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Robert Treat, Governor of Connecticut

Male 1624 - 1710  (86 years)


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  • Name Robert Treat 
    Suffix Governor of Connecticut 
    Born 23 Feb 1624  Pitminster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Jul 1710  Milford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I14497  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 

    Father Richard Trott,   b. Bef 28 Aug 1584, Pitminster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Sep 1669, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 85 years) 
    Mother Alice Gaylard,   b. Bef 10 May 1594, Pitminster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1670  (Age > 77 years) 
    Family ID F9030  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From Wikipedia:

      When the Connecticut Charter of 1662 forced the New Haven Colony to merge with Connecticut in 1665, Treat led a group of dissidents who left the colony. They moved to New Jersey in 1666 where they were joined by other dissidents from Branford, Connecticut, another part of the former New Haven Colony. The dissidents from Branford were led by Abraham Pierson, Sr. Robert Treat wanted the new community to be named Milford, New Jersey. Pierson, a devout Puritan, preferred the name New Ark, and this place is now known as Newark. Robert himself returned to Milford, Connecticut in 1672 and lived there the rest of his life.

      Treat headed the colony's militia for several years, principally against the Narragansett Indians. This included participating in King Philip's War in 1676. He served on the Governor's Council continuously from 1676 to 1708.

      First elected Governor in 1683, Treat was supplanted by Sir Edmund Andros in 1687, making Connecticut part of the Dominion of New England. Treat is credited with having a role in concealing the state's charter in the Charter Oak, and resumed his job as governor when the dominion scheme fell apart in 1689. He was re-elected annually until being defeated by Fitz-John Winthrop in 1698.

  • Sources 
    1. [S160] Wikipedia.