Sgt. Thomas Canfield

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Thomas Canfield

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Minsden, Hertfordshire, England
Death: August 22, 1689 (62-70)
Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Milford, New Haven County, CT, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Phoebe Canfield
Father of Sarah Platt; Thomas Canfield, II; Mary Canfield; Phebe Smith; Elizabeth Baldwin and 5 others
Brother of Matthew Canfield and Nathaniel Camfield

Occupation: Sgt of "Train Band", Farmer
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About Sgt. Thomas Canfield

Thomas married to Phebe/Phoebe ----- of Weathersfield, CT, in CT in 1646, after immigrating from England about 1645. In Milford, Connecticut, Thomas Canfield was administrator to the church on March 1, 1656. He had a home lot in 1667. He was a freeman by 1669. He was made sergeant of the "Train Band" in May, 1669. Thomas represented the town of Milford in the General Court in October 1674, and in 1676. He was taxed in 1686 for 1154 pounds; the inventory of his property at his decease, Aug. 22, 1689, was 1482 pounds, 15 shillings, and 7 d.

Thomas and Phebe Canfield arrived in Milford 1646. Inventory of Thomas' estate was made on August 22, 1689.

From "The Ancestry and Descendants of Frederick Tracy Camp & his wife Marion Fee," compiled by John F. Camp, Jr. and N. Grier Parke, II, with the editorial help of Donald Lines Jacobus, p. 32:

"Thomas was confirmed Sergeant of the Milford Trainband, May 1669, and served as Deputy, Oct. 1673, Oct. 1674, Oct. 1676, Oct. 1681, Oct. 1683, Nov. 1683, May and July 1684.

"The will of Thomas Canfield, Sr., dated 13 Feb. 1687/8, mentioned his wife Phebe; three married daughters, Sarah, Phebe, and Elizabeth; daughter Abigail; three unmarried daughters; two sons, Thomas and Jeremiah; and son John Smith. His inventory, taken 22 Aug. 1689, calls him Sergeant."


  • Families of Early Milford, Connecticut, by Susan Emma Woodruff Abbott. 1979.

From 'A history of Thomas Canfield and of Matthew Camfield, with a genealogy of their descendants in New Jersey

..."It has been claimed that they came from Yorkshire, because the family name (Canfield) was found in that county, but it also existed in Hertfordshire and — as the name of a place — in Essex County, and — as Camfield — in Hertfordshire, Lancaster, Norfolk and Middlesex, and for all we know in other counties."

"There is a tradition that our ancestors, Thomas and Matthew, with their brother Nathaniel, landed at Plymouth, Mass., and then made their way overland to Connecticut. The American family has descended from these three brothers. But little is known about Nathaniel, who was in Norwalk in 1670, where he had a home lot of five acres, and as his line is not represented in New Jersey, nothing more need be said about him."

"Matthew Camfield' was probably in New Haven as early as 1639. He lived there until 1652, when he went to Norwalk. He removed from Norwalk to Newark, New Jersey, in i55^with the colony that founded that place, and died there in 1673. His four sons, Ebenezer^ Samuel, Matthew" and Jonathan' were with him in Newark. Samuel' returned to Norwalk about 1669. Jonathan' died without issue."

"Thomas Canfield' is probably the man whose signature to the " Oath of Fidelity " to the New Haven Colony in 1639, is recorded as "Tho. Coefield." He was granted a house lot in Milford — 10 miles from New Haven — in 1646, and died there in 1688 or 89. His son Thomas' died in Milford, at the age of 35, leaving several children, one of whom was Israel', who, disposing of his interest in his father's estate to his brother Thomas in 1713, left soon after for Newark, N. J., where his name is said to have been found on a jury list dated 1715..."



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Sgt. Thomas Canfield's Timeline

June 23, 1623
Minsden, Hertfordshire, England
November 23, 1623
Minsden, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
November 23, 1623
Minsden, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
November 23, 1623
Minsden, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
Age 26
October 14, 1654
Age 31
Milford, New Haven County, Conn.
January 1, 1656
Age 32
Milford, New Haven County, CT, United States
May 8, 1656
Age 32
Milford, New Haven, CT
February 14, 1660
Age 36
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut