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Robert Seymour, of Sawbridgeworth

Also Known As: "St. Maur", "Seamer"
Birthplace: Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England
Death: August 23, 1637
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England
Place of Burial: Sawbridgeworth, Hertford, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Seymour, of Sawbridgeworth and Dyzory Seymour
Husband of Jane Seymour and Elizabeth Seymour
Father of Mercy Seymour; Thomas Seymour; Richard Seymour; Nathaniel Seymour; Zachariah Seymour and 2 others
Brother of Annis Seymour; Jane Seymour; Mary Seymour; John Seymour; Dorothy Semare and 2 others

Occupation: Cobbler
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About Robert Seymour, of Sawbridgeworth

  • Robert Seymour
  • M, #83821, b. 30 November 1573
  • Father John Seymour b. c 1540, d. 22 Oct 1605
  • Mother Dyzory Porter b. c 1542
  • Robert Seymour was christened on 30 November 1573 at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England. He married Elizabeth Waller, daughter of John Waller, on 14 November 1603 at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England. Robert Seymour was buried on 23 August 1637 at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England.
  • Family Elizabeth Waller b. 12 Dec 1578
  • Children
    • Richard Seymour+ b. 27 Jan 1605, d. 25 Nov 1655
    • Mary Seymour+1 b. c 1622, d. c 1689
  • Citations
  • 1.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • From:


  • Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England: My Ancestors Part in that ... By Ernest Flagg
  • 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
  • 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. ....


  • 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
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