New England/New York

                                                             NEW ENGLAND/NEW YORK/CONNECTICUT SETTLEMENTS

                                                                                             (ALPHABETICAL ORDER)



Colonial Boston Boston Colony

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston was founded in 1630 by Puritans colonists from England. In 1629, the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s first governor, John Winthrop, led the signing of the Cambridge Agreement a key founding document of the city.



Braintree, Massachusetts

The town was named after the English town of Braintree in 1640 on land that is now the current town of Braintree, MA. It is the birthplace of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, as well as statesman John Hancock and General Sylvanus Thayer “Father of West Point.”



Charlestown, Massachusetts

Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston and was originally named Mishawum by the Native Americans. It is located on a peninsula north of the Charles River, across from downtown Boston, and also adjoins the Mystic River and Boston Harbor. It was the first capital of the Massachusetts Bay Company. Captain of the Rebecca John Twigg Hodges (8XGGF) settled his wife and children  in Charlestown about 1625.



Collins, New York

The town of Collins was settled in 1821 by Quakers from Danby, Vermont



Benjamin Wilbore died there in 1729



Vermont The original design for the settlement of Danby, Vermont was conceived and adopted in Nine Partners, New York on the 27th of August 1761. It is believed that the Quaker Family of Jesse Irish from nine Partners, New York moved to Danby with his wife and 13 children about 1768.  Deborah Wilbur (3XGGM) was born in Danby in 1756.



Duxbury_Beach,_Duxbury_MA  Duxbury Shore Line, Plymouth Colony

Duxbury the second town of the Pilgrim, or Plymouth Colony and was settled about 1632 twelve years after the landing at Plymouth, and was incorporated as a township on the 7th of June 1637. Many of the settlers began leaving the original Settlement of Plymouth when the land from Plymouth to Marshfield was allotted to settlers for farming.  Those who settled in Duxbury came to work their new farms just in the warmer months and returned to Plymouth during the winter. However, it was not long, before they began to build homes on their land. Some of the most influential men in the colony received grants in Duxbury and became the first settlers there. Captain Myles Standish the military leader of the colony, lived in “the Nook” an area known as Standish Shore. John Alden was another important settler who lived in Duxbury and built his house in 1653 which is now a museum on Alden Street. The graves of many first settlers can be found in the Old Burying Ground on Chestnut Street.






Little Compton  Saconnett, Plymouth Colony

The first Settlers here were Englishmen from Duxbury in the Plymouth Colony who sought to expand their land holdings in the frontier of Saconnett (Little Compton.) Little Compton didn’t become part of the Rhode Island Colony (founded 1644) until 1747. Rhode Island was known for their religious toleration and many who settled there were outcasts from other colonies          

John Irish Jr. Home built in 1675

John Irish Jr. House built 1675

Little Compton Historical Society (2010 sketch) One of the first homes in Saconnett was built by John Irish Jr. on land that had been deeded to his father.  Saconnett was incorporated and Renamed Little Compton in 1682, however it did not become part of Rhode Island until 1747. Elizabeth Head was born in LC in 1682 and so was her mother, Elizabeth Ketchum/Lovett in 1654.



Oil Painting of Medfield, Massachusetts Oil Painting of Medfield

17 miles south of Boston. James Albee Jr. born in Medfield.



Town of Mendon, Massachusetts

Pioneers from Braintree petitioned to receive a land grant for 8 miles square of land 15 miles west of Medfield. this was the beginning of Mendon, Massachusetts Colony, settled in 1660. *BENJAMIN ALBEE erected a water-powered mill in 1664. On July 14, 1675 early violence in King Philip’s War took place in Mendon, with the death of multiple residents and the burning down of ALBEE’S MILL. The town was largely burnt to the ground and was resettled and rebuilt in 1680. *Benjamin Albee (1614-1695) was one of the town’s important early residents.



  Newport, Rhode Island - Original Square    Newport’s original town common

The Settlement of Newport was founded (1639) by English settlers who frustrated over political intervention in their religious life, left Boston. The town attracted settlers with wide ranging religious beliefs, who came primarily from other colonies. The Quakers became the most influential of Newport’s congregations and they dominated the political, social and economic life of the town. The Society of Friends flourished and grew and by the 1700’s half of Newport’s population belonged to the Quaker religion. The Quakers plain style of living was reflected in Newport’s architecture, decorative arts and early landscape. The buildings that survived from that period are the OLD STONE MILL, WANTON-LYMAN -HAZARD HOUSE and the WHITE HORSE TAVERN.  And today includes the great “cottages” on Bellevue Avenue. The families of THURSTON, TAYLOR and HODGES lived in Newport.



Jonathan Irish (3XGGF) was born in Nine Partners in1749.




The town was first settled in 1772. The battle of Valcour Island was fought in Lake Champlain in the eastern part of Peru in 1776. Peru was formed from parts  of the town of Plattsburgh and the town of Willsboro. Peru is a town in Clinton County in New York. The eastern part of the town ends at Lake Champlain, and that town line is the boarder of Vermont. The Ausable River forms part of the south town line and the Little Ausable River flows eastward through the south part of Peru. In 1794 Jonathan Irish (3XGGF) moved his family to Peru from Danby Vermont.



Plymouth Colony 1620-1691 Plymouth Colony Plimoth Plantation

Plymouth holds a great prominence in American History as the first location of the original settlement that was founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims, passengers of the famous ship, Mayflower.  Plymouth is where New England was first established and served as the capital of the Plymouth Colony until 1691 when the colony merged with the Massachusetts Bay Colony and other territories to form the Province of Massachusetts Bay. At it’s height, the Plymouth Colony occupied most of the southeastern portion of the modern state of Massachusetts.




Portsmouth, Rhode Island - Original Settlement SETTLEMENT OF PORTSMOUTH

Portsmouth was settled in 1638 by a group of religious dissenters from the Boston Colony who also were the signers of the “PORTSMOUTH COMPACT .” The group had first planned to go to New Jersey until they were convinced by Roger Williams to settle in Pocasset (orig, Indian name) instead. It was officially named Portsmouth on May 12, 1639 and became part of the Colony of Rhode Island. The family of MOTT lived in Portsmouth. George Wilbor (4XGGF) was born in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1718.





Scituate Est. 1636

Scituate is located right above Duxbury on the Plymouth Colony map. Timothy Hatherly (SEE FOUNDING FATHERS) whose indentured servant was John Irish “The Immigrant” (7XGGF) settled here. 1st generation great, grandparents to be born there where, Isaac Randall(6XGGF) and his wife, Deborah Buck (6XGGF.)


Benjamin Wilbor (5XGGF) was born there in Tiverton in 1670.





The town is named after Weymouth, Dorset a coastal town in England.






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