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John Kirby

Birthplace: Rowington, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
Death: April 27, 1677
Cromwell Village in, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Old Farm Hill Cemetery, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Humphrey Kirby and Marjorie Kirby
Husband of Elizabeth Hinds Kirby; Elizabeth Kirby and Elizabeth Randall
Father of Joseph Kirby; Mary Buck; Elizabeth Sage; Hannah Stone; Hester "Esther" Stone and 6 others
Brother of Joseph Kirby and Michael Kirby

Occupation: Pound Keeper, Deputy Constable
Managed by: Lori Basile (Kirby)
Last Updated:

About John Kirby

John Kirby was listed as "Jo Kerbie aged 12 years" on the passenger list of the "Hopewell", which sailed in September of 1635 from London for New England. In 1643 he was registered in Plymouth, Massachusetts as "able to bear arms" and probably married Elizabeth there. They lived in Hartford , CT in 1645 but had moved to nearby Wethersfield soonafter as the town records give the "ear marks" of their cattle in 1647.

In 1653 John and Elizabeth finally settled in Middleton, CT "north of the rivulet" on what is known as Pleasant Street in the present village of Cromwell. The Kirby's homestead included a house, barn, and two and one half acres alog with twenty-four parcels of land, comprising 1068 acres.

After John's death, Elizabeth married Abraham Randall/Randolph of Windsor, CT. She apparently moved to Wethersfield, CT after her second husband's death.


Will: 06 Apr 1677 First of all, to the intent that my loveing wife may not be destitute of a Comfortable Subsistence, while She Shall live, I do give and bequeath unto her the possession and use of all my estate (whither houseing, land or other estate) at prsent in my possession, during her naturall life, excepting only what shall afterward be particularly mentioned. I do also give her liberty, if she see herselfe necessitated so to do, to Sell any such part of my estate as aforesaid for her necessary supply. I give to my son Joseph & to my daughter Mary, Each of them a portion double to the portion of any of the rest of my Children; and to the rest of my Children, all which are daughters, I do give to each of them a portion equal to one another. Item. for that parcell of my land wch lyes near to Daniel Harris his farme on the west of Connecticott river, & contains about 300 acres, & another parcell of my land of about 200 acres, Lying about pipe Stave Swamp, on the west side also of Connecticott River, my will is that to which soever of my children or childrens children these parcells of land or any part thereof Shall fall, they shall not at any time be Sold out of the blood; but in Case any of my children or their children see cause to Sell any part, it shall be only from one to another of them, that so these two parcells of land may pertain to some of my children or childrens children to the end of the world. When the full and final distribution shall be made, then all my estate so distributed (whether formerly received or then to be received by my children or childrens children) shall be prised again at the then present value thereof. I appoint Capt. John Allyn of Hartford and Deacon Allyn of Middletown & my Son-in-law Emanuel Bucke of Wethersfield Executors. Witness: John Wiatt, Elizabeth Wiatt. John Kirby.



  1. Families of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut by Henry R. Stiles. VOLUME 2 ONLY. Page 473. "The Kirby Family."

Note: Time and weather has erased the location of this grave.

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John Kirby's Timeline

January 4, 1624
Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
January 4, 1624
Rowington, Warwick, England
January 4, 1624
Rowington, Warwick, Eng
September 11, 1635
Age 11
September 11, 1635
Age 11
Age 12
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony