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Joseph Northrup (1623 - 1669)

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Joseph Northrup
Born in Wilkenfield, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Milford, New Haven County, Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Milford, New Haven, Connecticutmap
Northrup-126 created 4 Jul 2012 | Last modified | Last edit: 21 Sep 2017
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Categories: Milford, Connecticut.


Open Questions

Parents of Joseph:

Father: Joseph Northrup b: ABT 1603 in Derbyshire, Eng. [citation needed]
Mother: Katherine Birdsey b: ABT 1603[citation needed]

Which Great MIgration Ship did Joseph sail on? A.J. Northrup lists "Hector and Martha", however it seems most likely that there were two ships, the Hector and the Martin. On the Hector is a listing for a Mathew Moulthrop, Francis Newman and Robert Newman. These are transcriptions, review of the actual manifest might be useful.


Joseph was born about 1620 in England. [1]

He emigrated in 1637 and settled in New Haven, Connecticut in April 1638.[1]

He united with The First Church in Milford on 9 Jan. 1642.[1]

He married Mary, daughter of Frances Norton. [1]

Joseph and Mary were married Apr 1646 .[2][3]

Joseph died 11 Sep 1669 in Milford.[1]

Children of Joseph and Mary

  1. Joseph. b. July 17, 1649. at Milford.[1]
  2. Samuel. b. Oct. 26, 1651. at Milford.[1]
  3. Jeremiah, b. Jan. 14, 1653. at Milford. m. Phoebe (--?--).[1]
  4. John. b. Sept. 7, 1656; prob. d. before 1683. at Milford.[1]
  5. Zophar, b. June 21, 1661. at Milford.[1]
  6. Daniel. b. Aug. 7, 1664. at Milford.[1]
  7. William. b. June 2, 1666. at Milford.[1]
  8. Mary, b. Jan. 6, 1670. at Milford.[1]

Introduction to Northrop Genealogy, by A. Judd Northrup

It was the height of the tyrannus reign of Charles the First, and the persecutions of Laud, the prelate of the English Church, who sought to exterminate Puritans at the dissolution of the Parliament of 1629, that multitudes of Protestant non-conformists emigrated to America seeking refuge in a country where they might have freedom of conscience and worship. The great emigration began in 1630, and continued until about 1640.

Among these seekers for religious freedom were Eaton and Davenport's Company, " of good characters and fortunes." JOSEPH NORTHRUP, it is said on good authority, was a member of that company. They came from England in the ship "Hector and Martha", landing in Boston, July 26, 1637. The emmigrants of that period were, in great part, men of the professional and middle classes, some of them of large landed estate. The bulk, however, were God-fearing farmers from Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, and Kent. It cannot be determined from which county Joseph came, perhaps from Yorkshire: and if of Sir Richard Saltonstall's company, as it has sometimes been asserted, this is highly probable.

Sir Richard Saltonstall's company had spent some time at Wethersfield, CT, having come there from Watertown, MA, but later came to New Haven. The Eaton and Davenport company, meanwhile had sailed down the coast from Boston, in search of good harbor, until they came to New Haven, where they found the object of their search, and remained at New Haven about a year.

In 1639, members from both companies formed the settlement of Milford, CT. The Hertfordshire and the Yorkshire emigrants seemed to have tended to Milford, while the others went to Guilford. The Reverend Peter Prudden, of the Saltonstall company, whose wife was from Egton, Yorkshire, went to Milford. He was much beloved, and many Yorkshiremen followed him

On Nov. 29, 1639, the little company who had come to Milford from New Haven, signed a document which laid the foundation for their government of the "plantation". It read: "Those persons whose names are hereunto written are allowed to be Free Planters, having for the present, the liberty to act in the choice of public officers, for the carrying on of public affairs of this plantation". Church membership was a condition of admission as a "free planter". Forty-four persons signed as such. Joseph Northrup, who was one of the company, was not then a church member, but with nine others was permitted to sign under the names of the full-fledged Free Planters. At a General Court (town meeting), held Nov. 24, 1640, the place was named "Milford". On Jan. 9, 1642, Joseph joined the "First Church of Milford" (organized at New Haven, Aug. 22, 1639, just before they came to Milford), and thereby became a rightful member of that privileged class.

He was married to Mary Norton about 1647. He died Sept. 11, 1669, thirty years after the settlement of Milford.

His will was dated Sept. 1, 1669. It mentions of his children only Joseph, Samuel, Jeremiah, and John. His wife survived him, and made her will Jan. 24, 1683, mentioning Joseph, Samuel, Jeremiah, (omits John, who probably was dead) Zophar, Daniel, William, and Mary- the latter two being in their minority- also her mother Norton. Inventory of estate dated Feb. 28, 1669.[1]


  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 A. Judd Northrup. The Northrup-Northrop genealogy a record of the known descendants of Joseph Northrup, who came from England in 1637, and was one of the original settlers of Milford, Conn., in 1639 ; with lists of Northrups and Northrops in the Revolution. Grafton Press. New York. 1908. An Book. AJNorth 1908
  2. Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records Before 1699; Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA: Biblio Co., 1926. American Marriages Before 1699 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1997.
  3. Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004. U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2012.


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On 21 Sep 2017 at 13:44 GMT Victoria VanAllen wrote:

The records I have seen indicate that "Northrup" is the preferred spelling for this generation of the family

On 20 Sep 2017 at 02:47 GMT Mark Burch wrote:

Northrop-280 and Northrup-126 appear to represent the same person because: clear duplicate, need to decide which LNAB is correct

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