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John Andrews, of Farmington

Also Known As: "John Andrus"
Birthplace: St. Giles Parish, Cripplegate, London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of John Andrew's father and John Andrew's mother
Husband of Mary Andrews, of Farmington
Father of John Andrews, Jr., of Farmington; Hannah Richards; Abraham Andrews; Daniel Andrews; Joseph Andrews, of Newington and 4 others

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About John Andrews, of Farmington

From Genealogical History of John and Mary Andrews, who settled in Farmington, Connecticut, 1640s

Immigrated in 1645. "The name of his wife was Mary." There is no evidence in the Genealogical History that John Andrews had other wive(s).

Children of John Andrews and Mary Andrews

  • 1. Mary, born 1643, bap. 16th May 1668, mar.Thomas Barnes; 2d marriage to Bronson.
  • 2. John, born 1646, bap. 16th May 1658
  • 3. Hannah, born 26th Fob. 1647, bap. 16th May 1668, m. about 1666, Obadiah Richards
  • 4. Abraham, born 31st Oct. 1648, bap. 2d April 1664, m. about 1682, Sarah Porter.
  • 5. Daniel, born 27th May, 1649, bap. 2d April 1664
  • 6. Joseph, born 26th May 1651, bap. 2d April 1654, mar. about 1677, Rebecca .
  • 7. Rachel, born 1654, bap. 9th April 1654, married 18th March, 1676, Ezekiel Buck, of Wethersfield
  • 8. Stephen, born 1666, bap. 6th June 1656, probably died young.
  • 9. Benjamin, born 1659, bap. 17th June, 1659, mar. 26th May, 1682 Mary Smith.

John Andrews was one of the early settlers, and in 1672 one of the 84 Proprietor* of the ancient town of Tunxis, named afterwards "farmingtowne," Tunxis being then as much a name of a tribe of Indians, as it was of the river, and lands they occupied, and claimed as Proprietors.

John Andrews (so spelled on the earliest land records) was a plain farmer, with common intelligence, had his farm homestead on the east side of the river, near to where the canal aqueduct (1825) was made, and is about 2 miles north of the village of Farmington, the locality now, 1871, called Waterville, and the farm has remained in the possession of his direct descendants to this date, 1871. The name of his wife was Mary, who united with the church there 2d April, 1654, with her sons, then under the age of 18 years, viz. Abraham, age 6 years 3 months ; Daniel, 3 years 10 mouths; Joseph, 2 years 3 months, and her daughter, Rachel, was baptized 9th of the same month. John Andrus, sen., the father of the family, joined the Congregational Church of Farmington, 9th May, 1658, and on the 16th day of May, 1658, were baptized Ma.y, in her 14th year, John, about 13 years, and Hannah Andrews, about 11 years old.

In a list of 42 families in full communion of the church in 1679, which list seems to be graded, and ranked in reference to "dignity and standing," John and Mary Andrews are No. 14 in tho list of enumeration, showing a rank among the first third. This early settler of Tunxis was a near neighbor of Dea. Isaac Moore, and Capt. John Standley, occasionally referred to, as associated with one or both of them in public business. He is referred to in an Indian deed of land, in "niatctacoke to Wm. Lewis and Samuel Steele, 8 Feb. 1657, and wit. by John Steel, that is to say the hill from whence John Standley and John Andrews brought the Mack lead," and all the land within eight mylle of that Hill* on every side to dig and carry away what they will, and to build on it for the use of them that labor there, and not otherwise to improve the land." This deed is signed by the mark of Kepaquanip, Querrimus, and Mataneage. This shows that John Andrews was one of the bold explorers of that early settlement, and that he and his associate, Capt. John Standley, actually has images of the John Andrews Will. It is not very legible. Transcriptions (from the site):

Note: John's will is dated November 9, 1681 at the top. An addendum was later added and the will was witnessed by Robert Porter and signed by John on 14 Jan 1681 in Hartford County, Connecticut. Will proven 2 Mar 1681/2.

I, John Andrews being grown aged, and many weaknesses attending of me from time to time, and now at this present it peaseth the most high to visit me with more than ordinary weakness, yet through the good band of God upon me, I have at this present the perfect use of my understanding, now I do think it meet to se that little at a stay, as I am able that God hath given me; all my lawful debts being discharged, I dispose of my estate as followeth:

Item. I give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife Mary Andrews, the new end of my dwelling house and the seller under, for her use and comfort as long as it shall plese God to continue her natural life; I do also give her the use of half my orchard, the fruit of it as long as she liveth; moreover I do give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife, my feather bed, with all the furniture belonging to it, and when it shall please God to end her natural life my mind is that she shall have liberty to dispose of it to whom she please.

Item. I do give unto my son Benjamin Anderews, my whole house and barn and home lot, after my loving wife's decease. My mind is that my son Benjamin shll possess after my decease half my house and my home lot and barn wholly for his to possess, as also the household stuff, reserving that liberty that my wife shall use that she shall need.

Item. I give to my son Benjamin my meadow lot, excepting two acres at the lower end of it, as also two cows to my son Benjamin, and one to my loving wife, yet moreover I give to my son Benjamin Andrews, my splayed mare, and my crown mare, and my two youngest working bullocks, and my cart, and plow, and plow-irons, harrow, plow-chains, horse chains, half a timber chain, and all my stackling that belongs to my teame, an my will is that my son Benjamin shall have these things above mentioned upon that condition, that he maintayne his dear mother comfortably, so long as her natural life continueth, and if it so fall out that my loving wife doth want a comfortable subsistence my will is that she shall have power to sell so much of my meadow land as she shall need to obtain a comfortable livelyhood.

Item. I give to my son John Andrews one of my ol bullocks, my long fowling piece, and my lot, adjoining of land that abutteth upon Hartford bounds.

Item. I give to my son Abraham Andrews myh onld mare and her sucking cold, and my 20 acre lot in the great swamp adjoingin his own lot.

Item. I give my son Daniel Andrews tow acres of my medow land at the lower end, beginning at the dividing line between john Stanley, jun., and myselfe, running from the river westward, to the digech eastward, and my mind is that he shall maintain the common fence that belongs to two acres, and I give him my upland lot that belongs to my twenty acre swamp lot, and my two year old horse coalte, and also I give to my son Daniel Andrews tow swine that are one year old.

Item. I give to my son Joseph Andrews my other old bullock, also I give to him my upland lot containing 40 acres, that lyeth near the Middleton path.

Item. I give to my son Benjamin all the divisions of upland that belong to me, that are not yet laid out, moreover, I leave the rest ofmy swine, and my corn I leave to discharge my debts in my son Benjamin's hands, as also he shall pay some small legacies

  • Item. I give to my grand-child, Thomas Barnes, twenty shillings.
  • Item. I give to my grand-child, John Andrews, one pound.
  • Item. I give to my grand-child, Abraham Andrews, one pound.
  • Item. I give to my grand-child, Danile Andrews, one pound.
  • Item. I give to my grand-child, Ezekiel Buck, one pound.

Respecting my grand-child, Joseph Andrews, my son John Andrews's son, if he sees meet to let him [the boy] continue with my wife and my son Benjamin till he is one and twenty years, he shall have fifteen pounds, and two suits of apparel. If he sees cause to take him away before he is of that age, I do give him nothing, and he shall pay nothing for the time I have kept him.

  • Item. I give to my daughter, Mry Barnes, my black heifer, that is two years old.
  • Item. I give to my daughter, Hannah Richards, two yearlings.
  • Item. I give to my daugher, Rachel Buck, my two year old red heifer.

My will is that my son Benjamin Andrews shall be my whole and sole executor, and I desire my loving friends, Capt. John Stanley, and Isack Moore, to be the overseeing of my will with my son Daniel Andrews.

Upon second consideration of my will, considering the contents thereof, and my just debts being considered, I find them more than I expected, make this my whole and sole testament, and determined will, that ll the cattle excepting such as are mentioned, and given by will to my loving wife and Benjamin, shall be set at liberty for the discharging my just debts with the swine and the corn as before expres, all just debts being discharge, my will is the legacies shall have what remains of my cattle, except those given to my loving wife and my son Benjamin, by that proportion as is specified in my will to them. Furthermore I give to my executor that liberty to pay the legacies to my grand-children within six or seven years.

  • Robert Porter > Wit. this 14th Jan 1681.
  • Signed and sealed: John Andrews.
  • Wm. Lewis, Sr.

The John & Mary Andrews family is also discussed at

See NEHG Register Vol. II, Oct. 1857, pg. 323-328 (Vital Stats - Farmington) 9 May 1658 John Andres joined the Church

Ecclesiastical and Other Sketches of Southington, Conn – Heman Rowlee Timlow Page 553


John Andrews (William1), born married Mary about 1642-43. This is probably the John Andrews who settled at Farmington, as Elizabeth Andrews, when she married Edward Grannis, 1654, was living at Farmington and probably with her brother John. The court record at Hartford says she was of Farmington and was daughter of William Andrews of Hartford. John Andrews died March 2, 1681. In William Andrews' will he gives to my son, John, one working steer, which shows his son John was then living. There was no other John Andrews at or near Hartford at this time. There is a Genealogy of this John Andrews giving full descendants.


   Mary Andrews, born May 5, 1708.
   Joseph Andrews, born April 2, 1710.
   Benjamin Andrews, born last Saturday in March, 1712.
   Rachel Andrews, born Sept. 3, 1713.
   Phoebe Andrews, born Dec. 31, 1715.
   Jane Andrews, born June 12, 1718.
   Elizabeth Andrews, born June 14, 1720.
   John Andrews, born Died Dec. 6, 1724.


John Andrews1 M, #83655, b. 31 October 1620, d. 2 March 1682 Father William Andrews2 b. c 1595, d. 3 Aug 1659 Mother Abigail Graves2 b. c 1600, d. 20 Mar 1683

    John Andrews was christened on 31 October 1620 at St. Giles Cripplegate, London, Middlesex, England.1 He married Mary circa 1641 at of Farmington, Hartford, CT.1 John Andrews died on 2 March 1682 at Farmington, Hartford, CT, at age 61.1

Family Mary b. c 1621, d. May 1694 Children

   Daniel Andrews+3 b. 27 May 1649, d. 16 Apr 1731
   Rachel Andrews+1 b. 9 Apr 1654, d. 10 Dec 1712


   [S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., p. 17.
   [S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., p. 18.
   [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.

Mary1 F, #83656, b. circa 1621, d. May 1694

    Mary was born circa 1621 at of London, Middlesex, England.1 She married John Andrews, son of William Andrews and Abigail Graves, circa 1641 at of Farmington, Hartford, CT.1 Mary died in May 1694 at Farmington, Hartford, CT.1

Family John Andrews b. 31 Oct 1620, d. 2 Mar 1682 Children

   Daniel Andrews+2 b. 27 May 1649, d. 16 Apr 1731
   Rachel Andrews+1 b. 9 Apr 1654, d. 10 Dec 1712


   [S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., p. 17.
   [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
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John Andrews, of Farmington's Timeline

October 31, 1620
London, Middlesex, England
May 9, 1625
Age 4
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
April 15, 1643
Age 22
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
August 12, 1645
Age 24
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
February 26, 1647
Age 26
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
October 31, 1648
Age 28
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
May 25, 1649
Age 28
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
May 26, 1651
Age 30
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
Age 33
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA