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John Seymour, I

Birthplace: Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Seymour, Sr. and Mercy Seymour (Ruscoe)
Husband of Mary Seymour
Father of John Seymour; Capt. Thomas Seymour; Margaret Root; Mary North; Richard Seymour and 4 others
Brother of Thomas Seymour; Mercy D. Gridley; Zachariah Seymour; Capt. Richard Seymour; Elizabeth Seymour and 1 other

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About John Seymour, I

  • The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884; (1886) Vol. I
  • Pg.258
  • RICHARD SEYMOUR, Hartford, 1639 ; one of those settlers who received land "by the courtesie of the town ; " his home-lot was on the east side of the road to the Cow Pasture (North Main St.), and was bounded on the north by the Cow Pasture itself ; chosen chimney-viewer, 1647 ; he was one of the signers of the agreement for planting Norwalk, June 19, 1650, and was there soon after, with the first planters; townsman at Norwalk, 1655; d. in 1655 ; will dated July 29, proved Oct. 25, 1655 ; inv., Oct 10, 1655, £225. 9. He mentions his wife, Mercy, eldest son, Thomas, "three other sons," John, Zachary, and Richard, the latter three being under age, and left to their mother's guardianship. She m. (2) Nov. 25, 1655, John Steele, of Farmington. — Ch. : i. Thomas, one of the early settlers of Norwalk ; m. (1) Jan., 1663-4, Hannah, dau. of Matthew Marvin, of Norwalk; freeman, 1668; deputy from Norwalk, 1690 ; one of the patentees of 1686 ; and in 1687 had an estate of £184. He m. (2) Elizabeth, named in his will. He d. in 1712 ; will dated Sept 22 ; proved Nov. 7, 1712, sealed with the above coat of arms.(1) ii. John, was in Hartford as early as 1664, and m., probably not long after, Mary, dau. of John Watson, of Hartford ; freeman, 1667. He was a member, though not in full communion, of the South Church, when it was formed, Feb. 12,1670. He d. 1713; will dated Dec. 10, 1712; proved, Aug. 3, 1713; inv. £1158. 14. 01. iii. Zachariah, b. 1642 ; freeman, Farmington, 1669 ; from the record of law-suits in the County Court proceedings it is evident that he was engaged in trade with Barbadoes ; he removed to Wethersfield and m. there, Feb. 9, 1688, Mary, dau. of widow Mary Gritt ; d. in Wethersfield, Aug. 1702, a. 60 ; inv. £200. 4. 3. iv. Richard, freeman, Farmington, 1669 ; one of the 84 proprietors, of 1672; the leader of the Great Swamp settlement in 1686 (Kensington), and captain of the fort. He m. Hannah, dau. of Matthew Woodruff, of Farmington.(3) He was killed by the fall of a tree in 1710; inv. presented Nov. 29, 1710, £416. 15. 3. — Ex-Gov. Horatio Seymour, of New York, the Hon. Origen S. Seymour, of Litchfield, and Gov. Thomas H. Seymour, of Hartford, were descendants of John Seymour, of H., who is the ancestor of nearly all of the name in this vicinity.


  • SEYMOUR, John
  • b. ABT 1640 Hartford, CT.
  • d. ABT 1713 Hartford, CT.
  • Parents:
  • Father: SEYMOUR, Richard
  • Mother: RUSCOE, Mercy
  • Family:
  • Spouse: WATSON, Mary
  • Children:
    • SEYMOUR, John
    • SEYMOUR, Thomas
    • SEYMOUR, Mary
    • SEYMOUR, Zachary b. DEC 1672 Hartford, CT.
    • SEYMOUR, Margaret
    • SEYMOUR, Richard
    • SEYMOUR, Jonathan b. 10 JAN 1678/9 Hartford, CT.
    • SEYMOUR, Nathaniel b. 6 NOV 1680 Hartford, CT.
    • SEYMOUR, Zachariah
  • From:


  • Genealogy of the descendants of Richard Seymour, from the first settlement of Hartford, Conn. in 1635 (1880)
  • RICHARD SEYMOUR.— One of the original settlers of Hartford, Ct., and as such his name appears on a monument erected in 1837 to the memory of the forefathers of the city in the ancient burying ground. His house was on Burr St. He probably came with Mr. Hooker's congregation from Chelmsford, Essex County, England. The history of this embryo republic (Mr. H's congregation) is given in Mr. Trumbull's History of Connecticut. They first settled in Cambridge, Mass., but thinking to better themselves, removed to Hartford in 1639. He went from there to Norwalk in 1653 and died in 1655.
  • He left four sons :
    • Thomas, John, Zachariah, Richard.
  • THOMAS married H. Marvin in 1653. His children were:
    • Hannah, Mary, Thomas, Mathew, Abigail, Sarah, Mercy, Elizabeth, Rebecca.
  • JOHN married M. Watson, lived in Hartford, on the south side of Little River. He died in 1713. His age is not known, but his will, dated in 1712, which is preserved in the Probate office, speaks of his being advanced in life. His children were:
    • John, Margaret, Richard, Zachary, Mary, Thomas, Jonathan, Nathaniel.
  • ZACHARIAH married and had four children whose names are not given.
  • RICHARD married and had three sons:
    • Samuel, Richard, John.
  • JOHN married E. Webster in 1643. Their children were:
    • John, Jonathan, Zebulon, Daniel, Nathaniel, Moses, Timothy, Susanna, Richard, Elizabeth, Margaret.
  • MARY and MARGARET not given.
  • THOMAS married R. Norton, and after her death M. Waters. Their children were:
    • Mary, Thomas, Sarah, Jerusha, Ruth, Basil, Alice.
  • RICHARD married M. Wilson. No children given.
  • JONATHAN ____.
  • ZACHARY married H. Olmstead.
  • NATHANIEL married and had three children:
    • Hannah, Zachariah, Rebecca.


  • A History of the Seymour Family by George Dudley Seymour and Donald Lines Jacobus 1939
  • 1. RICHARD1 SEYMOUR, founder of the Connecticut family of the name, was baptized at Sawbridgeworth, co. Herts, England, 27 Jan. 1604/5, the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Waller) and the grandson of John and Dyzory (Porter), and died at Norwalk, Conn., between 29 July 1655, the date of his will, and 10 Oct. 1655, the date of the inventory of his estate. He married at Sawbridgeworth, 18 Apr. 1631, MERCY RUSCOE, born about 1610, daughter of Roger and Sarah of Sawbridgeworth. She married secondly, 25 Nov. 1655, as his second wife, John Steele of Farmington, Conn., who died there 27 Feb. 1664/5.
  • Richard Seymour came to this country in or slightly before 1639, bringing with him his wife Mercy Ruscoe, to whom he was married at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, and their son Thomas, whose baptismal record was entered in the parish registers of Sawbridgeworth. It was this eldest son Thomas who sealed his will in 1712 with the wings of the ancient family of the Seymours of Penhow.
  • Richard Seymour, though not an original proprietor, was one of the early settlers of Hartford. Just when he joined the little settlement near “Dutch Point” on the Connecticut river we do not know, but probably in 1639, when we find his name in the list of those “inhabitants who were granted lotts to have only at the town's courtesie with liberty to fetch woode and keep swine or coues on the common.” His lot was No. 70, on the north side, near the “cow pasture.” His house stood on what is now North Main street, near the Ely place. He also owned outlying pieces of land including a portion of the tract running westward from the bluffs of the Trinity College property to what is now West Hartford. .... etc.
  • It is significant, on the social side of the picture, that Richard's son Thomas was married after the arrival of the family in Norwalk, to Hannah Marvin, the sixteen year old daughter of Matthew Marvin, Sr., “one of the most distinguished of the Norwalk fathers,” who had also removed to Norwalk with his family from Hartford, where our Thomas and his Hannah had doubtless been acquainted. Matthew Marvin, Sr., was born in England in 1600 and died in Norwalk in
  • 1680. .... etc.
  • The next chapter in our history opens with the surprising record at Farmington of the marriage on 25 Nov. 1655, of the widow to the Hon. John Steele, who recorded the marriage in his own hand. But this does not show that the marriage took place in Farmington, rather than in Norwalk, where Mercy lived. It was very common then for the man to record his marriage where he lived, for obvious reasons connected with inheritance.
  • The apparent precipitancy of the marriage of Richard's widow to John Steele may be remarked upon here. Steele undoubtedly knew Richard Seymour and his wife and family before they removed to Norwalk a few years earlier. Mercy, the widow, was no longer young, she had but moderate means and had four sons, of whom three were minors. She was no great “catch,” it would seem, for one of the foremost men of the Colony. Must she not have been uncommonly engaging or possessed of rare qualities of mind and heart to have led the Hon. John, even in those days of dearth of available women, to marry her and bring her back from Norwalk and her Ruscoe relatives there, with her three younger sons? Can she be blamed if it be considered who he was – “his place in the sun” – to have made a “marriage of convenience,” if such it was, though we can only speculate on that matter.
  • .... etc.
  • Mercy's remarriage seems to have been a happy one. The date of her death is not known, but she survived her able and distinguished husband, who died 27 Feb. 1664/5. In his will, dated 30 Jan. 1664, he bequeathed to his “dear and loving wife Mercy Steele the house wherein I now dwell and the appurtenances belonging to it.”.
  • On Mercy's marriage to the Hon. John Steele, her three minor children, John, Zachariah and Richard, became members of his household in Farmington. They could hardly have been better placed in any Connecticut household of the time. It is a pleasure to record that the interests of Richard Seymour's minor children were safeguarded. We quote from Selleck's “Norwalk,” p. 154:
  • .... etc.
  • That the four sons of Richard Seymour made a place for themselves in their respective communities, may be gauged by the fact that their combined inventories at death amounted to well over £2,000, which of course makes no allowance for property bestowed on the children of some of them before they died.
  • Children:
    • 2. i. THOMAS2, bapt. at Sawbridgeworth, co. Herts, Eng., 15 July 1632.
    • ii. MARY, bapt. at Sawbridgeworth, co. Herts, Eng., 9 Jan 1634/5; bur. there 3 Apr. 1635.
    • iii. MERCY, bapt. at Sawbridgeworth, co. Herts, Eng., 8 July 1636; no further record of her has been found.
    • 3. iv. JOHN2, b. probably at Hartford, Conn.
    • 4. v. ZACHARIAH, b. at Hartford, Conn., abt. 1642.
    • 5. vi. RICHARD, b. at Hartford, Conn.
  • 2. THOMAS2 SEYMOUR (Richard1), of Norwalk, Conn., baptized at Sawbridgeworth, co. Herts, England, 15 July 1632, died at Norwalk, Conn., between 22 Sept. 1712, the date of his will, and 15 Oct. 1712, when the inventory of his estate was taken. He married first, at Norwalk, 5 Jan. 1653/4, HANNAH MARVIN, born in co. Essex, England, about Oct. 1634, living in 1680, daughter of Matthew1 and Elizabeth; secondly, between 1690 and 1697, SARAH, widow of Thomas Wildman of Bedford, N.Y.; and thirdly, ELIZABETH.
  • .... etc.
  • 3. JOHN2 SEYMOUR (Richard1), of Hartford, Conn., born probably at Hartford, died there between 10 Dec. 1712 and 3 Aug. 1713. He married MARY2 WATSON, who was living 10 Dec. 1712, daughter of John1 and Margaret (Smith) of Hartford.
  • .... etc.
  • Children, born at Hartford:
    • 8. i. JOHN3, b.12 June 1666.
    • 9. ii. THOMAS, b. 12 Mar. 1668/9.
    • iii. MARY, b. in Nov. (bapt. 20 Nov.) 1670; d. 2 Mar. 1732/3; m. 25 Apr. 1700, JOHN NORTH, b. abt. 1669, s. of Samuel and Hannah (Norton) North. His first wife was Mary Warner, who d. 1 Mar. 1694/5. and he m. (3) 20 Mar. 1733/4, Abigail (-) (Phelps) Judd. Children: 1. Margaret, b. 26 Jan. 1700/1; perhaps m. 29 May 1735, Joseph Woodruff. 2. Ruth, b. 14 Oct. 1702; m. 2 Jan. 1728/9, Isaac Cowles, Jr. 3. Jonathan, b. 8 Apr. 1704. 4. Josiah, b. 11 Feb. 1705/6; d. 6 May l784; m.22 Nov. 1726, Temperance Baldwin. 5. Samuel, b. 21 July 1708; d. Dec. 1796; m. 5 Apr. 1737, Lois Porter. 6. Eunice, b. 17 Dec. 1710. 7. John, bapt. 4 May 1712; d. 16 Jan. 1732/3
    • iv. ZACHARY, bapt. 22 Dec. 1672; d. young.
    • v. MARGARET, b. 17 Jan. 1674/5; d. 9 Sept. 1751; m. (1) 20 Mar. 1706/7, TIMOTHY3 ROOT, b. abt. 1681, d. at Cape Breton in 1713, s. of Stephen2 (John1) and Sarah (Wadsworth); m. (2) 22 Jan. 1718/19, JOHN REW of Farmington, Conn. Children by first husband: 1. Jonathan, b. 20 Dec. 1707; d. 17 Aug. 1794; m. (1) Ruth —; m. (2) Esther Wadsworth; m. (3) 30 June 1784, Susanna Day. 2. Stephen, b. 18 Mar. 1711/12; d. 5 Sept. 1752; m. 19 Jan. 1740/1, Sarah Hart. 3. Timothy, b. in 1713; d. at Cape Breton, 24 Apr. 1746; m. 6 Dec. 1739, Mary Hart.
    • vi. RICHARD, b. 11 Feb. 1676/7; d. at Canaan, Conn., between 1747 and 1753; In. at Hartford, 30 Oct. 1707, MARY3 WILSON, bapt. 25 Mar. 1688, living a widow at Canaan in 1753, dau. of Dea. John2 (Robert1) and Lydia (Cole). He was chosen Constable of Hartford, 1711, and held the office until 1717; Selectman, 1721, 1728, and 1734; Swine Inspector, 1722; and Inspector of Wood, 1734-1736. Richard, with his kinsmen, Thomas and Zachariah, were members of an association called the New London Society united for Trade and Commerce, a joint stock company organized in 1732 for trading with the West Indies. About 1738 he removed to Canaan, where he built the iron-works; he was also one of the proprietors of the Town of Salisbury. On 25 Sept. 1740 he was made Lieutenant of the military company of Canaan. His widow may have been the Widow Seymour who was buried in the Center Church Burying Ground at Hartford, 31 Jan. 1766, being interred at the expense of Thomas Seymour, Esq.2) No record of any children has been found.
    • vii. JONATHAN, b. 10 Jan. 1678/9; d. young.
    • viii. NATHANIEL, b. 6 Nov. 1680; d. young.
    • 10. ix. ZACHARIAH, b. 10 Jan. 1684/5.
  • .... etc.


  • Richard SEYMOUR
  • Born: 1596, Berry Pomeroy, Devonshire, England
  • Died: 25 Nov 1655
  • Notes: Although not an original proprietor, Richard Seymour was an early settler of Hartford, his name first appearing there in 1639. (After settling his father's estate in England, he undoubtedly came to Hartford to live with his former friends and neighbors.) His lot was no. 70, on the north side, near the cow pasture. He was elected chimney-viewer in 1647. ABT 1650, Richard Seymour's family moved from Hartford to Norwalk. Seymour's will is dated 29 Jul 1655. Richard came to America about 1638-9, probably after settling his father's estate.
  • Father: Edward SEYMOUR (1° Bt of Berry Pomeroy MP)
  • Mother: Elizabeth CHAMPERNOWNE
  • Married: Mercy (RUSCOE) RASHLEIGH 18 Apr 1631, Sawbridgeworth, Hertford, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Richard SEYMOUR
    • 2. Mary SEYMOUR
    • 3. Zacharia SEYMOUR
    • 4. Thomas SEYMOUR
    • 5. Mercy SEYMOUR
    • 6. John SEYMOUR
  • From: SEYMOUR2


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January 1639
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 26
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
June 12, 1666
Age 27
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
March 12, 1669
Age 30
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
November 20, 1670
Age 31
January 17, 1674
Age 35
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
February 11, 1676
Age 37
February 11, 1677
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Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
January 10, 1679
Age 40
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA