Thomas BETTS

Male 1615 - 1688  (73 years)


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  • Name Thomas BETTS  [2, 3
    • He, the ancestor of the American family, came to America, as early as 1634 being then twenty-one years old, and became one of the founders of Guilford. No record of the ship on which he came to America. It is supposed he came with relatives or friends and being a minor his name was not recorded as was often the case. He brought with him a Bible dated 1691, which is still in possession of the family. Unfortunately the first page, which may have recorded his father's name, are missing. First records of him, Book Apxl Court Records, in Guilford under the date August 14, 1645, records Mr. Thomas Betts, member of the church and took their oath. He received several allotments of land being one of the original forty settlers. He must have joined the colonists from overland. Besides the births of his children there is little about him from 1644 to 1657. On November 17, 1657, he sold his "outland" and three days later his home lot. He removed to Milford, where he remained until 1660, when he purchased the home lot of Nathaniel Eli and Ralph Keeler in the town of Norwalk, which was ever afterwards his home. He was made a freeman October 13, 1664, which made him eligible for office and proved him a church member. His taxable estate was valued in 1671 an 146 pounds 10 shillings and he appears in the 1672 census with the largest family in town, consisting of eight children.
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      His name appears in a list complied in 1656 of the original settler of Norwalk; it appears again in R. R. Himan's 1846 "Catalogue of the names of the First Puritain Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut" (pp. 18-19).

      Thomas owned land valued at 146 pounds, 10 shillings in 1673.

      Thomas Jr., his eldest, owned land valued at 10 pounds (p. 61).

      Thomas Betts on 12 Dec 1687 participated in a drawing for lots of land "over Norwalk River, below the path leading to the meadow field," "to be granted to those only who are proper inhabitants," and was number 4, receiving 4 lots. John Betts was number 7, receiving 11 lots;

      Samuel Betts received 35,

      Thomas Jr, 40, and

      Daniel, 44 (pp. 82-83).

      Hall, Edwin. Historical Records of Norwalk, Connecticut with a Plan of the Ancient Settlement and of the Town in 1847. Norwalk, CT: James Mallory, 1847.

      He is mentoned again in The History of Guilford and Madison Connecticut by Bernard Christian Steiner (Google books, http://books.google.com/books?id=ZNYLAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Thomas+Betts%22&dq=%22Thomas+Betts%22& lr=&pgis=1, original edition 1897), page 125:

      "Thomas Betts was one of the first settlers and of the smaller class of planters. He removed to Milford in 1657 and sold his accommodations to George Highland. In 1660 he again removed to Norwalk, where he died in 1688, aged about 70." [1]
    Born 03 Dec 1615  West Peckham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Dec 1688  Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Person ID I05901  Main Tree
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2019 

    Father John BETTS,   b. 23 Sep 1576, Bearsted, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Aug 1620, West Peckham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Mary BIGGS,   b. 1579, Cranbrook, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1647, Cranbrook, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F26187  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary RAYMOND,   b. 04 Sep 1609, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1721, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 111 years) 
    Married 1643  Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Thomas BETTS,   b. 3 Jun 1644, Guilford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1716, Wilton, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Mary BETTS,   b. 1 Jan 1646, Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1695, Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)  [Birth]
     3. John BETTS,   b. 30 Jun 1650, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 23 Jun 1730, Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 79 years)  [Birth]
     4. Hannah BETTS,   b. 23 Nov 1652, Guilford, New Haven County,Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     5. Stephen BETTS,   b. 10 May 1655, Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     6. Sgt Daniel BETTS,   b. 4 Oct 1657, Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1759, Wilton, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 101 years)  [Birth]
     7. Samuel BETTS,   b. 4 Apr 1660, Milford, New Haven Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1733, Wilton, Fairfield County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [Birth]
     8. James BETTS,   b. 1663, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jul 1753, Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)  [Birth]
     9. Sarah BETTS,   b. Abt 1665, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1755  (Age ~ 90 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F09231  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S02329] Find A Grave Website.

    2. [S03262] RootsWeb: World Connect - Stamford, CT Familes (1641-1935) by Barbara Kaye.

    3. [S10781] Ancestral Archives Society Website.