Monday, January 24, 2011

Founders of Windsor, Hartford, CT

In 1633 William Holmes of Plymouth had sailed past the Dutch guns at Dutch Point and founded a trading post at Windsor. In 1635 sixty families set out for Windsor, little knowing of the hardships awaiting them. These Windsor settlers had first arrived in Boston in 1630 aboard the ship "Mary and John." After a few years of residence in Dorchester in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, differences between the new immigrants and their hosts led to the former's emigration to Windsor. Starting their journey in late autumn, the settlers ran into cold weather and a scarcity of food. The river froze, thereby preventing a supply ship from reaching them. Part of the group had to make an overland trek back to the Bay Colony. Fortunately, with the help of local tribes, those who remained were able to hold out until warmer weather arrived.

The settlement itself was on the west side of the Connecticut River across from the mouth of the Scantic River. In 1637, out of the fear of possible attack by Pequots, the newcomers built a fence around a part of their settlement north of the Farmington River.

Palisado Green, Palisado Avenue. This green marks the center of the palisaded area of the old settlement. In the center of the green is the "Ship Monument to Original Settlers," a tablet with a rendering of the ship "Mary and John." The monument marks the site of the settlement's first meeting house and lists the names of the original settlers.


Founders of Windsor, Hartford, CT

The following is a list of the Founders of the town of Windsor, amended and approved by the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor, Inc. as of June 1996.

George Abbot
Benedictus Alford
Samuel Allen
Matthew Allyn
Thomas Barber
John Bartlett
Margaret (Barret) (Huntington) Stoughton
Thomas Bascomb
Thomas Bassett
John Benett
Richard Birge
Capt. John Bissell
Elder John Branker
Jonathan Brewster
Thomas Buckland
William Buell
Joshua Carter
George Chappel
Daniel Clarke
Dea. Henry Clarke
Joseph Clarke
Capt. Aaron Cooke
Thomas Cooper
Nicholas Denslow
Thomas Dewey
Thomas Dibble
John Dumbleton
John Drake
John Dyer
John Eels
Bygod Eggleston
Wiolliam Filley
Thomas Ford
Henry Foulkes
Lt. Walter Fyler
Dea. William Gaylord
Francis Gibbs
William Gilbert
Jeremiah Gillett
Jonathan Gillett
Nathan Gillett
Matthew Grant
Thomas Gridley
Edward Griswold
Matthew Griswold
Thomas Gunn
William Hannum
John Hawkes
Anthony Hawkins
William Hayden
Gov. John Haynes
William Hill
John Hillier
Thomas Holcombe
Lt. William Holmes
Mary Holt
Elder William Hosford
John Hoskins
Simon Hoyte
Samuel Hubbard
Rev. Ephraim Huit
William Hulbert
George Hull
John Hurd
Humphrey Hydes
Joseph Loomis
Roger Ludlow
Henry Lush
Thomas Marshfield
Ann Marshall
Thomas Marshall
Major John Mason
Mary (Merwin) (Tinker) Collins
Miles Merwin
Simon Mills
Thomas Moore
Thomas Newberry
Thomas Newell
Richard Oldage
Thomas Orton
John Osborn
Sgt. Nicholas Palmer
Thomas Parsons
Elias Parkman
Edward Pattison
George Phelps
William Phelps
George Phillips
Humphrey Pinney
Eltweed Pomeroy
Samuel Pond
John Porter
Edward Preston
Matthew Rainend
Philip Randall
Jasper Rawlins
John Reeves
John Rockwell
Dea. William Rockwell
Dr. Bray Rossiter
John St. Nicholas
Robert Saltonstall
Richard Samos
Matthias Sension (St. John)
Nicholas Sension
Richard Sexton
Sgt. Thomas Staires
Aaron Starke
Francis Stiles
Henry Stiles
John Stiles
Thomas Stiles
Ens. Thomas Stoughton
George Stuckey
John Talcott
John Taylor
Stephen Terry
Thomas Thornton
William Thrall
John Tilley
Peter Tilton
Michael Try
Frances (Unknown) (Clark) (Dewey) (Phelps)
Richard Vore
Rev. John Warham
Richard Weller
Richard Whitehead
Arthur Williams
John Williams
Roger Williams
Lt. David Wilton
Robert Winchell
Elder John Witchfield
Henry Wolcott
John Young

[Our grandfathers in Red
our uncles in
Green, cousins in Blue.

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