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]
APPENDIX, CONTALNING ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS.
Abbey, Samuel Windham—died in 1698—wife Mary. His children were, Mary, 25 years of age, Samuel 23, Thomas 20, Eleazer 18, Ebenezer 16, Mary 14, Sarah 13, Hepzibah 10, Abigail 8, John 7, Benjamin 6, and Jonathan 2.
Ackley, Nicholas chimney viewer of Hartford, 1662.
Adams, Edward resided at Fairfield in 1653. Ephraim, of Simsbury, 1730. Edward, in 1660, married Elizabeth Buckland—whether he was the son of Edward, of Fairfield, is not known—he had a daughter Mary. Jeremiah, of Hartford, (in No. 1,)—was the only person in Hartford, in 1660, allowed to sell wine in a less quantity than a quarter cask, or other liquors less than an ancor.
Adgate, Thomas Norwich, 1660—was a deacon of the church in Saybrook in '59. He is not found upon the colony record in any town previous to his being in Saybrook. While there he married the widow of Richard Bushnell. Was made free in '63.
Adkins, Thomas, (probably now Atkins) died in 1694. His children were, Mary aged 22, Thomas 21, Mary 19, Jane 16, Josiah 9, Sarah 12, and Benoni 4. Estate £182. Josiah died in '90—wife Elizabeth—children, Solomon, aged 12, Josiah 10, Benjamin 8, Ephraim 5, Sarah 16, Abigail 14, and Elizabeth 3.
Andrews, John, sen'r. Hartford—died in 1681—wife Mary. His children were, Benjamin, John, Abraham, Daniel and Joseph. He had grand children, Thomas Barnes, John Andrews, Abraham Andrews, John Richards, Daniel Andrews, Ezekiel Buck, and Joseph, the son of his son John. He had daughters, Mary Barnes, Hannah Richards, and Rachel Buck. He gave each of his grand children named, a legacy.
Andrews, Edward died in 1673—was a brother-in-law of Josiah Adkins. He left a wife and children. Josiah Howlton married his sister. Gideon, of Fairfield, juror in 1730. Thomas, of Middletown, died in 1690, and left children, Thomas, John, Samuel, Hannah, Elizabeth, Sarah and Abigail.
Allyn, Matthew, (in No. 1,) stated by Miss Caulkins, as having been a brother of Robert, who early settled at Saybrook, and afterwards at New London. All the descendants of Matthew spell the name (Allyn,) instead of (Allen) in and about Hartford; so that their signs upon their buildings show their descent from Matthew. He so and if so, spelt his own name. He was a petitioner for the Charter of Connecticut. Robert, was one of the principal settlers of New London, 1648.
Alsope New London, 1674. He is supposed to be Joseph Alsope who came to New England in the Elizabeth and Ann, Roger C. master. Thomas came in the same vessel at another time.
Armstrong, Jonathan New London, 1671.
Arnold, Joseph Haddam—died in 1691. His children were, John 29 years old, Joseph 26, Samuel 23, Josiah 21, Susannah 16, Jonathan 12, and Elizabeth 9. This name is yet at Haddam in the person of the sheriff, Charles Arnold, Esq. Samuel had his share of the estate at Machemoodus (in East Haddam,)—he probably moved there.
Ashley, Jonathan, sen'r. Hartford—died in 1704. His son Joseph was his executor. He married a daughter of William Wadsworth, sen'r. His children were, Jonathan, Joseph, Samuel, Sarah and Rebecca. He gave four score acres of land in Plainfield to his son Samuel. His family appear to have been a distinct family from that of Robert, of Massachusetts.
Atwood, Capt. Thomas Hartford, 1664—was an early settler.
Atwood, Doct. Thomas Wethersfield—died in 1682, and left a wife, Abigail, and children, Abigail, aged 14, Andrew 11, Jonathan 7, and Josiah 4. He was a son of Capt. Atwood, of Hartford. One of the descendants emigrated to Woodbury or Waterbury.
Avery, James New London, (in No. 1,)—was ordered in case of a war with the Dutch in 1673, to act as captain, Thomas Tracy, Leutenant, and John Denison, ensign, for the county of New London, over such forces as should be called out. Commissioner in '63.
Babcock, James was born in Essex, England, in 1580. In 1620 he moved to Leyden, in Holland, and remained there nearly three years, and being a strict Puritan in his faith, he removed from Holland to Plymouth in 1623, and arrived in July of that year. He came to this country in the ship Ann. He had four children born in England who came with him, viz. James, John, Job and Mary. He lost his wife by death, and married a second wife in 1650. He soon had a son—he named him Joseph; this son, between 1670 and '80, emigrated to Connecticut, and settled in the vicinity of Saybrook, and was the ancestor, in this State, of the family at Hartford, New Haven and other parts of Connecticut.
Backus, Stephen Norwich, 1660—married Sarah, a daughter of Lyon Gardiner, the first Lord of Gardner's Island. His sons, Stephen born in '70, and Timothy in '82. Stephen moved to Plainfield, afterwards to Canterbury.—F. M. Caulkins. William, was early found at Saybrook, and made free in '63. The name was at Saybrook at a much earher period, (in '38); he afterwards became a proprietor of Norwich.
Bacon, Elizabeth died in 1670-80, widow of Andrew, deceased, of Hadley. She returned to Hartford after the death of her husband, (being old.) One of her daughters married Caleb Stanley, to whom she gave her house and lands in Hadley, and the share of Isaac, her son, deceased, in his father's estate, which was then hers. She had a daughter, Abigail Coles, wife of Samuel Coles, and Lois, wife of Thomas Porter, both of Farmington, and Elizabeth Sension, wire of Mark Sension. Nathaniel, Middletown, 1664. Andrew, (in No. 1,) signed with the 60 to remove to Hadley, in '59, which he performed, and died there.
Badger, Daniel moved from Hartford to North Coventry. He had sons, Daniel and Moses. The first settler there was John Bissell, jr., from Lebanon, (originally of Windsor)—his deed was dated July, 1716, and his deed of land in South Coventry is dated October, 1715, ancestor of Hon. Samuel Badger, of Philadelphia.
Bailey, John Hartford, 1648—he resided at Haddam in '76—was a fence viewer at Hartford in '66. He with Joseph Aiken were viewers of chimneys in Hartford in '48.
Baker, Jeffery Windsor—married Jane Rockwell in 1642, and had Samuel, Hepzibah, Mary, Abigail and Joseph. Samuel married Sarah Cook in '70. Baker, Wvllys, Gold, Richard Treat, Thomas Tappin, Wolcott, Sherman, Howell and Thurston Rayner were magistrates at the General Court in '63. Joseph, of Windsor, son of Jeffery, died in '91, and left Joseph and Lydia. He was a brother of Samuel. John married a daughter of John Bailey—was chimney viewer at Hartford in '65. Timothy, of Wethersfield—died, 1709—estate £21.
Baldwin, John Saybrook, 1659—afterwards one of the proprietors of Norwich. Miss Caulkins states in her valuable work, that John was the ancestor of Judge Baldwin; he was also of Gov. Baldwin, of N. Haven; and of Judge Baldwin, late deceased, of Pennsylvania. The name first came into the colony at Saybrook.
Banks, John was a juror at Hartford in 1645. It appears he had been some time in the colony. He probably removed to Fairfield as early as '55, as the name is found there in '53—deputy in '63.
Barber, Thomas Windsor—married in 1640, and had John, Thomas, Sarah, Samuel, Mary and Josiah. John married Bethsheba, and had a daughter and son. Thomas married Mary Phelps, and had Mary and Sarah. Samuel married Mary Long, and had Thomas and Samuel, in '71 and '73.
Barber, Thomas of Windsor, (in No. 1.) There was a young man of this name at Wethersfield who was a carpenter. The one at Windsor came there with Mr. Huet, in 1639, and married in '40. The name is common in Hartford county. John, '64. (See No. 1.)
Barlow, John Fairfield, 1652—perhaps the son of Thomas, who was juror at Hartford in '45, and moved to Stratford soon after.
Barnard, John a man of active business habits, and held many offices in Hartford. He came early—was one who signed to move to Hadley in '59. Bartholomew, a constable in '64. He was often a deputy, and held other important offices. Francis, signed the agreement to move to Hadley in '59.
Beach, John settled at Stratford previous to 1650.
Bartlett, John one of the first settlers of Poquonuock, in Windsor. with Holcomb, Francis and Griswold. He was among the first settlers of Windsor. Edward, died in 1676, and left no family. He gave a part of his estate to Benoni Case, of Simsbury, a son of Christopher Crow. Robert, in '46, appears to have been of Windsor. He moved to Northampton, but owned land in East Hartford in 1664. The town of Hartford apphed to purchase it, on condition that if he refused to sell, to call on him for security not to sell it to improper inhabitants. William, resided at New London in 1649.
Barnes, Thomas Hartford, 1640—had land distributed to him east of the river, and resided there in '63. Joshua, deputy in '63.
Bassett, Robert united with John Chapman and others, in 1653—1, in Fairfield county, to raise troops. The town of Fairfield held a meeting, without authority from the General Court, to raise troops to fight the Dutch at New Netherlands, and appointed Mr. Ludlow commander-in-chief of their troops, which office he accepted. This transaction, it was supposed, caused the departure of Mr. Ludlow to Virginia. Thomas, '43. A man of this name came from England in '34, to Boston—may be the same Thomas Bassett.
Basey, John was in the land division of Hartford, 1639. He died in '71. Elizabeth his wife. He had a grandson, Paul Peck, another Joseph Baker, a brother John Baker, and a son-in-law John Baker. His eldest daughter married a Burr—his third daughter Elizabeth, married a Peck—Lydia married John Baker.
Bascom, Thomas in 1639—had a daughter, Abigail. Thomas, in '40, and Hepzibah in '44.
Bates, John Haddam, 1676—died in 1718. Jonathan, of Haddam, had children, John, Solomon—Joseph Graves married his daughter—Jonathan, James Ray, jr., Elizabeth Bailey. His widow was Elizabeth. John, of Middletown, 1677, and James Bates. James, '69, of Saybrook.
Baxter, Thomas New London, husband of Bridget, 1662.
Beardsley, William (in No. 1,)—is probably the William Beardsley who came from Hertfordshire with John and Joseph Beardsley to Massachusetts in a vessel called the Planter.
Beardsley, Thomas at Fairfield in 1658—probably the grandson of William, who moved to Stratford before, and who was a juror at Hartford in '49. John, of Stratford, before '50.
Beaumont, William moved to Saybrook, and resided there in 1663.
Beckwith, Nathaniel Haddam—died in 1717, and left Sarah, his widow, with £269 estate. His children were, Job, Nathaniel, Jerusha, Sarah, Joseph and Patience. Nathaniel, of Lyme, was appointed by the court, guardian of the children of Nathaniel Beckwith, deceased, of Haddam. It is probable the two Nathaniels above, were the sons of Matthew and Stephen, brothers, who were early settlers in Hartford, neither of whom appears to have died at Hartford.
Beckly, Richard Windsor—juror in 1664.
Beers, Thomas came to Connecticut as early as 1645, and was a constable in '47—whether he was a relative of the brave Capt. Beers, who, in Philip's war, was killed with 20 of his men near Northfield, is not known. The name soon after '47 disappeared in Hartford, and is early found at Stratford, so that it is supposed Thomas moved to Stratford with the flood of emigration from Hartford and Windsor. Joseph Beers who resided at Stratford in '72, is supposed to have been the son of Thomas. Joseph had a son Daniel, who, after a settlement had commenced at Woodbury, located himself there, and married a Miss Walker, either a daughter or grand daughter of the Rev. Z. Walker, who had also moved to Woodbury. They had sons, Josiah, Zechariah and Lewis, born at Woodbury. Josiah was the father of Hon. Seth P. Beers, Commissioner of the School Fund of Connecticut. Josiah, of Stratford, and James, of Fairfield, were jurors in 1730. The name yet remains in Fairfield and Litchfield counties.
Bell, Francis Stamford, 1642. Mr. Bell was one of the early settlers, and an imortant man in the colony—a firm Puritan in forms and principles. Rev. Mr. Denton, Mitchell, Ward, Law, Rayner, Bell and Hollys were important men in Stamford in its first settlement. Some of the descendants of Francis have a Bible which was brought to New England in the Mayflower, in which is a record of the first male child born in Stamford. Francis Bell is favorably noticed by Cotton Mather, in company with Slosson.
Bell, Robert Hartford—was fined £10, in 1683, for selling Tucker a pint of liquor with which he became intoxicated, in violation of law. Bell died in Hartford in '81 Estate £28—children, John 6 years old, Robert 4, and Mary 1. Thomas, of Fairfield county, '70.
Belding, John Wethersfield—died in 1677. His children were, John, 19 years old, Jonathan 16, Joseph 14, Samuel 11, Daniel 7, Ebenezer 4, Sarah 9, Lydia 2, and Margaret 6 months, at his death. John Belding, Robert Morice, John Waddams and John Stedman, jurors in 1664.
Benedick, Thomas 1662.
Benfield or Penfield Middletown, 1664.
Benham, Hannah daughter of Richard, was born, July, 1683. Rebecca, was born, September, '85.
Bennet, James Moved from Concord to Fairfield in 1641. He had a son Thomas. This is a familiar name in the west part of Connecticut at this time. A man by the name of Henry Bennite—(perhaps the same name) was Secretary to King Charles II., and signed the Commission or Letter for Col. Richard Nicolls, Sir Robert Carr, George Cartright, &c. in '64, to the Governor of Connecticut, in behalf of the King.
Benton, Andrew Milford, in 1646—of Hartford, '66. He married at New Haven—died at Hartford, July, '83, aged 63 years. Himself and wife took a dismission from the church at Milford to the church in Hartford, in '60. His children were, Hannah, (died) Andrew, Mary, John, (died) Samuel, (settled at Tolland) Dorothy and Joseph, (his wife died)—and by a second wife he had Ebenezer, Lydia and Hannah, (named after the deceased Hannah.) See Timothy Thrall in this No. He left 7 children at his decease. Andrew, of Hartford, '64, '70—juror in '64. Edward, in '74. Edward, of Gullford, '50. Andrew held land, and was a fence viewer in Hartford, in '64. Edward, of Hartford, signed with 59 others to remove to Hadley, in '59.
Benjamin, Caleb resided in Hartford, but appears to have died at Wethersfield, in 1709. He was a brother of Samuel, who died in 1769. He left a son John and four daughters. John had a double portion of his estate, and was executor of his father's will. Caleb was admitted a freeman with Gershom Bulkley, &c., in '69. He petitioned the General Court in '82, to form a town in the Webaquassett country, situated probably north of the Pequot territory, perhaps in what is now Windham county.
Benjamin, Samuel(in No. 1,) resided at Hoccanum, in Hartford —died in 1669, and left sons, Samuel and John, and daughters, Mary and Abigail. Probably was a relative of John at Watertown, one of the proprietors of Cambridge. Left his estate with his wife Mary, and made Caleb, his brother, overseer of his estate and family.
Benjamin, Richard in May, 1664, with Jeffery Jones and others, were admitted freemen, and the oath was administered by Capt. John Young, of Southold, L.I. He appears to have resided at L. Island. The relation, if any, to Samuel and Caleb is not known.
Benjamin, John appears to have been the grandson of Samuel, who died at Hartford, (Hoccanum) in 1669. Samuel left a son Samuel, and daughters, Mary and Abigail. The first Samuel was a brother of Caleb, of Hartford. John died in '53, and left his wife Hannah. To his son John he gave £50—to his son Caleb he gave a house and four acres of land east of the river—to his son Samuel, £50. He had a son David, who died before him, who left two children. Gideon, his son, was executor of his will, and had the residue of his estate. Gideon, or his son Gideon was the grand father of Edwin Benjamin, Esq., now of Hartford. Jonathan, son of Gideon, married Miss Woodbridge, who was a descendant of Governor Dudley, of Massachusetts. Samuel, son of John and Hannah, of Hartford, was born, May, 1708. Caleb was born, 1710.
Beswick, George died in 1672.
Betts, Thomas Guilford, 1650. (See John and Widow Betts in No. 1.)
Bidwell, Joseph Wethersfield—died in 1692. Children, Amy 14 years, Joseph 12, Benjamin 9, Ephraim 6, Lydia 3, and Mary four months old. John Bidwell died in '92, and left an estate of £1081.
Bidoll or Bidwell, John 1673—of Hartford, '51.
Bigelow, Jonathan, sen'r. Hartford—died in 1710, and left Mary, his wife, and children, Jonathan, John, Mary, Sarah, Violet, Joseph, Abigail, Daniel and Samuel. Left an estate of £549. Jonathan, son of John, married Mabel Edwards, in 1699.
Biggs, William, Wethersfield died in 1681, and left his widow, and children, William 15 years old, Mary 14, Thomas 9, Elizabeth 8, Sarah 6, and John 4. Estate £139.
Billings, Richard Hartford—had 6 acres in the division of land east of the river, in 1640. He was in the colony before '40, and was one of the 60 who signed to remove to Hadley in '59.
Bingham, Thomas is first found at Norwich as a proprietor in 1660, after which he married, and had eleven children. The name yet remains in New London county. Thomas, of Windham, '97.
Birchard, John A Mr. Birchard was a juror at Hartford as early as 1639, before any jurors came from Saybrook, which shows he must have been settled in one of the three towns on Connecticut river—perhaps John, who afterwards settled at Norwich, and became a proprietor and clerk, selectman, constable and commissioner there—perhaps the same to whom the General Court sent a warrant to enforce payment of the Charter tax against Mystic. His sons, as stated by Miss Caulkins, were, Samuel, James, Thomas, John, Joseph and Daniel. John was made free in '63.
Birdsey, John moved from Milford to Stratford, before 1645, and became a leading man in the church there.
Bird, John and Joseph first settlers of Litchfield from Farmington—were descendants of Thomas, (in No. 1,) who moved to Farmington, and was the ancestor of Dr. Bird and Gen. Bird, and others. James, Thomas and Joseph, 1663.
Birdge, Joseph who settled at Litchfield in the early settlement of that place, was from Windsor, and a descendant of Richard, (in No. 1.) The present Treasurer of Connecticut is also a descendant. John, of Windsor, married Hannah Watson in 1678—in '79 had a son John.
Bishop, Anne Guilfard—died in 1676. Children, John, Stephen, and a daughter who married James Steel. She had removed from Hartford to Guilford—perhaps the ancestor of James, who was seven years Deputy Governor of Connecticut before '90. Rev. John, minister at Stamford, '44.
Bissell, John Windsor—had a son Nathaniel born in 1640. His son John married Miss Mason, in '58, and had Mary in '58, John in '61, Daniel in '63, Dorothy in '65, Josias in 70, a son in '73, Ann in '75, and another son in '75. Thomas Bissell in '55, married Abigail Moore, and had Thomas in '59, Abigail in '58, John in '60, Joseph in '63, Elizabeth in '66, Benjamin in '69, a son in '71, and other children. John, sen'r., of Windsor, died in '77—his children were, Mary who married Jacob Drake—Joyce married Samuel Pinney—John, Thomas, Samuel and Nathaniel. John, jr., was the first settler in Coventry—and received his deed of Israel Everett, of Lebanon, Oct. 1715—was the first captain in Coventry—held slaves. Though he moved from Lebanon to Coventry, he originated at Windsor.
Blachford, Peter Saybrook, 1663.
Blackledge, John, jr. admitted an inhabitant of Hartford in 1659.
Blackleach, John Wethersfield, (in No. 1,) slandered the authority of the colony, and was fined £30—was informed by the Court, that he deserved a penalty of £100, but owing to a weakness incident to him, they fined him only £30. He died in 1683. He had been a gentleman of estate, but-left only £373 to such of his children as were supposed to be then living, viz. John, Exercise Hodges, Mary Jefferies, and Benoni. Was an early settler.
Blackley, Thomas, (in No. 1) who resided in this colony in 1641, embarked from London in the Hopewell, Thomas Babb, master, for Massachuset+, some time previous.
Blake, John died in 1690. Children, Mercy 17 years of age, Sarah 16, Mary 14, Elizabeth 12, Abigail 10, John 8, Jonathan 6, Stephen 4, and Richard 11 months. Nicholas, 1656.
Blanchard, Peter Collector of rates against the inhabitants of Mystic and Paugatuck, in 1662.
Bliss, Thomas, sen'r., and jr., (in No. 1,) were among the early settlers of Hartford, before 1639. It is more than probable that in the constant emigration down the Connecticut river, from the three old towns, that the Thomas Bliss who settled at Nerwich in '60, was one of the above—probably was Thomas, jr., who had then grown to manhood. "Thomas, made free in '63.
Bloomer, Robert 1664.
Bloss, James was voted not to be an inhabitant of Hartford, but he was allowed by the town to continue there until the spring of 1660.
Blumfield, William Hartford, (in No. 1)—in 1663 had moved down the Connecticut river.
Boardman, Daniel Wethersfield—married Hannah Wright, and had 12 children, viz. Richard, born in 1681, settled at Wethersfield—Daniel, jr., born in '87—he became a minister at New Milford, and died Aug. 1744—Mabel, born in 1689, and married John Griswold— John, born in '91, and died young—Hannah, born in '93, and married John Abbey, of Enfield—Martha, born in '95, and married a grandson of Josiah Churchill, of Wethersfield—Israel, born in '97, and died at Stamford, in 1724—Timothy, born in 1699, and died the same month, (and a second) Timothy was born in July, 1700—he married and settled at Wethersfield, and had a son Timothy, in '27—sons, Oliver, Thomas and Sherman—(Timothy died in '53, and his widow in '80)—Joshua, born in 1702—Benjamin, born in 1704, and settled at Sharon —Charles, born in 1707. Daniel, the father, died the 20th of February, 1725, and left his wife, Hannah, and most of his children living. Son Charles died soon after his father. Daniel, the father of Daniel, sen'r., of Wethersfield, appears to have died in Massachusetts, and left a son Daniel, and other sons. Daniel moved to Wethersfield about 1680. About the same time the name appears at Middletown—perhaps a brother of Daniel, sen'r., of Wethersfield. Daniel in his will, gave Joshua his house at Wethersfield, and half his lands at Litchfield and New Milford—and to his son Benjamin the other half. John Bostwick and Zechariah Ferris, of New Milford, appraised the property at New Milford in 1725. Daniel was the ancestor of the Boardman family at N. Milford. The name and family are distinct from the name and family of Samuel Boarman, who was an early settler at Wethersfield. Boardman, Isaac, jr., of Wethersfield, died in 1719. Sherman, and other famlies of Hartford, are descendants of Daniel Boardman. Elizabeth, widow, at Middletown, died in 1730, estate £115. Samuel, of Middletown, died in 1733. Sarah, of Wethersfield, widow, died in 1733, and left children, David, Joseph and Mary Warner. She had grand children, William, Sarah and Hannah Varner. Isaac, jr.'s property was given and distributed to his widow Rebecca, and his children, Isaac, Edward, Josiah, Ephraim and other children. In this family there has been one Senator of the U. States, one member of the House of Representatives in Congress, a Judge of the County Court, and several clergymen.
Boarman, John and Joseph Wethersfield—both died in 1676. Boreman, William, Guilford, 1649.
Boltwood, Robert signed to move to Hadley in 1659.
Booth, Richard was an early settler at Stratford, some years previous to 1650. This family has now become numerous in the western part of the State.
Boen, Daniel Wethersfield—died in 1693—was unmarried—he owned a sloop and other property, all of which was appraised at £85.
Boosy, James, (in No. 1,) who was one of the principal settlers of Wethersfield, was united with Edward Hopkins, John Haynes, John Mason and John Steele, as a committee for Connecticut, to conclude articles of agreement with George Fenwick, Esq. for the purchase of the Fort, &c., at Saybrook, which was effected in 1644. He was a leading man in Wethersfield, and ranked high in the colony.
Bostwick, Arthur Stratford, 1659. Had trouble in his family; which was submitted by the General Court, to Joseph Judson, Mr. Blackman, Beardsley and Fairchild. He settled at Stratford previous to '50.
Bowe, Alexander died in 1678, and left children, Samuel, Anna and Rebecca.
Bowden, John 1663.
Bowers, Morgan Norwich, 1660. He is said by Miss Caulkins, to have been illiterate and thriftless, and was the first case of penury in Norwich. John, of Derby, from Cambridge, Massachusetts. A clergyman by this name came later into the colony, whose descendants are of high standing at Berlin, Middletown and other places.
Bowles, Richard at Fairfield, in 1641 and '51. Thomas, of New London, '71. Richard was chosen constable of Greenwich, and made a freeman in '62—appointed a constable of the town of Hastins in '63. No person by this name died in Hartford until after 1700. The name is uniformly spelt Bowles upon the early record, and not Bolles.
Brace, Stephen Hartford—died in 1692, and left a widow and children, Elizabeth, Phebe, Ann, Stephen, John and Henry. He ordered in his will, to put Henry to a trade. He owned land in the great meadow at Rocky Hill and at Pattacunk. Left an estate of more than £400.
Bradford, John Norwich, was the youngest son of Gov. Wm. Bradford, of Plymouth, Mass. by Dorothy, his first wife. An interesting account is given of this man by Miss Caulkins, p. 100. Mercy Bradford married Samuel Steel in 1680.
Brainard, Daniel was one of the first settlers of Haddam. Several of the family have been deacons at Haddam and East Haddam, from the first formation of a church there. Daniel, jr. was made deacon in E. Haddam in 1725—died '43, aged 77 years. Noadiah, made deacon there in 1743, and died in '46. Daniel, sen'r., died in 1714 or '15. His sons were, Daniel, James, Joshua, William, Caleb, Elijah and Hezekiah—no daughters. A respectable family.
Brewster, Jonathan, (in No. 1,) was at New London in 1648. He was the grandson of William, who came to Plymouth in the Mayflower. He was early an important man at New London, (in '49)—he afterwards, in the early settlement of Norwich, moved there. The Brewsters of Connecticut are most of them descended from Jonathan, and apparently- all from William of the Mayflower. In '61 he was ordered to take his pay out of the wampum received from Narragansett.
Brinsmaid, John first settled at Stratford, and held land there before 1651. Probably the ancestor of General Brinsmade, of Washington, Conn.
Brockway, Woolston, (in No. 1, of Saybrook, 1663) left a son William, and perhaps other children. He was the ancestor of Rev. Diodate, and Hon. John H., of Ellington. The family by marriage, are connected with the Spencers at East Haddam.
Brigden, Rev. Zechariah Stonington, 1661.
Briggs or Biggs William, of Middletown—died in 1681. His children were, William 15 years old, Mary 14, Thomas 9, Elizabeth 8, Sarah 6, and John 4.
Brown, Francis and Leut. Lewis had buildings burned by the Indians, at Farmington. The damage was submitted by the General Court to Mygatt, &c., in 1661. Francis Brown, constable of Stratford. in '63.
Brown, Peter Windsor—died 1691. Children, Peter, John, Jonathan, Cornelius, Mary, Hepzibah, Esther, Isabel, Deborah and Sarah; he also had two other daughters who were married. He left for them an estate of £408.
Brundish, John Wethersfield—died in 1639, and left two sons and three daughters.
Bruen, Obadiah James Rogers, and John Smith were appointed commissioners in 1660 and '63, to try causes and punish offences—confined to a jurisdiction of £20. Mr. Bruen was a petitioner to Charles II. for the Charter of Connecticut.
Brunson, John Farmington—died in 16S0, and left a widow, and 7 children, viz. Israel, John, Isaac, Abraham, Mary, Dorcas and Sarah. John settled at Waterbury, and died there in 1696-7. Dorcas married Mr. Hopkins, and Sarah Mr. Kilbourn. The name on the record is generally spelt Brunson, but occasionally Brownson. Jacob, sen'r., of Farmington, died in 1707-8, and left Samuel, Roger, Isaac, Jacob, Elizabeth Harris, and Rebecca Dickinson. (See John, of Hartford, in No. 1.) John moved from Hartford to Farmington. The descendants of this family are numerous, and settled in many parts of the State and country. Judge Brunson, of the State of New York, has become the most eminent of the name; Alvin, of Oswego, N.Y.; the family at Waterbury, Greenfield Hill, Middlebury, Southbury, and Simsbury, are descendants of John, originally of Hartford and Farmington.
Bryan, Alexander 1664.
Buck, Ezekiel Wethersfield, father of Enoch—was a farmer, and died in 1712 or '13. To his wife Rachel, he gave a share of his estate for her life-time—at her decease to fall to his grandson Ezekiel, the son of his eldest son Ezekiel. His children were, Ezekiel, Enoch, Jonathan, (Stephen 2 years old at this time,) Hannah, Abigail, Comfort, Rachel Brunson (was deceased,) Sarah Welton, and Mary Kelsey. He left a good landed estate to his large family. Samuel, of Wethersfield, died in 1708. Ezekiel, jr. moved from Wethersfield to Litchfield. Henry, of Wethersfield, 1670. This family have generally been farmers or merchants, and uniformly respectable.
Buck, Roger and William with Thomas Kilbourn and family, Matthew Marvin, William Rogers and James Rogers were fellow passengers in the ship Increase, Robert Lea, master, from England—most of whom settled in Connecticut, as is supposed, from the fact that early settlers of the same names were early settlers here, and most of them at Wethersfield as early as 1636.
Buckingham, Rev. Thomas, sen'r. was a Welchman, and was not ordained at Saybrook until 1670. His parents resided at Milford. He was a Trustee of the College at Saybrook—was a strict Puritan in all forms—was one of the Moderators of the Synod which formed the noted Saybrook Platform in 1708—and died in 1709. Thomas, of Hartford, married Ann Foster, daughter of Isaac Foster, November, 1699. He was a judge at Hartford, and a man of some considerable importance in the colony. Some of the name yet reside in Hartford, and a street is called by that name in honor of the family. Others of the name still reside in Milford. Thomas came to Hartford as early as 1645.
Buckland, Thomas Windsor—had children, Timothy in 1638, Elizabeth in '40, another daughter in '42, Mary in '44, Nicholas in '46, Sarah or Tana in '48, Thomas in '50, and Hannah in '54. Timothy married Abigail Ware, in '62, and had Timothy, Thomas, Abigail, Mary, Sarah, Hannah and others. Thomas, (in No. 1,) Windsor— died in '76.
Bulkley, Rev. Gershom
the third ordained minister at Wethersfield, 1666—married Sarah Chauncey—he also preached at New London. He resigned his ministry in consequence of ill health, several years before his death. He was eminent as a divine and scholar. He was the son of the Rev. Peter Bulkley, of Concord, Mass., who had descended from an honorable family in Bedfordshire, England. His father was Edward Bulkley, D. D., of Bedfordshire. Rev. Edward was when young, made a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. He married the daughter of Thomas Allen, of Goldington, in England, and she had a nephew who was the Lord Mayor of London. He had by two wives, fifteen children. His son John was a minister at Colchester, and father of judge John Bulkley.—Cotton Mather, and Rec.
Bulkley, Peter, Wethersfield—died in 1701-2—a mariner. Wife, Rachel—died without issue. His property was quit to the widow, by the children of Gershom Bulkley, by her securing the child of Charles Bulkley, deceased, of New London, if she should demand it.
Budd, John was appointed commissioner for the town of Hastings, and Richard Bowles, constable, in 1663.
Buell, William, (in No. 1,) married in 1640, and had children, Samuel, Peter, Mary, Hannah, Hepzibah, Sarah and Abigail. His son Samuel, settled in Killingworth, and had a son Samuel. Peter, of Simsbury, in '86, was chosen sergeant of the train-band, in Simsbury, and was orderly proclaimed by the chief military officer there, sergeant of the train-band by 23 votes. He was also, in '87, voted 20s. for his deputyship and expenses. In Simsbury, the deacons published all persons for marriage, as late as 1786. Widow Mary Buell, of Windsor, died in 1684. Children, Mary Mills, Hannah Palmer, Hepzibah Wells, and Hannah grand children, Mary and Sarah Palmer. Thomas Buell and Edward Stebbins were ordered to take the charge and management of the estate of Mr. Hopkins, deceased, in '61. In '62 Samuel Buell married Deborah Griswold, and in '63 had a son Samuel. John Buell, moved from Windsor to Killingworth, with his father—then to Lebanon, and afterwards to Litchfield—and not William, as in No. 1.
Burnham, Thomas, (in No. 1,) purchased lands of the Indians, at Podunk, in 1660.
Burden, John Saybrook, 1664.
Burlson, Edward 1664.
Burrell, Charles The first of this name I find in the colony, is Charles, 7 years old, and Jonathan 5, wards of Capt. Jonathan Westover, of Simsbury, appointed in 1728, as their guardian.
Burr, Jehu, Agawam, (in No. 1.) In 1637, a tax of £520 was imposed upon the colony to defray the expense of the Pequot war. Hartford was to pay £251; Wethersfield, £124; Windsor, £158, and Agawam, £86: 16—payable in money or wampum at 4 a penny, or beaver at 9s. a pound. Mr. Burr was appointed collector for Agawam, (now in West Springfield.) The tax appears to have been laid large enough to cover losses. He was a grand juror from Fairfield in '61. He was a carpenter by trade. Rev. Jonathan from Dorchester, also settled in Fairfield county. Jehu first settled at Agawam as early as '37, and received many of the offices and honors of the Connecticut colony in its first settlement, early left Agawam, and removed with his family to Fairfield, where he continued to be favorably known in the colony. He is supposed to have been the ancestor of those of the name in Fairfield county, viz. Thaddeus, of Fairfield, who during the struggle in the war of the Revolution, ranked with such men as Davenport, Sherman, and Hillhouse in usefulness in that eventful struggle. Rev. Aaron Burr, who was born at Fairfield in 1715, settled at Newark, N.J., in the ministry, married the daughter of Rev. Jonathan Edwards, of Northampton, and afterwards became the first President of Princeton College. He was the father of Col. Aaron Burr, former Vice President of the United States. This, however, so far as concerns the ancestry of Rev. Aaron, and his son, Col. Aaron, has a different version by 31'. L. Davis, Esq. in his Memoirs of Aaron Burr. He states, that the grand father of Col. Burr was a German, and by birth of noble parentage; that he emigrated to this country, and settled at Fairfield—perhaps so, but quere—there is now in the Hall of the Connecticut Historical Society a very ancient and beautiful English chest, which was presented by some one of the Burr family, of Fairfield, to the Society, as an early family relict—supposed to have been brought from England by the family who settled at Fairfield. The workmanship upon the chest has the appearance of English work 200 years since. The name of Burr is an English name, and not German. Jehu was an Englishman, as was Rev. Jonathan, born, educated and licensed in England. Perhaps Aaron was of German extract.
Burritt, William was an original settler at Stratford, previous to 1650. The family have been uniformly respectable.
Buttolph, George Simsbury—died in 1696, and left a small estate, and children, John, David and one other child. David died in 1717, and left an estate of £176. John died in 1692, and his son David was his executor.
Bushnell, Susannah Saybrook—died in 1686. She gave all her estate to her son, John Waddams, as testified by Leut. William and Samuel Bushnell, of Saybrook. John Bushnell was townsman at Saybrook in '86. The relation of the Bushnell family at Guilford and at Saybrook is not known to the writer, (if any.) Richard, of Saybrook, in '48—married Mary Marvin, sister of Reinold. Francis, of Guilford, '50. William, of Saybrook, sergeant in '61.
Butler, Richard and Josias Bull, of Wethersfield, grand jurors, 1661.
Cable, John Fairfield, 1653.
Cadwell, Samuel had a daughter Mary, born in 1708, and a son Samuel, born in 1710.
Calkins, Deacon Hugh deputy in 1663, two sessions, from New London, with James Rogers. Appointed in '59, with James Morgan and J. Avery, to lay out to Governor Winthrop, 1500 acres of land at the head of Paugatuck Cove on fresh river.
Caulkins, G. was one of the first settlers of New London, and an important man there. Hugh, of Norwich, the father of John, might have been the son or brother of Deacon Calkins, of New London, and Hugh resided himself at New London in '54. Those of the name in Sharon are of the family of Hugh. John, free in '63.
Cakebread, Isaac Hartford—died in 1698, and left a son Isaac, 18 years of age. Isaac, jr. died at Hartford, in 1709. This probably closed the Cakebread family.
Callsey, Mark 1663.
Camfield, Matthew(This name is uniformly spelt upon the record, Camfield or Campfield.) He was an early and original settler at Norwalk. He was soon made a magistrate and judge, and was not only a leading man there, but in the colony. As full proof of his standing in the colony, I need only mention that he was one of the 19 signers of the Petition to King Charles II. for the Charter of the Colony; and his name is mentioned in that invaluable grant to Connecticut in 1662. (It is signed Camfield.) He was in '62, appointed with Gold and Sherman, to hold courts at Fairfield. Deputy in '62. He was early a magistrate, assistant and judge.
Camp, John son of John and Rebecca, born in 1711.
Carrington, John Waterbury—died in 1692. He appears to have been by trade a cooper. He left no children. His brothers and sisters were, John, Clark, Ebenezer, Mary, Hannah and Elizabeth.
Case, Richard Hartford, (E.H.) died in 1693, and left his wife, Elizabeth, to whom he gave all his estate during her life. Children, Richard, John and Mary. He was a kinsman of Thomas Olcott. He moved to East Hartford from Windsor. John Case married Sarah Spencer, and settled in Windsor—died in 1704. He moved to Simsbury before his death. Children, Mary, John, William, Samuel, Richard, Sarah, (born in 1676) Elizabeth, Abigail, Bartholomew and Joseph. John, of Simsbury, 1681 and 1667. Benjamin, removed from Mansfield to Coventry in its early settlement—probably a descendant of Richard, of East Hartford, who came from Windsor.
Case, Richard Hartford—married Elizabeth Purcase or Purchase, a daughter of one of the early settlers of Hartford. The name is yet common in Hartford county.
Catlin, John Hoccanum, 1664, son of Thomas, who was an old and standing constable of Hartford, as well as selectman. John or his son, moved to Litchfield in its early settlement. Many of the name now reside there. John signed the agreement to remove to Hadley, in 1659. He signed his name Catling. The name is now numerous. He was the ancestor of all the Catlins in the State. Col. Catlin, of Hartford, now owns some of the real estate held by Thomas, more than 200 years since. Samuel, son of John, married Elizabeth Norton, of Farmington, in 1702.
Champion, Henry and John Borden witnessed the will of Tobias Coles in 1664. The name of Champion, since the war of the Revotion, has been noted for wealth and good common sense, in which few excelled the late Hon. Henry, and Hon. Epaphroditus Champion, a member of Congress from this State.
Chaplin, Clement came to New England with Mr. Swain, in the ship Elizabeth and Ann, Cooper, master. They early settled at Wethersfield, and were important men in the colony. He held land in Hartford in 1639. (See No. 1.)
Chappell, George New London, 1671. George Chappell, of New London, Henry Stiles, of Windsor, Henry Stiles, of Hartford, John Stiles, Thomas Stiles, Edward Preston, John Harris, John Dyer and Francis Stiles came to New England, from London, in the ship Christopher, in 1634.
Chapman, Robert deputy in 1662, and twice in '63—also an assistant in '61. He with O. Bruen and John Smith, of New London, were appointed to settle the difficulties with the Niantick Indians, for burning fence in '63—grand juror same --year. The ancestor of Judge Chapman, deceased, and of Charles Chapman. Esq., of Hartford.
Chauncey, Rev. Charles Stratfield—in 1710, was appointed guardian for his children, Robert 6 years old, Ichabod Wolcott 5, and Abiah S. He died before 1715, and John Moore and Daniel Bissell, of Windsor, were appointed guardians for the children of Mr. Chauncey. This name has uniformly held a high rank in the State. Israel, minister at Stratford, 1665. Nathaniel, of Windsor, a witness in '77.
Cheeseholm, Thomas 1663.
Cheesbrook, Samuel 1664.
Cheesebrough, William In 1657-8 a considerable settlement was made between Mystic and Paugatuck rivers; Mr. Cheesebrough from Rehoboth, was the first settler on the tract, in '49. He was charged of mending guns for the Indians, &c., and was brought before the General Court for withdrawing himself from civil society, and trading with Indians and assisting them. He confessed his fault, but claimed he had been induced to settle there by Mr. Winthrop, who claimed the land. He gave bonds for his good behavior, and was allowed to remain there.
Cherry, John with three Milford Indians, in 1670, was ordered to pay John Brunson for cider stolen, 20s., and 10s. to Daniel Garrit, for bringing them from Milford to Hartford.
Chester, Leonard Wethersfield—the father and ancestor of the Chester family—came to Wethersfield in 1635, from Massachuetts; he came to the latter place from Leicestershire, England, in '33. He died when young, (under 40 years of age) in '48. He had a son, grandson, great grandson, and a great great grandson, by the name of John, and the last left a son Hon. John Chester, who was well known by many of our aged men, as one of the pillars of the town of Wethersfield, and of the State. Leonard was a juror in '42, grand juror in '43, and held many places of trust in the colony. The family have been of the first respectability in the colony and State. The children of Leonard and Mary, his wife, were, John, born August 3, '35—Dorcas in November, '37—Stephen, March 3, '39—Mary in January, '41 —Prudence in February, '43—Eunice in January, '45, and Mercy in February, '47. John Chester was the first white child, of record, born at Wethersfield. Capt. John Chester married Sarah, a daughter of Gov. Welles, in '53. John, jr., married Hannah, Nov. 25, '86. Stephen, jr., married Jemitna, a daughter of James Treat, in '91, and Thomas married a daughter of Richard Treat, in Dec. '84. A record is found at Wethersfield, that John Chester, the son of Leonard, was the first white child born at Wethersfield, in Aug. 1635; and another record in the same book, that he was born at Watertown, Mass.
Chester, Capt. John sen'r. Wethersfield—died the 23d of Feb. 1697. His children were, John, Thomas, Stephen, Eunice, Sarah, Prudence, and Mary, the wife of John Wolcott. To his oldest son, John, he entailed his buildings and home-lot, and his land adjoining, to him and his heirs male. Stephen died in Feb. '97, before his father, and left heirs. Capt. Chester had a slave named Anthony, who he gave to his wife. He gave mourning rings to each of his children, and to the wives of his sons. He was a brother of Stephen the elder. He left a large estate for his family. The family held a high rank in England, and in this colony.
Chester, Stephen was an early settler at Wethersfield, and a brother of Capt. John and uncle to Maj. John, the son of John. He died in 1705. Major John administered upon his estate. He had a warehouse at the landing on the river. The wife of Samuel Whiting, of Billerica, was a sister of Capt. John and Stephen. Thomas Russell, of Charlestown, Mass., married another sister.
Chilly, John 1663.
Church, John Hartford—died in 1691. Children, Richard, John, Samuel, Joseph 15 years, Deliverance 12, Sarah Knight, Mary Standish, Ruth, Ann 18, and Elizabeth 17. Samuel and Richard, both signed the contract to remove to Hadley, in '59.
Churchill, Josiah Wethersfield—died in 1686. Wife Elizabeth. Children, Joseph, Benjamin, Mary, Elizabeth Buck, Ann Rice, and Sarah Wickham. To his son Joseph he gave his land in the west part of Wethersfield, (now Newington.) Was a juror in '64—married Miss Towsey.
Clark, Daniel came early into the colony—though Young, at the time, but he became a gentleman of distinction. He was appointed Secretary of the colony in 1658, and held the office until '64, when John Allen was appointed, and held it during the year '64. Mr. Clark was again appointed and held the office during '65 and '66, at which time John Allen was again appointed and held it until '96. Mr. Clark was removed by a charge made against him by an enemy. He was in the land division of Hartford, in '39.
Clark, Daniel married Mary Newbury in 1644, and had children, Josias in '48—Elizabeth in '51—Daniel in '54—John in '56—Mary in '58—Samuel in '61—Sarah in '63—Hannah in '65, and Nathaniel in '66. Joseph, of Saybrook, 1658, was brother of John. He died in '63—was a relative of the Clarks of Milford, and the son of John Clark, sen'r. John, constable and selectman of Saybrook, in '64.
Clark, Mary in 1692 "had a base born child," and accused Leut. Hollister of being the father; "she having been constant in the charge in time of travail, and at all times." The court judged him the reputed father; and ordered him to pay 2s. per week from its birth, for the term of four years; and ordered Mary to pay a fine of 40s., and to be whipt. A portion of the present law upon this subject originated in the Puritan law of '92—the same evidence of being constant in the charge and in time of travail, is now required in this State.
Clay, Umphrey attorney for Richard Eliiot, 1663.
Clemens, Jasper being in a probable way of marriage, in 1661—confessed he had a wife in England. The court ordered him at once to separate from Ellen Brown, until he cleared himself from his lawful wife.
Clements, Jasper Middletown—died in 1678, aged 64 years Wife, Eleanor. Left no children—and gave his estate to Nathaniel, John, and Benoni Brown, Hannah Long, and to the town of Middletown for the support of a school there.
Clinton, John 1663.
Clough, John 1663. John, jr., of Killingworth, '63. Constable of Hartford, in '61.
Cockshot, Eliza widow at Haddam, died in 1699.
Collins, Nathaniel The early church members in Middletown, were, Nathaniel Collins, Thomas Allen, Thomas Wetmore, John Hall, jr., Samuel Stocking, sen'r., William Harris, John Savadge or Savage, sen'r., Robert and Andrew Warner, sen'r., (and George Hubbard, sen'r., after his return from the New Haven colony.) The first meeting house erected there was in 1652—and the size of it, 20 by 20 feet. They had but one society there until 1703, when a second society was formed.
Collins, Thomas Hartford, had his ear-mark in Hartford, for his cattle, in 1646. Timothy, of Guilford, moved to Lebanon, and from thence he removed to Litchfield. Nathaniel, of Wethersfield, in '67. Daniel, of Milford, 1730. Rev. Nathaniel, of Middletown, 1668, and Nathaniel, a minister at Enfield, in '97. Nathaniel, of Middletown, died in '64. Estate £679. Left a widow, and children, John, 16 years of age—Susannah 14—Martha 11—Nathaniel 7, and Abigail 4. He gave John £146, and each of his daughters £76. Samuel, of Hartford, died in '97. Mary, his wife. Samuel, of Middletown, 1711.
Cole, Samuel married Mary, daughter of James Kingsbury, of Plainfield, in 1693.
Coles, John in 1661, occupied the farm in Hartford, which had been owned by Governor Hopkins.
Colefax, John Wethersfield—died in 1681. His brother had his estate. He was a brother of the wife of Joseph Bidwell, and the wife of Henry Arnold. John, died at Windsor, in '76, and left no family.
Coleman, Thomas and John signed the agreement to move to Hadley in 1659. He was an early settler in Connecticut.
Cone, Daniel Haddam, 1664—he then had a case in court concerning the ownership of a steer. The jury on trial disagreed. The court and jury then unitedly attempted to agree upon a verdict, but failing in so doing, the court advised the parties, to either divide the steer between them, or carry the cause to the General Court for trial. Daniel Cone, jr., was made deacon of Mr. Hosmer's church, in East Haddam, in 1704—and died in 1725, aged 60 years. His son Daniel was made deacon of the same church in 1746—he was also a justice of the peace—died in 1776. These were the ancestors of William R. Cone, Esq., of Hartford.
Coit, John was at Gloucester as early as 1648. Joseph was the first minister at Plainfield, in 1706. The name has been at Middletown, Haddam and New London. At a later period, during the war of the Revolution, there was a Col. Coit, and three Captain Coits, Oliver, William, &c. Capt. William was the commander of the Colony ship, Oliver Cromwell, in the Revolution. It has been a ministerial name—the name has been generally in New London county—not as early settlers as many others—but has uniformly been a name of respectability in the colony and State.
Collier, Joseph Hartford—died in 1691. He left all his estate to his wife Elizabeth, for life—the real estate to be distributed to his sons, and the personal estate to his daughters after the decease of his wife. His sons were, Joseph 23 years old, Abel 14, (died in '97) and John 12—daughters, Mary Phelps, 22, Sarah 18, Elizabeth 16, Abigail 9, Susannah Ann 9. His wife was sister to Zachary and Robert Sanford. She died in '95. Samuel Peck married Abigail in 1701.
Colher, Samuel removed from Hartford to Litchfield, and became a member of the church there, with Jacob and Comfort Griswold, Dorothy Pierce, Sarah Beach, Nathaniel Hosford, Ezekiel Buck, jr., Sarah Buck, Thankful Woodruff, John Gay, Benjamin Hosford, Nathaniel Woodruff, Joseph Kilbourn, Elizabeth Collins, Daniel Allen and James Beebe, jr., before 1736. The Parish originated in May, 1717, by a company from Hartford, Windsor, Wethersfield and Lebanon, under the direction of deacon John Buell, from Windsor, and John Marsh. The original name of the place was Bantum—and a pond there now retains the first name of the place. Their first minister was the Rev. Timothy Coffins, from Guilford, who was ordained at Litchfield, in 1723, old style. He was dismissed at his own request in 1752. His salary the first four years, was £57 annually, and was afterwards increased to £80. The May after his dismission, (1753) he was made a justice of the peace, and practised medicine at Litchfield. He died there in 1776. Samuel, was the ancestor of the Hon. John A. Colher, of Binghampton, New York.
Coke, Penfield not accepted an inhabitant of Hartford, 1664.
Cook, Nathaniel Windsor, married Lydia Ware in 1647, and had children, Sarah, Lydia, Hannah, Nathaniel, Abigail, John and Josiah. Capt. Aaron Cook, owned land at Massico in '61, and resided there or at Windsor. Samuel, left Middletown in '64.
Cooly, Samuel Hartford—in 1689, was made overseer, to counsel and assist widow Newell in the distribution of her (then) late husband's estate, to his children. He was not one of the first settlers of Hartford.
Conant, Exercise and Sarah Windham, as early as 1697. This name is first found at Windham—perhaps the name might have been at New London earher.
Cooper, John and Thomas 1664. John was charged of high treason, by John Scott.
Cordent, Richard 1663.
Cornwell, William, sen'r. Middletown—died in 1677—and was old. Sons, John, William, Samuel, Thomas and Jacob—daughters, Sarah, (unmarried) Hester Wilcox and Elizabeth Hall—wife, Mary. He had a large landed estate. Was a constable in '64.
Cornish, James was an appraiser of R. Marvin's estate in 1662.
Cotton, John New London, made free in 1660.
Couch, Thomas Wethersfield—died in 1687. Children, Susannah, aged 20 years, Simon 18, Rebecca 15, Hannah 13, Thomas 12, Mary 11, Sarah 8, Abigail 6, and Martha 3. He was an early settler at Wethersfield—one of the family moved to Fairfield.
Crabb, Richard, (in No. 1) removed first to Stamford, afterwards to Greenwich. In 1655 complaints were made to the General Court at New Haven, of the conduct of the people of Greenwich, that they permitted drunkenness, harbored runaway servants, and joined persons in marriage without lawful authority. Greenwich denied the jurisdiction of New Haven over them, and refused obedience to their orders. The General Court therefore ordered, that unless they appeared before the Court, and submitted by the 25th day of June then next, viz. Richard Crabb and others, who had been the most stubborn, they should be arrested and punished. They complied. Mr. Crabb had been at Hartford, one of the leading men in the colony. He resided for a time at Stamford.
Craddock, Matthew in 1637, was indebted to John Oldham's estate, £229.
Crane, Benjamin, sen'r. Wethersfield—juror in 1661. He died in '93. His eldest son was Benjamin—he had other children. John, of Wethersfield, died in '94. Jonathan, of Windham, '97.
Crandall, George New London, 1671, was suspected of opposing the government of the colony.
Cross, Samuel Windsor—died in 1707. He had sons-in-law, Lyman or Simon Chapman, and was a cousin to John, Samuel and Jonathan Bates, also of Sarah Ketchum, Jonathan Jagger, Hannah Welch, James Picket, Mary Hoyt and Ephraim Phelps—all of whom shared in his estate.
Crombe, Alexander 1663.
Crook, Samuel 1664.
Crow, Christopher Greenfield, in Windsor—died in 1681. Children, Samuel 21 years old, Mary 18, Hannah 15, Martha 14, Benoni 12, Margaret 11, and Thomas 5. John Crow, was an early settler, as early as '39. He signed the agreement to remove to Hadley, in '59—he did remove, and died there.
Crowfoot, Margaret widow, Wethersfield—died in 1733. Children, Joseph, Ephraim, Elizabeth, Mahitabel and Sarah.
Culver, Edward Roath, Sherman, Abell, Amos, Hough, Coy, Armstrong, Breed, Elderkin, Bushnell, Lathrop, Brewster, Henry, Waterman, Wade, Leffingwell, Gifford, Gager, Egerton, Caulkins, Bowers, Gookin, Fitz, Bingham, Backus and Adgate, and some few other names, appear to have come directly to the county of New London, and a few of these names are yet found in no other county in the State—as is the case with a few names in Fairfield county, which first came there, viz. Scofield, Sherwood, &c.
Curtice, Thomas Wethersfield—died in 1681. Estate £717.—Children, John, Joseph, James, Samuel, Isaac, Ruth Kimberly and Elizabeth Stoddard. Joseph, died in '83—wife, Mercy—estate £271. Children, Joseph 9 years old, Henry 7, Sarah 5, Thomas 3, David one.
Curtiss, Henry Windsor, married Elizabeth Abell, in 1645, and had children, Samuel and Nathaniel, '77. Samuel married a widow, and had Hannah and Samuel. Hannah died in '80. Abraham and Daniel Curtiss, jurors at Stratford in 1730. Capt. William and Ens. John Curtiss, brothers, resided at Stratford, with their mother. In the early settlement of the town. The Curtiss and Beardslee familes were, by tradition, from Stratford, upon Avon. The Curtiss family located at Wethersfield, in 1636-7.