William Maltby (Maltbie), ESQ (c.1644 - 1710) MP

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Nicknames: "William Malby", "William Maltbie"
Birthplace: Retford, Nottingham, England
Death: Died in Branford, New Haven, Connecticut
Occupation: Representative At General Court, Justice of the Quorum Court
Managed by: Elizabeth Ann Quick
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About William Maltby (Maltbie), ESQ

William Maltbie, best known as Judge William Maltby

  • Birth: Mar. 16, 1645 Nottinghamshire, England
  • Death: Sep. 1, 1710 Branford, New Haven County Connecticut, USA
  • Parents: John Maltby, Alderman of East Retford, England & Mary Williamson
  • Married: Rachel Williamson, Hannah Hosmer widow Willard, Abigail Bishop widow Talmadge

He was a burly man - in later years he was bothered by arthritis and rheumatism. He needed a cane in order to walk. He also had poor eyesight. He enjoyed a good mug of rum or hard cider now and again. He died suddenly in 1710 leaving a large estate. The total worth of the estate was (pound/shilling/cent)

1058/7/10. He owned more than 330 acres of land. Also, William was an early slave owner...listed in the estate was a negro man and a negro woman.

"Rocky's Hist. of New Haven Colony," states:---

"Another settler of prominence was William Maltby, who for a long time was one of the justices of the quorum and usually called Judge Maltby."

Ralph D. Smith in a letter dated "Guilford, Conn., 1866," says of William and John Maltby:--

"They belonged to the rank of gentleman, and were both engaged in commercial pursuits. John confined his business principally to the sea, and William engaged both on the sea and the land."

Henry Rogers of New Haven, aged 84, wrote the compiler:

"William Maltby was a justice of the quorum (or judge of the county court) at the time of his death in 1710, and had been for some twelve years before.

He was a man of much influence in his day in Branford. . .He was without question of doubt one of the men that were looked upon as the men that were qualified to be leaders of the people in the government of the Colony. . .I noticed his stone at the Branford Cemetery--it looks well."

Links

Sources

  1. Thomas Hosmer, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), II:1004.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ricker, Jacquelyn Ladd. The Ricker Compilation of Vital Records of Early Connecticut. (Baltimore, Maryland: Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2006), 8355. "Maltby, William, d. 1 Sep 1710 ae 65 - Branford VR & Old Cem, Branford."

-------------------- MARRIAGE:

William was married 3 times. His last marriage was to Abigail Bishop.

KINSHIP:

"Aug. 7, 1693. Sameul, son of Mr. Wm. Maltby, b. at Branford." (Note. As Samuel was a son of Abigail Bishop, widow of John Tallmadge, we know Hannah (Hosmer) Willard must have been dead by 1692. I do not think her death or William's marriage to Abigail have ever been found).

HISTORY:

Abigail Bishop, the third wife of William (I-1). The quotation which follows is from an address made by Mrs. J. P. Cushman, who traced her lineage through Samuel (IV), an older brother to Jonathan, 1751. The address was before a Maltby Association meeting.

"Abigail Bishop, daughter of Deputy Governor James Bishop of New Haven, was born at that place Oct. 30, 1659.......Her first son, Samuel (II), was born August 7, 1693, in Branford. It must have been a home of comparative luxury, for the inventory of his father's estate mentions many chairs, looking glasses, forks, spoons, tablecloths and napkins, and two Negro slaves. It is pleasant to have seen the record of his birth in his father's handwriting. (Branford Records, Vol. II). Apparently William (I-1) was, at the time, clerk of the town of Branford.

The records show that William Maltby (however spelled) served his town and his colony in many capacities and almost continuously. He was of the upper class as shown by his marriage to the Deputy Governor's daughter.

Donald Lines Jacobus, genealogist, reports in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 77, 1923, p. 42, a practical joke on Mr. Maltby. One Sabbath day a large Negro man came into Mr. Maltby's church pew and sat down beside him. The pew was a prominent one so that the congregation saw and became amused by the incident. After a little time Mr. Maltby's patience waned and he ordered the Negro to get out. This created some levity and the church called the Negro in for a disciplining. The Negro told his questioners that his master, Nathaniel Foote, had told him to go in and sit by Mr. Maltbie. Then the blame was shifted to Mr. Foote, and he was given a trial and fined by the church. Mr. Jacobus commented that this was a very unusual thing to happen in a church in those days, and said he hoped Mr. Foote derived pleasure from it sufficient to repay him for the fine imposed upon him.

SOURCE: http://maltby-genealogy.tripod.com/pgs78.htm

BURIAL:

"Here Lieth The Body of William Maltbie, Esqr. Who Died Sept' ye 1 A.D. 1710 Aged 65 years."

The tombstones of William & Abigail are still standing. (1987)

SOURCE: http://maltby-genealogy.tripod.com/f001w3.htm

--------------------

MARRIAGE:

William was married 3 times. His last marriage was to Abigail Bishop.

KINSHIP:

"Aug. 7, 1693. Sameul, son of Mr. Wm. Maltby, b. at Branford." (Note. As Samuel was a son of Abigail Bishop, widow of John Tallmadge, we know Hannah (Hosmer) Willard must have been dead by 1692. I do not think her death or William's marriage to Abigail have ever been found).

HISTORY:

Abigail Bishop, the third wife of William (I-1). The quotation which follows is from an address made by Mrs. J. P. Cushman, who traced her lineage through Samuel (IV), an older brother to Jonathan, 1751. The address was before a Maltby Association meeting.

"Abigail Bishop, daughter of Deputy Governor James Bishop of New Haven, was born at that place Oct. 30, 1659.......Her first son, Samuel (II), was born August 7, 1693, in Branford. It must have been a home of comparative luxury, for the inventory of his father's estate mentions many chairs, looking glasses, forks, spoons, tablecloths and napkins, and two Negro slaves. It is pleasant to have seen the record of his birth in his father's handwriting. (Branford Records, Vol. II). Apparently William (I-1) was, at the time, clerk of the town of Branford.

The records show that William Maltby (however spelled) served his town and his colony in many capacities and almost continuously. He was of the upper class as shown by his marriage to the Deputy Governor's daughter.

Donald Lines Jacobus, genealogist, reports in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 77, 1923, p. 42, a practical joke on Mr. Maltby. One Sabbath day a large Negro man came into Mr. Maltby's church pew and sat down beside him. The pew was a prominent one so that the congregation saw and became amused by the incident. After a little time Mr. Maltby's patience waned and he ordered the Negro to get out. This created some levity and the church called the Negro in for a disciplining. The Negro told his questioners that his master, Nathaniel Foote, had told him to go in and sit by Mr. Maltbie. Then the blame was shifted to Mr. Foote, and he was given a trial and fined by the church. Mr. Jacobus commented that this was a very unusual thing to happen in a church in those days, and said he hoped Mr. Foote derived pleasure from it sufficient to repay him for the fine imposed upon him.

SOURCE: http://maltby-genealogy.tripod.com/pgs78.htm

BURIAL:

"Here Lieth The Body of William Maltbie, Esqr. Who Died Sept' ye 1 A.D. 1710 Aged 65 years."

The tombstones of William & Abigail are still standing. (1987)

SOURCE: http://maltby-genealogy.tripod.com/f001w3.htm -------------------- Rachel and William emigrated from England between the births of their firstborn Jane (b. 1669 England) and secondborn John (b. 1670 CT).

Deputy for Stamford at various times from May 1735 to October 1742. Captain 2nd Company, Stamford, May 1739. Justice 1737-1744. Will September 19, 1767: gr. son Jonathan, son of dec'd son Jonathan; children of dec'd son David; wife Sarah and children. (History & Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, CT, page 620)

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Judge William Maltby's Timeline

1644
March 16, 1644
Retford, Nottingham, England
1644
Retford, Nottinghamshire, UK
1663
1663
Age 18
Bawtry, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
1668
1668
Age 23
1669
October 29, 1669
Age 25
Bawtry, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
1669
Age 24
New Haven, New Haven, CT
1670
October 29, 1670
Age 26
Bawtry, Yorkshire, England
1672
May 1, 1672
Age 28
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
1672
Age 27
New Haven, CT
1673
January 9, 1673
Age 28
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States