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Edmund Tapp, Jr.

Also Known As: "Governor of New Haven Colony"
Birthplace: Felmersham, Bedford, England, United Kingdom
Death: before April 1, 1653
Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edmund Tapp, Sr. and Margaret Tapp
Husband of Anne Tapp (Hirts)
Father of Elizabeth Nash (Tapp); Mary D. Fowler; Margaret Tapp; Ann Gibbard; Edmund Tapp and 1 other
Brother of Agnes Welles
Half brother of George Abbott; Robert Abbott; Bartholomew Abbott; Edward Abbott; Margaret Abbott and 5 others

Occupation: Ass. Governor
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Immediate Family

About Edmund Tapp, Jr.


Edmund Tapp was born about 1592 in Felmersham, Bedfordshire, England to Edmund Tapp (1550-1635) and Margaret (Unknown) (1550-1639).[1] He married Ann (Unknown) by 1612 based on the date of the baptism of his first child in Great Haddam, Hertfordshire, England.[1] He set sale with his wife and children on 31 May 1637 and arrived on 31 Jul 1637 and settled first in New Haven.[1][2][3] He died Before 1 Apr 1653 in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut when his will was proved.[1] Edmund Tapp has a burial monument or cenotaph in the Milford Cemetery, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut. See Findagrave memorial # 8490.[4] Children:

  1. Edmund bp 30 JAN 1613 • Great Haddam, Hertfordshire, England, died young.[1]
  2. Mary bp 10 DEC 1615 • Great Haddam, Hertfordshire, England, died young[1]
  3. Anne bp 8 MAR 1618 • Ware, Hertfordshire, England[1] m Gibbard m/2 Andrews
  4. Elizabeth bp 26 DEC 1619 Ware, Hertfordshire, England, died 1 MAY 1676 New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut[1] m Nash
  5. Mary (2nd of the name) born about 1622 Ware, Hertfordshire, England, died before 1 NOV 1670 in New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut [1] m Fowler
  6. Margaret bp 6 JUN 1624 in Bennington, Hertfordshire, England[1]
  7. Edmund (2nd of the name) bp 20 JUL 1626 in Bennington, Hertfordshire, England - died before 4 DEC 1626 in Bennington, Hertfordshire, England[1]
  8. Jane bp 14 FEB 1627 in Bennington, Hertfordshire, England, died 31 OCT 1703 in Milford, New Haven Colony, Connecticut, married Gov Robert Treat[1]

Edmund Tapp was one of the five who received the deed to Milford on February 12, 1639, and his home lot was #35 (consisting of 7 acres, 2 rods) located at the present corner of Governors Avenue and North Street.[5] The prefix of "Mr." was added to his name.[5] Edmund was chosen as one of four judges in Milford to hold offices for one year until a body of laws was established. Until such time as the laws could be written they "were to observe and apply themselves to the rules of the written word of God."[5] He was referred to as a Pillar of the First Church of Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, which he helped organize.[6] He took part in the ordination of Rev. Peter Prudden, and was sent as a Deputy to the General Court of New Haven.[5]


According to the latest research by Craig Partridge, Ph.D. in "The English Origins of Edmund Tapp of New Haven and Milford, Connecticut" in The American Genealogist the parents Edmund Tapp (1592-1653) are Edmund Tapp (c.1550 - 1635) and Margaret (Unknown) (c 1550 - 1639).[1] His father was born about 1550 in Felmersham, Bedfordshire, England. He was the son of Robert Tapp (1515-) and his mother is unknown.[1] Edmund attended Caius College in Cambridgshire in 1568 when he was 18.[1] He married about 1585 to Margaret (Unknown).[1] The widow Margaret Tapp was buried at Chellington in Bedfordshire on 26 Apr 1639. She left a Will which mentioned her daughter Agnes Welles as well as Agnes’ husband and children.[1]

The “old man” Tapp, was buried at Bennignton in Hertfordshire on 2 May 1635, where the record list’s “1635 - Edmundus Tappe senex (old man) sepult: May 2nd.”[1] His estate was administered on 28 May 1635, and given to his son Edmund Tapp.[1]

Edmund Tapp and Margaret (Uknown) had three children.


  1. Robert Tapp - Born about 1587at Felmersham, Bedfordshire. Married to Mary ???. Lived at Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, England. Issue eight children. Living in 1656.[1]
  2. Edmund Tapp, (Jr.) - Born about 1592. Married to Anne ???.[1]
  3. Agnes Tapp - Born about 1596. Married to William Welles.[1]


  • 1 Craig Partridge, Ph.D. "The English Origins of Edmund Tapp of New Haven and Milford, Connecticut" in The American Genealogist (New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, April 1997) 72:65-80 and 73:65-73 link
  • 2 Robert Charles Anderson Great Migration Directory p 329 ("Bennington, Herfordshire; 1637; New Haven, Milford")
  • 3 The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1900) 54:352
  • 4 Findagrave memorial Edmund Tapp
  • 5 Susan Emma Woodruff Abbott, Families of Early Milford, Connecticut (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1979) p 736 (see also p 280, 769 and 869)
  • 6 Morris W Abbott, The Bridge on the Wepawaug (Milford, Conn.: publisher not identified, 1972)
  • Mayflower Families through 5 Generations Vol. 2 page 80;
  • NHCR 1:38;
  • MiTR 1;
  • MiChR 1;
  • Milford, Connecticut Genealogy Pages by Roberta Wood
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Edmund Tapp, Jr.'s Timeline

Felmersham, Bedford, England, United Kingdom
December 26, 1620
Age 28
Ware, Hertfordshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 30
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Age 32
Age 32
Probably England
Age 34
Hertfordshire, England
February 14, 1627
Age 35
Bennington, Hertfordshire, England, (Present UK)
April 1, 1653
Age 61
Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
April 1653
Age 61
Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States