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Matthew Moulthrop (bef. 1608 - 1668)

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Matthew Moulthrop
Born before in Wrawby, Lincolnshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married in Wrawby, Lincolnshire, Englandmap
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Died in New Haven, Connecticut Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Mar 2011
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Categories: New Haven, Connecticut | Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | Puritan Great Migration.


Mathew Moulthrop came from Wrawby, Linconshire in 1640.[1]

Matthew Moulthrop, the founder of the Moulthrop family in America, was born in England; was at New Haven in 1639; died 22nd December, 1668. Admitted to First Church, New Haven, before 1644; married in England, Jane, surname unknown, who died in May 1672 in New Haven. Wills of both are found in Volume I of the New Haven Probate Records. Matthew was prominent in the affairs of the New Haven and East Haven Colonies, in both of which he held office; he fought in the Indian Wars. Matthew had three children: Matthew, Elizabeth and Mary.[2]

In April 1999 Patricia Law Hatcher’s articles in The American Genealogist[3] presented well-researched documentation for the wife and ancestors of Matthew Moulthrop. Many of the connections she gives are prefaced by the words "possible" or "possibly", but appear to be likely. Matthew Mowthropp, the possible son of John Mowthrop and Elizabeth (Elsabet) Hardie was baptized at Bridlington, Lincolnshire March 6, 1607/8. Matthew's wife was Jane Nicholl, the daughter of Thomas Nicholl and Dorothy George. They were married May 13, 1633 at Wrawby, Lincolnshire, England. His occupation given at his marriage was glover.

Matthew Moulthrop died in New Haven, Connecticut, December 22, 1668.[4] His parents are not mentioned, but Jacobus does say that Matthew's sister Ellen married William Luddington. Jacobus indicates that Matthew's wife was Jane ---, who died May 1672 in New Haven. Patricia Law Hatcher's research showed that Ellen Ludington was not the sister of Matthew Moulthroup; she was the sister of his wife Jane Nicholl. (See page 89 of her article.)


  1. Robert Charles Anderson, "The Great Migration Directory", page 234, refers to Patricia Law Hatcher's articles as his source.
  2. Nelson O. Rhoades, “Genealogy of the Moulthrop Family, Connecticut”, Tuttle Antiquarian Books, 28 S. Main St., Rutland, VT 05701 (802)773-8229,
  3. Patricia Law Hatcher, “The Wives of William Luddington and Matthew Moulthrop of New Haven, Connecticut, with Their English Origins,” The American Genealogist, Vol. 74, No. 2, April 1999, pages 81-96 and July 1999, pages 209-224.
  4. Donald Lines Jacobus, "Families of Ancient New Haven", Vol V, page 1234 (Moulthrop Family)

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