"THOMAS WELLES, of Wethersfield, Conn., was born in England say 1629, whence! he was taken with his parents to America in 1636, and landed at Saybrook, Conn.
He was taken to Hartford,' Conn., in 16!16, and to )Vethersfield in 1037, where he liveJ the residue of his lifetime, and died in the spring of 1663, aged about 41 years.
"He WM the largest and tallest man of his time, in Hartford, with a strong mind and sterling, honorable character."
"Grave of Tho's Welles, 7 feet."
"He was chosen Quarter-Master un«ler command of i\lajor · John Masori at Hartford, March 11, 1658."-Hartford Records, Vol. 2, page 90.
He was chosen Deputy Magistrate at Hartford, May 15, 166:! and February 22, 1603,-Hart. Rec. Vol. 2, page 157- and was appointed to consider a case at the same time.-See page 160.
"Was named in the Royal Charter, obtained by Governor W-inthrop in 1662, ,as a grantor."-Sav. Die.
This, I think, is a mistake, and that it was the (tovernor, his father, who was named, because the application was signed by Henry Wolcott also, and he died before Governor Thomas Welles (Albert Welles).
" He was killed by a fall from one of his own cherry trees (as the Roxbury Church Records state.) These cherry trees, some unpracticed reader of the old records, has, by conjecture, given as 'chariot,' in copy of 'Bradstreet's Journal,' as if in 1668, in the stre~ts of Hartford, chariots were plenty as cucumber11. "-Savage's Dictionary.
Thomas Welles was married in Hartford June 23, 1654, to Hannah, widow of John Pantry of Hartford and daughter of Richard Tuttle of Boston."
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