Person:John Case (8)

m. bef 17 Aug 1656
  1. Elizabeth Case1658 - 1718
  2. Mary Case1660 - 1725
  3. John Case1662 - 1733
  4. William Case1665 - 1699
  5. Samuel Case1667 - 1725
  6. Richard Case1669 - Abt 1746
  7. Bartholomew Case1670 - 1725
  8. Joseph Case1674 - 1748
  9. Sarah Case1676 - 1704
  10. Abigail Case1682 - After 1725
m. aft 3 Nov 1691
Facts and Events
Name John Case
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1616 Gravesend, Kent, England
Marriage bef 17 Aug 1656 of Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticutto Sarah Spencer
Marriage aft 3 Nov 1691 to Elizabeth Moore
Death[4] 21 Feb 1703/4 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Burial[2] Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States


About 1656, marriage to Sarah Spencer, daughter of William of Hartford, Connecticut who died in 1640. Sarah's mother then married a William Edwards who became Sarah's step-father and thus John Case's father-in-law and attorney as mentioned below. The marriage probably took place near Hartford, Connecticut. [5]

17 Aug 1656, John Case, Mashpath Killes, New Netherlands, gave power of Attorney:

Know all Men by these prsents, that I John Case, now Inhabiting in Mashpath Kills in the new Netherlands, have constituted and made my Father William Edwards, inhabitant in Hartford in New England, my true and lawfull Attorneye to demand, recouver and receive in my name and for my use of Mr. Richard Lord of Hartford in New England, mrcht, £6 which the sd. Mr. Richard Lord was assigned by the ourseers to pay unto my wife in Pease and Wheat when shee was 18 yeares of Age, in Pease at 3 Shillings the Bushell, and Wheat at 4 Shillins the Bushell. Also I doe Authorise my Attornye, with as full power as if myselfe was existant, to demand, recouer and receive of the sd, Mr Lord all other Debts or Dues which shall bee found to bee owing unto mee from him. I say I doe Authorise, Ratifie and Confirme my Attornye with as full power in this Case as if myselfe was existant. Upon the Refusall to pay, I doe Authorise my Attorney to Arrest, Sue, Recouver, and upon receipt to give discharge, or if occasion bee to plead or implead in my name and place, and what Attornye shall see Cause to doe in this Case I Will Ratifie and Confirme as done by myselfe.

The letter was signed by John Case with his mark. Witnesses were Joseph Langdon and Thomas Casse. On the back side of this letter it is written to his loving father William Edwards, living at Hartford in New England. [6]

About 1657, John Case joined the new colony of Windsor, about eight or nine miles above Hartford, at the mouth of Farmington river. A. P. Case writes, "we know little about his residence there, except that his first five children were born there." [7]

1667, first grant of land at Massacoe (now Simsbury), Connecticut was made to John case and twenty others. [8]

Spring 1669, thirteen grantees moved to Massacoe. They were: Thomas Barber, John Case, Samuel Filley, Joseph Phelps, John Griffin, Michael Humphrey, Joshua Holcomb, Thomas Maskell, Luke Hill, Samuel Pinney, John Beull, Peter Beull and Joseph Skinner. John settled in the south part of the area known as Weatogue. [9]

14 October 1669, John Case was appointed Constable for Massacoe, by the General Court, being the first person to hold that office there. [10]

1670, the town of Massacoe asked for town privileges and sent John Case and Joshua Holcomb to the May session of the General Court. "This court grants Massacoe's bounds shall run from Farmington bounds to the northward ten miles, and from Windsor bounds on the east, to run westward ten miles; provided it does not prejudice any former grant. The Court orders that the plantation at Massacoe be called Simsbury." After being appointed Constable, John represented the town in the General Assembly. [11]

1674, John represented the town of Simsbury again at the General Assembly. [12]

1675, John represented the town of Simsbury again at the General Assembly. Indian troubles caused the people of Simsbury to pick up their belongings and head back to their old homesteads in Windsor and Hartford. The houses and other buildings they left behind were destroyed by the Indians. Some folks returned to Simsbury in 1677, but the town itself was at a standstill for a period of about 10 years. Many researchers believe that John Case visited his brother Thomas, at Maspeth Kills, Long Island, during this time. [13]

23 Aug 1681, inventory of the estate of John Griffin taken by John Case. [14]

1691, John represented the town of Simsbury again at the General Assembly. [15]

3 Nov 1691, John's wife, Sarah, died at age 55. Sometime shorthly thereafter, he married Elizabeth, the widow of Nathaniel Loomis, of Windsor, and daughter of John Moore. [16]

21 Nov 1700, Last Will and Testament of John Case [17]

I give to my wife Elizabeth Case £5 annually during life, which was engaged before marriage. I give to my son John Case land I bought of Mr. Samuel Stone in Simsbury, also £5. I give to my son William Case land I bought of Thomas Hart in Farmington, joining lands of the heirs of Capt. Marshall, and land in Weataug I bought of John Clark. I give to my son Samuel 5 acres of land given me by the inhabitants of Sims-bury at Weataug, adjacent to Benajah Holcomb's houselott; also I give him my whole share in the two mills, viz., corn mill and saw mill, stand-ing on Hop Brook in Simsbury; my share in the mill lott and the loft in Hazell Meadow I bought of John Humphries; also the land in Hazell Meadow I bought of Joseph Skinner. I give to my son Richard Case that allotment being situate in Weataug Meadow which I bought of Eliakim Marshall, and the houselott at Weataug which I bought of John Clark. I do give to my son Bartholomew Case my proper allotment given me in Hazell Meadow and at the Common Land lying on the west side of the river, and 12 acres adjacent to it, and 1-2 of the new barn, and 5 acres of land on the Plaine against Sergt. Wilcockson's houselott. I give unto my son Joseph Case, by deed of gift, in consideration of his living with me during my lifetime and managing my whole affairs and business of hus-bandry according to my ordering and discretion, my now dwelling house in Simsbury and the whole of my houselott, bounded east by the river, north by John Pettebone's houselott, west by the highway and south by Benajah Holcomb's loft, with the barn, fences, orchards, and all edifices directed and built thereon. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Tuller £10 more besides what she hath already received. To my daughter Mary £15, also 12 acres of land lying in Simsbury. To my daughter Sarah Case, alias Phelps, £20. To my daughter Abigail Case £30. And although William be dead, yet an equal share shall appertain to his estate to be distributed to his children. Moreover, if there be not estate enough left of the moveables at the time of my death to discharge the several legacies herein held and con-tained, after my other debts be paid, as these legacies (John £5, Elizabeth £10, Mary £15, Sarah £20, Abigail £30, Joseph £2, total £82), then it is my will that my sons herein named, or their heirs, do make good to each legatee herein mentioned their several sums by an equal dist. of each person excepting Joseph, who shall pay double to the rest of his brethren, whose names are William, Samuel, Richard, Bartholomew and Joseph Case. I appoint my brother Samuel Spencer of Hartford and my son John Case of Simsbury to be Adms.

Witness: John Slater, Clerk, JOHN X CASE, SEN., LS. William Gillett, Elias Slater.

12 Feb 1704, codicil to will written: [18]

On that certain day received at the will and pleasure of John Case, Senior, who thus explained himself in reference of that small estate which it pleased God to give him in his lifetime: Therefore do now explain my-self as to my will and pleasure: That my homestead should be divided, and one half at my pleasure disposed to that son that shall live with me, with the messuages, and the other half to be disposed between my three sons, Samuel, Richard and Bartholomew; only that son that lives with me to have the half reserved, northward part; and that my wive's dowry, viz., five pounds annually during her life, shall be paid out of said homestead. And that my son Joseph Case, seeing he has declined his due respects and service from me in this time of distress and sickness contrary to my expec-tation and agreement, yet, notwithstanding, I do give him my Nodd mea-dow lott with the upland adjacent, granted me by the inhabitants of Sims-bury, as appears upon record; as also I give unto him the half of the land on the plain, by Doctor Jacob Read's, given me by Simsbury inhabitants, half of that said lott from sd. Read's lott to my old lott or former grant. I give him said Joseph the one-half of this my last grant. This being in consideration of his whole proportion on all account and portion. As also I give unto my daughters my moveables after my debts are paid. As also I give to my son William Case's children that estate in land that I gave to my son William. And unto my son John Case, as the sole and full of his portion, that land he now stands possessed of, with the addition of pay as is expressed in my will. And be it further known, that whatsoever estate I have disposed of by former wills or by these presents, that none of these my children shall be put in possession or have right to till after my death, only reserving this liberty to myself to order and dispose of the one-half of my homested as in this case of my necessity I see occasion. There being one thing slipped memory, but we underwritten do testify that this is fully expressed by the sd. John Case, Sen., who did express that the sd. portion given out of my own estate to my daughter Mary shall be and appertain to her children.

Witness my hand: Witness, John Slater, Sen., JOHN X CASE, SEN. James Cornish.

Court Record, Page 53--9 March, 1703-4: Will exhibited by Mr. Samuel Spencer and John Case. Proven and ordered to be recorded.

12 Feb 1704, death. [19] A. P. Case writes: "The old homestead was held in succession by direct descendants until 1869, when it was sold to Harvey B. Case, a descendant of Bartholomew Case, to E. C. Stacy. Mr. Harvey E. Case informed the writer that no part of the old house remained. The place has recently [comments written in 1898] come into the possession of F. P. Dodge, of New York City, and converted into an elegant summer residence." [20]


  1. Maw, Joyce B. Clark Higley Ancestry: : Including Alderman, Case, Ford, Fyler/Filer, Gillett, Griswold, Gunn, Halladay, Higley, Hunter, Moses, Owen, Phelps, Spencer, Strong, Thrall, Warham, p 24 (pdf).
  2. A. Pierson Case. A Brief Account of the Life of John Casse at Maspeth Kills, L.I., Windsor and Simsbury, Conn.

    "He is supposed to be buried in the old cemetery at Simsbury, by the side of his first wife, Sarah Spencer, but there is no stone or record to prove it. Sarah's grave is marked with a red sandstone slab with record on it, probably erected by John. It seems strange that with ten children surviving, all of mature age, that his grave should have been left unmarked."

  3.   Cutter, William Richard, Genealogical and family history of the State of Connecticut : a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.

    "John Case , founder of the American branch of the Case family, was a native of England , and emigrated to America in the early settlement of the colonies, coming to Windsor from the old family home at Aylesham, England , where many of them now reside. They were a noted family as far back as the time of Oliver Cromwell , and accumulated fortunes by furnishing leather for his army, being tanners and farmers."

  4. Bates, Albert C. Simsbury, Connecticut, Births, Marriages and Deaths. (Hartford, Connecticut).

    "John Case Senr dyed Febr 21 1703/4 "

  5. Nathaniel Goodwin, First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts: Genealogical Notes and Contributions, ( [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002), Appendix, John Case.
  6. Charles W. Manwaring, "A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records," (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006; Original source: A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, by Charles W. Manwaring, R. S. Peck & Co. Printers, Hartford, CT, 1904.), Vol. 1, pg 104.
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  10. Josephine C. Frost, Ancestors of Alden Smith Swan and His Wife Mary Althea Farwell, (New York: The Hills Press, 1923. [Online database]), pg 59.
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  14. Manwaring, Vol. 1, pg 313
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  16. William Richard Cutter, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut, Vol. I-IV, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002. [Online database])
  17. Manwaring, Vol. 2, pp 36-38
  18. Manwaring, Vol. 2, pp 36-38
  19. Frost, pg 59
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{geni:about_me} The Alderman Genealogy is more specific about John's early years: "John sailed from Gravesend, England, on September 3, 1635, on the ship Dorset and landed at Newport, R.I., but settled in Windsor, Conn. He was a farmer and owner of large acreages of land. He spend some years in Newton on Long Island, but in 1656 he returned to Connecticut and 1667 settled in Simsbury, formerly known as Masaco."