Nicholas Desborough

Nicholas Desborough

Essex, England
Death 31 Aug 1683 (aged 71)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 20836116 View Source
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Nicholas Desborough (Disborough, Disbrow, Disbroe, Disbrowe) was a founding father of Hartford Connecticut. He married his first wife Mary Brownson March 01, 1639/40 in Hartford Connecticut. Their known children are Mary, Sarah, Hannah, Phebe, and Abigail Disborough. He was later married to Elizabeth Shepard.

Nicholas served in the Pequot Indian War in 1637. On May 11, 1671, he received 50 acres of land for his military service.

Nicholas' home was on the east side of the road to the cow pasture (North Main Street). He was chimney viewer for the years 1647, 1655, 1663, 1669; surveyor of highways 1665.

Nicholas was also charged with witchcraft in 1683, as Cotton Mather told a story of molestations in Desborough's house by invisible hands. This included things being thrown at Nicholas while he was in his house (stones, indian corn). The case was dropped prior to Nicholas' death.

Nicholas was also a fine carpenter, and made dressers, and chairs. Some of his works are still on display in museums across the country.

The Ancient Burying Ground is the oldest historic site in Hartford, and the only one surviving from the 1600s. From 1640, four years after the arrival of the first English settlers, down until the early 1800s, it was Hartford's only graveyard. During that period anyone who died in town, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic background, economic status, or religious faith, was interred here.

According to notes of kwb (49756938) Nicholas' parents were Nicholas Disborough b. Jan. 28, 1583 d. Sept. 18, 1612 and Mary Gylbye b. 1589 d. 1688 (?) Both were of Essex, England.

Rest in Peace Nicholas.

Elizabeth Strickland spouse info added by ADK Doc member# 49493336.

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