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Richard Treat, Sr
Birth: Aug. 28, 1584
Pitminster
Taunton Deane Borough
Somerset, England
Death: 1670
Wethersfield
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA

Richard Treat, Esq., the immigrant ancestor of the Treat Family of Wethersfield, Conn., the youngest known child of Robert & Honora Treat of Pitminster, Somersetshire, England. He was bapt. Aug. 28, 1584 at St. Andrew and St. Mary Church in Pitminster. He d. testate in Wethersfield, Conn. betw. Feb. 13, 1668/9, the date of his will, and Mar. 3, 1669/70 when his will was proved. He is claimed to have d. Feb. 14, 1668/69, the day after he wrote his will, but no document is known to the writer that confirms this or any other actual date of death. A person's estate inventory was typically taken within a matter of days after death, but Richard's is undated. It was taken by three men, two who were his sons-in-law: John Deming and Robert Webster.

On Apr. 27, 1615 in Pitminster, Richard m. Alice Gaylord, the mother of all his children, dau. of Hugh Gaylord. She was bapt. in Pitminster May 10, 1594 and was living when Richard wrote his will.

The Hollister Family in America (Lafayette Wallace Case, 1886, p. 24) errantly claims Richard had a first wife named Joanna: "Lieut. John Hollister married Joanna, daughter of Hon. Richard Treat, Sr., and his first wife Joanna." Joanna (Treat) Hollister, the second child of the family, was baptized three years after the marriage of Richard and Alice Gaylord. Further, the first bequest in Richard Treat's will states: "I give & bequeath to my loving wife Alis Treat after my decease..." Thus, there is no factual support for Richard Treat having had a first wife named Joanna or that Alice Gaylord was not the mother of all of Richard's known children.

Richard, wife Alice and all of their known children emigrated circa 1637 to New England and settled in Wethersfield, Conn. The children, all bapt. of record at St. Andrew & St. Mary Chh. in Pitminster, Somersetshire, England, are:

i. Honor (q.v. Honora) Treat, bapt. Mar. 19, 1615/6, d. in Wethersfield, Conn. before June 26, 1690; m. circa 1637, John Deming, b. in England circa 1615, and d. in Wethersfield betw. Mar 9, 1699/700 and Nov. 21, 1705. His will dated June 26, 1690 made no provision for wife Honor, presumably then deceased. Ten children of the family.

ii. Joanna Treat, bapt. May 24, 1618, d. circa Oct 1694 in Wethersfield, Conn.; m. Lieut. John Hollister, who d. testate in Wethersfield in Apr. 1665. Eight children of the family.

iii. Sarah Treat, bapt. Dec. 3, 1620, d. after June 6, 1673 prob. in Newark, NJ; m. May 20, 1644, Matthew Canfield, s. of Gregory Canfield & Joan Merrill, bapt. Feb. 27, 1603/4 in Harlestone in Northamptonshire, England. He d. Mar. 19, 1672/3 in Newark, NJ. Sarah & her husband followed Sarah's brother Robert to Newark in the Province of East Jersey, now Newark, NJ, where Robert was the principal founder in 1666 of Newark. Nine children of the family. [an ancestor of the writer's spouse followed Robert Treat to Newark and was one of the 66 founding proprietors of Newark.]

iv. Ens. Richard Treat, Jr., bapt. Sept. 9, 1623, d. in Feb 1692/3 in Wethersfield, Conn.; m. circa 1661 Sarah Coleman, dau. of Thomas, who d. Aug. 23, 1734 in Wethersfield. Four children of the family.

v. Gov. Robert Treat, bapt. Feb. 25, 1623/4, d. July 10, 1710 in Milford, Conn.; m. 1) Dec. 25, 1647 Jane Tapp, dau. of Hon. Edmund and Jane Tapp, who d. in Milford Apr. 8, 1703. He m. 2) Oct. 24, 1705 in Milford, Elizabeth (Powell) Bryan, dau. of Elder Michael and Abigail Powell, the wid. of Richard Bryan. She was b. June 16, 1641 in Dedham, Mass. and d. Jan. 10, 1705/6 in Milford. At least seven children of the family, all by first wife Jane Tapp.

vi. Elizabeth Treat, bapt. July 25, 1627, d. after Jan. 19, 1662/63 (date of her husband's will) but before her father's will of Feb. 1668/9; m. circa 1649 George Wolcott, who d. testate in Wethersfield, Conn. betw. Jan. 19, 1662/63 (date of his will) and Feb. 12, 1662/3 when his estate inventory was made. Four known children of the family.

vii. Susanna Treat, bapt. Oct. 8, 1629, d. testate in Hartford, Conn. before Nov. 7, 1705, the date her Jan. 23, 1698 will was proved (her estate inventory was taken Nov. 12, 1705); m. Nov. 10, 1653 prob. in Wethersfield, Conn., Lieut. Robert Webster, s. of Gov. John Webster & Agnes Smith, bapt. Nov. 17, 1619 in Cossington, Leicestershire, England. He d. testate in 1676 in Hartford. Eleven children of the family. [they are the writer's ancestors.]

viii. Alice Treat, bapt. Feb. 16, 1630/1; bur. as an infant in Pitminster Aug. 2, 1633.

ix. Lieut. James Treat, bapt. July 20, 1634, d. Feb. 12, 1708/9 in Wethersfield, Conn.; m. Jan. 26, 1664/5, Rebecca Latimer, dau. of John & Ann Latimer, b. Oct. 6, 1646 in Wethersfield where she d. Aug. 23, 1734. Nine children of the family. [Rebecca (Latimer) Treat's brother John is the writer's ancestor.]

x. Katherine Treat, bapt. June 29, 1637; m. Nov. 19, 1655 in Boston, Mass., Rev. William Thompson of New London, Conn. and Surry County, VA, latter where they purportedly died.

Edited 9/28/2016
 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Treat (____ - 1599)
  Honour Treat (____ - 1627)
 
 Spouse:
  Alice Gaylord Treat (1594 - 1669)
 
 Children:
  Honor Treat Deming (1616 - ____)*
  Johanna Treat Hollister (1618 - 1694)*
  Sarah Treat Canfield (1620 - 1673)*
  Richard Treat (1623 - 1693)*
  Robert Treat (1624 - 1710)*
  Susanna Treat Webster (1629 - 1705)*
  James Treat (1634 - 1709)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
At the time of Richard's death, the Wethersfield Village Cemetery was the town's only cemetery. Unfortunately, by 1899 only two gravestones of those who died prior to 1700 were still extant.
 
Burial:
Wethersfield Village Cemetery
Wethersfield
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
 
Maintained by: Don Blauvelt
Originally Created by: With Love, Gen Gal
Record added: Dec 05, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16915597
Richard Treat, Sr
Added by: Steven Dunn
 
Richard Treat, Sr
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Richard Treat, Sr
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Honoring my 10th Great Grandfather. Rest in peace.
- Billie Jasper
 Added: May. 16, 2017
From your 11th-great grandson through Robert.
- Ben G
 Added: Apr. 30, 2017
Remembering my husband, Howard M. Bryant,Jr's,12th great grandfather, through his daughters,Honor Treat Deming,and his daughter,Joanna Treat Hollister.
- Kathy Jo Bryant
 Added: Apr. 25, 2017
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