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Richard Westcott

Male - Bef 1650

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  • Name Richard Westcott  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 6 Mar 1649/50  Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried Old Cemetery, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • He settled in Wethersfield by 1636 and bought Samuel Clark's homestead; sold it to John Stoddard, 1645, and removed to Fairfield, where he died before 11 Mar 1649/50.
      He m. Joanna, sister of the wife of Robert Sanford of Hartford. She married (2) Nathaniel Baldwin of Fairfield, and (3) Thomas Skidmore of Fairfield.
      On 14 Feb 1664/5, John Weed of Stamford, husband of Joanna, dau. of Richard Westcott, receipted to his father-in-law Thomas Skidmore. Daniel Westcott receipted same date; and on 4 Jan 1669/70 Moses Knapp, husband of Abigail Westcott receipted, and on 9 Nov 1666 John Westcott receipted.
      Served in Pequot War, 1637

      Richard Westcott came first to Salem, Mass. in 1631. He was one of Elder Thomas Hooker's party who came down from Massachusetts to settle in the Connecticut valley. He was at Wetherfield in 1636. The Pequot Indian fight took place on his meadow lands in 1637. He was a soldier in this fight.
      In 1639 we find him in Milford, Connecticut. Then the same year he joined Roger Ludlow's settlement in Fairfield. Conn.
      He had 2-1/2 acres of land on the southeast side of Frost's Square, between John Gray and John Nichols in 1639 -- in the first layout of the town of Fairfield.
      "He owned meadow land at Sascoe Neck bounded by the Parsonage - Wards Island, the land of Ezion Wakeman and the highway." He married Joanna and contributed to the building of the first Meeting House in Fairfield, the site of the present Congregational Church. Children named on church records.
      Richard died in 1649 in Fairfield and is buried in the old cemetery.
      Schenk's History of Fairfield has a map showing where his house stood in 1639.

      Richard Westcott (sometimes Wastecoate or Waistcoate) rec. his ho'd 1640, on W. side High St. on S. cor. Fort (now Prison) St. It had earlier been Samuel Clarke's; sold it to John Stoddard in 1645; Rem. to Fairfield, 164-; became one of the early pars. of Bedford, Westchester Co., NY; he was one of the soldiers in the Pequot campaign of 1637

      Beyond the year of his birth, 1592, nothing has been positively revealed of the youth of Stukely Westcott. That he was born in the shire or county of Somerset in England of the posterity of Thomas de Wescote and Elizabeth Littleton, his wife, of Westcote in the parish of Marwood in Devonshire, whose descendants settled in Somerset in the lated 15th century, there is every belief.
      Based upon the age of his children, he was married about the year 1617-8 when about twenty-six years of age. His wife was probably Rosanna Hill of Somerset. They are definitely located in the Spring of 1622 in the southern part of Somerset in the parish of Yeovil. From there they started for New England in 1635,
      Benedict Arnold wrote in April, 1656: They sailed from Dartmouth in Old England, the first of May, Friday and arrived in New England June 24, 1635. On board was Stukely Westcott, 43, of Yeovil, and his wife with children Robert, Damaris, Samuel 13, Amos 4, Mercy and Jeremiah. Benedict later married Damaris.
      Historians agree that Richard and William Westcott, who are first learned of at Salem in the Massachusetts Bay colony in 1636, were brothers of Stukely Westcott.
      Hugh Parsons, by his first wife had a daughter, Mary, who in 1611 married Richard Westcott who was born in 1588 and was the eldest of the brothers. Whether William Westcott was married there is no record. With his brother Richard, he left Salem and in 1639 settled at Wethersfield, Conn. They removed in 1644 to Fairfield, Conn., where Richard died in 1651. His widow married Nathaniel Baldwin. Two sons and two daughters were born to Richard: John, Daniel, Joanna (m-John Weed), Abigail )m-Moses Knapp). The eldest son John, with his son Richard, were among the twenty-two founders, or proprietors, of Bedford, now in Westchester Co., NY. This was in 1680.

      Richard Westcott came from England to American sometime before 1637 and settled in the Colony of Connecticut living first in Wethersfield. Wethersfield was first founded in 1634. A list of additional settlers, most between 1636 and 1640, contains the name of Richard Wastcoat. Richard was among those who went forth to fight the Pequot Indian War in 1637.
      Sometime before 1643, Richard married Joanna, sister of the wife of Robert Sanford of Hartford. Joanna was born in approximately 1612 as she was 55 years of age in 1667. New England Marriages Prior to 1700 suggests that the wife of Robert Sanford was Anne Adams.
      Wethersfield town records show numerous land holdings by Richard Westcott. By 1645, Richard had sold his lands to John Stoddard. After selling his lands in Wethersfield, he removed to Fairfield, Connecticut where he owned six parcels of land.
      By all accounts, Richard died in 1650/51, and his widow Joanna by September 1653 married second Nathaniel Baldwin.
      Nathaniel Baldwin was an "early planter of Milford, Connecticut. He married Abigail Camp, who joined the church at Milford 6 Jun 1644, and died there 22 Mar 1648. The children: John, Daniel, Nathaniel, Abigail.
      Nathaniel owned several properties in Fairfield by virtue of his marriage to Joanna Westcott.
      Joanna was involved in the story of witchcraft in Fairfield when she was discovered visiting a woman condemned for witchcraft, Goody Knapp, urging her to implicate Mary Staples.
      Nathaniel Baldwin died by October 19, 1658 As on that date Fairfield probate records show in Volume 1 (1648-1656) that the court appointed Cornelius Hull and Joan Baldwin, the widow, administrators of Nathaniel's estate with the following:
      "To the three children he had by the said Jone Baldwin they shall have equall portions one with another."
      Sometime between 1658 and 1667, Joanna, widow of Richard Westcott and Nathaniel Baldwin, married third Thomas Skidmore, as on June 19, 1667, Joanna made her Will which can be found in Fairfield .probate records Volume 1675-1689, page 25. Her will, probated 1677, names all of her Westcott children: John, Daniel, Joanna and Abigail.
      One of the receipts on the back of the probate records reads:
      "January 4, 1669
      These presents testifieth that I Moses Knapp of Greenwich do acknowledge that I have received of my father in law Thomas Skidmore of Fairfield all my legacie was due to Abigail Westcott that is now my wife from her fathers estate. And I do by these presents freely acquit and discharge my father Skidmore or any other for paying any further claim thereto, as witness my hand ye day and dated above written.
      Moses Knapp
      Samuel Baldwin
      The Ward of Sarah Baldwin [1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
    Person ID I39149  Mindrum
    Last Modified 7 May 2018 

    Family Joanna,   b. Abt 1612,   d. 1682  (Age ~ 70 years) 
     1. Daniel Westcott,   b. Abt 1643,   d. Bef 14 Feb 1703/4, Caesar River, Salem, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     2. John Westcott,   b. Abt 1645, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1704  (Age ~ 59 years)
     3. Joanna Westcott,   b. Abt 1646,   d. by 1678  (Age ~ 32 years)
     4. Abigail Westcott,   b. Abt 1647, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 4 May 2018 
    Family ID F26706  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:660.

    2. [S2857] C. C. Baldwin, The Baldwin Genealogy from 1500 to 1881, (Leader Publishing, 1881), p. 406.

    3. [S4131] Fairfield Proprietor's Deeds, Vol. A1, p. 18. By this date, Richard Westcott's home lot in Fairfield had passed into the possession of Nathaniel Baldwin who had married Richard's widow, Joanna.

    4. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:660, bef 11 Mar 1649/50.

    5. [S6378] Westcott file folder at Fairfield Museum and History Center.

    6. [S6387] Sherman W. Adams, The History of Ancient Wethersfield, (New York: Grafton Press, 1904), p. 311.

    7. [S7365] Roscoe L. Whitman, History and Genealogy of Stukely Westcott, (1932), pp. 9-11.

    8. [S2739] Darlene's Family Genealogy, www.dkdonvan.com.

    9. [S7399] Juneanne Waistcoat Glick, Waistcote, Westcoatt, Etc., (Standard Publishing Co., 1991), pp. 1-11.