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Deacon Simon Huntington

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Deacon Simon Huntington

Birth
Norwich, City of Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death
28 Jun 1706 (aged 76–77)
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Burial
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID
8094326 View Source

An unreferenced source identifies Deacon Simon Huntington as being born 6 May 1629. This date has not been verified.

A biographical sketch of Deacon Simon Huntington was published in "Ancestry of Lawrence Williams, Part 1: Ancestry of His Father Simon Breed Williams," compiled by Cornelia Bartow Williams, 1915, pages 102-103. It is now in the public domain and transcribed below.

"SIMON HUNTINGTON (Simon) was born in Norwich, England, in1629 and died in Norwich, Conn., 28 June, 1706. When four years of age he came with his parents from Norwich, England, in 1633. He probably spent his youth in Windsor, Conn., with his mother (who married for her second husband Thomas Stoughton). He settled later at Saybrook with his brother Christopher and married there. In 1660 he joined the colonists who settled in Norwich, being one of the 35 original Founders, and thenceforward stands among the first of that important settlement both in church and state. His house lot was in a central and commanding situation on East Town Street in Norwich Town, west of that of Thomas Tracy. The town records show him to have been a large landowner, and in worldly matters an enterprising man. Soon after his arrival in Norwich he was chosen Deacon of Mr. Fitch's Church in which office he served with acceptance until in consequence of his infirmities he was suceeded [sic] in 1696 by his son Simon. He was admitted freeman in 1663, represented Norwich in the General Court, associated with Thomas' Leffingwell (see page 119) in 1674 and in 1685; was Ensign in 1674, Townsman in 1690 and 1696, and was one of the committee to seat the meeting-house in 1697. He left an estate appraised at £275, and the inventory of his books shows a fair library for those days.

He married in Saybrook, Conn., in Oct., 1653, Sarah Clarke, born 1640; died in Norwich, 1721; daughter of John Clarke of Hartford, Saybrook, and Milford (see page 71). They lived together fifty-three years. She survived him fifteen. They were buried in the Norwich Town "Burying Ground 1696," originally part of his home lot. His roughly hewn tombstone is the oldest one there, inscribed as follows:

Deacon
Simon Hun
tington Dy
ed June 28 1706
aged 77 years

His wife's stone, close by, is inscribed:

Sarah wife of Deacon
Simon Huntington
dyed 1721 aged 81 years.

Children, first three born in Saybrook, the others in Norwich, Conn.:

3. I. SARAH, b. Aug., 1654.
II. MARY, b. Aug., 1657; m. Forbes, of Preston, Conn.
III. Simon, b. 6 Feb.; d. in Norwich, Conn., 2 Nov., 1736; m. in Norwich, 8 Oct., 1683, Lydia Gager (John). Their great-grandson Erastus Huntington (Simon, Ebenezer, Simon, Simon, Simon) married Sarah Williams, daughter of General Joseph and Abigail (Coit) Williams. (See page 41.) IV. JOSEPH, b. Sept., 1661; m. 28 Nov., 1687, Rebecca Adgate (Thomas).
v. ELIZABETH, b. Feb., 1664; m. 9 Apr., 1690, Joseph Backus.
VI. SAMUEL, b. 1665; d. Lebanon, 10 May, 1717; m. 29 Oct., 1686, Mary Clark (William).
VII. NATHANIEL, b. July, 1672, d. young.
VIII. DANIEL, b. 13 Mar., 1675; d. 13 Sept., 1741; m. (1) Abigail Bingham, (2) Rachel Wolcott.
IX. JAMES, b. 18 May, 1680; d. 3 Sept., 1727; m. 3 Feb., 1702, Priscilla Miller."

An unreferenced source identifies Deacon Simon Huntington as being born 6 May 1629. This date has not been verified.

A biographical sketch of Deacon Simon Huntington was published in "Ancestry of Lawrence Williams, Part 1: Ancestry of His Father Simon Breed Williams," compiled by Cornelia Bartow Williams, 1915, pages 102-103. It is now in the public domain and transcribed below.

"SIMON HUNTINGTON (Simon) was born in Norwich, England, in1629 and died in Norwich, Conn., 28 June, 1706. When four years of age he came with his parents from Norwich, England, in 1633. He probably spent his youth in Windsor, Conn., with his mother (who married for her second husband Thomas Stoughton). He settled later at Saybrook with his brother Christopher and married there. In 1660 he joined the colonists who settled in Norwich, being one of the 35 original Founders, and thenceforward stands among the first of that important settlement both in church and state. His house lot was in a central and commanding situation on East Town Street in Norwich Town, west of that of Thomas Tracy. The town records show him to have been a large landowner, and in worldly matters an enterprising man. Soon after his arrival in Norwich he was chosen Deacon of Mr. Fitch's Church in which office he served with acceptance until in consequence of his infirmities he was suceeded [sic] in 1696 by his son Simon. He was admitted freeman in 1663, represented Norwich in the General Court, associated with Thomas' Leffingwell (see page 119) in 1674 and in 1685; was Ensign in 1674, Townsman in 1690 and 1696, and was one of the committee to seat the meeting-house in 1697. He left an estate appraised at £275, and the inventory of his books shows a fair library for those days.

He married in Saybrook, Conn., in Oct., 1653, Sarah Clarke, born 1640; died in Norwich, 1721; daughter of John Clarke of Hartford, Saybrook, and Milford (see page 71). They lived together fifty-three years. She survived him fifteen. They were buried in the Norwich Town "Burying Ground 1696," originally part of his home lot. His roughly hewn tombstone is the oldest one there, inscribed as follows:

Deacon
Simon Hun
tington Dy
ed June 28 1706
aged 77 years

His wife's stone, close by, is inscribed:

Sarah wife of Deacon
Simon Huntington
dyed 1721 aged 81 years.

Children, first three born in Saybrook, the others in Norwich, Conn.:

3. I. SARAH, b. Aug., 1654.
II. MARY, b. Aug., 1657; m. Forbes, of Preston, Conn.
III. Simon, b. 6 Feb.; d. in Norwich, Conn., 2 Nov., 1736; m. in Norwich, 8 Oct., 1683, Lydia Gager (John). Their great-grandson Erastus Huntington (Simon, Ebenezer, Simon, Simon, Simon) married Sarah Williams, daughter of General Joseph and Abigail (Coit) Williams. (See page 41.) IV. JOSEPH, b. Sept., 1661; m. 28 Nov., 1687, Rebecca Adgate (Thomas).
v. ELIZABETH, b. Feb., 1664; m. 9 Apr., 1690, Joseph Backus.
VI. SAMUEL, b. 1665; d. Lebanon, 10 May, 1717; m. 29 Oct., 1686, Mary Clark (William).
VII. NATHANIEL, b. July, 1672, d. young.
VIII. DANIEL, b. 13 Mar., 1675; d. 13 Sept., 1741; m. (1) Abigail Bingham, (2) Rachel Wolcott.
IX. JAMES, b. 18 May, 1680; d. 3 Sept., 1727; m. 3 Feb., 1702, Priscilla Miller."


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Deacon Simon Huntington
Dyed June 28 1706
Aged 77 years


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  • Originally Created by: Frank Grimes
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  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 8094326
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8094326/simon-huntington: accessed ), memorial page for Deacon Simon Huntington (1629–28 Jun 1706), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8094326, citing Old Norwichtown Cemetery, Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA; Maintained by CMWJR (contributor 50059520) .