William PITKIN

Male 1635 - 1694  (59 years)

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  • Name William PITKIN  [1, 2
    Born 1635  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Dec 1694  [1, 2
    • Excerpt from "Pitkin Genealogy":

      William Pitkin, the progenitor of the family in America, who came from England in 1659, was possessed of great ability and tenacity of purpose. Endowed with a discerning mind, coupled with an excellent English education, coming into the Colony after its early settlement, he soon gained the full confidence of the Connecticut colonists. He was admitted a freeman, October 9, 1662, and was appointed the same year by the General Assembly, Prosecutor for the Colony. His marked ability gave him, in1664, the appointment of Attorney-General, by the King. From 1675 to 1690, a period of fifteen years, he annually represented Hartford in the Colonial Assembly. In 1676 he was chosen Treasurer of the Colony. He was often appointed Commissioner by the Colony to the United Colonies. In 1676 he was appointed with Major Talcott to negotiate peace with the Narragansett and other Indian tribes. In 1690 he was elected a member of the Colonial Council, and so remained till is death. In 1693 he was sent by the Colony to Governor Fletcher of New York, to negotiate terms respecting the militia until Governor Winthrop's return from England, whither he had gone on the same business (see Hollister's "Connecticut", p. 340). In 1693 "Mr. William Pitkin, Mr. Sanuel Chester, and Captain William Whiting were appointed by the General Court to run the division line between the Connecticut and Massachusetts colonies" (see Trumbull's History, p. 410; also see Col. Rec., Vol. I, p. 363-413, Vol. II, p. 426, Vol. III, p. 19). Aside from his profession, he was also one of the principal planters of the town, having purchased a large tract of land on the east side of the river, on which his sons all settled. It embraced a portion of East Hartford Center. He owned one-third interest in a saw-mill and a grist-mill at "Pitkin Falls", so called from the number of dams and mills erected there, by the Pitkin family. He was also appointed with Mr. John Crow, to lay out the first Main and other streets on the east side of the river.
    Person ID I44488  Main Tree
    Last Modified 28 Sep 2020 

    Father ? PITKIN 
    Mother Unknown ? 
    Family ID F41920  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah GOODWIN,   b. 1637,   d. 12 Feb 1724  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 1661  [1
     1. Roger PITKIN,   b. 1662,   d. 24 Nov 1748  (Age 86 years)  [Birth]
     2. William PITKIN, Jr.,   b. 1664,   d. 05 Apr 1723, Hartford, Hartford County,Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)  [Birth]
     3. Hannah PITKIN,   b. 1666,   d. 1737  (Age 71 years)  [Birth]
     4. John PITKIN,   b. 1668,   d. 1706  (Age 38 years)  [Birth]
     5. Nathaniel PITKIN,   b. 1670,   d. 20 Feb 1733  (Age 63 years)  [Birth]
     6. George PITKIN,   b. 1675,   d. 23 Dec 1702  (Age 27 years)  [Birth]
     7. Elizabeth PITKIN,   b. 1677  [Birth]
    +8. Ozias PITKIN,   b. 1679,   d. 09 Jan 1747  (Age 68 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 13 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F19565  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S02944] Pitkin Family of America - A Genealogy of the Des. of William Pitkin, A.P. Pitkin, (Name: Name: Hartford, Conn. 1887;;).

    2. [S02352] Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, James Savage, (Name: Name: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc;;).