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Ann Langford

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Spaldhurst, Kent, England
Death: Died in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Mead and Cisley Langford
Wife of William Potter and John Beecher
Mother of John Potter, IV; William Potter and Isaac Beecher

Occupation: Midwife
Managed by: Hatte Blejer on partial hiatus
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About Ann Langford

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"John Beecher's wife, Hannah and her children were to join John in the spring of 1638, but when their schooner landed, they received the tragic news of John's death.  Hannah Beecher was a respected midwife and was allowed to settle on John's land, where she raised her family alone, never remarrying."

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See well reasoned article "The Widow Potter-Beecher of New Haven" by Donald Lines Jacobus, M.A., F.A.S.G. in The American Genealogist (1958) v.34, p.218, where he concludes, "It is my strong belief that only one woman is involved in the [above] records, a midwife who was mother of William and John Potter and of Isaac Beacher."

Patricia Law Hatcher, "English Origin of the Potter and Beecher Families of New Haven, Connecticut," The American Genealogist 79 (2004):28-33. Hatcher has definitively settled a problem which was tentatively resolved nearly half a century ago by Donald Lines Jacobus. References to a widow Beecher and a widow Potter in early New Haven have been thought by some to refer to two women, while others (including Jacobus) have thought these records referred to one woman. Hatcher has found English records for this family in Lewes, Sussex, where William Potter married Ann Langford on 6 October 1607. This couple had four children, two of whom, sons William and John, survived and accompanied their mother to New England in the late 1630s. William Potter died in 1619 and his widow married John Beecher early in the following year. They had two children, one of whom, son Isaac, also made the migration to New England.

From Dictionary of Ancestral Heads of New England Families by Holmes: "Hannah, widow of John BEECHER of Kent, England, came to Boston in 1637 with her family, the only son being Isaac who became identified with New Haven, CT."


  1. Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus, pg. 162, 1459


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Ann Langford's Timeline

Spaldhurst, Kent, England
Age 22
Manchester, Lancashire, England
August 28, 1608
Age 24
Lewes, Sussex, England
Age 39
Kent, England, United Kingdom
Age 54
New Haven, Connecticut

"Hannah Beecher was a respected midwife and allowed to settle on John Beecher's land ...". Link:

"A rather confused record of Hannah, and I don't have the answers. According to a 1953 history of the town of New Haven, the 'Widow Potter' aka 'Widow Beecher' was an important member of the community, she being the midwife. Numerous references occur to her in the early records of the New Haven Colony, but there has been some controversy over whether she was two people or one, the emminent genealogist of New Haven, Donald Lines Jacobus, thought that she also the Widow Beecher ..." (2)

1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, Families of Ancient New Haven (Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1974).

2 New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records (New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1917).

Age 75
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut