (jC186) to his uncles and aunts. 

J. 

Jeffery, , had daughters, Mary, in 1G64 — Hannah in '70, and 

afterwards Elizabeth. 

Jellicoe, Thomas, Middletown — died in 1084 — wife, Mary. 

Jessup, John, was in Hartford in 1037. On the 30th day of Octo- 
ber, '40, he with Rev. Richard Denton, Andrew Ward, Thurston Ray- 
nor, Jonas Wood, jr., John Northend, Thomas Weeks, Matthew Mitch- 
ell, Robert Coe, Samuel Sherman, Jeremiah Jagger, Vincent Simking, 
Edmond Wood, Henry Smith, Richard Gildersleeve, Jonas Wood, 
John Seaman, David Finch, Samuel Clark and Jeremiah Wood, pur- 
chased the town of Stamford of the New Haven Company — nearly all 
of whom had been first settlers at Wethersfield. They had previously 
purchased the Indian right. The above, all came according to the 
stipulation ; and Avith the first settlers also came the following as set- 
tiers at Stamford, viz. Richard Law, John Ferris, Robert Bates, John 
Whitmore, John Renolds, Thomas Morehouse, Francis Bell, Richard 
Crabb and Robert Fisher, most of whom were also from Wethersfield. 
The town continued to settle rapidly, and in '6 1-2, as appears by the 
purchase of lands, and a distribution by a vote of the company, the 
following became settlers there, to wit : Henry Acerly, John Under- 
bill, Thomas Slauson, Fi'ancis Holly, John Ogden, John Smith, John 
Miller, William Newman, Joseph Bishop, Thomas Hoyt, Daniel Sco- 
field, John Finch and John Holly. Rev. Mr. Denton, Mitchell, Ward, 
Law, Raynor and Francis Bell and Hollys, were strong, influential 
men in the New Haven Colony, as some of them had been in the 
Connecticut Colony. — Minor. 

Judson, William, (in No. 2,) had sons, Lieut. Joseph, Serg't. Jere- 
miah, and Joshua, all of whom came from Yorkshire in 1634, to Con- 
cord, Mass., from thence to Hartford, and in '39 or '40 to Stratford. 
The christian names of the first family are yet retained in the Judson 
family at Woodbury. 

K. 

Kates, John, Windham — died in 1697. He gave in his will 200 
acres of land, by entailment, to the poor of Windham, and 200 acres 
for a school house for the town. He gave his negro to Rev. Samuel 
Whiting, of said Windham, and other personal property. To the 
church of the town he gave £10 in money. He made Mary Howard 
executrix, and gave her the remainder of his estate, unless his child, 
or any of his children then in England, should come to New England, 



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and if so, such as should come shouhl have all his estate. He was 
the first of the name in the colony. This name is spelt Kates, on 
record, and by himself in his will — but he was the same Lieut. John 
Cates who served under Oliver Cromwell's administration of the liri- 
tish Government. His negro Jo. whom he gave to Mr. Whiting, he 
procured in Virginia, where he first landed. He escaped his pursuers 
in Virginia, and came to Norwich, yet feeling unsafe, he went to 
Windham, when a wilderness, and in '89 raised the first house, where 
he closed his life in safety from punishment by Charles II. He gave 
no silver plate to any person, as has been stated by some historians. 

Keeney, Alexander, Wethersfield, was an early settler, died in 
1G80. His children were, Alexander, 18 years old, Thomas IG, Sa- 
rah 16, twins — Joseph 14, Lydia 11, Ebenqzer 8, and Richard 6. 
Olive, his widow, died in '83. 

Kellogg, Samuel, Colchester — died in 1708 — left a w^ife, Hannah, 
and children, Samuel, Joseph, Hannah and Eunice. Nathaniel, of 
Colchester, was appointed guardian for Joseph. They were descend, 
ants of Nathaniel, of Hartford, (in No. 2,) in 1639 — who was an early 
settler in the colony, and had G acres in the land division east of Con- 
necticut river, 1G40. Samuel married Sarah Merrills, in 1687. — 
Ebenezer, resided in Colchester in 1708. He married Mabel Butler, 
of Hartford, a sister of Elizabeth Clark and Mary Butler, daughters 
of Daniel Butler then deceased. In 1708 they sold the house of their 
father to Abraham Merrills, of Hartford. The deed was acknowl- 
edged before Michael Taintor, justice, at Colchester, where they all 
resided, except said Merrills, in 1710. 

Kelsey, Stephen, married Hannah Higginson, of Wethersfield, ia 
1672. 

Kibbe, Isaac, was the first male child born in Enfield, May, 1683. 
Incorporated in '83. The town had been a part of Springfield, and 
continued under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts until 1750. In 1681 
a grant of the town was made to nine persons, and singular as it is, 
not a descendant of either of the nine are now residents of Enfield. 
The first settlers were from Springfield in 1679, and erected houses 
there, at first, to hunt and fish at Fresh Water Brook. Nathaniel 
Collins settled there as their second minister, in 1699. In 1637, Jo- 
seph Kibbe was a member of the General Court of Connecticut, and 
was the first of the name in the colony. 

Kilbourn, Abraham, Wethersfield — died in 1715 — wife, Sarah — 
children, Samuel, Abraham and Sarah. Widow Kilbourn, of Weth- 
ersfield, 1640. Joseph, of Wethersfield, moved to Litchfield, a de- 
scendant of Thomas and John (in No. 2.) The Kilbourn families at 
Litchfield are descendants of John from Wethersfield. Thomas and 
John came to Connecticut as early as '36. Thomas married Hannah 
Hills, of Glastenbury, in '99. John, sen'r., (in No. 2) — wife, Sarah, 
children, John, Thomas, Naomi Hale, Ebenezer, Sarah Crane, George, 
Mary, Joseph and Abraham. He died in April, 1703. 

Kimberly, Eleazer, Glastenbury — died in July, 1708-9. His chil- 
dren were, Thomas, Elizabeth, Ruth, and two other daughters. Es- 
tate £356. The same mentioned in No. 2, of Wethersfield. 

King, Edward, Windsor — died in 1702 — supposed the son of John, 



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of Windsor. He left a will which was so badly defaced and torn, 
and having one daughter not mentioned in his will, that the court 
refused to accept it. His daughter Mary married Mr. Hillyer, and 
Sarah married Mr. Kady, and both resided on Long Island. P(!rhaps 
he left other children. Sarah, widow of Capt. John, of Northampton, 
died at Windsor, in 1705. Capt. John, perhaps a son of John, and 
brother of P^dward. 

Knell, Nicholas, Stratford, 1650. 

Knight, George, Hartford— died in 1099. Estate £257. 

L. 

Lancton, John, jr., Farmington — died in 1683. He owned a house 
and land at Northampton. He was a son of Deacon Lancton. 

Lester, Edward, held land about New London in 1G53. 

Lovering, William, a hatter by trade — was admitted an inhabitant 
of Hartford in 1G58. 

Loomis, Joseph, sen'r., Windsor, 1639. From history, tradition 
and records, it appears, and is believed by the Loomis family, that 
Joseph Loomis and his family were the only persons of the name who 
came to Windsor in the early settlement of the town, (as early as 
1639) — that he with his family, consisting of himself, wife, five sons 
and one daughter, emigrated from, at, or near Bristol in England, to 
New England, in the ship Mary and John, Captain Squid, master, 
which sailed from Plymouth, England, March 20, 1630, and arrived 
at Nantasket Point, May 30th the same year. From thence with the 
Rev. John Warham's church and people, in '36, he emigrated to 
Windsor, (or with Mr. Hewit in '39.) From all that is known it is 
quite certain that all the Loomises in this part of the country have 
originated from this family. The names of the five sons are as fol- 
lows, viz. John, Joseph, Thomas, Nathaniel and Samuel, and daugh- 
ter, Elizabeth. They all settled in the town of Windsor, and there 
remained until after Philip's war. Timothy, (in No. 2,) was recorder 
at a much later period than '39. [Dr. McClure was mistaken as to 
Timothy's coming to Windsor in '39, with Mr. Huit.] He died in 
Windsor in 1658 — his wife died in '52. Joseph, jr., son of Joseph, 
sen'r., of Windsor, died in '87. Estate £281. His children were, 
Joseph, 38 years old, John 36, Mary 34, Hannah 25, Matthew 23, 
Stephen 20, James 17, Nathaniel 14, and Isaac 9, at his decease. 
John Loomis was an appraiser of his estate, with H. Wolcott and 
John Wolcott — perhaps at that time an appraiser could be a relative. 
John, of Windsor, married Elizabeth Scott, and had John, born in '49, 
Joseph, Thomas, Samuel, Daniel, James, Timothy, Nathaniel, David, 
Samuel, Isaac, Elizabeth and Mary. Thomas, married Hannah Fox 
in '53, and had Thomas, (died) Thomas, Hannah, and Mary. His 
wife died. He then married a second wife, and had Elizabeth, Ruth, 
Sarah, Jeremiah, (died) Mabel, Mindwell, &;c. Nathaniel, married 
Elizabeth Moore, and had 12 children. Samuel, married and had 5 
children. John, of Windsor, had a grand daughter, Anna Loomis, 
daughter of Joseph, born in '78. 



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Lynde, Nathaniel, was an early settler of Saybrook — his son, Sam- 
uel, was a native of the town. Nathaniel, gave the first building for 
a College at Saybrook. His son, Samuel, was many years a member 
of the Council and a Judge in Connecticut. The other early settlers 
found upon record were, the Major, Rev. Mr. Higginson, Peters, Bar- 
ker, Lieut. Bull, Bushnell. Clark, Lay, Lord, Parker, William Pratt, 
Post, Champion, M. Oris wold, Lee, Wade, Backus, Bhss, Huntington, 
Hyde, Larrabee, Leffiiigwell, Breede, Chalker, Waterhouse, Kirtland, 
Shipman, Whittlesey, Willard, Lieut. Seely. Mr. Higginson was the 
first unordained minister at Saybrook. He married the daughter of 
the Rev. Henry Whitefield, of Guilford, and afterwards became his 
assistant at Guilford, and about 1660 he moved to Salem to assist his 
father. 

Lyman, Samuel, moved from Northampton to Lebanon, and from 
thence to Coventry about 1718. Noah Carpenter, son of Benjamin, 
came from Northampton to Coventry at a later period, 1730. 

Lucas, William, owned land in Middletown in 1667 — he probably 
resided there previously. 

M. 

Maloy, Capt., was ordered in 1637, with Allyn and Ward, to go 
to Agawam and treat with the Indians for their tribute to defray the 
expense of the wars, of one fathom of wampum a man, and a fathom 
and a quarter, for the Wawattock Indians. 

Markham, James, Windsor — died in 1698 — wife, Elizabeth. He 
left a large estate to his wife — probably had no children. 

Marsh, John, who moved from Hartford to Litchfield — was a de- 
scendant of John, of Hartford, (in No. 2.) 

Marshall, Samuel, Windsor, married Mary Wilton in 1652, and had 
Samuel, Thomas, died— Daniel, Thomas, Mary, Elizabeth, John, and 
one other daughter. Capt. Samuel, of Windsor, (in No. 2,) was kill- 
ed in battle by the Indians in '75. It was his fifth time in service, 
under Major Treat. He was a brave officer. Estate £902. (See 
S. Marshall in No. 2.) 

Maskell, Thomas, Windsor, married Betsey Parsons in 1660. Chil- 
dren, Betsey, Thomas, Abigail, Thomas, John, Elizabeth and others. 

Mason, Edward, Wethersfield, 1639, (in No. 2,) died in 1640, and 
left an estate of £121. 

Mather, Richard, was one of the four early settlers of the town of 
Lyme before 1666. 

Maudsley, John, Windsor, married Mary Newbury in 1664. Ben- 
jamin, born m '66, Margaret in '67, Joseph in '70, and Susannah in 
'75. A respectable family. He set out the estate of James Enoe to 
his children in '82. 

May, Nicholas, Whidsor — died in 1664. Estate £4. 

Marwine or Merwine, Miles, in 1684. His children were, Eliza- 
beth, John, Samuel, Abigail and Miles. 

Miner, John, son of Thomas, of New London. In 1654, I find the 
following upon the colony record : " Whereas, notwithstanding former 
provision made for the conveyance of the knowledge of God to the 
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Natives amongst us, little hath hitherto been attended, through want 
of an able interpreter ; — this Court being earnestly desirous to pro. 
mote and further what lies in them, a work of that nature, wherein 
the glory of God and the everlasting welfare of those poor, lost, naked 
sons of Adam is so deeply concerned — do order, that Thomas Miner, 
of Pequot, (New London) shall bo wrote unto from this Court, and 
desired that he would forthwith send his son John to Hartford, where 
this Court will provide for his maintenance and schooling, to the end 
he may be for the present, assistant to such Elder, Elders or others, 
as this Court shall appoint to interpret the things of God to them as 
he shall be directed, and in the meantime, fit himself to be instru- 
mental that way, as God shall fit and incline him thereunto for the 
future." This was the first action in the Missionary cause in Con- 
necticut. Nothing previous to this date, appears from the record, to 
have been done preparatory to christianizing the Indians, except to 
suffer them, in small numbers, to attend their meetings for worship. 

Mitchell, Nathan, who moved from Stratford or Stamford to Litch- 
field, is supposed a descendant of Matthew, (in No. 2,) who moved to 
Stamford from Wethersfield, i« the early settlement of Stamford. — 
John, of Hartford, died in 1683. His children were, Mary, aged 28, 
John 25, Sarah 21, Margaret 19, Mabel 17, and Miriam 15. Sarah, 
of Wethersfield, died in '84, and left brothers and sisters, viz. John, 
Mary, Margaret, Mabel and Miriam, and £20 estate. 

Mix, Rev. Stephen, and John Woodward were appointed scribes 
for the Convention that formed the Saybrook Platform in 1708. The 
name of Mix is yet at New Haven. 

Moore, Deac. John, had a daughter born in Windsor, 1643, also 
John, in '45. Deac. Moore died in '77. His son John married Han- 
nah Foote in '64 — and had John, Thomas, Samuel, Nathaniel, Ed- 
ward, and twins in '74, Josias and Joseph. 

Morton, Samuel, Hoccanum — died in 1668. Estate £4. 

Mudge, Francis. The town of Hartford, by their committee, seques- 
tered to the use of said Mudge, six acres of land, if the town admitted 
him as an inhabitant, 1640. 

N. 

Nash, Joseph, Hartford — died in 1677-8 — wife, Margaret. Sarah 
was his only child unmarried. Capt. John, of New Haven, was his 
eldest brother. He had no sons, and his other daughters were mar- 
ried at his decease. He left a good estate. 

Newbury, Thomas, Windsor — died in 1688, Children, Hannah 8, 
Thomas 6, Joseph 4, and Benjamin one year old. He mari'ied Ann 
Ford in 1676. Benjamin, of Windsor, married Mary AUyn in '46, 
and had nine children. 

Newel, Daniel, with Samuel Hall, Ebenezer Smith, John Gaines, 
Richard Goodale, Samuel Eggleston, John Ranny, Thomas Buck, 
Thomas Wright, Nathaniel and Joseph White, Jonathan Judd, and 
others, were the first church members at Chatham. The church was 
organized there in 1721 ; Daniel Shepard chosen Deacon ; and the 
first meeting house erected there, 26 by 40 feet, in 1718. Thomas, 



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of Farmington, died in 1G89. His children were, John, 42 years old, 
Thomas 39, Samuel 28, Rebecca Woodford 46, Mary Bascomb 44, 
Hester Strong 37, Sarah Smith 34, Hannah North 31 — John Stanley 
and Thomas North married two of his daughters. He was an early 
settler of Farmington. Joseph, of Farmington, died in 1689 — was a 
brother of John, and had five sisters, viz. Rebecca, Mary, Sarah, 
Esther and Hannah ; he was also a brother of Thomas and Samuel. 
To Esther Woodford he gave a share of his estate — was a brother-in- 
law to John Stanley, who had a son Samuel. He died unmarried. 
The name yet continues within the bounds of what was then Far- 
mington. 

Nichols, Siborn, of Witham in the county of Essex, England, Gen- 
tleman — in 1664 received a deed, executed in London, of a large 
quantity of land located in Hartford, Conn., on both sides of Connect- 
icut river, from William Whiting, a merchant then in London, and a 
son of William Whiting then deceased, of Hartford, which had fallen 
to him at his father's decease, for which Mr. Nichols paid him £320 
sterling. It is doubtful whether the above Siborn ever came to this 
country. Cyprian Nichols the elder appears to have been the son of 
Siborn, of Witham, particularly from the fact that the lands deeded by 
Mr. Wiiiting in London, went into the possession of Cyprian, of Hart- 
ford, yet the lands were never deeded by Siborn to Cyprian, as appears 
of record. Cyprian was occasionally called Siborn, but generally 
Cyprian. There were five Cyprian Nichols in this family in suc- 
cession. Cyprian, sen'r., died at Hartford, a gentleman of great 
wealth ; Cyprian, jr., died in 1745 — left his widow, Agnes ; Lieut. 
James and William were also sons of Cyprian, sen'r. In 1711 land 
was set out on execution by S. Webster, sheriff, to Cyprian Nichols. 
Capt. Cyprian, in 1720, had daughters, Mary Turner and Sarah Web- 
ster, wife of William Webster ; he also had a grandson Cyprian, and 
a grandson William Davenport, to whom he gave £50. There was a 
Cyprian Nichols as late as 1750, and the name is yet in the same 
family in Hartford at this time. Siborn was a gentleman of reputa- 
tion and wealth in England, and in 1664 had the title of gentleman 
and Mr. — Cyprian, of Hartford, married Mary Spencer, daughter of 
Samuel Spencer, May, 1705. In the settlement of estates, the name 
of Siborn Nichols has appeared, Avhich is supposed to have been used 
for Cyprian. No person by the name of Siborn Nichols died in the 
Probate District of Hartford for the first 75 years of the settlement of 
the colony. It appears there was either a young man by the name of 
Siborn after the death of Siborn, of Witham, or Cyprian was occa. 
sionally called Siborn. Adam Nichols of 1681, appears to have been 
a different family — he had a daughter Hester Ellis — he also had a son 
and daughter at Haddam. Isaac and Caleb Nichols were located at 
Stratford as early as 1650. 

North, John— died in 1690-1. Children, Thomas, Joseph, Mary 
and Sarah Woodruff. 

Northum, John, Colchester — died in 1732 — wife, Hannah. He had 
a son John, and nine daughters ; and a brother-in-law, Nathaniel 
Pomeroy. 

Northend, John, an original settler and proprietor of Stamford in 



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1641 — probably the same to whom Mr. Towaey gave 40 shillings ni 
his will. 

Noyes, John, Stonington, 1713. 

O. 

Olmsted, John, was settled at Hartford, as early as 1639 — he pro- 
bably was the same Jolin Holmsted that afterwards located at Nor- 
wich, in 16G0. He was a kinsman of the Richard Olmsted family of 
Norwalk, who went there from Hartford. 

Osborn, John, Windsor, married Ann Olday in 1645, and had John, 
Nathaniel, Samuel, Mary, Hannah, Samuel, Isaac, Sarah, and two 
other daughters. 

Ould, Robert, Windsor, married Susannah Sanford, and had Robert 
in 1670, and Jonathan in '72. 



Palmer, Timothy, Windsor, married Hannah Buell in 1663, and 
had Timothy, Hannah, Mary, Sarah, died, John, Sarah, Samuel and 
Martha. 

Parsons, Rev. Joseph. In 1700 a church was formed at Lebanon, 
and the same year Mr. Parsons was ordained there. Several persons 
settled there from Windsor, Stratford, &c. Thomas, married Lydia 
Brown, of Windsor, in 1641, and had Betsey, Thomas, died, Abigail, 
John, Mary, Ebenezer, Samuel, and Joseph. Thomas died in 1680, 
Isaac, son of John and Phillis, bora in 1699, Jacob in 1701, Moses in 
1702, Phillis in 1704, Aaron in 1706, and Ruth in 1711. Ebenezer, 
of Windsor, had a daughter Abigail, born in 1675, Ebenezer in 1677, 
John in 1678. John Parsons married Phillis Hills in 1698. 

Parent, John, Haddam — died in 1686. Children, Mary and Ehza. 
beth — no sons. 

Payne, Widow Hannah, Wethersfield — died in 1682, and left chil- 
dren, Hannah, 20 years of age, and Thomas 9. John, of Middletown, 
died in '81. His children were. Job, 4 years old, Latierce 3, and 
Abigail 1. Richard Hall, Samuel Hubbard and John Savidge were 
appraisers. 

Peacock, John, settled at Stratford before 1650. 
Pease, John. It has generally been supposed by the Pease family, 
that the first of the name settled at Enfield about 1683 ; yet Miss 
Caulkins, in her History of Norwich, has reported John Pease as lo- 
cated at Norwich at a much earlier period, with his name and lot 
registered in the Town Plat, as a proprietor in the N. W. exti-emlty 
of the settlement, with John Tracy, John Baldwin, Jonathan 'Royce, 
Robert Allyn, Francis Griswold, Nehemiah Smith and Thomas How. 
ard. John Calkins, Hugh Calkins, Ensign William Backus, Richard 
Egerton, Thomas Post and John Gager. Upon the opposite side of 
the street she locates, with no river land attached to their homelots, 
Samuel and William Hide ; upon the river, Morgan Bowers, Robert 
Wade, John Birchard, John Post, Thomas Bingham and Thomas Wa- 
terman ; around the Plain, Gen. Mason and Rev, James Fitch. Af- 
ter which she gives with like particularity the locations of Lieut. 
Thomas Tracy, John Bradford, C. Huntington, Thomas Adgate, John 



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Holmsted (or Olmsted,) Stephen Backus, Thomas Bhss and John Ren- 
olds. T. Leffingwell, J. Reed, R. Wallis and Richard Hendys, as 
the first planters of Norwich. Mr. Pease must have been located iu 
Norwich as early as 1660, as a town book was then commenced, and 
from that it appears the contract which had been made with John El- 
derkin in '54, to erect a corn-mill for the town of Mohcgan, was now 
understood to be erected either " on the land of John Pease, or at 
Norman's Acre," before Nov. '61. Mr. Pease was afterwards found 
at New London. F'armer says, John Pease was a member and Cap- 
tain of the Ar. Co. in '61. He might have returned to the Plymouth 
Colony, and from thence removed to Enfield, or he might have romov- 
ed direct from Norwich or New London to Enfield in '83. As the 
name and age of the man appears to be the same as that of John 
Pease who had resided at Salem, there is little doubt he was the same 
man. He was a good surveyor and a gentleman of education. 

Peck, Paul. The name of Paul in the Peck family continued over 
100 years — named after Deac. Paul, of Hartford, in 1639. Paul, son 
of Paul, a great grandson of Deac. Paul, born in 1702, Elisha in 1704, 
Thomas in 1709, and Cornelius in 1711. Paul Peck married Loah 
Morry in 1701. Samuel married Abigail Collier, daughter of Joseph, 
in 1701. Joseph Hopkins married Hannah Peck, daughter of Paul, 
in 1699. John and Paul, jr., emigrated to Litchfield after 1717. 

Perry, Richard, Fairfield, with the following names are found upon 
the record of Fairfield, as first settlers, viz. Hon. Nathan Gold, Nathan, 
iel Baldwin, John Tomson, George Starkey, Henry Rowland, Daniel 
Frost, Robert Lockwood and John Gray, as early as 1641. Fairfield 
had settlers as early as 1639-40. John Barlow, Samuel Drake, Tho. 
Sherwood, Richard Bowles, Thomas Dunn and Thomas Sherwington, 
also in 1650-1. There are no dates of 1650. In 1654, Edward Ad- 
ams, Hon. Roger Ludlow, John Banks, Andrew Ward, Richard Lyon, 
Thomas Wheeler, John Nichols, Isaac Nichols, John Cable, Thomas 
Morehouse and Richard Osborn, (and William Hill and Robert Turney 
in 1654) ; also in 1654, Philip Pinkney, Thomas Barlow, George 
Goodwin, Thomas Bearsley ; in 1657, Henry Lyon. Many names 
cannot be decyphered on the first record at Fairfield. The names ot 
Rowland, Starkey, Sherwood, Dunn, Sherwington, Lyon, Morehouse, 
Turney and Pinkney were peculiarly Fairfield county names, none ot 
which I recollect to have found among the first settlers of the old 
towns of Hartford, Wethersfield, or Windsor. Many of the above 
persons emigrated from Wethersfield, and other towns on the Connect, 
icut river. — <S. A. Nichols. 

Pettibone, John, Windsor, married in 1664, and had a son John, 
born in '65, a daughter in '67, and Stephen in '69. 

Peters, Thomas, at New London in 1645— probably the same Rev. 
Thomas who came to Saybrook with Mr. Fen wick in '39. Mr. Pe- 
ters aided Uncas in many respects ; he performed the duty of surgeon 
in dressing the wounds of his warriors after his battles with the Nar- 
ragansetts. In 1645 there must have been about 50 families at New 
London. 

Pond, Samuel, Windsor, married Sarah Ware in 1641, and had 
children, Isaac, Nathaniel, Sarah and Samuel. 



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S. 

Savage, John, sen'r., settled early at Middletown — died in 1G84 — 
left his wife, Elizabeth, and children, John, 33 years old at his father's 
death, Elizabeth 30, Sarah 28, Mary 27, Abigail 19, William 17, 
Nathaniel 14, Rachel 12, and Hannah 9. He left a large landed 
estate to his family. He was often called upon by the town in various 
stations. He appears to have settled there as his first location in the 
colony, and was the first of the name in the colony. 

Sage, David, sen'r., Middletown— died in 1703. Children, David, 
John, (two of his daughters married Bull and Johnson,) also Mercy, 
Jonathan, Timothy — Jonathan died in 1713; David, jr. died in 1712 
or '13. His mother resided at Middletown, and owned land there. 
He left an estate of £7.53. Thomas Stedman, of VVethersfield, mar- 
ried a daughter of David, jr. Children of David, jr., deceased, Mary 
and Elizabeth — he had no sons. 

Strong, Rev, Nathan. His father early moved from Windsor to 
Woodbury, where the Rev. Nathan was born in 1710. He first 
learned the trade of a house joiner, but afterwards graduated at Yale 
College in 1742, immediately after he studied theology with the Rev. 
Mr. Graham, of Southbury, who preached his ordination sermon. He 
was ordained in Coventry in 1745, immediately after the church was 
formed there. He died in 1795, in the 51st year of his ministry. He 
married the daughter of the Rev. Mr. Meacham, and a grand daughter 
of the Rev. John Williams, of Deerfield, who was taken captive by the 
Indians. Some of the first settlers of Coventry under Mr. Strong," 
were, Nathaniel Kingsbury, John Fowler, Noah and Benjamin Car- 
penter, Joseph Long, Amos Richardson, Aaron Strong, Ebenezer 
Brown, John Hackings, John Craw or Crow, Timothy Ladd, Jona- 
than Shepard, Elijah Hammond, James Hotchkins, and others. The 
father of Rev. Nathan who moved to Woodbury, was the 14th child 
in his father's family. Rev. Nathan, of Coventry, was the father of 
Rev. Drs. Nathan, of Hartford, and Joseph, of Norwich. There are 
yet at Woodbury several families by the name of Strong, all descend, 
ants of John, of Windsor. After 1717, Eleazer and Supply Strong 
moved from Windsor to Litchfield. Rev. Nathan was a liueal descend, 
ant of John, of VVindsor, who moved to Northampton. 



A Catalogue of the Families who emigrated to Massachusetts, in 1659, 
f7'om Connecticut, 

"At a meeting at Goodman Ward's house in Hartford, April 18, 
1659, the company there met, engaged themselves, under their own 
hands, or by their deputies, whom they had chosen, to remove them- 
selves and their families out of the jurisdiction of Connecticut, into the 
jurisdiction of Massachusetts, as may appear in a paper dated the day 
and year abovesaid. The names of the engagers are these : 

John Webster, William Goodwin, John Crow, Nathaniel Ward, 
John White, John Barnard, Andrew Bacon, William Lewis, Wilham 
Westwood, Richard Goodman, John Arnold, William Patrigg, Greg- 



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ory Wilterton, Thomas Standley, Samuel Porter, Richard Church, 
Ozias Goodwin, Francis Barnard, James Ensign, George Steele, John 
Marsh, Robert Webster, William Lewis, jr., Nathaniel Standley, Sam- 
uel Church, William Markum, Samuel Moody, Zechariah Field, Wid. 
Westly, Wid. Watson, Andrew Warner, Mr. John Russell, jr., Na- 
thaniel Dickinson, Samuel Smith, Thomas Coleman, Mr. John Russel, 
sen'r., John Dickinson, Philip Smith, John Coleman, Thomas Wells, 
James Northam, Samuel Gardner, Thomas Edwards, John Hubbard, 
Thomas Dickinson, Robert Boltwood, Samuel Smith, jr., William 
Gull, Luke Hitchcock, Richard Montague, John Latimer, Peter TU- 
ton, John Watson, Richard Billing, Benjamin Harbert, Edward Ben- 
ton, John Catling, Mr. [Samuel] Hooker, Capt. Cullick, not fully en- 
gaged, Daniel Warner." 

Of the 60 names on ihe foregoing list, about one-fourth part never 
removed to Hadley, and several that did remove returned to Connect, 
icut again some years after. The names of a number that did remove 
are not on this list. 



ADVERTISEMENT. 



The three Numbers, of which this is the last, is designed to give 
the information to those who possess any curiosity to learn the first 
of the name who came into the Colony of Connecticut. When it is 
known who the first progenitor was, there is little difficulty in tracing 
their ancestry. With most men there exists an anxiety to learn some- 
thing of those of the same blood who had preceded them, and had 
aided in building up, and were the pioneers of this great and mighty 
republic, which has now become one of the three most powerful gov- 
ernments of the world. There will be a satisfaction in recognizing 
our first ancestor — in learning from whence he came — where he was 
first located, and his condition and character in life, in this country. 
If he was poor and homely, so much the more are you indebted to 
him, for abandoning, the land of his nativity, his friends, and all that 
he held dear, (except his religion) to come to this gloomy wilderness, 
inhabited only by wild beasts and savage men, where for many years 
their lives were never safe even with their arms in their hands, and 
the sweet sleep they had enjoyed in childhood had become a stranger 
to their eyelids. It will not be forgotten that all these dangers were 
suffered for you. Since my attention has been particularly called to 
this subject, I have often been astonished to find so many of the intel- 
Hgent inhabitants of the State so perfectly destitute of information of 
their genealogy ; indeed, I conversed with one gentleman, of whom I 
enquired the name of his great grand father and where he resided— 
he looked at me with a sort of surprise, and remarked, " Really, Sir, 
I never thought I had any ancestor previous to my grand father," and 
was unable to even give the name or place of residence of his grand 
father. Thought I, a poor reward this for the hardships of his ances- 
tor — and my informant was a gentleman of $80,000. Nothing is 
required to find much of every man's ancestry, but patience, persever- 



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ance and industry in collecting them from the early records and papers 
%vhich have been preserved for 200 years. 

My object at first Avas to publish only a list of the names of the 
Puritans who came to Connecticut during the first 30 years, from 1635 
to IGOo, while Connecticut stood alone, before the Union of the New 
Haven Colony with Connecticut ; but believing it would be more in- 
teresting by adding little historical scraps to names, and giving short 
biographical sketches of persons, I have done so with as much accu- 
racy as possible. To those who are familiar with the labor of such a 
work, I need not say, that much time has been bestowed upon these 
three small pamphlets, as well as considerable money advanced in so 
imperfectly giving it to the public. Errors there will be, but when it 
is considered that the numerous facts here collected are drawn from 
the half obliterated records, imperfectly kept 200 years since, depend- 
ing mostly upon the colony record, I trust that such errors will be ex. 
cused until those who find them shall attempt to better the work by 
their own personal exertions. No towns are included in this compi- 
lation, but such as were at some time before 1665 within the jurisdic- 
tion of Connecticut. There probably at no period of time was ever 
as many respectable and educated men emigrated from any country, 
as from England, to Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut from 
1635 to 1665 — men who were neither inferior to their successors in 
fervent piety, patriotism, learning, or in sterling integrity. There were, 
it is true, many needy and avaricious adventurers who quit their coun- 
try, hoping to better their condition in life ; and the fate of time and 
accident, by the equal laws of our country, has placed the successors 
of some of the most wealthy of the original pioneers, in humble pov- 
erty, while the successors of the most humble emigrants are now found 
surrounded with every comfort and in the highest walks of life. This 
is the fate of idleness on the one hand, and persevering industry on 
the other, in most cases. Where the names of families are mentioned, 
they may perhaps differ from some aftcient family records, as some of 
them are taken from town books, while others are taken from the 
records of Probate — the former contains all the births, while the Pro- 
bate record mentions only such as were living at the decease and dis- 
tribution of the estate of the head of the family. Dates in the ancient 
records of the colony are difficult to procure with accuracy, as wills 
often are without date, as are inventories of estates. Not only so, 
some may be misled in supposing dates incorrect, from the fact, that 
the first settlers commenced the year on the 25th day of March, in- 
stead of the first day of January, and the records for many years are 
so dated, and time thus divided. 

Only 500 copies have been printed in this edition. The language 
used in describing the facts attached to names, is usually the language, 
if not the words of the record. 



HB !• ^ ^*, ERRATA. 

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For " Hon. Henrj Wolcott, the first of Windsor," on page 108, 12th line irora 
bottom, read. Gov'rs. Winthrop, Welles and Webster. 

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