"The History of the old town of
Derby, Connecticut, 1641-1880;
with biographies and genealogies
MANSFIELD to SILBY
[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]
REV. RICHARD. D. D., son of Jonathan Mansfield (who was born in New Haven in 1686) was born in New Haven, 1724; was graduated at Yale college in 1741; ordained deacon and priest by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Eng., Aug. 7, 1748; officiated at Derby, West Haven, Waterbury, and Northfield, from 1748 to 1755, and was pastor of St. James's church at Derby from 1755 to his decease, Apr. 12, 1820; his ministerial service covering a period of seventy-two years. (See Biog.) "Rev. Richard Mansfield was m. to Mrs. Anna Hull, in Christ church in Derby, by Rev. Dr. Samuel Johnson, missionary of Stratford, on the 10th day of Oct., A. D., 1751." She was fifteen years and four months old at her marriage. Children:
1. RICHARD, JR., son of Rev. Dr. Mansfield, m. Abia Shelton. Children:
NATHAN, probably from New Haven, m. Anna Tomlinson, Mar. 5, 1775. In the account of the Revolution this Nathan was supposed to be the son of Rev. Dr. Mansfield, which was an error. Children:
MORDECAI, m. Elizabeth Hawkins, dau, of first Joseph. Children:
JOHN, a trantient person, m. Mary Curtiss, April 14, 1707, by the Worshipful Mayor, Ebenezer Johnson, Justice."
WILLIAM, m. Anne Durand, May, 1769, who d. Mar. 1, 1773. Children:
THOMAS, born in Galway, Ireland; came to this country in 1846; settled in Orange, Conn., May 10, 1845; lived there over a year; came thence to Derby, where he now resides. His children are:
STEPHEN, had Children:
JONATHAN, m. Zerviah Wooster, April 4, 1723. Children:
JONATHAN, m. Lucy Smith, of Glastenbury, Feb. 17, 1768. Children:
PHILO, m. Elizabeth Riggs, Mar. 19, 1755. He d. Mar. 8, 1765. Children:
JEDEDIAH, of Derby, m. Mrs. Hannah Hawley, of Stratford, Feb. 24, 1756. Children:
STEPHEN, d. Mar. 27, 1713.
JOHN, came from London, England, with the first colonists to New Haven; signed the compact, Feb. 18, 1639; was a prominent man in the Colony and settled in Wallingford. Children:
1. JOSEPH, son of John Moss; m. Mary, dau. of Roger Alling, Apr. 11, 1667; she d. Mar. 18, 1716, and he m. 2d Mrs. Sarah Gilbert, July 11, 1717; m. 3d Mary Baker who died in Derby, Feb. 28, 1734, Four children are recorded in New Haven, but there were probably others. The four surviving children settled in Derby. He died in 1727. Children:
7. REV. JOSEPH, JR., son of Joseph Moss, was graduated at Harvard College in 1699, and received the degree of A. M., at Yale College in 1702; was admitted an inhabitant of Derby, Dec, 23, 1706; ordained at Derby in the spring of 1707, where he died Jan. 23, 1731, aged 52 years. He m. 1st Dorcas Roswell, Feb. 10, 1715, who died Sept. 2, 1715; m. 2d Abigail Russell, Oct. 3, 1716. He died Jan. 23, 1731. (See Biog.) Children:
8. SAMUEL, son of Joseph and Mary (Alling) Moss; came to Derby and m. Barbara, widow of Nathaniel Bowers, Dec. 3, 1713, where he died Dec. 28, 1721, "by a gun shot in the hand of Samuel Perry, who said he was shooting at a mark." (Town record.) She died Sept. 8, 1745. Children:
9. SERG. WILLIAM, son of Joseph and Mary (Alling) Moss; came to Derby and m. Abigail Riggs, Mar. 18, 1714. He was admitted an inhabitant of Derby Apr. 17, 1714, and died Aug. 26, 1749, aged 68. Children:
10. ISRAEL, son of Joseph and Mary (Alling) Moss, came to Derby and m. Lydia Bowers, Dec. 31, 1717. Children:
16. NICHOLAS, son of William and Abigail (Riggs) Moss; m. Hannah Leavenworth, Mar. 25, 1740. He died in a fit, Nov. 24, 1759. His widow m. Jonathan Dickerman of Mt. Carmel, Conn., where she died Oct. 15, 1780. Children:
19. WILLIAM, son of William and Abigail (Riggs) Moss; m. 1st Prudence Hard of Newtown, May 30, 1751, who died Apr. 6, 1754; m. 2d Rachel Beardsley of Stratford. Apr. 30, 1759. Children:
JOHN, son of John and Hannah Munson of Brookhaven, L. I., was born Apr. 24, 1690; came to Derby a young man and m. Elizabeth Hawkins, Dec. 25, 1718, and received a grant of land in 1719. Children:
CAPT. SILAS, (Calvin, Silas, Hezekiah, Simon, Andrew, Andrew), born in Sunderland, Vt., June 10, 1786; a cabinet and chair maker; m. in Stonington, Conn., Apr. 27, 1811, Betsey, dau. of Simeon and Betsey Palmer, born in S. 1784. He settled at Derby, where he died Aug. 10, 1825; she died in Springfield, Mass., Nov. 17, 1849, aged 65. He was captain of an artillery company, stationed at New London, Conn., in the war of 1812. Children:
4. JOHN LEE, son of Capt. Silas and Betsey Newcomb, m. in Derby, Nov. 23, 1840, Emily Hull, dau. of Isaac Smith He was an axlemaker in Birmingham, and died at his daughter's residence, July 31, 1870. Children:
JOSIAH, m. Agnes Gunn, Nov., 1761, who died Jan. 23, 1774; and he m. 2d Freelove Lum, July 18, 1776. Children:
WILLIAM, born at Killingworth, Conn., in 1754; was a soldier in the Revolution; m. Z. Parmelee, and died in 1820. Children:
6. ASHLEY, son of William Nettleton, m. Sally Stoddard, and died at Derby in 1879. Child:
7. HENRY A., son of Ashley Nettleton, m. Jennie Bidwell, who died Jan., 1877. Children:
ISAAC, of Stratford removed to Derby about 1678; but only the record of one marriage and three births are found on the town records. Children:
4. ISAAC, son of Isaac Nichols, had Children:
JOHN, was in Watertown, Mass., a proprietor in 1636 and 7; was in Fairfield in 1653, with his wife Grace, and died before 1659. Children:
2. DEA. ISAAC, son of John and Grace Nichols, was brought up by his uncle, Isaac Nichols of Stratford, and hence called Isaac Junior; and m. Esther Clark, who died in Derby, Jan. 5, 1717. Four of his children were born in Stratford, but whether there were others is not known. He or his uncle Isaac and Abel Holbrook were the first two deacons of the first church in Derby. He died Dec. 20, 1713. Children:
ISAAC, m. Agnes Gunn of Derby, Nov. 14, 1722, and died Apr. 12, 1733. Only one child is recorded, there may have been several others. Child:
2. ISAAC, son of Isaac and Agnes (Gunn) Nichols, m. Sarah Tomlinson, July 22, 1747, who died, Nov. 23, 1754, and he (probably) m. 2d Rebecca ----, who died June 30, 1757. Children:
3. ISAAC, son of Isaac and Sarah (Tomlinson) Nichols, m. Abigail Lyman, Dec. 24, 1769. Children:
ISAAC, m. Hannah Wheeler, Sept. 27, 1764. She died Mar. 6, 1765.
REBECCA, wife of Wm. Noyce and dau. of Silas and Dorcas Allen, died at New Haven, Mar. 29, 1780, aged 20.
JEREMIAH, m. Laurana Johnson, Sept. 18, 1765. Children:
JOSEPH, m. Mary -----. Children:
THOMAS, m. Elizabeth ------. Children:
SAMUEL, m, Mrs. Patty Davis of Oxford, July 6, 1806.
JOHN, m. Abigail ------. Child:
BENJAMIN, m. Mary Sperry of New Haven, May 2, 1700.
ROGER, m. 1st Ann --------; 2d Mary -----. Children:
1. ITHIEL. son of Roger and Ann Perkins, m. Esther Fox, Oct. 26, 1767. Children:
REUBEN, m. Lucy ---. Children:
ELIAS, m. Elizabeth -----. Children:
ARTHUR, came to Stratford, about 1675, and m. Anna, only dau. of Joshua Judson, about 1676. He had 13 children, one of whom was:
2. SAMUEL, son of Arthur Perry, m. Elizabeth -----. Child:
3. CALEB, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Perry, m. Hannah --- probably a short time before he settled in Derby. The following are recorded in Derby of his Children:
12. YELVERTON, son of Caleb and Hannah Perry, m. 1st -------Hawley, of Huntington; 2d, Patience, dau. of Henry and Sibyl Tomlinson, of Derby. Children:
14. JOHN, son of Yelverton and Patience Perry, m. Anna Beardsley, who d. Nov. 26, 1836. He died Mar. 13. 1852. Children:
15. FREDERICK, son of Yelverton Perry, m. Mary Stroud; settled in Southbury. Children:
16. HERMON, son of Yelverton Perry, m. Susannah Henry; resided in Baltimore, Md. Children:
17. AZARIAH, son of Yelverton Perry, m. Mar. 6, 1809, Polly Leavenworth, of Huntington. He died Nov. 21, 1826. She died May 31, 1871. Child:
JOSIAH, m. Anna. Children:
4. JOSHUA, son of Josiah and Anna Perry, m. Mercy Hawkins Nov., 1759. Child:
JAMES, m. Mabel Johnson, April, 1760. Children:
SAMUEL, m. Elizabeth Tomlinson, Nov. 1, 1736. Children:
ABRAHAM, was in Derby some years. Several of his children sold their right to their father's land at Quaker's Farm, in 1784, he being deceased. Children:
STEPHEN, is said to have been born in Suffolk county, England. about 1645; was apprenticed by his mother, a widow, about 1654, to Thomas Mulliner of New Haven to learn the carpenter's trade. He m. at Stratford 1st Mary. dau. of Henry Tomlinson, and settled in Derby in 1670, on Sentinel Hill; m. 2d Esther ------. His will was dated Sept. 2, 1733. He died in Oxford. May 14, 1739, aged 94. His first wife Mary, died Sept. 25, 1715. Children:
2. STEPHEN, JR., son of Stephen and Mary (Tomlinson) Pierson, m. Mehitable Canfield, Oct. 12, 1697, who died and he m. 2d Hannah Munson, June 15, 1738 (?). Children:
4. ABRAHAM, son of Stephen Pierson, Sr , m. Sarah --------. He died May 12, 1758, aged 77. Children:
14. JONATHAN, son of Stephen Pierson, Jr., m. Mary Bates, Mar. 5, 1739, who died Feb. 16, 1755. Children:
20. ABRAHAM, JR., son of Abraham Pierson, Sr., m. Susanna Wooster, Apr. 10, 1731. Children:
28. OLIVER, son of Abraham, Jr., and Susan (Wooster) Pierson, m. Hannah -----. Child:
30. ABRAHAM, 3d, son of Abraham and Sarah (Wooster) Pierson, m. Keziah Lines of New Haven, July 2, 1767. Children:
31. DAVID, son of Abraham and Sarah (Wooster) Pierson, m. Lois Thompson, Oct. 29, 1766. Children:
NATHAN, m. Ann Smith, Nov. 17, 1756. Children:
JOHN, m. Sarah Sizer of Middletown, June 4, 1775.
ABEL, m. Hannah Fairchild, Sept. 6, 1731.
SAMUEL, m. Abigail Crawford, Mar. 10, 1762.
EDWARD, was a merchant in Derby in 1712, and re-moved to Stratford.
JAMES, a physician of Derby, removed to Wethersfield about 1712.
EBENEZER, m. Esther Bassett, Aug. 17, 1774.
SAMUEL; m. Mary -------. The record says "A pound shall-be erected between Samuel Plumb's malt house and Fine Hill burying-place." Children:
JOSEPH; died Dec. 10, 1712.
MICAH; m. Mary -----. Children:
1. JOHN, son of Micah and Mary Pool; m. Abigail Bassett in 1783. Children:
JABEZ, LIEUT.; m. Eunice Botsford, Oct. 31, 1764. Child:
JAMES, JR,; m. Rachel Warren, Nov., 1773.
PHILO; m. Sabra -------. Child:
JAMES; m, Abigail -------. Children:
DAVID; m, Ruth Smith, Dec. 20, 1757.
JOHN; came to Derby and m. Mary. dau. of Dr. John Hull. Dec. 23, 1685, who died Dec. 5, 1696, and he m. 2d Abigail Hawkins, Mar. 1, 1697, who died July 1, 1698, and he m. 3d Hannah Botsford, Dec. 21, 1699. His home was on Great Neck, where he died Nov. 25, 1734, and his widow, Hannah, m. Capt. Joseph Hull, Nov. 14, 1735. Children:
2. JOHN, son of John and Mary (Hull) Prindle; m. Deborah -----, and died Oct. 4, 17I2. Children:
ENOS; m. Deborah Jones, Jan. 16, 1750. They were both of Milford. Children:
EDWARD, the head of the family in this country, came from England and settled at Roxbury, Mass., early in the summer of 1633. He had a wife, two sons and four daus.; his son Edward being 19 or 20 years of age. Within three years he buried his wife, son John, and two daus.
2. EDWARD, 2D, son of Edward Riggs 1st, m. Elizabeth Roosa in 1635. In 1637 he was a sergeant in the Pequot war, and greatly distinguished himself in rescuing his commander and twelve of his companions from an ambuscade, and was ever afterwards known as "Sergeant Riggs." Nothing further is known of him until 1646 when he settled at Milford, Conn. In 1654 he, with Edward Wooster, and perhaps one or two other families settled at Paugasuck, afterwards Derby; Wooster by the side of the river where Derby village was established, and Riggs on the hill a mile east, where his descendants have resided and hold the property to the present day. These two families are the only ones in the place at the time (1654) so far as can be positively assured. One public record says there were three or four families settled here at first, another two or three, but the two are all that can be ascertained to a certainty. Francis French was not m. until 1661, when he made the third family so far as known.
Thomas Langdon may have been the third in 1654, but of this there is no certainty. The house of Edward Riggs stood by the rock a few rods west of the present house of Capt. Joseph Riggs, the present owner. This first house was the one where Whalley and Goff, the judges of Charles I. took refuge in 1661, as recorded by President Ezra Stiles, in his history of those celebrated and honored men. A safe refuge it would seem while also it must have been a most charming wilderness home; and in being the protector of these refugees the Riggs family will bear lasting honors by true lovers of constitutional liberty. Edward Riggs, being one of the company of ten men of Milford who purchased the claims of Mr. Goodyear to Paugasuck lands in 1653, made his choice of a farm before any division of the lands was made and secured a beautiful location with good land. Here he remained until 1666 when he became one of the planters at Newark, N. J., being on the committee to select the site for the plantation. His wife Elizabeth was the only woman who was there the first summer. His children, except Samuel, removed with him. Children:
4. ENS. SAMUEL, son of Edward Riggs, m. 1st Sarah, dau. of Richard Baldwin of Milford, June 14, 1667, and settled on his father's homestead which he probably inherited. His wife, Sarah, departed this life and he m. 2d Mrs. Sarah Washburn, May 6, 1713. He was a man of great substantial ability, and was honored as such in his own town to the end of his life. In a business capacity and standing he had but one rival, Major Ebenezer Johnson, with whom he seems to have lived in great friendliness, with the exception of a short time, when quite a variance of understanding existed, but which was settled, and afterwards the whole matter appears to have been dropped and they occupied the same pew for a number of years, classed in the same dignity in the meeting-house. He was a representative several years, made justice of the peace in 1708, and served in many offices in his town; became a man of considerable property; built the first house in the neighborhood of Seymour; giving to his son, at that place in 1708, two hundred acres of land with houses and other comforts. He was made ensign in the train-band in 1790, and always thereafter bore that title. Children:
11. CAPT. JOHN, son of Ens. Samuel Riggs, m. Elizabeth Tomlinson, Feb. 23, 1700, and lived on his father's homestead which he deeded to him, where he died Sept. 24, 1755, aged 78. He, as his father, was a man of solid worth; honored in many offices, and acquitting himself with much honor. He was commissioned captain in 1722; was appointed by the state one of a committee to divide Woodbury into two societies in 1723; was appointed on a committee of seven for the state to investigate the question of the western lands. "made report May, 1731, according to which five towns were laid out, Colebrook, Hartland, Winchester, Barkhamsted, Torrington, New Hartford, Harwinton. He was probably the most noted man of the town in his day. Children:
12. EBENEZER, son of Ens. Samuel Riggs. m. Lois --------, and settled on the farm given him by his father, probably soon after his marriage, or about 1708, near Rock Rimmon. He died May 11, 1712, aged 34. Children:
13. EDWARD, son of Capt. Samuel Riggs, m. Abigail Nichols, Jan. 5, 1708, and died Nov. 25, 1712, aged 32. Children:
16. SAMUEL, son of Capt. John Riggs, m. Abigail Gunn, Jan. 6, 1726. Children:
19. LIEUT. JOSEPH, son of Capt. John Riggs, m. Mabel Johnson, Feb. 20, 1740. Children:
21. EBENEZER, JR, son of Ebenezer and Lois Riggs, m. Rachel Peck of Waterbury, July 4, 1733. Children:
23. JOHN, son of Ebenezer Riggs, m. Hannah Johnson, Oct. 29, 1739 (?) Children:
28. JOHN, son of Joseph and Mabel (Johnson) Riggs, m. Elizabeth Hawkins, and died June 18, 1814, and his wife died Oct. 3, 1815. Child:
33. JOSEPH, 2d son of Joseph Riggs, m. Ann Canfield, Nov. 13, 1775; Children:
45. JOHN, JR., son of John Riggs, m. Abigail ---------. Children:
46. EDWARD, son of John Riggs, m. Lois Osborn of Waterbury, May 17, 1759. Children:
51. JOHN, son of John and Elizabeth (Hawkins) Riggs, m. Mary, dau. of Isaac Beecher, Jan. 1, 1793; m. 2d Betsey Hawkins, Mar. 6, 1829. Children:
EBENEZER of Oxford, m. Julia M., dau. of Col. John Davis. Children:
SAMUEL, of Bradford gave to his son "Timothy Russell one moiety or half of all those lands and tenements in Derby, which I purchased of Jonathan Belcher, Esq., of Boston with a mansion house and barn thereon." Dec. 25, 1722, Capt Andrew Belcher and Mr. Jonathan Belcher, merchants of Boston, took a mortgage on landed property in Derby from Edward and James Pierson, merchants; the instrument being executed by Samuel Walker of Stratford, Jan. 15, 1713-14. The land consisted of about 300 acres, 200 being at Wesquantuck; the mansion house was on Great Neck, and for the whole Samuel Russell paid £300 "current bills of credit." Timothy Russell, therefore, had a fine start in life, and he improved it well. He m. into one of the best families; was town clerk some years, justice of the peace also; attained to military position, and closed life with honor. He m. Mary Hull, Nov. 21, 1720. Children:
ANDREW G., m. Susan ---------. Child:
THOMAS, came from England in 1700, when about 20 years of age, and settled in Stratford where he m. Lydia, dau. of William, and granddau. of Rev. Frederick Dickinson, in 1701; was one of the 36 men named to whom the General Assembly granted the township of Newtown in 1708, and settled in Newtown. Among the transfers made by him at this time was that of land in Stratford to Samuel Hawley of Derby, in exchange for Mr. Hawley's "right " in the township of Derby; dated Jan 23, 1705-6. By the several divisions of land among the proprietors of Newtown he and his heirs acquired several hundred acres of land. He died in 1712, leaving five children. His wife Lydia survived him about forty years, since she signed a protest Dec. 15. 1751, relative to land of which she was unjustly deprived. Children:
2. THOMAS, JR., son of Thomas and Lydia Sharpe; m. Sarah, dau. of Richard, and grand-dau. of William Crozier, Feb. 17, 1745, and resided in Newtown, where he died Apr. 17, 1765, aged 63. Children:
7. THOMAS 3rd, son of Thomas, Jr., and Sarah Sharpe; m. Mary Treadwell: removed to Ridgefield and afterward to Oxford, near Zoar bridge, where he died, Mar. 14, 1805. Children:
10. ELIAKIM, son of Thomas, Jr., and Sarah Sharpe, m. Hester Wetmore, Nov. 25, 1773; resided in Monroe, and died in Mar., 1839. Children:
11. JESSE, son of Thomas, Jr., and Sarah Sharpe, is named in Derby records as being one of the original proprietors of the Quaker's Farm purchase, which was in consequence of his great grandfather having bought the right of Samuel Hawley, who was one of the proprietors. Children:
23. LUGRAND, son of Thomas 3d and Mary (TreadwelI) Sharpe, m. Sept. 28, 1823, Olive, dau. of Ebenezer Booth of Southford, who died Mar. 8, 1864. He purchased a homestead in Southford where he resided until Apr., 1843, when he removed to Seymour, where he was a useful and honored citizen until his death May 1, 1876, in the 79th year of his age. (See Biography.) Children:
JOSEPH; m. Comfort Canfield of Derby Oct. 27, 1772, and resided here, apparently, several years. Child:
SAMUEL, born July 8, 1761, at Greenfield Hill, Fairfield county, Conn., removed to Derby April 15, 1817, where he died May 1838. Child:
2. OLIVER BURR, son of Samuel Sherwood, came to Derby with his father in 1817; m. Charlotte Fowler of Milford, Sept. 3, 1836. Children:
5. ALBERT FOWLER, son of Oliver B. and Charlotte Sherwood; m. Emily B. Chatfield of Derby, Oct. 17, 1866. Children:
JOSIAH; m. Abigail --------. Children:
THOMAS; m. Anne Blackman, Oct. 12, 1756. Children: