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Richard Seymour

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England
Death: Died in Norwalk, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Seymour and Elizabeth Seymour
Husband of Mercy RUSCOE and Mercy Ruscoe
Father of John Seymour; Matthew Seymour; Thomas Seymour; Mercy D. Gridley; Zachariah Seymour and 2 others
Brother of Nathaniel Seymour; Zachariah Seymour; Elizabeth Brown and Mary Landon
Half brother of Mercy Seymour and Thomas Seymour

Occupation: chimney viewer
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About Richard Seymour

Biographical Summary:

Richard Seymour, Hartford, 1639; one of those settlers who received land "by the courtesie of the town" his home-lot was on the east side of the road to the Cow Pasture (North Main St.), and was bounded on the north by the Cow Pasture itself; chosen chimney-viewer, 1647; he was one of the signers of the agreement for planting Norwalk, June 19, 1650, and was there soon after, with the first planters; townsman at Norwalk, 1655; died in 1655; will dated July 29, proved October 25, 1655; inventory, October 10, 1655, £225. 9. He mentions his wife, Mercy, eldest son, Thomas, "three other sons," John, Zachary, and Richard, the latter three being under age, and left to their mother's guardianship. She married (2) November 25, 1655, John Steele, of Farmington.

Children:

i. Thomas, one of the early settlers of Norwalk; married (1) Jan., 1653-4, Hannah, daughter of Matthew Marvin, of Norwalk; freeman, 1668; deputy from Norwalk, 1690; one of the patentees of 1686; and in 1687 had an estate of £184. He married (2) Elizabeth, named in his will. He died in 1712; will dated September 22; proved November 7, 1712, sealed with the above coat of arms.

ii. John, was in Hartford as early as 1664, and married, probably not long after, Mary, daughter of John Watson, of Hartford; freeman, 1667. He was a member, though; not in full communion, of the South Church, when it was formed, February 12,1670. He died 1713; will dated December 10, 1712; proved, August 3, 1713; inventory £1158. 14. 01.

iii. Zachariah, born 1642; freeman, Farmington, 1669; from the record of law-suits in the County Court proceedings it is evident that he was engaged in trade with Barbadoes; he removed to Wethersfield and married there, February 9,1688, Mary, daughter of widow Mary Gritt; died in Wethersfield, August 1702, age 60; inventory £200. 4. 3.

iv. Richard, freeman, Farmington, 1669; one of the 84 proprietors of 1672; the leader of the Great Swamp settlement in 1686 (Kensington), and captain of the fort. He married Hannah, daughter of Matthew Woodruff, of Farmington. He was killed by the fall of a tree in 1710; inventory presented November 29, 1710, £416. 15. 3.

Ex-Governor Horatio Seymour, of New York, the Hon. Origen S. Seymour, of Litchfield, and Gov. Thomas H. Seymour, of Hartford, were descendants of John Seymour, of Hartford, who is the ancestor of nearly all of the name in this vicinity.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 258. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books


  • Richard Seymour
  • M, #83815, b. 27 January 1605, d. 25 November 1655
  • Father Robert Seymour b. 30 Nov 1573
  • Mother Elizabeth Waller b. 12 Dec 1578
  • Richard Seymour was christened on 27 January 1605 at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England. He married Mercy Ruscoe, daughter of Roger Ruscoe and Sarah, on 18 April 1631 at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England.1 Richard Seymour died on 25 November 1655 at Norwalk, Fairfield, CT, at age 50.
  • Family Mercy Ruscoe b. c 1608
  • Child
    • Thomas Seymour+ b. 15 Jul 1632, d. 22 Sep 1712
  • Citations
  • 1.[S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., p. 662.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2790.htm#i83815
  • RUSCOE, Mercy
  • b. ABT 1610 Sawbridgeworth, Herts, England
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 18 APR 1631 Sawbridgeworth, Herts, England
  • Spouse: SEYMOUR, Richard
  • b. JAN 1604/5 Sawbridgeworth, Herts, England
  • d. 25 NOV 1655 Farmington, Hartford, CT.
  • Children:
    • SEYMOUR, Thomas
    • SEYMOUR, Mary b. JAN 1634/5 Sawbridgeworth, Herts, England d. APR 1635 Sawbridgeworth, Herts, England
    • SEYMOUR, Mercy b. JUL 1636 Sawbridgeworth, Herts, England
    • SEYMOUR, John
    • SEYMOUR, Zachariah
    • SEYMOUR, Richard
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 25 NOV 1655
  • Spouse:STEELE, John
  • From: http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_29.htm#279
  • NOT CORRECT PARENTS, SEE WIKIPEDIA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Edward_Seymour,_1st_Baronet, EDWARD'S SON DIED IN A DIFFERENT YEAR.
  • Richard SEYMOUR
  • Born: 1596, Berry Pomeroy, Devonshire, England
  • Died: 25 Nov 1655
  • Notes: Although not an original proprietor, Richard Seymour was an early settler of Hartford, his name first appearing there in 1639. (After settling his father's estate in England, he undoubtedly came to Hartford to live with his former friends and neighbors.) His lot was no. 70, on the north side, near the cow pasture. He was elected chimney-viewer in 1647. ABT 1650, Richard Seymour's family moved from Hartford to Norwalk. Seymour's will is dated 29 Jul 1655. Richard came to America about 1638-9, probably after settling his father's estate.
  • Father: Edward SEYMOUR (1° Bt of Berry Pomeroy MP)
  • Mother: Elizabeth CHAMPERNOWNE
  • Married: Mercy (RUSCOE) RASHLEIGH 18 Apr 1631, Sawbridgeworth, Hertford, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Richard SEYMOUR
    • 2. Mary SEYMOUR
    • 3. Zacharia SEYMOUR
    • 4. Thomas SEYMOUR
    • 5. Mercy SEYMOUR
    • 6. John SEYMOUR
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/SEYMOUR.htm#Richard SEYMOUR2
  • A History of the Seymour Family by George Dudley Seymour and Donald Lines Jacobus 1939
  • https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=96155&disp=A+history+of+the+Seymour+family+%3A+desc
  • http://www.s560.com/dokuwiki/book:start
  • http://www.s560.com/dokuwiki/book:001.richard
  • https://archive.org/details/historyofseymour00jaco
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofseymour00jaco#page/21/mode/1up
  • 1. RICHARD1 SEYMOUR, founder of the Connecticut family of the name, was baptized at Sawbridgeworth, co. Herts, England, 27 Jan. 1604/5, the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Waller) and the grandson of John and Dyzory (Porter), and died at Norwalk, Conn., between 29 July 1655, the date of his will, and 10 Oct. 1655, the date of the inventory of his estate. He married at Sawbridgeworth, 18 Apr. 1631, MERCY RUSCOE, born about 1610, daughter of Roger and Sarah of Sawbridgeworth. She married secondly, 25 Nov. 1655, as his second wife, John Steele of Farmington, Conn., who died there 27 Feb. 1664/5.
  • Richard Seymour came to this country in or slightly before 1639, bringing with him his wife Mercy Ruscoe, to whom he was married at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, and their son Thomas, whose baptismal record was entered in the parish registers of Sawbridgeworth. It was this eldest son Thomas who sealed his will in 1712 with the wings of the ancient family of the Seymours of Penhow.
  • Richard Seymour, though not an original proprietor, was one of the early settlers of Hartford. Just when he joined the little settlement near “Dutch Point” on the Connecticut river we do not know, but probably in 1639, when we find his name in the list of those “inhabitants who were granted lotts to have only at the town's courtesie with liberty to fetch woode and keep swine or coues on the common.” His lot was No. 70, on the north side, near the “cow pasture.” His house stood on what is now North Main street, near the Ely place. He also owned outlying pieces of land including a portion of the tract running westward from the bluffs of the Trinity College property to what is now West Hartford. .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofseymour00jaco#page/22/mode/1up
  • It is significant, on the social side of the picture, that Richard's son Thomas was married after the arrival of the family in Norwalk, to Hannah Marvin, the sixteen year old daughter of Matthew Marvin, Sr., “one of the most distinguished of the Norwalk fathers,” who had also removed to Norwalk with his family from Hartford, where our Thomas and his Hannah had doubtless been acquainted. Matthew Marvin, Sr., was born in England in 1600 and died in Norwalk in
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofseymour00jaco#page/23/mode/1up
  • 1680. .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofseymour00jaco#page/24/mode/1up
  • The next chapter in our history opens with the surprising record at Farmington of the marriage on 25 Nov. 1655, of the widow to the Hon. John Steele, who recorded the marriage in his own hand. But this does not show that the marriage took place in Farmington, rather than in Norwalk, where Mercy lived. It was very common then for the man to record his marriage where he lived, for obvious reasons connected with inheritance.
  • The apparent precipitancy of the marriage of Richard's widow to John Steele may be remarked upon here. Steele undoubtedly knew Richard Seymour and his wife and family before they removed to Norwalk a few years earlier. Mercy, the widow, was no longer young, she had but moderate means and had four sons, of whom three were minors. She was no great “catch,” it would seem, for one of the foremost men of the Colony. Must she not have been uncommonly engaging or possessed of rare qualities of mind and heart to have led the Hon. John, even in those days of dearth of available women, to marry her and bring her back from Norwalk and her Ruscoe relatives there, with her three younger sons? Can she be blamed if it be considered who he was – “his place in the sun” – to have made a “marriage of convenience,” if such it was, though we can only speculate on that matter.
  • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofseymour00jaco#page/25/mode/1up
  • Mercy's remarriage seems to have been a happy one. The date of her death is not known, but she survived her able and distinguished husband, who died 27 Feb. 1664/5. In his will, dated 30 Jan. 1664, he bequeathed to his “dear and loving wife Mercy Steele the house wherein I now dwell and the appurtenances belonging to it.”.
  • On Mercy's marriage to the Hon. John Steele, her three minor children, John, Zachariah and Richard, became members of his household in Farmington. They could hardly have been better placed in any Connecticut household of the time. It is a pleasure to record that the interests of Richard Seymour's minor children were safeguarded. We quote from Selleck's “Norwalk,” p. 154:
  • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofseymour00jaco#page/28/mode/1up
  • That the four sons of Richard Seymour made a place for themselves in their respective communities, may be gauged by the fact that their combined inventories at death amounted to well over £2,000, which of course makes no allowance for property bestowed on the children of some of them before they died.
  • Children:
    • 2. i. THOMAS2, bapt. at Sawbridgeworth, co. Herts, Eng., 15 July 1632.
    • ii. MARY, bapt. at Sawbridgeworth, co. Herts, Eng., 9 Jan 1634/5; bur. there 3 Apr. 1635.
    • iii. MERCY, bapt. at Sawbridgeworth, co. Herts, Eng., 8 July 1636; no further record of her has been found.
    • 3. iv. JOHN2, b. probably at Hartford, Conn.
    • 4. v. ZACHARIAH, b. at Hartford, Conn., abt. 1642.
    • 5. vi. RICHARD, b. at Hartford, Conn.
  • 2. THOMAS2 SEYMOUR (Richard1), of Norwalk, Conn., baptized at Sawbridgeworth, co. Herts, England, 15 July 1632, died at Norwalk, Conn., between 22 Sept. 1712, the date of his will, and 15 Oct. 1712, when the inventory of his estate was taken. He married first, at Norwalk, 5 Jan. 1653/4, HANNAH MARVIN, born in co. Essex, England, about Oct. 1634, living in 1680, daughter of Matthew1 and Elizabeth; secondly, between 1690 and 1697, SARAH, widow of Thomas Wildman of Bedford, N.Y.; and thirdly, ELIZABETH.
  • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofseymour00jaco#page/33/mode/1up
  • 3. JOHN2 SEYMOUR (Richard1), of Hartford, Conn., born probably at Hartford, died there between 10 Dec. 1712 and 3 Aug. 1713. He married MARY2 WATSON, who was living 10 Dec. 1712, daughter of John1 and Margaret (Smith) of Hartford.
  • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofseymour00jaco#page/40/mode/1up
  • 4. ZACHARIAH2 SEYMOUR (Richard1), of Wethersfield, Conn., born at Hartford, Conn., about 1642, died at Wethersfield in Aug. 1702, aged about 60 years. He married at Wethersfield, 9 Feb. 1687/8, MARY GRITT, who survived him and married secondly Joseph Hollister.
  • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofseymour00jaco#page/42/mode/1up
  • 5. CAPT. RICHARD2 SEYMOUR (Richard1), of Farmington, Conn., born at Hartford, Conn., died at Farmington prior to 29 Nov. 1710, being killed by the fall of a tree, and was buried on a portion of his
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofseymour00jaco#page/43/mode/1up
  • own land which was afterwards used as a burial place. He married HANNAH2 WOODRUFF, born about 1648, died at Farmington 16 Sept. 1712, daughter of Matthew1 and Hannah of Farmington.
  • .... etc.
  • The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884; (1886) Vol. I
  • https://archive.org/details/memorialhistory05jewegoog
  • https://archive.org/stream/memorialhistory05jewegoog#page/n297/mode/1up
  • Pg.258
  • RICHARD SEYMOUR, Hartford, 1639 ; one of those settlers who received land "by the courtesie of the town ; " his home-lot was on the east side of the road to the Cow Pasture (North Main St.), and was bounded on the north by the Cow Pasture itself ; chosen chimney-viewer, 1647 ; he was one of the signers of the agreement for planting Norwalk, June 19, 1650, and was there soon after, with the first planters; townsman at Norwalk, 1655; d. in 1655 ; will dated July 29, proved Oct. 25, 1655 ; inv., Oct 10, 1655, £225. 9. He mentions his wife, Mercy, eldest son, Thomas, "three other sons," John, Zachary, and Richard, the latter three being under age, and left to their mother's guardianship. She m. (2) Nov. 25, 1655, John Steele, of Farmington. — Ch. : i. Thomas, one of the early settlers of Norwalk ; m. (1) Jan., 1663-4, Hannah, dau. of Matthew Marvin, of Norwalk; freeman, 1668; deputy from Norwalk, 1690 ; one of the patentees of 1686 ; and in 1687 had an estate of £184. He m. (2) Elizabeth, named in his will. He d. in 1712 ; will dated Sept 22 ; proved Nov. 7, 1712, sealed with the above coat of arms.(1) ii. John, was in Hartford as early as 1664, and m., probably not long after, Mary, dau. of John Watson, of Hartford ; freeman, 1667. He was a member, though not in full communion, of the South Church, when it was formed, Feb. 12,1670. He d. 1713; will dated Dec. 10, 1712; proved, Aug. 3, 1713; inv. £1158. 14. 01. iii. Zachariah, b. 1642 ; freeman, Farmington, 1669 ; from the record of law-suits in the County Court proceedings it is evident that he was engaged in trade with Barbadoes ; he removed to Wethersfield and m. there, Feb. 9, 1688, Mary, dau. of widow Mary Gritt ; d. in Wethersfield, Aug. 1702, a. 60 ; inv. £200. 4. 3. iv. Richard, freeman, Farmington, 1669 ; one of the 84 proprietors, of 1672; the leader of the Great Swamp settlement in 1686 (Kensington), and captain of the fort. He m. Hannah, dau. of Matthew Woodruff, of Farmington.(3) He was killed by the fall of a tree in 1710; inv. presented Nov. 29, 1710, £416. 15. 3. — Ex-Gov. Horatio Seymour, of New York, the Hon. Origen S. Seymour, of Litchfield, and Gov. Thomas H. Seymour, of Hartford, were descendants of John Seymour, of H., who is the ancestor of nearly all of the name in this vicinity.
  • Richard Seymour
  • Birth: 1604 Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England
  • Death: 1655 Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • His name is on the Founders Monument as an original proprietor who received land "by the courtesie of the town". His homelot was on the east side of the road to the Cow Pasture (North Main Street) and was bounded on the north by the Cow Posture itself. He signed the agreement for planting Norwalk on June 19, 1650 and was a first planter at Norwalk. (Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, p. 501)
  • According to "Four American Ancestries: White, Griggs, Cowles..." by Peter H. Judd, p. 908: Richard Seymour was baptized Jan. 27, 1604/5 at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, son of Elizabeth Waller and Robert Seymour, and it was here that he married Mercy Ruscoe, daughter of Roger & Sarah Ruscoe of Sawbridgeworth, Eng. on April 18, 1631. He died between July 29, 1655 (date of will) and Oct. 10, 1655 (date of inventory) at Norwalk, Conn.
  • Note: this conflicts with the death date given in "Families of Early Hartford" which was Nov. 1655..
  • In Norwalk his home lot was opposite the meeting house and Parade Ground in 1652 and was elected selectman of Norwalk on March 29, 1655. In his will written July 29, 1655, he was described as "very week & sike". After his death, Mercy married John Steele of Hartford on Nov. 20, 1655.
  • He is not buried in the Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford. The place of his burial is unknown, but probably somewhere in Norwalk. This is a Cenotaph.
  • Family links:
  • Spouse:
  • Mercy Ruscoe Seymour Steele*
  • Children:
    • Richard Seymour (____ - 1710)*
  • Burial: Ancient Burying Ground , Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 40079770
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=seymour&GSfn=richard&GSby=1604&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=40079770&df=all&
  • Richard Seymour
  • Birth: ???. 25, 1604
  • Death: Nov., 1655 Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Richard SEYMOUR (SEAMER)
  • B: 1604
  • D: 25 Nov 1655 Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut
  • M: 18 Apr 1631 Sawbridgeworth, Herts, England
  • Family links:
  • Spouse:
  • Mercy Ruscoe Seymour (____ - 1655)*
  • Children:
    • Zachariah Seymour (1642 - 1702)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 52535393
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=seymour&GSfn=richard&GSby=1604&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=52535393&df=all&
  • Genealogy of the descendants of Richard Seymour, from the first settlement of Hartford, Conn. in 1635 (1880)
  • https://archive.org/details/genealogyofdesce00broc
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogyofdesce00broc#page/n8/mode/1up
  • RICHARD SEYMOUR.— One of the original settlers of Hartford, Ct., and as such his name appears on a monument erected in 1837 to the memory of the forefathers of the city in the ancient burying ground. His house was on Burr St. He probably came with Mr. Hooker's congregation from Chelmsford, Essex County, England. The history of this embryo republic (Mr. H's congregation) is given in Mr. Trumbull's History of Connecticut. They first settled in Cambridge, Mass., but thinking to better themselves, removed to Hartford in 1639. He went from there to Norwalk in 1653 and died in 1655.
  • He left four sons :
    • Thomas, John, Zachariah, Richard.
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogyofdesce00broc#page/n10/mode/1up
    • SECOND GENERATION.
  • THOMAS married H. Marvin in 1653. His children were:
    • Hannah, Mary, Thomas, Mathew, Abigail, Sarah, Mercy, Elizabeth, Rebecca.
  • JOHN married M. Watson, lived in Hartford, on the south side of Little River. He died in 1713. His age is not known, but his will, dated in 1712, which is preserved in the Probate office, speaks of his being advanced in life. His children were:
    • John, Margaret, Richard, Zachary, Mary, Thomas, Jonathan, Nathaniel.
  • ZACHARIAH married and had four children whose names are not given.
  • RICHARD married and had three sons:
    • Samuel, Richard, John.
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogyofdesce00broc#page/n12/mode/1up
    • THIRD GENERATION.
  • JOHN married E. Webster in 1643. Their children were:
    • John, Jonathan, Zebulon, Daniel, Nathaniel, Moses, Timothy, Susanna, Richard, Elizabeth, Margaret.
  • MARY and MARGARET not given.
  • THOMAS married R. Norton, and after her death M. Waters. Their children were:
    • Mary, Thomas, Sarah, Jerusha, Ruth, Basil, Alice.
  • RICHARD married M. Wilson. No children given.
  • JONATHAN ____.
  • ZACHARY married H. Olmstead.
  • NATHANIEL married and had three children:
    • Hannah, Zachariah, Rebecca.
  • Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England: My Ancestors Part in that ... By Ernest Flagg
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=zPnD0kvrLf8C&pg=PA236&lpg=PA236&dq=richard+seymour+1604&source=bl&ots=mgtVrn1ZgH&sig=_Nxn2koF9D_5VAeXuPWcZo6FvxQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=B3w8VIGoFKG9jALA6ICwDw&ved=0CE0Q6AEwCDge#v=onepage&q=richard%20seymour%201604&f=false
  • Pg.236
  • Richard Seamer1 of Hartford and Norwalk, Conn.
  • bap. Jan. 27, 1604-5; son of Robert and Elizabeth (Waller) Seymer of Sawbridgeworth, Herts, England.
  • m. April 18, 1631, Mercy Ruscoe1. (N. E. Reg., 71, pp. 105-115)
  • d. bet. July 29, when his will was made and Oct. 10, 1655, when the inventory of his estate was taken ---L255, 9s.
  • He came to Hartford in 1639 from Chelmsford, co. Essex? (North's Hist. of Berlin, p.19) when his name appears on the list of those who "were Granted lotts. to have onely at The Townes Courtesie w'th liberty to fetch wood & keepe swine or cowes By proportion on the common." His lot was on the east side of the road to the Cow Pasture and was bounded on the north by the Cow Pasture itself; his house stood on what is now North Main Street near the Ely Place. In 1647, he ws elected one of the two Chimney Viewers "for the North side." He, with Roger Ludlow and others, was among those who in June, 1650 entered into an agreement "for the settlinge and plantinge of Norwalke", and his name also appears in the indenture dated Feb. 15, 1651(+), between the planter and the Indians. Before the end of 1651, he had removed to Norwalk and in March, 1655, was elected Townsman or Selectman, but did not live to hold the office long. In his will, dated July 29th 1655, he is described as "very weak & sike." "His loving wife Mercy and his faythfull friend Richard Olmsted:, were designated by him as his executors. Various attempts have been made to prove him a son of Sir Edward Seymour of Berry Pomeroy, co. Devon, Eng. (Conn. Gens., p. 1851; Journal of American History 5, No. 4; The Memorial History of Hartford, County; N. E. Reg., 59, p. 208; the Con.. Magazine, vol. 10, which contains the article by Morris Woodruff Seymour, entitled Richard Seymour, Progenitor of the Seymours of America, or the reprint thereof; Savage's Gen. Dict.)
    • (+) In this indenture his name is among those styled "Planter of Norwalk." On p. 14 of Hall's Anceienct Historical Records of Norwalk he states that "on the 15th of February 1651, the planters were here as appears from the deed from Runckingheage. Some of them, at least were probably here the year before."
  • Pg.237 is not part of this book preview.
  • Four American Ancestries: White and Griggs
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=zAV98m0cyl4C&pg=PA908&lpg=PA908&dq=richard+seymour+1604&source=bl&ots=BmJ7GU8agn&sig=mrUA7Aty3vMJaxcM13V2xSufwyg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RkQ8VP2NN4ipogTNw4HACw&ved=0CDkQ6AEwBTgU#v=onepage&q=richard%20seymour%201604&f=false
  • Pg.908
  • 1-Richard Seymour (bp 17 Jan 1644/5-1655
  • + Mercy Ruscoe (abt 1601-aft 1664/65)
    • 2-Richard Seymour ( -29 Nov. 1710)
    • + Hannah Woodruff (1648-16 Sept 1712)
      • 3-Ebenezer Seymour (bp 1 Feb. 1684-bef Sep 1733)
      • + Abigail Hollister (16 Aug 1688- )
        • 4-Elizabeth Seymour (20 Apr 1714-18 Dec 1800)
        • + Ebenezer Richards (12 May 1712-20 Oct 1788)
          • .... etc.
  • Richard1 Seymour: As in Jacobus (1929), [2566] Richard was bp. 27 January 1604/5 at Sawbridgeworth, Herfordshire, England, son of Elizabeth Waller and Robert Seymour, d. between 29 July 1655, date of will, and 10 Oct. 1655, date of inv. at Norwalk, Conn.
  • Richard, though not an original proprietor, was an early settler of Hartford. In 1639 his name is among those on a list of those "inhabitants who were granted lotts to have only at the town's courtesie with liberty to fetch woods and keep swine or coues on the common." His lot was No. 70 on the north side near the "cow pasture." In 1647 he was elected chimney-viewer. The fact that he held land only by "courtesie" of thw town may have been one of the reasons why he chose to cast his lot with the planters of Norwalk under Roger Ludlow.
  • Richard and his former Sawbridgeworth neighbors and in-laws, the Ruscoes, removed about 1650 to Norwalk, where he had the status of an original proprietor in the new plantation. He had taken up residence in Norwalk by the end of 1652 with a home lot well situated opposite the meeting house and Parade Ground. On 29 March 1655 he was elected townsman (selectman), "but Richard did not live to hold this office long, since in his will, executed 29 July 1655, he was described as 'very week & sike.'"
  • Pg.909
  • Richard m. 18 April 1631 at Sawbridgeworth Mercy Ruscoe, b. ca. 1610, dau. of Sarah ___ and Roger Ruscoe of Sawbridgeworth; she m. (2) 20 November 1655 as second wife, JOHN STEELE of Hartford, she was living at her husband's death 27 February 1664/5 (see Steele).
  • Richard Seymour is among the names engraved on the original Founders Monument in the Ancient Burying Ground erected in 1837 in Hartford, and the replacement erected in 1986.[2567]
  • Capt. Richard2 Seymour (Richard1), following Jacobus (1929),[2568] he was b at Hartford, son of Mercy Ruscoe and Richard Seymour, d. 29 November 1710 at Farmington, being killed by a fall of a tree, and was buried on a portion of his own land which was afterwards used as a burial place; inv. of his estate 29 November 1710, property valued at L416:12:02.
  • As a child he moved with his family to Norwalk; after his father's death and mother's remarriage to John Steele, he and his brothers returned to Hartford and later to Farmington, and he was brought up in the household of John Steele. He was made a freeman in the Kensington section of Farmington (later Berlin) in 1669 and was one of the 84 proprietors of the town of Kensington in 1672. His wife appears on a list of church members in Farmington, dated 1 March 1679/80. Richard became a member of that same church 31 May 1685. He became a leader in the Kensington settlement and was the captain of the garrison of the fort built there with cabins where inhabitants could take shelter in the event of Indian raids.[2569 See Woodruff.
  • Ebenezer3 Seymour (Richard2-1) (continuing with Jacobus 1929)[2571]: he was bp. 1 February 1684; resident of the Kesington section of Farmington; d. bef. September 1733, when his widow was appointed to administer his estate. ....
  • Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A ..., Volume 2 By William Richard Cutter
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=j6gyAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA1060&lpg=PA1060&dq=Israel+Seymour+1805&source=bl&ots=c0uWaDLzIW&sig=QfWIsSKYgjo-Cjo7-Kchv94Tvx4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAjgKahUKEwj-5_X21YnJAhUD82MKHSqeDVM#v=onepage&q=Seymour&f=false
  • https://archive.org/details/genealogicalfami19112cutt
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogicalfami19112cutt#page/825/mode/1up
  • (I) Richard Seymour, the immigrant,

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Richard Seymour was a settler of Hartford, CT. His home lot was on the "east side of the road to the cow pasture. He was a chimney viewer"(?).


The Founders of Hartford

Richard Seymour, Hartford, 1639; one of those settlers who received land “by the courtesie of the town;” his home-lot was on the east side of the road to the Cow Pasture (North Main St.), and was bounded on the north by the Cow Pasture itself; chosen chimney-viewer, 1647; he was one of the signere of the agreement for planting Norwalk, June 19, 1650, and was there soon after, with the first planters; townsman at Norwalk, 1655; d. in 1655 ; will dated July 29, proved Oct. 25, 1655 ; inv., Oct. 10, 1655, £225. 9. He mentions his wife, Mercy, eldest son, Thomas, “three other sons,” John, Zachary, and Richard, the latter three being under age, and left to their mother's guardianship. She m. (2) Nov. 25, 1655, John Steele, of Farmington.-Ch.: i. Thomas, one of the early settlers of Thomas Seymour's Norwalk ; m. (1) Jan., 1653-4, Hannah, dau. of Matthew Heal. Marvin, of Norwalk; freeman, 1668; deputy from Norwalk, 1690 ; one of the patentees of 1686; and in 1687 had an estate of £184. He m. (2) Elizabeth, named in his will. He d. in 1712 ; will dated Sept. 22 ; proved Nov. 7, 1712, sealed with the above coat of arms.1 ii. John, was in Hartford as early as 1664, and m., probably rot long after, Mary, dau. of John Watson, of Hartford ; freeman, 1667. He was a member, though not in full communion, of the South Church, when it was formed, Feb. 12, 1670. He d. 1713; will dated Dec. 10, 1712; proved, Aug. 3, 1713; inv. £1158. 14. 01. iii. Zechariah, b. 1642 ; freeman, Farmington, 1669 ; from the record of law-suits in the County Court proceedings it is evident that he was engaged in trade with Barbadoes; he removed to Wethersfield and m. there, Feb. 9, 1688, Mary, dau. of widow Mary Gritt; d. in Wethersfield, Aug. 1702, a. 60; inv. £200. 4. 3. iv. Richard, freeman, Farmington, 1669 ; one of the 84 proprieton; of 1672; the leader of the Great Swamp settlement in 1686 (Kensington), and captain of the fort. He m. Hannah, den. of Matthew Woodruff of Farmington.2 He was killed by the fall of a trea in 1710; inv. presented Nov. 29, 1710, £416. 15. 3.-Ex-Gov. Horatio Seymour, of New York, the Hon. Origen S. Seymour, of Litchfield, and Gov. Thomas H. Seymour, of Hartford, were descendants of John Seymour, of H., who is the ancestor of nearly all of the name in this vicinity.

1 A “Bishop's Bible,” printed in 1584, now in the possession of one of Richard Seymour's descendants, has on one of the fly-leaves a drawing of the arms of the Seymours of Berry Pomeroy, the Same as those given above with the quarterings granted by Henry VIII., and his name written below, “Richard Seymor, Bery Pomery, heytor bond., in ye corn. Devon. his Book. Hartford ye collony of Conecticot in New England. Annoque Domini, 1640.”

2 Savage says (iv. 58) that he m. Hannah, dau. of Anthony Hawkins, but I have found no other authority for his statement as yet


He came to Hartford in 1639 where he appears as a proprietor and he was also one of the settlers who received land "by the courtesie of the town." His home lot was on the east side of the road to the cow pasture and was bounded on the north by the cow pasture itself. He was chosen chimney viewer at Hartford in 1647. He was one of the signers of the agreement for the planting of Norwalk, Conn., 19 June 1650, removed to that place soon afterwards, and became one of its first settlers, being chosen a townsman or selectman in 1655.


1639 Arrived in Hartford, CT. 1655 Appointed a selectman at Norwalk, CT.


His name is on the Founders Monument as an original proprietor who received land "by the courtesie of the town". His homelot was on the east side of the road to the Cow Pasture (North Main Street) and was bounded on the north by the Cow Posture itself. He signed the agreement for planting Norwalk on June 19, 1650 and was a first planter at Norwalk. (Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, p. 501)

According to "Four American Ancestries: White, Griggs, Cowles..." by Peter H. Judd, p. 908: Richard Seymour was baptized Jan. 27, 1604/5 at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, son of Elizabeth Waller and Robert Seymour, and it was here that he married Mercy Ruscoe, daughter of Roger & Sarah Ruscoe of Sawbridgeworth, Eng. on April 18, 1631. He died between July 29, 1655 (date of will) and Oct. 10, 1655 (date of inventory) at Norwalk, Conn. Note: this conflicts with the death date given in "Families of Early Hartford" which was Nov. 1655..

In Norwalk his home lot was opposite the meeting house and Parade Ground in 1652 and was elected selectman of Norwalk on March 29, 1655. In his will written July 29, 1655, he was described as "very week & sike". After his death, Mercy married John Steele of Hartford on Nov. 20, 1655.

He is not buried in the Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford. The place of his burial is unknown, but probably somewhere in Norwalk. This is a Cenotaph.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40079770


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Richard Seymour's Timeline

1604
January 27, 1604
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England
1604
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England
1632
July 15, 1632
Age 28
Bury Pomeroy, Heyto Hundred, Devon, England
1632
Age 28
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England
1636
July 8, 1636
Age 32
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, , England
1639
January 1639
Age 35
Hartford, Connecticut Colony
1642
1642
Age 38
Hartford, Connecticut Colony
1645
1645
Age 41
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony