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Richard Holbrook

Birthplace: Glastonbury, Somerset, , England
Death: Died in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Place of Burial: Milford,New Haven,Conn,USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Holbrook and Sarah Holbrook
Husband of Agnes Holbrook
Father of John Holbrook, II; Daniel B. Holbrook; David Holbrook; Abigail Hawkins; Mary Wheeler-Summers and 5 others
Brother of Thomas Holbrook; William Holbrook; John Holbrook; Daniel Holbrook; Samuel Holbrook, of Weymouth and 5 others

Occupation: Freeman, landowner
Managed by: Private User
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About Richard Holbrook

Will made in Milford, CT

Freeman Dorchester, MA 1648. Resident of Milford, CT 1658

One of 1st settlers Huntington, Long Island, NY


"Richard, son of John & Sarah was born in England circa 1617 in England. He

was one of the original proprietors of Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay Colony

which became known as Milton. He was later one of the original settlers of

Springfield, Massachusetts. He was made freeman there 10 May 1648. He built

the first house erected within the present city of Huntington, Long Island,

New York. His son Abel was the first white child born there. On February 6,

1657/1658, he returned to New England settling in Milford, Connecticut. His

will was signed March 29, 1670. Died 1670 Milford. Married Agnes who survived

him a few years." [Holbrook and Allied Families by A. Roberts Lord, New York:

Thesis Publishing Company, 1942, p. 10-12]

"Richard Holbrook, probably the son of John, I find first mentioned as living

in Dorchester, Mass., also brothers Thomas, born about 1627, John, Daniel,

Samuel, and Nathaniel, and sister Mary. On 10 May 1648, Richard with William

and Daniel Holbrook of Dorchester, took freeman's oath at Springfield, Mass. 8

Apr 1653, Richard with Robert Williams and Daniel Whitehead purchased the

first lot of land from the Indians at Huntington, Long Island, near Oyster

Bay. There he built the first house and there his son Abel was born, the first

white child to be born at Huntington, Long Island. On 6 Feb 1657/58, he moved

to Milford where he died 1670 at the age of 53. His wife, Agnes _____,

survived him a few years. He had five sons and four daughters, John, Daniel,

Israel, Abel, Pelitiah, Abigail, Mary, Hannah, and Patience. By his will I

find that John, Daniel, and Abigail were married before his death as he states

they had had their portions of his possessions. He was a weaver by trade."

[The Holbrook Family of Derby, Connecticut by Mary Louise Holbrook, New Haven,

Conn.: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., 1932, 102 pgs]

Townsend-Townshend, 1066-1909 : the history, genealogy and alliances of the

English and American house of Townsend, by Townsend, Margaret, New York:

Press of Broadway Pub. Co., 1909, 141 pgs. includes testimony concerning the

purchase and settlement of Oyster Bay, Long Island in 1653 by Whitehead,

Holbrook, Townsend and others (p. 50).

"I, Richard Holbrook, being in perfect memory, though week in body, do hereby

make my last will and testament, as followeth. Item. I give unto my son Abel

Holbrook, my loom, and all the tackling belonging to it, and he shall work

with them for his mother, and maintain them, and these shall be his when he is

married. Item, my will is, that my son, Abel Holbrook, shall live with his

mother, and be obedient unto her, and work for her, until he is married and at

the day of his marriage, he shall receive the loom, with all the gears. Item.

I give unto my son Abel, above mentioned my gray mare. Item. I give unto my

son, Israel Holbrook, my yearling mare colt. Item. I give unto my son,

Peletiah Holbrook, the first colt that either of these two mares has, and they

shall bring it up for him. Item, I give unto my three daughters which are

unmarried, Mary Holbrook, Hannah Holbrook, and Patience Holbrook, those of

them which marry while their mother lives; Item. my will is, that their mother

shall endeavor to give them ten pounds a piece, so soon as she can, after the

day of their marriage; but if they live with her until the day of her death:

Item. my will is, that after their mother is dead, the household goods and

cattle shall be equally divided between these my three daughters, above

mentioned, Mary Holbrook, Hannah Holbrook, and Patience Holbrook. Item. My

will is, that if my beloved wife, Agnes Holbrook, should marry again, then

what estate is then, in household goods and cattle, shall then be equally

divided between her and her daughters, above mentioned, Mary Holbrook, Hannah

Holbrook, and Patience Holbrook. Item. My will is that the day of my beloved

wife's decease, or marrying again, which of them shall first happen, my house

and hand shall then be equally divided between my three sons, above mentioned,

Abel Holbrook, Israel Holbrook, and Pelatiah Holbrook. Item. My will is, that

if any of these my three sons, Abel Holbrook, Israel Holbrook, and Pelatiah

Holbrook, doth prove perverse or disobedient unto their mother's lawful

commands, or will not live with her, then they shall have no right unto my

house and land, above mentioned; then those of them that are obedient shall

have it. Item. Unto my son, John Holbrook, I give one shilling. I give unto my

son, Daniel Holbrook, one shilling. Item. I give unto my daughter, Abigail,

one shilling. she having received her portion already. Item. My will is. that

my beloved wife, Agnes Holbrook, shall be my whole and sole executrix. In

witness thereof, I do here unto set my hand, and seal, Richard Holbrook, 29

March 1670 at Milford, Connecticut" [Townsend Association, A Memorial of John,

Henry, and Richard Townsend & their descendants. New York: W. A. Townsend,

1865, pp. 65-66]

Lineal Ancestors of James Cory Vol IV Part II Holbrook Lineage and Families of Early Milford CT compiled by Susan Woodruff Abbott
Richard came to Milford in 1660 (The Barbour Collection of CT Town Vital Records, v. 28, p. 99).

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Richard Holbrook's Timeline

Glastonbury, Somerset, , England
Age 21
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Age 25
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
Age 26
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
March 26, 1648
Age 28
(Present Long Island City), Long Island (Present Queens County), New Netherlands, (Present USA)
March 17, 1650
Age 30
Dorchester, Norfolk Co., Mass.
Age 32
Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Age 33
Huntington, Suffolk, New York, USA