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Elizabeth (Russell) Jones (abt. 1619 - abt. 1662)

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Elizabeth Jones formerly Russell aka Hyatt
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Sister of [half] and [half]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Colonymap [uncertain]
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Elizabeth (Russell) Jones migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Elizabeth Unknown / Russell ?

The identification of Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Hyatt and later Cornelius Jones, is based on the 1633 will of John Russell, of Dorchester, in which he leaves half his estate to his brothers Henry Russell and Thomas Hyatt. In this era Thomas Hyatt could be a half brother, the brother of his wife, or the husband of his sister.

Anderson's Great Migration article on John Russell, makes no comments about a relationship to Hyatt. In John Hyatt's sketch, he points out that there is no evidence to connect Thomas Hyatt of the 1633 will, with the Thomas Hyatt of Stamford in 1641.

Jacobus' Families of Old Fairfield, mentions the will, acknowledging that he knew of it's existence, but calls wife Elizabeth Unknown.

Birth - two possibilities

Perhaps Elizabeth was born about 1616 in Somersetshire, England,[citation needed] and was christened 2 Jul 1622 at Netherury, Dorset, England.[citation needed]

Perhaps Elizabeth was born about 1622 (1619) at Upwey, Dorchester, Dorset, England, to John Russell and Ann Parks.[citation needed].


Emigration: 1634, Sailed from London to Virginia on the ship Bonaventure[citation needed]


Elizabeth Russell married, first, Thomas Hyatt (Hoyt?) in 1643 at Stamford, Connecticut.[citation needed]

On December 7, 1641, Thomas Hyatt had received the grant of a house lot at Stamford.[1]


  1. Caleb, gave a receipt for his portion of the estate to father in law Jones, 23 Dec 1661. He settled in Rye, New York by 1678.
  2. Ruth, m. John Westcott
  3. Deborah, received her portion of Thomas' estate, 30 Nov 1669; m. 24 Oct 1672, Fairfield Moses Jackson.
  4. John, of Stamford. He sold land in 1668 and removed to Rye, New York between 1680 and 1683. He then went to Yonkers before 1689, when he gave a final discharge to his father-in-law Jones. He probably married Mary Jones , daughter of his father-in-law Cornelius.
  5. Rebecca, received her portion 13 Oct 1674.; m. at Milford (called of Stamford) 13 Nov 1678, Thomas Hine Jr.; she d. by 1684, when Hine married again.
  6. Thomas received his portion 21 Oct 1674. He was born 28 Mar 1650, at Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut; died 28 Mar 1698, at Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut."

Thomas died on 9 September 1656 at Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.[citation needed] The inventory of his estate was not presented until June 16, 1662.[citation needed]

The widowed Elizabeth Hyatt married Cornelius Jones at Stamford on October 6, 1657[2]

Research Notes

Thomas Hyatt was said to have been born 20 September 1618 at Upway, Dorset, England; but this is an error from attempts to connect Thomas to Simon Hoyt and Deborah Stowers. Note that the parents of Thomas Hyatt are not Simon Hoyt and Deborah Stowers as is sometimes claimed. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620–1633, by Robert Charles Anderson, vol I–III contains a detailed account of the family of Simon and Deborah (Stowers) Hoyt. It does not include a son named Thomas, and all of the children are surname Hoyt, not Hyatt. per Paul Prindle in 1976 [3] lists some records for Simon Hoyt, but they actually pertain to Thomas Hyatt of Stamford [4]. To add to the confusion, probate documents for Simon Hoyt and Thomas Hyatt are mixed together on the same pages of the Stamford records [5].

The NEHGR, vol. 21, p. 338 (footnote), includes the will of John Russell. It contains: "Halfe of my estate I give to the church of Dorchester, and halfe to my brothers, Henry Russell and Thomas Hyatt, except..."


  1. 1.0 1.1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, MA (compiler, editor.) History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield. Fairfield, Conn.: The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, 1930. (p.318)
  2. Barbour Collection, Connecticut Town Birth Records (pre-1870) - . (Ancestry on-line database)- Stamford, page 129: "Hyatt - Ezbel m. Cornelius Joanes, 8th mo, 6, 57
  3. Gillespie Anc 287
  4. Gillespie Anc 290; FOOF 1:318
  5. TAG 11:34

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On 20 May 2018 at 20:09 GMT Anne B wrote:

From the discussion in G2G and the information in her profile She should be Elizabeth Unknown. Would you kindly change her Last name at birth to Unknown. Thank you.

On 26 Apr 2018 at 19:43 GMT Anne B wrote:

Please see [ G2G question regarding identity of Elizabeth and her alleged parents John and Ann (Parks Russell

On 19 Aug 2014 at 01:04 GMT Jeffrey Evans wrote:

Looks like Elizabeth Hoyt marriage date should be abt. 1643. If she was born 1622, she would have been only 11 years of age at the time of a marriage in 1633.

On 30 Jul 2014 at 18:06 GMT Sheri Havens wrote:

Unknown-103172 and Russell-2304 are not ready to be merged because: Possibly the same but need to clear up discrepancies.

On 23 May 2014 at 12:41 GMT Hope Moore wrote:

Unknown-147518 and Russell-2304 are not ready to be merged because: There's not enough information...especially since there appears to be similar people that were only close in name. I don't want to merge them until more information is added.

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