Gov. Thomas WELLES

Male 1598 - 1660  (62 years)


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  • Name Thomas WELLES  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    • He was among the fist settlers of Hartford, coming probably from Cambridge, for 8 Feb 1635/6, "Thos. Wells" owned a house there, (Starr's Goodwin and Morgan Ancestral Lines, I, p. 221.) and he was made Freeman May 17, 1637. (Col. Hist. of Hartford, Love, p. 32.) Was also an early settler of Wethersfield, removing thither in 1646, and an original proprietor at both places. At Wethersfield he bought a house and 18 acres of Mr. John Plumb. He was a magistrate of the colony of Connecticut in 1637, which office he held every successive year until 1654, when he was chosen deputy governor. Besides holding other offices, he was elected governor in 1655 and as this office could not be held by the same man in consecutive terms, he was again elected deputy governor in 1656/7 and governor in 1658; deputy governor in 1659, which position he held at his death. He was first treasurer of the Colony 1639, and secretary of the Colon from 1640 to 1648. In 1649, 1654 and 1659, he was commissioner of the United Colonies. Trumbull includes him in a list of twelve men whom he calls the civil and religious fathers of Connecticut.

      The information here given concerning the parentage of Governor Wells and the name of his wife was obtained from pleadings in a chancery suit brought in 1648 by John Welles of Tidmington, (Nephew ofGovernor) and his son Robert, a minor, against the grantees of land in Burmington, Warwickshire, conveyed by Thomas Welles of Hartford, Conn., in 1638. The pleadings show that the property in dispute at one time belonged to Robert Welles, father of the Governor. It seems probable, therefore, that the family home was in Burmington or one of the neighboring parishes. [1, 2]
    Prefix Gov. 
    Born 1598  Essex County, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Between 1637 and 1660  [8
    Chosen As Magistrate 
    Occupation 1639  [8
    Elected treasurer of the colony 
    Occupation 1643  [8
    Elected secretary 
    Occupation 1649  [8
    Commissioner to represent Connecticut in the confederation of New England colonies 
    Occupation 1654  [8
    Acting governor 
    Occupation 1655  [8
    Governor 
    Occupation 1656  [8
    Deputy governor 
    Occupation 1658  [8
    Governor 
    Occupation 1659  [8
    Deputy governor 
    Died 14 Jan 1660  Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8
    Person ID I60154  Main Tree
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2018 

    Father Robert WELLES 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Alice ? 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F08552  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Alice TOMES,   d. Abt 1640, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Aft 05 Jul 1615  [9
    Married 1618  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 8
    Children 
    +1. Ann WELLES,   b. Abt 1619, Essex County, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1680  (Age ~ 61 years)  [Birth]
     2. John WELLES,   b. 1621, Essex County, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Aug 1659, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)  [Birth]
     3. Robert WELLES,   b. 1624, Essex County, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1659  (Age < 35 years)  [Natural]
     4. Thomas WELLES,   b. 1627, Stourton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1668, Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Samuel WELLES,   b. 1630, Essex County, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1675  (Age 45 years)  [Birth]
    +6. Sarah WELLES,   b. 1632, Essex County, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1698  (Age 66 years)  [Birth]
     7. Mary WELLES,   b. 1634, Essex County, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 7 Nov 1659  (Age 25 years)  [Birth]
     8. Joseph WELLES,   b. 1637, Hartford, Hartford County,Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [Natural]
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F08553  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth DEMING,   b. Abt 1595, Colchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1683, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 1646  Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 5, 10
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F08534  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1598 - Essex County, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3597] "Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England" My Ancestors Part in that Undertaking, Ernest Flagg.

    2. [S04068] "Families of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut".

    3. [S00084] "The Descendants of Nathaniel Foote Sr. & Elizabeth Deming" Compiled by Ellwood Count Curtis.

    4. [S02434] History of the Welles Family in England and Normandy, Albert Wells, (Name: Name: 1876;;).

    5. [S02018] Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines Volume II by Mary Walton Ferris.

    6. [S01765] Ancestry.com: Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut.

    7. [S9777] Genealogical Notes or Contributions to the Family History of Some of the First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts, Nathaniel Goodwin, (New England Historic Genealogical Society).

    8. [S01839] Ancestry.com: Wyoming & Lackawanna Valleys, Pennsylvanis Genealogies & Families Histories, Vol 1-11, Harding/Rice Family.

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

    10. [S00086] "The Descendants of William Beardsley and Mary Harvey" Complied by Ellwood Count Curtis.