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born about 1615 in Kent, England, died about 1690 in Windsor, Hartford
Co., Connecticut; married Ann
born about 1619, died 10 July 1655 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut,
perhaps sister to Anthony, John, and Samuel Wilson of Fairfield, Connecticut.
He married second 22 June 1662 at Northampton, Massachusetts, Elizabeth
Abell, widow of Henry Curtis of Windsor and Northampton. Richard
and Ann were parents of:
born 9 August 1645 at Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, died 1686 at
Deerfield, Connecticut; married 24 March 1669/1670 at Northampton, Massachusetts,
Alford or Alvord,
born 6 July 1651, died between May 1687 and 23 May 1687, daughter of Alexander
and his wife Mary
daughter of Richard
who died 22 August 1683, and his wife Ann,
who died 7 December 1683.
On 7 November 1673, he attended the first meeting of the inhabitants of Deerfield. As a young man he lived through the terror of King Philip's War and fled with his father to Northampton where they both took the oath of allegiance on 8 February 1678/1679. John Weller presumably returned to Deerfield with his father and he was the first of the two to die at Deerfield in 1686. His death is listed after one on June 24th, and before one on November 14, and he probably died between those two dates.
The inventory of John Weller's estate was taken on 18 March 1686/1687 and presented to the Quarterly Court at Springfield, Massachusetts on 7 June 1687 "by Richard Weller, Father to the deceased," who was made administrator. John owned a house valued at eleven pounds, two cows and a horse, and two swine.
(3) John Weller, born 14 February 1670/1671 at Northampton, Massachusetts, died 3 April 1734 at New Milford, Connecticut; married 22 March 1693 in Deerfield or New Milford Rebecca Cooley, born 23 August 1671 in Springfield, Massachusetts, died after 17 May 1744 at New Milford, Connecticut, daughter of Obadiah Cooley and Rebecca Williams. He and his brother Thomas left Springfield about 1708 and settled in New Milford, where they were among the first twelve settlers there. On 15 May 1712, John and Thomas Weller and the other ten settlers built the first meeting house. From Orcutt's History of New Milford comes the following narrative:
"John Weller from Springfield, Mass., was one of the first settlers, and came here (New Milford) probably in 1708, and the following agreement which he made with Thomas Smith, who owned at the time the second lot on the Town Street, east side, illustrates a little the methods and work of making a settlement in the wilderness. Mr. Weller, soon after this agreement, sold his lease and removed to another lot further north. Articles of agreement between Thomas Smith of Milford, weaver ... and John Weller of New Milford.John and Rebecca were parents of:
1. That ye sd Weller, his heirs, Exrrs, and Admrs, shall quietly and peaceably enjoy ye sd Smith's right in ye tract of land lying within ye bounds of sd New Milford, for ye full space or term of twelve years after ye date hereof.
2. That ye sd Smith shall procure an hundred and fifty apple trees at Woodbury for ye sd Weller to plant on ye land previously mentioned.
3. That ye sd Smith shall bear and discharge one-half of ye charge at law if occasion require for defence of ye sd right.
4. The sd Smith or his heirs, shall make sufficient and effectual conveyances in ye law, of one-half of ye Right or land aforesaid, at ye end of ye sd twelve years to sd Weller and his heirs forever; and that all ye buildings ye said Weller hath, or hereafter shall erect upon ye sd land, shall be contained in ye sd conveyances.
5. The sd Weller shall plant ye sd trees on sd land, pay all charges that shall arise upon sd Right or land, excepting only what is mentioned in ye sd articles and at ye end of ye sd term, quietly and peaceably surrender one-half ye sd Right or land unto ye sd Smith, his heirs or assigns.
born 28 August 1699 in Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts, died 17
March 1755 in The Oblong, Dutchess Co., New York; married 12 November 1728
in New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, Mary
born about 1710, probably in Fairfield Co., Connecticut, daughter of John
of New Milford. He came with his father to New Milford about 1708.
According to Orcutt's History of New Milford, "Obadiah Weller . . . united
with First Church in 1726. He was quite a substantial landholder and citizen,
and had a family of three children. He united with the Congregational Church
in 1726, and seems to have been in good standing in 1731, when he was one
of the nineteen who withdrew from that church, and united with the Quakers;
and in 1743 he joined the Church of England."
About 1750 he moved to a region of Dutchess Co., New York known as "The Oblong," where he died five years later. Obadiah and Mary were parents of:
born 19 September 1731 in New Milford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, died
in Washington Co., New York; married 17 December 1751 in Sharon, Litchfield
Co., Connecticut, Miriam
born about 1732 in Sharon, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. Miriam was
the aunt of their daughter-in-law Lucinda
He came with his father about 1750 to the Oblong. On 10 September 1755, he bought land in the Indian Mountain area of Sharon, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, and his name appears in Sharon deeds as late as 1778.
In 1757 and 1758 he fought in the French and Indian War. He later served during the Revolution from 5 May 1778 to 3 February 1779 in the 2nd Reg't., 3rd Co. Amos and Miriam were parents of:
born 19 May 1760 in Sharon, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, died 9 June 1829
in Fort Ann, Washington Co., New York; married 18 August 1779 in Lenox,
Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, Lucinda
his first cousin, born 22 December 1762 in Lenox, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts,
died 22 September 1853 in Fort Ann, Washington Co., New York. The
wedding was officiated by Rev. Samuel Munson. Lucinda's brother Ashbel
and cousin Cornelius Treat, son of Ashbel's brother Timothy were witnesses.
In January 1776, at 15 years of age, he enlisted in the Revolution and served for one year. He enlisted again in 1777 and served for another year. On 22 December 1778 he bought ten acres of land in Sharon for £20 from Barnabas Wood; however almost immediately after the purchase he removed to Lenox, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. On 29 March 1781, he sold the porperty back to Wood for £15.
In May 1781, Daniel again enlisted in the Continental Army. In 1787 their son Ira was born in Connecticut (according to Ira's report in the 1860 census), so perhaps Daniel and his family had returned to Sharon by that time. Not long after, they removed west to Washington Co., New York, where he first appears on the census of Fort Ann in 1800.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C. has compiled a "Patriot File" for Daniel Weller, which contains a five page typescript entitled: "Descendants of Richard Weller of WIndsor, Connecticut, Northampton and Deerfield, Massachusetts, as published in the American Genealogist by Claude W. Barlow." This transcript of the article says on page 3 that:
"Until 1781 Daniel and Lucinda lived in Lenox, Mass for at least during most of this time Daniel was in the Army and Lucinda probably remained with her family. Later they returned to Connecticut and probably lived in Sharon as their first four children were baptised in the Sharon Congregational Church. These were Nancy, John, Ira and zilpha. The fifth child, Lucinda, was born June 2nd, 1792 in Vermont probably at the home of Lucinda's sister Amy who married Deacon Philemon Wolcott and lived in Shoreham, Vermont. The remaining children Miriam, Samuel, Henry, William, Chloe and Eliza were probably born at Westfield, now called Fort Ann."This research proves that none of Daniel Weller's children were born at Lenox, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, as the LDS's IGI claims.
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