William HAYDEN

Male 1610 - 1669  (59 years)


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  • Name William HAYDEN  [1, 2
    • William Hayden, of Devon, came to Dorchester, Mass., with the first settlers; (prob. in the MARY AND JOHN, May 30) 1630; was made freeman in 1634; served under Capt. Mason in the famous Pequot fight of 1637, and saved the Commanders life in the storming of the Fort, an exploit thus commemorated by Wolcott in his poem of 1721:

      "But fate, that doth the rule of action know,
      Did this unequal combat disallow;
      For quite too much to force one man alone,
      To beat an army, take a garrison,
      Sent HAYDEN in, who with his sun-steeled blade
      Joining the General, such a slaughter made,
      That soon the Pequots ceased to oppose
      the matchless force of such resistless foes."

      The "sun-steeled blade" which turned the tide of battle is now in the collection of the Connecticut Historical Society at Hartford and the deed is represented by one of the crests on the book-plate of his great-great-grandson, Dr Moses Hayden, ...

      William Hayden became a proprietor at Hartford in 1637, and at Windsor in 1639, building in the latter place a house on the site since occupied by the residence of the late Ezra H. Hayden, South-east of Hayden Station. Beyond on the West, he opened in 1654 a stone quarry (now called "Rocky Hill") which furnished most of the early gravestones and foundation walls of Windsor. In 1657-8 he is one of 17 making the first troop of horse raised i Connecticut. In 1660 he is charged 7s. for a "short seat" in the Old Windsor Meeting House. But in 1664 he removed to Fairfield, and the next year to Killingworth (in each place becoming a proprietor) and represented the latter place as Deputy to the General Court in 1667; and there (at Killingworth) he died, Sept. 26, 1669/
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    Born 1610  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Sep 1669  Killingworth, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I28039  Main Tree
    Last Modified 29 Apr 2017 

    Family 1 Sarah BIRDSEYE,   b. 1616, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1655, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Children 
     1. Lieut. Daniel HAYDEN,   b. 02 Sep 1640, Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1712/3, Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Nathaniel HAYDEN,   b. 2 Feb 1642, Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1706, Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +3. Mary HAYDEN,   b. 6 Jun 1648
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F23616  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Margaret ?,   b. Abt 1611 
    Family ID F16610  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1610 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Sep 1669 - Killingworth, Connecticut Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S8971] William Wells of Southold, and His Descendants, A.D. 1638 to 1878, Charles Wells Hayes.

    2. [S02419] History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Vol. 1, Donald Lines Jacobus, (Name: Name: Clearfield Company, Inc.;;), 76-3279..

    3. [S4656] Ancestry.com: Family Trees - Weed Sherwood Family Tree.