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Rev Thomas Hanford
Birth: 1623
East Devon District
Devon, England
Death: 1693
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA

From the book: "Amos Richardson Family" by Rosell L. Richardson, 1906:


1st. Rev. THOMAS HANFORD, son of Jeffry and Eglin (Hatherly), was born at Fremington (near Barnstable), Devonshire, England, in 1623. She was sister to the celebrated Timothy Hatherly of Plymouth colony. Mr. Hanford was the first minister at Norwalk, Conn., and continued in charge of the church for forty-one years, until his death in 1693. He married first Hannah Newbury who died without issue, second Mary daughter of Richard Miles and widow of Jonathan Ince the New Haven scholar. They had ten children.

2nd. Capt. SAMUEL HANFORD, born April 5, 1674, married Isabell Haynes and died Feb. 2, 1751. He was a deputy to the General Court, from Norwalk, for thirteen years.

3rd. HAYNES HANFORD, born in 1716, married Elizabeth, daughter of Capt. Joseph Ketcham of Fairfield, and died April 18, 1798.

4th. JOSEPH HANFORD, born 1742, married first Mrs. Abigail Bradley and second Sarah Williams, daughter of Jonas and Sarah (Fleet) of Huntington, L. I. He was a royalist at the time of the Revolution and his estate was confiscated by the General Court in 1791.

5th. Lieut. JOHN W. HANFORD, son of the above by his second wife, was born July 4, 1784, married Polly Pearsall, and died at Irving, N. Y., Jan. 19, 1866. He was a Lieut, in the War of 1812.

His wife, the daughter of Samuel and Rachel (Wakemen) Pearsall, was sixth in descent from Capt. John Underbill the noted Indian fighter and author of "News from America."

Rachel Wakeman, daughter of Gideon who graduated at Yale in 1759 and married Ann Adams, was fifth in descent from Rev. Samuel Wakeman, who married Hannah, daughter of Deputy Governor Stephen Goodyear. Gideon Wakeman was fifth in descent from Joseph Hawley who graduated at Harvard in 1674 and who married Lydia daughter of the brave Capt. Samuel Marshall killed in the Great Swamp Fight, 1675.

6th. SAMUEL P. HANFORD, born at Westport, Aug. 13, 1812, died at Irving, July 2, 1895. Maryett F. Lyon, his wife, daughter of Alfred Child and Lucippa (Wight), was born at Attica, N. Y., March 24, 1817 and died Aug. 13, 1892; she was seventh in descent from William and Sarah (Ruggles) Lyon of Roxbury, Mass. Her grandfathers Ethel Bert' Child Lyon and Capt. Nathan Wight and great grandfather, Col. James Metcalf were Revolutionary soldiers from Mass., and her second cousin, General Nathaniel Lyon, was a distinguished hero in the Civil War.

Prof. Samuel F. B. Morse was her father's second cousin. 
Family links: 
  Theophilus Jeffrey Hanford (1583 - 1626)
  Eglin Hatherly Downe Hanford Sillis (1586 - 1666)
  Mary Miles Hanford (1635 - 1730)*
  Mary Hanford Edwards (1663 - 1749)*
  Hannah Hanford Platt (1665 - 1710)*
  Thomas Hanford (1668 - 1743)*
  Samuel Hanford (1674 - 1751)*
  Sarah Hanford Comstock (1678 - 1752)*
  Susanna Hanford Whiston Brooks*
  Lettice Hanford Foster Jenkins (1617 - ____)*
  Margaret Hanford Robinson (1619 - 1649)*
  Thomas Hanford (1623 - 1693)
*Calculated relationship
Rev. Thomas Hanford, first minister of the First Church of Norwalk, from 1652 until his death in 1693, age 74 yrs.
East Norwalk Historical Cemetery
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
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In memory of my 10th great grandfather.
- Steven Williams
 Added: Jan. 22, 2017
In Memory of my seventh great grandfather. Rest in peace.
- Beensker
 Added: Jan. 4, 2017
To my 7th great grandfather - just getting to know you.
- Barbara Hanford Simkins
 Added: Sep. 5, 2015
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