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Matthew Allyn

Male 1605 - 1671


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  • Born  17 Apr 1605  Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened  17 Apr 1605  Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  01 Feb 1671  Windsor, Hartford Co. CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Windsor, Hartford Co. CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I18704  Killmer Family
    Last Modified  16 Dec 2012 

    Father  Richard Allyn,   b. 15 Mar 1564, Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1652, Cambridge, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Margaret Wyott,   b. 19 May 1557, Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  24 Sep 1583  Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F06678  Group Sheet

    Family  Margret Wyot,   b. 18 Mar 1595, Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1675, Windsor, Hartford Co. CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  02 Feb 1627  Braunton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Allyn,   b. 1628, Braunton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1689, Windsor, Hartford Co. CT Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Allyn,   b. 24 Feb 1630, Braunton, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Nov 1696, Hartford Hartford Co. CT Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Thomas Allyn,   b. 1635, Braunton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1696, Windsor, Hartford, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F06677  Group Sheet

  • Notes 


    • 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 III Tuttle
      (The Allyn Line).

      (II) Matthew , son of Richard Allyn , was baptized April 17, 1605 , at Braunton, Devonshire , now Brampton . He settled at Windsor, Connecticut .

      A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS.
      1663 to 1677.

      Page 84 Name: Matthew Allyn Location: Windsor
      Invt. ?466-17-02. Taken 14 February, 1670-1, by Daniel Clarke & Richard Lord. The House and Lands in Windsor not Inventoried because by a Deed of Gift it was made over to Thomas Allyn by Mr. Matthew Allyn at the Marriage of the sd. Thomas Allyn, to be to him & his heirs forever after the death of sd. Mr. Matthew Allyn and Margaret his wife. Prised by Daniel Clarke & Richard Lord. Also a further Invt. of Land & Stock in Kenilworth, valued at ?120-00-00, and Land at Ketch prised at ?40-00-00.

      Will: I Matthew Allyn of the town of Windsor, in the Colony of Connecticut, being at prsent through the tender mercy of God, though weak in body, of good memory & have the use of my understanding as at other times, am desirous to attend the counsell of the prophett in setting my house in order that soe I may with the more Freedom wayte the good pleasure of god whose I am & in whome I doe desire forever to hope, wayte and rejoice; & into the Armes of his mercy I desire to render my soule, & my body to christian Buriall according to the discresion of my children; & for that estate that god hath blest me withall, I doe give & bequeath it as hereafter exprest:

      I make my beloved wife my sole executrix of this my Last will & Testament. Imprs: I doe give all the estate that I now stand posest of, both Lands & Cattell & household stuffe, to my deare & well beloved wife margarett Allyn, to be & belong to her during her naturall life, my just debts being first payd; & I desire my sons, John Allyn & Thomas Allyn, & Benjamin Newbery, to improve the same for her comfort; & I command them to be carefull in provideing for her comfortable maintenance as Long as she shall live. And after the decease of my dear & well beloved wife I give unto my beloved sonn John Allyn & his heirs forever, all my Lands & estate lying & being within the Bounds of the towneship of Kenilworth, In the county of New London; I say both the Farme & Stock upon it that is in the hands of my Tennants. I also hereby confirme & ratify to him & his heirs forever all my Land in Hartford that I gave to him as his Marriage portion & which formerly hath bin recorded to him; & after the decease of my wife I give unto my well beloved sonn Thomas Allyn the one halfe of my Farme of Land at Ketch, & neare to Ketch, only out of his halfe I give unto my beloved grand child Matthew Allyn one Hundred Acres of Land whereof twenty Acres shall be meadow; I doe now hereby rattify & confirm the same to him agayn: I likewise give him my tables & stooles that belong to the house, as allso the cupboards.

      I doe likewise, after the decease of my beloved wife, give unto my beloved sonn and daughter Benjamen & Mary Newbery & their heirs forever, the one halfe of my Farme of Land at Ketch & near to Ketch, only out of his halfe I give unto my beloved grand child Mary Maudsley & her heirs for ever, fifty Acres of Land whereof Tenn Acres shall be meadow; I give unto Mary Griffin, if she continue her service wth me & my wife till we decease, Forty shillings besides her wages; I give unto John Indian one suit of my cloathes, my sonns to appoynt which; my just debts & Legacies being payd, the remaynder of my estate I give & bequeath to my sonns John & Thomas Allyn & my daughter Mary Newbery, to be equally divided Between them, each of them to have a third part as before, which third parte shall belong to them & their heirs forever.

      Finally, I command my children that they be loveing, kind & helpfull one unto another, & that they walke in the fear of God that he may be with them & bless them when I shall be gathered to my Fathers. And that this is my Last Will & Testament, hereby renounceing all former Wills & Testaments that I have made by writeing or word of mouth, & rattifying this, I declare by subscribeing hereto this thirtyeth of January, 1670.

      Matthew Allyn.

      This was signed & declared to be the last Will & Testament of Mr. Matthew Allyn by himselfe at his house in Windsor the 30th January, 1670.
      Witness: Henry Wolcott sen., Daniel Clarke, Joseph Haynes.
      Court Record, Page 107--2 March, 1670-1: Will proven.

      The Great Migration Begins
      Sketches
      PRESERVED PURITAN

      MATTHEW ALLYN

      ORIGIN: Braunton, Devonshire
      MIGRATION: 1633
      FIRST RESIDENCE: Cambridge
      REMOVES: Hartford 1636, Windsor by 1648
      RETURN TRIPS: Had "conference in England this last summer with certain merchants" (1640) [Lechford 359]; these merchants were of Barnstaple in Devonshire [Lechford 416]. Given the extent of Matthew Allyn's business dealings, it would not be surprising if he made other trips to England.

      OCCUPATION: Merchant

      CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Cambridge church prior to 4 March 1634/5 implied by freemanship. Since the Cambridge church as a whole moved to Hartford in 1636, Allyn remained a member of that church, but by 1644 he had been excommunicated, and his attempts to be reinstated by the Connecticut General Court were unsuccessful [CCCR 1:106, 111]. Matthew Allyn probably was admitted to the Windsor church upon his move there, along with his wife, but since he died prior to Matthew Grant's retrospective compilation of Windsor church records, he does not appear in the list of those admitted after the removal of the church from Dorchester to Windsor.

      FREEMAN: 4 March 1634/5 [MBCR 1:370].

      EDUCATION: Signed his will with a clear, strong hand; inventory included books valued at 3 11s. Although there is no direct evidence, the nature of his business and civic activities argue in favor of his being well-educated.

      OFFICES: Deputy from Cambridge to Massachusetts Bay General Court, 3 March 1635/6 [MBCR 1:164]; deputy from Windsor to Connecticut General Court 1648 to 1651 and 1654 to 1657 and assistant of Connecticut General Court 1658 to 1666; held many other important appointments for Connecticut, including Patentee for Royal Charter, 1662, and Commissioner for United Colonies, 1664 [for details see CT Civil List 1].

      ESTATE: Granted one acre for a cowyard at Cambridge, 4 November 1633 [CaTR 6]; granted two acres in the Neck of Land, 2 February 1633/4 [CaTR 7]; received a proportionate share of six in the undivided meadow, 20 August 1635 [CaTR 13]; granted five acres of land, 8 February 1635/6 [CaTR 16]; held five "houses" in town, 8 February 1635/6 [CaTR 18].

      In the Cambridge land inventory on 10 October 1635 "Mathew Allen" held twelve parcels of land: one house in town with backside, about half a rood; one house in town with garden and backside, about half a rood; one cowhouse with a yard in Ox Marsh, about half a rood; one acre and a rood in Old Field; two acres in Wigwam Neck; two acres and a half on Small Lot Hill; twenty-seven acres in the Neck of Land; fifteen acres in the Neck of Land; two acres in Ox Marsh; ten acres in Ship Marsh; twenty-four acres in the Great Marsh; and twelve acres in the Great Marsh [CaBOP 25-26].

      By 7 December 1638 Matthew Allyn had purchased from Plymouth Colony their trading post at Windsor [CCCR 1:53-54], and as late as 20 March 1654 Allyn and the town of Windsor were still bargaining over this enclave within Windsor [WiLR 1:134, 1A:125; Windsor Hist 2:27-28].

      On 17 December 1638 Matthew Allen and Margaret his wife of Hartford conveyed certain lands in Devonshire to Thomas Allen of Barnstaple in Devonshire, with a condition attached [Lechford 86-87]. The grantee of this instrument was Matthew's brother, and the land may have been part of his inheritance in Devonshire.

      In the Hartford land inventory in February 1639/40 "Mr. Mathew Allen" held twelve parcels of land (all of which appear to have been granted to him early): two acres with dwelling house, outhouses, yards and gardens; two acres one rood nineteen perches in the Little Meadow; two acres (together with an island) "on which his mill now standeth"; ten acres by the West Field; eight acres nine perches of meadow and swamp in the North Meadow; thirty-two acres three roods of meadow and swamp in the North Meadow; twenty-four acres two roods of meadow and swamp in the North Meadow; eight acres one rood twenty-four perches on the east side of the Great River; sixty-four acres in the Old Ox Pasture; twenty-nine acres three roods in the Cow Pasture; twelve acres twenty-six perches in the Neck of Land; and seventeen acres three roods twenty-six perches in the Neck of Land [HaBOP 144-47].

      On 28 August 1661 the Connecticut General Court "granted unto Mr. Math: Allyn, 400 acres of upland and 100 acres of meadow, where he can find it within Conect: liberties ..." [CCCR 1:372].

      In his will, dated 30 January 1670[/1] and proved 2 March 1670/1, Matthew Allyn of Windsor bequeathed to wife Margaret Allyn entire estate for life (sons John Allyn, Thomas Allyn & Benjamin Nuberry to improve it for her benefit); to son John Allyn (after decease of Margaret Allyn) all lands in "Kenillworth in the County of New London, I say both the farm & stock upon it" as well as land in Hartford previously given to him as his marriage portion; to son Thomas Allyn (after decease of Margaret Allyn) half of land at Catch [Simsbury] (out of which "my beloved grandchild Mathew Allyn" is to get one hundred acres) as well as lands at Windsor already given him as his marriage portion; to son and daughter Benjamin and Mary Newbery (after decease of Margaret Allyn) other half of land at Catch (out of which "my beloved grandchild Mary Maudsly" is to get fifty acres); to Mary Griffen (servant) 40s.; to John Indian one suit of clothes; to sons John and Thomas Allyn and daughter Mary Newbery residue equally; wife to be sole executrix. The inventory of the estate of "Mr. Mathew Allyn deceased" was taken 14 February 1670/1 and totalled 466 17s. 2d., of which 160 was real estate: "land & stock at Kennelworth," 120; and "land at Catch," 40 ("the house & land in Windsor not inventoried because by a deed of gift it was made over to Thomas Allyn by Mr. Mathew Allyn at the marriage of the said Thom: Allyn to be to him & his heirs forever after the death of the said Mr. Mathew Allyn & Margaret his wife") [Hartford PD Case #104; Manwaring 1:171-72].

      BIRTH: Baptized Braunton, Devonshire, 17 April 1605, son of Richard and Margaret (Wyott) Allen [NEHGR 51:213; TAG 57:116].

      DEATH: Windsor 1 February 1670/1 [WiVR Barbour, citing original 1:40 (although the date is given as "7 February" in some sources)].

      MARRIAGE: At Braunton, Devonshire, 2 February 1626/7 "Mris. Margret Wyot" [NEHGR 51:214; TAG 57:117]; admitted to Windsor church 5 August 1649 [Grant 10] (and she had probably also been a member of the Cambridge/Hartford church); died Windsor 12 September 1675 [WiVR Barbour, citing "Col. 1:58"].

      CHILDREN:
      i MARY, bp. Braunton, Devonshire, 20 January 1627/8 [TAG 57:116]; m. Windsor 11 June 1646 Benjamin Newberry [WiVR Barbour, citing original 1:49], son of Thomas Newberry of Dorchester and Windsor.

      ii JOHN, bp. Braunton, Devonshire, 24 February 1630/1 [NEHGR 51:213; TAG 57:116]; m. (1) Springfield 19 November 1651 Ann Smith, dau. of HENRY SMITH [Hale, House 725]; m. (2) between 3 November 1676 and 4 March 1696/7 Hannah (Lamberton) Welles, dau. of George and Margaret (Lewen) Lamberton, and widow of Samuel Welles [Hale, House 788; Brainerd Anc 13-14].

      iii THOMAS, b. about 1633; m. Windsor 21 October 1658 Abigail Warham [WiVR Barbour, citing original 1:53], dau. of Rev. JOHN WARHAM.

      ASSOCIATIONS: Brother of Thomas Allyn of Barnstable, Plymouth Colony, as may be seen by following carefully the many entries for both Matthew and Thomas in Lechford, especially p. 418 which explicitly links the Barnstable man with Braunton in Devonshire. Thomas Allen of Wethersfield was a different man and not related to this family, nor was Samuel Allen of Windsor any relation [Hale, House 447-48]. (Matthew Allyn's extensive litigation of 1650 was with his brother Thomas Allyn of Barnstable, and not with Thomas Allen of Wethersfield [RPCC 87-88; CCCR 1:211].)

      Matthew Allyn was in some way related to WILLIAM SPENCER of Cambridge and Hartford, or, more probably, to his wife, Agnes Harris [TAG 63:33, 38-39, and other sources cited there].

      COMMENTS: Matthew Allyn's first appearance in New England was in the grant of land in Cambridge on 4 November 1633 to seven men [CaTR 6], of whom three others (JOHN HAYNES, THOMAS HOOKER and SAMUEL STONE) are known to have arrived 4 September 1633 on the Griffin [WJ 1:128-30]. ("Mathew Allen" does appear in a list dated 7 January 1632/3 of those ordered to fence in the common [CaTR 5], but this list must have been compiled about two years later, for it includes men such as John Haynes who did not arrive until late in 1633.)

      Matthew Allyn seems out of place in Cambridge, as all others who arrived at about this time were from East Anglia; based on his English origin, one would expect Allyn to have resided first in Dorchester. This unusual residence for Allyn is probably tied up in some way with his relationship with WILLIAM SPENCER.

      The date of Allyn's removal to Windsor (by 1648) derives from our knowledge of his officeholding. Although he owned land in Windsor long before that date, the first evidence of his residence in Windsor is his appearance in Connecticut General Court as deputy for Windsor on 18 May 1648. That he was deputy for Windsor and not for Hartford is confirmed by noting that each of the three oldest towns in the colony was allowed four deputies at this time, and only if Allyn was representing Windsor do the numbers come out right.

      Besides being a man who was highly respected and who served society well, Matthew Allyn was a highly contentious man. We have already seen that he had lengthy disputes with his brother, and not long after he left Massachusetts he was wanted for "debt and damage" he had left behind [7 October 1641: "It is ordered, that a letter shalbe sent to Mr. Haynes & the rest of the magistrates at Connectecot, to send back the prisoner Mathewe Alleyn, or satisfy the debt & damage" (MBCR 1:339)]. Further evidence of his litigiousness may be found throughout the Connecticut court records [RPCC passim; CCCR passim].