Josiah Churchill

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Mr. Josiah Churchill
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[1]Josiah Churchill died January 1, 1685 and is buried within "Newington Cemetery", Newington, Hartford Co., CT.



[1] (Extensive Bio & Will)

  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700 Clarence Almon Torrey (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011) Vol. I, p. 316. CHURCHILL, Josiah (1614-1687) & Elizabeth [FOOTE] (1616-1700); ca 1638, by 1639(40?); Wethersfield


Born 1 Jan 1611/12. Died between 17 Nov 1686 (will) and 5 Jan 1686/87

(inventory) in Wethersfield CT. Married Elizabeth Foote in 1638 in

Wethersfield. Their children included Sarah (Churchill) Wickham.

A Find A Grave visitor adds: Alt date,in my record: birth: 1 Jan 1612 Nuston, Dorset, England "The

History of Ancient Wethersfield" Vol 2, p. 220 death est. 1686 Wethersfield, CT inventory of estate 5 January 1686/7

More info about Josiah Churchill from Find A Grave contributor C.T.: Per Judith A. Churchill, Josiah is the founder of the Connecticut Churchill's.

He was one of the earliest settlers of Wethersfield, Connecticut. Wethersfield

is generally considered to be the first permanent English settlement in

Connecticut. Explored in 1633 by a party consisting of John Oldham and

three others; Wethersfield was settled the next year. Oldham and nine

others formed a group known as the 10 original settlers. They were soon

joined by a party of 60 men, women and children who made the arduous

overland voyage in the early fall of 1635. These original settlers all came

from Watertown, Massachusetts, having been released by the church to

make the settlement, an outpost of the Watertown Chuch and named

likewise. Wethersfield, the oldest permanent settlement in Connecticut was

first known by its Indian name "Pyquag." The name was changed to

Wethersfield in 1637. Josiah Churchill (the immigrant) was born in 1613 at Muston, Dorset

England.. Josiah came to America as a sailor from England about midyear

1635. He married Elizabeth Foote, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth

Deming Foote. Early records show Josiah was in real estate in Wethersfield.

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index Name: Josiah Churchill Year: 1635 Place: Connecticut Source Publication Code: 9448 Primary Immigrant: Churchill, Josiah Annotation: In the years from 1925 to 1942, Frederick A. Virkus edited seven

volumes with the title, The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy,

published in Chicago by the Institute of American Genealogy. Source Bibliography: Virkus, Frederick A., editor. Immigrant Ancestors: A List

of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical

Publishing Co., 1964. 75p. Repr. 1986. Page: 20.

1635 - Josiah was on a list of immigrants to Wethersfield. 1637 - Josiah was listed as a soldier in the latter part of the Pequat Indian

War. 1638 - Josiah married Elizabeth Deming Foote. 1639 - Josiah's first child, Elizabeth Churchill was born. 1639 - Josiah was listed as owning 12 1/2 acres of land in the town west of

the river in "Little West Field." 1641 - Town records: B. 1, Pg. 204 reads as follows: The 2d month & 28th

daie 1641 the lands of Josias Churchell lying in Wethersfield on Connecticut

River. One pece whereon his howse standeth con; six acrs more or less the

ands (the ends) abutt against the hie waie west & great mea: east the sids

against the waie into the great mea: south & the howse of John Jessiope

(Jessup) north. The homestead was on the east side of high street, on the north corner of an

ancient road leading to the "Great Meadow" and the river. It faced the

southern extremity of the Common, which stretched north from his house to

the river. 1643 - 1651 Josiah served at the "Particular Court" of Wethersfield,

Connecticut. 1657 - Josiah served as Town Constable. 1659 - Town records B. 1, Pg 205 reads as follows: The hom lot of Josias

Churchell which he bought of Mr. Tantor (Taintor) which was Gildersleeves

formerly living in Wethersfield, on Connecticut River. This homestead of Richard Gildersleeves was on the west side of High

Street, a few doors south of Mr. Churchill's earlier home. Josiah continued to acquire land and had considerable holdings. There are

several maps that have the listings of each property. A copy can be

purchased from the Historical Society in Wethersfield. The 50 acre lot that

Josiah had at the west end of Wethersfield, a generation later became know

as the parish of Newington. 1664 - Josiah served at the "Quarter Court" in Wethersfield, Connecticut. 1665 - Josiah served at the "Quarter Court" in Wethersfield, Connecticut. 1666 - Josiah served at the "County Court" in Wethersfield, Connecticut. 1666 - Josiah served as Town Surveyor. 1670 - Josiah served at the "County Court" in Wethersfield, Connecticut. 1670 - Josiah served as Town Constable. 1673 - Josiah served as Town Surveyor. 1675 - Josiah served at the "County Court" in Wethersfield, Connecticut. 1683 - Josiah's Last Will and Testament was executed 17 November 1686 -

Josiah died before January, 1687. 1686 - Josiah's Last Will and Testament was probated 15 March 1686[/7?]. 1687 - The inventory of his estate was taken 5 January 168[6/?]7 by James

Treat and John Buttolph, selectmen of Wethersfield and was found to

amount to 618 pounds, 12 shillings and 6 pence. This inventory shoews that

at his death he owned two home lots and two hundred and ten acres of

land. He left his son Joseph "that house and home lot he now lives on"

together with "all other buildings thereon." He left to Joseph also several

other pieces of land and a fifty acre lot, "at ye west end of Wethersfield

bounds" in the newly settled tract which later became the parish of

Newington. He left to his son Benjamin a number of pieces of land and the

old homestead at the decease of his mother. According to the custom of the

times his daughters were given certain shares of "movable estate." Among

the items in the inventory are "a great Chist," and "2 bibells and other

books." This "great Chist" probably reappears in the inventory of his son

Joseph whis specifies a chest with the initials "J. C." as well as a piece of

"Turkie work."

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT I, Josiah Churchill of Wethersfield do make this my last Will and Testament: I

give unto my wife Elizabeth Churchill the use of all my estate, whether real

or personal, during her natural life, excepting such parcels of land as shall

hereafter be excepted, she paying all my Just Debts and after her decease

my Will is that all my Land and other Estate of mine she shall then stand

possessed of, to be divided as follows: I give unto my son Joseph the House

and Home-lott he now liveth on, with all other Buildings thereon, and one

Lott in the Little West field, containing 10 acres, and another Lott containing

6 acres. I give unto my son Joseph my 50-acre Lott at the West End of

Wethersfield Bounds. I do give unto my son Joseph, after the decease of my

wife, Elizabeth, 5 acres in the Great Swamp, and 2 acres of Meadow lying

toward the lower End of sd. Meadow, and half of my 5-acre Lott at the upper

End of the Great Meadow. I give unto my son Benjamin Churchill 6 acres in

the Little West Field, also 10 acres more in the West Field. I give unto my

son Benjamin, after the decease of my wife, my now Dwelling House and

Home-lott and other buildings upon sd. Lott, and 7 acres of Land in the

Great Swamp, and 4 acres in Beaver Meadow, and half my 5-acre Lott at the

upper End of the Great Meadow. My will is that all the rest of my Moveable

Estate be equally divided betwixt my daughters Marah Church, Elizabeth

Buck, Ann Rice and Sarah Wickham. My will is that my wife be sole

Executrix. Witness: Samuel Talcott John Deming Spouse: Elizabeth Foote Churchill (1616 - 1700)* Children: Mary Churchill Church (1639 - 1690)*

Elizabeth Churchill Buck (1642 - 1660)* Hannah Churchill Royce (1644 - 1688)* Joseph Churchill (1649 - 1699)* Sarah Churchill Wickham (1657 - 1699)*

Burial: Newington Cemetery Newington Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Feb 24, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 34156325[1]



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Name: Josiah /Churchill/
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Author: Gary Boyd Roberts
Title: Ancestors of American Presidents
Publication: Name: Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Location: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA; Date: 2009;;
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