Richard Lord I
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Richard Lord I (bef. 1612 - 1662)

Captain Richard Lord I
Born before in Towcester, Northamptonshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1635 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died after age 50 in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Aug 2009
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Richard Lord I migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See Great Migration Begins, by R. C. Anderson, Vol. 2, p. 1198)
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Richard Lord was baptized in Towcester, Northamptonshire 5 January 1611/12, son of Thomas and Dorothy (Bird) Lord.[1][2][3]

He emigrated in 1633, settling initially at Cambridge, removing to Hartford in 1636. He was a trader. This list of debts owed to his estate showed a wide-ranging trade from Barbados in the south, Massachusetts Bay and England.

He was one of the original proprietors of Hartford, Connecticut Colony, 1636. His name is on the Founder's Monument. Richard Lord was one of the patentees for Connecticut's Royal Charter 23 Apr 1662.[4][5]

  • On 5 April 1638 Connecticut court "thought meet that the costlets that were in the last service shall be made good to the Commonwealth and made as serviceable as before, and that Richard Lord shall take such costlets into his custody as are in the meeting house of Hartford and make them up, and when they be fitted up the said Lord is to bring in his note and the Court to appoint one to view the same, and when they are certified to be in good kilter there must be speedy course taken by the Court for the speedy payment of the said Lord."[6]
  • In April 1642 Connecticut court ordered "that there shall be a restraint for any person within this jurisdiction from trading wth Indians in Long Island, until this courte in September come twelve month, only Tho:[mas] Steynton and Richard Lord have liberty to go one vyadge, for the putting off the smale commodities they have provided for that end, and to gather in their old debts."[7] On 12 October 1643 "Richard Lord for his miscariedge in draweing his sword and using threatening speeches in contending wth Tho[mas] Stanton about trading for indean corne, is fyned to pay to the Country five pownd."[8]
  • On 5 March 1644/5 "Richard Lord being convented before the Court for altering an execution issued out, his misdemeanor therein is looked upon as an offense of a high nature, but conceaveing yt a sudden, inconsiderat act, and finding him much humbled and affected therewth, giving full acknowledgement of his offense, he is adjudged to pay to the Country five marke."[9][10] On 28 January 1646/7 "Richard Lord for transgressing the order against selling lead out of this jurisdiction is fined seaven pound."[11]

He served as Deputy for Hartford to Connecticut General Court many times between 1657 and 1661.[12] He was elected captain of a company of troopers organized in three Connecticut river towns 11 Mar 1657/8.[13]

Richard Lord was one of the largest landholders in Hartford.

He died in New London, May 17, 1662, in the 51st year of his age, and his gravestone may still be seen there. [14]

NOTE: Anderson, citing Richard Lord's inventory, gives his death date as 10 May 1662 in Hartford.[15]


His inventory, taken May 1662, totalled L1539 9s 5d with an additional L1949 1s 8d due to it from debts. Administration was granted to his widow 5 Sep 1662. The estate was distributed by the court as follows:

  • Mrs Sarah Lord, relict
  • Mr. Richard Lord, his son
  • Sarah Lord his daughter

In her own will dated 2 August 1676, proved 7 Sep 1676, his widow bequeathed to a number of people including:[16]

  • daughter Haines
  • daughter [in law?] Lord
  • Dorothy Ingershall (alias Phelps)
  • Hannah Ingersall (alias Kelsy)
  • Dorothy Lord Jun
  • my cousin Priscilla Brackett (alias Renolds) of Boston
  • my cousin Sarah Brackett (alias Shaw)
  • my kinsman Wm. Chapman
  • my cousin Margarye Ingersoll (under 18)
  • Mary Lord (alias Omsteed)
  • Sarah Lord, daughter of my brother Wm Lord
  • Mary Lord daughter (under 18) of my brother Thomas Lord deceased
  • Richard Lord the son of my brother Willm Lord


  1. Richard, b abt 1636 (d. Hartford 5 Nov 1685 "being 49 years of age" [HaVR 593]; m in Springfield 25 Apr 1665 Mary Smith, dau of Henry Smith [Pynchon VR 58]
  2. Sarah, b say 1649; m by 1669 Joseph Haynes, son of John Haynes.

COMMENTS: Savage gives Richard Lord a daughter Dorothy, but no evidence for her is seen. His mother was named Dorothy, and he also had a sister by that name.


  1. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins..., Boston, MA: NEHGS (1995), p 1200, citing Lord Genealogy, p. 2
  2. Genealogical Notes On the Founding of New England page 273
  3. Towchester Parish register image 102 by subscription at: accessed 4 Feb2020
  4. Trumbull, J. Hammond. (transcriber) The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut from 1665 to 1676; with the Journal of the Coucil of War 1675 to 1678... Hartford: F A Brown, 1852. AKA Colonial Records of Connecticut. Vol II.1665-1678. Google Books p. 4
  5. Anderson p. 1199
  6. Connecticut Colony Records, p. 17
  7. Connecticut Colony Records, p. 74
  8. Connecticut Colony Records, p. 94
  9. Connecticut Colony Records, p. 123
  10. a marke=13s 4d.
  11. Connecticut Colony Records, p. 146
  12. Connecticut Colony Records, pp 288, 300, 306, 315, 323, 340, 353, 365
  13. Connecticut Colony Records, p. 309
  14. Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford
  15. Anderson, p 1200
  16. Anderson, pp 1199-1200, citing Manwaring 1:216-217
  • Trumbull, J. Hammond. (transcriber). The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut Prior to the Union with New Haven Colony May 1665. Hartford: Brown and Parsons, 1850. AKA Colonial Records of Connecticut. Volume I. 1636-1665 Google Books

See also:

  • Genealogical Notes On the Founding of New England, database online,, Ernest Flagg, (Hartford, Connecticut, Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1926), p. 273.
  • Barbour, Lucius Barnes, 1982, Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, Maryland and Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc., Glastonbury, Connecticut pp.371
  • Kenneth Lord, Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Lord: an Original Proprietor and Founder of Hartford, Conn. in 1636, (New York, 1946)
  • The Descendants of William Lord, Sr., b. 1535, d. 1610, Yelvertoft or Towchester, Northhampton, England, p. 2, James T. Lord, rev. through 2014, unpublished. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden

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Find a Grave has date of death as 17 May in New London County.
posted by Scott Hutchins
Emily, George, Daniel and Ellen: I transferred data for Richard Lord from his father's profile, Thomas Lord. I don't know if perhaps a merge had gone wrong, but I fixed the data part by moving Richard's data to this profile.

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