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Josiah Churchill

  • Birth 1 Jan 1611 Dorset, England
  • Death 1 Jan 1685 Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Burial Newington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Memorial ID 34156325

Born 1 Jan 1611/12. Died between 17 Nov 1686 (will) and 5 Jan 1686/87 (inventory) in Wethersfield CT. Married Elizabeth Foote in 1638 in Wethersfield. Their children included Sarah (Churchill) Wickham. Compilations and family histories notwithstanding, Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, found no actual records establishing his presence in New England before 1639.

A Find A Grave visitor adds:
Alt date,in my record: birth: 1 Jan 1612 Nuston, Dorset, England "The History of Ancient Wethersfield" Vol 2, p. 220
death est. 1686 Wethersfield, CT inventory of estate 5 January 1686/7

More info about Josiah Churchill from Find A Grave contributor C.T.:
Per Judith A. Churchill, Josiah is the founder of the Connecticut Churchill's. He was one of the earliest settlers of Wethersfield, Connecticut. Wethersfield is generally considered to be the first permanent English settlement in Connecticut. Explored in 1633 by a party consisting of John Oldham and three others; Wethersfield was settled the next year. Oldham and nine others formed a group known as the 10 original settlers. They were soon joined by a party of 60 men, women and children who made the arduous overland voyage in the early fall of 1635. These original settlers all came from Watertown, Massachusetts, having been released by the church to make the settlement, an outpost of the Watertown Chuch and named likewise. Wethersfield, the oldest permanent settlement in Connecticut was first known by its Indian name "Pyquag." The name was changed to Wethersfield in 1637.
Josiah Churchill (the immigrant) was born in 1613 at Muston, Dorset England.. Josiah came to America as a sailor from England about midyear 1635. He married Elizabeth Foote, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Deming Foote. Early records show Josiah was in real estate in Wethersfield.

Passenger and Immigration Lists Index
Name: Josiah Churchill
Year: 1635
Place: Connecticut
Source Publication Code: 9448
Primary Immigrant: Churchill, Josiah
Annotation: In the years from 1925 to 1942, Frederick A. Virkus edited seven volumes with the title, The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, published in Chicago by the Institute of American Genealogy.
Source Bibliography: Virkus, Frederick A., editor. Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1964. 75p. Repr. 1986. Page: 20.

1635 - Josiah was on a list of immigrants to Wethersfield.
1637 - Josiah was listed as a soldier in the latter part of the Pequat Indian War.
1638 - Josiah married Elizabeth Deming Foote.
1639 - Josiah's first child, Elizabeth Churchill was born.
1639 - Josiah was listed as owning 12 1/2 acres of land in the town west of the river in "Little West Field."
1641 - Town records: B. 1, Pg. 204 reads as follows: The 2d month & 28th daie 1641 the lands of Josias Churchell lying in Wethersfield on Connecticut River. One pece whereon his howse standeth con; six acrs more or less the ands (the ends) abutt against the hie waie west & great mea: east the sids against the waie into the great mea: south & the howse of John Jessiope (Jessup) north.
The homestead was on the east side of high street, on the north corner of an ancient road leading to the "Great Meadow" and the river. It faced the southern extremity of the Common, which stretched north from his house to the river.
1643 - 1651 Josiah served at the "Particular Court" of Wethersfield, Connecticut.
1657 - Josiah served as Town Constable.
1659 - Town records B. 1, Pg 205 reads as follows: The hom lot of Josias Churchell which he bought of Mr. Tantor (Taintor) which was Gildersleeves formerly living in Wethersfield, on Connecticut River.
This homestead of Richard Gildersleeves was on the west side of High Street, a few doors south of Mr. Churchill's earlier home.
Josiah continued to acquire land and had considerable holdings. There are several maps that have the listings of each property. A copy can be purchased from the Historical Society in Wethersfield. The 50 acre lot that Josiah had at the west end of Wethersfield, a generation later became know as the parish of Newington.
1664 - Josiah served at the "Quarter Court" in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
1665 - Josiah served at the "Quarter Court" in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
1666 - Josiah served at the "County Court" in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
1666 - Josiah served as Town Surveyor.
1670 - Josiah served at the "County Court" in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
1670 - Josiah served as Town Constable.
1673 - Josiah served as Town Surveyor.
1675 - Josiah served at the "County Court" in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
1683 - Josiah's Last Will and Testament was executed 17 November 1686 - Josiah died before January, 1687.
1686 - Josiah's Last Will and Testament was probated 15 March 1686[/7?].
1687 - The inventory of his estate was taken 5 January 168[6/?]7 by James Treat and John Buttolph, selectmen of Wethersfield and was found to amount to 618 pounds, 12 shillings and 6 pence. This inventory shoews that at his death he owned two home lots and two hundred and ten acres of land. He left his son Joseph "that house and home lot he now lives on" together with "all other buildings thereon." He left to Joseph also several other pieces of land and a fifty acre lot, "at ye west end of Wethersfield bounds" in the newly settled tract which later became the parish of Newington. He left to his son Benjamin a number of pieces of land and the old homestead at the decease of his mother. According to the custom of the times his daughters were given certain shares of "movable estate." Among the items in the inventory are "a great Chist," and "2 bibells and other books." This "great Chist" probably reappears in the inventory of his son Joseph whis specifies a chest with the initials "J. C." as well as a piece of "Turkie work."

I, Josiah Churchill of Wethersfield do make this my last Will and Testament: I give unto my wife Elizabeth Churchill the use of all my estate, whether real or personal, during her natural life, excepting such parcels of land as shall hereafter be excepted, she paying all my Just Debts and after her decease my Will is that all my Land and other Estate of mine she shall then stand possessed of, to be divided as follows: I give unto my son Joseph the House and Home-lott he now liveth on, with all other Buildings thereon, and one Lott in the Little West field, containing 10 acres, and another Lott containing 6 acres. I give unto my son Joseph my 50-acre Lott at the West End of Wethersfield Bounds. I do give unto my son Joseph, after the decease of my wife, Elizabeth, 5 acres in the Great Swamp, and 2 acres of Meadow lying toward the lower End of sd. Meadow, and half of my 5-acre Lott at the upper End of the Great Meadow. I give unto my son Benjamin Churchill 6 acres in the Little West Field, also 10 acres more in the West Field. I give unto my son Benjamin, after the decease of my wife, my now Dwelling House and Home-lott and other buildings upon sd. Lott, and 7 acres of Land in the Great Swamp, and 4 acres in Beaver Meadow, and half my 5-acre Lott at the upper End of the Great Meadow. My will is that all the rest of my Moveable Estate be equally divided betwixt my daughters Marah Church, Elizabeth Buck, Ann Rice and Sarah Wickham. My will is that my wife be sole Executrix.
Samuel Talcott
John Deming

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Josiah Churchill (1 Jan 1611–1 Jan 1685), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34156325, citing Newington Cemetery, Newington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Linda Mac (contributor 47062703) .