Thomas Leffingwell, Lt. (1624 - 1713) MP

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Birthplace: White Colne, Essex, England
Death: Died in Norwich, New London, Connecticut
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About Thomas Leffingwell, Lt.

Thomas, progenitor of the Leffingwells in America, is said to have made his first appearance on these shores in 1637 -- a lone hunter in the forests of Connecticut, but friend of Uncas, chief of the Mohegans. By his wife Mary (said by one family tradition to have been a daughter or sister of Uncas), he sired five sons and two daughters, the first born in 1648. Two of the sons, Jonathan and Joseph, disappeared without trace, as a result of which the Leffingwells of record through the ninth generation (as of 1897) were all descendants of Thomas, Jr., Nathaniel, and Samuel.

One of the Founders of Norwich, Connecticut. Founders of Norwich Connecticut Memorial (with Thomas Leffingwell’s name) is located at Founders Cemetery in Norwich.

Trumbull, in his "History of Connecticut," says:

"Uncas, with a small band of Mohegan Indians, was encamped on a point of land projecting into the river, and there closely besieged by their most inveterate foes, the Narragansetts. Finding himself in danger of being cut off by the enemy, he managed to send to his friends, the English colony at Saybrook, the news of his extremity, with perhaps some appeal for help. Upon this intelligence, one Thomas Leffingwell, an ensign at Saybrook, an enterprising, bold man, loaded a canoe with beef, corn and pease, and, under cover of the night paddled from Saybrook into the Thames, and had the address to get the whole into the fort. The enemy soon perceiving that Uncas was relieved, raised the siege. For this service Uncas gave leffingwell a deed of a great part, if not the whole of the town of Norwich. In June, 1659, Uncas, with his two sons, Owaneco and Attawanhood, by a more formal and authentic deed, made over unto said Leffingwell, John Mason, Esq., the Rev. James Fitch, and others, consisting of thirty-five proprietors, the whole lownship of Norwich, which is about nine miles square."

Thomas Leffingwell was afterwards lieutenant. In 1659 he removed to Norwich and had several grants of land there. His home lot was on the highway next to Joseph Bushnell's land. He became a prominent man in the town, serving as selectman, surveyor, and on important committees. He was deputy to the general court for fifty-three sessions, 1662-1700; and was also a commissioner. He divided his property among his children before his death, which occurred about 1714-15, when he was about ninety-two years old.


Helped Uncas and the Mohegans fight off their foes, the Narragansetts, and in return was given land which became the town of Norwich.

Operated the Leffingwell Inn, a "house of public entertainment" sometime shortly after 1700. The house still stands and is a historic museum in Norwich. George Washington, on April 8, 1776, "partook of the Hospitalities of Leffingwell Inn"

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Thomas Leffingwell, Lt.'s Timeline

March 10, 1624
White Colne, Essex, England
March 10, 1624
White Colgne, Essex, England
March 10, 1624
White Colgne,Essex,England
March 10, 1624
White Colgne, Essex, England
March 10, 1624
Age 20
Age 22
Saybrook, Middlesex, England, Uk
March 17, 1648
Age 24
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
August 27, 1649
Age 25
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
December 6, 1650
Age 26
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA