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Deacon John Birdseye
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Birth: 1616
Reading, England
Death: Apr. 4, 1690
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA


The son of JOHN BIRDSEYE (mother unknown), he immigrated from Reading, Berkshire, England to America in 1636, settling first in Wethersfield in the Colony of Conn. where he married (1) PHILIPA SMITH, daughter of REV. HENRY SMITH of Wethersfield, about 1637.

The family removed from Wethersfield to Milford and then to Stratford in 1649. He was Deacon of the First Congregation Church of Stratford and had lot # 16. Deacon John was mentioned in the Stratford town records in 1650 along with William & John Curtis, Joseph Hawley, Samuel Wells, Richard Booth, John Thompson, William Wilcoxson and his three sons.

He was propounded a freeman of Stratford in 1668.

"In Pursuit of Paradise"
"There is a story that John Birdseye of Milford, a New Haven Colony town, was caught kissing his wife one Sunday in 1649. On Monday the town officials sentenced him to be lashed. Breaking loose from his captors, Birdseye swam the river to Stratford, then thumbed his nose to his pursuers across the river. The Birdseyes stayed in Stratford, where the laws were less restrictive"
Connecticut Trilogy states that his wife swam the river after him on the following day.

He married (2) Alice Tomlinson, widow of Henry Tomlinson of Stratford. In his will dated Aug. 22, 1689, he names Alice, and his children, JOHN (my ancestor) & Joanna, wife of Timothy Wilcoxson.

Regarding picture to the right: The names of JOHN BIRDSEYE & PHILLIPA, his wife, are on a plaque on the Memorial Bridge over the Wepawaug River in Milford placed by the Milford 350th Celebration Committee, July 8, 1989. It says: "IN MEMORY OF THE 18 ORIGINAL SETTLERS OF MILFORD WHOSE NAMES WERE NOT PLACED ON THE MEMORIAL BRIDGE WHEN IT WAS BUILT IN 1889: JOHN BIRDSEYE OBIT 1690, PHILLIPA SMITH HIS WIFE"
Family links: 
  John Birdseye (1583 - 1649)
  Phillippa Smith Birdseye (1622 - ____)
  Alice Birdseye (1606 - 1698)*
  John Birdseye (1641 - 1698)*
  Johanna Birdseye Wilcoxson (1642 - 1713)*
  Margaret Birdseye Hayden (1610 - 1675)*
  John Birdseye (1616 - 1690)
*Calculated relationship
Old Congregational Burying Ground
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
Plot: No tombstone remains
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Record added: Jul 21, 2008
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Deacon John Birdseye
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Deacon John Birdseye
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- Joy
 Added: Jul. 8, 2014

- Sharon
 Added: Mar. 6, 2014
In memory of my 9th great grandfather
- Margaret Warner
 Added: Dec. 2, 2013
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