GENERATION 12

GENERATION 11

MATTHEW BECKWITH
born:         -1610                        
marr:                    
died:10-21-1680  
father: 
mother: 
 
MARY
born:         -1625                        
marr:                    
died:    
father: 
mother: 



Biography

According to "The Founders of Saybrook Colony and Their Descendants, 1635-1985", MATTHEW BECKWITH came to New England (possibly from Ponteferact, Yorkshire, England) in 1635, residing first at Saybrook Point, CT. He was in Branford, CT, in 1638 and was among the first settlers of Hartford in 1642. By 1651, he was in East Lyme, having purchased large tracts of land along the Niantic River.

"The Beckwiths", by Paul Beckwith, 1891, mentions a number of items from the Connecticut Records. He is said to have resided in Hartford in 1645, on lot number ten on Main Street. This book points out the possible parents of MATTHEW as Marmaduke Beckwith of Dacre and Clint, North Yorkshire, England, and his wife Anne Dynley. The book traces the ancestry of Marmaduke back to Sir Hugh de Malebisse, who held lands at the time of William the Conqueror. MATTHEW's wife's name is given as Elizabeth (which has since been refuted).

The "Beckwith Notes" discount the parentage of Marmaduke Beckwith, and give the name of MATTHEW's wife as MARY. The notes suggest that MATTHEW was probably born in Essex, England, far from North Yorkshire, Marmaduke's home.

According to the Hartford Public Records, p.29, MATTHEW was in Hartford, Aug. 1, 1639 aboard a pinnace (small schooner) with other members of her crew. MATTHEW was fined ten shillings for unreasonable and immoderate drinking on the pinnace. MATTHEW may have been a trader, as these vessels were commonly used to bring supplies to the Colony and return with beaver skins. He owned a boat, which he kept at Beckwith Cove in Lyme, CT.

In 1645, MATTHEW bought land in Hartford, from William Platt, an original proprietor. In 1650, he bought land in Hartford, from Thomas Porter. In the spring of 1651, he was given a house lot in East Lyme, New London, CT. His wife was at the Hartford Court on May 22, 1665, where she gave her age as 40.

In 1657, the Winthrop Medical Journal, p. 379, Pequot, New London, CT, gave the ages of the children as follows: Mary 14, Matthew 12, ELIZABETH 10, Sarah 7-1/2, Joseph 4. Mary was reported as living at the B. Bernards. She was apparently living with the family of Bartholomew Bernard of Hartford.

MATTHEW was able to give land somewhat liberally to his sons, and it is recorded that, in 1665, thirty acres more were "laid out" to him, all of which he gave his son Joseph.

From Simeon Bradstreet's Memoires (NEHGR vol 9, p. 50), "Octob. 21, 1680, MATTHEW BRECKET Sen. aged about 70, missing his way in a very dark night, fell from a Ledge of rocks about 20 or 30 foot high, and beat out his braines against a stone he fell upon."

Inventory filed June 6, 1682, Est. 339 - Birth about 1612. After the death of MATTHEW, his widow MARY, married Samuel Buckland. She died before 1690. Samuel Buckland married Hannah, widow of Philip Bill in 1690, and died in 1700, at New London.

There is much contradiction about the dates of birth and death of MATTHEW. Records seem to indicate that he was about age 70 at the time of his accidental death. James Savage gives a date of death of Oct. 21, 1680. From this, a date of birth of about 1610 is derived. This seems to be the most widely accepted year of birth. "The Beckwiths" (p. 74) gives a date of birth of Sep. 22, 1610, and a date of death of Dec. 13, 1681. In his contribution to the "Beckwith Notes" (p.2), Frederick H. Beckwith quotes a source as giving the time of death as "the spring of 1682." No one source seems to be more reliable than another.
 


Children

  born marr died
first four children probably born in Hartford, Hartford, CT
Mary
  husband Samuel Daniels
  husband Benjamin Grant
         -1643     
                 
09-06-1641     
                 
05-10-1671
 
                 
 
09-11-1726     
Matthew
  wife Elizabeth Hill
  wife Elizabeth Griswold
  wife Sarah Starkey
         -1645     
 
 
 
 
 
         -1691
 
06-04-1727     
         -1689     
         -1727     
 
ELIZABETH BECKWITH
  husband Robert Girard
  husband JOHN BATES
         -1646/47
 
10-07-1649     
 
         -1665
 
 
 
01-15-1717/18
Sarah
  husband Joshua Grant
         -1650     
04-11-1636     
 
 
 
 
last three children probably born in East Lyme, New London, CT
Joseph
  wife Susannah Tallman
-1653     
 
 
 
-1707     
-1717     
Nathaniel
  wife Martha _______
         -1656     
 
 
 
         -1725     
 
John
  wife Prudence Manwaring
         -1658     
 
 
 
12-08-1757     
 


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