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Richard Booth (abt. 1607 - abt. 1687)

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Richard Booth aka Boothe [uncertain]
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified 13 Apr 2019 | Created 13 Sep 2010
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Richard Booth may or may not have arrived by 1640. He is protected by the PGM project because of known errors in his parentage.

CONTROVERSY: The parents of Richard Booth have not been verified as there is no agreement as to Richard's origins. There is more than one Richard Booth in English records, from different locations, with different christening records, hence different parents. See discussion below, especially the notes of Donald Jacobus, a highly respected genealogist of early CT families. He has been detached from his previous parents of Richard Booth and Elizabeth Brooke.


Birth 1607 Richard Booth was born
Christening AUG 1608 Great Budnarth, Chchr, England???
Also found :Christening 1607/1608 Derbyshire, England
Note: The date and location of Richard's birth has not been documented. Jacobus argues that it is likely that he came from Derbyshire (rather than Cheshire as some state) because so many others --including his brother-in-law-- who settled Stratford, CT in the 1630s came from Derbyshire and there a great number of Booths in Derbyshire records of the period.[1]

Donald Lines Jacobus wrote: "The Booth chart compiled by George Munson Booth of Chicago, Ill., states that Richard was bapt. at Great Budsworth, co. Cheshire, Eng., Aug. 1608, a son of Edward (d. 1628), who was a son of William of Twemlow, co. Cheshire (by his wife Ellen, dau. of John Davenport of Davenport), who was a son of Edward of Twenlow, who was a son of Sir William Booth of Dunham Massie, co. Cheshire (d. 1519). The earlier generations of this pedigree are authentic, but I know not the authority for the connection of this line with Richard of Stratford."

"It was somewhat natural, in the early days of genealogical study, to try to connect Richard Booth with the well-known family of that name in Cheshire, but his origin is as much a matter of speculation today as it ever was. His brother-in-law, Joseph Hawley was from Parwick, Derbyshire, and an origin in that county has recently been discovered for William Beardsley who came to New England in 1635 and was an original settler in Stratford in 1639. Hence we are more inclined to believe that Richard Booth was a member of the Derbyshire contingent than that he came from Cheshire. Certainly the Booth surname is frequently and prominently found in the records of County Derby."[15]

We are without definite records of more than one wife of Richard Booth, who because of certain records mentioning relationship is deduced to have been sister of Joseph Hawley and mother of the Booth children.  In the lack of a will or specific records, we may theorize that Richard was married once, twice, or even more times.  The conclusion that he was twice married is based on a single record which refers to "my now wife",the assumption being that his invariably implied the existence of an earlier wife.  Often it did, but in other cases it was merely a legal bit of verbiage intended to distinguish a man's present wife from any other wife, whether a previous one or one he might acquire in the future.  Hence the implications of the term are far from certain. 

Note: One of the original settlers of Stratford, CT.

Jacobus notes that although Stratford was settled in 1639, early records are so few that it is difficult assign a specific date to the arrival of the early settlers. He concludes that Booth and brother-in-law, Joseph Hawley were living there prior to 1650 and most likely arrived ca 1641 or shortly after. While the children's birthdates begin in 1641, they weren't recorded in Stratford records as a group until 1649, and no location is given thus not useful as evidence of Richard's arrival.

Athough the list of the 17 original proprietors of the town has been lost,evidence points to Richard Booth as one of them. In 1724, Ambrose Tompson age 72 and Ebenezer Boothe age 72 (son of Richard Booth) complain of injustice in the distribution of land, stating: "Our parents we suppose were actually or virtually among some of the very first settlers of the town of Stratford, which was settled with very great difficulty and charge, as we have been informed. The expense of one of our parents for watching and warding and other charges, cost more than L40, money." [Stratford, CT Town Acts p.102]

Richard Booth's name appears often in the town records of this day as "townsman" or selectman, and in other commissions of office and trust.  The prefix Mr before his name in the colonial records, indicates, under the rigid adjustment of social rank then observed, a position decidedly influential and respectable.  His large landed property he divided in this lifetime, among his children.  He left no will.  The latest mention of him extant, is a March 1688-89, in his 82nd year.  As the Congregational Burial Ground, west of Main street, was opened in 1678, he was doubtless buried there, and was his son Joseph, who outlived him not more than 12 to 15 years. 

He owned, through grant and purchase, extensive property which he divided in his lifetime among his children. He was one of others who received land by 1670 in the section known as Nichols' Farms, where one branch of his descendants lived for several generations. Like others, his lands were spread over a considerable area, not necessarily adjoining one another. His home lot #29 was located on the west side of Main St., between Joshua Judson and Adam Hurd and across the street form Isaac Nichols, Sr. It was the fifth below the Bridgeport road.

On March 15, 1687/88, he states he was about 81 and speaks of "my now wife", perhaps indicating he had an earlier wife. His first wife was Elizabeth Hawley, sister to Joseph Hawley the first town clerk and another early settler.

No recorded will has been found but his children's names and birthdates are recorded at Stratford.

It may be possible that Ulysses S. Grant descended from Richard Booth. National Genealogical Society quarterly, Volume 75:236??

Richard Boothe's name and those of his descendants are prominent on Stratford records. His home lot, 29 indicates his settlement there among the earliest, but probably before his marriage in 1640. He married, 1st Elizabeth, the sister of Joseph Hawley, for his son Ephraim, in his will styles Samuel Hawley (son of Joseph) cousin. He was one of the proprietors of the township and received division of land located in various parts of the town, as did also the other proprietors. He was probably[??] married twice and had eight children. The latest mention of him extant is in March, 1688/89, in his 82d year.[2]

Early American Census shows Richard in Stratford, Fairfield Co CT in the years 1650,1655, 1658 & 1669.


  1. Jacobus, p.1
  2. p. 120 History of Stratford by Orcutt
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd, Ancestors of American Presidents, Published in Cooperation with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts. Preliminary Edition by Carl Boyer, 3rd, Santa Clarita, California 1989. Also the 2009 edition. Footnote abbreviation: Roberts
  • Booth Family Genealogy-Jacobus Title: Jacobus, Donald L. comp. The Genealogy of the Booth Family Booth Families of Connecticut for Six or More Generations (Eden C. Booth pub, 1952) Note: The compiler of this works is a professional genealogist although he does not cite specific sources except to say "Authorities Aside from Original Sources Consulted". Under this title he lists a number of local histories and other Booth genealogies as well as original town and church records.
  • Booth Family Vol III compiled by John N Booth 1966 (uses Jacobus)
  • Vital Records of (CT Towns of) Stratford, Newtown, Fairfield, Woodbury, weston, Berlin, Farmington, Roxbury, etc.
  • Church Records (Congregational & Episcopalian) of Stratford, Hungtington, and Trumbull, Redding, Roxbury, South Britain, Easton, New Britain, Southington.
  • History of Stratford by Orcutt
  • Probate Recrods of Fairfield Stratford, Danbury, Woodbury, Farmington.
  • Land Records Stratford, Newtown, Scattering
  • Cemetery inscriptions, Hale Collection, State Library Hartford, many towns
  • Family Records, State Library Hartford, CT

In many cases his dates differ from Orcutt's History of New Milford p. 657-58.

  • MSS: Booth Collection, Kate S. Fogarty, Fairfield Historical society\
  • Pattersosn Genealogy, D. Williams Patterson, CT Historical society and numerous printed sources and family histories. see p 115-116
  • Booth Line-Armericana 1920, "Russell-Baldwin Families"--(The Booth Line)," Americana (American Historical Magazine)  ; Jan-Dec 1920 Vol. 14:82 (Jan-Dec 1920): 79-83 Note: Assumption of the English ancestry of Richard Booth of Stratford is not proven.
  • Frederic Haines Curtiss, A Genealogy of the Curtiss Family Being a Record of the Descendants of Widow Elizabeth Curtiss who Settled in Stratford, Conn. 1639-40, Boston, Rockwell & Churchill Press, 1903, p. 2.
  • Donald Lines Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, CD-Local and Family Histories: CT, 1600's - 1800's, (Produced in collaboration with the Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000), vol 1, p 87, 412.
  • Source: S13 U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current Publication: Operations, Inc.

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On 13 Apr 2019 at 13:11 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

William, your comments are valid, but within the PGM project we try to maintain links only where they are proven or at least quite certain based on available primary evidence and current scholarly research. I think the bio is very generously documented with the "possible" and "controversial" links. Anyone reading through it will be able to see the previous research as well as possibilities for future research.

On 13 Apr 2019 at 03:59 GMT William LeGro wrote:

Derbyshire and Cheshire are adjoining counties, and there were Booths in both. Seems reasonable to think they were the same family. These people got around - if they were willing to cross the Atlantic, what's a few miles across the English countryside? I'm just saying that just as it's too easy to latch onto a prominent possible ancestor, it can also be too easy to dismiss that possibility because of a small amount of distance between two people with the same name - who actually might be the same person.

On 3 Jan 2019 at 20:10 GMT Joe Cochoit wrote:

Removing parents. Please read the biography for details.

On 13 Dec 2017 at 21:21 GMT Sara (Stevens) Patton wrote:

Until we know where this Richard originated from for certain, we won't know who his father was. There is more than one Richard Booth in English records, from different locations, with different christening records, hence different parents.

On 11 Dec 2017 at 18:53 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:

Should his father be Richard or Edward? The bio makes it seem as if the father is Edward.

On 18 Jan 2017 at 00:50 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:

Last name at birth spelled as Booth per Anderson's Great Migration: Great Migration 1634-1635, I-L. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume IV, I-L, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2005. Reference page 163

On 24 Nov 2014 at 17:15 GMT Gregory Rose wrote:

Booth-64 and Booth-2763 appear to represent the same person because: Same person

On 11 Nov 2014 at 15:15 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

Booth-64 and Booth-2723 appear to represent the same person because: same personal data

On 21 Mar 2013 at 21:04 GMT Christopher Booth wrote:

To the best of my knowledge, the three brothers who came from England around 1639 to Connecticut all had different parents. Robert, the son of Edward Booth and Dulcia Massie, Richard the son of the same Edward Booth and Elizabeth Brooks, who married Edward after Richard was born, and John, the son of Richard Booth, twin brother of Edward above and the same Ducia Massie as above.

On 16 Jan 2013 at 23:28 GMT Karen Leigh (Johnson) Grady wrote:

I retract my statement! After more research, nobody knows for sure (or has proof) who Richard's father is. It appears that Edward/Richard are the same, since both are shown married (abt 1607) to Elizabeth Brooks/Brooke, the mother of John, Richard, and Ann. I will look at all of the children to see if I can determine what has gone awry, if anything. I think you have done everything just right considering the mess you were dealt.

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