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Samuel Wyllys

Male 1632 - 1709  (77 years)


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  • Name Samuel Wyllys  [1
    Born 1632  Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 May 1709  Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Buried Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I15480  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2021 

    Father George Wyllys, Governor of Connecticut,   b. Abt 1590, of Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1645, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Mother Mary Smith,   d. Aft 9 Mar 1645 
    Family ID F9758  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ruth Haynes,   b. Abt 1636,   d. Bef 28 Nov 1688  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Mehitable Wyllys,   b. Abt 1658,   d. 21 Dec 1698, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)
    Last Modified 8 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F9757  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From the Samuel Wyllys Papers site (citation details below):

      Samuel was chosen magistrate of the General Court in 1654 and reelected each year. After Connecticut received its charter in 1662 he was elected as an Assistant and continued in that office until 1685. He often served as moderator when the Governor or Deputy Governor were not present. Financial distress from sugar plantations in Antigua led him to resign from the General Court in 1685. However, he returned to his position as Assistant from 1689 through 1692 and again in 1698.

      Between 1658 and 1670 he sat on courts that tried witchcraft cases and as an Assistant in 1693 he was one of three judges that granted a stay to Mercy Disborough who was later acquitted. When Connecticut's charter arrived in Boston in September 1662, Wyllys was one of the men that brought it to Hartford. He served as a commissioner to the United Colonies of New England in 1661, 1662, 1664, and 1667. In 1676, during King Philip's War, he was authorized along with Major John Winthrop and Thomas Stanton to negotiate for a peace between the English and the Indians.

      According to tradition, when Joseph Wadsworth took action to prevent the surrender of the Charter to Sir Edmond Andros in early November 1687, he took it to Samuel Wyllys's home. At the suggestion of Wylly's wife, Wadsworth hid the Charter in a hollow of an oak tree and then put the dog kennel at the foot of the tree. The tree has come to be known as the Charter Oak.

  • Sources 
    1. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    2. [S1511] Genealogies of the Lymans of Middlefield, of the Dickinsons of Montreal, and of the Partridges of Hatfield, by Jas. T. Dickinson. Boston: David Clapp & Son, 1865.

    3. [S6116] Samuel Wyllys Papers at the Connecticut State Library.

    4. [S6117] Mary K. Talcott, "The Wyllys Family of Connecticut." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 37:33, Jan 1883.

    5. [S1511] Genealogies of the Lymans of Middlefield, of the Dickinsons of Montreal, and of the Partridges of Hatfield, by Jas. T. Dickinson. Boston: David Clapp & Son, 1865., year only.

    6. [S6116] Samuel Wyllys Papers at the Connecticut State Library., date only.