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Rev James Fitch
Birth: Dec. 24, 1622
Braintree
Essex, England
Death: Nov. 18, 1702
Lebanon
New London County
Connecticut, USA

Founding settler of Norwich and Saybrook, Connecticut. Rev. James Fitch was the first ordained minister of Saybrook Congregational Church and the First Congregational Church of Norwich. He was instrumental in getting Uncas and the Mohegans and the Pequot Indians to side with the English against King Philip's Narragansett tribes. Their fair dealings with the Indians spared these settlers who were on the very frontier at that time. Grave inscription in Latin "In Hoc Sepulcro Depositae Sunt Reliquiae Viri Vere Reverendi D: Jacobi Fitch: Natus Fuit Apud Bocking in Comitatu Essexlae in Anglia, Anno Domino 1622 Decembr 24 Qui Post-Quam Linguis Literatis Optime Instructus Fuisset In Novangliam Venit Aetat. 16 Et Deinde Vitam Degit Harteordlae Per Sepennium Sub Institutione Virorum Ceeeberimorum D: Hooker Et D: Stone Postea Mtnere Passorali Functus Est Apud Saybrook Per Annos 14 Illinc Cum Ecckesiae Maiori Parte Norvicum Migravit Et Ibi Ceteros Vitae Annos Transegit In Opere Evangelico In Senectute Vero Prae Corporis Infirmitate Necessario Cessabat Ab Opere Publico : Tandemque Recessit Liberis Apud Lebanon Ubi Semianno Fere Exacto Obdormivit In Iesu Anno 1702 Novebr 18 Etat 80 Vir, Ingenii Acumine, Pondere Judicii, Prudentia Charitate, Sanctis Laboribus, Et Omnimoda Vitae Sanctitate Peritiaquoque Et Vi Concionandi Nulli Secundus." Translated "In this grave are deposited the remains of that truley reverend man, Mr. James Fitch. He was born in Bocking, in the County of Essex, in England, the 24th day of December, in the year of our Lord 1622; who after he had been most excellently taught the learned languages came into New England at the age of sixteen, and then spent seven years under the instructions of those very famous men, Mr. Hooker and Mr. Stone. Afterwards he discharged the pastoral office fourteen years at Saybrook. Thence he removed with the major part of his Church to Norwich, where he spent the other years of his life in the work of the gospel. In his old age indeed he was obliged to cease from his public labors by reason of bodily indisposition and at length retired to his children at Lebanon, where after spending nearly half a year, he slept in Jesus in the year 1702, on the 18th day of November, in the 80th year of his age. He was a man as to the smartness of his genius, the solidity of his judgement, his charity, holy labors, and every kind of purity of life, and also as to his skill and energy of preaching, inferior to none." Three books are available at Amazon.com about Rev. James Fitch. PURITAN IN THE WILDERNESS: A Biography of the Rev. James Fitch 1622-1702; Descendants of the Rev. James Fitch 1622-1703, Vol 1 & 2. by John T. Fitch.  (bio by: Eric Crow) 
 
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 Spouses:
  Abigail Whitfield Fitch (1622 - 1659)*
  Priscilla Mason Fitch (1641 - 1714)*
 
 Children:
  James Fitch (1647 - 1727)*
  Elizabeth Fitch Taylor (1651 - 1689)*
  John Fitch (1669 - 1743)*
  Jeremiah Fitch (1670 - 1736)*
  Jabez Fitch (1672 - 1746)*
  Ann Fitch Bradford (1675 - 1715)*
  Anne Fitch Bradford (1675 - 1715)*
  Nathaniel Fitch (1679 - 1759)*
  Joseph Fitch (1681 - 1741)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Cemetery
Lebanon
New London County
Connecticut, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Eric Crow
Record added: Apr 23, 2005
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- John R. (Dick) Fitch
 Added: Aug. 22, 2014
In loving memory of my 9th great grandfather.
- Michelle Kidd-Johnson
 Added: May. 10, 2014
Thank you for the foundation you help put in place for our family. We have been blessed and continue to be blessed.Rhonda Fitch Crews
- Rhonda Fitch Crews
 Added: Mar. 25, 2014
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