Descendants of Matthew Beckwith



First Generation


1. Matthew Beckwith 1, son of Thomas Beckwith and Ann Dynley, was born on 22 Sep 1610 in Ponteferact, Yorkshire, Eng 1 and died on 21 Oct 1680 in Lyme, New London, CT 2.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Emigrant Ancestor; 1636; Saybrook, Middlesex Co., CT.

2. Fine; 1 Aug 1639; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 3. Matthew Beckwith, centured & fined 10 s. for unreasonable & imoderatt drinking att the pinnace.

3. Lawsuit; 2 Mar 1643/44; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 4. In the ac of Math: Beckwytt pl agt Math: Allen deft the July find for the pl damages viijs & Chardges of Court. Executio graunted.

4. Lawsuit; 1 Sep 1644; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 5. Math: Beckwith & Tho: Hungerford pl agt Will Edwards deft in an act of Slaunder. In the ac of Math: Beckwith & Tho: Hungerford pl agt Will Edwads deft the Jury find for the pl damages 20s & Cost of Court.

5. Lawsuit; 24 Apr 1649; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 6. Mathew Marven plt Contra Mathew Beckwith defendt in an action of defamation damages 50 In the action ... the defendt making his public penitent confession of his evill in Slaundering the said plt was remitted by the Court and Plt.

6. Lawsuit; 1 Jun 1651; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 7. Mathew Beckwith plt Contra William Williams defendt in an Action of the Case to the damage of 50s. .. the Jury finds for the defendt damages 2s.

Mathew Beckwith plt Contra Thomas Hubberd defendt in an Action of Debt with the damages to the value of 15s; the Courte Adiudges the defendt to pay vnto the plt 12s & Costs of Curte wch is 16s.

7. Debt; 4 Sep 1651; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 8. The Creditors of Mathew Beckwith had publique notice to bring in their Debts to the next Quarter Courte or to the Secretary before the Courte and then appeare there and theire Causes shall bee heard.

8. Lawsuit; 13 Jun 1655; Pequott, CT 9. Matthew Beckwith plt Contra Tho Rowell defendt in an Actio of the Case uppon Accote to the dammage of 16; In the Action of accte betweene Mathew Beckwith plt and Thomas Rowell defent the Jury findes for the plt damages fourteene pounds and 9s and Costs of Courte whith the Courte allows to bee ten Shillings.

9. Court Appearance; 13 Jun 1655; Pequott, CT 10. Joined with other townsmen petitioning the court.

10. Lawsuit; 15 May 1660; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 11. Richrd Hartley plt contr Math: Beckwith Dft in an actioon of ye case to ye damadge of 24; The Jury finds for ye Plt the debt according to Bill and the forfeiture of ye sd payment on ye Bond and costs of ye Court.

Mathew Beckwith Plat contr Thomas Brooks in an action of Debt by Bill to bye damadge of 50; Thomas Brooks not appeareing to answer according to Summons The Court Grants to ye Plaintief a spetial warrant for Brooks his appearance at ye Court in June vnless there happen a Court at N: London about that time.

11. Lawsuit; 4 Sep 1662; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 12. John Richards Pt contr Georg Halsey Math Beckwith Peeter Blachfield & Tho: Stafford in an action of ye case respecting an assult & Battery; Matthew Beckwith not mentioned in the final judgement of the Court.

12. Death; 21 Oct 1680 13. As recorded in the journal of Simeon Bradford: "Octob. 21. Matthew Brecket Sen. aged about 70, missing his way in a very dark night, fell from a Ledge of rocks about 20 or 30 foot high and beat out his brains against a stone he fell vpon. Another man yt was wth him was wthin a yard of ye place but by gods Providee came not to such an end. Let him and all nearly concerned, ye every one, make good vse of such an awfull & Solemne Providee."

13. Inventory Taken; 13 Dec 1682; Lyme, New London, CT 14. 293.01.00

Matthew married Mary Unknown (Beckwith) 15 before 1643 in Connecticut 1. (Mary Unknown (Beckwith) was born about 1620 in England and died on 30 Jun 1694 in Lyme, New London, CT.)


Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 F    i. Elizabeth Beckwith 1 was born about 1647 in Connecticut 1 and died on 15 Jan 1718/19 in Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT 1.
   3 M    ii. Matthew Beckwith 2 15 was born about 1645 2 15 and died on 4 Jun 1727 in Lyme, New London, CT 2 15.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Gravestone; 14 Jun 1727; Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme, New London Co., CT 17.

2. VR - Death; 14 Jun 1727; Lyme, New London, CT 18.

   4 F    iii. Mary Beckwith 1 15 was born about 1643 in East Lyme, New London Co., CT 1 15 and died in Massachusetts 1 15.
   5 F    iv. Sarah Beckwith 1 15 was born about 1650 in East Lyme, New London Co., CT 1 15.
   6 M    v. Joseph Beckwith 1 15 was born about 1653 in East Lyme, New London Co., CT 1 15 and died in 1707 in Lyme, New London, CT 1 15.
   7 M    vi. Nathaniel Beckwith 1 15 was born about 1656 in East Lyme, New London Co., CT 1 15 and died after 1725 in Connecticut 1.
   8 M    vii. John Beckwith 1 15 was born about 1665 in East Lyme, New London Co., CT 1 15 and died on 5 Dec 1757 in Connecticut 1 15.

Second Generation (Children)


2. Elizabeth Beckwith 1 (Matthew1) was born about 1647 in Connecticut 1 and died on 15 Jan 1718/19 in Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT 1.

Documented events in her life were:

1. Divorce; Oct 1674; New Haven, New Haven Co., CT 19.

Elizabeth married Robert Gerard 1 about 1665 in Lyme, New London, CT 1 16. (Robert Gerard was born about 1645 in Connecticut 1 and died in 1674 in Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT 1.)

Documented events in his life were:

1. Divorce; Oct 1674; New Haven, New Haven Co., CT 19. Robert Gerard [or Jarrad] made the statement that he "wished... [his wife] to take her course" or be free to remarry. (Divorce Case of Elizabeth Jarrad [Oct. 1674], Recs. Ct. of Assts., Lacy transcript, I, 55) Robert may have threatened to make provisions for binding out their daughter Elizabeth after he deserted the family. [Women Before the Bar, p. 124]


Children from this marriage were:

   9 F    i. Elizabeth Gerard 1 was born about 1667 in Connecticut 1 and died after 1719 in Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT 1.

Elizabeth married John Bailey 1, son of John Bailey and Lydia Backus. (John Bailey was born about 1655 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT 1, died on 28 Sep 1734 in Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT 1 and was buried in 1734 in Old Burying Gnd, Haddam, Middlesex, CT.)

Documented events in his life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 17 Jun 1696; Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT 20. Bequeathed one half of his father's lands in will.



Sources


1. Ancestors of Harold Monroe Jr. Walden, (Harold Monroe Walden, 30214 Briarcrest Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628-1149, (512)863-8678 hmwalden@flash.net).

2. Ancestors of Frances Jean Jones, (Frances Jean Jones-Lory, 1540 W. Kent Dr., Chandler, Arizona 85224, 602-726-8291, franjones@inficad.com).

3. Records of The Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663, (Hartford, 1928). p 4.

4. ibid. p 18.

5. ibid. p 29.

6. ibid. p 62-63.

7. ibid. p 102.

8. ibid. p 106.

9. ibid. p 146-147.

10. ibid. p 148.

11. ibid. p 212-213.

12. ibid. p 252.

13. Bradstreet, Simeon, Simeon Bradstreet, Memoires, New London, 1664, (New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol 8, October 1854, p 325).

14. New London Co., CT, Probate Records. A:52-54.

15. Fox, Simeon M., Matthew Beckwith and His Family, (The American Genealogist, Vol 21, No 1, p 259-265).

16. Cornelia Hughes Dayton, Women Before the Bar; Gender, Law & Society in Connecticut, 1639-1789, (North Carolina, 1995). p 119.

17. Headstones - Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme, CT, (The Connecticut Nutmegger, Vol 15, No 3, Dec 1982).

18. Clapham, Rev. F. W., Births, Marriages & Deaths in Lyme, Conn., (New England Historical & Genealogical Register; Vol 23, October 1869, p 425-429). 23:426.

19. Cornelia Hughes Dayton, Women Before the Bar; Gender, Law & Society in Connecticut, 1639-1789, (North Carolina, 1995). p 118-119.

20. Charles W. Manwaring, Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records (Hartford District), (Hartford, 1902). Vol 1, p 535.

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