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Families of Ancient Wethersfield

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  • Thomas Parke, of Stonington (c.1615 - 1709)
    Robert Parke settled with his son Thomas in Wethersfield, CT in 1640 and was deputy to the General Court in 1641-42. Dorothy Thompson married on 28 Oct 1644 in Wethersfield, Hartford, CT to Thomas Pa...
  • Robert Parke, II (1580 - 1665)
    "Genealogy of the Parke Families of Connecticut" by Robert Parke, 1906 He lived in Preston all his life. In 1715 he was one of those who voted in Town Meeting that the Meeting House should "remain wh...
  • Robert Treat, Governor of Connecticut (c.1625 - 1710)
    Robert Treat- a founder of Milford, Connecticut Robert Treat was baptized February 25, 1624/5 at Pitminster, Somerset, England, the son of Richard and Alice (Gaylord) Treat, and was one of ten childr...
  • Mary Beckley (1697 - 1759)
  • Joseph Beckley, Sr. (1695 - 1772)
    Birth: Sep. 19, 1695 Death: Jan. 30, 1772 Son of Nathaniel & Comfort (Deming) Beckley. Husband of Mary Judd. Father of Mary, Josiah (Anna Hart), Joseph (Pede Hancock), Thankful (Lt. Nathaniel Dicki...

In 1633 John Oldham from Watertown in the Massachusetts Bay Colony explored the Connecticut River. The following year he and some companions built temporary housing and passed the winter at Wethersfield. With the arrival of warmer weather other settlers, many also from Watertown, arrived from Massachusetts Bay.

Wethersfield has its niche in history, being "Ye Most Auncient Towne" in Connecticut, as set out by the Code of 1650 — "Colonial Records of Connecticut."

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From Wethersfield Library:

The Ten Original Settlers (also known as "The Ten Adventurers") were

  • John Oldham
  • Nathaniel Foote
  • Abraham Finch, Sr.
  • Robert Seeley
  • John Strictland
  • John Clarke
  • Andrew Ward
  • Robert Rose
  • Leonard Chester
  • William Swayne


In 1672, the following-named persons were treated as West-of-the- River householders, and. (as there were no more of the 52-acre lots remaining) were each given 60 acres of land at "Xayaug," South Glastonbury : Mr. Richard Treat Son of Richard, the Settler; Mr. John Hollister Son of .John, the Settler, deceased; Richard Smith Son of Richard, the Settler( '{); Thomas Edwards Son of John. Settler; John Wadhams The Settler; had a son John; Sam. Hale, Jun. Removed to Glastonbury; Caleb Benjamin Removed to South Glastonbury; Thomas Loveland Son of 'Widow Loveland' Wethersfield, 1649.