Fifty Puritan Ancestors
1628 - 1660
Genealogical Notes - 1650 - 1900
Elizabeth Todd Nash
New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor
[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
THE NASH FAMILY
THE name Nash is of Saxon origin, and occurs early in the annals of New England. James Nash was in Weymouth, Mass., as early as 1628. [Hist. and Gen. Reg., Vol. !V, p. 293].
Gregory Nash and his wife of Charlestown, Mass., both died in 1630.
Samuel Nash of Duxboro, in the Plymouth Colony, was taxed in 1632.
Willm Nashe was made freeman in Boston in September, 1634.
Edward Nash was in Stratford, Ct., in 1650, and in Norwalk, Ct., in 1652.
Isaake Nash taxed in Dover, N. H., in 1657.
Thomas Nash, who came with the Davenport Colony in 1637, is the ancestor of many of the Connecticut families of that name.
"On the 26 July, 1637, from the ship Hector and another not named, a company landed at Boston, Mass., formed principally by merchants of London, whose wealth and standing at home enabled them to come out under more favorable auspices than any company that had hitherto sought these shores. They were accompanied by the Rev. John Davenport as their Pastor, and are supposed to have been mostly members of his Church and Congregation in Coleman street, London."
The Leaders were men of good practical understanding, and provided for the anticipated wants of an infant Colony, by learning trades and arts such as were likely to be most needed. [The Nash Family, p. 14].
In this company was Thomas Nash, his wife Margery, and their five children.
Thomas Nash was one of the members of the Rev. John Robinson's Congregation at Leyden, Holland, part of whom were the first settlers at Plymouth, 1620; others came to New England soon afterward. On November 30, 1625, five of those at Leyden addressed a letter to their brethren at Plymouth and signed it as brethren in the Lord. The names of the five were Francis Jessop, Thomas Nash, Thomas Blossom, Roger White, Richard Maisterton [Mass. Hist. Coll., Vol. 1, 4 series, 1852]. Blossom came to Plymouth afterward. Thomas Nash returned to England and came over with the Davenport Colony. The people of Massachusetts Bay were anxious to have this company choose a location within their limits and made very advantageous offers to induce them to do so. But they preferred a new Colony, and Mr. Eaton and others selected Quinnipiac, now New Haven.
March, 1638, the whole company sailed from Boston and in about a fortnight landed at Quinnipiac. In November they purchased the land from Momauguin and his counsellors.
June 4, 1639, they met in Mr. Newman's barn and after solemn religious exercises drew up the fundamental agreement. Thomas Nash was the sixty-sixth signer.
Thomas Nashe signed the Guilford compact, but did not go to Guilford finally, although great inducements were offered him, as they needed a gunsmith, the vocation he had chosen [Barber Hist. Col., Ct.]
Thomas Nash was considerably advanced in years for an emigrant, as his son John was old enough to receive the charge of freeman in April, 1642, and Thomas Nash, in his will made in 1657, expressly mentions his old age.
"He is generally mentioned in the Records in an affectionate way, as Brother Nash, and was occasionally appointed to those public offices which were consigned with declining years."
The following extract from the Record of a General Court held the 25 May, 1646, seems to imply age :
"In regard of several occasions and works to be done against trayning day, Brother Nash is spared."
"On 1st of 7th month (Sept.), 1640, Mr. Lamberton and Thomas Nash were admitted members of the Gen Court and received the ffreemans charge."
The following extract from the Records of a General Court held May 19, 1651, indicates his vocation:
"It is ordered that Thomas Nash shall keepe the Towne Muskitts in his hands, and look to them well, that they be always in good order, fitt for service and that the Towne allow him what is Just for his care and pains."
Thomas Nash's home-lot was on the west side of State Street, about a third of the distance from Chapel to Elm Street, as shown on an old map of New Haven settlers.
Thomas Nash was from Lancaster, England; his wife Margery Baker was the daughter of Nicholas Baker of Hertfordshire, England.
Mr. Thomas Nash died May 12, 1658.
"Mrs. Margery Nash's death is not recorded, but must have been between February 1I, 1655, and August 1, 1657."
Schenck's Hist. of Fairfield gives it as 1660, page 397.
MARY, m. Roger Allen or Alling.
JOHN, called Captain and Major John Nash.
SARAH, m. Robert Talmage.
JOSEPH, called Sergeant Joseph Nash of Hartford.
TIMOTHY, b. in Leyden, Holland, 1626, called Lieut. Timothy Nash of Hadley, Mass.
Margery Baker Nash Ancestry. ["County Genealogies and Pedigrees of Hertfordshire Families. Collected by William Berry." Book in British Museum, England].
John Baker married Margery Madistard.
NICHOLAS, M. Mary Hodgetts; d. Nov. 14, 1632.
JOHN, m. Joan, dau. of Gregory Woodward of Bromyard.
DAUGHTER, m. ____ Smart, had dau. Margery, who m. Newborough.
DAUGHTER, m. ____ West of Hales Owen.
DAUGHTER, m. ____ Bolton.
DAUGHTER, m. ____ Coxe of Claques.
WILLIAM, m. Joan Gill—had son William, called Lord Baker.
Nicholas Baker married Mary Hodgetts; died November 14, 1632.
NICHOLas, m. daughter of Pemberton of Birmingham ; she rem. Stephen Lumford.
JOHN, d. in infancy.
JOSEPH. d. unm.
MARGERY, m. Thomas Nash and went to New England.
JUDITH, d. unm.
"The last will and Testament of Thomas Nash, late of New Haven deceased.—Made the 1 of August 1657. I Thomas Nash of New Haven being weake in body, but of sound memory doe make & ordaine this my last will and Testament. first I committ my soule into the hands of my Lord Jesus Christ by whose merrits I hope to be saved, and my body to be buryed at the discretion of my sonnes, in hope of a joyful resurrection.
And for my worldly goodes wch God hath given mee—my will is to dispose of it as followeth, first I give to my Eldest sonne John Nash of Newhaven fourty pounds to be paid to him by my executor within two yeares after my desease by 10 (pounds) at the end of every half yeare whch forty pounds wth that wch I have already given him, wil make up to him a full double portion. Item. I give to my son Joseph Nash. twenty shilling to be paid to him within two yeares after my desease. Item. I give to my daughter Mary, wife to Roger Allen, forty shillings to be paid her within two yeares after my desease. Item. I give to my daughter Sarah, wife to Robt Talmadg, forty shillings to be paid to her within two yeares of my desease. Item. I give to my sonne Timothy my house, with all my lands with all other my goods estate, that is undisposed off by this my will. And I doe make, ordaine and appoint him my sole Executor. The reason of my so disposing of my house and land is, because he hath been very helpfull to mee in my old age and hath done much more & yet weh no other of my children, would, or could doe. And my eldest son John hath a house and lott already--farther my will is that all these legasics to my children be paid in such pay & at such prises as usually passeth in this place betwixt man and man, and my desire and will is that my beloved ffriends and Brethren, Mr Matthew Gilbert and John Wakeman be overseers of this my last will where unto I have set my hand this first day of August 1657.
JOHN WAKEMAN. The inventory of the estate can be found in Nash Family, page 268 [Nash Family Appendix, Note B, 268].
John Nash, eldest son of Thomas Nash, was called Captain and Major John Nash. "In the military line he was gradually promoted to the highest office and continued to serve through life, though sometimes elected against his own inclination strongly expressed."
Chosen sergeant July 1, 1644; Sergeant of Artillery March, 1645, and again in 1648. June 7, 1652, John Nash was chosen Lieutenant for the ordering of the military affairs of the town of New Haven.
In 1654, having been chosen town treasurer and deputy to the Particular Court, "Lieut. John Nash propounded to be released from his place as lieutenant, but nothing was done about it." Later he renewed his petition, "but the towne was not willing, but desired him to continue."
May 9, 1664, he was chosen Captain, as the Record states, "much against his wish."
When the New Haven and Connecticut Colonies became united May 11, 1665, at a special session of the General Assembly of Conn. (called in consequence of a proclamation of a war between England and Holland), at Hartford, July 6,1665, his commission as Captain of the Train Band at New Haven "was confirmed by authority of the state," and he was appointed with five others to superintend preparations for the defense of the coast between Stratford and Guilford, and to issue orders for the "aid and relief of any plantation in case of unexpected invasion or other emergency."
He was the chief military officer of New Haven during the Narrangansett difficulties, and at "court of election held at Hartford, May 10, 1683, Capt. John Nash is chosen Sarg't major for the county of New Haven and is to be commissioned accordingly. Chosen Deputy to towne court in 1653. Towne treasurer 1654, reelected deputy for many years, and in 1659 also chosen one of the deputies to the Jurisdiction Court. In 1661 Lieut. Nash asked to be excused from serving, as he had been in the military service almost twenty years, and seven or eight years a deputy in ye courte, but he was not allowed to resign."
1662 he was made a magistrate.
1663 again chosen deputy to both courts.
"The Secretary of Conn. having sent to New Haven a requisition" to choose one or two of their ablest men to attend the General Assembly, at Hartford, to decide upon the union of New Haven with Conn. Colony and the Charter, the towne on May 1, 1665, chose Capt. Nash and Mr. James Bishop. Re-elected for special session in July, 1665; chosen again in 1667, but declined going. In 1668 he was again elected.
April, 1671, made townsman or selectman of New Haven: re-elected each year until 1678, when he asked to be excused on account of his other duties.
May, 1672, elected an Assistant, annually re-elected until the year of his death, 1687.
April, 1674, office of recorder was added, and in this he served until his death ; occasionally serving in some special capacity as auditor or agent for Indian affairs. His last signature as recorded is to an instrument dated 26, April, 1687.
[unable to transcribe signature]
He died July 3, 1687.
The inventory of his estate amounted to £664135, a large estate for those days.
"Major John Nash dyed Sabbath day morning the third day of July, 1687."
"Mrs. Elizabeth Nash, the wife of John Nash, dyed May 1, 1676." No sons ; so the name ceased in his branch.
"Sergeant Joseph Nash, second son of Thomas Nash, made Corporal of the towne company May 17, 1647, made ffreeman of New Haven March 7, 1657."
Removed to Hartford soon after, and made freeman of the Colony of Connecticut, May 20, 1658. He was elected constable in 166o (the office of constable in Conn. at that time was held by none but men of approved character and a more than ordinary standing in society), townsman on the South side in 1671.
One of committee of accounts in 1673.
His will was made January 19, 1675-6; presented at Probate Court, 17 October, 1678, by Capt. John Nash.
Inventory amounted to £42o 5s iod. He left one son. "John Nash, sonn of Joseph Nash, was born ye 12 day of July, 1650."
Lieutenant Timothy Nash, youngest son of Thomas Nash, was born in Leyden, Holland, 1626.
"March 4, 1654, the ffreeman's oath was administered to Timothy Nash."
His marriage and the births of his ten eldest children were recorded in New Haven.
"Timothy Nash and Rebekah Stone were married by"
Rebekah Stone was daughter of Rev. Samuel Stone of Hartford ; married Timothy Nash in 1657.
February 11, 1660, a vote is recorded in Hartford, Conn., whereby liberty was given Timothy Nash to "come in as an inhabitant with us."
Timothy Nash removed to Hadley, Mass., June 22, 1663, and had a hundred pound allotment. His home lot was on the west side of the main street in the village of Hadley.
"He was a most useful and respectable citizen, was frequently employed in town affairs; " held the office of Lieutenant in the militia, by which title he is still designated. And it should be remembered that a military title in those days was generally a sign of real merit.
He represented the town of Hadley at the General Court of Massachusetts in 1690, 1691, 1695.
"Lieut. Nash died in a good and respected old age, 13 March, 1699, N. S. in his 73d year."
He had a very large estate in lands at his death as appears from his will and the subsequent agreement of his heirs.
Mrs. Rebekah Nash died in March or April, 17o9. She also left a will.
REBEKAH, b. March 12, 1657-8; d. y. at New Haven.
SAMUEL, b. Feb. 3, 1659-6o; d. at Hadley, 1668.
THOMAs, b. Hartford 1661; settled at Hatfield.
JOSEPH, b. Hadley, Jan. 27,1663-64; d. unm. 28 March, 1740.
TIMOTHY, b. Hadley, 1665; d. childless.
JOHN, b. Hadley, August 21, 1667; settled in Hadley.
SAMUEL, 2d, b. June 17, 1669; d. unm. May 3, 1738.
HOPE, b. Nov. 26, 1670; m. Isaac Warner.
EBENEZER, b. Oct. 25, 1673 ; settled in Suffield, Ct.
DANIEL, 1676; settled in Great Barrington, Mass.
EPHRAIM, 1682; settled in Granby, Mass.
MARY, d. 19 Dec., 1687.
Will of Lieut. Timothy Nash. Sylvester Judd, Esq., of Northampton, Mass. (who much aided the Rev. Sylvester Nash, who compiled "The Nash Family"), from the Hadley Records furnished the copy of this will, "and observes that it is not to be inferred that the sums given in his will, were all that he gave to his children. The oldest son Thomas had 27 [pounds]. The other sons certainly had half as much, and probably more. All had received from him more or less money before he made his will."
"December the 5th one thousand six hundred and ninety eight, in the tenth year of the reigne of William ye III of England, Scotland, France and Ireland King, defender of the Faith & I Timothy Nash of Hadley in the County of Hampshire, in New England, being weak of body but of sound mynde and memory, praised be God for it: Knowing the uncertainties of my present life, being desirous to settle that outward estate ye Lord of his goodness hath lent me, not knowing how it may please the Lord to deale with me. Doe therefore make and ordaine this to be my last will and testament, in manner and form as followeth, that is to say:
First, I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, my Creator, hoping to receive full pardon for all my sins, and Salvation through the alone merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer, and my body I committ to the earth to be buried in a decent manner : and touching such earthly estate the Lord hath lent me, my will & meaneing is the same shall be imployed and bestowed as is here after in my Will expressed, hereby revokeing and reverssing & makeing voyde all former wills and testaments by me made, and appointe this to be my last Will & Testiment.
I will and hereby ordaine that all debts and dues that are justly due & of right to any person or persons whatsoever, be truly, payd or ordered to be payd in some convenant tyme after my decease by my executors here after named, and after my due debts and funerall [charges?] are discharged, or ordered to be discharged as afore said :-
Impere I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Rebecca one third part of all my moveable estate of household stuff, stock or other goods belonging to my estate, that properly goe under the name of moveable estate, to be at her free and absolute dispose for ever.
Alsoe one half of the use of my dwelling house and selleridge for term of her widow hood. Alsoe one third part of the produce or incomes of all my lands (except what I have and doe by these give unto my son Thomas Nash) & one third part of the orchard and gardens. Alsoe I give unto her one cow to be kept and maintained with summer & winter meate. My meaneing is she shall have one cow made good to her so she may have one made good to her all the time of her widow hood, provided she does not make sale of any till said term be out. Alsoe I give her one full year's provision after my decease out of my estate, alsoe I give her the freedom of all rates and taxes, & repairs of houseing or fences belonging to that part of houseing or lands she hath use of as above said, which is for the term of Widdow hood only.
I also bequeath unto my loving wife Rebecca the full and just sum of ten pounds one half in or as current pay. This I give her as a speciall gift to be at her own absolute dispose : Alsoe the other half to be payd her in money current of New England.
It. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Nash of Hatfield all my lands lying and being on the west side of the great River, of which three acres lyes in the meadow commonly called Great Ponset, bounded by land of Philip Smith's northeast, and land of Nathaniel Dickinson's southwest, be it more or less. Alsoe three acres in Little Ponsett meadow, bounded by land of Samuel Churches east, and land of William Pixley's west be it more or less: as alsoe all other rights of land, or that may grow to be of right to me on the west side of the Great River. Alsoe I give him all that I did lay out in labour or otherwise in Hatfield, with several other things that my said son had of me at the tyme of his marriage ; all which I value at one hundred and twenty-two pounds. Alsoe I give him five pounds in and as current pay out of my estate, to be payd him by executors hereafter named, all which shall be his portion and no more.
It. I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Nash, the houseing, barns & other edifices I now live in, with four acres of the home lot on the north side of it, running from the front to the reare of it ; alsoe I give him half my mowing lot in ye skirts of Hoccanum by an equall division, so as may be most conveynient for him and they yt have the other half of said loft; the divission to be made by my executors here after named; and alsoe to enable my executors to perform this my Will, I leave and give literly to them to dispose three of my lots in ye great meadow and plane as bounded by record in Hadley Town Book, as alsoe all my land at Batchellder's River to be disposed of to any of my sons that see cause to have it and make payment, to perform the payment of these my legacies or debts and Joseph to perform the dispose of a cow to his mother.
lt.---1 give and bequeath to my son Timothy Nash twenty pounds besides what I have already given him.
It. I give and bequeath to my son John Nash my lot in Hoccanum, bound betwixt Philial Smiths and Joseph Baldwin's land; which lot if it amounts not to ye full vallue of twenty pounds by what is wanting shall be made up or payd to him out of my other estate by my executors hereafter named.
It. I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Nash the remainder of my houselot in Hadley, on which I now dwell the south side of it & alsoe I give him the other part of my mowing lot at the skirts of Hoccanum by divission for most conveniency for him & Joseph to whome I have given the other half : Alsoe I give him my lot called the Hedge lot, all of which will make up together with the afore said gifts to the full sum of thirtie pounds.
It. I give and bequeath to my son Ebenezer Nash half my lot in the Fort Meadow, & half my skirt lots there to the vallue of twenty pounds, which if that fall short, it is to be made up to him by my executors out of my estate.
It. I give to my son Daniel Nash twenty pounds beside what I have already given him.
It. I give to my son Ephriam Nash thirtie pounds to be in the other half of my lot in the Fort Meadow, and the skirt lots there belonging to said meadow.
It. I give to my daughter Hope Werner, twenty pounds which shall not be disposed without the consent of my executors.
It. I dispose and give my plane lot on the east side of the town, to be equally divided to my four sons, Joseph Nash, Samuel Nash, Ebenezer Nash and Ephriam Nash, to be divided as may be most conveynient for all of them by my executors.
It. I give and bequeath unto my two sons Joseph Nash and Samuel Nash my part of the Saw-milne on Stony River, they having been helpful to me in my old age, which shall not be put into my inventory of my estate.
It. I do hereby order and dispose all the remainder of my estate, either personall or reall, that may be over and above, for the performance and payment of my above said debts, dues, or legacies ; I order and hereby ordaine that it shall be divided & disposed to my beloved wife Rebecca & to all of aforenamed children according to the sum of each one's proportion above-said and if my estate fall short of performance of the above mentioned bequeathments, then to be abated upon every one's proportion by the same rule & all the repairs of Houseing or fencings to be done by them that enjoy them.
I ordaine a constitute & appointe my beloved wife Rebecca Nash & my loveing son Joseph Nash, to be joynt executors of this my last Will & testiment : and that this is my last Will and testiment, I do subscribe & seale this Instrument this loth day of March, Anno Domini 1698-9.
Signed, sealed in ye presence of Timothy Nash and a [SEAL]
April the 6th 1698-9, Daniel Marsh ye above mentioned personally appeared and made oath to Sd Timothy Nashes signeing & sealing this instrument as his last Will, hee being present being called as a witness thereto, he being then of sound mynde and memory, attests.
SAMUEL PATRIGG Register
per order from ye Judge of Probate.
Samuel Patrigg & Samuel Porter personally appeared before the Judge of Probate of Wills the 7th April 1699 & made oath to Timothy Nashes signeing & sealing this instrument as his last Will in their presence, being called as witnesses thereto, he being then of sound mynde.
The above written instrument was approved and allowed by ye Judge of Probate of Wills, the 7 Aprill 1699. As attests
SAMUEL PATRIGG, Register.
"Copy of an agreement annexed to the abovesaid last Will & testiment of Lt. Timothy Nash, is given [Appendix, Note F, pp 273-274. Nash Family] in which Rebecca Nash, Thomas, Joseph, John, Samuel, Daniel, Ephriam Nash, and Hope Nash Werner agree that all that has been given or loaned by their Honored Father Lt. Timothy Nash" to any of his children should not be deducted from the portion left in his will that certain lands shall be given to the younger sons, before distribution of the property, and that "Mary Scott who hath been brought up as a child under our honored father and mother's care and education till now she is of age for herself" should have some sheep, lambs, six pounds in money.
Subscribed & sealed in the presence
& witness of
Samuel Patrigg senior
James + Brown
To which instrument was affixed seven seals.
Extracts from the will of Rebecah Nash, dated April 18, 1707.
I Rebecah Nash of Hadley in the County of Hampshire in the Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England, knowing the uncertainty of my time and being willing to settle that little estate which God hath given me, do . . . I will that in the first place after my decease, my debts I justly owe to any person or persons be justly and truly paid out of my estate; and as also that all debts due to me for rent of lands, or any other way due to me, be wholly by me and forever acquitted to Joseph, Samuel and Ephriam Nash." She gives small sums of money to her sons, "to son Joseph Nash, the best feather bed, bolsters and pillows with three of the coverlids also the great brass kettle," to Samuel Nash, "the next best feather bed and two best blankets with one coverlid, also the great iron kettle and morter." To Ephriam Nash "the wool bed and one blanket and two coverlids, also the middle brass kettle." To daughter Hope Werner "all my wearing cloathes of all sorts, both linen and woolen and one pair sheets and one coverlid, also the brass pudding pan." To daughters Mary and Joanna Nash "each of them a pewter platter, having their choice. All the rest of my pewter, also of tin, shall be equally divided to my sons Joseph and Samuel Nash. I do also give to my son John Nash, his son Timothy, ten shillings in money."
Signed and sealed March 8, 1709. Witnesses John Taylor, Samuel Boltwood, Daniel Marsh.
Will proved April 19, 1709, by the witnesses before Samuel Patrigg, Esq., Judge of Probate.
Lieutenant John Nash, son of Lieut. Timothy of Hadley, Mass., born August 21, 1661, lived in his native town of Hadley; like his father he was an extensive land owner, and also had a blacksmith shop. He married (1) March 29, 1689, Hannah Porter, who died May 26, 1689, less than three months after marriage. He married (2) November 27, 1691, Elizabeth Kellogg, born October 9, 1673, daughter of Joseph Kellogg of Farmington, Conn., and Hadley, Mass. Her mother was Abigail Terry, daughter of Stephen Terry of Windsor, Conn.
"John Nash was much employed in town business, was Representative to General Court of Mass. for the town of Hadley in 1707, 1716, 1719, 1720, 1724, 1728, 1731. He died October 7, 1743. His Will was made April 1740, and presented in December, 1743. The estate divided to his seven sons and one daughter, 96 [pounds] each, and something residuary, and left his widow well provided for."
Elizabeth Nash, widow of Lieut John, lived with her daughter Abigail, who married Deacon Abraham Merrill of West Hartford, and in the old burying ground there stands a monument of red freestone "In memory of Elizabeth Nash, wife of Lieut. John Nash of Hadley, who died July ye 4, 1750, in the 77 year of her age."
REBECCA, b. 27 Feb., 1693 ; d. Nov. 1, 1703.
JOHN, b. 2 July, 1694; settled in Amherst, Mass.
MOSES, b. 2 July, 1696; settled in West Hartford.
ELIZABETH, b. 15; Dec., 1698; d. Dec. 31, 1698.
TIMOTHY, b. 13 Nov., 1699; settled in Ellington, Conn.
ABIGAIL, b. 10 April, 1702; m. Deacon Abraham Merrill.
STEPHEN, b. 20 Sept., 1704; settled in Stockbridge, Mass.
DANIEL, b. 8 Dec., 1706; settled in South Hadley, Mass.
SAMUEL, b. 29 Jan., 1709; settled in Goshen.
PHINEAS, b. 18 Jan., 1713; d. March 24, 1713.
ENOS, b. 21 April, 1714; settled in Hadley, Mass.
Samuel Nash, Esq., sixth son of Lieut. John Nash of Hadley, Mass., born January 29, 1709 ; married (1) January 24, 1734, Margaret Merrill, daughter of Deacon Abraham Merrill of West Hartford, born June 6, 1709. He settled first at Farmington, Conn., where his four eldest children were born, but moved to Goshen, where he spent the rest of his life, dying at an advanced age.
August 1, 1745, he purchased land in Goshen.
"August 31, 1747. He was then of Farmington," bought 50 acres of land of John Smith in Goshen, with a mansion house and barn thereon, on East Street the probability is he went there to live at that time.
August 23, 1750. He purchased of Samuel Thomson many tracts of land, and, among others, that on which he so long after ward lived, on the west side of Middle Street, and on the north side of east and west road about sixty rods south of the meeting house."
July 11, 1748, he was put on a committee with reference. to Mr. Heaton, the first minister.
October 10, 1748, appointed with Deacon Thomson "to prefer a prayer to the General Assembly."
December 31, 1750. He was first appointed Town Clerk and also Town Treasurer. The office of town clerk he held till December 5, 1791, a period of forty-one years, without intermission. During this time he was called to fill many other offices.
He was justice of the Peace from 1764 to 1790, twenty-six years, without intermission.
Representative to the Legislature twenty-five sessions, from October,1757, to May, 1775.
Chosen Deacon in 1761.
"He was a man evidently confided in, and he had much to do with town affairs, mingled as they were with those more properly termed ecclesiastical. He was noted for his wit, his social qualities and unimpeached moral and religious character. His influence was certainly very considerable." His first wife, Margaret Merrill, the mother of all his children, having died, he married (2) Mrs. Dickinson, great-grandmother to Senator Dickinson of New York. She also died before him, and as he conveyed his property to his children during his life, nothing appears on the Probate Records.
HULDAH, b. 2 Jan., 1735 ; m. Elisha Blin.
JERUSHA, b. 5 Oct., 1736; m. Joel Phelps.
SAMUEL, b, 25 July, 1738; d. Sept. 25, 1760, at Oswegatchie, N. Y.
JOSIAH, b. 6 March, 1741; d. June 9, 1745.
WILLIAM, b. Feb., 1743 ; settled in New Haven, Vt.
ABRAHAM, b. Dec., 1744; d. June 24, 1748.
JOSIAH, 2d, b. 2 July, 1746; settled at Germantown, N. Y.
INFANT, b. Oct., 1748; d. 1748.
ABRAHAM, 2d, b. 3 June, 1751 ; d. about 6 days old.
ABRAHAM, 3d, b. 23 June, 1753 ; d. 13 Jan., 1754.
MARTIN, b. 2 Jan., 1756; d. Nov. 3, 1776.
Samuel, who died at Oswegatchie, belonged to the provincial troops who, under Lord Amherst, descended the St. Lawrence from Lake Ontario to attack Mt. Real, which the army reached on the 6 September, 1760, and the city capitulated on September 8, 1760.
Samuel Nash was left there sick and wounded.
Martin Nash was taken prisoner by the British on Long Island, and died in the British prison in the City of New York.
William Nash, son of Samuel Nash, Esq., of Goshen, Conn., born in Farmington, Conn., February, 1743 ; married Susannah Phelps, born January 4, 1748. He resided in Goshen until after the death of his father in 1799, when he removed to New Haven, Vermont. Mr. William Nash died August 2, 1821. Mrs. Susannah Nash died April 19, 1819. CHILDREN. HULDAH, b. June 6, 1768; in. Dennis Bell, of Weybridge, Vt.
MARGARET, b. Aug. 2, 1772 ; d. unm. in New Haven, Dec. 22,1806.
DAVID PHELPS, b. Sept. 6, 1774; settled in New Haven, Vt.
SYLVIA, b. July 23, 1776; m. James Jewett of Middlebury, Vt.
ABIGAIL, b. Jan. 12, 1778; d. unm. Aug. I9, 1802.
HILPAH, b. ____ , 1780; m. (1) Rev. ____ Cheney; (2) Deacon David Smith. Childless.
SUSANNAH, b. Jan. 22, 1783; m. Othniel Jewett of New Haven.
WILLIAM, b. Aug. 2, 1787; settled in New Haven, Vt.
CLARISSA twins, b. Aug. 2, 1790; Clarissa m. Osmund Lamb of Georgia, Vt.; NANCY d. unm.
Huldah Nash, daughter of William, born in Goshen, Conn., June 6, 1768; married May l0, 1801, Dennis Bell of Weybridge, Vt. Mrs. Huldah Bell died in Weybridge, October 13, 1848.
MARY ANN, m. William Thayer of Weybridge.
JULIA MARIA, m. Rev. Dana Lamb.
FIDELIA, m. Solomon W. Jewett, Weybridge.
WILLIAM D., of Weybridge.
Sylvia Nash, daughter of William Nash, born in Goshen July 23, 1776; married October 8, 1803, to James Jewett of Middlebury. Mrs. Sylvia Jewett died in Middlebury December 25, 1846.
WILLIAM CYRUS, d. y.
CLARISSA, m. Augustus B. Wilcox of Madison, Conn.
EMELINE, m. Rev. Calvin D. Noble, Chelsea, Vt.
ELECTA, m. Ashbel Steele.
WILLIAM CYRUS, 2d.
MARTHA, m. Joshua Orvis.
Susannah Nash, daughter of William, born January 22, 1783; married 1801, Othniel Jewett, New Haven, Vt. Mrs. Susannah Jewett died March 30, 1828.
ABIGAIL, m. John P. Buttolph, Essex, Vt.
ELIZA, d. y.
GEORGE D., m. Clarinda Taggart; went to San Francisco.
JAMES MADISON, M.D., d. unm.
ELAM RICHARDSON, m. Caroline Wheeler; rem. to Buffalo.
EDWARD, m. Harriett Bradley, New Haven, Vt.
Infant son, d. y.
ELIZA ANN, m. Rev. Sanfred Halbert
MARY KATHERINE, m. Solomon N. Jewett.
SUSAN NASH, m. Edwin Northrup, Shoreham, Vt.
MARTHA MATILDA, d. unm.
Clarissa Nash, daughter of William, born August 2, 1790 ; married November 22, 1825, to Osmund Lamb of Georgia, Vt. One child, William Nash Lamb, died young.
General William Nash, Jr., son of William, born August 2, 1787, removed to New Haven, Vt., with his father, and married Mary P. Wright.
"He was frequently honored by his townsmen with an election to many of its important offices, the duties of which he faithfully discharged.
For several years he was Representative of the State Legislature, and there took a high stand as a man of sound judgment, great sagacity, and unswerving integrity. He was twice elected county senator, and in that body honored as one of its soundest men. Selected as a delegate to the National Whig Convention in 1852, that nominated General Scott for President, was there treated with the highest respect by that body.
He was very active in securing the charter for the Middlebury bank, serving as President and Director from its charter, 1832 to 1846, when he resigned. General Nash was for more than twenty years a member of the corporation of Middlebury College, to the funds of which he was liberal in his contributions. For many years he was Vice-President of Vermont State Bible Society and contributed largely to their fund. Also gave large sums to the Board of Home and Foreign Missions. He was an active and influential member of the County and State Temperance Societies, and aided materially in getting the Prohibition law through the Vermont Legislature. "In the church was the crowning glory of his life, showing out his wonderful character—he who in the days of his strength and activity sought to bless the needy and distressed, build up the interests of his town, county and State. Nay further, who sought to extend the blessed influence of the Gospel of the Saviour of men far and wide." [Rutland, Vt., Daily Herald, Dec. 20, 1871].
General Nash's title came from being General of the State Militia.
William Nash died December 15, 1871. Mary P. Wright Nash died April 27,188o, aged 91 years.
WILLIAM PHELPS, m. (I) Elizabeth Todd Nash, (2) Martha Jewett.
CHARLES DENNIS, m. Sybil Hagar.
F0RDYCE THERON, m. Eliza A. Thayer.
JONATHAN, m. Sarah Robinson.
EDWIN WALLACE, d. y.
JAMES JEWETT, d. unm.
JOSEPH RUSH, m. (1) Frances Sellick, (2) Carrie Smith.
WALLACE, d. unm.
NOAH PRESERVED, m. Ellen Smith.
DORASTUS WRIGHT, m. (1) Charlotte Fitch, (2) Louise Potter.
Col. David Phelps Nash, son of William Nash, born in Goshen, September 6, 1774; removed from Goshen and settled in New Haven, Vt., about 1794 ; married October 25, 1804, Elizabeth Wilcox, daughter of Jonathan Wilcox. Col. David Phelps Nash was an active business man, interested in all plans for the progress and development of his county and State; was a member of the Legislature of Vermont, 1827 and 1828. Given the rank of Colonel by the State, and like his brother, General Nash, was most active in church affairs, giving liberally to all church work. He died June 15, 1852.
Elizabeth Wilcox Nash, born February 24, 1782 ; died New Haven, Vermont, July 19, 1849. (See Nash homestead.)
HENRY WILCOX, d. s.
HARRIET, m. Erasmus D. Warner, M.D.
LOYAL, d. s.
MATILDA M., d. y.
SUSAN, d. y.
SAMUEL PHELPS, m. Mary Munger.
SUSAN E., d. infant.
GEORGE AUGUSTUS, d. s.
JONATHAN WILCOX, m. Catherine A. Wilcox.
ELIZABETH TODD, m. William Phelps Nash.
Harriet Nash, daughter Col. David Phelps Nash of New Haven, married Erasmus D. Warner, M.D., of New Haven, Vt.
SAMUEL PHELPS NASH
Samuel Phelps Nash, son of Col. David P. Nash, married Mary Munger.
EDWARD PHELPS, m. Marilla Brownell.
JANE ELIZABETH, d. infancy.
MARY ELIZABETH, d. y.
Jonathan Wilcox Nash, son of Col. David Phelps Nash, married Catherine Artemesia Wilcox, daughter of Col. J. S. Wilcox, Madison, Conn.
FRANCES JANE, m. George W. King.
DANIEL HAND WILCOX, d. y.
Charles D. Nash, son of Gen. William Nash, married Sybil Hagar.
Fordyce Theoron Nash, son of Gen. William Nash, married Eliza Ann Thayer.
REV. SAMUEL STONE
The Register of the Church of All Saints, Hertford, England, has the following entries of the baptism of Rev. Samuel Stone and his brothers and sisters, children of John Stone, a freeholder of Hertford, England :
Jeremyas, son of John Stone, bapt. Feb. 18, 1599.
Samuel, son of John Stone, bapt. July 30, 1602.
Jerome, son of John Stone, bapt. Sept. 29, 1604.
John, son of John Stone, bapt. July 6, 1607.
Mary, daughter of John Stone, bapt. Jan. 13, 1609.
Ezechiell, son of John Stone, bapt. Nov. 1, 1612.
Lidda, daughter of John Stone, bapt. April 17, 1616.
Elizabeth, daughter of John Stone, bapt. Oct. 21, 1621.
Sara, daughter of John Stone, bapt. April 3, 1625.
Ezechiell, son of John Stone, bapt. April 27, 1629.
Jeremyas, buried Jan 19, 1601.
John, buried Oct. 8, 1609.
Ezechiell, buried April 27, 1629.
Lidea, buried August 10, 1635.
Samuel Stone, son of John Stone of Hertford, England, baptized in All Saints Church, Hertford, July 30, 1602, was educated at Hales Grammar School, Hertford. Entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, April 19, 1620 ; made B.A. 1624; M.A. 1627. In June, 1627, he was made curate of All Saints parish at Stisted in Essex, where the records until September, 163o, appear to be in his writing.
In 1630, Mr. Stone went as Puritan Lecturer to the large town of Towcester, in Northampton, by the commendation of Thomas Shepard, who had been offered the place, but could not accept it, and Shepard records [Young's Mass., p. 518] that Mr. Stone went to Towcester to Lecture, "where the Lord was with him, and thus I saw the Lords mercy following me, to make me a poor instrument of sending the Gospel to the place of my nativity."
While still in Towcester Mr. Stone was invited by "the judicious Christians that were coming to New England with Mr. Hooker" to be "an assistant unto Mr. Hooker." [Magnalia 1, 393].
In 1633 Mr. Hooker crossed over from Holland to England and joined his prospective colleague in the New England ministry. Mather gives a quaint account of Mr. Stone's rescue of Mr. Hooker from his pursuers in the Magnalia, showing Mr. Stone to have well deserved his reputation as "a man of ready wit." [Ibid., p. 309].
In 1633 Rev. John Cotton, Rev. Thomas Hooker, Rev. Samuel Stone, Mr. Haynes, afterward Governor of Massachusetts and Connecticut, "a gentleman of great estate [Atherton Hough] and many other men of good estate, [Winthrop's New England, i, pp. 129, 130] two hundred passengers in all, left England on the "Griffin."
The voyage was of eight weeks duration, "the vessel reached Boston September 4, 1633, and Mr. Hooker and Mr. Stone went presently to Newtown, where they were to be entertained, and Mr. Cotton stayed at Boston." [Ibid., p. 130].
October 11, 1633, Mr. Winthrop says, "A fast at Newtown, where Mr. Hooker was chosen pastor and Mr. Stone teacher, in such manner as before in Boston." [Journal, i, pp. 135, 136] He had fully described the event of setting Pastor and Teacher in their places in the event of settling John Cotton in Boston the day previous. The two offices of Pastor and Teacher were explained thus, "and for the Teacher and Pastor the difference between them lyes in this, that one is principally to attend upon points of Knowledge and Doctrine, though not without Application; the other to points of Practice, though not without Doctrine. Both were preachers, but the Pastor's function as a preacher. was to have special reference to the experimental life and behaviour; the Teachers rather to dogma and faith. Both had oversight of the flock, but the Pastor was supposed to be the shepard and feeder; the Teacher the guide and warder. Both were to be vigilant against error; but the Pastor, chiefly in matters of practice, the Teacher in matters of belief. Both gave their whole time to the work of the ministry and were supported by the common funds of the congregation." Later as these offices were seen to be inevitably the same they became merged into one, then Pastor and Teacher were deemed indispensable. "And so the grave, Godly and judicious Hooker,—and the Retoricall Mr. Stone" [Wonder-Working Providences, p. 58] entered upon their work.
Newtown proved too small for the two colonies, and September, 1635, some moved to Connecticut. May 31, 1636, saw the rest of the Colony on its way to Hartford, as the place was named in honor of Mr. Stone's native place, Hertford, Eng.
May 1, 1637, a "Gen'all Corte att Harteford" was held and the first recorded act of the new government was to declare war against the Pequots. Capt. John Mason of Windsor, Conn., commanded the little army of ninety men, and "Mr. Stone the Preacher of the Hartford Church went with the men as their Chaplain." May 26. the Pequot Fort near New London was attacked and several hundred Indians were killed by sword, bullet and fire. [Mason's Brief History, in Matthew's Early History, p. 157. Life of Thomas Hooker, by Walker, p. 97].
Capt. Mason, in celebrating the victory, says, "It may not be amiss here also to Remember Mr. Stone, the famous Teacher of the Church of Hartford, who was sent to preach and pray with those who went in those engagements against the Pequots. He lent his best assistance and Counsel in the Management of these Designs," etc.
The General Court of Hartford afterward gave to _____ "to Mrs. Stone and her son Samuel Stone, in lieu of a former grant to the husband and father of a farm for "his good service to the Country, both in the Pequot war and since," five hundred acres of upland and fifty or sixty acres of meadow. [Hartford in Olden Time, Stuart, p. 208].
The Colonial Records [Colonial Records, i, p. 388] says, "The renowned John Mason was Captain of the army, and Rev. Samuel Stone scarcely less known to fame for his battles in a different field of strife, was its Chaplain," and this tribute is paid to him. "Mr. Stone it was who, attending the soldiers as chaplain kept their courage ever high and holy through pious mindfulness—who went to pray with them as they sailed, as they marched, in fatigue, in pain, and during the perils of a mortal struggle." [Colonial Records, i, p. 388].
His personality seems to have left a very strong impression upon all historians, as his happy disposition, wit, and brilliancy are often mentioned. The following extracts from among many give his chief characteristics.
"Samuel Stone—a theological Socrates--a subtle reasoner and great disputant—ingenious, witty, didactic—remarkable for his frequent fastings and exact Sabbaths"--"a roan of principles, and in the management of those principles," say Mather, "both a Load Stone and a Flint-Stone." [Ibid., p. 11. Mrs. Sigourney, Examples of Life and Death, pp. 194 to 202] Mrs. Sigourney says that during the darkness that rested upon the people the first months they were in Hartford, from cold, lack of proper food, poor dwellings and "terror of hostile Indians" he "was as a perpetual sunbeam, naturally possessed of great firmness and cheerfulness—he endeavored to breath his own spirit into the desponding. In preaching instruction from house to house and visits to the afflicted he was unwearied. His very countenance and manner had a consoling influence upon the sorrowful." His cheerfulness and happiness was part of his religion, as he thought, "many that knew not religion might be led to love it, if they saw it bringing forth the fruits of daily happiness."
We are told also that he was "amiable, frank, of easy manners, of winning address, and noted particularly for his pleasantry and wit.
It was a keen jester indeed that he could not vanquish in repartee. His society was sought by all and especially by men of ingenious minds, some of whom visited him for the purpose of having doubts satisfactorily settled, some for the purpose simply of gathering up the rich stores of his conversation, and some to provoke and enjoy his wit. He was a kind husband, a fond father, a pure patriot and one of the sincerest of Christians—so upright, so public spirited, so full of heart and full of mind as amply to deserve Mather's eulogy of him as "a precious gem laid deep in the foundations of New England." [Stuart's Hartford, etc. pp. 298, 199].
"As a preacher he was doctrinal and argumentative, his style was nervous and he was often eloquent. In applying his subject he was brief, but pungent and remarkable for notably digesting in his prayers the doctrines of his discourse.' He was a great student of theology, and skilled in sacred philology." He seldom used written sermons, but used to repeat his sermons for the following day, to his family Saturday evening, both for their benefit and also to get a thorough knowledge of his discourse and "enable him by alteration and additions to render it more lucid, pungent or practical."
"He was one of the most brilliant and accomplished divines of the new world, and was alike distinguished for ability as a preacher and controversalist, his pleasing manner and his wit and eminent social qualities. He was a leader both in church and state." [Ibid., p. 11]. Of his manuscripts which he left to his intimate friend, Rev. John Higginson of Salem, Mass., with instructions to select and print those he thought suitable for the press, few seem to have been published. His Catechism, an able elaborate treatise entitled "A Body of Divinity," of which there is a copy in the Connecticut Historical Society Library; his "Discourse about the logical notion of a Congregational Church," and his "Confutation of the Antinomians" still exist. He published a volume relating to the Congregational Church in London in 1652.
His letter announcing the death of Mr. Hooker is in the 4. Mass. Hist. Coll., VIII, pp. 544-546, also quoted in full in "Life of Thomas Hooker." [Thomas Hooker, by G. L. Walker, p. 149].
In public affairs he was very prominent, as "great confidence was reposed in his judgement, both by the Town of Hartford and by the General Court, and so we often find him serving upon important committees and in arbitrations."
He conferred with Sowheag, the powerful Sachem, in regard to the difficulties at Wethersfield.
The Colonial Records [Colonial Records, i, p. 388] mention Mr. Stone as one of the framers of the Constitution of Connecticut, the "mother of the Constitution of America"; also record his being appointed by the Court "to amend and perfect the petition to Charles II for a charter for Connecticut."
He also went to England with Governor Winthrop to procure the old charter." [History of New Haven, Atwater]. Rev. Samuel Hart [Historical Address by Rev. Samuel Hart, D.D., Guiford Celebration, p. 166] says, "The Conn. Charter was given to Gov. Winthrop and Samuel Stone which practically constituted Conn. with full consent of England, a free and independent state, and which sufficed for her government for more than a hundred and fifty years."
The charter was dated April 23, 1662: the boundaries of Connecticut were "the Mass. line and the sea, and to extend from Narragansett Bay to the Pacific Ocean."
In settling the admittance of New Haven Colony to the Connecticut Colony, the committee selected for "the important and delicate embassy" were Matthew Allyn, Samuel Wyllys, Stone the Chaplain of the Pequot Expedition and Thomas Hooker. [Colonial Records, i, p. 388].
Samuel Stone's first wife died in 1640.
Rev. Samuel Stone died July 20, 1663, leaving a widow Elizabeth--his second wife.
REBEKAH, b. _____; m. Timothy Nash, 1657.
MARY, b. _____; m. Joseph Fitch, set. in East Windsor.
SARAH, b. _____; m. Thomas Butler of Hartford.
By (2) wife Elizabeth.
His property amounted to £563.os.od., a large estate for those days. To his son he gives his library, valued at one hundred and seventy pounds, together with half his "houseing and lands"—to his wife and four daughters portions of his remaining estate.
His tombstone still stands, a slab of red freestone supported by pillars, in the old Center Church burying ground, Hartford, with this inscription.
Mr Samuel Stone, Deceased Ye 61 year of his age, July 20, 1663.
"New England's glory and her Radient Crowne,
Was he who now in softest bed of downe,
Till glorious resurrection morn appeare,
Doth safely; sweetly sleepe in Jesus here,
In nature's solid art, and reasoning well,
Tis knowne, beyond compare, he did excell:
Errors corrupt, by sinuenous dispute
He did oppunge & clearly them confute
Above all things he Christ his Lord preferred
Hartford, thy richest jewel's here interred."
THE KELLOGG FAMILY
LIEUT. JOSEPH KELLOGG made his first appearance in Farmington, Conn., at an early date of the settlement of the town; joined the church there October 9, 1653. Removed to Boston, 1659, and purchased a homestead there.
The Boston Records show the registry of a deed from Peter Oliver merchant to Joseph Kellogg, spelling his name Kelog, dated October 9, 1659, describing him as "formerly of Farmington, now of Boston," conveying a house and lot to him on what is now Washington Street.
He removed to Hadley, Mass., 1662 ; died there 1707. Will dated 1707 ; probated February 4, 1708.
Lieut. Joseph married (1) Joannah _____ , who died in Hadley, September 14, 1666 ; married (2) Abigail Terry, daughter of Deacon Stephen Terry of Dorchester, Windsor and Simsbury, on May 9, 1667. She was born in Simsbury, September 21, 1646. [Genealogical Items of Kellogg Family No. 2, by D. O. Kellogg].
CHILDREN BY JOANNAH:
ELIZABETH, b. March 5, 1651 d. y.
JOSEPH, b. Aug. I I, 1653 ; d. between 1680-1684.
NATHANIEL, bapt. Oct. 29, 1654 ; d. y.
JOHN, bapt. Dec. 29, 1656; m. Sarah Moody, Dec. 23, 1681; d. between 1723-1728.
MARTIN, m. (1) Dec. 10, 1684, Anna Hinsdale, (2) Sarah Dickinson Lane, (3) Sarah Huxley, wid. of Ebenezer. Six children.
EDWARD, b. Oct. 1, 1660; m. Dorothy _____; Nine children.
SAMUEL, b. Sept. 28, 1662; m. Sarah Merrill, Sept. 22, 1687. Ten children.
JOANNA, b. Dec. 8, 1664 ; m. John Smith, Nov. 29, 1683.
SARAH, b. Aug. 27, 1666; m. Samuel Ashley, April 27, 1686.
CHILDREN BY ABIGAIL TERRY [From Records of Hadley, Mass., by H. S. Shipman, Town Clerk and Treasurer, for E. T. Nash, 1900].
STEPHEN, b. April 9, 1668; m. Lydia Belding, May 8, 1695; d. in Westfield, June 5, 1722.
NATHANIEL, b. Oct. 8, 1669; m. Sarah Boltwood, June 28, 1692; d. in Amherst, Oct. 30, 1750.
ABIGAIL, b. Oct. 9, 1671; m. Jonathan Smith of Hatfield, Nov. 14, 1688.
ELIZABETH, b. Oct. 9, 1673 ; m. John Nash, Nov. 27, 1691; d. July 4, 1750; buried in West Hartford.
PRUDENCE, b. Oct. 14, 1675 ; m. Deacon Abraham Merrill, April 18, 1699; d. Sept. 21, 1747.
EBENEZER, b. Nov. 22, 1677; removed to Colchester, Conn.
JONATHAN, b. Dec. 25,1679; rem. to Colchester; d. Aug. 8, 1771.
DANIEL, b. March 22, 1682; d. July 5, 1684.
JOSEPH, b. May 12, 1684; m. Elizabeth Colton of Springfield, July 5, 1710; d. in Hatfield, Sept. 9, 1724.
DANIEL, b. June 10,1686; d. y.
EPHRAIM, b. ____ 2, 1687; d. y.
THE TERRY FAMILY
STEPHEN TERRY was in Dorchester, Mass., 163o, where he married in 1635 _____, who died June 5, 1647. [Windsor Records].
"He was in Windsor before 1637," "a man of some distinction," juror in 1643. [Ancient Windsor, by Henry Stiles].
Stephen Terry in 1637 had a lot granted him 14 1/2 rod wide. He removed to the Hurd place and gave the original homestead to his son John (who married Elizabeth Wadsworth in 1662, and had three sons and five daughters).
John Terry sold the homestead to Samuel Farnsworth 1676, and removed to Simsbury. [Memorial History of Hartford County, by Trumbull].
Stephen Terry was a member of the troop of thirty-seven men, thirty horse, the first in the Colony, organized by General Court, commanded by Capt. John Mason. [Ancient Windsor, Vol. 1, p. 177].
Stephen Terry's social position was shown by his having with his wife seats "in the row of long seats in the meeting-house, paying six shilling, the largest price for them." [Ibid, Vol. I, p. 179].
He was one of the Jury December, 1651, on the death of Henry Stiles, there being ten jury. [Ibid, Vol. I, p. 448].
Stephen Terry removed to Hadley, Mass., and died December 17, 16__. [Ibid, Vol. II, p. 29].
MARY, b. in Dorchester, Dec. 31, 1633; m. Richard Goodman of Hartford, Dec. 8, 1658 ; Richard Goodman killed by Indians at Hadley, Mass., April 1, 1676; Mary Goodman, d, at Deerfield, Mass, 1692.
JOHN, b. in Windsor, March 6, 1637; m. Elizabeth Wadsworth.
ELIZABETH, b. Jan. 4; bapt. Jan. 9, 1641; m. Philip Russell of Hadley, Mass., Jan. 10, 1665. She and her son Stephen were slain by Indians, Sept., 1677.
ABIGAIL, b. Sept. 21; bapt. Sept. 27, 1646 m. Joseph Kellogg, May 9, 1667.
Abigail Terry, born September 21, 1646; married Joseph Kellogg May 9, 1667; had eleven children. Elizabeth, fourth child, born October 9, 1673; married John Nash, November 27, 1691; died July 4, 1750; buried in West Hartford, Conn.
THE MERRILL FAMILY
NATHANIEL MERRILL, born in England, was an early settler at Newbury, Mass., receiving a grant of land there on the Neck, May 5, 1638.
He married Susannah _____, (possibly Wolterton, a sister of Gregory Wolterton of Hartford), who after Nathaniel Merrill's death married Stephen Jordan. She died in Newbury, Mass., January 25, 1673.
Nathaniel Merrill died in Newbury, March 16, 1654-5. His will, filed at Salem, the county seat of Essex County, mentions Nathaniel as oldest son and executor; to the other sons legacies to be paid when they were twenty-two years of age.
NATHANIEL, remained in Mass.
JOHN, removed to Hartford.
ABRAHAM, remained in Mass.
DANIEL., b. Aug. 2o, 1642, in Mass.
ABEL, b. Feb. 20, 1643, in Mass.
John Merrill, son of Nathaniel and Susannah Merrill, was in Hartford, Conn., 1657; elected a freeman at a session of the General Court, May 20, 1658.
There he became associated with Gregory Wolterton, one of the first settlers, who was a man of means, proprietor of a large tan-yard, as well as of other real estate. At Wolterton's death in July, 1674, and by his will John Merrill became the owner of his tan-yard and house: it is this fact which leads some genealogists to think Nathaniel Merrill's wife Susannah may have been Gregory Wolterton's sister. [Genealogy of Merrill Family in America, by F. J. H. Merrill, p. 77].
Stuart says of Gregory Wolterton, whom he calls Wilterton, that he was constable in 1642, selectman in 1645, and "a man who was born in the reign of Queen Bess, who used to tell stories to the settlers about the Virgin Queen and who now lies interred with a monument above him behind the Center Church." [Hartford in Olden Time, by Stuart, p. 179].
Gregory Wolterton also left property to relatives in Ipswich, England.
John Merrill married Sarah Watson, July, 1658, daughter of John Watson, first proprietor of Hartford, 1644, and soon became a man of prominence, holding numerous local offices. [Coll. Conn. Hist. Soc., Vol. VI].
His home lot was on the south side of Elm Street.
John Merrill and his wife were members of the Second Congregational Church of Hartford, he being Deacon, and the baptisms of five of his children are recorded in the old book of that church.
Deacon John Merrill died July 18, 1712, and the probate records show an agreement between his heirs that his will of early date was not to be offered for probate. [Merrill Family, p. 8].
SARAH, b. Sept. 19, 1664; m. Samuel Kellogg.
NATHANIEL, b. Jan. 15, 1666.
JOHN, b. April 7, 1669.
ABRAHAM, b. Dec. 21, 1670; m. Prudence Kellogg, April 18, 1699.
DANIEL, b. June 15, 1673.
WILTERTON, b. Jan. 28, 1675.
SUSANNAH, b. May 20, 1677.
ABEL, b. Jan. 25, 1679.
ISAAC, b. March 11,1681.
JACOB, b. March 27, 1686
[Town Records, printed in the Register N. E. Hist. and Gen. Society, Vol. XII].
Deacon Abraham Merrill, born December 21, 1670; married April 18, 1699, Prudence Kellogg, daughter of Lieut. Joseph and Abigail Terry Kellogg, born October 14, 1675. Abraham Merrill died 1747.
Prudence Kellogg Merrill d. Sept. 21, 1747.
ABRAHAM, JR., b. 1702; m. Abigail Nash, Dec. 1, 1725. (Abigail Nash, b. April 10, 1702; d. 1785. Abraham Merrill d. 1783.)
ABIGAIL, b. 1704.
JOSEPH, b. 1706; settled in New Hartford.
MARGARET, b. June 6, 1709; m. Samuel Nash, Jan. 24, 1734.
ELIZABETH, b. 1711.
JERUSHA, b. 1713.
PRUDENCE, b. 1720; m. Ebenezer Sedgwick.
[Item Kellogg Family, No. 11; Nash Family; Town Records of Hadley, Mass.]
THE WATSON FAMILY
JOHN WATSON was early in Hartford, Conn., being a juror there in 1644. If John Watson died in 1650, as some authorities [Merrill Family] give it, it must have been his son John and grandson John who March 19, 1672/3, were allotted land, fifty acres each in Suffield. [Hinman, Vol. II, unpublished, given by Sec. of N. E. Hist. and Gen. Soc.]
John Watson married in England, Margaret _____, born in England; died in Hartford, March, 1683.
SARAH WATSON, m. July, 1658, John Merrill.
THE PHELPS FAMILY
THE Phelps or Phyllypes family is an old English family whose superfluous letters were dropped during the reign of Edward VI. [Ancient Windsor, Stiles, pp. 562, 563]. The first of the Phelps name in Tewkesbury was Francis, who, at the dissolution of the Monasteries, bought tythes from Henry VIII, 1542-3.
The old Phelps tombstones are at the northwest of the churchyard and vicarage wall. [Phelps Family of America and their English Ancestors, Vol. I, p. 12].
"James Phelps, born about 1520-1530, was father of William, b. 1560."
William, son of James Phelps, bapt. Aug. 4, 1560.
Thomas, son of James Phelps, bapt. Oct. 10, 1563.
George, son of James Phelps, bapt. Sept. 5, 1566.
Alice, daughter of James Phelps, bapt. Dec. 24, 1572.
Edward, son of James Phelps, bapt. May 14, 1578.
Kenshire, son of James Phelps, bapt. Oct. 16, 1580.
Richard, son of James Phelps, bapt. Oct. 16, 1583.
Robert, son of James Phelps, bapt. July 18, 1584.
Alice Phelps married John Hope, June 21, 1595. [Tewkesbury Records]. Another authority says, "James Phelps, b. about 1540, and supposed to have been a brother of Francis Phylppe of Nether Tyne, Staffordshire, Eng., married Joan _____ says the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administration, 1587, 1591, p. 6o." May 10, 1588, Commission issued to Joan Phelps, relict of James Phelps, late of Tewkesbury, deceased, to administer the goods and chattels of said deceased."
William Phelps, son of James and Joan Phelps, born in Tewkesbury, and baptized August 4, 1560, became Mayor of Tewkesbury, Gloucester, England, in 1607.
In the parish register of Tewkesbury, during Lent, 1590, occurs this entry : "I granted a license to William Phelps being then extremely sicke, to eat fleshe which license to endure no longer tyme than during his sicknesse. Ri Curtein, Curate of Tewksburie."
John Phelps who, with Andrew Broughton, was Clerk of the Court which condemned Charles I in 1649, was a descendant of William Phelps of Tewkesbury. His likeness is in Hallam's Report of the Trial, a print of 1684.
John Phelps died in exile to prevent the carrying out of the sentence "to be degraded and when taken to be drawn from the Tower to Tribune with ropes and imprisoned for life." [History of the Judges of Charles I. Stiles, p. 100].
In St. Martin's Church, Vevay, Canton de Vard, Switzerland, there is a monument with this inscription :
"In Memoriam of him who being with Andrew Broughton joint Clerk of the Court I which tried and condemed Charles the First of England had such zeal to accept the full responsibility of his act that he signed each record with his full name—John Phelps.
He came to Vevay and died, like the associates whose memorials are about us. An exile in the cause of human freedom."
William Phelps married Dorothy _____, and he probably died in 1611, as the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, "Sept. 28, 1611, Commissioned to Dorothy Phelps, relict of William Phelps, late of Tewkesbury, deceased to administer the goods and chattels of said deceased." [Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administration 1601-1614. p. 102].
Dorothy Phelps died in 1613, as the same records give. "May 31, 1613, Commission issued to Nicholas Phelps, brother of William Phelps, late of Tewkesbury deceased, to administer the goods and chattels of the said deceased, during the minority of William Phelps, his son, by reason of the death of Dorothy Phelps relict of the said William Phelps deceased, leaving goods still unadministered." [Tewkesbury Records in Phelps Family, Vol. I, p. 14].
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM AND DOROTHY PHELPS
MARY, daughter of William Phelps, bapt. Feb. 29,1595.
WILLIAM, son of William Phelps, bapt. Aug. 19, 1599, and emigrated to New England.
JAMES, son of William Phelps, bapt. July 14, 1601.
ELIZABETH, daughter of William and Dorothy Phelps, bapt. May 9, 1603.
RICHARD, son of William, bapt. Dec. 26, 1609; emigrated to New England 1630.
Both William and Dorothy Phelps were baptized in Tewkesbury Abbey Church.
William Phelps, son of William, was born in Tewkesbury, England, February 28, 1599 ; baptized August 19, 1599. Removed to Dorsetshire, England. May 30, Mr. Phelps, with his wife and six children, came to Dorchester, Mass., in ship "Mary and John," with Rev. Mr. Wareham, of whose church, founded in Plymouth, England, March 19, 1630, the day before they sailed, he was an original member. (0. C. R.)
"He was from the first a Prominent and highly respected citizen of Dorchester, his name frequently occurring in the Mass. Records."
October 19, 1630, he applied to be made a freeman.
November 9, 1630, one of the jury on a trial for murder of Austin Brotcher by Walter Palmer—first trial by jury in New England.
September 27, 1631, appointed Constable of Dorchester.
March 4, 1634, appointed by General Court to see about boundaries between Boston and Dorchester, and to explain wants of each town. In 1634 William Phelps was made delegate to the General Court from Dorchester, also May 5, 1635, made member of General Court of Massachusetts. [Winthrop's New England, p. 154].
In the spring of 1636, he removed with his children (his wife having died) to Windsor, Conn. "In Windsor as in Dorchester he ranked as an honored and active citizen."
Member of the first court held in Connecticut, 1636; also presided at the court held May 1, 1637, which court decided on war against the Pequots. [Hist. of Conn., Hollister, Vol. I, p. 519].
"Jan. 4, 1638, Mr. Phelps with Messrs. Haynes, Ludlow and Hopkins, a committee to settle Plymouth Colony claims with the Connecticut Colony, as regards to the Plymouth Colonies claims to lands on the Connecticut River."
"Was Magistrate from 1638 to the close of 1643, again in 1645, 1649, 1656, 1662.
Foreman of first grand jury in 1643.
Deputy to General Court, 1645, 1646, 1647, 1648, 1649, 1651, 1657."
December 13, 1653, Mr. William Phelps was one of a committee of five "to advise with constable in preparing twelve men for the Indian War."
On the "Old Roll Book of Church" under date of July 16,166o, "Mr. William Phelps paid 7 shillings for slip rent—one of the highest."
"April 7, 1663. To subscription for poor and wanting in other towns or Colonies, Mr. William Phelps, nine shillings." [Phelps Family, pp. 78, 82, 83].
Trumbull in his History of Connecticut says, "In these early days the title of Mister or Mr. was only given to elderly people of distinction, while all military titles were always used. William Phelps received this distinguished title of Mr. and is so called in all the records.' Stiles Ancient Windsor].
Many records of purchase and sale of lands by Mr. William Phelps are recorded in the land records of Windsor."
Dr. Stiles says, "He was one of the most prominent and highly respected men in the Colony, an excellent pious and upright man in his public and private life and was truly 'a pillar' in church and State, [Stiles Ancient Windsor] and he might have added, one of the fathers and founders of this new ocean bound Republic." [Phelps Family, Vol. I, p. 83].
The will of Mr. William Phelps is very interesting, and can be seen in the Windsor Records, or in Phelps Family in America, page 84.
His residence in Windsor was three-fourths of a mile northwest of Broad Street, on the road to Poquonock, owned in 1859 by Roger Phelps.
William Phelps married (2) at Windsor, Mary Dover, born in England and fellow passenger with him on the "Mary and John." She was a member of the original church of Dorchester and Windsor. (0. C. R.)
William Phelps died July 14, 1672.
Mary Dover Phelps died November 27, 1675. (0. C. R.)
RICHARD, b. Tewkesbury, Eng.; bapt. Dec. 26, 1619.
WILLIAM, b. Tewkesbury, Eng. ; m. (I) Isabella Wilson, (2) Sarah Pinney; d. 1682; no children.
SARAH, b. about 1623 ; m. William Wade.
SAMUEL, b. England; m. Sarah Griswold in 1650; d. 1669; 10 children.
NATHANIEL, b. England 1627; m. Sarah Copley in 1650; d. 1684; 5 children.
JOSEPH, b. England 1629; m. (1) Hannah Newton, (2) Mary Salmon.
TIMOTHY, b. Windsor, 1637; m. Mary Griswold 1661; 8 children.
MARY, b. March 2, 1644 ; m. Thomas Barber.
[Transcriber's note: My line goes from TIMOTHY, b. 1637 (sometimes seen as 1639) who m. Mary GRISWOLD; Timothy Phelps b. 1663, m. Martha Crow; Noah Phelps, b. 1694-5, m. Ann Dyer; Barrett Phelps, b. 1722, m. Hannah Bigelow; Noah Phelps, b. 1767, m. Ruth Loveland; Hannah Phelps, b. 1790, m. Elprahim Palmer; Mary Melissa Palmer, b. 1828, m. Walter Dewey Hubbard; Ella Hubbard, b. 1853, m. John Henry Brown (my gr/grandparents)]
Joseph Phelps, son of Mr. William, born 1629; married (1) September 20,1660 (0. C. R.).
Hannah, daughter of Roger Newton and sister of Joan Newton, who married Benedict Alvord. Hannah Newton Phelps died in Simsbury, 1675 [Stiles, Ancient Windsor, pp 562, 565].
He married (2) Mary Salmon, widow of Thomas Salmon, [Northampton Records] who died January 16, 1682.
Joseph Phelps made freeman in 1664; died in Simsbury, 1684.
JOSEPH, b. Windsor, Conn., Aug. 2o, 1667; bapt. Aug. 27, 1667; m. (1) Mary Collins, (2) Sarah Case, (3) Mary Case.
HANNAH, b. Windsor, Feb. 2, 1668; d. y.
TIMOTHY, b. Simsbury, May 18, 1671 ; m. Hannah Moore.
SARAH, (twin) b. Simsbury, May 1672; m. John Hill.
WILLIAM, (twin) b. May 1672; d. Oct. 8, 1689.
Joseph, son of Joseph and Hannah Newton Phelps, born August 20, 1667, in Windsor, moved to Simsbury.
Represented Simsbury in General Assembly from 1709 to 1727; married (1) Mary Collins, who died March 13, 1697; (2) Sarah (daughter of John and Sarah Spencer Case), November 9, 1699; Sarah Case, born August 14, 1676; died May 2, 1704; (3) Mary Case (daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Purchase Case, born 1669), who died September l0, 1757. [Ancient Windsor, pp. 141, 567].
Mr. Phelps settled in Simsbury and was one of its most influential citizens. He held the office of Justice of the Peace for many years and was elected for two sessions each year twenty-eight times The will of Mr. Phelps in Hartford Probate Court Records is most interesting, and shows much property; it is dated December 21, 1749, and mentions wife Mary, sons Joseph, Amos, David, grandson Samuel Humphreys, daughters Damaris and Elizabeth.
CHILDREN BY MARY COLLINS
JOSEPH, b. Oct. 9, 1689; m. (1) Rebecca North, (2) Hannah Clark.
HANNAH, b. Oct. 25, 1693 ; m. Samuel Humphrey.
MARY, b. Oct. 17, 1696; d. unm. Jan. 9, 1713.
BY SARAH CASE
SARAH, b. Aug. II, 1700; d. Jan. 14, 1702.
DAMARIS, b. Nov. 5, 1703 ; m. John Hills.
BY MARY CASE
JOHN, b. Feb. 14, 1707; d. Jan. 5, 1713.
AMOS, b. 1708 ; m. Sarah Pettibone.
ELIZABETH, b. April 7, 1709 ; m. Daniel Hoskins.
DAVID, b. 1710; m. Abigail Pettibone.
The will of Mary Phelps, dated August 13, 1751, gives to her daughter (in law) Keziah, "two suits of my cloathes, viz., my Silk Crape Gown, and my new Druget Gown, and the Petticoats I used to wear with them . . . if she survive me, and if not, I give them to her Daughter that hath tended her in her sickness, viz., her daughter Lucy, and I give to her my said daughter Keziah or too her daughter Lucy as above, my Quilted Coat.
All the rest of my estate I do give and Devise to my son David and my daughter Elizabeth to be equally divided between them."
David Phelps, son of Joseph and Mary Case Phelps, born in Simsbury, 1710 ; married April 25, 1731, Abigail Pettibone, born in Canton and died in Simsbury, 1807, having married Deacon David Strong of Bolton, Conn., after Lieut. David Phelps's death on December 9, 1760.
David Phelps was made freeman in 1734. Representative in General Court from Simsbury several times.
He was a Lieutenant in the Militia and served in the French War, where he contracted small-pox, and died in Simsbury after an illness of nineteen days, December 9, 1760, aged 50 years.
DAVID, b. May 7, 1732; d. July 19, 1732.
DAVID, b. March 26, 1733-4; m. Abigail Griswold.
ABIGAIL, b. Nov. 5, 1735; m. (I) Edward Griswold, (2) Deacon Amasa Case.
ELISHA, b. Oct. 17, 1737; m. Rosetta Owen.
NOAH, b. Jan. 22, 1740; m. Lydia Griswold.
RACHEL, b. Dec. 10, 1741; m. David Humphrey.
RUTH, b. Sept. 15, 1743; m. Josiah Case; settled in Guilford, Conn., afterward rem. to Vermont.
SARAH, b. Oct. 15, 1745; m. Elisha Hayden.
SUSANNAH, b. Jan. 4, 1748; m. William Nash.
LOUISE, b. March 4; bapt. March 27, 1750; m. Samuel Hayden; set. in Harwinton, where she died.
Susannah Phelps, born January 4, 1748; married- William Nash of New Haven, Vermont, about 1766; she died April 19, 1819. William Nash, born February, 1743, died in New Haven, Vt., August 2, 1821.
HULDAH, b. June 6, 1768; m. Dennis Bell.
MARGARET, b. Aug. 2, 1772 ; d. unm. Dec. 22, 1806.
DAVID PHELPS, b. Sept. 6, 1774; m. Elizabeth Wilcox.
SYLVIA, b. July 23, 1776 ; m. James Jewett.
ABIGAIL, b. Jan. 12, 1778 ; d. unm. Aug. 19, 1802.
HILPAH, b. 1780; m. (I) Rev. Mr. Cheney, (2) Dea. David Smith.
SUSANNAH, b. Jan. 22, 1783; m. Othniel Jewett of New Haven.
WILLIAM, b. Aug. 2, 1787; m. Mary Wright.
CLARISSA, twin, b. Aug. 2, 1789. Clarissa m. Osmund Lamb.
NANCY, twin, b. Aug. 2, 1789.
David Phelps Nash, born September 6, 1774; married, October 25, 1804, Elizabeth Wilcox, born February 24, 1782; she died July 19, 1849.
David Phelps Nash died June 15, 1852.