Which Richard Hendee is the husband of Hannah Elderkin?

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The following is the longest running open question in my Hendee family research. My question relates to how Richard Hendee born 1611 and Richard Hendee born 1631 relate to each other. Various researchers show them both being married to Hannah Elderkin, daughter of John Elderkin, in 1661 and both dying in 1670. Other researchers mix the children of both up with (what I believe is) an unrelated "Handy" family from Sandwich, Barnstable county, Massachusetts. I have yet to find a reliable date of birth for the husband of Hannah (Elderkin) Hendee born 1634. Any help would be appreciated. See below for more detail and see the WikiTree ID for more comments on the various Richard Hendee's involved.

Thank you,

David Petrie

The first Richard Hendee who came to Connecticut would likely have been the one who was born in England in 1611. We have references to his being a ship's carpenter and building ships in New Haven, Connecticut where John Elderkin (father of this Richard's possible wife, Hannah) did the same. The Richard Hendee born in 1631 could still have been born in England, bought land in Connecticut in 1660, married Hannah Elderkin in 1661, had 4 children with her and died in 1670. However, if this Richard came to New England around 1637 (which seems possible if the Hendee's and Elderkins came from England together), he would only have been about 6 years old - not old enough to be "a ship’s carpenter." This would be cleared up if Richard born 1611 and Richard born 1631 were father and son[?]
WikiTree profile: Richard Hendee
in Genealogy Help by David Petrie G2G1 (1k points)

. . . all those lands formerly sold by John Elderkin and Hannah Hendy, Relict [widow] of Richard Hendee deceased, __ Thomas Stevens of said Killingworth as may appear by a deed governs their Lands __ __ - the thirteenth of October  one thousand six hundred seventy and that __ __ in hand at the signing and sealing of those present by John Elderkin of Norwich in County and Colony aforementioned . . .  [Hendee Killingworth Deed - 1660s - DeedKillingworthClintonVol2,Pages24-26.pdf]

Above we have relatively clear evidence that the husband of Hannah (Elderkin) Hendee did die in 1670 since she was referred to as a widow in the document dated 1670 above.

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David:  This is what I have on Hannah Elderkin in The Hendee Family as retrieved from Monaco citing sources from LDS:  Hannah Elderkin - Paul


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