It appears that the first record of Matthew Beckwith Immigrant in Hartford CT was when he was fined 10 shillings on Aug. 1, 1639 for inmmoderate and unseasonable drinking at the pinnance. --In 1633 Dutch traders from New Amsterday established a fort near Hartford (Matthew Beckwith has Dutch trader connections in both Hartford and New London). --In 1635, 60 pioneers from New Towne (Mass. Bay)established Hartford settlement--Matthew was not one of them. --In 1636, the First Church of Christ (Center Congregational) was moved from New Towne to Hartford,CT with most of the congregation (under the leadership of Thomas Hooker and Samuel Stone).
Thus, it appears possible that Matthew came to Hartford area from either New Amsterdam or Mass. Bay Colony area (or even possibly was one of Plymouth settlement who moved to New Amsterdam).
QUESTIONS:WHAT RECORD IS THERE OF BECKWITHS AS PURITANS OR PILGRIMS?WAS MATTHEW OR HIS DESCENDENTS CONGREGATIONALISTS?
IS THERE ANY RECORD OF WHO THE DUTCH TRADERS WERE WHO ESTABISHED THE FORT IN 1933 OR CAME SHORTLY AFTERWARD?
IS THERE ANY RECORD OF PEOPLE FROM PLYMOUTH WHO REPORTEDLY WENT TO NEW AMSTERDAM?
If anyone can give me any help on this, I sure would appreciate it.Thank you.