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Judge Thomas Welles

Judge Thomas Welles

Death 14 Jan 1659 (aged 74–75)
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 29066320 · View Source
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GOVERNOR THOMAS WELLES, the son of ROBERT WELLES and his wife, ALICE (HUNT) WELLES of Stouton, Wichford, Warwickshire, England, married ALICE TOMES in July of 1615 in Long Marston, Gloucestershire, England. He is known for being the fourth Governor of the Colony of Connecticut elected in 1655 and 1658.

Thomas, his wife and most of his children, arrived in Boston prior to 1636 when he had a land deed witnessed, but he is probably not the Thomas Welles who came in the Susan & Ellen in 1635. He had a relationship with Lords Saye and Sele, but the nature of this relationship is not known.

He was probably one of the group of about 100 settlers who came to Hartford with Thomas Hooker in 1636. He served a total of nineteen years in various offices in the Colony of Connecticut. He is the only man in Connecticut to hold all four top offices: governor, deputy governor, treasurer, and secretary. As Magistrate, he sat on the panel over the witchcraft trials of Mary Johnson, John & Joan Carrington, and Lydia Gilbert. He transcribed the Fundamental Orders into the official colony records as Secretary of the Colony.

The family lived on the same street in Hartford as Governors Edward Hopkins, George Wyllys, John Webster, and Thomas H. Seymour. This street was known as Governor Street but was changed to Popielusko Court and may be called by another name now. After the death of Alice in 1640, he married Elizabeth Deming, sister of John Deming and widow of Nathaniel Foote. At the time of his marriage, they removed to Wethersfield, where he lived until his death. It is said that his remains were transfered to the ancient burial ground in Hartford. Many of the very oldest tombstones in Hartford were used for foundations of homes. Although there is no tombstone remaining, his name appears on the Founders Monument in this cemetery. This is a Cenotaph since his grave is in Wethersfield.

I am descended from two of his known six children:
Their other children: Capt. Samuel Welles, Thomas Welles, Sarah (Welles) Chester, and Ann (Welles) Thompson Hawkins.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Judge Thomas Welles (1584–14 Jan 1659), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29066320, citing Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Nareen, et al (contributor 46613568) .