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John Reed, Sr.

Birthplace: Wendron, Cornwall, England
Death: Died in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Reed, of Cornwall and unknown Reed
Husband of Read Derby; unknown Scofield and Ann Reed
Father of William Read; John Read, Jr., of Norwalk; Thomas Reed; William Reed; Mary Tuttle and 1 other
Brother of Alice Reed and Agnes Reed

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About Capt. John Reed

Served in Cromwell's Army.

John b. 1632, Wendron, Cornwall, England, christening, 16 Mar. 1632, d. 1730, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut. m. Ann Durby, 1666, Providence, RI., she b. 1632/36, Providence, RI. d. 1659, Norwalk, Connecticut.

John Reed Sr was a soldier at 16. He served as an officer in Cromwells army. Fled to America 1660. Settled in Providence, RI and latter moved to Norwalk, CT in 1684. Married Ann Derby 1669.

John was taxed 1s in the Poll Tax of Stithians 1660. He was taxed on two hearths in Stithians, Cornwall 1664 (these had belonged in 1662 to his father-in-law William LAUNCE). John was named in Will of his brother John 1687/8.

A soldier from the age of 16, reached the rank of Captain in the Army of the Protector Oliver Cromwell. On the restoration of Charles II, he fled to the colonies in 1660, settled in Warwick, RI, and married Ann Derby. He removed to Rye, Westchester Co., NY and in 1684 purchased from Richard Howe's land ner Norwalk, CT the place called "Reed's Farms" on Five Mile River where he resided until his death in 1730 in his 98th year of age. He was interred in a tomb on his own farm. His name is found on Norwalk Town records in 1687. His house was used for a meeting place for some years.

JO1H67N3R03EED 1633


No more striking group stands out on the pages of seventeenth century history than Cromwell's officers The subject of this sketch was one of these and was deeply marked with the strong-will and high moral character so peculiar to that cluster of men He was from Cornwall and is supposed to have belonged to that large family of Reeds in Dorsetshire of which Col John Reed is mentioned in Parliamentary Records as having held the Castle of Poole against the kkiinngg'ss troops in 1649 Born and raised in the tumult of that uaphealval in behalf of wider freedom it is not surprising that he caught the full force of its spirit and became laSs says the record a soldier at the age of sixteen and rendered important service to the cause A souvenir of this service which his descendants would hold priceless could they now recover it the sword he wore was preserved in the family in this country for more than a century but was finally lost sight of With the collapse of the Commonwealth and probably on that account he came to America though tradition ever ready to meddle in private affairs has something to say about an elder brother's interference in matrimonial plans He settled first in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1660 where he married Ann widow of Francis Derby who became mother of his chIldren IHee was probably a man of means and in 1684 he came to Norwalk, Connecticut, having purchased a large tract of land there. Establishing himself in the western part of the town he built his house on a little rise of ground on the eastern side of Five Mile river north of the old post road and nearly two miles from Long Island sound and about four miles westerly from what is now the city of South Norwalk The locality became known as Reeds Farms His wife died here and lhiee married again this time also a widow a Mrs Scofield of Stamford. He died at the age of 97 and was buried on his own field I have seen persons who well remember the grave by unwrought stones

The late Newton Reed author of The Early History of the Town of Amenia New York spent considerable effort in learning the history of this ancestor and his descendants Through his efforts there was in a suitable granite tablet an illustration of which is given herewith erected


User presumed John to be parent to a William Read of Fairfield, Connecticut:

William Read


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Capt. John Reed's Timeline

March 16, 1632
Wendron, Cornwall, England
March 16, 1632
Wendron, Cornwall,Eng
Age 23
New Haven Colony, (Present Connecticut)
Age 27
to Providence, RI, then to Norwalk, CT
May 13, 1667
Age 35
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island
Age 39
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Age 41
Rye, Westchester, New York
November 4, 1676
Age 44
Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Age 47
Providence, Providence, RI