Hezekiah Brainerd, Sr. (1681 - 1727) MP

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Birthplace: Haddam, Middlesex, CT
Death: Died in Haddam, Middlesex, CT, USA
Managed by: Jennifer Lynn Neill
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About Hezekiah Brainerd, Sr.

A man of great distinction and influence, he was a representative to the General Assembly and Speaker of hte House, a member of the Senate and instructed with various public concerns. In consideration of extra public services, the Legislature gave him and two other men of like character, a farm of 300 acres in Goshen. He died in Hartford, while attending the Legislature as Counsellor at the age of 46 years old and was buried at that place (See Colonial Records of Connecticut 1717-1725)

29. HEZEKIAH15 BRAINERD (HANNAH14 SPENCER, GERRARD (ENSIGN) (HADDAM FOUNDER)13, GERRARD12, MICHAEL11, JOHN (SR)10, JOHN9, ROBERT8, JOHN7, ROBERT6, THOMAS5, THOMAS (DE)4, NICHOLAS (DE)3, JOHN (LEDE)2, WILLIAM (LEDE)1) was born May 24, 1681 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT, and died May 24, 1727 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT. He married DOROTHY (HOBART) HUBBARD October 01, 1707 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT, daughter of Jeremiah Hubbard and Elizabeth Whiting.

Children of Hezekiah Brainerd and Dorothy Hubbard are:

71. i. HEZEKIAH16 BRAINERD, b. October 26, 1708, Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. December 14, 1774.

72. ii. DOROTHY BRAINERD, b. February 23, 1709/10, Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. February 1754, Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

iii. NEHEMIAH BRAINERD, b. April 20, 1712.

73. iv. JERUSHA BRAINERD, b. April 21, 1714.

74. v. MARTHA BRAINERD, b. September 01, 1716, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. October 11, 1754, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

vi. DAVID BRAINERD, b. April 20, 1718, Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 1747, (At the home of Jonathan Edwards).

vii. JOHN BRAINERD, b. February 28, 1719/20.

viii. ELIZABETH BRAINERD, b. October 05, 1722.

ix. ISRAEL BRAINERD, b. June 07, 1725.

While delicacy forbids any remarks upon the living, it is pleasing to observe concerning the justices who have deceased, and who had in their day no inconsiderable share of business in these towns, and of influence in the state; that many of them were no less distinguished for their piety than for their good sense, and general regularity of conduct. The first Hezekiah Brainerd, under the disadvantages of education common in his day, acquired extensive knowledge. Early called also by divine grace, he gave himself up to the practice of religion. He used to keep days of private fasting to promote his spiritual welfare, was much in prayer and had particular evidence that his prayers were heard, and enjoyed strong [p. 23.] and abiding consolation and hope. His mental and moral worth soon attracted public notice, and he was raised to the station of an assistant in the colony of Connecticut, which station he held till his death, On a proposition to establish a court of Chancery in the state, he was selected as the Judge, though the court was never organized. He died at Hartford, during a session of the Assembly, May 24, 1727, aged 46, and was buried in the old burying ground in that place. Happy effects of his prayers and labors were left upon his children. His third son was the celebrated David Brainerd, missionary to the Indians from the Honorable society in Scotland for the propagation of christian knowledge, and pastor of a congregation of christian Indians in New Jersey, whose life as drawn by the elder President Edwards has excited the admiration of the pious both in Europe and America. With superior intellect, it discovers the greatest humility, self-denial, zeal and benevolence. His fourth son was John Brainerd, the successor of David in the pastoral office, who was considered by his acquaintance as equally pious, though not so much distinguished for talents. Others of the family were respectable both for their piety and abilities.

(A History of the Towns of Haddam and East-Haddam by David D. Fiels, A.M. Paster of the Church in Haddam 1814.)


-------------------- Hezekiah Brainerd was the youngest child of Col. and Deacon Daniel Brainerd and Hannah Spencer. He was born in 1681 in Haddam CT. and died in 1727 in Hartford, CT. He was a Representative from Haddam, Assistant & Speaker of the Upper House. He died at age 46 years while attending the General Court. (Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, p. 90)

In the records, he was called "Worshipful" Hezekiah Brainard.

The son of Deacon Daniel Brainard & his wife Hannah (Spencer) Brainard, daughter of JARED SPENCER, Daniel was a resident of Haddam, Conn. and married Dorothy Mason, widow of Daniel Mason and daughter of Rev. Jeremiah Hobart, on Oct. 1, 1707. They were the parents of nine children, which amoung them were:

Nehemiah (3rd child) b. Feb. 20, 1712, d. Nov. 9, 1742, 2nd minister of Eastbury Parish in Glastonbury, Conn.; m. Elizabeth Fiske.

Martha (5th child) b. Sept. 1, 1716, m. Joseph Spencer (Major Gen. of the Rev. Army)

David (6th child) b. April 20, 1718, d. Oct. 10, 1747, an eminent preacher and missionary to the Stockbridge, Delaware and Susquehannah Tribes of Indians.

First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts, Nathaniel Goodwin, 1856, p. 199.

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Hezekiah Brainerd, Sr.'s Timeline

1681
May 24, 1681
Haddam, Middlesex, CT
1707
October 1, 1707
Age 26
Haddam,CT
1708
October 26, 1708
Age 27
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
1709
February 23, 1709
Age 27
Haddam, Middlesex, CT, USA
1711
February 20, 1711
Age 29
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
1714
April 13, 1714
Age 32
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States
1716
September 1, 1716
Age 35
East Haddam, Tolland, Connecticut, USA
1718
April 20, 1718
Age 36
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
1719
February 28, 1719
Age 37
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
1722
October 5, 1722
Age 41
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA