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Matthew Allyn

Male Bef 1605 - 1671  (> 65 years)


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  • Name Matthew Allyn  [1, 2
    Born Bef 17 Apr 1605  Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 17 Apr 1605  Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Died 1 Feb 1671  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 7
    Person ID I4011  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2015 

    Father Richard Allyn,   d. Bef 5 Aug 1651 
    Mother Margaret Wyatt,   d. Bef 10 May 1642, Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 24 Sep 1583  Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F3418  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Wyatt,   b. Bef 8 Mar 1595, Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1675, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 80 years) 
    Married 2 Feb 1627  Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Children 
    +1. Mary Allyn,   b. Bef 20 Jan 1628, Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1703  (Age > 75 years)
    Last Modified 16 May 2018 
    Family ID F2744  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated 1633. First at Cambridge, then Hartford 1636, Windsor by 1648. Back in England mid-1640; may have made other return trips.

      Clearly a man of some education, he held many important offices. According to Stiles he was rep. to Massachusetts general court, March 1636; rep. to Connecticut general court every year (save 1653) from 1648 to 1658; magistrate of the colony 1657-67; commissioner for the United Colonies of New England 1660-64. Anderson also notes him as assistant of Connecticut general court, 1658-66. He is mentioned in Charles II's Royal Charter for Connecticut, 1662.

      He was the brother of Thomas Allyn of Barnstable. Not related to Thomas Allen of Wethersfield or Samuel Allen of Windsor.

      From The Great Migration Begins:

      Matthew Allyn was in some way related to WILLIAM SPENCER of Cambridge and Hartford, or, more probably, to his wife, Agnes Harris. [...]

      Matthew Allyn's first appearance in New England was in the grant of land in Cambridge on 4 November 1633 to seven men, of whom three others (JOHN HAYNES, THOMAS HOOKER and SAMUEL STONE) are known to have arrived 4 September 1633 on the Griffin.

      Matthew Allyn seems out of place in Cambridge, as all others who arrived at about this time were from East Anglia; based on his English origin, one would expect Allyn to have resided first in Dorchester. This unusual residence for Allyn is probably tied up in some way with his relationship with WILLIAM SPENCER.

      Besides being a man who was highly respected and who served society well, Matthew Allyn was a highly contentious man. He had lengthy legal disputes with his brother, and not long after he left Massachusetts he was wanted for "debt and damage" he had left behind [7 October 1641: "It is ordered, that a letter shal be sent to Mr. Haynes & the rest of the magistrates at Connectecot, to send back the prisoner Mathewe Alleyn, or satisfy the debt & damage"]. Further evidence of his litigiousness may be found throughout the Connecticut court records.

  • Sources 
    1. [S696] The Newberry Family of Windsor, Connecticut in the Line of Clarinda (Newberry) Goodwin of Hartford, Connecticut, 1634-1866, by Frank Farnsworth Starr. Hartford, Connecticut: 1898.

    2. [S701] Gary Boyd Roberts, "Notable Kin: New England in Hollywood, Part II: Behind the Scenes." NEXUS, November 1988, published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

    3. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008.

    4. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    5. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.

    6. [S698] Douglas Richardson, "Allyn and Wyatt Families of Braunton, Devon." The American Genealogist 57:115, July 1981.

    7. [S705] The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut, by Henry Reed Stiles. Hartford, Connecticut: 1891-92.