"The History of the old town of
Derby, Connecticut, 1641-1880;
with biographies and genealogies
COLLINS to HITCHCOCK
[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]
1. Daniel, b. Feb. 8, 1678.
LIEUT. GRIFFIN, born about 1598, came with his wife, Alice, from near London, Eng., to America with Gov. Winthrop. They sailed in company with seven vessels in April, 1630, and he settled at Roxbury, Mass., where he was selectman and a member of the General Court. He died about 1690, as his will dated May 18, 1689, was presented for probate Nov. 9, 1690. His first wife was born in 1600; died Mar. 20, 1673. He m. twice afterwards. Children:
6. SAMUEL, son of Lieut. Griffin and Alice Crafts, m. Elizabeth Seaver, Oct 16, 1661; resided with his father; occupied public positions in the town. In 1683 the General Court granted him with twelve others the township of Woodstock, Conn., and in 1687 the Connecticut Assembly granted him and thirteen others the township of Pomfret, they buying the Indian title. This was known as the "Mishamoquet Purchase." He died about 1690, soon after the death of his father, leaving a good estate. Children:
11. SAMUEL, son of Samuel, Sr. and Elizabeth (Seaver) Crafts; m Elizabeth Sharpe, and died Dec. 9, 1709, aged 42. Children:
19. CAPT. JOSEPH, son of Samuel 2d and Elizabeth (Sharpe) Crafts, m. Susannah Warren, and removed to Pomfret, Conn., about 1721; received a lieutenant's commission, 1736, and a captain's in 1741. He died Jan 23, 1754. Children:
26. DEA. SAMUEL, son of Capt. Joseph Crafts, m. Feb. 19, 1746, Judith Payson of Pomfret, who was born Nov. 22, 1720, and died Feb. 13, 1813, aged 93. He died Nov 20, 1791, aged 69. Besides being deacon of the church he was prominent in places of trust in the town. Children:
42. EDWARD, M. D., son of Dea. Samuel and Judith (Payson) Crafts, came to Derby a little before 1780, and m. 1st Abigail Clark of Southington, Conn., Nov. 23, 1780, who died Oct. 23, 1796, being the mother of all his children. He m. 2d Ann, widow of Edward Clark and dau. of Doct. Silas Baldwin, who died June 8, 1813, aged 56, and he m. 3d Melissa Holbrook Osborn, dau. of Daniel Holbrook, who died Jan. 19, 1841. He died Mar. 17, 1821, aged 68 years. Children;
47. PEARL, M. D., son of Doct. Edward Crafts; m. Dec. 24, 1812, Sarah Mansfield, dau of Rev. Edward and Sarah M. Blakeslee, and grand dau. of Dr. Mansfield. Children:
48. CHAUNCEY, son of Doct. Edward Crafts; m. Maria, dau. of Daniel Bacon of Woodbury, Conn., Sept. 11, 1811. Children:
53. EDWARD B., son of Doct. Pearl Crafts; m. Sarah A., dau of James Thompson, Oct. 9, 1846. Children:
BENJAMIN, m. Olive Carpenter, Mar. 14, 1775.
JOHN, m. Sarah Adee, Dec. 13, 1795. Child:
OLIVER, came to Derby and m. Hannah, dau. of William Clark, Apr. 2, 1754. He died Jan. 13, 1794. His widow, Hannah died Oct. 3, 1803, aged 64. Children:
2. SHELDON, son of Oliver and Hannah (Clark) Curtiss, m. Lois Nichols, Nov. 11, 1781. She was born May 28, 1760. Children:
KNEELAND, a prominent sea captain, was born in Stratford; was in the war of 1812; m. Anna A. Fields, came to Derby in 1832, and engaged in the West India trade. Children:
1. CAPT. EDWARD F., son of Capt. Kneeland, m. Lucy Moshier, and is a sea captain. Children:
JOHN, m. Abigail; m. 2d Mrs. Mary Gunn, May 12, 1691. Children:
2. JOHN, JR.. son of John and Abigail Davis, m. Sarah Chatfield, July 15, 1706. who died Jan. 20, 1721. Children:
7. CAPT. JOSEPH, son of John, Jr., and Sarah (Chatfield) Davis, m. Mary Wheeler, Apr. 25, 1734, who died Jan 18, 1764. aged 49 and he m. 2d Mrs. Mary Foot of Newtown, Jan. 30, 1765. They settled in Oxford. Children:
8. DAN., son of John, Jr., and Sarah (Chatfield), m. Ruth ------. Children:
17. COL. JOHN, son of Joseph and Mary (Wheeler) Davis, m. Mehitable, dau. of Reuben Thomas of New Haven, Apr. 10, 1782, who died Dec. 27, 1852, aged 88 years. He is said to have died Nov. 27, 1848, aged 93 years. Children:
26. ANSON, son of Col. John and Mehitable Davis, m. Sally Pruden of Milford. Children:
27. CAPT. TRUMAN, son of Col. John and Mehitable Davis, m. 1st Mary Allen of Woodbridge, Dec. 6, 1808, who died Feb. 13, 1832; m. 2d Statia Ball of Bethany, who died Apr. 24, 1854; m. 3d Sophia Mallory of Milford, Oct 24, 1854. he died May 19, 1868, aged 81 years. Children:
28 JOHN, JR., son of Col John and Mehitable Davis, m. Laura, dau of John Riggs, and died Aug 8, 1844. His widow, Laura, died Feb 20, 1855. Children:
34. JOSEPH W., son of Col. John and Mehitable Davis, m. Henrietta Newton of Woodbridge. Children:
36. LEWIS, son of Col. John and Mehitable Davis, m. Lucinda Perkins of Oxford. Children:
37. BURRITT, son of Col. John and Mehitable Davis, m. Sarah Electa, dau. of Hiram Osborn of Oxford. Children all living in Owego, N. Y.: 69. Jay; m. Anna Fairchild.
NATHAN, and Eunice had Children:
ELIAS, and Abigail, had Child:
PHILIP, of Derby, had wife Hasadink. He died Aug. 20, 1698. Children:
JOSEPH, m. Sarah----. Child:
BERNARD, ensign major in the Continental service, and m. Mary Anne De Lamarquesie. Child:
JAMES, m. Anna Harger, June 9, 1779. Children:
ABRAHAM, m. Elizabeth -----. Child:
JOSIAH, m. Sabra Dudley, Jan. 20, 1798; came from Fairfield county, about 1800, to Derby. Children:
Doct. JOHN, m. in Stratford, Elizabeth, dau. of Richard Bryan, and grand dau. of Alexander Bryan, and came to Derby about 1685, his residence being near Edward Wooster's at Derby village. He possessed considerable property, and his wife inherited quite an estate from her father and grandfather. Children:
2. JOHN, son of Doct. John and Elizabeth (Bryan) Durand, m. Sarah Lum, Nov. 5, 1730, who died, and he m. 2d Sarah Chatfield, June 2, 1747, and died Mar. 8, 1773. Children:
By second wife;
4. NOAH, son of Doct. John and Elizabeth (Bryan) Durand, m. Abigail Riggs, Nov. 9, 1732, who died, and he m. 2d Damaris -------. Children:
5. JOSEPH, son of Doct. John and Elizabeth (Bryan) Durand, m. Ann Tomlinson, Apr. 25, 1734. She died Feb. 14, 1778, aged 64. He died Aug. 6, 1792, aged 81. Children:
6. SAMUEL, son of Doct. John and Elizabeth (Bryan) Durand, m. Mary----- . Children:
9. EBENEZER, son of Doct. John and Elizabeth (Bryan) Durand, m. Hannah White, Dec. 17, 1754. Child:
24. NOAH, son of Joseph and Ann (Tomlinson) Durand, m. Abigail, dau. of Caleb Tomlinson; lived on Great Neck and died Apr. 12, 1818. Abigail, his widow, died Nov. 2, 1831. Children:
33. JOSEPH, son of Noah and Ann (Tomlinson) Durand, m. Margaret Chamberlain of New York city; was a tailor and worked at his trade some years, when he returned to his father's home and died, Oct. 12, 1821.
34. WILLIAM, son of Noah and Ann (Tomlinson) Durand, m. Sarah Ambler of Bethlehem, Conn., a tailor in that town where they lived, and he died Feb., 1813.
35. SAMUEL, son of Noah and Ann (Tomlinson) Durand, m. 1st Susan Hawkins; 2d Sally Hawkins, sister of the first wife; 3d Nancy Beers of Trumbull; 4th Nancy Bourn of New Bedford. He was a farmer at Bare Plains. He died Feb. 18, 1852. Children:
39. WILLIAM L., son of David and Maria (Leavenworth) Durand, m. Ruth Coe, Oct. 7, 1838. Children:
NOAH 3d, m. Ruth Foot, Aug. 12, 1772. Child:
JOHN, Jr., m. Desire Andrews, Oct. 3, 1769. Child:
CLEMENT, m. Ruth Wisebury, Oct. 26, 1752. Children:
ABIEL and wife Lois, and probably some family came to Derby before 1750. It was probably he who m. Mrs. Mary Peck, May 10, 1757. Several of their children were probably born before the family came to Derby. Children:
NATHAN, may have been a son of Abiel. He m. 1st Ruth, dau. of Capt. James Wheeler, July 23, 1761, who died Sept. 22, 1764, aged 21; m. 2d Lois Bowers, Apr. 28, 1765.
1. Ruth, b. Aug. 24, 1764; d. Jan. 2, 1765.
ABIEL, perhaps son of Abiel and Lois Fairchild, m. Zerviah, dau. of Bennajah Johnson. Sept. 3, 1761, who died May 29, 1816, aged 77.
ABIEL, m. Hannah Chatfield, Feb. 23, 1757, who died Apr. 5, 1760.
JOSEPH, m. Hannah Wheeler, Nov. 9, 1780.
WILLIAM, came in the Defence, from London, in 1635, with his wife Elizabeth, his eldest child Francis, aged ten years, and three other children, down to the baby, four months old, all from Essex, England, as shown by the record in the Custom-House. William French was one of the original settlers of the beautiful town of Billerica, eighteen miles north of Boston, where he died aged 78, having had ten children born in America. He was the author of the famous tract entitled "Strength out of Weakness," published in London and reprinted by the Boston Historical Society. He held many offices of trust, showing that much confidence was placed in him when to hold office was to bear great responsibility.
2. FRANCIS, son of William French, came to Milford, probably in 1650, with Edward Wooster. who may have been his brother-in-law, and settled in Derby with Wooster in 1654, being then twenty-nine years of age. Here he continued, working to establish his home in the wilderness, until 1661, when, on April 10th, he married Lydia Bunnell, of Milford, and brought her to his home; which constituted the third or fourth family in the plantation. It is uncertain whether Thomas Langdon was at Paugasuck at that time; the two who were there being Edward Wooster and Edward Riggs. His house was located on the hill east of the old Jonathan Jackson farm, near Merritt Clark's, who now owns most of the old farm, which remained in the family until some time in the present century. Here on the hill he toiled to clear the forests to make the beautiful fields as they now appear on that western slope. His almost solitary axe sounded over the spreading valley to the opposite hills, several years when scarcely another sound of the kind could be heard across the whole amphitheatre, which is now become a marvelous wonder of life and business. How lonely then, yet how grand the mighty forests stood, covering all those beautiful hills; but how magic-like the change to the present animated theatre of gayety, refinement, riches and enjoyment, as well as marvelous skill of toil and industry. No prophetic poet could have pictured to Francis French and his bride, in his new home, a hundredth part of the royalty of useful learning, art and skilled science that should, within two hundred years, sit in the valley at. their feet and touch with the thrill of business life the utmost ends of the earth. The gold of India, China, Japan and the islands of the sea springs into life at the skilled movement of the ready hands of the people of this beautiful valley. Francis French did his work faithfully and manfully, without show or public notoriety, and left the stage of action Feb. 14, 1691, aged 66 years. His widow Lydia continued some years the care of those committed to her love, and departed this life April 1, 1708. Children:
10. FRANCIS, JR., son of Francis French, m. Anna Bowers, Sept. 2, 1703, who d. Jan. 11, 1744, and he d. April 11, 1751, aged 74 years. He lived on his father's homestead; was high sheriff of the town; was a man of positive character, and stood high as a Royal Arch Mason. Children:
12. SAMUEL, son of Francis French, Jr., m. Martha Chapman, Dec. 17, 1733, Who d. Oct. 29, 1789, aged 66. He d. Feb. 2, 1783, aged 78. Children:
14. ISRAEL, son of Francis French, Jr., m. Sarah Loveland, Sept. 11, 1739, and was among the early settlers in Seymour. Children:
19. NOAH, son of Samuel and Martha (Chapman) French, m. Hannah Riggs, June 12, 1755. He d. Jan. 7, 1781. Children:
26. DAVID, son of Israel and Sarah (Loveland) French, m. Lois Lines, of Bethany; resided on Nyumph's Hill, but removed into the north part of Woodbridge. Children:
32. ENOCH, son of Israel and Sarah (Loveland) French, m. Comfort d. Sept. 27. 1852. Children:
33. CHARLES, son of Israel and Sarah (Loveland) French, m. Anna Woodcock, of Milford, Feb. 25, 1784, who d. Dec. 24, 1859. He d. April 14, 1814. Children:
45. DAVID, JR., son of David and Lois (Lines) French, m. ---------. Children:
46. ADONIJAH, SON of David and Lois (Lines) French. Was a justice of the peace and representative of Woodbridge. Children:
67. RAYMOND, son of Charles and Anna (Woodcock) French; m. Olive Curtiss, Dec. 11, 1733. Children:
NATHAN; m. Lucy Johnson, Sept. 2, 1773. Children:
FRANCIS; m. Olive Camp, Dec 19, 1779. Child:
BENJAMIN; m. Esther Chatfield, Apr. 9, 1754. Children:
EPHRAIM, son of Eliphalet of Milford, came to Derby and m. Persis, dau. of David Wooster, Apr. 2, 1724. In Feb., 1728, his father Eliphalet and mother Mary deeded to him several pieces of land in Derby as a gift. Children:
CAPT. EBENEZER; m. Betty ------. He bought June 23, 1767, a piece of land of Henry Whitney (120 pounds) " containing thirty-six rods, with a dwelling house thereon." Hence he was among the first settlers at Derby Narrows. He was a sea captain.
CHARLES; m. Catharine Wisebury, Dec. 4, 1751. Child:
JASPER of Roxbury, Mass.; came in the Defence in 1635, aged 29; was a freeman in 1636; a physician in Hartford some time, and after 1657 removed to Milford, Conn. He died in 1670. Children:
4. ABEL, son of Jasper Gunn; m. Mary, daughter of John Smith of Milford, Oct. 29, 1667. She was the third bride that settled in Derby. Her father, one of the ten original purchasers of Derby land, gave her and her husband his right in Derby lands in 1668. He was the first town clerk, beginning his record in 1665--6, and continuing it until near 1690. He had no children and gave all his property and lands in Derby to his nephew Abel Gunn, son of Jobamah, which will the town confirmed by vote in 1709.
7. SERG. ABEL GUNN, called Jr., the heir to his uncle's property, came to Derby and m. Agnes, youngest dau. of Joseph Hawkins, May 24, 1704. He died Feb. 26, 1721. Children:
8. CAPT. ABEL, son of Serg. Abel and Agnes (Hawkins) Gunn; m. 1st Hannah Harger, Aug. 2, 1727, who died Mar. 13, 1758, and he m. 2d Hannah French, who died Jan. 24, 1781, aged 65. He died Sept. 15, 1769. Children:
10. NATHANIEL, son of Serg. Abel and Agnes (Hawkins) Gunn; m. Sarah Wheeler, Dec. 10, 1728.
GUNN, ABEL, of Waterbury; m. Abigail Davis, Dec 2, 1756. Child:
ABRAHAM; m. Martha Smith, Mar. 3, 1756. Children:
SAMUEL; m. Anne Pierce, Nov. 23, 1757. Child:
PETER, the ancestor of those of that name in this country, was one of thirteen pilgrim fathers, including the Rev. John Youngs, who came from England in 1640, and landed at New Haven. There on the 21 St of October, 1640, the Rev. Mr. Youngs gathered his church anew "under the auspices of the Rev John Davenport, minister, and Theophilus Eaton, governor of New Haven, and in the same autumn Mr. Youngs and his church, consisting of 12 or 13 families took up their abode in Southold, then comprising the whole northeastern part of Long Island, landing at the harbor of what is now Southold village, on the Peconic bay, where as a church and town they retained their connection with the New Haven Colony until 1662, and with Connecticut until 1674. Peter Hallock, was the first of the thirteen who stepped on shore at Southold, that part of the village being still called "Hallock's Neck " and the beach extending from it "Hallock's Beach." The tract of land called Oyster Ponds, now called Orient, was purchased from the
Indians by him. He then returned to England for his wife who when he married her was a widow with one son by a former husband, a Mr. Howell, whom he promised if she accompanied him, her son should share in his property. When he returned he, found the Indians had resold Orient, and he then purchased, about ten miles west of Southold village, a farm extending from Long Island Sound on the north to Peconic Bay on the south, and extending west into Aquebogue, about ten miles west of Mattatuck village. His original homestead and that of his wife's son, Howell were on adjacent lots and are still (or were in 1863) occupied by their descendants, B L. Hallock and S. Howell. Peter Hallock had one son William, who died in 1684, leaving four sons: Thomas, Peter, William H. and John. Of these John had four sons, one of whom, William, died at Brookhaven (Stony Brook near Setawket) in 1765. His son William, born in 1722, lived many years in Stony Brook, was in Greenwich during most of the Revolutionary war,
in which he suffered much, in command of picket boats on the Sound. His daughter Anne (Mrs Lodowick Hackstaff) died in 1806, aged 83, and one of his three sons, William, Jr , was five years a volunteer in the Revolutionary army, and one year a prisoner in the old Sugar House, New York. His third son was the late Zephaniah Hallock, ship builder in Derby.
SAMUEL, m. Elizabeth. Child:
JAMES, on Dec. 15, 1707, petitioned the town for ten acres of land above Eight-Mile brook.
JABEZ, was at Stratford and m. Margaret, dau. of Henry Tomlinson in 1662, and settled in Derby in 1669, on Sentinel Hill east of Edward Riggs's residence. He died in 1678. His widow Margaret died Mar. 17, 1698. Children:
2. SAMUEL, Son of Jabez and Margaret Harger, m. Hannah Stiles of Stratford, May 9, 1693, and died about 1699; and his widow m. John Tibbals, Mar. 28, 1700. Children:
8. EBENEZER. son of Jabez and Margaret (Tomlinson) Harger, m. Abigail, dau. of John Tibbals, Sept. 15, 1698. Children:
9. ABRAHAM, son of Jabez and Margaret (Tomlinson) Harger, m. Hannah, dau. of Serg. Samuel Riggs, May 1703. The births of several of his children were recorded in Stratford. Children:
10. JABEZ, son of Jabez and Margaret (Tomlinson) Harger, m. 1st Ann Gilbert of Stratford, Jan. 24, 1705; and 2d Anna, dau. of John Tibbals. Children:
16. JOHN, son of Ebenezer and Abigail (Tibbals) Harger, m. Rachel Stevens, Dec. 14, 1734. Children:
27. SAMUEL, son of Jabez and Anna (Tibbals) Harger, m. 1st Phebe Wooster, Dec. 9, 1747; m. 2d Rebecca -----. Children:
30. JABEZ, son of Jabez and Anna (Tibbals) Harger, m. Sarah Durand, Jan. 24, 1758. Children:
35. EDWARD, son of Samuel Harger, m. Susannah Dickinson of Stratford, Aug. 16, 1780. Child:
EPHRAIM, perhaps son of Abraham (No. 9); m. Mary Humphrey, June 5, 1735. She may have been the dau. of Capt. James Humphrey of Milford and of Derby. Children:
4. BENJAMIN, son of Ephraim and Mary Harger, m. Amy Tuttle, July 4, 1768, and died Mar. 15, 1779. Children:
JONAS, m. Elizabeth ---. Child:
JOSIAH, m. Sarah -----. Child:
JOHN, m. Rachel Moss, Feb. 5, 1740.
ROBERT, came from England in the "Elizabeth and Ann " in 1635.
2. JOSEPH, his son, said to have been born at Milford in 1642, was probably the Joseph who m. Apr 8, 1668, and settled at that time on Birmingham Point. He with John Brown bought the Point, about 40 acres, of Alexander Bryan, June 5, 1665, but Brown soon after removed to Newark, N J. About the time of his marriage Mr. Hawkins received a grant of land from the town, lying north of and adjoining to this purchase; the northern boundary of which crossed the Neck from about where the Ousatonic dam now is eastward, a little north of what is now known as the old Hawkins house, and down that little brook to the Naugatuck river: Mr. Hawkins probably resided at first in a house on the Point, built by Thomas Wheeler of Stratford, and afterwards built a house where now the old Hawkins house stands on Hawkins street, where he died in 1682. When Mr. Hawkins made the purchase on the Point, he is said to be "of Stratford". Who his wife was is not known. Ebenezer Johnson (the first), in a deed, calls Joseph Hawkins his brother, and the supposition is that he was brother-in-law by marriage, but how is not certain. Children:
3. JOSEPH, JR., son of Joseph Hawkins, Jr., m. Elizabeth Gunn of Milford, Aug. 9, 1693, and resided on his father's homestead. His will was dated Apr. 21, 1732, in which he mentions his warehouse, giving it to his grandson Joseph, son of Joseph. Children:
13. JOSEPH, 3D, son of Joseph 2d and Elizabeth (Gunn) Hawkins, m. Sarah Brewster, Nov. 17, 1720. He died and his widow m. Benajah Johnson. Children:
17 CAPT. MOSES, son of Joseph 2d and Elizabeth (Gunn) Hawkins, m. Ann -------, who died a widow May 9, 1782, aged 77. He died Sept. 10, 1760 (the day his grandson Isaac; was born), aged 57. Children:
18. DANIEL, son of Joseph 2d and Elizabeth (Gunn) Hawkins, m. Anne, dau. of Timothy Wooster, Jan. 6, 1726, and died before 1732. Child:
19. ELEAZER, son of Joseph 2d and Elizabeth (Gunn) Hawkins, m. Damaris, dau. of Timothy Wooster, Dec. 13, 1727. Children:
20. JOHN, son of Joseph 2d and Elizabeth (Gunn) Hawkins, m. Hannah Davis, Nov. 29, 1733. Children:
22. ZECHARIAH, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Gunn) Hawkins. m. 1st Sarah Davis. July 6, 1737, who died, and he m. 2d Sarah Tomlinson June 31, 1743, who died, and he m. 3d Mary, who died Aug. 18, 1773, and he m. 4th Mrs. Rachel Perry, Feb. 16, 1774, who died July 26, 1786. He died in 1807, aged 90; lived in Quaker's Farm. Children:
24 JOSEPH, son of Joseph and Sarah (Brewster) Hawkins, m. Mercy Riggs, Jan. 3, 1750. Children:
25. ABRAHAM, son of Capt. Moses and Ann Hawkins, m. Elizabeth Bassett, Apr. 20, 1748, who died Aug 9, 1789, aged 61. He died Apr. 10, 1760. Children:
61. ISAAC, son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Bassett) Hawkins, m. 1st Sarah Morse, who died, and he m. 2d Anne Leavenworth, Apr. 23, 1783. Children:
62. DAVID, son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Bassett) Hawkins, m. Hannah Durand, b. July 12, 1791. He died July 11, 1814, aged 52. Children:
74. ABRAM, son of David and Hannah Durand Hawkins, m. Chloe Tuttle. Children:
ZADOC, m. 1st Lydia Wilmot, Aug. 4, 1754; 2d Elizabeth ----. Child:
LIEUT. SAMUEL, m. Sarah Smith, Mar. 16, 1758. Children:
ELEAZER, m. Ruth Botsford, Jan. 7, 1762. Child:
MR. JOSEPH, died May 31, 1767.
SAMUEL, m. Abigail Chatfield, Sept. 16, 1755.
SAMUEL, m. Hannah ----------, and died Feb. 18, 1698. Child:
JONATHAN, m. Hannah Twitchell, Sept. 19, 1717. Children:
PHILO, m. Mary, dau. of John Coe, July 20, 1774. Children;
SAMUEL, m. Ann Johnson, Jan. 20, 1747-8, who died Apr. 14, 1760. Children:
DAVID, m. Anne Chatfield, May 4, 1774.
JONATHAN, m. Abigail Beecher, Jan. 21, 1747. Children: