About 1650 left England for America
Quoted from History of the Fitch Family 1400-1930, Vol. 1 by Roscoe
Pg 35 "Thomas Fitch, born Oct. 14, 1612, married Anne Stacie,
daughter of William Stacie of Bocking, Nov. 1, 1632. He served in the
Parliamentary Wars of England and in 1650 was one of the founders of
Norwalk, Conn. He sealed a deed dated 16 Oct 21 Charles I with an
Armorial seal showing a chevron between three--------. "
(There appears to be a discrepancie in the birth date of Thomas. John T.
Fitch in his book, A Fitch Family History copyright 1990,1994, shows the
birth date of Thomas as Oct. 24 1612 on page 200.)
Pg 106 "In "Norwalk after Two Hundred and Fifty Years" we find
mention of Thomas Fitch I (1612-1704) as follows:
"Thomas Fitch and Ann his wife were of a family beyond the
ocean, of culture and competence. Roger Ludlow himself registered
Thomas Fitch as the wealthiest man in town. Mr. Fitch's father died
some years before, having in his will named his loving freinds,
Thomas Hooker and Nathiel Rogers, one of the subsequent founders of
Thomas Fitch I was a "Mr." in 1654. In 1655, he was chosen by the
town of Norwalk, Clerk of their Train Band, confirmed as "Recorder of
Laws" by the General Court, 26 Feb 1659. He was Selectman in 1659, King's
Commissioner in 1669 and every year thereafter for twenty-five years. He
was Deputy to the General Court 1673, 1676, 1680-86, 1691-92, 1694, and
Deputy Governor of Connecticut.
At a town meeting held 28 Dec. 1686, "The town did vote Mr. Thomas
Fitch for to be seated in the meeting house in the upper great round
seat, as he is the King's Commissioner.""
Thomas Fitch was also appointed by the colony of Connecticut to "Look
after the Indians" in that state. There are several records indicating
his mediation with the Indians.
Quoted from History of the Fitch Family A.D. 1400-1930, Volume 1 by
Roscoe Conkling Fitch pg 114 &115
"Will of Thomas Fitch I of Norwalk, Conn
To all persons whome these presents shall come: Greeting, I Thomas
Fitch, sen. of Norwalk in the County of Fairfield in New England, being
weak in body but perfect in mind and understanding do by these presents
make and confirm this my last will and testament to stand and abide
Revocking all former wills and do solemly hoping upon good grounds Commit
my soul in ye hands Into my faithful Creator and Redeemer. In hopes of a
joyful Resurrection at ye last day and my body to ye dust to be devoutly
intered. And of estate ye Lord hath bestowed upon me and hath left me
after great expence in the Civill Wars of England, and the Transportation
of myselfe and Family and settling of myselfe and distributing portions
to my children, according to my Capassity and Abillity. That which
remaineth in my hands I do by these so grant and bequeathe as followeth.
Impre. I do will and bequeath unto my grandchild, Thomas Fitch one
parcel of land lying within ye planting field called the Heck, and that
in the Cow division so called the Bounds and quantity expressed in the
Towne Records. I will and bequeath into my two Grandchildren, namely John
and Nathaniel Fitch, parcells of land lying Eastward towards Sacotuck
River, consisting of following lands, bogg, meadow, and swamp, the
quantity consisting of about fiftie acres. The quantity and bounds
expressed in ye Towne Records, and said land to be divided equally
between them in common. Some time after my decease. I do bequeath unto my
said Grandchildren John my fowling small gunn Bolt and sword.
I do will and bequeath unto my daughter Ann, now the wife of John
Johnson of Farmington and unto my daughter Mary, now the wife of Capt.
Matthew Sherwood, several pieces of new putor containing about ye number
of twelve to be equally divided between them and also unto my daughter
Mary the box of drawers in the same. I will and bequeath unto my sd. two
daughters and also my daughter in law, my son John's wife a quantity of
fine linen abiding in the trunk. Containing about two pieces in number:
the same to be equally divided between them. Also unto all the aforesaid
three daughters each of them one Sillver Spoone, the said spoones being
abiding in the sd. Trunk.
I will and bequeath unto my son John ffitch all the rest of my
estate unbequeathed, namely, my dwelling house, barne, home lot the
bounds and quantities expressed in the Towne Record. Also all my lands
both upland and meadow lying in the planting field on ye other side of ye
River the Quantity and bounds as expressed in ye Towne Record, also my
lands without fence, laid out or to be divided. Also my commonage
expressed in the towne books. Also I will and bequeath unto my sd. son
all my movables within doors and without doors, as Brass puter spoons,
bedding with all appertaining thereunto. Also all the wooden movables.
Also my muskit, sword, bandolears and scabbards. Also my Neate cattle,
horses, Kinds in hand or running in the wood, also swine, with my books,
waring apparell. Also my other estate belonging to me, all my debts due
to me. Discharging just debts due, defraying my funeral charge, amd I do
by these presents ordain and constitute my son John Fitch, my sole
executor of this my will and testament and my loving cousin Sargt. John
Platt overseers of this my will and Testament. And for confirmation
hereof and every part thereof I have heeunto set my hand and seal the
sixth day of October, One Thousand six hundred and ninety six.
In the presence of
Samuel Smith (Signed) Thomas