Would appreciate any information on the following individuals.When they came to America, wills, anecdotes, etc.
ANDREW1 MESSENGER was born 1589 in Yorkshire, England, and died 1681 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT.He married SARAH.She was born 1593 in England.
Notes for ANDREW MESSENGER:
ANDREW MESSENGER 1, The immigrant ancestor, was born about 1588 in England,
probably in Lincolnshire, or Yorkshire. He married SARAH ? He
migrated to Massachusetts in 1610. (according to "History of County of Annapo-
lis, Nova Scotia," by W.A. Gaines, pub. 1597, Andrew and his three sons
arrived in Boston from England in 1637).
The 1610 version is from Estelle Messenger Harrington. Another source
states the year was 1630. The author fears it is impossible to determine the
exact year in which Andrew Messenger, Sr., and sons arrived in the New World,
Charles Edward Fanks, in his "Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English
Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650" includes the names of Andrew's three sons
but does not give the year of their arrival, nor the name of the ship on which
they made the journey. The author has been unable to learn in what year Andrew
From Savage:MESSINGER, ANDREW, Norwalk, 1672, may have been as early as 1639 at New Haven, in 1687 had good est. but no ment. of him aft. is found.
Children of ANDREW MESSENGER and SARAH are:
2. i. EDWARD2 MESSENGER, b. 1617, England; d. May 12, 1688, Bloomfield, Hartford Co, CT.
3. ii. ANDREW MESSENGER II, b. 1615, England; d. Bef. 1681, Jamaica, Queens Co., Long Island, NY.
iii. HENRY MESSENGER, b. 1618.
Notes for HENRY MESSENGER:
Note of interest about Henry.
In his will. He left all his estate to his wife with the power to divide it
as she might choose among her children, with the exception of his oldest son,
John, to whom he bequeathed. "Five shillings and no more, for reasons best
known to myself."
Generation No. 2
2.EDWARD2 MESSENGER (ANDREW1) was born 1617 in England, and died May 12, 1688 in Bloomfield, Hartford Co, CT.He married DORCAS.She was born 1621.
Children of EDWARD MESSENGER and DORCAS are:
4. i. NATHANIEL3 MESSENGER, b. June 18, 1653, Bloomfield, Hartford Co, CT; d. Bef. 1700, Windsor, Hartford Co, CT.
5. ii. DORCAS MESSENGER, b. September 23, 1650, Jamaica, Queens Co, NY; d. May 18, 1688, Windsor, Hartford Co, CT.
iii. DELIVERANCE MESSENGER, b. April 07, 1655, Bloomfield, Hartford Co, CT; d. May 24, 1676, Windsor, Hartford Co, CT.
3.ANDREW2 MESSENGER II (ANDREW1) was born 1615 in England, and died Bef. 1681 in Jamaica, Queens Co., Long Island, NY.He married RACHEL.
Notes for ANDREW MESSENGER II:
Timothy Hopkins.1932.John Hopkins of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1634, and Some of His Descendants.Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, CA, p. 44.As a footnote on p. 44: Daniel [Messenger] was the son of Samuel and Susanna (Mills) Messenger of Jamaica, Long Island; his grandfather, Andrew Messenger, appears as a signer of the 'fundamental agreement' at New Haven, Connecticut, 4 June 1639, and was an original proprietor and Magistrate of Jamaica.(The name given to this town by the original settlers was Jamaica.)The Dutch government conferred on the settlement the name of Rusdrop, which occurs frequently in the early records, and was probably used exclusively in conveyance of property.After the surrender of the colony to the English, Jamaica soon came to be exclusively used.(Two Centuries in the History of the Presbyterian Church, Jamaica, Long Island, James M. Macdonald , p. 31.)
3.John O. Evjen.1916.Scandinavian Immigrants in New York 1630-1674.K.C. Holter, Minneapolis, MN.On p. 163: In the early part of 1670 Bording and Marius brought suit against Andrew Messenger, who was indebted to them for goods and merchandise to the sum of fl. 33,112 in seawan.They won their case.Andrew had also to pay the costs of the suit.But as late as November, Andrew had not paid them, and they again complained.The court ordered the sheriff to collect the money or pay it himself.The sheriff was Allard Anthony.As he took no steps to collect the sum, even after getting the orders of the court, the court ordered, on December 16, that the marshall should serve the execution upon the estate of Allard Anthony without any further delay.In March, 1672, the court renewed this order. The Records of New Amsterdam, 1653-1674, VI., 280, 344, 347, 393.
Children of ANDREW MESSENGER and RACHEL are:
6. i. SAMUEL3 MESSENGER, b. Abt. 1639, Jamaica, Queens Co., Long Island, NY; d. December 20, 1685, Jamaica, Queens Co., Long Island, NY.
ii. DANIEL MESSENGER, b. 1640.
iii. MARY MESSENGER, b. 1642.
iv. SARAH MESSENGER, b. February 1644/45.
v. ABIGAIL MESSENGER, b. Abt. 1647.
vi. ANDREW MESSENGER III, b. Abt. 1648.
Generation No. 3
4.NATHANIEL3 MESSENGER (EDWARD2, ANDREW1) was born June 18, 1653 in Bloomfield, Hartford Co, CT, and died Bef. 1700 in Windsor, Hartford Co, CT.He married REBECCA KELSEY, daughter of MARK KELSEY and REBECCA HOSKINS.She was born January 02, 1659/60 in Windsor, Hartford Co, CT, and died February 15, 1731/32.
Children of NATHANIEL MESSENGER and REBECCA KELSEY are:
7. i. HANNAH4 MESSENGER, b. April 05, 1699, Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT; d. May 26, 1789, Chester, Hampden Co, MA.
ii. HANNAH MESSENGER, b. September 1682.
iii. NATHANIEL MESSENGER, b. April 07, 1683.
iv. REBECCA MESSENGER, b. February 11, 1684/85.
8. v. JOSEPH MESSENGER, b. September 20, 1687; d. May 10, 1763.
vi. JOHN MESSENGER, b. November 24, 1689.
vii. RETURN MESSENGER, b. August 04, 1691.
viii. NATHANIEL MESSENGER, b. November 29, 1693.
5.DORCAS3 MESSENGER (EDWARD2, ANDREW1) was born September 23, 1650 in Jamaica, Queens Co, NY, and died May 18, 1688 in Windsor, Hartford Co, CT.She married PIETER WOUTERSE VAN DER MEULEN (PETER MILLS) 1666 in Windsor, Hartford Co, CT.He was born 1641 in Holland.
Children of DORCAS MESSENGER and PIETER MILLS) are:
i. ESTHER4 MILLS, b. Abt. January 23, 1665/66, Windsor, Hartford, Ct; d. January 25, 1757, Wintonbury Parish, Windsor, Ct.; m. JOHN EGLESTONE.
ii. PETER MILLS, b. Abt. 1668, Windsor, Hartford, Ct; d. May 14, 1756, Wintonbury Parish, Windsor, Ct.; m. JOANNA PORTER.
More About PETER MILLS:
Burial: Old Wintonbury Cemetery, Bloomfield, Ct.
iii. RETURN MILLS, d. July 12, 1689.
iv. MARY MILLS, b. Abt. 1676, Windsor, Hartford, Ct; d. September 1760; m. JOHN SOPER.
v. SARAH MILLS, b. Abt. 1677.
vi. DORCAS MILLS, b. Abt. 1682; d. 1720.
vii. MARTHA MILLS, b. 1682, Greenfield, Windsor, Ct.; d. February 16, 1703/04; m. THOMAS GILLET, November 21, 1700, Windsor, Hartford Co, CT.
viii. EBENEZER MILLS, b. February 08, 1687/88, Windsor CT.
6.SAMUEL3 MESSENGER (ANDREW2, ANDREW1) was born Abt. 1639 in Jamaica, Queens Co., Long Island, NY, and died December 20, 1685 in Jamaica, Queens Co., Long Island, NY.He married SUSANNAH April 20, 1669 in Jamaica, Queens Co., Long Island, NY.
Notes for SAMUEL MESSENGER:
Amos Canfield.1934.Abstracts of Early Wills of Queens County, New York, Recorded in Libers A and C of Deeds, Now in the Register's Office at Jamaica, New York.New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.Vol. LXV, pp. 114-120.(Republ. 1987 as pp. 127-133 in Long Island Source Records. Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore.)On p. 127: Messenger, Samuel, of Jamaica, 20 Dec., 1685.House & home lot to oldest son, Samuel.To my three other sons, Andrew, Samuel (sic), & John meadows & goods.Goods & five acres I bought of Zachariah Mills to daus. Alice & Susannah.Wife Susannah exx.Overseers: Zachariah Mills, Jonas Wood, Richard Jones, & Benjamin Jones.Wits: Richard Jones & Jonas Wood.Pro. 2d Tuesday in March, 1685.
3.Timothy Hopkins.1932.John Hopkins of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1634, and Some of His Descendants.Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, CA, p. 44.As a footnote on p. 44: Daniel [Messenger] was the son of Samuel and Susanna (Mills) Messenger of Jamaica, Long Island; his grandfather, Andrew Messenger...
4.A big thank you to Allan Gilbertson for emailing me this message: See Helen S. Ullman, "The Three Messengers: Henry, Andrew and Edward: Clearing the Decks", New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 152 (July 1998), p. 362.She states:
"In spite of what has appeared in print in numerous places, her maiden name was probably not Mills."
When he referred in deeds and in his will to Zachariah Mills as his brother, he was referring to the fact that Zachariah was the husband of Samuel's sister Abigail.
Children of SAMUEL MESSENGER and SUSANNAH are:
i. SAMUEL4 MESSENGER, JR..
9. ii. DANIEL MESSENGER, b. Abt. 1683; d. Abt. 1751, Harwinton, Litchfield Co., CT.
iii. ANDREW MESSENGER.
iv. JOHN MESSENGER.
v. ALICE MESSENGER.
vi. SUSANNAH MESSENGER.
Generation No. 4
7.HANNAH4 MESSENGER (NATHANIEL3, EDWARD2, ANDREW1) was born April 05, 1699 in Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT, and died May 26, 1789 in Chester, Hampden Co, MA.She married (1) JOHN GRAHAM.She married (2) JOSEPH TILLOTSON January 13, 1725/26 in Hartford, CT, son of JOHN TILLOTSON and MARY MORRIS.He was born March 29, 1689 in Saybrook, CT, and died 1755 in Farmington, CT.
Child of HANNAH MESSENGER and JOHN GRAHAM is:
i. MARY5 GRAHAM, b. November 15, 1720.
Children of HANNAH MESSENGER and JOSEPH TILLOTSON are:
10. ii. JOSEPH5 TILLOTSON, b. Abt. 1734, Farmington, CT; d. Aft. 1800, Oneida Co., NY.
iii. JOHN TILLOTSON, b. February 26, 1725/26.
iv. HANNAH TILLOTSON, b. 1728.
v. MARTHA TILLOTSON, b. 1730.
vi. TABITHA TILLOTSON, b. 1731.
vii. EBENEZER TILLOTSON, b. 1736.
viii. RUTH TILLOTSON, b. Abt. 1739.
8.JOSEPH4 MESSENGER (NATHANIEL3, EDWARD2, ANDREW1) was born September 20, 1687, and died May 10, 1763.He married CATHERINE HOLCOMB January 22, 1706/07.She was born 1689 in Simsbury, CT, and died 1769.
Children of JOSEPH MESSENGER and CATHERINE HOLCOMB are:
11. i. ISAAC5 MESSENGER, b. March 29, 1717, Granby CT.; d. June 03, 1801, W. Simsbury CT..
12. ii. NATHANIEL MESSENGER, b. June 08, 1725, Simsbury, CT; d. February 10, 1801.
9.DANIEL4 MESSENGER (SAMUEL3, ANDREW2, ANDREW1) was born Abt. 1683, and died Abt. 1751 in Harwinton, Litchfield Co., CT.He married LYDIA ROYCE January 28, 1703/04 in Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT, daughter of NEHEMIAH ROYCE and HANNAH MORGAN.She was born May 28, 1680 in Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT, and died Bet. 1745 - 1751.
Notes for DANIEL MESSENGER:
Timothy Hopkins.1932.John Hopkins of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1634, and Some of His Descendants.Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford, CA, p. 44.As a footnote on p. 44: Daniel Messenger, the pioneer settler of Harwinton, from Hartford in January 1730, was 'first in age and position' among the early settlers.(Chipman's History of Harwinton, pp. 27-30.)He was commissioned captain of the train band of Harwinton by the General Assembly held at Hartford, 10 May 1744. (Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut from May 1744 to November 1750, Charles J. Hoadley , pp. 1, 38.)
Daniel was the son of Samuel and Susanna (Mills) Messenger of Jamaica, Long Island; his grandfather, Andrew Messenger, appears as a signer of the 'fundamental agreement' at New Haven, Connecticut, 4 June 1639, and was an original proprietor and Magistrate of Jamaica.
Children of DANIEL MESSENGER and LYDIA ROYCE are:
13. i. SUSANNAH5 MESSENGER, b. November 30, 1704.
ii. SAMUEL MESSENGER, b. 1705.
iii. LYDIA MESSENGER, b. 1707.
iv. SAMUEL MESSENGER, b. 1709.
v. NEHEMIAH MESSENGER, b. January 19, 1713/14, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; d. December 27, 1798; m. ELIZABETH HOPKINS.
vi. ANDRW MESSENGER, b. July 29, 1716.
vii. MARY MESSENGER, b. January 05, 1716/17; d. March 20, 1798; m. JONATHAN BRACE.
viii. RACHEL MESSENGER, b. February 19, 1719/20.