Deacon Stephen HART

Male 1603 - 16

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  • Name Stephen HART  [1
    • Savage says he was perhaps a brother of John and Edmund of Cambridge. HIs first wife's name is not known. He m. (2) Margaret, widow of Arthur Smith; is mentioned as "my cousin", (nephew), in the will of Judith Morris, widow, of Dedham in Essex, England, dated Jan. 25, 1645. (For will, see N.E. Reg., 48, pp. 118, 119.) He is supposed to have come from Braintree, England with the company that settled at Braintree, Mass., then to Newtown (now Cambridge), and constituted the church of Rev. Thomas Hooker. He was of Cambridge 1632; "of the original church formed by Thomas Hooker in 1633.....Steven hart was a deacon." (Porter's Hist. Address at Farmington in 1840, Note g, p. 63.) On May 14 1634, he with John Steele, Hooker and Stone were made Freemen at Cambridge. He went with Hooker's party to Hartford 1636; and was an original proprietor there. His house lot was on the west side of the present Front Street near where Morgan St. crosses it. Andrews says there is a tradition that Hartford was first called from him, "Hart's Ford"; others say it was so named in honor of Mr. Stone's birthplace in England. (Walker's Life of Hooker, p. 97.) About 1640, he with others moved to the present site of Farmington. His house lot on Main St. opposite the meeting house, was four or five times larger than any other; he was a leading citizen of farmington and first Deacon of the church there. He with Mr. Newton, John Cowles, Thomas Thomson and Thomas Judd and two others were the "seven pillars" of the church. He was the first Representative from Farmington and served 30 sessions from May, 1647 to March, 1655 inclusive; was a farmer and land owner and served in the Pequot War.

      Deacon Stephen Hart in his will mentions his thee sons, John, Stephen, Thomas; daughters, Sarah Porter and Mary Lee, Mehitable who married John Cole was probably dead. He also mentions grandchildren, Thomas Porter and Dorothy Porter, John Lee and John Hart. His wife is mentioned but not named. [1]
    Prefix Deacon 
    Died Between 16 and 31 Mar 1682/3  [1
    Christened 25 Jan 1602/3  [1
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I83050  Main Tree
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2022 

    Family 1 ? UNKNOWN 
    +1. Sarah HART,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1697  [Birth]
    +2. Mary HART,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1710  [Birth]
    +3. John HART,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1666  [Birth]
     4. Stephen HART,   b. Braintree, Essex County, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1689  [Birth]
     5. Mehitable HART,   d. Aft 1708  [Birth]
    +6. Capt Thomas HART,   b. Abt 1644,   d. 27 Aug 1726  (Age ~ 82 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F33933  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret ? 
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F33934  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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