Friday, October 26, 2007

Early America - William Kelsey 1600-1680, 11th great-grandfather


William KELSEY Arrived in New England 1632
11th great-grandfather
William KELSEY-b.1600 and Berthia HOPKINS / Mark KELSEY-b.1628 / Thomas KELSEY-b.1663 / Thomas KELSEY-b.1701 / Thomas KELSEY-b.1729 / Marcy KELSEY-b.1764 / Thomas LUCAS-b.1788 / Marcy Jane LUCAS-b.1814 / Polly WILLIAMS-b.1838 / Elizabeth Ann DAVIS-b.1859 / Laura Elizabeth PARKER-b.1889 / Kirt DeMar WOOD/b.1923 / Lark / TR

Source: http://www.thekelseykindred.org/
The Kelsey Kindred of America Descendents of the Puritan Ancestor, William Kelsey Genealogy from 1632 Cambridge, 1634 Hartford, 1636 Kenilworth Connecticut

THE ANCESTOR - WILLIAM KELSEY
William Kelsey, the first of the Kelsey name in America, was born in 1600, Chelmsford, Essex County, England. He was the son of George Kelsey Jr. and Elizabeth Hammond and had 2 brothers: John and Henry.

William Kelsey was one of the original "Braintree Company" followers of the Reverend Thomas Hooker, who came to America and they were the first settlers of "New Towne" (now Cambridge) Massachusetts in 1632. Reverend Hooker joined them the following year.

In June, 1636, Mr. Hooker and Mr. Stone, with more than 50 families of the "first church" (Mr. Hooker's) removed to Connecticut where, in the valley of the same name, they established another "New Towne" which was changed to "Hartford" on February 21, 1637. Among these were William Kelsey.

Coming to "Hartford" with the Hooker Company, William Kelsey was one of the "original proprietors" and, as such, his name appears on the "Founders Monument" in the "ancient burying ground" of the First Congregational Church of that city, presently known as "Center Church". His name is also found on the "Adventurers Boulder" located at City Hall, Hartford, CT.

In March 1663, William Kelsey and 26 others migrated to the "Hammonasset Plantation" and founded the Town of "Kenilworth", later changed to "Killingworth". In 1838, the town was separated into North and South parts. The South part called "Clinton" and the North, "Killingworth".

William Kelsey had 9 children: (his wife or wives have not been verified). Mark, Bethia (recent data questions this daughter's name; and, it is thought that it may be either Hester or Esther), Priscilla, Mary, John, Abigail, Stephen, Daniel, and William Jr.

Mark Kelsey lived in Windsor and Wethersfield. He first married Rebecca Hoskins, second Mrs. Abigail Atwood. Rebecca was the daughter of John Hoskins and his wife, Ann Filer. John Hoskins came to New England on the "Mary & John" in 1630. Mark and Rebecca had 8 or more children.

Priscilla Kelsey lived and died in Windsor, CT. She married Cornelius Gillette. They had 9 children.

Mary Kelsey lived and died in Windsor, CT. She married Jonathan Gillette (brother of Cornelius Gillette). They had 10 children.

John Kelsey removed to Killingworth with his father, William Kelsey, at the age of 27. He married Hannah Disborough 2 years later in Hartford, CT. They had 9 children. John and his father are noted as two of the first settlers of Kenilworth.

Abigail Kelsey also accompanied her father, William Kelsey, to Killingworth at the age of 18. She married Lieutenant John Hull. They had 4 children.

Stephen Kelsey lived and died in Hartford, CT. He married Hannah Ingersoll. They had 10 children.

Daniel Kelsey also removed to Killingworth with his father, William Kelsey, at the age of 13. He later married first Mary Stevens. They had 5 children. He married second, Jane Chalker. They had 5 children.

William Kelsey Jr. was born 3/23/1654. It is supposed that he died young before the family removed to Killingworth, CT.

6 comments:

Nancy said...

Thanks for posting this. I am also a descendant of William Kelsey and am working temporarily in NJ. My sister lives in MA and we planned to meet half way, she suggested Clinton. It is great to know I will be going somewhere that has some family significance! Where exactly is this marker?

Lark said...

The monument is located between 90 and 92 East Main Street in Clinton CT. It was erected by the Kelsey Kindred Organization.

I got the photo from the Kelsey Kindred Web site. It had been submitted by Douglas Kent Kelsey.

just me said...

I am so excited to see a Kelsey blog and what great info, I am trying to get as much Kelsey family as possible!!

Angela Johnson said...

I'm looking for some source information for William's wife. Do you know a source? I am writing a family history book (we also come through Mercy Lucas), and am finding disputes on Wm's spouse. I want my book to be right!

Lark said...

Look up information on 1- "Braintree Company" followers of Reverend Thomas Hooker. 2- First settlers of "New Towne" or Cambridge, Massachusetts 1632. 3- Settlers of Hartford, CT. 4- "Hammonossit Plantation" name later changed to "Kenilworth" then separated into Killingworth and Clinton. 5- Ancestor file.

You can find some information about "Marcy Jane LUCAS" (some times call Mercy)on this family blog. How do you go back to her.

Carolyn said...

Hello,
I recently tried researching the Kelsey lines in Chelmsford, Essex, without any luck. We searched the Parish Records, Bishops Transcripts for Chelmsford and the five surrounding Parishes. I even researched Hooker [including reading someone's Phd Thesis on him] for hints. However, I could not find a listing for a Kelsey nor a Hammond in any of those parishes. I am wondering if anyone has any documentation of the history ascribed to the Kelsey's before they arrived here.