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William FOWLER [Parents] was born about 1590 in Dalbury Lees, , , England. He died on 25 Jan 1660/1661 in Milford, , Conn.. William married Sarah.

REFERENCE: Typed genealogy of Mrs. C. E. DeWick, Middleford, Conn.

William came to Boston with Rev. John Davenport, landing there on June 26, 1637; moved to New Haven (Quinnipiac) March 30, 1638, and finally located at Milford in 1639. He was one of four settlers to whom the deed of Milford was given in 1639 by the Indians in exchange for valuables. At the second General Court in Milford, March 1640, "it was agreed between William Fowler and the Brethren that he should build a mill and have her going by the last of Sept." The town granted him land and the use of the stream (Wepawaug River).

This was the first mill in New Haven Colony, and has been owned by Fowlers ever since, "The oldest manufacturing business in the United States." In 1889 a memorial bridge and tower were erected near the mill and the first millstone is built into the wall as a seat. William was a very creditable ancestor being a magistrate and one of the pillars of the church. All of his children were born in England.

On the "Roll of Planters" at New Haven in 1642, as having an L 800 estate, a family of three (probably wife and dtr. Mary). Another note has year of death as 1660, with same day and month. A handwritten note says that he came to the Guilford Colony from Milford, but I am not sure about this.

Another source says:

From the New England Historical & Genealogical Register Vol. 11 page 248

William Fowler came over in the company of Rev. John Davenport, Gov. Eaton and others, and arrived at Boston 26 June 1637. His probable grandfather, William Fowler is mentioned as a prisoner in Bridewell with other Puritans in the year 1592. The list of prisoners is immediatly preceded by a petition addressed to the Lord Treasurer by many of the "poor Cristiains impresoned by the Bishops in sundry prisons in and about London." About this time a congregation of Puritans were discovered at Islington, which was then and now is a part of London in fact.

In this connection we introduce the following from " Weever's

Funeral Monuments," of " Monumental remains at Islington near London." -- "Here ---- John Fowler -- 1538," and "Alis Fowler, wife of Robert Fowler, Esquire, who d. ---- , 1540;" "Divers of the family lie here interred; the ancestors of Sir Thomas Fowler, Knight and Baronet, living 1630." Mr. Davenport was born in Warwickshire, and removed to London, where he was vicar of St. Stephen's Chirch, Mr. Eaton, another of the New Haven ompany, was a member of this chirch, and also from Warwickshire -- the ancestors of both being originally from the County of Chester. Mr. Fowler sailed with this company from Boston, and arrived at New Haven in April, 1638, and was at the famous meeting in Mr. Newman's barn, 4 June, 1639, when the peculial constitution and policy of Mr. Davenport, which afterwards characterized the New Haven Colony, was agreed upon. Mr. Fowler subscribed to that agreement. In the spring of 1639, the settlement of Milford had been arranged, and Mr. Fowler is the first named of the trustees, and the only one bearing the honorable prefix of "Mr." At the first meeting of the Milford Company he was chosen one of the "Judges." The church was organized 1639, and he was elected one of the "seven pillars," -- Mr. Peter Prudden, Pastor. Mr. Fowler was elected magistrate, and reappointed yearly to 1654. In 1640, by agreement with the town, he built a mill, the first erected in New Haven Colony, and which is now in possession of his descendants. It is probable that Mr. Fowler was one among those of the first settlers who had recived a classical education in his native country. His name is in the roll of planters at New Haven, 1642, as having an &800 estate, and a family of three persons. He d. 25 Jan 1660-1, and his will was presented by his son William to the General Court of the Colony 1661, but was not recorded, and being unfortunately lost, we are without guide as to his family. His children were born before his removal to America, he at the time of his settlement being an old man, and "his family of three" were doubtless himself, wife and one child. The child may have been Mary who married John Caffing. There is nothing inconsistent in this supposition and tradition that Ambrose of Wiadsor, and John, who settled in Guilford, were brothers of William Fowler, Jr., (who settled at Milford,) and sons of Mr. William Fowler the magistrate.

Line of Fowlers from William down is given in the book, "Families of Early Guilford, Connecticut" by Alvan Talcott, written 1890. He doesn't go back.

Sarah was born about 1595. She married William FOWLER.

They had the following children:

  M i William FOWLER
  M ii John FOWLER
  F iii Mary FOWLER
  M iv Ambrose FOWLER

Joseph FOWLER [Parents] was born about 1601 in Dalbury Lees, , , England. He married Sarah BETTS.

Came to America about 1650 and settled on Long Island.

Sarah BETTS was born about 1605. She married Joseph FOWLER.

Sarah was the dtr. of Richard Betts, one of the original
patentees of Newtown, L.I.. Richard settled in Rhode Island
where Sarah's sons were born. Sarah's mother was probably the
sister of Christopher Foster of Providence, who settled in
Southampton, L.I.. Sarah probably named her son after him,
and her son Christopher Fowler later settled in Southampton also.

They had the following children:

  M i Jonathan FOWLER was born about 1625 in , , Rhode Island.

Later settled in White Plains, N.Y.
  M ii Christopher FOWLER was born about 1627 in , , Rhode Island.

Later settled in Southampton, L.I., where his probable namesake,
Uncle Christopher Foster (mother's brother) settled.

William BROWN was born about 1600 in , , , England. He married Ann FOWLER.

Ann FOWLER [Parents] was born about 1602 in Dalbury Lees, , , England. She married William BROWN.


CHAMBERLAIN was born about 1440 in , , , England. He married Sybell Chamberlain FOWLER.

Sybell Chamberlain FOWLER [Parents] was born about 1442 in , , , England. She married CHAMBERLAIN.


Edward STRADLING was born about 1462 in , , , England. He married Jean FOWLER.

Jean FOWLER [Parents] was born about 1460 in , , , England. She married Edward STRADLING.


Richard FOWLER Sir [Parents] was born about 1450 in , , , England.

Sir Richard Fowler the younger, was also called "Sir Richard,
the Foolish".

He had the following children:

  M i George FOWLER was born about 1475 in , , , England.
  M ii Edmund FOWLER Sir was born about 1478 in , , , England.
  M iii Anthony FOWLER was born about 1480 in Rycote, , , England.

The "Henry Fowler" branch that were in Providence, R.I. in
1655, in Rye and Mamaroneck, Fairfield, Conn. in 1666, in
East Chester in 1672, and in Long Island in 1676 came from Anthony.
  F iv Bridget FOWLER was born about 1481 in , , , England.
  M v John FOWLER was born about 1485 in , , , England.

Child of second wife
  M vi Christopher FOWLER was born about 1487 in , , , England.

Child of second wife.
  M vii William FOWLER was born about 1488 in , , , England.

By second wife
  M viii Thomas FOWLER was born about 1490 in , , , England.

By second wife
  F ix Margaret FOWLER was born about 1492 in , , , England.

By second wife
  F x Elizabeth FOWLER was born about 1494 in , , , England.

By second wife.

William FOWLER [Parents] was born in 1620 in Dalbury Lees, , , England. He died in 1683 in Milford, , Conn.. William married Mary TAPP in 1645.

Other marriages:
ALSOP, Elizabeth

Did not participate in the settlement of of Milford, Conn., with his father but remained in New Haven, where he took oath of fidelity in 1644 and admitted to the General Court in 1645. He was a landowner at East Haven, known as "Fowler's Cove". However, another reference, "Families of Ancient New Haven" by Jacobus, Vol. I-III, p. 622, says that he later did move to Milford, and gives him the title of Lieutenant and lists his family
as given here. The book, "History of The Colony of New Haven" by Edward Atwater, pub. 1902, republished 1989 by Heritage Press in 2 volumes, says that this William died 1682, and that his name, as well as the name of his father, is engraved on the Memorial Bridge. It says that he lived iln New Haven for many years and then in 1645 built the mill at what is now called Whitneyville, where Eli Whitney, the inventor of the cotton gin, established in 1798 a factory for manufacturing firearms. It gives his marriage to Mary Tapp and further says that he married in 1670 Mrs. Elizabeth (Alsop) Baldwin, widow of Richard Baldwin and left sons and daughters who married and left descendants. Not indexed in the book is a listing on page 721 of "Capt. William Fowler", from Milford, who died 1683, among a list of officers, referenced to C. 2, p. 292 in the Colonial Records of New Haven Colony and Connecticut Colony.

These children are listed as his:

i. Sarah15 FOWLER. She married John SMITH 7 19 1665.

ii. Hannah FOWLER. She married Daniel BUCKINGHAM 11 21 1661. Daniel was
born about 1640. (See Daniel BUCKINGHAM for the continuation of this line.)

iii. Mary FOWLER. Mary died 1686. an invalid

iv. Mercy FOWLER was born in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut 1 Apr 1669.
Mercy died 1725 in Lebanon, CT.. She married John BILLS OR BETTS.

v. John FOWLER was born 5 Mar 1649. He married Sarah WALCH date unknown.

vi. Jonathan FOWLER was born 8 Feb 1651/52. He married Elizabeth REYNOLDS
date unknown.

vii. Mark FOWLER was born 17 Jan 1656. He married Mary UNKNOWN date
unknown.

viii. Deborah FOWLER was born 1 Jun 1658. She married Jesse LAMBERT date unknown.

ix. Abigail FOWLER was born 27 Nov 1660. Abigail died Mar 1714 at 53 years
of age. She married John ELDERKIN 1685.

x. William FOWLER was born 1664.

Mary TAPP was born about 1625. She died about 1669 in , , Conn.. Mary married William FOWLER in 1645.

They had the following children:

  F i Sarah FOWLER
  F ii Hannah FOWLER
  M iii John FOWLER
  M iv Jonathan FOWLER
  M v Mark FOWLER
  F vi Deborah FOWLER
  F vii Abigail FOWLER
  M viii William FOWLER
  F ix Mary FOWLER was born about 1666. She died in 1686.

Died an invalid according to "Families of Early Guilford, Connecticut" by Alvan Talcott
  F x Mercy FOWLER

William FOWLER [Parents] was born in 1620 in Dalbury Lees, , , England. He died in 1683 in Milford, , Conn.. William married Elizabeth ALSOP on 1 Nov 1670 in Milford, , Conn..

Other marriages:
TAPP, Mary

Did not participate in the settlement of of Milford, Conn., with his father but remained in New Haven, where he took oath of fidelity in 1644 and admitted to the General Court in 1645. He was a landowner at East Haven, known as "Fowler's Cove". However, another reference, "Families of Ancient New Haven" by Jacobus, Vol. I-III, p. 622, says that he later did move to Milford, and gives him the title of Lieutenant and lists his family
as given here. The book, "History of The Colony of New Haven" by Edward Atwater, pub. 1902, republished 1989 by Heritage Press in 2 volumes, says that this William died 1682, and that his name, as well as the name of his father, is engraved on the Memorial Bridge. It says that he lived iln New Haven for many years and then in 1645 built the mill at what is now called Whitneyville, where Eli Whitney, the inventor of the cotton gin, established in 1798 a factory for manufacturing firearms. It gives his marriage to Mary Tapp and further says that he married in 1670 Mrs. Elizabeth (Alsop) Baldwin, widow of Richard Baldwin and left sons and daughters who married and left descendants. Not indexed in the book is a listing on page 721 of "Capt. William Fowler", from Milford, who died 1683, among a list of officers, referenced to C. 2, p. 292 in the Colonial Records of New Haven Colony and Connecticut Colony.

These children are listed as his:

i. Sarah15 FOWLER. She married John SMITH 7 19 1665.

ii. Hannah FOWLER. She married Daniel BUCKINGHAM 11 21 1661. Daniel was
born about 1640. (See Daniel BUCKINGHAM for the continuation of this line.)

iii. Mary FOWLER. Mary died 1686. an invalid

iv. Mercy FOWLER was born in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut 1 Apr 1669.
Mercy died 1725 in Lebanon, CT.. She married John BILLS OR BETTS.

v. John FOWLER was born 5 Mar 1649. He married Sarah WALCH date unknown.

vi. Jonathan FOWLER was born 8 Feb 1651/52. He married Elizabeth REYNOLDS
date unknown.

vii. Mark FOWLER was born 17 Jan 1656. He married Mary UNKNOWN date
unknown.

viii. Deborah FOWLER was born 1 Jun 1658. She married Jesse LAMBERT date unknown.

ix. Abigail FOWLER was born 27 Nov 1660. Abigail died Mar 1714 at 53 years
of age. She married John ELDERKIN 1685.

x. William FOWLER was born 1664.

Elizabeth ALSOP was born about 1622. She married William FOWLER on 1 Nov 1670 in Milford, , Conn..


John FOWLER [Parents] was born about 1621 in Dalbury Lees, , , England. He died on 14 Sep 1676 in Guilford, , Conn.. John married Mary HUBBARD about 1645.

Not known if he was born in America or England. He was in the list of planters in Milford in 1639, but removed and settled in Guilford in 1649. He was a Deacon in the church, and a deputy to the General Court at New Haven in 1661, 1663 and 1664, and 27 times delegate to the General Court at Hartford after the union of the colonies. He was one of the first deacons in the church in Guilford, beginning about 1662/5. For his services, the Legislature granted him 100 acres of land in Cochin-chaug(Durham). In 1672, his list was L160, the largest in the town of Guilford. He died in 1776 leaving property to the amount of L 612. He was also listed as an Ensign in the Colonial Militia, from Guilford, Record C.2, p. 14 of the Colonial Records.

Mary HUBBARD [Parents] was born in 1634. She died on 13 Apr 1713 in Guilford, , Conn.. Mary married John FOWLER about 1645.

See note under Rachel Hubbard (#5097). The "History of The Colony of New Haven" by Edward Atwater, p. 647, says that she is the dtr. of George Hubbard.

They had the following children:

  F i Abigail FOWLER
  F ii Mary FOWLER
  M iii Abraham FOWLER
  M iv John FOWLER
  F v Mehitable FOWLER was born in 1656 in Guilford, , Conn.. She died on 18 Mar 1751.
  F vi Elizabeth FOWLER was born on 30 Apr 1658 in Guilford, , Conn.. She died on 21 Sep 1676.

Ambrose FOWLER [Parents] was born about 1626 in Dalbury, Derby, England. He died on 18 Oct 1704 in Westfield, , Mass.. Ambrose married Jane ALVORD on 6 May 1646 in Windsor, , Conn.

There is considerable evidence that Ambrose Fowler was son of William Fowler, magistrate of New Haven. He appeared at Windsor as early as 1640 where he was one of Rev. John Warham's church who came from Dorchester, Ma and located here in 1636. Mr. Fowler was one of a committee in 1641, Hartford Colony. He sells land at Windsor, 1671, soon after which he settled with his children at Westfield, Ma. In 167x (my typo...will have to find my resource document and get exact date) there is a notice of the burning of "Mr. Ambrose Fowler's house and barn" at Windsor. Ambrose Fowler made his will 1692, proved 1706, in which he names seven children, all recorded at Windsor. He married at Windsor, Jane Alvord, 6 May, 1646; and, per Westfield records, she, "Joan" d. 22 May, 1684, and he, 18 Oct. 1704. He made his will 1692, proved 1706, in which he named seven children, all recorded at Windsor.

Ambrose FOWLER and Jane or Joanna ALVORD had the following children:

i. Abigail FOWLER was born in Windsor, Ct. 1 Mar 1647. Abigail died
19 June 1733 in Abt 22 Mar 1670/71, at 86 years of age. She married Increase SIKES in Abt 22 Mar 1670/71, 22 Mar 1670. Increase was born in Abt 22 Mar 1670/71 06 August 1644. Increase was the son of Richard SIKES and Phoebe GREEN. Increase died 24 March 1712 at 67 years of age. Born ABT 1 Mar 1645/6.

ii. John FOWLER was born in Windsor, Ct 6 Nov 1648. He married Mercy
MILLER date unknown.

iii. Mary FOWLER was born in Windsor, Ct. 15 May 1650. She married
Fearnot KING on 15 May 1677 of Westfield, Ct.

iv. Samuel FOWLER was born in Windsor, Ct. 18 Nov 1652. He married
Abigail BROWN date unknown.

v. Hannah FOWLER was born in Windsor, Ct. 20 Dec 1654. She married
James SAXTON in Westfield, Ma, 29 Apr 1680. James is the son of George SAXTON and Katherine K. UNKNOWN.

vi. Elizabeth FOWLER was born in Windsor, Ct. 2 Dec 1656. Elizabeth
died 1692 at 35 years of age. Unmarried

vii. Ambrose FOWLER was born in Windsor, Ct. 8 May 1658. Ambrose died
1 Jul 1712 in Westfield, Hartford, Connecticut, at 54 years of age. He married Mary BAKER in Connecticut, 11 Sep 1693. Mary was born in Northampton, Hampshire, MA about 1663.

Jane ALVORD was born about 1620. She died on 22 May 1684 in Windsor, , Conn. Jane married Ambrose FOWLER on 6 May 1646 in Windsor, , Conn.

They had the following children:

  M i John FOWLER

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