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Richard Hubbell

Male ca 1625/6 - Bef 1699  (~ 73 years)


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  • Name Richard Hubbell  [1, 2, 3
    Born ca 1625/6  Bewdley, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 22 Jan 1625/6  Bewdley, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ribbesford parish register
    Died Bef 3 Sep 1699  Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    • date of inventory
    Buried Old Stratfield Burying Ground, Stratfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Notes 
    • Was he not a son of that Richard Hubbell who married at Bewdley, co. Worcester, Eng., 30 Apr 1621, Sarah Wakeman, sister of John and Samuel Wakeman, the New Haven colonists?... Took oath of fidelity, New Haven, 7 Mar 1647/8; admitted planter, Guilford, 25 Feb 1653/4. Tried for sedition 1662, as one of a party which supported Dr. Bray Rossiter against the authorities of New Haven Colony. Accepted as freeman, resident at Fairfield, 13 Oct 1664. He acquired a good estate, and was an original member of Stratfield Church, 1695... Will of Richard of Pequonnock, 5 Apr 1699, proved 20 Nov 1699; heirs of deceased son John, and to John's son Richard; son Samuel, Sr.; Ebenezer, son of son Ebenezer; son Richard; daughters Elizabeth Frost, Mary Newton, Martha Wakeman; son Samuel, Jr.; daughters Abigail French, Sarah Hubbell; sons James, Joseph, Joh; residue to wife Abigail for life, she and Samuel, Sr., to be Executors. Witnesses: Isaac Knapp, Jonathan Pitman. Inventory 3 Sep 1699 taken by Mathew Sherwood and James Bennett.

      Richard Hubbell was probably young when he came to Connecticut. More than likely he was brought to New England by one of his Wakeman uncles, probably John, shortly after his mother's death in 1634/5. He was undoubtedly 21 when he took the oath of allegiance in New Haven March 1647/8, the first time his name appears in public records.
      Sarah Wakeman Hubbell, mother of Richard, died in 1634, perhaps of the plague which swept England and of which thousands died in London. She left her husband with a family, all under 10. He was a small farmer, a "husband-man" per the Quarter Sessions Records of Worcestershire of October 1640, so it's likely the family was separated in order for young ones to receive proper care—Richard may soon have come to New England.
      There is an entry in the Ribbesford parish register in Bewdley, Worcestershire dated 22 Jan 1625/6 recording the baptism of "Richard, the sonne of Peter Hubbell and Joane", probably an error for Richard Hubbell and Sarah. Although not conclusively established, it may be that a Richard Hubball who married Elizabeth Cowlricke is the progenitor, grandfather of Richard the immigrant.
      About 1651, Richard Hubbell married Elizabeth Meigs, daughter of John and Tamazin (Fry) Meigs of New Haven. He lived in Guilford about ten years. He was admitted a planter 25 Feb 1653/4. In 1654 he took the oath of fidelity, and his name appears in a list of freemen of Guilford in 1657-8. He remained in Guilford until 1664. Fairfield records show he was "accepted to be made free" 13 Oct 1664, a preliminary or probationary status accorded any newcomer to the parish. Richard was "made free" 10 Oct 1669 suggesting that in these five years he had disposed of his Guilford holdings and established himself in Fairfield with new land and habitation, and become a member in good standing of the church community.
      In 1685, following King James II's accession, the Connecticut General Assembly ordered every township to take out letters patent to confirm to the owners all grants of land. Richard Hubbell was one of eleven residents of Fairfield singled out by the General Court to whom the Fairfield Patent was granted. The eleven men named, including Nathan Gold, Samuel Wakeman, Jehu Burr, John Burr, Thomas Staples, John Green. Joseph Lockwood, John Wheeler George Squire, Isaac Wheeler and Richard Hubbell, appear to have been chosen from among land holders representing all the scattered rural communities and settlements then comprising Fairfield. The patent was signed 26 May 1685 by Governor Treat.
      In 1688 Elizabeth Gaylord Hubbell, second wife of Richard, died, probably in Fairfield. His third marriage followed closely, not an uncommon occurrence in those early and difficult years. A marriage contract between Richard Hubbell and third wife Mrs. Abigail Walker was drawn up, and in view of the mature age of the participants, set aside the conventional right of husband to assume his wife's estate upon marriage. Richard was closely identified with the First Church of Christ in Stratfield.
      Richard Hubbell prepared his will in April of 1699, died in October and was buried in the Stratfield Burying Ground where a memorial marker has been placed.
      Children by Elizabeth Meigs: John, Richard, James, Samuel, Elizabeth, Mary, Martha, Ebenzer. Children by Elizabeth Gaylord: Samuel, Abigail, James, Sarah. Children by Abigail Prudden: Joseph, John.


      About the year 1668, Henry Summers and Samuel Gregory established their homes of the west side of the Pequonnock River at the junction of what is now Park and Washington Avenues, in the city of Bridgeport. Others soon followed and the number had so increased that in May, 1690, a petition was sent to the General Court, signed by forty-six taxpayers for ecclesiastical privileges. The following householders were included in the list:
      Richard Hubbell, Sr.
      Samuel Hubbell
      Richard Hubell
      Samuel Hubbell

      Richard Hubbell came to New England between 1640 and 1645. He took the oath of fidelity in the New Haven colony on 7 Mar 1645. He moved to Guilford, CT and purchased land there 25 Feb 1653. He soon after removed to Fairfield where he was accepted to be made a freeman of the town 13 Oct 1664 and was made a freeman 10 Oct 1669. He settled northwest of the plateau at Pequonnock and purchased the home-lot of Thomas Wheeler, Sr. He became one of the largest land holders in the town. His name is mentioned in the Fairfield Patent granted in 1685. Both he and his sons were brave and active men in the French & Indian wars, and his memory is honored and respected by his descendants, as one of the leading citizens of the town and colony. His tombstone is near that of his second wife in the Old Burying Ground of Stratford, marked R. H., but the date of his death is obliterated with age. [10, 11, 12]
    Person ID I39329  Mindrum
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2016 

    Father Richard Hubbell,   d. Dec  
    Mother Sarah Wakeman,   d. Feb 1634/5 
    Married 30 Apr 1621  Bewdley, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • parish register says 31 Apr 1621
    Family ID F12859  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Elizabeth Meigs,   d. Dec  
    Married Abt 1651  [1, 13
    • probably in New Haven
    Children 
     1. John Hubbell,   b. Abt 1652, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1690, Albany, Albany, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years)
     2. Richard Hubbell,   b. Abt 1654, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1738, Stratfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
     3. James Hubbell,   d. Abt Dec 1656, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Samuel Hubbell,   b. 6 Nov 1657, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1713, Stratfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     5. Elizabeth Hubbell,   b. 16 Nov 1659
     6. Mary Hubbell,   b. Abt 1661, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Martha Hubbell,   b. Abt 1659, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1711  (Age ~ 52 years)
     8. Ebenezer Hubbell,   b. 16 Nov 1659, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1698, New London, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F27074  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Elizabeth Gaylord,   b. 4 Oct 1647, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1688  (Age 40 years) 
    Married Abt 1669  Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8
    Children 
     1. Samuel Hubbell,   b. Abt 1670, Stratfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Abigail Hubbell,   b. Abt 1672,   d. Aft 1741  (Age ~ 70 years)
     3. James Hubbell,   b. Abt 1674, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1777, New Milford, Litchfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 103 years)
     4. Sarah Hubbell,   b. Abt 1676,   d. 17 Dec 1726  (Age ~ 50 years)
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F26717  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Abigail Prudden,   d. Bef 5 Feb 1717/8 
    Married Abt 16 Apr 1688  [8, 14
    • marriage contract of that date
    Children 
     1. Joseph Hubbell,   b. Abt 1689,   d. Bef 25 Mar 1700  (Age ~ 11 years)
     2. John Hubbell,   b. Abt 1691, Stratfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1774, Stratfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years)
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F9750  Group Sheet

  • Documents

    Hubbell, Richard - Will transcript

    Headstones
    Hubbell, Richard
    Hubbell, Richard

  • 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:300.

    2. [S4887] Harold B. Hubbell, (1980), p. 1.

    3. [S6191] Henry R. Stiles, (Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., 1891-2), Vol. II:279.

    4. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:300, ca 1627.

    5. [S4887] Harold B. Hubbell, (1980), p. 2.

    6. [S8494] Richard Hubbell Inventory.

    7. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:300, 23 Oct 1699 ae 72 yr.

    8. [S4887] Harold B. Hubbell, (1980), p. 44.

    9. [S6231] www.findagrave.com.

    10. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:300-301.

    11. [S4887] Harold B. Hubbell, (1980), pp. 1-9.

    12. [S6606] Elizabeth L. Schenck, (1889-1905), pp. 379-380.

    13. [S4887] Harold B. Hubbell, (1980), p. 3.

    14. [S1701] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Donald L. Jacobus, (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., New Haven, CT, 1930), p. I:301.