Windsor Connecticut History
This weekend I read an article on ConnecticutHistory.org titled "Connecticut's Oldest English Settlement," which points out that Windsor, CT, is the first English settlement in the Connecticut Colony dating back to 1633. Edward Winslow of the Plymouth Colony was apparently one of the first English colonists to visit Connecticut. In 16 years, members of the Plymouth colony established a trading post on the grounds of Windsor. In 1842, the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, Bishop of New Haven, began organizing an episcopal mission in Windsor.
Thomas Burnham (1617 - 1688) originally bought the land, which now includes the cities of South Windsor and East Hartford, in 1659 from Tantinomo, the head of the Podunk Indians. On this property was founded by Captain of the trading post of the Plymouth Colony. The following year Joseph received a land grant to build the first English settlement in the Connecticut Colony, Windsor, CT, on the site of an earlier settlement. Thomas Burnham (1701 - 1788), the original owner of this land, which today includes South Essex, West Hartford and the city of Windsor (and east of Hartford), was originally bought by Thomas Burnham the land, which now includes SouthWindsor, EastHartford. 1659, by the chiefs of the Podunks Indians.
He was born the son of theologian Jonathan Edwards and was about 16 years old when his family left England. He did not go with the company to Windsor first in 1636, but lived there until 1652, when he moved to Farmington. The land he was granted on what is now Savin Hill in Dorchester seems to have been given to his father Thomas Burnham (1701-1788), but no other early note of Windsor in the records bears his name.
He was appointed, along with four others, to oversee the Windsor, Conn., settlement in 1646 and was one of the founders of Northampton. The area continued to grow and in 1768 the inhabitants of the area were allowed to unite East Windsor (then informally known as East Windsor, which included Ellington, South Windsor and West Windsor) as a separate city. The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut wrote that he should "not get upset" in Wethersfield. In 1768 the inhabitants included the town of EastWindsor, which then included both East Windsor South and Windsor Eellington.
The genealogy of Matthew Grant's descendants, compiled by D. William Paterson and published in 1863, is in the original possession of J. Hammond Trumbull. A notebook in which the covenants of the First Congregational Church of Windsor were copied from a notebook was published in April 1862 in the edition of the Congreational Quarterly and reprinted in a book, "The First Church in Windsor, Connecticut, 1768-1801," published in 1864 by the Congregation for Doctrine and Covenants, New York, USA.
Robert Charles Anderson also notes that Randall moved from Saybrook to Windsor in 1646, which was removed from its original location at the Windsor estuary. The great migration began in the late 16th and early 17th centuries with the arrival of large numbers of immigrants from England, Ireland and France.
Phelps Junior was one of eight men appointed by the Massachusetts Bay Colony Courts to oversee the new Connecticut colony when Windsor was founded a few years ago. For many years he was president of the Windsor Library Association and organized the Windsor branch of the American Red Cross. Moore was deputy to the Court of Windsor and Connecticut for many years, first in September 1653 and then again in October 1654.
There is a website on the Phelps family history, which is listed below for William Phelps, and there is much more information about the Phelps family and the history of Windsor as we know it today. The Windsor Historical Society, founded in 1921, invites visitors to explore the people, places and events that have shaped Windsor for four centuries. Sources that can be used to provide information about Windsor's past, present and future can be found on the Windsor Historical Society website, on Facebook or in our library.
The Windsor Historical Society list uses a date in late 1640 to define the person who is officially the founder of Windsor. There is a genealogy society in Windsor called the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor, of which I am a lifelong member.
It is unclear exactly when he came to New England, but many of my ancestors moved in with the elder John Strong, who started on the Massachusetts coast near Hingham and then moved to Taunton. Benedict then returned to England and brought his brothers and sisters back to Windsor, and then he came to Windsor after receiving a country scholarship in 1637 and serving as a soldier in the Pequot Indian War. Windsor played a neutral role during the colonial rivalry between Hartford and Springfield. But the Windsor border settlement has led to much debate about alignment with Massachusetts or Connecticut.