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The Ancestors of Alvah Millard and Elsie Viola Joitel

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1280. Charles10 Williams
Charles Williams listed as a property owner in a list of 8 March 1716 while living in Colchester.  He evidentally held the land which William Weekes had owned, for in the resettlement old property rights where respected.

(per Katherine Kruger): Perhaps in Worcester in 1684.  He appears in Hadley MA 1691-96.  About 1700 Charles removed to Colchester.  His first grantee deed in Colchester is dated 11 Jan 1703.

He was a Lieutenant of the Colchester Militia and a man of prominence in the town.  In 1707 selected to do repairs on the meeting house and in 1717 selected to build a gallery there.  In 1710 one of four men granted permission to set up a saw mill on the Pine Swamp Brook.

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1282. Thomas10 Robinson
Thomas Robinson was an Ensign of the E. Haddam Militia Co. and a man of high standing in the town.  A Selectman 1703/04.

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1723-1729, 1906.:
Invt. in Vol. XII, Page 97-8 Ensign Thomas Robinson, Haddam
Died 20 October, 1725. Invt. ?707-09-01. Taken 20 November, 1725, by Daniel Brainard, Timothy Fuller and Thomas Cone.

Court Record, Page 124 5 April, 1726: Adms. granted to Charles Williams, son-in-law, by request of Lydia Robinson, the relict of sd. decd.

Page 185 21 April, 1726: Charles Williams, Adms., exhibited an account of his Adms.  Accepted.  Order to dist. the estate: To Lydia Robinson, the widow, the sum of ?48-14-06 1-2 out of the moveable estate, which is 1-3 part thereof, to be her own forever, and 1-3 part of the real estate for her improvement during life.  And this Court appoint Daniel Brainard, Robert Chapman and Thomas Cone, distributors.

See Dist. on File: 6 May, 1726: To Lydia Robinson, the widow, land that was formerly Nathaniel Ackley's; to Mary Robinson, only daughter, now wife of Charles Williams.  By Daniel Brainard, Robert Chapman and Thomas Cone, distributors.

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1284. John10 Hurd
Register 132:85-86, "The Hurds of Boston": On 12 Sep 1686 an Indian named Tom Sipson (also called "Little Tom") deeded to John and Deborah Hurd a twenty-acre lot of land at Potonumequot, in that part of Eastham later known as Old Harwich "In Consideration of the good will and Affection which I have and Doe bare unto Deborah Hurd and the family to which Shee did belong" and other considerations.  In another deed, dated 7 Apr 1707, the exact bounds of this land were established.

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1288. Samuel10 Burr
Samuel Burr was a freeman of Hartford May 1658.  He received land at Greenfield from his fathers will but died a year and a half later.

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1635-1700, 1906.:
Page 105, Samuel Burr, Hartford
Died 29 September, 1682.  Invt. £541-10-11.  Taken 5 October, 1682, by Paul Peck sen., Joseph Mygatt, Ciprian Niccolls, George Grave, Joseph Easton.  The children: Samuel, 20 years of age; John 12, 5-12; Mary 9, 8-12; Elizabeth, 7 years of age, and Jonathan, 3 years and 8 months.

Court Record, Page 61 13 December, 1682: Adms. to Stephen Hopkins and Thomas Catlin.  Order to Dist., With the advice of the Magistrates and Marshall George Grave, to Samuel £160, to John £100, to Jonathan £100, to Mary £80, to Elizabeth £80, as they come of age.

Cutter, Connecticut Vol. II: He evidently was a man of great business ability, and left quite a large estate.  All his children were minors at the time of his death, and by the provision of his will were to possess the property as they came of age.

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1290. Nathaniel10 Hubbard
Cutter, Connecticut Vol. IV: He was a subscriber to the fund for the purchase of the Middletown church bell.  He lived at Long Hill on the cross roads, Middletown

Hubbard History p.276: Nathaniel contributed 15s, his brothers Joseph 15s, Daniel 10s and Richard 6s toward the first church bell used in Middletown, which supplanted the drum.

Extract from Colonial Records - Hartford, May 12, 1692: "This Court doe for the present upon good consideration and till farther Order free Nath'l Hubbard from Training."

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1729-1750, 1906.:
Page 80-81, Nathaniel Hubbard, Sen., Middletown
Invt. £341-09-03. Taken 2 June, 1738, by Solomon Adkins, Ephraim Adkins and Wm. Rockwell.

Will dated 6 March, 1734-5.
I, Nathaniel Hubbard, Sen., of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, being sensible by my great age and weakness through it that my departure is at hand, do make and ordain this my last will and testament: I give to my son Nathaniel Hubbard what I have given him by deed of gift and £10 in money more, and 1-2 of my land on the west side the mountain, belonging to the lott my son Ebenezer liveth on.

I give to my son John Hubbard what I have given him by deed of gift and £5 in money more, and the 1-2 of my land on the west side of the mountain, belonging to the lott my son Ebenezer liveth on.  I give to my son Ebenezer Hubbard what I have given him by deed of gift and 10 shillings more.

I give to my daughter Mary what I have given her by deed of gift and a share in the remainder of the homelott, so much as with the 1-2 acre already given her to make her part equal in value with her sisters' part in the homelott, except Sarah; and also a pewter platter which her mother designed for her.

I give to my daughter Abigail £10-15-00 in money, which is to make her equal with the rest of them, and an iron kettle and an old brass kettle which her mother designed for her.  I give to my daughter Elizabeth £10-15 in money, which is to make her equal with Esther, and my feather bed and blankets.

I give to my daughter Sarah 1-2 of an acre of land at the southeast corner of my homelott, to lye square, and my new brass kettle, and my iron pott, and a pewter platter, which her mother designed for her.  I give to my daughter Thankfull £7-15-00 in money to make her equal with Esther, and 1-2 of my hetchell and my chest.  I give to my daughter Esther my warming pan.

My will is that my debts, funeral charges and ye legacies above mentioned to be paid to my children be paid out of my household stuff not here disposed of, and out of my stock so far as they will go, and the rest to be made up out of my homelott.

And what remains of my homelott and buildings upon it I give to my 7 daughters, to Abigail, Elizabeth, Sarah, Thankfull, Hannah and Esther equal parts in it, and to Mary such a part as with the half acre I have already given her to make her part equal in value with her sisters' parts except Sarah, who is to have the half acre above mentioned besides her equal part in the rest.

I appoint my sons Nathaniel and John Hubbard executors.
Witness: William Rockwell, Benjamin Hand, Jr., Ebenezer Rockwell. Nathaniel X Hubbard, Sen., ls. Court Record, Page 30 5 June, 1738: Will proven.

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1292. Samuel10 Belden
Samuel Belden was a merchant.  In 1699 he was one of several signers of a witchcraft petition against Katherine Harrison.

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1729-1750, 1906.:
Page 119-20, Samuel Belding, Sen., Wethersfield
Died 27 December, 1738, Invt. £381-16-01.  Taken 25 January, 1739, by Josiah Churchill, Ebenezer Wright and Ichabod Welles.  Will dated 25 December, 1738.

I, Samuel Belding, Sen., of Wethersfield, do make this my last will and testament: I give unto Hannah, my wife, the use of all my personal or moveable estate during the time of her natural life or widowhood, and at my wife's decease or marriage I give my son Matthew 20 shillings and no more, and the remaining part of my moneys, goods or chattels I give to the rest of my children to be equally divided among them, or to their heirs.

And further, as an addition to my son Samuel and to my son Daniel, I give to each of them and to their heirs all my right and title in or to the commons or undivided lands in Wethersfield or elsewhere.

And my will is that my wife and my son Daniel be my executors.
Witness: Josiah Churchill, John Crane, Jr., Ichabod Welles.
Samuel Belding, ls.

Court Record, Page 40 2 February, 1738-9: Will proven.
Recorded: Samuel Curtiss (L. S.)

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1294. Zachariah10 Seymour
Zachariah Seymour was a minor when his father died.  His mother remarried John Steele of Farmington.  He was a freeman in Farmington 1669, later he removed to Wethersfield and was a merchant.

History of Hartford County 2:485 - Wethersfield: Zachariah Seymour set up a fulling mill near the confluence of Two-stone and Hang-dog brooks, in 1697.

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1700-1710, 1906.:
Page 42-3, Zachariah Seamore, Wethersfield
Invt. £200-04-03. Taken by Robert Welles and Jonathan Boreman, Selectmen.

Will dated 14 April, 1702.
I, Zachariah Seamore of Wethersfield, do make this my last will and testament: As to my housing and land which I have in the Township of Wethersfield, and all other estate, I do bequeath to my wife 1-3 part, having the command of one room in my dwelling house as part of her third, which is to be at her command so long as she shall remain my widow, and then to receive a reasonable rent for her part of the house.

I give to my four daughters the whole and sole right to all my estate, especially my houseing and lands, after the decease of my wife, and 2-3 of all my estate to them I give as they come of age, and I give to each alike.

Further, I do choose my loving brethren John Seamore, Sen., of Hartford, and Richard Seamore, of Farmington, to be overseers with John Seamore, Jr., and Thomas Seamore, of Hartford.  And they may put out my children at their discretion.
Witness: John Seamore, Jr., Thomas Seamore.
Zachariah Seamore.

Court Record, Page 34 11 November, 1702: Will proven.  This Court grant letters of Adms., with the will annexed, unto the widow and John Seamore, who gave bond of £100.

Page 71 6 September, 1705: John Seamore, Jr., and Mary Seamore, widow, presented to this Court an account of their Adms.: Paid in debts and charges, £16-09-01.  Which account this Court allow and order to be put on file.

Page 72 7 November, 1705: Adms. account accepted, and this Court grant them a Quietus Est.

Page 284 (Vol. VIII): Inventory of some land belonging to the estate of Zachariah Seamore, late of Wethersfield, decd., valued at £48-10-00.  Taken 28 April, 1714, by John Hart, Sen., and John Stanly, Sen.

Court Record, Page 184 5 April, 1714: This Court grant letters of Adms., with the will annexed, to Henry Grimes of Wethersfield, son-in-law.

Page 187 5 April, 1714: Ruth Seamore, age 15 years, daughter of Zachariah Seamore, late of Wethersfield, chose Josiah Churchill of Wethersfield to be her guardian. Recog., £50.

Page 191 3 May, 1714: Henry Grimes of Wethersfield, Adms. on the estate of Zachariah Seamore of Wethersfield, exhibited additional inventory consisting of certain lands of the sd. deceased lying within the bounds of the Township of Farmington.  The Court orders the same recorded and kept on file.  Also this Court order that the lands shall be equally divided among the surviving daughters or their legal representatives, first setting out to the widow her thirds or dowry.  And appoint Capt. Ephraim Goodrich, Mr. George Kilbourn and Philip Goff, Jr., to dist. the sd. estate.

Dist. File: 3 May, 1714: Estate of Zachariah Seamore: To the widow, to Mary the wife of Henry Grimes, to Elizabeth the wife of Henry Belding, to Abigail and to Ruth Seamore.  By Ephraim Goodrich, George Kilbourn and Philip Goff, Jr.

Genealogical and family history of the State of Connecticut Vol. IV: Zachary removed to Norwalk with his father in 1652; removed to Farmington in 1655, after the death of his father; freeman of Farmington, 1669; he was a merchant engaged in trade with the Barbadoes.  He removed to Wethersfield, where he died August, 1702, ae. 60.  He had no sons.

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1295. Mary10 Gritt
Some researchers have thought her surname might be Greet or Garrett. However, no records have been found which support those spellings.

Register Vol. 20 p.127 (Records of Wethersfield CT): Seimer (Seymour), Zachariah, and Mary, dau. of wid. Mary Gritt, were m. Feb. 9, 1688. ...
Vol. 71 p.112 (genealogy): Zechariah ... m. at Wethersfield 9 Feb 1687/8, Mary Gritt. ...
Vol. 72 p.212 (another genealogy): ... Mary Gritt, who survived him and married secondly Joseph Hollister. etc
Vol. 142 p.333 (discussion of Sarah Harris): Sarah and Mary Macky witnessed the will of John2 Seymour (Richard1) at Hartford, 12 Dec 1712. [Discusses connections of Macy and Goffe families.] The testator John Seymour's sister-in-law Mary (Gritt) Seymour, widow of Zachariah of Wethersfield, had married Joseph Hollister, Walter Harris's brother-in-law and his ward in 1701.

There is a Garrett family in Boston, wife and daughter Mary:
Register Vol. 18 p.327 (Abstracts from Early Wills): The last will & Testament of Robt Garrett of Boston ... for the disposition of my Outward Estate, being now upon a voyage to the Barbados. I give to my wife, Mary, my House in Boston wherein shee now dwells, for her life, & after her decease I give the said House, with the Appurtenances, unto my fowre Children, John Garret, Robt Garret, Mary Garrett & Sarah Garrett, to bee Equally Divided Amongst them, ... dated November 27, 1660. Robert X Garret. his marke. Wittnes Penelop Bellingham, Joseph X Fowlers marke, Richard Bellingham. Joseph Fowler deposed 1st August 1668 (Lib. VI. 13)
Vol. 2 p.188 (Records of Boston): John Garret son of Robt Garret & Mary his wife was born the 2 of the 4 month 1643.

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1308. James10 Parker
1659 Was first and largest proprietor of Groton, Mass., at time of its organization.

Groton historical series I:XII:k5 - At this period, Captain James Parker, of Groton, was the most prominent man in town, filling many civil and military positions.  Mr. Butler, in his History, says of him: --

He was successively chosen a selectman of Groton in most of the years from 1662 to 1699, when chosen for the last time.  During this period he was moderator of most of the town meetings, a member and chairman of all important committees, chosen to locate highways, lay out land, establish boundaries of the town, and in fine, to transact all business of a municipal, parochial, or public nature.  He was a very active, noted, and, as is presumed, a very brave officer, in the wars with the Indians. (Pages 281, 282).

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2562. William11 Weekes
He probably was the William Weekes who bought land at Worchester MA and sold it on 26 Nov 1686 to Isaac Bull.  Weekes was at Northfield (then part of Hadley) Mass. by June 1688.  He had 20 acres which was assigned to him.  Northfield was abandoned in 1689/90 because of the French and Indian War and Weekes removed to Enfield (then MA, now CT).  Northfield was not resettled until 1714.

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2566. Nicholas11 Ackley
A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1687 to 1695, 1906.:
p.213 Nicholas Ackley, Haddam
Died 29 April, 1695.  Invt. £188-11-00. Taken 8 May, 1695, by John Scovel, John Bate, Alexander Rooly (Rollo).  The children--5 Sons: John, Thomas, Nathaniel, James, Samuel; and 5 daughters: Hanna, Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary & Lydia.

Court Record, Page 89--5 September, 1695: Adms. to John Ackley.

Page 97--20 March, 1696: An Agreement between the Widow & Children of Nicholas Ackley, which this Court approve.

Dist, on File: To the Mother-in-law £12 and her own Estate that she brought to the House; the Eldest son a double share, and each of the others a single share. Signed: Witness: John Chapman, Abel Shaylor.

Miriam Ackley, James Ackley, Thomas Ackley, Elizabeth X Shalor, Nathaniel Ackley, Hanna X Purple, John Ackley, Mary X Beppin, Samuel Ackley, Sarah Spencer, Lydia Robinson, wife of Thomas Robinson.

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2568. John11 Hurd
Register 132:83-85, "The Hurds of Boston": He was admitted an inhabitant of Boston on 25 Mar 1639, "having served Mr. Wm. Hutchinson in this town divers years."  Hutchinson had arrived in Boston in September 1634 aboard the Griffin.  John Hurd (who often spelled the surname Hord) was admitted to the church on 7 May 1639 with his wife Mary, and on 13 May 1640 was admitted a freeman.

In a 1839 entry the Boston town records state that "on July 29 John Hurd to have a lot for three heads at the Mount" (i.e. for three people at Mt. Wollaston); and another piece was granted to him on 24 Feb 1639/40 and still another on 31 Jan 1641/2.  In 1639 John Leverett granted to John Hurd "a house lot in exchange for a lot in the henfield."

In an instrument dated 2 May 1649, Hurd mortgaged his "dwelling hou se in Boston wth the garden & appurtenances" to Governor Thomas Dudley for £23.  The same year he bought a small piece of land for ten shillings at "ye end of his houseplot." ... Their homestead, which was located on present-day (1978) Washington Street between Summer and Bedford streets, was divided by John Hurd's will between his sons John and Jacob.

The general confusion over the complete list of Hurd's children results from the habitual drunkenness of John Hurd for which he was several times excommunicated from the church.  As a result, those children born during the periods of excommunication were called of "our sister John Hurds wife" or, as twice happened mistakenly, of "our sister Ann Hurd". ...

On 16 1st mo 1670, John Hurd was one of three men "prohibited the frequentinge houses of entertainmt upon the penaltie of Law lately published and read unto them".  Another accout dated 31 May 1660 says: John Hurd & Nicholas Hodsden apearing before the court to give an accompt, the first, for not coming to ye last Genll Court, being warned, &c, professing his lamenes & unfittes to travaile ... the Court, having heard wt jthey could say, ordered that they should be admonished by the Govnor notwthstanding yeir answers".

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2569. Mary11 [--?--]
Register 132:83-85, "The Hurds of Boston": Mary Hurd often acted as nurse in the neighborhood and was occasionally called in to minister to the family of Samuel Sewall who noted these visits in his diary.

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2570. George11 Kendrick
Planters of the Commonwealthp.134-35: James of Bristol, sailed June 4, arrived August 17, '... having one hundred passengers, honest people of Yorkshire, being put into the Isles of Shoals, lost three anchors; and setting sail, no canvas or ropes would hold, but she was driven within a cable's length of the rocks at Pascatauack, when suddenly the wind, coming to N.W., put them back to the Isles of Shoals, and, being there ready to strike upon the rocks, they let out a piece of their mainsail, and weathered the rocks.' [quoted from Winthrop's Journal and Mather's Journal]

Passengers included Rev. Richard Mather and his family, George Kendrick and Mrs. Jane Kendrick.

Pioneers in Massachusetts p.266: George came in the ship with Rev. Richard Mather from Bristol ENG. ... Admitted to the church in Scituate with his wife, 9 Apr 1637.  Removed to Barnstable, then to Boston.

Scituate History p.300: George Kendrick was one of the members dismissed from Plymouth Church, 1634, "in case they join in a body at Scituate."  He had lands in Scituate 1633; was a freeman 1635.  His house lot was on Kent street, the second south of the drift way, between Elder Tilden's and Isaac Stedman's.  He had a lot on third cliff, between the lots of John Hanmer and William Dauckinges; also marsh near Stony cove.

He was a volunteer soldier in the Pequod war [1637].  In 1645, when he sold one hundred and sixty acres of land on North river to William Randall (near Till's or Dwelly's creek), he was in Boston.

There is no record of his family here [in Scituate]. In Boston there is the record of Joseph, born 1639, and Deborah 1646. He is not the George Kendrick who took the oath of fidelity in Rehoboth in 1658.

Register 4:86: June 1639, George Kennerich witnessed the will of Thomas Pryor of Scituate.

Register 4:256-57: List of those able to bear Arms in New Plymouth ... Scituate. 1643 ... George Kennerick

[Although his son John's birth of 1639 is recorded in Boston, it is listed with Deborah's in 1646.  The above two notes from the Register suggest that George was still in Scituate as late as 1643.]

Register 9:279-85, "Scituate and Barnstable Church Records of Rev. John Lothrop:
1636 The houses in ye plantation - Scituate ... Goodman Kenricks
9 Apr 1637 Kinricke and his wife joyned at Scituate
25 Nov 1638 Deborah daughter of George Kinerick baptized at Scituate
21 Feb 1638/9 Deborah daughter of George Kenrick buried at Scituate

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2574. Joseph11 Rogers
Great Migration Begins p.1598: In the 1623 Plymouth land division Joseph Rogers was granted two acres as a passenger on the Mayflower, for himself and his deceased father. ... "Joseph Rogers and John Rogers, his brother," were granted fifty acres of upland each at the North River, 6 April 1640. ... In his accounting of these families as of 1651 Bradford tells us that "Thomas Rogers died in the first sickness but his son Joseph is still living and is married and hath six children."

Caleb Johnson's After his father died, Joseph appears to have resided in the Bradford household for around ten years. ... He moved from Plymouth to Duxbury around 1638, and lived there for a number of years, before moving to Eastham around 1646, and resided in Sandwich for a few years around 1650 before returning to Eastham. ... In his will he names his wife Hannah, the only record found that names his wife.

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2576. Benjamin11 Burr
Families of Early Hartford p.127: One of the proprietors "by courtesie of the town" receiving six acres in the distribution of 1639-40; his home lot was on the east side of the road to the Cow Pasture, afterward called Burr St., now North Main St.  He served in the Pequot War; freeman May 1658; chimney viewer 1670.

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1677 to 1687, 1906.:
Page 59-60 Benjamin Burr, Hartford
He died 31 March, 1681. Invt. £232-12-06. Taken 15 April, 1681, by Nicholas Olmsted, Caleb Stanly. Will dated 2 June, 1677.

I Benjamin Burr of Hartford do make this my last Will & Testament: I give unto my wife Ann Burr, during her life, excepting only what I appoynt to be payd before her decease.

I give unto my son Samuel & his heirs & assigns forever, after my wive's decease, all my Land at Greenfield with all the Buildings thereon, & I doe allso give him whatsoever he hath all ready received from me.

Item. I give to my sonn Thomas Burr & his heirs for ever, all my houseing & Land in the Township of Hartford, after my wive's decease; & my teame, that is, two oxen & an Horse, allso all the utensills to the Team belonging, as cart, plow & such like, to be his after my decease; & my will is that he doe with the Teame & utensills all worke for my wife while she Liveth that is to be done with a Teame.

Item. I give to my daughter Hannah Burr £10; to my daughter Mary Crow 20s; to my grand child Mary Crow £10. I give £10 to my wife to be at her dispose by her will to such of her children as by their duty & behavior shall in her Judgement best deserve the same. I give to my daughter Hannah £10 more, to be paid by my sonn Thomas Burr after his mother's decease, besides what is above mentioned.

Item. My will is that my sonn Thomas shall take care of his mother while they live together in this world, to supply her wants in all respects so farr as the Estate Left to that End will do it. I make my wife Ann Burr & my sonn Thomas Burr Joynt & only Executors. Benjamin X Burr.

Court Record, Page 39--20 April, 1681: Will Proven.

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2577. Ann11 Wendell
A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1677 to 1687, 1906.:
Page 157 Widow Ann Burr
who died 31 August, 1683. Invt. £09-06-06. Taken 6 December, 1683, by Thomas Butler, Nathaniel Goodwin, also to be Distributors.

Court Record, Page 79--18 December, 1683: Estate to be divided equally to Thomas Burr and Mary Clark, except one Coat which Mary Crow hath.

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2578. John11 Baysey
Families of Early Hartford p.44: John Baysey, weaver, was an original proprietor; his house lot was on the south side of the road from the mill to the south meadow, now Elm St.  Was chosen chimney viewer 1649; surveyor of highways, 1652; constable, 1656; fence viewer, 1667; townsman, 1669.

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1663 to 1677, 1906.:
Page 94-97 Weaver, John Basey Hartford
Invt. £383-02-06. Taken 29 August, 1671, by Richard Butler, Nicholas Olmsted, George Grave, Jr. Will dated 14 August, 1671.
In the name of God, Amen. I John Baysey of Hartford, in the Colony of Connecticut, in New England--Weaver--being at this present weak in Body but of sound memory and good understanding, considering my own frailty, I have made and ordained this my last will and testament in manner and form following: That is to say, first of all I commit my soul into the hands of Allmighty God, my Creator and preserver, when it shall please him to call for the same out of this transitory Life, and my Body to comely Christian Buriall, in ashured hope of the blessed resurection of the same at the Last day.

And as for that portion of worldly goods and Estate that it hath pleased God to Lend mee here for a time, I doe by this my Last will and testament dispose thereof as followeth: First, my will is that all my just debts due from mee to any person or persons whatsoever bee duely discharged and paid out of my personal estate, and that my funeral expenses bee in like manner paid out of my estate.

Item. I give and Bequeath unto my grand son Paul Peck my peice of upland, being about fower acres, Lying Between Land of Thomas Cattlyn and Goodman Bacon, as allso my division or part of the upland on the East side of the great river, to bee his and his heirs for ever after my decease.

Item. I give unto my grandson Joseph Baker my wood Lott, being about Seventeen acres, Lying between Thomas Bunce his land and Joseph Eason his Land, to bee his and his heirs for ever after my decease, reserving only to my Beloved wife Elizabeth Basey the use thereof for any fuell or timber that is there, during the term of her natural Life, and to all my daughters the use thereof for fuell or timber till such time as it comes to bee inclosed and otherwise improved.

Item. I give unto my Grandson John Baker my little pasture, beeing about three acres, Lying neer my son Baker's house, to bee to him and his heirs for ever after the decease of my daughter Lydia Baker, to whom I doe give the improvement of it after my decease during her naturall Life.

Item. I give unto my son-in-law John Baker my Loom, with all the tackling Belonging to it, after my decease.

Item. I give unto my Beloved wife Elizabeth Basey my dwelling house and House Lott with the Barn and all the Appurtenances, as allso all my meadow and swamp Land in the South meadow, as allso my p ( )art of six acres near the towns End, during the term of her natural Life; and I doe give unto my said wife a third part of all the prese(nt) corn that shall bee at the time of my decease, and doe except that from being any part in paying any debts or funeral charges. I doe give her one third part in value of all the moveables, Cattell or other personall estate, that shall bee Left, to bee at her owne dispose for ever, and shee to have her choice out of all for that third part.

Item. I give to my eldest daughter Mary Burr my dwelling house, Barn, house Lott, and all their apurtenances, for ever after the decease of her mother, and after my said daughter's decease to descend to her child or children all of them, and so to bee divided that her sons shall have equal shares therein; and if shee leave any daughter or daughters, then the division so to bee made that a daughter's part shall bee half so much as a son's part.

Item. I give unto my daughter Lydia Baker (besides the little pasture mentioned before) one full half of all my meadow and swamp Land in the South meadow, and shee to have the northermost half, that is to say, after the decease of her mother, during her Life time, and after her decease to descend to her children surviving her, to bee divided amongst them in the same proportion as is fore mentioned concerning my daughter Burr her children.

Item. I give the other halfe of my meadow and swamp Land in the South meadow to my daughter Elizabeth Peck after the decease of her mother, and after the decease of my said daughter it shall descend to and bee divided amongst her children surviving, by the same rule and proportion as is mentioned concerning my daughters aforesaid.

Item. I doe make and constitute my Beloved wife Elizabeth Baysey to bee sole Executrix. I doe desire Mr. Richard Butler and Joseph Easton to bee overseers of this my Last will, and in case of their decease, then my friends George Grave Jr. and Stephen Hopkins to bee overseers in their stead. Witness: Steven Hopkins, (Erased signature ) enior. William Pitkin. John Baisie, Ls.

Court Record, Page 115--7 September, 1671: Will proven.

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2579. Elizabeth11 Slaney
A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1663 to 1677, 1906.:
Page 118 Elizabeth Bayse, Hartford
Invt. £60-14-00. Taken 13 December, 1673, by Stephen Hopkins & George Graue. Will not dated.

I Elizabeth Bayse, being by the Providence of god very wecke but of sound understanding, do make this my last will & testament: I do give to my daughter elizabeth peck my 2 Cushions that was my husband's, in Consideration of her Care & Trouble of mee in my sickness. The rest of my Estate I give to my three daughters, Mary Burr, Lydia Baker and Elizabeth Peck, equally to be divided amongst them. Witness: George Grave, Stephen Hopkins. Elizabeth Bayse, LS.

Court Record, Page 135--15 December, 1673: Will & Invt. exhibited by Samuel Burr and Paul Peck.

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2580. George11 Hubbard
Register 14:66, "Record Of The Births, Marriages And Deaths Of The First Proprietors Of Lands In Middletown, Connecticut":
George Hubbard, lands recorded Sept. 5, 1654, vol. 1, p. 13. He resided at Wethersfield, thence he removed to Milford, then to Guilford, and afterwards to Middletown, where he died March 18, 1684-5.  [See below re two George Hubbards] Children by his wife Elizabeth, -- Mary, born Jan. 16, 1641; Joseph, born Dec. 10, 1643; Daniel, born Dec. 1645; Samuel, born May 1648; George born Dec. 1650; Richard, born July 1655; Elizabeth, born Jan. 15, 1659; Nathaniel, Dec. 10, 1652.

14:138 List of the Householders and Proprietors, as taken March 22d, 1670 - George Hubbard £90.10

Register 93:307 "Mrs. Walter Greenough Chase":
Mrs. Chase's earliest ancestors in America of the Hubbard surname lived in Connecticut.  In the pedigree ... she gave as her first "known" Hubbard ancestor in America a George Hubbard of Middletown, Conn., who married Elizabeth Watts.  He had lived at Hartford, Conn., before he settled in Middletown, and his name appears first in 1639, in a list of the early settlers of Hartford.  Whether he had lived elsewhere in America before coming to Hartford is unknown.

He has been confused by some writers with another George Hubbard, who was of Milford and Guilford, Conn., but no relationship between these two men has been proved. ... When he left Hartford, he had a commission from the government of the Colony as "Indian Agent and Trader for the Mattabeesett District."

Of the eight children of George and Elizabeth (Watts) Hubbard the first five were born at Hartford, and the last three at the settlement which in 1653 became the town of Middletown.  The last child born at Hartford was born 15 Dec 1650, received his father's name, George, and died unmarried at Middletown in 1675.  The first child born at Middletown was Nathaniel, born 10 Dec 1652.

It is probable that the elder George Hubbard moved from Hartford to what was later Middletown in March 1650/1.  His marriage probably took place about 1640, since the first child, Mary, was born at Hartford 16 Jan 1641/2.

In 1654 he was admitted freeman.  He acquired extensive tracts of land on both sides of the Connecticut River, and at his death his holdings exceeded a thousand acres.

In his will, dated 22 May 1681, George Hubbard of Middletown stated that he was "eighty years in age", a statement which places his birth in the Old World, about the year 1601.

Hubbard History p. 269-74: His name first appears in 1639 in a list of the early settlers of Hartford.  These settlers came overland from the vicinity of Boston during the years 1635 and 1636, and located the towns of Windsor, Hartford, and Wethersfield CT, also Springfield MA.  George Hubbard was one of the number.

He was given six aces of land [at Hartford] "by courtesy of the town, with privilege of Wood and keeping cows on the common," and resided on a lot adjacent to the land of James Ensign and George Graves on a road that ran parallel with the Connecticut River, according to an early map, now extant.  This road ran from the South Meadow to George Steel's land, and then turned and ran across the "ox pasture" towards Wethersfield, passing near to the Great Swamp.

In 1640, after his marriage, he was assigned a "home-lot" and land upon the east side of the "Great River." ... He appears to have disposed of his land and removed with about fifteen other families in March 1650/1 to Mattabesett, so called until 1653, when it became Middletown. ...

Steps were taken for erecting the first meeting-house 10 Feb 1652. ... The records read: "It was agreet at at meeting at John Halls hous to build a meeting hous and to make it 20 fot square & 10 fot between sill and plat, the heygt of it."  This structure was a one-story log house with a palisade around it, and George Hubbard, living adjacent, was naturally selected as its keeper.  Dec 17, 1666, he was allowed "40 shillings for sweeping the meeting-house and keeping the glass [hour-glass]."  This also included the services of his eldest son, Joseph, who beat the drum to assemble the congregation and to give warning of the approach of Indians.

The donated land [for the meeting house] abutted "against the corners of George Hubbard & Thomas Wetmer [his son-in-law] on the east side - Thomas Wetmer half a rod at ye north corner; George Hubbard half a rod wide, three rods in length, against ye body of ye meeting-house and from thence out into an agle three or four rods further," making in all thirty-two feet square. ... This site was exactly in the middle of the highway, near or between what are now [1895] known as Liberty and Grand streets. ...

An appraisement of his property March 22, 1670, showed him to be worth £90.10s. 15d., and in 1673 £132.10s.  At his death his inventory showed him worth £243.10s., and possessed of a dwelling-house and home lot worth £50, "2 1-3 acres of long meadow" worth £18. 10s., 3 "acres of meadow (at {?} Pennenchaug) on the east side the Great River" worth £9, a tract at Long Hill of 226 acres, another "parcell west from the towne" of 300 acres, one "parcell on the east side of the Great River" of 464 acres, and the "one-halfe Lott" of 30 acres, a total of over one thousand acres. ...

He must have been a man of "marked integrity and fairness" to have been selected by the colony as its Indian Trader.  Much judgment had to be used by this representative of the colony in these dealings.  Promiscuous trading by any one was forbidden, as fire-arms and fire-water were frequently bartered by indiscreet persons, which produced direful results.  This resulted in the selection of one man to do the trading for all.  On his judgement and prudence much depended.  He must have erred, however, at one time, for the Colonial Court [on 24 April 1649] fined him £10 for exchanging a gun with an Indian.

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1677 to 1687, 1906.:
Page 227a-227b George Hubbard, Middletown
He died 16 March, 1684-5. Invt. £243-10-00. Taken 13 May, 1685, by Giles Hamlin, Nathaniel White, William Warde. Legatees: the Widow, son Joseph age 42 years, Daniel 41, Samuel 37, Nathaniel 33, Richard 30, Mary (the wife of Thomas Ranny) 44, Elizabeth (the wife of Thomas Wetmore) 25 years of age. Will dated 2 May, 1681.

I George Hubbard of Middletown, being about 80 years of age, yet in comfortable health of bodie and having the use of my understanding as formerly, do make this my last Will & Testament:

Imprimis: I give to my Eldest son Joseph Hubbard, besids what I have formerly given him, one Acre of my meadow At a place called pasen chauge on the East sid the Great River, to ly on the North sid the Cricke which Runs through my Land.  It. I give to my son Danill Hubard, besids what I gave him formaly, two Acres of Swompe at the west end of my Long meadow swompe Next the bogie meadow.  It. I give to my son Samuel, besides what I formerly gave him, the on halfe of my halfe mile Lott on the East sid the great River, divided by the List in 1673.

It. I give to my son Nathaniel Hubard my peice of bogie meadow, being about on acre & quarter, Lying Next Mr. Giles Hamlins meadow; more over I give to my sayd son Nathaniel all that my meadow on the South sid of the Crick at pason chag on the East sid the Great River; more over I give to my sayd son the one halfe of my Leaven acre Lott at the South End of the towne; I give allso to my sayd son the on Halfe of my Great Lott at the Long Swamp, as allso the on halfe of my great Lott in the westermost Rang of Lotts.

It. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Hubard All the Rest of my Land on the East sid the Great River, besides what is formerly Desposed of, both which is Layd out & which is Lotted for by the List of Estate in the yeare 1673, only my half mille Lott excepted;  It. I give to my Daughter Mary Rany fourty shillings out of my Estate, but on further consideration instead of that fourty shillings I give my sayd daughter the on halfe of my halfe Mille Lott on the East sid the Great River, devided by the List in 1673.

It. I give to my son Richard Hubard my hous I now Dwell in & my barne and all other buildings, with my home Lott they stand on; as also my Long meadow Land & the Rest of my Long meadow swampe besids that I have given to my son Danill, hee allowing my son Daniel a Lamas highway to goe to the Swampe I give him if need Require; more over I give to my sayd son the other halfe of my Leaven Acre Lott at the south end of the towne, as allso the other halfe of my Great Lott at the Long Swampe, & Likewise the other halfe of my great Lott in the Westermost Rang of Lotts.

Moreover it is my meaning herein, and my will is, that my sayd son Richard shall be my solle Executor, Injoyning him to provid Comfortably for his mother During her widow hood, And to pay all my Just Debts for my Desent Buriall; more over I give to my Loving wife Elizabeth Hubard all my housould Goods During her Natural Life, and after her Deseas my will is that my houshould Goods be equally Devided between nathaniel And Richard & Elizabeth, Except the Great Kettle, which I will to my son Richard.

And farther it is my will that my Loving wife shall have the South end of my hous To Dwell in by her self if shee see caus, & rome in the seler for her nesesary use During her widow hood. More over on farther Consideration my will is that my wife Shall have halfe my hom Lott & halfe my orchard during her widow hud, as also on Cowe, And soe to provid for her selfe, & that my son Richard shall pay her three pownds pr year of Corent pay of the Country During her natural Life.
George X Hubard, senior.

Upon farther Consideration I see cause to give the whole eleven acres of Land over the two Sticks brooke by the fulling mill to my Son Nathaniel.
George X Hubard, senior.
Signed in presents of us: Sar. Samuel X Ward. John Hall senior, Ebenezer Hubbard.
I Request my Loving brethren Robert Warner & Deacon John Hall to be the over seers to the performance of my will. 27 February, 1683-4.

Court Record, Page 112--3d September, 1685: Will Proven

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2581. Elizabeth11 Watts
A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1677 to 1687, 1906.:
Page 146-7 Capt. Thomas Watts, Hartford
Invt. £1383-02-10. Taken 22 October, 1683, by Nathaniel Standly, John Easton. Will dated 6 August, 1683.

I Thomas Watts of Hartford do make this my last Will & Testament: I give to my wife Elizabeth Watts my personal Estate forever, and my Real Estate to her during her natural life, and after her decease I give it to my brother's son Samuel Hubbard, whom I have brought up from a child; my Homested, 3 acres of Land in the Indian field, one acre by the River side, 5 1/2 acres in meadow which I bought of Nathaniel Warde, 20 acres of upland adjoyning Mr. Joseph Mygatt, 10 acres at the four-mile hill, all which I give to the said Samuel Hubbard and to his heirs forever, to come into possession within a year after my wife's decease.

I give to my Kinsman Samuel Steele Jr. 5 acres of Land I bought of Nathaniel Warde, 3 acres I bought of John Arnol (d), all lying in a place called Ward's field, adjoyning James Steele sen, Noah Cooke & John Merrells, all which I give to the sd. Samuel Steele & his heirs forever, to be in possession within one yeare after the decease of my wife.

I give to the other six of my sister Hubbard's Children, to Joseph, to Daniel, to Nathaniel, to Richard, to Mary Rannie, to Elizabeth Hubbard, I give to them £100, to be paid to them within one year and a day's departure of my wive's Natural Life.

I give to my brother Brown's Children, to Nathaniel, to John, to Benony Brown, to Hannah Lane (the wife of Isaac Lane), I give and bequeath to these four Children of my Brother Brown all my Lands Lying in the bounds of Middletown, and £38 more, to be paid out of my other Estate.

I give to my Brother James Steele's two sons, James & John Steele, £50 (to James £30, and John Steele £20). I give to Mr. John Whiting £20. I give to the poor of the new church in Hartford ?20. I give to Martha Hannison, to her own proper use, 7 1/2 acres of Land called by the name of Pesiponck; also £20 in other of my Estate.

I give to Samuel Steele sen., my Kinsman, £10. All the remainder of my Estate I give to my wife Elizabeth Watts, and do make her sole Executrix; and I Intreat James Steele sen. and Ensign Nathaniel Standly to be Overseers.
Thomas Watts.
Witness: James Steele sen., Samuel Steele sen.

County Court Record, Page 76--6 Dec. 1683: Will Proven.

Page 129--3 March, 1686-7: This Court appoint to lay out to the Legatees of Capt. Watts' will their several portions of Land according to the Order of the General Court at their last session, and to Meet and bound it according to said Order. And this Court appoint Marshall Grave, Steven Hosmer and Thomas Bunce distributors.

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2584. John11 Belden
History of ancient Wethersfield:
I:204 In March 1658 a company of cavalry ("troopers," or "dragoons" as they were styled) was raised from the Three River Twons, under the command of Capt. John Mason - of which the following members were residents of Wethersfield ... John Belden.

I:248-49 He bought the Nathaniel Dickinson homestead on the East side of Broad St. in 1669, sold it the same day; bought Samuel Boardman's land in the South Field, near the Mill, in 1673. ... In 1673 he bought six pieces of meadow, swamp and upland, of Will Gull; in 1673 he obtained lands by exchange from John Betts and Sam. Boardman's widow, Mary; in 1667 he bought Eleazer Kimberly's 18 acres in the West Field (near present South Hill); was of the Committee on Town Line, 1660; he drew land in allotment of 1670.

II:77 Was made a freeman 1657; was enlisted a trooper under Capt. John Mason 1657-58; active in town affairs. ... He was probably a merchant, as in Dec 1662, on Samuel Edsall of New Amsterdam gave him a due bill for £14, payable in "trading cloth" at 9s per yard, and "Osenbridge [Osnaburg] at 20d per yard, to be paid by the last of the following April, if Benfield [probably the master of some trading vessel] come to the Manattans" [Manhattan].

He may have been the John Belden who was licensed to be a tavern-keeper in Wethersfield in 1673.

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1663 to 1677, 1906.:
Page 191 John Belding, Wethersfield
Invt. ?911-05-07. Taken 30 August, 1677, by James Treat, John Deming, Samuel Wright.  The children: John, age 19 years; Jonathan 16, Joseph 14, Samuel 11, Daniel 7, Ebenezer 4, Sarah 9, Lydia 2, & Margaret 5 months.

Page 12--(Vol. IV)--6 March, 1678-9: This Court being moved to make Dist. of the Estate of John Belding, Decd:
To the Widow, of Personal Estate, £100-00-00
To the Eldest son, £148-00-00
To the five younger sons, to each of them, £80-00-00
To the three daughters, to each of them, £64-00-00
And appoint Gershom Bulkeley & Mr. Eleazr Kimberly Dist. and Overseers.

Page 26--21 April, 1680: Report of the Distributors.
Page 102--(Vol. V)--30 March, 1696: Nathaniel Boman, Adms., renders account wherein it appears that £4-04-06 is still due to Lydia Belden, and 10 Shillings to Margaret Belden.

Page 108--15 April, 1696: This Court orders paid to Nathaniel Borman, for his pains as Adms. on the Estate of John Belden, £4-12-00 from Daniel Belden's Estate which lyes in part of his Father's house lott.  This Court appoints Mr. John Chester Jr. & Daniel Rose to apprise and lay out to Mr. Borman, and appoints Jonathan Belden to pay his Bill of £8-15-00 in Good Wheat and Indian Corn, in equal proportions, to Mr. Boman.

Dist. File, 1680--Estate of John Belden--To the Widow, to John, to Jonathan, to Joseph, to Samuel, to Daniel, to Ebenezer, by Gershom Bulkeley & Eleazer Kimberly.

Page 46--(Vol. VI)--4 October, 1697: This Court orders Jonathan Belding, Adms., to pay to Lydia Kellogg & Margaret Kellogg from their Father Belding's Estate.

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2586. Richard11 Handy
Cutter, Connecticut Vol.1: The surname Hendee is identical with Hendé, Hendys, and Handy, and is evidently of French origin, though the first of the name in this country doubtless came from England.  Richard Hendee was one of the original proprietors of Norwich, Connecticut, in 1660.  A tract of land was granted to him, Josiah Reed and Richard Welles, both of Leffing's Neck.

He had an early allotment near the town plot, and shared in the first division of land, but it is not known that he ever lived in Norwich.  In 1660-61 he worked on vessels at New London, Connecticut, and Newport, Rhode Island, and was evidently a ship carpenter by trade.

Four or five years later he was proprietor of a mill built by John Elderkin, on the Menunkatesuck river, at Killingworth.  This mill at Killingworth, and fifty acres of land on Westward Hill, Norwich, were among his assets in the inventory of his estate.

In [1670] the townsmen of Norwich directed that the children of Richard Hendee should have a share in the division of common lands as equal proprietors.  He married Hannah, daughter of John Elderkin, who was guardian of their three children: Jonathan, Richard and Hannah Hendee.

Register 135:159 "Queries": Richard Hendee, French Huguenot, arrived at Massachusetts on the Hopewell, 1634, from England, with group headed by John Elderkin; m. Hannah Elderkin; moved with the Elderkins to Connecticut, settled many towns, built buildings; built first sailing vessels in the colonies.

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2588. Richard11 Seymour
Seymour English Home p.109-12: His father was buried 23 Aug 1637; and as the spring was the usual time for emigration to New England, it may be concluded that he soon settled the affairs of his father's estate and in the spring of 1638 left England for New England. ...

It seems probable that the emigration of Richard Seamer to New England was due to the influence of Rev. Thomas Hooker. ... when Richard Seamer arrived in New England about 1638-39 and settled at Hartford, he was in a community where he must have found many former acquaintances from Old England besides the fmily of William Ruscoe, who were his wife's relatives.

The page on which his will is recorded is now damaged; but what remains legible is as follows: "[Torn and illegible] Richard Semer [torn] being very week and sike [torn] god's great mercy in [torn] doe leve this as my [torn] doe first will and [torn] dust of wh it was [torn] the hands of god that gave it.

[torn] bequeath unto my Loving wife Mercy Seamer my whole estate: viz: my house & lands Cattle and all my moveables: except that it is my will that my eldest sonn Thomas should have tow steeres [illegible] yeare old and upward and my best cartt; thease to receive soon after my deceas:

It is alsoe my Will that my other three sons, John & Zachary and Richard receive out of this totall estate the sum of forty pounds each of them vis: fourty pounds to John and fourty pounds to Zachary and forty pounds to Richard: duly and faythfully to be payd to them severally at the age of twenty-one years Unles the Executors of this my Will shall see cause to doe it sooner.

It is alsoe my Will that my loving Wife should have the dispose of my three sons John Zachary & Richard untill such time as they shall be fit to receive and dispose of ther Estate:

It is alsoe my Will and apoyntment that my loving Wife Mercy: Togather with my faythfull freind Richard Olmsteed be the sole Executors and Administrators of this my last Will and Testament The aforesaid Legasies and all Lawfull debts and demands duly discharged by my loving Wife Mercy: It is my Will that shee posses and enjoy all the rest of my Estate.

To this my last will and testament I have set to my hand this 29th July 1655: The mark of Richard Seamer. In the presence of us, Thomas Handford, Jno Rescoe." Proved 25 October 1655. The inventory, taken by Mathew Campfeild and Richard Olmsteed, amounted to £255. 9s. (Fairfield Probate Records, vol. 1, p. 6)

Richard Seymour p.209: He came to Hartford CT in 1639, where he appears as a proprietor, and he was also one of the settlers who received land "by the courtesie of the town." His home lot was on the east side of the road to the Cow Pasture (North Main Street), and was bounded on the north by the Cow Pasture itself.

He was one of the signers of the agreement for the planting of Norwalk CT on 19 Jun 1650, and removed to that place soon afterwards. He became one of the first settlers, being chosen a townsman or selectman in 1655.

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2589. Mercy11 Rusco
Seymour English Home p.111: Mercy came with her husband to New England about 1638-9, survived him, and married secondly, 25 Nov 1655, as his second wife, John Steele of Farmington CT, formerly of Hartford, who was secretary of the Colony of Connecticut 1636-1639, and deputy many times between 1639 and 1657, and who died in 1665.

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5148. Thomas12 Rogers
Caleb Johnson's He brought his wife and family to Leiden, Holland, where he became a citizen of Leiden on 25 June 1618, where he is called a camlet merchant.

On 1 April 1620, he sold his house on Barbarasteeg for 300 guilders, apparently in preparation for his voyage on the Mayflower. He came on the Mayflower with eldest son Joseph, leaving behind in Leiden his son John, daughters Elizabeth and Margaret, and wife Alice.

Dianna Saario, "Wilson, Denham, Hurdle, Soule, 12 Mayflower Connections", Ancestry World Tree: signer of the Mayflower Compact

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5149. Alice12 Cosford
Great Migration Begins p.1598: The 1622 poll tax for Leiden revealed Thomas Rogers's widow and children living in the Over 't Hoff quarter of Leiden [and were termed "poor people" and "without means".]. Since the widow, son John and daughters of Thomas Rogers were not in the land division of 1623 or the cattle division of 1627, they presumably came to Plymouth with the last of the Leiden contingent in 1629 or 1630.

Dianna Saario, "Wilson, Denham, Hurdle, Soule, 12 Mayflower Connections", Ancestry World Tree: (Elsgen = Alice in Dutch)

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5162. Richard12 Watts
Families of Early Hartford p.643: Hartford 1639; one of the inhabitants who received land "by courtesie of the town"; his home lot was on the west side of the "road from George Steele's to the Great Swamp".

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1650 to 1663, 1906.:
Page 72 Richard Watts, Hartford
Invt. £114-17-06. Taken 20 March, 1654, by Richard Butler, Nathaniel Browne and James Ensign.
October the twentieth day, In the year of our Lord one Thousand Six hundred fifty three. I Richard Watts of Hartford, upon the River of Connecticut, beaing weak and ill in my body but in my perfect memory and understanding, Doe make and Ordain this my Last will and Testament in manner and form as ffolloweth:

Imprimis. It is my will that my wiff Elizabeth Watts shall possess and inioy my whole estate during the term of her natural lif. And alsoe I will and give unto my wiff fful power and Authority toe giv & despose at her own will & pleasure Twenty pounds off the estate I leave behind mee.

The Resedu of my estate That Shall be remayneng after The death of my wiff It is my will that it be Equally Divided amongst the Children of my Daughter Hubbard & the child of my Daughter Browne, I mean the children now born & that then shall be living. Also I will & give to my Daughter Browne the whole Charge of her board & the board of her child, her husband & servant, ffrom the Time that her husband went ffrom her toward England Toe the Day of my Death, with all other moneys or charges that I have Disbursed ffor her use.

That Thes my last Will and Testament be truly & ffaithfully performed, I make & ordayne my wif Elizabeth my Soal Exectrix, And intreat my loving friends Richard Butler and James Ensign to be overseers to this my will.
In Witness hereunto set my mark the day & year first above written. In the presence of us: Richard Butler, James Ensign.
Richard X Watts.

Wee whose names are heer underwritten doe witness that Richard Wats in his last sickness whereof he dyed did express that it was his will that Hana, the Daughter of his Daughter Browne, should have a duble portion off the estate that is to be divided to the children expresst in his will.
Further we witness that it was his will that his son Thomas Wats, after the Death of Elizabeth the wif of the said Richard, should have & inioy as his fforever his three acre upland lott at the Town's End.
Richard Butler. James Ensign.

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5163. Elizabeth12 Duck
A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1663 to 1677, 1906.:
Page 26-7-8 Elizabeth Watts, Hartford
Invt. £127-02-02. Taken 17 April, 1666, by Richard Butler, Thomas Bull and Gregory Wolterton. Will dated 28 February, 1665-6.

I, Elizabeth Watts, Widow, living in Hartford, upon the Riuer of Conecticut, being ill and weak in body but hauing my perfect memory and Understanding, doe make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and fform as ffolloweth: Imprimis: I giue unto my cosin Mary Smith, Liuing in Banbury, in Oxfordsheir, in old England, £10, to her & her heirs for euer. Also, I giue unto my cosin George Haines (that is blinde) £8.

Further, my Will is that whereas my Husband Richard Watts, Decd, in his last Will & Testament did Will & Appoint that that Estate of his that hee left and that should bee remayning at my disease should be diuided to the Children off his daughter Hubbard then born, and to Hannah Browne, in that proportion therein sett down, which Estate did amount to the sum of £26, that these Legacies be truly paid according as his Will doth express.

I give to my cousin Daniel Hubbard my part of the mare that is between him and mee. Also, I further give to him a feather bed, a feather Bolster and a feather Pillow, with my Green Rugg, one blankett, a paire of my best sheets, with my bedsted & Curtains, and one of my year-old Steers.

Item. I give to my daughter Hubbard my Gown, my Coat & my hood. I give to my daughter Browne my best Stuff petticoat. All other off my wearing Linnen & Wollens my will is that it be equally divided & given to my daughter Hubbard and my daughter Browne & my cousin Mary Ranne. I give to my daughter Hubbard & to my daughter Browne 20s apeece.

Also, I give to my Cousin Elizabeth Hubbard my Lest Brass pott. I give to my cousin Hannah Browne my Smugg heifer. I give to my cousin Richard Hubbard my Heifer now with his Father.

My other year-old Steier I give to my cousin Nathaniel Browne. I give to widdow Wesley 10s. I give to Thomas Waples 20s; to Widdow Watson 10s; and to her two daughters 5s appeece. I give to Mr. John Whiting, pastor of the Church of Christ heer at hartford, fforty shillings. I give to Hannah Ensign my begger new pewter platter, and to Mary Peck the lesser of them.

My will also is that my Maid Elizabeth Taintor have a new cotton suit & all such necessaries as is suitable for one in her condission. Also I give unto Elizabeth Taintor 30s to be committed to the hands of some able friend to be improved for her.

My will is that my Executors doe take the first opportunity they can after my decease to give notice to my ffriends in England off these Legacies I have given them and bequeathed to them, Requireing their Order for the Conveyance thereof to them, & uppon my Executors attendence thereto to send a full discharge; & my meaning is that my Executors be fully acquitted upon their payment of the Legacies here in New England. I make & ordain Deac. Edward Stebbing & James Ensign Executors, And Lt. Bull to be Overseer.
Witness: Thomas Bull, James Ensign.
Elizabeth X Watts.

Court Record, Page 50--7 May, 1666: Will proven.

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5168. Richard12 Belden
History of ancient Wethersfield: I:614 Barley was grown here within the memory of persons now living.  Its earliest mention in connection with the town is a Town-vote, 16 Mar 1646, providing that Richard Belden should receive one-fourth of his pay, as Town-herder, in "barley".

I:619 Herders and Cowkeepers.  These officers were chosen in town meeting.  The earliest vote preserved, that of 16 Mar 1646/7, is one appointing Richard Belden to have the care of 12 score of cows and oxen from the middle of April to the 11th of November.  He was to be paid £24 per annum, to be paid in wheat, barley, peas and Indian corn; one fourth in value of each.

II:76 He must have been 48 or 50 years of age when he came to Wethersfield in 1641, and he died in 1655; but during his brief American life he accumulated considerable real estate ... His home lot was on the corner of Broad Street and "the waye leading into the Great playne," and remained in the family until 1742.

The Beldens in America Probably the son of Lawrence Beldon.  Probably arrived in America between 1636 and 1640, he first appears on land records Apr. 7, 1641 with 'one piece whereon a house is builded containing three acres, one rood, more or less, the ends abut against Broad Street N.' in old Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT.  His estate was inventoried at £111.19.00 on Oct. 2, 1655, and included ten pieces of pewter, one carbine and one rapier among other items.

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1650 to 1663, 1906.:
Page 58 Richard Belden, Wethersfield
Invt. £111-19-00. Taken 22 August, 1655, by John Talcott, John Nott.

Court Record, Page 82--2 October, 1655: Division of the Estate defered.

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5170. Thomas12 Standish
History of ancient Wethersfield:
I:84 An island of about nine acres in extent, at Pennywise, crossed by the north jurisdiction line of the town, and once known as Long (or from its successive owners as "Cole's" and "Standish's") Island, is now only to be identified as a long narrow knoll in Hartford's South Meadow.

In 1639 James Cole of Hartford owned the Northern part of this Island, while Nathaniel Foote, of Wethersfield had owned the southern part from 1636, or earlier, and sold it to Lieut. John Hollister of Wethersfield in 1645.  From him it passed, by sale, to James Cole - thus the owner of the whole island - and he in 1654, sold the southern part to Thomas Standish of Wethersfield.

About 1684, the island having then become a part of the main land, legal controversy began between Cole and Standish.  The Hon. William Pitkin, attorney for the latter, claimed for his client all the land by adverse possession for more than twenty years, according to English Statutes, but the General Court, reversing a decision of the Court of Assistants, held that these Statutes had no force in Connecticut.

I:210-11 The Wethersfield Records, in 1640, call the street on which the State Prison now stands, Fort Street, a name which it retained for many years thereafter.  Whether this was a fort, in the modern acceptation of the term, or merely a space containing the houses of some families, and encircled by palisades (i.e., high wooden palings, with a deep ditch, or fosse, on the outer side) such as the Windsor settlers had about the time of the Pequot War, it is now impossible to determine.

But it is natural to suppose that in those troublous times, Wethersfield was as much in need of such a fortification as Windsor was - more especially as the former town had already experienced the terrors of an Indian attack.

Mr. Frederick Butler ... used to say that the Fort stood on land then (about 50 years ago) forming part of his garden, ... The first white occupant of this lot was Thomas Standish.  Mr. Butler used to say that some of the foundation stones of the work still remained.  But this is doubtful since the earliest usage was to construct mere earthworks, or else to set a fencing or "paling" of heavy timbers.

II:658 He has been supposed to have come from the Plymouth Colony, arriving in Wethersfield about 1636.  His ancestral connections are broken by imperfect records, but his descendants are led to believe that he was a son of Capt. Miles Standish of Plymouth, by his first wife Rose, though the Captain's will alludes only to four sons by his second wife Barbara.

If not a son, however, he must have been either a nephew, or a younger brother of that redoubtable warrior, but definite proof can only be ascertained by careful search of English records.  [Other more recent sources indicate that the birth of Capt. Miles is still unproved]  The striking physical resemblance, traits of character and succession of family names, certainly seem to bear out the relationship perfectly well.

Thomas Standish's early connection with Wethersfield seems to have been much the same as that of Capt. Miles with Plymouth.  He was the keeper of the Fort at Wethersfield, and was a soldier in the Pequot expedition of 1637, for which (in 1671) he received a grant of land fronting on the entire length of Fort St., on its south side, its rear being on what was then termed "The Wilderness" (now State St.), and a portion of which is still held in the family.

His home-lot (received 1641) was on what is now known as the Esther Bidwell place, on Main St., about 30 rods north from present Southworth's corner.  He also bought another piece of property extending southward from Jordan Lane to a point about 1/5 of a mile.

He was on a committee to secure a minister, 1665, was made a freeman in 1669, drew lands in 1670.

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford District, 1635 to 1700, 1906.:
The following Deed was a conveyance of Land which is now included in the Town of Manchester, it being all the Land in that Town except about 1/2 mile in width taken off the East side of the Original 3 miles.  This 1/2 mile given over to Manchester seems to have been an unjust act of the General Assembly of Conn.  Frequent reference having been made to the five miles in Wills.  The Survey is given following this Deed:
(Vol. I) Hartford Lands, Fol: 6, Town Clerk's office.
Will on Record, Book D: Fol: 184, Colony Records of Deeds. ...
54. To Thomas Standish, bounded South upon Andrew Benton and North upon James Steele, 1 chains, 09 links.

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5174. John12 Elderkin
John Elderkin, John Elderkin, one of the founders of Connecticut, and some of his descendants. New York. 1989., p.1-5:
The Elderkins are known in Northumberlandshire history, and were probably one of the English and Scottish border families.  John Elderkin is first heard of at Lynn MA in 1637, where he was allotted 20 acres of land in 1638.  He was a carpenter and millwright, and owned a mill, probably in Lynn.

He appears in Dedham MA in 1641, in Reading MA in 1646, in Providence RI in 1648, in New London CT in 1651, and in Norwich CT in 1664, where he lived until his death.  His changes of residence appear to be due to the fact that he was a contractor, or master builder.  His services were in great request.  He built churches, mills, houses, bridges and vessels.  He built the first and second church in both New London and Norwich, and the first mill in each of those places.  In fact, he was a miller in addition to being a millwright, shipwright and builder generally.

He was in great repute in church building.  While he was in Providence RI, in 1648, Governor Winthrop besought him to come to Connecticut, and "engaged Roger Williams to mediate in his favor," apparently with success, for in 1651 he was church building in New London.

He built the first merchant vessel ever owned or built in New London, the New London Tryall (Trial), in 1661.  The building of this vessel, costing upwards of £200, was regarded as a great undertaking.

Besides this, he kept the town inn at New London.

"Nov. 6, 1654. John Elderkin was chosen Ordinary Keeper for Pequot, or New London."
"Generall Court of Election, Hartford, 17 May 1655, John Elderkin of Pequett, being p'sented to the Court as chosen by ye Towne of Pequett to keepe an ordinary, according to order of Courte, wch he hath accepted of to attend after 29 Sept next.  The Court confirms him in that place."

John Elderkin went to Norwich about 1661 in a company from New London. ... He had two home lots granted him in remuneration for services. ... The first lot was probably given to him in 1667, but being at too great a distance from his business, it was conveyed, with the consent of the town, to another settler, and another lot given to Elderkin at the Old Landing place below the Falls, where, according to contract, he built a grist mill.

This point had always been a favorite landing place of the Indians.  A spring of pure water near by was famous far and wide.  Forty acres on the south side of the Little Plain side hills, upon the cove, were given to the Mill, "to lye to it with the landing place, for the use of the town," and to be improved by John Elderkin, the miller.

This grant covered the Indian burying-place; a reservation was made that the Indians should have free access to the spot and the right of burial.  The grant extended over the greater part of what is now Washington Street, Norwich.

The petition presented to the town by Elderkin when, in 1673, he had been commissioned to build a new meeting-house:

Christian Friends and Neighbors: Your humble petitioner pleadeth your charitie for the reasons hereafter expressed.  Gentlemen, it is well known that I have been undertaker for building of the meeting hous, and it being a work very difficult to understand the whole worth and value off, yet notwithstanding I have presumed to doe the work for a certain sum of money (to wit) 428 pound, not haveing any designe thereby to make myself rich, but that the towne might have there meeting-house dun for a reasonable consideration.

But upon my experience, I doe find by my bill of cost, I have dun said work very much to my damage, as I shall now make appear.  Gentlemen, I shall not say much unto you, but onely if you may be made sencible of my loss in said undertaking, I pray for your generous and charitable conclusion toward me whether it be much or little, I hope will be well excepted from your poor and humble petitioner.
John Elderkin

In compensation for the gallery of the new meeting-house the town granted Elderkin a tract of land "at Pocketannuck's cove's mouth."

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5178. Roger12 Rusco
Seymour English Home p.106: (Abstract) The nuncupative Will of Roger Ruscoe of Sabridgeworth, co. Herts, laborer, made 16 May 1618, gave all his goods to his wife Sarah. Witnesses: Tho: Crispe, George Jacob, Rich: Robson, Dorothy Tyler. The next day (on which he died) he gave said goods, after his wife's death, to his son John, except 20s. each to his daughters Mercy and Katherine. Witnesses: Avice Walden, Alice Heath. Administration was granted 26 Jun 1618 to relict Sarah. (Commissary Court of London for Essex and Herts [Somerset House], 1618, original will.)

p.112-113 He was probably a son of Widow Hannah Ruscoe, who was buried at Sawbridgeworth 5 Aug 1634, aged about 80 years.

This family name is extremely rare in England, having been found in a very few instances and only in the counties of Essex and Hertfordshire. ... The name Ruscoe is probably of Flemish or Dutch origin, and evidently the family came into England during the sixteenth century, when there was considerable Huguenot immigration from across the English channel, especially of textile workers, who settled in the cloth-manufacturing towns in Essex and Suffolk.

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10352. John13 Semare
Seymour English Home p.106: (Abstract) The Will of John Semare of Sabridgeworth, co. Herts, 7 Oct 1605. To my son Robert a table. To my daughter Annie my "wafer yernes" [waffle irons]. To my sons John and Peter 6d. each. To my daughters Jane and Dorothy a bed each. All residue to my wife [unnamed], who is to be executrix, and my son Robert is to be executor. Witnesses: Thomas Browne, Mathew Thorowgood. Proved 13 Nov 1605. (Commissary Court of London for Essex and Herts [Somerset House], 1605, no. 126, original will.)

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