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.
&c collected from the state and town records by R.R. Hinman,
Hartford. Printed by E. Gleason, 1846,
[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]
THE FIRST PURITAN SETTLERS OF WINDSOR. (cont.)
Nash, Joseph constable of Hartford, 1660. Timothy admitted an inhabitant of Hartford, 1659. John was an assistant in 1662. The name was frequent in Massachusetts in the early settlement. Thomas, Fairfield.
Newbury, Thomas married Ann Ford—supposed to be the son of Joseph.
Newbury, Joseph, (Mr. McClure says) came to Windsor in 1639. He was the ancestor of Gen. Newbury, formerly of Windsor. He was an early settler and a respectable family.
Newbury, Benjamin married Mary Allyn, of Windsor, 1616 son of Joseph.
Newton, Rev. Roger the first minister in Farmington about 1642, after about 9 years he moved to Milford, where he was installed. Rev. Samuel Hooker, son of Rev. Thomas Hooker succeeded him, and preached at Farmington about 40 years. He married the daughter of Rev. Thomas Hooker, of Hartford. He was installed at Milford in '60, and died in '83.
Newton, Thomas elected deputy of Fairfield in 1644.
Newton, Benjamin Haddam, 1673.
Newman, Robert 1656. There were several of this name in Massachusetts in the early settlement of that colony. Antipas Newman married the daughter of Gov. Winthrop, of Massachusetts.
Nichols, Isaac Fairfield, 1653—deputy in '62—supposed to be from Stratford.
Nichols, John do. do.
Nichols a sergeant, ordered to train the men at Hartford in 1639. Supposed to be Siborn Nichols.
Niccolls, Siborn juror in 1661—appraiser of Dix's estate in '76. Ancestor of Cyprian Nichols, of Hartford. The name of Nichols is spelt differently by those of the same original ancestor. He settled an estate also, in 1670. Cyprian, of Hartford, juror in 1701. Cyprian has been a family name. There were many of the name of Nichols came to Massachusetts in the early settlement of that colony.
Northum, James 1644. Signed the agreement in '59 to remove to Hadley. He moved and died there; and the name is yet at Williamstown and other towns in Massachusetts, and one family at Hartford.
Norton, Capt. in 1634, was barbarously murdered with Stone and others of his crew, by the Indians on Connecticut River. (See John Endicott in No. 1.)
Norton, Francis Hartford, 1639—juror in '44—fined £5 for a libel in '43. His ancestor was the agent of Capt. Mason.
Norton, John made free in 1663.
Norton, James 1640.
Norton, Thomas 1647. The name is not numerous in the State at this time. John, a juror in '71.
North, Sarah apphed to the General Court to be divorced from her husband. The Court decided, that if she did not hear from her husband within seven years, she should be divorced, (six years having then expired.) It appears from this case, that seven years unheard of, has been a cause for divorce in Connecticut from its early settlement by the Puritans.
Nott, John Wethersfield—on the jury in 1640, deputy in '62-3. Some distinguished men from this ancestor.
Nowell, Thomas Windsor—died in 1648, and left a widow without children. He was a kinsman of Robert Wilson and Tabbe Phelps. He left an estate of £368. He came from Yorkshire.
Noyes, Nicholas clergyman at Haddam as late as 1684.
Noyes, Richard Haddam, 1674-76.
Noyes, Rev. James Stonington—was the son of James who was from Wiltshire in England, and came to New England in 1634.
Noyes, Moses Lyme, was a brother of James. He was the first minister in Lyme—lived to be aged, and preached there over 50 years.
Oldham, John In 1633 he resided in Dorchester, and came to Connecticut the same year, through the wilderness with three others, to trade for beaver with the Indians. The Indians on the Connecticut River made him most welcome, and gave him some beaver skins. He traded with them for hemp, which spontaneously grew on the low lands of Connecticut. Mr. Oldham was afterwards killed by the Indians near Block Island, and his estate was settled in the Connecticut colony. He had with him when killed, two boys and two Indians—these the murderers took with them. Capt. Gallup afterwards found Oldham on board of his vessel, (filled with Indians) with his head split and his body badly mangled. Capt. Gallup put the body into the sea—stripped the vessel of her rigging—and took from her what the Indians had left, and then took Oldham's vessel in tow, but night coming on with a high wind, he let her adrift, and she was lost.
Olcott, Thomas 1640, constable of Hartford—died in '54—left a widow Abigail who died in '93. The children were, Thomas, Samuel, John, Elizabeth and Hannah. Thomas was the only one of the name who came to Connecticut in the first settlement. The biography of this family has been traced by N. Goodwin, Esq. from Thomas to the present descendants.
Olcott, Samuel Hartford, 1676, son of Thomas.
Oldage, Richard came to Windsor with Mr. Huet in 1639.
Olcoke, Thomas 1639, 1643.
Olmsted, James Hartford, came into the colony as early as 1639. He resided at Cambridge in 1632, and was a constable and freeman there. He died in 1640 or '41. His children were, Nicholas and Nehemiah. Nicholas married Miss Loomis, of Windsor. He had a cousin Rebecca Olmsted—Richard was also a kinsman as well as John. He left a large estate, and gave in his will £50 to the church in Hartford. The family, some of them, particularly Nicholas, must have come to Hartford as early as 1636.
Olmsted, Richard Hartford, 1640—constable in '46—fence viewer in '49—deputy in '62-3. He moved to Norwalk, and was made a military officer. In 1661, he with John Banks and Joseph Judson were appointed by the General Court to run the town lines between Fairfield and Stratford. He and Nathaniel Ely were two of the first and principal settlers of Norwalk. And though Norwalk had been purchased some years previous and some few famihes had settled there; yet in 1650, Mr. Olmsted and Nathaniel Ely petitioned the General Court for a settlement of it—the Court so ordered, and called the town Norwalk, afterwards gave them town privileges. He was a leading man in that section of the colony.
Olmsted, Nicholas Hartford, 1639—surveyor of roads in '46—a soldier at Mystic against the Pequotts in 1637, and son of James. In 1673 Leut. Nicholas Olmsted with Capt. B. Newbury and John Wadsworth, Ensign, were appointed, if any forces were sent out of Hartford county for the rehef of other counties, in case of a war with the Dutch, to command such forces so sent. Nicholas, grand juror in 1672.
Olmsted, Nehemiah 1649, son of James.
Olmsted, Ensign Hartford. The General Court granted him a farm of 300 acres in 1662.
Olmsted, John Hartford, 1639—made free in '62.
Orcot, Thomas Hartford, appointed with J. Talcott and W. Pantry to set off the meadow fences, and order the proportions between proprietors.
Orton, Thomas Windsor, married Margaret Pell at Windsor, 1641, was a juror in '63-4--perhaps a son of Thomas, of Charlestown, Ms., 1642.
Osborn, Richard Fairfield, 1653. There was a Richard Osborn at Hingham in '35—perhaps the same. The name was early at E. Hampton, L.I.
Osborn, John 1643, married Ann Oldage, of Windsor, '45. He probably was the son of John of Weymouth.
Osborn, James died in 1676. His children were, James, Sarah, Samuel, Elizabeth, Arnold and Mary Brace.
Orvis, George died in 1664.
Owen, John married Rebecca Wade, of Windsor, 1650. John Owen came to New Haven in 1641 or '42. Rev. John resided at Groton. The family came first to Massachusetts. John Owen had children, Josiah, John (died,) John, Nathaniel, Daniel, Joseph, Mary, Benjamin, Rebecca, Obadiah and Isaac—Josiah married Mary Osborn. Josiah in Simsbury, 1682. Hon. Daniel, of Rhode Island, Leutenant Governor.
Patrick, Daniel and Robert Feaks first purchased Greenwich, as agents of the New Haven Company; and by the management of the Dutch Governor of New Netherlands, and other causes, the first settlers placed themselves under the government of the Dutch, and received their incorporation as a town of Peter Stuyvesant, the Governor of New Netherlands. In the Indian war with the Dutch, the settlers were driven from their homes, and did little more towards settling Greenwich until they were taken under the protection of the government of Connecticut after they had obtained the Charter.
Packer, John New London, 1664.
Packet, John 1665.
Panton, Richard made free in 1663.
Parker, William Hartford, an original proprietor in 1639—supposed moved to Saybrook or New London.
Parkman, Elias owned a vessel in the colony in 1637. He came from Dorchester to Windsor in '35 or '36.
Parsons, Thomas married Lydia Brown, of Windsor, 1641. There have been some men of distinction in Massachusetts and Connecticut by this name.
Parsons, Ebenezer Windsor, 1676. Joseph and William of Simsbury in 1682.
Park or Parks, Robert a juror in 1641-2-3, and a grand juror in '43—deputy in '41.
Parks, Thomas 1649—probably a son of Robert.
Pantry, William Hartford, 1639. In land division in '39 juror '42-'44 and juror in -43—viewer of chimneys in '49—townsman in '45—constable in '48—to set off meadow fence and proportion between proprietors in '43. He was from Cambridge, possibly the same William who was at Cambridge and admitted freeman there in 1635.
Patrigg, William Hartford, (so spelt by himself,) was one who signed the agreement to move to Hadley in 1659.
Patrick, Capt. who commanded a company of men at the Mystic Fort, in 1637. After the close of the action, he started with 40 men, in company with Major Mason, with 20 men for Saybrook, through the woods, a distance of about twenty miles, while Capt. Underhill went by water and took with him the Indian prisoners and the men who had been wounded in the action. This took place upon the 27th of May, 1637, which was on Saturday. The Sabbath was spent at the Fort with Leut. Gardner, who treated them with the kindness they so richly merited.
Palmer, Edward Hartford, 1645. The name of Edward has been a family name in Massachusetts in the Palmer family. The name is common in the centre and eastern part of Connecticut.
Palmer, Nicholas went to Windsor in 1639 with Mr. Huet—and is found in the colony in '61.
Palmer, Henry 1648.
Palmer, Walter 1658.
Palmer, William juror in 1642—made free, '60.
Patridge, John 1656.
Patridge or Partridge, William 1656, was an important man in the early settlement of Fairfield county. William Partridge is found a chimney viewer at Hartford in '59—perhaps the same.
Payne, John Hartford, 1639, constable. No man in Connecticut held the office of constable as early as 1639, unless he was a man of high standing in his town. They were the principal directors of town affairs. A constable was the first officer appointed by the General Court in forming a new town —a kind of confidential adviser of the General Court in town matters.
Payne, M. 1664.
Peck, Deac. Paul Hartford, 1639—held some offices in the colony, and was an early settler, and resided in Hartford. Richard Peck and his wife Margery and family, came to New England in the Defence, of London. Paul Peck was of great use in the town and colony in its early settlement. Some of the family moved to Milford.
Peck, Joseph moved to Saybrook.
Pearce, John Hartford, 1639.
Perkins, William had liberty of the Court at Boston, with William Sergeant, Thomas Hardy, Thomas Mowlet, Robert Coles, and five others, under John Winthrop, jr., to plant at Agawam, about 1632— (Ipswich.)
Perkins, John 1646, came from Massachusetts. There was a John Perkins who came to Massachusetts in '31—two other John Perkins' were admitted freemen there as early as '33 and '37. John Perkins, (spelt on the record Purkis) had 6 acres of land in the division of the up-land east of the river.
Pette, John first found upon the land record in Windsor, 1666—probably son of John of Springfield.
Pete, and Alexander Knowles appointed assistants, Fairfield, 1661.
Peters, Rev. Thomas came to Saybrook with Mr. Fenwick, and was the first minister there. There had been but a few settlers there previous to the arrival of Mr. Fenwick, and those who came with him, except the officers and men of the fort. It had been little more than a military post. Many of the inhabitants of the three old towns, after 1644, moved to Saybrook and cultivated farms. It had progressed slowly as a settlement until the colony purchased the fort and lands upon the river in 1644. Upon the settlement of Norwich many of the principal men of Saybrook, with Mr. Fitch, the minister, moved to Norwich, viz. Major Mason. Thomas Tracy, and others.
Pell, Thomas New London county, was made free, 1662. It was ordered, that those who wished to be freemen should present themselves in person, with a certificate under the hands of a majority of the townsmen where they resided, that they were persons of civil, peaceable and honest conversation, and of the age of 21 years, and had £20 estate, exclusive of the poll, in the list. With such certificate and the approbation of the General Court, they could be made free. A Doctor Pell, supposed to be Thomas or his father, who resided at the fort as physician under Leut. Gardner, went with Major Mason as surgeon for the little army to meet the Pequotts in the battle in 1637—but proved himself cowardly by remaining on board the vessel, instead of going up to the battle to the rehef of the wounded. Probably the same Thomas Pell who came to Massachusetts in the Hopewell.
Penfield, William Middletown, 1663.
Perry, Richard Fairfield, 1649.
Perry, Francis 1663.
Pettibone, John is first found on the records of lands in Windsor, 1666. The family probably settled in what is now Simsbury, on first coming to Windsor. John, of Simsbury, '82. Samuel, do. 1730. Owen, do. 1846.
Pettibone, John Simsbury, married Sarah Egglestone in 1664—his children were, John, Sarah and Stephen.
Pepper, William was brought before the court for an offence. He confessed he had committed several robberies in 1661. Had broken prison and was punished for it in May, 1661. In 1663 committed several robberies on Long Island and Shelter Island, and tried for it at Southhold, and was banished and sold in Barbadoes for three years as a servant.
Phelps, William, Esq. Windsor, came with Mr. Warham's church to Windsor, in 1635. He married before he came from England, and had four children before he moved to Windsor, viz. William, Samuel, Nathaniel and Joseph—Timothy was born at Windsor in 1639, and Mary in 1644—the latter married Thomas Barber. He was a member of the first Court held in the colony in 1636, to try Henry Stiles; he was also a member of the Court of Magistrates in 1637, which declared war against the Pequotts; also in 1633 and '39, 1640-1-2-3, was an assistant (in the Upper House). He was foreman of the first grand jury in 1643, that attended the General Court—and deputy in 1646. He aided in enacting the first law in the colony, in 1639, after the compact of the towns on Connecticut River, and was afterwards an assistant to the Governor in the General Assembly. He was a member of the General Court for twelve sessions. He was one of a Committee to consult the Elders, and form a law against lying—was a Committee with Haynes, Hopkins and Welles to form criminal laws for the colony—to treat with George Fenwick for liberty to make salt on the Long Island Sound—and was on the war Committee against the Quinnipiac Indians. Mr. Phelps was one of the most efficient and valuable officers in the colony—his whole time must have been occupied in the service of the public. He was a brother of George and Samuel Phelps. Mr. Phelps, with Roger Ludlow, Henry Wolcott, Mr. Warham, John Mason, Thomas Lord, and Matthew Allyn were some of the leading men of Windsor and in the colony-for many years.
Phelps, George came to Windsor with Mr. Warham in 1636 brother of William and Samuel Phelps. From William, George and Samuel—the three brothers, who settled at Windsor, came the Phelps's of Connecticut. William was a magistrate in 1636. George married Miss Randall, daughter Of Philip—she died in 1648—children, Isaac, Abraham and Joseph—by a second wife, Jacob, John and Nathaniel, and died at Westfield, 1678.
Phelps, Samuel brother of William and George Phelps—came to Windsor in the early part of the settlement, and died in 1669. Left children, Samuel, 17 years old, Sarah 15, Timothy 13, Mary 11, William 9, John 7, Ephraim 6, Abigail 3, and Josiah 2. William Thrall appraised his estate. The Phelps's brothers came from Dorchester—George went there in 1630.
Phillips, William Hartford, viewer of chimneys and ladders in 1643—appointed to designate the location of a fence at Podunk the same rear--selectman in '45.
Phillips, Ann died in 1669 without issue. She was a sister of John Rogers, of England—moved to Hadley before the death of her husband, and owned land in Hartford at her decease.
Phillips, George Windsor, settled in 1639.
Phiax of Pequott, 1649.
Physic, Thomas 1649.
Pierson, Rev. Abraham was the first clergyman settled at Branford. He united with Davenport in opposing the union of the two colonies in 1665 with great inflexibility. He was rigid to excess in church communion, and disapproved of the liberality of the clergy in the Connecticut colony in this respect; he differed with them upon the ordinance of infant baptism, Sze., as no person in the New Haven colony could be made a freeman unless he was in full communion with the church. He fully agreed with Davenport and some others in that colony, that no other government than that of the church should be maintained in the colony, and opposed any union with Connecticut for the reason that a good character and an orderly walk, with £30 estate, or had held office in the colony, was all that was required to make a man a freeman in the colony of Connecticut, which would mar the order and purity of the churches. And he unquestionably feared it might weaken the power of the clergy, who had possessed the entire control of the government over the people of the colony of New Haven. Indeed Mr. Pierson was so much dissatisfied, and most of his church and congregation united with him, (Dr. Trumbull says) that they soon left Branford and removed to Newark, N.J., and carried with them, not only the records of the church but the town records also. After it had been settled about 25 years, he left the place nearly destitute of inhabitants; and Branford was not resettled until about 20 years after Mr. Pierson left it. Some of his descendants are now of the best famihes in New Haven and Hartford. He was from Yorkshire, England, and came to Boston and was there a member of the church—he went from thence to South Hampton, L.I., as their minister, and from thence he removed with a part of his church to Branford, and for the cause before related, he with his church removed to Newark, where many of his descendants now reside. (He is noticed in this work because South Hampton had been under the government of Connecticut.)
Pierson, John Middletown, died in 1677, and left one son.
Pierce, Edward Wethersfield, 1640. There are many of this name in different parts of Connecticut, viz. Southbury, Cornwall, Bristol, and Litchfield. Edward and John came from Watertown, Mass.
Pierce, John 1639—ancestor of Rev. George Pierce, President of Hudson College, Ohio—of the Hon. John Pierce, of Southbury, former Senator of Connecticut, brother of George.
Piddell, Corbit 1649.
Picket, John Wethersfield, 1660.
Pinkney, Philip Fairfield, 1654.
Pinson, Andrew 1669.
Pinney, Humphrey was one of the first settlers at Windsor in 1639. He was a juror in 1645. He was from Dorchester in Massachusetts, and was probably the ancestor of the few persons of the name now in Connecticut. One of the sons moved east of the river, the remainder of the family continued on the west side. He was the ancestor of Judge Pinney, of Ellington, and of Sidney, of Hartford. He married Mary Hall in Dorchester. His children were, Samuel, Nathaniel, Mary, Sarah, John, Abigail and Isaac.
Pinney, Nathaniel son of Humphrey, died at Windsor, 1676—left children, Nathaniel and Sarah.
Pin, Richard 1656.
Piper of Haddam in 1676.
Piser of Saybrook, 1669.
Plant, John was in the colony in 1639. It appears he did not remain at Hartford—probably went to Fairfield county, it being about the time Stratford was settled. The name is now at Stratford, in the person of the Hon. David Plant, former member of Congress and Leut. Governor of Connecticut.
Plumb, Joseph Wethersfield, came there in 1636, and was a member of the Court in '37, also in '38 and '41. He was fined £10 for signing a paper against Rev. Mr. Smith. He aided in settling Oldham's estate in '36-7—was often a juror and member of the General Court as magistrate and deputy.
Plumb, John 1639—perhaps son of Joseph.
Plummer of Wethersfield, 1638—probably the ancestor of the Hon. George Plummer, of Glastenbury, which once was a part of Wethersfield. The name is sometimes spelt Plumer. Francis Plummer came from Wales to New England in '63, and settled at Newbury.—Farm.
Pitkin, William was early in the colony. He was a lawyer by profession, and often appeared in defence of criminals. He was the first attorney general appointed for the colony in 1662—and the first that induced the court to suffer a change of pleadings upon a change of jurisdiction, on an appeal to a higher court. He for a time was Treasurer of the colony. William Pitkin' Governor from 1766 to 1770—Deputy Governor from 1754 to 1766. He was often deputy and a magistrate. Either the first William must have had a son William, who was sent by Connecticut., in 1693, to Governor Fletcher of New York, respecting the militia of the colony, or he was aged when he performed the service. It has been a respectable family from Mr. Pitkin the first to the present period. As he was the first and only person of the name who came early into Connecticut, he undoubtedly was the ancestor of William who was Governor and Deputy Governor of Connecticut for 15 years; also of Rev. Timothy, minister at Farmington, and Timothy, LL. D., formerly member of Congress. The first William settled at Hartford. He taught school at Hartford from October to April, 1662, for £5—probably was poor when he began life. Pomeroy, Eltwed or Edward, Windsor, had his horse killed by the Indians in 1637. His sons in 1640 were, Caleb, Eldad, Joseph, and Joshua. Caleb married Hepzibah Baker, and moved to Northampton. He was the ancestor of a respectable family in Hartford, and of Ralph Pomeroy of the Revolution. He was the only one of the name that came into the colony in the early settlement. The public remunerated him in part for his horse killed by the Indians in the early settlement of Windsor, but not until 1660. He then received £10 in wampum at 6 a penny.
Pond, Nathaniel Windsor, died in 1675. Thomas Pond and Wm. Reeve came from England in the Elizabeth and Ann to N. England. Porter, John, Windsor, came in the first settlement of the town juror in 1641—grand juror in 1643—recorder in 1640—constable in 1639-40. He was ordered by the Court to keep Starks with locks and chains, and to hard labor and coarse fare until called for. He was an important man in the colony. He died at Windsor, 1618, and left a large estate to his children, viz. John, James, Samuel, Nathaniel, Rebecca, Rose, Mary, Anna and Joseph. To Joseph he gave 20 shillings. He was the ancestor of several of the name in Hartford.
Post, John and Thomas made free in 1663.
Porter, Joshua a juror in 1641.
Porter, Daniel received his salary as physician out of the public treasury in 1661—was in the colony in '44.
Porter, Jonathan 1639. Hezekiah, 1645.
Porter, Samuel signed the agreement to move to Hadley in 1659. He was the son of John.
Porwidge or Periwydge, William 1644.
Post, Stephen Hartford, 1639—constable in '41—was in the division of lands in Hartford in '39. Some of the family moved down the River.
Pratt, John Hartford, 1639—townsman in '41—constable in '44—deputy in '39 in April and August—member of the first grand jury in '43—juror in '42; he was a juror, deputy and a magistrate, and was an important man in the colony. He came here amongst the first settlers of Hartford.
Pratt, William Hartford, one of the first settlers, as early as 1639. There are many of the name in the county of Hartford. He moved to Saybrook, and was made a Leutenant there in 1661—he became a prominent man there.
Pratt, Abraham came early into the colony.
Pratt, Thomas juror in 1643.
Presson, Edward 1643.
Preston, William probably was an officer, as he was ordered by the court in 1642, to take into his custody, James Hullet, Thomas Gilbert, George Gibbs and Lydia Bliss, and keep them in gins, with coarse diet, hard work and sharp correction. A William Preston came from England in the ship Truelove, James Gibbs, master—this may be the same William Preston. John Preston came with him.
Prentice, John N. London, fined £5 for notching a colt's tail, 1664.
Price, William 1636—probably a brother of John who married a daughter of Henry Wolcott, Esq. of Windsor.
Prior, Humphrey 1646.
Provost, David 1647.
Prudden, Rev. Peter had charge of the church in Wethersfield, in 1638—he left there in 1639 or '40; after which Rev. Henry Smith took the charge of the church there. At this time (1640) a settlement was commencing at Milford, to which place Mr. Prudden removed, and took with him a few of his congregation from Wethersfield. They purchased of the Indians all the land between New Haven (west line) and Stratford, the river being the west line of Milford. The town of Milford was greatly aided in its first settlement by emigrants from the towns of Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield. It was claimed by Connecticut as within her jurisdiction, as other towns were, where the early settlers went from Connecticut, as was Stratford, Fairfield and Norwalk. It was also claimed by New Haven.
Putman, Elias 1642.
Purcase or Purchis John, 1639—perhaps the same that was at Boston in 1656.
Pyne, James 1647.
Pyncheon, William came to New England as early as 1630. He was one of the principal settlers and founders of the church at Roxbury (near Boston.) He was made an assistant and treasurer of that colony. In 1636, he with a company from Roxbury and vicinity, removed and became the pioneers in settling Springfield. For a few years Springfield was united with Connecticut, and was claimed by it as one of her towns. Mr. Pyncheon was made a magistrate and judge of the Court of Connecticut as early as November, 1636. He attended the General Court, as a member, at three different sessions in 1636-7-8. His vessel was apphed for by the General Court in 1637, to transport the men and munitions of war in the expedition against the Pequotts. In 1638 he was fined by the General Court 40 bushels of corn for his carelessness in the purchase of corn of the Indians. He was allowed by the General Court to trade with the Indians for beaver—a privilege given to only eight persons in Connecticut. Mr. Pyncheon was questioned, while a member of the Court, as to Mr. Plumb's imprisoning, whipping and freezing an Indian at Agawam; and the Court decided to overlook the failings of Mr. Plumb against an Indian."In 1637 he was employed by the General Court to purchase and deliver 500 bushels of corn at 5 shillings per bushel, conditioned that if the Indians brought corn down the river, only 4 shillings per bushel should be paid them, and if paid in wampum, to be at 3 a penny, or beaver at 9 shillings a pound. He probably had a storehouse at Hartford, as he owned a vessel, and was an active business man, and employed by the colony as agent for the purchase of corn on the river. He was a thorough business man, and as a civilian he ranked with the most prominent and efficient settlers. He at length refused to have the people of Springfield pay duties for their exports down the river, to Mr. Fenwick in payment for the fort at Saybrook, which impost had been laid by Connecticut, and which occasioned at last much controversy between the two colonies of Connecticut and Massachusetts, in which Mr. Pyncheon espoused the cause of the latter. In 1652 Mr. Pyncheon returned to England. He had two wives—the first died before his return, and his second at Sainsbury in Buckinghamshire, in 1657. He died in England in 1662. His children were, Major John, Anna, Margaret and Mary. John remained at Springfield and became a prominent military man as well as civilian in that colony. He became one of the council of Sir Edmund Andross in 1687. He married the daughter of Hon. George Wyllys, of Connecticut—by whom he had sons, John, Joseph and William, and daughters, Mazy and Mehetibel. The family have maintained a respectable standing since the first settlement of Roxbury and Springfield.
Quinby, John made free in 1663.
Rayner, Thurston One of the pillars of the church in Wethersfield, and one of the chief men in civil matters in the town and colony. He was a committee to the General Court in 1637, and fined 5 shillings for absence—was again committee in 1648, and deputy in 1639—to preserve Mr. Oldham's corn, 1636—and held many offices in Wethersfield. He removed to Stamford, and in 1643 was nominated with Mr. Mitchell for magistrates in Stamford. Mr. Rayner was appointed judge, and Capt. Underhill, M. Mitchell, H. Ward and Robert Coe were appointed his assistant judges, which was the first court in Stamford, composed of men from Wethersfield who had removed there. Ramon, a witness in 1670.
Randall, Abraham at Windsor in 1635—he came in the first colony—juror in '71.
Randall, Philip 1643.
Rawlins, Joseph 1640.
Read, Giles 1663—William, George and Ralph Read came to N. England in the ship Defence.
Reemes, Joseph a carpenter under Stiles, 1636.
Renolds, John made free in 1663.
Renolds, James 1646.
Reynolds, Robert Wethersfield—went to the fort, and died in Saybrook in 1662. His children were, Reinold, Mary and Hannah.
Reeves, Robert chimney viewer of Hartford, 1660.
Rice, Jonathan New London, made free in 1663.
Rice, Michael do. do. do.
Richards, James was an assistant in 1664-71-72, and held many important posts in the colony before and after '70—selectman of Hartford in '62. Mr. Richards, in '64 was appointed with Matthew Allyn, Nathan Gold and Captain Winthrop, by the Assembly, to accompany Gov. John Winthrop, of Connecticut, to New York, together with Capt. John Young and Mr. Howell, of Long Island, to meet his Majesty's Commissioners, regarding the claim of the Duke of York to Long Island and Connecticut.
Richards, Nathaniel of Hartford, was in the colony in 1639—constable in '41 and '49--orderer of the town in '44 deputy in '43. In '73 James Richards and Mr. Roswell were appointed by the General Court to go forthwith to New York, with a letter prepared by the Court for the Dutch commander-in-chief at Manhatoes, and bring his answer. In case Mr. Roswell could not go, Major Robert Treat was appointed. Had 26 acres of land in the division of up-lands, east of the river, 1640.
Richards Widow, died in 1671. She left sons, John, Thomas and Obadiah, and a daughter, Mary Peck, of Milford.
Richards, Samuel Hartford—deputy in 1643.
Richards, Thomas 1640.
Richards, John 1663.
Riley, Richard, had resided at Hockanum, but moved to Wethersfield, where he died in 1648. He left sons and daughters and a large estate. The children were placed, by his will, in charge of William Hill, of Windsor, to be educated.
Rising, James 1676.
Riley, John Wethersfield, a carpenter—juror in 1649 and '71—died in '74. His children were, John, Joseph, Mary, Jonathan, Grace, Sarah, Jacob and Isaac. Jacob, of Windsor, 1730.
Risley, Samuel 1645—died 1670.
Robbins, John Wethersfield, deputy in 1643.
Robbins, Samuel Wethersfield, 1663 The Robbins' family settled in Wethersfield early, and have many descendants yet there.
Robbinson, Thomas 1640.
Rockwell, Simon Windsor, died in 1665. His estate fell to the children of his two sisters. The wife of Robert Watson had children, Mary, John, Samuel, Hannah, Ebenezer and Nathaniel Watson. His second sister married Zachery Sanford, and had children, Zachery, Hannah, Ruth and Ezekiel.
Rockwell, Samuel 1647.
Rockwell, John Windsor, died in '73. His children were, Elizabeth, 37 years old, Sarah 20, Ruth 19, Lydia 17, Hannah 8, and Joseph 5. I also find a John Rockwell, jr., in '49.
Rogers, James New London, who had located 150 acres of land at or near New London, in 1659, by liberty of the General Court, with liberty to improve the lands which Uncas had given him. Richard Rogers, Stratford, 1730. Samuel Rogers, N. London, 1664. James is supposed to be the person by the name, who came to this country from England in the ship Increase, with Matthew Marvin, the Bucks, Kilbourns, &c. A deputy in '62-63, and grand juror in '62. He was an important settler at New London.
Rood, Sarah 1673.
Roscose or Ruscoe, Nathaniel surveyor in Hartford, 1661—died in '73, and left a son Nathaniel. He was an early settler.
Roscoe, William 1639—juror in '44.
Rose, Robert Wethersfield, was one of the first settlers—was constable in 1639—juror in '41—deputy in '42, and had frequent manifestations of the confidence placed in his capacity and integrity by the town and General Court, by the repeated offices bestowed upon him by both.
Rose, John juror in 1649.
Root, John 1656, juror in '71. John, of Farmington, made free in 1663.
Root, Thomas Hartford, 1639—in the land division in '39.
Rowe, Henry Hartford, courier, admitted an inhabitant in 1659.
Rowe, Hugh leather sealer in Hartford, 1663.
Rowley, Thomas Windsor, 1640—a land holder in '76.
Rossiter, Bray Windsor—came with Mr. Huet, in 1639, and was an ensign and recorder in 1640—also a juror and deputy in 1643—afterwards he was frequently a juror, deputy, and held other offices. In 1662 he purchased land on Stratford river (Housatonic) at Paugassette, of which the Court approved, and gave him liberty to purchase 100 acres more. He was a physician, and was allowed by the General Court £5 for visiting Mr. Talcott in his sickness, to be paid out of the treasury, in 1660. He was also allowed in 1662, by the Court, £20 for doctoring the Deputy Governor and Mr. John Talcott, and a post-mortem examination of Kelley's child. Public men were public property, and the public paid the physician's bill to attend them.
Rowland, Henry Fairfield, 1649.
Royce, Robert Saybrook, 1669.
Rudd, Jonathan 1639.
Rudd, John was appointed commissioner for the town of Hastings, with the power of a magistrate, by the General Court of Connecticut. In October, 1663, the General Court united Hastings with the town of Rye, N.Y. and was incorporated as one town, and has remained so since.
Rugg, Robert 1646.
Ruscoe, William came from England in a vessel called the Increase, Robert Lea, master, to Massachusetts, with his family, and was among the first settlers of Hartford in the settlement of the colony. He was juror in 1664, and at the division of the lands in Hartford in '39.—(See Roscoe.)
Russell, Jonathan or John second minister of Wethersfield in 1665, dismissed in '67—signed an agreement in '59 to remove to Massachusetts—did afterwards move and died there.
Russell, John deputy in 1646–8.
Saddler, John an early settler of Wethersfield, 1643—died in '75, and left a widow, Deborah, and no children.
Sadd, Thomas Windsor, 1645.
Sage, David Middletown, 1675, married a daughter of John Kirby.
Saltonstall, Sir Richard settled at Watertown. He was one of the magistrates who came to Massachusetts with Gov. Winthrop in 1630. Many of these people were the first settlers of Wethersfield, in Connecticut, in 1635-6. Sir Richard was one of the associates and owners of the large tract of land upon the Connecticut River, of which John Winthrop as Governor and Agent took possession in 1635. It is supposed he afterwards located at Saybrook or New London.
Saltonstall, Robert 1641.
Salter, John died in 1673—left no children.
Samoy, Richard 1640.
Sanders, George Windsor, 1671—came some time before '71.
Sanford, Robert, sen'r. died in 1676—left a wife and children—Zechariah, Robert, Hannah, Sarah, Abigail, Elizabeth, Colio, Ezekiel, and Mary Camp.
Sanford, Peleg 1656.
Sanford, Zechariah Hartford, 1645, son of Robert, selectman of Saybrook, '64.
Sanford, Robert 1640, son of Robert.
Sanford, Nathan surveyor of roads in 1662.
Sables, John Hartford, 1639-48. Held land in Hartford, '39, by liberty of the town, with the right of wood, and to keep cows and swine—not being an original proprietor of Hartford.
Samwis, Richard 1649.
Savill, John viewer of fences, 1645. The name is in Massachusetts.
Sawyer, Richard died in 1647.
Saxton, Widow of Windsor, died in June, 1674. Her children, John 25 years old, Richard 20—Sarah was married—Mary married George Saunders—Patience, 16.
Scott, Thomas in 1635 or '36 he kept a bridge over brick-kiln brook, in Hartford, at 5 shillings per annum. He died in '42—left a widow, one son and two daughters. A man of good character.
Scott, Edmond 1649.
Segar, Richard Simsbury, 1680.
Segar, Elizabeth wife of Richard. In 1665 she was indicted for entertaining a familiarity with Satan, the grand enemy of God and mankind, and practising witchcraft against the laws of God and the Corporation; to which she pled not guilty. But the jury on trial returned a verdict of guilty. The Court found the verdict did not legally answer the indictment, and discharged the prisoner. She had before been tried for witchcraft, and acquitted.
Sedgwick, Ebenezer Hartford, 1644. He was the ancestor of several noted famihes of this State, and Hon. Theodore, of Massachusetts. A part of his descendants reside in West Hartford, Sharon and Cornwall, in this State—also in New York.
Selden, Thomas, Hartford 1639—constable in '49—an original proprietor in Hartford in the land division in '39.
Selden, Isaac Windsor, 1639.
Sension, Nicholas Windsor, 1645. He came from England in company with Joseph Aloppe in a vessel called the Elizabeth and Ann, and was an early settler in Windsor.
Senchion or St. John, Matthias 1640.
Seely, Leut. Robert resided in Wethersfield in 1636—came from Watertown. He was ordered in 1636, to look up the property of John Oldham—was a Leutenant and commander under Major Mason in the Pequott battle in 1637. After the conquest, he was sent with 30 men under him, to settle and hold possession of the territory, with an addition of 10 men, afterwards ordered there. He with Major Mason, Stanton, Adams, Gibbs, Henry Starks and Tho. Merrick were appointed by the General Court to treat with the Indians for corn. He was for a time an officer at the Fort after it was purchased by Connecticut. He was a useful man in the colony as an Indian fighter as well as a civilian. He is supposed to be the ancestor of those of his name in Fairfield county, and New York. In 1663 he was a captain and chief military officer at Huntington, L.I., to exercise the men there; and the same year was appointed a commissioner for the town of Huntington, L.I., by the General Court of Connecticut.
Sessions, Matthew juror in 1643.
Seymour, Richard Hartford, 1639—chimney viewer in '46. He held land by liberty of the town, and had the privilege of fetching wood and keeping cows and swine, with many others who were not original proprietors.
Seymour, Zechariah Hartford, 1645. This family were connected by marriage with the best famihes in the colony.
Sexton, Richard Windsor, 1643. Richard Sexton, Robert Lewis, Barnabie Davies and Christian Buck embarked in England in a vessel named the Blessing, John Lester, master, for New England, previous to the settling of Mr. Sexton at Windsor.
Shaddock, Elias died at Windsor in 1676, and left a widow and one child.
Shears, John died in 1669 and left a son John.
Sheldon, Isaac Windsor, 1640. Thomas, Hartford, '41
Shelly, Henry 1663.
Shepard, Edward father of John—he appears to have resided in Hartford. He had a son John, a daughter Deborah Fairbanks, one Sarah Thompson, and another Abigail.
Shepard, John Hartford, son of Edward. He became a man of consequence in the colony.
Sherman, Joseph Wethersfield, I636—often a juror and deputy. Daniel Sherman was a grand juror in '72. The Sherman family have been respectable since the first settlement.
Sherman, Thomas Fairfield, 1651.
Sherman, Samuel John Howell, Nathan Gold and John Mason were of the Particular Court in 1664. Sherman, Gold and Canfield were appointed to hold a Court at Fairfield, under the Charter, in '62, and Stamford, Greenwich and Westchester were allowed to try their cases at Fairfield. John, 1644.
Sherwood, Thomas 1645—had a son John, who moved to Stratford, and in '54, he with Thomas Fairchild were appointed by the Court to press men for an expedition against the Dutch.
Sherlock, John 1663.
Sherrall, Thomas juror in 1619.
Sherwington, Thomas 1651.
Shore, Samson 1649.
Simonds, Rev. 1663.
Sipperante, Joanne 1649.
Skidmore, Thomas do.
Skinner, John Hartford, juror in 1639—an original proprietor of Hartford—had 22 acres in the division of up-land east of the river in '40. Joseph, Windsor, '46. Richard, '48. John, juror in '71.
Slater, John Simsbury, 1682, register of the town.
Sly, Robert 1648.
Smith, Rev. Henry was the first settled minister at Wethersfield he had been a clergyman in England, and most of his congregation in Wethersfield came from Watertown, in Massachusetts, in 1635 and '36, where they had been under the charge of Mr. Phillips, who did not move to Wethersfield with his church and congregation. Rev. Cotton Mather Smith, who was born at Suffield, 1731, and settled in Sharon, Connecticut, was the son of Samuel Smith, who was a grandson of the Rev. Henry Smith, of Wethersfield. Hon. John Cotton Smith, former Governor of Connecticut, was a son of the Rev. Cotton Mather Smith, and the present John Cotton Smith, Esq., is the grandson of the late Gov. Smith. The children of Rev. Henry Smith were, Samuel, Peregrine, Noah, and other small children, and two daughters who were married at his decease.
Smith, Leut. Samuel New London. The General Court ordered, in 1662, that the inhabitants at Mystic and Pawkatuck should exercise no authority by virtue of any commissions from any other colony, (Massachusetts); and in case of difficulty in obeying this order, were ordered to apply to the Deputy Governor—and were ordered to choose a constable for the town, and to pay to Mr. Avery, Samuel Smith and James Rogers £20 as their share of the expense of procuring the Charter for the colony.
Smith, Samuel 1640—deputy in April, '38-41, also in '44. He owned a vessel in '49—was deputy in November and March, '37— and was also a magistrate. Supposed of New London.
Smith, Arthur Hartford, 1639—fence viewer in '39—deputy in '43, constable in '40. Whoever reads this "Catalogue," may well suppose all the Smiths were Puritans. Arthur Smith was a soldier in the bloody battle with the Pequotts at Mystic Fort in 1637, where he was severely wounded, and was rescued from the flames of the fort by some of his brother soldiers.
Smith, Thomas died at Haddam, 1674.
Smith, Rebecca in 1667, was divorced from Samuel Smith, by the General Court, for his three years wilful absence from her. This law is yet in our statute book, with little alteration.
Smith, Quince New London, (probably an officer)—complained to the General Court, that Uncas refused to pay a fine imposed upon him by the commissioners of New London. The Court referred it to Mr. Tinker to see that Uncas paid it, '60.
Smith, William Farmington, died in 1669. Left children, Jonathan, Jobana, Joseph, Benjamin, William, Samuel, Susannah, Elizabeth and Mehitabel.
Smith, Joseph died in 1673, and left children, Jonathan 10 years old, Samuel 7, Lydia 19, and Joseph 13.
Smith Giles 1639. George, '40. Simon, '46. Edmond, '43. Patience, '48.
Southmead or Southmayd 1645—probably moved to Middletown, where the name has been known from the early settlement of the town.
Spencer, Thomas Hartford—a committee to view the land where the fence had been made at Podunk, and locate the fence to be made there in 1644—viewer of chimneys in '49—was in the colony in '39 in the land division in '39. He was an original proprietor.
Spencer, William Hartford, deputy in August and September, 1639, committee to inspect arms once in three months, and provide powder for Hartford in '39. He was appointed with Mr. George Wyllys and Mr. Welles to revise the laws of the colony in '39—selectman in '39—an original proprietor of Hartford—ancestor of Hon. Joshua A. Spencer, of Utica, N.Y.
Samuel Spencer Hartford, 1670.
Spikes, Gerrard Hartford, 1645.
Sprague, John and Lydia.
Stafford, Thomas near New London in 1671.
Stairs, Thomas Windsor, 1640.
Starkey, George Fairfield, 1649.
Standish, Thomas juror in 1649.
Stanley, Timothy Hartford, townsman and juror in 1639 and '42. He died in '48, and left a good estate to his widow and children, viz. Caleb, Isaac, Lois and a younger daughter. Nathaniel Stanley was treasurer of the colony. Caleb Stanley was secretary- of the colony from 1709 to 1711 inclusive.
Stanley, Thomas Hartford, 1639—constable in '47—juror in '39 and '43. He is supposed to be the Thomas Stanley who came to Massachusetts in the vessel called the Planter, as he was one of the early settlers of Hartford soon after.
Stanton, Thomas Wethersfieid—in 1638, was appointed by the General Court a public officer to attend all the courts or meetings of magistrates, as an interpreter for the English and Indians, with a salary of £10 per annum for his services. In 1633 he was allowed to trade with the Indians on the river in Wethersfield for beaver—was constable in 1644. The same year the General Court granted him free trade with the Indians upon Long Island for 12 months. He was an active and useful man in transactions with the Indians. He was an original proprietor in Hartford, and was a great friend and supporter of Captain Mason.
Stark, Henry Hartford, 1640—he was a man of worth, and after a few years died, and gave by will, a clock to the church in Hartford.
Starks, Aaron Hartford, 1639. (This case is inserted to show the extreme severity of their punishment for bastardy.) He was placed upon the pillory on a lecture-day during the lecture—then tied to the tail of a cart, and whipped in Hartford, (probably through Main-street)---then taken to Windsor, and at the tail of a cart again whipped—then had the, letter R "burnt upon his cheek, and fined £10, to be paid to the parents of Mary Holt, and then ordered to marry her. The punishment of the girl for her offence was referred to Mr. Ludlow and William Phelps to decide. She was afterwards whipped. In 1643 he was again whipped for another offence, and ordered to serve Captain Mason during the pleasure of the court-
Stanley, Caleb son of Timothy, Hartford, 1645—became a man of much consequence in the colony, and received by his worth repeated honors from his town and the colony. Indeed the Stanley family maintained a high reputation in the jurisdiction for many years after the union of the two colonies. In 1709 Caleb Stanley was elected, or rather appointed secretary of the colony, which he held three years, and honorably discharged its duties. The descendants of the family are beheved not to be numerous, but respectable. He was grand juror in 1672 and 77.
Staples, Thomas with Philip Groves, Robert Warner, Joseph Judson, Walter Hoyt, James Avery, J. Morgan and Robert Chapman were deputies or made free in 1661. Staples deputy and juror, '49.
Stanborough, Josiah died in 1659. His children and estate were taken into the possession of the selectmen.
Stebbins, Francis died in 1673. His children were, Sarah Rockwell aged 20, Ruth 19, Lydia 17, Hannah 8, Joseph 5, and Elizabeth 3. Stebbins, New London, constable, '61.
Stebbins, Deac. Edward juror in 1639 and '43—deputy in '39-41 and '48—selectman in '47—collector of funds for the students of Cambridge College, by order of the General Court, in 1645. He died in 1663, and left a grand child Edward Cadwell—his daughter married Mr. Cadwell—another daughter married Gaylord, who had children, Joseph, Benjamin, Joanna and Mary Gaylord—another daughter married Wilson, who had two sons, John and Samuel. He came among the first settlers from Cambridge to Hartford.
Stedman, Robert Windsor, 1647. Thomas.
Stedman, Leut. John 1645—died in '75, and left his land in Hartford to his son John. He had other children.
Steel, John Hartford, deputy in April, Sept. and Jan. 1639, and March, '37—was a member of the Upper House of the General Court in April, June, July and Feb. 1636, and in May and Nov. 1637, and deputy in Dec. 1637, in April, 1640, also in June and Feb. 1640, also in Sept. Nov. and Jan. 1641, also in April and August, 1642, in March, April, Sept. Nov. and Feb. 1643, in April, Sept. Nov. Dec. and Feb. 1644, in April, July, Sept. and Oct. 1645, in April, 1646, in May and March, 1647, in Sept. and Oct. 1643, and many sessions afterwards. Mr. Steel was of the Court that declared war against the Pequotts. He was the town register in Hartford in 1639, which office he held until he removed to Farmington. He was a valuable man in the colony, and was the ancestor of the Steels in Hartford, Farmington and Woodbury. He collected the debt for the drum used in Farmington instead of a bell, to call the people to church on the Sabbath and other times. He died in 1665, and left a son Samuel, who married Mary Boosy, of Wethersfield—his two daughters married William and Thomas Judd. He must have removed from Cambridge to Hartford in 1635, or very early in the spring of 1636. Samuel Steel, son of John, 1649.
Steel, George was an early settler, and a brother of John. He was surveyor of highways in Hartford in 1639-43 and '49—selectman and juror in 1644. He died in 1664. His children were, Elizabeth Waite and Mrs. Harrison—grand children, Martha Harrison, and James and Mary Steel. He had a son James.
Steel, James 1645—he with Samuel Boarman were appointed by the General Court, in '63, to lay out and define the bounds of Middletown.
Stevens, Nicholas Stamford, 1664.
Stevenson, Thomas 1646.
Stiles, Henry came to Windsor in 1635 or 6—one branch of the family early moved to Stratford, then to Woodbury, where many of the descendants now reside. (Southbury- was made a town since Stiles moved there.)
Stiles, John came to Windsor as early as 1639. He came from Milbroke, in Bedfordshire, England, in '34. His son John, (Farmer says) was the father of Rev. Isaac Stiles, of North Haven, whose son Ezra Stiles, D.D., LL.D. was President of Yale College.
Stiles, Francis fined £50 in 1642, for resisting an officer in his duty—carpenter in '37—juror in '42-44. Some of the Stiles family moved to Stratford, and with Edward Hinman, of Stamford, were the pioneers in settling Woodbury, where at this time many of their descendants reside.
Stiles, Henry Hartford, was the first man tried in Connecticut, for an offence, viz. for selling a gun to an Indian. He was tried by the first Court ever formed or held in the colony, on the 26th day of April, 1636. In 1634, Francis Stiles, Thomas Stiles,John Stiles and Henry Stiles came to Massachusetts from London, in the ship Christopher, John White, master. These probably are the same men. The Henry last mentioned settled at Windsor—the first in Hartford, and not of the family at Windsor.
Stoddard, John sergeant, of Wethersfield, 1639—juror in '42-3. He died in 1664, and left children, Mary, John, Josiah, Mercy, Elizabeth and Nathaniel- Anthony, Boston, 1639—Ebenezer, 1664—Solomon, Northampton, married Mrs. Mather, 1672—Anthony, Woodbury, 1702—John and Simeon, brothers, Boston, 1675—Hon. Anthony, 1697—Hon. Ebenezer, Woodstock, Lt. Governor, 1833—Hon. Jonathan, N. Haven, 1845—Hon. Henry, Dayton, Ohio. Most of these men appear not to be descendants of John, but of Anthony, of Boston.
Stoddard, Joseph 1643.
Stocking, Samuel had a daughter Bethiah.
Stocking, George one of the first settlers in the colony—townsman in 1647. He came from Cambridge, and was one of the original proprietors of Hartford in '39.
Stolton, Thomas a deputy in 1641.
Stone, Rev. Samuel came to Boston in 1633, and was soon after ordained teacher with the Rev. Thomas Hooker, in Cambridge. He had been a lecturer in Tacester, in England, and was there well known by Mr. Hooker, and came to Boston by his request. He came with John Cotton, Gov. Haynes, Goff, Mr. Hooker, and about 200 emigrants. He remained with Mr. Hooker at Cambridge until June, 1636, when be came with him and the colonists to Hartford, where he continued until his death. He was chaplain in the little army of 90 brave men under Major Mason, in 1637, who by their valorous deeds exterminated the Pequott nation of Indians. Tradition says, the night previous to their starting down the river, was entirely spent in prayer by Mr. Stone, for the success of their arms in the expedition. Mr. Stone died July 20, 1663, and left a widow, Elizabeth, and children, Samuel, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Mary and Sarah. One daughter married Joseph Fitch. He owned land in Stratford, which he gave mostly to his son. Mr. Stone, William Goodwin and others, were the original purchasers for a company, of the the town of Hartford, of the Indians, which was divided in 1639, amongst the original proprietors.
Stone, John Hartford—died early.
Stolion, Edward 1663.
Storm, Samuel Hartford, 1639.
Stoughton, Thomas came to Windsor with Mr. Huet in 1639. He was deputy in '39 and '43—juror in '42—Leutenant in '40.
Stoughton, Ancient deputy in 1636—often a juror and member of the General Court. John, '46.
Stores, Thomas 1643.
Stowe, Rev. Mr. had much trouble in the church at Middletown in 1664. The General Court ordered his parish to pay his salary of £40. He was dismissed—and the town were ordered to provide another able, orthodox minister, to be approved by Messrs. Warham, Stone and Whiting, aided by the Governor and Mr. Wyllys, and give him such testimonial letters as the aforesaid persons should direct in the premises. Mr. Stowe was settled at Middletown in 1657.
Strickland, John son of Thwait. The original contract or purchase of Hartford, by William Goodwin and others, of the Indians, appears to have been lost, which in 1670 was renewed between the Indians. and S. Wyllys, J. Talcott, James Richards and others as agents for the proprietors of Hartford, and witnessed by John Strickland and others.
Strickland, Serg't. Joseph Weathersfield, in 1636 was a member of the church there—came from Massachusetts.
Strickland, Thwait Hartford—died in 1670. Daughter Elizabeth married Mr. Andrews. His other children were, John 21, Joseph 15, Jonathan 10, and Ephraim 7. Elizabeth Andrews was 23 years old.
Strong, Return came to Windsor in 1639.
Strong, John Windsor, 1645—juror in '71—supposed to be the son of Return. John had 18 children, 15 of them married and had famhes. He was the ancestor of J. Strong, D.D., of Randolph, Dr. Strong, of Hartford, Dr. Strong, of Norwich, Gov. Strong, of Massachusetts. Judge Strong, of Amherst, and Hon. Henry Strong, of Norwich. A noble sire of more noble descendants.
Swain, William moved to Branford in 1644, (Farmer.) The division in the church at Wethersfield where he first settled, had become so great that Mr. Swain determined on leaving the place and colony. He therefore purchased Branford, and at once commenced a settlement there. Mr. Abraham Pierson, then at Southampton, L.I., united with him with a part of his church and congregation in the settlement at Branford. Mr. Swain was afterwards a magistrate of the New Haven colony. He came to Massachusetts from England in company with Francis, in the ship Rebecca, and was one of the first settlers of Wethersfield. He was a member of the Court in the Connecticut colony in April, 1736-7-8, and continued a leading man while he remained at Wethersfield—assistant in 1644—deputy in 1641—a member of the first Court that tried the first offender—enached the first law—declared war against the Pequotts in 1637—was often a juror, deputy and magistrate.
Talcott, Dorothy the mother of John and Samuel—died in 1669.
Talcott, John with Gov. Haynes, Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, George Wyllys, Edward Hopkins, William Whiting, Thomas Welles, Thomas Webster, Thomas Hosmer and William Goodwin were the leading men of Hartford in its early settlement, though some of them were not here until after 1636. John Talcott was one of the Court which declared war against the Pequotts in 1637, and one of the General Court in 1637-3-9—a juror in 1641—selectman in 1643-4 and '48—surveyor of common lands and fences in 1647—to set off meadow fence and order proportions in 1643. He received many other marks of confidence from the colony. He was a member of the Colony Congress in 1656-7-8 and '62 and '63. This was the highest office in the gift of the colonies. He had also been treasurer of the colony, and frequently an assistant to the General Court. He was the ancestor of the Talcotts in Hartford, and of the former attorney general of the State of New York. John Talcott in 1673, was appointed a major, to act in case of a war with the Dutch. Governor Tallcott's third daughter, Jerusha, married Doct. Daniel Lathrop, of Norwich—she was a lady of great intelligence. Joseph Talcott was Deputy Governor in 1724, and Governor from 1725 to 1741 inclusive, and treasurer of the colony.
Talcott, Samuel son of Dorothy—was a gentleman of less distinction than his brother John. John, jr., 1645.
Talcott, Gov. Joseph a grandson of Dorothy—became a gentleman of distinction in the colony. He was appointed treasurer, and was also in 1724, made Deputy Governor of the colony, and in 1725 was elected Governor, and was continued in the office until 1742. He well kept up and sustained the early reputation of John, who had preceded him in the first settlement.
Tappin or Toppin, Thomas and two other magistrates, with several deputies from Long Island, appeared at the General Court of Connecticut, and took their seats in May, 1663, as members of the colony and the General Court. Assistant in '63.
Tappin was appointed with John Talcott to apportion the rates in 1639.
Taynter was a deputy in 1643 and '46—frequently held offices.
Taylor, William Wethersfield, 1664.
Taylor, John Windsor, came with Mr. Huet in 1639. Juror in '41 and '44. George Taylor came to Massachusetts in the Truelove, George Gibbs, master.
Taylor, Stephen married Ann Hosford, of Windsor, 1642.
Taylor, Stephen also married Ann Nowel, of Windsor—grand juror in '72. (Perhaps the same person as above.)
Terre or Terry, Stephen Windsor—was among the first settlers of Windsor, and in 1633 was appointed one of a committee with H. Wolcott, jr., William Westwood and Nathaniel Ward to lay a highway for cart and horse upon the upland, from Hartford to Windsor. Grand juror in 1643. Thomas Robert and Richard Terry came from England in the ship James, John May, master, to Massachusetts. John Terry, probably a son of Stephen, united with John Case in settling Simsbury, by enforcing the owners of lands at Massacoe to build on and settle them. Hon. Nathaniel Terry, late deceased, had been a member of Congress, eminent in his profession, and a gentleman of distinction in the State.
Terry, John son of Stephen, married Elizabeth Wadsworth, in 1662. His children were, Elizabeth, Stephen, Sarah, John, Rebecca, Mary, Solomon, and another Rebecca.
Thomas, Serg't. of Mystic, in 1663 apphed to the General Court for directions how to conduct himself there under the authority;—he was advised to keep quiet, and if abused by them, to apply to the Deputy Governor, but not to obey those who held commissions under other colonies.
Thompson widow of Thomas, married Anthony Hawkins, of Farmington. John, of Fairfield, 1650. William, free in 1660.
Thomson, John 1670. In '63 had a controversy with the church at Stratford, and Messrs. Jones, Wakeman and Hanford were appointed by the General Court as advisers in the matter.
Tilliston or Tillotson, John resided near Saybrook in 1671.
Tillerson, John married before he came to Windsor. His children were, Mary, John, Elizabeth and AbigaiL.In 1667 he charged the wife of Matthew Griswold, of Lyme, of being a witch, and induced others to suspect her of witchcraft; for which Mr. Griswold caused him to be arrested and arraigned before the Court. He stated the cause of his suspicions and jealousies. The Court decided she was not a witch, and that he had no cause to be jealous of her—that he had greatly sinned in harboring such jealousy against so good a neighbor, who had done him many favors. But as he was poor, the Court, to recompense Mrs. Griswold for the wrong, and to clear her of all suspicions of the offence—ordered that the opinion of the Court should be published by the constables in Saybrook and Lyme, at some public meeting—and ordered Tillerson to pay 7 shillings for the express warrant, and 5 shillings for the constable.
Tracy, Thomas Wethersfield, juror in 1614 was often a juror and deputy, and held other posts of honor. He moved to Saybrook, and from thence to Norwich. He was a gentleman of importance in the colony. Deputy in 1662-3—auditor of the accounts of J. Rogers and Leut. Smith on the corn rate for the expense of the Charter, 1663. He was a thorough business man. The name has been uniformly respectable. Some of his descendants were of high reputation. Hon. Uriah Tracy, former Senator of the U. S., and Hon. Albert H. Tracy, late Leut. Governor of New York.
Upon further examination into the genealogy of the Loomis family, I am satisfied that only the family of Joseph came to Connecticut. I was led into the error by the Lecture of Dr. McClure, delivered at East Windsor some years since. It will be corrected in No. 3—when the whole Catalogue will be published, including a large number of names since found, and not printed in either of the two Numbers before the public, in their proper places.
Tanner, Rebecca was a sister of Thomas Shaylor, and was married 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 descendants 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, Leut. 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 1713 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 emigrated to Tolland from Hartford, made the record as town clerk in 1719. Notwithstanding in 1715, M. Allyn, R. Wolcott, T. Thrall, and John Ellsworth petitioned the General Court to lay out a township, to be bounded east upon Willimantic 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 themselves 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, Mehitable Carter, Martha Pinney, Abigail Thrall—Timothy, John, Thomas, and Samuel Thrall. He had an estate of nearly £800.
Thrall, William Windsor, 1640—juror in '64 died in '79. Son Timothy, daughter Phillis Hosford—had a grandchild, Mary Hosford.
Tilly, Capt. In 1636, the Indians murdered five men at Saybrook, while they were at work in the meadows; and in November of the same year assassinated another, and most cruelly tortured Capt. Tilly to death. In December, 1636, six of the inhabitants of the town were attacked by the Pequots, two of whom were tortured to death by them; during the same month four others were killed there; the January after they assassinated one citizen and took two others, who they split in twain. These murders and other outrages committed by the Indians in 1636-7 caused the war against the Pequots in 1637. When the people of Saybrook attended church at the tap of the drum, the males carried their guns, and stacked them in the corners of the church with a sufficient guard the outside to secure the worshippers from surprise and danger from the Indians.
Tinker, John in April, 1660, was made an assistant at N. London, with O. Bruen, J. Rogers, Leut. Smith, and John Smith as commissioners, with the assistance of Maj. Mason, to hold courts there for the year. William Douglass was also confirmed as packer at the same time for N. London—assistant in 1661. In 1660 the General Court licensed Mr. Tinker to retail liquors distilled by himself until October, 1662, if he would use his exertions to suppress others from selling by retail in N. London. Mr. Tinker died about 1662. Left children, Mary, John, Amos, Samuel and Rhoda. The expenses of his sickness and funeral were paid from the public treasury by order of the General Court. He was a gentleman of distinction at N. London, and throughout the colony.
Thompson, John Middletown—died in 1693-4. He left a widow and children.
Thompson, John and Thomas sons of John Thompson, of Wethersfield, 1680.
Thornton, Thomas Hartford—died in 1703. Wife Hannah, and son Samuel, only child. He had a brother Nathaniel Farren. He left an estate of £498. He owned a part of a warehouse at the landing on the river in Hartford.
Thornton, G. moved to Stratford before 1653.
Thornton, Thomas came to Windsor in 1639, and was juror in '43.
Trill, Thomas an unseasonable night walker, 1664.
Tillerton, Daniel went to Stratford as early as 1649.
Treat, Richard Wethersfield. In March, 1637, was a member of the lower house of the General Court. He died in 1668-9. His children were, Richard, jr., Robert, James, a daughter Hollister, another who married Hon. Matthew Canfield or Camp, another married a Johnson, and two others married Robert Webster, son of Gov. Webster, and John, son of Hon. John Deming, (were mentioned in his will as sons, and shared in his estate.) He gave Mr. Perkins's book to his son John Deming. He was a cousin of Samuel Wells and of John Deming, sen'r. Some men of distinction by this name. The family ranked high in the colony.
Treat, Richard Wethersfield, 1663—a magistrate in '63—son of Richard.
Treat, Richard Wethersfield, died in 1713, son of James, deceased, (his mother Rebecca.) He left but one child, Katherine Treat, to whom he gave all his estate, being £636. He had a sister Jemima Chester, and Mabel Treat—had a brother Salmon, of Boston—his brother Joseph resided at Wethersfield.
Treat, Thomas Glastenbury--died in 1709—wife Dorothy. His son Richard was in poor health. Left other sons, and several daughters, and an estate of £770.
Treat, Henry Hartford—died in 1681. Left several children, and some estate for them.
Treat, James, sen'r. Wethersfield—died in 1708—wife Rebecca, sons James, Samuel, (to Salmon he gave 200 acres on the road to Colchester,) Richard, Joseph—Jerusha, -wife of Capt. Thomas Wells, (who had a son Wm. Wells,) Rebecca, wife of Ebenezer Deming, (had a son Joseph Deming,) Mabel Treat. He gave 200 acres of land and the stone house beyond the bounds of Glastenbury to James and Samuel Treat. He left an estate of £1235.
Trott, Richard Wethersfield—juror in 1642, grand juror in '43— one of the committee with Mr. Hopkins and others to build a ship—to collect funds for the students of Cambridge College in '44—deputy in '44-5 and 8. He was often a juror and deputy. The family probably afterwards settled at New London. Matthias Trott, Wethersfield, 1646.
Trumble, John Windsor, 1647.
Trumble, Ammi Windsor, 1646. Joseph Trumble resided at Suffield in 1704. He married Hannah Higly, and they were the parents of the first Gov. Trumbull.—Phelps.
Tomlinson, Thomas died in March, 1685—wife Elizabeth—children Sarah Bishop, 20 years old, Mary 18, Ruth 15, Phebe 12, Elizabeth 10, Hannah 6, and Thankful 1. No sons.
Towsey, Thomas, sen'r. Wethersfield—died in 1712. He was the father of Elizabeth Churchill the wife of Josiah Churchill. To his son Thomas he gave his house, shop, barn and all his land. He gave to John Northway 40 shillings. He gave his apprentice John Wells one weaver's loom and gears to weave serge and kersey; all his other property he gave to his daughter Churchill. He owned a falling mill in partnership with Mr. Bulkley. He left an estate of £387 sterling. He was a widower at his death, and probably aged—it is uncertain how long he had resided at Wethersfield. His son Thomas was educated a clergyman, and settled in Fairfield county, at Newtown, and was the ancestor of Governor Toucey, of Hartford; since which time all by this name have uniformly originated at Newtown, where Rev. Thomas Tewsey began to preach about 1712 or '13.
Tucker, John 1642—died in '62, at New London. Children—Mary, John, Amos, Samuel and Rhoda.
Tucky, George was fined 40 shillings for using improper language to Mrs. Eggleston.
Tudor, Owen came with the 2d colony to Windsor, in 1639. He married Mary Skinner in 1641. He 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 New 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 the 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 Almanac there in 1681, which he continued to do until 1702. He was called the great mathematician of the day.
Turner, Daniel in 1649 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 the murder of Capt. Oldham, and from thence to the Pequots, to demand the murderers of Capts. Stone and Norton, 1636.
Turner, Ephraim Hartford—died in January, 1705. Wife Mary. Cyprian Nichols, administrator.
Turner, Capt. New Haven, as agent for New Haven, in 1640-1, 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 the 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 office 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.