William HOOKER

Male 1663 - 1689  (25 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  William HOOKER was born 16 May 1663, Farmington, Connecticut (son of Rev Samuel HOOKER and Mary WILLETT); died 1689, Farmington, Connecticut.

    Notes:

    Name:
    He was a merchant at Farmington and his tore was opposite his father's house, on the corner of the main street and the road over the stone bridge over the Pequabuc River, the road now leading to the railroad depot, the place known as Thomas Cowles corner.

    William — Susannah FENN. Susannah (daughter of Benjamin FENN and Susannah WARD) was born 4 May 1669. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Susannah HOOKER was born 1690, Farmington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; died 05 Oct 1709, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Rev Samuel HOOKERRev Samuel HOOKER was born 14 Nov 1633, Hartford, Connecticut (son of Rev Thomas HOOKER and Susanna HARKES); died 6 Nov 1697, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut; was buried , Memento Mori Cemetery, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

    Samuel married Mary WILLETT 22 Sep 1658. Mary (daughter of Capt Thomas WILLETT and Mary BROWNE) was born 10 Nov 1637, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died 24 Jun 1712, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; was buried , East Norwalk Historical Cemetery, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Mary WILLETT was born 10 Nov 1637, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts (daughter of Capt Thomas WILLETT and Mary BROWNE); died 24 Jun 1712, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; was buried , East Norwalk Historical Cemetery, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.

    Other Events:

    • Fact: Daughter of Capt. Thomas Willett and Mary Browne

    Children:
    1. Thomas HOOKER was born 10 Jun 1659, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died 1720, Hartford, Connecticut.
    2. Samuel HOOKER was born 29 May 1661, Plymouth, Massachusetts; died 1730, Hartford, Connecticut.
    3. 1. William HOOKER was born 16 May 1663, Farmington, Connecticut; died 1689, Farmington, Connecticut.
    4. Hon. John HOOKER was born 20 Feb 1664/5, Farmington, Connecticut; died 21 Feb 1745/6, Farmington, Connecticut.
    5. James HOOKER was born 27 Oct 1666, Farmington, Connecticut; died 12 Mar 1740/1, Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut.
    6. Roger HOOKER was born 14 Sep 1668, Farmington, Connecticut; died 29 Apr 1698.
    7. Nathaniel HOOKER was born 28 Sep 1671, Farmington, Connecticut; died 21 Nov 1711.
    8. Mary HOOKER was born 3 Jul 1673, Farmington, Connecticut; died 1 Nov 1740, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
    9. Hezekiah HOOKER was born 7 Nov 1675, Farmington, Connecticut; died 1686, Farmington, Connecticut.
    10. Dr. Daniel HOOKER was born 25 Mar 1679, Farmington, Connecticut; died 1742, Wethersfield, Connecticut.
    11. Sarah HOOKER was born 5 May 1681, Farmington, Connecticut; died 1759, Norwalk, Connecticut.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Rev Thomas HOOKER was born Abt 1586, England (son of Thomas HOOKER and Susannah PYM); died 7 Jul 1647, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut; was buried , Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

    Notes:

    Name:
    Rev. Thomas Hooker, son of Thomas Hooker, born in England, about 1586, he entered Emanuel College, Cambridge in 1604. he received the degree of B.A. in 1608, the degree of M.A. in 1611, and entering upon a divinity course, he was elected a Fellow of the College. He left the College before completing the first course and receiving the degree of B.D. There are many reasons for supposing that he went from the college direct to Chelmsford and remained there until being silenced, arrested and placed under bonds to appear before the Ecclesiastical Court; he fled to Holland. Came to new England on ship "Griffin" 1633.

    The name of his first wife is unknown and nothing of the parentage of his second wife, whose name was Susanna.

    His second wife survived him, and though nothing is positively known about her, there are many reasons for believing that in later years she became the wife of Elder William Goodwin and died at Farmington, Conn.

    Thomas — Susanna HARKES. Susanna was born 1593, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England; died 17 Mat 1676, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Susanna HARKES was born 1593, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England; died 17 Mat 1676, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.
    Children:
    1. Sarah HOOKER was born 1629/30, Little Baddow (suburb of Chelmsford, Essex, England); died 20 Aug 1725, Braintree, Massachusetts.
    2. 2. Rev Samuel HOOKER was born 14 Nov 1633, Hartford, Connecticut; died 6 Nov 1697, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut; was buried , Memento Mori Cemetery, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

  3. 6.  Capt Thomas WILLETTCapt Thomas WILLETT was born Aug 1605, Hertfordshire, England; died 4 Aug 1674, Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts; was buried , Ancient Little Neck Cemetery, East Providence, Providence Co.,Rhode Island.

    Notes:

    Name:
    Colonial Mayor. First Mayor of New York City. Arriving in 1632 on "The Lion" (with a religious separatist movement that called themselves "The Saints", that fled England to Leydon, Holland then went back to England to follow the Mayflower voyage), Thomas Willett was a merchant that traded from Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. He succeeded Captain Miles Standish as head of the Colonial Militia and negotiated what is now known as the "Rehoboth North Purchase" which acquired land (now known as Attleboro and North Attleboro, Massachusetts) from Wampanoag leader Sachem Wamsutta who was the son of famed chief Massasoit. He later conducted sea trade from the Colonies and was a navigator from 1651 to 1654. When the charter of "New Amsterdam" was changed to British possession, Governor Richard Nicholls granted the city charter on June 12, 1665 and the city, population 1,500 at the time, got Thomas Willett as its English representative/mayor, making him the first mayor of "New York". He served two concurrent one-year terms from 1665 to 1667. His property in that colony was confiscated when the Dutch reclaimed the area and he settled in the locale of Barrington, Rhode Island (while some accounts have his retirement in Sewansea or Seekoknk, Massachusetts, these towns are all close and at the time the town lines that currently exist were not the same.) He was married to Mary Brown and together they had fourteen children. There is a large memorial marker placed for him, and near it is the original weathered stone which, now unreadable is documented as having the following inscription "1674 Here lyeth the body of the worthy Thomas Willett, Esq. who dies August 4 in the 64th year of his age, and who was the first mayor of New York and twice did sustain the place." (bio by: R. Digati)

    Thomas married Mary BROWNE 6 Jul 1636. Mary (daughter of John BROWNE and Dorothy ?) was born 1614, England; died 08 Jan 1669; was buried , Little Neck Cem. Riverside, Providence, RI. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Mary BROWNEMary BROWNE was born 1614, England (daughter of John BROWNE and Dorothy ?); died 08 Jan 1669; was buried , Little Neck Cem. Riverside, Providence, RI.

    Notes:

    Name:
    She was buried "by her father Mr. John Browne, and other relations upon a little hill in Swansey" in Little Neck Cemetery, Riverside. her husband survived her, married a second time, died in August 1674, and was buried by her side.


    At the graves of Thomas Willett and Mary Willett are stones inscribed as follows:

    1674
    Here lyeth ye body of ye
    Wor. Thomas Willett,
    esqr., who died Aug. 4,
    in ye 64th year of his anno.

    Footstone
    Who was the first May.
    of New York and twice
    did sustain ye place.

    1669
    Here lyeth ye body of ye
    virtuous Mary Willett,
    wife of Thomas Willett,
    esqr., who died, January
    ye 8th, about ye 55th
    year of her anno.

    Footstone
    daughter of Worf. John
    Browne Esq. deceased.

    Children:
    1. 3. Mary WILLETT was born 10 Nov 1637, Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; died 24 Jun 1712, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; was buried , East Norwalk Historical Cemetery, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Thomas HOOKER was born 1553, Amersham, Chiltern District, Buckinghamshire, England; died 24 Jul 1635, Marefield, Harborough District, Leicetershire, England; was buried , St. Peter Churchyard, Tilton-on-the-Hill, Harborough District, Leicestershire, England.

    Thomas — Susannah PYM. Susannah was born 1564, Amersham; died 16 Apr 1631, Marefield, Harborough District, Leicetershire, England; was buried , St. Peter Churchyard, Tilton-on-the-Hill, Harborough District, Leicestershire, England. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Susannah PYM was born 1564, Amersham; died 16 Apr 1631, Marefield, Harborough District, Leicetershire, England; was buried , St. Peter Churchyard, Tilton-on-the-Hill, Harborough District, Leicestershire, England.
    Children:
    1. 4. Rev Thomas HOOKER was born Abt 1586, England; died 7 Jul 1647, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut; was buried , Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

  3. 14.  John BROWNEJohn BROWNE was born abt. 1583, England; died 10 Apr 1662, Swansea, Massachusetts; was buried , Ancient Little Neck Cemetery, East Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island.

    Notes:

    Name:
    John Browne and his wife Dorothy came from London on the Elizabeth in 1635. (Hotten 68) He was first at Plymouth, then at Taunton by 1643, and finally at Rehoboth by 1647.

    He should not be confused with another John Brown (of Watertown,MA), who also had a wife named Dorothy.

    Among Plymouth's early residents, who varied widely in social standing, John Browne came with a great deal of respectability. Almost immediately upon his arrival in the New World, he was appointed Assistant to the governor of Plymouth Colony and went on to serve in a number of prestigious leadership positions. His full biography can be found in Anderson's Great Migration series, Vol I [1999], pp.420-429.

    Children: James Brown, John Brown Jr, and Mary Brown Willet.

    His will was dated Apr 7,1662, and proved Apr 19,1662. He died less than two weeks after the death of his son John Browne Jr. In John Sr's will are mentioned wife Dorothy, son James, daughter Mary(wife of Thomas Willett), and grandchildren John Browne, Joseph Browne, Nathaniel Browne, Lydia Brown, and Hannah[sic - Anna] Brown. Also mentioned is a granddaughter Martha Saffin, wife of John Saffin. John Browne Sr was a very wealthy man, evidenced by the fact that he left one grandson alone over 700 acres of land.


    The Great Migration:

    ORIGIN: London
    MIGRATION: 1635 on the ELIZABETH
    FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth
    REMOVES: Taunton by 1643, Rehoboth by 1647
    RETURN TRIPS: England 1656 (probably), and return to new England by 1660
    OCCUPATION: Baker (in England). Magistrate
    CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Morton speaks in general terms of John Brown's religious activities (Morton 171-72)
    FREEMAN: 5 January 1635/6. In lists of 7 March 1636/7 (as "gen.") and of 1639 (as Assistant)In Rehoboth section of 1658 list of Plymouth Colony freemen
    EDUCATION: His inventory included "a parcel of books" valued at L412s. His wife signed her will by mark. Her inventory included "a parcel of books" as one item in a group of items values at L712s.
    OFFICES: Plymouth Colony Assistant, Plymouth Council of War, Commissioner from Plymouth to the United Colonies.....


    BIRTH: By about 1591 based on estimated date of marriage
    DEATH: Rehoboth 10 April 1662
    MARRIAGE: By about 1616 Dorothy (?). She died at Swansea 27 January 1673/4 and was buried there 29 January 1673/4 ("Mrs. Dororthy (sic) Brown the wife of Mr. John Brown Senior deceased the twenty seventh day of january 1673 being the ninety and eighth year of her age or thereabouts and was buried upon the 29 of January 1673"

    ASSOCIATIONS: On 17 April 1635, "Jo(hn) Browne," aged 40, was enrolled at London as a passenger for New England on the ELIZABETH (Hotten 68). On 15 April 1635, "James Walker 15 years & Sarra Walker 17 years servants to John Browne a baker & to one W(illia)m Brasey linendraper in Cheapside" were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the ELIZABETH (Hotten61).

    The deed of 23 November 1655 tells us that John Brown of Rehoboth was uncle to the above James and Sarah Walker, which makes it likely that he was identical with the "Ho(h)n Browne a baker" who was in 1635 master of James Walker. Furthermore, since we known that John Brown of Rehoboth was not in New England until 1635, the probability is hight that the "Jo(h)n Browne", aged 40, who boarded the same ship with James and Sarah Walker on 17 April 1635 is the same man. If this identification is correct it would appear that John Brown travelled separately from his wife and children.

    James and Sarah Walker may have been children of the widow Walker who appeared at Rehoboth with her son Phillip Walker some years later (Early Rehoboth 3:26-27), which would make John Brown or his wife sibling to widow Walker or her husband.

    John — Dorothy ?. Dorothy was born 1583, England; died 27 Jan 1673, Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; was buried , Little Neck Cemetery, Barrington, Rhode Island. [Group Sheet]


  4. 15.  Dorothy ?Dorothy ? was born 1583, England; died 27 Jan 1673, Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; was buried , Little Neck Cemetery, Barrington, Rhode Island.

    Notes:

    Name:
    Excerpt from "John Brown, Gentleman, of Plymouth": The following entry appears upon the record, "Mistres Dorrithy Browne, the wife of Mr. John Browne senr. deceased Jan. 27, being in the 90th year of her age or thereabouts, and was buried on the 29th of January, 1673."

    From this record we learn she was born in 1583.

    From Find A Grave:
    Children: James Brown, John Brown Jr, and Mary Brown Willet.

    Dorothy Browne's will was written on Dec 17,1668 and proved on Mar 29,1674. It names daughter Mary Willett, deceased granddaughter Sarah Elliot, son James Browne, grandsons John Browne, Joseph Browne, and Nathaniel Browne, granddaughter Dorothy Browne, daughters-in-law Dorothy Browne and Lydia Browne, and granddaughters Lydia Browne and Anna Browne.

    Dorothy's death and burial are recorded in Plymouth Colony Recprds (Mayflower Descendant 19:22). Her will is found in Mayflower Descendant 18:94-95).

    Some sources incorrectly attribute to this couple a daughter Hannah (Browne) Mead, wife of John Mead. But this is based on a supposed, and unproven, remarriage of Dorothy to a William Potter. William Potter acquired the share of the property of a John Brown (of Watertown,MA) who died in 1636, not the John Browne Sr who died in 1662 who was the husband of this Dorothy. Therefore, Hannah Brown Mead is the daughter of a different John Brown, one that was of Watertown,MA and who also had a wife named Dorothy.

    Some internet entries give her maiden name as Beauchamp, but this needs confirmation. A Dorythie Beachamp and John Browne were married on Dec 22,1611 at Saint James, Clerkenwell, London, England.

    Children:
    1. 7. Mary BROWNE was born 1614, England; died 08 Jan 1669; was buried , Little Neck Cem. Riverside, Providence, RI.
    2. John BROWNE, Jr. was born Between 1614 - 1623, England; died Mar 1662; was buried , Ancient Little Neck Cemetery, East Providence, Providence Co.,Rhode Island.
    3. James BROWNE was born 1623, England; died 29 Aug 1710, Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts; was buried , Ancient Little Neck Cemetery, East Providence, Providence Co.,Rhode Island.