Richard Lord (c.1611 - c.1662) MP

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Birthplace: Towcester, Northamptonshire, England
Death: Died in New London, (Present New London County), Connecticut Colony
Occupation: Captain of Hartford Company Troop of Horse c 1658, Merchant
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Biographical Summary:

Captain Richard Lord, Cambridge, 1632; freeman, Massachusetts, March 4, 1635; came to Hartford in 1636, an original proprietor; his home-lot in 1639 was next west of his father's. He married in about 1635, Sarah ____ . He was one of the most energetic and efficient men in the colony; when the first troop of horse was organized, he was chosen commander, March 11, 1658, and distinguished himself in the Indian wars. He was constable, 1642; townsman, 1645; represented Hartford in the General Court from 1656 until his death. He was the captain relied on, in conjunction with John Pynchon, for securing the persons of the regicides Gofle and Whalley. He died in New London, May 17, 1662, in the 51st year of his age, and his gravestone may still be seen there, with the following epitaph :

"The bright Starre of our Cavallrie lyes here: Unto the State, a Counselour full Deare And to ye Truth a Friend of Sweet Content, To Hartford Towne a silver Ornament. Who can deny to Poore he was Reliefe, And in composing Paroxysmes was Chiefe. To Marchantes as a Patterne he might stand, Adventring Dangers now by Sea and Land."

His inventory taken May 10, 1662; amount, £539. 9. 5. His widow, Sarah, died in 1676.

Children

i. Richard, born 1636; married April 15, 1665, Mary, daughter of Henry and Ann (Pynchon) Smith, of Springfield; deputy, 1669, and often afterward; he was one of the wealthiest merchants of his time, made many trading voyages, and was lost at sea, November 5, 1685, aged 49, leaving a large estate to his widow and his only child; the inventory of his property amounted to £5,786, and was, with one exception the greatest up to that time in Hartford. His widow married (2) about 1686, Dr. Thomas Hooker, of Hartford, son of Rev. Samuel Hooker, of Farmington, died May 17, 1702, age 58. His only child, Richard, born 1669, married Jan. 14, 1692, Abigail, daughter of William Warren and his wife, Elizabeth Crow, afterward Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson. She, too, inherited a large property, and together they were one of the wealthiest couples of that period. Richard Lord was Treasurer of the Colony at the time of his death, Jan. 29, 1712, and the heaviest and costliest monumental table in the old burial ground is his. His widow married (2) Rev. Timothy Woodbridge, pastor of the First Church. Seven of Lord's ten children lived and married into prominent families. Asylum Hill was formerly called Lord's Hill, as a large portion of it was owned by the descendants of Elisha Lord, the oldest surviving son of Richard and Abigail. Their son Richard married Ruth, daughter of Hezekiah Wyllis, Esquire, apparently removed to Wethersfield, and died there about 1740. The youngest sons, Epaphras and Ichabod, removed to Colchester.

iii Sarah, born 1638 (daughter of Capt. Richard, who died 1662); married about 1668, Rev. Joseph Haynes, of Hartford; died November 15, 1705, aged 67.

iv. Dorothy, born 1640.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 249. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

Biograpical Summary #2:

In March 1635 he was listed as a Freedman of Cambridge. In 1636 he migrated to Hartford, Connecticut, where his home lot was adjacent to that of his father. In 1642 he served as Constable in Hartford, and in 1645 he was Townsman. Beginning in 1656, he represented Hartford in the Connecticut General Court (the administrative council), continuing until his death.

In March 1658, when the first troop of horses was organized in Connecticut, he was chosen commander. He distinguished himself in the Indian wars and was widely regarded as "one of the most energetic and efficient men in the colony." -------------------- Deputy to the General Court in March 1659.

Epitaph

"The bright Starre of our Cavallrie lyes here; Unto the State, a Counselour full Deare, Ant to the Truth a Friend of Sweet Content, To Hartford Towne a silver ornament. Who can deny to Poore he was Releise. And in composing Paroxymames was Cheife. To Marchantes, as a Patterne he might stand, Adventuring Dangers new by Sea and Land.

At a General Court held at Hartford, in 1643 "Richard Lord, for his miscariedge in draweing his word and using threatening speeches in contending with Tho. Stanton about tradeing for incean corne, is fyned to pay the County five pound."

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Capt. Richard Lord's Timeline

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Towcester, Northamptonshire, England
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Towchester, Northampton, England
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Towcester, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
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Towchester, Northampton, England
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Towchester, Northampton, England, Great Britain
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Towchester, Northampton, England
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Towcester, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
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