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]
CATALOGUE OF THE NAMES OF THE FIRST PURITAN SETTLERS OF CONNECTICUT
Hallaway, John died in 1683-4. He resided alone in his house, and the selectmen made an inventory of his estate—probably left neither wife or children.
Halstead, Henry of Hartford—died in 1692. He lived with John Meekins, sen'r. He gave what property he had to said Meekins children, viz. John, jr., Mary and Sarah.
Hamlin, Hon. Giles an early settler at Middletown. He apparently came from England, and located first at Middletown as early as 1654. (See p. 39.) He had followed the seas some—perhaps as captain—before he came to this country. He was a firm Puritan, a man of good common sense, and soon gained a high standing in the colony, for probity and ability; and as early as 1673, and for years after, he was an assistant in the colony—was long a magistrate—frequently on important committees—a member of both branches of the General Assembly; indeed he was one of the pillars of the colony in its early settlement. He married Eunice Crow, daughter of John, of Hartford, grand daughter of elder William Goodwin. He made -his will Aug. 30, 1689, in which he gave his son, Hon. John, the home lot, a parcel of land in long meadow, one half of his land at "Gooses Delight," and many other large tracts of land on both sides -of the Connecticut river, with £30 in money, one silver platter, one large silver spoon, the largest silver hat-band, one cow, and one breeding mare. He gave to his sons, Giles, jr. and Richard, all his lands at Hartford, and his interest in the mills by paying their mother, annually, during her life, £14. He gave Giles, jr. a large silver spoon and silver wine cup and one gilt spoon; to Richard a silver spoon and silver dram cup. For his wife, Hester, he made ample provision. To his daughter, Mary, he gave £100 in money and a share of his furniture; he also gave to her his servant, Joan, if she needed her, and his widow could spare her; also a silver spoon and plate. To his daughter, Mabel, he gave £50 in money over and above what he had given her before, and one silver spoon and porringer and goblet, to be divided between Mary and Mabel. He gave a cow to young Samuel Hooker and a small silver spoon. To young John Hamlin, his grandson, he gave a cow and a small silver spoon. The remainder of his estate he gave equally to his sons. The widow and his son John, he made executors of his will. He had grand children, John Hamlin, jr., Giles Southmayd, Samuel Hooker, jr., to each of whom he gave an ewe lamb, and gave the same to each of his negro servants. He died greatly lamented and respected, in 1689 or 90. Estate £2249:18:6.
Hamlin, Hon. John of Middletown, was the eldest son of Hon. Giles. He posssessed all the abilities and virtues of his father, and had a larger share of public favors. He was a member of the church over forty years, and was an assistant in the colony from 1694 to 1730. In 1715 he was appointed a Judge in Hartford county, and from 1716 to 1721 he was an assistant (or side) Judge of the Supreme Court of the colony. From his early life to his death, in 1733, (aged 75 years) he was greatly esteemed for his many great and good qualities. His wife, Sarah, survived him. He disposed of his great wealth to his family by will. He made provision for his wife so long as she should bear his name, and gave her the use of a part of his house and furniture, unless she should reside with her own children, (probably a widow when he married her.) His children were, John, jr., who (though married) died before his father. To John, jr.'s children he gave £340, and the house and homested that John, jr. possessed at his decease, and other lands. The children of John, jr. were, Giles, Mahitabel, Elizabeth and Mary; to these children he also gave each £60 in silver, besides lands and other property. Hon. John gave to his son, Jabez the house and home lot where he resided, the homested with all the buildings and fences, wharves, warehouse and the grounds—they stood upon the land which had been given him by the town. He also gave him large tracts of land, also his negro, Robbin, the silver tankard, silver hat-band and his seal ring. He ordered his land, located east of Connecticut river, to be immediately sold by his executor, and each of his daughters to be paid £500, viz. Esther, Mary and Sybil. The residue of his real and personal estate, he directed to be divided equally between his four children then living, except Mary King, his grand daughter, was to have a half share with them. One daughter married Mr. Johnson, Sybil married Mr. Dwight, Esther married Mr. Hall, Mary married Mr. Blake or Blague. He gave also in his will, to (his clergyman) Rev. Mr. Russell, £5; the church of which he was a member, £5. He had grandsons, Hamlin John Hall, Hamlin Blake, Hamlin Johnson,—to these he gave each, one ewe sheep: his sealing ring he gave to his grandson, John Hamlin; to his daughter, Sybil Dwight, he gave his silver salt-cellar; to his grand daughter, Esther Hall, he gave a silver cup with two handles; to his grand daughter, Mary Blake, a silver cup with one handle, and to Sybil Dwight, his grand daughter, he gave his silver porringer and dram cup.
Hamlin, Hon. Jabez grandson of Hon. Giles, and son of Hon. John, became more extensively known and employed by the public than either Giles or John. He graduated at Yale College in 1728. Being mild in his disposition, affable and easy in his deportment, he became greatly respected in the colony and State. He was a colonel of militia, and magistrate in 1733, and was a side Judge in Hartford county from 1745 to 1754, at which latter period be was appointed Chief Judge until 1784. He was also Judge of Probate from 1752 until 1789, and was Mayor of the city of Middletown from its incorporation, in 1784, until his death. He was an assistant from 1773 to 1778. He was frequently a member of the General Assembly and Speaker of the House of Representatives. During the war of the Revolution he was a member of the Council of Safety, and was found in that important body of patriots not only a useful, but a safe adviser in that eventful struggle for liberty. He was a deacon of the first church in Middletown for many years. He died in 1791, at the advanced age of 82 years. He was born, July, 1709. He married for his first wife, Mary Christophers, of New London; by her he had Sarah, b. Aug. 3, 1730, d. 1799, John, b. Nov. 14, 1731, d. Aug. 28, 1736, Christopher, b. April 25, 1733, d. Aug. 5, 1768, Mary, b. Nov. 21, 1734, d. Sept. 17, 1736, Esther, b. March 22, 1736, d. Jan. 13, 1812. For his 2d wife he married Margaret Phillips, of Middletown; by her he had John, b. Sept. 5, 1737, and George, b. Feb. 1738. John died in 1750; George also died Sept. 15, 1750. He lost his 2d wife, and marriel Abigail Chauncey, of Durham; by her he had Jabez, b. Dec. 11, 1752, d. Sept. 20, 1776, Margaret, b. June 22, 1756, d. Aug. 1847, (Mrs. Canfield,) Abigail, b. May 4, 1758. The five sons left no children. For his 4th wife he married Susannah Whittlesey, the widow of Rev. Mr. Whittlesey, of Milford. She was born Jan. 1716. By the last wife he had no children. Mrs. Hubbard, of Middletown, and Mrs. Esther Rainey or Ranny, of New London, are now living, and are grand daughters of Hon. Jabez Hamlin.
Hamlin, William son of Hon. Giles, of Middletown-died in 1733. His children were, Richard, Nathaniel, Edward, Charles, Susannah and Esther. (Nathaniel died before his father.) William left a grandson, Timothy Cornwell, and a grand daughter, Rebecca Cornwell. He gave Rev. William Russell, his clergyman, £5, and Jabez Hamlin £5. His son Charles, was sole executor of his will. He left a large landed estate.
Hamlin, Nathaniel grandson of Giles, and son of William-died in 1733, and left Mary, his wife-and children, William, Harris and Sarah. In 1737 the court appointed Richard Hamlin guardian for said William, aged 12, also for Harris, aged 5 years-Nathaniel Baker or Bacor was appointed guardian, at and by said court, for Sarah, 9 years old, children of Nathaniel. After the death of Nathaniel, his widow, Sarah, married for her 2d husband, Nathaniel Baker.
Hamlin, John son of Hon. John-died young, but left a widow, Elizabeth, and four children, viz. Giles, Mahitabel, Elizabeth and Mary. These children were amply provided for in the will of their grand father. Estate £790:19. He left 2 gold rings, 4 oz. of silver buttons, a silver tankard 10 oz., a silver goblet 9 oz., 6 silver spoons 12 oz.
Hamlin, Ricnard son of William, married Martha Smith, Nov. 30, 1721, and had Mary, b. July 3, 1722, Esther, b. Oct. 9, 1723, Nathaniel, b. May 29, 1732.
Hamlin, Nathaniel married Sarah Ware, Sept. 16, 1725, and died Sept. 28, 1731. His children were, William, b. Feb. 11, 1725-6, Sarah, b. April 24, 1728, Harris, b. April 14, 1730, Susannah, b. Jan. 27, 1731.
Hamlin, Charles grandson of Giles, married Elizabeth Starr, Dec. 18, 1735. By this wife he had Charles, b. Sept. 2, 1736, when his wife died. He then married a 2d wife at Hartford, and had Richard, b. May 12, 1741, John, b. Feb. 23, 1743, William, b. Nov. 17, 1744, and died Sept. 23, 1753, Samuel, b. Sept. 9, 1746, and two sons, twins, b. April 1, 1749, one of which died, aged 5 days. In Oct. 1761 he married Elizabeth Rogers, and had Elizabeth, b. Feb. 5, 1762-she died July, 1762-Elizabeth, b. Jan. 30, 1763.
Hamlin, Nathaniel of Suffield, died in 1760, and Samuel Kent, jr. was administrator on his estate.
Hamlin, William son of Nathaniel, married Hannah Allen, June 22, 1750. Their children were, Lucia, b. Sept. 22, 1751, and died Sept. 25, 1751, Hannah, b. Nov. 2, 1752, William, b. Sept. 14, 1754, Lucia, b. May 15, 1756, Susannah, b. July 29, 1757, Sarah, b. Nov. 15, 1758, Elizabeth, b. Sept. 15, 1760, Experience, b. Nov. 10, 1761.
Hamlin, Nathaniel son of Richard, married Lucretia Ranny, March 9, 1755, and had children, Daniel, b. July 23, 1755, John, b. Jan. 7, 1757, Esther, b. July 10, 1759, Martha, b. May 29, 1761, Lucretia, b. May 3, 1763.
Hamlin, Jabez son of Thomas, son of Eleazer, lived in Sharon, Ct., from thence he removed to Austerlitz, Columbia county, N.Y., and from thence to Alford, Berkshire Co., Mass., where he died, aged 94. His sons were, Solomon, Amasa, Jabez, John, Frederick and Erastus. The four first are deceased-Frederick lives in Elyria, Lorain Co., Ohio-Erastus lives in DeKalb Co., Illinois. His daughters were, Zilpha, Lucinda, Ruth and Phoebe; they are all deceased except Lucinda, who now lives in Alford, aged 82. Zilpha married a Mr. Pardee, of Sharon. She had three sons, two of whom are now living. Daniel in New York, and David in Delhi, Delaware Co., N.Y. Ruth married, first, a Mr. Johns-second, Samuel Church, of Salisbury, as his third wife, (the father of Chief Justice Church,) by whom she had Nathaniel and Frederick, and two daughters. The sons of Jabez Hamlin, jr. are, Lorenzo F., an attorney, of Elyria, Lorain Co., Ohio, John W., farmer, Aurora, Erie Co., N.Y., Hon. Edward S., attorney, Cleaveland, Ohio, Frederick V., merchant, New York, and Cicero J., merchant, Buffalo, N.Y. They are all living. Frederick V. married Catherine E. Hinman, daughter of R.R. Hinman, Esq., of Hartford. March 16, 1847. Jabez's daughters were, Minerva C., married Mr. Hazen, author, N.Y. city, Emeline B., deceased, Harriet, Lucinda L., married Edward Phelps, attorney at law at St. Mary's, Mercer Co., Ohio. It appears there were, in the first settlement of New England, two brothers by the name of Hamlin, who emigrated to Massachusetts, one settled about Cape Cod, and the other settled at Middletown, Ct.
Haughton, Richard died at Wethersfield in 1682—he was building a vessel there at the time of his death.
Hawkins, Sarah daughter of Anthony—died in 1678. She had an interest in her father's will, also in the will of her brother John Hawkins. Sarah divided her property between her four sisters, viz. Mary, Ruth Hart, Elizabeth Brinsmade, and Hannah Hawkins. Mrs. Ann Hawkins, of Farmington, died in 1680. Her property was distributed to her son, John, Thomas Thompson, Beatrice Parker, Mary Hally or Holly, Hester Gridley and Honor Hawkins.
Heberd or Hibbard, Robert of Windham—died previous to 1710.
Heber, Christian of Hartford—died Dec. 1680.
Hilton, John of Middletown--died in 1686. Children, John, aged 11, Richard 7, Ebenezer 8 months, and Mary 14 years.
Huit, Rev. Ephraim of Windsor—died in 1643. Estate £633:19s. The widow survived him. Children—no sons—four daughters. (See p. 41.) The widow married a second time.
Holly, Francis became a settler in Stamford as early as 1662—was a leading man in the colony, and is supposed to have been the ancestor of a respectable family now of Salisbury. This name is found uniformly spelt Holly and not Hawley.
Hoyt, Thomas of Windsor, moved to Stamford, and settled there in 1662.
Hungerford, Thomas of Haddam—died in 1713. Wife, Mary. He gave all his buildings and the grass land adjoining them in East Haddam, and other lands, to his wife; he gave his son, Thomas, one half his land at Stonington which fell to him by his father; he gave his son, John, and his male heirs, his buildings and homested of 80 acres, (except what he gave his wife); to his son, Green Hungerford, he gave half his interest in land in Stonington, and half his land east of eight mile river, and his right in the Moodus meadows on falls river; he gave to his five daughters, Elizabeth, Susannah, Sarah, Mary and Esther, the remainder of his moveable estate, after one-third to his wife; to his grandson, John Churchill, he gave his rights in Lyme; he gave his son Thomas's eldest son, half of his 4th division east of eight mile river. Estate £278. The deceased was a grandson of the Thomas Hungerford mentioned in page 39. This was one of the best names in England, partcularly in the days of Oliver Cromwell.
Hungwell, John in 1682 sued Samuel Collins, at Hartford.
Hurlbut, John of Middletown-died Aug. 30, 1690. Legatees, John Hurlbut, b. Dec. 8, 1671, Thomas, b. Oct. 20, 1674, Laura, b. Dec. 6, 1676, Mercy, b. Feb. 17, 1680, Ebenezer, b. Jan. 17, 1682, Margaret, b. Feb. 1684, Mary, b. Nov. 17, 1678, David, b. Aug. 11, 1688, and one in March, 1690.
Hutchins, John of Wethersfield-died in 1681-left a widow and two children, Sarah, 4 years old, and Ann, a year and a half old.-Estate £38.
Huxley, Thomas of Suffield-died in 1767. Martin Ashley, of Suffield, administrator, also his widow Lois Huxley. Estate £558:17s. Thomas Huxley, of Suffield, a minor in 1781, chose Gideon King, of Suffield, his guardian-perhaps a son of Thomas, deceased. above.
Jagger, Jeremiah in 1640, was one of the purchasers of Stamford, and soon after located there. He had resided, firstly at Wethersfield and probably moved with Charles Tainter to Fairfield county.
Johnson, Thomas of Hartford-died in 1641. Estate £10.
Knight, George of Hartford, (from Great Britain.) Sarah, his wife-had children, Sarah, b. April 27, 1680, married George Sexton, Dec. 25, 1699, Love, b. Sept. 10, 1682, married Thomas Andrew, son of Thomas, Nov. 20, 1702, Elizabeth, b. Dec. 13, 1690, Anne, b. April 16, 1688. George Knight died April 19, 1698. The children of Thomas and Love Andrews were, Thomas, b. Aug. 21, 1703, Elijah, b. March 13, 1705-6, Love, b. Nov. 8, 1708, Samuel, b. Jan. 6, 1712-13. Sarah Knight married Samuel Galpin, Dec. 9, 1715. Jerusha Andrews, daughter of Love, b. June 14, 1716. Love, the wife of Thomas, died Oct. 13, 1718. Moses Ensign, of Hartford, married Love Andrews, daughter of Thomas, Jan. 3, 1730-1.
Lancton, John, jr., of Hartford—died in 1683. Estate £100:5. He was a son of Dea. John Lancton, who was administrator. The estate was (given to his son, John, to be received at the age of 21 years. In case of the death of John, then to be divided among the children of Dea. Lancton.
Lee, John of Farmington—died in 1690. Estate £359. Children, John 30 years of age, Mary 26, Stephen 22, Thomas 19, David 16, and Tabitha.
Leete, Hon. William William's will was presented to the court at Hartford, May 16, 1683. Gov. Leete gave to his wife, Mary, the use of his hall chamber in his house at Guilford, well furnished, and the rents of half the housing and lands at the island, and of the church housing and land at New Haven, and £6 a year out of his estate during her life. He gave to his lame daughter, Graciana, the remainder of his housing and land in the whole home lot at the town, in fee-simple, &c., to be inherited by his son, John, after her decease; to his daughter, Ann, (beside former gifts) £100 in his best household stuff. His sons, Andrew and William were married, also Abigail, to whom he had given their portions; yet he gave by his will to Andrew and William his farm at Causenchaug, and the property given him at Stonington by Herman Garret, and other lands to his sons. To his daughter, Abigail Woodbridge, he gave £10 in household stuff, &c.; the remainder he gave to his three sons equally, and made them his executors. Dated Hartford, April 2, 1683. After the above he made a codicil, and made additional provision for his wife. Gov. Leete left a large estate for A.D. 1683. After the Union of the Connecticut and New Haven Colonies, in 1665, Mr. Leete was elected Gov. of Connecticut in 1676, and was continued in the office until 1683, inclusive. He had previously,- been elected Lieutenant Governor from 1669 to 1675, inclusive. Gov. Leete, previous to the Union of the Colonies, had uniformly held a high standing as a man and a Christian, in the New Haven Colony.
Lothrop, Benjamin of Hartford—died in 1690. He had property on board the sloop Advehture. Malatya Lathrop, administrator—probably a sailor.
Loveland, Robert of Glastenbury, made his will in Dec, 1762—he was then an aged man. Sons, Lot and Robert—daughter, Ruth Andrews, Hannah Loveland. Lot and Hannah, executors. Perhaps other daughters.
Lucas, William of Middletown—died in 1690. William, his eldest son, 23 years old, John 21, Mary 18, Thomas 14, Samuel 11. Left a small estate of about £39.
Lyon, Richard was at Fairfield in 1654, and is the first of the name found in the colony. Henry at Fairfield in 1657.
Maccoy, Hugh of Wethersfield—died in 1683—no family found. Alice Maccoy was administratrix of his estate, £100. He had 60 acres of land and a house, and appears to have been a farmer.
Macmin, James of Windsor—died in 1698. Wife, Elizabeth. Left a handsome estate to his widow, and appears to have left no children.
Marks, Thomas of Middletown, in 1730. Wife, Sarah—(Sarah Tobe before marriage.) Broughton ran away with a sloop from New London, and carried off the goods of Marks.
Maudsley, Capt. John of Windsor, (page 153, No. 3,) died in 1690. He owned a mill in Windsor, and an estate of £228; he also had houses and lands at Westfield, appraised at £543.
Merrills, John of Hartford, had children, Sarah, b. Sept. 19, 1664, Nathaniel, John, Abram, Daniel, Walterton, Susannah, Abel, Isaac and Jacob, b. March 27, 1686.
Miller, John settled at Stamford as early as 1661.
Mills, Simon of Windsor—died in 1683. Estate £168. Children, John, aged 14, Simon 5, Mary Humphrey, eldest daughter, 20, Hannah 18, Sarah 13, Abigail 11, Elizabeth 9, Prudence 7. He owned land at Weataug, at horseshoe swamp, at long meadow, and four parcels on the plain.
Minor, Thomas,(in No. 2, p. 54,) of New London, was the first and only person of the name who came to Connecticut. He married Grace Palmer, April 23, 1634. Children, Manasseh, John, Thomas, Clement, Ephraim, b. April 27, 1642, Joseph, Eunice and Marie. John emigrated to Stratford, and from thence he removed to Woodbury in its first settlement, and became the town clerk of Woodbury for about 30 years. From this branch of the family of Thomas, are all of the name descended in Fairfield and Litchfield counties. (See No. 3, p. 153.)
Morecock, Nicholas of Wethersfield, in 1693.
Morehouse, Thomas at Fairfield, in 1654. He first settled at Stamford in 1641.
Morrice, Robert of Hartford, brother of John, of Windsor—died Nov. 19, 1684. In his will he gave Hannah, the wife of Caleb Stanley, some of Baxter's works; to Hannah Pitkin, a daughter of the wife of Caleb Stanley, a book called the "Godly Man's Ark;" to Elizabeth Stanley, her sister, he gave "Abraham's intercession for Sodom;" and other books and property to John Andrews, John Wilson, Samuel Spencer, John Tileston his kinsman, Jeremy Diggins, and Thomas Andrews; to Mary, Elizabeth and Jeremy Diggins, jr., children of Jeremy Diggins and John Wilson, the remainder of his property. He appears never to have been married.
Moses, John of Windsor—died in 1683. He married Mary Brown, who survived him, and had one-third of his real estate, and £64 personal estate. Distribution of his estate to Timothy £66, to Mary £70, to his four youngest daughters £60 each. Estate £575. Children, John, 28 years old, Timothy 14, Mary 22, Sarah 19, Margaret 17, Martha 12, and Mindwell 7.
Mygatt, Dea. Joseph of Hartford—died in 1680. For his son, Jacob, he had built a house. He left a wife, to whom he gave an annuity during her life. He had a grandson, Joseph Deming, son of John Diggins, and a grandson, Joseph Mygatt, who was his executor. Estate £368. Ann Mygatt died in 1685-6.
Newman, William settled at Stamford in 1662. (See Newman in No. 2, p. 57.)
North, John of Wethersfield—died in 1682. Wife, Susannah.—Children, John, aged 10, Mary 3, Susannah 6. Estate £133. Samuel North, of Wethersfield or Farmington—died in 1682. Estate £188. Children, John. aged 13, Samuel 10, Thomas 8, Hannah 4.
Nott, Serg't. John of Wethersfield—died in 1680-1. Wife, Ann. Children, Elizabeth Reeves, Hannah Hale, and John Nott.
Ogden, John, a settler at Stamford as early as 1662.
Olderman, William of Farmington or Simsbury—died in 1697. Mary, his relict. Children, Thomas, 14 years old, William 12, John 3, Joseph 1, Mary 17, Sarah 6. Property at Farmington £42, at Simsbury £53.
Orton, John of Farmington—died in 1695-6. His widow, Mary, and Thomas Orton, administrators. Estate £486. Left sons and daughters. John and Samuel appear to have been his sons. The maiden name of his wife was Tudor. The estate she received of her father Tudor, she received of her husband's estate as her dower. (See p. 59.)
Osborn, Widow died in 1689. Children, John, 43 years old, Nathaniel 36, Mary Owen, Samuel Osborn 26, Hester Owen 22, Sarah Wright 20, Hannah Eggleston 24. Richard Osborn, at Fairfield, in 1654. The Osborns in New Haven and Fairfield counties, originated at Long Island, and not from the family at Windsor.
Parents, John of Haddam—died in 1686. He left a daughter in the care of Nathaniel Chapman, and had another daughter, and no sons. Estate £84. He moved from Hartford to Haddam.
Paring, Samuel of Windsor—died in 1690. Estate £6. No family.
Patten, Rev. William was one of the first of the name who settled in Connecticut. He was the son of Nathaniel, of Billerica, near Boston, where he was born. He graduated at Dartmouth College in 1754, and received an honorary degree at Yale in 1759. In 1767, owing to the ill health of the Rev. Elnathan Whitman, who had been settled at the South Church in Hartford, Conn., in 1732, Mr. Patten was settled as his colleague. He married Miss Ruth Wheelock, a daughter of Rev. Eleazer Wheelock, D.D., of Lebanon, afterwards President of Dartmouth College. He finished his collegiate and theological education, married and settled at Hartford when quite young. In 1773 his health began to fail and he left the charge of the church at Hartford, and in 1775, while on a visit at his father's house at Roxbury, Mass., he declined so rapidly that he died there on the 16th day of January, 1775, aged 37. His children were, Eleazer W., Sarah, Rev. William, Ruth, Nathaniel, Mary, Charlotte and George J. Of this family, Eleazer W., Charlotte and Nathaniel died in early life and unmarried. Ruth and Mary are now residing at Hartford, as samples of living piety. Sarah died since 1840, and George J. in 1830, unmarried. Rev. William, D.D., son of Rev. William, of Hartford, graduated at Dartmouth College in 1780, and received the honorary degree of D.D. at Brown University. He was settled in the ministry at Newport, R.I., in 1786, where he preached about 48 years. He married Hannah Hurlbut, of New London, and had the following family, viz. Ruth W., William S., Joseph H., Maryanna, Floride, George W. and Charlotte. Ruth W. married Frederick W. Hotchkiss, a merchant, of Hartford, and had a family of three sons and two daughters, all of whom are now living, except Elizabeth, who died young. William, son of Dr. Patten, is a lawyer at Providence, R.I. Joseph is a lawyer in New York. Maryanna married C. Stockton Halsted, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Floride resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. George W. is a captain in the U.S. Army, and distinguished himself, where he was wounded in the bloody battle at Cerro Gordo, in Mexico, in 1847. Charlotte died recently. Dr. Patten died at Hartford in 1839, aged 76 years, and in the 54th year of his ministry. (See Davenport, p. 205.)
Patten, Rev. William, sen'r., was admitted to Harvard University when about 12 years of age; within two years after he received his degree. He was licensed to preach, and was ordained before he was 19 years of age, at Halifax, in Mass., where he continued about ten years, when his ill health rendered it necessary for him to ask for a dismission from his society, and was afterwards settled at Hartford. He graduated at Harvard College in 1754, and not at Dartmouth, as stated on the preceding page.
Peters, Arthur of Wethersfield—died- in 1690, unmarried, and gave his estate to Ephraim Goodrich, of Wethersfield.
Phillips, George of Windsor—died 1677 or 8—was found dead in his room. Estate £152. No family found. (See p. 63.)
Pierce, Edward of Simsbury—died in 1693. No estate.
Pinkney, Philip at Fairfield in 1654.
Piper, Richard of Haddam—died in 1678. Left no family. Estate £204. Legatees, Susannah Ventriss, John Ventriss. Sarah Gates, 2d, John and Samuel Ackley, John Kinnard and Edward Purfell.
Pomeroy, Eltwed or Edward(in No. 2) had a son, Medad, born in 1638, Caleb, b. in 1641, Mary, b. in 1644, Joshua, b. in 1646, and Joseph, b. in 1652. Caleb m. Hepzibah Baker, May, 1664, and had a daughter, Hepzibah, b. in 1666, and probably had other children after he moved to Northampton. Samuel Benton m. Mary Pomeroy, of Northampton, a daughter of Medad. (See p. 65.)
Porter, John came from England, and settled in Windsor in 1639, and died in 1698. He had a son, Nathaniel, b. at Windsor in 1640, Hannah, b. 1642. He also had a son, John, who married and had John, Mary, Sarah, James, Nathaniel, Hannah, Samuel, Rebecca, Hester, Ruth, Hezekiah and Joseph. The last John, in 1669, m. Joanna Gaylord, and had Joanna, Mary, John, Sarah and Ann.
Post, John and Thomas of Norwich, made free in 1663—probably were brothers, and the sons of Stephen, who settled at Hartford before 1639, and was in the land division of 1639—but left Hartford before he died.
Powell, Thomas of Windsor—married in 1676, and had Ann, born in 1678, and Thomas, b. in 1680. John Powell, of Windsor, died in 1685, and left an estate of £3:9.
Preston, William of Hartford, in 1642—probably went to Stratford, where the name was soon after found, and some years after at Woodbury. Neither William or Edward Preston died at Hartford. (See No. 2.) The name is yet at Woodbury and Hartford.
Randall, Abraham of Windsor—died Aug. 22, 1690. Estate £140. He had two wives. He had adopted as a son, his cousin Abraham Phelps, when a child, (who was now married,) and he made him his principal legatee, and provided for his wife, and gave small legacies to Isaac Phelps, of Westfield, and Joseph Phelps, of Windsor. Left no children of his own. William Randall, of Middletown, died in 1684. Estate £18. The Randalls finally settled at Middletown.—William Randall, of Hartford, died in 1684, and gave his estate to Thomas, John and Rachel Grant, the children of his wife. (See No. 2.)
Ranny, Thomas of Middletown—died in 1713. Wife, Mary. Estate £758. Children, Thomas, John, Joseph, Ebenezer, Mary Savage, Elizabeth, wife of Jonathan Warner, and Esther Savage. He married Mary Hubbard. A good family.
Ray, James, sen'r. of Haddam—died in 1731. Wife, Elizabeth, and sons, James, Peter and Joseph—Anna Dimock, grand daughter. Elizabeth Ray, grandson Isaac Ray, and grandson Samuel Bangs, of Bolton. Estate £255.
Read, Doct. Jacob of Simsbury—died in 1709. Widow Elizabeth, and John Tuller, administrators. Left a son, Jacob—perhaps other children.
Reeve, Robert of Hartford—died in 1680. He left a widow and seven children, sons and daughters, with a small estate. (See p. 6S.)
Reinolds, John of Wethersfield—died in 1682. Estate £121.
Reinolds, Widow, Mary Children, Keziah, aged 16, Anna 14, Rebina 11, John 9, and Jonathan 6 years.
Renolds, John settled at Stamford among the first settlers of the town.
Reynolds, John of Norwich—perhaps the son of Robert an early settler of Wethersfield, and moved to and died at Saybrook as early as 1662—yet more probable was a brother of James and Robert. Robert was employed about the fort.
Richards, Hon. James died at his house in Hartford, on the 29th day of June, 1680. He married Sarah, the daughter of William Gibbons, Esq., of Hartford. He owned land in England at his decease, and was liberal to his wife in his will- She had received of her father Gibbons a handsome estate in lands before, some of which were located in England, and the rents of which her mother in some measure relied upon for support. Mr. Richards supposed it would prove inconvenient for his mother in law to obtain her distant rents, he therefore made an exchange with her, and took her lands in England and gave her £30, annually, for life, and £200, to dispose of as she pleased for her lands there. His children were, Thomas, Mary, Jerusha, Elizabeth, and one not born at his decease. To his son, Thomas, he gave all his lands and buildings in England, and informed him he could call upon Ralph Ingram, a woolen draper in London, for his deeds; he also gave Thomas most of his lands in Hartford. To his daughter, Mary, he gave his farm at Habuck, east of the river in Wethersfield, to be received when married, or 18 years of age, with the buildings, and £300. To Jerusha, all his lands and buildings west of the river in Wethersfield, and £300. To Elizabeth, all his lands and buildings in and about New London, and £450. He gave to his child not then born, £700. To Thomas Bradford, (his nephew) he gave 10 acres of land and £60, if he should build upon the land. To his brother, John Richards, of Boston, he gave his largest silver tankard and his watch. To the church south of Little River, in Hartford, where he had attended meeting, he gave £10 in silver plate for administering the sacrament. To the Latin school in Hartford, £50. To his pastor, Rev. John Whiting, £15. To the poor of Hartford £20. To Mercy Bradford, his kinswoman, he gave £10; and provided like a true Puritan, that whoever thereafter should hold his lands in Hartford, should pay the ecclesiastical taxes upon them to support the south church in Hartford. His wife, Sarah, and son, Thomas, executors. To his brother, John, of Boston, and Capt. John Allen, of Hartford, he gave £10 each, and made them overseers of his will. His houses and lands in Boston, he ordered to be equally divided between all his children who were then minors. Estate £7930:15. Mary married Benjamin Alford, of Boston; Jerusha married Gurdon Saltonstall, Esq.; Thomas married Joanna Dodd, sister of Edward Dodd, of Hartford; Elizabeth married John Davie, supposed of Boston, (but in 1709, appears to have been the wife of Jonathan Taylor,) she was the wife of Davie in 1691. The child unborn, mentioned in Hon. James's will, proved to be a daughter, and was named Anne—she died before 1691, and the £700 given her in the will was equally distributed to the other children in Oct. 1691. The £200 given to Ursula Gibbons by Hon. James towards her lands in England, were also divided between the children of Hon. James. Sarah, the relict of Hon. James, in 1691, signed the distribution of the personal estate of Hon. James, as Sarah Davie, with her husband, John Davie, together with the children of James. In 1709 "Dame Sarah," relict of Hon. James, was the wife of Jonathan Tyng, Esq., Gent., of Dunstable, in Mass. She gave up to her son, Thomas, her right as executor of his father's will, and quit to him her dower estate in Hartford, signed by herself and Tyng, her husband. Deed dated Boston, March 30, 1709.
Richards, Capt. Thomas the only son of Hon. James, removed to Boston. He married Joanna Dodd, sister of Edward Dodd, and had two daughters, but no sons. He made his will in 1714, and died in 1715. He owned a shipyard and buildings in Boston, which he gave to his wife, with £500 in money. He gave his niece, the wife of Rev. Sampson Stoddard, of Chelmsford, £50.; Daniel Alford, of Boston, £50; his brother in law, Edward Dodd, of Hartford, £10; Rev. Cotton Mather £10; Mr. Thomas Buckingham, of Hartford, £5; Harvard College £30; his servant, John Arcoss, £10; the poor of Boston £20; his sister, Mary Alford, £10, and her daughter, Sarah, £5. All his other property in England, Boston, Hartford and elsewhere, he gave to his two daughters, Joanna and Mary Richards, conditioned that if his daughters died without issue, the property should fall to William Davie, Sarah Bill, Elizabeth Stoddard and his nephew, Benjamin Alford, on condition that they should pay Edward Dodd £50—another £50, and his niece, Joanna Alford, £30, and the three children of his sister Saltonstall £20 each. (Vol. 3, p. 55, Town books.) His wife was sole executrix—Paul Dudley, Esq. and Samuel Greenwood, merchant, of Boston, trustees of his will. His widow sold a part of his lands in Hartford, for £1108, to Jonathan and Isaac Sheldon, of Northampton. This family closed the name of Richards on the death of Thomas, as he left no son to perpetuate the high reputation of the family name. It is painful to know that such men as Richards, Hamlin, Gold, Mason, Ludlow and many others, the brilliants of their day and generation, who had figured so largely, morally and politically, in Connecticut, should so soon have been forgotten, not only by the citizens of the State, but by the great mass of their descendants. (See p. 66, No. 2.)
Richards, Thomas died at Hartford before 1639. His widow had several pieces of land noted in the land records of Hartford, in 1639. He left four children, viz. John, Mary, (married Mr. Peck, of Milford,) Thomas and Obadiah. The widow of Thomas, deceased, died in 1671. John married and had children, Tho's and Samuel. Tho's married Mary Parsons, daughter of Dea. Parsons, of Springfield, in 1691, and had sons, Thomas, Ebenezer, Jedediah, Benjamin and Joseph. Samuel, of W. Hartford, married Mary Graves, daughter of George, sen'r., in Dec. 1665, and had children, Josiah, James and Daniel; the last Thomas settled at Southington; Jedediah went to Tolland and from thence to Norfolk, and joined the church there. Joseph, the son of Thomas, settled at Wethersfield. He married and had Joseph and other children. The last Joseph died in 1771. Wife, Lydia, and children, Joseph, Simeon and Eli. He gave Joseph land in Newington, Wethersfield and New Hartford. To Eli and Simeon he gave his homested and some lands in Wethersfield. He had a grandson, Charles Dix, who is supposed to have been the ancestor of Senator Dix, of New York, whose parents removed to Oak Orchard, N.Y., from Torrington. Joseph, a son of Joseph, settled in Berlin—wife, Abigail. He died in 1801. He had a 2d wife, and had children, Thomas, Joseph, Oliver, Joanna and Eli----Lydia, wife of Benajah Deane—Polly, wife of Elias Dilling—Betsey, Sally and Olive. Estate £3767. Obadiah, the son of Thomas, sen'r., appears to have settled at Waterbury, and had children, Benjamin, (died 1714) Obadiah, John, Thomas, Mary, Hannah, Esther and Rachel. Obadiah, jr. settled at Lyme, and died there in 1720. Among the first settlers of Hartford, was Nathaniel Richards, (See p. 68,) who was probably a brother of Thomas, sen'r., and of the father of Hon. James Nathaniel removed to Norwalk about 1650. The connection of the descendants of the three important families of Richards, is not satisfactorily discovered by the writer. The location, and the names of Thomas, James, John and Samuel, so uniformly given to the children of the different families from one generation to another, is strong presumptive evidence of olden times that they originated from the same common ancestor.
Richardson, Lemuel of Haddam—died in 1713. Wife, Mahitabel. He owned property at Stonington, which was appraised by Stephen Richardson and James Noyes, of Stonington. Children, Samuel, Lemuel and Mahitabel. Thomas Richardson, of Waterbury, died in 1712. He had a son Thomas. — Richardson at New London in 1663. Israel Richardson, of Wallingford, died in 1712. His administrators were, John Hopkins and Stephen Richardson, of Waterbury. He had children, Joseph and Hannah. John Richardson, of Waterbury, died in 1712. Wife, Elizabeth. Nathaniel Richardson, of Waterbury, died in 1714. This name was not as early in the colony as many others. Amos, of Coventry, in 1745. Sarah Richardson married Samuel Wilhams in 1691.
Riley, Jonathan of Wethersfield, in 1706—was a brother of Joseph, who was then late deceased, of Wethersfield.
Ripley, Joshua of Windham, was one of the early settlers of the town, and was a commissioner there before 1697. He was a leading man, and well educated. He is the first of the name found in the colony, and was probably the ancestor of those of the name in Connecticut.
Risley, Richard of Hockanum—died in 1647 or 8. Estate £188. Children, Sarah, 7 years old, Samuel 2, and Richard 3 months.
Rix, Thomas of Wethersfield—died in 1690—left a wife and £36 estate.
Roath, Robert of New London—died in 1650. A few years after at Norwich, where the name yet remains.
Roberts, John of Middletown—died in 1721. Left children, David, aged 20, Mary 17, Jonathan 15, Nathaniel 11, Daniel 8. John Roberts, jr., of Simsbury, died in 1724. Samuel Roberts, jr., of Middletown, died in 1726. Samuel Roberts, the first that I find in the colony, had married Sarah Hinman, daughter of Edward, of Stratford, before 1681, and resided at Woodbury.
Robinson, Samuel of Hartford. Inventory presented in 1682.—Mary, his widow, administratrix. Estate £55. Children, Sarah, 17 years old, Samuel 14, Mary 10, John 6, and Hannah 3 in 1682.
Rollo, Alexander of Middletown—died in 1709. Wife, Hannah. William, a son of the deceased, at that time resided at Haddam.
Root, John, sen'r. of Farmington—died about 1685 or 6. Wife, Mary. Children, Joseph, Caleb, Mary, wife of Isaac Brunson, Stephen—perhaps other daughters. Estate £819.
Rose, Nathaniel resided at Southampton in 1698.
Rowlandson, Rev. Joseph of Wethersfield—died in 1679.(crossed out) Wife, Mary. Children, Joseph 17 years old, and Mary 13. Estate £290. He also had lands at Lancaster, appraised by Ralph Haughton and Roger Sumner, at £129.
Rudd, Jonathan, (in No. 2, in 1639) is probably the same Jonathan Rudd who afterwards settled at Norwich.
Sadd, John of Windsor—died in 1694—and left a son, Thomas, 4 years old.
Sanford, Ann widow of Robert, of Hartford, made her will in 1682, and died the same year. Her husband's estate was settled in 1776. Children, Zachery, Robert, Ezekiel, Hannah and Abigail. A Zachery Sanford, of Hartford, died in 1713, and Jonathan, Sarah and Abigail Bunce, of Hartford, exhibited his will in court. Nathaniel Sanford appraised the estate at £1100:16. Z. Sanford's will was made in 1710, and his children were, Sarah, the wife of Jonathan Bunce, Abigail Sanford and Joseph Bunce. Robert, sen'r., died in 1676. Nathan or Nathaniel Sanford, of Hartford, died in 1687. Susannah, his wife, procured of him a deed to her of all his lands. Deed dated in 1677. Estate £1100:16.
Saunders, Christopher of Windsor, had children, Susannah, born in 1676, Daniel in 1678, and Elizabeth in 1681.
Sawyer, Edward A settlement began in Hebron in 1704, and the settlers were from Windsor, Saybrook, Long Island and Northampton. Nath'l Phelps, from Windsor, was the first clerk, and Timothy Phelps, Stephen Post and Samuel Palmer, townsmen Edward Sawyer, constable. The town was incorporated in 1707. Samuel Curtiss was town clerk there in 1712. Jacob Root resided there.
Scofield, Daniel came to Stamford as early as 1641. The name of Scofield is common and respectable in the town at this time—perhaps the same name of Scofell or Scoville.
Scovill, Edward of Haddam—died in 1703. Wife, Hannah. Thomas Shailer and William Scofell appointed guardians of Susannah and Hannah, only children of Edward. His widow married Benj. Smith. The name is spelt upon the colony records, Scofell—at a later period, Scovill. William, of Haddam, died in 1712.
Scott, John of Ashford or Setauket, L.I., in 1664, was charged of many heinous offences against His Majesty's peace, viz. defaming the King, seditious practices, encouraging the natives in their hostility, usurping the power of the King in pardoning treason, threatening the King's subjects to hang and banish them, profaning the Sabbath, forgery, treachery, claiming power under a pretended commission, and slandering a commissioned officer. A warrant was issued to New Haven, Branford, Milford, Stratford, Fairfield and other towns, to apprehend him. Edmund Scott, sen'r., of Waterbury—died in 1691. Children, Joseph, Edmund, Samuel, George, Jonathan, David, Robert, Elizabeth and Hannah—supposed descendants of Thomas, of Hartford, (in No. 2, p. 71.) Thomas Scott, of Hartford, died as early as 1643. He had only one son, (Thomas) and several daughters. The widow survived him. Estate £174.
Scranton, Nathaniel of Wethersfield—died in 1693, and gave his estate to William Goodrich, being £36:11.
Seaman, John one of the original purchasers of the town of Stamford, where he settled in 1641. It is supposed he moved from Wethersfield to Stamford.
Seabrook, Mr. was of Stratford in 1650, with Samuel Sherman, Thomas Fairchild, William Judson and three sons, Nicholas Knell, William Wilcoxson and three sons, William and John Curtis, brothers, William Beardslee, John Beardslee, Joseph Hawley, Samuel Wells and three sons, Philip Graves, Rev. Mr. Blackman, Henry Wakelin, Richard Booth, William Burritt, John Brinsmade, Edward Hinman, Daniel Tetherton, John Thompson, David Mitchell, John Hurd, John Beach, Moses Wheeler, Richard Butler, Arthur Bostwick, John Birdseye, Mr. Isaac Nichols, Richard Harvey, John Peacock, Nathaniel Porter, Thomas Sherwood and Mr. Seabrook. These persons, with others, were of Stratford in 1651, and previous—unquestionably many others, who were the pioneers of the settlement, and had either died or removed—are necessarily omitted by the loss of the first records.
Sedgwick, Ebenezer of Hartford, in 1644, (in No. 2,) who had an ear mark recorded there in 1646, is not afterwards found in the colony. He probably returned to his native country. He was not the progenitor of the Sedgwick family of Connecticut. Robert Sedgwick, who was an early settler at Charlestown, Mass., in 1636 or 7, was the ancestor of this family. Robert at length returned to England in 1654, and died there in 1656. He was made a major general in the days of Cromwell. Gen. Robert had a son, William, who for a while resided in Hartford, and married Elizabeth, the daughter of the Rev. Samuel Stone, of Hartford. He proved to be of a roving character, and spent much of his time in passing to and from the West Indies, in the neglect of his family. His wife became dissatisfied with his absence and negligence, and petitioned the Court of Assistants, in 1674, for a bill of divorce from said William, which was granted the same year. She had but one child by William, which was born after his father left for the West Indies the last time. This child, Samuel, was the only person of the name of Sedgwick in New England then living. His mother afterwards married John Roberts, of Hartford. Mrs. Stone, the grand mother of Samuel, married Mr. Gardner after the death of Rev. Mr. Stone. She left Samuel, her grandson, a small legacy, which was so well managed that at his arrival to manhood, he purchased a valuable farm at West Hartford. He lived where Benjamin Colton now resides, upon the middle road from Hartford to Farmington. Samuel married Mary ----. He became a captain of militia. His children were, Samuel, jr., b. Aug. 22, 1690, Jonathan, b. March 29, 1693, Ebenezer, b. Feb. 25, 1695, Joseph b. May 16, 1697, Stephen b. March 17, 1701. Samuel married Ruth Peck, Feb. 1, 1710-11, Ebenezer m. Prudence Merrills, June 30, 1720, Stephen m. Mary Harriss, Dec. 1725. His children were, Abigail, b. in 1703, Mary in 1705, Elijah in 1708, Thankful in 1710, Mary in 1712-13, Benjamin in 1716. Jonathan was the father of William the father of Timothy. A grand daughter of Stephen, (son of Samuel) is yet living at West Hartford—a fine aged Quaker lady—the mother of Timothy and Levi Ebenezer had but one son, Abraham, who settled in Lenox, Mass., where his widow and children now reside. Ebenezer's daughter Mary, married John Ensign, and was the grand mother of Chief Justice Church, of Litchfield. Joseph was the father of Samuel, whose descendants reside in Stockbridge, Mass. Benjamin, his youngest son, had his father's homested, but he emigrated to Cornwall in 1744, where he died at the age of 42, in an apoplectic fit, in 1758. He married Ann Thompson, of Wallingford. Abigail, the daughter of Capt. Samuel, married Benjamin Kellogg, Nov. 1721. Mercy married Caleb Merrills in 1733. Capt. Samuel, sen'r., died March 24, 1735, aged 69, and his wife died Sept. 4, 1743, aged 73 years. Samuel, jr. married Ruth Peck, and died before his father, in Dec. 1724, and his father, and Ruth, his widow, were administrators on his estate. In March, 1726, Ruth, his widow, was made guardian of his children, Ruth, 16 years of age, Mary and Jerusha, twins, 13, Daniel S. and Thankful 5. The children of Benjamin, who emigrated to Cornwall, were, Sarah, who married Rev. Hezekiah Gold, the mother of Hon. Thomas R. Gold, member of Congress of Oneida Co., N.Y., and of Thomas Geld, Esq., of Pittsfield, Mass. John A., the son of Benjamin, was the grand father of Gen. Charles F. Sedgwick, attorney at law in Sharon, and of Albert, the present Sheriff of Litchfield county. The 2d son of Benjamin was Benjamin, jr. The 3d son of Benjamin, of Cornwall, was, Hon. Theodore, who was many years celebrated as a lawyer and judge in Massachusetts. Mary Ann, another daughter of Benjamin, married Rev. Job Swift, D.D., and was the mother of a numerous family, among whom were the Hon. Benj. Swift, U.S. Senator from Vermont, and Hon. Samuel Swift, many years Secretary of the State of Vermont. Lorain, another daughter of Benjamin, married Jacob Parsons, of Richmond, Mass., and from that place he emigrated to Chenango Co., N.Y. The children of Col. John Sedgwick were, John A., Sally, Henry, Panel, Pamelia, Benjamin, Stephen and Roderick. John A. was the father of General Sedgwick and of Albert—perhaps others. Henry was the father of John E., deputy sheriff. Benjamin yet lives upon the old homested in Cornwall, the father of P. C. Sedgwick, of Pennsylvania, clerk of the Supreme Court, also father of Lieut. John Sedgwick, of the U.S. Army, now in Mexico. Stephen, son of John A., is the father of Hon. Henry James Sedgwick, of the New York Senate, and of Charles P. Sedgwick, of Syracuse, N.Y. Roderick yet resides in the city of New York. Hon. Theodore, youngest son of Benjamin, graduated at Yale College in 1766. He held an exalted rank not only in his State, but in the nation. He was Senator and Representative in Congress, and Speaker of the House of Representatives of the U.S., and for many years a distinguished Judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. He died in Februaay, 1813, aged 66 years. His children were, amelia, (married Elkanah Watson, of Albany) Theodore, father of Theodore a lawyer of New York, Henry Dwight, Robert, Catherine M., (the authoress) Charles, clerk of the courts in Berkshire county. Catherine and Charles are the only survivors of Hon. Theodore's children. The children of John A., son of Gen. John, are, Gen. Charles F., a lawyer in Sharon, Albert, sheriff of Litchfield county, Mary Ann, married Mr. Noyes, Amanda, married Mr. Bridgman. The children of Gen. Charles F. Sedgwick and his wife, Betsey Swan, are, Elizabeth Swan, John, Marie, Emma, Caroline Swan, Charles H., (died in 1841. 6 years old,) Mary Gould and Robert Adam Sedgwick.
Sedgwick, Abraham son of Ebenezer and Prudence, was born April 27, 1721, Abigail b. Dec. 2, 1722, Prudence b. Sept. 14, 1724, Mary b. April 29, 1726, Thankful b. April 7, 1728, Eliza b. June 17, 1731, Edward b. March 4, 1734-5. Samuel Sedgwick, son of Joseph, b. April 11, 1725.
Seely, Lieut. Robert, (in No. 2,) had a lawsuit against Wethersfield, in 1636, to compel the inhabitants who held land in Wethersfield, to remove there, or forfeit it, and receive nothing in the land division of the town. The case was tried by a jury, and found for Seely, as he had been an adventurer, the town gave him William Bascum's share. In March, 1637, juror's fees were limited by law to six pence for each action tried by them.
Sexton, John married Mary Hill in 1677.
Shears, Wid. Sarah of Windsor—died in 1689. Legatees, Doct. Hasting, the wife of Nathaniel Dickinson, Hannah Palmer, Samuel Forward, Stephen Loomis, Timothy Hosford, John Grimes, and Jacob Gibbs. Executors, Benajah Holcomb and Michael Taynter. Estate £128.
Shepard, Susannah, sen'r. died in 1698. Her daughter, Susannah, married John Pratt; another daughter married Nathaniel Goodwin. She had three daughters—had a grandson, John Pratt, jr., and grand daughters, Susan and Mahitabel Goodwin. Wittir Goodwin married her daughter. John Shepard, son of John, jr., was born in Nov. 1681, Samuel his brother, b. in 1682, Hannah b. in 1684, Joseph b. in 1688, Timothy b. in 1691, Rebecca b. in 1695. Grand children of John Shepard, sen'r., Timothy, d. in 1716, and Rebecca in 1706. The great grand children of Edward Shepard, of Hartford—Tho's Shepard married Susannah Scott in Sept. 1695, John, jr. married Hannah May in 1680, Thomas Ensign married Hannah Shepard in 1692. Edward Shepard, of Middletown, died in 1713. John, eldest son, Edward, 2d son, Samuel, 3d son. Samuel married Bethia, and had John in 1710, and James in 1714. Serg't. John Shepard, of Hartford, died in 1707, was a cooper. Wife, Martha. Sons John and Thomas his executors. The two sons were also coopers.
Sherman, Samuel was one of the purchasers of Stamford in 1640, and moved there from Wethersfield in 1640 or 41. (See Sherman in No. 2.) He resided in Stratford in 1650. Joseph Sherman, of Wethersfield, (in No. 2,) Andrew Ward, Joseph Strickland, Robert Coe, Robert Reynold united in the certificate with Jonas Wood to join the church at Wethersfield. (See Jonas Wood.) They soon renewed their covenant publicly before the court and churches, and settled at Wethersfield in 1636.
Sherwington, Thomas, (in No. 2,) resided at Fairfield in 1650.
Sherwood, Thomas of Fairfield, in 1650. This name has ever since been a Fairfield county name. He was probably the ancestor of Hon. Samuel B. Sherwood, member of Congress, late deceased, of that county, the father in law of Gov. Bissell. Matthew Sherwood, of Fairfield, in 1673, a descendant of Thomas, (in No. 2.). In 1673, the grand committee appointed for ordering the militia of Connecticut, after the Legislature had ordered to be raised 500 dragoons to be ready to march at an hour's warning—appointed Matthew Sherwood ensign:, Thomas Fitch, captain, Jehu Burr, lieutenant for Fairfield troops.
Shippason, Nathaniel widow Mary, of Hebron. Estate £207. He died in 1718. Children, Jonathan, Nathaniel, John, Elizabeth, Mary, Mercy, Joanna and others. (Perhaps Shipman.)
Simking Vincent one of the purchasers of the town of Stamford in 1640.
Skinner, Joseph married Mary Filly in 1666, and had children, Mary in 1667. and Elizabeth in 1669.
Slater, Thomas of Simsbury—died intestate in 1700.
Slauson, Thomas first appeared at Stamford in 1662—a firm Puritan and a good man. He was a strong friend of Bell, Holly and Law.
Smead, Richard of Hartford—died in 1704, intestate. Estate £12.
Smith, Elizabeth of Farmington—died in 1677 or 8, and left sons, Samuel, Jonathan, William and Benjamin. She had a grandson by the name of Samuel, a son of Jonathan. She had a daughter, Mahitabel, (Elizabeth, her daughter, appeared to have died before her mother,) Susannah. She had a daughter in law, Rachel Smith. Jonathan was a mechanic, and was requested by his mother to teach his brother Samuel his trade. William died before his mother.
Smith, Simon of Haddam, was one of the twenty-eight original purchasers and settlers of Haddam. He had a son Simon, who had a son David, the father of James. David married Dolly Brainerd, (sister of Rev. David and John Brainerd, missionaries among the Indians,) by whom she had four sons and six daughters, viz. David, James, Hezekiah, Nehemiah, Anne, Jerusha, Dolly, Molly, Esther and Susannah. After the death of his first wife, he married a widow Shailer and died soon after. His son, David, died young, and left a widow and two daughters. James married Mary Hubbard, and had four sons and three daughters, viz. Frederick, James, Hubbard, Nehemiah, Alice, Catherine and Polly. James the first, removed with his family to Harpersfield, Delaware Co., N.Y., in the early settlement of that county, where he died in the winter of 1830, aged 93, and left over 250 descendants. He was a captain in the Revolution. Hezekiah married Elizabeth Shailer, and had several children. He removed to Western New York, where his descendants still reside. Nehemiah died young, at sea. Anne married Timothy Towner, and lived in the west part of Haddam. Dolly married Samuel Brooks, and settled in the north part of Haddam, and had a large family. Jerusha married Ezra Brainerd, settled in Middle Haddam, and had a large family. Molly married Joseph Arnold, and resided in Haddam, with a large family. Esther married Ephraim Sawyer, and lived in the north part of Haddam. Susannah married Joseph Selden, and had a numerous family. She settled in West Hartford, where her descendants now reside. Henry Smith, one of the first settlers and purchasers of Stamford.