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John Talcott

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Braintree, Essex, England
Death: March 3, 1660 (66)
Hartford, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
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Son of John Talcott and Anne Talcott
Husband of Dorothy Talcott
Father of Lt. Col. John Talcott; Capt. Samuel Talcott and Mary Russell
Brother of Mary Aylett; Sarah Wadsworth; Grace Talcott; Rachel Steele; Eggleston Talcott and 1 other
Half brother of Rev. Moses Wall; Lydia Holbeach; Mary Aylett and Mary Pettibone

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About The Worshipful John Talcott

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John Talcott was born in Braintree, County, Essex, the son of John and Anne (Skinner) Talcott, and grandson of John Talcott, of Colchester, County Essex, living there in 1558, died in 1606, who was a son of John Talcott of Warwickshire. The Herald's visitation of Essex in 1558 gives the pedigree and arms of this family. John Talcott the emigrant was a minor when his father died in 1604, and not of ago in 1606, when he is mentioned in the will of his grandfather, who left him £40 to be paid when he reached the age of twenty one. He married in England, Dorothy, daughter of Mark Mott, of Braintree, son of Thomas Mott, of Sheme Hall, County Essex He sailed from England, June 22, 1632, in the "Lion," with others of Mr. Hooker's company, and arrived in Boston September 16, 1632; freeman, Massachusetts, November 6, 1632; deputy, Lieutenant Colonel John Talcott, states in his memorandum book: "The kitchen that now stands on the north side of the house that I live in was the first house that my father built in Hartford, in Connecticut, colony, and was done by Nicholas Clark, the first winter that any Englishman rought or built in Hartford, which was in the your 1635. My father and mother and his family came to Hartford in the year 1636, and lived first in said Kitchen, which was first on the west side of the chimney. The great barn was built in the year 1636, and underpined in 1637, and was the first barn that was raised in the colony. The east side of this house that we live in, and was my father Talcott's, deceased, was built with the porch that is, in the year 1638, and the chimneys were built in 1638." His home-lot, in the distribution of 1639, was on the east side of Main St., and his house stood on the present corner of Main and Talcott Streets. Townsman, 1638. He was one of the Committee, who for the first time sat with the Court of Magistrates, 1637, and Deputy every following year until 1654, when he was chosen Assistant, also Treasurer of the colony, 1654-1659; and one of the two Commissioners of the Now England Colonies. He died March, 1659-60; inventory £1645. 8. 4.; his widow, Dorothy, died Feb., 1669-70.


i. Mary, married June 28, 1649, the Rev. John Russell, of Wethersfield, afterward of Hadley; died between 1655 and 1660.

ii. Lieutenant Colonel John, married October 29, 1650, Helena, daughter of John Wakeman, of New Haven; freeman, 1652; townsman, 1653; deputy, 1660, 1661; chosen Treasurer to succeed his father. May 17, 1660, which office he held until 1676, when he resigned, and was appointed to the command of the troops raised for King Philip's War. He was always victorious, and obtained great renown as an Indian fighter.he was one of the patentees named in the Charter of 1662, and that document was intrusted to Wyllys, Talcott, and Allyn, for safe keeping. His wife, Helena, died June 21, 1674; and he married (2) November 9, 1676, Mary Cook. He died in Hartford, July 23, 1688, leaving a numerous family. His son, Joseph, was Gov. of Connecticut, 1724-1741. The Governor's descendants now occupy the dwelling-house on Main Street, built by Col. Samuel Talcott, his son, in 1770.

iii. Samuel, born in Cambridge, about 1635; graduate of Harvard College, 1658; married November 7, 1661, Hannah, daughter of Elizur and Mary (Pynchon) Holyoke, of Springfield; freeman, 1662; townsman, Hartford, 1665; he settled at Wethersfield upon land given him by his father; Commissioner for Wethersfield, 1669-84; deputy, 1670-84; Secretary, 1684, "in the absence of Capt. Allyn." May 16, 1676, while King Philip's War was raging, he was appointed one of the Standing Council; appointed Capt. of the troop of Hartford County, Oct., 1681; Assistant from 1685, excepting under Andros's administration, until his death, November 10, 1691. His wife, Hannah, died February 2, 1679, and he married (2) August, 1679, Mary____ . He is the ancestor of those of the name in Glastonbury and Wethersfed.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), pages 263-264. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

The Worshipful John TALCOTT emigrated on 22 Jun 1632 from England. He died in Mar 1660 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. He was born in Braintree, Essex County, England. John, son of John Talcott and Anne Skinner, his wife, was born in Braintree, Essex Co., England, married Dorothy, the daughter of (probably) Mark Mott, Esq., and Frances Gutter, of Braintree, Essex Co., England.

John Talcott was left a minor by the death of his father in 1604, and was an only son. The 1st wife of Baggot Eggelston, who came first from Dorchester in 1630, and thence to Windsor, was a Mary Talcott, whom he married in England before he came to America

No other family of the name ever emigrated to this country, and all of the Talcotts here are descendants of the above named John, who settled in Hartford, Ct. He first came to Boston, Mass., with others of the Rev. Mr. Hooker's Company in the ship Lion, which sailed from England June 22, 1632, and arrived there Sunday, Sept. 16, 1632. The following are the names of some of the passengers:

William Wadsworth, Jonathan Wade, Thos. Carrington, John Talcott, Robert Bartlett, William Goodwyn, Joseph Roberts, John Browne John White, John Cogsall, John Churchman, James Olmstedd, John Watson, Tobie Willet, William Lewis, Robert Shelly William Curtis, Zeth Graunt, William Heath, Niel's Clark, Nathaniel Richards, Richard Allis, Daniel Brewer, Edward Collmer, Thomas Uskett, Jo Benjamin, Edward Holmer, Isaac Murrill, Richard Benjamin, Jo. Zotman, John Wichfield, William James, Charles Glover.

These persons names were taken from an old book of Records of Emigrants found in Westminster Hall, England. The ship Lion was Commanded by Capt. Mason, and had 123 passengers (among whom were 50 children) and they all arrived in good health after a passage of twelve weeks from England.

This company first settled in Newtown, now Cambridge, near Boston. John Talcott was admitted a freeman by the General Court at Boston, November 6, 1632; was one of the Representatives in the General Court together with Mr. Goodwin and Mr. Spencer, for Newtown, May 14, 1634.

At a general meeting of the whole town of New town, held February 4, 1634, he, and Haynes, Bradstreet, and four others, were chosen Select men of Newtown to do the whole business of the town.

He was the fifth greatest proprietor of houses and lands in the town, out of eighty enumerated in the registry of 1634, "of those only who were considered townsmen."

He owned four houses in the "West End," and maintained and kept in repair, thirty-six rods of public fence.

These are his houses and lands as recorded in the "Newtown Register book, October 5, 1635." In the "West End" his dwellings, out-houses, etc., with 3 1/2 acres of land. In the "Old-fields," 3 3/4 acres of land in one piece, and 2 acres in another. In "The Neck," 32 acres of land in one piece, and 45 in another. In the "Ox Marsh," 2 1/2 acres. In the "Large Marsh," 7 1/2 acres. In the "Great Marsh," 27 1/2 acres in one piece, and 50 acres in another. And in the "Windmill Marsh," 5 acres.

The Rev. Mr. Hooker joined his people in Newtown, and they, becoming dissatisfied with their location, after repeated efforts and much difficulty, obtained permission from the General Court to remove to the Connecticut River. John Talcott thereupon sold all his possessions in Newtown to Nicholas Danforth, May 1, 1636, and with about one hundred others left Newtown in June of that year (having first sent a carpenter Nicholas Clark, over the previous year to build him a house, which stood on the ground where the North Church [late Dr. Bushnell's] now stands, and was the first house built in Hartford), led by the Rev. Hooker, and went on foot, through the wilderness, to the Connecticut River, where they founded the present city of Hartford; here he took an active part in the affairs of the town, was a member of the General Court for many years, and was styled "The Worshipful Mr. John Talcott;" he was one of the committee appointed May1, 1637, to take into consideration the propriety of a war with the Pequot Indians, and upon whose recommendation a war was accordingly declared. He was one of the Chief Magistrates of the Colony until his death, which occurred at his Mansion at the head of Main Street, in Hartford, in March, 1660. He left by his will his property to his wife and two sons (his daughter having previously died), and grandchildren. He was buried in Hartford, Conn., and his name is inscribed upon the monument erected by the citizens of that place to perpetuate the memory of the founders of the Colony of Connecticut.

Referring to the death of John Talcott, the Rev. John Davenport, of New Haven, writes to Governor John Winthrop, Jr., under date of March 29, 1660, "I am sorry for your loss of Mr. Talcott, whose decease I heard of, but not how his diseases were found incurable, 'till I received your letter of the 27th, whereby it is most to me that no art of man could cure him."

Note,----"May 17, 1660, Mr. Bray Rossester, for and in consideration of his pains in coming to and attending Mr. Talcott in his sickness, was allowed 5(lbs.), and paid out of the Treasury."

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The Worshipful John Talcott's Timeline

Braintree, Essex, England
December 18, 1630
Age 36
Braintree, Essex, England
February 1634
Age 40
Newtown (Present Cambridge), (Present Middlesex County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 3, 1660
Age 66
Hartford, Connecticut Colony
England, United Kingdom
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States