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. CONTINUED 1. Wadsworth, Thomas. (mentioned on page 302,) was b. in 1651. He was a son of William, sen'r., of Hartford. Since publishing his children, others are found, viz. Rebecca b. 1686; Thomas b. 1688; Hannah b. 1690, and William b. 1692—William not having afterwards been found, he probably died young.
2. Wadsworth, Sarah m. Thomas Burr, d. in 1750, aged 69, and left 10 children.
3. Wadsworth, Rebecca m. Jonah Gross in 1708, d. in 1718, aged 32, and left no children.
4. Wadsworth, Thomas, son of Thomas 1st, d. in 1716, aged 26. He married Sarah ----.
5. Wadsworth, Thomas m. Sarah Arnold, dau. of John—she d. in 1778, aged 62; he again m., but d. in East Hartford in 1783, aged 67. Children, Thomas, John, Samuel, Josiah bap. in 1748, William, Jerusha, Sarah, b. in 1754, Rebecca b. 1757, and Elizabeth b. 1761.
6. Wadsworth, Thomas, son of Thomas, (5) died in 1810, aged 75. His wife Thankful, d. in 1816, in E. Hartford, aged 74 years, and had children, George bap. in 1762, d. single in 1806; Thomas b. 1763; Thankful b. 1765; David b. 1767, d. at Gainesville, N.Y.; Timothy b. 1770; Solomon b. 1772;. Joel b. 1774, d. 1823; Moses b. 1776, d. 1779; Anne b. 1778, d. an infant—another Anne b. 1780; Moses b. 1783.
7. Wadsworth, Thomas, Timothy and Moses removed to Whitestown, N.Y. Thomas had a son Norman christened in 1815. Thankful m. David Abbe. Anne m. Asahel Porter, of E. Hartford.
8. Wadsworth, Solomon, son of Thomas, (6) of E. Hartford, m. Lucy ----, and had children, Horace, Lucy, Emeline, Laura and Maria.
9. Wadsworth, John, of East Hartford, supposed son of Thomas, (5) d. in 1774, aged 32. His widow Jerusha d. in 1804, aged 61 years. A child of Jerusha was bap. in 1772.
10. Samuel, of East Hartford, son of Thomas, (5) d. in 1798, aged 52; his wife Prudence d. in 1822, aged 65, and left children, Molly bap. 1782; Mabel b. 1783; Samuel b. 1784; Oliver b. 1790; Hezkiah b. 1792; Charles b. 1794; Titus b. 1796; Polly b. 1799.
11. Wadsworth, Samuel, son of Samuel, (10) m. Hannah Roberts in 1805, and had children, Elizabeth b. 1507; Emeline b. 1810; Stanley b. 1813; Oliver b. 1815; Charles W. b. 1821, d. 1831.
12. Wadsworth, Hezekiah, of East Hartford, son of Samuel, (10) m. Maria Jones, who d. in 1835, aged 33, and had children, Maria J. b. 1821; Henry W. b. 1824; Frances P. b. 1826, d. 1831; Louisa M. b. 1828; Anna b. 1830. He m. Heppe Forbes in 1837.
13. Wadsworth, Josiah, son of Thomas, (5) m. Susannah ----, and removed to Schenectady, N.Y., and had children, Mary b. 1770; David b. 1772; Wait b. 1773, d.; John b. 1775—a 2d Wait b. 1777; Sarah b. 1779; Josiah, jr., b. 1780; Daniel Marsh b. 1782; Susannah b. 1785.
14. Wadsworth, William, of E. Hartford, son of Thomas, (5) d. in 1811, aged 67; his wife Jemima, d. in 1824, aged 67. Their children were, Prudence b. 1772; William b. 1773; Seth b. 1776, d. 1806; James b. 1778; Minea or Mima b. 1780; Leonard b. 1782; Chester; Joseph b. 1786; Anson b. 1788, d. 1826; Abner b. 1790.
Wadsworth, Capt. Joseph, of Hartford, son of Hon. William, sen'r., was born in 1650. He m. for his first wife. Elizabeth, daughter of Bartholomew Barnard of Hartford; for his second wife he m. Mary, the widow of John Olcott. She had been the widow of Thomas Welles, a grandson of Governor Welles. Her maiden name was Mary Blackleach, daughter of John, jr. His wife Elizabeth, d. Oct. 26, 1710. His second wife Mary, survived him. His children were all by his first wife, viz:
Wadsworth, Capt. Joseph died in 1729. His son Joseph was executor of his will. A jointure was made for his widow Mary, who survived him. To Jonathan he gave lands on the Windsor road, buildings, &c. To Ichabod he gave land in Soldiers' Field, Lower house lot with house and barn, four acres South meadow, sixty acres west of Windsor road, &c. He gave his three grand children, the children of his daughter Elizabeth Marsh, viz. Jonathan, Joseph and Elizabeth Marsh, £10; and a sum to his daughter Hannah Cook, (wife of John Cook.)—Estate over £900 sterling. He made his will in 1723, and gave Joseph, jr. his upper Neck land, where his son Joseph then lived, the upper lot in Long meadow, and four acres of land which joined his brother Talcott's land; also his lands in Coventry, &c. Before tracing the children of Capt. Wadsworth, I here insert a few of the interesting facts connected with his taking and secreting the Charter given to Connecticut by Charles II., in an oak tree, in Hartford.
Wadsworth, CAPT. Joseph He it was, who, on the night of the 31st of October, 1687, seized and secured the Charter of Connecticut when Sir Edmond Andros came to Hartford in order to wrest it by force from the freemen of this colony. "The important affair," says Trumbull, "was debated and kept in suspense until the evening, when the Charter was brought and laid upon the table, where the Assembly was sitting. By this time great numbers of people were assembled, and men sufficiently bold to enterprise whatever might be necessary or expedient. The lights were instantly extinguished, and one Capt. Wadsworth, of Hartford, in the most silent and secret manner, carried off the Charter, and secreted it in a large hollow tree, fronting the house of the Hon. Samuel Wyllys, then one of the magistrates of the colony. The people appeared all peaceable and orderly. The candles were officiously re-lighted, but the Patent was gone, and no discovery could be made of it, or of the person who conveyed it away."—Hist. Conn. Vol. p. 391. A subsequent act of the colony rewards Capt. Wadsworth for the service here described. He was a man of great boldness and energy of purpose. He had practical good sense and a capacity for business. The Records prove that he was frequently elected to represent Hartford in the General Assembly. While still but a young lieutenant in the train-bands of his native town, he served as one of the colonial legislators. He rendered also many important services to the town of Hartford as selectman, and as a member of committees for laying out roads, looking after the ferries and lands, and for many other municipal duties. From his frequent services of this nature, from his plain and popular manners, his ready address and resolute bearing, he seems to have possessed the full confidence of his fellow citizens. His acts prove him to have been an ardent lover of freedom, though he erred sometimes in carrying his own acts into excess when chafed by opposition or dislike. Once he was formally reprimanded, while a deputy in the Assembly, for words used in debate, which were "resented as declaring against the validity of certain acts of the Assembly, which were passed by both Houses separate, for their inconsistency with our Charter"—but he "readily acknowledged his concern that what he had spoken had given any offence to the Assembly, whose Constitution and proceedings he had no intention to reflect upon." On another occasion he was fined ten pounds for using "reproachful words against Mr. Pitkin," one of the Assistants, and saying "in the open Assembly that Mr. Pitkin's proceedings in the case were altogether unjust and illegal." This fine however was formally remitted. Upon still another occasion he was brought before the Court of Assistants, for having threatened, in a certain contingency, "to knock down Mr. Ichabod Wells, sheriff of the county of Hartford. "When Col. Fletcher came from New York, Oct. 1691, to usurp the command of the Connecticut militia, Capt. Wadsworth silenced the reading of his commission by ordering the drums of the Hartford train-band to be beaten, and turning to Fletcher, who had interrupted him, said, "if I am interrupted again, I will make the sun shine through you in a moment." He spoke with such energy that no further attempts were made to read or to enlist men. Little accustomed to the spectacle of titled wealth and official arrogance, he was prepared to deem them when they met his eye in the shape of royal governors for Connecticut, as a usurpation on the privileges of his nature. He was just the man to awe Fletcher, and by a quick and daring plot to save the Charter. He died in the year 1729, being about fourscore years of age, sound in mind, morals and estate. His will and inventory may be found in numbers 11 and 12 of the Probate Records at Hartford. His wife, three sons, and two daughters, survived him, and quite a number of his direct descendants are now living in Hartford. His brother, Hon. John, was sitting at the Council Board when Capt. Joseph took the Charter. As strangers who visit Hartford, often through curiosity, enquire for the location of the Charter Oak, as the tree is familiarly called, I insert in this place, that it is yet standing in its green old age, (probably 400 years old,) at the South East part of the city, upon that beautiful plat of land purchased by Gov. Wyllys in 1638, and occupied by that noble family while a single male heir remained living. It is now owned and occupied by Hon. I.W. Stuart, whose urbanity of manners and love of antiquities, causes him to treat all strangers with great kindness whose curiosity leads them there to view the oak. He has erected an iron fence about the tree to protect it against depredators.
Wadsworth, Joseph, jr. son of Joseph, and grandson of William, sen'r., was born in 1682, and married Joanna ----; she died in 1762, aged 68; he died in the 96th year of his age, in 1778, and left three sons and two daughters, viz. Joseph b. 1717, d. in 1757-8; Daniel b. 1720, d. 1762; William b. March, 1723; Elizabeth m. Richard Seymour, d. 1759; Joanna m. Timothy Goodman, d. 1768, aged 57.
Wadsworth, Joseph son of Joseph, jr., married Jerusha Bissell, of Windsor, dau. of Daniel. He was a merchant and d. aged 37, and his wid. d. Feb. 7, 1762. He resided in Windsor, and had a son Joseph, who d. in 1745, aged six months; he soon after had another son Joseph B., and in his father's will, which was made after the death of his first infant son Joseph, he directed his only son Joseph B., to be educated at College, and in 1766 he graduated at Yale College. He became a physician, settled in East Windsor, and died in 1784. He had m. Roxana ----, and left her his widow, and an only daughter Roxana. Joseph, who m. Jerusha Bissell, made Jerusha and his father-in-law, his executors. He gave his widow all his household furniture, a horse, cow, his negro man Hazzard, and the use of his house and homelot, so long as she remained his widow; all the remainder he gave to his infant son Joseph.
Wadsworth, Daniel son of Joseph, jr., and grandson of Capt. Joseph, sen'r., was born in 1720. He m. and had one son, Daniel, b. Oct. 14, 1762. Daniel, sen'r. d. the same year, and left his only child, an infant. A guardian was afterwards appointed for him, and he resided with his guardian, at Glastenbury. After Daniel, jr. had grown to manhood, he settled at Hartland. His mother d. in 1794.
Wadsworth, William son of Joseph, jr., and grandson of Capt. Joseph, sen'r., was born in 1723, and m. Mary Cook, July 12, 1751. He had two sons, viz. William b. July 6, 1752; Roger b. March 19, 1756. William d. May 29, 1771, aged 47; his widow d. in April, 1811, aged 85. Estate £1044:10.
Wadsworth, William, jr. son of William, and grandson of Joseph, jr., was born in 1752. He m. Abigail Skinner, but left no children. He d. either in the 34th or 47th year of his age.
Wadsworth, Roger brother of William, and son of William, was born in 1756. He m. Ann Prior, and had children, viz. Mary b. Aug. 1779, m. James Church, of Hartford; Algernon Sidney b. June 5, 1781, d. at sea and left no family; Fanny b. Dec. 1, 1782, m. Joseph Pratt Esq., of Hartford, had a large family, and d. Feb. 14, 1838; her sister Charlotte b. July 31, 1797, m. Joseph Pratt, Esq., as his 2d wife, and has no children; Sukey b. March 23, 1785, died young; William b. Oct. 23, 1786, now resides at Hartford, unmarried; Roger, jr. b. Oct. 20, 1789, m. Cornelia Thompson, and resides at Brattleborough, Vt.; he has had children, viz. Sarah Cornelia (d. young,) Algernon Sidney, and Henry A.; Jeremiah b. Jan. 21, 1797, d. at the South, unmarried, Aug. 11, 1823; Abner Prior b. Jan. 20, 1800, m. Mary Capen. Roger, sen'r. died May 17, 1810; his wife Ann died aged 83 years.
Wadsworth, Ichabod son of Capt. Joseph, sen'r., and grandson of William, sen'r., of Hartford, m. Sarah Smith, Dec. 21, 1720. He had children, Elisha b. Sept. 21, 1721; Elihu, Hezekiah and a daughter, who m. William Whiting, of W. Hartford; another daughter m. Richard Goodman, of W. Hartford, the father of Richard late deceased.
Wadsworth, Elihu son of Ichabod, had children, Elihu, David, Chloe, Jerusha and Esther. Chloe m. J. R. Collins; Jerusha d. single; Esther m. James Butler, and removed to Vermont; Elihu d in 1782.
Wadsworth, Elisha son of Ichabod, b. Sept. 21, 1721, m. Miss Cadwell, and had sons, Elisha and James.
Wadsworth, Elisha, jr. son of Elisha, had a son Theodore, who removed to the vicinity of Johnstown, N.Y., and other children.
Wadsworth, Hezekiah son of Ichabod, m. Miss Seymour, of Hartford, and had sons, Jonathan and Hezekiah, and a daughter, who m. Moses Filley, of Windsor. Hezekiah d. in New York during the war of the Revolution, about 1776. The 60 acres of wood land west of mill river, near the Simsbury road from Hartford, given by Capt. Joseph to his son Ichabod, yet remains in the Wadsworth family. Ichabod d. May 5, 1778, aged about 90 years, and is now distinctly recollected by Mr. Jonathan Olcott, of Hartford, who is 90 years old.
Wadsworth, Serg't. Jonathan the youngest son of Capt. Joseph, sen'r., and grandson of Hon. William, sen'r., of Hartford, married Hepzibah Marsh in 1711. His children were,
Wadsworth, Capt. Samuel of Hartford, son of Jonathan, and grand son of Joseph, sen'r., was born Oct. 25, 1716. She was b. July 27, 1723. Their children were;
Capt. Samuel was a gentleman of high standing in public estimation; and in 1775 there was satisfactory proof to the government that a design was formed by the British Ministry to invade the Northern colonies by Canada. At this time Ticonderoga and Crown Point had been taken, and was in the possession of different colonies, and not exclusively held by Connecticut. It was thought to be impracticable for the officers and soldiers to return either to Ticonderoga or Crown Point at that time; yet that they should be provided for, for the time being—it was resolved that Col. Erastus Wolcott, Capt. Samuel Wadsworth, Col. Fisher Gay, Col. James Wadsworth, and others, should be a committee, or any three of them, to take care and provide for the officers and soldiers and their families, in procuring labor for the soldiers until the Continental Congress, or the Assembly, should take further orders concerning them. Capt. Wadsworth received some other appointments by the General Assembly and Council of Safety during the
war. His will was presented to the Court by his sons, Gurdon and Nathan, executors, in 1798. He gave to his two grandsons, (the sons of his son Eli then deceased,) land at Hog river, &c. To his three grand daughters, Lucy, Nancy and Caty, (daughters of Eli,) £30 each. His sister Hellen or Hellena, he provided for during her life. His son Gurdon he had given the trade of a hatter, while Nathan and George, his younger sons, had been upon his farm—he therefore gave Nathan a lot of land at the Neck, east of the Windsor road, and £100 out of his homested, more than he gave Gurdon. To George, his youngest son, he gave £200 over his equal share with Gurdon. His daughter Hannah he provided for. Capt. Samuel died Dec. 29, 1798, aged 82. Melisceut, his wife, died April 24, 1790, aged 67. Estate £3526.
Wadsworth, Capt. Jonathan, jr. grandson of Capt. Joseph, and great grandson of Hon. William, sen'r., was born May 9, 1729. He married Abigail Flagg. In early life he was a sea captain, and during the early part of the Revolutionary war, he was solicited by Col. J. Wadsworth, of Hartford, to take the command of a company, and enter into the service of his country. He consented, though with great reluctance, and was soon after killed near Saratoga, N.Y., on the 19th of September, 1777. Estate £1608. His children were, Henry, Horace, John, Samuel, Jared, Charles and Mary.
Wadsworth, Henry son of Jonathan, jr., m. Betsey Bidwell—she died; he then m. Lucy Nichols, a sister of Cyprian, Esq. He died in 1821. His children were, Oliver, d. aged 16; Abigail, m. Charles Hosmer, Esq., of Hartford—she had two children, viz. James B., d. Sept. 5, 1814, aged 19 months; Charles, d. Jan. 26, 1815, aged 4 months. Mrs. Hosmer d. Jan. 11, 1816, aged 29 years. Richard, son of Henry, settled at Buffalo, N.Y., and has seven sons. Sally m. Mr. M'Lean, and had a daughter Elizabeth; he soon after died, and his widow m. Mr. Wells. Frederick died unmarried. Chauncey died unmarried. Samuel m. and had two children in Ohio, and d. 1832. 2d Oliver m. Rosanna Isham, of West Hartford, and has three daughters and no sons. Eliza m. Sylvester Matthews, of Buffalo, N.Y., and has children. Henry Nichols Wadsworth, died at sea, unmarried.
Wadsworth, Jared son of Jonathan, jr., d. at sea, in 1795, soon after he married, and left no issue.
Wadsworth, John son of Jonathan, jr., m. at Utica, N.Y. He died, and left two children.
Wadsworth, Samuel son of Jonathan, jr., died at sea, unmarried.
Wadsworth, Charles son of Jonathan, jr., was a purser in the U.S. Navy. He was aided by Col. Wadsworth, in early life, in getting his education; he also procured for him his office in the Navy. He was a gentleman of an elegant form and appearance. After he became purser, he located at Alexandria, D.C., where he m. Elizabeth ----, and had three children, now all deceased, viz. Julia Ann, Edwin and Elizabeth. He died at Alexandria in 1834. His mother Abigail, and sister Mary, resided at Hartford. Mary died single.
Wadsworth, Horace son of Capt. Jonathan, jr., m. Abigail Adams. He was many years deputy sheriff of Hartford county. His children were, Henry died a young man, unmarried, in 1830; John resides in New York, is married, and has a family of children; Horace, jr.; Edward m. Martha Woolly, and resides in Hartford; Mary and Julia, twins, and Sarah reside at New York, single. Horace, sen.'r, d. in June, 1836, aged 52 years; his wife, Abigail, d. Dec. 29, 1824. Horace, jr. is living at the South.
Wadsworth, Eli son of Capt. Samuel, and grandson of Capt. Jonathan, m. Rachel Hill, and d. March 1, 1787, before his father. He left two sons, William and Eli, and three daughters, Lucy, Nancy and Caty. These children were provided for in their grand father's will. William, son of Eli, chose Thomas Hanes for his guardian, in 1793. William and Eli, sons of Eli, are both dec'd.
Wadsworth, Nathan son of Capt. Samuel, was b. in 1753, and d. May 28, 1831. He was twice married; first, he m. Sally Wells, who d. Aug. 9, 1796, aged 37; 2d wife, Sarah Burr. He had but one child, Ann, and this by the first marriage. Ann m. Elisha Loomis, of Torrington, and afterwards removed to the State of New York.
Wadsworth, Samuel, jr. son of Samuel, was b. May 13, 1757, d. May 28, 1757.
Wadsworth, George son of Capt. Samuel, was b. Oct. 27, 1755, d. Feb. 2, 1825. He m. Elizabeth Turner, who d. in May, 1827, aged 63. Their children were, Meliscent, m. Benjamin Allyn, of Windsor, now residing in Illinois; Elizabeth, d. single; George, jr., unmarried, resides in Baltimore; Lucy m. Russel Wildman, of Hartford-she now resides in Norwich.
Wadsworth, Gurdon the eldest son of Capt. Samuel Wadsworth, was a twin brother of George, b. June 27, 1748. George d. when five years old. Gurdon m. Mehetabel Wright, of Wethersfield. She was b. about 1752, and d. Dec. 31, 1793. Their children were, Polly b. Jan. 25, 1776, m. B. Carter, of Warren, Ct., she d. Sept. 1846; Samuel b. Aug. 29, 1777, d. Jan. 21, 1778; Sally b. Nov. 26, 1778, d. Sept. 19, 1779; 2d Sally b. Oct. 17, 1780, m. Guy Talcott, of Windsor, and d. in Dec. 1817; Samuel b. Sept. 6, 1783, m. Catherine Wadsworth, of Hartford, daughter of Reuben; Harriet b. Nov. 18, 1785, d. April 10, 1794; Lydia Wright b. Jan. 23, 1788, unmarried; Martha b. March 7, 1791, m. John Russell, Esq., of Hartford, now of Pennsylvania-he has several children, and is the father of Doct. Gurdon W. Russell, of Hartford, who has one son, Edward. Mrs. Russell died Jan. 6, 1847.
Wadsworth, Samuel, Esq. son of Gurdon, and grandson of Capt. Samuel, m. Catherine Wadsworth, and settled in New Haven, where he now resides. Their children are, Catherine Elizabeth, b. Aug. 9, 1809, m. Russel Hotchkiss, of New Haven, Dec. 25, 1833; Henry Stevens b. March 11, 1811, unmarried; Samuel Wright b. Sept. 23, 1813, m. Sarah C. Sanford, Sept. 18, 1844; Charles b. Dec. 31, 1816, d. Nov. 4, 1828; Eliza b. Jan. 24, 1824, unmarried; Edward b. Jan. 27, 1827, and d. Nov. 17, 1828.
Wadsworth, Joseph, jr. son of Joseph, m. Elizabeth ----, who was his widow, and with Daniel Wadsworth, were administrators on his estate in 1760. He had children, Thomas, Joseph, and Timothy- these sons chose their guardians in 1761. His other children were, Elijah 16 years old at the time of his father's death, Ambrose and Reuben.
Wadsworth, Thomas son of Joseph, jr., m. and had a daughter who d. before her father. He d. in 1811, without leaving any children, and gave all his estate to his wife Hannah, and William Stevens Wadsworth, a son of his brother Reuben. Estate 1401;98.
Wadsworth, Joseph third son of Joseph, jr., removed to the State of New York, where he d. and left a large family.
Wadsworth, Timothy son of Joseph, jr., m. and had a son Adna, and one daughter, and d. at Hartford, in Sept. 1826, aged 81. His son Adna moved to Ohio.
Wadsworth, Elijah son of Joseph, jr., m. Miss Hopkins, and removed to Litchfield when a young man. He had one daughter and three sons, viz. Rhoda, who m. Mr. Clark, an attorney at law at St. Mary's, in the State of Georgia, where she d. and left a family of children; Henry m. Miss Bradley, daughter of Aaron, Esq., of Litchfield, where he d.; Frederick and George. Mr. Wadsworth resided many years at Litchfield, but previous to the war of 1812 he removed to Ohio, with his sons, Frederick and George. During that war he was made a general of the militia. And in the war of the Revolution he held an office in Col. Sheldon's regiment. Gen. Wadsworth was a gentleman highly esteemed wherever known.
Wadsworth, Ambrose brother of Gen. Elijah, d. at sea, and left no family.
Wadsworth, Reuben his brother, m. Elizabeth Stevens, and had two sons and four daughters, viz. Horace H., who m. in Pennsylvania, and removed from there to Louisiania, d. in 1847, and left sons and daughters—one of the daughters, Martha A., m. George W. Goodwin, merchant tailor, of St. Louis, Missouri, September 3, 1845, and has one child. William S., the other son of Reuben, now resides in Hartford, married Catherine Bunce in 1816, and has one son and three daughters, viz. Charles R., single, Elizabeth, m. Horatio W. Shipman, of Berlin, and has a son and two daughters—Frances A. m. James E. Terry, of Hartford, in 1847, and Jane, unmarried; Catherine, dau. of Reuben, m. Samuel Wadsworth, Esq., of New Haven; Eliza, her sister, m. Heman Bunce, of Hartford, and had a daughter Elizabeth S., who m. Norman Burr, of Hartford, and has two children; Martha, dau. of Reuben, m. George Francis, of Hartford, and has four sons and one -daughter; Emeline, dau. of Reuben, d. aged 27. He also had two daughters named Harriet, who died young.
I need not remark to those who peruse this work, that the family of Wadsworths have sustained the name of the first Puritan settler, at Hartford, as well, to say the least, as any other family who settled in the colony, and has produced as many important and useful men.
ADDENDA. Since finding and publishing the name of Barsheba Dixwell, I have been at the trouble of procuring from Professor Johnson, an accurate Epitaph from her gravestone, at Middletown, which is as follows:
"Here lyethe the Body of Mrs. Bathsha, Dixwell, Relict of Mr. John Dixwell, Esqr. Who departed this life December ye 27th, 1729, Aged 83 Years."
This is strictly correct, and is verbatim et literatim, though Dr. Stiles, on page 149 says, "that her age at the time of her death was 85, and on her gravestone 86." It is as here stated upon the grave. stone 83. Dr. Stiles also states that the maiden name of the second wife of Judge Dixwell was Bathsheba How—that by her he had three children, viz. "Mary, daughter of Mr. James Davids, born 9th June, 1679." "John the son of Mr. James Davids and Bathsheba Davids, was born the 6th day of March, 1680-1." "Elizabeth the daughter of Mr. James and Bathsheba Davids, was born the 14th of July, in New Haven, 1682." Also "Mr. John Dixwell and Mary Prout were married, Sept. 1, 1708. "In 1685 he was admitted into the church at New Haven, in full communion, by the name of Dixwell as well as Davids. His daughter Elizabeth, died before her father's decease; and at his death, he left his widow, Bathsheba, and his daughter Mary and son John. Mary married Mr. John Collins, of Middletown, Dec. 24, 1707, and removed there.
Afterwards her mother, a part of her time, resided with her daughter, and died there, Dec. 27, 1729, aged 83, (as on her gravestone.) The children of Mary, by Mr. Collins, were, Nathaniel b. Nov. 17, 1708; Mary b. Sept. 23, 1710; John b. March 18, 1712, a twin; Sibbel b. Aug. 16, 1716, and Abigail Collins b. Jan. 4, 1718-19. The son of Judge Dixwell learned the trade of a goldsmith, and settled in Boston about the time of his marriage, though he became a respectable merchant at Boston, and was a gentleman of good standing and character, and for a time was a deacon of the New North Church in Boston," as appears by the " testimony entered in the records of that church." He died in the 44th year of his age, April, 2, 1725, while a deacen of the New North Church. Elder or deacon Dixwell, who married Miss Prout, of New Haven, had children born in Boston, viz. Basil Dixwell b. July 7, 1711, d. in 1764; Elizabeth b. in 1716; John b. in 1718, d. in 1749. After "the death of his wife Mary, Dea. Dixwell again married, but died in 1724, and left three children living, by his first wife. John Prout, Esq., of New Haven, Conn., became guardian for the children, and took them to N. Haven, and his mother, Madam Prout, took charge of John Diswell; Mrs. Mansfield, his aunt, took the charge of Basil, and Mrs. Christophers, of New London, took care of the daughter Elizabeth. Basil settled as a goldsmith at Providence, R.I. He entered the army, and died at Louisburg, in 1746, without leaving issue. John Dixwell, his only brother, became a brazier in Boston, and settled there, where he afterwards became a prosperous merchant. He m. Miss Hunt, of Watertown, Mass., and died in Boston in 1749. He had three children—but Mary, his daughter, only survived, him. She m. Samuel Hunt, of Boston. Elizabeth Dixwell, who was educated by her aunt Christophers at New London, was living in 1793, aged 76, the widow of Joseph Lathrop, then deceased, of New London, to whom she was m. April 22, 1739, and by whom she bad the following children, viz.
Ralph and Alva Mann were sons of Rodolphus. Alva resides in New York, unmarried. Ralph married Judith Phelps, and resides at Michigan. (See p. 282.)
On 317th page, 5th line from bottom, after the word "merchants," add, Amos died a lieutenant in the army.
Epitaph in the old Burial Yard at Hartford.
"Here lyeth the body of Mr. David Gardiner, of Gardiner's Island, deceased July 10, 1689, in the fifty fovrth year of his age. Well, sick-dead, in one hovrs space.-Engrave the remembrance of death, on thine heart, when as thov dost see how swiftly hovrs depart.-Born at Saybrook April 29, 1636, the first white child born in Connecticut."
(It is doubted whether his father was at Saybrook as early as April 29, 1636, or Gardiner's Island known by that name as early.)
A FEW FAMILIES OF WINDSOR, FROM RECORD.
Nathaniel Bissell m. Mindwell More, Sept. 25. Children, Mindwell b. Oct. 3, 1663; Nathaniel b. Jan. 7, 1665; Jonathan b. July 1668, d.; Hannah b. Jan. 12, 1670; Abigail b. Sept. 14, 1673, d.; 2d Jonathan b. Feb. 14, 1774; 2d Abigail bap. 1776; another dau. born in 1678.
Jeffery Baker m. F. Rockwell, Nov. 15, 1642. Children, Samuel b. May 30, 1644; Hepzibah b. May 10, 1646; Mary b. July 15, 1649; Abiell b. Dec. 23, 1652, d.; Jeffery, jr. b. June 18, 1655. Son Samuel m. Sarah Cook, June 30, 1670.
William Burd m. Nov. 18, 1640. Children, Samuel b. Sept. 2, 1641; Peter b. Aug. 19, 1641; Mary b. Sept. 3, 1642; Hannah b. Jan. 8, 1646; Hepzibah b. Dec. 11, 1649; Sarah b. May 21, 1651. and Abigail.
Samuel Buell m. Debra Griswold in 1662, and had a son Samuel b. July 20, 1663.
Thomas Bassom's children were, Abigail b. June 7, 1640; Thomas b. Feb. 20, 1641; Hepzibah b. July 14, 1644.
John Brooks m. Susannah Hanmore, May 25, 1652, and had children, John b. May 16, 1660, d.; Samuel b. Jan. 6, 1662; Elizabeth b. June 27, 1664; Mary b. May 21, 1665; Joanna b. Feb. 2, 1668; 2d Mary b. Nov. 25, 1670; Lydia b. Aug. 7, 1673, and Susannah.
Daniel Clark m. Mary Newberry, June 13, 1644. Children, Josias b. Jan. 21, 1648; Elizabeth b. Oct. 28, 1651; Daniel, jr. b. Aug. 4, 1654; John b. April 10, 1656; Mary b. Sept. 22, 1658; Samuel b. July 6, 1661; Sary b. Aug. 7, 1663; Hannah b. Aug. 29, 1665, d.; Nathaniel b. Sept. 8, 1666.
John Cass's children were, Mary b. June 22, 1660; John, jr. b. Nov. 5, 1662; William b. June 5, 1665; Samuel b. June 1, 1667; Richard b. Aug. 27, 1669; another b. in Aug. 1676.
Thomas Dewey m. Miss Clark, May 22, 1638-had four sons, and a daughter Anna.
Thomas Dibble m. in 1635, and had four sons, and two daughters. Ebenezer, son of Thomas, m. Mary Wakefield, Oct. 27, 1663, and had three sons and two daughters; Samuel, son of Thomas, m. Hepzibah Bartlett, Jan. 29, 1665, and had three daughters, and two sons, Samuel and another.
Job Drake m. Mary Wolcott, June 25, 1646, and had two sons, and five daughters.
John Drake m. Hannah Moore, and had five sons and six daughters.
Peter Brown m. Mary Gillett, July 15, 1658, and had 13 children.
Henry Curtis m. Elizabeth Abel, May 13, 1645, and had Samuel and Nathaniel.
John Ffyler m. Elizabeth Dolman, Oct. 1637.
William Filly m. Margaret, in 1642, had 3 sons and 4 daughters.
Ambrose Fowler m. J. Alvord, May 6, 1646, and had 6 children.
Joseph Griswold m. Mary Gaylord, July 14, 1670, had a son and daughter.
John Gaylord m. Mary Drake, Nov. 17, 1653, and had 2 sons, and 2 daughters.
John Griffin m. Anna Bancraft in 1648, had 4 sons, and 6 daughters.
Jacob Gibbs m. Elizabeth Andrews in 1657, and had 6 children.
Samuel Gibbs m. Hepzibah Dibble in 1664, and had 8 children.
Benajah Holcom m. Sarah Ennos, April 11, 1667, had 2 sons.- Mirall Humfrey m. Priscilla Grant, Oct. 14, 1647, and had 2 sons, and 5 daughters.
REMARKS. In collecting materials for No. 5, it will be noticed that T.R. Marvin, Esq., of Boston, has meritoriously assumed upon himself the labor and responsibility of collecting the genealogy of his family, which is found in this Number. I am under many obligations to Mr. Philemon Robbins, of this city, for facts relating to the John Robbins family, of Wethersfield, here published. The large number of similar names in the different branches of this family, particularly John, Samuel and Joshua, render it difficult in many cases to decide to which branch of the family the person found may have been a member; and little light can generally be gained by applying to relatives as to their ancestors previous to 1700 or even 1750. It is not a rare occurrence to find, even in this enlightened community, men well informed on most subjects, who cannot give the name of their great grand father, or even their grand father, or at what places they resided. It will not be expected that in a genealogical publication of this kind, it will be either full in all the branches of the numerous families, or strictly correct in every date, when it is known that even records and tombstones differ in some cases. These publications are made to induce those who have a more direct family interest, to perfect their own genealogy, or at least to correct errors, and make such additions in families as are here omitted. There are generally some few in a large family who will have sufficient curiosity to know their ancestry, at least to learn the name of their great grand father. It is indeed a lamentable fact, that many persons conduct upon this subject as if they feared an investigation of their ancestry, lest they should find some great grand father or uncle, who had been executed upon the gallows, or whipped at the post. Otherwise, experience proves that past generations will not suffer by a comparison with the present, either in morals or intelligence. This Number, containing 80 pages, closes the volume, which perhaps may at some future day, be better arranged and corrected, with such additions as may be found worthy of publication.
m. for married.
Page 52, No. 2, Hannah, Mary and Sarah Marvin, were not the daughters of Reinold.
"122, Mary Marvin, who m. Richard Bushnell, of Saybrook, was the daughter of Matthew, jr., and not a sister of Reinold.
" 158, on the 15 line from the top, for "Woodbury," read Northampton.
" 282, add to the bottom line, "and Mercy, who m. Mr. Plumb, of Troy, N.Y.
" 283, on the 7th line from the top, after m., read "Joel Mann, who had a daughter Mercy who m."---and erase the 8th line from the top.
" 318. on the 17th line from the top, after the word "Lewis," add Jennett.