The First Settlers of Hartford County, Connecticut (list)

Updated: Jul 2, 2020


This valuable list of settlers who arrived at Hartford prior to February of 1640 was written by Miss Mary K. Talcott. Following is a list of the settlers, of whom much more information is available in the book, "The Memorial History of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884", by J. Hammond Trumbull, 1886. [Link]

Note: Six of my known ancestors (on the Harvey branch) were original proprietors of Hartford. They are indicated in red. Click the name to learn more about them.


Jeremy Adams

Matthew Allyn

Francis Andrews (Wm. Andrews)

John Arnold

Andrew Bacon

John Barnard

Thomas Barnes

Robert Bartlett

John Baysey (or Baisie)

Thomas Beal

Nathaniel Bearding (or Bardon)

Mary Betts (widow)

John Bidwell (or Biddle)

Richard Billing

Thomas Birchwood (or Birchard)

Peter Blachford (or Blatchford/Blackfield)

Thomas Blackley (or Blatchley/Blacksley)

Thomas Bliss Sr & Jr

William Blumfield

James Bridgeman (not an original proprietor)

John Bronson (or Brownson/Brunson)

Richard Bronson (brother of John)

Capt. Thomas Bull

Thomas Bunce

Benjamin Burr

Dea. Richard Butler

William Butler

Clement Chaplin (or Chaplain, returned to England)

Dorothy Chester (widow of John Chester, sister of Thomas Hooker)

Richard Church (removed to Hadley in 1659)

John Clarke

Nicholas Clarke

James Cole

Sergeant William Cornwall

John Crow

Capt. John Cullick

Philip Davis

Fulke Davy

Robert Day

Nicholas Desborough

Dea. Joseph Easton

William Edwards

Edward Elmer

Nathaniel Ely

James Ensign (also spelled Ensing)

Zachary Field

Thomas Fisher

John Friend

Samuel Gardiner (or Gardner)

Daniel Garrett

Samuel Garrett (or Garrard/Garwood)

John Gennings

William Gibbons

Dea. Richard Goodman

Elder William Goodwin

Ozias Goodwin

Seth Grant

George Grave

Bartholomew Green (died before arrival)

Samuel Greenhill

Thomas Gridley

Samuel Hale (or Hales)

Thomas Hale (John Hale)

John Hall

Stephen Hart

William Hayden (Heaton)

Hon. John Haynes

Rev. John Higginson

William Hills

John Holloway

William Holton (or Holten/Houghton)

Rev. Thomas Hooker

Gov. Edward Hopkins

John Hopkins

Thomas Hosmer

George Hubbard

Thomas Hungerford (or Hungerfoot)

William Hyde (or Hide)

Jonathan Ince (Jonas)

Thomas Judd

Ralph Keeler

Nathaniel Kellogg

William Kelsey

Edward Lay (Leary)

William Lewis

Thomas Lord

Thomas Lord Jr.

Richard Lord

Richard Lyman

John Marsh

Matthew Marvin

Reinold Marvin (Mann)

John Maynard

John Moody

John Morris (or Morrice)

Benjamin Munn

Thomas Munson

Joseph Mygatt

Thomas Olcott (or Alcott)

Dr. John Olmstead (or Holmstead)

Capt. Richard Olmstead (or Holmstead)

William Pantry (or Peyntre)

William Parker

Dea. Paul Peck

William Phillips

Thomas Porter

Stephen Post

John Pratt

William Pratt

John Purchas (or Purkas)

Nathaniel Richards

Thomas Richards

Richard Risley (or Wrisley)

Thomas Root

William Ruscoe (or Reskoe/Rescue - possibly related to Mercy Ruscoe?)

John sable

Thomas Scott

Thomas Selden

Richard Seymour

John Skinner

Arthur Smith (possibly related to Agnes Smith or Margaret Smyth?)

Giles Smith

Serg. Thomas Spencer

William Spencer

John Stanley

Thomas Stanley

Timothy Stanley

Thomas Stanton (possibly related to Benjamin Stanton?)

Dea. Edward Stebbins

George Steele

John Steele

John Stone

Rev. Samuel Stone

John Talcott

Nathaniel Wade (or Ward)

William Wadsworth

Henry Wakely (or Walkley)

Andrew Warner

John Warner

Richard Watts (Wm Watts)

Richard Webb

Gov. John Webster

William Westley

William Westwood

Elder John White

Samuel Whitehead

Maj. William Whiting

John Wilcock (or Wilcox)

Gregory Woltherton (or Wiltherton)

Thomas Woodford

Gov. George Wyllys (possibly related to Temperance Willis?)


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