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John Breed

Male 1700 - 1781  (80 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  John Breed was born on 26 Jan 1700 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut (son of John Breed and Mercy Palmer); died on 24 Jan 1781 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried in Stonington, New London, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 31 Mar 1700

    Notes:

    "In 1736, John Breed, Junior, was made Captain of the 3rd Military Company at Stonington. He was also a Deacon of the church. [...] Capt. John Breed served as Representative from Stonington in 1735, 1741, and 1746. He was a Selectman in 1736, 1740, and 1764." [Marcia Wiswall Lindberg, citation details below.]

    John married Mary Prentice on 14 Aug 1725 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut. Mary (daughter of Samuel Prentice and Esther Hammond) was born on 12 Apr 1706 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; died on 5 Nov 1799 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried in Stonington, New London, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Mercy Breed was born on 3 Aug 1727 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; died on 5 Aug 1811; was buried on 5 Aug 1811 in Guilford, Windham, Vermont.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  John Breed was born on 18 Jan 1663 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts (son of Allen Breed and Mary); died in 1751.

    Notes:

    "John Breed was the 10th settler at Stonington, buying land from his future father-in-law, Gershom Palmer. He was a leather tanner by trade." [Marcia Wiswall Lindberg, citation details below.]

    From "Ancient Burial-Ground at Stonington, Connecticut", citation details below:

    The tombstone of Mr. John Breed is a large upright slab of blue slate stone, the inscription being as clear and distinct as it was the day it was cut. It is as follows:

    In memory of a pious pair
    This carved stone is erected here
    viz. of Mr. JOHN BREED & his wife
    MERCY who lived together in ye
    marriage state in a most religious manner
    about 64 years & then decd leaving
    a numerous offspring, he in ye year
    1751 about 90 years of age & she in
    ye year 1752 about 83. erected in ye
    year 1772. 6 of their children then
    living.

    Behold th' Righteous live long on earth
    And in old Age resign their Breath
    They & their Ofspring here are blest
    When don with life they go to rest.

    John married Mercy Palmer on 11 Apr 1689 in First Congregational Church, Stonington, New London, Connecticut. Mercy (daughter of Deacon Gershom Palmer and Ann Denison) was born in 1668 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; died on 28 Jan 1752 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Mercy Palmer was born in 1668 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut (daughter of Deacon Gershom Palmer and Ann Denison); died on 28 Jan 1752 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1669
    • Alternate birth: 8 Sep 1670, Stonington, New London, Connecticut

    Notes:

    "The Breed Family" (citation details below) says they were married 8 June 1691, but Buys (citations details below) gives the date and place we show, citing the records of the First Congregational Church (the "Road Church") in Stonington.

    Children:
    1. 1. John Breed was born on 26 Jan 1700 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; died on 24 Jan 1781 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried in Stonington, New London, Connecticut.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Allen Breed was born before 27 Jan 1630 in Pullowhill, Bedfordshire, England (son of Allen Breed and Elizabeth Wheeler); died between 1704 and 11 Feb 1707 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 27 Jan 1630, Pullowhill, Bedfordshire, England
    • Baptised: 27 Jan 1631

    Notes:

    He was a husbandman, and lived in the western section of Lynn on the 230 acres inherited from his father.

    Allen married Mary about 1654. Mary died on 30 Nov 1671 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Mary died on 30 Nov 1671 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.
    Children:
    1. 2. John Breed was born on 18 Jan 1663 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; died in 1751.

  3. 6.  Deacon Gershom Palmer was born in 1644 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts (son of Walter Palmer and Rebecca Short); died on 27 Sep 1718 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried on 30 Sep 1718 in Wequetequock Burial Ground, Stonington, New London, Connecticut.

    Deacon married Ann Denison about 26 Nov 1667 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut. Ann (daughter of Capt. George Denison and Ann Borodell) was born on 20 May 1649 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; died in 1694 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Ann Denison was born on 20 May 1649 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut (daughter of Capt. George Denison and Ann Borodell); died in 1694 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 20 May 1649, Stonington, New London, Connecticut

    Children:
    1. 3. Mercy Palmer was born in 1668 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; died on 28 Jan 1752 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Allen Breed was born in 1599 in Westoning, Bedfordshire, England (son of John Bread and Agnes Pritchett); died on 17 Mar 1691 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1600, Westoning, Bedfordshire, England

    Notes:

    The date of his arrival in New England is unknown. He was in Lynn before 1638. He was an investor in the Long Island settlement at Southampton in 1640 and appears to have gone there for a few years, but he was back in Lynn by late 1645.

    Allen married Elizabeth Wheeler on 16 Nov 1622 in Pullowhill, Bedfordshire, England. Elizabeth (daughter of Thomas Wheeler and (Unknown first wife of Thomas Wheeler)) was born before 18 Jul 1602; died before 1656. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Elizabeth Wheeler was born before 18 Jul 1602 (daughter of Thomas Wheeler and (Unknown first wife of Thomas Wheeler)); died before 1656.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 18 Jul 1602, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England

    Children:
    1. 4. Allen Breed was born before 27 Jan 1630 in Pullowhill, Bedfordshire, England; died between 1704 and 11 Feb 1707 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.

  3. 12.  Walter Palmer was born about 1589; died on 10 Nov 1661 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried in Wequetequock Burial Ground, Stonington, New London, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    Arrived 1629 in Charlestown; first removed to Rehoboth in 1644, then to Stonington in 1653.

    In The Great Migration Begins (citation details below), Robert Charles Anderson demonstrated that no evidence exists to prove the parentage of Walter Palmer. In 2020, Perry Streeter ("Walter1 Palmer of the Great Migration: Probable Origins in Frampton, Dorset", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 174:21, Winter 2020) set forth the evidence against Charles Edward Banks's claim, endorsed by the Walter Palmer Society, that Palmer's origins were in Yetminster, Dorset. Streeter also put forth evidence suggesting the greater likelihood that Palmer's origins might be found in Frampton, Dorset, instead.

    Along with TNH ancestors William Chesebrough, Thomas Stanton, and George Denison, he was one of the founders of Stonington, Connecticut. His and Rebecca Short's descendants include Ulysses S. Grant, Lowell Weicker, and Nathaniel Brown Palmer (1799-1877), explorer, after whom Palmer Land on the Antarctic Peninsula is named.

    "On 28 September 1630 a coroner's jury met to 'inquire concerning the death of Austen Bratcher...dying lately at Mr. Cradock's plantation.' The jury found 'that the strokes given by Walter Palmer were occasionally the means of the death of Austen Bratcher, & so to be manslaughter.' Palmer was bound over for trial on 19 October, but at that court the case was continued to 9 November, at which time a trial was held, and the jury found Palmer not guilty." [The Great Migration, citation details below.] According to Wikipedia, Palmer's close friend William Chesebrough testified at the trial on his behalf.

    From Wikipedia:

    Palmer and Chesebrough took the Oath of a Freeman on May 18, 1631. [...] On August 24, 1643, Palmer and Chesebrough left Charlestown and started a new settlement called Seacuncke (later renamed Rehoboth). Palmer was among the first selectmen. When the settlement assigned itself to Plymouth Colony, the deputy elected to represent Rehoboth at the Plymouth court refused to serve because he preferred attachment to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Palmer was then appointed in his place.

    Palmer and Chesebrough were also dissatisfied with the Plymouth alignment, and sometime prior to 1653 John Winthrop, Jr. persuaded Chesebrough to relocate to southern Connecticut. Chesebrough obtained a 2,300-acre land grant in present-day New London, Connecticut; Palmer and his son-in-law Thomas Miner followed him and purchased land on the east bank of Wequetequoc Cove, across from Chesebrough, in present-day Mystic, Connecticut.

    In August 1652, Miner built his father-in-law and himself a house on their land; the next year, both their families joined them, and other settlers soon followed. The group struggled for years for self-rule. During that time, Palmer served as constable[4] and again as a selectman. It took until 1661 to build a church meetinghouse due to resistance from the General Court of Connecticut, which preferred the colonists travel across the river to New London. Palmer died two months after the meetinghouse was first used.

    The 300-year Stonington Chronology describes Palmer as the "...patriarch of the early Stonington settlers...(who) had been prominent in the establishment of Boston, Charlestown and Rehoboth, ...a vigorous giant, 6 feet 5 inches tall. When he settled at Southertown (Stonington) he was sixty-eight years old, older than most of the other settlers."

    Walter married Rebecca Short before 1633. Rebecca died on 15 Jul 1671 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried in Wequetequock Burial Ground, Stonington, New London, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 13.  Rebecca Short died on 15 Jul 1671 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried in Wequetequock Burial Ground, Stonington, New London, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    A maidservant, she arrived in 1632.

    Children:
    1. 6. Deacon Gershom Palmer was born in 1644 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts; died on 27 Sep 1718 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried on 30 Sep 1718 in Wequetequock Burial Ground, Stonington, New London, Connecticut.

  5. 14.  Capt. George Denison was born before 10 Dec 1620 (son of William Denison and Margaret Chandler); died on 23 Oct 1694 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 10 Dec 1620, St. Michael, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

    Notes:

    Emigrated in 1631 with his parents and brothers. Settled at Roxbury, Massachusetts. Married Bridget Thompson, 1641. She died two years later, whereupon he returned to England to take up arms for Parliament. Was injured and (possibly) captured and escaped, a sequence of events that somehow resulted in him returning to Massachusetts in 1645 with a second wife, Ann Borodell. Removed to New London, 1651; served on the New London war committees in 1653 and 1654, when the Dutch threatened war. Removed to Stonington, 1654. Two decades later, we find him as captain of the New London County forces in King Philip's War, where he fought in and survived the Great Swamp Fight in Rhode Island, 19 Dec 1675. In 1676 he is "Provo-Marshall" of New London, pursuing remnants of the Narragansett and Wampanaug. He captured Chief Canonchet and worked with Pequot chiefs to "control the remnant of their tribe."

    "We would premise, that William Denison, came to Roxbury, Mass., in company with Rev. John Eliot, in 1631, bringing with him his wife and three sons, Daniel, Edward and George. The last named married in 1640, Bridget Thompson, supposed to have been a sister of Rev. William Thompson, of Braintree. His wife died in 1643. Mr. Denison visited his native country the same year, 'and engaged in the civil conflict with which the kingdom was convulsed.' On his return to this country, about two years afterwards, he brought with him his second wife, Ann, daughter of John Borrowdale, or Borrodel, of Cork, Ireland. Mr. D. emigrated to Connecticut as early as 1651, and in 1654 settled in what is now Stonington, to which the name of Southerton was given in 1658, when the territory was annexed to the County of Suffolk, Mass. He filled acceptably many offices of public trust, and was particularly distinguished as a leader in King Philip's war. He died at Hartford, Oct. 23d, 1694, during the session of the General Court, and was there buried. His age, according to the inscription on his grave stone, was 76." [Introduction to "Will of George Denison,--1693", New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 13, 1859, p. 73.]

    "My Brother George buried his first Wife in the year 1643, went to England, was a soldier there about a year, was at the Battle of York or Marston Moor where he did good service, was afterward taken prisoner, but got free, and having married a second Wife, he returned to New England the year before our Mother died, and not long afterward removed himself to New London, near whereunto at Stonington he now liveth." ["Autobiography of Major-General Daniel Denison." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 46:127, April 1892.]

    Along with TNH ancestors William Chesebrough, Walter Palmer, and Thomas Stanton, he was one of the founders of Stonington, Connecticut.

    Capt. married Ann Borodell about 1645 in England. Ann (daughter of John Borodell) was born about 1615; died on 26 Sep 1712 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried in Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic, New London, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 15.  Ann Borodell was born about 1615 (daughter of John Borodell); died on 26 Sep 1712 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; was buried in Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic, New London, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    Or Borodale, Borrowdale, etc.; sources vary. Same for her father.

    Children:
    1. 7. Ann Denison was born on 20 May 1649 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut; died in 1694 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
    2. George Denison was born about 1653 in New London, New London, Connecticut; died on 27 Dec 1711 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island.