Thomas Upson, I
|Birthplace:||Stonham, Aspal, Suffolk (Shire), England|
|Death:||Died in Farmington,Hartford,Connecticut,USA|
|Place of Burial:||Farmington, CT|
|Managed by:||Leland Bond-Upson|
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Thomas Upson. Probably born in England. Died July 19, 1655, Farmington, Connecticut.
Possibly married (1) (???), in England.
Married (2) January 23, 1646, Hartford, Connecticut, Elizabeth Fuller. She married (2) Edmund Scott.
Children, possibly by first wife, birthplace unknown:
1. Mary, 'eldest daughter'; m. John Welton;
2. Thomas, 'eldest son'; d. Dec. 9, 1672, Saybrook; unm;
Children, by second wife, born Farmington:
3. Hannah, m. Sergeant Samuel Hickox;
4. Elizabeth, d. July 20, 1655, Farmington;
5. Stephen, b. about 1650; m. Mary Lee.
Thomas Upson was born at England.1 He died on 19 July 1655 at Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut.1,2 He was buried in July 1655 at Memento Mori Cemetery, Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut,, and his stone reads: A Memorial to THOMAS UPSON founder of the Upson Family in America who settled in Hartford Connecticut in 1638, A proprietor of Farmington Connecticut in 1640 where he died July 19 1655.3
Children of Thomas Upson
o Mary Upson d. 18 Oct 1716
o Thomas Upson d. 9 Dec 1672
Children of Thomas Upson
o Hannah Upson+ b. c 1648, d. 1705
o Elizabeth Upson d. 20 Jul 1655
o Stephen Upson b. c 1650, d. 1735
Savage's Genealogical Dictionary states that some of Thomas Upson's children were certainly born in England. What was evidently his second marriage is recorded as follows: "Thomas Upsunn was maryed to Elisibeth Fuller Jenneuary the twenty and three, one thousand six hundred forty and six." The name of the port from which he sailed, the name of his first wife and the record of the births of his children have not been discovered, after much research.
Thomas Upson. Probably born in England. Died July 19, 1655, Farmington, Connecticut. Possibly married (1) (???), in England. Married (2) January 23, 1646, Hartford, Connecticut, Elizabeth Fuller. She married (2) Edmund Scott. Children, possibly by first wife, birthplace unknown: Mary, 'eldest daughter'; m. John Welton; Thomas, 'eldest son'; d. Dec. 9, 1672, Saybrook; unm; Children, by second wife, born Farmington: Hannah, m. Sergeant Samuel Hickox; Elizabeth, d. July 20, 1655, Farmington; Stephen, b. about 1650; m. Mary Lee.
The Upson Family Association of America. The Upson Family in America (New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1940).
avail online: http://www.rumblefische.com/ancestors/sources_S592.html
Thomas Upson, Hartford, 1639, one of the inhabitants who received land "by the courtesie of the town;" his home-lot in 1639 was on the west side of the present Albany Avenue. He removed very early to Farmington, where he was an original proprietor; he married in Hartford, Jan. 23, 1646-7, Elizabeth Fuller, who was a second wife. He died July 19, 1655. Inventory £108. 8. His widow married (2) Edmund Scott, of Farmington.
SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 264. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books
Thomas Upson of Hartford, Connecticut was in America at an early date. He is believed to have been born about 1625 in England. It is believed that Thomas married in England 1st and they had two children. His first wife may have died giving birth to their daughter, Mary. On the 23 of January 1646 Thomas Upson married 2nd Elizabeth Fuller in Hartford. Elizabeth Fuller was born in Fairstead, Essex County, England 1624 or 26. This family later moved to Farmington, Connecticut.
It is likely that Thomas was the brother of Stephen Upson, who came to Boston aboard the ship, "Increase" on 15 April 1635. Robert Lea mastered the Increase. These passengers had to swear allegiance to England and the Church of England. Stephen Upson was 23 years of age and was listed as a "sawyer". Thomas Upson died 19 Jul 1655.
Thomas Upson's children were:
Thomas Upson b. 1639 d. 1672
Mary Upson b. 1645 d. 1716
Hannah Upson b. 1646 she married Samuel Hickox
Elizabeth Upson b. 1650 d. 1655
Stephen Upson b. 1655 d. 1735
There was a large group of the Upson name in Waterbury, Connecticut at an early date.
Source: UPSON, Genealogy.com
ICHARD UPSON (1588-1635) MRS. UNKNOWN UPSON
RICHARD UPSON was born about 1588 in England. He married to unknown wife. He died at Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1635.
Child of Richard and Mrs. Upson:
1.Thomas Upson was born in Stonham, Aspal, Suffolk, England in about 1617 to Richard Upson (1588-1635; born in England and died in Plymouth, Massachusetts) and unknown mother. He was the founder of the Upson family in American. He married in England, Mary. She either died or stayed in England. He sailed from London, England, in the good ship Increase landing in Boston in 1635 or 1638, and who afterward removed to Hartford, Connecticut. He married (2) *Elizabeth Fuller 20, January 1647. Died of small pox or fever 19 July 1655, age 48. His daughter, Elizabeth, died the next day. +
2. THOMAS UPSON (1617-1655) ELIZABETH FULLER (1626-1690)
THOMAS UPSON was born in Stonham, Aspal, Suffolk, England in about 1617 to Richard Upson (1588-1635; born in England and died in Plymouth, Massachusetts) and unknown mother. He was the founder of the Upson family in American. He sailed from London, England, in the good ship Increase landing in Saybrook, Connecticut, with his son Thomas Upson Jr., 1635 or 1638, and who afterward removed to Hartford, Connecticut.
The name of his first wife and his children’s birth records have never been discovered. Savage’s Genealogical Dictionary states that some of his children were certainly born in England. He left his wife and daughter, Mary, in England, when he sailed to America in 1635 or 1638 with his son, Thomas Upson, Jr. They landed at Saybrook, Connecticut. Thomas was one of 163 listed in the Book of Distribution of Land in Hartford, having settled in Hartford before February 1640.
Thomas’s name appears in “ye Towne Book of Hartford” on the 3rd of January 1639, as one of those “who received land by courtesy of the town with liberty to fetch wood and keep swine and cows by proportion on the Common.” In February of 1639 he owned “several parcells of land in Hartford upon ye river of Connecticut.” His home stood on the Main Highway on the property later owned by the Porter School.
In Particular Court Records of Connecticut (vol. 22), it reads: “Hartford, August 1, 1639, Fined for unseasonable and immoderate drinking at the ‘Pinnace’ [a boat then anchored in the river or at the town wharf in Hartford,] Thomas Upson, 20 shillings.” In these early days intemperance was a prevailing vice, social drinking was universal and even countenanced by the ministry.
In 1640 the Tunxis Indians conveyed land to the English which included Farmington. Immediately Thomas sold his Hartford lands and removed from his property to Tunxis, and he became an original proprietor of the town, later called Farmington. For some time the new settlers continued to attend the First Church of Christ in Hartford.
We know that Thomas Upson married, as his second wife, Elizabeth Fuller, early in 1647 by the following record: “Thomas Upsunn was maryed to Elisibeth Fuller Jenneuary the twenty and three, one thousand six hundred forty and six.” The marriage date was actually in 1647, due to the earlier form of calendar dating.
In a list of members of the First Church at Hartford, the date of the death of Thomas Upson is entered as 1665 instead of 1655. But he did die in Farmington on 19 July 1655, his age not given. The fever and smallpox epidemic that swept through New England in 1655 took so many. (He was age 55.) His daughter Elizabeth died the day after he did. Because of the young age of the Upson children, it was many years before the estate was settled.
His wife Elizabeth, remarried (Edmund Scott, the children called him “Father Scott.”) The Court ordered a distribution of the estate on 7 September 1671, in the amount of 7 pounds to the eldest son, Thomas; 5 pounds to Stephen; 4 pounds to the eldest daughter, Mary; and 4 pounds to Hannah Upson Hickox. On 20 September 1680, Hannah’s brother Stephen discharged “Father Scott” of both his portion and that of their deceased brother, Thomas, who had died in December 1672. In June and April of 1681, the husbands of both Mary (John Welton) and Hannah (Samuel Hickox) discharged the “Father Scott” (the girls’ step-father) “on account of Father Upson’s Estate.” So, in effect the Upson children forewent their inheritances.
First Church of Hartford in Upson’s Day.
Sept: 6th: 1655 Tho: Upsuns of ffarmington his Inventory: The Invitory of thomas Upsuns Goodes and Chattells of fermington now deceased & dyed inteasstate. Description£ - s. - d. His house, Orchard & other Land20 - 00 - 00 Two Cowes09 - 00 - 00 Two Hifers04 - 00 - 00 one yock of oxen16 - 00 - 00 Two Mares30 - 00 - 00 Two Callves01 - 15 - 00 for Swine06 - 00 - 00 for bedding & linen03 - 10 - 00 for Thre keettells & one pott02 - 00 - 00 for pewter & Tinn00 - 16 - 00 a frying pan00 - 05 - 00 a wheel00 - 05 - 00 for plow Iron Chaynes & Sithes02 - 13 - 00 for one payer of wheels01 - 00 - 00 for Bees03 - 00 - 00 one musket00 - 16 - 00 For Corne06 - 00 - 00 Sum is £ 108-08-00 Debts due from the estate068-16-16 Debts wh appeare since 3: 12: 8039-11-06 The court 17 Jany: (55) orders ye widow to administer the Estate and they doe at the request of ye widow desire Tho: Judd & Steph: Harte Senior to bee Assistant to the widdow in ye (settling?) The Estate for the good of shee & her children & payment of the Debts.(Signed) Stephen Hart Thomas (mark) Newell John (mark) Coles John Harte
Thomas Upson died 19 July 1655, in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, from a fever or small pox. His daughter Elizabeth died the next day of the same illness.
A memorial to the founds of Hartford, Connecticut reads as follows: “Thomas Upson founder of the Upson Family in America who settled in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1638, a proprietor of Farmington, Connecticut in 1640 where he died.”
Founder’s Monument, Thomas Upson Headstone Hartford, Connecticut (1600-1655) Thomas Upson (1600-1655)
ELIZABETH FULLER was born 4 April 1626 in Fairstead, Essex, England, to unknown parents. (She is not the “Elizabeth Fuller” who is a descendant of Edward Fuller of the Mayflower.) She arrived in Hartford in 1646. She married (1) *Thomas Upson, 23 January 1646 in Hartford, Connecticut. She married (2) Edmund Scott.
In a court dated 21 August 1646, Elizabeth Fuller was sentenced to be severely corrected for an offense against morality. This was probably due to her first child, Hannah, being born illegitimately. This is not mentioned by the Upson Genealogy.
Elizabeth died 20 July 1690, in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, at the age of 64. (Sometimes the death date is listed the same as her daughter Elizabeth Upson’s death date—20 July 1655, which is wrong. Elizabeth Fuller Upson married Edmund Scott after her husband, Thomas Upon, died.)
Children of Thomas Upson and his first wife:
1.Mary, eldest daughter, was married in 1667 to John Welton of Wales while crossing the Atlantic. Upon reaching this country, they were in Saybrook, and in 1672 removed to Farmington where John was one of the proprietors of that town. They had 12 children. Mary died at Waterbury on 18 October 1716; and John on 18 June 1726. 2.Thomas Upson, eldest son, removed to Saybrook. The town records show what he died unmarried at Saybrook, when, on 9 December 1672, he was “killed by an ox-cart going over his head.”
- Children of Thomas Upson and Elizabeth Fuller:
1.Hannah Upson was born about 1647, in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, daughter of Thomas Upson (1617-1655) and Elizabeth Fuller (1626-1690.) She married Sergeant Samuel Hickox, 25 October 1644. She died 20 July 1707, at Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, at about age 60. 2.Elizabeth Upson, b. 1650; d. 20 July 1655 as a child, the day after her father died with the same fever. 3.Stephen Upson, b. about 1650 in Farmington. He married 29 Dec 1682 Mary Lee. Stephen was 5 when his father died. His older brother died in 1672 when he was 22, and he inherited his estate. Stephen became the only lineal descendant to carry on the Upson name. He died 5 November 1735 in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut.
Thomas Upson, I's Timeline
Suffolk (Shire), England
Mattatuck, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut
Farmington, Connecticut Colony
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
July 19, 1655
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
July 29, 1919
July 29, 1919