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Simon Wolcott, Sr

Simon Wolcott, Sr[1]

Male 1625 - 1687

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    Simon Wolcott Grave
    Simon Wolcott Grave

  • Suffix  Sr 
    Born  11 Sep 1625  Tolland, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Buried  1687  Windsor Church, Windsor, Hartford Co. Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  11 Sep 1687  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I18111  Killmer Family
    Last Modified  16 Dec 2012 

    Father  Henry Wolcott, Sr,   b. 05 Dec 1578, Tolland, Sommersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1655, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Elizabeth Saunders,   b. 20 Dec 1584, Lydiard St. Lawrence, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1655, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  19 Jan 1607  Lidiard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F06665  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Joanna Cooke,   b. 05 Aug 1638, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1657, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  19 Mar 1657  Windsor Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID  F06353  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Martha Pitkin,   b. 12 Dec 1639, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1719, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 Oct 1661  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    >1. Elizabeth Wolcott,   b. 19 Aug 1662, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1707, Springfield, Hampden Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Martha Wolcott,   b. 17 May 1664, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Sep 1687
     3. Simon Wolcott, Jr,   b. 24 Jun 1666, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1732
     4. Joanna Wolcott,   b. 30 Jun 1668, East Windsor, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1755, Longmeadow, Hampden Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Henry Wolcott,   b. 20 May 1670, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1747
     6. Christopher Wolcott,   b. 05 Jul 1672,   d. 03 Apr 1693
     7. Mary Wolcott,   b. 1674, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1676, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Daniel Wolcott,   b. 1676
     9. William Wolcott,   b. 06 Nov 1676, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1749, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT Find all individuals with events at this location
    >10. Roger Wolcott,   b. 04 Jan 1679, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1767, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F06354  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Simon WOLCOTT was born on 11 Sep 1624 in Golden Manor, Tolland, Somersetshire. He died on 11 Sep 1687 in Windsor, Hartford Co., CT. He was buried in Old Graveyard, Windsor,CT. Simon Wolcott was a pioneer in the settlement of "Windsor Farmers", moving across from old Windsor, in about 1680, to a domain below the mouth of the Scantic River. He was the youngest son of Henry the emigrant, and his marriage to Martha Pitkin was a romance of the colony. Martha Pitkin was a sister of William Pitkin of Hartford, Attorney General and Treasurer of the colony. Handsome, accomplished, and twenty-two, she had come out from London to visit her brother intending to return. But her beauty and accomplishments "put the colony in commotion" and it resolved that she should be detained through a suitable marriage; the "stock was too valuable to be parted with." So the wise heads set about to discover the most suitable young men to pay court to her. The choice, after due deliberation fell upon Simon Wolcott, then a widower (his first wife, a girl of eighteen, had died a month after their marriage) and living on his own estate in Windsor; and, to the joy of the match-makers, he succeeded in securing her hand. They were married in 1661. The first fifteen years of the married life of the London beauty were passed on a frontier farm up the Farmington River, where she bore her husband eight children. Then came King Phillip's war when the family were driven off and the farm destroyed. At this depressing period, when they were back in Windsor village to make a fresh start, Roger the ninth child was born. Simon died seven years after the move to Windsor Farms and two years later Martha became the wife of David Clarke, sometime Secretary of the Colony, and returned to Windsor with her younger children. Of her nine Wolcott children, seven lived to maturity. The daughters all married well and the sons became leading men, established at the "Farmers" on their own estates, along the winding path which developed into the broad tree-shaded town "Street".

      Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. Volume IV Griggs (The Wolcott Line).

      Simon , son of Henry Wolcott , was born in 1624-25 in England . He was five years old when his father came to America , and he came with other children, later. He lived opposite his father in Windsor on land that he bought of Goodman Whitehead on the road to Hartford . He had a grant of land at Simsbury in 1667 . He was prominent in public life. In 1668 he was on a committee of the general court to further planting. He removed to Simsbury in 1671 and was captain of the train band there, August 11, 1673 ; selectman, 1674 . He and other settlers were driven from their homes during King Philip 's war, and it is said that he buried the brass kettle containing the family silver, sinking it in the mud of the swamp, and that it has never been recovered. He had a grant of two hundred acres from the general court in 1680 and was one of the six in the colony honored with the title "Mr". He married (first), March 19, 1657 , Joanna Cook , born August 5, 1638 , died April 27, 1657 ; (second), October 17, 1661 , Martha Pitkin , who came from England with her brother, William Pitkin , attorney-general and treasurer of the colony. Simon Wolcott died September 11, 1687 , and his widow married (second) Daniel Clark , and died October 13, 1719 , aged eighty years. Her son, Governor Roger Wolcott , wrote of her: "She was a gentlewoman of bright natural parts which were well improved by her education in the city of London . She came to New England in 1661 and the same year was married to my father. The rest of her useful life, she spent in the wilderness in doing good and setting an example of piety and prudence, charity and patience". Children: Elizabeth , born August 19, 1662 ; Martha , May 17, 1664 ; Simon , June 24, 1666 ; Joanna , June 30, 1668 ; Henry , May 20, 1670 ; Christopher , July 4, 1672 ; Mary , 1674 ; William , November 8, 1676 ; Roger , mentioned below.

  • Sources 
    1. [S00178] Wolcott Genealogy, Robert C Griffen and Mitchell Alegre, (Name: Published by the Society of Decendants of Henry Wolcott;).