m. bef 1649
Facts and Events
Richard Sperry was a farmer in the Puritan colony of New Haven. He helped hide two judges from officers of Charles II, who had ordered the execution of all the judges who had signed the death warrant against his father Charles I.
From Osterweis, Three Centuries of New Haven, p.56, 354: "Whalley and Goffe lay hidden from their enemies in Judges Cave on the top of West Rock. Each day Richard Sperry, a local farmer, left food on a nearby stump."
Also see http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/4049/regicide.html and Joseph A. Montagna's History of Connecticut Through 1690 at http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1978/4/78.04.02.x.html for more information about historical events surrounding New Haven and the regicide of Charles I.
Henry Reed, «u»The History and Genealogies of Ancient Winsor, Connecticut,«/u» . New York, 1859
«i»Sperry, Richard, of New Haven, 1643; sworn freeman 1644; m. Dennis ________. It is a tradition in the family that he came to New Haven as a gardener or agent for the Earl of Warwick. It is certain that to him was granted a large tract of land known as "the farme", and still is called Sperry's Farms, located on the west side of West Rock, in what is now the town of Woodbridge. Richard Sperry's claim to history is that he was the courageous and faithful friend and protector of the Regicides. He died between 1693-1698. His will dated 18 Apr 1693 is to be found in New Haven Probate Records, Vol II p230-1. His widow Dennis Sperry died prob. Feb or Mar 1707 «/i» ------------------------------------------------------- «u»Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers«/u» Volume 4 page 151 «i»Sperry, Richard, New Haven 1643, sw. freem. 1644, had Ebenezer, b. July, bapt. 30 Aug. 1663; and Daniel, 1665; beside Esther, wh. m. 21 June 1683, Daniel Hotchkiss; had liv. on the W. side of the rock, a. one mile from the cave, where Goffe and Walley, the regicides, enjoy. their hiding, and he had supplied them with food; was a propr. 1685, as were JOHN, RICHARD Jun. NATHANIEL, and THOMAS, perhaps his s. Mary, prob. his d. m. 29 Mar. 1670, Benjamin Peck. JOHN m. Eliz. [p.151] wh. next m. BenjaminBunnell; and THOMAS m. 18 Nov. 1684, Eliz. d. of Samuel Fernes «/i» ___________________________________________________________
«u»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. «/u»Volume II «i»SperryThe emigrant ancestor of the Sperry family of Connecticut was a native of England , and is of record in West Haven as early as January 4, 1643 . He presumably came as agent for the Earl of Warwick . He was the last friend and benefactor of the regicides, Goffe and Whalley , who for a time made their refuge in what became known as "The Judges' Cave," and which adjoined Richard Sperry 's home tract. The latter, known from early days as "the Sperry Farms," has remained in the family for more than a quarter of a century.
«/i»Richard Sperry is listed in the 1669 census of New Haven