Richard Seymour, Sr (1604 - 1655) MP

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Birthplace: Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
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About Richard Seymour, Sr

Richard Seymour was a settler of Hartford, CT. His home lot was on the "east side of the road to the cow pasture. He was a chimney viewer"(?).

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The Founders of Hartford

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 signere 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 Thomas Seymour's Norwalk ; m. (1) Jan., 1653-4, Hannah, dau. of Matthew Heal. 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 rot 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. Zechariah, 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 proprieton; of 1672; the leader of the Great Swamp settlement in 1686 (Kensington), and captain of the fort. He m. Hannah, den. of Matthew Woodruff of Farmington.2 He was killed by the fall of a trea 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.

1 A “Bishop's Bible,” printed in 1584, now in the possession of one of Richard Seymour's descendants, has on one of the fly-leaves a drawing of the arms of the Seymours of Berry Pomeroy, the Same as those given above with the quarterings granted by Henry VIII., and his name written below, “Richard Seymor, Bery Pomery, heytor bond., in ye corn. Devon. his Book. Hartford ye collony of Conecticot in New England. Annoque Domini, 1640.”

2 Savage says (iv. 58) that he m. Hannah, dau. of Anthony Hawkins, but I have found no other authority for his statement as yet -------------------- He came to Hartford in 1639 where he appears as a proprietor and he was also one of the 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 and was bounded on the north by the cow pasture itself. He was chosen chimney viewer at Hartford in 1647. He was one of the signers of the agreement for the planting of Norwalk, Conn., 19 June 1650, removed to that place soon afterwards, and became one of its first settlers, being chosen a townsman or selectman in 1655. --------------------

Biographical Summary:

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; died in 1655; will dated July 29, proved October 25, 1655; inventory, October 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 married (2) November 25, 1655, John Steele, of Farmington.

Children:

i. Thomas, one of the early settlers of Norwalk; married (1) Jan., 1653-4, Hannah, daughter 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 married (2) Elizabeth, named in his will. He died in 1712; will dated September 22; proved November 7, 1712, sealed with the above coat of arms.

ii. John, was in Hartford as early as 1664, and married, probably not long after, Mary, daughter of John Watson, of Hartford; freeman, 1667. He was a member, though; not in full communion, of the South Church, when it was formed, February 12,1670. He died 1713; will dated December 10, 1712; proved, August 3, 1713; inventory £1158. 14. 01.

iii. Zachariah, born 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 married there, February 9,1688, Mary, daughter of widow Mary Gritt; died in Wethersfield, August 1702, age 60; inventory £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 married Hannah, daughter of Matthew Woodruff, of Farmington. He was killed by the fall of a tree in 1710; inventory presented November 29, 1710, £416. 15. 3.

Ex-Governor 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 Hartford, who is the ancestor of nearly all of the name in this vicinity.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 258. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

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Richard Seymour, Sr.'s Timeline

1604
January 27, 1604
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, (Present UK)
January 27, 1604
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, UK
1631
April 18, 1631
Age 27
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, (Present UK)
1631
Age 26
1632
July 15, 1632
Age 28
Bury Pomeroy, Heyto Hundred, Devon, England
1632
Age 27
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England
1634
January 9, 1634
Age 29
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, , England
1636
July 8, 1636
Age 32
Sawbridgeworth,Hertfordshire,England
1639
January, 1639
Age 34
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
1642
1642
Age 37
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA