m. bef 1657
m. ABT 1685
Facts and Events
Orline St. John Alexander (p. 18) claims he was born 1667-68 in Norwalk, CT.
Settled in Ridgefield, CT per Jim Churchyard.
May have had a daughter, Rebecca, who married John Marven. See http://www.rootsweb.com/~ctfairfi/pages/norwalk/norwalkgr11_20.htm, chapter, 19: John Marven married Rachel Saint John, daughter of Mr. Matthias Saint John, of Norwalk, on, April 27th, 1721. Hannah Marven, born Dec. 4, 1722. Joseph Marven, born May 29, 1724. Rachel Marven, born Dec. 24, 1725 and died Dec. 26, 1725. Benjamin Marven, born Mar. 14 and died Mar. 17, 1727-8. Rachel Marven, born Mar. 27, 1728-9. Sarah Marven, born May 18, 1733 and died May 21, 1733. Ann Marven, born Sept 7, 1741.
History of Ridgefield, p. 521, indicates that a Matthias St. John was one of many townsmen who purchased land from hte local native Americans on 18 March 1715. This one? There is also a Matthew St. John mentioned a few times in this History, around same time period. He was involved in the laying of roads in 1721-1722. But that Matthew is likely the husband of Ann Whitne of Norwalk (m. 13 Oct 1709) with whom he has several children 1711-1715. Mathew is more likely a son of Matthias, if related at all (and therefore brother of Nathan?)
Ancient historical records of Norwalk, CT, p. 62, identify a Matthias Sension, age. 7 as one of the "children of the town" about 1672.
BIOGRAPHY: The St. John Genealogy Descendants of Matthias St. John of Dorchester, Massachusett. By Orline St. John Alexander The Grafton Press Genealogical Publishers, New York 1907 Page 17
Matthias St. John (Matthias 1), b. in 1630; d. in Dec. 1728-9; m. Elizabeth. Matthias St. John's home lot was No. 25 near the cove. In 1665 his lands and accommodations were valued at L150. He was selectman of Norwalk. Matthias Sention, Jr., entered into a fence agreement, 1656; appears on second list, 1657; was ordered to pay with others, 1659; was Fence viewer, 1659; was granted liberty to make fence across the Highway, 1664; was granted 16 ft. of ground, 1665; was granted land, 1660-66; and appears in a wolfe killing article, 1667. At Town meeting Oct. 5, 1667, it was voted: "Cattle to be put in the plantinge fed and kept there by Stephen that day, and every day for a month they are to be fetched up by on standinge man and another, to be read at the soundinge of a horne to go to a longe with him, and so to take their turnes until the months is out, the time to goe out to fetch up the cattle is an noone; and it begins with Matthias Sention, Jr., and so longe with Walter Hait, and none to goe but trained souldiers, and if any neglect they are to forteite 2s, to the use of the Towne. Stephen Beckwith hath promised to give foureteene dayes, and also as it beginneth with Matthias Sention, Jr., he is to give notice and warne the next over night against the next day, and so every one the like as it passeth a longe upon the forfeite of 2s. to the use of the Towne" (Vol. T. P., 33). Again we find the following: "Charges for the Cowheard: John Gregory, 3s.: Mark Sension, 6s.; Matthias Sension, 7s; Samuel Sension, 2s. Mark Sension went with Jores and his canoe halfe a day to burne the Islands 1683" (T. P., 163). Matthias Sention, Jr., was to make the list, Sept. 9, 1668 (T.P., 83). He took an inventory of Thos. Hale's Est., 1678. James and Martha Miller sold part of their Home lot and dwelling in Norwalk, one acre and one rood, bounde E, & W. by highway, to Matthias Sention, Dec. 26, 1681 (N. L. Rec., vol. i. p. 75). In 1686 Matthias Sention, made over to his eldest son, Ebenezer, the land and house be bought of James Miller (N., i. 85). In 1692 Matthias Sension, Sr., deeded to his son James land called "Stickey Plain" (N., i. 102). In 1705-6 Matthias Sension, Sr., bought of Thomas Hayt land at Stickey Plain (N., i. 243, ii. 83). Under "Eare Marks," we find the following: Matthias Sention, "Slippe cut oft of the inside of the neer and a slitt right downe oft the oft eare." May 30, 1655 (T.P.,