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Robert Day

Birthplace: Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Day
Husband of Editha Day (Stebbins)
Father of Thomas Day; Sarah Gunn Kellogg (Day); Mary Coleman and John Day

Occupation: Brickmaker and Mason
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About Robert Day of Hartford

Biographical Summary #1:

Robert Day came in the "Elizabeth," from Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, to Boston, in April, 1634, aged 30, with wife, Mary, aged 28; freeman, Massachusetts, May 6, 1635. An original proprietor at Hartford; his home-lot in 1639 was on the road from Centinel Hill to the North Meadow, near the junction of the streets now Main and Village streets. He was chosen viewer of chimneys and ladders, 1643. His first wife is supposed to have died before his removal to Hartford, and he married (2) Editha, sister of Deacon Edward Stebbins. He died in 1648; will dated May 20; inventory October 14, £142. 13. 6. His widow, Editha, married (2) John Maynard, of Hartford; (3) 1658, Elizur Holyoke, of Springfield


i. Thomas, removed to Springfield, 1658; married October 27, 1659, Sarah, daughter of Lieutenant Thomas Cooper; freeman, 1668; died December 27, 1711.

ii. John, born in Hartford; received the property of his stepfather, John Maynard, by his will; married Sarah, daughter of Thomas Butler, of Hartford; in the distribution of Thomas Butler's estate, 1697, John Day's wife was one of the heirs; freeman, May, 1680; died in Hartford about 1730.

iii. Sarah; married (1) November 17, 1658, Nathaniel Gunn, of Hartford; (2) November 24, 1664, Samuel Kellogg, of Hatfield, and was killed with her son, Joseph, by the Indians, September 19, 1677.

iv. Mary, born about, 1641; married (1.) October 28, 1659, Samuel Ely, of Springfield; (2) April 12, 1694. Thomas Stebbins, of Springfield; (3) December 11, 1696, Deacon John Coleman, of Hatfield; died October 17, 1720, aged 84. The Honorable Thomas Day, Secretary of State, and president of the Connecticut Historical Society, was a descendant of Thomas, of Springfield, as also was the late Honorable Calvin Day.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), pages 236-237. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

Biographical Summary #2:

Robert Day (1604 - 1648) was born in 1604. He immigrated to Boston from England in 1634 at age 30 with his wife Mary, age 28. He sailed on the Elizabeth out of Ipswich, England and first settled in Newtown, now known as Cambridge, MA. He wife died shortly after they arrived. Robert was made a freeman in Cambridge on May 6, 1635. He was granted three acres in Westfield, Cambridge on August 4, 1634 and in the August 20, 1635 division of meadow, he was a proportional share of ½. In the Cambridge land inventory on October 10, 1635, he held two parcels: in Westend one house with backside about two acres and in Westend Field about three acres. In the Feb. 8, 1635/36 list of those “who have houses in town” he was credited with one house in Westend.

By 1639 he had moved to Hartford, CT as one of the first settlers. He may have gone with the original 100 settlers, led by Rev. Hooker into the wilderness in 1636. By 1636 he had married Edith Stebbins, born 1613 in Woodhaven, Essex, England, daughter of Deacon Edward Stebbins. In the Hartford land inventory of February 1639/40, "Rob[ert] Day" held ten parcels: "one parcel on which his dwelling house now standeth with outhouses, yards & gardens ... containing by estimation two acres"; one acre one rood in the Neck of Land; one rood three perches in the Little Meadow; one acre eight perches "on the east side of the Great River"; three roods eighteen perches in the North Meadow, of which two roods twenty-eight perches is meadow and thirty perches is swamp; five acres three roods and eight perches in the North Meadow, of which four acres four perches is meadow and one acre three roods is swamp; three acres three roods and twenty perches in the Cowpasture; seven acres three roods in the Little Oxpasture; one rood thirty-one perches in the Neck of Land; and two acres two roods nineteen perches in the Neck of Land.” Edward Stebbins, Edith’s brother also held land in Hartford. Robert died in 1648, between May 20 and Oct. 14, at age 44, his will, dated, May 20, 1648 is seen on a following page. His estate was valued £142, £71 of this was real estate.

Edith Stebbins Day then married Dr. John Maynard from Hartford and they had no children before he died. In his will of 23 January 1657/8, "John Maynard of Hartford" bequeathed to "my wife Edetha my dwelling house with all my other houses, as also all other land lying and being in Hartford, during her life; and after her decease unto John Day, the youngest son of my wife, unto him and his heirs forever"; "Thomas Day, the eldest son, shall receive £20 sterling out of my estate provided he carry well and dutifully to his mother"; to "Sarah and Mary Day, my wife's daughters, £20 sterling to each of them"; to "the Rev. Mr. Stone, teacher of the Church of Hartford, 40s."; "my wife sole executrix"; "Mr. John Talcott Senior and my brother Mr. Edward Stebbing and Richard Goodman" overseers.”

She then married Elizur Holyoke of Springfield, MA, grandfather of President Edward Holyoke of Harvard University. She moved to Springfield with some of her children. Elizur died there in Feb. 6, 1676. She died in Springfield on Oct. 25, 1688. Her nephews were on the Springfield Board of Selection: Joseph Stebbins (1700, 1705, 1712, 1716, 1717, 1721) and Edward Stebbins (1700, 1703, 1704, 1708, 1710). Robert Day and Edith had four children:


  1. Thomas (male ancestor of Springfield branch), born about 1636. He married Sarah Cooper on Oct. 27, 1659. She was the daughter of Thomas Cooper who emigrated in 1635. They had ten children: Thomas (1662- ), Sarah (1664-), Mary (1666), John (1669-1670), Samuel (1671-), John (1673-), Ebenezer (1676), Ebenezer (1677-), Jonathan (1680-), Abigail (1703-1747).
  2. Sarah, born about 1638, married Nathaniel Gunn of Hartford on Nov. 17, 1658. After he died, she married Samuel Kellogg of Hartford on Nov. 24, 1664. She was killed along with her son Joseph by the local tribe in Sept. 19, 1677.
  3. Mary, born about 1640, married Samuel Ely of Springfield on Oct. 28, 1659. He was the son of Nathaniel Ely of Cambridge and probably neighbor of Robert Day there. Then, she married Thomas Stebbins on April 12, 1694. He was the son of Thomas Stebbins. Next, married Deacon John Coleman of Hatfield on Dec. 11, 1696. She died in Hatfield in 1725.
  4. John, born about 1643 (male ancestor of Hartford branch). By 1670 he had married Mary Gaylord. Then by 1690 he married Sarah Butler.

The Day family comes from Wales. George Day writes in 1848:

“In a book of Heraldry, containing the arms of William Day, B.D., Provost of Eton College and dean of Winsor, confirmed by William Flower, Norroy, on the 21st of October, 1582, in the twenty-fourth year of Queen Elizabeth, he is said to be ‘descended from the Dees of Wales, being the younger son of Nicholas Day, the son of John Dee (called by the English Daye) He was son of Morgan Dee, younger brother of Richard Dee, Welshman.’ Dee, signifying, it is said, dark or dingy, is the name of a small river in Wales, and was probably applied to some ancestor of the family, dwelling upon its banks, in order to distinguish him from others… This name still prevails in Wales.”

George adds that there were eight people named Day within the first thirty years of the settlement of New England. Robert 1634, first in Cambridge MA, then Hartford; Robert, Ipswich MA 1635; Nathaniel, Ipswich, MA 1637; Stephen, Cambridge, 1639, first printer in the colonies; Wentworth, Boston, 1640; Ralph, Denham, 1645; Matthew, Cambridge, 1645, Steward of Harvard College; Anthony, Gloucester, 1645.

SOURCE: Unknown

Biographical Summary #3:

From Savage's New England Register, Volume #2: ROBERT, Cambridge, came in the Elizabeth 1634, from Ipswich, aged 30, with w. Mary 28, freem. 6 May 1636, went to Hartford, perhaps with Hooker in 1636, or very soon after, had sev. lots among first proprs. His first w. d. prob. bef. rem. a.nd the mo. of his ch. was Edatha, sis. of vol. 2, p. 27 deac. Edward Stebbins. She is nam. in his will, 20 May 1648, wh. is print. in Trumbull's Col. Rec. of Conn. I. 487; but tho. childr. are provid. for, we find not names nor number. They were Thomas; Sarah, wh. m. Sept. 1658, Nathaniel Gunn of Hartford, and next, 24 Nov. 1664, Samuel Kellogg of Hatfield, and was k. with her s. Joseph, 19 Sept. 1677, by the Ind.; Mary, wh. m. 28 Oct. 1659, Samuel Ely of Springfield, and next, 12 Apr. 1694, Thomas Stebbins, and next, 11 Dec. 1696, deac. John Coleman of Hatfield, where she d. 1725; and John, bef. ment. His wid. m. John Maynard of Hartford, wh. d. without ch. leav. to the ch. of D. "provided they carry themselves well towards" their mo. some decent est. and next m. in 1657 or 8, Elizur Holyoke of Springfield wh. she surv. by twelve yrs. and d. 24 Oct. 1688. Of descend. of this Robert, in the male line, full acco. is print. by Rev. George E. Day of Northampton.

SOURCE: A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Before 1692; Volume 2; James Savage. Retrieved from

Biographical Summary #4:

I. Robert Day, with his wife Mary (aged twenty-eight), came from Ipswich in England to Boston in New England, in the bark Elizabeth, in April, 1634. He was at that time thirty years old. On his arrival in this country he settled in Newtown (now Cambridge), and was made freeman there on May 6, 1635. His first wife is supposed to have died about this time, and childless. He was one of the Original Proprietors of Hartford, Conn., and is thought to have been in the company of one hundred which came through the wilderness with the Rev. Mr. Thomas Hooker in 1636. He married (2) Editha Stebbins (sister of Deacon Edward Stebbins, who also was one of the Original Proprietors) of Hartford, and died in Hartford between May and October of 1648.

Children :

20. Thomas, m. (Oct. 27, 1659) Sarah Cooper; d. Dec.



Listed as a passenger on "The Elizabeth"



Day, Robert, Hartford. Invt. £142-13-06. Taken 14 October, 1648, by John Tailecoate, Gregory Wilterton and Edward Stebbing. Will dated 20 May, 1648.

The Will of Robert Day, hee being sick and weake, yet in perfect memory, doth order and dispose of his Estate to his wife and Children, in the manner following:

I give unto my beloued wife, Edatha Day, my now dwelling house and Howsing thereto adjoyning, hqmselott. Also all my Land whereof I stand possessed, or that of Right doth belong to mee, lying in Hartford, during the tearme of her natural life; And at the end of her life, my Will is that the sd. house and Land shall bee for the vse of my Children that then shall bee liuing, to be divided in an equall proportion: my Will also is that all my howshold Stuff, and Cattle and other moueable Goods, shall bee my wiue's, to bring vp my Children: And in case my wife should be married to another man, then my survivors of my Will shall haue power, if they thinke good, to take security for the bringing vp of the Children, and for soe much Estate as shall bee thought meete by them; and to this my last Will and Testament I make my wife Executrix, and I doe desire my Deare Brethren Mr. Tailecoate, W1lterton and Stebbing to take Care of and Assist my wife in the ordering herselfe and my Children; and I give them power to doe what in their judgements may be for the Best, to bring vp my Children and dispose of them, and that I leave for their Good. And to this my Will I sett to my hand the day above written.

Witness: Edward Stebbing, Robert Day. Walter Gaylord.

SOURCE: "A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records: Hartford district, 1635-1700"

Robert Day who was born on 31 July 1604 in Kilburn, Yorkshire, England and who came to this country in Apr., 1634 on the ship "Elizabeth". Robert was made a freeman in 1635. In about 1637 he became an original settler of Hartford, Conn. Robert Day's grandson, John Day, moved his family to Colchester, CT. between June, 1701 and Sept., 1702 and remained in that town.

_______________________________________________________________________________ Robert Day - 1604-1648

           from Colonial Families of America Volume 1
    Robert Day, founder of this branch of the Day family in America ,was born in England

about 1604. He sailed for the new world in the ship Elizabeth, leaving from Ipswich, County Suffolk, England, in April 1604. He was accompanied by his wife Mary who was twenty-eight years old. They touched at Boston, but settled in Cambridge. There he was made freeman May 6, 1635, which proves his connection in full standing wi th the local church.

    A few years later Robert moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where he became one of the

original proprietors. He was chosen in 1643 viewer of chimneys and ladders at Hartford. His name is among the hundred carved on the brownstone monument in Center Church Cemetery at Hartford, which was erected in 1837 by the Ancient Burying Ground Association of Hartford in memory of the first settlers. Robert Day's house lot in 1639 was on the road from Centinel Hill to the North Meadow near the present junction of Main and Village streets. The location is now a wedge-shaped public park.

    Died in 1648 at Hartford. He was interred in the Old Burying Ground, but time has

destroyed his tombstone. His will, dated May 20, 1648, was most meticulously inventoried, enumerating every item of his possession, even pots and pans. It left all to his wife.

Issue: all by second wife, Editha Stebbins, four children, among them a son John Day.

    Married, first, in England-- Mary _____________.
    Married, second at Hartford, Editha Stebbins, a sister of Deacon Edward Stebbins. While

the ancestry of both Editha Stebbins and her brother, Deacon Edward Stebbins, remains shrouded in mystery, the following arms are those claimed by the descendants of Deacon Edward Stebbins, according to Crozier: Argent a griffin segreant azure langued and membered gules between three cross crosslets.

    Editha Stebbins married as her second husband, Deacon John Maynard of Hartford, who

died shortly after, leaving all his property to his wife and the Day children. She married, third, Elizur Holyoke, of Springfield, Massachusetts, grandfather of Edward Holyoke, eleventh president of Harvard College.

Note: Recent research has found Editha Stebbins and Deacon Edward Stebbins to be the children of William Stebbins or Stebbing and Mary ______. William was the son of William Stebbing. They were from Black Notley, Essex, England.

Mary Gaylerd, wife of John Day who was the son of Robert Day and Editha Stebbins, is the daughter of Walter Gaylord and Mary Stebbing, daughter of Deacon Edward Stebbins and Frances Tough. Therefore, Mary Stebbins' brother Deacon Edward Stebbins is also one of our grandfathers.

Note: There is also strong evidence that Robert Day, born about 1604, was born in South Kirkby, Yorkshire, England the son of Robert Day and Ann Kirby. This line can be traced back into Wales.


  • Robert Day1
  • M, #162054, b. 31 July 1605, d. 4 September 1648
  • Father Richard Day1 b. c 1575, d. 24 Oct 1628
  • Mother Anna Kirby1 b. c 1579, d. bt 31 Jul 1605 - 31 Dec 1605
  • Robert Day was born on 31 July 1605 at Ipswich, Suffolk, England.1 He married Editha Stebbins, daughter of William Stebbins and Mary, circa 1636 at of Cambridge, Middlesex, MA; He married (1) Mary. She married (2)John Maynard; (3) Elizur Holyoke.1,2 Robert Day died on 4 September 1648 at Hartford, Hartford, CT, at age 43; Buried at the Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford, CT.1
  • Family Editha Stebbins b. c 1613, d. 24 Oct 1688
  • Child
    • Sarah Day+1 b. c 1640, d. 1677
  • Citations
  • [S11692] Ancestors of Clifford Silvers Ault.
  • [S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., p. 211.
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  • Robert Day
  • Birth: 1604, England
  • Death: 1648 Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Born about 1604 (aged 30 in 1634). Came to Massachusetts Bay in 1634 on the "Elizabeth." (On 30 April 1634, "Robert Day," aged 30, and "Mary his wife," aged 28, were enrolled at Ipswich for passage to New England on the Elizabeth.) First settled in Cambridge; moved to Hartford by 1639. Died between 20 May 1648 (date of will) and 14 October 1648 (date of inventory).
  • MARRIAGES: (1) By 1634 Mary _____, born about 1606 (aged 28 in 1634. She must have died soon after arrival in New England, or perhaps even on the voyage in 1634.
  • (2) By about 1636 Editha Stebbins, sister of EDWARD STEBBINS {1633, Cambridge}. She married (2) by an unknown date John Maynard and (3) by 1663 (and probably earlier) Eleazar Holyoke. She died at Springfield 25 October 1688
  • Robert Day migrated with and lived near NATHANIEL ELY {1634, Cambridge}, and so some relationship is possible.
  • He had no known children by his first marriage and four by the second.
  • Various authors have misallocated the early records for this immigrant and ROBERT DAY {1635, Ipswich}. Savage got it right; in 1953 Jacobus carefully set forth the arguments for the correct interpretation.
  • Family links:
  • Spouses:
  • Mary Day (1606 - ____)
  • Editha Stebbins Day Maynard Holyoke (1613 - 1688)*
  • Children:
    • Thomas Day (1636 - 1711)*
    • Sarah Day Kellogg (1640 - 1677)*
    • Mary Day Ely Stebbins Coleman (1641 - 1725)*
    • John Day (1643 - 1730)*
  • Burial: Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 34128984
  • From:


  • STEBBINS, Editha
  • b. 1613 Woodham, Essex, England
  • d. 24 OCT 1688 Hartford, CT.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 16 OCT 1648 Stanstead, England
  • Spouse: DAY, Robert
  • b. 1604 England
  • d. Hartford, CT.
  • Children:
    • DAY, Thomas
    • DAY, Mary
    • DAY, John
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 1658
  • Spouse:HOLYOKE, Elizur
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  • A genealogical register of the descendants in the male line of Robert Day, of Hartford, Conn., who died in the year 1648 by Day, George Edward
  • The first knowledge we possess of our ancestor, ROBERT DAY, commences with his emigration to America, in April, 1634. He was at that time thirty years of age, and was accompanied by his wife Mary, aged twenty eight, as is gathered from the list of passengers of the bark, Elizabeth, in which he took passage from Ipswich in England to Boston in New England. He was born therefore about the year 1604. The efforts to trace him beyond this have been unsuccessful, and it is now probable that his parentage and the place of his birth must be to his descendants forever unknown.
  • On his arrival in this country, he first settled in Newtown, now Cambridge. His wife Mary probably died soon after. He was made freeman May 6, 1635, which shows him to have belonged to some church in the jurisdiction. In 1639, we find him a resident of Hartford, Conn, of which place he was one of the first settlers. As such his name is found on the monument erected to their memory in that city. He was probably in the company of one hundred persons who, with their pastor, Rev. Mr. Hooker, penetrated through the wilderness in 1636.
  • For his second wife, he married Editha Stebbins, sister of Dea. Edward Stebbins (or Stebbing) of Hartford, and had four children, two sons and two daughters, viz :
    • 1. * Thomas: the ancestor of the Springfield branch.
    • 2. *John : the ancestor of the Hartford branch.
    • 3. *Sarah: who married Nathaniel Gunn of Hartford, Sept. 1658 ; 2d husband, Samuel Kellogg of Hatfield, Nov. 24, 1664. She was slain with her son Joseph, by the Indians, Sept. 19, 1677.
    • 4. *Mary : who married Samuel Ely of Springfield, Oct. 28, 1659 : 2d husband, Thomas Stebbins, April 12, 1694 : 3d husband, Dea. John Coleman of Hatfield, Dec. 11, 1696. She died at Hatfield, in 1725, quite aged.
  • Robert died in Hartford, in 1648, aged 44. From a comparison of the dates of his will,* and of the inventory of his estate, it is evident that his death occurred between May and the middle of
    • * [Copy of the Will .... etc.
  • October in that year. His widow then married Dea. John Maynard of Hartford, who died without issue shortly after, leaving all his property, which was considerable, to his wife's children, "provided
    • .... etc.
  • they carried themselves well towards their mother."* For her third husband, she married in 1658, Elizur Holyoke of Springfield, Mass. grandfather of President Holyoke of Harvard College. To that town she removed with a part of her family, and died there Oct. 24, 1688, having survived her last husband, who died Feb. 6, 1676.
  • In the following register, the descendants of Thomas, the ancestor of the Springfield branch, will first be given, and then of John, the ancestor of the Hartford branch.
  • .... etc.
  • 1. *THOMAS DAY, of Springfield, son of Robert, m. Sarah Cooper, daughter of Lieutenant Thomas Cooper, (who was killed when the town was burnt by the Indians,) Oct. 27, 1659, and d. Dec. 27, 1711.† His widow died Nov. 21, 1726. Their children were —
    • .... etc.
  • 2. *JOHN DAY, of Hartford, son of Robert and brother of Thomas, (1) m. Sarah Maynard of Hartford, and died probably in 1730. His will was proved May 5, 1730.† His children were —
    • .... etc.


  • The Prominent Families of the United States of America By Arthur Meredyth Burke
  • ROBERT DAY (1604-1648), of Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, b. 1604; emigrated to America, April 1634, and was one of the first settlers of Hartford, Conn.; m. Editha Stebbins, of Hartford, and had issue : —
    • 1 . Thomas, of whom later.
    • 2. John, m. Sarah Butler, of Hartford ; d. about 1730.
    • 1. Sarah, m. (1), 17 Nov. 1658, Nathaniel Gunn, of Hartford ; m. (2), 24 Nov. 1664, Samuel Kellogg, of Hatfield ; d. 19 Sept. 1677.
    • 2. Mary, b. 1641 ; m. (1), 28 Oct. 1659, Samuel Ely, of Springfield, and, by him (who d. 19 March 1692), had issue; m. (2), 12 April 1694, Thomas Stebbins, of Springfield (who. d. 1695); m. (3), 11 Dec. 1696, John Coleman, of Hatfield (who d. 21 Jan. 1711) ; d. 17 Oct. 1725.
  • He d. 1648.
  • THOMAS DAY ( -1711), of Springfield ; m., 27 Oct. 1659, Sarah, dau. of Lieutenant Thomas Cooper, and, by her (who d. 21 Nov. 1726), had issue : —
    • .... etc.


  • The Day family record in New England begins with (1) Robert Day, "Gent.," born in England in 1604, who died in Hartford, Conn., in 1648. He came to America on the ship "Elizabeth," accompanied by his first wife, Mary (?), who died soon after. He was evidently a member of Rev. Thomas Hooker's congregation, and awaited the latter's arrival, then accompanied him to Hartford, thus becoming one of the "Pioneers of Hartford" (or proprietors, as the first settlers were called). As such his name appears on the monument to the first settlers there. He was made a "viewer of fences," but as that office could not have been very remunerative he must have possessed means, as an administrator of his estate was appointed. In Hartford he married, for his second wife, Editha Stebbins, sister of Deacon Edward Stebbins, of the Rev. Thomas Hooker's Church. All of Robert Day's children were born of his second marriage. Deacon Edward Stebbins was administrator of his estate. As the Rev. Thomas Hooker called Deacon Edward "My cousin Stebbins" (Hist. "First Church of Hartford," p. 113) they must have been related, but just how has not been ascertained. After the death of Robert Day his widow married a second husband, who died soon after, without issue, and left his property to his wife and Robert Day's children. She married (third) Eleazer Holyoke, and by this marriage became an ancestress of President Holyoke, of Harvard College, while one of her descendants by her marriage with Robert Day (Jeremiah Day) was a president of Yale. While she was doubtless born in England, the date of her birth is unknown, as are also the dates of her marriage and death.
  • (II) Thomas Day, eldest son of Robert, was married Oct. 27, 1659, to Sarah Cooper, born in 1641-42, daughter of Lieut. Thomas and Sarah (Slye) Cooper. He died at Springfield, Dec. 27, 171 1, and she married (second) Dr. William Clark, of Dorchester. She died Nov. 21, 1726.
  • (III) .... etc.


  • Prominent Families of New York: Being an Account in Biographical Form of ... edited by Lyman Horace Weeks
  • ROBERT DAY, who emigrated from England to this country in 1634, was the first American ancestor of Mr. Clarence Shepard Day, He was a native of England, where he was born about 1604, and came from Ipswich, with his wife Mary, on the ship Elizabeth. When he landed in Massachusetts, he settled in Newtown, now Cambridge, becoming a freeman in 1635. When the Reverend Thomas Hooker headed the company which moved to Connecticut and founded Hartford, Robert Day and his family went with them. His first wife having died, he married, second, Editha Stebbins, of Hartford, and died there in 1648.
  • In subsequent generations, the ancestors of Mr. Clarence Shepard Day were Thomas Day, who in 1659 married Sarah Cooper, daughter of Lieutenant Thomas Cooper, and died in 1711, his wife dying in 1726; John Day, of West Springfield, Mass. .... etc.
  • ACCORDING to tradition, the Day family was originally settled in Wales, and it is said that the name was derived from the Dee, a small river in the principality. In the course of time, its representatives moved into England, some of them becoming people of importance in the eastern counties and London. By the early records of the Massachusetts Bay and Plymouth Colonies, it appears that during the first quarter of a century of the New England settlement eight persons of the name came hither as Colonists.
  • Robert Day, of Cambridge, who arrived in America in 1634, was the ancestor of the branch of the family to which attention is now directed. He was born in Ipswich, England, in 1604, and when he came to this country brought with him his wife, Mary. Settling first in Newtown, now Cambridge, he was a freeman of that place in 1635, and in 1639 removed to Hartford, in the company led by the Reverend Thomas Hooker. His second wife, whom he married after settling in Hartford, was Editha Stebbins, sister of Deacon Edward Stebbins, of Hartford. Robert Day died in 1648. In the next five generations the ancestors of Mr. George Lord Day were : John Day, of Hartford, and his wife, Sarah Maynard ; John Day, the second of the name, 1696-1752, of Colchester, Conn., and his wife, Grace Spencer, of Hartford; Abraham Day, 1712-1792, of Colchester, and his wife, Irene Foote; Ezra Day, 1743-1823, of South Hadley, Mass., and his wife, Hannah Kendall ; and Pliny Day, 1782-1846, of West Springfield, Mass., and his wife, Deborah Butts. Many members of this old New England family were soldiers of the patriot army during the War of the Revolution.
  • .... etc.


  • New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the ..., Volume 4
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Robert Day of Hartford's Timeline

July 31, 1604
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
July 31, 1604
Kilburn, York, England
Age 30
Hartford, Connecticut
April 30, 1637
Age 32
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 33
Hartford, CT
October 28, 1641
Age 37
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
Age 38
Hartford, Connecticut
October 16, 1648
Age 44
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
October 9, 1888
Age 44