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James Fitch

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Bocking, Essex, England
Death: Died in Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Lebanon, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Fitch, Sr. of Bocking and Anne or Anna Fitch
Husband of Abigail Fitch and Priscilla Fitch
Father of Abigail Mason (Fitch); Elizabeth Taylor; Samuel A Fitch; Hannah Fitch; Dorothy Fitch and 9 others
Brother of Thomas Fitch of Norwalk; Mary Sherwood; Samuel Fitch; Capt. Joseph Fitch, Sr.; Sarah Burr and 4 others

Occupation: religious minister
Managed by: Lisa Marie Rawlinson
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About Reverend James Fitch

Birth: Dec. 24, 1622, England Death: Nov. 18, 1702 Lebanon New London County Connecticut, USA

Founding settler of Norwich and Saybrook, Connecticut. Rev. James Fitch was the first ordained minister of Saybrook Congregational Church and the First Congregational Church of Norwich. He was instrumental in getting Uncas and the Mohegans and the Pequot Indians to side with the English against King Philip's Narragansett tribes. Their fair dealings with the Indians spared these settlers who were on the very frontier at that time.

(additional source) Archbold genealogy > compiled by Don Lorenzo Stevens published privately 1976... entry of 2-26-1951:

"Rev. James Fitch. Born in Bocking, Essex, England, 12/24/1622. Emigrated to Hartford, Conn. with his mother in 1638. He was educated in England; and in Connecticut studied seven years for the ministry under Rev. Thomas Hooker and Samuel Stone. He married Abigail Whitfield of Guilford, Ct., 10-1-1648 in Saybrook. Subsequently, married Priscilla Mason of Norwich 10-2-1664 in Windham. He lived in Saybrook, Ct., where he was ordained in 1646 and was the first minister there. He removed with most of his congregation to Norwich, Ct., in 1660; subsequently moved to Lebanon, Ct.. 1696. He was a Chaplain in King Philip's War. He died 11-18-1702 in Norwich and was buried in Lebanon. 14 Children:

•by Abigail Whitfield Fitch (6) 1. James b.1649 2. Abigail b.1650 3. Elizabeth b. 1652 m. Rev. Edward Taylor 1674 4. Hannah b. 1653 m. Thomas Meeks (or Mix) 5.Samuel b. 1655 m. Mary Brewster 1678 died 1725 6. Dorothy b. 1658

•by Pricilla Mason Fitch (8) 1. Daniel b.1655 2. John b. 1667 3. Jeremiah b. 1670 4. Jabez b. 1672 m. Elizabeth Appleton 1704 died 1746 5. Ann b. 1675 . Thomas Bradford 6. Nathaniel b.1679 7. Josiah b. 1681 8. Eleazar b. 1683 (submitted by Mike van Beuren descendant)


Founding settler of Norwich and Saybrook, Connecticut. Rev. James Fitch was the first ordained minister of Saybrook Congregational Church and the First Congregational Church of Norwich. He was instrumental in getting Uncas and the Mohegans and the Pequot Indians to side with the English against King Philip's Narragansett tribes. Their fair dealings with the Indians spared these settlers who were on the very frontier at that time.On his gravestone is written in Latin..."In this grave are deposited the remains of that truley reverend man, Mr. James Fitch. He was born in Bocking, in the County of Essex, in England, the 24th day of December, in the year of our Lord 1622; who after he had been most excellently taught the learned languages came into New England at the age of sixteen, and then spent seven years under the instructions of those very famous men, Mr. Hooker and Mr. Stone. Afterwards he discharged the pastoral office fourteen years at Saybrook. Thence he removed with the major part of his Church to Norwich, where he spent the other years of his life in the work of the gospel. In his old age indeed he was obliged to cease from his public labors by reason of bodily indisposition and at length retired to his children at Lebanon, where after spending nearly half a year, he slept in Jesus in the year 1702, on the 18th day of November, in the 80th year of his age. He was a man as to the smartness of his genius, the solidity of his judgement, his charity, holy labors, and every kind of purity of life, and also as to his skill and energy of preaching, inferior to none."
Birth: Dec. 24, 1622 Braintree Essex, England Death: Nov. 18, 1702 Lebanon New London County Connecticut, USA

Founding settler of Norwich and Saybrook, Connecticut. Rev. James Fitch was the first ordained minister of Saybrook Congregational Church and the First Congregational Church of Norwich. He was instrumental in getting Uncas and the Mohegans and the Pequot Indians to side with the English against King Philip's Narragansett tribes. Their fair dealings with the Indians spared these settlers who were on the very frontier at that time. Grave inscription in Latin "In Hoc Sepulcro Depositae Sunt Reliquiae Viri Vere Reverendi D: Jacobi Fitch: Natus Fuit Apud Bocking in Comitatu Essexlae in Anglia, Anno Domino 1622 Decembr 24 Qui Post-Quam Linguis Literatis Optime Instructus Fuisset In Novangliam Venit Aetat. 16 Et Deinde Vitam Degit Harteordlae Per Sepennium Sub Institutione Virorum Ceeeberimorum D: Hooker Et D: Stone Postea Mtnere Passorali Functus Est Apud Saybrook Per Annos 14 Illinc Cum Ecckesiae Maiori Parte Norvicum Migravit Et Ibi Ceteros Vitae Annos Transegit In Opere Evangelico In Senectute Vero Prae Corporis Infirmitate Necessario Cessabat Ab Opere Publico : Tandemque Recessit Liberis Apud Lebanon Ubi Semianno Fere Exacto Obdormivit In Iesu Anno 1702 Novebr 18 Etat 80 Vir, Ingenii Acumine, Pondere Judicii, Prudentia Charitate, Sanctis Laboribus, Et Omnimoda Vitae Sanctitate Peritiaquoque Et Vi Concionandi Nulli Secundus." Translated "In this grave are deposited the remains of that truley reverend man, Mr. James Fitch. He was born in Bocking, in the County of Essex, in England, the 24th day of December, in the year of our Lord 1622; who after he had been most excellently taught the learned languages came into New England at the age of sixteen, and then spent seven years under the instructions of those very famous men, Mr. Hooker and Mr. Stone. Afterwards he discharged the pastoral office fourteen years at Saybrook. Thence he removed with the major part of his Church to Norwich, where he spent the other years of his life in the work of the gospel. In his old age indeed he was obliged to cease from his public labors by reason of bodily indisposition and at length retired to his children at Lebanon, where after spending nearly half a year, he slept in Jesus in the year 1702, on the 18th day of November, in the 80th year of his age. He was a man as to the smartness of his genius, the solidity of his judgement, his charity, holy labors, and every kind of purity of life, and also as to his skill and energy of preaching, inferior to none." Three books are available at Amazon.com about Rev. James Fitch. PURITAN IN THE WILDERNESS: A Biography of the Rev. James Fitch 1622-1702; Descendants of the Rev. James Fitch 1622-1703, Vol 1 & 2. by John T. Fitch. (bio by: Eric Crow)


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Spouses:
 Abigail Whitfield Fitch (1622 - 1659)*
 Priscilla Mason Fitch (1641 - 1714)*

Children:
 James Fitch (1647 - 1727)*
 Elizabeth Fitch Taylor (1651 - 1689)*
 John Fitch (1669 - 1743)*
 Jeremiah Fitch (1670 - 1736)*
 Jabez Fitch (1672 - 1746)*
 Anne Fitch Bradford (1675 - 1715)*
 Ann Fitch Bradford (1675 - 1715)*
 Nathaniel Fitch (1679 - 1759)*
 Joseph Fitch (1681 - 1741)*
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Burial: Old Cemetery Lebanon New London County Connecticut, USA

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Rev. James Fitch was born 24 Dec 1622 in Bocking, Essex, England. His parents were Thomas FITCHand Anne REEVES. His brother Capt. John FITCH was also our ancestor through the Shaw line. He came to America in 1638 and was the first minister at Norwich. He was ordained as the minister of Saybrook in 1646. He first married Abigail Whitfield on 18 Oct 1648 in Guilford, CT. James and Abigail were, according to legend at least, married by her father in the north end of the living room of the Gilford Stone House on 1 October 1648. This seems unlikely however because the 17th Century congregational church, marriage was not a sacrament, and marriages were generally performed by civil authorities rather than clergy. The marriage was recorded “after the fact” in the Norwich, Connecticut vital records. After Abigail died, he married Priscilla MASON on 2 Oct 1664 in Norwich, CT. James died 18 Nov 1702 in Lebanon, CT.

Children of James and Abigail Whitfield Name Born Married Departed 1. Maj. James Fitch 2 Aug 1649 Saybrook, CT Elizabeth Mason (Daughter of Maj. John MASON) Jan 1674/75 . Alice Bradford 8 May 1687 Saybrook, CT 10 Nov 1727 Canterbury, CT

2. Abigail Fitch 5 Aug 1650 Saybrook, CT Capt. John Mason Jr. (Son of Maj. John MASON)

about 1668

. John Buttolph 1682 5 Jul 1687 Wethersfield, Norwich, CT.

3. Elizabeth Fitch 2 Jan 1652 Rev. Edward Taylor 5 Sep 1674 1689

4. Hannah Fitch 17 Sep 1653 in Saybrook, Middlesex, CT Thomas Meeks (Mix) 30 Jun 1679 New Haven, CT after 1705 Stonington, New London, CT

5. Samuel Fitch 5 Apr 1655 Saybrook, CT Mary Anne Brewster 28 Nov 1678 18 Feb 1724/25 Preston, CT

6. Dorothy Fitch 16 Apr 1658 Saybrook, New London, CT Nathaniel Bissell 4 Jul 1683 Windsor, CT 28 Jun 1691 Windsor, CT

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Reverend James Fitch's Timeline

1622
December 24, 1622
Bocking, Essex, England
1649
August 2, 1649
Age 26
Old Saybrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
1650
August 5, 1650
Age 27
Old Saybrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
1652
January 2, 1652
Age 29
Old Saybrook Colony
1655
April 16, 1655
Age 32
Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
1665
August 16, 1665
Age 42
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, United States
August 16, 1665
Age 42
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
1670
September 1, 1670
Age 47
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)