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William Wells (1605-1671), Long Island’s First Sheriff

William Wells is the 9th great-grandfather of Richard, James, Gary, Lisa, Carl, Jane, Bruce, Cathy, Ron, Stacey, Matt, and Sandy; and the 10th great-grandfather of Asher, Owen, Caitlyn, Becky, Emily, Jack, Jill, Jordan, Mike, and Brian. 

William Wells (born Welles), baptized February 5, 1605, in Norwich, Norfolk, England, was the son of William and Elizabeth Welles. His father, the minister of St. Peter of Mancroft’s Church in Norwich and Chaplain to Queen Anne, died when William was 15.

William was educated in the law and became a lawyer. He emigrated to New England in 1635, settling first in Lynn, Massachusetts, moving to New Haven, Connecticut, c1639, and to Southampton, Long Island by 1643. By 1649 William had settled in Southold, Long Island.

William married Bridget, a widow of Henry Tuthill and mother of two children, John and Elizabeth, in 1653. Bridget died only months afterward, and William then married Mary or Marie Youngs in 1654. A daughter, Bethia, was born in 1655, followed by Abigail (1657-1658), Patience (1658-1659), William (1660), Mary (1661), Joshua (1664), and Mehitable (our ancestor; 1666).

William shows up in a legal capacity in a number of local records, including his appointment from 1657 to 1661 as Deputy to the General Court of New Haven (the eastern part of Long Island being a part of the Connecticut Colony until 1664), Constable of Southold from 1657 to 1659, and Town Clerk and First Deputy in 1660.

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In February of 1665 William represented Southold in a convention of deputies assembled in Hempstead, Long Island, by New York’s first colonial governor, Richard Nicolls. On the adjournment of the convention Nicolls appointed William “High Sheriff of New York Shire on Long Island”, a post which he held until 1669.

William Wells died in Southold on November 13, 1671. He was buried in the old Burial Ground adjacent to the Presbyterian Church, beneath a substantial monument made of brick and cement. The inscription on the monument reads:

“Here lies ye Body of William WELLS of Southold Gen’t Justice of ye Peace & First Sheriffe of New Yorke Shire upon Long Island who Departed this Life 13 Nov 1671 Age 63 ~ yea here hee lies who speaketh yet though dead ~ on wings of faith his soule to Heaven is fled ~ His pious deedes and charity was such ~ that of his praise no pen can write too much ~ As was his life so was his blest decease ~ Hee lived in love and sweetly dyd in peace.”

William Wells (1605-1671), Old Burial Ground, First Presbyterian Church, Southold, NY

William Wells (1605-1671), Old Burial Ground, First Presbyterian Church, Southold, NY

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Biographies, Immigrant Stories

 

Pierre Monnet (?-1712), Huguenot Emigrant

Pierre Monnet is the 9th great-grandfather of Richard, James, Gary, Lisa, Carl, Jane, Bruce, Cathy, Ron, Stacey, Matt, Sandy, and the 10th great-grandfather of Asher, Owen, Caitlyn, Becky, Emily, Jack, Jill, Jordan, Mike, Brian.

Our Monnet/Manee roots are in Poitou, France

Our Monnet/Manee roots are in Poitou, France

Pierre Monnet was born in Poitou, France, c1670s, and naturalized in London in 1688. An English civil record, the Letters of Denization, cataloging French émigrés, shows Peter [sic] Monnet and his wife Catherina [sic] and their son Peter [sic] living in London in 1685/1686. Pierre’s father, Pierre Monnet, was a French Huguenot who fled his native Poitou to escape religious persecution. His mother, Catherine Pillot, had been born in London of parents, Israel Pillot and Jeanne Goudry Pillot, who were also Huguenot émigrés from Poitou.

The younger Pierre left England for the New World, exact year unknown, and settled on land for which he received a patent on Staten Island. He married Marie LeFebvre and had four sons, Abraham (our ancestor; born in 1707), Peter, John and Isaac. In contemporary records, Pierre is listed as a master weaver.

Pierre made a will, dated June 19, 1707, naming his wife and children. He died only a few years later, as evidenced by the probate of his will on April 8, 1712. Pierre was likely no older than age 50 at the time of his death.

Pierre’s name appears in his will as “Pierre Manett,” a stepping stone on the way to the family surname’s soon mutation to the phonetically equivalent “Manee.”

 
 

Daniel Mackhoe AKA Daniel Cone (1626-1706), Prisoner and Slave

Daniel Mackhoe/Cone is the 9th great-grandfather of Richard, James, Gary, Lisa, Carl, Jane, Bruce, Cathy, Ron, Stacey, Matt, Sandy, and the 10th great-grandfather of Asher, Owen, Caitlyn, Becky, Emily, Jack, Jill, Jordan, Mike, Brian.

Scottish soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar, 1650

Scottish soldiers at the Battle of Dunbar, 1650

Born: 1626, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: October 24, 1706, East Haddam, Connecticut
Father: unknown
Mother: unknown
Spouses: Mehitable Spencer (married 1661, East Haddam, Connecticut), Rebecca (nee ?) (married 1692 in Haddam, Connecticut)
Children: Ruth, Hannah, Daniel, Jared, Rebecca, Ebenezer, Nathaniel, Stephen, Caleb

1626 – Born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1651 – Served in the Scottish army as a loyalist to King Charles II.
1651, September 3 –Taken prisoner at the Battle of Dunbar by English troops under the command of Oliver Cromwell.
1651, September 3 – 11 – Was among 5,000 Scottish prisoners forced to march to imprisonment at Durham Cathedral. 2,000 died en route, 1,600 more died at Durham before the end of October.
1651, October 20 – Parliament orders the Scottish prisoners to be sent to New England as indentured slaves.
1651, November 8 – Transferred to custody of the ship “John and Sara” at Gravesend, London. Recorded in the ship’s manifest as “Dan: Mackhoe.”
1651, November 11 – Departed London for Boston aboard the “John and Sara.”
1651, December – Arrived in Boston and subsequently sold by Thomas Kemble of Charles Town to John Giffard, the agent for the Undertakers of The Iron Works of Lynn (now Saugus), to work at hard labor.
1657, March – Known to be free and living under the name Daniel Cone in Connecticut.
1661 – Married Mehitable Spencer (born c1638 in Lynn), daughter of Gerrard and Johannis AKA Hannah (nee Hills) Spencer, in East Haddam, Connecticut. Gerrard Spencer came to America at age 16 with John Winthrop’s first fleet in 1630 to establish the Massachusetts Bay Company.
1662, January 7 – Daughter Ruth born.
1662, May – Granted land along the Connecticut River in Haddam, Connecticut. The land had been purchased by the General Legislature from the Wangunk Indians earlier in the year.
1664, April 4 – Daughter Hannah born.
1667, January 21 – Son Daniel born. Daniel is our 8th great-grandfather.
1669 – Became Commissioner Public in Haddam.
1669, March – Son Jared born.
1670, February 6 – Daughter Rebecca born.
1673, March – Son Ebenezer born.
1675, May or June – Son Nathaniel born.
1678, March – Son Stephen born.
c1680 – Moved to East Haddam.
1682, March 19 – Son Caleb born.
1690 – Moved back to Haddam.
1691 – Wife Mehitable died in Haddam.
1692 – Married Rebecca (nee ?), widow of Richard Wakeley, in Haddam.
1706, October 24 – Died in East Haddam, CT.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2013 in Biographies, Immigrant Stories

 
 
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