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William Russell

Birthplace: Middletown, Middlesex, CT
Death: Died in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. William Russell and Mary (Pierpont) Russell
Husband of Abigail Russell (Andrews) and Abigail Russell
Father of Judge Samuel Russell
Brother of Rev. Noadiah Russell; Captain Samuel Russell and Mehitabel Wadsworth

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About William Russell


Rev William Russell (1725–1775) was the eldest son of Rev William Russell (1690-1761) and Mary Pierpont (1702-1740) of Middletown, CT.[1] [2] He was born 23 Jul 1725 in Middletown.[1][3] He graduated Yale College in 1745.[2] He was a Berkeley scholar and tutor at Yale from Jun 1749 to 1750.[2] He joined his father's church in Jun 1749.[1][2] He was the pastor of the First Church of Windsor from Feb 1751 until his death in 20 Apr 1775 (Note: Hale says 20 Apr 1775, Yale Bio says 17 Apr 1775 and VR say 19 Apr 1775).[1][4][5] He was ordained on 24 Jul 1754.[1][6] During his initial years there he oversaw a contentious debate regarding the building of the meetinghouse and was able to find a resolution to the issue.[1] His estate was inventoried and valued at £994 and included 130 books.[1]

He married first to Abigail Andrews of Milford daughter of Samuel Andrews who was the mother of his children:[1][2]

  1. William Andrews Russell (c 1753 - 1786)[7][8]
  2. Abigail (1753-1754) died young[7][8]
  3. Abigail (1757-) married John N Mather (1750-1782) removed to Kingston, Ulster, New York.[7][8]
  4. Col Samuel Andrew Russell (1759-1834) m/1st Lucy Munson, m/2nd Sarah Woodward, m/3 Susan Woodward. (NSSAR#P-283245/DAR#A098524). He removed to Buffalo, Erie, New York.[7][8]

Rev William Russell married second to Abigail Newberry daughter of William Newberry of Wintonbury (now Bloomfield) on 18 Jan 1770. They had one child James who died in Infancy 1771. [1][2][7][8] His death notice was published in the Hartford Courant stating that he died in Windsor on 20 Apr 1775: “Pastor of the First Church of Christ in Windsor. Son of Rev. William Russell of Middletown and his mother was a daughter of Rev. Mr. Pairpont of New Haven.”[4]


  • 1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Colonial Collegians: Biographies of Those Who Attended American Colleges before the War for Independence. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: Massachusetts Historical Society : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2005. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008) Vol Yale p 550 link
  • 2. ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Dexter, Biographical sketches of the graduates of Yale College : with annals of the college history Vol 2 Annals, 1745 p 52 link
  • 3. ↑ Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection) Middletown p 383 ("William, s. W[illia]m & Mary, b. July 23, 1725")
  • 4. ↑ 4.0 4.1 Hale Newspaper Notices Vol 25 p 31
  • 5. ↑ Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 (The Barbour Collection) VOLUME: Windsor p 252 LOCATION: Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States ("William, Rev. , d. Apr. 19, 1775") link
  • 6. ↑ Henry Reed Stiles, The history and genealogies of ancient Windsor, Connecticut (Hartford, Conn., Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1891) Vol 1 p 279, 519 link p 279 and p 519
  • 7. ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Sebastian Visscher Talcott, Russell Genealogical Notes of New York and New England Families (Albany, N.Y. : Weed, Parsons and Co. 1883) p 673 - 675 link p 673 and p 675
  • 8. ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Edward Hooker, "Russell" in The descendants of Rev. Thomas Hooker, Hartford, Connecticut, 1586-1908 : being an account of what is known of Rev. Thomas Hooker's family in England : and more particularly concerning himself and his influence upon the early history of our country : also all items of interest which it has been possible to gather concerning the early generations of Hookers and their descendants in America (Rochester, N.Y. : Margaret Huntington Hooker, 1909) p 81 link
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William Russell's Timeline

July 23, 1725
Middletown, Middlesex, CT
Age 33
Connecticut, United States
April 19, 1775
Age 49
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States