Thomas Gridley

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Thomas Gridley
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The Gridley motto was “Devant si je puis” – “ahead, if I can.” The Gridley Coat of Arms appears in Burke's “General Armory,” 1884.

THOMAS GRIDLEY (1612 - 1655)

In 1630 Thomas Gridley, the son of Thomas and Hannah Gridley of Essex, came from Braintree in England to America on the ship "Griffin" and landed at Boston. He remained there until 1636.

He went from Boston to Hartford, Connecticut in 1636 with Rev. Thomas Hooker and became identified with the settlement there. Hooker came to New England in 1633 from Chelmsford, near Braintree. Thomas Gridley went to Windsor in 1637 and returned to Hartford. (FEH & data from Farming ton Conn. Historical Society.) For a time he was identified with both Hartford and Windsor. Thomas Gridley was sent from Windsor in 1637 as one of thirty men to the "Pequot Fight" (Pequot War) under Capt. Mason. May of 1637 was a decisive inonth in this Indian War. Gridley is one of fourteen out of thirty men who can be named as coming from Windsor. His heirs received a grant of 120 acres of land for these services on October 12, 1671.

Gridley was fined and convicted in General Court in Hartford on September 5, 1639 for being in Windsor for strong suspicion of drunkedness, for contemptuous words against the orders of the Court, for refusing a watch, and for striking one of Mr. Stiles' servantmen.

He was one of 127 Proprietors at Hartford in 1639 'by courtesie of the town." His home lot, designated on the Map of Hartford 1640, was just north of and adjacent to the Ox Pasture. Just east of his was the lot of John Moody which abutted the road to Wethersf ield. Just across that road eastward was the estate of George Wyllys, Esquire. Gridley lived on the south side of Buckingham Street, next lot west to the South Church.

On September 29, 1644 Thomas Gridley married Mary Seymour (1620 - 1689). She was recognized as the most beautiful woman in the colony.

"Thomas Gridla was maryed unto Mary Simmor upon Septm the twenty Nine one thousand six hundreth forty & fower." ("Farmington Church Records," p. 21) Mary may have been the Mary born on 19 December 1619 in Devonshire, the daughter of Richard Seymour and Mercy Rashleigh. She was known to have been of Norman descent, her ancestry tracing back to Seymour, the “Proud Duke of Somerset.”

After his marriage to Mary Seymour, Thomas Gridley sold his home to Thomas Bunch, and established a new home on the "south side of the road from George Stubbs to the South Meadow." Thomas Gridley was a member of the First Church in Hartford. He is known to have been in conflict with John Clark, since John presumably succeeded in securing the most desirable pew of the church which both men attended. This led to an altercation with the law similar to what Thomas Gridley had experienced in Windsor. When Thomas Gridley passed John Clark's servant on the street, he took his wrath out on the servant by publicly whipping him. For this offense Gridley was arrested, tried and convicted. He was to pay a fine arid suffer a term of imprisonment. However, the court record reads: “Fine cancelled and sentence commuted.”

On October 3, 1653 he was present at a Proprietor 5 meeting in Springfield, Mass., indicating that he had an interest in property in Northampton. He apparently left Northampton and returned to the Hartford area at Farmington, Conn. where he died on June 12, 1655

Three children were born to Thomas and Mary Seymour Gridley: Samuel, b. 25 November 1647; Thomas, b. 1 August 1650, and Mary, b. 29 September 1652, married Thomas Root 7 October 1675.

An Inventory dated 12 June 1655 was recorded in Probate Court (Conn. Col. Probate, Vol. 2, p. 60). On December 12, 1655 the Inventory valued his estate at 282# 12s 06p.

The one page Inventory listed items such as: one feather bed with a canvas bed under it, one rug, 2 baskets and a mat, one bedstead, house feather pillows, one trundle bed and bedding for it, one table, two chests and two boxes, one warming pan and basket, one cubbard with clock and 3 chairs, a supply of paper, 6 pillow cases, 3 table cloths and napkins and towels, 4 pairs of sheets and 1 sheet, 3 small remnants of stuff, other remnants, a fine lock piece, a shroud waist and handkerchief.

In the middle of the list was the item: "His wearing apparrell and mony in his purse..”

The continuing list included: a piece of new cloth linen, a candle with some other small things, hogsheads with some other tubbs, a kneading trough, corn measures, a fan with other things, flax and yarn and one blankett, augers and other small things, a supply of corn in the house, pewter and brass and iron pots, vessels of beans and vessels of meat, wheels, corn growing, cart wheels with plow and harrow, yoaks, chaines and irons, a beetle and wedge, axes, with other small implements.

“The house and barn and land to it were valued at 100#, swine at 2#, cattle at 7#. Debts from the estate totaled 7#.

(Connecticut Colonial Probate Records, Vol. 2, section 2 - Inventories and Wills, p. 86)

To the record was added on December 20, 1655:

"The children are as followeth: ye beginning of next month Samuell Gridly eight years old: Thomas Gridly was 5 years old about ye latter end of July last. Mary Gridly was 3 uears old about last miheltide.

"The distribution of ye estate on ye other side is as ffolloweth.

'To ye relict eighty pounds. "To Sam: Gridly ye house Barns etc and Land to it prized at 100# when hee attaines ye Age of twenty one yeares. "To Thomas Gridly sixty pounds when hee attaines of Age of 21 years. "To Mary Gridly thirty five pounds when shee attaines ye Age of 18 years.

"John Lanchton is Addinitted Administrator to ye whole estate, and is to pay all Debts; well educate ye children, learning ye sonnes to read and write and ye daughter to read and sow well and to maintaine ye buildings and fences in good repaire till it falls into ye hands of Sam: Gridly or his next heires: The sd. John Lanchton being aliso to putt in good security to ye court in March next for ye payment of ye portions of Sam: and Mary Gridly, and for ye fair full performance of ye whole Administrations when they shall attaine their respective Ages. If ye mother of ye aforesd children shall so long live on to ye court if her death shall swift happen.

It being ye minde of this courte that if any of ye children shall depart this life before they shall attaine ye aforesd respective ages: theire portions shall equally bee devided betwixt ye surviving children, and if ye Relict departs this life before any or all ye children doe attaine their aforesd respective ages, or before their several portions bee paid them, their aforesd severall portions shall att ye death of their mother imediately returne into ye hands of ye courte to bee improved for theire respective Advantage and benef itt of education and otherwise.'

(Connecticut Colonial Probate Records,Vol. 2, section 2 -- Inventories and Wills, p. 87)

Following Thomas Gridley's death in 1655 Mary Seymour Gridley married Deacon John Langdon of Farmington. Langdon was the man named in the Gridley Probate record as the administrator for the estate for paying off debts of Thomas Gridley and for providing for the education of sons Samuel and Thomas and daughter Mary.

After Mary Seymour Gridley married Deacon John Langdon, the family moved from Hartford to Farmington.

As of January 8, 1673 the estates of Thomas' sons Samuel and Thomas Gridley were valued at 44 and 53 pounds respectively (Conn. State Library, Farmington Ratable List).

From Farmington, Connecticut two distinct lineages of Gridleys descended -- the first from Samuel Gridley, the elder son of Thomas Gridley and the second from Thomas Gridley, his younger son. Gridleys proliferated throughout the State of Connecticut throughout the 18th century until many of them towards the close of the 18th century, following the Revolution, moved northward and westward.


of Farmington, Connecticut (1647 - 1712)

The first son of Thomas Gridley, Samuel, (b. Nov. 25, 1647) married Esther Thompson (or Hawkins). Esther Thompson was the daughter of Thomas Thompson who came from London to Hartford. Thomas Thompson's wife Ann and mother of Esther Thompson was the daughter of Governor Thomas Wells of Conn. Samuel Gridley and Esther Thompson were married on 2 December 1680. Following her death Samuel married Mary Humphrey on 1 December 1698. Following Samuel's death sometime just prior to May 5, 1712, Mary Humphrey Gridley married John Wadsworth on 14 September 1714. John Wadsworth was the son of John Wadsworth, Esquire.

Samuel Gridley's children by Esther were:

Samuel, b. 1674, m. Ruth Lewis 1710, d. 1714 Thomas, b. between 1675-79 m. Hannah Wilcoxson 1704 John, bap. 29 January 1681-2, m. Dorothy Benton 1717, d. 1740 children: Amos,

John, b.10 March 1720, Andrew, b. 14 July 1723,

Mary Evans,

Mercy Mandross, Joseph, b. 8 March 1684-5, m. Hannah Lewis Ca. 1713

children: Hannah (b.19 February1713),

Elisha, Joseph, Sarah (b.1 September 1718), Noah, Lucy, Anna (b.22 May 1727), Abel (b.26 September 1729).

son Joseph m. Sarah Woodruff 1763 children: Asahel (b.22 May 1764, m. Hannah Root 9 September 1787),

Ard (b.13 November 1768, m. Zereah Andrews 20 May 1790), Leman (b.14 February1770),

Esther, Joseph (b.17 August 1775). son Noah m. Sarah Curtiss 1751 children: Elisha (b.16 September 1752),

Sarah, Abigail (b.3 April 1756), Ashbel (b.23 February 1759), Zebina, Noah (b.9 August 1771), Joel (b.1777).

son Abel m. Hannah Clark 1757 children: Silas (b.7 November 1759),

Ann (b.16 February 1780), Eli (b.23 November 1761), Abel (m. Rhoda Hill 27 January 1760)

Children: John (13 October 1798), Ruel (b.1 December 1765), Phoebe (b.7 March 1769), Hannah (b.2 March 1771).

Esther, b. 15 May 1687 James, b. 3 May 1691 m. Susannah Smith 26 November 1719 Sarah, bap. 8 July 1694

Samuel Gridley's children by Mary were:

Nathaniel, b. October 1699, d. 1764, unmarried Hezekiah, b. 27 July 1701 Mary, b. 17 August 1708 Daniel, b. 1 December 1711

Samuel and his brother Thomas were together in business in Farmington running a blacksmith shop and general store. Thomas was known as “Smithy” and Samuel as “the Merchant.” Following his death in May of 1712 Samuel's Inventory on June 2, 1712 was valued at 775# Os 7p. (A Probate Record or Inventory has not been located for Samuel's brother Thomas.)

Especially noteworthy among Samuel's descendents is his son Hezekiah (1701 - 1776) by his second wife Mary Humphrey. This son was appointed the first Judge of Probate in Bristol in 1753 and was Chairman of the War Committee for the State of Connecticut during the Revolution. Hezekiah's son Hezekiah (1732 - 1816) during the Revolution was Captain of a brigade of Minute Men who marched from Bristol to Boston in 1775 and was a leading citizen of Bristol in civic and educational affairs. In the 1790's he and his wife Abigail Peck moved to Paris/Clinton, New York, where with their sons Asahel (1757 - 1833), Hezekiah (1765 -1800), and Chauncey (1774 - 1811) they were instrumental in the early development of that community. Their eldest son Elihu with his wife Hannah Rich settled in Kinderhook, New York, where Elihu was an attorney. Asahel's son Philo (1796 - 1881) graduated from Hamilton College in 1816, was admitted to the bar in 1820, practiced law in Hamilton and later became one of the ustices of the Supreme Court for the fifth district of New York. Philo and his wife Susan Williams had five daughters. Philo was on the Board of Trustees of Hamilton College for many years.

The third Hezekiah's son Orrin (1786 - 1847) married Francis (Fannie) Kellogg. The family of Deacon Orrin Gridley included two clergymen Wayne (1811 - 1846), who on his graduation from Hamilton College in 1836 was Valedictorian of his class and Phi Beta Kappa, and Amos Delos (1819 - 1876), who wrote “The History of the Town of Kirkland, New York..”

Orrin Gridley's home still stands at 15 Williams Street in Clinton with his name inscribed on the doorknocker. The home is occupied by Barbara Stevens, the granddaughter of Amos Delos Gridley's daughter Mary.

The third Hezekiah and his wife Ruth Green had at least two other sons. George with his family moved west but returned to Clinton where he died as he arrived in 1845.

Another son of the third Hezekiah, a fourth Hezekiah (1797 - 1848), moved to Michigan where in 1821 he became an original proprietor at Royal Oak and later with his wife Rebecca Cobb helped establish Tallmadge Township just west of Grand Rapids. Their son William and twin sons George and Charles lived in Grandville and Grand Rapids. Charles is remembered for having managed the landmark Mill in Jenison. William is remembered for repeatedly taking a raft loaded with produce down Grand River from Grandville to Grand Haven and walking back -- in the same day

Charles Gridley's daughter Catherine married Fred Taylor who became President of the Council and Village Clerk of Grandville. Charles' son Carl became a photographer and graphic artist in Detroit where his wife Leta was an instructor at the Redford Conservatory of Music. They moved to Riverside, California with their sons Charles, Robert, and Donald. Charles now lives in Royal Oak, Mich., Robert in Camden, Tenn. Donald's widow Harriet resides in Plymouth, Mich. Donald's son Donald resides in Madison Heights, Mich. Other descendents of Carl remain in Riverside, California THOMAS GRIDLEY of Farmington, Connecticut (1650 - 1742)

Thomas Gridley, the second son of Thomas Gridley and Mary Seymour of Hartford, married Elizabeth Clark, the daughter of Sergeant. John Clark on December 25, 1679.

Thomas Gridley and his wife Elizabeth Clark joined the church on 6 February 1680-1.

Thomas and Elizabeth's home was on the corner of Main Street and Mountain Lane, half a mile south of the church, where Thomas and his family lived for many years, and recognized as leading and prominent citizens of the town, interested in the social, religious and educational affairs of the town.

John Langdon must have done well in carrying out the specifications of Thomas Gridley's father's will, for the younger Thomas was often heard to say, “Learn the boys to read and write and ye girls to read and sew well.” Of Thomas Gridley it was said after his death, "Thomas Gridley was a man of generous impulses, strict integrity, faithful and loyal to friends, and always striving to attain the best, the most useful for himself and family, many of whom became influential citizens -- distinguished in the realm of education and literature."

Thomas Gridley and Elizabeth Clark's children were:

Inf ant b. June 1681 d. 1681 Infant b. Sept 1682 d. 1682

  • Thomas bap. 17 June 1683 d. 18 May 1769
    • John bap. 5 October 1683 d. 13 May 1762

SAMUEL bap. 21 March 1686 d. 1772 Mary bap, 5 February 1687 d. 1687 Mary b. Jan 1689 d. ?

      • Jonathan b. 2 November 1690 d. 16 November 1779

Elizabeth b. 29 October 1693 d. ? Infant b. 1697 d. 1697 Joanna b. 10 September 1708 m. John Thomson 7 June 1731

* Thomas Gridley, son of Thomas and grandson of Thomas, m. Hannah Wilcoxson 31 October 1704.
    • This may be the John Gridley, who married Elizabeth Elsworth 30 May1711, and whose son was Andrew Gridley (b.14 July 1723), who m. Sarah Persons on 11 October 1749. Andrew's son was Nodiah Gridley (1750-1816) who with his wife Rhoda were parents of Achel W. Gridley (1784-1862), who m. Milicent Barton (1790-1862) in 1808,

whose son Oscar Barton Gridley (1809-1891) m. Charlotte A. Stebbins (1815-1875) in 1833 and whose son Joseph (1847-1881) m. Josephine H. McAdam (1849-1918) in 1669. Nodiah Gridley enlisted as a Revolutionary soldier in 1776 in Capt. Selah Hart's 3rd Company, Col Erastus Wolcott's Conn. regiment. Nodiah Gridley died in Oneida County, New York. Oscar Barton Gridley is known to have moved from Connecticut to Clinton, New York.

      • Jonathan Gridley m. Mary Pinney 17 November 1714. Their son Job married Sybel Porter in Farmington.. Job had brothers Abraham and Jonathan. Jonathan married Martha Adams, whose son Abraham was born on 10 May 1753 and who became a Charter Member of the Congregational Church in Clinton, N.Y. in 1791. He had come to Clinton with Theodore Gridley, a grandson of Thomas and Elizabeth Clark Gridley.

Job and Sybel's son Reuben married Mabel Loomis in Clinton, New York on 31 January 1790. They had sons Reuben, Amos Porter Gridley, and James Orton Gridley (1803 - 1871). James Orton and Fidelia Robinson's son was James Orrin Gridley (1830 - 1853) who with Ellen Barker had son James Edward Gridley (1865 - 1911). James Edward and Cora Enos' daughter Dorothy (1891 - 1965) became the wife of Charles Roswell Williams. Their son Rev. Fr. Roswell Gridley (1916 - ), Senior Priest of the Diocese of Central New York, Episcopal, currently resides in Clinton, N.Y. with his wife Avis Norton (1921 - ). For many years it was said that there was an over abundance of Gridleys in Clinton, N.Y. Descendents of both Samuel and Thomas Gridley of Farmington came to this area at the close of the 18th century. On June 15, 1887 the Clinton Courier reported: “16 families of that name have their homes on one street." That is what is now Fountain Street. Currently the only remaining residents of Gridley heritage in Clinton are Barbara Stevens and Rev. Fr. Roswell Gridley Williams.

Thomas' son SAMUEL (1686 - 1772) of Farmington married Abigail Hough on 21 August 1725 and by her had one son Samuel (1724 - 1804). After Abigail's death on 5 January 1726 Samuel married Rebecca Chamberlain on 12 December 1727 and settled in Kensington. She also died in 1772. They had daughters Rebecca, Abigail, Mary, Mary, and Eunice and sons CLEMENT, Noah, Abraham, and' Job.

Son CLEMENT, b. 7 May 1732 in Kensington, Conn., married Sarah Hubbard on 25 December 1755. He moved with his family of eight children to Manilus near Cazenovia, N.Y. where he was known as a specialist in agriculture. He died 22 April 1822. Their son Asahel (1765 - 1814)) married Elizabeth Percival. Their son Asahel 4/21/1810 - 1/25/1881 became renowned for being instrumental in establishing Bloomington, Ill., gained the title of "General" for his part in the Black Hawk War of 1832, served in the Illinois State Senate, and functioned in the banking, railroad, and Gas-Light businesses. He was a lawyer and personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, whose invitation to become Ambassador to England or Russia he declined.

Asahel Gridley is memorialized by a statue that stands in the Courthouse in Bloomington, Illinois, and by the U.S.S. Gridley that was commissioned by the U.S. Navy in his honor in the early 1960's. A namesake and descendent was present at the proceedings who is a retired U.S. Navy officer, is now employed by United Airlines, and lives in Burbank, Illinois. One of Asahel's brothers, George Washington Gridley, (1817 - 1881) was born in Cazenovia, N.Y., lived with his brother Asahel for awhile in Bloomington, Ill., and married Helen Orcutt of Troy, N.Y. in Davenport, Iowa on 1 March 1846. In 1850 George set out for California where he eventually owned 30,000 acres of land and 20,000 sheep and started the town of Gridley, Ca., just north of Sacramento. Several of his sons set out for Idaho and established ranches in the vicinity of Hagerman. Some descendents remain there. Others have moved back to California where many of them are in business.

A descendent of George W. Gridley, Jr., b. 19 January 1865 through David Hansen Gridley and Lloyd Oscar Gridley; namely, Kenneth Warner Gridley, b. 15 March 1947, lives in San Jose, Ca. and is married to Williamina, born in Glasgow, Scotland, a direct descendent of the' Royal House of Stewart.

Another contemporary descendent of George Washington Gridley, Samuel Thomas Gridley, b. 13 August 1911, continues to run part of the original Gridley ranch, and his son George Thomas, b. 5 January 1935, holds a doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco and is Dean of Engineering Technology at a college in Sacramento. His three sons perpetuate the heritage.

This sketch shows that Thomas Gridley's investment in the education of his sons Samuel and Thomas established a precedent that was perpetuated throughout many generations. This sketch may also help to establish Thomas Gridley of Windsor and Hartford as a significant contributor to the American heritage. RESOURCES

Robert Silliman, Windsor Historical Society.

Betty Koykendall, former President of the Farmington Historical Society, Ann Arcari of the Farmington Room at the Farmington Public Library, Sally Hart in the Probate Office at the Town Hall of Farmington, Conn., and Jeanne B. Di Pietro, President of the Greater Bristol Historical Society.

Information on the English background of the Gridleys came from a genealogy of the Gridley family produced by Mary Gridley Bell of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, daughter of General Asahel Gridley, through the help of a genealogical service in Chicago, Ill. and through a search conducted by the Media Research Bureau of Washington, D.C. sponsored bY the family of Rev. Harold Gridley of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Additional Gridleys in New York State, Illinois, California, and Idaho were provided by Mr Kenneth Gridley of San Jose, Ca.

The Oneida County Record Center, Utica, New York and the Surrogate Court at Utica with the assistance of Beverly Sharpe and May Chapman. In Clinton, New York -- Mr. Philip Munson and Rev. Roswell Gridley Williams.

The Columbia County Historical Society of Kinderhook, New York -- Mr. Harry Hamm and Rev. Daniel E. Wray and secretary Rita G. Laf fety of the Old Dutch Reformed Church of Kinderhook, N.Y.

Oakland County, Michigan -- Ruth Z. Lewis and Julie Carr of Lansing, Michigan; Pam Gossick of the Public Library in Royal Oak, Michigan and Owen Perkins of the Historical Society in Royal Oak.

The Federal Census of Connecticut for 1790; of New York State for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830; of Michigan for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, and 1870.

“The New England Historical and Genealogical Register” and the files of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Family History Centers in Tampa and Largo, Florida.

"Lineage Book" of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Vol. Li, 1904, Washington, D.C., 1919 and Vol. LXXII, 1909, Washington, D.C., 1924. Also, "Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications," Washington,

D.C., 1976.

Tailmadge Township Clerk's Office, the Town Clerk's Off ice and Probate Office of Ottawa County in Grand Haven, Michigan, the Town Clerk's Office and Office of Probate for Kent County in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Mrs. Donald Gridley of Plymouth, Michigan, Mr. Asahel Gridley of Burbank, Illinois, Lois Taylor Cheyne of Grayling, Michigan.

Barbour, Lucius Barnes, "Families of Early Hartford, Conn." Baltimore, 1977.

Bickford, Christopher, "Farmington in Connecticut," Canaan, New Hampshire, Second Revised Edition, 1988 (First Edition 1982).

Courtney, Janet & Kennedy, Ruth, "First Land Owners of Oakland County, Michigan," Birmingham, Mich., 1981.

Crossman, Constance K., "Royal Oak, Our Living Legend," 1787 - 1940, Royal Oak, Michigan, 1973.

Love, William DeLoss, "The Colonial History of Hartford," Hartford, 1974

Savage, James, "Genealogical Dictionary of New England," Vol. 2.

Seeley, Thaddeus D., "History of Oakland County," Chicago and New York, 1912.

Stiles, Henry, "History and Genealogy of Ancient Windsor," 2 vols. Vol. 1 - 1895, Vol. 2 – 1892 Hartford, Connecticut.

"The Report of the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan," Vol. III, Lansing, 1881.

The author of this article Thomas Boslooper married Lois Taylor of Coopersville, Michigan on 8/31/1948. Lois Taylor is the daughter of Harold Taylor (1894 - 1982) and Genevieve Loomis Taylor (1902 - 1988), a descendent of Joseph Loomis of Windsor. Harold Taylor was the son of Fred Taylor and Catherine Gridley of Grandville, Michigan. Catherine (1869 - 1952) was the daughter of Charles and Mahalla Fall Gridley of Grandville. Charles Gridley was a descendent of Thomas Gridley of Windsor and Hartford, Conn.


Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Thomas Gridley Name: Thomas Gridley Year: 1639 Place: Connecticut Source Publication Code: 1262 Primary Immigrant: Gridley, Thomas Annotation: Date and place of settlement or date and place of arrival. Names not restricted to the Order of Founders and Patriots of America. Source Bibliography: COLKET, MEREDITH B., JR. Founders of Early American Families: Emigrants from Europe, 1607-1657. Cleveland: General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, 1975. 366p. Page: 128

Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) about Thomas Gridley Name: Thomas Gridley [Thomas Gridla] Marriage Date: 29 Sep 1644 Marriage Location: Hartford Spouse: Mary Simmor

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Thomas Gridley Name: Thomas Gridley Gender: Male Spouse Name: Mary Seymour Spouse Birth Place: En Spouse Birth Year: 1614 Marriage Year: 1644 Number Pages: 1

Founders of Hartford, Connecticut From Wikipedia: Here are the 163 men and women listed in the Book of Distribution of Land as being those who settled in Hartford, Connecticut before February 1640. Their names are on a monument in Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground. There are later settlers who lived in Hartford in the 17th century, but are not considered Founders of Hartford. Adams, Jeremy Allyn, Matthew Andrews, Francis Arnold, John Bacon, Andrew Barnard, John Barnes, Thomas Bartlett, Robert Baysey, John Beals, Thomas Bearding, Nathaniel Betts, Mary Bidwell, John Billing, Richard Birchard, Thomas Blachford, Peter Blatchley, Thomas Bliss, Thomas, Sr Bliss, Thomas, Jr Blumfield, William Bridgeman, James Bronson, John Bull, Thomas Bunce, Thomas Burr, Benjamin Butler, Richard Butler, William Chaplin, Clement Chester, Mrs Dorothy Church, Richard Clarke, John Cole, James Cornwell, William Crow, John Cullick, John Davis, Philip Davy, Fulke Day, Robert Desborough, Nicholas Easton, Joseph Edwards, William Elmer, Edward Ely, Nathaniel Ensign, James Field, Zachary Fisher, Thomas Friend, John Gardner, Samuel Garrett, Daniel Jennings, John Gibbons, William Goodman, Richard Goodwin, Ozias Goodwin, William Grant, Seth Graves, George Greene, Bartholomew Greenhill, Samuel Gridley, Thomas Hale, Samuel Hale, Thomas Hall, John Hart, Stephen Hayden, William Haynes, John Higginson, Rev John Hills, William Holloway, John Holton, William Hooker, Reverend Thomas Hopkins, Edward Hopkins, John Hosmer, Thomas Hubbard, George Hungerford, Thomas Hyde, William Ince, Jonathan Judd, Thomas Keeler, Ralph Kellogg, Nathaniel Kelsey, William Lay, Edward Lewis, William, Sr Lord, Richard Lord, Thomas Lord, Thomas, Jr Lyman, Richard Marsh, John Marvin, Matthew Marvin, Reinold Maynard, John Moody, John Morris, John Munn, Benjamin Munson, Thomas Mygatt, Joseph Olcott, Thomas Olmstead, John Pantry, William Parker, William Peck, Paul Phillips, William Pierce, John Porter, Thomas Post, Stephen Pratt, John Pratt, William Purchase, John Richards, Nathaniel Richards, Thomas Risley, Richard Roote, Thomas Rusco, William Sable, John Scott, Thomas Selden, Thomas Seymour, Richard Skinner, John Smith, Giles Spencer, Thomas Spencer, William Stanley, John Stanley, Thomas Stanley, Timothy Stanton, Thomas Stebbins, Edward Steele, George Steele, John Stone, Rev Samuel Talcott, John Upson, Thomas Wade, Robert Wadsworth, William Wakley, Henry Wakeman, Samuel Ward, Nathaniel Warner, Andrew Warner, John Watts, Richard Webb, Richard Webster, John Welles, Thomas Westley, William Westwood, William White, John Whitehead, Samuel Whiting, William Wilcox, John Wolterton, Gregory Woodford, Thomas Wyllys, George Proof of descendancy from any of these people permits admission in the Society of the Descendants of Hartford, Connecticut, which was started in 1931. Source:,_Connecticut


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