|Death: ||Apr. 9, 1669|
On Mar. 3, 1630/1 of record at Glemsford, Suffolkshire, England, William Westwood of south adjoining Essex County m. Bridget Kerrington [Willus Westwood and Bridgittam Kerington], dau. of Henry and Elizabeth, bapt. of record Jan. 23, 1602/3 at Glemsford [Parish Recs].
On Apr. 10, 1634 at the Port of Ipswich, England, William, "aged 28 yeres", wife Bridget "aged 32 yeres," along with John Lea [Lee] "aged 13" and Grace Newell "aged 13," sailed on the Francis of Ipwich, Mr. John Cutting master, for New England.
William and Bridget temporarily settled at Cambridge, Mass. where on Mar. 4, 1634/5 William was elected a freeman of the Mass. Bay. By early 1636 he and Bridget relocated to Hartford, Conn. where William was an original proprietor and prominent citizen. His homelot in 1639 was on the west side of the road (later Front Street) north of the Little River facing east to the Connecticut River. This lot was bounded on the north by Stephen Hart and on the south by Matthew Allen. He was one of Hartford's early townsmen (selectman) and a frequent deputy to the Connecticut General Court.
Due to dissention in the Hartford Church following the death of Rev. Hooker, in 1659 William was one of the numerous dissenters that withdrew from the Hartford church and removed to the Mass. Bay to settle the Town of Hadley. At Hadley William was also a prominent member of the Hadley settlement. He d. testate at Hadley Apr. 8, 1669, "aged about 63," where wife Bridget d. testate May 12, 1676, aged 74.
Only one child was knowingly born of the marriage, dau. Sarah circa 1644 at Hartford. On May 30, 1661 at Hadley, Sarah m. Capt. Aaron Cook, Jr., s. of Capt. Aaron Cook and Joan Denslow, bapt. Feb. 21, 1640/1 at Windsor, Conn. Aaron d. Sept. 16, 1716 at Hadley (g.s.) and the widow Sarah at Hadley Mar. 24, 1729/30 (g.s.) They had eight children b. at Hadley: Sarah, Aaron 3rd, Joanna, Westwood, Samuel, Moses, Elizabeth, and Bridget.
On May 13, 1707 at Hartford, Conn. under seal of Gov. John Winthrop of Connecticut, Capt. Aaron Cook and wife Sarah gave a Letter of Attorney to their friend and kinsman, Col. William Whiting of Hartford, empowering him to seek at England any and all property and estate that may have fallen to Sarah through her father [Conn. Archives, Private Controversies, 6:93a-b]. Two witnesses also testified on behalf of this Letter of Attorney, one being Capt. Cyprian Nichols of Hartford, who stated under seal of Gov. Winthrop:
• And the said Cyprian Nickols, one other of the said Witnesses being about Sixty five years of Age, at the same time being also Solemnly Sworn, did Testifie, declare & Say. That he formerly dwelt in the same house with the said Wm. Westwood, in Hartford aforesaid about the space of thirteen years and was very well acquainted with him. That he hath often heard the said William Westwood say that he formerly dwelt in the County of Essex in England, and had severall Relations of the same Name living in that County. And that the said Sarah Cook is the reputed daughter and only Child of the said William Westwood, begotten and born in Lawfull Wedlock. [ibid, 6:95]
The maintainer of this memorial is a descendant of Capt. Cyprian Nichols, the above cited witness. This 1707 testimony proves that Cyprian was a resident of Hartford, in the William Westwood household, 22 years earlier than printed historical sketches of him admit (by Savage, Goodwin, Hinman and Barbour).
Bridget Kerrington Westwood (1603 - 1676)*
Sarah Westwood Cook (1644 - 1730)*
Old Hadley Cemetery
Maintained by: Don Blauvelt
Originally Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Aug 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40565897