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Families of Ancient Wethersfield

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  • Rev. Henry Smith (1588 - 1648)
    The following is the work of Dale Smith. Generation One Rev. Henry Smith was born in 1600 in Norwich, Norfolk, England and died August 09, 1648, in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, aged 48. H...
  • Dorothy Moore (c.1633 - 1706)
    The daughter REV. HENRY SMITH, and his second wife, Dorothy Smith, she was "much sought after as a wife" married four times: (1) Rev. John Blakeman about 1653 (2) Thomas [SIC: Francis ] Hall on O...
  • Dorothy Smith / Russell (c.1600 - 1680)
    After Henry's death, Dorothy married John Russell as his second wife. John was baptized at Cretingham, Suffolk, England, February 26, 1597/8 and died at Hadley, MA, May 8, 1680, aged 83. Dorothy remo...
  • John Whitmore, of the New Haven Colony (c.1589 - 1648)
    John Whitmore b.say 1589, probably of Hitchen, Hertfordshire, England d.Oct 1648 Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Father: Thomas Whitmore of Hitchen Mother: Mary Meade Wives: 1) unknown 2) ...
  • Samuel Smith (1638 - 1703)
    SAMUEL SMITH was born January 27, 1637/38 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, and died September 10, 1703 in Hadley, Hampshire, MA. He married MARY ENSIGN April 1662 in Northampton, Hampshire, MA. ...

In 1633 John Oldham from Watertown in the Massachusetts Bay Colony explored the Connecticut River. The following year he and some companions built temporary housing and passed the winter at Wethersfield. With the arrival of warmer weather other settlers, many also from Watertown, arrived from Massachusetts Bay.

Wethersfield has its niche in history, being "Ye Most Auncient Towne" in Connecticut, as set out by the Code of 1650 — "Colonial Records of Connecticut."

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From Wethersfield Library:

The Ten Original Settlers (also known as "The Ten Adventurers") were

  • John Oldham
  • Nathaniel Foote
  • Abraham Finch, Sr.
  • Robert Seeley
  • John Strictland
  • John Clarke
  • Andrew Ward
  • Robert Rose
  • Leonard Chester
  • William Swayne


In 1672, the following-named persons were treated as West-of-the- River householders, and. (as there were no more of the 52-acre lots remaining) were each given 60 acres of land at "Xayaug," South Glastonbury : Mr. Richard Treat Son of Richard, the Settler; Mr. John Hollister Son of .John, the Settler, deceased; Richard Smith Son of Richard, the Settler( '{); Thomas Edwards Son of John. Settler; John Wadhams The Settler; had a son John; Sam. Hale, Jun. Removed to Glastonbury; Caleb Benjamin Removed to South Glastonbury; Thomas Loveland Son of 'Widow Loveland' Wethersfield, 1649.