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Jarvis Mudge and John Henryson Families of Connecticut

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Synopsis of Article by Gale Ion Harris The American Genealogist 81: 18-29 (2006)

Jarvis Mudge and John Henryson Families of Connecticut

Gale Ion Harris.

A previous article : The 1699 will of Martha Henryson, Hartford, named dtr. Elizabeth Hadlock. This Martha was the “grandchild Martha Hanison” named in the 1663 will of George Steele of Hartford.

Robert Charles Anderson and Jacobus point out that Steel didn’t name the parent of Martha Hannison, but obviously one of his daughters (unaccounted for) so Mary or Margery.

Children of Steele:

  1. Richard b. say 1610; d. at Hartford by about 1640, when he was mentioned as deceased in the land inventory of his father
  2. Margery, bp Fairstead, Essex, 24 Sep 1612. No further record (n.f.r.)
  3. John bp Fairstead, 2 Sep 1615; died soon
  4. John bp. Fairstead 20 Sep 1618; n.f.r.
  5. Mary bp. Fairstead 7 May 1620; n.f.r.
  6. James bp Fairstead 30 Nov 1622; m. (1) (possibly at Guiford 18 Oct 1651) Bethia Bishop, d/o John Bishop, [TAG 36:188-89]; m. (2) by 1685 Bethia (Hopkins) Stocking, widow of Samuel Stocking [TAG 36:188]
  7. Elizabeth, bp. Fairstead 4 May 1628; m. Hartford 1 May 1645 Thomas Watts [HAVR 606; TAG 22:161]
  8. Sarah buried at Fairstead 10 Nov 1629.

Evidence proves Martha’s father was Jarvis Mudge of Connecticut. He had dealings in Hartford and Wethersfield in the 1640s and died in New London before 17 Mar 1651/2. He married about 1640, an unknown wife now shown to be a dtr of George Steele. He m. (2) Rebecca (____) Elsen widow of Abraham, by 6 Dec 1649.


6 Dec 1649 : Particular Court : the house etc of the relict of abraham Elsing, now the wife of Jarvis Mudge ... for the use and benefit of the two dtrs of Abraham Elsing. Recorded in Wethersfield dtrs of Abraham and Rebecka his wife.

Sarah Elsen b. 17 Mar 1643/4.
Hannah Elsen, b. 15 Aug 1645.

1653 John Nott of Wethersfield, fined for miscarriage with the widdow Mudge. She was given permission to sell land at Pequot for bettering the children’s portions. Rebecca Mudge, late of Pequot. All reasons to believe that Widow Mudge returned to Wethersfield, making her in the correct area to become the wife of Nathaniel Greensmith.

Rebecca and Nathaniel were accused of witchcraft and executed 25 Jan 1662/3. 11 Feb 1662/3 the court ordered that their estate be preserved, debts paid, and “to dispose of the 2 daughters” who are identified as Hannah & Sarah Elsen. They claimed the remainder of the estate.

The conclusion is that Rebecca had no children except Hannah & Sarah Elsen, that the Mudge children were her stepchildren. They perhaps lived with their grandfather George in Hartford.

Children of Jarvis and [Mary?] (Steele) Mudge.

  1. Moses Mudge b. c. 1640 (aged 41 years or thereabouts 7 Feb 1680/1)
  2. Martha Mudge b. say 1642. m. John Henryson. Her dtr Martha named in George Steeles will.
  3. Micah Mudge b. say 1645 (based on 25 at marriage)
  4. Mary Mudge b. say 1647

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