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Roger Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut

Male 1679 - 1767  (88 years)


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  1. 1.  Roger Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut was born 4 Jan 1679, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut (son of Simon Wolcott and Martha Pitkin); died 17 May 1767, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    Governor of Connecticut from 1751 to 1754.

    From Wikipedia:

    His formal education was severely limited by the nature of the frontier village, so at age twelve he was apprenticed to a weaver, and at the age of twenty-one entered that business on his own. He married Sarah Drake on December 3, 1702, and they had fifteen children before her death in 1748. Their son Oliver Wolcott Sr. signed the Declaration of Independence and went on to become governor of Connecticut.

    In May 1709, Wolcott was admitted to the bar and began to practice law. In 1711, during Queen Anne's War, He accompanied militia forces on an expedition to Quebec as a commissary. On his return he served as Clerk of the House, 1710-1711 and was elected Deputy to the colony's Lower House in 1709-1714, 1718, 1719, serving as Speaker in October, 1719. In 1714 he was elected to the Upper House (also called the Council) and served as Assistant, 1714-1718, 1720-1741, 1754-1760. He was Commissioner of Connecticut for the Adjustment of Colonial boundaries, 1717, 1718, 1723-1726, 1728, 1730, 1737, 1740, 1742, 1750. Captain of the Trainband of Windsor, 1722. Captain of Troops raised for active service, 1724. He was made judge of the Hartford County court in 1723, serving through 1732, and of the colony's Superior Court in 1732, serving through 1741. Wolcott was made Colonel of the 1st regiment, 1739.

    In 1741 Wolcott was elected Deputy Governor of the colony. As deputy governors traditionally served as the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Connecticut, he also assumed that position, which he held until 1750.

    In 1745 Wolcott was again active in the militia, this time as a Major General. In King George's War, Massachusetts governor William Shirley issued a general call to the New England colonies for an expedition against the French in Île-Royale (present-day Cape Breton Island). Wolcott served as Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in the Expedition to Cape Breton. General Wolcott headed the Connecticut troops in Sir William Pepperrell's expedition that captured Fortress Louisbourg.

    With the death of Governor Jonathan Law in 1750, Wolcott succeeded to the position of governor. He was re-elected annually to that position through 1753. Shortly after he retired as governor, his son, Roger Wolcott, Sr., attended negotiations with six other British colonies and around 200 members of various Indian nations at the Albany Congress in June and July 1754. During his administration, a disabled Spanish ship, the St. Joseph and St. Helena, with a cargo valued at 400,000 Spanish dollars, ran aground near New London.

    Wolcott ordered the ship seized and the cargo impounded in order to allow time to resolve conflicting claims between the vessel's captain and the salvage crew. While in the colony's custody, a large portion of the ship's cargo mysteriously disappeared. Tainted with the scandal surrounding the Spanish Ship case, he was defeated for re-election in 1754. All previous governors had died in office. Following his defeat, Wolcott generally withdrew from public life to study and follow literary pursuits. In 1759, Wolcott authored a short history of the Connecticut colony entitled Roger Wolcott's Memoir Relating to the History of Connecticut.

    Roger married Sarah Drake 3 Dec 1702, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Sarah (daughter of Job Drake and Elizabeth Clark) was born 10 May 1686, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 20 Jan 1748, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Maj. Gen. Erastus Wolcott was born 21 Sep 1722, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 14 Sep 1793, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    2. Oliver Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut was born 20 Nov 1726, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 1 Dec 1797, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Simon Wolcott was born 11 Sep 1624, Somerset, England (son of Henry Wolcott and Elizabeth Saunders); died 11 Sep 1687, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Between 11 Sep 1624 and 11 Sep 1625
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1630

    Notes:

    Came to New England with his sisters around 1635.

    Simon married Martha Pitkin 17 Oct 1661, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Martha (daughter of Rev. William Pitkin and Elizabeth) was born Bef 12 Dec 1639, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England; died 13 Oct 1719, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Old South Windsor Churchyard, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Martha Pitkin was born Bef 12 Dec 1639, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England (daughter of Rev. William Pitkin and Elizabeth); died 13 Oct 1719, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Old South Windsor Churchyard, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 12 Dec 1639, Berkhamsted St. Peter, Hertfordshire, England
    • Alternate death: 13 Oct 1719, East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut

    Children:
    1. Lt. Henry Wolcott was born 20 May 1670, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 17 Nov 1747, South Wellington, Tolland, Connecticut.
    2. 1. Roger Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut was born 4 Jan 1679, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died 17 May 1767, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Henry Wolcott was born Bef 6 Sep 1578, Tolland, Somerset, England (son of John Wolcott and Agnes Crosse); died 30 May 1655, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 6 Sep 1578, Lidyard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England

    Notes:

    Emigrated to New England in 1630 on the Mary and John. First at Dorchester, then at Windsor. Inherited property in England in 1639; the following year he travelled back to England to deal with it, returning in 1641.

    He was one of the first twelve men elected to the lower house of Connecticut's first General Assembly in 1637, and in 1643 he was elected to the Magistrates, the upper house of that assembly where he was a member until his death.

    Henry married Elizabeth Saunders 19 Jan 1606, Lidyard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England. Elizabeth (daughter of Thomas Saunders and Ann Blake) was born 1584, Lidyard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England; died 5 Jul 1655, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Elizabeth Saunders was born 1584, Lidyard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England (daughter of Thomas Saunders and Ann Blake); died 5 Jul 1655, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 20 Dec 1584, Lidyard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England
    • Alternate death: 7 Jul 1655, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut

    Children:
    1. Henry Wolcott was born 21 Nov 1610, Somerset, England; died 12 Jul 1680, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried 13 Jul 1680.
    2. Mary Wolcott was born Abt 1622, Somerset, England; died 16 Sep 1689, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    3. 2. Simon Wolcott was born 11 Sep 1624, Somerset, England; died 11 Sep 1687, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

  3. 6.  Rev. William Pitkin (son of William Pitkin); was buried , St. Dunstan's, Fleet Street, London, England.

    Notes:

    He was headmaster of the Berkhampstead school, and he and his wife died when their daughter Martha was a small child.

    Said to have died some months before his father, of the plague.

    Rev. — Elizabeth. Elizabeth died Bef 21 Dec 1641; was buried 21 Dec 1641, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Elizabeth died Bef 21 Dec 1641; was buried 21 Dec 1641, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.
    Children:
    1. 3. Martha Pitkin was born Bef 12 Dec 1639, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England; died 13 Oct 1719, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Old South Windsor Churchyard, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  John Wolcott was born Abt 1547, of Tolland, Somerset, England (son of John Wolcott and Agnes); died 1623.

    Notes:

    He was the miller at Tolland.

    John married Agnes Crosse 1579, Lidyard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Agnes Crosse
    Children:
    1. 4. Henry Wolcott was born Bef 6 Sep 1578, Tolland, Somerset, England; died 30 May 1655, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

  3. 10.  Thomas Saunders was born , of Lidyard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England.

    Thomas — Ann Blake. [Group Sheet]


  4. 11.  Ann Blake
    Children:
    1. 5. Elizabeth Saunders was born 1584, Lidyard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England; died 5 Jul 1655, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried , Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

  5. 12.  William Pitkin died Between 12 Jun 1644 and 6 Jan 1645, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.

    Notes:

    Said to have been a member of Parliament, but we've been unable to confirm that. He appears to have been a justice of the peace, bailiff, churchwarden, etc.

    Children:
    1. 6. Rev. William Pitkin was buried , St. Dunstan's, Fleet Street, London, England.