Tuesday, June 14, 2011

MATTHEW MITCHELL 1590-1646

[Ancestral Link: Harold William Miller, son of Edward Emerson Miller, son of Anna Hull (Miller), daughter of William Hull, son of William E. Hull, son of Sarah Wilcox (Hull), daughter of Mary Pierson (Wilcox), daughter of Abraham Pierson, son of Abraham Pierson, son of Abigail Mitchell (Pierson), daughter of Matthew Mitchell.]

A dissenter of the Church of England
Matthew Mitchell, born about 1590 in South Owram, Halifax, East Yorks., England; died before June 16, 1646 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. He was the son of Thomas Mitchell and Elizabeth Clay. He married Susan Wood April 16, 1616 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.Susan Wood, born after 1595 in Ovenden, Yorkshire, England; died after June 1646 in Stamford, New Haven County, Connecticut.

Notes for Matthew Mitchell:
A dissenter of the Church of England, his ancestors three generations earlier moved from Scotland to Yorkshire. The family departed Bristol, England on May 23, 1635 aboard the 'James', arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, on August 17, 1635. Most of their belongings were lost in a shipwreck upon arrival in America, and they lived at Charleston, Concord, and Springfield, Massachusetts, and at Saybrook and Wethersfield, Connecticut before finally settling at Stamford, Connecticut.

Matthew Mitchell
Birth: 1590 in South Owram Parish,Halifax,York, England
Death: 1645 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut
Father: Thomas Mitchell
Mother: Elizabeth Clay
Spouses and Children
Susan (Sarah) Wood (Wife)
Marriage: 16 April 1616 in Halifax,Yorkshire, England
Children:
Sarah Mitchell
Dorothy Mitchell
Abigail Mitchell
David Mitchell
Elizabeth Mitchell
Martha Mitchell
Jonathan Mitchell
Abraham Mitchell
Susanna Mitchell
Matthew Mitchell
Hannah Mitchell

Richard Treat in Wethersfield, Connecticut, soon after arriving. In 1641, his first recorded homestead was on the west side of Broad street, at the extreme northern end. This homestead, which he bought of Thurston Rayner, abutted on Broad street, S. E.; a "Green or Common," N. W.; home-lot of Samuel Hubbard, S. W.; Short street (now Marsh Avenue), N. E. A few years later he bought the Matthew Mitchell homestead on Broad street, the second lot north of Fletcher's Lane.Richard Belden, the Settler, received lands February 7, 1641; homestead on Broad Street, N.; Matthew Mitchell, S.; way into meadow, W.; house-lot of Leslie Broadfield, E.; gave land to son Samuel, about 1654.Leonard Chester's allotment was the largest except four, viz.: 1. To Elder Clement Chaplin 1200 acres; 2. To Matthew Mitchell (father of Rev. Jonathan Mitchell, of Cambridge) 900 A.; 3. To Governor George Wyllis, 480 A.; 4. To Gov. Thomas Welles, 435 A.; 5. To Mr. Leonard Chester, 432 A.

Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England
MATTHEW, Springfield 1636, perhaps the same who was elected magistrate of Connecticut 1637. Matthew Mitchell went with Rev. Mr. Denton to Hempstead, Long Island in 1643.

Richard Gildersleeve was one of the number who came from Stamford, to Hempstead, in 1644. Some of the others were, Rev. Richard Denton, Jonas Wood, Hal, Capt. John Underhill, Robert Jackson, John Karman, John Ogden, Matthew Mitchell,Robert Fordham, Robert Coe, Andrew Ward, William and Thurston Raynor, Thomas Armitage, William Mead, Symon Searing and Thomas Weeks.

The Cooley Genealogy Author: Mortimer E. Cooley

For example, in the early 17th century there lived at Halifax, England, Matthew Mitchell, his wife Susan,and Samuel Butterfield. All three came to New England in 1635 on the ship James. At Springfield, in 1636, Mitchell and Butterfieldwere assigned home-lots in an undesirable section 41 and both were next heard of at Saybrook, where Butterfield was shortly after killed by the Indians. Mitchell descendants long wondered why these two men were so constantly associated until parted by death. The reason became apparent when it developed that the maiden name of Susan Mitchell was Susan Butterfield and that she was a sister of Samuel Butterfield. Blood is thicker than water. Burt, History of Springfield, Vol. I, page 159.

History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield Volume 1
Author: Donald Lines Jacobus Call Number: R929.1J17hv.1Mitchell, Matthew. Committee (i.e. Deputy, for Wethersfield) to Connecticut Leg., May 1637; Assistant, February to April 1638; Magistrate for Stamford, 1643. Born 1590 in South Ouram parish, Halifax, county York, England; married 16 April 1616, Susan Butterfield, of Ovenden.

Came to Boston in the James, landing 17 August 1635; in 1636 removed to Concord, Massachusetts, and soon after to Springfield.

He was one of the first settlers in Saybrook, where he suffered heavy property loss, from the Indians, besides having employees and a brother-in-law (Samuel Butterfield) killed. Removing to Wethersfield, he was a member of the General Court which declared war on the Pequots.In Wethersfield, he was a large land owner and was chosen Recorder, in 1640, but the Court rejected the choice, and he withdrew with Denton and his flock to Stamford, where he died in 1645. Was much the wealthiest settler there, his tax being about three times that of Thurstan Raynor, the next largest tax-payer. He was one of the four persons chosen at Wethersfield to reguiate the Stamford settlement, and the first Selectmen chosen there, November 1641.Will presented 16 June 1646; son Jonathan, �100; daughters. Susanna and Hannah, �80 each; son David, �40; "my wife may by all right claim the rest." Inv. �1,700.

Children, six baptized at South Ouram, one at Ovenden, one at North Ouram:
Abigail, baptized 26 April 1618; died y.?+
David, baptized 14 November 1619.
Sarah, baptized 14 October 1621; married Samuel Sherman.
Martha, baptized 26 October 1623, died 22 November 1623.
Jonathan, baptized 19 December 1624; Harvard 1647; noted preacher. of Cambridge, Massachusetts.; died 9 July 1668; married 19 November 1650, Margaret (Boradel), widow of Rev. Thomas Shepard; grandfather of Chief Justice Sewall of Massachusetts.
Susanna, baptized 14 October 1627; married Rev. Abraham Pierson, of Southampton, L. I., 1640, Branford 1644, and Newark, New Jersey, 1667. He was born about 1612, died 9 August 1678.
Matthew, baptized 5 July 1629, died 4 October 1629.
Hannah, baptized 26 June 1631, died at New Haven, 2 April 1702; married (1) Robert Coe, of Stratford; married (2) by 1667, Nicholas Elsey, of New Haven.

MATTHEW, came 1635, with Rev. Richard Mather, in the James, of Bristol, bringing wife and children David,and Jonathan, perhaps more, remained to Concord, and soon to Springfield, there signed compact with Pynchon and others in May 1636,soon after to Saybrook for short time, where, in the Pequot war, he was protected by Lyon Gardiner, but he says the Indians took one of the "old man. and roasted him alive." He was in 1639 at Wethersfield a short time, and next year made their town clerk but soon went to Stamford, and in 1643, with Rev. Richard Denton, to Hempstead, L. I. perhaps back again, soon to Stamford, there died in 1645. He was representative in 1637, but not, as Mather makes him, one of the Assistants of the Col. that year.

More About Matthew Mitchell:
Immigration: 1635, Massachusetts
Probate: June 16, 1646, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Children of Matthew Mitchell and Susan Wood are:
i. Dorothy Mitchell, born about 1617 in England; died November 17, 1712 in Saybrook, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 1959
ii.Abigail Mitchell, born before April 26, 1618 in Lincolns., England; died about 1680 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey; married (1) Wheelwright before 1637; married (2) Abraham Pierson about 1638 in Massachusetts.
iii. David Mitchell, born before November 14, 1619 in South Owram, Halifax, East Yorks., England; died March 1684/85 in Stratford, Connecticut.  Notes for David Mitchell: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts. The first notice of a schoolmaster in the records is November 7, 1649, when the selectmen ordered that(*) David Mechell [Mitchell],of Stamford, Connecticut, be certified of the town's desire for him to keep school. Whether he accepted does not appear from the records.(*) He was a brother of Rev. Jonathan Mitchell, who was ordained in Cambridge a few months after the above date, and of Sarah, wife of Samuel Sherman, Esq. [See p. 934.] They were children of Matthew Mitchell, who embarked at Bristol in May, and arrived at Boston, August 17, 1635. He went to Concord with the first settlers and the next year (1636) moved to Saybrook, where one of his sons was captured and burnt by the Pequots. Soon after this he settled in Wethersfield, where he received, in 1640, the largest grant in the Naubuc Farms of any except that of Clement Chaplin. He was one of the original purchasers of Stamford (Rippowams), and moved there about 1641.

History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield Volume 1
Author: Donald Lines Jacobus Call Number: R929.1J17hv.1
Mitchell, David, son of Matthew. Baptized at South Ouram, county York, England, 14 November 1619; died at Stratford in March 1686.Will 11 March 1685/6; wife Elizabeth (sole Exec'x); sons Matthew, John, Abraham, Daniel; daughters. Martha (received part of portion), Elizabeth, Susanna, Grace. Sons Matthew and John and my kinsman John Sherman and Mr. Israel Chauncey, overseers. Inv. 29 March 1686.
Children:
+Matthew.
+John.Martha, married about. 1685, Nathaniel Baldwin, of Milford, as his second wife.Elizabeth.
+Abraham.
Susanna.
+Daniel.Grace, married at Stratford, 26 November 1701, William Pixlee.

iv. Elizabeth Mitchell, born about 1620; died Unknown; married George Graves; died Unknown. Notes for George Graves: GEORGE, Hartford, an original propr. was deac. rep. 1657 and after; had George, John, and two or three daughters. one of whom Mary, married Samuel Dow, 12 December 1663; died September 1673.

v. Sarah Mitchell, born before October 14, 1621 in South Owram, Halifax, East Yorks., England; died Unknown in Stratford, Connecticut; married Samuel Sherman about 1640 in Stratford, Connecticut; born before July 12, 1618 in Dedham, Essex, England; died April 5, 1700 in Stratford, Connecticut. Notes for Samuel Sherman: SAMUEL, Stratford, brother of Rev. John, perhaps did not come so early as 1634, wh. Cothren, 60, assumes, but was after 1640 some years at Wethersfield, there had houselot, given by his father; was among first residence at Stamford, and had several children born; was chosen an Assistant 1662, 3, 4, and after the union of the Colonies of Connecticut and New Hampshire 1665-7, but tho. nominat. for 1668, he fail. of the elect. and is no more heard of exc. in project. with others, 1672, settlement of Woodbury. Cothren says he married in England. Sarah Mitchell, and brought her hither; but this is to the last degr. improb. for he brings him in 1634, then only 19 years old at most, perhaps only 18, and in the mo. country very few so young were married beside wh. he calls this sister of Rev. Jonathan, wh. does not seem to have had such sister at least we know that Richard Mather, a fellow passenger with Mitchell's father in 1635, has no reference to a daughter then married on our side of the water, and father Mitchell in his will of 1646 names daughters only Susanna and Hannah, no Sarah; and beyond that, our Sherman tribe was from the part of Essex, while the Mitchells were of the W. Riding of Yorksh. on the edge of Lancash. opposite sides of the kingdom, between wh. two hundred and thirty years ago intercourse was very rare. Reconciliat. of the principal fact (if it be true) may be gained by a reasonable conjecture that the mother thought it could hardly have occurred in England was some years after com. of the parties hither. The dates of birth of their children give further evidence as Cothren hims. furnish. them, of his error, as the earliest is 1641, and the latest 1665, wh. is beyond the usual result of a marriage in 1634. His roll, with slight correction, is: Samuel, born 19 January 1641; Theophilus, 28 October 1643; Matthew, 21 October 1645; Edmund, 4 December 1647; John, 8 February 1651; Sarah, 8 February 1654; Nathaniel, 21 March 1657; Benjamin, 29 March 1662; and Daniel (wh. careful Mr. Judd made David) 15 April 1665. Some ground for support of the tradition of marriage with the daughter of Mitchell may appear in two of the names of these children Matthew and Sarah; but I must adher to my conject. a. the time. When he died might seem as hard to settle, as his date of marriage. Cothren tells, that he died before October 1684, but it was probably fifteen years later, at least we know that division of his estate among heirs, whose language implies recent ndc. of their ancestor was made September 1700, and deeds by him as late as 1694 can be read.

vi. Martha Mitchell, born before October 26, 1623 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died November 22, 1623 in Halifax,Yorkshire, England.

vii. Jonathan Mitchell, born November 15, 1624 in York, England; died July 9, 1668 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; married Margaret Borodell November 19, 1650 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; died Unknown.
Notes for Jonathan Mitchell: JONATHAN, Cambridge, came with his father Matthew, at H. C. where 1647, he had his A. B. ord. 21 August 1650, married 19 November foll. Margaret, widow of Thomas Shepard, his predecessor but was before betrothed to Sarah, daughter of Rev. John Cotton, who. died in January preced. had Margaret, born 26 February 1653, died next year; Samuel, 14, baptized 21 October 1660, H. C. 1687, wh. died 14 March 1695; an Margaret, again, wh. married 13 June 1682, Stephen Sewall of Salem, and only through her, is the blood of the disting. ancest. come down. He died 9 July 1668, in the "forty-third year of his age," says the Magnalia, IV.184, yet as Mather could not avoid an occasion of blunder, even for so famous a man, whom he calls matchless, he had onp. 166 of the same Book, told us he was born 1624, Halifax, in the W. riding of Yorksh. In 1662, he, with Gookin, were made first licensers of the press in Mass. He had good est. the inv. being L786,17,9. Ever writer who has ment. the famous men of the early days of our country, has told of Mitchell, and the oversight of calling. his father Jonathan, instead of Matthew, by Sprague, in Annals of the American Pulpit, would seem too trivial to be noticed here, did not the minute statement of his marriage require correction: "Margaret S. daughter of his predecessor, by his first marriage;" seems to bear on its face, the stamp of exact truth. But as accura. relat. is always desira. it may be told, the only daughter of Shepard by his first wife, and died infant and this Margaret who married Mitchell was the third wife of S. not his children
More About Jonathan Mitchell:
Baptism: December 19, 1624

viii. Abraham Mitchell, born about 1626 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died Unknown.

ix. Susanna Mitchell, born before October 14, 1627 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died March 24, 1709/10 in Southampton, LI, New York; married John Howell 1646; died Unknown.
Notes for Susanna Mitchell: Susanna, baptized 14 October 1627; married Rev. Abraham Pierson, of Southampton, L. I., 1640, Branford 1644, and Newark, New Jersey, 1667. He was born about 1612, died 9 August 1678.

x. Matthew Mitchell, born before July 5, 1629 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died October 4, 1629 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

xi. Hannah Mitchell, born before June 26, 1631 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died April 2, 1702 in New Haven, Connecticut; married (1) Robert Coe 1650 in Stratford, Connecticut; died 1659; married (2) Henry Barraclough October 8, 1659 in Connecticut; died Unknown; married (3) Nicholas Elsey about 1667; died December 20, 1691 in New Haven, Connecticut.
Notes for Nicholas Elsey: NICHOLAS, New Haven 1639, married as second wife Hannah, widow of Robert Coe of Stratford, had Samuel, born 1666,who died in 10 days; gave at his death 20 December 1691, all his property to wife. and her children. She died 2 April 1702.
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The Mitchell Family in America
For the immigrant family, refer to The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-35, Volume V (Boston, 2007), pages 125-31.

Matthew and Susan (Wood) Mitchell
Matthew MITCHELL - born April 16, 1590, South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died 1646, Stamford, Connecticut. Son of Thomas MITCHELL and Elizabeth CLAY. Matthew's undated will was proved June 16, 1646, and his inventory was taken May 19, 1646. A dissenter of the Church of England, his ancestors three generations earlier moved from Scotland to Yorkshire. The family departed Bristol, England on May 23, 1635 aboard the 'James', arriving at Boston, Massachusetts on August 17, 1635. Most of their belongings were lost in a shipwreck upon arrival in America, and they lived at Charleston, Concord, and Springfield, Massachusetts, and at Saybrook and Wethersfield, Connecticut before finally settling at Stamford, Connecticut. Married April 16, 1616, Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

Susan WOOD - born about 1589, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died 1635, Ovenden, Yorkshire, England. Susan was first married in 1611 to Thomas BUTTERFIELD (buried September 16, 1614 Halifax, Yorkshire).
Children of Thamas and Susan BUTTERFIELD:
Samuel (born 1612; killed 1636 by Pequot Indians at Saybrook, Connecticut); and a child (born about 1614).
Daughter of Edmund WOOD and Margaret HEIRD.
Children of Matthew and Susan Mitchell
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The Mitchell Family in America
For the immigrant family, refer to The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-35, Volume V (Boston, 2007), pages 125-31.
Matthew and Susan (Wood) Mitchell
Matthew MITCHELL - born April 16, 1590, South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died 1646, Stamford, Connecticut. Son of Thomas MITCHELL and Elizabeth CLAY. Matthew's undated will was proved June 16, 1646, and his inventory was taken May 19, 1646. A dissenter of the Church of England, his ancestors three generations earlier moved from Scotland to Yorkshire. The family departed Bristol, England on May 23, 1635 aboard the 'James', arriving at Boston, Massachusetts on August 17, 1635. Most of their belongings were lost in a shipwreck upon arrival in America, and they lived at Charleston, Concord, and Springfield, Massachusetts, and at Saybrook and Wethersfield, Connecticut before finally settling at Stamford, Connecticut. Married April 16, 1616, Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

Susan WOOD - born about 1589, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died 1635, Ovenden, Yorkshire, England. Susan was first married in 1611 to Thomas BUTTERFIELD (buried September 16, 1614 Halifax, Yorkshire).
Children of Thamas and Susan BUTTERFIELD:
Samuel (born 1612; killed 1636 by Pequot Indians at Saybrook, Connecticut); and a child (born about 1614).
Daughter of Edmund WOOD and Margaret HEIRD.
Children of Matthew and Susan Mitchell
See Notable Cousins for line to: Sir Winston Leonard SPENCER-CHURCHILL, and Jane WYMAN

1. Abigail - baptized April 26, 1618, South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died after August 1678. Married about 1640 Rev. Abraham PIERSON (born about 1610, Yorkshire; died August 9, 1678, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey; buried Old Burying Ground, Newark, New Jersey), son of Abraham PIERSON and Christina JOHNSTON. Rev. PIERSON graduated Trinity College, Cambridge in 1632. Minister at Newark, Nottinghamshire, England; Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts (November-December 1640); Southampton, Long Island, New York (1640-44); Branford, Connecticut (1645-55); and Newark, New Jersey (1667-78). He was a Chaplain in 1654, and was a founder of New Ark in 1667. His will, dated August 10, 1671, was proved March 12, 1678/9. Abigail survived her husband. Children of Abigail and Abraham PIERSON: Rev. Abraham (1640-1707, First President of Yale 1701-1707) married Abigail CLARKE; Abigail married John DAVENPORT; Thomas married first Marie HARRISON, and second Mary BROWNE; Mary married Stephen BISHOP; Grace married Samuel KITCHELL; Susannah married Jonathan BELL; Rebecca married Joseph JOHNSON; Theophilus married Mary; and Isaac married Elizabeth HALL. [Note: Detailed information on the Descendants of Abigail (MITCHELL) PIERSON family was found on the internet in August 2002.]

2. David - baptized November 14, 1619, South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died 1686, Stamford, Connecticut. Married Elizabeth. Son of David and Elizabeth: Abraham married Sarah WHEELER.

3. Sarah - baptized October 14, 1621, South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Married Samuel SHERMAN.

4. Martha - baptized October 26, 1623, South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died November 22, 1623, South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

5. Jonathan - born November 15, 1624; baptized December 19, 1624, South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died July 9, 1668, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Graduated Harvard College 1647, which he served as Tutor and Fellow 1650-1668. Jonathan was ordained at Cambridge, Massachusetts on August 21, 1650. He preached Election Sermons in 1658 and 1667. On November 19, 1650 at Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jonathan married Margaret (BORADELL) SHEPARD, the widow of Rev. Thomas SHEPARD (1605-1649), minister at Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rev. Thomas SHEPARD married first Margaret TOUTVILLE (mother of Rev. Thomas SHEPARD of Charlestown, Massachusetts), second Joanna HOOKER (daughter of Rev. Thomas HOOKER of Hartford, Connecticut, and mother of Rev. Samuel SHEPARD of ROWLEY, Massachusetts), and third Margaret BORADELL (mother of Rev. Jeremiah SHEPARD of Lynn, Massachusetts).

6. Susanna - baptized October 14, 1627, South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died March 24, 1711; buried Old South End Cemetery, Southampton, Long Island, New York. Married Maj. John HOWELL (baptized November 22, 1624, probably Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire; died November 3, 1696, Southampton, Long Island, New York; buried Old South End Cemetery, Southampton, Long Island, New York), son of Edward HOWELL. Settled at Southampton in 1640, where he was allotted land February 17, 1647/8 and was made freeman March 8, 1648/9. He held a number of public offices and served in the militia. Children of Susanna and John HOWELL: John married Martha WHITE; Edward died as infant; Matthew married Mary HALSEY; Abraham married Abigail WHITE; Ephraim married Hannah COE; Susanna married Henry PIERSON; Hannah married Isaac HALSEY; Theophilus married Abigail HALSEY; Nathaniel married Hannah HALSEY; Prudence; and Abigail married Isaac HALSEY.

7. Matthew - baptized July 5, 1629, South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died October 4, 1629, South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

8. Hannah - baptized June 26, 1635; died April 2, 1702, New Haven, Connecticut. Married first Robert COE (baptized September 19, 1626, Boxfod, Suffolk, England; died 1659), son of Robert COE and Mary. Hannah married second Nicholas ELSEY. Children of Hannah and Robert COE: Hannah; Susanna; Sarah married Jeremiah OSBORNE; and John married Mary HAWLEY.

Possible children of Matthew and Susan Mitchell Some compilations add the following children, but without birth or baptism record references. However, the estimated birth years appear to conflict with those of known events.
1. Abraham - born about 1616, Halifax, Yorkshire, England.
2. Dorothy - born about 1617, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died November 17, 1712.
3. Jonathan - born about 1620, Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Died as infant.
4. Nathan - born about 1622, Halifax, Yorkshire, England.
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Matthew MITCHELL
http://kinnexions.com/smlawson/sherman.htm#MMitchell
born April 16, 1590, South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died 1646, Stamford, Connecticut. Son of Thomas MITCHELL and Elizabeth CLAY. Matthew's undated will was proved June 16, 1646, and his inventory was taken May 19, 1646. A dissenter of the Church of England, his ancestors three generations earlier moved from Scotland to Yorkshire. The family departed Bristol, England on May 23, 1635 aboard the 'James', arriving at Boston, Massachusetts on August 17, 1635. Most of their belongings were lost in a shipwreck upon arrival in America, and they lived at Charleston, Concord, and Springfield, Massachusetts, and at Saybrook and Wethersfield, Connecticut before finally settling at Stamford, Connecticut. Married April 16, 1616, Halifax, Yorkshire, England.
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Matthew Mitchell and family, England to Connecticut
Matthew Mitchell, born about 1590 in South Owram, Halifax, East Yorks., England; died before June 16, 1646 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. He was the son of Thomas Mitchell and Elizabeth Clay. He married Susan Wood April 16, 1616 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Susan Wood, born after 1595 in Ovenden, Yorkshire, England; died after June 1646 in Stamford, New Haven County, Connecticut.
Notes for Matthew Mitchell: A dissenter of the Church of England, his ancestors three generations earlier moved from Scotland to Yorkshire. The family departed Bristol, England on May 23, 1635 aboard the 'James', arriving at Boston, Massachusetts on August 17, 1635. Most of their belongings were lost in a shipwreck upon arrival in America, and they lived at Charleston, Concord, and Springfield, Massachusetts, and at Saybrook and Wethersfield, Connecticut before finally settling at Stamford, Connecticut.

Matthew Mitchell
Birth: 1590 in S. Owram Parish, Halifax,York, England
Death: 1645 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut
Father: Thomas Mitchell
Mother: Elizabeth Clay
Spouses and Children
Susan (Sarah) Wood (Wife)
Marriage: 16 April 1616 in Halifax,Yorkshire, England
Children:
Sarah
Dorothy
Abigail
David
Elizabeth
Martha
Jonathan
Abraham
Susanna
Matthew
Hannah
 
Richard Treat in Wethersfield, Connecticut, soon after arriving. In 1641, his first recorded homestead was on the west side of Broad street, at the extreme northern end. This homestead, which he bought of Thurston Rayner, abutted on Broad street, S. E.; a "Green or Common," N. W.; home-lot of Samuel Hubbard, S. W.; Short street (now Marsh Avenue), N. E. A few years later he bought the Matthew Mitchell homestead on Broad street, the second lot north of Fletcher's Lane.

Richard Belden, the Settler, received lands February 7, 1641; homestead on Broad Street, N.; Matthew Mitchell, S.; way into meadow, W.; house-lot of Leslie Broadfield, E.; gave land to son Samuel, about 1654.

Leonard Chester's allotment was the largest except four, viz.: 1. To Elder Clement Chaplin 1200 acres; 2. To Matthew Mitchell (father of Rev. Jonathan Mitchell, of Cambridge) 900 A.; 3. To Governor George Wyllis, 480 A.; 4. To Gov. Thomas Welles, 435 A.; 5. To Mr. Leonard Chester, 432 A.
Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England MATTHEW, Springfield 1636, perhaps the same who was elected magistrate of Connecticut 1637. Matthew Mitchell went with Rev. Mr. Denton to Hempstead, Long Island in 1643.

Richard Gildersleeve was one of the number who came from Stamford, to Hempstead, in 1644. Some of the others were, Rev. Richard Denton, Jonas Wood, Hal, Capt. John Underhill, Robert Jackson, John Karman, John Ogden, Matthew Mitchell, Robert Fordham, Robert Coe, Andrew Ward, William and Thurston Raynor, Thomas Armitage, William Mead, Symon Searing and Thomas Weeks.
The Cooley Genealogy Author: Mortimer E. Cooley For example, in the early 17th century there lived at Halifax, England, Matthew Mitchell, his wife Susan,and Samuel Butterfield. All three came to New England in 1635 on the ship James. At Springfield, in 1636, Mitchell and Butterfield were assigned home-lots in an undesirable section 41 and both were next heard of at Saybrook, where Butterfield was shortly after killed by the Indians. Mitchell descendants long wondered why these two men were so constantly associated until parted by death. The reason became apparent when it developed that the maiden name of Susan Mitchell was Susan Butterfield and that she was a sister of Samuel Butterfield. Blood is thicker than water. Burt, History of Springfield, Vol. I, page 159.
History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield Volume 1 Author: Donald Lines Jacobus Call Number: R929.1J17hv.1 Mitchell, Matthew. Committee (i.e. Deputy, for Wethersfield) to Conn. Leg., May 1637; Assistant, February to April 1638; Magistrate for Stamford, 1643. Born 1590 in South Ouram parish, Halifax, county York, England; married 16 April 1616, Susan Butterfield, of Ovenden. Came to Boston in the James, landing 17 August 1635; in 1636 removed to Concord, Massachusetts, and soon after to Springfield. He was one of the first settlers in Saybrook, where he suffered heavy property loss, from the Indians, besides having employees and a brother-in-law (Samuel Butterfield) killed. Removing to Wethersfield, he was a member of the General Court which declared war on the Pequots. In Wethersfield, he was a large land owner and was chosen Recorder, in 1640, but the Court rejected the choice, and he withdrew with Denton and his flock to Stamford, where he died in 1645. Was much the wealthiest settler there, his tax being about three times that of Thurstan Raynor, the next largest tax-payer. He was one of the four persons chosen at Wethersfield to reguiate the Stamford settlement, and the first Selectman chosen there, November 1641.

Will presented 16 June 1646; son Jonathan, œ100; daughters. Susanna and Hannah, œ80 each; son David, œ40; "my wife may by all right claim the rest." Inv. œ1,700.

Children, six baptized at South Ouram, one at Ovenden, one at North Ouram:
Abigail, baptized 26 April 1618; died y.?
+David, baptized 14 November 1619. 
Sarah, baptized 14 October 1621; married Samuel Sherman.
Martha, baptized 26 October 1623, died 22 November 1623.
Jonathan, baptized 19 December 1624; Harvard 1647; noted preacher. of Cambridge, Massachusetts; died 9 July 1668; married 19 November 1650, Margaret (Boradel), widow of Rev. Thomas Shepard; grandfather of Chief Justice Sewall of Massachusetts.
Susanna, baptized 14 October 1627; married Rev. Abraham Pierson, of Southampton, Long Island, 1640, Branford 1644, and Newark, New Jersey, 1667. He was born about 1612, died 9 August 1678.
Matthew, baptized 5 July 1629, died 4 October 1629.
Hannah, baptized 26 June 1631, died at New Haven, 2 April 1702; married (1) Robert Coe, of Stratford; married (2) by 1667, Nicholas Elsey, of New Haven.

MATTHEW, came 1635, with Rev. Richard Mather, in the James, of Bristol, bring. wife and children David, and Jonathan, perhaps more, removed to Concord, and soon to Springfield, there signing compact with Pynchon and others in May 1636, soon after to Saybrook for short time, where, in the Pequot war, he was protect. by Lyon Gardiner, but he says the Indians took one of the "old man. and roasted him alive." He was in 1639 at Wethersfield a short time, and next year made their town clerk but soon went to Stamford, and in 1643, with Rev. Richard Denton, to Hempstead, Long island perhaps back again, soon to Stamford, there died in 1645. He was rep. in 1637, but not, as Mather makes him, one of the Assist. of the Col. that year.

More About Matthew Mitchell: Immigration: 1635, Massachusetts Probate: June 16, 1646, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Children of Matthew Mitchell and Susan Wood are:

i. Dorothy Mitchell, born about 1617 in England; died November 17, 1712 in Saybrook, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 1959

ii.Abigail Mitchell, born before April 26, 1618 in Lincolns., England; died about 1680 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey; married (1) Wheelwright before 1637; married (2) Abraham Pierson about 1638 in Massachusetts.

iii. David Mitchell, born before November 14, 1619 in South Owram, Halifax, East Yorks., England; died March 1684/85 in Stratford, Connecticut. Notes for David Mitchell: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts. The first notice of a schoolmaster in the records is November 7, 1649, when the selectmen ordered that(*) David Mechell [Mitchell], of Stamford, Connecticut, be certified of the town's desire for him to keep school. Whether he accepted does not appear from the records. (*) He was a brother of Rev. Jonathan Mitchell, who was ordained in Cambridge a few months after the above date, and of Sarah, wife of Samuel Sherman, Esq. [See p. 934.] They were children of Matthew Mitchell, who embarked at Bristol in May, and arrived at Boston, August 17, 1635. He went to Concord with the first settlers and the next year (1636) moved to Saybrook, where one of his sons was captured and burnt by the Pequots. Soon after this he settled in Wethersfield, where he received, in 1640, the largest grant in the Naubuc Farms of any except that of Clement Chaplin. He was one of the original purchasers of Stamford (Rippowams), and moved there about 1641.
History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield Volume 1 Author: Donald Lines Jacobus Call Number: R929.1J17hv.1 Mitchell, David, son of Matthew. Baptized at South Ouram, county York, England, 14 November 1619; died at Stratford in March 1686. Will 11 March 1685/6; wife Elizabeth (sole Exec'x); sons Matthew, John, Abraham, Daniel; daus. Martha (rec'd part of portion), Elizabeth, Susanna, Grace. Sons Matthew and John and my kinsman John Sherman and Mr. Israel Chauncey, overseers. Inv. 29 March 1686. Children:
+Matthew.
+John. Martha, married about 1685, Nathaniel Baldwin, of Milford, as his second wife. Elizabeth.
+Abraham. Susanna.
+Daniel. Grace, married at Stratford, 26 November 1701, William Pixlee.

iv. Elizabeth Mitchell, born about 1620; died Unknown; married George Graves; died Unknown. Notes for George Graves: GEORGE, Hartford, an orig. propr. was deac. rep. 1657 and after; had George, John, and two or three daughters. one of wh. Mary, married Samuel Dow, 12 December 1663; died September. 1673.

v. Sarah Mitchell, born before October 14, 1621 in South Owram, Halifax, East Yorks., England; died Unknown in Stratford, Connecticut; married Samuel Sherman about 1640 in Stratford, Connecticut; born before July 12, 1618 in Dedham, Essex, England; died April 5, 1700 in Stratford, Connecticut. Notes for Samuel Sherman: SAMUEL, Stratford, brother of Rev. John, perhaps did not come so early as 1634, wh. Cothren, 60, assumes, but was after 1640 some years. at Wethersfield, there had houselot, given by his father; was among first residents at Stamford, and had several children born there; was chosen an Assistant 1662, 3, 4, and after the union of the Colonies. of Connecticut and New Hampshire 1665-7, but tho. nominat. for 1668, he fail. of the elect. and is no more heard of exc. in project. with others, 1672, settlem. of Woodbury. Cothren says he married in England Sarah Mitchell, and brought her hither; but this is to the last degr. improb. for he brings him in 1634, then only 19 years old at most, perhaps only 18, and in the mo. country very few so young were married beside wh. he calls this sister of Rev. Jonathan, wh. does not seem to have had such sister at least we know that Richard Mather, a fellow passenger with Mitchell's father in 1635, has no reference to a daughter then married on our side of the water, and father Mitchell in his will of 1646 names daughters only Susanna and Hannah, no Sarah; and beyond that, our Sherman tribe was from the part of Essex, while the Mitchells were of the W. Riding of Yorksh. on the edge of Lancash. opposite sides of the kingdom, between wh. two hundred and thirty years ago intercourse was very rare. Reconciliat. of the principal fact (if it be true) may be gain. by a resona. conject. that the m. tho. it could hard. have occur. in England was some years after com. of the parties hither. The dates of birth of their children give further evidence as Cothren hims. furnish. them, of his error, as the earliest is 1641, and the latest 1665, wh. is beyond the usual result of a marriage in 1634. His roll, with slight correction, is: Samuel, born 19 January 1641; Theophilus, 28 October 1643; Matthew, 21 October 1645; Edmund, 4 December 1647; John, 8 February 1651; Sarah, 8 February 1654; Nathaniel, 21 March 1657; Benjamin, 29 March 1662; and Daniel (wh. careful Mr. Judd made David) 15 April 1665. Some ground for support of the tradition of marriage with the daughter of Mitchell may appear in two of the names of these children Matthew and Sarah; but I must adher to my conject. a. the time. When he died might seem as hard to settle, as his date of marriage Cothren tells, that he died before October 1684, but it was probably fifteen years. later, at least we know that division of his estate among heirs, whose Language implies recent dec. of their ancestor. was made September 1700, and deeds by him as late as 1694 can be read.

vi. Martha Mitchell, born before October 26, 1623 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died November 22, 1623 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

vii. Jonathan Mitchell, born November 15, 1624 in York, England; died July 09, 1668 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; married Margaret Borodell November 19, 1650 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; died Unknown.
Notes for Jonathan Mitchell: JONATHAN, Cambridge, came with his father Matthew, at H. C. where 1647, he had his A. B. ord. 21 August 1650, married 19 November foll. Margaret, widow of Thomas Shepard, his predecess. but was before betrothed to Sarah, daughter of Rev. John Cotton, who . died in January preced. had Margaret, born 26 February 1653, died next year; Samuel, 14, baptized 21 October 1660, H. C. 1687, wh. died 14 March 1695; an Margaret, again, wh. married 13 June 1682, Stephen Sewall of Salem, and only through her, is the blood of the disting. ancestor. come down. He died 9 July 1668, in the "forty-third year of his age," says the Magnalia, IV.184, yet as Mather could not avoid an occasion of blunder, even for so famous a man, whom he calls matchless, he had on p. 166 of the same Book, told us he was born 1624, Halifax, in the W. riding of Yorksh. In 1662, he, with Gookin, were made first licensers of the press in Massachusetts. He had good est. the inv. being L786,17,9. Ever writer who has ment. the famous men of the early days of our country, has told of Mitchell, and the oversight of calling. his father Jonathan, instead of Matthew, by Sprague, in Annals of the American Pulpit, would seem too trivial to be noticed here, did not the minute statement of his m. require correction: "Margaret S. daur. of his predecessor, by his first m;" seems to bear on its face,the stamp of exact truth. But as accura. relat. is always desira. it may be told, the only daughter of Shepard by his first wife, and died infant and this Margaret who married Mitchell was the third wife of S. not his children More
About Jonathan Mitchell: Baptism: December 19, 1624

viii. Abraham Mitchell, born about 1626 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died Unknown.

ix. Susanna Mitchell, born before October 14, 1627 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died March 24, 1709/10 in Southampton, Long Island, New York; married John Howell 1646; died Unknown.
Notes for Susanna Mitchell: Susanna, baptized 14 October 1627; married Rev. Abraham Pierson, of Southampton, Long Island, 1640, Branford 1644, and Newark, New Jersey, 1667. He was born about 1612, died 9 August 1678.

x. Matthew Mitchell, born before July 5, 1629 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died October 4, 1629 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

xi. Hannah Mitchell, born before June 26, 1631 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died April 2, 1702 in New Haven, Connecticut; married (1) Robert Coe 1650 in Stratford, Connecticut; died 1659; married (2) Henry Barraclough October 8, 1659 in Connecticut; died Unknown; married (3) Nicholas Elsey about 1667; died December 20, 1691 in New Haven, Connecticut.
Notes for Nicholas Elsey: NICHOLAS, New Haven 1639, married as second wife Hannah, widow of Robert Coe of Stratford, had Samuel, born 1666, who died in 10 days; gave at his death 20 December 1691, all his property to wife. and her children. She died 2 April 1702.
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Matthew Mitchell of Halifax, England
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Matthew Mitchell, came into New-England in 1635, from Halifax, England. On his arrival be located himself in Charleston, Massachusetts where he spent his first winter. The following entry is recorded in Cotton Mather's "Magnalia Christi Americana" written in 1702."Removing to the Town of Concord, his greater Matters continually became smaller there, his Beginnings were there consumed by Fire, and some other Losses befell him in the Latter End of that Winter. The next Summer he removed unto Say-brook, and the next Spring unto Weathersfield upon Connecticut River, by which he lost yet more of his Possessions, and plunged himself into other Troubles. Towards the Close of that year he had a Son-in-law Slain by the Pequot Indians; and the Rest of the Winter they lived in much fear of their Lives from those Barbarians, and many of his Cattle were destroyed, and his Estate unto the Value of some Hundreds of Pounds was damnified. A Shallop, which he sent unto the River's Mouth was taken, and burned by the Pequots, and Three Men in the Vessel slain, in all of whom he was nearly concerned: So that indeed the Pequot Scourge fell more on this Family, than on any other in the Land. Afterward there arose unhappy Differences in the place where he lived, wherein he was an Antagonist against some of the Principal Persons in the place, and hereby he that had hitherto Lived in precious Esteen with Good Men, wherever he came, (as a Record I have seen, testifies concerning him,) now suffered much in his Esteen among many such Men, as 'tis usual in such Contentions, and he met with many other Injuries: For which causes, he transferred himself, with his Interests, unto Stamford in the Colony of New-Haven. Here his House Barn and Goods were again consumed by Fire; and much Internal Distress of Mind accompanied these Humbling Dispensations. At last, that Most Horrible of Diseases, the Stone, arrested him, and he underwent unspeakable Dolours from it, until the year 1645, when he went unto his Rest about the Fifty Fifth Year of his age."

A less colourful description comes from the Bullard family genealogy:
MATTHEW MITCHELL, immigrant ancestor of this family, was born 1590, in South Outram parish, Halifax, Yorkshire, England, and married, April 16, 1616, Susan Butterfield of Ovenden, in the same parish. They sailed from Bristol, May 23, 1635, in the ship "James," with the company of dissenters of whom Rev. Richard Denton was the head. They landed at Boston, August 17, and settled first at Charlestown, but in the spring of 1636, Matthew Mitchell removed to Concord, where during his brief stay he lost much property by fire. He soon removed to Springfield, Massachusetts, where with Pynchon and others he signed the Pynchon compact, 1636. From thence he went to Saybrook and again his cattle and goods, to the value of several hundred pounds were destroyed by Indians, who killed several of his employees and cruelly murdered his brother-in-law, Samuel Butterfield. The entire Saybrook colony were kept in continued peril and alarm and early in the spring of 1637, he again removed to Wethersfield, Connecticut, bringing with him a large number of cattle although some were killed by Indian attacks while on the way up the river. Matthew Mitchell was a valuable addition to the settlement at Wethersfield, being a man of large means for those times, despite his previous losses and possessing also sound judgment and executive ability which his fellow citizens soon recognized. He was chosen a member of the General court in 1637, and was of this Court when it declared war upon the Pequots, being active in the deliberations which determined the manner upon which the very existence of the colony depended. He became a very large landowner in Wethersfield, and in April, 1640, was chosen recorder for Wethersfield, but the choice was rejected by the Court, at the instigation of the ruling elder of the Wethersfield church, Clement Chaplin, whose animosity toward Mitchell arose during church dissensions and was the cause of Mr. Mitchell's removal to Stamford when the Rev. Mr. Denton and the major part of his congregation who had generously surrendered to the minority, withdrew. Mr. Chaplin's influence soon abated and when he was without prestige with the General court, he sold out at Wethersfield and returned to England.Mr. Mitchell's character secured the respect of those with whom he lived in Wethersfield and Stamford, and his education and enterprise placed him in prominence. "His staunch uprightness commanded respect and his unswerving integrity invited confidence in times when trials demonstrated character." He died in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1645, aged 55 years.

The children of Matthew and Susan (Butterfield) Mitchell, baptized in England, were:
I--Abigail, April 26, 1618; probably died young.
II--David, November 14, 1619; married Sarah Wheeler.
III--SARAH, October 14, 1621. (See following.)
IV--Martha, October, 1623; died November, 1623.
V--Jonathan, December 19, 1624. A distinguished divine; married Margaret, widow of Rev. Thomas Shepard.
VI--Susan, October 14, 1627.
VII--Matthew, July 5, 1629; died October, 1629.
VIII--Hannah, June 26, 1635.

This informative story comes to us from Tim Mitchell of Wellington, New Zealand. Tim says he is an 11th generation descendant of Matthew Mitchell through his grandmother's (Howland) ancestry. Contact Tim at tim@mitchconsult.co.nz.
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Matthew Mitchell, born about 1590 in South Owram, Halifax, East Yorks., England; died before June 16, 1646 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. He was the son of Thomas Mitchell and Elizabeth Clay. He married Susan Wood April 16, 1616 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Susan Wood, born after 1595 in Ovenden, Yorkshire, England; died after June 1646 in Stamford, New Haven County, Connecticut. Notes for Matthew Mitchell: A dissenter of the Church of England, his ancestors three generations earlier moved from Scotland to Yorkshire. The family departed Bristol, England on May 23, 1635 aboard the 'James', arriving at Boston, Massachusetts on August 17, 1635. Most of their belongings were lost in a shipwreck upon arrival in America, and they lived at Charleston, Concord, and Springfield, Massachusetts, and at Saybrook and Wethersfield, Connecticut before finally settling at Stamford, Connecticut.

Matthew Mitchell
Birth: 1590 in South Owram Parish, Halifax,York, England
Death: 1645 in Stamford, Fairfield,Connecticut
Father: Thomas Mitchell 
Mother: Elizabeth Clay
Spouses and Children
Susan (Sarah) Wood (Wife) Marriage: 16 April 1616 in Halifax,Yorkshire, England
Children:
Sarah Mitchell
Dorothy Mitchell
Abigail Mitchell
David Mitchell
Elizabeth Mitchell
Martha Mitchell
Jonathan Mitchell
Abraham Mitchell
Susanna Mitchell
Matthew Mitchell
Hannah Mitchell

Richard Treat in Wethersfield, Connecticut, soon after arriving. In 1641, his first recorded homestead was on the west side of Broad street, at the extreme northern end. This homestead, which he bought of Thurston Rayner, abutted on Broad street, S. E.; a "Green or Common," N. W.; home-lot of Samuel Hubbard, S. W.; Short street (now Marsh Avenue), N. E. A few years later he bought the Matthew Mitchell homestead on Broad street, the second lot north of Fletcher's Lane. Richard Belden, the Settler, received lands Feb. 7, 1641; homestead on Broad Street, N.; Matthew Mitchell, S.; way into meadow, W.; house-lot of Leslie Broadfield, E.; gave land to son Samuel, about 1654. Leonard Chester's allotment was the largest except four, viz.: 1. To Elder Clement Chaplin 1200 acres; 2. To Matthew Mitchell (father of Rev. Jonathan Mitchell, of Cambridge) 900 A.; 3. To Governor George Wyllis, 480 A.; 4. To Gov. Thomas Welles, 435 A.; 5. To Mr. Leonard Chester, 432 A.

Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England
MATTHEW, Springfield 1636, perhaps the same who was elected magistrate of Connecticut 1637. Matthew Mitchell went with Rev. Mr. Denton to Hempstead, Long Island in 1643.

Richard Gildersleeve was one of the number who came from Stamford, to Hempstead, in 1644. Some of the others were, Rev. Richard Denton, Jonas Wood, Hal, Capt. John Underhill, Robert Jackson, John Karman, John Ogden, Matthew Mitchell, Robert Fordham, Robert Coe, Andrew Ward, William and Thurston Raynor, Thomas Armitage, William Mead, Symon Searing and Thomas Weeks.

The Cooley Genealogy Author: Mortimer E. Cooley For example, in the early 17th century there lived at Halifax, England, Matthew Mitchell, his wife Susan,and Samuel Butterfield. All three came to New England in 1635 on the ship James. At Springfield, in 1636, Mitchell and Butterfield were assigned home-lots in an undesirable section41 and both were next heard of at Saybrook, where Butterfield was shortly after killed by the Indians. Mitchell descendants long wondered why these two men were so constantly associated until parted by death. The reason became apparent when it developed that the maiden name of Susan Mitchell was Susan Butterfield and that she was a sister of Samuel Butterfield. Blood is thicker than water. Burt, History of Springfield, Vol. I, page 159.

History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield Volume 1 Author: Donald Lines Jacobus Call Number: R929.1J17hv.1 Mitchell, Matthew. Committee (i.e. Deputy, for Wethersfield) to Conn. Leg., May 1637; Assistant, February to April 1638; Magistrate for Stamford, 1643. Born 1590 in South Ouram parish, Halifax, county York, England; married 16 April 1616, Susan Butterfield, of Ovenden. Came to Boston in the James, landing 17 August 1635; in 1636 removed to Concord, Massachusetts, and soon after to Springfield. He was one of the first settlers in Saybrook, where he suffered heavy property loss, from the Indians, besides having employees and a brother-in-law (Samuel Butterfield) killed. Removing to Wethersfield, he was a member of the General Court which declared war on the Pequots. In Wethersfield, he was a large land owner and was chosen Recorder, in 1640, but the Court rejected the choice, and he withdrew with Denton and his flock to Stamford, where he died in 1645. Was much the wealthiest settler there, his tax being about three times that of Thurstan Raynor, the next largest tax-payer. He was one of the four persons chosen at Wethersfield to reguiate the Stamford settlement, and the first Selectman chosen there, November 1641. Will presented 16 June 1646; son Jonathan, œ100; daughters. Susanna and Hannah, œ80 each; son David, œ40; "my wife may by all right claim the rest." Inv. œ1,700.
Children, six baptized at South Ouram, one at Ovenden, one at North Ouram:
Abigail, baptized 26 April 1618; died y.?
+David, baptized 14 November 1619.
Sarah, baptized 14 October 1621; married Samuel Sherman.
Martha, baptized 26 October 1623, died 22 November 1623.
Jonathan, baptized 19 December 1624; Harvard 1647; noted preacher. of Cambridge, Massachusetts; died 9 July 1668; married 19 November 1650, Margaret (Boradel), widow of Rev. Thomas Shepard; grandfather of Chief Justice Sewall of Massachusetts.
Susanna, baptized 14 October 1627; married Rev. Abraham Pierson, of Southampton, Long Island, 1640, Branford 1644, and Newark, New Jersey, 1667. He was born about 1612, died 9 August 1678.
Matthew, baptized 5 July 1629, died 4 October 1629.
Hannah, baptized 26 June 1631, died at New Haven, 2 April 1702; married (1) Robert Coe, of Stratford; married (2) by 1667, Nicholas Elsey, of New Haven.

MATTHEW, came 1635, with Rev. Richard Mather, in the James, of Bristol, bringing wife and children David, and Jonathan, perhaps more, removed to Concord, and soon to Springfield, there sign. compact with Pynchon and others in May 1636, soon after to Saybrook for short time, where, in the Pequot war, he was protect. by Lyon Gardiner, but he says the Ind. took one of the "old man. and roasted him alive." He was in 1639 at Wethersfield a short time, and next year made their town clerk but soon went to Stamford, and in 1643, with Rev. Richard Denton, to Hempstead, Long Island perhaps back again, soon to Stamford, there died in 1645. He was rep. in 1637, but not, as Mather makes him, one of the Assist. of the Col. that year.

More About Matthew Mitchell:
Immigration: 1635, Massachusetts
Probate: June 16, 1646, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut

Children of Matthew Mitchell and Susan Wood are:
i. Dorothy Mitchell, born about 1617 in England; died November 17, 1712 in Saybrook, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 1959

ii.Abigail Mitchell, born before April 26, 1618 in Lincolns., England; died about 1680 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey; married (1) Wheelwright before 1637; married (2) Abraham Pierson about 1638 in Massachusetts.

iii. David Mitchell, born before November 14, 1619 in South Owram, Halifax, East Yorks., England; died March 1684/85 in Stratford, Connecticut.
Notes for David Mitchell: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts. The first notice of a schoolmaster in the records is November 7, 1649, when the selectmen ordered that(*) David Mechell [Mitchell], of Stamford, Connecticut, be certified of the town's desire for him to keep school. Whether he accepted does not appear from the records. (*) He was a brother of Rev. Jonathan Mitchell, who was ordained in Cambridge a few months after the above date, and of Sarah, wife of Samuel Sherman, Esq. [See p. 934.] They were children of Matthew Mitchell, who embarked at Bristol in May, and arrived at Boston, August 17, 1635. He went to Concord with the first settlers and the next year (1636) moved to Saybrook, where one of his sons was captured and burnt by the Pequots. Soon after this he settled in Wethersfield, where he received, in 1640, the largest grant in the Naubuc Farms of any except that of Clement Chaplin. He was one of the original purchasers of Stamford (Rippowams), and moved there about 1641.

History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield Volume 1 Author: Donald Lines Jacobus Call Number: R929.1J17hv.
1 Mitchell, David, son of Matthew. Baptized at South Ouram, county York, England, 14 November 1619; died at Stratford in March 1686. Will 11 March 1685/6; wife Elizabeth (sole Exec'x); sons Matthew, John, Abraham, Daniel; daughters. Martha (rec'd part of portion), Elizabeth, Susanna, Grace. Sons Matthew and John and my kinsman John Sherman and Mr. Israel Chauncey, overseers. Inv. 29 March 1686.
Children:
+Matthew.
+John.
Martha, married about 1685, Nathaniel Baldwin, of Milford, as his second wife.
Elizabeth.
+Abraham.
Susanna.
+Daniel. Grace, married at Stratford, 26 November 1701, William Pixlee.

iv. Elizabeth Mitchell, born about 1620; died Unknown; married George Graves; died Unknown. Notes for George Graves: GEORGE, Hartford, an orig. propr. was deac. rep. 1657 and after; had George, John, and two or three daughters one of wh. Mary, married Samuel Dow, 12 December 1663; died September 1673.

v. Sarah Mitchell, born before October 14, 1621 in South Owram, Halifax, East Yorks., England; died Unknown in Stratford, Connecticut; married Samuel Sherman about 1640 in Stratford, Connecticut; born before July 12, 1618 in Dedham, Essex, England; died April 5, 1700 in Stratford, Connecticut. Notes for Samuel Sherman: SAMUEL, Stratford, brother of Rev. John, perhaps did not come so early as 1634, wh. Cothren, 60, assumes, but was after 1640 some years at Wethersfield, there had houselot, given by his father; was among first residents at Stamford, and had several children born there; was chosen an Assistant 1662, 3, 4, and after the union of the Colonies of Connecticut and New Hampshire 1665-7, but tho. nominat. for 1668, he fail. of the elect. and is no more heard of exc. in project. with others, 1672, settlement of Woodbury. Cothren says he married in England Sarah Mitchell, and brought her hither; but this is to the last degr. improb. for he brings him in 1634, then only 19 years old at most, perhaps only 18, and in the mo. country very few so young were married beside wh. he calls this sister of Rev. Jonathan, wh. does not seem to have had such sister at least we know that Richard Mather, a fellow passenger. with Mitchell's father in 1635, has no reference to a daughter then married on our side of the water, and father Mitchell in his will of 1646 names daughters only Susanna and Hannah, no Sarah; and beyond that, our Sherman tribe was from the part of Essex, while the Mitchells were of the W. Riding of Yorksh. on the edge of Lancash. opposite sides of the kingdom, between wh. two hundred and thirty yrs. ago intercourse was very rare. Reconciliat. of the principal fact (if it be true) may be gain. by a resona. conject. that the m. tho. it could hard. have occur. in England was some years after coming of the parties hither. The dates of birth of their children give further evidence as Cothren hims. furnish. them, of his error, as the earliest is 1641, and the latest 1665, wh. is beyond the usual result of a marriage in 1634. His roll, with slight correction, is: Samuel, born 19 January 1641; Theophilus, 28 October 1643; Matthew, 21 October 1645; Edmund, 4 December 1647; John, 8 February 1651; Sarah, 8 February 1654; Nathaniel, 21 March 1657; Benjamin, 29 March 1662; and Daniel (wh. careful Mr. Judd made David) 15 April 1665. Some ground for support of the tradition of marriage with the daughter of Mitchell may appear in two of the names of these children Matthew and Sarah; but I must adher to my conject. a. the time. When he died might seem as hard to settle, as his date of marriage. Cothren tells, that he died before October 1684, but it was probably fifteen years later, at least we know that division of his estate among heirs, whose language implies recent dec. of their ancest. was made September 1700, and deeds by him as late as 1694 can be read.

vi. Martha Mitchell, born before October 26, 1623 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died November 22, 1623 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

vii. Jonathan Mitchell, born November 15, 1624 in York, England; died July 9, 1668 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; married Margaret Borodell November 19, 1650 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; died Unknown.
Notes for Jonathan Mitchell: JONATHAN, Cambridge, came with his father Matthew, at H. C. where 1647, he had his A. B. ord. 21 August 1650, married 19 November foll. Margaret, widow of Thomas Shepard, his predecess. but was before betrothed to Sarah, daughter of Rev. John Cotton, who died in January preced. had Margaret, born 26 February 1653, died next year; Samuel, 14, baptized 21 October 1660, H. C. 1687, wh. died 14 March 1695; an Margaret, again, wh. married 13 June 1682, Stephen Sewall of Salem, and only thro. her, is the blood of the disting. ancestor. come down. He died 9 July 1668, in the "forty-third year of his age," says the Magnalia, IV.184, yet as Mather could not avoid an occassion of blunder, even for so famous a man, whom he calls matchless, he had on p. 166 of the same Book, told us he was b. 1624, Halifax, in the W. riding of Yorksh. In 1662, he, with Gookin, were made first licensers of the press in Mass. He had good est. the inv. being L786,17,9. Ever writer who has ment. the famous men of the early days of our country, has told of Mitchell, and the oversight of calling. his father Jonathan, instead of Matthew, by Sprague, in Annals of the American Pulpit, would seem too trivial to be noticed here, did not the minute statement of his m. require correction: "Margaret S. daur. of his predecessor, by his first m;" seems to bear on its face,the stamp of exact truth. But as accura. relat. is always desira. it may be told, the only daughter of Shepard by his first wife, and died infant and this Margaret who married Mitchell was the third wife of S. not his children More About Jonathan Mitchell: Baptism: December 19, 1624

viii. Abraham Mitchell, born about 1626 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died Unknown.

ix. Susanna Mitchell, born before October 14, 1627 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died March 24, 1709/10 in Southampton, Long Island, New York; married John Howell 1646; died Unknown. Notes for Susanna Mitchell: Susanna, baptized 14 October 1627; married Rev. Abraham Pierson, of Southampton, Long Island, 1640, Branford 1644, and Newark, New Jersey, 1667. He was born about 1612, died 9 August 1678.

x. Matthew Mitchell, born before July 5, 1629 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died October 4, 1629 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

xi.Hannah Mitchell, born before June 26, 1631 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died April 2, 1702 in New Haven, Connecticut; married (1) Robert Coe 1650 in Stratford, Connecticut; died 1659; married (2) Henry Barraclough October 8, 1659 in Connecticut; died Unknown; married (3) Nicholas Elsey about 1667; died December 20, 1691 in New Haven, Connecticut. Notes for Nicholas Elsey: NICHOLAS, New Haven 1639, married as second wife Hannah, widow of Robert Coe of Stratford, had Samuel, born 1666, who died in 10 days; gave at his death 20 December 1691, all his property to wife. and her children. She died 2 April 1702.
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Life Story
Matthew was one of the old non-conformist Puritans, and his family emigrated from England purely for religious reasons. They arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, in August 1635 aboard the ship James of Bristol. They came on the same ship as Cotton and Increase Mather. Matthew and his family settled first in Springfield, the first town west of Boston.

On 14 May 1636 eight individuals, Roxbury people primarily, framed and signed an agreement used to establish Agawam (later called Springfield) in the valley of the Connecticut River. Among the twelve original allotment owners were Matthew Mitchell and Samuel Butterfield, and their assigned lots were adjacent to each other. Apparently, neither Matthew nor Samuel were content there and soon sold their allotments to the Company. He then Settled in Watertown, Massachusetts. He accompanied the group of settlers who remove en masse from Watertown to Wethersfield, Connecticut. Subsequently, he was one of the emigrants from Wethersfield to Stamford in 1641, along with Robert Coe.
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