Samuel Fitch (1626 - 1659) MP

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Birthplace: Blocking, Essex, England
Death: Died in Milford, New Haven Colony (Present Fairfield County), (Present Connecticut)
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About Samuel Fitch

"History of the Fitch Family"; 929.273; F5551F; Vol.2; Chapter XIII; p. 204

"The House of Fitch"; 929.273; F551Fg; Chapter III; p. 20

NOTE: Samuel was the son of Thomas Fitch and Anne Reeve born 9 Nov 1626 at Bocking, Essex County, England. He married Susannah Whiting, widow of William Whiting of Hartford CT. Samuel died in 1659 probably in Milford, CT.

Biographical sketch: Samuel was an emigrant ancester of Hartford, CT. born at Bocking, County Essex, England. He probably came to America in the company of his two brothers, Thomas I of Norwalk, CT. and Joseph of Windsor, CT. and their widowed mother, Anne (Reeve) Fitch. They were preceded by their brother Rev. James Fitch of Norwich, CT., who came to New England in 1638.

Savage, the historian, says that there is a possibility that Samuel Fitch I settled at Milford, CT., as early as 1644. This is unlikely, however, as he is named in the will of his brother Nathaniel in 1648 as then living in England.

The earliest positive record we have of him is in 1650 at Hartford, CT. He was spoken of in the records of his time as "Mr.", which proves he ranked as a gentleman. He was engaged in 1650 to keep the school at Hartford for three years, beginning 1 Jan 1649/50; and was a freeman, 1651. He was later of Milford, CT.

Like his three brothers he was a man of prominence in local affairs. He was a representative to the General Court, 1654-55. He married Mrs. Susannah Whiting, widow of "Worshipful Mr. William Whiting" of Hartford, CT. Samuel Fitch and his wife had two sons; Samuel II and Thomas I. After his death in 1659 his widow married (3) Alexander Bryan of Milford, CT.

Samuel came to America with two of his brothers and his mother, after the death of his father . He taught school in Hartford, CT, and later at Milford. He was a Representative to the Gene ral Court 1654-1655 .Samuel became a Free man in 1651, and became prominent in local affairs . In the local records, he was given the distinguishing title "Mr." (Source: Connecticut Ance stry, Vol. 26, #4, page 191).

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Samuel Fitch's Timeline

1626
November 9, 1626
Blocking, Essex, England
1650
1650
Age 23
Connecticut Colony
1652
1652
Age 25
Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT
1659
1659
Age 32
Milford, New Haven Colony (Present Fairfield County), (Present Connecticut)
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Schoolmaster