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Richard Seymour

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Death: November 29, 1710 (65)
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Berlin, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Seymour and Mercy Seymour / Steele
Husband of Hannah Seymour and Hannah Seymour
Father of Hannah Hale; Sgt. Samuel Seymour; Ebenezer Seymour; Jonathan Seymour and Mercy Hubbard
Brother of Matthew Seymour; Thomas Seymour; Mercy D. Gridley; John Seymour; Zachariah Seymour and 1 other
Half brother of Samuel Steele

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About Capt. Richard Seymour

Managers of Capt. Richard Seymour, Hi I came across about maybe 5 6 years ago at a goodwill in groton ct. A history of the seymour family and all hanwritten and from richard seymour and decendants and all hand drawn of the family stamp not the right word . and a silver photograph pf the front of the bible given i believe by king henry before leaving england I wanted to see if the ct historical society wanted it because i believe its important to the begining here in ct . it is a beautiful piece i would love to see the decsendants of seymour family have it back if theres anyway someone can put me in touch or let them know . thank you very much I am contacting you about this profile: Capt. Richard Seymour Sincerely, Katherine Mckibben

Came from England in 1636 and settled in Hartford, CT

He was a freeman at Farmington in 1669 and one of the eighty-four proprietors of that town in 1672. His wife appears in a list of church members at Farmington, dated 1 Mar. 1679/80, and Richard became a member of the same church on 31 May 1685. He settled in that part of Farmington called Kensington (now the town of Berlin), and became a leader in the settlement. There the Seymour fort was built, within which were the cabins where the inhabitants sought refuge at night during the Indian alarms, Richard Seymour being the captain of the garrison. The well in front of the fort still remains.

The inventory of his estate, taken 29 Nov. 1710 by Thomas Seymour, Thomas Hart, and Thomas Curtis, showed property valued at £416. 13s. 3d. Administration on the estate was granted 4 Dec. 1710 to Hannah Seymour, the widow, and to Samuel Seymour, a son of the deceased. An agreement was made 1 Jan. 1710/11 between Hannah Seymour, the widow, sons Samuel, Jonathan, and Ebenezer Seymour, daughter Mercy Seymour, and Joseph Pomeroy in behalf of his wife Hannah, another daughter of the deceased. After the death of Hannah, the widow, a division of her estate was made 7 Nov. 1712, and was signed by Samuel Seymour, Ebenezer Seymour, Jonathan Seymour, Joseph Pomeroy, and George Hubbard.

  • The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884; (1886) Vol. I
  • Pg.258
  • RICHARD SEYMOUR, Hartford, 1639 ; one of those settlers who received land "by the courtesie of the town ; " his home-lot was on the east side of the road to the Cow Pasture (North Main St.), and was bounded on the north by the Cow Pasture itself ; chosen chimney-viewer, 1647 ; he was one of the signers of the agreement for planting Norwalk, June 19, 1650, and was there soon after, with the first planters; townsman at Norwalk, 1655; d. in 1655 ; will dated July 29, proved Oct. 25, 1655 ; inv., Oct 10, 1655, £225. 9. He mentions his wife, Mercy, eldest son, Thomas, "three other sons," John, Zachary, and Richard, the latter three being under age, and left to their mother's guardianship. She m. (2) Nov. 25, 1655, John Steele, of Farmington. — Ch. : i. Thomas, one of the early settlers of Norwalk ; m. (1) Jan., 1663-4, Hannah, dau. of Matthew Marvin, of Norwalk; freeman, 1668; deputy from Norwalk, 1690 ; one of the patentees of 1686 ; and in 1687 had an estate of £184. He m. (2) Elizabeth, named in his will. He d. in 1712 ; will dated Sept 22 ; proved Nov. 7, 1712, sealed with the above coat of arms.(1) ii. John, was in Hartford as early as 1664, and m., probably not long after, Mary, dau. of John Watson, of Hartford ; freeman, 1667. He was a member, though not in full communion, of the South Church, when it was formed, Feb. 12,1670. He d. 1713; will dated Dec. 10, 1712; proved, Aug. 3, 1713; inv. £1158. 14. 01. iii. Zachariah, b. 1642 ; freeman, Farmington, 1669 ; from the record of law-suits in the County Court proceedings it is evident that he was engaged in trade with Barbadoes ; he removed to Wethersfield and m. there, Feb. 9, 1688, Mary, dau. of widow Mary Gritt ; d. in Wethersfield, Aug. 1702, a. 60 ; inv. £200. 4. 3. iv. Richard, freeman, Farmington, 1669 ; one of the 84 proprietors, of 1672; the leader of the Great Swamp settlement in 1686 (Kensington), and captain of the fort. He m. Hannah, dau. of Matthew Woodruff, of Farmington.(3) He was killed by the fall of a tree in 1710; inv. presented Nov. 29, 1710, £416. 15. 3. — Ex-Gov. Horatio Seymour, of New York, the Hon. Origen S. Seymour, of Litchfield, and Gov. Thomas H. Seymour, of Hartford, were descendants of John Seymour, of H., who is the ancestor of nearly all of the name in this vicinity.
  • Genealogy of the descendants of Richard Seymour, from the first settlement of Hartford, Conn. in 1635 (1880)
  • RICHARD SEYMOUR.— One of the original settlers of Hartford, Ct., and as such his name appears on a monument erected in 1837 to the memory of the forefathers of the city in the ancient burying ground. His house was on Burr St. He probably came with Mr. Hooker's congregation from Chelmsford, Essex County, England. The history of this embryo republic (Mr. H's congregation) is given in Mr. Trumbull's History of Connecticut. They first settled in Cambridge, Mass., but thinking to better themselves, removed to Hartford in 1639. He went from there to Norwalk in 1653 and died in 1655.
  • He left four sons :
    • Thomas, John, Zachariah, Richard.
  • THOMAS married H. Marvin in 1653. His children were:
    • Hannah, Mary, Thomas, Mathew, Abigail, Sarah, Mercy, Elizabeth, Rebecca.
  • JOHN married M. Watson, lived in Hartford, on the south side of Little River. He died in 1713. His age is not known, but his will, dated in 1712, which is preserved in the Probate office, speaks of his being advanced in life. His children were:
    • John, Margaret, Richard, Zachary, Mary, Thomas, Jonathan, Nathaniel.
  • ZACHARIAH married and had four children whose names are not given.
  • RICHARD married and had three sons:
    • Samuel, Richard, John.
  • JOHN married E. Webster in 1643. Their children were:
    • John, Jonathan, Zebulon, Daniel, Nathaniel, Moses, Timothy, Susanna, Richard, Elizabeth, Margaret.
  • MARY and MARGARET not given.
  • THOMAS married R. Norton, and after her death M. Waters. Their children were:
    • Mary, Thomas, Sarah, Jerusha, Ruth, Basil, Alice.
  • RICHARD married M. Wilson. No children given.
  • JONATHAN ____.
  • ZACHARY married H. Olmstead.
  • NATHANIEL married and had three children:
    • Hannah, Zachariah, Rebecca.
  • Four American Ancestries: White and Griggs
  • Pg.908
  • 1-Richard Seymour (bp 17 Jan 1644/5-1655
  • + Mercy Ruscoe (abt 1601-aft 1664/65)
    • 2-Richard Seymour ( -29 Nov. 1710)
    • + Hannah Woodruff (1648-16 Sept 1712)
      • 3-Ebenezer Seymour (bp 1 Feb. 1684-bef Sep 1733)
      • + Abigail Hollister (16 Aug 1688- )
        • 4-Elizabeth Seymour (20 Apr 1714-18 Dec 1800)
        • + Ebenezer Richards (12 May 1712-20 Oct 1788)
          • .... etc.
  • Richard1 Seymour: As in Jacobus (1929), [2566] Richard was bp. 27 January 1604/5 at Sawbridgeworth, Herfordshire, England, son of Elizabeth Waller and Robert Seymour, d. between 29 July 1655, date of will, and 10 Oct. 1655, date of inv. at Norwalk, Conn.
  • Richard, though not an original proprietor, was an early settler of Hartford. In 1639 his name is among those on a list of those "inhabitants who were granted lotts to have only at the town's courtesie with liberty to fetch woods and keep swine or coues on the common." His lot was No. 70 on the north side near the "cow pasture." In 1647 he was elected chimney-viewer. The fact that he held land only by "courtesie" of thw town may have been one of the reasons why he chose to cast his lot with the planters of Norwalk under Roger Ludlow.
  • Richard and his former Sawbridgeworth neighbors and in-laws, the Ruscoes, removed about 1650 to Norwalk, where he had the status of an original proprietor in the new plantation. He had taken up residence in Norwalk by the end of 1652 with a home lot well situated opposite the meeting house and Parade Ground. On 29 March 1655 he was elected townsman (selectman), "but Richard did not live to hold this office long, since in his will, executed 29 July 1655, he was described as 'very week & sike.'"
  • Pg.909
  • Richard m. 18 April 1631 at Sawbridgeworth Mercy Ruscoe, b. ca. 1610, dau. of Sarah ___ and Roger Ruscoe of Sawbridgeworth; she m. (2) 20 November 1655 as second wife, JOHN STEELE of Hartford, she was living at her husband's death 27 February 1664/5 (see Steele).
  • Richard Seymour is among the names engraved on the original Founders Monument in the Ancient Burying Ground erected in 1837 in Hartford, and the replacement erected in 1986.[2567]
  • Capt. Richard2 Seymour (Richard1), following Jacobus (1929),[2568] he was b at Hartford, son of Mercy Ruscoe and Richard Seymour, d. 29 November 1710 at Farmington, being killed by a fall of a tree, and was buried on a portion of his own land which was afterwards used as a burial place; inv. of his estate 29 November 1710, property valued at L416:12:02.
  • As a child he moved with his family to Norwalk; after his father's death and mother's remarriage to John Steele, he and his brothers returned to Hartford and later to Farmington, and he was brought up in the household of John Steele. He was made a freeman in the Kensington section of Farmington (later Berlin) in 1669 and was one of the 84 proprietors of the town of Kensington in 1672. His wife appears on a list of church members in Farmington, dated 1 March 1679/80. Richard became a member of that same church 31 May 1685. He became a leader in the Kensington settlement and was the captain of the garrison of the fort built there with cabins where inhabitants could take shelter in the event of Indian raids.[2569 See Woodruff.
  • Ebenezer3 Seymour (Richard2-1) (continuing with Jacobus 1929)[2571]: he was bp. 1 February 1684; resident of the Kesington section of Farmington; d. bef. September 1733, when his widow was appointed to administer his estate. ....
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register
  • Pg.lxxix
  • SEYMOUR MORRIS (formerly Tyler Seymour Morris), of Chicago, Ill., elected a resident member in 1894 and made a life member in 1898, was born at Utica, N. Y., 15 February 1863, the youngest son of Joseph and Clara Elizabeth (Seymour) Morris, and died in Chicago 27 September 1921. He was descended from Lieut. Edward1 Morris, who was baptized at Nazeing, co. Essex, England, 8 August 1630, the son of Thomas and Grissie (Hewsome) Morris, and emigrating to New England, settled at Roxbury, Mass., and later at New Roxbury (Woodstock), Conn., through Dea. Edward2 of Roxbury and Woodstock, Lieut. Edward3 of Woodstock, Isaac4 of Wilbraham, Mass., Ephraim5 of Bethel, Vt., and Joseph6 of Utica and Chicago, his father. On the maternal side he traced his descent from Richard1 Seamer (Seymour), who was baptized at Sawbridgeworth, co. Herts, England, 27 January 1604/5,* and appears as a proprietor at Hartford, Conn., in 1639, through Capt. Richard2 of Farmington, Conn., Egenezer3 of Farmington, Capt. Stephen4 of Plymouth, Conn., Gideon5 of Paris, N. Y., Salmon6 of Westmoreland, Oneida Co., N. Y., and Clara Elizabeth,7 his mother. His father was born at Bethel, Vt., and his mother at Paris, Oneida Co., N. Y.
  • He was educated ....


  • Proceedings of the New England Historic Genealogical Society ... By New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • lxxix
  • SEYMOUR MORRIS (formerly Tyler Seymour Morris), of Chicago, Ill., .... etc.
  • WOODRUFF, Hannah
  • b. ABT 1648
  • d. 16 SEP 1712 Farmington, Hartford, CT.
  • Family:
  • Spouse: SEYMOUR, Richard
  • b. ABT 1644 Hartford, CT.
  • d. 1710 Farmington, Hartford, CT.
  • Parents:
  • Father: SEYMOUR, Richard
  • Mother: RUSCOE, Mercy
  • Children:
    • SEYMOUR, Hannah
    • SEYMOUR, Samuel
    • SEYMOUR, Mercy
    • SEYMOUR, Ebenezer
    • SEYMOUR, Jonathan
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  • Capt Richard Seymour
  • Birth: unknown Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death: Nov. 29, 1710 Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • The son of Richard & Mercy (Ruscoe) Seymour, he moved to Norwalk with his parents. After the death of his father & his mother's remarriage to John Steele, he and his brother returned to Hartford and eventually to Farmington. He was a freeman in the Kensington section of Farmington (later Berlin) in 1669 and in 1672, he was one of the 84 proprietors of the town of Kensington. He joined the Farmington church on May 31, 1685 and his wife joined on March 1, 1679/80. He was appointed Capt. at the garrison of the fort in Kensington. His wife was Hannah (Woodruff), daughter of Matthew & Hannah Woodruff.
  • Capt. Richard Seymour died Nov., 1710 at Farmington by the fall of a tree. He was buried on a portion of his own land which was afterwards used as a family burial place. The inventory of his estate was taken Nov. 29, 1710 and his property was valued at 416 pounds, 12 shillings, and 2 pence.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Richard Seymour (1604 - 1655)
  • Children:
    • Hannah Seymour Hale (1675 - 1727)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 63031451
  • From:
  • Richard SEYMOUR
  • Born: 1596, Berry Pomeroy, Devonshire, England
  • Died: 25 Nov 1655
  • Notes: Although not an original proprietor, Richard Seymour was an early settler of Hartford, his name first appearing there in 1639. (After settling his father's estate in England, he undoubtedly came to Hartford to live with his former friends and neighbors.) His lot was no. 70, on the north side, near the cow pasture. He was elected chimney-viewer in 1647. ABT 1650, Richard Seymour's family moved from Hartford to Norwalk. Seymour's will is dated 29 Jul 1655. Richard came to America about 1638-9, probably after settling his father's estate.
  • Father: Edward SEYMOUR (1° Bt of Berry Pomeroy MP)
  • Mother: Elizabeth CHAMPERNOWNE
  • Married: Mercy (RUSCOE) RASHLEIGH 18 Apr 1631, Sawbridgeworth, Hertford, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Richard SEYMOUR
    • 2. Mary SEYMOUR
    • 3. Zacharia SEYMOUR
    • 4. Thomas SEYMOUR
    • 5. Mercy SEYMOUR
    • 6. John SEYMOUR
  • From: SEYMOUR2
  • Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Aug 17 2017, 14:17:10 UTC
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Capt. Richard Seymour's Timeline

Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
June 20, 1672
Age 27
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Age 30
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
January 14, 1682
Age 37
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
February 1, 1685
Age 40
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
April 1687
Age 42
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut