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Richard Beckley (abt. 1618 - 1690)

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Richard Beckley
Born about in Hampshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married about in New Haven Colonymap
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Died in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticutmap
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Categories: Hector, sailed 1637 | Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | New Haven, Connecticut | Wethersfield, Connecticut.



Traditionally Richard was born 1618, in Hampshire, England.[1]

He had two wives. The latter was a daughter of John Deming.[2]

Richard Beckley was of New Haven Colony in 1639, when he signed the New Haven Fundamental Agreement.[2] He later removed to Wethersfield.[2]

He was called Sergeant Beckley as early as 1639, and took part in the New Haven land divisions. In the 1643 list of Planters, he had 4 persons, an estate worth £20, about 60 acres of land and paid a yearly rate for that land of 7s 4d. He alone was given permission to build a ware in the East River for the year 1644 and took the Oath of fidelity that year. In 1646 he was in the second row of seats on the sides for men. His wife was in the second row of the seats on the sides for women.[3]

He and some other planters had land laid out on the east side of the River, away from the main settlement.[3][4] In 1651, he and others were granted a neck of land by the sea side.[4]

In a wild, new place wolves were a problem and New Haven asked that those who had a skill would use it to kill the wolves. Richard Beckly was spoken of particularly, and the town promised to give him extra consideration for the act. They were paying 15s per head. He asked that anyone who lost an animal to a wolf let him know. He was given permission to "set" guns for the purpose of shooting them, and to dig pit traps to catch them and was promised 30s per head if brought to town live.[4]

Beckley was slandered by Henry Boutle who says Beckley's wife sat crying on the pier, because her husband wouldn't come home from the ordinary; that he promised to pay for men's dinner and then didn't; and that he was a liar and a slanderer. Since the testimony at court was in favor of Beckley, Henry Boutle was found guilty and fined.(p209-211)[4]

Richard sued Mathias Hitchcock for loss of a field of flax, because Hitchcock's oxen got into the field.(p.296/7 Jan 1656/7)[4]

1659 Richard bought a suit against Widow Hitchcock. She was ordered to pay him £10 and 40s.(p413-416)[4]

4 Dec 1660, Richard sold land.ref name="Dexter2">Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (editor) Ancient Town Records Vol II. New Haven Town Records 1662-1684. New Haven: New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1919. (p214)</ref>

He and his wife had seats assigned at the meeting house in 1655, but did not have seats assigned in 1661.[4]

He was voted "inhabitance" in Wethersfield 22 Feb. 1660; was a freeman there Oct 1669[1]


  1. Sarah, perhaps b. in England; married 21 Oct 1657, John Church of Hartford.[2]
  2. John born in New Haven 6 Mar 1641;[5] 6 Mar 1642 according to Savage;[2] bapt. Mar 1641.[5]
  3. Mary bapt. 12 Sep 1647, in New Haven[5]
  4. Benjamin b. 27 Jan 1649[/50];[6] bapt. 10 Mar 1650[5]
  5. Nathaniel born 13 Oct 1652, New Haven;[6] bapt. Oct 1653[7] [8][5]
  6. Hannah b 14 Oct 1654;[6]b. 15 Nov 1656 bpt "within a week";[5] bp Oct 1656 (?)[7]

As early as 1668, Sergeant Richard BECKLEY bought from Turramuggus, Sachem of the Matttabesett tribe of Indians, a tract of 300 acres in what is known as Beckley Quarter, in the northeast part of the town of Berlin. In May, 1713, Newington, including Beckley Quarter, was incorporated as the Second or West Society of Wethersfield; in October, 1715, Beckley Quarter was annexed to the Second Society of Farmington (Great Swamp), named Kensington in May, 1722, and now a part of the town of Berlin. The cemetery at Beckley Quarter was opened in 1760, Daniel BECKLEY, Jr., who died 4 March 1760, being the first to be buried there. The town of Berlin, taken from Wethersfield, Farmington, & Middletown, was incorporated in May 1785.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Stiles, Henry Reed. Families of Ancient Wethersfield Connecticut; Consisting of the History of Ancient Wethersfield, Comprising the Present Towns of Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Newington; and of Glastonbury Prior to Its Incorporation in 1693, from Date of Earliest Settlement Until the Present Time, with Extensive Genealogies and Genealogical Notes on Their Families. Vol II. 1904. Information on Richard Beckley provided by Mrs. C. B. Shepard of New York City. [ at Ancestry (pay site)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692. Vol. I-IV. Boston, MA, USA: 1860-1862.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649. Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Dexter town records: Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (editor) Ancient Town Records Vol 1. New Haven Town Records 1649-1662. New Haven: New Haven Colony Historical Society,1917.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Connecticut Church Records Index: New Haven First Congregational Church 1639-1937. Vol. A-I. Hartford: Connecticut State Library, 1947.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Vital Records of New Haven 1649-1850 Part I. Hartford: The Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917
  7. 7.0 7.1 Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932.(p162)
  8. (NHC1 says b. 15 Oct 1653 bpt within a week)


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