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John Wolcott

Male 1677 - 1750  (72 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  John Wolcott was born on 20 Nov 1677 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut (son of John Wolcott and Mary Chester); died on 20 Aug 1750 in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    John married Hannah Newberry on 14 Dec 1703 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Hannah (daughter of Thomas Newberry and Ann Ford) was born on 10 Feb 1680 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 17 Oct 1719 in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Jerusha Wolcott was born on 18 Jan 1719 in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 2 Jun 1789 in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  John Wolcott was born on 28 Feb 1645 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut (son of Henry Wolcott and Sarah Newberry); died on 3 Jan 1712 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    "John settled at Wethersfield, where he was a selectman in 1679. He later moved back to Windsor and was elected to the House of Deputies in 1698 and subsequently." [Wolcott Immigrants and Their Early Descendants, citation details below.]

    John married Mary Chester on 13 Feb 1677 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut. Mary (daughter of Capt. John Chester and Sarah Welles) was born on 23 Dec 1654 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 10 Jul 1689 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Mary Chester was born on 23 Dec 1654 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts (daughter of Capt. John Chester and Sarah Welles); died on 10 Jul 1689 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    Children:
    1. Mary Wolcott died about 1746; was buried in Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    2. 1. John Wolcott was born on 20 Nov 1677 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 20 Aug 1750 in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Henry Wolcott was born on 21 Nov 1610 in Somerset, England (son of Henry Wolcott and Elizabeth Saunders); died on 12 Jul 1680 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried on 13 Jul 1680.

    Notes:

    Emigrated with his parents in 1630; admitted a freeman at Boston 1 Apr 1634, and moved with his parents to Windsor in 1636. He was a farmer and an importer. His apple orchards were among the largest in Connecticut.

    Served in the House of Deputies 1655, 1660, and 1661, and in the House of Magistrates from 1662 to his death. Served on the Governor's War Council in 1675 and 1676.

    At the time of his death, he had a "servant" named Cyrus valued at 30 pounds. Cyrus was possibly a slave, and if so, would have been the first known of in Connecticut.

    Henry married Sarah Newberry on 18 Nov 1641 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Sarah (daughter of Thomas Newberry and Joane Dabinott) was born on 10 Apr 1620 in Devon, England; died on 16 Jun 1684 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Sarah Newberry was born on 10 Apr 1620 in Devon, England (daughter of Thomas Newberry and Joane Dabinott); died on 16 Jun 1684 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1621

    Children:
    1. 2. John Wolcott was born on 28 Feb 1645 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 3 Jan 1712 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

  3. 6.  Capt. John Chester was born on 3 Aug 1635 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts (son of Leonard Chester and Mary); died on 23 Feb 1698 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1634, of Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut

    Notes:

    He was a captain in King Philip's War, and deputy for Wethersfield many times.

    John married Sarah Welles in Feb 1654 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut. Sarah (daughter of Thomas Welles, Governor of Connecticut and Alice Tomes) was born about 1633; died on 12 Dec 1698 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Sarah Welles was born about 1633 (daughter of Thomas Welles, Governor of Connecticut and Alice Tomes); died on 12 Dec 1698 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1631
    • Alternate birth: 1632

    Children:
    1. 3. Mary Chester was born on 23 Dec 1654 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 10 Jul 1689 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Henry Wolcott was born before 6 Sep 1578 in Tolland, Somerset, England (son of John Wolcott and Agnes Crosse); died on 30 May 1655 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in 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 on 19 Jan 1606 in Lidyard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England. Elizabeth (daughter of Thomas Saunders and Ann Blake) was born in 1584 in Lidyard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England; died on 5 Jul 1655 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Elizabeth Saunders was born in 1584 in Lidyard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England (daughter of Thomas Saunders and Ann Blake); died on 5 Jul 1655 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in 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. 4. Henry Wolcott was born on 21 Nov 1610 in Somerset, England; died on 12 Jul 1680 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried on 13 Jul 1680.
    2. Mary Wolcott was born about 1622 in Somerset, England; died on 16 Sep 1689 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    3. Simon Wolcott was born on 11 Sep 1624 in Somerset, England; died on 11 Sep 1687 in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

  3. 10.  Thomas Newberry was born before 10 Nov 1594 in Yarcombe, Devon, England (son of Richard Newberye and Grace Matthew); died between 17 Dec 1635 and 28 Jan 1637 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 10 Nov 1594, Yarcombe, Devon, England
    • Alternate death: Aft 12 Dec 1635

    Notes:

    Emigrated 1634 on the Recovery out of Weymouth. He was a dry-goods merchant. A resident of Dorchester in Sep 1634, when he was admitted a freeman. Townsman or Selectman in 1634 and 1635. Deputy to the General Court, 1635.

    The ancestry for him given in Newberry Genealogy: The Ancestors and Descendants of Thomas Newberry of Dorchester, Mass. (J. Gardner Bartlett, Boston: 1914), and reproduced in the eighth edition of Ancestral Roots (line 253), has been substantially discredited; see various posts to SGM in October and November of 2011 for a discussion of this. (Briefly, his parents are who Bartlett said they were, but Bartlett is mistaken beyond that.) Newberry Genealogy continues to be a reliable guide to Newberry's descendants.

    Thomas married Joane Dabinott. Joane (daughter of Christopher Dabinott) was born in in of Yarcombe, Devon, England; died before 1632. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Joane Dabinott was born in in of Yarcombe, Devon, England (daughter of Christopher Dabinott); died before 1632.
    Children:
    1. 5. Sarah Newberry was born on 10 Apr 1620 in Devon, England; died on 16 Jun 1684 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    2. Benjamin Newberry was born about 1623; died on 11 Sep 1689 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    3. Mary Newberry was born before 22 Oct 1626; died on 29 Aug 1688.

  5. 12.  Leonard Chester was born before 15 Jul 1610 (son of John Chester and Dorothy Hooker); died on 11 Dec 1648 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in Wethersfield Village Cemetery, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 15 Jul 1610, Blaby, Leicestershire, England

    Notes:

    Emigrated 1633; first at Watertown, then Wethersfield in 1636.

    Surmounted by a crudely-rendered armorial shield, his grave at Wethersfield Village Cemetery, said to be the third oldest tombstone in Connecticut, proclaims his late-medieval ancestry:

    HERE LYES THE BODY OF LEON
    ARD CHESTER, ARMIGER LATE
    OF THE TOWN OF BLABY AND
    SEVERALL OTHER LORDSHIPS
    IN LEISTERSHEIRE DECEASED
    IN WETHERSFEILD ANNO
    DOMINI 1648 ETATIS 39

    Leonard married Mary. Mary died on 30 Nov 1688 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachussets. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 13.  Mary died on 30 Nov 1688 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachussets.
    Children:
    1. 6. Capt. John Chester was born on 3 Aug 1635 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 23 Feb 1698 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

  7. 14.  Thomas Welles, Governor of Connecticut was born about 1590 (son of Robert Welles and Alice); died on 14 Jan 1660 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    Emigrated about 1635, first briefly at Cambridge, then in Hartford in 1636. His name is on the Founders Monument in downtown Hartford.

    He was the only person in Connecticut history to hold all four top offices: governor, deputy governor, treasurer, and secretary. "He was chosen a magistrate of the Colony of Connecticut in 1637, an office he held every successive year until his death in 1660, a period of twenty-two years. He was elected deputy governor in 1654, and governor of the Connecticut Colony in 1655, and in 1656 and 1657 was deputy governor to John Winthrop the Younger; in 1658 governor, and in 1659 deputy governor, which position he held at his death." [Wikipedia]

    Governor Winthrop wrote that Thomas Welles died "very sudainly, being very well at supper and dead before midnight."

    From Hale, House and Related Families by Donald Lines Jacobus (citation details below):

    The importance of genealogy to historical study has sometimes been sneered at, but so far as we are aware, the part which the Welles genealogy played in the obtaining of Connecticut's Charter has never been told. After the restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660, both Connecticut and New Haven, neither colony then having any legal status except such as the suffrage of their own freemen gave them, hastened to apply for a royal charter. New Haven was suspected, and justly, by the new monarch, of having harbored the "regicides," and not only failed to obtain a charter, but found its territory included in the Connecticut Charter of 1662.

    The statesmanship of Gov. John Winthrop has been deservedly praised for his success in obtaining this liberal charter from the king. It is to be taken for granted that Winthrop played every card which he held in his hand. Thomas and Alice (Tomes) Welles were then dead, but their family still lived in the colony, and one of Winthrop's aces must have been the fact that Mrs. Welles's [half-] brother, John Tomes, had given refuge to the king when he was a fugitive. This is not mere theory; it can be demonstrated by a study of the names of the nineteen men who were specified in the charter itself as patentees.

    Of these, Thomas Welles was the eldest surviving son of Gov. Thomas and Alice (Tomes) Welles; Anthony Howkins was their son-in-law; and John Deming was brother of Gov. Welles's second wife. The wife of Samuel Welles, youngest son of Alice Tomes, whom he married only in 1659, was granddaughter of Richard Treat, another patentee, who was father- in-law both of John Deming, already mentioned, and of Matthew Campfield, still another patentee. Thus five out of the nineteen, more than a fourth of the patentees, were closely connected with the Welles family. That this heavy representation was not a matter of chance is deduced from the fact that the younger Thomas Welles before he was named in the charter had never held any civil post in the colonial government, while Howkins, although elected a Deputy for half a dozen terms, had not at that time been promoted to the "Upper House" as a Governor's Assistant. With them, at any rate, we may conclude that the Tomes connection, and the use Winthrop made of the king's gratitude, were the reasons why they were named as patentees. We may conclude further that the Welles-Tomes connection with Connecticut Colony was one of the aces which Winthrop providentially found in his hand when he negotiated the Royal Charter. The people of New Haven Colony might treasonably shelter the regicides, but Winthrop could point out that the uncle of Mr. Welles and Mrs. Howkins had proved his loyalty when the king was in deperate straits, and that the people of Connecticut were generally of that stripe. And Connecticut received a charter which included the territory of New Haven as well! Decidedly, "genealogy is the handmaid of history," -- when it is the Welles genealogy.

    Thomas married Alice Tomes after 5 Jul 1615. Alice (daughter of John Tomes and Ellen Gunne) died before 1646 in Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  8. 15.  Alice Tomes (daughter of John Tomes and Ellen Gunne); died before 1646 in Connecticut.
    Children:
    1. 7. Sarah Welles was born about 1633; died on 12 Dec 1698 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.