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Early Families of Suffield, Connecticut

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  • Benjamin Gillett (1680 - aft.1730)
    (f/g) Benjamin Gillett* Birth: Oct. 3, 1680 Windsor Hartford County Connecticut, USA* Death: Jun. 11, 1755 Suffield Hartford County Connecticut, USAMother: Mary Barber GillettWife: Elizabeth Austin G...
  • Mercy Hale (1710 - 1761)
    Born 16 Dec 1710 in Suffield, CT. Died 7 May 1761 in Suffield, CT.Daughter of Benjamin Gillett and Elizabeth (Austin) GillettSister of Benjamin Gillett, Joseph Gillett, Daniel Gillett, Noah Gillett, Jo...
  • Joseph Hale (1713 - 1795)
    Born 19 Aug 1713 in Suffield, CT. Died 23 Feb 1795 in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut.Son of Timothy Hale and Hannah (Barber) HaleBrother of John Hale and Hannah (Hale) AustinMarried Mercy (Gillett) Ha...
  • Lydia Gillette (1737 - 1800)
    Do not confuse with Lydia Gillett Fuller, born in Litchfield, CT on October 11, 1737, wife of Abraham Fuller.See Reference: FamilySearch Genealogy - SmartCopy : Sep 1 2022, 18:28:14 UTC
  • Michele Sikes (1756 - 1816)

Starting with Kent family of Suffield, we'll collect, clean up, "MP," and write good profiles About Me narratives for the early families of Suffield, Connecticut. Please email Hatte Blejer or any of the collaborators to join the project if you are interested.

The list from the above website is shown below. Feel free to add any additional families who settled early in Suffield, certainly those before 1800. Add profiles of spouses, children, and descendants if they were born or lived in Suffield, but just to keep the list shorter, only add heads of household (male or female) to the list.

You can read about the history of Suffield in this Wikipedia article.

"For a town its size, Suffield has had a remarkable effect on the history of the region and the nation. Its native and adopted sons include Olin Levi Warner; Seth Pease, surveyor of the Western Reserve lands in Ohio, most of which were controlled by Suffield financiers and speculators; and Thaddeus Leavitt,[2] inventor of an early cotton gin, merchant and patentee of the Western Reserve lands.[3] Thanks to the town's early prominence and wealth, it boasts an astonishing collection of early New England architecture.[4] The Kent family, for whom the town's library is named, originated in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and boasted relations to many prominent early New England families, including the New England Dwight family of Northampton, Massachusetts, the Hooker family of Hartford, the Dudleys of Guilford, Connecticut and the Leavitts of Suffield.[5][6] Descendants of Robert Olds, who arrived from Sherborne, Dorset, in 1667, include automotive pioneer Ransom Eli Olds, Copperhead Ohio politician Edson Baldwin Olds, his great-grandson USAAF General Robert Olds, and his son, iconic USAF fighter pilot Robin Olds."

Earliest Families

In 1682 sixty-two proprietors were heads of families ; the remainder
were unmarried, and some of them young. The first proprietor to die was Samuel Harmon, in 1677 ; the last was Deacon John Hanchett, in 1744, aged ninety-five years. The first female white child born here was Mindwell, daughter of Robert and Susanna Old, Feb. 4, 1674. The first male white child born was Ephraim Bartlett, born June 17, 1673, son of Benjamin Bartlett, of Windsor, who bought a right in the Sufiield plantation of Major Pynchon, but abandoned it soon after.

The names of the first grantees and proprietors (one hundred in number), many of whom were from Springfield and Windsor, are :

  • Edward Allyn, Sr.
  • Edward Allyn, Jr.
  • John Allyn
  • William Allyn
  • Richard Austin
  • Anthony Austin
  • Anthony Austin, Jr.
  • Benjamin Barber
  • John Barber
  • Joseph Barber
  • Thomas Barber
  • James Barker
  • James Barlow
  • William Brooks
  • Ebenezer Brooks
  • John Burbank
  • Edward Burleson
  • Samuel Bush
  • Isaac Cakebread
  • Daniel Canada (Kenedy)
  • Nathaniel Cheny
  • Nathaniel Cook
  • Thomas Copley
  • Abram Dibble
  • Benjamin Dibble
  • Timothy Eastman
  • Joseph Eastman
  • Samuel Filer
  • Zerubbabel Filer
  • John Filley
  • David Froe
  • Gregory Gibbs
  • Simon Gowin
  • George Granger
  • Launcelot Granger
  • Thomas Granger
  • Timothy Hale
  • Walter Halladay (Holliday)
  • Thomas Hanchett, Sr.
  • Thomas Hanchett, Jr.
  • Deacon John Hanchett
  • John Harmon
  • Joseph Harmon
  • Nathaniel Harmon
  • Samuel Harmon
  • Luke Hitchcock
  • John Hodge
  • John Huggins
  • Sergeant Thomas Huxley
  • George Jetfries
  • Samuel Kent
  • Samuel Kent, Jr.
  • James King
  • Samuel Lane
  • John Lawton
  • Joseph Leonard
  • Edmund Marshall
  • John Mighill
  • John Mighill, Jr.
  • Tliomas Mighill
  • Obadiah Miller
  • John Millington
  • George Norton
  • Robert Old
  • Timothy Palmer
  • Thomas Parsons
  • John Pengilly
  • William Pritchard
  • Joseph Pynchon
  • John Remington
  • Jonathan Remington
  • Thomas Remington
  • Thomas Remington, Jr.
  • James Rising
  • John Rising
  • Hugh Roe
  • Peter Roe
  • Samuel Roe
  • John Scott
  • Joseph Seager
  • John Sevrance
  • Victory Sikes
  • Edward Smith
  • Thomas Smith
  • Thomas Spencer
  • Thomas Stevens
  • James Taylor
  • Jonathan Taylor
  • Samuel Taylor
  • Stephen Taylor
  • Thomas Taylor
  • Michael Towsley
  • Joseph Trumble
  • Judah Trumble
  • John Warner
  • John Watson
  • Robert Watson
  • David Winchill.
  • Jonathan Winchill
  • Robert Winchell
  • Robert Woolworth
  • Richard Wollery
  • Mr. John Younglove

The following had grants, but were not settlers, and received their proportion of subsequent divisions of land in compensation for some services rendered : Major John Pynchon, Benjamen Cooley, George Colton, Rowland Thomas, Thomas Cooper, John Ingersoll, John Ingersoll, Jr., John Petty, Joshua Wells, Samuel Cross. Thomas Cooper laid out the town of Suffield, being a talented man and surveyor.