Sgt. Stephen Upson, Sr.

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Sgt. Stephen Upson, Sr.

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Death: November 05, 1735 (80)
Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Upson, of Farmington and Elizabeth Scott
Husband of Mary Upson
Father of Mary Lee Upson; Capt. Stephen Upson; Thomas Upson; Hannah Upson; Tibitha Scoville and 2 others
Brother of Hannah Hickox; Thomas Upson, II and Elizabeth Upson
Half brother of Joseph Scott; Edmund Scott, Jr.; Samuel Scott; Jonathan Scott; George Scott and 4 others

Occupation: Carpenter
Managed by: Leland Bond-Upson
Last Updated:

About Sgt. Stephen Upson, Sr.

The name "Upson" is of English derivation, and is sometimes spelled Upston, Upsom or Upsum. Upston or Upstone is from Richard de Ubberston who is recorded in Suffolk, England in 1279. There was a John Upston in Suffolk, England in 1524.

Stephen Upson became a proprietor of Waterbury in 1677-78 and was very active in the town. There is a book, The History of Waterbury Connecticut, which details some of his activities. This work contains a biography of Stephen Upson. This biography states his father was Thomas Upson and "was early of Hartford" Connecticut. It states "He was a surveyor, school committee, grand juror, often townsman, and three times deputy to the General Court-in May, 1710, Oct. 1712, and Oct. 1729.

He became a sergeant on 1715, and in 1729 he had a seat with the vetrans in the new meeting-house." Stephen Upson is also listed in this biography as a "carpenter" .

Stephen Upson was associated with the Congregational Church of Waterbury as he signed to pay the new Minister "Mr Jerimy pecke". Stephen Upson was also assessed "half a bushell (altered to one bushell)" of "wheat for ye mason to pay after harvest". This notation also indicates the "wheat for nayles and glass to finish ye miniters hous". In 1704 Stephen Upson was on a committee for "treating with mr. southmaid.", a minister, requesting a pay increase.

Stephen Upson "subscribes on account of a new lot this 29 of December 1679" and paid 50 pounds for it on the same day. There was a fence built in the town, which went "From the corner of Bank Street ... west in the south line of Grand Street and in front of Stepehn Upson's and John Welton's land and the burying yard to the Little Pasture (parsonage lot) and Willow Street." In 1709 Stephen Upson owned 24 "acurs" of land in the "generall feild".

At a town meeting in Waterbury on "Aprill 9th 1711 the town by uote mad chos of Mr. John Southmad lft Timothy Standly Thomas Judd: John Hopkins sr Isac brunson sr steuen upson gorg scott as a commity consarning our present fears of the common enymy to take their aduice and counsel in said afar". On "December 8 1712 de (deacon) thomas Judd abraham andrus sr Stuen upson was chosen a commity to run a hi way north from the mill between John hopkins and doc danll porter in order to chang it for land on west sid the mill plan of sd hopkins and mak return to the town".

In 1716 there was a survey of the "country road" to New Haven by "Serg. Stephen Upson and Abram Andruss".  In 1720 Stephen Upson Senior signed as a witness on a document of Benjamin Barnes.  In October of 1720, "the proprietors of Waterbury petetioned that a new “deed of release and quit claim of and in lands within the town may be granted and be signed and sealed by the Honorable the Govenor and the Secretary.' ", which included:  Stephen Upson Sr., Thomas Upson, and Stephen Upson Jr.. 
In 1722 a list was made of properties and Stephen Upson Sr. is listed as originally owning 50 acres and "with the addition of 90" acres. 

Source: Excerpted from UPSON, GENEALOGY.COM

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Sgt. Stephen Upson, Sr.'s Timeline

January 1655
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
November 5, 1683
Age 28
Farmington, Ct
September 30, 1686
Age 31
Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut
March 1, 1692
Age 37
Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
March 16, 1695
Age 40
Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony, (present USA)
March 11, 1698
Age 43
Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
December 13, 1702
Age 47
Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
March 14, 1706
Age 51
Waterbury, New Haven, Conn.
November 5, 1735
Age 80
Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States