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Mary Chester

Female 1654 - 1689  (34 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  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.

    Mary married John Wolcott on 13 Feb 1677 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut. John (son of Henry Wolcott and Sarah Newberry) was born on 28 Feb 1645 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 3 Jan 1712 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Mary Wolcott died about 1746; was buried in Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    2. John Wolcott was born on 20 Nov 1677 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 20 Aug 1750 in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  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]


  2. 3.  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. 1. Mary Chester was born on 23 Dec 1654 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 10 Jul 1689 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  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]


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

  3. 6.  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]


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


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  John Chester was born in in of Blaby, Leicestershire, England (son of Leonard Chester and Bridget Sharp); died between 28 Jul 1628 and 15 Oct 1628 in Blaby, Leicestershire, England.

    Notes:

    He was definitely a son of Leonard Chester and Bridget Sharp; he was the family member who signed the 1619 Leicester visitation pedigree.

    John married Dorothy Hooker on 1 Jun 1609 in Birstall, Leicestershire, England. Dorothy (daughter of Thomas Hooker and (Unknown wife of Thomas Hooker)) died in 1662 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Dorothy Hooker (daughter of Thomas Hooker and (Unknown wife of Thomas Hooker)); died in 1662 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    After her husband's death, she emigrated to New England in the company of her brother, the Rev. Thomas Hooker. As "Dorothy Chester," her name is on the Founders Monument in downtown Hartford.

    Children:
    1. 4. Leonard Chester was born before 15 Jul 1610; died on 11 Dec 1648 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in Wethersfield Village Cemetery, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

  3. 12.  Robert Welles was born before 6 Nov 1540 (son of Thomas Welles and Elizabeth); died before 24 Sep 1617; was buried on 24 Sep 1617 in Whichford, Warwickshire, England.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 6 Nov 1540, Whichford, Warwickshire, England

    Robert married Alice. Alice died after 5 Jul 1615. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 13.  Alice died after 5 Jul 1615.
    Children:
    1. 6. Thomas Welles, Governor of Connecticut was born about 1590; died on 14 Jan 1660 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

  5. 14.  John Tomes was born in in of Long Marston, Gloucestershire, England (son of John Tomes and Alice); died on 25 May 1602 in Long Marston, Gloucestershire, England.

    John married Ellen Gunne. Ellen (daughter of Richard Gunne and Ann Fulwood) died before Aug 1601. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 15.  Ellen Gunne (daughter of Richard Gunne and Ann Fulwood); died before Aug 1601.
    Children:
    1. 7. Alice Tomes died before 1646 in Connecticut.