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There is an old claim that Josiah Churchill was the son of John Churchill and Sarah May. This claim has NOT been endorsed by leading genealogists such as Robert Charles Anderson or Douglas Richardson. Please do not add parents to this profile of Josiah Churchill without discussing first.
"Born 1 Jan 1611/12. Died between 17 Nov 1686 (will) and 5 Jan 1686/87 (inventory) in Wethersfield CT. Married Elizabeth Foote in 1638 in Wethersfield.
"Josiah Churchill (the immigrant) was born in 1613 at Muston, Dorset England. Josiah came to America as a sailor from England about midyear 1635. He married Elizabeth Foote, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Deming Foote. 
Children of Josiah and Elizabeth (Foote) Churchill:
Early records show Josiah bought and sold real estate in Wethersfield.
"Per Judith A. Churchill, Josiah is the founder of the Connecticut Churchill's. He was one of the earliest settlers of Wethersfield, Connecticut. Wethersfield is generally considered to be the first permanent English settlement in Connecticut. Explored in 1633 by a party consisting of John Oldham and three others; Wethersfield was settled the next year. Oldham and nine others formed a group known as the 10 original settlers. They were soon joined by a party of 60 men, women and children who made the arduous overland voyage in the early fall of 1635. These original settlers all came from Watertown, Massachusetts, having been released by the church to make the settlement, an outpost of the Watertown Chuch and named likewise. Wethersfield, the oldest permanent settlement in Connecticut was first known by its Indian name "Pyquag." The name was changed to Wethersfield in 1637."
The homestead was on the east side of high street, on the north corner of an ancient road leading to the "Great Meadow" and the river. It faced the southern extremity of the Common, which stretched north from his house to the river.
Josiah continued to acquire land and had considerable holdings. There are several maps that have the listings of each property. A copy can be purchased from the Historical Society in Wethersfield. The 50 acre lot that Josiah had at the west end of Wethersfield, a generation later became know as the parish of Newington.
Josiah died before January, 1687. [page 246]
Treat and John Buttolph, selectmen of Wethersfield and was found to amount to 618 pounds, 12 shillings and 6 pence. This inventory shoews that at his death he owned two home lots and two hundred and ten acres of land. He left his son Joseph "that house and home lot he now lives on" together with "all other buildings thereon." He left to Joseph also several other pieces of land and a fifty acre lot, "at ye west end of Wethersfield bounds" in the newly settled tract which later became the parish of Newington. He left to his son Benjamin a number of pieces of land and the old homestead at the decease of his mother. According to the custom of the times his daughters were given certain shares of "movable estate." Among the items in the inventory are "a great Chist," and "2 bibells and other books." This "great Chist" probably reappears in the inventory of his son Joseph whis specifies a chest with the initials "J. C." as well as a piece of "Turkie work."
I, Josiah Churchill of Wethersfield do make this my last Will and Testament: I give unto my wife Elizabeth Churchill the use of all my estate, whether real or personal, during her natural life, excepting such parcels of land as shall hereafter be excepted, she paying all my Just Debts and after her decease my Will is that all my Land and other Estate of mine she shall then stand possessed of, to be divided as follows: I give unto my son Joseph the House and Home-lott he now liveth on, with all other Buildings thereon, and one Lott in the Little West field, containing 10 acres, and another Lott containing 6 acres. I give unto my son Joseph my 50-acre Lott at the West End of Wethersfield Bounds. I do give unto my son Joseph, after the decease of my wife, Elizabeth, 5 acres in the Great Swamp, and 2 acres of Meadow lying toward the lower End of sd. Meadow, and half of my 5-acre Lott at the upper End of the Great Meadow. I give unto my son Benjamin Churchill 6 acres in the Little West Field, also 10 acres more in the West Field. I give unto my son Benjamin, after the decease of my wife, my now Dwelling House and Home-lott and other buildings upon sd. Lott, and 7 acres of Land in the Great Swamp, and 4 acres in Beaver Meadow, and half my 5-acre Lott at the upper End of the Great Meadow. My will is that all the rest of my Moveable Estate be equally divided betwixt my daughters Marah Church, Elizabeth Buck, Ann Rice and Sarah Wickham. My will is that my wife be sole Executrix. Witness: Samuel Talcott, John Deming
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On 27 Apr 2017 at 04:27 GMT H Husted wrote:
On 4 Mar 2016 at 20:47 GMT Nova (Anderson) Weller wrote:
On 12 Nov 2014 at 15:51 GMT PM Eyestone wrote:
Husband of Elizabeth Foote - Josiah Churchill - sources The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, published in Chicago by the Institute of American Genealogy. Virkus, Frederick A., editor. Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1964. 75p. Repr. 1986. Page: 20.
On 25 Jun 2014 at 12:28 GMT H Husted wrote:
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