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Oliver Wolcott, United States Secretary of the Treasury

Male 1760 - 1833  (73 years)


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  1. 1.  Oliver Wolcott, United States Secretary of the Treasury was born on 11 Jan 1760 in Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut (son of Oliver Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut); died on 1 Jun 1833 in New York, New York.

    Notes:

    2nd United States Secretary of the Treasury. Governor of Connecticut, 1817-1827.


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Oliver Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut was born on 20 Nov 1726 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut (son of Roger Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut and Sarah Drake); died on 1 Dec 1797 in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    Governor of Connecticut, 1796-97. Signer of the Declaration of Independence and of the Articles of Confederation.

    Children:
    1. 1. Oliver Wolcott, United States Secretary of the Treasury was born on 11 Jan 1760 in Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut; died on 1 Jun 1833 in New York, New York.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Roger Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut was born on 4 Jan 1679 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut (son of Simon Wolcott and Martha Pitkin); died on 17 May 1767 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    Governor of Connecticut from 1751 to 1754.

    From Wikipedia:

    His formal education was severely limited by the nature of the frontier village, so at age twelve he was apprenticed to a weaver, and at the age of twenty-one entered that business on his own. He married Sarah Drake on December 3, 1702, and they had fifteen children before her death in 1748. Their son Oliver Wolcott Sr. signed the Declaration of Independence and went on to become governor of Connecticut.

    In May 1709, Wolcott was admitted to the bar and began to practice law. In 1711, during Queen Anne's War, He accompanied militia forces on an expedition to Quebec as a commissary. On his return he served as Clerk of the House, 1710-1711 and was elected Deputy to the colony's Lower House in 1709-1714, 1718, 1719, serving as Speaker in October, 1719. In 1714 he was elected to the Upper House (also called the Council) and served as Assistant, 1714-1718, 1720-1741, 1754-1760. He was Commissioner of Connecticut for the Adjustment of Colonial boundaries, 1717, 1718, 1723-1726, 1728, 1730, 1737, 1740, 1742, 1750. Captain of the Trainband of Windsor, 1722. Captain of Troops raised for active service, 1724. He was made judge of the Hartford County court in 1723, serving through 1732, and of the colony's Superior Court in 1732, serving through 1741. Wolcott was made Colonel of the 1st regiment, 1739.

    In 1741 Wolcott was elected Deputy Governor of the colony. As deputy governors traditionally served as the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Connecticut, he also assumed that position, which he held until 1750.

    In 1745 Wolcott was again active in the militia, this time as a Major General. In King George's War, Massachusetts governor William Shirley issued a general call to the New England colonies for an expedition against the French in Île-Royale (present-day Cape Breton Island). Wolcott served as Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in the Expedition to Cape Breton. General Wolcott headed the Connecticut troops in Sir William Pepperrell's expedition that captured Fortress Louisbourg.

    With the death of Governor Jonathan Law in 1750, Wolcott succeeded to the position of governor. He was re-elected annually to that position through 1753. Shortly after he retired as governor, his son, Roger Wolcott, Sr., attended negotiations with six other British colonies and around 200 members of various Indian nations at the Albany Congress in June and July 1754. During his administration, a disabled Spanish ship, the St. Joseph and St. Helena, with a cargo valued at 400,000 Spanish dollars, ran aground near New London.

    Wolcott ordered the ship seized and the cargo impounded in order to allow time to resolve conflicting claims between the vessel's captain and the salvage crew. While in the colony's custody, a large portion of the ship's cargo mysteriously disappeared. Tainted with the scandal surrounding the Spanish Ship case, he was defeated for re-election in 1754. All previous governors had died in office. Following his defeat, Wolcott generally withdrew from public life to study and follow literary pursuits. In 1759, Wolcott authored a short history of the Connecticut colony entitled Roger Wolcott's Memoir Relating to the History of Connecticut.

    Roger married Sarah Drake on 3 Dec 1702 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Sarah (daughter of Job Drake and Elizabeth Clark) was born on 10 May 1686 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 20 Jan 1748 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Sarah Drake was born on 10 May 1686 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut (daughter of Job Drake and Elizabeth Clark); died on 20 Jan 1748 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    Children:
    1. Maj. Gen. Erastus Wolcott was born on 21 Sep 1722 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 14 Sep 1793 in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    2. 2. Oliver Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut was born on 20 Nov 1726 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 1 Dec 1797 in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Simon Wolcott was born on 11 Sep 1624 in Somerset, England (son of Henry Wolcott and Elizabeth Saunders); died on 11 Sep 1687 in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Between 11 Sep 1624 and 11 Sep 1625
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1630

    Notes:

    Came to New England with his sisters around 1635.

    Simon married Martha Pitkin on 17 Oct 1661 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Martha (daughter of Rev. William Pitkin and Elizabeth) was born before 12 Dec 1639 in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England; died on 13 Oct 1719 in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in Old South Windsor Churchyard, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Martha Pitkin was born before 12 Dec 1639 in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England (daughter of Rev. William Pitkin and Elizabeth); died on 13 Oct 1719 in South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in Old South Windsor Churchyard, South Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 12 Dec 1639, Berkhamsted St. Peter, Hertfordshire, England
    • Alternate death: 13 Oct 1719, East Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut

    Children:
    1. Lt. Henry Wolcott was born on 20 May 1670 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 17 Nov 1747 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    2. 4. Roger Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut was born on 4 Jan 1679 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 17 May 1767 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; was buried in Palisado Cemetery, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

  3. 10.  Job Drake was born on 28 Mar 1652 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut (son of Job Drake and Mary Wolcott); died on 9 Nov 1711 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Job married Elizabeth Clark on 13 Sep 1677 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Elizabeth (daughter of Daniel Clark and Mary Newberry) was born on 28 Oct 1651 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 22 Dec 1729 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Elizabeth Clark was born on 28 Oct 1651 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut (daughter of Daniel Clark and Mary Newberry); died on 22 Dec 1729 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
    Children:
    1. 5. Sarah Drake was born on 10 May 1686 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; died on 20 Jan 1748 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.