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Edmund Strickland

Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Death: 1670 (59-60)
Queens, Queens County, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Hannah Fidoe
Father of Elizabeth Strickland; Jonathan Strickland; Sarah Furman; Peter Strickland and Mary Strickland

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About Edmund Strickland

Not a known child of Sgt. John Strickland

There is little information about the early life of Edmund Strickland. He was probably born in England, although it is unsure where (and his parentage is unknown). It is possible that he immigrated initially to Watertown, Massachusetts but that is not certain. It is likely, however, as a group of Puritans and Congregationalists received permission to leave Massachusetts and settle in Connecticut. Edmund first turns up in records as a minor figure in the settlement of Ancient Wethersfield around 1635 where some of these Massachusetts Puritans settled. He was a property owner there, but had sold his lot and moved on to the area of Fairfield by 1639.

In September, 1639 Roger Ludlow received permission from the General Court of Hartford to settle the area of Fairfield. He purchased a large tract of land from the Pequonnock Indians. The present town of Fairfield comes from that area, but also several other Connecticut towns including Westport and Bridgewater. There were only 8-10 families in that first group of settlers and Edmund Strickland was one of them. He is thought to have stayed there only a few years. He sold his land in Fairfield around 1640, and it is not certain if he stayed on there for a time or moved right away. He next shows up in records in 1656 when he appears on the Indian Rate List of Middleburg (Newtown), Long Island. I am not entirely sure what the Indian Rate List is, but this 1656 list contains the names of nearly every adult male settler in Middleburg in 1656 and involves the payment of a fee, and this seems to be a form of taxation.

There are few details about his family life. He married a woman named Hannah and two children are known, although it is thought there were other children. His daughter Sarah is our ancestor. Sarah was the maternal grandmother of John Hart, Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Sarah is interesting in her own right and will be the subject of another ancestor profile. Edmund died at Newtown in 1670.

Sources: Jacobus, Donald Lines. (1944). Strickland notes. The American Genealogist, Whole Number 81, vol. XXI, 85-92.

Schenck, Elizabeth Hubbell. (1889). The history of Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut from the settlement of the town in 1639 to 1818. New York: Published by the author. (available at archive.org)

Edmund is pictured in the background of a mural that depicts Roger Ludow purchasing Farfield. You can see an image of the mural at this link: http://www.fairfieldct.org/content/10724/12146/13697.aspx


Category: Weathersfield, Connecticut New Netherland Settler
Puritan Great Migration


Disputed Heritage

There are no documents located which provided the names of the parentsof Edmund Strickland. Researcher Herbert F. Seversmith aka Herbert F.Smith states "Eavenson Strickland and Allied Families" by Sexta Eavenson Strickland, 1933 " ... mentions the Westmoreland (England) family ... statements are not supported by proof ... allegation of a knighthood, completely at variance with the indicated fact ... this account must be peremptorily challenged ..." states <ref>Herbert F. Seversmith in "John Strickland of Long Island and His Sons-in-Law" in TAG vol 11 pg 81-87</ref> Edmund Strickland born perhaps about 1610, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, probably 1635, of Fairfield, Connecticut 1639 and of Newtown, Long Island, about 1652, died perhaps around 1670. <ref name="TAG21"> Strickland Notes: Family of Edmund Strickland compiled by Donald Lines Jacobus in The American Genealogist. 1944-45 Vol 21, pg 85-88, continued from Vol 20, pg 215." AmericanAncestors.org</ref>


Edmund married Hannah Unknown-118755|Hannah (Unknown), she married second as early as 1674 to Richard Fidoe, who died before 22 Feb 1683/4. Hannah died after 6 Feb 1695/6.<ref name="TAG21"/>


Edmund was an original lot-owner in Fairfield about 1639. In 1656 Edmund Strickland '10 shillings' is included in "the Indian rate" list forMiddelburg or Middleburg, Long Island, later named Newtown, now Elmhurst, Queens county, NY. <ref>"The Annals of Newtown, in Queens County,New York; containing its history from its first settlement, together with many interesting facts concerning the adjacent towns" by James Riker publ 1852 p 43 https://archive.org/stream/annalsofnewtowni00rike#page/43/mode/1up</ref>He removed to Newtown, Long Island. <ref name="Jacobus FoOF1">History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield,by Donald Lines Jacobus Vol 1. hosted by FamilySearch.org (Vol1, Pages 590-91).</ref>

Children of Edmund Strickland:<ref name="TAG21"/>

Known children

  1. Jonathan Strickland, b say 1635<ref>"A Digest of the early Connecticut probate records" compiled by Charles William Manwaring, vol 1 1635-1700, publ 19045</ref>
  2. Sarah Strickland, b about 1644-5

Possible children:

  1. Elizabeth Strickland, b m Capt John Seaman
  2. Mary Strickland Jacobus identifies two marriages BUT Robert CharlesAnderson believes this is based on Manwaring's mis-reading of the name, "Wood." Manwaring included an abstract of Jonas Weed at Southampton, Long Island, but Anderson believes this was clearly a mis-reading ofJonas Wood.<ref name="GMB">Anderson, Robert Charles, (1995) "Jonas Weed," Featured Name. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, AmericanAncestors.org NEHGS (Volumes I-III, Page 1956).</ref> Jonas Weed never lived at Southampton, andMary, the wife of Josias Furman did not have the maiden surname Strickland.
  3. Peter Strickland, b of Flushing Long Island"

Research Notes

Manwaring notes land owned by Jonas Weed late of Southampton, Long Island defendant, BUT Charles William Anderson comments this a mis-reading. Rather than Jonas Weed the note on the entry for Zachary Field is for Jonas Wood, late of ...<ref>"A Digest of the early Connecticut probate records" compiled by Charles William Manwaring, vol 1 1635-1700, publ 1904 p 24, 86, 113</ref><ref name="GMB">Jonas Weed:Featured Name The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, (Volumes I-III, Page 1956). (Online database accessed 6March 2016: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010)</ref>


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Edmund Strickland's Timeline

England, United Kingdom
Hempstead, Nassau, New York, United States
Long Island City, Queens, New York, United States
Fairfield County, Connecticut, Colonial America
New London, New London, Connecticut, United States
Newtown, Queens, New York, United States, Newtown, Long Island
Age 60
Queens, Queens County, NY, United States