Capt. Giles Hamlin

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Giles Hamlin

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: England, (Present UK)
Death: September 1, 1689 (67)
Middletown, Middlesex County, Dominion of New England (Present Connecticut, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Middletown, Middlesex County, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Giles Hamblin, Sr. and Susan Hamblin
Husband of Hester (Esther) Hamlin
Father of Esther Hamlin; Mary Hamlin; Mehitable Hooker; William Hamlin; Giles Hamlin and 2 others
Brother of James Hamblin and Thomas Hamlin

Occupation: Sea Captain
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About Capt. Giles Hamlin

Engraved on his tombstone:

There's a cedar tall Gently wafted ore from Great Britain's Isle to this Western shore Near fifty years crossingf the ocean wide yets anchord in the grave from storm or tide yet remember the body of Hiles Hallin Esquire Adged 67 years who departed this life the first day of September ano dom 1689

Giles Hamblin Last Will & Testament

Note I have left the wording and spelling as it was recorded.

His estate amounted to 2,249 pounds, 18 shillings and 6 pene.

Page 55 Name: Giles Hamlin, Sen. Location: Middletown

Died 1st September, 1689. Invt. oe2249-18-06. Taken by John Allyn, Nathaniel White, William Southmayd and John Hamlin. Will

dated 30 August, 1689.

I Giles Hamlin of Middletown doe constitute & ordain this my Last will& Testament in maner following: To my son John Hamlin

all that Land that he now possesseth, viz, the Home lot which I bought of Abram Smith & one parcell of meadow in the Long

meadow which was formerly Henry Coales. Allso, I give to my son John one-halfe of my Lott at Goose's delight, one halfe of my

Lott by Lucas's, one-halfe of my Two wood Lotts neer the Towne, my division of Land neer Capt. Harris's, halfe of my out

division of Land upon the Straights Hill, halfe my halfe-Mile Lott, halfe of the swamp I bought of hopewell, & halfe of my upland &

pond Lyeing on the east side the great River, as allso oe30of Money which I promised to Lay out with him in part of a vessell, as

allso one Silver platter, one great silver spoon, as allso one Cowe &one breeding mare, as allso one silver Hatband, the bigest

of the Two. All this I give to him & his heirs forever. To my son Wm I give my house & Homstead with all the Buildings upon it,

allso my Land on the west side of the High way Lyeing between Richd Hall's & John Hamlin's, as allso my Lot next towards

Turner's which I bought of Thomas Miller, allso my Meadow & Swamp in Long meadow, as allso that parcell of meadow on the

South side the Rivulett, & allso my wet meadow & my out division of Land in the boggy meadow quarter, halfe of my Lott at

Goose's delight, halfe my Lot by Lucas's, halfe of my Two wood Lotts neer the Towne, halfe of my out division upon the

Straights Hill, halfe my swamp I bought of Hopewell, halfe of my upland & pond Lyeing on the east side the great river, as allso

one silver spoon & silver Tumbler, as allso one silver Hat band. All this I give to him & his heires forever. To my sons Giles &

Richard Hamlin I give all my Lands at Hartford together with my Interest in the Mills, they payeing to their Mother oe14 pr year in

curant pay of the country during the time of her naturall Life. As also to Giles two silver spoons (one guilt one & the other of the

great ones), & a silver wine cup. To Richard, one silver spoon & silver dram cup. And this I give to them & to theirheirs forever.

To my Loveing Wife Hester Hamlin I give what rooms in my now dwelling house, with convenient selleridg for her use, as she

shall choose, with the use of what moveables she shall see cause to make use of; allso the Improvement of what stock she shall

apprehend may be for her advantage, during the time of her widow-hood. To my daughter Mary I give oe100 in money, & a

proportion of household stuffe as my daughter Mabell hath had, as allso silver spoons & silver plate, as allso my servant Joan in

case she shall need her and my Wife can spare her, & allso Two cowes. This I give to her & her heires forever.To my daughter

Mabell I give oe50 in money besides what she hath already had, & one silver spoone, & allso one silver porringer &goblet

between Mary & Mabell as they shall agree. This I give to her and her heires for ever. To Samuel Hooker I give that Cow he had

ofme. To young John Hamlin & young Samuel Hooker I give to each of the mone of the small silver spoons; & after my Just

debts being discharged& my Legacies payd, my will is that the remaynder of my estate be equally divided between my sons. My

Wife Ester and my son John Hamlinto be Joynt Executors; & I doe request my much Honord friend Col. John Allyn of Hartford

and Liuetenent Nathll White of Middletown to be overseers, & for their paines to be allowed oe5 a peice. I give my two gr. sons

John & Giles Southmayd, I give each of them an ew sheep; and to my two grand sons John Hamlin & Samuel Hooker I give

each of the man ew sheep.

Giles Hamlin sen. Ls.

Witness: Nath White senr, Noadiah Russell.

Court Record, Page 12--6 March, 1689-90: Will proven.

Mr. Hamlin did afterward declare in the presence of the Witnesses it was his will that each of his Negro Servants should have an

Ewe Sheep. The witnesses added in and by advice of the court to this purpose we do remember that Mr. Hamlin declare once

and again that he would have Mrs. Hamlin well and comfortably provided for as long as she lived.


by Hon. H. Franklin Andrews

published by the author

Exlira, Iowa 1900

Captain Giles Hamlin. We learn from the inscription on his tombstone that he was born in England about 1622; but the place of

his nativity has not been discovered. He married 1655, Hester, daughter of John Crow, of Hartford, Ct., born about 1628,

probably in England. His epitaph tells us that he was “near fifty years crossing the ocean wide,” which means that he was a

mariner for that period of time. One authority states that he arrived in America before 1651, and resided in Hartford, Ct., before

settling in Middletown. Another author says that he came direct to Middletown. The writer has found no direct proof of the time of

his arrival in America, or how he came here. He settled in Middletown, Ct. as early as 1654, and resided there the remainder of

his life. Both members of the first church established there, September 4, 1668; to which he was admitted Nov. 15; and she Dec.

30, of the same year. He was a puritan, a man of good sense, and soon gained a high standing for probity and ability; and has

been justly styled one of the pillars of the Colony in its early settlement.

He was long engaged in foreign commerce, partly on his own account, partly with John Pynchon, of Springfield, son of the

founder of that town; with his brother-in-law John Crow, Jr., of Fairfield, and with Elder William Goodwin, of Hartford, and

afterwards of Farmington, Ct.

Engaged in Foreign Commerce; Colonial Legislature through 1666 - 1684, and, from 1685 to time of his death in 1689, he

assisted the representative. He may have owned ships, and he commanded the "John & James" in August 1679 when it went to

Barbados. He was nearly 50 when he came to America. Came to Middletown a bout 1654. Giles was well liked in the

community. On December 17, 1666, he gav e to the town and train band, a drum, which "the towne voated" was to be beaten

"twis on fornouns and twis in afternouns on Saboth days and thanksgiving days and fast days" Presumably it was beaten until

1689, whe "a parte of the inhabi tance of the towne" having "purchased a belle". First "among the proprietors o f the bell" stands

the name of "Mr. Gills Hamiline," the largest subscriber.

He was long honored with public offices, and his descendants, as we shall see, retained a remarkable degree of influence in

public affairs, even down to the present time. His home lot, on the eastside of Main Street, extended from about the north side of

Bunce’s store; nearly if not quite, to Court Street. He purchased a house and ten acre lot on the south west corner of Main and

Washington streets,1679; which was the family homestead for four generations.

He commanded the "Desire", 1665, and the "John and James", 1679. He was Rate Maker, Grand Levy-man, Townsman, and

served the town on various committees. He gave a drum to the town and Train-band, 1666.

From "A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut.":

Hamlin, Giles, Middletown, 1663--was an assistant in 1685, and as early as '73. At a special session of the General Court held

at Hartford in '73, to prepare against an apparent war with the Dutch, the Governor with Giles Hamlin, Capt. Benjamin Newbury,

William Wadsworth, Capt. William Curtiss, Lieut. William Fowler, and Lieut. Thomas Munson, assistants in the colony, were

appointed to act as a Grand Committee of the colony, in establishing and commissioning military officers, pressing men, horses,

ships, barks, or other vessels, arms, ammunition, provision, carriages, &c. as they should judge needful for defence; and

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Capt. Giles Hamlin's Timeline

England, (Present UK)
December 15, 1655
Age 33
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
December 14, 1658
Age 36
February 11, 1662
Age 40
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
November 17, 1664
Age 42
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
July 13, 1666
Age 44
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
February 3, 1668
Age 46
Middletown, Middlesex County, CT, USA
July 1671
Age 49
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
September 1, 1689
Age 67
Middletown, Middlesex County, Dominion of New England (Present Connecticut, (Present USA)