William Andrews (c.1607 - c.1659) MP

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Birthplace: Kingsnorth, Kent, England
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Occupation: Schoolmaster
Managed by: Thomas Elliott
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About William Andrews

Biographical Summary:

William Andrews, freeman, Massachusetts, March 4, 1634-5; constable, Newtown, October, 1636; an original proprietor of Hartford, received thirty acres in the division of 1639—40, and his home-lot was south of the Little River, on land now included in the West Park. He was the first schoolmaster, teaching from 1643 until 1656; town clerk, 1651-1658. He died in 1659; will dated April 1; inventory August 8, 1659, £211. 14. 11. He married Abigail, mentioned in his will, and he also names "bro. George Grave." His widow married Nathaniel Bearding.


i. Abigail, died in Fairiicld, May, 1653.

ii. John, Hartford; married Mary; died June 8,1690.

iii. Thomas, of Middletown, married Abigail, daughter of John Kirby, of Middletown; died 1691.

iv. Esther,3 or Hester; married Thomas Spencer, Jr., of Suffield; died March 6, 1698.

v. Elizabeth, married May 3,1655, Edward Granniss, of Hartford,

vi. Samuel,4 born October 20, 1645; married Elizabeth, daughter of Sergeant Thomas Spencer; died in Hartford, January, 1712.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 228. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books


Per Donald Lines Jacobus, the William Andrews who married Mary, who died at Cambridge, Jun. 19, 1639-40, is not the same as the Hartford Original Proprietor.

William Andrews was an early member of First Church in Hartford,Conn. His name is on the Founders Monument.

He was a freeman March 4, 1634 35; Constable of Newtown Oct. 1636; an original proprietor of Hartford, Rec'd 30 acres in division of 1639/40; his home lot was sourth of Little River on land now included in West Park. First Schoolmaster--taught from 1643-1656. Town Clerk 1651-58;

Will dated April 1, inv.Aug.8,1659. mentions second wife Abigail and names "Bro.Geo.Graves".

From: Families of Early Hartford,Connecticut by Barbour---page 9

Childrn: Samuel md. Elizabeth Spencer

Abigail d. May,1653 in Fairfield.

Christian md. John Birchard.

John md. Mary ___________ d. June 6, 1690

Elizabeth md. May 3, 1654 Edward Grannis

Thomas md. Hannah Kirby, dau. of John

Esther md. Thomas Spencer of Suffield.

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Per Jacobus the William Andrews who married Abigail was probably an original settler of Hartford, Connecticut. His early lands were probably in the 1639/40 era since those of Francis Andrews were of this date, and William's lands were entered on the preceeding page.

Francis Andrews of Hartford and Fairfield and John Andrews of Farmington may have been younger half-brothers of William Andrews [TAG 35:57, 59]



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Kingsnorth, Kent, England
Age 25
Hartford, Hartford , Connecticut
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Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
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Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
May 4, 1638
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Hartford, Hartford , Connecticut
September 6, 1641
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Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
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Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
August 8, 1659
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Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
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