Fifty Puritan Ancestors
1628 - 1660
Genealogical Notes - 1650 - 1900
Elizabeth Todd Nash
New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor
[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
THE COUCH FAMILY
SIMON COUCH was in Fairfield by 1640; married there Mary (daughter of Francis and Anna Smith) Andrews, of Bankside. Simon Couch or Crouch was made freeman of Fairfield, Oct. 13, 1664.
He, with John Andrews, purchased of the heirs of his father-in-law, most of their father's (Francis Andrews) estate.
He purchased of his mother-in-law, Anne Andrews, March 6, 1663, all of her interest in the housing and lands of her deceased husband.
He also owned a part of the first long lot near the Norwalk bounds.
In his will of Dec. 22, 1687, probated 1689, he gave his eldest son, Thomas, several acres of land in Greens Farms, his short gun and cutlass and hatters' tools; to his second son, Simon, his homestead, except three acres of his home lot, his gun called the "crook" and a short cutlass; to son, Samuel, several pieces of land and the three acres reserved in home lot in the northwest end, and a gun.
To his brother, Thomas Crouch, 40 shillings, and to his brothers living at John Grummage's 20 shillings; to Susannah Couch living at Milford 20 shillings. The rest of his land he divided equally among his sons. To his two eldest daughters, Mary and Martha, he gave £5o each when of age, and to daughters Sarah and Hannah £50, at eighteen years of age.
He caused his sons to provide a fixed and ample allowance yearly for their mother.
He died in 1688 and was buried in land belonging to him at Forest Point, looking out upon the Sound, which he had set apart as a family burial place and which was long known as the Couch Burial Hill.
Mary Andrews Couch died in 1691.
MARY, m. John Grummage.
MARTHA, m. Abraham Finch.
HANNAH, m. Peter Cooley.
Thomas Couch sailed for England in 1689; made his will April 8, 1689, in which he gave his mother the use of his lands during her widowhood, at her death to go to his brother Simon's eldest son; if he had none, to go to his brother Samuel's eldest son.
His will was probated Dec. 2, 1691. The seal contains a small rustic cross very nicely engraved upon it (the arms of the Couch family). The tradition in the family is that the vessel in which he sailed for England, to look up some family property, was taken by the French and his fate never known.
Samuel, son of Simon and Mary Andrews Couch, was "Capt. of Militia and one of the richest and most influential men in Fairfield." In 1696 he purchased of James Newton on Bulge Hill 28 acres of land; in 1701 he was granted by the town 26 acres at Port Royal in exchange for his share of his father's long lot. He also purchased of Chicken Sagamore of the Aspectuc Indians, a large tract of land lying in Reading, "all between Fairfield and Danbury, Ridgefield and Newton." [Hinman Puritan Settlers, p. 737].
He married Edora or Edera _____, who is mentioned in the old church records as "Eden wife of Samuel Couch, Renewed Covenant May 3 1696." [Fairfield Church Records. Schenck's Hist. of Fairfield, pp. 365, 366].
Samuel Couch died, Dec. 11, 1739, and as he failed to mention an executor in his will the Fairfield Probate Court appointed Edmund Lewis of Stratford, Thomas Nash, and Christopher Godfield of Greens Farms to divide his estate according to will. They made returns of 190 pounds to each heir ; full details of the will may be found in Schenck's History of Fairfield, pp. 365, 3b6.
An agreement between the heirs as to sale of lands is given in the Norwalk Land Records, Vol. 8, p. 421.
MARY, b. Dec. 15, 1695; m. Capt. Joseph Crane; d. Jan. 9, 1766.
ADREA, m. Joseph Frost of Fairfield.
EUNICE, m. Reuben Taylor of Norwalk.
ELIZABETH, b. 1710; m. Rev. Jonathan Todd; d. Dec. 14, 1783.
THE ANDREWS FAMILY
FRANCIS ANDREWS, spelled also Andros, Androus, was one of the founders of Hartford, 1639, his name being on the Founders' Monument, and married there, Anna Smith, daughter of Giles Smith. He removed to Fairfield about 1648, and became one of the Bankside farmers, where his home lot of ten acres lay west of Daniel Frost's.
He made his will, Jan. 6, 1662 ; probated, March 5, 1662. In it he gave to his "son Thomas 5 acres of land at Bankside and a piece of land in his home lot to set a house upon; a gun barrel and stock.
To son John, 3 acres of lower end of his home lot and a piece of land 4 rods wide with a house upon it, provided he allowed his mother the use of another as good, 3 acres of meadow called the heather-bite and a gun.
To son Jeremiah, a rapier and a staff and 20 s., to son Abraham 20 S., to daughters Mary, Hester, Rebecca and Ruth 10 s. each when 18 years of age. To John Crampton, husband of daughter Hannah, __ roods of lands in his homestead lot next his house, provided he fence it all around with a five-rail fence. To granddaughter Hannah Crampton, 10 s., to his wife Anna, house, land and remainder of his estate."
Dr. Thomas Pell made overseer of his estate
JOHN, b. Sept. 27, 1646, in Hartford.
THOMAS, b. Jan. 2, 1648, in Hartford.
HANNAH, m. John Crampton.
MARY, m. Simon Couch.
Hinman's Puritan Settlers, p. 52. Trumbull, Hartford Co.
GILES SMITH, Hartford, Conn., 1639, received land "by courtesie of the town"; his home lot was on Maine Street, on the corner of what is now Charter Oak Street.
He sold 20 acres to Thomas Hosmer, March 6, 1642; later Philip Davis bought his house and land.
He was one of the earliest settlers of New London, but removed to Fairfield by 1651, and died there, 1669.
He left a second wife, Eunice (not the mother of his children), whose first husband was Jonathan Porter of Huntington, L. I. Anna Smith, his daughter, married Francis Andrews.
Memorial History of Hartford. Trumbull, p. 25g. Hartford in Olden Time, p. 31.
THE GRISWOLD FAMILY
GEORGE GRISWOLD of Kenilworth, England, had five sons born there.
THOMAS, remained in Kenilworth.
MICHAEL, b. 1597; set. Wethersfield, Conn.
EDWARD, b. 1607; set. Windsor, Conn., 1639, Killingworth, 1664.
FRANCIS, b. _____; set. Cambridge, Mass.
MATTHEW, b. 1620; set Windsor and Lyme, Conn. [Salisbury Genealogy, Vol. II, p. 5].
Edward Griswold, born 1607, came with Rev. Mr. Huit from England ; was in Windsor 1639 ; removed to Killingworth, Conn., called then "Kenilworth," in honor of his native place. "From this manner of naming it Kenilworth after the home of Edward and Matthew Griswold in England, a fair inference is that Edward Griswold was the most prominent man of the little colony, especially as he was the first delegate to the General Court, a justice of the peace in Windsor and first deacon of the church. Edward Griswold was 64 years old when he went to Killingworth." [History of Middlesex County, Conn., p. 418].
"Edward Griswold had twenty-nine acres in Windsor granted him, bound south and east by the brook, east by river and Indian Reservation (Indian Neck). He removed with the first settlers to Hamonoscett ; George and Joseph had the homestead." [History Hartford County, Trumbull, p. 552].
Edward Griswold was Deputy from Windsor, 1658-62. "In 1667, enrolled as Deputy," also "Commissioner for Kenilworth." In 1674 granted two hundred acres of land at north end of Lyme. Mr. Edward Griswold, "Deputy for Killingworth in 1678, also nominated for assistant and as commissioner; represented his town in every court from 1678 to 1689 ; was during this period repeatedly made Commissioner." (Public Records of Connecticut, 1678-1689.) "He was first Deacon of the church of Killingworth." [Griswold in Salisbury Genealogy, p. 11].
"In 1678 the County Court appointed a committee to see what could be done toward a Latin school at New London for the county. New London, Norwich, Stonington, Saybrook, Lyme and Killingworth were represented by one man each. Mr. Edward Griswold represented Killingworth. [History of Norwich, Conn., by Caulkins, p. 92[.
The following "allotment of the severall inhabitants of Hammonascit" includes "Thomas Smith, John Meggs, Thomas Stevens, Edward Griswold, Samuel Buell, William Stevens." [Town Records of Killingworth, p. 1].
That the Griswolds were prominent people is shown by the fact that Edward Griswold, his son Francis, and his brother Matthew, were Representatives in one court.
Matthew Griswold came with Rev. John Wareham (from Exeter, England), and landed, May 30, 1630, in Massachusetts.
Edward, at the age of thirty-one, left Kenilworth, England, joined another company of Pilgrims, arrived in America in 1639, joined his brother Matthew; they removed to Connecticut the same year, Edward settling in Windsor, Matthew in Saybrook, where he was a prominent rnan. [Buell Family Record, p. 27].
Edward married (1) Margaret. who died August 23, 1670 ; (2) Widow Sarah Bevius of New London in 1672. Edward died in Killingworth, 1691.
FRANCIS, b. 1629, in Eng.; d. Oct., 1671; m. Mary Tracy.
SARAH, b. 1630, in Eng.; m. Samuel Phelps, Jan. 10, 1650.
GEORGE, b. 1632, in Eng.
JOHN, b. 1635, in Eng.
ANNE, b. Aug. 19, 1642, Windsor.
MARY, b. Oct. 5, 1644, Windsor; m. Timothy Phelps, 1661.
DEBORAH, b. June 28, 1646, Windsor; m. Samuel Buell, Nov. 30, 1662.
. JOSEPH b. March 22, 1648, Windsor; m. Mary Gaylord.
SAMUEL, b. Nov. 18, 1649.
JOHN, b. Aug. 7, 1652; m. (1) Mary Bevius, (2) Bathsheba North.
Francis Griswold, son of Edward and Margaret Griswold, born 1629; married Mary Tracy, daughter of Thomas; settled in Saybrook 1655-6, was "one of the first proprietors of Norwich 1660, taking an active part in the affairs of the Plantation, and from 1661 inclusive to 1671, was a Deputy to the General Court." [Salisbury Genealogy, p. 11].
"Of the twenty-five founders of the Colony made in 1669, William Backus and Francis Griswold were included. The first proprietors list of Norwich, November 1659, included William Backus, William Backus, Jr., Francis Griswold." [History Hartford, Conn., pp. 61 and 84].
In 1662 Francis Griswold with two others formed a Court of Commission. [Ibid, p. 86].
William Backus and Lieut. Francis Griswold were among the patentees of the town of Norwich. He is called " a man of capacity and enterprize."
"Lieutenant Griswold died, October, 1671, leaving seven children, from an infant of days to a daughter 18 years old. Thomas Adgate and John Post, Sen. were guardians." [Ibid, p. 92].
SARAH, b. March 28, 1653; m. Robert Chapman, June 27, 1671.
JOSEPH, b. June 4, 1655; d. July, 1655.
MARY, b. August 26, 1656 ; m. (1) Jonathan Tracy, July 11, 1672, (2) Eleazer Jewett, Sept. 3, 1717.
HANNAH, b. Dec. 1638; m. William Clark, March 7, 1678.
DEBORAH, b. May, 1661; m. Jonathan Crane, Dec. 19, 1678.
LYDIA, b. June, 1663; d. 1664.
SAMUEL, b. Sept., 1665; m. Susannah Huntington, Dec. 10, 1686.
MARGARET, b. Oct., 1668; m. Thomas Buckingham, Dec. 16, 1691.
LYDIA, b. Oct., 1671. [Dr. Alvan Talcott's Gen. Records. History of Norwich, p. 92. Saybook Records].
Deborah Griswold, born May, 1661; married Jonathan Crane, December 19, 1678. Their son, Joseph Crane, married Mary Couch, and Abigail, daughter of Joseph and Mary Couch Crane, married Timothy Todd.
THE TRACY FAMILY
Late researches into the history of the Tracy family furnish evidence that Thomas Tracy was of honorable descent, and his immediate ancestors for three generations had been distinguished for fidelity to the reformed religion.
Richard Tracy of Stanway, England, published a work deeply imbued with the spirit of Protestantism on account of which he suffered much from persecution in the days of Queen Mary, altho he escaped martyrdom.
It is supposed that one of his sons, Nathaniel, leaving Tewkesbury, was the father of Thomas, and the latter was born at that place, 1610. This is the result of an examination of the records of Gloucestershire, England, by the late F. P. Tracy of San Francisco, Cal.
The evidence was such as to satisfy him that "Lieut. Thomas Tracy of Norwich was the son of Nathaniel of Tewkesbury, who was the son of Richard Tracy, Esq. of Stanway, who was the son of Sir William the ninth of Toddington." [History of Norwich, by F. M. Caulkins].
The following line of ancestry of Thomas Tracy can be found both in the "Tracy Family" [Lineage of the Tracy Family, by P. F. H. Mason, pp. 9, 10. Salisbury Genealogy] and in the "Salisbury Genealogy," where it is given as authentic. The "Tracy Family" gives as authority Walworth Hyde's "Genealogy" (one volume in two), 1, 129, in 1160-64.
Tracy, whose ancestry, as is well known, has been carried back through several English sovereigns, to Egbert the West Saxon King, and through the first Court of Flanders to Charlemagne.
(1) Egbert, the West Saxon king, married Lady Redburga.
(2) Ethelwulf, his son, married Osburga, daughter of Oslac, an English nobleman, for his first wife.
(3) Alfred the Great married Alswitha, daughter of Earl Ethelred Muchel.
(4) Edward "the Elder," their second son, married Edgina, daughter of Earle Sigeline, for his third wife; their son
(5) Edmund married Elf-giva, "The Fairies Gift."
(6) Edgar, "the Peaceable," married Elfreda, daughter of Ordgar, Duke of Devonshire, for his second wife ; their son
(7) Ethelred, "the Unready," married Elfleda, daughter of Earldorman Thored;
(8) Princess Goda, their youngest daughter, married Druex, Count of Vexin, great grandson of Waleran, who succeeded Hugh the Great, father of Hugh Capet, as Count of Vexin, 956, and is said to have been descended from Charlemagne; their son
(9) Rudolf de Mantes, made Earl of Hereford by his uncle Edward "the Confessor," married Gethe, who had lands in her own right in Buckinghamshire ; their son
(10) Harold de Mantes married Matilda, daughter of Hugh Lupas, First Earl of Chester ; their son
(11) John de Sudely married Grace, daughter and heiress of Henry de Tracy, Lord of Barnstable in Devonshire ; their son
(12) Sir William Tracy Kn't of Toddington, Co. Gloucester, one of the Knights who assassinated Thomas a Becket, married _____.
(13) Sir Oliver Tracy (eldest son and heir) possessed the estate at Barnstable as early as 1095 ; their son
(14) William Tracy of Toddington, who was in arms against King John, married Hawis de Born.
(15) Henry Tracy of Toddington, son and heir, married _____, had
(16) Rev. Henry Tracy of Toddington, his eldest son and heir, who married _____ had
(17) Sir William Tracy of Toddington, his son and heir, married - had (18) William Tracy of Toddington, who was elected to Parliament as one of the Knights of Gloucester 1313 and 1321; was sheriff of Gloucester from 1324 to 1329 ; married _____, had son and heir
(19) William Tracy of Toddington, who married _____, had
(2o) Sir John Tracy of Toddington (son and heir), M. P. for Gloucester 1357. Sheriff of Gloucester 1368 and 1369 ; married _____, and their eldest son and heir
(21) Sir John Tracy of Toddington, M. P. and Sheriff of Gloucester in 1378 ; married _____.
(22) William Tracy of Toddington, their son and heir was Sheriff of Gloucester 1395; married _____.
(23) William Tracy of Toddington, their son and heir, Sheriff of Gloucester 1418, called to Privy Council of Henry VI 1418; married Alice, widow of William Gifford and daughter and co-heiress of Sir Guy De La Spine, Lord of the Manor of Coughton, Co. Warwick.
(24) William Tracy of Toddington (eldest son and heir), Sheriff of Gloucester 1443, 1444, 1450; married Margaret, daughter of Sir John Pauncefort, by his first wife Margaret Beauchamp.
(25) Henry Tracy, Esq., of Toddington, eldest son and heir of William and Margaret Tracy; married Alice, daughter (and co-heiress) of Thomas Baldington, Esq., of Alderly.
(26) Sir William Tracy of Toddington (eldest son and heir), Sheriff of Gloucester 1513, was one of the first to embrace the Reformation : temp. Henry VIII ; married Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas Throckmorton of Coss Court.
(27) Richard Tracy of Stanway, second son of Sir William Tracy, was Sheriff of Gloucester 1559; married Barbary, daughter of Thomas Lucy, Charlecote, Co. Warwick (aunt of. Shakespeare's "Justice Shallow"), who was descended from Hugh de Mountfort, great grandson of Baldwin V. Count of Flanders, who married Alice, daughter of Robert II, King of France. Through her ancestress Judith, wife of Baldwin the first Count of Flanders, Barbara Lucy was descended from the Emperor Charlemagne and through her ancestress Alfritha, wife of Baldwin II Count of Flanders she was descended from Alfred the Great and other Saxon Kings of England.
(28) Nathaniel Tracy of Tewkesbury, their second son, married _____, and their son
(29) Lieut. Thomas Tracy, born at Tewkesbury in 1610 came to Salem, Mass. 1636 ; went to Wethersfield, Conn. 1637; removed to Saybrook, from there to Norwich in 1659-60.
Lieut. Thomas Tracy came to America in the interests of his friends Lord Say and Lord Brook, settled in Salem 1636, where land was granted him.
Lieut. Thomas Tracy was a talented and active man, was much interested in ship building. One of the 35 original proprietors of Norwich 1659. Representative of Norwich to Legislature twenty-seven sessions."
In 1645 he and Thomas Leffingwell, with others, released Uncas, the sachem of the Mohegans, when he was besieged.
Uncas afterwards gave four hundred acres of land to Thomas Tracy and Thomas Leffingwell.
Thomas Tracy was Lieutenant of the New London County Dragoons, enlisted to fight the Dutch and Indians.
In King Philip's War in 1675 he, with John Bradford, was appointed Commissary and Quartermaster.
He owned much real estate, more than five thousand (5,000) acres.
Lieut. Tracy married (1) Mrs. Mason. widow of Edward Mason (2) Martha, daughter of Thomas Bourne and widow of John Bradford, in 1679.
Mrs. Martha Bourne Bradford Tracy is supposed to have died in 1689, as, in an instrument dated at Norwich, April 12, 1690, Major William Bradford speaks of her as "late of Norwich deceased."
Thomas Tracy died November 7, 1685 ; buried in Norwich. [Lineage of Tracy Family, Mason, pp. 9, 10].
Mary Tracy, his daughter. married Francis Griswold, [Dr. Talcott's Original MSS. Records now in possession of New Haven Hist. Society] son of Edward Griswold, and their daughter Deborah Griswold married Jonathan Crane.
THE BACKUS FAMILY
WILLIAM BACKUS from Norwich, England, was living at Saybrook as early as 1637 ; married (1) Sarah Charles, daughter of John Charles of Branford, (2) Mrs. Anne Bingham, widow of Thomas, about 1660. [Old Homes or ancient Town of Norwich, p. 414].
The list of first proprietors of Norwich, November, 1659, [Caulkins' History of Norwich, p. 61] includes William Backus and William Backus, Jr., made assistants of the General Court in 1639.
William Backus was the first Englishman and second person to die in Saybrook; he died 1664. His will was dated June 12, 1661 the inventory of his effects is found among ancient court documents at Hartford, dated June, 1664.
Mrs. Anne Bingham Backus, mother of Thomas Bingham, Jr., died May, 1670. [Hinman's Early Puritan Settlers of Conn., p. 95].
CHILDREN BY SARAH CHARLES
WILLIAM, m. Elizabeth Pratt; d. about 1721.
STEPHEN, m. Sarah Spencer.
SARAH, m. John Reynolds.
MARY, m. 1665, Benjamin Crane.
DAUGHTER, m. John Bayley.
JOHN, b. Feb. 9, 1662.
SECOND GENERATION. William Backus, Jr., was "an active man in town affairs and generally called Ensign or Lieutenant, was both Patentee and Proprietor of Norwich, he also signed the contract with Uncas.
Ensign Backus chosen town officer 1679, 1680,1681,1684,1686. [Caulkins' History of Norwich, p. 157].
In 1669 William Backus, Jr., was made Marshal. He was also on building committee for first church arsenal and garrison fort. [Ibid, p. 84].
William Backus, Jr., and Francis Griswold, both patentees of Town of Norwich, given under Robt. Treat, Gov., March 30, 1687. "Lieut. William Backus was doubtless the last of the proprietors to leave earth, he was living in 1718." [Ibid, p. 120].
Mary Backus, daughter of William and Sarah Charles Backus; married Benjamin Crane in 1665.
THE CHARLES FAMILY
JOHN CHARLES, in the schedule of 1641 [Record book of 1643] of New Haven, had four in his family. £5o estate, given 12/ acres in first division, 2.5 in the Neck, 4/2 in the Meadow ; 18 acres in second division.
John Charles, a brother-in-law of John Moss, lived in Massachusetts some years. He was a seafaring man and removed first to Branford, afterward to Saybrook, Conn. [History of New Haven, Atwater, pp. 110, 149].
John Charles was at Branford by 1660, coming from Charlestown, Mass. He signed the articles for church orders for those who remained in Branford after many of the settlers had gone to Newwork (Newark), New Jersey.
THE HAND FAMILY
JOHN HAND was a leading member of a company that came from Maidstone, Kent, England, about 1635, to Lynn, Mass. Not liking Lynn, they purchased a tract of land for 30 pounds, through the Governors of Connecticut and New Haven, naming the place Southhampton, 1644.
He was later (1649) one of the original patentees and proprietors of the Commonwealth of East Hampton, Long Island, and one of the Magistrates of East Hampton before 1657; also one of the civil magistrates until his death in 1660. "He was a prominent member of East Hampton." [East Hampton Town Record, Vol. II, pp. 51, 52, 119].
"John Hand, born in the parish of Stanstede, near Maidstone, Co. Kent, England, came to America with his father in 1635. His father returned to England to obtain his property and was murdered on the high seas on his return voyage to America."
John Hand is mentioned as the head of the family in South Hampton, L. I. "In 1648 he was one of the founders of East Hampton, his name heading the documents relating to purchase of land from the Indians." [American Ancestry, Vol. II, pp. 50, 51].
Earliest instrument of record in East Hampton is a letter of attorney from John Hand in relation to some lands in Stanstede in Kent, England ; it bears the date of Oct. 31, 1649.
Original Indian deed of Eastern Long Island is dated August 1, 1660, John Hand one of the grantees. The first inhabitants settled on the southern part of the main street. John Hand's house was on the west side of the street. [Address of H. P. Hodges, East Hampton, 200th Anniversary, in 1849].
John Hand died at East Hampton, 1660. He married Alice Stanborough, sister of Josiah Stanborough.
John Hand names in will his wife Alice (who afterward married Captain Codnor) and four of his children, John, Stephen, Joseph, Mary, and says he leaves a certain amount for bringing up his five younger children. Inventory dated January 24, 1660, £181.14.o6.
CHILDREN [Dr. Talcott's MSS. Records].
STEPHEN, m. in East Hampton.
JOSEPH, went to Guilford.
MARY, m. Charles Barnes, son of William Barnes, Esq., Gent., of East Windsor, Norfolk Co., England.
JAMES, m. in East Hampton.
Joseph Hand, son of John, moved from East Hampton to Guilford before 1670. He married in 1664 Jane Wright, daughter of Benjamin Wright, and "on Oct. 27, 1671, Benjamin Wright gave his land at Hammonassett in the east end of Guilford to Joseph Hand and wife for life and afterward to their children, and on December 12, 1671, Joseph Hand bought from Richard Hubbell all his land in the same quarter." [N. E. Hist. and Gen. Register, Jan. 1901, p. 31].
On April 29, 1695, Joseph Hand and Nathan Bradley carried a petition to General Court, signed by twelve men living in Hammonassett, to be allowed to go to Killingworth to church instead of Guilford. Later they petitioned General Assembly that East Guilford be made a "society" and have a "meeting house." The petition was granted May, 1703.
March 25, 1699, Captain Stephen Bradley, Joseph Hand and Thomas Crittenden were appointed a committee to settle boundaries between Guilford and Clinton (then Kenilworth) ; he was also on the committee to lay out Cohabit, April 29, 1708. He was a vessel builder or owner, as he petitioned the town, May 25, 1696, to let him take down the bridge on the Hammonassett River, to bring his vessels down. Later, in May, 1699, he was appointed to take care of the bridge.
He was Deputy to General Assembly in 1720. [Hist. Guilford and Madison, Steiner, pp. 132. 162, 195, 199, 217, 345, 514].
Joseph Hand died in East Guilford, January, 1724, aged about eighty-five years.
Jane Wright Hand, born 1644; married 1664; died December, 1724.
CHILDREN [Dr. Talcott's MSS Records]
SARAH, b. March 2, 1665; m. Samuel Munger, Oct. 1, 1688.
JANE, b. Sept. 19, 1668; d. 1668.
JOSEPH, b. April 2, 1671 m. (1) Esther Wilcox, May 16, 1692, (2) Hannah Seward 1699.
BENJAMIN, b. Feb. 8, 1673 ; m. Mary Wilcox, July 10, 1695; d. Aug. 10, 1744.
STEPHEN, b. Feb. 8, 1675 ; d. Aug. 14, 1755.
ELIZABETH, b. March 12, 1677; m. Benjamin Wright, April, 1705.
SILENCE, b. November 12, 1679; m. Ephraim Wilcox, Oct. 23, 1698.
ANN, b. July 10, 1683; m. Jonathan Wright.
JANE, b. April 25, 1685; m. Cornelius Doud, 1707.
"Joseph Hand, son of Joseph (born April 2, 1671; died about 1699), was a seafaring man, and on October 19, 1697, while on the sloop "Adventure" from Fayal was seized and carried to France as a prisoner by a French privateer, commanded by Captain John Le Prince, who boarded and pillaged the sloop.
He married Esther Wilcox, daughter of John of Middletown, who died March 15, 1698.
After his return from captivity he married Hannah, daughter of William Seward, in 1699, but died or disappeared (probably lost at sea) shortly afterward, leaving no children by her." [N. E. Hist. and Gen. Rec., Jan., 1901. p. 31].
His relict, Hannah, married Joseph Tustin.
JANNA, b. Feb. 17, 1693; d. Dec. 9, 1767; m. Dorothy Griswold.
ESTHER, b. Jan. 10, 1695; m. William King of Northampton.
HULDAH, b. Oct. 18, 1697; m. Zachary Smith of Huntington, L. I.
Janna Hand, Esq., born Feburary 17, 1693; married, February 14, 1723, Dorothy Griswold, daughter of John Griswold and Bathsheba North, and great-granddaughter of Walter Price of London, born September 23, 1692; died February 12, 1775. Janna Hand died December 9, 1767.
JOSEPH, b. Jan. 24, 1724; d. Oct. 29, 1774; m. Lucy Meigs.
ESTHER, b. Sept. 5, 1725; m. John Huggins, April 14, 1756.
JANNA, b. Feb. 4, 1728 ; went to sea and was lost.
DANIEL, b. 1732; m. Siba Smith, Oct. 8, 1759 ; d. Oct. 16, 1816.
Joseph Hand, oldest son of Janna Hand, born January 24, 1724; married Lucy Meigs (daughter of Captain Jehiel and Lucy Bartlett Meigs), born September 21, 1739; died June 25, 1778. Joseph Hand died October 29, 1774.
LUCY, b. Jan. 3, 1760; d. Feb. 18, 1760.
JANNA, b. Sept. 28, 1761; m. Joanna Meigs.
EDWARD, b. March 1, 1765 ; m. Huldah Hopson.
JOHN, b. July 20, 1768; d. Dec. 7, 1775.
Daniel Hand, Esq., born 1732; married (I) Siba Smith (daughter of Elnathan and Mehitable Buell Smith), October 28, 1759. She died September 20, 1772. Married (2) May 13, 1774, Lizzie Lynde of Saybrook, who died August 5, 1789. His third wife was Chloe Boardman of Haddam, who died November 28, 1821, aged eighty-four years.
"From March 22d to April 18th, 1776, Captain Daniel Hand commanded a company for service in the New York expedition, the company numbering 102 men."
"In 1777 when the British forces were on the Hudson the militia company was again called and put under the command of Captain Daniel Hand and marched to join our forces. They proceeded sixty or seventy miles, heard of Burgoyne's defeat and were ordered back home, seven days march in all." Hist. Guilford and Madison, pp. 427, 440, 447, 462].
Captain Hand was with Washington in the first Long Island campaign, and from the "Camp near Fort Washington, October the 10, 1776," he wrote to his wife a letter still preserved in the family. In regard to the military situation there was but one sentence : "Yesterday three Ships passed by fort 'Washington which caufed a grate noise of Cannon, many bals went just over our heads but nobody hurt on our Side, when we shall be dismissed I cant tell but I hope not a grate while first."
A third commission to Captain Hand is reproduced, given by Jonathan Trumbull, Esq., "dated the 26th day of February, Anno Domini 1778":
"To Daniel Hand, Gent. Greeting-
You being by the General Assembly of this State accepted to be Captain of the Sixth Company or Trainband in the 7th Regiment of Militia of this State as by your former Commission dated October 30th, 1773 appears," showing Capt. Hand was commissioned as early as 1773.
The reproduction of the "Muster Roll" shows service in 1776, "from Sept. 4, to Nov. 24th." Captain Hand's name is on the Soldiers' Monument, Madison, under "1775-1783, Capt. Timothy Field, Captain Daniel Hand, Captain Jehiel Meigs, and sixty-five others."
His home was built in 1739. The kitchen of the house being unusually quaint, the floor, walls and ceiling being of dark oak, and the large chimney, fourteen feet square of massive stones, the few furnishings being relics preserved by Captain Hand's descendants, as coming from his home.
Captain Daniel Hand died October 16, 1816.
CHILDREN BY FIRST WIFE
ESTHER, b. Sept., 1760; m. Wyllis Munger.
DANIEL, b. April 24, 1762 ; m. Artemesia Meigs.
SIBA, b. Sept. 9, 1768; m. Gen. Joseph Buell.
MEHITABLE, b. August 30, 1772 ; m. Levi Ward, M.D.
CHILDREN BY SECOND WIFE
WILLIAM, b. Feb. 2, 1776; d. Oct. 3, 1781.
LIZZIE, b. March 7, 1778; d. Oct. S, 1781.
ANNE, b. March, 1780; d. Oct. 10, 1781.
These children of Captain Hand by 2d wife died of scarlet fever.
Daniel Hand, Jr., born April 24, 1762, "fully sustained the position and relations of his predecessors as a worthy and high-minded citizen, and prominent member of the small community in which his lot was cast. His letters show him to have been of a literary culture far superior to the surroundings of an ordinary farmer.
As a life-long magistrate, he appears to have exercised the combined functions of a trusted legal adviser and pacificator, and conscientious judge among his neighbors, acquiring the title of Esquire Hand, which long survived his demise as marking the place of his former residence." [Life of Daniel Hand, by G. A. Wilcox, p. 9].
"When Guilford took action on the embargo and at town meeting February 17, 1809, voted to have resolutions printed in Connecticut Herald and thus sent all through Connecticut, among the committee to prepare them was Daniel Hand, Jr. ; the resolutions were `firm, loyal, dignified, and at the same time embodying all their complaints.' " [History of Guilford, Steiner].
Daniel Hand married Artemesia Meigs, daughter of Daniel and Chloe Scranton Meigs, born February 20, 1770; died October 11, 1812. Daniel Hand died January 15, 1821.
WILLIAM MEIGS, b. Oct. 6, 1789; m. Susan Stocking; d. July 29, 1820.
AUGUSTUS FREDERICK, b. Nov. 6, 1790; d. s. April 4, 1822.
CHLOE, b. Nov. 30, 1791; m. Col. J. S. Wilcox; d. Sept. 21, 1875.
JONATHAN MEIGS, b. May 17, 1793; d. August, 1822.
SIBA, b. May 13, 1796 ; m. Josiah Chittenden ; d. August, 1876.
ELIZA, b. March 10, 1799; m. Zephaniah Alden; d. August, 1875.
DANIEL, b. July 16, 1801; m. Elizabeth Ward; d. Dec. 17, 1891.
ARTEMESIA, b. April 24, 1803; d. 1804.
JEHIEL MEIGS, b. April 24, 1805 ; m. (1) Eliza Swathel, (2) Caroline Allen, (3) Mrs. Catherine Walker Thayer; he died Sept. 10, 1888.
ARTEMESIA MEIGS, b. Sept. 15, 1807; m. Ichabod Lee Scranton; d. June 14, 1838.
GEORGE EDWARD (Judge), b. August 16,1809; d. s. August 30, 1889.
JOHN AUGUSTINE, b. Jan., 1812; d. s. March 25, 1839.
William Meigs Hand, M.D., married Susan Stocking of Middletown. He was a physician of great promise in Middletown, Conn., where he died July 29, 1820. In 1818 there was published "Tother Side of Ohio"—that is, the other view in contrast to the popular notion that it was the paradise of the world. It was written by Dr. Hand, a talented young physician of Berlin, [Initial Studies in American Letters, Beers, p. 70] who also wrote "The Family Physician," a popular household authority.
Dr. Hand had one son, William A. M. Hand, who graduated at Williams College, and died soon after.
Chloe Hand married Col. Jonathan Samuel Wilcox.
WILLIAM WALLACE, Yale College; d. single.
ELIZA MARIA, m. Joseph Hand Scranton.
JONATHAN SAMUEL, died in infancy.
JONATHAN SAMUEL, m. Sarah Jane Ansley of Augusta, Ga.
CATHERINE ARTEMESIA, m. John Wilcox Nash.
DANIEL HAND, m. Frances Louise Ansley, Augusta, Ga.
SARAH ELIZABETH, m. Stephen Hamilton Thompson of England.
GEORGE AUGUSTUS, Yale Coll., m. Mary Hobart Grennelle of Brooklyn, N. Y.
JOHN AUGUSTINE, d. S.
Daniel Hand, born at East Guilford, now Madison, July 16, 1801. At the age of eighteen he went to Augusta, Georgia, and engaged in business with his uncle Daniel Meigs, whom he succeeded. Later the business was transferred to Charleston, S. C., where "he was extremely successful and amassed a large property. He was a strong anti-slavery man, and being in the North on business when the war commenced, on returning South he was arrested as a Lincoln spy. He was escorted to the jail by the mayor and other prominent men of Augusta, who remained with him to save him from the populace. He was sent to Libby prison, released from there by the help of his brother Jehiel Meigs Hand, and paroled on honor in Asheville, North Carolina, until the close of the war."
His Southern property was left in the hands of his partner, Mr. George Williams, who was to use and care for it "as his own." In 1885 Mr. Williams re-transferred the Southern property to Mr. Hand, and at the annual meeting of the American Missionary Association at Providence, in 1888, Mr. Hand "gave the association $1,000,894.25, in interest-bearing securities, to be held in trust, and known as the `Daniel Hand Educational Fund for Colored People.' More than ten years before Mr. Hand had incorporated in his will a legacy of $100,000 for the association. It was suggested to him at that time he should become his own executor, but he felt his securities were safe and productive, and at last it became a cherished purpose to make the gift a million dollars as soon as. he could do so with due regard to other objects he had in view." [Life of Daniel Hand, p. 20].
After the announcement of the gift, October 24, 1888, Secretary Strieby remarked that "The American Missionary Association has this week received the largest gift ever made in this country by a living donor to a benevolent society." Mr. John H. Washburne, Chairman of the Executive Committee, in his speech said, "No one in his own lifetime has ever before selected a benevolent association as beneficiary, and endowed it with such a magnificent gift as Daniel Hand has bestowed upon the American Missionary Association." [Ibid, pp. 22, 23].
In 1884 Mr. Hand gave Madison, his native town, a fine building known as Hand Academy, and later some real estate, the income to be used for books and apparatus.
At his death he left a fortune of one half a million dollars, the bulk of which was bequeathed to benevolent organizations, the American Missionary Association being made residuary legatee. While in Augusta, Georgia, Mr. Hand was a prominent member of the First Presbyterian Church and for thirty years the Superintendent of the Sunday school of that church.
Mr. Hand has been described as "a man of commanding presence, extensive reading, wide observation, interested in his fellow men, giving for the well-being of many, befriending those who try to help themselves."
His wife, Elizabeth Ward, died young; also several children; one daughter, Elizabeth Augusta, lived to the age of twelve years.
Jehiel Meigs Hand, born April 24, 1805; married (1) Eliza Swathel, daughter of John Swathel of Durham, (2) Caroline Allen of Middletown, (3) Catherine Walker Thayer of Boston, daughter of Phineas Walker.
ELIZA HAND, m. William H. Sharp of San Francisco.
DANIEL, d. s.
GEORGE, Rev., d. s.
Five children who died young.
Siba Hand married Josiah Chittenden.
ARTEMESIA, m. John Redfield Farnham.
DANIEL, m. Maria Buell.
WILLIAM, m. (1) Harriet Wheeler, (2) Penelope Dorrance Fuller.
Artemesia Meigs Hand married Colonel Ichabod Lee Scranton.
ICHABOD LEE, JR., m. (1) Deborah Scranton, (2) Emily Isbell Lee.
ARTEMESIA MEIGS, d. infancy.
ARTEMESIA MEIGS, m. William Skinner.
DANIEL HAND, d. infancy.
Judge George Edward Hand, born in East Guilford, August 16, 1809, graduated from Yale College, 1829, studied law and was admitted to the bar at Detroit, Mich. In 1835 he was elected to the State Legislature and under President Pierce he held the office of United States District Attorney for the District of Michigan. He was successful both in the practice of law and in amassing property." [Guilford and Madison, Steiner].
As Augustus Frederick, Jonathan Meigs, George Edward and John Augustine Hand died single, and the sons of Dr. William, Daniel and Jehiel Meigs Hand died young, the name of Hand became extinct in this branch when Daniel Hand the philanthropist died December 17, 1891, although there are many of the descendants of Captain Daniel Hand scattered all over the United States.
Copied from East Hampton Town Records, p. 127.
Dated Feb. 18, 1657.
A letter of Attorney bearing date of 31st of October, 1649, subscribed with his hand, sealed with his seal: witnessed by Thomas Talmage and William Mulford, John Hand owneth it : Mr Stanboraw saith he have noe other 21y a bond of a hundred pounds sterling to p-form all such acts and things as in said bond is expressed to save the said Josiah Stanboraw _____ about the sale of land of John Hand at Stanstede in Kent. Dated the 24 of Aprill 1650, subscribed with his hand sealed with his seal, witnessed by Thomas Talmage and owned by John Hand to be his own act.
3 ly memorandum I John Hand of East Hampton Do acknowledge to have received of my Brother Josiah Stanboraw ye sum of £5o toward or in part payment of my part of the land at Stanstede wch he sould for mee to Bozine Allen at Boston. I say reseved John Hand. A true coppie of a bill of Resiet pr mee Thomas Tallmage Sec
date Dec. 7, 1663
Be it knowne unto all men by these presence that I John Hand late of East Hampton upon Long Island in Consideration of the followinge Condition Doe Discharge disclaim or acquit all Rights with Claims interest wch shall or should have decended to me in house or land formerly sould in Ould England At Tunbridge and Ashford in Rootain in the County of Kent by my father John Hand Deceased. Never by me the sd John Hand or any other in my behalfe to bee demanded or any damage with Respect to any Supposed Right or title to the same as an Inheritance after the Decease of my aforesaid father: or of my mother Alice Codnor yet surviving: and I doe further ingage and bind myself by these presence in the further sum of two hundred pounds forfeiture if I shall acte in any Respect Contrary to the true intent of this agreement and I further bind myself in the aforesd surnme to sett my hand and seale to any writings deed or deeds where in my aforsd father or mother have made sale of the aforesd. Inheritance to any party or partys whenever the same shal be Required or desired of me the sd John Hand.
The will of John Hand of East Hampton, L. I., inventory of estate dated January 20, 1660, can be found in Book 2, 8, 75. Also legal actions in regard to property in England and America are recorded on pages 17, 27, 114, 119, 123, 124, 128, 493. His allotments on pages 24, 38, 41, 79, 127, 491. Inventory of estate, page 178, of East Hampton Town Records, Vol. I.
BENJAMIN WRIGHT came to Guilford before 1645, and took oath of fidelity, May 4, 1645; his name was on the earliest list of planters of Guilford. He went to Killingworth first in 1659, four years before the settlement of that town, and was one of the first settlers. When the very first tide mill was built, Benjamin Wright petitioned for a tan mill and September 4, 1645, he was granted leave to "set one up and to take the water yt issuethe out of ye waste gate provided it hurt not the Town Mill."
Benjamin Wright owned much land in Killingworth and he gave "his land at Hammonassett in the east end of Guilford to Joseph Hand and wife for life and afterward to their children." Jane Wright, his daughter, married Joseph Hand in 1664. His other children were :
JAMES, b. 1643.
ELIZABETH, b. Oct. 15, 1653; m. Edward Lee or Lay of Guilford.
ANN, m. (1) John Walton of Killingworth, (2) Dr. Peter Tolman.
JONATHAN, m. Asena Hand.
Benjamin Wright d. March 29, 1677.
History of Guilford and Madison, Steiner, pp. 55, 82, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 112, 125, 128, 132, 166, 18s, 230, 232, 393, 418, 450.
THE CORNWALL FAMILY
WILLIAM CORNWALL was in Windsor 1633, of Roxbury 1634, and removed with wife Jean to Hartford in 1639. He was sergeant in the Pequot War, being one of the thirty-seven men from Hartford, and had land granted to him in the Soldiers' Field for services as sergeant in the Pequot War.
He moved to Middletown and was Representative from Middletown 1654, 1664, 1665.
He died February 21, 1678, leaving his second wife, Mary _____, and eight children.
JOHN, b. April, 1640.
WILLIAM, b. June 24, 1641.
SAMUEL, b. Sept., 1642.
JACOB, b. Sept. 16, 1646.
SARAH, b. Oct., 1647 ; m. Oct., 1675, Daniel Hubbard.
THOMAS, b. Sept., 1648.
ESTHER, b. _____; m. 1671, (1) John Wilcox, (2) John Stone.
ELIZABETH, b. _____; m. John Hall.
Esther Cornwall married, 1671, John Wilcox, his fourth wife; he died May 24, 1676, and she married John Stone. Her children by John Wilcox were Ephraim, who married Silence Hand ; Esther, who married Joseph Hand, Jr., and Mary, who married Benjamin Hand.
Hartford in Olden Time, pp. 116, 117. Wilcox Gen., Dr. Talcott's Records.
THOMAS NORTH was in New Haven 1644.; married Mary Price Petersfield, daughter of Walter Price of Newington Butts near London, and widow of Philip Petersfield of Holborn Parish, London. They had three children : Thomas, John and Bathsheba.
Thomas North died _____, and his widow married Thomas Dunck of Saybrook.
Mary Price P. North Dunck died in England, where she went in 1670 to recover estate descended to her.
FAMILY tradition has given her descendants the story of the young widow who, at the age of seventeen years, came to a new country rather than return to her father's home in London; later she communicated with him and he wished her to return to England, to secure some property which belonged to her; it is said she was murdered there on account of this property, and the estates did not come to her children.
The family coat of arms was obtained from her daughter Bathsheba, under false pretenses, by (it is supposed) an agent sent from England for that purpose.
The documents quoted below show some foundation for this tradition. The records appeared in N. E. Hist. and Gen. Reg., Vol. XI, pp. 159, 16o, date 1857.
"Dunck, Brewster Price Petersfield : communicated for the Register by C. J. Hoadly, Esq., Hartford, Conn."
Whereas Mary Dunck the wife of Thomas Dunck of Saybrook in the Colony of Connecticut in New England intends shortly by God's permission and with the consent of her say d husband a voyage for England in pursuance of some matters of great concernment to her there, and being informed that a considerable estate unto her belonging in the sayd Kingdom of England upon pretence of the death of sayd Mary or other pretenses hath been or now is unjustly (as she sayth) detained from her and her lawful issue, to whom the same by inheritance right doth or may belong: Wee therefore upon the earnest desire and request to all to whome these presents shall come that upon the dispostiions of sundry credible persons and testimony to us know.
Wee are certainly informed that the sayd Mary Dunck was hertofore at her first coming over from England and since knowne and called by name of Mary Price, being the naturall and lawfull daughter of Mr. Walter Price sometime of Newington Butts in the county of Surrey near London, and that at this time of her comeing over, about 26 years ago) she was a widow having beene the wife of Philip Petersfield of Holborn Parish in T. Abby deceased, since while she joyned in marriage to one Thomas North of New Haven in New England aforesayd, deceased by whome she had lawfull issue as by extracts or testimoniall of the Records dothe appeare, two sons and one daugther all now living viz Thomas North aged near 21 years, John North aged about nineteen, and Bathsheba aged near sixteen years: which Mary after the decease of the sayd Thomas North, her second husband, was again married to her husband that now is as aforesayd. Wee do farther certify that the says Mary hath a good report to be a woman of a sober and blameless life and conversation and therefore the premises considered, we doe hereby recommend the sayd Mary and her sayd claims and case to the pious consideration of such authority or other persons to whome these presents shall come to further her in any just right she hath or ought to have for herself and her sayd fatherless children according to equity and justice, in any houses, lands, tenements or other estate after the decease of her sayd father Mr. Walter Price or otherwise.
In testimony whereof wee have set our hands and seales this seventh day of November 1670.
In hujus Sanctionem
Colonia Connecticut affixi
P me John Allyn Secretary
William Jones and a seale
James Bishop and a seale
assists of his
Maties Colony of Connecticut in New England.
Margaret Goodyear of New Haven in New England widow about 56 years, testifieth that Mary Dunck, the wife of Thomas Dunck of Saybrook in the Colony of Connecticut in New England, planter, came over from England unto New England with one Mrs. Brewster, and that the sayd Mrs. Brewster told ye deponent she had ye says Mary at Mrs. Brewsters her brothers house then living at Kensington Green in the parish of Waters Lambeth, the deponent farther sayeth that the says Mary was known to her by the name of Mary Price as her mayden name and soe called herself and that she had been the wife of Philip Petersfield being then when she came over a widow about 16 or 17 years of age. farther testifieth hat she sayd Mary did live with her and sayd deponent about two years at New Haven aforesayd, and in that time told of fathers name, viz Mr. Walter Price living then at Newington Butts near _____ and of some considerable estate due to her and allso testifieth that since she married to one Thomas North of Newhaven aforesd by whom she had three children viz. Thomas, John and Bathsheba, and that her sayd husband dyeing she aftrward marrying the sayd Thomas Dunck her now husband, her sayd 3 children being yet living and further sayeth not.
4 November 1670
Taken upon oath before me.
Wm Jones Assistant of his maties
Colony of Connecticut aforesaid.
in hujus sanctionem
Colonia Connecticut affixi
P me John Allyn Secretary.
The testimony of John Willford aged about 55 years. That about the year 1644 there came over to New England one Mary Price as shee was then commonly called, and went under that name until she was marryed to one Thomas North, by the which Thomas North she had three children two sonnes and one daughter after this the aforesayd Thomas North being deceased, she marryed with one Thomas Dunck (whose wife she now is) living in Saybrook in the Colony of Connecticut. Further this deponent sayth that about the year 1648 he the sayth deponent goeing from New England to old, the foresays Mary Price sent a letter by him to her father Mr. William Price then living in Newington Butts, the which letter he delivered unto her mother in law Mrs. Price his wife, her father then at that time being la[____] abed, as his wife then tould, but she tould, she would give it to him, and soe it seemed to him she did by what returne she mayd that they understood there daughter Mary was toward Maryadge and her father would have her come over and be maryed in England for......reasons she gave, the one was that after her fathers death she was heir to a good estate, soe that this deponent understood he owned her to be his daughter and futther sayth not.
4 November 1670 taken upon oath before me Wm Jones assnt of his Majties Colony of Connecticut in New England.
in hujus sanctionem.
Colonia Connecticut sigillem affixi.
William Gibbons aged about 58 years testifieth that he knows the foresayd Mary Price as she was then called, living in New Haven, which sayd Mary maryed with one Thomas North by whom she had three children, two sonns and one daughter, and after his decease marryed with one at Saybrook whose name is Thomas Dunck and further sayth not.
4 November 1670
Taken upon oath before
Wm Jones assit as aforesaid.
THE GRISWOLD FAMILY
JOHN GRISWOLD, son of Edward and Margaret Griswold, whose history is given previously, and brother of Francis, was born August 7, 1652. October 13, 1692, he was one of a committee of six, which also included Lieut. Stephen Bradley and Samuel Buell, Sr., to survey and settle the road from Saybrook to Samuel Buell's house in Kenilworth.
John Griswold was "Representative from Kenilworth 1697, 1698, 1699, 1701, 1702, 1704, 1707, 1709 m., 1710, 1711, 1712, 1715, 1716."
John Griswold married (1) Mary Bevius, November 16, 1672, who died 1679, (2) Bathsheba North, daughter of Thomas and Mary Price North.
CHILDREN BY MARY BEVIUS
BY BATHSHEBA NORTH
DOROTHY, d. y.
DOROTHY, b. Sept. 23, 1692 ; m. Janna Hand 1723.
Dorothy Griswold, born September 23, 1692, married February, 14, 1723, Janna Hand ; died February 12, 1775.
JOSEPH HAND, b. Jan. 24, 1724; m. Lucy Meigs.
ESTHER HAND, b. Sept. 3, 1725; m. John Huggins.
JANNA HAND, b. Feb. 4, 1728; lost at sea.
DANIEL HAND, b. ___ 1732; m. Siba Smith.
Thomas Smith came to Guilford on the invitation of the planters from Fairfield in the capacity of blacksmith in 1652 and took the oath of fidelity, May 11, 1654.
He must have been very young, as it is said, "Thomas Smith came about 1638 aged four years in the ship Hector to New Haven, Conn."
There seems to have been a great deal of difficulty in procuring a blacksmith, and a considerable tract of land was given Thomas Smith to induce him to settle in Guilford.
In 1663 Smith removed with others to Killingworth, on the settlement of that town. Thomas Smith signed the petition from Guilford to Connecticut Legislature, May 28, 1664.
He married Elizabeth Pattison.
Thomas Smith died after 1676. His son, Elnathan Smith of Killingworth, married Mehitable Buell (daugheter of Samuel and Deborah Griswold Buell), February 18, 1730.
History Guilford, Steiner, pp. 106, 130, 249. New Haven Colonial Records II, p. 539.
Elizabeth married Thomas Smith.