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Sgt. John Deming

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Death: January 23, 1712 (76-84)
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of John Deming; John Deming; Honor Deming and Honor Treat
Husband of Mary Deming
Father of John Deming; Joseph Deming; Jonathan Deming; Mary Bronson; Samuel Deming and 4 others
Brother of Samuel Deming; Mercy Wright; Sarah Moody; Hannah Beckley; Rachel Morgan and 12 others

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About Sgt. John Deming

John Deming was born about 1632 in Wethersfield, Conn., died 23 Jan 1712 in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

  • parents: John Deming & his unknown first wife. Note: Will of John Deming dated 1692: "for my son John, I now give him my Great Bible Geneva print, & my feather bed and boulster & my Great Ketle ... Codicil February 3d 1692: "whereas I gave my son John my great Bible my teather bed & Boulster, & my great Ketle I doe now with draw that Guift & I give unto my sayd son John all my materiall & tooles in my shop & my book debts he paying those debts I owe about my Trade."


  1. 12 Dec 1657 in Northampton, Mass., to Mary Mygatt, daughter of Joseph, and Ann Mygatt, born about 1637


  1. John "the Drummer" b: 09 SEP 1658 in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Married Mary Graves.
  2. Joseph
  3. Jonathan b: 12 FEB 1662 in Wethersfield, Connecticut
  4. Mary b: 01 JUL 1666 in Wethersfield, Connecticut
  5. Samuel b: 25 AUG 1668 in Wethersfield, Connecticut
  6. Jacob b: 26 AUG 1670 in Wethersfield, Connecticut
  7. Sarah b: 17 JAN 1672 in Wethersfield, Connecticut
  8. Hezekiah


Deming Genealogy": According to Savage, John Deming Jr., was born in 1638, but the authority for this statement is not given. Hinman says that he was born in 1632, and if this earlier date is correct, he must have been born before his father moved to Wethersfield. To distinguish him from his father upon the early records of the town, he is called "Sergeant John Deming," this title indicating that he may have taken part in the Indian wars of the period. In 1662 he became one of the selectmen of the town, and was Representative from Wethersfield to the General Court from 1669 to 1672. In 1694, he and his wife appear among the members of the church at Wethersfield. His son John probably remained with his father on the home farm, while the other sons scattered, and their records are only partly found. Joseph probably moved to Woodstock, Hezekiah went to Farmington, and Jacob to hartford, while Jonathan lived in the vicinity of Wethersfield. Of Samuel no trace can be found, and it is supposed that he either died young, or moved to a distance. The fate of his daughters, Mary and Sarah has not been discovered. Fe 16, 1712, shortly after his death, his sons John, Joseph, Jonathan, and Hezekiah deed to each other, lands and other property possessed by each of them at the death of "our natural father Mr. John Deming." This indicates that Jacob and Samuel were not living at that time.

According to one authority Sergt. John Deming was a "packer" in 1692. As he inherited his father's tools a few years later, it is possible that this was also his father's trade. His brother David, to whom his father first bequeathed his tools, (and later withdrew the gift) is described as a "knacker," which is defined as a maker of small work, or a rope-maker. Perhaps both John and David followed the trade of their father, and the copyist has mistaken the word "knacker" for "packer."

Jonathan Deming, Sr., "died January 8, 1700, of a very sudden death, being aged as he computed about 61.". Composer Cole Porter and B. F. Goodrich are descendants.

Parents: John Deming  & Honour Treat 


  1. Sarah ___,  died June 5, 1668. (probably the daughter of John Graves.)
  2. December 25, 1673 to Elizabeth, daughter of Josiah Gilbert.  She died at Wethersfield, September 3, 1714.


  1. Jonathan, b. Noverber 27, 1661; m. (10) Abigail Filer, January 5, 1709; d. June 22, 1727.
  2. Sarah, b. August 12, 1663; m. ___Rylie.
  3.  Mary, b. July 11, 1665; m. Joseph Smith, November 26, 1685; d. April 9, 1687.
  4. Comfort, b. June 5, 1668; m. 1st Nathaniel Berkley, May 8, 1698; 2d, Thomas Morton, February 2, 1710
  5. Elizabeth, b.Jun 12, 1674; m. Richard Beckley, November 13 1699.
  6. (Luce), b. February 16, 1676; m. (13) John Edwards, May 15, 1707.
  7. Thomas, b. November 27, 1679; m. Mary, daughter of Thomas Williams, June 2, 1698; d. January 31 1746.
  8. Charles, b. June 10, 1681; m. Anna Wickham, September 5, 1706.
  9. Benjamin, b. July 20, 1684; m. Mary ___, February 4, 1706.
  10. Jacob, b. December 20, 1689; m. Dinah ___.
  11.  Mary, b. October 24, 1692; m. Gershom Butler, in 1719; d. April 22, 1771.
  12. Ann, b. October 1, 1695; m. (31) Nathaniel Wright, March 12, 1712.


Invt. L550-14-04. Taken by Jonathan Boreman, Ebenezer Deming and Jacob Williams. Will dated 27 March, 1696.

I Jonathan Deming sen. of Wethersfield  doe make this my last Will & Testament: I give to my wife Elizabeth Deming the Use of all my Real & Personal Estate during her Widowhood, excepting what I have given to my Children. I give to her the Use of all my Improved Lands, with my House & Barn, & I-3 of all my Moveable Estate, & so much of the Benefit of my Team that she shall need for the Improvement of my Lands. I give to my son Jonathan Deming the House & Land that he lives on, and about 5 1/2 acres, and also 2 acres of Land in the Mile Meadow. I give to my son Thomas Deming that Lott I bought of Joseph Andrews, in that Division made for the List of Estate for the year 1693. I give to my sons Charles & Jacob the West half of my Lott that I live upon, to be equally divided between them, the east part to Charles & the West part to Jacob. I give to my sons Charles, Benjamin & Jacob, that 10 acres of Land that I bought of Ezekiel Buck, to be equally divided between them. I give to my son Benjamin my Dwelling house and Barn and all the remander of my Lott that I now live upon as it is now fenced. I give to my daughter Sarah Rylie 10 Shillings with what she hath already had. I give to my son-in-law John Williams 1 Shilling together with what he hath already. I give to my daughters, viz, Comfort, Elusia, Elizabeth, Mary & Ann, all the rest of my Moveable Estate when my wife has had her thirds, to be equally divided between them. I give to my brother John Deming a convenient highway in Mile Meadow by the Side of Mr. Lord's Lott to his own Land. All the Estate that shall happen to fall to me by my sd. wife Elizabeth out of the Estate of her father Josiah Gilbert, late deceased, I give the same to my sd. wife Elizabeth and to the Children I had by her, to be equally divded amongst them. I give my Land in the Indian Purchase to all my Children, except Sarah Rylie and John Williams. I appoint my wife Elizabeth Deming and my son John Deming to be Executors. In Case of their Decease, my son Thomas Deming to succeed to be Executor when he shall be 21 years of age. I also appoint my son Jonathan Deming and Mr. Jonathan Boreman to be Overseers.

Witness: John Deming sen., JONATHAN X DEMING SEN. L.s.


Court Record, Page 125-9 March, 1699: One Witness, viz, John Welles, late of Wethersfield, being removed out of the Country before the Exhibition of the Will, the Court do approve the same upon the Testimony of John Deming sen., the other Witness, and order the Will to be recorded.


A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records: Hartford district, 1635-1700 edited by Charles William Manwaring.  Pg.548, Page 135-6-7-8-9.]


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Sgt. John Deming's Timeline

Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
September 9, 1658
Age 26
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Age 26
June 1, 1661
Age 29
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
February 12, 1663
Age 31
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
July 1, 1666
Age 34
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
August 25, 1668
Age 36
Wethersfield, Ct, Usa
August 26, 1670
Age 38
Wethersfield, Hartford, CT
January 17, 1672
Age 40
Wethersfield, Ct, Usa