General Locations: Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, Hempstead, Long Island, New York, and Cornberry Neck, Flushing, NY.
Common Surnames: Butler, Washburn, Hicks, and Peat.
Help! I am seeking desperately for information on my Butler family! I am seeking for information on Richard, and his two daughters, Mary Butler Washburn Hicks and her sister Phebe Butler Peat. Note: This posting should not be viewed as a matter of fact document; this is because it goes against the main stream genealogical research of this family. This posting should be viewed in the spirit of letting me tell you what I have found, and then together we go about fixing my mistakes. Although, this posting moves against the universal research of this family, it should not be seen as a destructive document or attack on the familiar research. I believe if you will carefully read my message you will understand it to be what it was meant to be, a cry for help, and not as some will see it as a destructive document. Please do not misunderstand this message; first and foremost, I want to get the research right. Now, let me show you what I have found:
Descendants of Richard Butler
Generation No. 1
1. RICHARD1 BUTLER1 was born in England?, and died May 20, 1676 in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut.
Notes for RICHARD BUTLER:
Okay, here right off we are going to get into trouble, because I don’t believe my Richard, the father of Mary Butler Washburn Hicks and Phebe Butler Peat, is the same Richard Butler, son of Steven Butler, and grandson to John Butler, with brothers, William, and Samuel Butler, as listed in the current popular genealogical research of today. Basically, I don't believe anybody has the research quite 100%. Some researchers take Richard's tree to the moon while others stop with him. William Washburn is another one; some take his line to the moon, while others stop with him.
I don’t have a problem with the research on John, Samuel, Richard Butler of Hartford, Elizabeth Bigelow, or even Elizabeth Olmstead. Please let me bring in the focus a little more, and tell you what my problem is. My problem is Mary Butler Washburn Hicks and her sister Phebe Butler Peat and their father Richard Butler.
So far what records and works I have seen indicates that my Richard, Mary, and Phebe Butler, who where currently listed in most of the popular research of today don’t belong there. As I understand it there were two Richard Butler’s, one who died at Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, and one who died at Hartford Connecticut, and left a will there. There is a lot of confusion about linking the Richard Butler of Fairfield with the Richard Butler who died at Hartford. Both of the Richard Butler’s had a daughter named Mary, they both lived near each other, and both died in the same general area, and nearly at the same time. It had to be somewhat confusing at times when they were alive. Sources I find reliable have thus far all warned me about the confusion, or a possible connection to the Richard from the Hartford line.
The will of the Richard Butler who died at Hartford is listed below and is only used for comparison. When I found this will because it confused me I asked some trusted fellow Hicks family researchers from Stratford about this issue, and in a message dated 05-29-02 they said, " Neither [book researchers] Jacobus, nor Orcutt, who did the history of Stratford, thought that Richard Butler of Stratford was the same Richard Butler as that of Harford although others have confused the two. Mary's probate file makes it clear that she inherited from him prior to her death which seems to have occurred more or less simultaneously with that of her father in the 1675/76 time period. Although, I did not succeed in finding the originals of Richard Butler's 1676 probate file. It is not on the microfilm in the Hartford library so I assume the papers were lost or destroyed before they were transferred from Fairfield to the Library I believe sometime in the 1930's or so. The original papers which survived are now stored in archives and not easily accessible but the microfilm has all that are there. It is quite possible [book researcher] Jacobus did see the original in Fairfield prior to that date."
A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS. 1677 to 1687.
Page 184-5 Name: Deac. Richard Butler Location: Hartford
Died 6 August, 1684. Invt. œ564-15-00. Taken 2 September, 1684, by Paul Peck sen., George Grave. Will dated 2 April, 1677.
Know all men whom it may concern, that I Richard Butler, being in bodily health & of sound & perfect memory, doe make & ordain this my Last will & Testament in Form & maner as followeth: Imprim: I doe give to my son Thomas Butler my uper Lot in the Long meadow. 2nd I doe give to my son Samuell all my meadow Land in Weathersfeild meadow. 3, I doe give to Nathaniel my son my meadow Lot neer the Long meadow gate. 4, I doe give Joseph Butler My son all my Land in the South meadow. 5, I doe give to my son Daniel Butler my now dwelling house wth all appurtenances of building & ground about it, as also I doe give my son Daniel my Lot comonly called ten acres. 6, I doe give my three daughters, Mary Wright, Elizabeth Olmsted & Hanah Green, twenty shillings apeice, to be payd out of my moveable estate by my present wife Elizabeth, whom I appoynt my Executor to this my last Will. Allso it is my will that none of these children aforesayd doe possess or enjoy any of these Lands, or ought else mentioned, but with the consent, death, or change of their mother's condition, that is, by marriage againe. But if my wife Elizabeth Butler should change her conditions & marry againe, then my will is that all my aforesd. sonns & daughters doe possess every one his Legacy & my wife only the Thirds; & for the rest of Cattell & household goods I give them all to my wife, provided as afoursayd she continue in widdowhood; but if she marry again, then to take the third of all, as of the house & Land so of Cattell & household Stuffe; & the rest equally to be divided among all my Children aforementioned; & though there may be divers Wills Extant that I have written with my own hand, yet this is my Last & shall stand written wth my owne hand. I appoint my two sons Thomas & Samuel Butler to be Overseers of this my Last will. My will also is that my daughter Mary Wright shall have one feather bed after her mother's decease.
Richard Butler. Witness: Samuel Wright, Samuel Butler.
Court Record, Page 93--4 September, 1684: Will Proven. 1
Richard Butler --- Father of Mary Butler Washburn Hicks:
Records from the First Congregational Church of Woodbury, CT (Microfilm, CT State Library, Hartford, CT): This church began life as the Second Congregational Church of Stratford, CT, formed between 1666-1670 as a result of a doctrinaire dispute about "half-membership" between two groups of the parishioners of the Stratford First Congregational Church. Richard Butler was an original signer of the covenant for this church in 1670. (Ch, Rec.Vol 1, p 3). As the breach widened, some members of the Second Church picked up and moved from Stratford to Woodbury, Ct., in 1672 . Others followed later, taking their church record book with them. There is no indication that Richard Butler himself actually relocated to Woodbury and he evidently died in 1676 shortly after the baptisms mentioned below. (Orcutt, "History of Stratford & Bridgeport, CT")
It would appear that Richard Butler was in the habit of seeing that his grandchildren got baptised in his church when he got a chance to do it. There is an entry on Ch. Rec. Vol 1, p 8 which was made May 14, 1676 and reads "John + Phebe Hix son + daughter of M? + Thomas Hicks, and grandchildren of Goodma(n) Butler were baptised." There is an earlier entry for the baptism of another grandchild of Goodman Butler on Ch. Rec. Vol 1, p 6 - John Washburn, the only child of Mary's first marriage "Goodma(n) Butler, his grandchild, John Washburn was baptised May 7, 1671. It should be noted that baptism was generally granted only later after the child was of reason and proven faith and that was one of the issues in dispute between the two groups, (See Orcutt) so these baptsimal dates do not indicate anything specific about birth dates. Richard Butler's estate was probated in 1676. Estate documents suggest that Mary also had a sister Phebe, married to Benjamin Peat 2
Note Source Credit:
1http://search.ancestry.com/cgibin/sse.dll?db=connprob1&cres=33;145http://search.ancestry.com/cgibin/sse.dll?db=connprob1&cres=33;145 %2c34;1284%2c35;725%2c36;28%2c37;335%2c38;77%2c39;178 %2c40;15% 2c41;6 %2c42;817%2cssdi;381%2cgenepool;119%2chdssoldiers;22% 2cpallotm;26 %2ccvwrmr;52 % 2cbgmi;24 %2ctnmarr1851;1%2cirishfam;8% 2c&prox=1&ti=0&gsfn=richard&gsln=butler&submit=search&gs=butler+richard&gss=angs&GS=BUTLER+RICHARD 05-27-02
2 http://awt.ancestry.com/cgibin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=fparise&id=I13470http://awt.ancestry.com/cgibin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=fparise&id=I13470 04-29-02
Other Good Sources:
Title: History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Volume: I, Author: Donald Lines Jacobus Publication: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, Connecticut, 1930 Page: 469
Title: Our Washburn Heritage. by Elaine Olney Page: 5
Children of RICHARD BUTLER are:
i.MARY BUTLER2 WASHBURN2, b. Abt. 1640, CT.; d. Bef. 1677, Cornberry Neck, Flushing, NY.; m. (1) JOHN WASHBURN3, June 07, 1655, Stratford, Fairfield, CT.; b. Abt. 1627, Bengeworth,England?; d. October 30, 1658, Hempstead, Long Island, New York; m. (2) THOMAS HICKS, 1659, Hempstead, NY; b. 1640, Wymouth, Mass.4; d. 1740, Flushing, Queens Co., New York4.
Notes for MARY BUTLER WASHBURN:
Known as Widow Washburn. Maiden name Butler. The first wife of Thomas Hicks was Mary Butler, the daughter of Richard Butler of Stratford, CT and widow of John Washburn. " 1
"The first wife of Thomas Hicks was Mary Butler, the daughter of Richard Butler of Stratford, CT and widow of John Washburn. "
John Washburn - Mary's first husband: Her first marriage is recorded on Vol 1, p 484 of the Stratford, CT Land Records - "John Washborne, the son of William Washborne, and Mary Butler, the daughter of Richard Butler were married ye seventh day June 1655." There was one son by this marriage, John Washburn, Jr. born Nov. 26, 1657, the child whose baptism is noted above. The Washburns relocated to Long island where John Washburn, Sr died and his widow remarrried to Thomas Hicks 3
Evidently Mary inherited a considerable amount of property in Stratford, CT from her father, which passed under the control of Thomas Hicks after her death. Finally in 1712/13 Thomas released this property to Mary's children in the probate of the "Estate of Mary Hicks, Cornberry Neck, NY" as processed by the Fairfield Probate District of CT, in March 1712/13. (File # 2868 as on microfilm at the Ct State Library in Hartford - Film # 317, Fairfield 1648-1880 in the Series of Pre-1881 Probate Papers. It also bears the identification # 1018754).
This probate file, which evidently has not been previously noticed, provides original source documentation of the children of the first marriage of Thomas Hicks and suggests a probable birth order within each sex. It further clarifies just which children should be connected to which wife -- an issue which has been clouded and subject to varying listings in various well-known secondary sources. This file lists all the heirs of Mary Butler Washburn Hicks -- grandson John Washburn; sons Thomas Hicks, John Hicks, and Jacob Hicks; daughters Phebe Hicks, Mary Hicks, Sarah Hicks, and Elizabeth Hicks -- the "legatys" of Mary Hicks.
According to the cover sheet for the File # 2868, it consists three documents which were deposited in the Connecticut State Library some time after 1929:
1) A "misc" instrument executed and signed by "Tho. Hickes" on "this (fifth?) day of feb. 1712/13." It was witnessed by Bena Hicks, and John Smonds. Further, "March 2 day 1712/13 then apered Thomas Hicks before me and acknoleged the above Instrument a gift to be his voluntorn act and deed before me". Signed William Cornell. I cannot make out the text in its entirety but some significant portions are clear.
2) An inventory, dated March 7, 1712/13 of the "Estate of Mrs. Mary Hicks of Cornberry Neck on the Island of Nassau in Queens County in the province of New York ?? which lands and estate are ?? as being in the Comm(?) of Stratford in the Colinoy of Conocticott as appears of the record." Follows a listing of all the properties with their estimated value (totalling 126=00=00), and appended at the end - "ye legatys as followeth":
John washbon ] grand child to ye desesed
Thomas Hicks )
John Hicks ) sons to ye desesed the above inventory apprized by us March 7th
Jacob Hicks ) as ???
Phebe Hicks ) Joseph Curtifs
Mary Hicks ) daughters to ye desesed James Judson
Sarah Hicks )
Elizabeth Hicks )
3) A distribution document-The division by the court is confirmed in Stratford Land Records, Vol 2, p 111, which relists all the same individuals, except noting that Thomas and Mary are deceased and their respective shares go to their heirs. Original Sources - (Microfilms of all originals available at the CT State Library, Hartford, CT) 2
Finding these documents was very exciting and I was a bit squelched to later find that Donald Lines Jacobus [researcher] had also located them and come to the same conclusions. However most Hicks researchers have ignored this evidence. The following is from his "Families of Old Fairfield," Vol 1, p 135 under Richard Butler: "Butler, Richard Inv. 18 May 1676. Agreement made by Thomas Hicks, Mary Hicks, Benjamin 2
Thomas married twice, first to Mary (Butler) Washburn, widow of John Washburn, and daughter of Richard Butler of Stratford, CT. His second wife was Mary Doughty, daughter of Elias and Sarah Doughty, and a granddaughter of Francis Doughty. Different sources estimate different birth dates for the children and assign them in some cases to different mothers in different birth orders. However an original document has been located which clarifies this issue. On February 10, 1712/13 Thomas executed an instrument for the CT Probate District of Fairfield, Estate of Mary Hicks of Cornberry Neck, NY, relinquishing all claims to the Stratford, CT property which his first wife, Mary (Butler) Washburn Hicks, had inherited from her father, Richard Butler of Stratford, in favor of her children. The instrument specifically names "ye legatys as follows: John Washburn, grandchild of the deceased; Thomas Hicks, John Hicks, Jacob Hicks, sons of the deceased; and Phebe Hicks, Mary Hicks, Sarah Hicks, and Elizabeth Hicks, daughters of the deceased." (Fairfield Probate District, File #2868) The division of property among the heirs is subsequently listed and confirmed in the Land Records of Stratford, Vol 2, p 111, as per the order of the Probate Court. (Microfilms of these original documents are available at the Ct State LIbrary in Hartford, CT) That leaves Issac, Benjamin, William, Charles, Charity, Stephen, and a second Mary as children of his second wife, Mary Doughty. 6
The Richard and Mary Butler that I have record of was already dead when Richard Butler of popular research made his will in Hartford, but why isn’t Mary’s sister Phebe mentioned in the will of Richard Butler of Hartford? By all indications Phebe was still very much alive when the Richard of Hartford made out his will. Source: A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records.1677 to 1687. Page 184-5 Location: Hartford: Will dated 2 April, 1677 Died 6 August, 1684. (Please refer to the above will.)
I have researched the Mary Butler, who I find listed in today’s popular research, on the net I find Mary listed and married to at least three husbands and in some cases even more. The most common husbands are; John Washburn, Thomas Hicks, and Samuel Wright. If you total all these children supposedly born to her, and then consider this birth information, you will soon realize it was not humanly possible for her to have given birth to all these children.
I have record of the marriages of my Mary Butler Washburn Hicks, of when and where, she married John Washburn, and Thomas Hicks, but I cannot find record of Mary’s marriage to Samuel Wright. If such a record is found her name should be listed as Mary Hicks, or widow Hicks, and the document would need to be dated after 1740. This is because Thomas Hicks lived long after his wife Mary died, and by most reports lived to be nearly a hundred years old. Also, the last child to be born to Thomas and Mary Butler Washburn Hicks was Elizabeth Hicks, who was born 1676, and is listed in her father’s will, as well as, the document written in 1712/13 by Thomas Hicks relinquishing and releasing all Mary’s lands to her children, and in the process naming all Mary Butler Washburn Hicks children.
When Thomas Hicks’ document of 1713 surfaced, it settled a long-standing confusion; it settled just who Mary Butler Washburn Hicks children were once and for all. So, if such a marriage document is found linking Mary Butler Washburn Hicks to Samuel Wright, it would have to be at least dated after 1676, and this would indicate that there was a divorce between Thomas and Mary. So far no record of a divorce decree such as this has been found, but if it were true, I think my fellow Hicks family researchers who live at Stratford would have already found it.
Mary Butler married John Washburn, June 07, 1655 at Stratford, Fairfield, CT. John Washburn died, October 30, 1658, at Hempstead, Long Island, New York, and he left a will there. Mary Butler Washburn then married Thomas Hicks, 1659 at Hempstead, Long Island, New York, and died, 1675/76, at Cornberry Neck, Flushing, NY. Thomas Hicks then married for a second time to Mary Doughty, July 06, 1677, at Flushing, Queens Co., New York. Source: New York Marriages Previous to 1784.
In deliberation of the birth date of Elizabeth and her siblings, all children of Mary Butler Washburn Hicks named in at least two documents. Then bearing in mind the birth dates of Thomas Hicks subsequent children with his second wife Mary Doughty. Along with marriage dates of both spouse’s of Mary Butler Washburn Hicks and the marriage dates of both wives of Thomas Hicks. Then reflection of the death date information of John Washburn, and Thomas Hicks, alongside all the documents they left in the wake of their deaths. Then after these considerations note that Mary’s sister Phebe Butler Peat is not mentioned in the will of Richard Butler who died at Hartford in 1684, but is mentioned in a land document listed below. After all this inspection one should be able to conclude that Mary Butler Washburn Hicks could not have been the wife of Samuel Wright, and therefore could not have been the Mary Wright mentioned in the will of Richard Butler who died at Hartford in 1684. After all this one should be equipped to conclude that Mary Washburn Hicks and her sister Phebe Butler Peat could not have been the daughters of Richard Butler of Hartford Connecticut, but were indeed the daughters of the Richard Butler of Stratford Connecticut.
Note Source Credit:
1 Broderbund WFT. 17 tree # 1918
2 http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=j-m-hicks&id=I01897http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=j-m-hicks&id=I01897 04-28-02
3 http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=fparise&id=I13470http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=fparise&id=I13470 04-29-02
4 http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=truax&id=I20862http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=truax&id=I20862 05-28-02
5 http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:a18227&id=I927http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:a18227&id=I927 05-27-02
6 "The Haviland Genealogy", pp 27-36
Other Good Sources:
Title: Estate File, Fairfiled Co., CT Probate Page: Lists her as Mary Hicks of Crnberry Neck, Ny
Title: STRATFORD, CT LAND RECORDS Publication: Microfilmed Originals, CT State Library, Hartford, CT Media: Microfilm Page: Vol 1, p 484 Text: "John Washborne, the son of William Washborne and Mary Butler, the daughter of Richard Butler were married ye seveth day of June 1655."
Title: COLONIAL FAMILIES OF LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK AND CONNECTICUT, Vol 3 Author: Seversmith, Herbert Furman, FASG Publication: Washington, DC, 1948 Note: Much of the material derived from the Benjamin D. Hicks Mss. Collection - Brooklyn Historical Society. Has an extensive discussion of the problem of the spurious English Ancestry. Note: CT State Library - Hartford Media: Book Page: p 1328 Text: Will proved Jan 28, 1641/2
Title: MARRIAGE LISCENSES, NAMES OF PERSONS for Whom Were Issued by the Sct'y of the Province of NY Previous to 1784 Author: O'Callaghan, E. B. Publication: Weed, Parsons & Co, Albany, 1860 Note: Index to Vols in Scy of St, NY, Office. Liscenses were the NY equivalent of posting banns/intentions and a marriage bond had to be filed to get one. Vols under diff titles: See files for explantion.
Note: Berkshire Athaneum, Pittsfield, MA Media: Book Page: p 182 Text: Liscense issued July 6, 1677 (Orig in "Warrants, Orders, Passes", Vol III, p 252) Sources from: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=j-m-hicks&id=I01897http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=j-m-hicks&id=I01897 04-28-02
Notes for JOHN WASHBURN:
Could be John WASHBURN OR WASHBORNE First husband of Mary.
Birth: ABT 1627 in Bengeworth,England[?] Death: 30 AUG 1658 in Hempstead, Long Island,New York Will in the Town Office of Town Clerk of North Hempstead, LI. Dated August 30, 1658. John is also mentioned in the Town records 1653 and 1657.Will in the Town Office of Town Clerk of North Hempstead, LI. Dated August 30, 1658. 1
Note Source Credit:
1 http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:a18227&id=I861http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:a18227&id=I861 25-28-02
Other Good Sources:
Title: STRATFORD, CT LAND RECORDS Publication: Microfilmed Originals, CT State Library, Hartford, CT Media: Microfilm Page: Vol 1, p 484 Text: "John Washborne, the son of William Washborne and Mary Butler, the daughter of Richard Butler were married ye seveth day of June 1655." Source of Source: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=j-m-hicks&id=I01897http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=j-m-hicks&id=I01897 04-28-02
More About JOHN WASHBURN and MARY WASHBURN:
Marriage: June 07, 1655, Stratford, Fairfield, CT.
Notes for THOMAS HICKS:
M #1 Mary Cornell Butler (widow Washburn) dau of Richard of Strafford M #2 Mary Doughty Thomas Hicks Held the following offices -Justice of the Peace-High Sheriff of Queens County, 1702-03-Captain of Queens County Troop, 1666-Member of Assembly, appointed by Gov Andros-Judge of Common Pleas, Queens Co, 1691-1699. In 1666 he obtained from Gov Nicoll a patent for about 4000 acres of land in the vicinty of Little Neck, where he buil a good house and lived as the Lord of the Manor for many years. 1
The Seaman Genealogy (p 84) says Thomas was born Weymouth, MA in 1640, d in 1740. Seversmith gives a birth year of 1642 and a death date two or three weeks prior to Jan 28, 1742, when his will was proved. Thomas was a judge in Queens County, and was Captain of Militia in 1666.
NY Historical Society, Abstracts of Wills, Vol 3, p 352 -In the name of God, Amen. I, THOMAS HICKS, of Flushing, in Queens County, Gent., being in good health. I leave to my grandson, Thomas Hicks, the eldest son and heir of my son Thomas Hicks, deceased, the sum of 5 shillings. I leave to my son Isaac "my Great History Book which is called Speeds Chronicle of England." I leave to my son Benjamin, my silver Tankard. I leave to my son Stephen, all my houses, lands, and meadows, in the bounds of Flushing or Queens County, except my right on the Great Plain in Hempstead; Also a bed and furniture and the remainder of my books, and two Hatchells, and my wearing apparell. I leave to my 6 sons, John, Joseph, Isaac, Benjamin, William, and Stephen, all my right on the Great Plain in Hempstead. To my daughter, Phebe Simmons, L100. To my daughter Charity, L250. To my daughter, Mary Bushlar, L100. I leave to my grand daughter, Mary Hicks, daughter of my son William Hicks, my silver tumbler. All the rest of my personal property to my 4 daughters, Phebe, Elizabeth, Charity, and Mary, and to my grand daughter, Sarah Everitt. My Indian and negro slaves, and my live stock, are to remain for my son Stephen. My sons Benjamin and Stephen are to be serviceable to my daughter Charity in her affairs. I make my son Stephen executor. Dated May 15, 1727. Witnesses, Cornelius Van Wyck, John Washburn, T. Whitehead. Proved, January 28, 1741/2. 5
New York City Wills, 1730-44
Will of JOHN RODMAN, of Flushing, in Queens County, NY dated February 10, 1699, Thomas is mentioned. 5
Thomas moved to Flushing with his father when his father left his mother, Herodias Long. In 1666, he obtained a patent from Governor Nicolls for four thousand acres on Madman's Neck. He died shortly before 28 January 1741/2 aged nearly 100 years. The New York Post Boy under the date of 26 January 1749 states that "he left behind him of his offspring above three hundred children, grandchildren, great - grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren". His will dated 15 May 1727, was proved 28 January 1741/2. He married first between 23 February 1657 and 19 January 1658 Mary, widow of John Washburne and daughter of Richard Butler, who died before 1677; and he married second in 1677 Mary Doughty, daughter of Elias Doughty of Flushing who died in 1713. He had thirteen children. 2
Land Record of Thomas Hicks:
Mad Nan's Neck. (The Index says "Now Little Neck in North Hempstead") Vol. 14 Colonial History Of The State Of New York From Vol. 14 Colonial History Of The State Of New York, Originally considered to be part of Flushing, after substantial animosity the land on the neck was finally determined to be part of Hempstead.
In 1666 Capt Thomas Hicks bought land on Mad Nan's Neck, Flushing, L. I., then called Cornbury, of Gov. Nicholls and divided into three parts equally, to Thomas Hicks, Richard Cornell and Elias Doughty. William Haviland purchased the latter's share in 1666. Consequently Thomas had for his neighbors , his brother-in-law (husband of sister Hannah) and Richard Cornell and was of course well acquainted with Elias Doughty (who was soon to become his second father-in-law.)
“Documents Relating To The Colonial History Of The State Of New York.”
Vol. Xiv. 1883, “Documents Relating To The Colonial History Of The State Of New York” By B. Fernow
“Copy Of A Document On Page 41 Of Vol. 29 Of New York Colonial MSS.,” In The New York State Library, Made By George R. Howell, Archivist.
Book B. 122-125, Queens Co., N. Y.
Hicks Deeds in Queens County, Book B. 654, Feb. 1700/1, 27th day Thomas Hicks of Flushing in Queens Co. N. Y. to son John Hicks
New York Marriages Previous to 1784
Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued By the Secretary of the Province of New York, Previous to 1784, D page 115
1677. July 6. Doughty, Mary, and Thomas Hicks, O.W.P., iii. 252
New York Marriages Previous to 1784
Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued By the Secretary of the Province of New York, Previous to 1784, H, page 182
1677. July 6. Hicks, Thomas, and Mary Doughty, W.O.P., iii. 252 4
Note Source Credit:
1 Broderbund WFT Vol. 21 Tree # 139
2 Source: "Herodias (Long) Hicks-Gardiner-Porter A Tale of Old Newport", written by G. Andrews Moriarty, from Rhode Island History, Vol XI (1952) p. 84 - 92
3 http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=fparise&id=I16020http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=fparise&id=I16020 04-29-02
4 http://search.ancestry.com/cgihttp://search.ancestry.com/cgi bin/sse.dll?db=ny1784&cres=33;57%2c34;540% 2c35;178%2c36;5%2c37;25%2c38;5%2c39;20%2c40;3 %2c42;421%2cssdi;73% 2cgenepool;124%2cpallotm;65%2ctnmarr1851;4%2c&gsfn=mary+&gsln=doughty&prox=1&yeart=a&ti=0&sourceid=2524&submit.x=38&submit.y=13&gs=doughty+mary&gss=angs&GS=DOUGHTY+MARY 05-27-02
5 New York City Wills, 1708-28; http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=nycv2&cres=32;1030%2c33;245%2c34;2187%2c35;2156http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=nycv2&cres=32;1030%2c33;245%2c34;2187%2c35;2156 %2c36;178%2c37;592%2c38;33%2c39;918%2c40;23%2c41;10%2c42;1%2cssdi;1030%2cgenepool;488%2chdssoldiers;182%2cpallotb;23%2c&prox=1&ti=0&gsfn=thomas&gsln=hicks&gspl=1%2cany+locality&submit=search&gs=hicks+thomas&gss=angs&GS=HICKS+thomas
Other Good Sources:
Title: NY SURROGATE COURT FILES, Will of JOHN HICKS (abt 1679-1730), (New York County Surrogate Files, Vol 10, pp 224-226), Named in father's will, written 1727, legatee and executor of her husband's estate, probated Apr 28, 1730, named in fathers will of 1727, as "Ellis, named in father's will of 1727, as "youngest son, Thomas Hicks", not yet 21."p 226, Date will (written Nov 12, 1827) was probated. (Page 211)
Title: Hicks, Eugene, SIR ELLIS HICKS (1315), et al, (Wilmington Printing Co., Wilmington, NC, 1982), Note 45, p 241, baptismal date - source unknown.
Title: WOODBURY, CT FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH RECORDS, Vol 1, p 8.
Title: HICKS, JIM - PERSONAL FILE - July 1997, (http://www.geocities.com/heartland/meadows/8099index/html), "Electronic."
Title Seversmith, Herbert Furman, FASG, COLONIAL FAMILIES OF LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK AND CONNECTICUT, Vol 3, (Washington, DC, 1948), p 1325, 1328-30, 1339, Will proved Jan 28, 1641/2.
Title: Thompson, Benjamin F.,, LONG ISLAND, HISTORY OF, Vol III, 3rd ed., ((orig 1843, 3rd Ed orig 1918) reprint, Ira J. Friedman, Inc, Port WAshington, NY, 1962), p 470.
Title: Reynolds, Marian H., REYNOLDS, THE HISTORY AND DESCENDANTS OF JOHN AND SARAH, (Reynolds Family Association, NY, 1924), p 415.
Title: Seaman, Mary Thomas, SEAMAN, LINKS IN GENEALOGY-MEMORIAL of SAMUEL HICKS SEAMAN. . ., (Tobias A. Wright, Inc., NY, 1927).
Title: Hodge, Harriet Woodbury, HICKS(HIX) FAMILIES OF REHOBOTH & SWANSEA, MA, (Privately Printed, Winnetka, Ill, 1976, FHL # 1035844), p. 64.
Title: NEHGSociety, "NEHGR (The New England Historical & Genealogical Register)," Boston, MA 1847 - present: Vol 91, July 1937, p 288, Will dated Apr 29, 1672 and proved Jamaica, LI, NY June 14, 1672.
Title: Frost, Josephine C., FROST GENEALOGY, THE, (Frederick H. HItchock, NY, 1912), "Electronic," p 358-59.
Title: LONG ISLAND FAMILIES. GENEALOGIES OF, Vol 1, "Doughty Family of Long Island" Author: Doty, Ethan Allen Publication: NYGBR,Vol XLIII,1912), Reprinted, Genealogical Pub Co, Baltimore, 1987. Orignally published NYGBR, Vol XLIII (July 1912) pp 273-297 & Vol XLIII (Oct 1912), pp 312-324
Title: "The Doughty Family of Long Island" Author: Ethan Allen Doty Publication: Genealogies of Long Island Families, Vol I Media: Family Archive CDPage: pg. 344
Title: American Marriage Records Before 1699 Author: William Montgomery Clemens Publication: Pompton Lakes, NJ: The Bilbio Company, 1926 Note: www.Ancestry.com
Title: MARRIAGE LISCENSES, NAMES OF PERSONS for Whom Were Issued by the Sct'y of the Province of NY Previous to 1784 Author: O'Callaghan, E. B. Publication: Weed, Parsons & Co, Albany, 1860 Page: p 182, Liscense issued July 6, 1677 (Orignally published as "Warrants, Orders, Passes", Vol III, p 252)
Title: Genealogies of Long Island Families Author: Selected excerpts by Henry B. Hoff Publication: Excerpts from THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL & BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD,excerpts published by The Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. of Baltimore, Md., 1987
Call Number: FTM CD #173, Genealogies of Long Island Families, 1600s-1800s Media: Family Archive CD Page: Vol I, page 344, Doughty family
Title: Signers of the Mayflower Compact Author: Annie Arnoux Haxtun Publication: In Three Parts, published 1897-1899, New York Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1960 and reprinted for Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1998. Call Number: FTM CD#23, Pilgrim Genealogies and Histories, 1600-1900's Media: Family Archive CD Page: page 104 Hicks family
More About THOMAS HICKS and MARY WASHBURN:
Marriage: 1659, Hempstead, NY
ii.PHEBE BUTLER5, b. 1642, Stratford,Fairfield,Connecticut; d. Stratford,Fairfield,CT; m. BENJAMIN PEAT5, 1662, Stratford,Fairfield,Connecticut; b. 1640, Stratford,Fairfield,Connecticut; d. May 01, 1704, Stratford,Fairfield,Connecticut.
Notes for PHEBE BUTLER:
Peat, Phebe Peat. Benjamin and Samuel Peat, Jr., of Stratford, conveyed 1713 land from grandfather Richard Butler dec'd. John Washbourne of Flushing, L. I., Gent., conveyed 1712 to Daniel Beardsley, right in Stratford land. John Hicks of Flushing, L. I., eldest son [son Thomas having died] of Thomas Hicks by his wife Mary, dau. of Richard Butler of Stratford, with Samuel Simmons and his wife Phebe, John Isman and his wife Elizabeth, and Sarah Rushmore, all of Flushing, three daus. of Thomas and Mary, appointed 1712 their brother Jacob Hicks to act as their attorney. [Note that daughter Mary is also missing from this list as she too evidently died prior to this data]
Distribution 1713 of Est. of Mrs. Mary Hicks of Cornberry Neck, L. I.; grandson John Washbourne; heirs of Mary Hicks, a dau., and of Thomas Hicks; John Hicks; Jacob Hicks; Phebe Hicks; Sarah Hicks; Elizabeth Hicks.
Children of Richard Butler: Mary, m. (1) 17 June 1655, John Washburn; m. (2) Thomas Hicks. Phebe, m. Benjamin Peat." 1 The first wife of Thomas Hicks was Mary Butler, the daughter of Richard Butler of Stratford, CT and widow of John Washburn. " 2
Note Source Credit:
1 http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=j-m-hicks&id=I01897http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=j-m-hicks&id=I01897 04-28-02
2 http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=truax&id=I20862http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=truax&id=I20862 05-28-02
Other Good Sources:
American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
PEAK, Phebe (Butler)
Birth Date: 163? Birth Place: Volume: 132 Page Number: 487 Reference: A genealogical dict. of the first settlers of New England, showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692. By James Savage. Boston. 1861. (4v.)v.1:321
PEAT, Phebe (Butler)
Birth Date: 164? Birth Place: Volume: 133 Page Number: 200 Reference: Sergeant Francis Nicholls of Stratford, Ct. And des. By Walt. Nicholls. New York, 1909. (101p.):60
PECK, Phebe (Butler)
Birth Date: 164? Birth Place: Volume: 133 Page Number: 297 Reference: A catalog of the names of the early Puritan settlers of the Colony of Ct. By Royal R. Hinman, Hartford. 1852. (884p.):457
Birth Date: Birth Place: Volume: 23 Page Number: 297 Reference: Genealogy of Alexander Alvord of Windsor, Ct. By Sam. Morgan Alvord. Webster, NY, 1908. (823p.):88 Parker, in Amer:294 Tenney fam., des. Of Thom. Tenney of Rowley, Ms., 1638-1904. By Martha Jane Tenney. Concord, NH. 1904. (691p.):136
Birth Date: 163? Birth Place: New York Volume: 23 Page Number: 297 Reference: Sergeant Francis Nicholls of Stratford, Ct. And des. By Walt. Nicholls. New York, 1909. (101p.):62
Birth Date: 164? Birth Place: Volume: 23 Page Number: 297 Reference: Sergeant Francis Nicholls of Stratford, Ct. And des. By Walt. Nicholls. New York, 1909. (101p.): 60
Notes for BENJAMIN PEAT:
Will: 14 APR 1704, Will proved 12 July 1704, Source: History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield.
See Gene Pool Individual Records – at the link listed below- for the birth information of the children and some of the grandchildren of Benjamin and Phebe Butler Peat. 1
Birth, marriage, and death date information for Benjamin and Phebe Butler Peat and for some of their children can be seen at the links listed below. 2 & 3
Note Source Credit:
1 http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?&db=genepoolb&cres=33;8%2c34;18%2c35;14%2c42;31%2cgenepool;9%2cpallotm;4%http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?&db=genepoolb&cres=33;8%2c34;18%2c35;14%2c42;31%2cgenepool;9%2cpallotm;4% 2c&gsfn=benjamin+&gsln=peat&prox=1&yeart=a&ti=0&sourceid=2524&submit.x=36&submit.y=9&gs=peat+benjamin&gss=angs&fh=10 05-30-02
2 http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=genepool&cres=33;8%2c34;18%2c35;14%2c42;31%2cgenepool;9%2cpallotm;4http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=genepool&cres=33;8%2c34;18%2c35;14%2c42;31%2cgenepool;9%2cpallotm;4 %2c&gsfn=benjamin+&gsln=peat&prox=1&yeart=a&ti=0&sourceid=2524&submit.x=36&submit.y=9&gss=angs&GS=PEAT+BENJAMIN
3 http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=genepoold&cres=33;8%2c34;18%2c35;14%2c42;31%2cgenepool;9%2cpallotm;4%http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=genepoold&cres=33;8%2c34;18%2c35;14%2c42;31%2cgenepool;9%2cpallotm;4% 2c&gsfn=benjamin+&gsln=peat&prox=1&yeart=a&ti=0&sourceid=2524&submit.x=36&submit.y=9&gss=angs&GS=PEAT+BENJAMIN 05-29-02
Other Good Sources:
American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)
Birth Date: 1640 Birth Place: Connecticut Volume: 133 Page Number: 194 Reference: Sergeant Francis Nicholls of Stratford, Ct. And des. By Walt. Nicholls. New York, 1909. (101p.):60
Birth Date: 1665 Birth Place: Volume: 133 Page Number: 194 Reference: Sergeant Francis Nicholls of Stratford, Ct. And des. By Walt. Nicholls. New York, 1909. (101p.):60, 65
Birth Date: 166? Birth Place: Connecticut Volume: 133 Page Number: 194 Reference: Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 4 Jan 1933, 5671
More About BENJAMIN PEAT and PHEBE BUTLER:
Marriage: 1662, Stratford,Fairfield,Connecticut
1. Joan M. Hicks.
2. "Ancient Landmarks of Plymoth", W. T. Davis.
3. Joan M. Hicks.
4. Mormon Church PAF/IGI records.
5. Joan M. Hicks.
Where is the paper trail, or authors works, or any source information that links Mary Butler Washburn Hicks, and her father Richard Butler, and sister Phebe Butler Pheat to this Hartford Butler family of popular research of today? I have researched my family’s history since 1976, and I have tried to base my work on reliable sources, such as, paper trails, and research books, and these sources have lead me to believe I am correct in my current assumption about this family.
I trust what I can hold in my hand, and sometimes what I can see with my eye, and I have not seen or held any document, records, or author’s works that connects the Butler’s of Stratford with the Butler’s of Hartford Connecticut. If this research bares weight, and I can find reliable sources that connect them with each other, I will then gladly make the change and connect my family with the Hartford line. I am desperately looking for something that I can believe in, something that will help me to be able to be able in good conscious connect the Butler’s of Stratford with the Butler’s of Hartford Connecticut.
I don’t want to shred apart anyone’s family research. In fact, I want to be part of the Hartford Butler line, but I cannot just blindly connect to this line after what I have seen. Is there any work, record, source, or sources that you are aware of that will help me connect these two Butler families? Thank You so very much for your time.
Berna David Hunter