Robert  Day

Robert Day (1604 - 1648)

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Robert Day
Born in Kilburn, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half], [half], [half], [half], [half] and [half]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married about in Hartford, Connecticutmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticutmap
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Robert Day migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Before proposing or merging profiles with this Robert Day, please carefully consider the following: Jacobus set forth the arguments (in 1953) to separate the Robert Day of Ipswich {1635}, and Robert Day of Hartford {1636}. Savage also has the correct assignment of records. Various other authors have confused the early records for this immigrant and Robert Day of Ipswich {1635, Ipswich}.


1604: July 31, born Kilburn, Yorkshire, England
1634: April, Emigrated on the bark Elizabeth, with wife Mary
1635: May 6, Freeman of Newtown (later Cambridge) Massachusetts
1635: a widower before October 1635
1635: October, with advance group founding Hartford, Connecticut
1636: Married second wife, Editha Stebbins
1643: Chosen to be viewer of chimneys and ladders
1646: by this time has two sons, two daughters
1648: May 20th, wrote his will, "being sick and weak"
1648: October, Robert Day died[1]

Sailed 1634 - Ipswich, England to Boston, New England

Sailed on the ELIZABETH of IPSWICH, Mr. William Andrews, Master. According to emigration records, Robert was age 30 when they arrived in Boston, 1 APR 1634. Mary was listed as Wife aged 28 on the same records. First settled in Newtown now Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1634.


Monument erected in old cemetery on Gold Street, "in Memory of The Courageous ADVENTURERS who inspired and directed by Thomas Hooker Journeyed through the wilderness from Newtown (Cambridge) in the Massachusetts Bay to Suckiauc (Hartford)- October 1635


Robert Day was a deacon at Center Church, and at the larger building which followed it.


Inspector of Chimneys and Ladders, Hartford, Connecticut Colony


Robert Day of Hartford, Connecticut was the son of Richard Day and was born July 31, 1604 in Kilburn, Yorkshire, England. The following excerpt was taken from The Register of The Descendants of The Male Line of Robert Day of Hartford printed in 1840.

"The first knowledge we possess of our ancestor, Robert Day, commences with his emigration to America, in April, 1634. He was at that time thirty years of age, and was accompanied by his wife Mary, aged twenty eight, as is gathered from the list of passengers of the bark Elizabeth, in which he took passage from Ipswich in England to Boston in New England. He was born therefore about the year 1604."

"On his arrival in this country, he first settled in Newtowne, now Cambridge. His wife Mary probably died soon after. He was made freeman May 6, 1635, which shows him to have belonged to some church in the jurisdiction. In 1639, we find him a resident of Hartford, Conn. of which place he was one of the first settlers. As such his name is found on the monument erected to their memory in that city."

Robert Day was one of the twenty-five courageous adventurers who settled Hartford in 1635, in advance of the main community under Hooker in 1636. [2][3][4]

"For his second wife, he married Editha Stebbins, sister of Deacon Edward Stebbins (or Stebbing) of Hartford, and had four children. Robert died in Hartford, in 1648, aged 44. From a comparison of the dates of his will, and of the inventory of his estate, it is evident that his death occurred between May and the middle of October in that year."

Editha Day next married Deacon John Maynard of Hartford, a childless bachelor at the time. Ten years later, he died without issue, and left his estate to Editha and the children of Robert Day. Editha married next, Elizur Holyoke of Springfield. Two of Robert's children moved to Springfield with her, Thomas Day and Mary Day. They each were married within a year, and settled with their spouses in Springfield. Sarah Day married in Hartford but later removed to Hatfield. John Day remained in Hartford.

Robert Day was buried in the Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.

Will of Robert Day of Hartford Connecticut

Also found in EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS. 1635 to 1650. Page 487 [given verbatim from the typescript text on page 8 of A genealogical Register of the Descendants of Robert Day...]

Will of Robert Day of Hartford Connecticut: Copy of the Will and Inventory of Robert Day.--Colony Records, vol. 1. pp. 255, May 20th, 1648. The will of Robert Day hee being sick and weake, yet in perfect memory doth order and dispose of his estate to his wife and children, in the manner following: I give vnto my beloued wife Edatha Day my now dwelling howse and howsing thereto adjoyning, howse Lott, Allso all my Land whereof I stand possessed, or that of right doth belong vnto mee, lying in Hartford, during the tearme of her naturall life, And at the end of her life, my will is that the said howse and land shall bee devided in an equall proportion; my will allso is that all my howsehold stuff, and Cattle and other moveable goods shall bee my wives to bring up my children.

And in case my wife should bee married to another man, then my surviers of my will shall have power if they thinke good to take security for the bringing up of the children, and for so much estate as shall bee thought meete by them, and to this my last Will and Testament I make my wife my Executrix, and I doe desire my Deare Brethren Mr. Tailecoate, Willerton, and Stebbing, to take care of and Assist my wife in the ordering her selfe and my children, and I give them power to doe what in their Judgements may bee for the best, to bring up my Children and dispose of them, and that I leave, for theire good

And to this my will I sett to my hand the day above written. EDWARD STEBBING, ROBERT DAY WALLTER GAYLERD. 14th October, 1648.

An Inventory of the Goods of Robert Day deceased; s. d.,
In the Chamber, one Bedstead fether bed, and fether Boulster and flock boulster, 2 pillowes; bedcase; Curtaines. 07 00 00
Item: 2 blankitts, one red; yellow Coverlitt Item: 1 chest 10s
1 Box 3s: 1 desck box 3s: 00 16 00 Item: 1 table 5s: 1 Cubberd 5s and Chaiers 00 16 00
Item: 3 paier of sheetes 02 00 00 Item: 6 table napkins 12s: 1 table cloth 5s. 00 17 00 Item : 6 pillow beeres 01 10 00
Item: the wearing Clothes with 3 skinns 05 00 00 Item: in Linnen yearne and Cotton wool yearne 01 10 00
Item: 2 Cushins 6s : 1 paire of Bellowes 3s. 00 09 00
Item: 1 Little Baskitt 12d: 1 warming pann 6s. 00 07 00
In the Hall. Item: 1 Brass Kettle 02 10 00 Item: 1 Little kettle 12s: 1 little brass kettle 00 15 00
Item: 1 brass possnett (?) 4s: 1 brass pott 16s: 1 Iron 01 14 00: pott 14s.
Item: 1 brass Chaffin dish 3s: one skimer 00 05 06
Item: 7 pewter dishes, and some broken pewter: 1 saser: 2 pewter potts: 1 Candlestick: 1 salte: 1 small bottle; spoons, 2 porringers and 4 old spoones.
Item: 1 Lattin Bible; dripping pann: 1 spitt, 1 pistoll; smoothin Iron
Item: in earthern ware, and wooden ware 00 10 00
Item: 1 muskitt Bandleers; and sword 01 00 00
Item: 1 table and 2 Chaires 00 05 00;
In the sellar, Item: in tubbs and Tables and formes 01 00 00
In ye little chamber: Item: one flockbed, 2 blankitts: 1 couerlitt; feather houlster, 2 feather pillowes, 2 bedsteads
Item: 3 hogsheads, 2 Linnen wheeles, 1 woolen wheele, 00 19 00 one Barrill;
Item: 1 table, 1 wheele, 1 hatchett 00 05 00
Item: in working tooles 01 08 00
Item: 1 Leather Bottle 2s: VId: 1 paire tongs: 00 15 00; fier pann, grid Iron: frying pann, one trammell
Item: in Bookes, and Sackes, and Ladders 01 00 00
Item: one Cow: 1 3-yeare ould heifer: one 2 yeare 14 10 00 old heifer, with some hay to winter them
Item: 2 hoggs; 03 00 00
Item: in severall sortes of Corne with some hemp and flax 15 00 00
Item: the dwelling howse and out howsing, howse lott 45 00 00 and Garden.
Item: about 6 Akers of meadow, in severall parcells 26 00 00 with upland
Summa Totalis 142 13 06 [£142-13-06]
JOHN TAILECOATE GREGORY WILLTERTON EDWARD STEBBING : _________________ (?) Posnet, a little basin or skillet. (?) Ochimy, (alchemy) a mixed base metal. (?) Latten, tin, iron plate covered with tin. Bandoleers, a large leather belt, thrown over the right shoulder, and hanging under the left arm ; worn by ancient musketeers for sustaining their fire arms, and their musket charges, which being put into little wooden cases, and coated with leather, were hung to the number of twelve to each bandoleer.


1648 Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut[5]


  1. Trumbull: Page 236-7.
  2. History of Early Hartford
  3. Memorial to the Founders of Hartford
  4. Love: Page 7-13.
  5. Roberts: Page 523
  • Our colonial and continental ancestors: the ancestry of Mr. and Mrs. Louis William Dommerich, database, 2005. Extracted from Louis Effingham De Forest, book of the same name, (New York, N.Y.: DeForest Pub. Co., 1930), Chart XXVII; page 83.
  • Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families, 1620-1700',' database,, (accessed 26 Nov 2013), entry for Robert Day, extracted from Frank R. Holmes, book of the same name, (Genealogical Pub. Co., 1964), page lxv-lxvi.
  • NEHG Register (CD-ROM: 1996): The English ancestry of Edward Holyoke and of his nephew, Thomas Morris of New Haven, Douglas Richardson, January 1993.
  • Pioneers of Massachusetts, database, Internet Archive, extracted from C. H. Pope, Pioneers of Massachusetts, (Boston, Massachusetts, self-published, 1900).
  • Ancestral File(R) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ancestral File Number: 8WB7-VL
  • MS letter from Hon. Thomas Day of Hartford.
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd. Ancestors of American Presidents (NEHGS, Boston, 2009)

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On 12 Mar 2012 Lois Hirsch wrote:

Birth: 1604, England Death: 1648 Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Born about 1604 (aged 30 in 1634). Came to Massachusetts Bay in 1634 on the "Elizabeth." First settled in Cambridge; moved to Hartford by 1639. Died between 20 May 1648 (date of will) and 14 October 1648 (date of inventory). MARRIAGES: (1) By 1634 Mary _____, born about 1606 (aged 28 in 1634. She must have died soon after arrival in New England, or perhaps even on the voyage in 1634. (2) By about 1636 Editha Stebbins, sister of EDWARD STEBBINS {1633, Cambridge}. She married (2) by an unknown date John Maynard and (3) by 1663 (and probably earlier) Eleazar Holyoke. She died at Springfield 25 October 1688 Robert Day migrated with and lived near NATHANIEL ELY {1634, Cambridge}, and so some relationship is possible. On 30 April 1634, "Robert Day," aged 30, and "Mary his wife," aged 28, were enrolled at Ipswich for passage to New England on the Elizabeth. Various authors have misallocated the early records for this immigrant and ROBERT DAY {1635, Ipswich}. Savage got it right; in 1953 Jacobus carefully set forth the arguments for the correct interpretation.

Family links: Spouses: Mary Day (1606 - ____) Editha Stebbins Day Maynard Holyoke (1613 - 1688)*

Children: Mary Day Coleman (1641 - 1725)* John Day (1643 - 1730)*

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Burial: Ancient Burying Ground Hartford Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Feb 23, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 34128984

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Founders Monument (1986)
Founders Monument (1986)

Twenty-five Men who settled Hartford in 1635
Twenty-five Men who settled Hartford in 1635

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Ancient Burying Ground Cemetery

Center Church - First Meeting House
Center Church - First Meeting House

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Center Church - 2nd Meeting House

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On 3 Mar 2014 at 02:23 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

Hello Tami, Brian, and all - Hope you like the text box for the inventory of the estate. If not, the text is saved at the bottom of the edit box so it can be put back. regards, April D.D.

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