Roger (Terrill) Terrell

Roger (Terrill) Terrell (abt. 1616 - bef. 1682)

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Roger Terrell formerly Terrill
Born about in Stepney, Middlesex, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Connecticutmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Milford, New Haven, Connecticutmap
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Roger (Terrill) Terrell migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Roger Terrill[1][2] was born in England. He died [3] 1682 in Milford, New Haven, CT. Roger married Abigail Ufford.


Roger Terrill[4][5][6]
Roger Terrell[4][7][8][9]


1610 Nasing, Essex, England
1610 Stepney, Middlesex, England[5]
1616 Stepney, Middlesex, England[7][6]


ship "Lion/lyon" landing at Boston in May, 1632
MAY 1632[4]
1632 Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts[4]


1638 or 1649 Milford, New Haven, CT[7]
03 NOV 1644 Milford, New Haven, Connecticut[10][11][12][8]
03 NOV 1644 Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut[8]
03 NOV 1644 USA[8]
1649 Connecticut[7]

Military Service

1635 Pequot war


1639 Founder of Milford
1639 Moved to Milford, New Haven, Connecticut
BEF 1639 Migration, Roxbury, Massachusetts[4]
22 FEB 1682 Will Proved, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut


Nasing, Essex, England
1660 Milford, New Haven, Connecticut[13]


Age: 70
FEB 1681/82 Milford, New Haven, Connecticut[6]
FEB 1682 Milford, New Haven, Connecticut[8][6][9]
An Inventory was taken 22 Feb 1681/2


Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA[6]


Terrill may be spelled Tercill, Turrell, Terril, Tyrrell
One of the founders of Milford
The English family of this name was established by Sir Walter Tyrrell, who came with William the Conqueror and was prominent in the battle of Hastings in 1066. Sir Walter and wife Alix built the Chateau de Poix et de Moyencourt and the fortress of Famechon and was one of the most powerful lords of Picardy. He married (first) Olga, a Saxon girl; (second) Alix, Dame de Fremontiers. His son Walter died before him, leaving a son Walter III, who accidentally killed William Rufus, king of England, and died at one of his chateaux in Picardy in 1135; he was a crusader and was at the siege of Jerusalem; he married Adelaide Giffard, granddaughter of Walter Giffard, first Earl of Buckingham. Walter III was succeeded by his son Hugh, who was also a crusader; married Ada d'Aumale, descendant of Richard II, Duke of Normandy, and from Ralf de Mortemer, Baron of Wigmore. Roger Tyrrell, son of Sir Hugh, and grandson of Hugh Tyrrell, mentioned above, succeeded to the vast possessions of his father in Hampshire and county Essex, England, and became the ancestor of all the English branches of the 1922 family. The Tyrrell coat-of-arms is described: Argent within a bordure engrailed gules two chevrons, azure. Crest: A peacock's tail issuing from the mouth of a boar's head, couped, erect. Motto: Sans Dieu Rien.
(I) Roger Tyrrell, descendant of the English progenitor, Roger Tyrrell, was born in England and came to this country about 1637 with a company from London under Eaton and Davenport and became one of the original settlers of Milford, Connecticut. In 1639 he married Abigail Ufford (or Ulford), daughter of Thomas and Isabel Ufford, who came from England on the ship "Lyon" in 1632, locating first at Roxbury, Massachusetts, and finally in Milford. They had sons Roger, mentioned below; and John, born at Milford, August, 1644; perhaps other children.
(II) Roger (2), son of Roger (1) Tyrrell, was born at Milford about 1639. He was admitted a freeman in 1669. His widow Sarah died April 13, 1728. He appears to have removed early from Milford to what is now Woodbury, Connecticut. Children: Abigail, baptized January, 1682; Sarah, March 16, 1684; Stephen, July, 1691; Ezra, April 16, 1693; Timothy and Martha (twins), November 19, 1697.
- Source Information:
Terrill, ROGER, Milford 1639, if Barber, Coll. 231, be correct; is count, there among freem. 1669; and
at the same time John, perhaps his br. was propound, for freem. He m. the d. of the first Thomas Ufford. His d. Abigail m. William Tyler.
- Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Volume 4. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1862.
Looking at Roger's Inventory……
Although we have no will for Roger Terrill of Milford, Connecticut, we do have a listing of his inventory, dated 22 February 1682.i
It reveals that Roger was quite well-off for the times, and, that he was heavily involved in farming.
The three men who "apprized" and then recorded Roger's inventory…. John Beard, John Stream and Samuel Clark…. clearly were very thorough, and at times, waxed almost poetic.
It is seldom one sees in such a document phrases like…. "worne pen box," or, "A small black cow w[ith] a white face an very gentle"…. nor the listing of not only the dung fork, but the "dunge 10 shilling."
Some of the items on the inventory bear explanation. Perhaps the most unusual on the list is "beetle rings." A beetle is a heavy round wooden mallet used to drive in wedges in carpentry work, and the head is bound with metal rings to keep the striking surface from splitting.
The "bill" is a bill-hook, an agricultural implement consisting of a thick, heavy knife with a hooked end. It had many uses, but was effective for chopping off small branches of trees or cutting apart entangled vines or roots.
The "gridiron" is a platform of iron bars with short feet and a long handle for cooking meat over a fire. The "buck tub" is a washing tub.
The "whippletree" [photo] is a pivoted or swinging bar to which the traces of a harness are fastened and by which a plow or conveyance is drawn.
Roger put the whippletree to good use. He had "1 great plow," and, "one good plow" as well as "1 small plow, a harrow & teeth" along with lots of chains and "yoaks" for his four oxen.
Roger had plenty of land to put to the plow. We know this not only from the numerous land deeds dividing up his estate amongst his children after his decease, but also from the listing in the inventory. Besides the usual house, barns, orchard and homelott, his land holdings included the "…lott on bare [Bear] necke… the springlott… the great meadow…meadow at Creeke… oyster meadow… New meadow… the Rocke lott good and bad [another colorful inventory detail]… the land at Newfield… Wigwam lott… mill lott…"
And, speaking of "Wigwam," Roger's inventory included "Wampom" valued at 8 shilling. Besides the oxen, Roger had steers, cows, swine, pigs, heifers, horses including "1 mare & yeare old colt running in ye woods," and lots of sheep…. sheep-raising being a profitable farming trend in 17th century England.
The inventory listed 103 pounds of flax, and flax would have been used in his 5 yards of "course linnen," 17 ½ pounds of "course yarne," and 34 pounds of "loome yarne." Thanks to the sheep, some mattresses and pillows were stuffed with "flocks." Other stuffing material included feathers, straw and interestingly, "cattaile."
Roger's inventory shows not one, but two bibles, and other books as well. Too bad our meticulous inventory-takers didn't list the titles of those books.
So…. what does all of this tell us about Roger? We know he successfully represented his father-in-law when his son, John Ufford, was called before the New Haven court on a serious matter… "Rogger Terrill who spake for old Vffote"ii… so Roger must have had some standing in New Haven and perhaps some knowledge of law.
And, he may have had something to do with boats in coastal Milford as the New Haven town records show on 27 January 1668: "Tomacke, an indian, being accused of stealeing an Anchor with Perry from Roger Terrill of Milford & now examined, he Confessed ye fact, & was sent back to ye Authority of milford to bee dealt with according to law."iii
But it is Roger's inventory that identifies him as an undoubtedly industrious and prosperous farmer, who left an estate of over £678. By comparison, his well-connected father-in-law, Thomas Ufford, who signed the original Springfield agreement and served twice on the Connecticut Colony jury, left an estate "within the bounds of Milford and Stratford" of £289, which was so "much of it as was left."iv
Roger's wife Abigail (Ufford) made a will that was recorded around 1689, but sadly it was in the missing first pages of the second volume of New Haven Probate Records, and is thus lost to us, although the reference to it is found in the index.v
If Roger made a will, there is no record of it. This leads to some speculation that his death may have been sudden, as his land… which was referred to in deeds by his children as their "inheritance," and "shares belonging to me of my father's homestead"… was negotiated among his children after his decease rather than being an estate of "what was left."
Perhaps he succumbed to the influenza-like episodes that recurred in Connecticut during While for now we can only speculate on both Roger's origins in the Old World and the circumstances of his passing in the New World, his inventory gives us a tantalizing glimpse into his productive life.
i. Roger Terrill Inventory of 22 February 1682, LDS Film #5294, New Haven, Connecticut Probate Records Vol. 1-2, 1647-1703 pp. 102-04 from 2d Part of First Book, from 1666 To 1687 Containing Wills, Inventories.
ii. Records of the Colony or Jurisdiction of New Haven, Charles J. Hoadley, pp. 201-212.
iii. New Haven Colony Historical Society Ancient Town Records Volume II 1662-1684, p. 245.
iv. New England Historic Genealogical Society Great Migration Study, Robert Charles Anderson, Vol. 3, p. 1857.
v. Ancestry of Rev. Nathan Grier Park, Edited by Donald Lines Jacobus - "Roger Terrill"
vi. Professor John Putnam Demos, Entertaining Satan, p. 373.
(from p. 1:)
Roger Terrill / An Inventory of the Estate of Roger Terrill late of Milford deceased
Taken & apprized by us underwritten February 22nd 1682----------- £ s p
Imprimis: His Wearing Apparrell 7£.15s.6p; other things in ye parts/ 1 coverlitt 1£.4s 08:19:06
# One rug 6s/ 2 blanketts 1£.6s/ 1 bed & bolster of feathers 4£.8s 06:00:00
# Bolsters & 3 feather pillows 2£.6s/ 1 bolster & pillow with flocks 10s 02:16:00
# Curtains & vallans 1£.8s/ bedstead cord & matt 1£.6s/ 1 cattaile bed 14s. 03:08:00
# 3 blanketts 1£.9s.6p bed, bolsters & bedstead 1£.1s/ 2 payne new sheets & 1 pn more 2£.14s 05:04:06
#5 payne 14s. & 1 payne 10s/ 3 payne of sheets 1£.16s/ 1 payne more 14s 03:14:00
# 1 payne 10s./ 1 larger sheet 9s/ 3 tablecovers of linnen 9s.6pn 01:08:06
# 1 fine table cloth fringed 5s.1p/ 3 old ones more 3s.6p/ 1 doz ½ of napkins 13s.6p 01:03:00
(from p. 2:)
# [illegible] 18s.6p/ l bolst pillow 5s/ 4 more 10s/ 3 more 2s 01:15:06
# [illegible] 7s.6p /3 window curtains 10s.6p/ 6 cushins 10s/ ___ cloths 7s 01:15:00
# Needles; brimston [sulfur?] and other things in a till of a chest 5s.6p/ 4 baskets. 2 smoothing irons 7s 00:12:06
# 5 yards of course linnen 12s.6p/ a remnant of sacking 5s A case with 2 bottles 4s 01:01:06
# 2 smoothing irons/ A looking glass & brush 1s.6p/ 4 glasse bottles 2s.6p 00:04:00
# A warming pan 8s/ spoons, sizzars, spectacles with box 10s/ 5 chests 1£.10s 02:08:00
# 2 great chayns 4s/ 5 small ones 5s/ 2 fine slicers & a pr of tongs 10s 00:19:00
# A lampe, baskett, yarne & scales 4s/ a pr of stillyards10s a table 1s 00:15:00
In ye new rooms/ 1 coverlitt & blankett 2£.2s/ A flock bed & straw bed 1£.3s 03:05:00
# A bedstead, cord & matt 16s. A table, trough, wheels 17s/ 2 saddles & a pillion 1£.6s 02:19:00
5 old corne baskets 2s.6p/ 17# ½ course yarne 1£.3s/ 34# of loome yarne 3£.19s 05:04:06
A baskitt of candles 12s/ cands lamp bandeleers 3s 00:15:00
Sithes, blades & basketts 3s./ sole leather, sives 6s.6p/ A halter & lumber 2s 00:11:06
In the chamber/ A bed & bolster 1£.4s/ 2 coverletts & one blankett 2£.12s 03:16:00
One bedstead cord & matt 5s/ 1 bed & 2 bolsters 1£.10s/ 1 new coverlett 1£.10s 03:05:00
1 little flock bed 12s/ 1 bedstead, cord & matt 14s./ 5# wooll in a baskett 6s 01:12:00
103# flax 3£.17s/ Ropes & pully blocks 12s A sithe & furniture 5s. a sett of spoaks & 4 sickles 9s 05:03:00
8 bushell of meale 1£.12s/ malt & salt 12s/ old barrlls & hhds13s.8p/ tobacco with hops 1£.15s 04:12:08
13 bushels indyan corne 1£.12s/ 35 bush: of wheate, 1 of rye 8£.19s/ 50 bushels: of oats 5£ 15:11:00
Wampom 8s In ye cellar 2 caske 2s/ 6 barrells of cydar 4£ 04:10:00
1 barll: beefe, 1 ½ porke 7£.5s/ 6 old barrlls - other lumber 9s/ a keeler churne & whea 8s. 08:02:00
2 halfe tubs, a tea mill & payle 4s.6p/ meale tub with cover 2s.6p/ a can, 2 bottles 5s.6p 00:12:06
20 lb hogs fatt, 2 earthern potts & 1 earthn pott 9s.4p/ molasses, butter & tub 8s.4p 00:17:08
Tobaccoe, hhds of apples 8s.8p/ In ye Kitchin/ 2 qut & 2 pint potts 19s/ 3 drinking cups11s 01:18:08
3 porrengers, a saltsellar 8s: a grill & qut pott, a dram cup & old bottle 4s. 00:12:00
3 plattes 7 1/2# 18s/ worne pen box 7#.00#.14s/ 1 chamber pott 6s/ 2 dozn ½ trenchers 3s.6p 02:01:06
1 brasse kettle 5£/ 2 more 4£/ 2 more kettles - 1 Danielle 1£.2s/ 1 skillette 8s/ 1 more 3s.6p 10:13:06
2 bibles & other books 10s/ 3 tin pans, 3 fryeing pans 14s/ a coledish & gridiron 4s 01:08:00
2 tramells 6s.3p /tongs a shoviell 5s/ 3 iron potts, 2 potthooks 1£.19s 02:10:03
3 candlesticks 3s.6p/ nayls great & small 10s.6p/ a chisel, 2 gouger & rub stone 4s 00:18:00
Iron & collor 8s/ boxes & 3 wedges 12s/ beetle rings 3 knives 3s.6p/ 1 pr of shears 2s/ 1 old sithe 18 01:07:06
Fron & bill 1s.6p/ 2 pr fettes 8s/ 3 old hoes a mattocke 9s/ 4 axes & a marking iron 13s.6p 01:12:00
1 muskett, 3 bridles 1£.8s/ a stave, some links 3s/ 1# powder & horne3s. a lanthorne 20 wooden disks 6s 02:00:00
21 wooden boles & trayes 17s.2p/ 2 cheessalts & tops 4s.3p/ A padlock & hinge 3s/ 6 payles & bucktub 9s 01:13:05
T__ hoes & basketts 1s/ earthen chynye ware 9s/ a tinnill & other tinnes 1s.3p/ a table & formes 1£ 01:11:03
3 pease hooks 3s/ 5 bags or sacks 12s/ In ye leantoo/ A shovel & dung forke 2s 00:17:00
4 iron hoops 8s: A forme, ressin & lumber 4s.6p/ a cheespress & tub 4s. a bottle & hourglass 1s.3p 00:17:09
In ye yard: 3 ladders 10s/ 2 shovells 4s Indyan corne in ye barne 3s.9p/ 1 spade 1s dunge 10s 01:08:09
1 cart & furniture 2£.8s/ 1 great plow with some furniture16s/ one good plow with all its furniture 18s 04:02:00
1 small plow & that on it 6s/ ½ a harrow & teeth 18s/ 1 drag chayne 1£/ 1 chayne 7s/6p/ 1 morer 6s 02:17:00
2 pr iron braces & 2 whippletree chaynes 1£.6s/ 2 yoaks & furniture 6s/ 1 top yoak & furniture 3s.6p 01:15:06
1 half bushel & yocke 4s.6p A fann 10s/ 2 more 2s.6p/ 1 iron crow 24 ½# 14s/ 4 pitchforks 6s 01:17:00
3 collars with 2 payre of harness & iron hookes 02:08:00
The house, barns, orchard & homelott £112/ the ten acre lott on ye bare [Bear] necke £70 182:00:00
The springlott 73£.10s/ the great meadow 36£. The meadow at Creeke £40/ oyster meadow 4£ 153:10:00
New meadow 5£/ The Rocke lott good & bad 30£ .16s/ the land at Newfield 38£ 73:16:00
Wigwam lott 9£/ mill ___ lott 1£.10s/ corne on the ground 13£.15s 24:05:00
Cattle in ye yard A black and white faced oxe 6£.4s/ 1 more black oxe 5£/ 2 black small oxen 10£.10s 21:14:00
2 steeres 4 years old white back pyde 10£/ A blacke cow with a calfe by her side 4£.14s 14:14:00
A pyed cow with calfe by her side 4£.16s/ A short ___ cow 6 year _____ 3£.13s 08:09:00
A small blacke cow w a white face an very gentle 3£.2/ 1 heifer ______ black with white __£__s [illegible]
1 heifer of ye same age with brown back 3£.14s/ 1 heifer _________________ 3£.15s [illegible]
(from p. 3:)
# one blacke heifer 2 years old a white face2£.8s/ another of same age [illegible]
A yeare old heifer blacke grisled some white 1£.14s/ a steer of same age [illegible]
Sheep, 8 weathers at 14s piece 5£.12s/ 8 ewes with lambs by their side 5£.12s 11:04:00
8 sheep & more at 11s pr piece 4£.8s/ one bay horse 3£.5s/ 1 blacke horse 3£ 10:13:00
1 mare & yeare old colt runninge in ye woods 2£.5s/ 2 swine 1£.12s/ 4 pigs 1£8s 05:05:00
John Beard 35:02:00
John Streame 31:12:06
Samuell Clarke 610:13:11
The totall summe errors excepted is 677:08:05
26# of bacon at 6p. __# 001:03:00
- New Haven, Connecticut Probate Records, Vol. 1-2, 1647-1703 pp. 102-04. Some of the inventory was illegible, or too blotched
for accurate transcription.
Note: The English family of this name was established by Sir Walter Tyrrell, who came with William the Conqueror and was prominent in the battle of Hastings in 1066. Sir Walter and wife Alix built the Chateau de Poix et de Moyencourt and the fortress of Famechon and was one of the most powerful lords of Picardy. He married (first) Olga, a Saxon girl; (second) Alix, Dame de Fremontiers. His son Walter died before him, leaving a son Walter III, who accidentally killed William Rufus, king of England, and died at one of his chateaux in Picardy in 1135; he was a crusader and was at the siege of Jerusalem; he married Adelaide Giffard, granddaughter of Walter Giffard, first Earl of Buckingham. Walter III was succeeded by his son Hugh, who was also a crusader; married Ada d'Aumale, descendant of Richard II, Duke of Normandy, and from Ralf de Mortemer, Baron of Wigmore. Roger Tyrrell, son of Sir Hugh, and grandson of Hugh Tyrrell, mentioned above, succeeded to the vast possessions of his father in Hampshire and county Essex, England, and became the ancestor of all the English branches of the 1922 family. The Tyrrell coat-of-arms is described: Argent within a bordure engrailed gules two chevrons, azure. Crest: A peacock's tail issuing from the mouth of a boar's head, couped, erect. Motto: Sans Dieu Rien.
(I) Roger Tyrrell, descendant of the English progenitor, Roger Tyrrell, was born in England and came to this country about 1637 with a company from London under Eaton and Davenport and became one of the original settlers of Milford, Connecticut. In 1639 he married Abigail Ufford (or Ulford), daughter of Thomas and Isabel Ufford, who came from England on the ship "Lyon" in 1632, locating first at Roxbury, Massachusetts, and finally in Milford. They had sons Roger, mentioned below; and John, born at Milford, August, 1644; perhaps other children.
(II) Roger (2), son of Roger (1) Tyrrell, was born at Milford about 1639. He was admitted a freeman in 1669. His widow Sarah died April 13, 1728. He appears to have removed early from Milford to what is now Woodbury, Connecticut. Children: Abigail, baptized January, 1682; Sarah, March 16, 1684; Stephen, July, 1691; Ezra, April 16, 1693; Timothy and Martha (twins), November 19, 1697.
- Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. 1911.
The Terrill Surname
Roger's surname was spelled "Terrill" and "Terill" in Milford records, but that does not mean that it was spelled that way in England, and it is certainly not spelled that way for a large number (perhaps the majority) of his descendants. Spelling was a haphazard business [back then], usually left to the whim of the recorder of a record. The following are some of the many spellings of this same surname:
These spellings are from the cover of the Spring 2009 issue of the Tyrrell Family History Society (England) Newsletter.
Roger Terrill of Milford
Although Roger Terrill's roots in the Old World aren't proven, he did leave some record of his life in New England.
In 1639, Roger was admitted to the Milford society along with eight other planters who were not "settled in the church." He rectified that status on 25 July 1644 when he joined the First Congregational Society at Milford, and Abigail "wife of Brother Roger Terrill" joined on 3 November of the same year.
Roger's last name is spelled "Terill," different than Abigail's. This is not at all unusual as spelling was a haphazard business, usually left to the whim of the recorder of a record.
What was Roger's Congregational Church of Milford is now the white, gracefully-spired church called The First United Church of Christ (Congregational). The first meeting house was built in 1640, "thirty feet square," and rolling drumbeats called settlers to worship and town meetings. A "three-decker" second meeting house was built in 1728. The cornerstone for the third meeting house was set in 1823 and is the present- day structure at 34 West Main Street in Milford.
By 1645 most of the planters had erected frame houses in the old lean-to style, which were covered with rent-ash shingles. The settlement was surrounded with palisades twelve feet high enclosing a square mile. The palisades were needed because the Indians weren't friendly. In 1646 the Indians went on the warpath and tried to burn down the town by setting fire to the countryside. After this display of hostility, sentries were posted along the palisades, and each household was required to furnish one watchmen who did sentry duty every fifth day. Planters didn't venture outside of the palisades except in armed parties, and during this time of unrest the whole colony lived in fear.
Milford is located on the inner coast of Long Island Sound where the Wepowaug River flows into the harbor. The cascading river provided the power for the first grist mill in all the New Haven towns. The Milford settlers were mostly from Essex, Hertfordshire and York counties in England. In 1639 there were approximately 200 settlers in Milford.
In historic Milford is a monument and manicured boulevard park called the Milford Green around which was situated the early shops and homes devoted to business, and today is downtown Milford. Directly north of the Green is the original site of Roger's almost three-acre home lot, which is approximately from the corner of Beardsley and Jepson Drive, along Jepson Drive to High Street. The land is now a part of the campus of Lauralton Hall, a private girls' school.
Roger has a colorful land acquisition record. In the Milford Land Records we find in 1646 that he evidently had taken over land claimed by another and was duly reprimanded: "General Court at Milford December 24th 1646 decreed that Roger Terrell is to give back again, that land which is in his possession, which was laid out for Philip Hatley." Notice the "give back again".... Philip Hatley was Roger's neighbor to the north, and evidently he found Hatley's land quite enticing. But, perhaps Roger had the last laugh as Philip Hatley left town in 1649.
Roger's original home lot as described in the Records of 1646: "Roger Terrill hath two acres three roods and twenty poles be it more or less being bounded with a high way to the west, Phillip Hatley on the north with other lotts to the east and Sergeant Camp to the south." Many other acres of land were allotted to Roger for pasture, agriculture and possibly commerce as one of his grants of land abuts the "Comon" on the north and west.
One way that Roger and Abigail's children have been identified is through land records, with references such as "upland and meadow which was formerly my father's Roger Terrill late of Milford deceased."
Roger was a victim of thievery by an Indian in 1669 ("an Anchor with Perry" was a 10 gallon keg of pear cider). The New Haven town records show the following:
"At a Towne-Meeting - January 27, 1669. Tomacke, an indian, being accused of stealing an Anchor with Perry from Roger Terrill of Milford and now examined, he Confessed ye fact, and was sent back to ye Authority of milford to bee dealt with according to law."
About 1639 (this approximate date is not proven but generally accepted) Roger married Abigail Ufford, daughter of Thomas and Isabel Ufford. Thomas was a "free planter" founder of Milford in 1639. He was from Nazeing in Essex, England and according to the Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, by James Savage, Thomas "came in the Lion arriving at Boston 16 September 1632 with wife Isabel, and ch. Thomas, John and a daughter who married Roger Terrill, but whose name is not seen."
Evidently Roger had some standing in New Haven, for Thomas Ufford appointed him to represent his son, John, in an issue before the Court at New Haven in 1657. It seems John Ufford had gotten himself into a complicated personal situation by obtaining a divorce (something rarely granted) on a claim of impotence, only to then be charged with fornication with his father's servant, Martha Nettleton, when she turned up pregnant.
John was allowed to marry Martha, although the Court was miffed at being misled in the matter of his first marriage and subsequent divorce, and his conduct after. Considering the punishments such behavior usually received, Roger must have been quite persuasive with the magistrates.
Roger and Abigail had eleven children:
  1. John, baptized August 1644
  2. Abigail, baptized August 1644. By 1660 she had married William Tyler. They had twelve children born in Milford including twins born in 1670 who died "soon."
  3. Hannah, baptized August 1645. She married John Skeels of Woodbury, CT and they had their first child of record in November 1678. As a younger woman, in 1670, she had a "natural child" by Robert Hudson of Rye, New York. Hannah and John's first child, born in Woodbury, died young, but she had six other children. She died 11 November 1730.
  4. Samuel, baptized 31 October 1647. He settled in Brookhaven, Long Island, NY and raised a family.
  5. Roger, baptized 20 January 1649/50, was a Founder of Woodbury, CT and is listed as a signer of Woodbury's Fundamental Articles in 1673. He joined the church there in 1676. He fathered seven recorded children. He died 17 April 1722.
  6. Joseph, baptized in 1652, had "defective understanding." He died in 1689, or when about 37 years of age.
  7. Mary, born 12 February 1653, baptized 2 March 1654, and died 3 May 1654 when only a little over a year old.
  8. Ephraim, born 8 April 1655, baptized 15 April 1655 and died "soon."
  9. Thomas, born 23 October 1656. He removed to Elizabethtown, New Jersey, then to East Hampton, Long Island in 1688, and then Essex County, New Jersey in 1694 where he died in 1725. He was married twice, his first wife the daughter of Robert Dayton. His second wife was Mary Hampton. Thomas, a blacksmith, named four sons in his will.
  10. Daniel, born 1 March 1659/60, and died 10 June 1727. He remained in Milford and married first Mary, daughter of Thomas and Ruth (Clark) Fitch, and second, Abigail, daughter of Henry and Lydia (Brown) Bristol. He fathered ten recorded children, all by Mary Fitch.
  11. Eleazer, born 20 September 1662 and died the same day.
Roger died in either late 1681 or early 1682 as there is an inventory of his estate dated 22 February 1682, taken by John Beard, John Sherman and Samuel Clark. It totaled £701, a considerable amount at the time.
Milford First Congregational Church Records - Vol. I, 1639 - 1837
Note: Five volumes of the Records of the First Congregational Church of Milford were brought to the Connecticut State Library on 30 January 1930 by David A. Clarke, 5th, for his father, David L. Clarke, Clerk of the Church. These records begin in 1639 and come down to 1926.
While every effort was made through the decades to take proper care of these records, it was not until the early 1900s that they had the protection of any kind of safe. When they came into the custody of Mr. Clarke, he placed them in his safe located in his home. It was this safe which, when the Clarke home burned in 1922, preserved these invaluable records dealing with the religious life of Milford from 1639. While some of the pages were badly charred, no part of the records were lost.i
Thus, the LDS films of these records are very dark in places, while as others have suggested, the handwriting especially that of the second pastor Roger Newton, is difficult to decipher. Where the record is unclear, other sources were used to augment and complete the birth and/or baptism record for the children of Roger and Abigail (Ufford) Terrill.
On the old parchment cover in which this book was originally bound was the date Ano 1608 & a masonic figure.
The book was probably brought from England by Mr. Prudden - in the year 1637. It had been used for an account book before it was applied to the present use - a number of leaves having been cut from the beginning as appeared before it was rebound. The pages in the record book are unnumbered, so the year is used as the identifying placement on the film.
Recorded by Pastor Peter Prudden:
July 25 . . . . Roger Terill. [admitted]
August . . . . John Terill. [baptized]
. . . . . . . . . . Abigail Terill. [baptized]
November 3 Abigail wife of brother Terrill. [admitted]
January . . . .Isabel, wife of Thomas Uffitt. [admitted, mother of Abigail Terrill]
February 11 .Thomas Uffitt himself. [admitted, father of Abigail Terrill]
August . . . . [Hannah Terrill - baptized]
October 31 . .Samuel son of Roger Terrill. [baptized]
January 20 . .Roger son of Roger Terrill. [baptized]
January 4 . . .Joseph son of Roger Terrill. [baptized]
March 2 . . .Mary d. of Roger Terrill she dyed May.3rd. following. [bapt. & death] .
{Feb 12} . . . Mary Terrell [born] da. Roger. [MV Vol.1, p. 7]
April 15 . . . . . Ephraimiv son of Roger Terrill. [baptized]
April 8 . . . . . . .Ephraim Terrell [born] son of Roger. [MV Vol.1, p. 8]
… Pastor Prudden died in July of 1656. The First Church of Milford remained without a settled pastor after the death of Peter Prudden until 1660. Church records end in March 1656 and don't resume until July of 1660. Therefore, there is no record of baptism for Thomas2 or Daniel2 Terrill in this record.
October 23 . . . .Thomas Terrill [born] son of Roger. [MV, Vol.1, p. 10]
March 1 . . . . . . Daniell Terrill [born] son of Roger [MV, Vol.1, p. 12]
Recorded by Pastor Roger Newton:
September 14 . .Eleazer son of brother Terrill. [baptized]
September {20} . .{Eleazer} Terrill [born] son of Roger. [MV Vol.1, p. 14]
i. From a note dated 4 February 1930 in the Milford First Congregational Church Records, LDS #1012263, by Geo. S. Godard, Connecticut State Librarian.
ii. Ibid. Frontspiece page.
iii. History of Milford Connecticut 1639 - 1989, Federal Writers Project, pages 28 & 29.
iv. The American Genealogist, Vol. 25, p. 37 by Donald Lines Jacobus "The Terrill Family of Connecticut." It may be that Jacobus found this record in the original Milford First Congregational Church records, some of which is impossible to read in the film copy.
v. The American Genealogist, Vol. 9, pages 100-119, "Milford (Conn.) Vital Records" (= MV). The curly brackets indicate those parts for which TAG was uncertain of the accuracy of their transcription. The Barbour Collection has two records of Eleazer's birth, both giving 20 Sept. 1662 (MV 1:5 & MV OL:14). Obviously either the date of birth or the date of baptism is incorrect.
Milford Land Records for Roger Terrill
Volume I, Page 1, November 20th 1639
These persons whose names are here under written [are allowed] to be free planters having for the present lib[erty to act] In the Choice of Public officers for the Public Affaires in this Plantation.
Zachariah Whitman Henry Stonhill Thomas [Lawrence]
Thomas Welsh Nathaniel Baldwin Thomas [Stanford]
Thomas Wheeler James Prudden Timothy [Baldwin]
Edmond Tappe Thomas Baker Georg [Clark Junr]
Thomas Buckingham George Clarke Senr John Bu[rwell]
Richard Miles George Hubburt Henry B[otsford]
Richard Platt Jasper Gunn Joseph B[aldwin]
Thomas Topping John Fletcher Philip H[atley]
Mr. Peter Prudden Alex: Bryan Nicholas [Camp]
William Fowler Frances Bolts John R[ogers]
John Astwood Micah Tomkins Thomas [Uffott]
Richard Baldwin John Birdsey Nathaniel [Briscoe]
Benjamin Fenn Edmond Harvy Thomas T[ibbulls]
Samuell Coley John Lane John Sh[arman]
John Peacocke William East
The power is setled in the Church to chuse persons out [of themselves] to divide the land into Lotts, as they shall have light [from the] word of God, and to take order for the timber.
Robert Plum John Baldwin William [Brookes]
Roger Terrel William Slough Robert T[reat]
Joseph Northrupp Andrew Benton Henry Ly[on]
William Fowler Edmond Tappe Zachariah Whitman [John] Astwood Richard Miles are chosen for Judges in al civill [Affaires who] Are to try al causes Between man and man, as [a Court] to punish any offence and Sin against the Command[ments] wherein, till A Body of Lawes Shall be Establish[ed to] observe and Apply them Selves to the rule of the [written word of] God.
Note: The tight binding of the Record Book containing this document precluded the ability to photocopy what was written on the far right-hand side of this document. The words and phrases in the brackets "[ ]" were taken from a later handwritten transcription on the same film.
Volume I, Page 12:
A Generall Court at Milford December 24th 1646 ordered that Roger Terrell is to give backe againe, that land which is in his possession, which was laid out for Philip Hatley.
Ordered that all, and every part and parcell of every mans land, both upland meadow, and house lotts shall be recorded in A Book keept for that purpose, and whatsoever part or parcel of any mans land, shall be Sold, or Allianated, or Exchanged or given from time to time, or at any time hereafter, it shall be brought, by either he or they, who bought the said land or meadow, unto him appoynted to record, to be entered in the said Book of records, and by both the parties who so Exchang, or he that hath it a gift, before the particular court, next after such bargain or Allianation. And such land or meadow soe Exchanged or given upon pain of forfiture double the price for recording it, and what other damage may follow, upon such Defects. and he who is appointed to enter the afforesaid lands, or meadow, shall give into the next particuler court, after such Allianations Exchangs or gifts, A copie of such allianations, exchanges or gifts, as have been before, that accordingly the court may levie, & dispose such rates as are due upon the right and proper owner of the land, from time to time, and may cause the treasurer to require, that which is Just upon Every man…..
Note: On December 24, 1646, it was ordered by the General Court that every transfer of property, whether by sale, gift or inheritance, should be recorded in a special book. The fee for recording the transfer was to be twopence, and twopence for a copy of the deed. Two months was the time limit allowed for recording a land transfer, with a fourpence penalty for failure to comply with the law. (History of Milford Connecticut 1639-1939, Federal Writers Project, Page 24.)
Volume I, Page 20
A General Court at Milford [illegible]
Ord that Mr Prudden shall have his half division in place where he desireth (which is) in the bottom [of] his owne and other mens meadow near unto [pa__...] River.
Ord that Nicholas Camp Senr shall have a peece of his half division in the place where he desireth [. .] beyond Mr. Whitmans meadow near Pagasich. Thomas Tibbulls is granted a piece of land for his quarter division in a place where he desireth [which is] unto the beaver pond. And Roger Terrell his last quarter in that place by him if there be Enough.
Volume I, "Home Lotts" Page 80
Roger Terrill hath two acres three Roods and twenty poles be it more or less, being bounded with a high way to the west, Philip Hatley on the north with other lotts to the South East, and Sergeant Camp to the South.
Volume I, Page 81
Roger Terrill hath Sixteen acres be it more or less being bounded with a high way to the North and South, with John Lanes to the East and Phillip Hatlyes on the West.
Volume I, Page 98
Roger Terrill hath one acre be it more or less, being bounded with a Creek East and west, with John Birdseys South, and with Phillip Hatleys North.
Poconock Creek Meadow: 1646
Roger Terrill hath five acres be it more or less, being bounded with a high way Sergant Camps and Phillip Hatleys South, with a Creek East, with a high way and the Common North, and with the Common West.
Volume I, Page 113
Rogger Terrill hath for his halfe Division of Land Nine acres a halfe and five pole, and for Satisfaction for his home lott, one Rood & twenty pole whereof one [part] Containing Six acres, bee it more or less, lyeth on bever pond plaine bounded with a high way South, East and West, with Henry Botchfords North Another parcell lyeth on bever pond plaine Containing four acres and a halfe which halfe [being] to Equall it to other land, bounded with a high way north & south with [illegible] East, with Common West: (note) halfe an acre for satisfaction is not to be charged [with rates]
Volume I, Page 114
Roger Terrill hath for his Second division of Meadow two acres and one Rood bee it more or less, lying in the Oyster Meadow bounded with a Creek East, with Mr. Fowlers South, with the Common West, and with John Roggers North.
Volume I, Page 127
Roger Tirrill hath for his halfe Division of Lande Seventeen Acres and twenty pole, which lyeth on the New Medow Plaine or Field the Meddow Shott and to Equall it with other lands, Eight acres one Rood and twenty pole, in all twenty five acres and an half bee it more or less, being bound with Samuell Coley North, Nicholas Camp South wast land west and the high way East, (Note, that Fourteen acres and three roods is not to pay Rates.
Volume I, Page 136
Roger Terrill hath two acres of land lying in the West field and to Equall it with other lands six acres in all Eight acres bee it more or less, being bounded with his own land East Joseph Northrupps land South, and the Comon West and North.
Volume I, Page 146
Roger Terrill hath for his first halfe Division Tenn acres and to Equal it to other lands five acres, in all Fifteen acres lying att Wigwam hill, being bounded with the high way East and North, with a high way and the Ministers Lott, the River or a little waste land West, and a high way and farmer Clarks South and by that high way nineteen rods in breadth and in length one hundred and sixty rods, and by John Uffits fence, the length of Uffitts Lott, and by the high way South, it is twelve Rods wide.
Item, for his last halfe Division Tenn Acres whereof one parcell lyeth beyond the Negrowes well Containing seven acres, and to Equall it to other lands, seven acres in all Fourteen acres, being bounded with his own land and the Northrupps land East, with Capt. Beards land South, a path of six rods wide to the poynt West, Thomas Tibball Junr North, And another parcell att Break Neck plaine, Containing three acres Seized acre For acres, being Eighty Rods long, and Six Rods wide being bounded with Samuell Newton East, with Common South, with Nathaniell Baldwin weaver his land, West & North.
His son Joseph Terrill hath for his first halfe Divison Five acres and to Equall it to the other lands five acres in all Tenn acres bound with Thomas Tibbals East, Common South, a high way of two Rods wide north, and with Eliazur Rogers South.
Item, for his second halfe Division Five acres, and to Equall it to other lands one acre, lying in the Oyster Meddow or river plain being bounded with Roger Newton East, a path South, in Oviatt West and Comon North, In length Fourty Rods, in breadth twenty Rods.
Volume I, Page 166
Roger Terrill bought of Henry Botchford one parcell of land Containing one acre and a halfe and of John Rogers one acre a halfe be it more or less, lying togethers on bever pond plain, bounded with a [off of page] West, with George Clark Junr, North, now Henry Botchfords East, and with his own land South.
Volume II, Page 52
General Court held at Milford March 19th 1659 or 60…..
Page 53
Concerning the land in the New Meadow plain the town Agreed by a full vote first to lay out that lott beyond Jesper Gunns lott then to lay out the midle shott* and to begin to lay out next the New Meadow path and so to lay out that shott and then to begin at the further end of the shot next the river then to lay out the slipe of ground between the high wayes the first lott in the shott is to lie next the river then the midl shot on the left hand of the new meadow path, and to begin to lay out first at the New meadow path, and then the other shott to begin to lay out at the new meadow path.
These persons that were willing to take up land in the New meadow plain agreed to cast lotts and haveing cast lotts
Joseph Baldwin is to have the first lot
Joseph Peck the ------------------- 2 . . . . . . . . . . . Nicholas Camp --------------------- 10
Junior Clarke ------------------------ 3 . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Bryan ----------------------- 11
Thomas Tibballs -------------------- 4 . . . . . . . . . . . Thomas Hine ------------------------ 12
Mr. Newton --------------------------- 5 . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Holbrook ------------------- 13
John Platt ----------------------------- 6 . . . . . . . . . . . John Lane ---------------------------- 14
Thomas Farman -------------------- 7 . . . . . . . . . . . Senior Clarke ------------------------ 15
Samuell Coley ----------------------- 8 . . . . . . . . . . . Timothy Baldwin -------------------- 16
Roger Terrell ------------------------ 9 . . . . . . . . . . . John Rogers ------------------------- 17
*A shot and shott (or chott) is a shallow brackish or saline marsh or lake usually dry in the summer.
Roger Terrill Stands up Before the Court on Behalf of His Brother-in-law
This story is comprised of two Jurisdiction of New Haven Court cases in which Roger Terrill was involved. We have decided to let the Court records tell the story, in their own words, and in their own spelling! The two cases tell us something about everyday life in the Ufford household in Milford in the 1650s. Of course the household experienced better days, but you wouldn't expect to find records of those in Court proceedings. These records here may be all that are available to us.
When Thomas Ufford's son John was charged with fornication with the maid (an extremely serious charge in Puritan times), Thomas, undoubtedly failing in health, asked son-in-law Roger Terrill to stand in for him at Court. So Roger stood in for Thomas and lent support to John by his presence there. And John and the maid, Martha Netleton, were let off without corporal punishment (whew!), although both had to pay hefty fines to the Jurisdiction. And happily, but perhaps unexpectedly, the Court decided to permit John and Martha to marry, which is what they fervently wished to do. The Court felt compelled, however, to warn both Martha and her father that previously, at the time of the divorce proceedings between John and his first wife, Hannah, the Court had decided that John was unworthy of marriage, and had forbidden him to remarry.
The case had a further unexpected twist: The Court decided to re-examine the divorce case since it now appeared that Hannah, who had since remarried, had not been guiltless. This second case was perhaps held on a later day of this same session of the Court. It quickly becomes apparent in the proceedings that the marriage between John and Hannah was an arranged one, and that no one considered it necessary to get Hannah's approval. From the start, Hannah was a rebellious bride. We won't spoil the story by telling more of it in this prologue. We'll just comment that when a panel of Puritan magistrates brought up the possibility of the death penalty with regard to your case, thoughts of continuing a rebellious stance vanished, and complete compliance with conditions of the Court's more lenient decision became a matter of utmost urgency!
From: Records of the Colony or Jurisdiction of New Haven, from May 1653, to the Union, together with the New Haven Code of 1656, by Charles J. Hoadly, M.A., Hartford: Case, Lockwood and Co., 1858.
Case 1: from pp. 201-202
Theophilus Eaton, Esqr, Gouernor.
Mr. Stephen Goodyeare, Dept. Gour.
Francis Newman, }
Mr. Benja: Fenn, } Magistrats.
Mr. William Leete, }
John Vffoote was called before the court, and charged wth committing fornication wth Martha Netleton, wch was his fathers seruant, and first was read what had passed at a former court, when his wife and he was deuourced, and he was told that he might obserue thereby how carefull the court was to doe nothing in that buisnes but vpon cleere ground, wch they had then from himself, that he was not fitt for that relation, neither wth that woman nor wth any other, and judged so himselfe yt he neuer should be fitt, wch was also confirmed by his father. Now it is a strange thing, that after all this he should miscary in this manner.
John Vffoote confessed that he had committed filthyness wth this woman, Martha Netleton, and that she was wth child by him, and professed he was sorey for his sinn therein committed against God, but yet desires the court to consider the case, [132] being before (though by his owne fault) || deuourced for insufficieney, wch he hopes might in time haue appeared otherwise, if his wife had caryed it toward him as she ought, but now findeing the neede of that help, was by ye power of temptation and corruption in his owne heart ouercome, he desired the court would be fauourable to him, and yt he might haue libertie to marry this woman Martha, wch is his fathers desire also, as Rogger Terrill who is appointed by his father did now declare to the court, and goodman Netleton, the father of the woman, being prsent desired ye same also.
Martha Netleton confessed that she hath committed fornication wth John Vffoote, and is wth child by him, wch was in Nouembr last; she was told there are some suspitions that she hath caryed it ill wth some other p[er]son, but she denyed it and said she is as innocent in that case as the child new-borne.
The Court hauing considered the case did declare, that as things are now represented to them, they thinke he is not vncapeable of marriage, howeuer things haue passed formerly, wch they intend to inquire after. The fact now committed they thinke deserues corporall punishment, but considering she is wth child, and as they vnderstand hath some faynting fitts and so may be apt to receive hurt by it; they haue considered his case also as it hath bine presented, and by way of sentenc doe order, that John Vffoote paye, as a fine to the jurisdiction, tenn pound, and that Martha Netleton paye, as a fine to the jurisdiction, five pound, and if further miscariage be proued hereafter, they must expect to heare of it againe, and for the marriage, the court is willing that attending the law in that case, and proceeding in a sober way, they may marry so soone as they shall see convenient for ym; but she and her father were told that they haue heard what hath passed concerning formerly, and yet notwthstanding by this their desire they show that they judg him a man fitt for that relation, and therefore how-euer things may proue, they haue no cause to make any more questions in that case; they all declared themselues satisfyed in that p[ar]ticuler.
[Case 2: from pp. 209-212]
John Beard and his wife Hannah, wch was formerly the wife of John Vffoote, was called before the court, and she was told that the court hath heard sunderie reports of her ill cariage, wth wch they are much vnsatisfyed, and p[ar]ticulerly that she did not cary herselfe as a wife towards Jno Vffoote when she stood in that relation to him, but hath wthdrawne that loue and respect wch she ought to haue showed, and hath showed more familiaritie and content in ye company of others then was meete and comely for one in that relation. It is reported that vpon marriage day to Jno Vffoote, she should say that she was resolued to keepe herselfe a maide for one yeare, and there be more then one that say that John Woods reported this, that his wife then liuing at Milford heard her say so. Hannah Beard said that she remembers it not.
John Vffoote who in this case complained as haueing bin wronged by her, presented some testimonies to the court, wch were read, wherein Mris. Ferman, Elizabeth Hinde ye wife of Tho: Hinde, and Isabell Langden the wife of Tho: Langden, doe joyntly and seuerally affirme that they heard goodwife Beard say when she was Jno Vffoots wife, when a fast was kept at old Vffoots house, I did not fast, but filled my belly as full as I could, and when they prayde one way I prayde another way. This Hannah Beard acknowledged was true, and said it was her great sinn for wch she is sorey; she was told it is a high p[ro]vokation of God, and that wch sheweth a prophane spirit in her, beside the discouery of her spirit in refferrenc to John Vffoote who was then her husband. This fast was kept [137] to seeke God to fitt him for his duty toward her, || but it seemes she had no desire that should be obtayned, but rather that he might continew vnable still, (if it were so,) that she might thereby wringe herself from him, for when they prayd God to fitt him, she praide otherwise.
Thomas Hinde, his wife, and goodw: Langden doe testifye they heard the said Hannah Beard say, that if she was p[ar]ted from John Vffoote, she would quickly be married againe, and also that they heard her say at another time, when she was Jno Vffoots wife, that John Vffoote was a foole and she could make him say what she listed. These things were fully proued, and she denyed them not, and was told that the carriages doe show that she had no wife like affection to John Vffoote, wch might make him say as he did; and John Vffoote now said that she told him if he would confesse himselfe insufficient, she would liue wth him halfe a yeare longer, and in that time he hoped it might appeare otherwise, whereby he was drawne to say as he did, but it was his great sinn, but ye said Hannah denyed that euer she said so to him. Another writeing from Mris. Ferman was read, wherein it is testifyed that she heard goodw: Beard say, when she was John Vffoots wife, that it is a pittious case that she must liue wth one that she did neuer loue. The court told her that they haue heard of some vnsuitable carriage wth other men, and in p[ar]ticuler one that Mr. Hudson can speake to, who was called, and affirmed that while this woman was Jno Vffoots wife, he being occasionally at Milford in the winter time, some snow being newly fallen, and he not very well, wanted a horss to come home, he mett wth a sea-man, whose name he desirs to conceale, that told him that he could help him to one, and he had him to John Vffoots; they went into the house and this young man asked for his wife, he said she was not at home, she was gone to Newhaven, they sat downe a while and tooke a pipe of tobaco, and in that time she came home and there was such mutuall familiaritie betwixt this sea-man and her as he thought was vnseemely and he was troubled at it; the man was knowne to be loose and vayne in his life and conversation, and his cariage a greife to his relations, but she called him brother, and he called her sister, and there was some whispering betwixt them, holding their faces neere together, manyfesting much intimacy, and when they were come forth he asked him how they came so familiar, he said he vsed to frequent the house, but the magistrate heard of it and threatened him, and then he durst goe no more, but then they improued ye night season, and went into the meeting house and discoursed together. Goodw: Beard was asked what she said to this, she owned what was said was true, onely that aboute the meeting house she denyed, but said that the generallitie of her carriage hath bine vnsuitable for a wife, yet she had bine no hinderanc to him in way of conjugall duty, wherevpon some other testimonies were read, formerly taken by Capt. Astwood, brought then to cleere his sufficiency and her refusall, for ye first Obed Soward, Francis French and some other affirme, the p[ar]ticulers whereof modesty suffers not to mention, but ye summ is that it showes an appearanc of his sufficiency before marriage, for the second, vizt, her refusall, Thom: Langden vpon oath affirmeth, that lying at goodman Vffoots one night in the chamber ouer ye roome where Jno Vffoote & his wife lay, he heard them discourse together and heard her say, if he would not let her alone, she would goe out of ye bed and lye in ye floore, after he spake to her of it, she owned ye words, but gaue this as the reason, that her husband would not let her [138] haue any cloathes to couer || her. This was the night after the day of humiliation had bine at goodman Vffoots.
Edward Camp now in court affirmed, that he lay one night at goodman Vffoots, in the chamber ouer the roome where John Vffoote and his wife lay, and when they were in bed he heard say plainely, stand away, let me alone; some body laye wth him whom he asked the reason of this disturbanc, and he said alass that was nothing to what they sometime haue.
Mr. Fenn said that he hath heard that sometime ther hath bine such disturbance as the old man hath bine faine to rise out of his bed and call to ym, and wish his daughter to attend advice.
Goodwife Beard was told that these things doe make it probable that she hath willfully refused to doe her duty to her husband, but she would not owne it. Mr. Hawley, brother to ye said Hannah Beard, now informed the court, that Mris. Astwood told him, that her husband Capt. Astwood told her, that Jno Vffoote hath said ther was no blame one her part; wch is no maruell if he should, seeing she hath said he was a foole and she could make him say what she lists.
Richard Baldwine, being desired by her and her brother, had libertie to speake, and informed that she yeilds herselfe guilty of much euill and of many vnworthey and vnsuitable cariages for one in such estate as she was, (and feares she may be culpable of punishmt thereby,) specially before the courts counsell to her, but after she yeilded her-selfe and sought help from him, but Rogger Terrill who spake for old Vffoote said that the night after the courts admonition, she refused and run out of bed. Mr. Fenn said old goodman Vffoote spake to the same purpose, and Thomas Langdens testimony lookes that way, being the night after ye humiliation, and for her seekeing help of him, Jno Vffoote saith that one time she spake something that way, but it was in scorne.
The Court hauing heard these seuerall passages, tooke the matter into serious consideration, and doe conceiue that the former deuource, in respect of them wch procuried it, seemes to be a horrible sinn, and goodwife Beard hath cause to lay it sadly to heart, for the scope of the proofe seemes to runn that way as if she did refuse her duty and befooled him and drawne him to say what she listed, to force herselfe out of his hand. And were the thing fully proued, it could be no less then death, for he that puts away his wife, except it be for fornication, and marries another, committs adultery, and the same law is in case of ye woman. But vpon the proofe as it is, the court doth judg that it deserues to be punished both wth fine and corporall punishment, but considering of Hannah Beard as a wife and subject to some weakness, wch the court would not increase, therfore they shall pass it wth a fine, and seeing she did receive of Jno Vffoote formerly thirty pound for wrong done by him to her, wch now appeares otherwise, that she therfore repaye him that thirty pound back againe, and for the charge and trouble the jurisdiction hath bine at in this buisnes, that she pay ten pound as a fine to ye jurisdiction, and that she make a full acknowledgmt, both here and at Milford, of her miscariages as it hath now appeared, and if after any further fact be proued, the court must take the matter into consideration againe and possibly come to another sentence. Goody Beard now before the court and many witnesses owned her sinn and acknowledged herselfe guilty of these miscariages as hath bine related.

Came from England on the "Lyon" in 1632.

Settled in Boston, served in the Pequot War. Later moved to Milford, CT. Husband of Abigail Ufford Terrill.
Family links: Children: Roger Terrill (1649 - 1722)


Roxbury, Massachusetts; Year: 1632; Page Number: 16. Roger Terrill Year: 1632
Source: KING, CAROL TYLER. Our Second Boat Ship List. In Second Boat (Downeast Ancestry, Machias, ME), vol. 16:4 (Fall 1996), pp. 14-20. Page: 16
Connecticut; Year: 1620-1650; Page Number: 113
Boston, Massachusetts; Year: 1632; Page Number: 286
  • Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890 (Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999). Microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes. Roger Terrell State: CT County: New Haven County Township: Milford Year: 1660. NPN Database: CT 1635-1807 Misc. Records
  • Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2004)
Roger Terrill Gender: Male Birth: EN 1616
Spouse: Abigail Ufford. Birth: 1620. Marriage: 1638 CT


  1. Colonial Connecticut Records
  2. Campbell: p. 549
  3. Abbott: p. 737.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Filby
  5. 5.0 5.1 AGBI
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Find A Grave
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Yates
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Torrey: p. 744
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sons of the American Revolution
  10. Tyrrell: p. 6
  11. Savage: Vol. 4, Page 268
  12. Anderson: A - B. Vol. 1, 1999. p. 67-69.
  13. Jackson

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Roger and Abigail Terrill
Roger and Abigail Terrill


On 6 Mar 2018 at 16:54 GMT Anne B wrote:

Dates changed, sent note to changer re source.

On 30 Jul 2017 at 21:00 GMT Anne B wrote:

Terrell-880 and Terrill-6 appear to represent the same person because: Merge into Terrill-6

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