William Hyde, Jr. (1600 - 1681) MP

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Birthplace: Denton, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Cause of death: Death date is date will was proved.
Occupation: Founder and original proprietor of Hartford, 1636. Selectman 1637., a 1st settler of Hartford 1636, then at Saybrook and Norwich
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About William Hyde, Jr.

Historical Notes:

  • Immigrated to the New World in 1633 in the company of Rev. Thomas Hooker.and his daughter Hester.
  • On arrival, he and the Reverend founded Hartford and the Church of Hartford
  • He and his son were two of the original 35 proprietors of Norfolk, Connecticut

Biographical Summary:

William Hyde (1600-1681) - was born in 1600 in Stockport, England and died on 6 Jan 1681 in Norwich, CT . He was the son of William Hyde and Eleanor Molineux. William married Mrs.____.

Then William married Joanna. She died after 1682 .

William - came to America from Chestershire (Cheshire), England.

"Founder and original proprietor of Hartford, 1636. Selectman 1637." (This is stated on a monument in an old graveyard of First Church of Hartford, Conn.) No children from his second marriage to Joanne, the widow of Robert Abell. Children with Mrs. _____

  1. Hester Hyde was born about 1625 in England and died on 13 Nov 1703 in Norwich, CT . Hester married John Post on 31 Mar 1652/1653 in Saybrook, CT. John was born on 16 Sep 1629 in Otham, Kent, England. He was the son of Lt. Stephen Post and Eleanore Panton. He died on 27 Nov 1711 in Norwich, CT .
  2. Samuel Hyde was born about 1637 in Hartforf, CT and died Jul 1677 in Norwich, CT .

SOURCE: http://www.renderplus.com/hartgen/htm/hyde.htm#name3013






William Hyde, Proprietor of both Hartford and Norwich, Connecticut.

First Generation of this Hyde family in America is William Hyde.

William Hyde came to this county from England about 1633, with the Rev. Thomas Hooker, first minister of Hartford. 

He first settled at Newton, Mass., but soon 'moved to Hartford, where he is found before 1640, a resident and proprietor. His name appears on a monument lately erected to the " Founders of Hartford."

He removed to Saybrook about 1648, and finally went to Norwich 1660, where his name and that of his son Samuel appear among the "35 original proprietors," and they appear together and active in affairs concerning the welfare of the town.

They formed but one family at first, and their allotments of land were contiguous. The name of his wife does not appear, but he had two children.

He outlived his son by many years, and d. Jan. 6, 1681 or 2. His age is not known, but he was styled "Old Goodman Hyde," in 1697, a title of affection quite common in those days.

William Hyde was contemporary with, and there has always been a live tradition in the family that he was nearly allied to, Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, whose dau. Anne Hyde m. James 2d of England, and became the mother of Mary of Orange and Anne of Denmark, both queens of England.

Children of William Hyde and ( Hester?):

1. HESTER, born in England, married at Saybrook John Post, son of Stephen Post, March, 1652. They had two sons and seven daughters. John Post was also one of the "35", and his home was across the street from his wife's father's. He was an active, influential man in the town. Hester Post died Nov.13, 1703. John Post, died Nov. 27, 1710, aged 84. Many distinguished people are among their descendants.

2. SAMUEL, born 1636, probably at Hartford, married Jane Lee, June, 1659, of Saybrook. "In Aug., 1660, was born to Samuel and Jane Hyde, a daughter Elizabeth, the first white child born at Norwich." (Christopher Huntington was the first male child.) "The home where this first child of Norwich opened her eyes to the world, stood on a declivity sloping to the town street, with higher land in the background, bristling with massive rocks and heavily shadowed with chestnut and oak."

This homestead remained in the Hyde family for five generations, the last occupant of the name being Elisha Hyde, Esq., mayor of the city.

Samuel Hyde died in 1677. His widow afterward married John Burchard. She lived to be 90.


  • Extracted fromHistory of Norwich, Connecticut: from its possession by the Indians, to the year 1866 (Google eBook). Frances Manwaring Caulkins, 1866 - History - 704 pages
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William Hyde, Jr.'s Timeline

May 23, 1600
Denton, Lancashire, England
Age 30
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
Age 32
From England To Newton,MA (with Rev. Thomas Hooker)
May 23, 1635
Age 35
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
May 23, 1636
Age 36
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Age 35
Founder and original proprietor of Hartford, 1636
Age 35
Removed to Hartford,Hartford Co,Connecticut (with Rev. Thomas Hooker)
- 1637
Age 35
Above stated on a monument in an old graveyard of First Church of Hartford, Conn
Age 36
Selectman in Hartford
Age 40
Surveyor of highways in Hartford