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Appendix, Part III 

 

CONNECTICUT COLONY

GOVERNORS AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS, 1639-1689

Name

First Chosen

Last Chosen

Served

JOHN HAYNES

1639

1653

8 yrs

EDWARD HOPKINS

1640

1654

7 yrs

GEORGE WYLLYS

1642

(???)

1 yr

THOMAS WELLES

1655

1658

2 yrs

JOHN WEBSTER

1656

(???)

1 yr

JOHN WINTHROP

1657

1676

18 yrs

WILLIAM LEETE

1676

1683

7 yrs

ROBERT TREAT

1683

1687

4 yrs

[SIR EDMUND ANDROSS]

1687

1689

2 yrs

DEPUTY OR LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS

First Chosen

Last

Chosen

Served

ROGER LUDLOW

1639

1648

3 yrs

JOHN HAYNES

1640

1652

5 yrs

GEORGE WYLLYS

1641

(???)

1 yr

EDWARD HOPKINS

1643

1653

6 yrs

THOMAS WELLES

1654

1659

4 yrs

JOHN WEBSTER

1656

(???)

1 yr

JOHN WINTHROP

1658

(???)

1 yr

JOHN MASON

1660

1669

9 yrs

WILLIAM LEETE

1669

1676

7 yrs

ROBERT TREAT

1676

1808

17 yrs

MILITARY AFFAIRS IN CONNECTICUT COLONY

CAPT. JOHN MASON was the first, and, during his life, the chief military officer of Connecticut. He was trained as a soldier in the Netherlands, under Sir Thomas Fairfax. He was born in England in 1600, and came to Dorchester as early as 1632, at which time he is first mentioned on the records as in command of an expedition for the capture of the pirate, Bull. He is called Lieutenant, his rank under Fairfax, doubtless. He removed, in 1635, to Windsor, Connecticut, with Mr. Warham's company, and after that was identified with all the leading events in the history of the Connecticut towns. He was the commander, and the hero, in the Pequod war, as we have noted above. 

From 1637-1641, he was representative to the General Court, Assistant from 1641-1659, then Deputy Governor to 1669. He was appointed Major of the militia of Connecticut Colony, holding that office until his death, Jan. 30, 1672, in his 72d year. He removed from Windsor to Saybrook, 1647, and from thence to Norwich upon its settlement in 1659. His first wife (???) died at Windsor. He married second wife (???) Peck, at Windsor, July, 1639, and had, perhaps, Isabel, certainly Priscilla, b. October, 1641; Samuel, July, 1644; John, August, 1646; Rachel, October, 1648; Amy, June, 1650; Daniel, April, 1652; Elizabeth, August, 1654. Isabel, m. June 17, 1658, John Bissell, of Windsor; Priscilla, m. Oct. 8, 1664, Rev. James Fitch; Elizabeth, m. May 8, 1671, Thomas Norton; Rachel, m. June 12, 1678, Charles Hill. John was the captain of the Norwich Company, at the Narraganset Fort Fight, and was there so severely wounded that he died next year. Samuel settled at Stonington, and, in 1673, was Lieutenant of the militia there, and, in 1683, Assistant. Capt. Mason left a numerous posterity through sons and daughters. Hon. Jeremiah Mason, the eminent jurist of Massachusetts, was doubly descended from the Major, through Daniel, the son, and Priscilla (Mason) Fitch, the daughter.

The following is a list of names of those soldiers of Windsor who were in the Pequod Fort Fight in 1637:

Capt. John Mason

Sergt. Benedict Alvord

Thomas Barber

Thomas Buckland

George Chappel

John Dyer

James Eggleston

Nathl. Gillet

Thomas Gridley

Thomas Stiles

Sergt. Thos. Stares

Richard Osborn

Thos. Parsons

William Thrall

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A Mr. Hedge and Sergt. Nicholas Palmer are also mentioned, and Edward Pattison, of Saybrook.

The following soldiers of Hartford received grants of land for services in the Pequod war. Their names are preserved in the ancient Town Record of Hartford:

John Brunson

William Blumfield

Thomas Bull

Thomas Bunce

Thomas Barnes

Peter Blachford

Benjamin Burr

John Clarke

Thomas Root

Rev. Samuel Stone

John Warner

Nicholas Clarke

Capt. John Cullick

Sergt. Philip Davis

Nicholas Disborough

William Heyden

Thomas Hales

Samuel Hales

John Hills

Thomas Hollybut

Thomas Spencer

George Steele

John Halloway

Jonathan Ince

Benjamin Munn

Nicholas Olmstead

Richard Olmstead

John Purchas

William Pratt

William Philips

Thomas Stanton

Samuel Whitehead

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The above list is copied from "Hartford in the Olden Time," by "Scaeva." The author adds the names of Thomas Munson, Stephen Hart, Zachary Field, and William Cornwell as probable names to be added to the list.

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