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Martha Pitkin

Martha Pitkin[1, 2]

Female 1639 - 1719

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  • Headstones
    Martha Wolcott (Pitkin) Grave
    Martha Wolcott (Pitkin) Grave

  • Born  12 Dec 1639  Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  13 Oct 1719  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I18682  Killmer Family
    Last Modified  16 Dec 2012 

    Father  William Pitkin,   b. 11 Dec 1608, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1643, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Unknown 
    Mother  Elizabeth,   b. 1609, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  1633  Hertfordshire. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F06673  Group Sheet

    Family  Simon Wolcott, Sr,   b. 11 Sep 1625, Tolland, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1687, 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 
    • Martha Pitkin, sister of Mr. William Pitkin, the progenitor of the Pitkins in America, and of Roger Pitkin of London, was born in England in 1638. She followed her brother to America in 1661, to return with him to England, "not once supposing he intended to remain in the wilderness,' as she expressed it. Her first greeting on meeting her brother, whom she found feeding his swine, was, "I left a brother in England serving his king, and find another in America serving his swine." She was a lady endowed with more than ordinary talent, improved by an excellent education. The reception she met with in the colony, was most flattering; her comely form and accomplished manner making the colonists anxious to retain her in their country. In the words of the Rev. Thomas Robbins, for many years the pastor of the church she attended, "this girl put the colony in commotion. If possible she must be detained. The stock was too valuable to be parted with. It became a matter of general consultation what young man was good enough for Miss Pitkin." Tradition says that so many young men wished to marry the accomplished beauty that they cast lots for her hand, but fails to say what part Miss Pitkin was to take in the affair. The facts are, that the sons of Henry Wolcott, one of the first settlers of East Windsor, were well pleased with Miss Pitkin, and to avoid all question of strife or jealousy, it is believed it was decided by lot among themselves which one should sue for her hand. The lot fell to Simon Wolcott, the youngest son; at all events, he pressed his suit, and was successful. Her brother favored the match, and she became the wife of Simon Wolcott, and subsequently the mother of Governor Roger Wolcott, grandmother of Governor Oliver Wolcott, and great-grandmother of the second Governor Oliver Wolcott and of Governor Roger Griswold. Governor Ellsworth was also a lineal descendant. Her granddaughter married Governor Matthew Griswold.

      It was stated in the funeral sermon of Governor Roger Wolcott, her ninth child, "That he never went to school, but was educated by his mother in her own dwelling."

      After the death of her husband Martha Wolcott became, in 1693, the second wife of Mr. Daniel Clark, one of the first settlers of Windsor. He was the secretary of the colony before the charter, and was one of the magistrates named in that instrument. A man of influence in the colony, an assistant from 1662 to 1664, he was appointed by the town of Windsor to sit "in the great pew which was wainscoted for the magistrate. He died Aug 12, 1710, aged 88.

      In the will of William Pitkin she is mentioned as "his sister Clark". She is buried in East Windsor, Conn., the resting place of several of her children. For a more complete history of her descendants, see the "Wolcott Memorial".

      From Ralph Turner's research: Martha Pitkin was born on 12 Dec 1639 Berkhamsted, Bucks, England. She was christened on 12 Dec 1639 in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England. She was buried in 1719. "Also Martha Pitkin wife of Simon Wolcott born 1639 dyed 15 Oct 1719." on the tombstone. She died on Oct 13, 1719 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut. A headstone marked her grave in the old Sough Windsor churchyard but her name was later inscribed on the monument of her first husband in the cemetery at Windsor. According to tradition and thought to be true, while on a visit to her brother, Martha accepted a proposal of marriage from Simon Wolcott made at the suggestion of leading men of the colony. She became the ancestor of 7 New England governors.

      The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume I
      A
      Bolton, Henry Carrington
      page 338
      BOLTON, Charles Edward, author, was born at Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 14, 1867; son of Charles Edward and Sarah (Knowles) Bolton. In 1890 he was graduated from Harvard college, and, after spending some months in foreign travel, he was assistant at Harvard college library, 1893-'94; librarian of the Brookline, Mass., public library,[p.338] 1894-'98; and was made librarian of the Boston Athenĉum in 1898. He was vice-president and president of the Massachusetts library club, 1894-'96, and treasurer of the American library association, 1896-'97. He was married to Ethel Stanwood (B.A.Wellesley, 1894), author of "History of the Stanwood Family." He is the author of "The Descendants of William Bolton of Reading, Mass." (1888); "The Boltons of Old and New England" (1889); "A Night's Tragedy at San Carlos" (1889); "The Gossiping Guide at Harvard" (1892); "Saskia, the Wife of Rembrant" (1893); "On the Wooing of Martha Pitkin" (1894); "The Harvard University Library" (1894); "Genealogical Research in Libraries" (1895); "The Reign of the Poster" (1895); "What a Small Town May Do for Itself" (1896); "Brookline: the History of a Famed Town" (1897); "Love Song of Ursula Wolcott" (1899).

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

    2. [S00115] Family Data Collection - Marriages.