William Kelsey was born about 1609, based on estimated date of marriage; origins unknown. He migrated in 1633, settling initially in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but removing first to Hartford, Connecticut in 1635 and Killingworth, CT by 1668.
He married by 1634 _____ ____, who was "born about 1613 and living at Hartford in December 1666" [TAG 68:213-214]. (Several false leads regarding the identity of the wife of William Kelsey have been carefully examined and discarded by George E. McCracken and Gale Ion Harris [TAG 37:38-42, 68:211-14]. Based on onomastic evidence Harris suggests that her given name was Hester.)
Original proprietor of Hartford, CT.
On 21 Sept 1676, his will and inventory were presented at New London County Court; these documents do not, unfortunately survive. [TAG 69:28, citing New London County Court Records, Trials, 3:83]
Mark, b say 1634; m1 in Windsor 8 Mar 1658/9 Rebecca Hoskins [WiLR 1:58]; m2 in Windsor 26 Dec 1683 Abigail (____) Atwood, widow of Capt. Thomas Atwood [WiLR 1:58; CTVR 52 (giving only the year of the event)].
Hester, b abt 1636; m1 by 1656 James Eggleston, son of Bigod Eggleston; m2 in Windsor 29 Apr 1680 James Eno; m3 Windsor 10 Jun 1686 John Williams. (See TAG 68:208-10 for a detailed discussion of her marital career, which includes full documentation.)
John, b abt 1638; m by 1668 Hannah Desborough [TAG 38:210-11, 68:214]
Priscilla, b abt 1640 (aged 17 on 22 Dec 1657 [TAG 68:214, citing WMJ 74]); m by Jan 1659/60? Cornelius Gillett, son of Jonathan Gillett [TAG 68:214].
Mary, b abt 1644 (aged 14 in May 1658 [TAG 68:215, citing WMJ 109]); m in Windsor 23 Apr 1661 Jonathan Gillett [Grant 39], son of Jonathan Gillett.
Abigail, b Hartford 19 Apr 1645 [HaBOP 575]; m Killingworth 3 Dec 1668 John Hull [TAG 68:215]
Stephen, bp Hartford 7 Nov 1647 [HaBOP 578]; living 1670/1 [HaBOB 141-44]
Daniel, b Hartford July 1650 [HaBOP 581]; ;m1 Killingworth 27 Mar 1672 Mary Stevens [TAG 68:215]; m2 by 1693 Jane Chalker [TAG 68:231].
↑ Unless otherwise noted, excerpted from Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Boston, MA: NEHGS (1995); Volumes I-III, "William Kelsey," pp 1117-1119
Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford.
Barbour, Lucius Barnes, 1982, Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc. (1982), Baltimore, Maryland and Glastonbury, CT: Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. (1982), p.351
The Kelsey Genealogy Book 1, pages 24 to 38; Harleian Society Publications, Volume XIV, page 588; Bysshe's Visitation of Essex, page 55; Burke's General Armory Kelsey Family Website
Gale Ion Harris, (title of article that is a definitive study of the family of William Kelsey), in The American Genealogist, 68 (1993):208-15.
William Kelsey was one of the original "Braintree Company" followers of the Reverend Thomas Hooker, who came to America and they were the first settlers of "New Towne" (now Cambridge) Massachusetts in 1632
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