Robert Husted

Robert Husted (abt. 1595 - bef. 1654)

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Robert Husted aka Huestis, Huste, Huested, Hustead, Heusted, Hewstead, Hustice, Hustis
Born about in Bridport, Dorsetshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married (to ) in Bridport, Dorset, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colonymap
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Categories: Symondsbury, Dorset | Braintree, Massachusetts | Stamford, Connecticut | Puritan Great Migration | Estimated Birth Date.

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Robert Husted migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Robert Husted Note: Huestis is the spelling used by Robert C. Anderson in the Great Migration series.[1] Doherty reports the spellings: Husted, Hustis, and Huestas.[2] Savage reports sometimes Heustis.[3]

Various other spellings: Huested, Heusted Huste, Hustead, Hewstead, Hustice
Immigration: 1635 aboard the Marygould
Residences: Boston, Stamford by 1642, Greenwich
Marriages: 1) Anne Moon, 2) Elizabeth Unknown[1] (poss. Miller)


Robert Husted was born about 1595, based on his age 40 on 20 March 1634[/5?].[1]

Robert C. Anderson in the Great Migration series, reports his "origin" as Bridport, Dorsetshire, England, as the last certainly known residence for Robert, prior to his departure from England.[1] At the same time, Anderson acknowledges Gordon L. Remington's "likely suggestion" that Robert next resided at Pilsdon in England.

The Husted Newsletter was a compilation of genealogical notes submitted by Husted family members. One note speculated that Robert's father was Lawrence Husted of Dorchester, County Dorset, England, and grandfather was John Husted, who is said to have been a chaplain to Queen Elizabeth (1533-1603).[4] Not a shred of proof beyond having the same surname, however.

Also from the Newsletter, "It is believed that" Robert Husted was the Robert Hewste who was listed on the 1628 Dorset Subsidy Roll from Pilsden, Dorset, England.[4] [5]

Emigrated from England

Anderson reports that on 20 March 163[4]/5, "Robert Huste, husbandman, aged 40" was enrolled at Weymouth, Dorsetshire as a passenger aboard the Marygould.[1] Hotten includes this Marygould passenger as "Robt. Huste, husbandm."[6]

Jacobus reports that Robert Husted is found joining the Braintree (Boston) settlers in 1640 and removed to Stamford "soon after."[7][3] The rest of his family probably sailed at an unknown later date (not all ships and their passengers were recorded).[4]

Note: "Weymouth" is often found in online genealogies as either Robert's place of birth or his first residence in Massachusetts. Neither is correct; the only connection to a place called Weymouth is that the Marygould passengers were enrolled at Weymouth, Dorsetshire, England.[1]

One source of this confusion may be the Husted Newsletter, which reports that Robert Husted was part of the Rev. Joseph Hull party; they did settle at Weymouth, Massachusetts.[4] In fact, Rev. Hull had permission for 21 families, or about 100 people to settle at Weymouth, but their party may not have sailed on the same ship as Robert Husted.[8] The list, originally published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register in 1871, possibly was a compilation of several smaller lists of passengers, and the Rev. Hull's ship may be uncertain.[8]

Servant to Richard Wade?

Some report evidence that Robert exchanged time as an indentured servant for passage aboard the Marygould, and indeed, about half of all white immigrants to the American colonies arrived under this arrangement.[9]

Hotten reports Richard Wade of Symondsbury, Dorset, England, aboard the ship leaving Weymouth, England on 20 March 1635, with footnote, "really 1635/6."[6] A notation, "Dorst," implies the last nine boarded at Dorsetshire.[6] Apparently boarding at the same place (or on the same ship), were Wade's wife, daughter, two servants, and four others. After Wade's servants, the next two persons on the list were #103 John Hoble, husbandman, aged 13, and #104 Robt Huste, husbandman, aged 40.[6]

It is unclear how this record shows that Robert Husted was an indentured servant to Richard Wade. In addition, the length of time seems very short; contracts were usually from four to seven years. The ship departed England early in 1635 or 1636, and by early 1639, Robert's 32 acre grant at Braintree shows that he had eight household members. Three or four years seems very short to fulfill the contract and earn enough to transport the family including three unidentified members of the household.

Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630, describes Husted, Robert (1595-1652) of Greenwich, CT, and claims that he came as a servant (age 40) of Richard Wade of Symondsbury, Dorset with Rev. Joseph Hull's group in 1635.[10]


Robert married twice.

  • He married on 6 April 1616 at Bridport, Dorsetshire, as his 1st, to Anne Moon.[1] She was buried at Bridport on 1 February 1621/2.[1] Anne and Robert had three children, all of whom died young and were buried at Bridport.[1]
  • He married on an unknown date, as his 2nd, to Elizabeth Unknown.[1] Elizabeth died between 16 October 1654 (will written) and 20 November 1654 (probate).[1] Robert and Elizabeth had three surviving children (see below).

2nd Marriage to Elizabeth

Doherty calls Elizabeth "possibly the daughter of Lawrence Miller who died in 1654."[2] This has since been disproved. Remington wrote an in-depth series on the Heustis family and concluded that there was no evidence for the surname, Miller. The assumption was apparently based on Dorset as the origin and naming patterns (use of the name Angell). However, "the first name Angell is common enough in Dorset in this time period so that conclusions of relationship cannot be based on naming patterns alone."[11]

In addition, the baptism on 4 Feb 1614/5 of Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Lawrence Miller and Joane Smith, poses date problems. The children of Robert and Elizabeth Huestis/Husted were born between "say" 1624 and 1628, making Elizabeth Miller about ten years old when the oldest was born.[1] Finally, Elizabeth Miller died between 5 Nov 1623 when she was mentioned in the will of her grandfather, Angell Smith, and April, 1624 when she was not mentioned in the will of her uncle, Sir Robert "Meller."[12]

The profile for Elizabeth Miller has been detached as wife.

Life in New England

Robert's property transactions are evidence of his whereabouts. On 27 January 1639/40, he was granted a Great Lot at Braintree (4 acres for each family, 32 acres indicating 8 family members) at a price of 3 shillings an acre.[1] He remained at Braintree only a few years.

On 18 July 1640, Robert Husted, his son Angell Husted, and others, witnessed the deed for Daniel Patrick and Robert Feakes to purchase the land which would become Greenwich from the American Indians.[4][1] He was one of the original proprietors of Greenwich, Connecticut.[4][1] Anderson places him at Stamford "by 1642," when he was granted a houselot there.[1]

On 5 October 1648, Robert Husted, of Stamford, purchased the land of Andreu Messenger of Greenwich: sixteen acres of upland, five acres of meadow on Myanos Neck, homelot and housing with ten acres of meadow and upland "which was John Rockwel's."[1] In the Stamford inventory of 5 March 1650[1?], "Robert Hustis, Senior" held six different parcels, including a houselot with barn and outhousing, another homelot, and some additional thirty acres in total.[1] He continued to hold property and to live at both Stamford and Greenwich, as he left properties at both to his two sons in Connecticut.[1] It should be noted that he gave the house at Stamford to his widow for her lifetime use.[1]

Death and Legacy

Both Robert Husted and his wife Elizabeth left wills. Robert Husted's will was written on 8 July 1652 and proved 4 November 1654; he probably died closer to the later date, according to Anderson.[1]

Robert's will named his wife as Elizabeth and children, Robert, Angel, and Ann as wife of Richard Hardy.[7] It left his land in Greenwich to his son Angell and his land in Stamford to his son Robert; his wife was to stay in the home at Stamford for her lifetime.[1]

His wife, Elizabeth, wrote her will on 16 October 1654, and it was proved 20 November 1654.[1]


Children of Robert and 1st wife, Anne (all baptized at Bridport, Dorsetshire, England):[1]

  1. Morgan Husted bpt 10 Aug 1617
  2. Anne Husted bpt 14 March 1618/9
  3. Deanes Husted bpt 23 Sept 1621

Children of Robert and 2nd wife, Elizabeth:[1][7][3]

  1. Angell Husted b say 1624, d April 1706; mar by 1645 1) Unknown, mar aft 1673 2) Rebecca (Unknown) Reynolds, widow of Jonathan Reynolds
  2. Ann Husted b say 1626; mar by c. 1644 Richard Hardy
  3. Robert Husted b say 1628, freeman Oct. 1663; rem. 1664 to Westchester; mar 7 Jan 1655/6 Elizabeth Buxton

Research Notes

An index to the 1623 Visitation records for Dorset includes no record for Robert or anyone with his surname or its variations.[13]

Notes without citations:

Around March 20, 1635, Robert was a member of the Weymouth Parish, and left England with the Crewkerne Parish Leader, Reverend Joseph Hull, sailing from the Port of Weymouth, England, on a ship [Unknown], also possibly registered as the Marygold.[citation needed]

Andrew Halle, aged 28, is on the list as #102, a servant to Richard Wade of Simstuly. In Banks' Manuscripts in the Rare Book Room of the Library of Congress are the following items:
Robert Husted and Andrew Hallett sailed to New England from Weymouth, Dorsetshire, 20 March 1635/6 with Richard Wade of Simsbury. Hallett was baptised in Simsbury,18 May 1607, son of Andrew Hallett and Beatrice Knote... Robert Hewste lived at Pilsden, less than 5 miles north of Simsbury, and is listed in Dorset Subsidy rolls of 1628.[citation needed]
As of [Oc]tober,1642, in a general town meeting was given these, foll[owing], these lots as other men, marsh & woodland, viz: ( )ine, Jo. Underhill, eightacres; to Robert Hustice seven acres; ( ) acres; Jo.Miller, five acres, to Jo. Finch, six acres; ( )ree acres; & to every of them woodland after the same proportion, & to William Newman two acres marsh and three acres woodland land.[citation needed]

Robert had a home in Stamford, Connecticut and lived there until 1645, when he purchased land in Greenwich, Connecticut from Robert Feakes, and built another home.[citation needed]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 Anderson, Robert Charles, (1995) "Robert Huestis," Featured name. Great Migration 1634-1635, G-H. NEHGS (Vol G-H, Page 448)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Doherty, Frank J., "The Husted/Hustis Family." (Vol 7, Page 28) The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, V.1-8 (Online database accessed April 14, 2015:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Savage, James, (1860) A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Vol 2. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co., (Vol 2, Pages 489-90)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Husted Newsletter, (No 1, 8 December 1992, ) published by Beverly Kane, Fall 1993, cites The American Genealogist by Dr. Geo. McCracken, accessed April 13, 2015
  5. 1628 Dorset Subsidy Roll, copy supposedly in the Banks MSS in the Rare Book Room, Library of Congress; record for 1628 Dorset Subsidy roll (three for that year), copies available at the National Archives at Kew, search results
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Hotten, John Camden, (1874) The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; Religious Exiles ... London: Hotten, (Page 286).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Jacobus, D. L. (1991) History & Genealogies of the Families of Old Fairfield, Vol. 1. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., (Vol 1, Page 317).
  8. 8.0 8.1 Tate, Sheila, "The Rev. Hull Company." Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, 6 June 2000, accessed April 15, 2015
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Indentured servant" Citing Galenson, David (1984). "The Rise and Fall of Indentured Servitude in the Americas: An Economic Analysis." Journal of Economic History. 1 44: 1–26 [13].
  10. Becvar, Vernon W., "Immigrant of 1635/36." August 2, 1998, accessed April 14, 2015, citing Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630. by Burton W Spear.
  11. Holcombe, Jon, (16 Feb 2010) Robert Husted The MacCALLUM - BENNETT Families and Collateral Lines Database.
  12. Remington, Gordon L., (1998) "Robert Huestis of Westchester County: His Ancestry and Descendants." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol 129. (Vol 129, Pages 191-206).
  13. St. George, Henry, (1885) The visitation of the county of Dorset, taken in the year 1623 ... London: [Mitchell and Hughes, printers], (Index, Pages 109-110).

See also:

  • Reynolds, Cuyler, (1911) Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs; a record of achievements of the people of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys in New Your State... New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co, (Vol 3, Page 985).

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Pilsdon Pen, Dorset, England
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On 15 Jul 2018 at 16:10 GMT Heather Husted wrote:

I created a profile for Anne Moon. If you want to add more details and the children, T, you are more than welcome.

On 15 Jul 2018 at 12:56 GMT T Stanton wrote:

Any further thoughts on adding first wife Anne Moon and her three children. My thought is they should be included even though the passed in their youth. I have not found another profile that could be recycled for Anne Moon since Moon-1450 is a different and real person.

On 14 May 2018 at 20:56 GMT T Stanton wrote:

Re Moon-1450 I did find confirmation of her arrival in Virginia. WITHINGTON, LOTHROP. Virginia Gleanings in England: Abstracts of 17th and 18th-Century English Wills and Administrations Relating to Virginia and Virginians: A Consolidation of Articles from The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Baltimore: Clearfield Co., 1998. 745p. Page: 20. The citation from an index, not looking at the actual publication. I see that someone did write to PM for Moon-1450 on 8 May.

For our Anne Moon there is a Netherbury, Dorset baptism record 20 Feb 1600 which lists father Johnes Moone but not certain this is 1st wife of Robert Husted.

On 7 May 2018 at 15:41 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

yes, it is possible that Moon-1450 represents a real person. I like to suggest that alternative profiles be reviewed before a new one is created. Anyone who has an interest in Anne Moon, the wife of Robert Husted can check with Moon-1450's PM to see if the immigration to Virginia is firm.

On 7 May 2018 at 12:08 GMT Heather Husted wrote:

Nobody created a profile because her kids died in youth and her parents are not known. There are parish records for them. Although unconnected, Moon-1450 has an immigration to Virginia on her profile, perhaps she represents a real person?

On 6 May 2018 at 16:12 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

I think it's probable that no one has created a profile for her. Perhaps Ann Moon-1450 could be used. That would make her marriage at 14 years, I would consider adjusting the birth by a few years, since that's not exact on -1450 but an estimate.

On 6 May 2018 at 12:38 GMT T Stanton wrote:

Is the first marriage to Anne Moon and their three children uncertain and thus noted only in the biography but not in the header profile?

On 30 Mar 2017 at 18:32 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

Please see G2G question about Elizabeth Miller as wife. Add your comments, questions, and concerns. Thanks!

On 15 Apr 2015 at 03:00 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

Placed notes without citations in our new "Research Notes" section. Please take a look to see if you can add a citation and work them into the bio. Thanks!

On 26 Mar 2015 at 02:42 GMT Heather Husted wrote:

I searched the Dorset Subsidy Rolls database here: but was unable to locate Pilsdon (aka Pilson aka Pilsden).

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