THE FIRST WHITE SETTLER OF
STONINGTON BORN IN ENGLAND
1594 MIGRATED TO AMERICA
IN JOHN WINTHROPS COMPANY
WHICH PLANTED BOSTON IN 1630.
AFTER SPENDING A FEW YEARS
IN REHOBOTH MASS, HE WITH
HIS WIFE AND FOUR SONS IN
FIXED HIS PERMANENT HOME IN
THIS THEN WILDERNESS AND
BUILT HIS DWELLING HOUSE
NOT FAR FROM THIS MONUMENT.
HE TOOK A LEADING PART IN THE
ORGANIZATION OF THE TOWN AND
THE CONDUCT OF ITS EARLY AFFAIRS.
HE DIED JUNE 9, 1667.
A BOLD PIONEER. A WISE ORGANIZER.
A FIRM CHRISTIAN
Chesebrough - - Sounds funny, doesn’t it? Or does it? I’ve never really ever heard anyone pronounce this name, so if someone out there knows please drop me a comment!
I first became especially interested in this family when I saw that William Chesebrough married his wife Ann Stevenson on 15 December 1620 at the St. Botolph’s church in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, where my Pilgrim ancestors first left England for Holland. Also, it is interesting to consider that Reverend John Cotton was their minister at St. Botolph’s and then again their teacher at the First Church in Boston, Massachusetts. I have seen many immigrants coming to New England in this time period to follow their ministers, who left England for being “non-conformists”.
William and his family immigrated to Boston in 1630, and then they removed to the Braintree church on 16 February 1639/40, and were dismissed again to Rehoboth on 9 April 1648. Sometime later they removed to Connecticut and settled at Stonington.
On 23 May 1667 William Chesebrough wrote a will in Stonington, which was proved on 17 September 1667. Anna left a will dated 19 March 1672/3. I was sad to see that the original documents are missing from the probate files, and the only record of them that exists today are transcriptions in the published Chesebrough genealogy Descendants of William Chesebrough, Founder of Stonington, Connecticut, by Anna Chesebrough Widley, 1903. There is a large monument to William Chesebrough at the Wequetequock Burial Ground in Stonington, and his original gravesite is nearby.
For sources on the Chesebrough family please see the sketch about William Chesebrough at The Great Migration Begins, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume 1, pages 339 to 345. Also see The American Genealogist, Volume 19, page 78, Volume 21, pages 190 – 191, and Volume 22, pages 60 – 61 for Samuel in the second generation. Also see my post about the Ingraham family at this link: http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2013/04/surname-saturday-ingraham.html
My Chesebrough lineage:
Generation 1: William Chesebrough, born about 1595 probably in Lincolnshire, England, died 9 June 1667 in Wequetequock, Stonington, Connecticut; married on 15 December 1620 at St. Botolph’s Church, Boston, Lincolnshire, England to Ann Stevenson, who was born 23 August 1598 in Boston, England and died 24 August 1673 in Wequetequock, Stonington. They had eleven children.
Generation 2: Samuel Chesebrough, born about 1627 in Boston, England and died 31 July 1673 in Stonington; married on 3 November 1655 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts to Abigail Ingraham, possible daughter of Richard Ingraham. She died 18 April 1700 in Stonington. Seven children.
Generation 3: Elizabeth Chesebrough, born 6 January 1669 in Stonington, died after 1708 in Stonington; married about 1689 in Stonington to William Ingraham. He was the son of William Ingraham and Mary Bairstow, born 27 January 1658 in Boston, Massachusetts, and died 16 January 1708 in Stonington. Seven children.
Generation 4: Patience Ingraham m. Ebenezer BillGeneration 5: Asahel Bill m. Mary Rand
Generation 6: Reverend Ingraham Ebenezer Bill m. Isabella Lyons
Generation 7: Professor Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 8: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 9: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)
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