William LATHROP

Male 1688 - 1778  (90 years)


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  • Name William LATHROP  [1, 2, 3
    • They settled on Plain Hills, in the north part of Norwich. He was a farmer, and his record was that of an enterprising business man, and a good citizen. In religion he was an earnest and zealous disciple, searcely satisfied with what he looked upon as too rigid and formal, the modes adopted in the established Congregational Church, with which he united in 1732 - his wife having been a member from 1717. After her death, which occurred April 20, 1730, he married (2) August 5, 1731, Mary Kelly, who, the same year united with the First Church of Norwich. It was during her lifetime that the great outbreak occurred from the Separatists, and both she and her husband were among the leaders in that disturbing movement. Both of them were warned to appear before the church, August 25, 1745, and answer for their presumption in joining with others to 'set up' a separate meeting. Mr. Lothrop assigned five reasons for his separation, viz: 1. "The minister (Rev. Dr. Lord), denying the power of godliness, through not in word, yet in practice. 2. Insisting on imprudences, and not speaking up for that which is good. 3. Not praying for their meeting (the Separatist) and not giving thanks for the late glorious work (that which attended the preaching of Mr. Whitfield). 4. Not a friend to lowly preaching and preachers, particularly not letting Mr. Jewett preach once, and once forbidding Mr. Crosswell. (These were both separate and revival preachers, and therefore obnoxious to the standing order). 5. Not having the sacrament for six months in the most glorious part of the late times; and often enough since the church is in difficulty, and oftener now than ever."

      Mrs. Lothrop assigned these reasons for her withdrawal: 1. "As to communion in the church at the sacrament, I did not commune because I was in the dark, and thought I was not fit. 2. Another reason, because I was not edified. 3. Because the power of godliness, it seems to me is denied here, and is elsewhere. 4 By covenant I am not held here any longer than I am edified."

      Mrs. Lothrop died in Norwich, April 19, 1760, and he married (3) May 20, 1761, Phebe French. He died Set. 27, 1778, as his gravestone, still standing quite by itself on the south side of the old part of the Norwich Town cemetery, testifies. His will, dated Oct. 25, 1771, names as legatees, his wife Phebe; son Andrew, grand daughter Sarah, only surviving child of son Ezra; Jeremiah, Eunice, and William, children of son Jeremiah,, deceased; son Ebenezer; son Jonathan; son of John, and son Zachariah.

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    Born 20 Sep 1688  Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Sep 1778  [2
    Person ID I35143  Main Tree
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2019 

    Father Israel LATHROP,   b. Oct 1659, Wallingford, New Haven Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1733, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Rebecca BLISS,   b. 18 Mar 1663, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1737, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 08 Apr 1686  [1, 2, 4, 5
    Family ID F09515  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah HUNTINGTON,   b. 3 Feb 1687/88, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1730, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 18 Dec 1712  [1, 2, 3
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F19394  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary KELLY,   d. 19 Apr 1760 
    Married 5 Aug 1731  [1
    Children 
    +1. Zachariah LATHROP,   b. 25 Mar 1742, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1817  (Age 75 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F8801  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Phebe FRENCH 
    Married 20 May 1761  [1
    Last Modified 6 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F8802  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S10825] A Genealogical Memoir of the LO-LATHROP Family in this Country, Embracing the Descendants as far as known, Rev. E.B. Huntington.

    2. [S02589] Lothropp.org: Lathrop Family Foundation - Lathrop Ancestors of Jonathan Lathrop.

    3. [S5009] "The Huntington Family in America" A Genealogical memoir of the Known Descendants of Simon Huntington from 1633 to 1915, (Huntington Family Association 1915).

    4. [S5007] "One Branch of the Abell Family Showing the Allied Families", Horace A. Abell, (Rochester, New York 1934).

    5. [S3597] "Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England" My Ancestors Part in that Undertaking, Ernest Flagg.