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Greenfield Larrabee, I

Also Known As: "Larabee"
Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: England
Death: Died in New London, New London, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Larrabee and Deborah Larrabee
Husband of Phoebe Cornish
Father of Greenfield Larrabee, II; Grace Larabee; Elizabeth Edgecomb; Joseph Larrabee; John Larrabee and 1 other

Occupation: Merchant sailor
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About Greenfield Larrabee, I

[This information is from Vol. II, pp. 747-748 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45.

The surname Larrabee, sometimes spelled L'Arabie, D'Arabie, and Arabie, in foreign documents and books, is of undoubted French origin, or has long existed in France. Tradition states that a Count Larrabee figured conspicuously in French history, and that the Larrabees — devoted Huguenots — fought for their religious rights under the brave Coligny. The family, once numerous in France, were nearly all killed in the Huguenot wars or driven from the country. The first persons in New England bearing the name, of whom there is an authentic record, were either brothers or near relatives. A Greenfield Larrabee was before the court as "a mariner" in New London, Connecticut, for doing some work on board his vessel during a storm, on a Sunday in 1637. In 1647, ten years later, William Larrabee, "a stranger," was called to answer for the same offense. Charles H. Larrabee, in the Hathaway genealogy says: "The Rev. Charles Larrabee was a Huguenot pastor, who escaped with a portion of his flock from the South of France, during the massacre which followed the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, October 16, 1685, and landed at Baltimore, Maryland. From him have sprung all of the name in America. Some of the descendants are in Baltimore, some in Connecticut, one branch went to Maine, one to Vermont, and one to Upper Canada." But the two facts cited above show that Greenfield Larrabee was in New London in 1637 and William in 1647. There are families in Canada named Laraby and Larabe. They are genuine French Canadians and speak the language. Any tradition that makes the Rev. Charles Larrabee the American ancestor, must place his coming before and not after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, 1685, as the family was surely here in 1637. This is attested by various excellent authorities.

(I) The Amsterdam family of Larrabee are, according to the best evidence obtainable, descendants of Greenfield Larrabee, styled, "an original emigrant," who appeared in Connecticut as early as 1637, when he was brought before the court as before related. He is mentioned as a seaman, belonging to the "Phoenix," in 1647. His name often appears on the old documents at subsequent periods. He married Phoebe Brown, widow of Thomas Lee. It is conjectured that if Greenfield Larrabee was of foreign birth, he was an Englishman of French ancestry. His name Greenfield was evidently taken from the English Greenfield family, one of whom may have been his mother. Children: Greenfield (2), John, Elizabeth, Joseph and Sarah.

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Greenfield Larrabee, I's Timeline

Age 27
April 20, 1648
Age 28
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
February 23, 1649
Age 29
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
January 23, 1652
Age 32
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
January 23, 1652
Age 32
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA
March 3, 1655
Age 35
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
March 3, 1657
Age 37
Preston, New London County, Connecticut, Colonial America
October 17, 1661
Age 41
New London, New London, Connecticut