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Richard Church

Male Abt 1600 - 1667  (~ 67 years)


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  • Name Richard Church 
    Born Abt 1600  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Dec 1667  Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I22345  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2020 

    Family Anne,   b. Abt 1600,   d. 10 Mar 1684, Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Deacon Edward Church,   b. Abt 1628,   d. 19 Sep 1704, Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F13491  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • First appears at Hartford in 1637; he may have come with, or shortly after, the Rev. Hooker. He is said to have served in the Pequot War. His name is on the Founders Monument in downtown Hartford. He removed to Hadley in 1661.

      His origins are unknown. Taking advantage of this, the notorious genealogical fraudster Gustav Anjou (1863-1942), hired by Richard Church's descendant Charles Washburn Church, concocted an English ancestry for the Richard Church of Hartford, making him a son of Richard Church and Alice Vassell of Essex, with several further generations of ancestry behind them. As documented on the excellent WikiTree page for Richard Church, portions of Anjou's fabrications, including spurious birthdates for Richard and for his marriage, and a made-up father for his wife Anne, made it into not just Charles Washburn Church's 1914 Simeon Church of Chester, Connecticut, 1708-1792, and His Descendants, but also into Benjamin Tinkham Marshall's 1922 Modern History of New London County, Connecticut and, startlingly, the generally good genealogist Lucius Barbour's Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut.

  • Sources 
    1. [S387] Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley by Donald Lines Jacobus and Edgar Francis Waterman. Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut Historical Society, 1952.

    2. [S2519] Ancestry of Thomas Chalmers Brainerd by Dwight Brainerd, ed. Donald Lines Jacobus. Montreal, 1948.