Deacon John Birdseye

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John Birdseye

Also Known As: "John Birdsey", "John Birdseye"
Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, England
Death: April 4, 1690 (70-78)
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown father of John Birdseye of Stratford and Unknown mother of John Birdseye of Stratford
Husband of Phillipa Smith and Alice Tomlinson Birdseye
Father of John son of John Birdseye; Joanna Wilcoxson (Birdseye) and Joseph Edward Birdseye

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About Deacon John Birdseye

Please see Donald Lineas Jacobus, page 76 Families of Ancient Fairfield. Attached to this profile as a source. That is ALL that is known about John Birdseye (Birdsey). His parents are unknown. There is only evidence for two children: John and Joanna. He was married twice: Philippa and Alice (unknown), widow of Henry Tomlinson.

HISTORY of THE COLONY OF NEW HAVEN To its absorption into CONNECTICUT, by Edward E. Atwater, with Supplementary History and Personnel of the Towns of Branford, Guilford, Milford, Stratford, Norwalk, Southold, etc. compiled by Robert Atwater Smith assisted by Bessie E. Beach and Lucy M. Hewitt, Meriden, Conn.The Journal Publishing Company, 1902

JOHN BIRDSEYE removed in 1649 to the adjoining town of Stratford. In his will, which was drawn August 22, 1689, he mentions his second wife, Mrs. Alice (_____) Tomlinson, widow of Henry Tomlinson (d. 1681), and his son John and daughter Joanna, wife of Timothy Wilcockson, whom she married Dec. 28, 1664.


A catalogue of the names of the early Puritan settlers of the colony of Connecticut: with the time of their arrival in the country and colony, their standing in society, place of residence, condition in life, where from, business, &c., as far as is found on record, Royal Ralph Hinman. Case, Tiffany, 1852 - (Google eBook)

BIRDSEYE, JOHN, came first into the New Haven Colony, and settled at Milford, where he was a free planter in Nov. 29, 1639. He was dismissed from the church at Milford, March 19, 1649, and removed with his wife Philipi, and family to Stratford. His half division of land in Milford, was granted to him June 22, 1648, located next to Thomas Baker, at the north end of the plain, "going to the new meadow." He purchased of Timothy Baldwin, a home lot of five acres, and woods in 1647. Richard Bryan, purchased of John Birdseye, Dec. 12, 1649, his house, housing, home lot, his second division of land, his 1st Meadow, in the great meadow, with all appurtenances thereto, in Milford. He was a leading man at Milford and Stratford. He d. soon after he removed to Stratford, and left a family, a son John, and daughter Joanna, and perhaps others. John his son was selectman in Stratford, in 1669. His daughter Joanna, m. Timothy Wilcockson, son of William, of Stratford.

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Deacon John Birdseye's Timeline

Reading, Berkshire, England
March 28, 1641
Age 25
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
November 18, 1642
Age 26
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
April 4, 1690
Age 74
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Colonial America
April 6, 1690
Age 74
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
November 3, 1934
Age 74
December 19, 1934
Age 74
February 18, 1953
Age 74