John Colt, Sr., Capt. (1637 - 1694)

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Birthplace: Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Death: Died in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
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About John Colt, Sr., Capt.

It has been written: John Colt may have come from England at 11 yerars of age in 1636 to Dorchester, MA as an apprentice to Reverend Hooker and/or Joseph Mygatt (or Megat?). He is said to have been at Hartford, CT by 1638 and then at Windsor, CT where he lived at Podunk. If he was 11 years old in 1636, he would have been born in 1625. This has not been verified.

It has also been written: the earliest evidence of John Colt in America is the Court case at Hartford, CT on 05 June 1656 when he and friends were fined "for playing cards and that at an unseasonable time of the night". All of the young men so fined were in their late teens or early twentys which would seem to indicate that John Colt was born in the mid-1630s. This has not been verified.

For 1658-1660 John Colt was employed by Joseph Mygatt who was a weaver. Mary Skinner was employed by Joseph Mygatt and Ann Skinner was employed by John Allyn at about this time. All of this was at Hartford, CT. Mary and Ann were sisters.

John Colt married first in about 1660 at Hartford, CT to Mary Skinner. They had 2 children together. Some have claimed that John Colt married first to Ann Skinner, but this has been verified as untrue.

John Colt was at Podunk, CT [land near Windsor, CT purchased from the Podunk Indians] in 1665 when he paid 6s to raise the minister's salary. It was at about this time that he married second to Hester Edwards and they settled at Podunk, CT and had 6 children there. John Colt was a Freeman at Windsor, CT on the 1669 list. John Colt was on the June 1672 list of "persons on the East Side of the Great River [Connecticut River]". During King Philips War, John Colt reported at a September 1675 Council of War at Hartford that "he was shot at by an Indian" and for this reason troops were recalled to Hartford, CT. In May of 1680 John Colt signed a petition for a new town [later South Windsor and then East Windsor or perhaps Glastonbury] on the east side of the river [Connecticut River] at Windsor, CT. He was listed there in a property assessment in 1691 with "two persons under age plus Joseph and Abraham, his sons of age".

Some have claimed that John Colt married a third time to Lydia fitch, but this is no longer believed to be the case. It is now believed that there was no third marriage.

Son Abraham Colt (1666-1734) married in 1690 at Windsor, CT to Hannah Loomis (1663-1730) and they settled at Glastonbury, CT and had 3 children.

Granddaughter Mary Alice Colt (1696-1734), daughter of Abraham Colt (1666-1734), married in about 1711 at Glastonbury, CT to Ebenezer Keeney (1672-1723) and they are believed to have had 2 children there.

Sources: Genealogical Dictionary by Savage, 1860; Nancy Ranck's website; NEHGR v145 1991 John Edwards by G. I. Harris; TAG v68 Jan 1993 The Children of ... Fitch by G. I. Harris; TAG v74 Apr 1999 The Skinner Wives by G. I. Harris

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John Colt, Sr., Capt.'s Timeline

1637
1637
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1657
February, 1657
Age 20
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1658
1658
Age 21
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
1664
1664
Age 27
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1665
1665
Age 28
1665
Age 28
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
1665
Age 28
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1666
January 15, 1666
Age 29
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
July 15, 1666
Age 29
Podunk, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1669
April, 1669
Age 32
Podunk, Hartford, Connecticut, USA