897855 A Branch of Connecticut Northrops 1619 to Present


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Before the founder England
 Joseph Northrup            

1619(1639)-1669 Milford
 Joseph Northrup             narrrow

1666 Milford ~ 1736
 William Northrop    

1694 Milford ~ 1737
 William Northrop

1731 Greenfield ~ 1800
 Lois Northrop
1732 Newtown ~ 1805
John Northrop, Jr.
(Jeremiah 1652 line)

1754 Newtown ~ 1810

Peter Northrop              

1778? Washington? Newtown? Kent?~1855 Warren
Amos Northrop                

1803 NY? Kent,~1875 or 86
Alvin Northrop

1844 Cornwall~1906 Southport
George Elmore Northrop

1871 Southport ~ 1923 SouthportGeorge Ives  Northrop     

 1905 Southport/Norwalk ~ 1980 Fairfield Alvin Jennings  Northrop  





Webster (offsite)

This is a work in process and there are still other possible fathers for Amos.

Other Amos Father Possibilities arrow

Names Source?
Allen (William line) wife of Joseph bro to William1694


Alvin spouse of Sarah Wakeman Alvord and Alvin Jennings Northrop perhaps from Alvin Bradley ? spouse of another Lucy Ives
Alvord Alvin's wife Sarah
Anzonetta from book character AnzonettaPeters by John Alonzo Clark - fatherwasEpiscopal missionart western, NY. There may well be a family connection?. Isaiah served as a private in Captain Samuel Clark's Co, also Nehemiah wifea Clark, also Episcopal Rector Samuel Clark New Milford 1768 on also served Kent.
Baker William Fenn Northrop's wife
Molly Barber Chaugum connection
Barthol -omew Connection to Rachel Ives Lucy Ives Wallingford married Bartholomew children born Cazenovia, Madison, NY [prob cousin Lucy Ives b. 1815 in CT married Garrett Andrews ]

Gerrit Northrop's son in law

Beecher RachelConnection to Rachel Ives brother Ransom Ives Wallingford married Eunice F. Beecher
Blakeslee or Blakesley RachelConnection to Rachel Ives sister Ruth Ives (Wallingford) Jonathan Webb Blakeslee Wallingford
Booth William's son William III m. Elizabeth (Jeremiah line d/o Jonathan and Ruth Booth) Rachel check other Calebs Connection to Rachel Ives Caleb Ives Wallingford, Durham & VT married
Sarah Booth
Bradley Rachel Ives possible cousin Lucy Ives m. Alvin Bradley (parish of Mt.Carmel),
Alvin married (1) Lucy Ives on 31 Dec 1797 in Hamden,   Alvin married (2)Abigail Hall on 3 Feb 1802 in Hamden, .[prob cousin Lucy Ives b. 1815 in CT married Garrett Andrews moves and dies Linn County, Iowa]Also David Bradley (not Alvin's brother -- Amos and Rachel's neighbor in 1800 Kent


Alvin's son in law

Burr burr history Alvin's daughter plus other burr connections
Butler Rachel Ives Mother was Sarah Butler (Ives)
Castle /Caswell Aner Ives (neighbor and cousin /uncle to Rachel), Abigail Northrop d/o Benjamin (Jeremiah Newtown) m. Sybil Castle her sister Eunice married Ebenezrer Castle
Chamber- lain

Sarah Alvord sister-in-law

Chaugum Probable Barbour listing of marriages only known Amos in the area at the time Amos 2nd or 3rd wife Susan daughter of Samuel. Susan's mother Miss Green, brother Solomon m.Sophia Bills, brother Benjamin no listing
Clark William1794's son Nehemiah1733 m. Anna Clark1738
Drew William's dau Mary "Nory" m. John Drew1724
Elmore Alvin's son William's son and ??? A Good possibility that this somes from someone with a Keeler ancestor

could Jeremiah's wife be Phebe Fenn??? Alvin's son ALSO through Rachel Ives Hannah Ives married in New Haven perhaps married to Austin Fenn's of Theophilus (buried in Litchfield) or Edward. Hannah died Weston, VT? Austin Fenn, b. 23 Dec 1763 his mother's surname is Austin , d. 30 Jul 1845, . Hannah Ives (d. 20 May 1829); ) or Edward. Hannah died Weston, VT? in VT by 1801 and perhaps as early as 1794. Austin Fenn, b. 23 Dec 1763 his mother's surname is Austin married before 1793 prob in Vermont by 1805, d. 30 Jul 1845, . Hannah Ives (d. 20 May 1829);
Also neighbor in 1800 Kent. Also lived close to Ives in 1790 Wallingford

Frances Alvin Daughter, Frances Josephine ??? OR Connection to Rachel Ives Charles Ives m. Mary Frances Wallingford their son (Rachel's nephew) is Elihu
Francis Alvin son who died young b.1835
George  Alvin Son
Gerrit or et Alvin's brother Gerry in Census
Gilbert William1694's dau Johanna m. Ebenezer Gilbert
Gillet (William line?) William1694's brother Job m Mabel / Mehetible maybe Gillett
Griswold Rachel probable check other Levis Connection to Rachel Ives brother Levi m. Huldah Killingworth thru 1826
Gunn (William Line, Samuel line) Wife of Ephraim bro of William 1694
Hall Gerrit Northrop's son in law Connection to Rachel Ives Elihu Ives b: 8 Feb 1764 in Wallingford married Phebe Ann Hall 1792 in VT by 1797 children born Ludlow, VT OR [may be a cousin, Elihu Ives ] Married Polly or Mary Northrup in Cheshire (Dau of Joel & Mabel Sarah Bird) and second marriage to Lucy Whittimore
Hard (some sources say it's a version of Hurd)  
Hemson Sarah Alvord brother-in-law also 1880 neighbor
Hubbell William's dau Abigail1731 &/or Elizabeth m. Jedediah Hubbell1720 kids b. Woodbury & Newtown He has 6 marriages. Williams1794 nephew & ward, Isaiah (s/o) Job m. Mary Hubbell1746
Ives George Ives middle name, grandson of Alvin Amos' wife, also Rachel sister Olive Ives m. Joel Ives Wallingford
Elihu Ives is Rachel's nephew ( son of brother Charles)Charles)
Jelliff William's first carpentry partner and Southport neighbor Also John Benedict Jelliff (1850 New Canaan )m Emma Frances Northrup (Ridgefield)

Alvin J. Middle name and Sarah's mother and sister-in-law Also possible through Samuel Mead Northrup (1817) s/oPhillip ???

Josephine Alvin's daughter Frances Josephine ??? from Joseph?

Mary Keeler Middle name

Kirtland Sarah Ives m. Isaac Kirtland Wallingford
Louisa Azonetta  Alvin’s daughter spelling? ??? May be Antoinette
Meeker Alvin's son in law 

Amos' sister-in-law (Gerrit's wife Elizabeth Betsy Millard )
also Sarah's sister-in-law Nelson Alvord's 2nd wife Adelia Millard


Alvin's son in law

Munson Aner Ives conection also Patty Munson married Caleb Northrup, s/o Abel both Milford
Peck (William line) William1666, William's brother Job m.2 Violet Peck
Porter (Jeremiah Line) William's dau Lois m. John (Jeremiah line s/o John Northrup & Mary Porter) Ruth Porte r(d/o Timothy b.1702) w/o Gamaliel Fenn 1800 Kent neighbors John, Joseph, William Gould and Mabel married Porters
Prichard (William line) husb of Hannah sister of William1694
Rhode(s) (William line) Wiiliam's dau reported as Herodias1725 died 1740 is this a last name?
Roberts William's brother John m. Rebecca
Shepard William1794's son William III 2nd m. Mary Shepard
Smith (William line) Is Abel1740 m. to a Smith?
Terrill (William line) William1694 2nd wife

Sarah Alvord sister-in-law


Alvin's wife

Whitney William dau Anne, Annie, Amy m. Capt. Samuel Whitney1711

 Alvin’s eldest son




1790 Census
free white males over 16; free white males under 16; women of all ages; "all other free people"; and slaves - 5 columns


1800 Census
head of family

free white males under age 10
FWM age 10-1
FWM age 16-26
FWM age 26-45
FWM over age 45Number of free white females under age 10

FWF age 10-16
FWF age 16-26
FWF age 26-45
FWF over age 45
Number of all other free persons
Number of slaves


1810 Census

City or township

Name of the head of family

Number of free white males under age 10

Number of free white males age 10-15

Number of free white males age 16-25

Number of free white males age 26-44

Number of free white males over age 44

Number of free white females under age 10

Number of free white females age 10-15

Number of free white females age 16-25

Number of free white females age 26-44

Number of free white females over age 44

Number of all other free persons

Number of slaves


1820 Census

Name of the head of family

# of free white males under age 10

# of free white males age 10-16

# of free white males age 16-18

# of free white males age 16-26

# of free white males age 26-45

# of free white males age 45 and up

# of free white females under age 10

# of free white females age 10-16

# of free white females age 16-26

# of free white females age 26-45

# of free white females age 45 and up

# of foreigners not naturalized

# of persons engaged in agriculture

# of persons engaged in commerce

# of persons engaged in manufacture

# of male slaves under 14

# of male slaves age 14-26

# of male slaves age 26-45

# of male slaves age 45 and up

# of female slaves under 14

# of female slaves age 14-26

# of female slaves age 26-45

# of female slaves age 45 and up

# of free male colored persons under 14

# of free male colored persons age 14-26

# of free male colored persons age 26-45

# of free male colored persons age 45 and up

# of free female colored persons under 14

# of free female colored persons age 14-26

# of free female colored persons age 26-45

# of free female colored persons age 45 and up

# of all other persons except Indians not taxed

Several of these columns were for special counts, and not to be included in the aggregate total. Doing so would have resulted in counting some individuals twice. Census takers were asked to use double lines, red ink or some other method of distinguishing these columns so that double counting would not occur. For example, the count of free white males between 16 and 18 was a special count, because these individuals were also supposed to be tabulated in the column for free white males of age 16 and under 26. The other special counts were foreigners not naturalized, persons engaged in agriculture, persons engaged in commerce, and persons engaged in manufacture.

Census takers were also instructed to count each individual in only one of the occupational columns. For example, if an individual was engaged in agriculture, commerce, and manufacture, the census taker had to judge which one the individual was primarily engaged i


1830 Census

head of family

free white males and females

in five-year age groups to age 20
in 10-year age groups from 20 to 100
100 years and older

number of slaves and free colored persons in six age group
umber of deaf and dumb

under 14 years old

14 to 24 years old

25 years and older

number of blind

foreigners not naturalized


1840 Census

name head of family
# free white males & females

in five-year age groups to age 20

in 10-year age groups from 20 to 100

100 years and older

number of slaves and free colored persons in six age groups

number of deaf and dumb

number of blind

number of insane and idiotic in public or private charge

number of persons in each family employed in seven classes of occupation

number of schools and number of scholars

number of white persons over 20 who could not read and write

number of pensioners for Revolutionary or military service


1850 Census

color (white, black or mulatto) for each person
whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane or idiotic
value of real estate owned (required of all free persons)

profession/ trade if 15+
place of birth
married this year?
whether attended school within the year

whether unable to read and write (for persons over 20)

whether a pauper or convict

1860 Census
color (white, black or mulatto)
deaf & dumb, blind, insane or idiotic
$ real estate
$ personal estate
( all free persons)

profession/trade if 15+
place of birth
married within the year?
attended school this year?
unable to read and write if 20+
pauper or convict?

Among the first Divisions of Kent

Ephraim Hubbel, Sherwood, Noble, Fuller Peter Hubbel (of Greenfield) ,Richard Hubbel, Jedediah Hubbel (also as JH, Esq. ) Johnathan Hubbel, Prudden, Burr, Silliman Morehouse,Wakeman Noble, Northrop, Hickox, Hurlbut, Wheeler Samuel Canfleld, John Smith, David Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Joseph Fuller, Pelatiah Marsh.Cyrus Marsh, , Ebenezer Marsh, ,,William Marsh Azariah Pratt, Daniel Pratt, Joseph Pratt Jr., Daniel Pratt, Peter Pratt, Joseph Peck, John Porter, ,Nathaniel Sanford, Henry Silsby, Jabez Swift, Zephania Swift, Nathaniel Slosson, Isaac Camp, Isaac Camp

"Fairweather Purchase"

The old deeds refer frequently to the Fairweather purchase, but as there is no deed on record in Kent of this property a search was made through the old colonial records where it was found that in 1707 there was a large tract of land granted to Hon. Nathaniel Gold, Peter Burr and several others of Fairfleld for a township in what is now the southern portion of Kent and the northern portion of New Milford, and that they in turn sold a part or all of it to Robert Silliman, Richard Hubbell and Benjamin Fairweather of Fairfleld." That contained some 3,800 acres and was six miles in length from east to west and three hundred rods wide. When the owner died the large tract was divided between his heirs.



Connecticut Founders and Usual Suspects ~
March 2014

from book ancestral homes see below

I'm looking to see where and when suspects were aquainted with one another. A few may have known each other in England. Some appear to have been on the same ship and some may have been settlers in the same locations before they came to Milford.
LINE Name Birth Birth
Arrival age at
1st SH
Deaath Connections Connections
founder's father
Joseph Northrup Sr. ~ 1603 Derby, Derbyshire         profession ? 1690
or Derby
m. (maybe) Katherine Birdsey b: ~ 1603 Derbyshire kids
Joseph Northrup ~ 1623 Wilkenfield, Kent Co., Yorkshire, , Eng, d. 11 SEP 1669 Milford
Sarah Northrup b.~ 1624, d. 19 JUL 1689 Milford
Grace Northrup b. 1626
Birdsey m. ~ 1622 Yorksire
Joseph Northrup 1578           profession ?
d. ?
m.1 Spouse Unknown father of Joseph Northrup b: 1603 Derbyshire   
grandfather (M)
Edward Birdsey (?) father of Katherine 1575 Essex Middlesex, Eng This is rather confusing prob a different Katherine Immig Age     profession ? d. 1605 Wethers-
Edward Birdseye 1
b.1575 Essex, Middlesex, Eng.
d.1605 Wethersfield, CT
m1 Phillipi Smith b: 1581 Essex, Middlesex, Eng.
Katherine Birdseye b: 1603 New Haven, CT
m2 Birdseye b: 1580 m. 1600 1
m3 Abigail Dayton b: 1563 m. 1600 1
Phillipi Smith m. Eng
founder's Mother
Katherine Birdsey ~
or 1604
Derby, Derbyshire   Immig Age     profession ? d. 1692 or
B4 1713 Yorkshire ? Eng. or
mother of Joseph Northrup founder Katherine b ~ 1603 Derbyshire, England d.
1692 Yorkshire,
England 4 d/o Edward Birdseye b: 1575 Essex, Middlesex, , Eng. &
Phillipi SMITH b: 1581 Essex, Middlesex
Prob NOT the one who m. Joseph Hawley also not mother of that Katherine Birdsey

Maybe cousin of Catherine d/o  John1616 Birdseye &
Phillippa SMITH??? b: ~ 1622 Wethersfield stepmother Mrs Alice Tomlinson w/o Henry Tomlinson prob founder) sister Joanna m. Deacon Timothy Wilcoxson  cousin John m. Abigail Wakeman
or maybe sister of Edward

m. ~ 1618 or ~ 1622 Derby, England
Birdsey, Northrup, Smith Maybe Tomlinson

        Immig Age     profession ?      
        Immig Age     profession ?      
founder's Sibling
Sarah Northrup Clark     arrival Immig Age     profession ? d. Milford    




    arrival Immig Age     profession ? d.Milford    
Mary Norton     arrival Immig Age     profession ? d. Milford    
NORTHROP Mary Norton grandparents Nicolas Houghton Nicolas Houghton 1585  Woburn, Bedfordshire, Eng. maybe of Parish of St. Margaret, New Fish St., London, England 2 1 arrival Immig Age     fish monger

d.Nicolas d.1603 Woburn, Bedford-shire, Eng. 

Mary d/o Nicolas Houghton b. 1585 Woburn, Bedfordshire, Eng. d.1603 same place & Nicolas m1 Joan Holman b: 1586 Woburn, Bedfordshire, Eng. m. Eng.  OR Ellinor Newnam of London, Middlesex

Holman or Newnam

son, Robert m. Mary

Sedgwick stayed in Eng.  all kids b. England

NORTHROP Mary Norton Father Francis Norton 1606 Southwark, London, Eng. June 26 1637
Plymouth (or Boston?), MA > Wethersfield (1639), went to New Haven, Branford & Milford, drowned at Milford or New Haven, CT, February 3, 1667   sea
captain father a tanner?
d. 1667 Milford Drowned   Jno Norton prob. Rev Peter Prudden, Houghton
Mary Norton Mother Houghton       arrival Immig Age     profession ? d.    
Joseph Northrup
Sarah Northrop Clark 1619, 1620 or 1624 or 1620 York?, Yorkshire MAYBE 26 JUL 1637 Boston, Suffolk, MA
by Apr 1638 New Haven, CT



& Eaton Hector & ? Martha
? founder Joseph's
sister  Sarah Northrup b. ~ 1624,
She m.

~ 1636
George (b. 1610 Eng., d. 18 JUN
Child of
Northrup & George
i. Ruth Clark b.20 FEB 1641/42. m1 Sgt.
. m2  Robert
profession ? d. 22 SEP 1689


George Clarke, immigrant ancestor, b. England arrived MA 1637 w company of Rev. John Davenport &  congregation fm counties Kent & Surrey , near London . With him came three relatives, James , John and George Clarke . After about a year in Boston , the party located at New Haven, Connecticut , whence in 1639 they moved to Milford in that colony.

Among the first settlers at Milford, Connecticut were two men named George Clark. They were apparently related, perhaps uncle and nephew, and both were prominent in the affairs of the town and the church. They also used similar names for their children and are often hard to distinguish.

Kids m. Platt, Fitch & Plum & Wheeler, Marvin & Siill, Clark, Pierson/Pearson, Gould & Phippen, Gibbard & Judson

m1 George Clark (I) 1636 (~ 1615 Great Munden, Hertfordshire, Eng)

Son George m. Deborah Gold

arrived w/ three relatives, James , John and George Clarke

Marriages are shown to Sarah /Mary Northrup, Sarah Harvey, Alice Martin, Mary Coley, Sarah Selleck, Mary Cadell

mother as unknown, Hoyt/Hait, as Grace Bodye, Elizabeth Weston,

Joseph's brother
in law
George Clark
This George was
known as "Farmer" or "Junior"
OR ~ 1619
Munden Magna
(Great Munden)
Hertfordshire, Eng. OR Yorkshire (1619)
arrival 18-27 Boston, New Haven, Milford arrived MA
1637 w
company of
Rev. John
Davenport &
Hector & ?Martha
carpenter? builder?,
d. 18 June 1690
Milford Village CT Colony
Kids 1st Gen
Joseph Northrup   17 JUL 1649 Milford Birth Immig Age Milford - Milford (Woodbridge) m.Miriam Blackman
12 MAY
CT, d/o
James Blackman
& Merriam Wheeler. Miriam
b.8 FEB
CT, chr.
19 AUG ,
d. 31 JUL
Milford, CT.
profession ? MAY 1700 Milford bur. Old
Milford- side Burial Ground, Racebrook Road, Wood- bridgeCT

motherinlaw Miriam BLAKMAN1624 Staffordshire, Eng d. after 1689 (later widow of Greome)
father in law James,d. Stratford b4 1689,
Blackman Siblings Zachariah, Adam, James, Elizabeth, Martha, Sarah Cunny, Mary Sexle, Hannah Gilbert, Meriam (wife of Joseph) Northrop, & Jane Russel. Overseers brothers Samuel Wheeler, Moses Wheeler, and Ephraim Stiles, and son in law Joseph Northrop.

Merriam Wheeler b: 28 MAR 1647 New Haven, CT
Step Sister  Hannah (1664) m. John Gilbert (1657 Springfield)
. John Gilbert m2 Hannah Canfield 2 JUL 1695, d/o Thomas Canfield , Jr. &  Phebe Crane John's son, Josiah m1 Elizabeth Smith of Ridgefield, m2 Clemence Northrup
Miriam mother (d. b4 birth)1 Miriam Stiles as James Blackman 1st wife 1 3
Sarah Blackman b: 25 APR 1658 in rec., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Mary Blackman b: 25 APR 1661 in rec., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut m. Searles
Hannah Blackman b: 21 JAN 1664/65 in rec., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut

m2 Miriam Wheeler (1647) his 2nd wife her 1st
Jane Blackman (1668 Stratford) m. Joseph Russell, Thomas Griffin, James Clark
Miriam Blackman (1670 Stratford) Joseph Northrup (Northroop), John Smith (tanner)

Elizabeth Blackman (~1673 Stratford)
Martha Blackman (~1676 Stratford) m. Francis Ball, Benjamin Stebbins
Zechariah Blackman (1678 Stratford) m. Elizabeth Denman, Dinah Thomas
Adam Blackman (1683/84Stratford) m. Bathsheba Pierson
James Blackman (1686 Stratford)

Blackman Wheeler Gilbert (Spring-
field & Oronoque) father
Yardley m. Chapin Devon-
shire m2 Canfield
Kids 1st Gen
Samuel Northrup 1651 b. 26 OCT 1651 Milford Milford Birth Immig Age     profession ? d. ~ Jan 1712/13 Milford, CT. bur. Milford, CT.

m. Sarah Briscoe1651 11 MAY 1671 Milford, 

Sarah Briscoe Northrup m2 Samuel Clark (prob s/o George "farmer Clark & Sarah (or Mary) Northrup  His will names wife Sarah. Parke believed she was called "Mary" in error on the church record, but the stone in the Milford Memorial Bridge for Deacon George Clark shows his wife as Mary. Possibly sister of Joseph?) Kids
i. Samuel Northrup (1687 Milford -1748 Milford) m. Sarah Andrews(b. Waterbury d/o Thomas Andrews (Fairfield or Hartford-Waterbury desc. fm Francis Bankside, Essex, Eng.)& Elizabeth Porter Farmington Sarah's sister Ruth Andrews ~1690 m. Samuel's younger brother, Joel Northrup

Amos Northrup b. 8 SEP 1689 Milford d. 1 APR 1726 Milford

Joel Northrup b. 14 FEB (1691 Milford d. 1752).m. Ruth Andrews m & d. Woodbridge

Mary B Northrup b. 1694 Milford)

Hannah Northrup b. 1696 Milford d. 1774 Milford)

Abigail Northrup b.1699 Milford d. 1756 Milford)

Margaret Northrup (b. 1702)

Kids 1st Gen
Jeremiah Northrup 1653 Milford Birth Immig Age Milford - Newtown b. 19
JAN 1653 Milford,
d. 11
APR 1734 Newtown,
bur. Milford  
profession ?   He did not m. Phoebe ? until he was 35.  m. 1688 Milford (b. ~ 1658 Milford d. 1734 Milford. Kids m. Porter Benedict, Platt, Brinsmeade maid made  
Kids 1st Gen
Zophar Northrup 1661 Milford Birth Immig Age   b. 21

chr. 30
JUN 1661
First Cong. Church,
profession ? d. 1729 Milford bur. 1729 Milford  m1. Sarah Tibbals(b. 1673 Milfordd. aftr 1714 Milford) 1696 m2 Hannah Andruss (Andrews) B4 15 Jan 1711/12 Milford d/o Abraham Andrews & Rebecca Carrington. Hannah b 8 SEP 1678 Waterbury CT  
Kids 1st Gen

Daniel Northrup
1664 Milford Birth Immig Age   b. 7
AUG 1664 Milford
AUG 1664 Milford
profession ? d.1728 Ridge-
field, CT. bur.1728 Ridge-
 m.Sarah Haughton ~ 1691 Milford,  d/o  Robert Haughton & Sarah Phippen. Sarah (b. 1669 Milford d. AFT 1735 Milford) Houghton Haughton?
Kids 1st Gen
William Northrup 1666 Milford Birth Immig Age   b. 2
JUN 1666 Milford
chr 9
JUN 1667 Milford
profession ? d.28 JUN 1736 Milford bur. Milford  m. Mary Peck 10 JAN 1693 Milford d/o Joseph Peck I (1610 Hingham, Norfolk., Eng) & Mary Richards (. Mary( b. 29 APR 1670 Milford d.1728) kids m. ?, Terrill, Gunn, Allen, Pritchard, Terrill, Roberts, ?, ? Mother: Mary Richards( b: 1633 Waterbury, CT  or 1639 Bewdley, Eng d/o John RICHARDS b: 3 MAY 1579 Combe, Somersetshire, Eng. & Priscilla WAKEMAN b: 1610 Bewdley, Worchestershire, Eng  
Kids 1st Gen
Mary (Marah) Northrup  1670 Milford Birth Immig Age   b. 6
JAN 1670 Milford,
CT, chr.
profession ? d. m. John Camp 1690 Milford b, 18 MAY 1662 Milford, CT, d. 21 AUG 1731 Milford s/o Nicholas CAMP 1627 b. Nazing, Essex,Eng & Sarah Beard 1619 in Eng John Stepmother Mehitable Gunn John's half-siblings  Benjamin Fenn who m. Sarah Clark & kids m. Harpin, Camp, Camp his siblings m Ufford, Scofield Atkinson, Rogers, Peck, Northrup, Baldwin Treat  
Kids 1st Gen
      Birth Immig Age     profession ?      
Kids 1st Gen
      Birth Immig Age     profession ?      

Joseph Northrup purchased the homesite of Frances Bolt. This places him next to John Baldwin and Micah Tompkins and one door away from John Birdseye. It is possible the location is not signoficant. Often homesites were assigned by lot.

More About Birdsey /Birdseye
More About Clark

George Clarke, immigrant ancestor, b. England arrived MA 1637 w company of Rev. John Davenport &  congregation fm counties Kent & Surrey , near London . With him came three relatives, James , John and George Clarke . After about a year in Boston , the party located at New Haven, Connecticut , whence in 1639 they moved to Milford in that colony.

Among the first settlers at Milford, Connecticut were two men named George Clark. They were apparently related, perhaps uncle and nephew, and both were prominent in the affairs of the town and the church. They also used similar names for their children and are often hard to distinguish.

Kids m. Platt, Fitch & Plum & Wheeler, Marvin & Siill, Clark, Pierson/Pearson, Gould & Phippen, Gibbard & Judson

Children of George CLARK and Mary Sarah NORTHRUP are:
+ 2   i. Thomas CLARK was born 1638 in England, and died 23 OCT 1719 in Milford, New Haven, CT.
  3   ii. Sarah CLARK was born 18 FEB 1644 in Milford, New Haven, CT, and died 15 FEB 1706 in Lyme, New London, CT. She married Jonathan LAW 01 JUN 1664 in Milford, New Haven, CT, son of Richard LAW and Margaret KILBOURNE. He was born 1636 in Milford, New Haven, CT, and died 09 JAN 1712 in Milford, New Haven, CT. She married Joseph SILL 12 FEB 1678 in Lyme, New London, CT, son of John SILL and Joanna FILLBROOK. He was born ABT 1636 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, and died 06 AUG 1696 in Lyme, New London, CT. She married Reinold II MARVIN 27 NOV 1663 in Milford, New Haven, CT, son of Reinold MARVIN and Mary MRS-REINOLD. He was born BEF 20 DEC 1631 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, and died 06 AUG 1676 in Lyme, New London, CT.
Samuel CLARK b. b4 OCT 1645 Milford, CT, d. 23 MAR 1719 Milford, CT. m. Mary CLARK 21 DEC 1673  Milford, CT, d/o (sic) George CLARK & Mary Sarah NORTHRUP. b. B4 03 FEB 1651 Milford, CTd. 22 SEP 1689. m. Sarah BRISCOE. b.~ 1650  Milford, CT.
George CLARK b. 05 MAR 1649 Milford, CT, d. 19 JUL 1734 Milford
Ruth CLARK b. B4 20 FEB 1642 Milford, CT, d. 1709  Woodbury, Litchfield, CT.
 Hannah CLARK b. B4  29 NOV 1640 Milford, CT, d. B4 31 MAR 1712 Norwalk, Fairfield, CT.
 Rebecca CLARK b. B4 FEB 1646 Milford,  CT, d. ~ 1693 Newark, Essex, NJ. m. John BROWN AFT 1662, s/o John BROWN & Mary BURWELL. He was born ABT 1646 in Milford, New Haven, CT, and died 29 APR 1708 in Killingly, Windham, CT.
  9   viii. Esther CLARK was born BEF 01 AUG 1647 in Milford, New Haven, CT, and died 19 OCT 1661 in Milford, New Haven, CT.
  10   ix. Mary CLARK was born BEF 03 FEB 1651 in Milford, New Haven, CT, and died 22 SEP 1689. She married Samuel CLARK 21 DEC 1673 in Milford, New Haven, CT, son of George CLARK and Mary Sarah NORTHRUP. He was born BEF OCT 1645 in Milford, New Haven, CT, and died 23 MAR 1719 in Milford, New Haven, CT.
  11   x. John CLARK was born ABT 1649 in Milford, New Haven, CT, and died 1693 in Barbary Coast, Africa. He married Mary ATWATER, daughter of Joshua ATWATER and Mary BLACKMAN. She was born 15 JAN 1660 in Boston, Suffolk, MA, and died 12 APR 1726 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT.
  12   xi. Abigail CLARK was born 29 JAN 1654 in Milford, New Haven, CT, and died 15 MAR 1727 in Killingworth, Middlesex, CT. She married Abraham PIERSON 1673 in Bradford, New Haven, CT, son of Abraham PIERSON and Abigail MITCHELL. He was born 1641 in Lynn, Essex, MA, and died 05 MAR 1707 in Killingworth, Middlesex, CT.
  13   xii. Elizabeth CLARK was born 27 DEC 1655 in Milford, New Haven, CT, and died UNKNOWN.

George CLARK (George CLARKE (CLERKE)3, William CLERKE2, George CLERKE1) b. 28 APR 1594  Eng, d. 12 SEP 1661 Watton, Hereford, Eng. m. Grace BOYDE (BODYE) 4 MAY 1610 Walkern, Hereford, Eng. b. ~ 1594 in Of Walken,Hereford,Eng.

The following is from ÙCiÙDGlilmpses of Saybrook in Colonial DaysÙC/iÙD by Harriet Chapman Chesebrough as recorded in ÙCiÙDA History of the Burr Pioneers ÙC/iÙDby W. R. and R. J. Burr:

ÙCiÙDJohn Clarke came from Great Munden Hertfordshire, Eng, and settled at Newtown in 1632. He removed with Hookers company to Hartford, Ct. in 1636. In the first division of land in 1639 drew lot 33 on the west side of Bliss Street; was on the committee to apportion the land, for which he had 22 acres more. He was a soldier in the Pequot war in 1637; a Juror in Hartford in 1641. He was a Deputy to the Gen Court from Saybrook in 1649 and for many sessions in years following. As evidence of the high reputation he sustained in Ct. Colony, may be mentioned the fact, that he was one of 19 petitioners to King Charles 2nd for the Charter, secured by John Winthrop Jr. and is named in that document as petitioner, and grantee. He assisted Capt John Mason in building the second Fort at Saybrook.ÙC/iÙD

John became a freeman on 6 Nov 1632. He served as Representative to the General Court from Saybrook from 1649 until 1664, the year his first wife died.

Ref: Pedigree chart - Joseph Clark
Pedigree chart - John Pratt

Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: alger@alum.mit.edu

link  another clark  reference w LI, Stamford, Bedford


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   Francis and Mary immigrated on 26 June 1637 to the American Colonies, w/ Reverend Peter Prudden's group from Yorkshire, England. Rev. Prudden preached in Hertfordshire, England until 1637. That was when he was driven out by persecution. He and, I presume, his group arrived in Boston and traveled to New Haven, Connecticut.6 Francis & Mary moved to New Haven, CT .7 In 1639, Francis was living in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut.8,9 He was a sea captain.8 Sometime before 1658, Francis and family moved to Branford Connecticut. They later ended up in New Haven, Connecticut.10
          Francis died on 3 February 1666/67 in Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut. The cause of death was drowning.2,11 He was about 61 years old. He left a will on 28 January 1666.8 He has also been reported as dying on 27 July 1667 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.12

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Joseph 1648 Miriam d/o James Blackman b: 1624 Staffordshire, Eng  ( BLAKMAN, James, late of Stratford, will dated July 18, 1689, probated Nov. 7, 1689, mentioned his wife Meriam, (later widow of Greome), and children Zachariah, Adam, James, Elizabeth, Martha, Sarah Cunny, Mary Sexle, Hannah Gilbert, Meriam (wife of Joseph) Northrop, & Jane Russel. Overseers brothers Samuel Wheeler, Moses Wheeler, and Ephraim Stiles, and son in law Joseph Northrop. Witnesses Joseph Grifen and John Stiles. Page 294. Inventory taken Nov. 4, 1689, by Joseph Curtis, John Moss, and Ambrose Tomson, and filed Nov. 7, 1689, page 294. ABSTRACT OF PROBATE RECORDS AT FAIRFIELD, COUNTY OF FAIRFIELD, AND STATE OF CONNECTICUT. BY SPENCER P. MEAD, L. L. B. Volume 3, 1675 - 1690. Page 32.) & Merriam Wheeler b: 28 MAR 1647 New Haven, CT
Step Sister  Hannah(1664) m. John Gilbert, Sr.John Gilbert was captured by Nipmuck Indians ~ 1 Mar 1676 and either escaped or was rescued. John Gilbert, Sr., of Springfield and John Gilbert of Oronoque are the same person. 1
Birth: 18 OCT 1657 in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA 2 confirmed by will above (d/o Thomas Gilbert , Jr. b: 1611 Yardley, Eng, d. Springfield, MA & Catherine Chapin b: 6 APR 1630 Devonshire, Eng. John Gilbert m2 Hannah Canfield 2 JUL 1695, d/o Thomas Canfield , Jr. &  Phebe Crane John's son, Josiah m1 Elizabeth Smith of Ridgefield, m2 Clemence Northrup
Miriam mother (d. b4 birth)1 Miriam Stiles as James Blackman 1st wife 1 3
Sarah Blackman b: 25 APR 1658 in rec., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Mary Blackman b: 25 APR 1661 in rec., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut m. Searles
Hannah Blackman b: 21 JAN 1664/65 in rec., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut

m2 Miriam Wheeler b: 28 MAR 1647 as his 2nd wife and her 1st husband 3
Jane Blackman b: 26 OCT 1668 in rec., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut m. Joseph Russell, Thomas Griffin, James Clark
Miriam Blackman b: 08 FEB 1670 in rec., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Joseph Northrup (Northroop), John Smith (tanner)
Elizabeth Blackman b: EST 1673 in prob., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Martha Blackman b: ABT 1676 in prob., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut m. Francis Ball, Benjamin Stebbins
Zechariah Blackman b: 26 MAY 1678 in rec., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut m. Elizabeth Denman, Dinah Thomas
Adam Blackman b: 01 JAN 1683/84 in rec., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut m. Bathsheba Pierson
James Blackman b: 04 DEC 1686 in rec., Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut

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The early founders of New England did not generally come here at random by mere families and locate haphazard in the various settlements. On the contrary, the colonization was in large parties of families, relatives, and friends who had been acquainted and associated in England, emigrated together under the leadership of their respective nonconforming ministers, and located together in New England. For instance, Rev. John Cotton from Boston, England, had a large following from that region who settled in Boston, Mass.; Rev. Ezekiel Rogers was head of a colony of sixty families from the vicinity of Rowley in Yorkshire who founded Rowley, Mass.; and Rev. John Eliot was the spiritual leader of a band of emigrants from Hertfordshire and western Essex who founded Roxbury, Mass. It must not be thought that the followers of any one of these non-conforming ministers came merely from the parish in England where he resided; his influence often extended about the country for a radius of forty miles, and like a modern Billy Sunday he would attract an audience from miles around to hear him expound on the abstruse and hair-splitting points of theological controversies then rampant. At that time the public mind was completely engrossed in the absorbing question: What is orthodox in religion?

About two hundred families located in Cambridge before 1650 and may be considered the founders of the city, although less than half of these families continued here more than a generation. These founders may be arranged in seven divisions:

1. A group of ten families who started the settlement in 1631, with a view of making it the capital of the colony; none of these remained here permanently.

2. A company of about fifty families from Essex and Hertfordshire, followers of Rev. Thomas Hooker and known as the Braintree Company, many of whom came in the ship Lion in the summer of 1632, a year in advance of their leader, and most of whom removed with him to Hartford, Conn., in 1635.

3. A company of about seventy families from Essex, Suffolk, Yorkshire, and Northumberland, followers of Rev. Thomas Shepard, most of whom came about 1635 and bought up the homesteads which had been established by Hooker's company.

4. A group of about fifteen families from Kent, most of whom came



in 1635 and among whom was Rev. William Wetherell; only two of these founders remained permanently in Cambridge.

5. A party of five families associated with Rev. Jose Glover who came in 1638.

6. A few persons who came after 1640, probably through the influence of Rev. Henry Dunster.

7. A miscellaneous list of about forty families, the origins of twelve of whom are known, but of whose associations we lack information to show the influences causing their emigration.

Let us first consider the ten original founders of 1631, beginning with Gov. John Winthrop, who did not actually settle here although he erected a house, which he soon took down and removed to Boston. The Winthrop family probably derived their name from one of two parishes, Winthorpe, co. Nottingham, or Winthorpe, co. Lincoln. Gov. John Winthrop, lord of the manor of Groton in Suffolk, was born 12 Jan. 1587/8, son of Adam Winthrop, a lawyer of distinction, and grandson of another Adam Winthrop, the founder of the family fortunes, who was born in 1498, amassed wealth as a clothmaker in London, and in 1544 bought from the Crown the manor of Groton, where he settled. This manor had been seized by Henry VIII in 1539 from the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds; thousands of mercantile families, like the Winthrops, became landed gentry about this time by purchasing from the Crown the vast estates sequestered all over England at the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. In 1630 John Winthrop emigrated to New England as governor of the Massachusetts Colony, selling the manor of Groton that year.

Groton Church is a small but fine stone structure, part of which was built in the thirteenth century. In the chancel is a memorial brass to the Adam Winthrop who bought the manor and died 9 Nov. 1562; and about forty years ago Gov. Winthrop's distinguished descendant, Hon. Robert C. Winthrop, installed in the chancel a large and beautiful stained glass window in memory of the governor. In the churchyard and against the corner formed by the outside walls of the chancel and south aisle may still be seen an altar tomb over the grave of Adam Winthrop, father of the governor. The Groton manor house occupied by the Winthrops was destroyed by fire soon after it was sold by the governor, but its location near a very ancient mulberry tree is still discernible. I recall with much pleasure the cordial hospitality I received on three visits to Groton from Rev. Mr. Wayman, who has



been rector of the parish since 1872. Groton, Mass., and Groton, Conn., were named for the old English parish.



Rev. Thomas Hooker and his company next claim our attention. This protochampion of American democracy was born in 1586 at Birstall, co. Leicester, and his ancestry has been traced back with certainty for three generations among substantial yeomanry in that neighborhood, thus disproving the pedigree published ten years ago in the "Hooker Genealogy," which purported to place him in the armorial Hooker family of Exeter, co. Devon. He graduated in 1608 at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, that intellectual nursery of chiders of prelates, and for a time was curate at Esher, co. Surrey. Here he lived in the household of Francis Drake (a wealthy and distinguished



Puritan, formerly an officer in the household of Queen Elizabeth) and here he married the "waiting-gentlewoman" of Mistress Drake. We next hear of Hooker at Chelmsford, co. Essex, where he secured an appointment as lecturer, but in 1626 he was silenced by Archbishop Laud for promulgating "unorthodox" doctrines. Thereupon his preaching became limited to surreptitious gatherings, but he established a private school at Great Baddow, a suburb of Chelmsford, which he conducted four years. Then, the archbishop being warned that "unorthodox" doctrines were taught there, Mr. Hooker was summoned for trial before the Ecclesiastical Court, an inconvenience he eluded by collusive payment of his bail and a secret flight in 1630 to Holland, where he remained three years, part of the time serving as assistant to the celebrated Rev. Dr. William Ames at Rotterdam. Meanwhile a large party of his followers in Essex went to New England in 1632 and settled in Cambridge, and a year later Mr. Hooker joined them, coming to Boston in the ship Griffin in 1633. He at once became pastor of his old friends in Cambridge; but after two years he and his followers became dissatisfied with the theocratic oligarchy of Massachusetts under Gov. Winthrop, and therefore they removed from Cambridge and established a new settlement at Hartford, Conn., of which he was pastor until his death 7 July 1647.

About fifty settlers of Cambridge before 1635 may be clearly identified as followers of Hooker, and with three exceptions they were all from Essex or Hertfordshire, the region of his influence while at Chelmsford and Great Baddow. Of these fifty adherents, the exact places of origin are known of at least fifteen.


Turning north a five-mile run brings us to Great Baddow where Hooker for four years kept his



school. The lofty square tower of the fine old Baddow Church is mantled with ivy to its battlements, above which rises a small pointed spire visible for several miles. Continuing on two miles to the north we again reach the old main Roman road at a point about thirty miles northeast of London in the town of Chelmsford. This place existed in Roman times as Caesaromagus, being a half-way station on the main road to Colchester; but its modern name is of Saxon origin, derived from its position at a ford on the river Chelmar. The parish consists of two manors, Bishop's Hall formerly held by the See of London, and Moulsham formerly held by Westminster Abbey, both tenures extending from Saxon times until about 1540 when the manors were seized by that rapacious despot, Henry VIII, and sold to Thomas Mildmay. The ancient church of St. Mary, with walls of rubble and flint and a few traces of Roman brick, was erected about 1425; the massive western battlemented tower remains in its original state, but much of the remainder of the church has been extensively restored and rebuilt, largely from the old materials. Here Rev. Thomas Hooker preached as a lecturer, attracting large audiences from all over the county, and also attracting the notice of Archbishop Laud who, deeming Hooker's views to be unorthodox, forced him temporarily to silence. Twenty years later the people of England who had embraced Hooker's doctrines of democracy decided that the Archbishop was unorthodox and silenced him very effectually by chopping off his head.

Six miles from Chelmsford we arrive at Hatfield Peverel, and taking a byroad to the northwest for four miles we reach the adjoining small rural parishes of Fairsted and Great Leighs. The little stone and flint churches of these parishes date from Norman times. Of our Cambridge adherents of Hooker, James and Richard Olmstead had lived in Fairsted and Great Leighs, and the brothers John and George Steele came from Fairsted. Returning to Hatfield Peverel we continue northeast on the Roman road for nine miles and reach the parish of Messing which is situated on elevated ground. The ancient church is located about a mile to the right of our main road and is a stone conglomeration of various styles, but the square embattled tower is of modern red brick construction. In this parish was fought one of the desperate battles between the Britons under Queen Boadicea and the Roman legions. From here came two of our Cambridge disciples of Hooker, Reynold Bush and John White, the latter of whom went with him to Hartford.

Four miles beyond Messing we come to Copford Hall, the home of Gov. Haynes, one of the noblest Puritans who came to New England and the one who suffered the greatest material losses for his religious convictions. He was born at Codicote Hall in Hertfordshire 1 May 1594, eldest son and heir of John Haynes, Esq., an armorial landed gentleman who died in 1605, leaving extensive estates in several parishes in Essex and Hertfordshire. Before 1624 Gov. Haynes bought the manor of Copford Hall where he resided until his emigration to New England with Mr. Hooker in 1633. Having served as governor of Massachusetts in 1635, he removed to Hartford in 1637



and was governor of Connecticut eight terms in alternate years until his death 1 Mar. 1653/4. His children by his first wife, Mary Thornton, remained in England, where his son Hezekiah Haynes became one of Cromwell's major-generals in the Civil War and succeeded to Copford Hall, which is still owned by descendants, although not of the name, which died out in 1763. By his second wife, Mabel Harlakenden, Gov. Haynes had five children born in New England, from whom many distinguished Americans descended. Copford Hall belonged to the See of London from Saxon times until the time of Queen Elizabeth, when on the death of Bishop Bonner in 1569 it passed to the Crown. This prelate took the leading part in the persecution of the Marian martyrs, over two-thirds of the three hundred who perished at the stake being condemned by him. During his tenure of the bishopric of London he resided part of the time at Copford Hall. The church of Copford was built in Norman times, and the interior is covered with the original frescoes.


Of our early settlers of Cambridge who were followers of Mr. Hooker, it is known that William Goodwin was from Bocking and William Wadsworth and John and Nicholas Clark were from Braintree, although William Wadsworth was born at Long Buckby in Northamptonshire. Doubtless there were several other emigrants from Braintree, but the loss of the early registers prevents us from establishing the fact.


Five miles northwest of Hatfield Broad Oak we come to Bishop's Stortford (previously mentioned in the account of Daniel Denison), and in another fifteen miles we reach Hertford, the county seat of Hertfordshire, and a place of importance in early Saxon times. Of its five ancient church edifices but one, All Saints, now remains. Hertford Castle was originally built about the year 900, and ruins of a part of the ancient building still remain. The city is of interest to us as the parent town of Hartford, Conn., and also as the birthplace of Rev. Samuel Stone, who was baptized there 30 July 1602, graduated at the famous Puritan College, Emmanuel, in 1623, for a short time was lecturer at Towcester, Northamptonshire, and from 1627 to 1630 was curate at Stisted near Braintree where he became intimate with Hooker. In 1633 he accompanied Hooker to New England on the ship Griffin, became the latter's assistant at Cambridge and Hartford, and after Mr. Hooker's death was sole pastor at Hartford, Conn., for sixteen years until his own death 20 July 1663. Leaving old Hertford we run southward twenty-five miles to London, having covered in all during this trip about one hundred and forty miles.


Of the rest of Hooker's company who first located at Cambridge, there remain to mention Jeremy Adams, John Arnold, John Barnard, John Benjamin, Richard and William Butler, Joseph Easton, Edward Elmer, Nathaniel Ely, Richard Goodman, Stephen Hart, John Hopkins, William Kelsey, William Lewis, Richard Lord, William Manning, John Maynard, Abraham Morrill, John Pratt, Nathaniel Richards, Thomas Scott, Edward Stebbing, George Stocking, Richard Webb, and William Westwood. The exact English home of none of these has been made public to my knowledge; but we can be quite sure that practically all of them came from County Essex.


Rev. Thomas Shepard and his adherents formed the next company of settlers in Cambridge. This zealous and fiery Puritan minister was born 5 Nov. 1605 at Towcester, co. Northampton, a thriving town eight miles south of the city of Northampton. It is situated on Watling Street, the famous Roman road which starts at Dover and runs through Canterbury, London, St. Albans, Towcester, Atherstone and so on west to near Shrewsbury. Towcester was one of the Roman stations, remains of which are still discernible. Mr. Shepard's parents and relatives were Puritans, and he graduated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1623. From 1627 to 1631 he was lecturer at Earls Colne, co. Essex, and secured a large following in that vicinity. Having been silenced by Archbishop Laud he fled to Bossal in Yorkshire


1. I think the parentage and distinguished connections of Mrs. Ames have not heretofore been known or made public. The account of Dr. Ames in the Dictionary of National Biography erroneously refers to her merely as Joane Sletcher.



where he remained a year and secured more adherents. In 1632 Bossal became unsafe and he removed to Haddon, a suburb of New-castle-on-Tyne in Northumberland, and in two years secured a new following in that region. Urged by his adherents to emigrate with them to New England, in June 1634 he went by ship from Newcastle to Ipswich in Suffolk; after a year in that region, on 10 Aug. 1635 he sailed from London in the ship Defence with his company, and on arriving in Boston they at once settled in Cambridge where he served as pastor until his death 28 Aug. 1649.


Going east from Sudbury, an eight mile run brings us to Groton (the home of Gov. Winthrop before mentioned) and five miles farther to the northeast we come to Lindsey and Semer, the former being the native parish of the brothers Richard and Justinian Holden of Cambridge, and the latter the birthplace of Clement Chaplin, another early founder of Cambridge. Lindsey is a very decrepit-appearing place; several of the old houses in the village lean toward the street at


alarming angles, most of the farms have a shiftless aspect, and even the parson who was the incumbent when I visited the parish was a most unkempt individual. Continuing east, a fifteen-mile run brings us to Ipswich, a port from which sailed a large number of emigrants for New England, and the parent of our Massachusetts town of the same name. The town was of importance as early as Saxon times, until long after the Norman Conquest was called Gyppeswic, and is located at the head of the Orwell River or estuary, eleven miles from its mouth at Harwich on the North Sea. The town of Ipswich has twelve ancient churches with square towers built of stone and flint, most of them constructed during the fifteenth century. The Sparrow House erected in 1567, and the birthplace of Cardinal Wolsey built in 1471 are well-preserved specimens of Tudor dwellings; the former is now used as a book store and tea room, while the latter is occupied by a "chemist" or druggist. William Andrews and Richard Girling were the Ipswich adherents of Shepard who came to Cambridge.


We now push westward some fifteen miles over more hilly country and then come to Mellis, a rural parish with houses scattered on the fringe of a large green or common. The church was originally built in the Early English style of the thirteenth century, but was considerably altered about 1500. In 1730 the ancient tower fell down and has not been replaced. Here, as in very many Suffolk manors, the custom of Borough English prevails, whereby copyhold lands descend to the youngest instead of the oldest son of a family. From Mellis came about 1645 Nicholas Wyeth, founder of a Cambridge family resident here to this day; and it is to be noted he followed the Borough English custom of Mellis by leaving his homestead in Cambridge to his young-


2. See p. 70, ante



est son. He married first in England about 1630 Margaret Clarke, born at Westhorpe (four miles from Mellis) in 1600, sister of Dr. John Clarke the distinguished Baptist founder of Newport, R. I.


Crossing the Stour we will now take a little trip on its south shore in Essex, first coming to Ridgewell which has the usual fifteenth-century church, but in recent times its exterior walls have been plastered over. Here our Barnabas Lamson of Cambridge resided before his emigration. Proceeding southeast five miles we pass, on a hill to the left, the massive keep of Hedingham Castle, a stone structure about sixty feet square with walls about twelve feet thick and rising to a height of over a hundred feet to the top of its square corner turrets; this castle was built about 1130 and for five centuries was possessed by the illustrious de Vere family, Earls of Oxford. Five miles more brings us to Halstead, now a town of over six thousand inhabitants. In this parish is Stansted Hall, a large, many gabled, brick, Elizabethan manor house, owned and occupied from 1590 to 1613 by Thomas French who became lord of this manor by marriage to an Olmsted heiress. His fourth son, William French, was baptized at Halstead 15 Mar. 1603; and for many years it has been generally claimed in America that he was identical with our William French of Cambridge in 1635. A descendant of the latter, after several pilgrimages of admiring worship to this supposed ancestral manorial shrine, discovered that William French of Stansted Hall died unmarried in England in 1637! Sic transit gloria mundi! But there was another William French baptized in Halstead in 1606, son of William



French of "The Leete," who possibly may have been Shepard's fellow-passenger on the shipDefence in 1635.


Continuing easterly along the northern bank of the Stour, a charming ride of about seven miles brings us to Stratford St. Mary where we again cross the river and find ourselves in Dedham in Essex. Here preached for over thirty years the famous Puritan minister "Roaring John Rogers," born in 1572, died in 1636, eldest son of Thomas Rogers of Moulsham in Chelmsford, and father of Rev. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich, Mass. The soubriquet of this doughty Puritan lecturer doubtless indicates his method of expounding the Gospel. A lecturer in the Church of England is a minister voluntarily engaged and paid by the people of a parish or maintained by endowments left for that purpose, generally to preach or lecture once a week. During the growth of Puritanism in England, many nonconforming Puritan ministers secured these positions, conflicting with the vicar or rector. In Dedham an endowment maintains a lectureship to the present day. Three of the early founders of Cambridge were from Dedham, namely Edmund Angier, John Cooper, and Nathaniel Sparhawk.


Among other followers of Shepard who settled in Cambridge were Roger Bancroft, Thomas Blodgett, Robert Bradish, John Bridge,


1. For an illustration of this church see these Proceedings, vii, 72.



William Buck, Christopher Cane, Richard and John Champney, Edward Collins, Gilbert Crackbone, Robert Daniell, Richard Francis, Edmund Frost, John Gibson, Edward Goffe, Richard Hassell, John Hastings, Thomas Marret, William Patten, Richard Park, Thomas Prentice, and William Russell. While the exact places of origin of none of these emigrants have been made public, it is safe to state that nearly all of them were doubtless from either Essex or Suffolk. William Holman was from Northampton, which is only eight miles from Towcester, and so he may have known Rev. Thomas Shepard in his youth; and Samuel Shepard was the latter's brother and came with him to Cambridge.

While Rev. Thomas Shepard was living and preaching at Bossal in Yorkshire, Thomas Brigham, Thomas Crosby, and the latter's son Simon Crosby, all of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, co. York, evidently fell under his influence, and so followed him to Cambridge. Holme-on-Spalding-Moor is a parish lying about fifteen miles southeast of the city of York, in the midst of a great flat and low plain. In the northern part of the parish rises to the height of a hundred and fifty feet a small oval-shaped hill, so regular in outline as to look artificial in construction. On its summit, surrounded by trees, stands the venerable parish church, with a square tower, from the top of which a fine view can be had for many miles, the lofty spires of York Minster being clearly discernible fifteen miles to the northwest. Except for this hill, much of the parish was a swampy moor until about a century ago. In ancient times, so difficult was the crossing of these dreary wastes, that the lords of the manor maintained on the edge of the moor a cell for two monks as guides for strangers, one acting as conductor, while the other was praying for the safety of the travellers, the monks alternating at the two offices. As I have walked across the windswept plain during a bitter blizzard, covering the two miles from the railroad station to the village of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, I can realize the praying monk's duty was much the more comfortable.

While at and near Newcastle-on-Tyne in Northumberland, Rev. Thomas Shepard obtained quite a number of adherents from that vicinity who accompanied or followed him to Cambridge, viz., Guy Bainbridge, Thomas and William Bittlestone, Thomas Chesholme, Widow Elizabeth Cutter and her sons Richard and William, Widow Ann Errington and her son Abraham, Edward and Thomas Hall, Robert Holmes, John Sill, Andrew Stevenson (or Stimpson), John



Swan, John Trumbull, Isabel Wilkinson, and Edward Winship. Concerning the region whence came this band of emigrants, I will follow the discreet example of Benjamin Franklin when examined by the House of Commons concerning the Stamp Act, and being asked what he knew about Newfoundland, replied," I have never been there."


We will next give our attention to the group of fifteen families from Kent who located about 1635 in Cambridge, and will begin with Rev. William Wetherell. He was a native of Yorkshire, born about 1601, and graduated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 1623. He soon secured a position as teacher in the Free School at Maidstone, co. Kent, but having become unorthodox from the prelatical viewpoint, and being suspected of imparting undesirable heresies to the youthful mind, he found himself persona non grata as a pedagogue. So early in the spring of 1635 he came to New England with a party of Kentish emigrants in the shipHercules, and located in Cambridge. After teaching school a few years in Cambridge, Charlestown, and Duxbury, in 1644 he became pastor of the Second Church in Scituate, where he served forty years until his death 9 Apr. 1684. Nearly all these emigrants from Kent were from the southwestern and central parts of the county, known as the Weald of Kent, which before the Norman Conquest was a vast, heavily-wooded forest and sparsely settled. Throughout this county prevails the custom of gavelkind, a land tenure by which a man may devise his lands by will, and if he dies intestate they are equally divided among all his sons instead of descending wholly to the eldest son, as is the general usage in England, or to the youngest son as in manors having the custom of Borough English.

Of this group of emigrants from Kent who settled in Cambridge, William Pantry and perhaps Stephen Post had been fellow-townsmen of Mr. Wetherell in Maidstone. This place existed in Roman times and is now a manufacturing city and railroad center of 40,000 population. The great church of All Saints, mostly built during the latter part of the fourteenth century, is one of the largest parish churches in England and has the unusual feature of having its square embattled tower located on the south side of the nave instead of at the western end. The populace of Maidstone were active in the peasant rebellions of Wat Tyler in 1381 and Jack Cade in 1450. The grammar school where Mr. Wetherell taught was founded in 1536 and established in its present modern buildings half a century ago.


Three miles southwest of Maidstone is the small parish of West Farleigh with a correspondingly small church, part of which is of Norman style of the twelfth century. Dolor Davis was of this parish before coming to Cambridge. Eight miles to the southeast of West Farleigh is the low-lying parish of Staplehurst, the native place of Jonas Austin, baptized 3 Dec. 1598, and Samuel Greenhill, baptized 11 July 1605, both of whom became early settlers of Cambridge. Staplehurst Church shows three periods of architecture of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Three miles farther southeast is Frittenden, where the ancient church was taken down about 1850 and replaced by a modern stone structure; the old registers however are preserved from 1558. Our Moses Paine of Cambridge was baptized in Frittenden 23 Apr. 1581, and his ancestral line has been traced back there for several generations. The railroad station for Frittenden consists of a stopping point in a field, whence the walking is good or bad, according to the season, for a distance of two miles to the village.

Eight miles west of Frittenden is the parish of Horsmonden, the birthplace of that worthy Puritan, Major Simon Willard, who was baptized there 8 Apr. 1605, and on emigrating to New England at first located in Cambridge, which lost a valuable citizen when he removed to Concord. Among his distinguished descendants of the Willard name were two presidents of Harvard College and the late Frances E. Willard, founder and president of the World's Women's Christian Temperance Union; a memorial tablet to her memory has been placed in Horsmonden Church, but the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral was the place chosen for a memorial to the colonist Major Simon Willard. Earlier generations of this family resided in Goud-hurst and Brenchley, parishes adjoining Horsmonden.

Five miles southeast of Horsmonden is the thriving and prosperous-appearing parish of Cranbrook, for three centuries after 1350 the most noted place in England for the manufacture of broadcloth. The church is an unusually large and handsome edifice of the fifteenth century and has a fine stained glass triple window, erected in 1902 to the memory of Rev. William Eddy, vicar here from 1591 to 1616 and ancestor of the Eddy family in America; also a tablet to the memory of Dr. Comfort Starr, baptized here 6 July 1589, who settled in Cambridge in 1635. Five miles south of Cranbrook is Hawkhurst, where on 2 Jan. 1602/3 was baptized Thomas Hosmer who located in


Cambridge in 1634 but moved to Hartford the next year. Ten miles northeast of Hawkhurst is Biddenden, the native parish of two more of our Cambridge founders, Thomas Besbeech, baptized 3 Mar. 1589/90, and Thomas Beal, baptized 25 Mar. 1599. Biddenden was another famous place of broadcloth manufacture in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and the old Cloth Hall is still standing, but now used as a dwelling. Fifteen miles northeast of Biddenden is the parish of Eastwell, the register transcripts of which show the baptism on 10 June 1610 of Samuel House, son of John House the rector there, and a proprietor of Cambridge in 1642. Six miles northeast of Eastwell lies the parish of Chilham, the old home of John Fessenden who appeared in Cambridge in 1637. Another six miles farther to the northeast is Canterbury, a place so familiar to everyone that no further mention of it is necessary. From here came Daniel Cheever who settled in Cambridge about 1640.

Three small groups of Cambridge founders next require brief notice. Reverend Jose Glover was born in England about 1597, son of Roger Glover, a wealthy London merchant. He was perhaps educated at Clare Hall, Cambridge, and from 1624 to 1635 was rector of Sutton in Surrey. After a short visit to New England in 1635, he returned to England and for over two years assisted in the plans for establishing Harvard College. In 1638 he again sailed for New England with his family, bringing with him a printing outfit, mechanics to run it, and several servants. He died on the voyage, but his widow Elizabeth (Harris) Glover soon married Reverend Henry Dunster, who in 1640 became the first president of Harvard College. In Mr. Glover's party was Stephen Day of Cambridge, England, who set up and operated in Cambridge, Mass., the printing press of Mr. Glover, the first press established in America. William Boardman from Cambridge, England, a stepson of Mr. Day, and John and Robert Stedman, probably from Sutton in Surrey, were other members of Mr. Glover's party and also settled in Cambridge. Richard Harris, a brother of Mrs. Glover, born at Blechingley, co. Surrey, in 1617 and graduated at New College, Oxford, in 1640, later came to Cambridge, Mass., where he died 29 Aug. 1644, unmarried.

Rev. Henry Dunster was baptized at Bury in Lancashire, 26 Nov. 1609, graduated at Magdalen College, Cambridge, in 1630, and for several years taught school and preached in his native place. He came to New England in 1640, at once became the first president of



Harvard College and continued in office until 1654. Having become an Anabaptist, the Overseers feared he might ensnare the students in his unorthodox ideas, and labored ("with extreme agony" says Cotton Mather) to rescue him from his errors. But Mr. Dunster remained obdurate, so was removed from office and went to Scituate in the Plymouth Colony, where more tolerance prevailed and where he preached five years, until his death 27 Feb. 1658/9.

A letter is preserved, written to Mr. Dunster by his father, dated at Bury, 20 Mar. 1640/1. He mentions receiving four letters from New England from his son, and also states, "I do not know of any that you sent for that intend to come as yet." This expression indicates that some relatives or friends of Mr. Dunster were contemplating following him to New England. While positive legal proof is lacking, I feel absolutely certain that one of these adherents was Richard Dana, who was in Cambridge about 1642, and that he was identical with Richard Dana baptized at Manchester Cathedral 31 Oct. 1617, son of Robert and Elizabeth (Barlow) Dana. Manchester is only nine miles from Bury, the home of Dunster, and the name Dana is extremely rare in England and in fact has been found before 1700 solely in Manchester and at Kendal in Westmoreland where Robert Dana, father of Richard, was undoubtedly born, and where the family was living as early as the time of Henry VIII. The records at Kendal clearly show that Dana was a shortened form of Dawney, a family name on record in Westmoreland as early as 1327. Manchester was founded in Roman times, and had grown in 1640 to a town of only six thousand inhabitants; so could Richard Dana, like a Rip Van Winkle, now return to his native place, he would certainly be bewildered in finding himself in the greatest cotton-cloth manufacturing city in the world with a population of nearly a million. Other early Cambridge settlers after 1640 who were probably followers of Dunster were Richard Eccles, Richard Oldham and Humphrey Bradshaw; these are very common family names in and about Bury and Manchester.


In conclusion there need to be briefly mentioned twelve other founders of Cambridge whose English origins are known, but who are not associated with any of the five parties of emigrants previously mentioned. The first "master" of Harvard College, Nathaniel Eaton, that wretched prototype of Wackford Squeers, was born in 1609 at Great Budworth in Cheshire, son of the local vicar. Matthew Allyn was baptized 17 Apr. 1605 in Braunton, co. Devon; Andrew



Belcher was from London; Francis Foxcroft, born in 1657, was a son of the mayor of Leeds in Yorkshire; Thomas Hitt was from Folkingham, co. Lincoln; and Daniel Gookin, born about 1613, came here from Virginia, but his father was of an ancient armorial and landed family of Ripple and Beakesbourne in Kent. John and Edward Jackson were baptized in Stepney, London, 6 June 1602 and 3 Feb. 1604/5 respectively; James Kidder was from a family of East Grinsted, co. Sussex; Gary Latham was baptized 10 Nov. 1613 in Aldenham in Hertfordshire, and Samuel Wakeman was a native of Bewdley, co. Worcester. John Adams was baptized in Kingweston, co. Somerset, 4 Dec. 1622, son of Henry Adams, and came to New England about 1638 with his father's family, who soon located in Braintree, Mass., where Henry died in 1646.

Rev. Charles Chauncey was baptized 5 Nov. 1592, son of George Chauncey, a member of an armorial and knightly family located for six generations at Gedleston (or Gilston) in Hertfordshire and for ten generations previously at Skirpenbeck in Yorkshire. Mr. Chauncey graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1613, and from 1627 to 1637 was vicar of Ware in Hertfordshire. Being persecuted for nonconformity by Archbishop Laud, he came to New England in 1637, preached three years at Plymouth, and from 1641 to 1654 was pastor of Scituate. He became an advocate of immersion instead of sprinkling for baptism, and the latter being then the orthodox form for New England, Mr. Chauncey found himself in hotwater with the authorities. But being offered the presidency of Harvard College on condition of recanting his heresy, and being less obdurate than Dunster, he agreed to conform, and in 1654 succeeded the latter, and remained in office until his death 19 Feb. 1671/2.


The English Ancestral Homes Of The Founders Of Cambridge

Submitted by proceedings-ken on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 12:26pm
 J. Gardner Bartlett
 Cambridge Historical Society


1631 Samuel Wakeman arrives in Massachusetts Bay Colony with wife Elizabeth. They settle in Roxbury.

Old Genealogy Document

Old Genealogy Document2

William Commemorative Biography

Alvin Day Books







MAP 1766

MAP 1777

MAP 1780

MAP 1829



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Parent / Name

Amos may have been a farmer, shoemaker (his eldest known son, Alvin, was a shoemaker) or in a profession related to leather.Chatham, NY reported as birthplace is suspicious. May be Chatham, CT (Alvords) or wrong Northrop line.
Names WITH connections - Amos, BurrNames with possible connections - Gerrit, George, Fenn, Elmore, Winthrop, Blaine, Anzonetta /Antoinetta

A number of Fenns have connections to Joseph Line - Second Congregational Church Milford "Plymouth" Amos had 2 known children but possibly more.Amos might have even spent some time in Berkshire County, MA.

It is interesting to observe on the gravestones that widows were called relicts and wives who predeceased their husbands are called consorts.


Now Then
Bantam Falls Litchfield
Bethel Part of Danbury
Bethlem Bethlehem Woodbury
Brookfield Newbury
Bridge- water Shepaug Neck , the neck, South Farms, part of New Milford territory Samuel Clark of Milford, Jeremiah Canfield, Samuel Briscoe, Joseph Benedict, Ephraim Hawley, Jeheil Hawley later moved to Sharon or Salisbury, Joseph Treat Jr.John Treat, Gideon Treat, John Porter , Solomon Noble Sanford, David Lockwood, Joel Fenn, Nathan Bradley, Nathaniel Porter, Samuel Dunning, Lemuel Jennings, Platts, more Sanfords
Cornwall Sold at Fairfield w Western Lands
Cheshire West Farms on Mill River
Derby Paugusset
Derby Birmingham Seymour - Humphreys-ville was earlier part of Derby , Paugassett
Derby 1st inland settlement on Naugatuck River
Greenfield included parts Redding, Wilton perhaps part of Newtown, Trumbull
Kent Bromica, Bull's Bridge, Ore Hill, Schaghti-coke, Flanders, Flat Rocks, Geer Mountain, Good Hill, Treasure Hill, Macedonia
Kent Scatacook Kent Hollow
Litchfield Bantam Bantam Falls Bradleyville Nettleton Hollow, Romford, Smoky Hollow
North of Litchfield New Bantam included Goshen
Milford Wepawaug
Morris South Farms
Newtown Pootatuck
Northville parts of kent warren washington much of it formerly the "North End of New Milford" including marbledale, new preston
Oxford Quaker Farms
town of Wash- ington & New Preston village 1710, Woodbury north purchase included much of area
Part of Kent & New Prestton 1716 Fairweather purchase just west of the lake.
Plymouth & Bristol) New Cambridge
Ripton north part of Stratford now Huntington Shelton Monroe
Seymour Humphreys-ville petition to be called Richmond also Chuse- town

Humphreys had always been interested in manufacturing and during his visits to England and France, studied their industrial systems carefully.  In 1803, Humphreys started one of the finest woolen mills in the country on a large piece of property located at the falls on the Naugatuck River near many other little mills. 

The village prospered and attracted other manufacturing concerns.  Items such as cotton cloth, paper, furniture and tools such as augers and bits were produced.

Southbury south part of Woodbury
South Britain now part of Southbury
Stratford Cupheag
Trumbull North Stratford

Trans- ylvania

Southbury/ Roxbury Road Route 67)

ylvania Crossroads, locally known as Pine Tree

Wash- ington territory from Woodbury, New Milford, Kent, & Litchfield
Wash- ington Judea & New Preston (was pt of New Milford Marbledale Washington Depot Nettleton Hollow part New Milford North Purchase Woodville Washington Green was Judea, Blackville, Romford
Warren formerly part of Kent
Warren East Greenwich Parish
Waterbury Mattatuck - everything north of early "Derby"
part of Oxford & above
Water- town Westbury plymouth was taken from Water-
Weston Northfield
Woodbury Pomperaug
Wood- bridge & Bethany Amity embraced most of both towns
Northern part of New Milford, & South & South East part of Kent Merryall or Merry-all


Freeman's Oath

The oath of fidelity to which freemen were obliged to subscribe before they could exercise the rights that accrued to them when they had taken the freeman's oath:

"You do swear by the ever-living God that you will truly and faithfully adhere to and maintain the government established in this state under the authority of the people, agreeable to the laws in force within the same, and that you believe in your conscience that the King of Great Britain hath not, nor of right ought to have any authority or dominion in or over this state, and that you do not hold yourself bound to yield any allegiance or obedience to him within the same, and that you will, to the unmost of your power, maintain and defend the freedom, independance and privileges of this state against all open enemies or traitorous conspiracies whatsoever, so help you God. And no person shall have authority to execute any of the offices aforesaid after the first day of January next, until he hath taken said oath, and all persons who hereafter shall be appointed to any of said offices shall take said oath before they enter upon the execution of their offices. And no freemen within this state shall be allowed to vote in the election of any of the officers of government until he hath taken the aforesaid oath in the open freemans' meeting in the town where he dwells."

"Names of those persons that have appeared to take the oath of fidelity prescribed by the General Assembly of this state at a General Assembly of the State of Connecticut holden at Hartford in said state on the second Thursday of May, A. D.( 1777."


!! Elijah S. Northrop is in Kent in 1830 not close to Alvin -- 3 or 4 pages away 2 pages away from Amos 1010010000000 / 2000010000000 between barlow& cole 1-5-10, 1-10-15, 1-30-40, Who is Elijah S. Northrop???



Did you know -
There are 3,967 people in the U.S. with the last name Northrop.

Statistically the 8512th most popular last name.

There are 4,272 people in the U.S. with the last name Northrup. Statistically the 8013th most popular last name.

How many of me

There are fewer than 1,526 people in the U.S. with the first name Northrop. The estimate for this name is not absolute.

There are fewer than 1,526 people in the U.S. with the first name Northrup. The estimate for this name is not absolute.

deed from the Ramapoo Tribe of Indians and their associates to the proprietors, viz. : John Belden, Samuel Keeler, Sen., Matthias Saint John, Benjamin Hickcock, John Beebee, Samuel Saint John, Mathew Seamor, James Brown, Benjamin Wilson, Joseph Birch- ard, John Whitne, Sen., John Bouton, Joseph Keeler, Samuel Smith, Junior, Jonathan Stevens, Daniel Olmstead, Richard Olmstead, John Sturtevant, Samuel Keeler, Junior, Joseph Bouton, Jonathan Rockwell, Edward Waring, Joseph Whitne, Daniel Olmstead, Thomas Hyatt, James Benedick, Joseph Crampton, Ebenezer Sension, Matthias Saint John, all of the Town of Norwalk in ye County of Fairfield in her Majesties Colony of Connecticut, in New England, and Thomas Smith, Thomas Canfield and Samuel Smith of ye Town of Milford in ye County of New Haven a 30th day of September in ye seventh year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady, Anne, Queen of England, and in the Year of our Lord God 1708.

14. Norwalk, settled 1649; incorporated Sept., 1651, "Norwaukee shall bee a townee," Algonkin noyank, point of land, or more probably from the Indian name, "Naramauke."

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This home on Pequot Avenue, Southport, Connecticut is a recently restored example of the Northrop Brothers fine carpentry and building in the Southport-Greeens Farms area.

Image Courtesy of David Parker Associates