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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

Weaver

"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).

Richard Holbrook Memorial

Birth: 1617 Glastonbury Mendip District Somerset, England Death: 1670 Milford New Haven County Connecticut, USA

Richard Holbrook (ca. 1617 - 1670) (Son of John Holbrook and Sarah (French) Holbrook Husband of Agnes Holbrook Father of John Holbrook, II; Daniel B. Holbrook; Daniel Holbrook; David Holbrook; Abigail Holbrook Hawkins and 10 others Brother of Margaret Holbrook Rockwood; Richard Holbrook; Thomas Holbrook; William Holbrook, III; Daniel Holbrook and 5 others)

Occupation: Freeman, landowner and died 1670 in Milford, New Haven, CT.He married Agnes ( Unknown) Holbrook. Richard Holbrook was called a Freeman

The above named Richard Holbrook was one of the original proprietors of Dorchester in 1635, which town was renamed Rehoboth in 1644 and is known today as Milton. Immigrants from Roxbury and Dorchester were the settlers who founded Springfield. Richard was one of them and at Springfield is where he was made a ‘Freeman’ on 10 May 1648.2 Holbrook joined with twelve other Puritan families in the Spring of 1653, in sailing around Cape Cod and settling at Long Island in hopes of establishing a new colony. Long Island at this time was claimed by the Dutch at New Amsterdam. But over the next couple of years so many Englishmen came to the east side of Long Island to settle that war nearly brokeout with the Dutch. After heavy negotiations, the Dutch cut Long Island in two and ceded the eastern two thirds to the English. The colony landed at Oyster Bay on 2 April 1653, where “Richard Houldbrook, Robert Williams and Daniel Whithead purchased from Raskokas, Sagamore of Matinecock and Twenty-one other Indians” the first tract of land which is known today as Huntington, Long Island. This first purchase of land which stretched from Cold Spring Harbor to Northport was bought for the price of six coats, six bottles, six hatchets, six shovels, ten knives, six fathom of wampum, thirty eel spears or muxes and thirty needles. Holdbrook built the first house, and his son Abel, was the first white child born in the new colony. Four years later the Holdbrook’s pack their belongings and move to Milford in New Haven Colony, on 6 February 1657/58, where he is listed as an “After Planter.” Here his Will is signed and dated on 29 March 1670. Richard’s trade was a weaving and in his Will he left his looms to his son Abel. His wife Agnes lived a few more years. Richard and Agnes (Unknown) Holbrook had nine children. CHILDREN

1. John Holbrook, II- Born about 1643 at Dorchester. Married to Elizabeth Hemenway. Was a tanner by trade, and a prominent citizen of Roxbury, Massachusetts. He died on 25 December 1678, of smallpox. 2. Daniel Holbrook - Born about 1645 at Dorches- ter. Married to Mariam Draper (daughter of James Draper). Died at Roxbury, Massachu- setts, on 21 July 1673, from a small knife wound in the leg, which was sustained while climbing a fence. 3. Abigail Holbrook - Baptized 26 March 1648, at Dorchester. Married on 8 April 1668, to Jos- eph Hawkins and settled at Derby,Connecticut. (Please see Hawkins family history.) 4. Mary Holbrook - Born 17 March 1650 at Dor- chester. Married to Ephraim Wheeler at Mil- ford, Connecticut. 5. Israel Holbrook - Married to Mary Welch on 20 November 1667. He died on 29 December 1680. 6. Abel Holbrook - Born at Huntington, Long Is- land, New York in 1653. He married 1st to Hanna Merwin (daughter of Miles Merwin, Sr.) on 20 November 1683 with Hanna dieing on 20 October 1740. His 2nd marriage was to Sarah (Platt) Beach. He was one of the early settlers of Derby, Connecticut, arriving in April 1675. He operated the first tavern in the town from 1704 - 1716. He was a Deacon in the First Church of Derby. A millstone from his corn mill is now a sundial on the lawn of the Derby Lib- rary. He died 30 May 1747. 7. Hannah Holbrook - Born at Huntington, Long Island about 1656. Died about 1745, age 89. Married to Ebenezer Johnson, 23 November 1676. 8. Patience Holbrook - Born 19 December 1658, at Milford, Connecticut. Married Joseph Wheeler in June 1678. 9. Pelatiah Holbrook - Baptized on 5 April 1661, at Milford. He married Martha Sanford or Stam- ford (daughter of Andrew Sanford). He was a carpenter and died in 1707


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Spouse:
 Agnes Holbrook (1622 - 1661)*

Children:
 John Holbrook (1643 - 1670)*
 Abigail Holbrook Hawkins (1648 - 1681)*
 Pelatiah Holbrook (1661 - ____)*
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Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial


Created by: Kenneth Congrove Record added: Dec 05, 2015 Find A Grave Memorial# 155742938

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Will made in Milford, CT

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

One of 1st settlers Huntington, Long Island, NY

Weaver

"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

1619
1619
Glastonbury,Somerset,England
1620
1620
Glastonbury, Somerset, , England
1641
1641
Age 21
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
1645
1645
Age 25
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
1646
1646
Age 26
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
1648
March 26, 1648
Age 28
(Present Long Island City), Long Island (Present Queens County), New Netherlands, (Present USA)
March 26, 1648
Age 28
Long Island, New Netherlands, USA
1650
March 17, 1650
Age 30
Dorchester, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, USA
March 17, 1650
Age 30
Dorchester, Norfolk Co., Mass.