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Richard Miles

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Wormley, Hertfordshire, England
Death: Died in New Haven, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Rychard Myles and Alice Myles
Husband of Mary Miles and Catherine Elithorpe Constable Miles
Father of John Miles, Sr.; Richard Miles; Mary Ince Hanford; Martha Pardee; Samuel Miles and 2 others

Occupation: Judge, deacon
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About Richard Miles

Judge Richard Miles, born 27 Aug 1598 in Wormley, Hertfordshire, England; died 17 Apr 1667 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. Christening: 27 AUG 1598 Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England. He was the son of Rychard Myles and Alice Cherrye. He married (1) Mary Chambers Marriage to Mary Chambers; Marriage records for Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England 1558-1813. (2) Katherine Elinthorpe Constable, widow of Rev. Marmaduke Constable after 1640 in New Haven, New Haven, CT.

There is some confusion about his marriages. Was he married two or three times? Who is the mother of his children? See discussion below.

Children of Richard Miles and Mary Chamber are:

  1. Francis Miles, born 24 Jan 1628.
  2. Anne Miles, born Abt. 1630.
  3. Martha Miles, born 1632 in Wormley, Hertfordshire, England; died Dec 1662 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; married George Pardee 20 Oct 1650 in New Haven, New Haven, CT; born 19 Feb 1624 in Pitsminister, Somersetshire, England; died 14 Apr 1700 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT.
  4. Mary Ince Miles, born 1635 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; died 12 Sep 1730 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; married Thomas Hanford 22 Oct 1661 in New Haven, New Haven, CT; born 22 Jul 1621 in London, Middlesex, England; died Dec 1693 in Norwalk, Fairfield Co., CT.
  5. Samuel Miles, born 12 Apr 1640 in Milford, New Haven Co., CT; died 24 Dec 1678 in Milford, New Haven Co., CT; married Hannah Wilmot 09 Apr 1667 in Milford, New Haven, CT.

Children of Richard Miles and widow Katherine Elinthorpe Constable are:

  1. Anna Miles, born 07 Oct 1642 in Wallingford, Fairfield Co., CT; died 11 Apr 1687 in Wallingford, Fairfield Co., CT; married Samuel Street 03 Nov 1664 in New Haven, New Haven, CT; born 14 Jul 1635 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; died 16 Jan 1717 in Wallingford, Fairfield Co., CT.
  2. John Miles

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Note: William Hooper (Signer of the Declaration of Independence), Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, Charles William Post, and actors Dina Merrill and Clint Eastwood are descendants.

GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER OF DR. LYMAN HALL (SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE)

IMMIGRANT, BEF 1639

DEPUTY TO THE NEW HAVEN LEGISLATURE, 1651

CLERK OF THE ARTILLERY COMPANY, 1658

"Richard Miles was at Milford 1639. His name is sixth on the list of early settlers. He was added to the newly founded church at Milford 13 October 1639. On 20 November 1639, Richard Miles, William Fowler, Edmond Tapp, Zachariah Whitman and John Astwood were chosen Judges for Milford. On 24 November 1640, John Sharemen was named in place of Richard Miles. Richard had probably removed to New Haven by this time, although he remained a land owner at Milford until 1643.

He was dismissed to the church at New Haven, and was at New Haven with a family of seven in 1643. Richard served as Judge at New Haven from May 1648 to May 1652. He was Deputy to the New Haven Legislature May 1651, and Clerk of the Artillery Company May 1658.

Early published material attributed all the children to the unknown first wife; more recent research shows that the youngest two children, Anna and John, are the children of Richard's second marriage to Katherine (Elithorpe) Constable, widow of Marmaduke Constable.

There seems to have been a connection between the Miles family and the Axtell family, for a Nathaniel Axtell arrived in New Haven in the last part of 1639, and intending to return to England, left a will in the hands of Goodman Miles. The will was proved 5 March 1639/1640, for he died before he sailed. Axtell came from the parish of St. Peters, 'nere the Burrough of St. Albans,' Herts, and drew his English will 17 August 1639, before he traveled to New England, giving bequests to Thomas Buckingham of New Haven, Richard Miles of New Haven, Mr. Peter Prudden; residuary legatees Thomas Axtell and the testator's three sister: Joanne, Anne and Sarah; brother Daniel executor.

The Probate Records of New Haven show: 'Miles, Richard, husbandman. Will made Dec 28, 1666. Bequeaths to eldest son Richard, to the rest of chiildren living, and to children of deceased daughter Martha. Estate which came to him through wife Katherine to go to her children in England by a former marriage. Wife Katherine made executrix, and Capt. John Nash, John Cooper, and James Bishop to be overseers. Witnesses: Roger Alling and Abraham Dowlittle. Inventory, taken Dec. 8, 1669, by John Cooper and Roger Alling, L288:06:10.' The will was proved 13 June 1667, according to Savage." --Evelyn Beran

"RICHARD, Milford 1639, New Haven, 1643, then had 7 in his fam. of wh. Samuel was bapt. at 12 Apr. 1640, being the first in that town; but at New Haven, Hannah, Oct. 1642; and John, Oct. 1644; but the days of both are unkn. as tho. Hannah's is giv. in print 7, it is wrong, in that most valua. list, with so many other errors, furnished by the scrupulous Henry White of that city. Aft. spend. in ea. day of a whole week, not a few hours, in compar. that rec. as thus publish. I wrote to ask explana. of the discrepancies and errors, and obtain. full ansr. The town clk.'s entries may be relived on, in opposit. to those of the ch. that, I am happy to say, is contra. to com. experience. Take p. 39 of Geneal. Reg. IX. where names of 80 bapt. are giv. and only one half are true, 27 being positiv. false, and 13 more deficient in days. Two ch. of Rev. William Hooke are correct. enter.; but of two of John Davenport, the s. of the pastor, one is clea. wrong, 19 Nov. 1666, wh. was Monday. We kn. that ordin. was never allow. on a week day. He d. 7 Jan. 1667. In his will of 28 Dec. 1666, names w. Catherine, eldest s. Richard, and to other ch. without nam. makes div. In 1651 he was rep. His w. was, no doubt, a sec. or third w. for in the will wh. was pro. 13 June 1667, a ft. provid.for his ch. he gave residue to her, bec. she had considerable, when he m.her, part of wh. belong. to her childr. by former h. She d. 27 Jan. 1687, at Wallingford. Of the ds. Martha m. 20 0ct. 1650, George Pardee; Mary m. 12 Dec. 1654, Jonathan Ince, and next, Oct. 1661, Rev. Thomas Hanford; Ann m. 3 Nov. 1664, Samuel Street, min. of Wallingford."

--James Savage

WARNING: Some show he d. 16 Jan 1665/6.

Sources:

  1. &db=sanford-shulsen&id=I10948 Evelyn Beran Database, 19 Oct 2004
  2. .usgennet.org/usa/topic/newengland/savage/bk3/mighill-millington.htm A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, By James Savage, Volume #3
  3. ort&id=I327Robert Davenport Database, 2 Jul 2000
  4. &db=:2653970&id=I33085 Gary Silverstein Database, 18 May 2004

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Richard Miles (deacon) came from Wormela near Warfe Hertfordshire with the company that arrived in Boston 1637. Had planned own colony so went to New Haven 1638. Some part of them later established Milford and Richard Miles is sixth on list of proprietors (free planters). One of "five judges of ? affairs." New Haven 1641. Deputy to Ct. 1648 and 1649. Representative 1651. Surveyor of roads and bridges 1644. Listed with family of seven persons in early New Haven. His wife was Mrs. Constable, a widow of Rogers' Company. Well off -- perhaps widow of Sir William Constable. Tombstone in Wallingford. [Evelyn Miles Krase notes]

Milford 1639, New Haven 1643, then had seven in his family of which Samuel was bapt. at Milford 12 Apr 1640, being the first in that town; but at New Haven, Hannah, Oct. 1642; and John , Oct. 1644. Died 7 Jan 1667. In his will of 28 Dec 1666, names wife Catherine, eldest son Richard, and to other children without name makes division. In 1651 he was representative. His widow was no doubt a sec or third wife for in the will which was probated 13 June 1667, after providing for his children he gave residue to her, because she had considerable, when he married her, part of which belonged to her children by former husband. [Savage, vol III, p 207]

Torrey lists 2nd marriage to Catharine (Elithorpe)/(Spoore?) Constable, widow of Rev. Marmaduke Constable, either before 1638 or 1642, but lists death of unnamed 1st wife as about 1644.

Christening record Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England 1558-1876.

Moved from his birthplace, Great Munden, with parents to Wormley Co, Hertfordshire, England in 1630. Wormley is six miles South of Ware. Came to American with the group of Puritans led by Rev. Peter Prudden. Sailed on ship "Hopewell" out of London bound for Milford, CT 1636. He arrived at Boston 26 Jul 1637. Earliest date of record in New Haven is the Court Record of Freeman (free planter) about 1639. Found briefly in Milford 1640-41, and back to New Haven where he was admitted a member of the General Court 29 Nov 1641. General Court 21 Oct 1644 chosen contant surveyor of all roads and bridges. General Court New Haven Colony 22 May 1648 he was chosen Deputy for the Plantation. On the same day he was chosen Clerk, Artillery Co. Judge of New Haven town May 1648-1652. Deputy (New Haven) to NH Legislature May 1651. NH Colony 1, 381, 382, 456. NH Town 1, 21, 72, 127. Husbandman (farmer).

Congregational Church, New Haven, New Haven, CT. First Church of Christ records 1639-1926, Vol 1, Milford, New Haven, CT; transferred to the church at New Haven 13 Oct 1639. Dismissed from New York Church. Refered to as Deacon Richard Miles. Served as magistrate, elder and deacon (1656-67) of the First Church of Christ in New Haven (Center Church).

Marriage to Mary Chambers; Marriage records for Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England 1558-1813.

Will dated at New Haven 28 Dec 1666. Proved 13 Apr 1667. Bequeaths to eldest son Richard, to the rest of children living, and to children of deceased daughter Martha. Estate which came to him through wife Katherine to go to her children in England by a former marriage. Wife Katherine made executrix, and Capt. John Nash, John Cooper, and James Bishop to be overseers. Witnesses: Roger Alling and Abraham Dowlittle. Inventory take 8 Dec 1669 by John Cooper and Roger Alling, L288:06:10.

See articles (1) John Insley Coddington and Donald Lines Jacobus (1957), Richard Miles of Hertfordshire, England and New Haven, CT, and his family. The American Genealogist 33:130-137 and (2) John Insley Coddington and Donald Lines Jacobus (1958), Richard Miles of Hertfordshire, England and NH, CT, and his family (II). The American Genealogist 34: 216.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bobwolfe/gen/pn/p2175.htm

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1) One of 44 total Puritan 1639 "Free Planter" Founders of Milford, Connecticut 2) Judge in Milford, CT from 1639-1640 3) Judge in New Haven from 1648-1652 4) Deputy to the New Haven Legislature 1651 5) Clerk of the Artillery Company 1658 6) Deacon

Judge Richard Miles came from Wormela (Wormley) near Warfe Hertfordshire, England with the company that arrived in Boston in 1637.

They had planned to have their own colony, so they went to New Haven in 1638. Some part of them later established Milford, Connecticut and Richard Miles is sixth on list of proprietors (free planters).

His christening record can be found in Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England 1558-1876.

He moved from his birthplace, Great Munden, with his parents to Wormley Co, Hertfordshire, England in 1630. Wormley is six miles South of Ware.

Milford CT Free Planter 1646

Richard came to American with the group of Puritans led by Rev. Peter Prudden. They sailed on the ship "Hopewell" out of London bound for Milford, Connecticut in 1636. They arrived at Boston on 26 Jul 1637.

Earliest date of record in New Haven is the Court Record of Freeman (free planter) about 1639.

Excerpt from the Milford Land Records drafted on November 20, 1639:

"William Fowler, Edmond Tappe, Zachariah Whitman, John Astwood, Richard Miles, are chosen for Judges in al civill Affaires who Are to try al causes Between man and man, as a Court to punish any offence and Sin against the Commandments wherein, till A Body of Lawes Shall be Established to observe and Apply them Selves to the rule of the written word of God."

Found briefly in Milford 1640-41, and back to New Haven where he was admitted a member of the General Court 29 Nov 1641. ​He can be found as one of "five judges of ? affairs." New Haven 1641. General Court 21 Oct 1644 chosen Surveyor of all roads and bridges in 1644. General Court New Haven Colony 22 May 1648 he was chosen Deputy for the Plantation. Deputy to Ct. 1648 and 1649. On the same day he was chosen Clerk, Artillery Co. Judge of New Haven town May 1648-1652. Representative 1651. Deputy (New Haven) to NH Legislature May 1651. NH Colony 1, 381, 382, 456. NH Town 1, 21, 72, 127. Husbandman (farmer). He worked on the first sea-going ship from New Haven, the Phantom Ship, which sank on it's first voyage when many of New Haven's finest died.

Congregational Church, New Haven, New Haven, CT. First Church of Christ records 1639-1926, Vol 1, Milford, New Haven, CT; transferred to the church at New Haven 13 Oct 1639. Dismissed from New York Church. Refered to as Deacon Richard Miles. Served as magistrate, elder and deacon (1656-67) of the First Church of Christ in New Haven (Center Church).

Marriage to Mary Chambers; Marriage records for Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England 1558-1813.

Richard married 2nd to Katharine Elithorpe, widow of Rev. Marmaduke Constable, either before 1638 or 1642, but lists death of unnamed 1st wife as about 1644. [Source: Clarence Almon Torrey and Elizabeth Petty Bently, New England Marriages prior to 1700 (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1985), 508; Google Book; HathiTrust Catalog]

Listed with a family of seven persons in early New Haven. His wife was Mrs. Constable, a widow of Rogers' Company. She was well off, perhaps the widow of Sir William Constable, who's tombstone can be found in Wallingford. [Source: Family Document, Evelyn Miles Krase Notes]

He is listed as being in Milford in 1639, New Haven in 1643, then had seven in his family of which Samuel was baptized at Milford on 12 Apr 1640, being the first in that town; then at New Haven, Hannah, Oct 1642; and John, Oct 1644.

His widow was either a second or third wife, for in the will which was probated 13 June 1667, after providing for his children he gave residue to her, because she had considerable, when he married her, part of which belonged to her children by former husband. [Savage, vol III, p 207]

Richard Miles died on 7 Jan 1667. In his will of 28 Dec 1666, he names his wife Catherine, eldest son Richard, and two other children without name makes division.

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Richard Miles's Timeline

1598
August 27, 1598
Wormley, Hertfordshire, England
August 27, 1598
Great Munden, Hertford, England
1627
January 24, 1627
Age 28
Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England
1628
1628
Age 29
New Haven, CT, USA
1633
April 1633
Age 34
Wormley, Hertfordshire, England
1635
1635
Age 36
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1637
1637
Age 38
Wormley, Hertfordshire, , England
1639
1639
Age 40
Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut
1640
April 12, 1640
Age 41
Middletown, New London County, Connecticut Colony
1644
October 1644
Age 46
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA