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In memory of William Wadsworth, my Maternal 11th Great-Grandfather on the HARVEY branch.


  • William Wadsworth (patriarch) article on Wikpedia [Read]
  • Johnson, Stedman, and allied families; a genealogical study with biographical notes, by Mabel Johnson, 1920. [Read]
  • Account of Some of the Descendants of John Russell, the Emigrant.... by Gurdon Wadsworth Russell, 1910, p. 235-238 [Read​]
  • NEHGR Vol. 29 p. 25 [Read]
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William Wadsworth

An original founder of Hartford, Connecticut

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Log Buckby, England






1675 Oct 15

Hartford, Connecticut

Ancient Burying Ground

Hartford, Connecticut




William Wadsworth was born between 1595 and 1601 in England and sailed to Massachusetts Bay on the "Lyon" or "Lion", arriving in Boston on September 16, 1632. He settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He went with Thomas Hooker's company to Hartford, Connecticut, in June of 1636. There he was an active member of the community, serving as Selectman from 1640 to 1672/3. He also served as commissioner in 1660 and 1662/3 and as list and rate maker in 1662/3 and 1667/8. He was chosen representative (deputy of the General Court) nearly every year from 1657 until his death in 1675. His will was dated May 16, 1675, and inventory of his estate was taken on October 16, 1675. He is buried in the Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford. He married first to Sarah Talcott in 1626 and second to Elizabeth Stone on July 2, 1644. 


William Wadsworth & Sarah Talcott were the parents of my ancestor,

Children with Sarah Talcott:

1. Sarah Wadsworth, married John Wilcox.

2. William Wadsworth, died young.

3. Mary Wadsworth, died Feb. 8, 1711/2, married Thomas Stoughton. (NEHGR Vol 23 p.32)

4. John Wadsworth, married Sarah Stanley and died in 1689.

Children with Elizabeth Stone:

5. Elizabeth Wadsworth, born May 17 1645, married John Terry, Nov. 27, 1662 at Hartford. (NEHGR Vol 5 p 362 and Vol 12 p. 173).

6. Samuel Wadsworth (1646-1682)

7. Joseph Wadsworth, born abt. 1647 in Hartford, who preserved the Connecticut Charter in the "Charter Oak" in 1687.

8. Sarah "Sary" Wadsworth (again), baptized Mar. 17, 1649, married Jonathan Ashley.

9. Thomas Wadsworth, born abt. 1651.

10. Rebecca Wadsworth, born abt. 1656.

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