William/1s Brooks

M, #21, (between 1610 and 1627 - 30 December 1688)
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks
Y-DNA Overlay Chart -- SPRINGFIELD line
Last Edited:29 Jun 2017
William/1s Brooks was born in England, perhaps as early as 1610, perhaps as late as 1627/28, to unknown parents. (Y-DNA testing has established that William had not shared a common male ancestor with other New England Brooks lines for at least a millennium.) The 1610 date may derive from Sheldon, who includes it in his histories of Northfield (1875) and Deerfield (1896), Massachusetts. A widely circulated tale is that William, b. London, 1610, first emigrated to Virginia and then to New England. In more than 20 years of research, however, this writer has yet to find any contemporary evidence supporting such a claim. The distantly secondary sources accompanying such claims inevitably reference each other in circular fashion.1,2,3 Some of the frequent conjectures in general circulation about William's origins are easily disproven, most notably the claim of a Whitchurch, Hampshire birth advanced in the so-called "Beverly Brooks" manuscript held by NEHGS and the Pocumtuck Library in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
     William Brooks first appears in New England 6 Feb 1648/49 at Springfield, Massachusetts, when he took the oath of fidelity (meaning that he was then at least 21 years of age).4 There he married, 18 Oct 1654, Mary/2 Burt, daughter of Henry/1 Burt and Ulalia/1 Marche, with whom he had 16 children.5,6 She was at the time recently delivered of an illegitimate child by Sgt. Samuel/2 Wright Jr. (who would be raised as Remembrance Brooks), for which Mary had been judged guilty of fornication (as also with Joseph Bond) and publicly whipped. (She paid a 30s. fine in lieu of a second whipping for her relations with Bond.) Wright was also whipped, and ordered to pay monthly maintenance for the child for 7 years, and then to pay costs to put the child forth to be an apprentice.7
     In the account books of William and John Pyncheon, father-and-son patroons of the Connecticut River Valley, are numerous notations of business dealings with William Brooks. Styled a tailor, William obtained the raw materials of his trade (cloth goods) from the Pyncheons.8
     In 1668, John Bagg, Edmund Pringridays and William Brooks joined hands and fortunes in a joint lease of town land on Chicopee Plain, located on the west side of Connecticut River in what is today West Springfield (details in the Local Records table below.) Their initial cooperation did not survive the term of the lease.9 5 May 1669, Wm Brookes complained of John Bagg, Edmund Pringridays and Joseph Bedortha that between them they had left 6 cattle in the field overnight without the required keeper. The Selectmen found for the complainant, and fined the cattle owners 30s. between them.10
     The defendants of 1669 pushed back the following year. 16 Sep 1670, Reice Bedortha complained against William Brookes and Mary his wife for theire abusing of his son Joseph Bedortha by Bad language flinging a stick at him and using Reproachfull words Threatning expreshons and Taunting speeches. William Brooke and Mary his wife appeared, and though they partly denied the charges, magistrate Pynchon found them "both guilty of a very great Misdemeanor Touching that Busyness." He fined William 20s. and witness fees, and Mary 10s. Bagg and Pringridays were witnesses against the Brookses.11
     In 1675, Rev. Samuel/3 Mather was preaching at Deerfield, and boarding with William Brooks, who must have been in residence there that year.12 Then Philip's War erupted, and after Lothrop's defeat at Bloody Brook, on the 18th of September, Deerfield's garrison and inhabitants abandoned the place.13 William's sons John and William were killed in an Indian ambush at Westfield on the 27th of October.14 Their father was among those who took the oath of allegiance at Springfield, 31 Dec-1 Jan 1678/9.15,16
     William Brooks and son Ebenezer were each granted 50 acres "beyond, or at ye upper end of Hight streete," at nearby Suffield, Connecticut, 1680. These grants seems to have been made in consideration of William's loss of two sons at the onset of war.17 8 Aug 1680, William Brooks was bound for his daughter Patience's unwed pregnancy at Springfield.18 One of 34 qualified voters at Suffield's first town meeting, 9 Mar 1681/82, he removed by 1686 to Deerfield, where he died 30 Dec 1688.19,20 His widow Mary died at Deerfield 31 Aug following.21

Children with Mary/2 Burt:

Local Records:

Property8 Feb 1668, Springfield, MALett out to John Bagg: Edm. Pringridays & W. Brooke the 35 or 40 acres of Towne Land in chickkupy plaine on ye west side of ye greate River, for the Tearme & space of Seven yeares fro: this prsent 8th day of ffebr. 1668; … They are likewise to take care of ye Fences belonging to this land & carefully to repaire it. … And for Rent the sd John Bagg Edm Pringridays and Wm Brooke, all as one party, are to allow or pay yearly the Rent or Sum of Seven Pounds Ten sh. p. annum … one halfe in good merchantable wheate & the other half in Pease & Indian corne, all good & merchantable … | John Bagg and William Brooks signed their names, Pringridays his mark.9
Elected7 Feb 1669, Springfield, MASpringfield ffebruary ye 7—1669. At a meting of the Select Men …
     The selectmen chose … for viewers of ye fences …
     Wm Brookes & Wm Hunter for ye feild caled chickuppy playne.22

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S269] Sheldon and Temple, Hist. Northfield, 413: "b. 1610."
  2. [S403] Eno, "William Brooks of Springfield,."
  3. [S1188] George Sheldon, Hist. Deerfield, 2:90.
  4. [S31] The Pynchon Court Record, 217.
  5. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 42, William Brook/Mary Burt m.
  6. [S1594] Springfield VR, 20, william Brook/mary Burt m.
  7. [S31] The Pynchon Court Record, 104 (summary), 230–31 (transcript).
  8. [S1444] Philip C. Brooks, personal communication, 28 Sep 2006.
  9. [S639] Burt, First Century, 1:369-370.
  10. [S639] Burt, First Century, 1:381.
  11. [S31] The Pynchon Court Record, 270.
  12. [S283] Sibley's Harvard Graduates, 2:364-368, Richard Mather, at 364-5.
  13. [S283] Sibley's Harvard Graduates, 2:364-368, Richard Mather, at 365.
  14. [S811] Louis M. Dewey, Ancient Westfield, 34, 97.
  15. [S106] NEHGR, "Inhabitants of Springfield, Who Took the Oath of Allegiance" (Jan 1851), 5:83-84.
  16. [S1560] Mason A. Green, Springfield 1636-1886, 187.
  17. [S810] Sheldon, Hist. Suffield, 26-28, Sketches of Proprietors.
  18. [S31] The Pynchon Court Record, 105.
  19. [S20] Deerfield VR, 269, William Brooks d.
  20. [S233] Richard I. Melvoin, New England Outpost, 184: William Brooks d., ae 78.
  21. [S20] Deerfield VR, 269, Mary Brooks d.
  22. [S639] Burt, First Century, 1:385.
  23. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 9, William Brook b.
  24. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 9, John Brook b.
  25. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 10, Sarah Brooks b.
  26. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 10, Mary Brooks b.
  27. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 11, patience Brooks b.
  28. [S1594] Springfield VR, 18, Ebenezer Brookes b.
  29. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 12, Nathaneel Brookes b.
  30. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 12, Abigaill Brookes b.
  31. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 21, Joseph Brookes b.
  32. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 22, Mercy Brookes b.
  33. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 22, Benjamin Brookes b.
  34. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 23, Deliverance Brooke b.
  35. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 23, Thankfull Brooke b.; 1:48, d.
  36. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 24, Jonathan Brooke b.
  37. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 25, Mary Brookes b.
  38. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 26, Thankful Brookes b.

William/2s Brooks

M, #24, (18 August 1655 - 27 October 1675)
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks
Custom index:Philip's War (1675-76)
Deerfield and Connecticut River Valley warfare
Indian Wars (1676-1763)
Last Edited:29 Jan 2016
Father*William/1s Brooks1 b. btw 1610 - 1627, d. 30 Dec 1688
Mother*Mary/2 Burt1 b. 13 Apr 1635, d. 31 Aug 1689
Intersection of Rt. 20 and Union St., Westfield, Massachusetts, said to be the site where William and John Brooks died in 1675. Photo by Debbye Lansing.
William/2s Brooks Jr. was born 8/18 Aug 1655 at Springfield, Massachusetts.2,3,4 He and his younger brother John were killed 27 Oct 1675 in an Indian ambush at Westfield, in the early months of Philip's War.5,6
     Rev. Edward Taylor chronicled the event: "… but summer coming, [1675] opened a door unto yt desolating war, began by Philip Sachem of ye Pakaneket Indians, by which this handful was sorely pressed yet sovereignly preserved. But yet not so as that we should be wholly exempted from the fury … for our soil was moistened by the blood of three Springfield men, young Goodman [John] Dumbleton, who came to our mill and two sons of Goodman Brooks, who came here to look after ye iron on ye land he had lately bought of Mr. John Pynchon Esqr, who being persuaded by Springfield folk, went to accompany them, but fell in the way by the first assault ye enemy made upon us, at which time they burn'd Mr. Cornish's house to ashes and also John Sachet's, with his barn and what was in it, being ye first snowy day of winter …"6

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 9, William Brook b.
  2. [S106] NEHGR, "Records of Springfield, Mass." (Apr 1864), 18:143, William Brouk b.: 18 day of ye 6 mon.
  3. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 43, William Brooks b.: ye 18th of 6th mo.
  4. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 9, William Brook b.: 8: 6m:.
  5. [S27] Warren, "Springfield Families," 91, William Brook.
  6. [S811] Louis M. Dewey, Ancient Westfield, 34, 97.

Remembrance/2sf Brooks

F, #25, (say January 1654 - )
Last Edited:6 Dec 2016
Father*Sgt. Samuel/2 Wright1 b. 30 Oct 1632, d. 2 Sep 1675
Mother*Mary/2 Burt1 b. 13 Apr 1635, d. 31 Aug 1689
Remembrance/2sf Brooks was born, perhaps about the beginning of 1654, at Springfield, Massachusetts, the illegitimate child of Samuel Wright Jr. and Mary Burt, who subsequently married William/1s Brooks. [The first child of William and Mary Brooks, a son William, was born 18 Aug 1655.] Remembrance's parents were presented for fornication and sentenced to public lashes after the child's birth. The court assigned her care to her mother, and ordered her father to make monthly child support payments for seven years, and then to pay 40s. to put her out as an apprentice.2,1 Raised as Remembrance Brooks, she married, 7 Jan 1674 at Springfield, James Brown of Hatfield.3
     Her luck in matrimony was no better than in the circumstances of her birth. Her husband was branded with a "B" on the forehead for burglary the following September, was in court again the succeeding March for assault and for profaning the Sabbath, and was the subject of a debt action in 1684. They settled at Deerfield, where she gave consent to her husband's sale of land in 1697.4 They removed to Colchester, Connecticut, where he died 8 Jul 1711.5

Children with James Brown:

  • Mary/3sf Brown6 b. 26 May 1677
  • Abigail/3sf Brown6 b. 8 Sep 1678
  • Thankful/3sf Brown6 b. 1 Jun 1682, d. 20 May 1759
  • Sarah/3sf Brown7 b. 14 Dec 1683
  • James/3sf Brown8 b. 9 Apr 1685
  • Mindwell/3sf Brown+9 b. 20 Nov 1686
  • Hannah/3sf Brown10 b. 1 Jun 1688
  • Mercy/3sf Brown11 b. 4 Jan 1689
  • Elizabeth/3sf Brown12 b. 3 Aug 1693, d. 3 May 1698
  • John/3sf Brown13 b. 10 Feb 1694/95

Local Records:

Property1713, Colchester, CTResided in Colchester, Conn. In 1713, Remembrance Brown, widow of James Brown, of Colchester, and her son, James, deed land in Deerfield.5

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S31] The Pynchon Court Record, 104 (summary), 230–31 (transcript).
  2. [S27] Warren, "Springfield Families," 94: "(b not on record)."
  3. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 17, Remembrance Brook/James Brown m.
  4. [S233] Richard I. Melvoin, New England Outpost, 138.
  5. [S639] Burt, First Century, 2:535-536.
  6. [S1077] Hartmann, citing Boltwood, Genealogies of Hadley Families (1862).
  7. [S20] Deerfield VR, 37, Sarah Brown b.
  8. [S20] Deerfield VR, 36, James Brown b.
  9. [S20] Deerfield VR, 37, Mindwell Brown b.
  10. [S20] Deerfield VR, 36, Hannah Brown b.
  11. [S20] Deerfield VR, 36, Marcy Brown b.
  12. [S20] Deerfield VR, 36, Elizabeth Brown b.; 269, Elisabeth d.
  13. [S20] Deerfield VR, 36, John Brown b.
John and his older brother William were killed in an Indian ambush in the early months of Philip's War.2

John/2s Brooks

M, #26, (10 February 1656/57 - 27 October 1675)
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks
Custom index:Philip's War (1675-76)
Deerfield and Connecticut River Valley warfare
Indian Wars (1676-1763)
Last Edited:29 Jan 2016
Father*William/1s Brooks1 b. btw 1610 - 1627, d. 30 Dec 1688
Mother*Mary/2 Burt1 b. 13 Apr 1635, d. 31 Aug 1689
Intersection of Rt. 20 and Union St., Westfield, Massachusetts, said to be the site where William and John Brooks died in 1675. Photo by Debbye Lansing.
John/2s Brooks was born 10 Feb 1656/57 at Springfield, Massachusetts.3,4 He and his older brother William Brooks were killed 27 Oct 1675 in an Indian ambush at Westfield, in the early months of Philip's War.2
     Rev. Edward Taylor chronicled the event: "… but summer coming, [1675] opened a door unto yt desolating war, began by Philip Sachem of ye Pakaneket Indians, by which this handful was sorely pressed yet sovereignly preserved. But yet not so as that we should be wholly exempted from the fury … for our soil was moistened by the blood of three Springfield men, young Goodman [John] Dumbleton, who came to our mill and two sons of Goodman Brooks, who came here to look after ye iron on ye land he had lately bought of Mr. John Pynchon Esqr, who being persuaded by Springfield folk, went to accompany them, but fell in the way by the first assault ye enemy made upon us, at which time they burn'd Mr. Cornish's house to ashes and also John Sachet's, with his barn and what was in it, being ye first snowy day of winter …"2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 9, John Brook b.
  2. [S811] Louis M. Dewey, Ancient Westfield, 34, 97.
  3. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 42, John Brooks b.
  4. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 9, John Brook b.: 10: 12m: 1656.

James Brown

M, #27, (circa 1655 - 8 July 1711)
Last Edited:21 Jul 2016
James Brown, of Hatfield, Massachusetts, was born circa 1655.1,2 He married, 7 Jan 1674 at Springfield, Remembrance/2sf Brooks of Springfield, daughter of Sgt. Samuel/2 Wright and Mary/2 Burt.3 8 Feb 1678, he took the oath of allegiance at Hatfield.4 They removed to Colchester, Connecticut, where he died 8 Jul 1711.5
     "... James Brown perpetrated a particularly long 'train of abuses' before coming to Deerfield. In September of 1674 Brown went to court for his 'gross miscarriages in Breaking up ye House & seller of Thomas Meakins, Sr.' and stealing nine gallons of 'strong liquors and doing other damages.' For this crime Brown had to pay triple damages, plus £3 in court costs, and, gravest of all, he and his partner were 'Branded on their fforheads for their Burglary with ye letter B.' Yet even this failed to settle Brown down. At the very next court session, in March of 1675, he was 'complained of' by Hatfield's John Graves 'for breach of ye Peace—beating him about ye head and face' while Graves was that winter in the meadow loading his sled with wood. At the same court session he was further accused of 'Prophaning ye Sabath Laughing and Sporting in ye time of Publique Ordinance,' for which he spent four hours in the Northampton stocks. In light of all this, a 1684 debt action against him seems minor, almost an 'improvement.' By 1688 Brown had settled in Deerfield.
     "While these actions yield no clear conclusion, the fact that nearly one-quarter of [Deerfield's] men were convicted of some crime in the county court is significant. Between inappropriate dress and sins of the flesh there emerges a picture of a young town, a frontier outpost, that was a refuge for valley people who had previously gotten in trouble with the law…."6

Children with Remembrance/2sf Brooks:

  • Mary/3sf Brown8 b. 26 May 1677
  • Abigail/3sf Brown8 b. 8 Sep 1678
  • Thankful/3sf Brown8 b. 1 Jun 1682, d. 20 May 1759
  • Sarah/3sf Brown9 b. 14 Dec 1683
  • James/3sf Brown10 b. 9 Apr 1685
  • Mindwell/3sf Brown+11 b. 20 Nov 1686
  • Hannah/3sf Brown12 b. 1 Jun 1688
  • Mercy/3sf Brown13 b. 4 Jan 1689
  • Elizabeth/3sf Brown14 b. 3 Aug 1693, d. 3 May 1698
  • John/3sf Brown15 b. 10 Feb 1694/95

Local Records:

Property1697, Deerfield, MA"Husband and wife often worked together in this way, as when James Brown of Deerfield sold land in 1697 'off his own ffree Will & alsoe with ye Consent approbation and good likeing of Remembrance Brown his Well beloved Wife.7'"
Property1713, Colchester, CTResided in Colchester, Conn. In 1713, Remembrance Brown, widow of James Brown, of Colchester, and her son, James, deed land in Deerfield.5

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S28] Warner-Harrington Ancestry, 82: c. 1655.
  2. [S1077] Hartmann, citing Boltwood, Hadley Families (1862).
  3. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 17, Remembrance Brook/James Brown m.
  4. [S743] Wells & Wells, Hist. Hatfield, 106.
  5. [S639] Burt, First Century, 2:535-536.
  6. [S233] Richard I. Melvoin, New England Outpost, 138.
  7. [S233] Richard I. Melvoin, New England Outpost, 155.
  8. [S1077] Hartmann, citing Boltwood, Genealogies of Hadley Families (1862).
  9. [S20] Deerfield VR, 37, Sarah Brown b.
  10. [S20] Deerfield VR, 36, James Brown b.
  11. [S20] Deerfield VR, 37, Mindwell Brown b.
  12. [S20] Deerfield VR, 36, Hannah Brown b.
  13. [S20] Deerfield VR, 36, Marcy Brown b.
  14. [S20] Deerfield VR, 36, Elizabeth Brown b.; 269, Elisabeth d.
  15. [S20] Deerfield VR, 36, John Brown b.

Sarah/2s Brooks

F, #28, (4 May 1658 - 6 January 1733)
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks
Descendants of Sarah/2s Brooks
Last Edited:26 Jan 2016
Father*William/1s Brooks1 b. btw 1610 - 1627, d. 30 Dec 1688
Mother*Mary/2 Burt1 b. 13 Apr 1635, d. 31 Aug 1689
Sarah/2s Brooks was born 4 May 1658 at Springfield, Massachusetts,2,1, where she married (1), 11 Jul 1678, Dea. Jonathan/2 Taylor Jr. of Suffield, Connecticut, son of Jonathan/1? Taylor and Mary/2 Wright, with whom she had 3 daughters3,4,5, and who died at Suffield 23 Jan 1725/26.6,7 She married (2), as the 3rd of his four wives, by 1731, Dea. John/2 Hanchet of Suffield, son of Dea. Thomas/1 Hanchet and Deliverance Langton.6,8 She died at Suffield 6 Jan 1733, a. 74.8

Children with Dea. Jonathan/2 Taylor:

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1594] Springfield VR, Book 1, p. 10, Sarah Brooks b.
  2. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 42, Sarah Brooks b.
  3. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 42, Jonathan Taylor Jr./Sarah Brooke m.
  4. [S930] Pynchon Manuscript Records, 2, Jonathan Taylor Jr./Sarah Brooke m.
  5. [S106] NEHGR, "Judge Pynchon's Marriage Record: 1685–1711," 123:260 (Oct 1969).
  6. [S27] Warren, "Springfield Families," 596, Jonathan (3.) Taylor.
  7. [S810] Sheldon, Hist. Suffield, 42: 23 Jan 1726.
  8. [S810] Sheldon, Hist. Suffield, 35, Sketches of Proprietors.
  9. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 85, Sarah Taylor b.
  10. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 85, Mary Taylor b.
  11. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 85, Mercy Taylor b.

Dea. Jonathan/2 Taylor

M, #29, (11 March 1654/55 - 23 January 1725/26)
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks
Descendants of Sarah/2s Brooks
Last Edited:26 Jan 2016
Father*Jonathan/1? Taylor1 b. s 1625, d. 12 Oct 1683
Mother*Mary/2 Wright2 b. s 1628, d. 9 Sep 1683
Dea. Jonathan/2 Taylor Jr. was born 11 Mar 1654/55 at Springfield, Massachusetts.3,1 There he married, as her 1st husband, 11 Jul 1678, Sarah/2s Brooks of Springfield, daughter of William/1s Brooks and Mary/2 Burt, with whom he had 3 daughters.4,5,6 Grantee at Suffield, Connecticut, 1680, where his homestead, like that of his brother Samuel, was on the west side of Springfield road "(now Crooked Lane.)7" He died at Suffield 23 Jan 1725/26, leaving no male heirs.2,8

Children with Sarah/2s Brooks:

Local Records:

Elected3 Mar 1690/91, Suffield, CTAt a Legall Towne meeting, March ye 3d 1690/91 for ye choice of necessary officers to order ye Prudential affaire's of this Towne, accordingly; choice was made, and ye persons chosen as followeth, viz. selectmen; Serj. Joseph Harmon, Victory Sikes, Serj. David Winchill, Jonath Winchill, Jonathn Taylor.9
Property2 Apr 1713, Suffield, CTAtt a meeting of the inhabitants of Suffield Aprill the 2nd 1713; the town by a full, and clear vote, gave unto the serverall persons hereafter named, land as followeth, viz; To Jonathan Taylor, 7 acres and an half
*The grants of land made at this and the proceeding meeting were annulled by an act of the county court, Jan'y 10th 1716.10

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 72, Jonathan Taylor b.
  2. [S27] Warren, "Springfield Families," 596, Jonathan (3.) Taylor.
  3. [S106] NEHGR, "Records of Springfield, Mass.", 18:143 (Apr 1864), Jonathan Taylor b.
  4. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 42, Jonathan Taylor Jr./Sarah Brooke m.
  5. [S930] Pynchon Manuscript Records, 2, Jonathan Taylor Jr./Sarah Brooke m.
  6. [S106] NEHGR, "Judge Pynchon's Marriage Record: 1685–1711," 123:260 (Oct 1969).
  7. [S810] Sheldon, Hist. Suffield, 42.
  8. [S810] Sheldon, Hist. Suffield, 42: 23 Jan 1726.
  9. [S810] Sheldon, Hist. Suffield, 113.
  10. [S810] Sheldon, Hist. Suffield, 178.
  11. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 85, Sarah Taylor b.
  12. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 85, Mary Taylor b.
  13. [S929] Pynchon BMD Record Index, 85, Mercy Taylor b.

Dea. John/2 Hanchet

M, #30, (1 December 1649 - 23 October 1744)
Appears on charts:Descendants of William/1s Brooks
Descendants of Sarah/2s Brooks
Last Edited:26 Jan 2016
Father*Dea. Thomas/1 Hanchet1 b. s 1626, d. 11 Jun 1686
Mother*Deliverance Langton1 b. s 1630, d. 10 Jun 1718
Dea. John/2 Hanchet was born 1 Dec 1649 at Wethersfield, Connecticut.2 He removed to Westfield, Massachusetts, and there married (1), 6 Sep 1677, Hester Pritchett of Suffield.3,4 Removed to Suffield, Connecticut, where he had a grant of 40 acres, 1679.5 One of 34 qualified voters at Suffield's first town meeting, 9 Mar 1681/82. There his wife died 29 Nov 1711.4 He married (2), 1713, Mary Skinner of Suffield, daughter of Dea. Joseph Skinner and Mary/2 Filley, and widow of Nathaniel/3 Harmon.4,6 He renewed the covenant at Suffield, 23 Jun 1728.7
     John Hanchet's 2d wife died 17 Sep 1730.4 He married (3), by 1731, Sarah/2s Brooks of Suffield, daughter of William/1s Brooks and Mary/2 Burt, and widow of Dea. Jonathan/2 Taylor Jr.8,4 She died at Suffield 6 Jan 1733.4 He married (4), 3 Jul 1733, Mrs. Sarah Southwell, who survived him.4,9 He died at Suffield 23 Oct 1744 at age 94, the last of the town's original proprietors.10
     "John Hanchet, oldest son of Deacon Thomas, was at Westfield, and married Esther Pritchet of Suffield, 1677; had two children, then removed to Suffield, 1680, was freeman, and voter at the first town meeting. He held many offices, was Deacon for many years. He had six children born at Suffield. The Suffield Hanchetts are his descendants."4

Children with Hester Pritchett:

  • Hester/3 Hanchet11 b. 1 Aug 1678
  • John/3 Hanchet12 b. 16 Nov 1679
  • Mehitabel/3 Hanchet13 b. 22 Jan 1686/87, d. 12 Feb 1739/40

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wethersfield VR, John Hanchet b.
  2. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Wethersfield VR, John Hanchet/Hanset b.
  3. [S1241] Massachusetts VR, 1841-1910 (NEHGS), Westfield VR, John Handchit/Hester Pritchet m.
  4. [S810] Sheldon, Hist. Suffield, 35, Sketches of Proprietors.
  5. [S810] Sheldon, Hist. Suffield, 26-28, Sketches of Proprietors.
  6. [S1077] Hartmann, 1713, source unreported.
  7. [S900] Suffield Cong. Ch. Records, 20, John Hanchet ren. cov.
  8. [S27] Warren, "Springfield Families," 596, Jonathan (3.) Taylor.
  9. [S1077] Hartmann, source unreported.
  10. [S810] Sheldon, Hist. Suffield, 35, 80.
  11. [S1241] Massachusetts VR, 1841-1910 (NEHGS), Westfield VR, Hester Hanchet b.
  12. [S1241] Massachusetts VR, 1841-1910 (NEHGS), Westfield VR, John Hanchet b.
  13. [S1461] Ricker Compilation, Suffield VR, Mehetable Hanchet b.