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John Scranton, Sr.

Birthplace: Guilford, New Haven, CT
Death: Died in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Husband of Joanna //; Adaline Hill Johnson Scranton and Joanna Scranton
Father of Capt. John Scranton; Sarah Bushnell; Thomas Scranton and Elizabeth SCRANTON

Occupation: First Settler New Haven
Managed by: Jason Andrew Claes
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About John Scranton, Sr.

The first settler from Surry or Kent, England. Landed in Boston, 1637; New Haven, 1638; Guilford 1639. Info. compiled by Rev. Erastus Scranton, "Memorial to the Scranton Family", Descendant of the First Settler, John Scranton, A.M. Harford , Press of Case, Tiffany and Co. 1855, p.104, CS71.S433, published: 1855.

John and about 40 others left Surry & Kent England to escape religious persecution. They were referred to as "Puritans". Erastus listed over 800 descendants.

A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of John Scranton of Guilford, Conn., who Died in the Year 1671 by Erastus Scranton, pg. 13, 15, 18

"JOHN SCRANTON, with the number of about twenty-five heads of families, made a settlement in Guilford on or about the 10th of October, 1639.

They came from Guilford, and from the counties of Kent and Surry, in England.

The year of John Scranton's birth is not known. It is probable he was not over twenty-nine or thirty at the time of emigration, and lived after his arrival about thirty-one or thirty-two years, and died 27th of August, 1671, aged about sixty or sixty-one, and about two years before his son John was married. [Town Records, p. 68.]

He was twice married.

First, to Joanna, (probably in England.) The name of her parents is not ascertained. She died July 22, 1661, about ten years before her husband.

Married second time to Ada, or Adaline Hill, who was the widow of Robert and had been the widow of Robert Johnson, May 22, 1666. She died April, 1685.

Mr. R. Johnson died 1661. Mr. R. Hill, to whom she was remarried January 7, 1662, died August 3, 1663.

Mr. Scranton was a member of General Court in 1669 and 1670."

History of the Colony of New Haven to its Absorption into Connecticut by Edward E. Atwater, Guilford Personal Sketches

"The names of the Guilford settlers that came to New Haven in the second ship in July, 1639, are believed to be as follows:

Francis Austin, George Bartlett, Edward Benton, Samuel Blachley, William Boreman, Richard Bristow, Alexander Chalker, John Caffinch, rem. to N.H., Samuel Desborough, Thomas Dunk, Thomas French, George Highland, John Johnson, John Linsley, Thomas Mills, Thomas Reif, John Scranton, John Sheader or Sheather, Jacob Sheafe, William Somers, John Stevens, Edward Seward, Jasper Stillwell, Benjamin Wright.



possibly one of the company that came in the second ship to New Haven with his wife Joanna, who died in 1651. He married in 1663 Mrs. Adeline (_____) Hill, widow of Robert Hill.

He died Aug. 27, 1671; his widow died in 1685.

The children, Thomas, John and Sarah, all by the first wife, married and left descendants. Probably most all persons of this name in Connecticut are descendants of this John Scranton."

Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus, pg. 997

"Deputy (Guilford) to N.H. Leg., Jan., 1664."

A "Mr. John Scranton" is buried at North Guilford Cemetery in Guilford, CT

"Lived in Guilford, Conn."

Families of Early Guilford, II:1036

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John Scranton, Sr.'s Timeline

Guilford, New Haven, CT
October 10, 1639
Age 29
Guilford, , Connecticut
October 10, 1639
Age 29
Guilford, , Connecticut
October 10, 1639
Age 29
Guilford, Connecticut
Age 31
Guilford, New Haven Colony
May 16, 1645
Age 35
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
May 16, 1645
Age 35
Guilford, New Haven Colony
Age 37
Guilford, Ct