Rev. Daniel Humphreys

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Rev. Daniel Humphreys

Birthplace: Simsbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Death: September 2, 1787
Immediate Family:

Son of Deacon John Humphrey and Hannah Humphrey
Husband of Sarah (Riggs) Bowers Humphreys
Father of Daniel Humphreys; John Humphreys; Major Elijah Humphreys; Sarah (Humphreys) Mills and Gen. David Humphreys

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About Rev. Daniel Humphreys

Rev. Daniel Humphreys d. September 2, 1787

Wife Sarah Riggs Bowers Dec. 17, 1710-1787


  1. Daniel May 13, 1740
  2. John Jan. 3, 1744
  3. Elijah Apr. 27, 1746
  4. Sarah July 20, 1748
  5. General David Humphreys July 10, 1752-

The Rev. Daniel Humphreys, pastor of the First Congregational Church for fifty years, and his distinguished wife, Sarah Riggs Humphreys, died within a few days of each other in 1787. One of their sons, Major Elijah Humphreys, married Anna, the daughter of Rector Mansfield, a most remarkable romance in those days. The youngest son, David Humphreys, was probably the most distinguished man born in Derby.

Rev. Humphreys, who graduated at Yale College, 1732, and was ordained as a minister of the gospel at Derby 1733, where for more than half a century he was pastor of the same organization. From the records he left of his ministry, he was a faithful and earnest preacher of the gospel. He was a fine scholar, a great reader, and loved the study of theology.

General David Humphreys House Directly across from the Old Episcopal Graveyard stands the General David Humphreys' House the most historically important structure in the Historic District. built in the early 1700's, it was later the home of the Reverend Daniel Humphreys and his wife Sara Riggs Humphreys. It was here on July 10, 1752, that David Humphreys was born.

John Humphreys House This house was built by Rev. Daniel Humphreys for his son John in 1775. It is part of the Ansonia Historic District.


"From the records still preserved of Mr. Humphrey's work, he was evidently a diligent, faithful earnest minister and pastor, and served his day and generation very acceptably according to the style of the times." History of Derby, pg 591

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Rev. Daniel Humphreys's Timeline

May 13, 1740
January 3, 1744
April 27, 1746
July 29, 1748
July 10, 1752
Derby, Connecticut
September 2, 1787
Simsbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States