Stephen Hart, Jr. (1599 - 1683) MP

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Birthplace: Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Occupation: Farmer, Came to Mass Bay 1628 - Hartford 1635, Deacon, founded hartsford mass. it was originally called"hart's ford"
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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Ecclesiastical and Other Sketches of Southington, Conn by Heman Rowlee Timlow, pp. cvii-cviii

"STEPHEN HART is supposed to have come from Braintree, Essex County, England, with the company that settled Braintree, Mass., and subsequently removed to Newtown, since called Cambridge, and constituted the church of which Rev. Thomas Hooker was invited from England to become their pastor. He was in Cambridge in 1632, and admitted a freeman there, May 14, 1634. He came to Hartford with Mr. Hooker's company, in 1635, and was one of the original proprietors of that place. His house lot was on the west side of what is now called Front Street, near where Morgan Street crosses it, and there is a tradition that the town was called from the ford he discovered and used in crossing the Connecticut river at a low stage of the water, and so from Hart's Ford it soon became Hartford, by a natural and easy transition. Tradition further says that as he and others were on a hunting excursion, on Talcott Mountain, they discovered the Farmington River Valley, then inhabited by the Tunxis, a powerful tribe of Indians. The meadows were probably then cleared, and waving with grass and Indian corn. Such lands were then much needed and coveted by the settlers, who soon -- probably as soon as 1640 -- made a bargain with the Indians, and settled among them with their cattle. They still continued, however, connected with the settlement at Hartford, attended public worship, and perhaps wintered there, until about 1645, when the town was incorporated by the name of Farmington, from the excellent farms there. About this time Mr. Roger Newton, a student of theology with Rev. Thomas Hooker, whose daughter he married, began to preach for them, and in 1652 was ordained their pastor. Stephen Hart was one of the seven pillars of the church, and was chosen their first Deacon. The other pillars were Rev. Roger Newton, pastor; John Cole (Cowles), John Bronson, Robert Porter, Thomas Judd, and Thomas Thompson.

Stephen Hart appears to have taken the lead in the settlement among the Indians in Farmington, and purchased a large tract on the border of the present town of Avon, and known to this day by the name of Hart's Farm. He was one of the first Representatives in 1647, and continued, with one exception, for fifteen sessions until 1655, and once in 1660. No man in the town was more active, influential, and useful. His house lot, which was four or five times as large as any other, was on the west side of Main Street, in the village, opposite the meeting-house, and contained fifteen acres, extending from Mill Lane to the stone store south.

He was a farmer and large land-holder, located in the village of Farmington, and was a man of great influence, and a leading character. He died March, 1682-3, aged 77 years."

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Probate Records, Hartford District, v. IV p. 119. HEART, Steven, Deacon, sen., Farmington. Invt. £340-04-00. Taken 31 March, 1682-3, by Thomas Heart, John Heart. Will dated 16 March, 1682-3.

I Stephen Heart of Farmington do make this my last Will & Testament: For the settleing of this my Estate, my Will is as followeth: That my Farme which I formerly have given to my three sons, John Heart, Steven Heart & Thomas Heart, the ½ of my Farme to John, ¼ to Steven, the other quarter to Thomas. I give to my gr. son Thomas Porter & to my son-in-law John Cole my plowing Land & Meadow & Swamp which was sometime part of Andrew Warner's Farme, & abutts on my son Steven Heart's Land on the North. I do give it to them to be equally (divided) betwixt them, the ingagement of my wife being fulfilled. I give to my sons Steven and Thomas Heart that 10 acres of Land which I bought of Andrew Warner, that lyes in the Farme Meadow, to be equally divided betwixt them. I give to my sons Steven and Thomas Heart and to my daughters Sarah Porter and Mary Lee, my Swamp Lott in the Great Swamp and all the rest of my Upland Divisions, divided or undivided, to be equally divided betwixt them. I give to my gr. child Dorothy Porter £10. I give to my gr. child John Lee £3. I give to my gr. child John Heart, my eldest son's son, £3. I do give to my beloved wife a little Kettle that holds about a peck, as also a colt which I gave her, which was recorded to her. And as to all the rest of my Estate, within dores and without, all dues & Debts (except 1-3 part of all my Linen, & a Cow, & £10 given to my wife, as also £5 of Annuity during her natural life in case she survive me, as may appear by a former Instrument), And as for the rest as abovesd., I give to my sons, Steven and Thomas Heart, and my beloved daughters, Sarah Porter and Mary Lee, and my son-in-law, John Cole, whom I make my Executors.

                       Steven Heart.

Witness: John Wadsworth sen.,

                 Robert Porter.

Court Record, Page 69 -- 4 April, 1683: Will proven. Mrs. Margaret Heart, Ensign Thomas Heart, Sarah Porter and Mary Lee personally appeared and made oath to the Inventory. -------------------- Deacon Stephen Hart was 1 of 54 Settlers of Cambridge MA and 1 of 84 Settlers of Farmington MA. He was the first generation to come to the USA in the Hart Family as documented in Alfred Andrew"s Book published in 1875 titled, "Deacon Stephen Hart and His Decendents 1632-1875". -------------------- (f/g) Stephen Hart Birth: 1599, England Death: Sep. 19, 1689 Farmington Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Born in England by about 1599 (based on estimated date of first marriage. Married ____ ____ & they came to Massachusetts Bay in 1633 with their two eldest children. They settled first in Cambridge, then in Hartford in 1636, and finally in Farmington where she died in 1678 after apparently bearing six children. (The gap of seven years between their second and third children suggests the possibility that Stephen's children were by two wives, but the ages of the two eldest children may also be overestimated.) Stephen married second, after 1678, Margaret (____) (Smith) Nash, widow of Arthur Smith and Joseph Nash. She died at Farmington between 18 Feb 1691/92 and 1 March 1693/94. He died at Farmington between 16 March 1682/83 (will) and 31 March 1683 (inventory). Source Anderson's Great Migration Begins.


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Spouse:
 1st wife Hart (____ - 1679) 
Children:
 Mary Hart Lee (____ - 1710)
 Sarah Hart Porter (1622 - 1697)

Burial: Unknown Created by: Linda Mac Record added: Mar 05, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 34483176 -tcd

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Deacon Stephen Hart, Jr.'s Timeline

1599
1599
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
1599
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
1602
January 25, 1602
Age 3
St Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
January 25, 1602
Age 3
St Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
January 25, 1602
Age 3
Braintree, Essex, , Eng
January 25, 1602
Age 3
St Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
January 25, 1602
Age 3
St Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
January 25, 1602
Age 3
St Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
January 25, 1602
Age 3
St Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
1622
1622
Age 23
Probably England, (Present UK)