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SOURCE: The First Century of the History of Springfield, by Henry M. Burt, Vol. II, 1899; Pages 621-660


The story of William PYNCHON's conflict with the religious belief of the Bay authorities, the burning of his book of heresy in the Public Market Place in Boston, his examination by the Elders and Magistrates, and his return to England, have been fully told in the first volume of this work, to which is added here some account of his English ancestry, of his early history and place of residence after his return. William Pynchon, the founder of Springfield, brought to this country his wife and four children. After their arrival in Boston in 1630, they settled in Roxbury. His wife died the same year, and he married the Widow Frances SANFORD of Dorchester. She was the mother of Henry SMITH, who married Pynchon's daughter, Ann, and came to Springfield with him. She is said to have been a fitting companion of an educated man having the attainments of Mr. Pynchon. She must have had great influence in this community, remote from the older settlement from which she and her husband had come. His children were:--

   Ann, married Henry SMITH.
   Margaret, married at Springfield, Capt. William DAVIS of Boston.
   Mary, married Elizur HOLYOKE.
   John, only son, married Amy WYLLYS of Hartford.

Pynchon, with seven others, came to Springfield from Roxbury in 1636. The date of settlement, according to the records was May 14, and on July 16, the lands were purchased of the Indians. He was the Magistrate of the town and Assistant in the General Court. Prior to his coming here, he was for a year or more, Treasurer of the Colony. In 1650 he examined many witnesses relative to a charge of witchcraft against Hugh Parsons and his wife Mary. This was the first appearance of this strange delusion in the courts of the Colony, forty years before the trials at Salem.

His will, which has been brought to light by the researches of Henry F. Waters, in England, and published in the Historical and Genealogical Register, is as follows:--

"My chief executor is at present absent. To Elizabeth, Mary and Rebecca Smith, daughters of my son Master Henry Smith, and to his son Elisha Smith, twenty pounds apiece, to be paid by my son Mr. Henry Smith at the time of their marriage, as he did unto Martha Smith, out of a bond which he owes me, of two hundred and twenty pounds; to my daughter Anne Amith the rest of the said bond (220li) with the overplus of interest. To the children of my daughter Margaret Davis, of Boston in New England, deceased, videlicet unto Thomas, Benjamin and William Davis, ten pounds apiece to be paid by my son Mr. Henry Smith. To my son Master John Pynchon, of Springfield in New England (a sum) out of the bond which he owes me of one hundred and six pounds, dated 15 April 1654. Whereas my son Mr. Henry Smith hath promise to pay unto me his debts which have been long due to him in New England and a horse of his at Barbadoes, for the satisfaction of an old debt that he owes me, in Quarto Vellum Book, in page 112, I bequeath them to the children of my son Master Elizur Holioke in New England &c. To the poor of Wraysberie three pounds. Son Mr. John Pynchon of Springfield in New England to be executor, to whom the residue, provided he pay to Joseph and John Pynchon and to Mary and Hetabell Pynchon twenty pounds apiece. Mr. Wickens, citizen and girdler of London, and Mr. Henry Smith of Wraysbery to be overseers. Friend Mr. John Wickens to be my executor touching the finishing of my administration business concerning the estate of Master Nicholas Ware in Virginia, whose estate is thirty pounds in a bill of exchange to Capt. Pensax and about eighteen thousand of tobacco, in several bills made over by Mr. Nicholas Ware to Capt. John Ware of Virginia &c. To beloved sister Jane Tesdall of Abington twenty pounds; to sister Susan Platt twenty pounds, as a token of my cordial love; certain clothing to Mary, Elizabeth and Rebecca Smith."

The Pynchon genealogy in England, it appears by the researches of Mr. Waters has been incorrectly given in various publications in this country. He shows that William Pynchon, the found of Springfield, was the eldest son and heir of John Pynchon of Springfield, England, and that this John Pynchon was the second son of John Pynchon of Writtle, who was the eldest son and heir of William Pynchon of Writtle, who died in 1552, and not a son of Nicholas Pynchon, Sheriff of London. Dr. Thomas R. Pynchon of Hartford, says: "William Pynchon was educated at Oxford, matriculated at Hart Hall, afterwards Hertford College, October 14th, 1596, when he was eleven years old. It was then the custom to send boys to the Halls of Oxford at an early age. It was, no doubt, here that he acquired his familiarity with Latin, Greek and Hebrew, and accumulated those stores of theological and patriotic learning that he drew from later in life in writing his various works. He was in 1624 one of the church-wardens of Springfield Parish in England. Married Anna Andrew, daughter of William Andrew of Twiwell, County Northampton. Was one of the principal projectors of the settlement of New England. A patentee and assistant named in the charter of the colony of Massachusetts Bay, granted by Charles I, March 28, 1628. Sailed from the Isle of Wight March 29, 1630, in the fleet of three vessels that carried the charter over. Founded Roxbury the same year and Springfield in 1636. Returned to England in 1652 and in 1653 bought lands in Wrasbury, County Bucks, near his Bulstrode relations in the adjoining parish of Horton, and directly opposite Magna Charta Island in the Thames, and the field of Runnymede. He died October 29, 1662, and was buried in the Wrasbury churchyard."

Pynchon's letters to Governor John Winthrop, to be found in the Massachusetts Collections, are interesting in occasional allusions to persons of that time, or of occurring incidents. In a letter dated Springfield, October 19, 1648, he alludes to Mr. Ludlow's visit at his house, and to some fault he found with the construction of some orders that had been prepared, to which he added this sage conclusion. "But often tymes it fals out that a man may be one of the 20 that will find fault, & yet be none of the 20 that will mend them."

Under date of October 30, 1645, he wrote Governor Winthrop: "My only son is now married & he hath brought home his wife this day to my howse, where he may continue as long as he finds comfort & benefit."


John PYNCHON, son of William, married Amy WILLYS, daughter of Geo. Willys at Hartford, October 30, 1645. His wife, Amy, died January 9, 1699, aged 74. He died January 17, 1703, aged 76.

John Pynchon, the only son of the founder of Springfield, was 26 years old when his father returned to England. Inheriting the lands his father had acquired here and his store of goods, and the special privileges which had been granted to him in the way of trade with the Indians, the son at once entered upon a prosperous career, and was placed at the front of every undertaking leading to the development of the country, and to the acquisition of wealth. He had from the start opportunities that came to no other inhabitant, and he possessed the ability to make the most of favoring circumstances. In both private and public concerns he was the leading spirit. He was chosen Selectman in 1650. Town Clerk in 1652, appointed Magistrate to try small causes in 1653, elected Deputy to the General Court in 1662, and soon afterward Assistant in the Council, or Upper House, which position he held until 1701, almost to the close of his life.

He was appointed by the General Court on the committees to establish the boundaries of the new towns within the vicinity of Springfield. He, with others, laid out the bounds of Northampton, Hadley, and what afterwards became Hatfield (purchasing the lands of the Indians), Westfield, Suffield, and Enfield. In short there was no movement of a public nature in which he was not concerned. Even the names of some of the new localities suggest his practical and unsentimental nature. For instance, Westfield was so named from the fact that it was a field west of Springfield; Suffield was originally Southfield, from its direction from Springfield, but the English habit of contracting the prefix to "suf" for south curtailed it to Suffield, Enfield was sometimes written Endfield, suggesting that it was a field at the end of the town, it being supposed at the time that it was within the sphere of Massachusetts. It might, however, have derived its name from Enfield, in England. Then, at a much later date, came the naming of Brimfield, suggested perhaps from the fact it was on the brim of the settlement. Brookfield, in which Pynchon had a hand, was probably named from its numerous brooks. Going north, though Pynchon was not concerned in its beginning, Northfield received its name from its geographical position to the older settlements, and Deerfield, from the fact that its meadows made a good feeding place and were frequented by deer. Sunderland was originally in the Pynchon vernacular Swampfield. The Stony brooks of Suffield and up the Connecticut, received their names from Pynchon. These localities had something about their position sufficient to suggest to his practical mind the names which they received and continue to beat at the present time.

He entered early into the military spirit which had come across the ocean as an inheritance. He was confirmed by the General Court in 1653 Lieutenant of the training band, in 1657 Captain of the company, and at a later date was made a Major of the troop, the local cavalry company, with the command of the military forces in this region.

The Colonial authorities appear to have had great confidence in his ability and the General Court appointed him on many important committees relative to boundary lines, and in 1680 he was sent to Albany to confer with Sir Edmund Andros, then Governor of New York, concerning the depredations that the Mohawks were making upon some of our outer settlements, and he succeeded in establishing friendly relations with the Indians, for which our General Court voted him 12.

The same year he was appointed with Joseph Dudley to establish the boundary line between Massachusetts and Connecticut. In 1685 he was one of the committee to make the final settlement of the boundary line between Springfield and Northampton. During his long service in the General Court there was scarcely an important question concerning boundaries or where tact and diplomacy were needed, that he was not given opportunity to bring about a peaceful settlement.

He was zealous in upholding the religion of his time, but he does not appear to have had any of the polemic, or controversial spirit of his father. He was too eminently practical to enter into the discussion of the different points in theology,--possibly from the fact he was deeply concerned in trade, and in the accumulation of wealth. Whatever success came to him he evidently regarded as God given. He took part in the religious observances of the town and at times conducted Sunday services, sometimes by reading and sometimes from his own meditations. During the ministry of George Moxon he wrote in a kind of short-hand the leading points in the sermons which are now in possession of the City Library, but it was constructed on no known system of the present.

The great calmity which befell Springfield October 5, 1675, the burning of the town by the Indians, occurred while he was at the head of his troops in Hadley, and his desponding letters concerning it, written to the Rev. John Russell of Hadley, and to the Governor, indicate that he was greatly affected and despaired of the ability that had fallen upon it, but his fears proved greater than the reality and prosperity came to it in the subsequent years in the continued up-building of the town.

His penmanship was strong and clear, entirely unlike that of his father, but he lacked that thorough training that his father had received, which could hardly be otherwise considering hewas placed uner entirely different conditions in his youth. His recorded transactions lack system and an orderly arrangment in statement, but there is a certain picturesqueness that gives them the color of the times, a freshness that better trained minds sometimes lack. In entering the accounts in his ledger he frequently accompanied them with bits of conversation, or statements that enliven a very commonplace transaction, even to describing his leather breeches made for him by John Barber.

He was granted at various times large tracts of land. The Island in the Connecticut just north of the railroad bridge at Warehouse Point, in Connecticut, was given to him in 1681 by our General Court. He acquired many grants from the town as gifts, or for services in the erection of mills, or for other work done by him. The grain mill and the sawmill were built and conducted in consideration of receiving grants of land.

His mercantile transactions extended up and down the Connecticut in the early years, having purchasers at Northampton and Hadley on the north, and at Windsor, Hartford, Wethersfield, and even New Haven, on the south. His store probably had the largest stock of goods for many years of any within many miles of Springfield. Beaver skins bought of the Indians, or of those who traded with them, were shipped to England, and they enabled him to purchase goods for his store. Grain was sent down the Connecticut and around to Boston, but there is nothing to indicate here that it was shipped to England. He also had some trade with Barbadoes. His store was the medium of exchange,--goods for labor and produce, and his shipments abroad enabled him to keep up the supply which was so much needed in this frontier settlement. It would require a volume to treat of John Pynchon's transactions in all their fullness, but this glimpse of the man will serve to give some idea of his character and work. His children were:--

   Joseph, b. July 26, 1646, d. unmarried December 30, 1682.
   John, b. October 15, 1647, m. Margaret HUBBARD.
   Mary, b. October 2, 1650, m. Joseph WHITING.
   William, b. October 11, 1653, d. June 15, 1654.
   Mehitable, b. november 22, 1661, d. July 24, 1663.


John PYNCHON, Jr., son of John and Amy, married Margaret HUBBARD, daughter of Rev. William Hubbard, at Ipswich. They returned to Springfield, and his wife died here November 11, 1716. He died here April 25, 1721, aged 74. Their children were:--

   John, b. 1674, m. Bathshua TAYLOR and Phebe SEXTON.
   Margaret, b. ___, m. Capt. Nathaniel DOWNING.
   William, b. ___, m. Catherine BREWER, daughter of Rev. Daniel BREWER.


William PYNCHON, son of Johna and Margaret, m. Catherine BREWER, daughter of Rev. Daniel and Catherine, May 15, 1721. He was for many years Town Clerk in Springfield, and a Representative, with his son William, at the same time to the General Court. He died here January 1, 1741, aged 52. She died April 10, 1747, aged 47. He was a grandson of John and great-grandson of William, the founder of Springfield. His children were:--

   Sarah, b. August 17, 1721, m. Col. Josiah DWIGHT.
   William, b. December 12, 1723, settled in Salem, and died there.
   Margaret, b. November 24, 1727, m. Elijah WILLIAMS.
   Daniel, b. October 7, 1733, d. April 22, 1754, while a student at Yale College.
   Joseph, b. October 30, 1737, settled in Gilford and married Sarah RUGGLES.


John PYNCHON, son of John and Margaret, married Bethsua TAYLOR of Westfield, daughter of Rev. Edward and Elizabeth. She died June 30, 1710, aged 27, and he married 2nd, Phebe SEXTON of Enfield, November 3, 1711. She died October 17, 1722, aged 36. He died July 12, 1742, aged 68. His children by the first wife were:--

   Elizabeth, b. December 27, 1702, m. Benjamin COLTON.
   William, b. November 11, 1703, m. Sarah BLISS.
   John, b. February 7, 1705, m. Mary LEVITT.
   Joseph, b. February 8, 1705, m. Mary CHENEY.
   Mary, b. October 10, 1706, m. Joseph DWIGHT.
   Bethshua, b. January 1, 1708, m. Robert HARRIS.
   Son, b. and [d]. June 19, 1710.
Children by Second Wife.
   Martha, b. ___, d. December 8, 1710.
   Edward, b. April 6, m. 1713 [as recorded] Rebecca (STOUGHTON) BLISS.
   Nathaniel, b. March 3, 1715, d. October 10, 1722.
   Martha, b. March 2, 1715.
   George, b. April 20, 1717, m. Hannah BARTLETT, and 2nd, Abigail PEASE.
   Charles, b. January 31, 1719, m. Anne DWIGHT.
   Margaret, b. ___, d. October 27, 1722.


Thomas REEVES was married before he came here. He was a drummer, date of death was not states, but he was burried November 5, 1650. His widow, Hannah Reeves, married Richard EXELL, June 4, 1681. Savage states that their children born here were:--

   Hannah, b. February, 7, 1648.
   John, b. March 12, 1651, buried May 24, 1652.


John RICHARDS came here as a schoolmaster from Hartford. He married Widow Abigail MUNN, widow of John, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah PARSONS, October 7, 1676. They went to Westfield, and were in Springfield in 1697, and later of Newark, N.J. Payment for schooling was largely in Indian corn which was delivered at John Pynchon's store and he paid Mr. Richards mostly in goods. Their children born at Westfield were:--

   John, b. July 26, 1687.
   Abigail, b. July 10, 1689.
   Thomas, b. November 7, 1791.


Henry ROGERS married Mary EXELL, daughter of Richard and Hannah, December 30, 1675. He died September 26, 1724. His widow died October 23, 1732. Their children were:--

   Mary, b. December 23, 1676, d. February 4, 1679.
   John, b. March 5, 1678, m. Abigail ROSE.
   Dorothy, b. September 5, 1679, m. James TAYLOR, Jr.
   Mary, b. August 18, 1681, m. Samuel COOPER.
   Daughter, b. and d. April 6, 1683.
   Son, s. b. September 12, 1686.
   Henry, b. December 28, 1687, m. Sarah REMINGTON.


Henry ROGERS, Jr., son of Henry and Mary, intention of marriage entered with Sarah REMINGTON, July 17, 1716. He died August 12, 1764, aged 80. His wife died September 28, 1757. Their children were:--

   Elijah, b. April 20, 1720, m. Margaret ELY.
   Sarah, b. September 27, 1722, m. William WORTHINGTON.
   Margaret, b. May 21, 1725, m. Thomas MORGAN.
   Henry, b. May 3, 1728, m. Margaret ROOT.


John ROGERS, son of Henry and Mary, married Abigail ROSE, daughter of Daniel of Wethersfield, March 25, 1708. Their children were:--

   Abigail, b. April 4, 1709.
   Mary, b. June 7, 1711.
   John, b. April 29, 1713.
   Thomas, b. March 31, 1715, d. September 28, 1715.
   Abigail, b. August 3, 1717.


John SCOTT married Sarah BLISS, daughter of Thomas and Margaret, July 20, 1659. He died January 2, 1690 at Suffield. His widow married Samuel TERRY. Their children were:--

   Sarah, b. October 19, 1663, m. Benjamin LEONARD.
   John, b. January 4, 1665.
   Hannah, b. October 16, 1668, m. John FOWLER.
   Margaret, b. February 25, [1670,] m. John REMINGTON.
   Ebenezer, b. August 31, 1673.
   William, b. August 8, 1676, m. Sarah FOOTE.
   Mary, b. December 29, 1678, m. Ebenezer NASH or John SOLEY. [Per Judge Pynchon's marriage records, she m. John SOLEY.]
   Elizabeth, b. Suffield, September 2, 1683, m. Jonathan WORTHINGTON.


William SCOTT, son of John and Sarah, m. Sarah FOOTE, daughter of Samuel and Mary of Hatfield, June 21, 1706. He died December 31, 1673, and his widow November 22, 1764. Their children were:--

   Sarah, b. June 12, 1707, m. Benjamin DICKINSON.
   John, b. March 9, 1709, d. at Hadley, October 3, 1737.
   Mary, b. August 4, 1710.
   Margaret, b. August 2, 1712, d. ___.
   Elizabeth, b. January 20, 1714, m. Stewart SOUTHGATE.
   Margaret, b. December 25, 1720, d. April 6, 1737.
   William, b. November 8, 1723, m. Abigail, daughter of Isaac KIBBE of Enfield.


John SEARLE married Sarah BALDWIN, March 19, 1639. He came here about that time. He was a brother-in-law of William WARRINER. He was buried September 6, 1641. He had one son born here, John, May 3, 1641, whose mother married Alexander EDWARDS and he went to Northampton with her. He was the ancestor of the many families bearing the name of SEARLE who have resided in this part of the State.


John SEARLE, son of the preceding John, married Ruth JANES, July 3, 1667. She died November 20, 1672, and he married second, Mary NORTH of Farmington, May 30, 1675. She died November 5, 1726. He died October 3, 1718. His children were:--

   John, b. March 11, 1669, d. March 23, 1669.
   John, b. August 6, 1670. Slain by the Indians.
   Child, b. November 20, 1672, d. same day.
   James, b. February 12, 1676.
   Mary, b. about 1678, d. unmarried March 24, 1729.
   Ebenezer, b. January 9, 1680.
   Ruth, b. December 17, 1681, m. Jonathan GILBERT of Windsor, November 15, 1707.
   Sarah, b. February 28, 1664 [1684?].
   Nathaniel, b. May 3, 1686.
   Lydia, b. August 22, 1688, m. Ebenezer KING of Westfield.

John Searle opened an account with John Pynchon as below, at the bottom of which is an autograph signature, written when he was 23 years old:--


John SEARLE, grandson of the first John Searle of Springfield, and son of the John who was born here, was killed by the French and Indians in the massacre at Pascommuck, May 13, 1704, married Abigail POMEROY, April 5, 1694. They had five children, three of whom were slain with their father, and another, Elisha, captured and carried to Canada. A fifth child, Submit, posthumus, married John CLARK. The family record is as follows:--

   Elisha, b. February 4, 1695, taken to Canada.
   Abigail, b. August 15, 1697, slain May 13, 1704.
   John, b. August 9, 1700, slain May 13, 1704.
   Caleb, b. November 7, 1702, slain May 13, 1704.
   Submit, b. September 17, 1704, posthumus, m. John CLARK in 1732.

Pascommmuck, the little hamlet a short distance west of the present Mount Tom station, was the scene of one of those brutal attacks by the French and Indians, which took place early in the 18th century. It was then within the limits of Northampton, but now a part of Easthampton. Mr. James R. Trumbull's History of Northampton, recently published, gives an account of the massacre from which this is taken:--

   The attack on Pascommuck occurred about daybreak, on the 13th of May, 1704. It was mady by a body of French and Indians, commanded by Sieur de Montigny. The village of Pascommuck lies at the foot of the upper peak of Mt. Tom (now Mt. Nonotuck). As no watch was kept the garrison was completely surprised. The house of Benoni JONES was fortified, but the Indians were able to approach near enough to put their guns through the port holes before the sleepers were aroused. Thirty-three escaped, eight were rescued, and three carried to Canada. The slain were Samuel JANES, wife and three children, four children of Benjamin JANES, Benoni JONES and two children, John SEARLE and three children, Moses HUTCHINSON and child, and Patience WEBB. Three were found who had been knocked in the head, and one of them scalped, but all recovered. Elisha SEARLE, son of John, Esther, wife of Benoni JONES, and Margaret HUGGINS, were carried away captive. Mrs. JONES died in Canada, the others returned. Elisha SEARLE was a soldier in the succeeding wars, and had an interesting history."


Thomas SEWALL was not a long resident of Springfield. He had born here the following children:--

   Child, b. September 5, 1648, d. September 26, 1648.
   Abigail, b. March 14, 1649.


Richard SIKES married Phebe _____, before coming to Springfield. His first child was born in Roxbury. He was on the first Board of Selectmen, and served in many minor offices. He died March ___, 1676, and his widow d. January 2, 1687. Their children were:--

   Rebecca, b. at Roxbury, 1640, m. Nathaniel BURT, son of Henry.
   Experience, b. 1642, d. June 7, 1648.
   Increase, b. August 6, 1644, m. Abigail FOWLER.
   Nathaniel, b. October 30, 1646, m. Hannah BAGG, daughter of John BAGG.
   Victory, b. March 3, 1649, m. Elizabeth BURT.
   James, b. June 11, 1651, d. March 24, 1712.


Nathaniel SIKES, son of Richard and Phebe, married Hannah BAGG, daughter of John and Hannah, February 3, 1680. He died September 15, 1687, and his widow died May 13, 1740. Their children were:--

   Hannah, b. June 27, 1682, d. July 29, 1685.
   Hannah, b. July 14, 1685, m. Samuel BARKER.
   Nathaniel, b. August 23, 1686, d. April 13, 1750.


Victory SIKES, son of Richard and Phebe, m. Elizabeth BURT, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth, January 22, 1672. He married second, at Suffield, January 16, 1684, Elizabeth GRANGER. She died March 20, 1692, and he married third, Widow Mary TRUMBLE, December 22, 1692, and died at Suffied, April 25, 1708. His children were:--

   Jonathan, b. December 16, 1673, d. August ___, 1674.
   Jonathan, b. July 17, 1675, m. Mary LANE of Suffield and d. there September 25, 1710.
   Elizur, b. December 11, 1677, d. December 28, 1677.
   Abel, b. February 24, 1678, d. March 14, 1679.
   Samuel, b. March 3, 1680, m. Mehitable HANCHET.
   Benjamin, b. October 16, 1682, d. November 1, 1682.
   Victory, child by second wife, b. at Suffield, September 5, 1689, m. Mary KING of Suffield.
   John, b. ____, d. April 19, 1690.


Increase SIKES, son of Richard and Phebe, married Abigail FOWLER, daughter of Ambrose and Jane, March 22, 1671. He died March 24, 1712, and his widow died June 19, 1733. Their children were:--

   John, b. April 23, 1672, d. November 10, 1689.
   Nathaniel, b. July 7, 1673, m. Elizabeth BALL.
   Increase, b. January 1, 1675, m. Mary KNOWLTON.
   Abigail, b. March 16, 1677, m. Wm. HENDRICK.
   Rebecca, b. September 15, 1678, m. Samuel WRIGHT.
   Samuel, b. March 27, 1680, m. Mary FOOT.
   Phoebe, b. February 21, 1682, d. March 15, 1682.
   James, b. March 27, 1684.
   Benjamin, b. December 5, 1685, d. June 30, 1687.


Henry SMITH, the first Town Recorder of Springfield, married Ann, daughter of William PYNCHON. His mother, widow Frances SANFORD, had previously married Pynchon. He was chosen on the first Board of Selectmen and served seven years. In 1651 he was a Deputy to the General Court and held the office only through one session. The Court appointed him Magistrate for Springfield, as the successor of William Pynchon, but he returned to England in 1653, and it does not appear that he gave much service in that office. He was an unusually fine penman and his records of the town, of which he was Clerk, from the beginning of the settlement in 1636 up to his departure in 1653, were exceedingly well kept.

On returning he went to Wraysbury, in the County of Bucks, where he lived till his death in 1681, or '82. His will, made August 1, 1681, and proved October 24, 1682, is published in "Genealogical Gleanings in England," by Henry F. Waters (N. E. Hist. and Gen. Register, April, 1894, p. 255), and is as follows: "My body to be buried in a decent manner. I do give unto my daughter Martha CAMOCK five shillings. To my daughter Mary LORD in New England five shillings. To my daughter Rebecca LEE, five shillings. To my son Elisha SMITH five shillings. To my daughter Elizabeth SMITH, not yet disposed of in marriage, I do give fifty pounds, to be paid at the time of her marriage, if she survive after her mother. I do, out of that dear and tender love I bear unto my belowed wife Mrs. Anna SMITH, give and bequeath all and singular my goods, chattels, leases, debts, ready money, plate, rings, household stuff, apparel, brass, pewter, bedding, and all other my substance whatsoever, movable or immovable, quick and dead, of what nature, quality or condition the same are or be, as well in my own possession as in the hands and possession of any other person whatsoever, to her own proper use and behoof, whom I do hereby ordain and appoint to be my executrix." One of the witnesses to the will was his daughter, "Rebecca Lee of Wraysbury, widow, aged about thirty years." His children born before coming here were:--

   Ann, b. ____, m. John ALLEN.
   Mary, ____, d. November 16, 1641.
Born Here.
   Martha, b. July 31, 1641.
   Mary, b. September 1, 1742-3 [1642?], m. Richard LORD.
   Elizabeth, b. October 22, 1644.
   Margaret, b. April 23, 1646, d. June 24, 1648.
   Sarah, b. August 8, 1647, d. June 30, 1648.
   Sarah, b. November, 1, 1648.
   Rebecka, March 2, 1650.
   Samuel, b. June 23, 1651, d. June 14, 1652.
   Abigail, b. February 10, 1652.
   Elisha, b. after his parents returned to England.


Thomas STEBBINS, who purchased the lot, a part of which is now Court Square, served on important committees and was three times elected Selectman. His accounts with Pynchon indicate that he must have been a tailor. He did very little out-door work for Pynchon, except occasionally in harvesting. His account with John Pynchon was opened in August, 1652, and by the following February it had amounted to 14 17s 6d. The first items of credit are: "By making 12 wastecoates, 8s; By 10 doz. caps at 6s pr. dox, 3; By 11 doz. & 9 wastcoates at 8s pr Doz., 4 14s; By making 3 doz. & 1 coates, 3 2s; By 1 doz. stockens, 5s; 2 days Taylering 2s; mending my clothes, 6d; By 4 dayes harvesting work, 8s." He is also charged with this: "Delivered to Thomas Stebbins 54 yds of white shag cotton for wastecoates & stockens, & p'ce of Red tape, and 30 yds of cloth in Remnants." He delivered to Pynchon not long afterwards 17 doz. caps and over one hundred "wastecoates." The large purchases of thread also indicate that the Stebbins family must have been exceedingly busy with the needle.

Thomas Stebbins, son of Rowland, was born in England. Married Hannah WRIGHT, daughter of Dea. Samuel, November ___, 1645. She died October 16, 1660, and he married Widow Abigail MUNN, December 14, 1676. She was the widow of Francis BALL, and the daughter of Henry BURT. He died September 5, 1683, and his widow, June 2, 1707. The children of Thomas Stebbins by his first wife were:--

   Samuel, b. September 19, 1646, m. Joanna LAMB, and 2nd, Abigail BROOKS.
   Thomas, b. July 31, 1648, m. Abigail MUNN, and second, Widow Mary DAY ELY.
   Joseph, b. May 18, 1650, d. November 9, 1651.
   Joseph, b. October 24, 1652, m. Sarah DORCHESTER.
   Sarah, b. August 18, 1654, m. Samuel BLISS, Jr.
   Edward, b. April 14, 1656, m. Sarah GRAVES and 2nd, Widow Mary COLTON.
   Benjamin, b. April 11, 1658, m. Abigail DENTON, and 2nd, Widow Mary BALL.
   Hannah, b. October 1, 1660, d. at 17 yrs.
   Rowland, b. October 2, 1660, d. June 24, 1661.


Thomas STEBBINS, Jr., son of Thomas and Hannah, married Abigail MUNN, daughter of Benjamin and Abigail, Dec. 21, 1672. His wife died February 6, 1692. He married April 12, 1694, Mary, widow of Samuel ELY, and daughter of Robert DAY. He died December 17, 1695, and his widow married John COLEMAN. In his will he mentions no sons and leaves his property to his three daughters. His children by his first wife were:--

   Thomas, b. January 28, 1673, d. March 20, 1675.
   Abigail, b. May 27, 1675, d. May 15, 1692.
   Hannah, b. December 29, 1677, d. January 10, 1678.
   Child, s. b., November 23, 1678.
   Hannah, b. December 22, 1680, m. Luke NOBLE.
   Thomas, b. November 13, 1682, d. September 9, 1684.
   Daughter, s. b. May 16, 1695.
   Sarah, b. April 17, 1686, m. David PARSONS.
   Mary, b. November 1, 1688, m. Nathan WHEELER.
   Son, b. ___, January 6, d. February 15, 1691.


John STEELE of Westfield, son of Barrett and Mary, married Abigail BROOKS, daughter of Benjamin and Mary, March 7, 1728. He died at the house of Ezra STEBBINS, February 21, 1793, and she died August 12, 1774. Their children were:--

   John, b. ___, m. Eunice CROWFOOT.
   Abigail, b. December 4, 1731, m. Amaziah SANDERSON.
   Mary, bapt. March 10, 1734, m. Stephen CHANDLER.
   Rhoda, bapt. June 22, 1735, m. Robert SANDERSON.
   Ann, bapt. July 25, 1737, m. Samuel WARNER.
   Aaron, b. July 13, 1739, m. Sarah RUMRILL.
   Seth, b. December 20, 1741.
   Solomon, bapt. December 23, 1744.
   Reuben, b. September 11, 1746.
   Justin, b. August 13, 1749, m. Thankful WRIGHT.
   Squire, b. August 26, 1752, m. Tryphena WRIGHT.


Barrett STEELE married Mary BROOKS, daughter of William and Mary, December 30, 1697. He died December 4, 1713. His widow resided in Suffield, and deeded land that was formerly her father's in 1730. Their children were:--

   Mary, b. October 27, 1698, m. John HODGE.
   Hannah, b. February 24, 1700, d. March 17, 1700.
   Hannah, b. March 14, 1701.
   Mercy, b. March 6, 1703, m. Nathaniel OLDS.
   John, b. March 9, 1707, m. Abigail BROOKS.
   Thankful, b. September 28, 1708.
   Abigail, b. November 3, 1710, d. November 3, 1713.
   Samuel, b. October 21, 1713.


James STEVENSON, married Widow Joanna BARBER, widow of John and daughter of Obadiah and Joanna MILLER, June 4, 1691. This was his second marriage. He died December 23, 1711. His widow died November 30, 1713. Their children were:--

   Jonathan, b. September 29, 1692, m. Margaret _____.
   Benajah, b. September 29, 1692, m. Priscilla _____.
   John, b. January 2, 1693, m. Ruth MILLER.
   Joanna, b. December 10, 1695, m. Ebenezer LEONARD.
   Sarah, b. June 16, 1697.
   Bashuah, b. February 15, 1698, d. April 2, 1699.
   BEthiah, b. May 30, 1702, d. June 11, 1702.


John STILES married Dorcas BURT, daughter of Henry and Eulalia, October 28, 1658. He was son of John STILES of Windsor. They had born here one daughter. The remaining children are not on record here. Their children were:--

   Sarah, b. September 12, 1661.
   Hannah, b. March 23, 1665, m. Samuel BLISS.
   John, b. December 10, 1665.
   Ephraim, b. ___, 1670, m. Abigail NEIL.
   Thomas, b. ___, 1673, m. Bethiah HANMER.


Ephraim STILES, son of John and Dorcas, married Abigail NEIL of Westfield, August 2, 1694. Their first three children, Rachael, Isaac, and Ephraim, were born at Westfield. Two others, Abigail and Hannah, were born here. For many years he rang the bell for meetings and burials. He died December 31, 1650, aged 81 years. Their children were:--

   Rachael, b. May 21, 1695.
   Isaac, b. 1696, d. at Westfield.
   Ephraim, b. December 5, 1699, was living in Westfield in 1733.
   Abigail, b. March 15, 1704, d. May 14, 1713.
   Hannah, b. July 31, 1708, m. David JONES.


John STUART was at Springfield as early as 1650. He married Sarah, daughter of John STILES. He died April 21, 1690. He left all his property to his wife, Sarah, during her life time. Part was then to go to his kinsman, Ephraim STILES, and the remainder to his faithful servant, Obadiah MILLER, and to Obadiah's son, Stuart MILLER. For his history, see page 62 of volume one.


Thomas SWEETMAN married Joyce _____. She died April 16, 1691. He died in Barbadoes, June 17, 1691. Their children were:--

   Esther, b. ___, d. November 6, 1692.
   Elizabeth, b. April 11, 1687, m. John CHARLES
   Thomas, b. June 25, 1690.
   Mary, b. ___, m. John FERRY.


Peter SWINCK was for a time a negro servant of John PYNCHON. From whence he came it is not know. There does not appear to have been any prejudice against color for Peter was seated with the boys of the first settlers in the same seat at church and he was granted lands in various parts of the town. Later in life he became a town charge and received the same support as others of the town's poor. He died December 17, 1699, and his widow Mary, November 24, 1708.

A deed dated 1723, mentioned Rachael CORNISH, as heir and grand-daughter of Peter SWINCK. Their children of record here were:--

   Abraham, b. February 22, 1659, d. February 25, 1660.
   Susanna, b. November 3, 1661, d. April 17, 1662.


James TAYLOR married Mary TAYLOR, daughter of jonathan and Mary, January 17, 1667. His wife died March 18, 1700. He died October 27, 1720. Savage says he had been a servant of John Pynchon, which probably means that John Pynchon paid his passage, and that he lived with him till the amount was repaid in labor. Their children were:--

   Rebecca, b. November 18, 1668, d. February 5, 1669.
   James, b. November 26, 1669, m. Dorothy ROGERS.
   Mary, b. December 28, 1671, m. John PETTY.
   John, b. March 14, 1673, d. November 12, 1673.
   Samuel, b. September 26, 1674, d. ___.
   Elizabeth, b. January 5, 1678, d. November 27, 1710.
   Jonathan, b. October 30, 1679, m. Sarah KNOWLTON.
   Ebenezer, b. August 26, 1681, d. June 27, 1689.
   Thomas, b. at Suffield, January 10, 1684, d. June 17, 1703.
   Samuel, b. April 6, 1686, m. Sarah BAGG.
   Rebecca, b. July 12, 1689.


James TAYLOR, Jr., son of James and Mary, married Dorothy ROGERS, daughter of Henry and Mary, February 21, 1704. His death is not on record. His estate was distributed in 1739. Their children were:--

   Amos, b. February 26, 1704, m. Margaret CHAPIN.
   Mary, b. November 4, 1706, m. John CAREW.
   Ebenezer, b. March 4, 1710, m. Ruth MACK CRANNY.
   Asabel, b. April 13, 1712, m. Widow Sarah ROOT, and second, Sarah ASHLEY.
   Dorothy, b. April 25, 1713, m. Daniel BUSH.
   John, b. June 19, 1717, m. Martha PARSONS.


Jonathan TAYLOR, son of James and Mary, married Sarah KNOWLTON, daughter of Benjamin and Hannah. Intention of marriage recorded January 27, 1712. He died October 14, 1749. A widow, Sarah TAYLOR, according to West Springfield Church Record, died March 11, 1765. The children of Jonathan Taylor were:--

   Jonathan, b. August 27, 1714, d. November 2, 1745.
   Sarah, b. January 10, 1718, d. June 29, 1742.
   Joseph, b. August 16, 1720, m. Ruth DAY.


Samuel TAYLOR, son of James and Mary, married Sarah BAGG, daughter of John and Mercy, January 17,1717. He died December 18, 1774, in his 84th year, and was buried in the West Springfield cemetery. His wife died May 2, 1776, in her 82nd year. Their children were:--

   Sarah, b. October 11, 1717, d. October 22, 1717.
   Samuel, b. December 26, 1718, m. Sarah STEBBINS, and second, Martha LAMB.
   Sarah, b. August 5, 1721, m. Moses ASHLEY.
   John, b. September, 30, 1724.
   Nathaniel, bapt. May 16, 1736, m. Cloe BROOKS.


Samuel TERRY married Ann LOBDELL, January 3, 1660. She died May 16, 1684, and he married second, Widow Sarah SCOTT, November 19, 1690. She died September 27, 1705. He died at Enfield, 1731.

Samuel Terry was in Springfield in 1650. The first mention of him is in a bond given to Benjamin Cooley to serve him "three years, six months and some odd days." in which Cooley agreed to teach him the trade of a linen weaver. It appears that Terry had been bound to Willilam Pynchon, and probably for at least five years, for paying his passage to this country. The bond was entered in Pynchon's Magistrate Book and is given in full below:

October 15, 1650.

   Know all men by these presents that I samuell Terry, with the consent of my present master, William Pynchon of Springfield, gent have put myself an apprentice to Benjamin Cooly of Springfield, weaver, his heirs & assigns to serve him or them in any kind of lawful Imployment that the said Benjamin Cooly shall command me for and during the space of three years 6 months & some odd days from the tyme of the date hereof: In consideration whereof I the said Benjamin Cooly doe bynde myself my heirs & executors to pay unto the said William his heirs, or assigns the some of nine pounds, viz fifty shillinge more at the 10 day of Aprill next 1651, and fifty shillings at the 10 day of April 1652, & fifty shillings more at the 10 day of Aprill 1653, & thirty shilling the 10 of April 1654, at the house of the said Mr. Pynchon in good & merchantable wheat, at five shillinge p bushell, moreover I the said Benjamin Cooly do bynde myself my heirs & assigns to pay unto the said Samuell Terry now assigned & set over as above unto me as abovesaid, fifty shillinge in merchantable wheat & pease at the prise of abovesaid for the abovesaid for the first years of service, & fifty shillinge for the 2d year & fifty shillings for the 3d year & for the last half year & some odd days thirty & five shillings, & also in the said space to find the said Samuell Terry meat drink & lodging fitting as servants ought to have: and also I doe here bynd myself to instruct him and teach him the trade of linen weaving according to the use of it in this Towne of Springfield, provide he will be willinge & careful to learn it: And the said William Pynchon doth promise to the said Samuell Terry for his better incouragement to remit his last years service which he is bound by his Indenture made in England to serve him more than is expressed in this present both woolen & linen & doe also promise to give him twenty shillings more in such necessaries for apparell as he shall call for in the first years service with Benjamin Cooly: & the said Benjamin & not do him any damage according to his covenants expressed in his indenture to the said Mr. Pynchon which said indenture the said Mr. Pynchon doth assigne set over & deliver into the hand of the said Benjamin Cooly for the use & behoof of himself or any of the said persons mentioned in this contract, untill the said Samuell shall have performed the said service of 3 y 6 months & odd dayes from the date hereof: & for the Ratifienge of the said agreement the said Mr. Pynchon hath entered this agreement of public Records and also all the within named persons have hereunto set their hands this present 15 day of October 1650.
Richard Maund
John Benham

                   Samuel Terry
the mark of Benjamin Cooley
                   William Pynchon

He was chosen Constable, was placed on important committees, to assist in laying out town boundaries, and to do other work of a public nature. Evidently he made good use of his time, not only with Cooley in his apprenticeship but in subsequent years. He opened his first account with John Pynchon May 22, 1654, when he purchased a bill of goods including "1yd 1-2 qr. of stuffy, 1 yd 1-2 of blew cotton, 1 sickle, having promised to help me reap 2 days when I call." He was much in Pynchon's employ, going to the Enfield falls with wheat and bringing back goods to the Pynchon store, sometimes in connection with Miles Morgan and at other times with Thomas Miller. The balance in his accounts do not appear to have been more than a few pounds, to which he frequently set his hand.

The movement to settle Enfield was originated by John Pynchon and a few others, and later Samuel Terry moved there with his family. The first town meeting in Enfield was held in 1688, and John Pease, Jr., and Samuel Terry were chosen Selectmen, and the latter became one of the most active and prominent men in the new settlement. The first meeting house was built in 1683, and in 1705 another larger and better building was erected. The work was done by Sejeant Terry and Zachariah Booth. When finished he and three others were appointed with the Selectmen a committee "to seat the meeting house before they meet in it."

The descendants of Samuel Terry include Seth Terry, founder of the clock industry in Connecticut, and General Terry of the War of the Rebellion. The children of Samuel and Ann Terry are as follows:--

   Samuel, b. July 18, 1661, m. Hannah MORGAN.
   Ephraim, b. August 26, 1663, drowned July 15, 1670.
   Thomas, b. March 6, 1665, m. Martha COOLEY.
   Mary, b. July ___, 1667, m. Jeremiah HORTON.
   Rebecca, b. July 25, 1669, d. August 18, 1670.
   Daughter, s. b. December 12, 1670.
   Ephraim, b. February 3, 1671, m. Hannah EGGLESTON, went to Lebanon and died there in 1730.
   Rebecca, b. December 5, 1673, m. Abel WIGHT, Jr.
   Elizabeth, b. March 25, 1677, d. April 21, 1677.
   Ann, b. _____, m. John BLISS.


Samuel TERRY, Jr., son of Samuel and Ann, lived at Enfield, and married Hannah MORGAN, daughter of Miles and Prudence, May 17, 1682. Goodwin says she died January 17, 1697, and he married Martha, widow of Benjamin CRANE. He died January 2, 1731, in his 70th year. Their children were:--

   Hannah, b. November 18, 1684, m. Wm. BEMENT.
   Samuel, b. March 26, 1690.
   Rebecca, b. November 15, 1692, m. John HASKELL.
   Ebenezer, b. March 31, 1696.
Children by His Second Wife.
   Benjamin, b. October 13, 1698, m. Hannah PEASE, daughter of James.
   Ephraim, b. October 24, 1701, m. Ann _____.
   Jacob, b. February 20, 1704, m. Mary PEASE, daughter of James.
   Martha, b. February 18, 1706, d. March ___.
   Jonathan, b. November 17, 1707, m. Sarah PEASE, daughter of James.
   Isaac, b. April 17, 1713.


Thomas TERRY, son of Samuel and Ann, married Mary COOLEY, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah, April 21, 1687. She died December 6, 1720, and he married Mary MEECHAM of Enfield. She was probably daughter of Thomas ROOT, and widow of Isaac MEECHAM. She died _____, and he married third, Widow Hannah CHAPIN, 1736. She died January 27, 1743, aged 73 years. He died May 9, 1760, aged 96 years. His children, all by his first wife, were:--

   Thomas, b. January 28, 1687, d. October 14, 1688.
   Mary, b. October 31, 1689, m. John LOMBARD.
   Anne, b. February ___, 1691, m. Joseph YOUNGLOVE.
   Bethiah, b. July 4, 1694, m. Henry BURT.
   Thomas, b. April 18, 1698, m. Martha MILLER.
   Rebecca, b. April 21, 1700, m. John BROOKS, July 19, 1722, and second, Benjamin KNOWLTON, Sr.
   Samuel, b. April 28, 1703, m. Sarah CHAPIN.


Rowland THOMAS was chosen Selectman three times and was frequently appointed on committees in reference to measuring land and establishing boundaries. He married Sarah CHAPIN, daughter of Dea. Samuel and Cicely, April 14, 1647. She died August 5, 1684. He died February 21, 1698. Their children were:--

   Joseph, b. September 6, 1647, d. June 12, 1648.
   Samuel, b. March 2, 1649, d. March 5, 1649.
   Mary, b. March 25, 1650, d. March 29, 1650.
   Joseph, b. March 25, 1651, m. Mary _____.
   Benjamin, b. May 23, 1653, m. Anna BELDING.
   Josiah, b. April 4, 1655, d. June 6, 1657.
   Josiah, b. October 22, 1657, d. November 9, 1657.
   Samuel, b. May 6, 1662, d. 1701.
   Child, b. and d. August 31, 1665.
   Sarah, b. September 14, 1666, m. James WARRINER.
   Mary, b. January 9, 1668, d. July 11, 1670.
   Mercy, b. May 15, 1671, m. John BAGG.


Benjamin THOMAS, son of Rowland and Sarah, married Anna BELDING of Hatfield. He was in Brookfield in 1706. His children born here were:--

   Child, s. b. October 1, 1689.
   Sarah, b. September 2, 1690.
   Mary, b. December 26, 1692.
   Thomas, b. December 20, 1694.
   Anna, b. November 21, 1696.
   Samuel, b. January 7, 1699.


Joseph THOMAS, son of Rowland and Sarah, married Mary _____ of Hatfield. They went to Lebanon, Conn., and were there in 1702. They had three children born at Hatfield, and the others, beginning with Mary, were born here. Their children were:--

   Child, b. and d. February 6, 1675.
   Joseph, b. December 10, 1676, d. December 21, 1676.
   Samuel, b. November 9, 1677.
   Mary, b. December 29, 1679.
   Joseph, b. June 14, 1682.
   Roland, b. March 26, 1685.
   Sarah, b. February 5, 1686.
   Ebenezer, b. November 24, 1688, m. Sarah WARRINER.
   Josiah, b. October 7, 1690.
   Mercy, b. September 12, 1692.

Samuel and Josiah were residents of Lebanon in 1727 when they deeded land of their father Joseph Thomas.


This name has been written in many different ways by the various town clerks. It appears as Born and Boun VAN HORN and VAN HOOVEN. He married Sarah SMITH of Suffied, February 6, 1713, and died February 20, 1755, aged 65 years. His widow, Sarah, died December 30, 1775, in her 80th year. Their children were:--

   Azariah, b. June 21, 1714, m. Sarah WRIGHT.
   John, b. March 20, 1717, and was living, according to a deed given, in 1733; d. April 15, 1783, aged 67.
   Sarah, b. February 22, 1720, m. Samuel MUNN.
   Elizabeth, b. June 30, 1722.
   Mary, b. January 22, 1726, m. James BALL of South Hadley.
   Abraham, b. October 2, 1728, m. Eunice SIKES.


Christian VAN HORN married Hannah JONES, daughter of Ebenezer and Mercy, December 6, 1705. He was a blacksmith by trade. His wife died January 26, 1756, aged 70. He died June 11, 1765, in his 83 year. His children were:--

   Hannah, b. July 15, 1709, m. Ichabod MILLER.
   Submit, b. December 22, 1711, d. December 31, 1711.
   Margaret, b. February 11, 1713, m. David ROCKWELL.
   Aaron, b. February 6, 1716, d. December 27, 1721.
   Sarah, b. September 28, 1718, m. Nathaniel ATCHINSON.
   Derick, b. June 22, 1721, m. Mary COOLEY.
   Aaron, b. January 17, 1724, m. Mary STEBBINS of Brimfield.
   John, known as Dr. John, b. June 8, 1726, m. Lydia MORGAN.


Benjamin WAITE married Abigail SIKES, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth, March 10, 1726. He died January 13, 1778, in his 74th year. Their children were:--

   Rachael, b. November 6, 1726.
   Benjamin, Jr., b. September 18, 1728, d. October 4, 1728.
   Benjamin, b. August 11, 1729, d. September 9, 1732.
   Abigail, b. December 22, 1731, m. Ebenezer BARBER.
   Martin, b. November 18, 1733.
   Rhoda, b. May 27, 1736, d. June 25, 1736.
   William, bapt. May 15, 1737.
   Rhoda, b. July 9, 1739, m. Lemuel STEBBINS.
   Benjamin, b. May 1, 1742, m. Sarah ELMER.
   Moses, b. October 30, 1744, m. Hannah KELLOGG.


Henry WOLCOTT, son of Henry and Jane, married Abigail COOLEY, daughter of Benjamin and Abigail, December 27, 1716. Their children were:--

   Benjamin, b. September 24, 1717.
   Jane Alling, b. October 5, 1719, m. Joseph CHAPIN.
   Abigail, b. April 15, 1721, m. Matthew KEEP.
   Penelope, b. December 15, 1724.
   Tryphena, b. December 20, 1726.
   Henry, b. March 15, 1729.
   Chester, bapt. October 25, 1732, d. same day.
   Simon, b. August 7, 1733.
   Peter, b. August 21, 1736, d. December 17, 1758.
   Martha, bapt. December 9, 1739.


Joseph WOLCOTT, son of Joseph of Newbury, married March 4, 1686 Rebecca, daughter of Launcelot GRANGER. Went to Brookfield and his wife and two daughters, Joanna and Hannah, were killed by Indians July 27, 1693. He died October 21, 1690. Their children were:--

   Joanna, b. September 13, 1687, killed by Indians.
   Joseph, b. August 30, 1689, at Brookfield.
   Hannah, b. November 8, 1691, killed by Indians.


John WARNER, married Lydia BOLTWOOD, daughter of Robert. He came here from Hadley and had one child, Lydia, born there. He had four children born here, and his wife died January 26, 1682. He married second, Sarah WARNER, August 31, 1683. She died January 24, 1687, and he married third, Sarah FERRY, June 30, 1687. She died July 25, 1689, and he married fourth, Widow Rebecca COOLEY, November 26, 1691, widow of Obadiah, Jr. She died October 18, 1715, and he died January 21, 1724. His children were:

   Lydia, b. ___, m. Josiah BEEMAN.
   Priscilla, b. April 4, 1677, m. Edmund BEMENT of Enfield.
   John, b. February 22, 1678, m. Jebitha _____, resided in Enfield and Suffield.
   Ebenezer, b. February 16, 1681, m. Hannah BLISS and second, Mary GERALD.
   Mary, b. January 15, 1682. d. January 29, 1682.

Children by Second Wife
   Nathaniel, b. August 19, 1684, m. Thankful _____, lived in Suffield.
   Child, b. October 1, 1685, d. October 18, 1685.

Child by Fourth Wife
   Child, s. b. May 22, 1695.


William WARRINER married Joanna SEARLE, sister of John Searle, July 31, 1639. His wife died September 12, 1660, and he married Widow Luke HITCHCOCK. He died June 2, 1676, and his widow married Joseph BALDWIN, whose daughter Elizabeth had married William Warriner's son James. He came here very soon after the beginning of the settlement. The first mention of his name was in 1639. His homelot was the first north of Court Square. The City Hall, the store of Smith & Murray and the Five Cents Savings Bank buidling, stand on the lot granted to him by the Town. He was on nearly all the important committees concerning town affairs. He was chosen Constable in 1656 and Selectman in 1658. The children by his first wife were:--

   James, b. January 21, 1640, m. Elizabeth BALDWIN, second, Sarah ALVORD, third, Widow Mary STEBBINS.
   Hannah, b. August 17, 1643, m. Thomas NOBLE.
   Joseph, b. February 6, 1644, m. Mary MONTAGUE, second, Widow Sarah COLLINS.


James WARRINER, son of William and Joanna, married Elizabeth BALDWIN, daughter of Joseph of Milford, March 31, 1664, and she died April 24, 1687, and he married second, Sarah ALVORD, daughter of Alexander, July 10, 1689, and she died May 16, 1704, and he married third, Mary STEBBINS, daughter of John and Mary GRAVES of Hadley, widow of Benjamin STEBBINS, and widow of Samuel BALL, December 29, 1704. He died May 14, 1727, aged 87. His widow died May 21, 1727. The children of James and Elizabeth were:--

   Samuel, b. November 21, 1666, d. February 12, 1667.
   James, b. July 19, 1668, m. Sarah THOMAS.
   Elizabeth, b. August 1, 1670, m. Henry BURT.
   William, b. January 6, 1672, m. Elizabeth WELLER.
   Hannah, b. February 13, 1674, m. Daniel GRAVES.
   Joseph, b. November 6, 1677, m. Hannah BLISS.
   Samuel, b. January 26, 1679, m. Abigail DAY.
   Ebenezer, b. March 4, 1682, m. Joanna DICKINSON.
   Mary, b. April 1, 1685, m. Increase SIKES.
   Daughter, s. b. March 10, 1687.

Children by Second Wife.
   Sarah, b. October 13, 1690, m. Ebenezer THOMAS of Lebanon, Conn.
   Jonathan, b. November 29, 1692, m. Mercy BURNHAM.
   John, b. November 29, 1694, d. March 20, 1696.
   John, b. August 22, 1696, d. August 25, 1696.
   Benjamin, b. April 15, 1698, m. Mercy BARTLETT.
   David, b. October 8, 1701, m. Mary SIKES.


Joseph WARRINER, son of William and Joanna, married Mary MONTAGUE of Hadley, daughter of Richard, November 25, 1668. He was not married here nor were his children born in Springfield. He removed to Enfield in 1687, and his wife died there July 22, 1689. He married Sarah, widow of Daniel COLLINS, daughter of Thomas TIBBALS, July 12, 1691. He died 1697, and his widow married Obadiah ABBE. Children by his first wife were:--

   Mary, b. November 17, 1669, m. Zachariah BOOTH.
   Joseph, b. January 16, 1672, d. November 1, 1672.
   Joseph, b. January 6, 1673.
   Hannah, b. September 10, 1674, m. Robert PEASE, Jr.
   Ebenezer, b. January 18, 1676, m. Elizabeth HARMON.
   Dorcas, b. January or June 27, 1678.
   Abigail, b. August 23, 1680, d. January 21, 1689.
   Joanna, b. November 8, 1682, m. Thomas COLTON, Jr.
   Elizabeth, b. September 30, 1686, m. Samuel BLISS, 4th, and second, John PEASE.

Children by Second Wife.
   Abigail, b. May 4, 1692.
   Mary, b. May 4, 1692.


Joseph WILLISTON married Mary ASHLEY, widow of Joseph and Mary PARSONS. Intention of marriage recorded February 11, 1698. His wife died August 23, 1711, and he married second, Sarah STEBBINS, widow of Thomas, November 23, 1714. He died November 10, 1747, aged 80. His wife died 1732. His children were:--

   Joseph, b. December 28, 1700, m. Hannah STEBBINS.
   Margaret, b. March 30, 1703, d. November 12, 1716.
   Nathaniel, b. January 28, 1707, m. Merriam STEBBINS.

Child by Second Wife.
   John, by November 6, 1715, m. Sarah BURT.


Joseph WILLISTON, Jr., son of Joseph and Mary, married Anna STEBBINS, daughter of Thomas and Sarah, January 23, 1727. He died August 21, 1747, aged 47. His widow died March 19, 1762, aged 55. Their children were:--

   Noah, b. November 11, 1728, d. June 4, 1732.
   Consider, b. January 6, 1731, d. June 6, 1732.
   Joseph, b. December 6, 1731 [right year?], m. Mary MORGAN.
   Noah, b. July 3, 1734, (Rev. Noah), at New Haven, 1762.
   Thomas Stebbins, b. July 28, 1737, m. Elizabeth MARSHFIELD and second, Beulah WILLISTON.
   Consider (son), b. August 3, 1739, in Suffield in 1762.
   Margaret, b. November ___, 1741, d. February 18, 1770, aged 39.
   Gad, b. October 26, 1744, in Brookfield in 1768.
   Hannah, b. November 7, 1746.


John WOOD had born here Jonathan, August 26, 1658.


John WORTHINGTON, son of Nicholas and Susanna, born at Hatfield, August 17, 1679, entered intention of marriage with Mary PRATT of Seabrook, April 20, 1713. She was the daughter of John Pratt. He died December 30, 1744, in his 66th year. His widow died October 29, 1759, in her 72d year. Their children were:--

   John, b. October 26, 1714, scalded to death, March 1, 1717.
   John, b. March 24, 1719. He was known as the "Honorable John," m. Hannah HOPKINS and second, Mary STODDARD.
   Timothy, b. July 1, 1722, d. November 25, 1724.
   Samuel, b. July 11, 1725, m. Sarah _____.
   Mary, b. March 8, 1728, d. March, 1731.
   Sarah, b. January 27, 1732, m. Rev. John HOOKER.


Jonathan WORTHINGTON, son of Nicholas and Susanna, married Elizabeth SCOTT, daughter of John and Sarah, February 19, 1708. His wife died September 8, 1743, and he married September 22, 1748, Widow Experience FOWLER. His children were:--

   Elizabeth, b. September 17, 1710, m. Samuel GAYLORD.
   Margaret, b. February 1-2, 1712, intentions of marriage with Jonathan PURCHASE.
   Jonathan, b. June 17, 1715, m. Mary PURCHASE.
   Nicholas, b. July 26, 1717, d. February 23, 1720.
   William, b. January 16, 1720, m. Sarah ROGERS.
   Amy, b. November 3, 1725, d. September 20, 1743.


William WORTHINGTON, son of Nicholas and Sarah, married Widow Mehitable MORTON, widow of Richard, and daughter of Isaac GRAVES. They went from Hartford to Colchester in 1717. His wife died there March 22, 1742, and he died May 22, 1753. Their children were:--

   William, b. December 5, 1695.
   Daniel, b. May 8, 1698.
   Mary, b. September 23, 1701.
   Mehitable, b. July 18, 1706.
   Elizah, b. June 16, 1710.


Abel WRIGHT married Martha KRITCHWELL, daughter of Samuel of Hartford, December 1, 1659. His wife was scalped July 26, 1708, and died October 19, 1708. He died October 29, 1725 in his 94th year. He does not appear to have been related to Deacon Samuel. He was here in 1654. Was twice Selectman, in 1689 and 1698, and was elected Deputy to the General Court. Their children were:--

   Joseph, b. September 1, 1660, m. Sarah OSBORN.
   Martha, b. November 29, 1662, m. Thomas MARLOW.
   Abel, b. September 25, 1664, m. Rebecca TERRY.
   Benjamin, b. March 14, 1667, m. Mary ? (CHAPIN).
   Hannah, b. July 28, 1669, m. Joseph SEXTON.
   Henry, b. May 23, 1671, d. December 6, 1674.
   Sarah, b. May 8, 1673, m. Thomas CHAPIN.
   Mary, b. March 9, 1675, m. Nathaniel BLISS.
   Henry, b. January 6, 1676, m. Hannah BLISS.
   Daniel, b. June 17, 1679, m. Mary CASE of Lebanon.
   Elizabeth, b. August 18, 1682, d. June 17, 1683.
   John, b. April 21, 1685, d. May 11, 1685.
   Elizabeth, b. May 22, 1687, m. Ebenezer DEWEY of Lebanon.


Abel WRIGHT, Jr., son of Abel and Martha, married Rebecca TERRY, daughter of Samuel and Ann, September 6, 1691. He went to Lebanon, Conn., and died there June 2, 1745. His four children as given below were born here. He went to Lebanon, Conn., and died there June 2, 1745. He had nine more born in Lebanon:--

   Rebecca, b. September 7, 1692.
   Samuel, b. July 4, 1694, d. July 20, 1694.
   Abel, b. August 24, 1695.
   Samuel, b. December 2, 1698.


Benjamin WRIGHT, son of Abel and Martha, m. Mary CHAPIN, January 24, 1695. He died December 25, 1704. His widow, Mary, died January 13, 1708. She was probably the daughter of Henry CHAPIN. Their children were:--

   Benjamin, b. May 22, 1696, m. Mary MILLER.
   Henry, b. May 19, 1700, m. Elizabeth BROOKS.
   Mary, b. May 1, 1705, Posth., m. Samuel LAMB.


Henry WRIGHT, son of Abel and Martha, married Hannah BLISS, daughter of John and Patience, May 24, 1705. His son, Henry, and his wife were captured July 27, 1708, by the Indians. Henry died from wounds on that day, and his wife was killed later. He married second, Sarah ROOT, daughter of Thomas and Mary of Westfield, March 15, 1711. He went to Lebanon, afterward came here and died in 1768, aged 91. Children by his first wife were:--

   Hannah, b. May 18, 1706.
   Henry, b. January 9, 1708, d. from wound received from Indians, July 27, 1708.

Children by Second Wife.
   Moses, b. 1713, m. Abigail BLISS.
   Stephen, b. July 13, 1716, m. Mirriam SIKES.
   Caleb, b. May 17, 1718, was living in Springfield in 1773.
   Elisha, b. March 13, 1720, m. Abigail MORGAN.
   Son, s. b. January 2, 1722.
   Sarah, b. January 15, 1723, m. Azariah VAN HORN.
   Deborah, b. ___, m. Thomas ELLINGWOOD or James WARRINER.


Joseph WRIGHT, son of Abel and Martha, married Sarah OSBORN, December 29, 1687. Was at Kingsfield in 1733. He died June 14, 1736. His children were:--

   Mindwell, b. September 24, 1688, d. ___.
   Joseph, b. October 14, 1690, m. Merriam MERRICK.
   Sarah, b. November 26, 1692, m. Hezekiah PORTER.
   Benjamin, b. November 11, 1694, killed by Indians, 1712.
   Mindwell, b. June 15, 1698, m. Jonathan OLD, or THOMSON.
   Mary, b. September 24, 1702, m. John BURT.
   Rachael, b. December 4, 1706, m. James DORCHESTER, 3d.


Dea. Samuel WRIGHT was in Springfield in 1641. Went to Northampton in 1656, and died there October 17, 1665. His wife, Margaret, died in 1781. He served on various committees concerning town affairs and with others conducted religious services in absence of the minister. Their children were:--

   Hannah, b. ___, m. Thomas STEBBINS. She may possibly have been a sister of Samuel and not a daughter.
   Benjamin, b. ___, 1627, d. October 24, 1704.
   Samuel, b. October 3, 1654, in Springfield, m. Elizabeth BURT.
   James, b. ___, m. Abigail JESS.
   Judah, b. in Springfield, May 10, 1642, m. Mercy BURT.
   Mary, ___.
   Margaret, b. ___, m. Thomas BANCROFT.
   Esther, b. ___, m. Samuel MARSHFIELD.
   Lydia, b.___, m. Lawrence BLISS, John NORTON, John LAMB and Quartermaster George COLTON.
   Helped, b. September 15, 1644, in Springfield.


Samuel WRIGHT, Jr., married Elizabeth BURT, daughter of Henry and Eulalia, November 24, 1653. They removed to Northampton and he was killed by the Indians in 1675. His widow married Nathaniel DICKINSON. Their children were:--

   Joseph, b. ___, 1657, m. Ruth SHELDON.
   Benjamin, b. ___, m. Thankful TAYLOR and Mary BARKER.
   Ebenezer, b. ___, 1663, m. Hannah HUNT.
   Elizabeth, b. ___, 1666.
   Eleazer, b. ___, 1668, m. Mary PARDEE.
   Hannah, b. ___, 1671.
   Benoni, b. ___, 1675.


Joseph YOUNGLOVE, son of John, married Anna TERRY daughter of Thomas and Mary, February 1, 1711. He had five children born here, two or three at Suffield, and two more at Simsbury, Conn. Those born here were:--

   Joseph, b. November 2, 1711.
   Sarah, b. May 19, 1713, d. November 8, 1713.
   Issiah, b. April 8, 1716.
   Anna, b. November 2, 1717.
   Aaron, b. September 6, 1718.

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