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John Beach

Male - 1677


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  • Name John Beach  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Jun 1677  Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    • date mentioned in inventory
    Notes 
    • Came to New Haven with brothers Richard and Thomas, perhaps 1639 but first mentioned 1643 and took oath of fidelity the following year; removed to Stratford 1652, and was an original proprietor of Wallingford 1670, but retained Stratford residence.
      Died 16 Jun 1677, called Sr. of Stratford (probate rec.); Inv of property at Stratford and Wallingford, amounting to about £344. Agreement 6 Nov 1677 made by children who were of age, signed by John and Thomas Beach, Elizabeth Preston, and Mary Beach; they appointed Capt. Wm. Curtis, Mr. Israel Chauncey, and Mr. John Moss and Eliasaph Preston for those in Wallingford. Names and birth dates of the ten children given. Wife was called Mary at birth of child 1674.

      John Beach, the emigrant ancestor of this line, is first mentioned in the official records of New Haven Colony on January 4, 1643, and lived much of his life in Stratford...July 1, 1644—Took the oath of fidelity... The first home in New Haven of John Beach was at the corner of Grove and Whitney Streets... John sold out in New Haven in 1652 and is supposed to have gone to Stratford but he does not appear there until in 1660 when he buys a house and home lot of William Bryant. This home extended from (Hard's) Corner, Main Street to Elm Street including part of the Ludsley grounds... John Beach was one of the original proprietors of Wallingford but it is not believed that he lived there for any length of time... John died in Stratford and his will is probated in Fairfield County. He is said to have died in 1677... In the inventory of his estate it appears that he had in Stratford, 312-13-0 and in Wallingford, 92-19-0.

      John Beach bought his first land in Stratford, May 21, 1660, of Ensign Byran of Milford, "one house lot, two acres." A record of January 1661 reads: "John Beach was chosen crier for the town, and to be allowed four pence for every thing he cries; that is to say for all sorts of cattle and all other things of smaller value, two pence." He had then a wife and four children.

      The names of the children are entered in Fairfield Probate records, vol. 3, p. 22: Elizabeth, John, Mary, Thomas, Nathaniel, Hannah, Sarah, Isaac, Joseph, Benjamin.

      John becomes a householder in 1647 when "Arthur Halbich passeth over to John Beach his house and home lott with all his accomodations thereto belonging with Newhaven."
      "John Beach came to Stratford and bought his first land here May 21, 1660, of Ens' Bryan of Milford, one house lot 2 acres; he had then a wife and four children. In January 1671 he was made an auctioneer by the following vote: "John Beach was chosen Crier for the town, and to be allowed fourpence for everything he cries, that is to say for all sorts of cattle and other things of smaller value, two years."
      John's name appears on both the first list of home lots in Stratford in 1660, and as an "inhabitant" on the list of 1668, which last was drawn up by the Governor's order, to straighten out church difficulties, and discover voting rights.
      In 1699, another Proprietor's Rights list is ordered to be "Recorded for the future benefit and peace of the Town" (Stratford). On this John Beach is credited with 12 acres and "8 acres within five miles."
      On a list of 38 signers to the Covenant, or original agreement of the first planters of Wallingford in 1669, we find John Beach, Thomas Curtis and Thomas Beach.

      John and Richard Beach both appear on the list of those to whom Governor Eaton administered the oath of fidelity, at a meeting of the "Genl Court att Newhaven the 1st of July 1644." [5, 6, 7, 8, 9]
    Person ID I39183  Mindrum
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2016 

    Father Unknown Beach,   d. Dec  
    Family ID F26903  Group Sheet

    Family Mary,   d. Dec  
    Married 1650  [10
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Beach,   b. 28 Mar 1652, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1692  (Age 39 years)
     2. John Beach,   b. 16 Apr 1654, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2 Apr 1712, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 57 years)
     3. Mary Beach,   b. Sep 1656, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1722  (Age ~ 65 years)
     4. Thomas Beach,   b. May 1659, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1741, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     5. Nathaniel Beach,   b. Mar 1662, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1747, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
     6. Hannah Beach,   b. Dec 1665, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Sarah Beach,   b. Nov 1667, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Isaac Beach,   b. 27 Jun 1669, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1741, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     9. Lt. Joseph Beach,   b. 5 Feb 1671/2, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1737, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     10. Benjamin Beach,   b. Abt 3 Mar 1673/4, Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F26722  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:40.

    2. [S2764] Alfred H. Beach and Cora M. Beach, (Casper, Wyoming, 1926), p. 8.

    3. [S7101] Rebecca D. Beach, (The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Press, 1898), p. 128.

    4. [S8486] John Beach Inventory.

    5. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), pp. I:40-41.

    6. [S2764] Alfred H. Beach and Cora M. Beach, (Casper, Wyoming, 1926), pp. 8-9.

    7. [S204] Wm. H. Wilcoxson, (Stratford Tercentenary Commission, 1969), p. 217.

    8. [S220] Donald L. Jacobus, (Genealogical Pub. Co., 1974), Vol. I-III: 151.

    9. [S7101] Rebecca D. Beach, (The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Press, 1898).

    10. [S7101] Rebecca D. Beach, (The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Press, 1898), p. 133.