Person:Robert Winchell (1)

Robert Winchell
  • HRobert Winchellbef 1609 - 1667/68
  • WMary Phelpsbef 1614 - 1655
  1. Nathaniel Winchell1634 - 1699/00
  2. Jonathan Winchell1636 - 1714/15
  3. Phebe Winchell1639 - 1662
  4. Mary Winchell1641 - aft 1692
  5. David Winchell1643 - 1723
  6. Joseph Winchell1646 - bef 1667/68
  7. Martha Winchell1648 - 1655
  8. Benjamin Winchell1652 - 1656
Facts and Events
Name[1] Robert Winchell
Gender Male
Birth[1] bef 1609 England (probably)
Emigration[1] 1634 Based on admission to freemanship on 6 May 1635.
Residence[1] 1634 Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Other[1] 6 May 1635 Admitted freeman of Massachusetts Bay.
Residence[1] bef 1639 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesWhen a daughter was baptized there [CTVR 38; Grant 70].
Will[1] 20 Jan 1667/68 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United StatesNuncupative.
Death[2][4] 21 Jan 1667/68 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Estate Inventory[1] 23 Jan 1667/68 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States£61 17s. 1d. (against which were debts of 37 3s. 5d.), of which £26 was real estate.
Probate[1] 5 Mar 1667/68 Will proved.

"Winchell, Robert, Windsor--a juror in 1644. In '37 was appointed with Mr. Ludlow and William Phelps as agents for the purchase of corn, &c. He came early to Windsor. His children were, Phebe born in 1639, Mary in 1641--David, Joseph, Martha, Benjamin.--Robert died in 1657. Nathaniel, son of Robert, married Sarah Porter, and had Nathaniel, Thomas and Sarah, born 1674, and Joseph 1677. Jonathan Winchell married Abigail Brunson, and had a son Jonathan, 1663. David married Elizabeth Filly, 1669, and had Joseph and two daughters. Nathaniel Winchell, 1664--probably the same who was at Westfield in 1686."[3]


1 Robert Winchell. Robert Winchell was probably born in England. … He was at Dorchester, Mass., at least as early as 1634, but removed to Windsor, Conn., about 1635. He died at Windsor, 21 Jan., 1668, and his wife died there, 10 July, 1655. …

In the History of the First Baptist Church in Boston from 1665 to 1818, by Rev. James N. Winchell, Boston, 1819, is an extract from Dorchester Town Records, Jan. 4th, 1635: 'It is ordered that the p'tyes here under written shall have lotts at the bounds betwixt Roxbury and Dorchester, at the great hill betwixt the said bounds, and above the marsh as fol. not to inclose medowe.'

In a list of twenty persons receiving from 16 to 30 acres is the name of Robert Winchill (from publication of Dorchester Town Records, by N. E. Hist. Geneal. Soc., vol. XXI, pp. 41 and 335).

As Robert probably migrated to Windsor in 1635 he probably made no permanent settlement on this land, and with his wife and two boys he may have lived at Dorchester. Opposed to this is the consideration that had he lived there his oldest two children would have been born there, of which there is no known record.

Robert Wincall (Winchell?) was made a freeman at the General Court of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, 6 May, 1635.

It is surprising to find that Robert Winchell (with William Smarley) bought land in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia, from Anthony Jones, March 25th, 1639. There is, however, no evidence that he went to Virginia, and it may be surmised that Smarley acted for both purchasers. No Winchells are known to have been Virginia till about 200 years later.

Robert Wynchell was on the Jury in Conn., 1 Aug., 1644, and 30 June, 1646. (Rec. Gen. Court, Conn.)

From the Town Records of Old Windsor, it appears that certain lands were assigned to Robert on the first division of the public domain among the original immigrants. The following is a copy of some the original records entered by Matthew Grant, 'Dec. 25th, 1640':

'Robert Winchel hath granted from the plantation an home lot, with the additions to it, nine acres, more or less, the breadth twelve rod, the length from the meadow bounds to George Phillips his land, bounded by Joshua Carter, north, and Joseph Clarke, south.'

'Also, and the meadow adjoining, five acres and a half, more or less, in breadth nine rods, the length from the upland down to the Great River, [the Connecticut] bounded by Thomas Dibble, north, Joseph Clark, south.'

'Toward Pine meadow fourteen acres and quarter, in breadth fourteen rods and quarter, the length from the great river back to the east one hundred and sixty rod.'

'Robert Winchel hath exchanged with Thomas Dibble the lying of his meadow, and now stands bounded north by Samuel Gaylord, south by Anthony Hawkins.'

'Thomas Dewey, legal attorney to Nicholas Canope and his wife Eady, formerly Eady Filley.'

'Robert Winchel hath purchased of Thomas Dewey the house and land on which it stands, which was formerly belonging to Eady Filley, being in quantity three quarters of an acre, more or less, as it lies bounded by the land of Samuel Gaylord, north, of William Hannum, south, Thomas Buckland, his meadow, east, and the highway, west.

'Also, in the great meadow, two acres, more or less, being in length from the home lots down to the Great River.

"Also hath purchased the half of Thomas Buckland's meadow, five acres and a half, more or less, in breadth ten rod, in length from the home lots to the great river. Bounded north by Peter Tilton, south by a highway."

'Also by exchange with William Hannum, his home lot, three quarters of an acre, more or less, in breadth five rod and six foot, in length from the highway down to the meadow bounds, bounded by the land of said Robert which he purchased of Eady Filley, north, and the land of Joshua Carter, dec'd, south.'

The 'home lot' of Robert was located toward the north end of Windsor Main Street, north of the Farmington River, on the south east corner of Main Street and the Bissell's Ferry Road which leads to the ferry over the Connecticut River. (Styles' Hist. of Ancient Windsor.) A neat wooden framed dwelling occupied the site of ancient homestead, owned by Mr. Cushing in 1867.

Under date of 'Feb. 29th, 1659,' Matthew Grant records another transaction in real estate by which Robert acquired 3½ acres. He made still another acquisition of 8 acres, 25 Oct., 1660. On the 30 Nov., 1663, Robert entered into an agreement to maintain a fence between his land and that of Joseph Clarke.

The whole amount of land acquired by Robert was at least 48 or 50 acres. He seems to have borrowed money of one Abigail Alcott, of Hartford, to the amount of 'forty-two pounds, three shillings and one penny.' 'For the payment of the said sum,' says the record of the mortgage, 'I am to have three years time, beginning on the second day of April, 1667, and end the second of April, 1670, which said three years I am to pay yearly rent after eight pounds pr. 100 in wheat and peas, at the price current; and for her more certain security' he mortgaged two parcels of land. But he died in 1668.

Jan. 18th, 1660, Robert was enumerated among householders of Windsor, and was rated 6s for a seat in the church for himself and wife.

Robert's will is dated 1668, and bequeaths his estate to his three sons, Nathanael, Jonathan and David, and his daughter Mary. The inventory should an estate valued at nearly £ 62, or $310, no small sum for early colonial days. His will was not written, but the following certificate, dated 20 Jan., 1668, was probated three days later.

'We, the undersigned do witness that, being with Robert Winchell that night in which he died, desired us to take notice that if he lived not till the next morning, and so could not have it written, that this was his will: That before anything was meddled with all his debts should be paid, and that his two sons Jonathan and David should have the lands on the northwest of the Highway, this being all the lands he had left, only Jonathan should have the north side and David the south side. Sister Randall says: 'What shall your daughter have?' He answered: 'I have done for her already. And as for my eldest son, he is in my debt; I acquit him that; yet let them have something.' And said also: 'I desire that you two and Brother Phelps would be my overseers.' To this we set our hands.

'Memo. He expressed that what was left of his estate besides his debts his two sons Jonathan and David should have. 'Signed: Abraham Randall 'Mary Randall 'Walter Ffyler'"[5][6]


Founders of Windsor, CT
Windsor was the first permanent English settlement in Connecticut. Local indians granted Plymouth settlers land at the confluence of the Farmington River and the west side of the Connecticut River, and Plymouth settlers (including Jonathan Brewster, son of William) built a trading post in 1633. But the bulk of the settlement came in 1635, when 60 or more people led by Reverend Warham arrived, having trekked overland from Dorchester, Massachusetts. Most had arrived in the New World five years earlier on the ship "Mary and John" from Plymouth, England. The settlement was first called Dorchester, and was renamed Windsor in 1637.

See: Stiles History of Ancient Windsor - Thistlewaite's Dorset Pilgrims - Wikipedia entry

Loomis homestead, oldest in CT.
Settlers at Windsor by the end of 1640, per the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor: Abbot - Alford - S. Allen - M. Allyn - Barber - Bartlett - M. (Barrett) (Huntington) Stoughton - Bascomb - Bassett - Benett - Birge - Bissell - Branker - Brewster - Buckland - Buell - Carter - Chappel - D. Clarke - J. Clarke - Cooke - Cooper - Denslow - Dewey - Dibble - Dumbleton - Drake - Dyer - Eels - Eggleston - Filley - Ford - Foulkes - Fyler - Gaylord - Francis Gibbs - William Gilbert - Jere. Gillett - Jon. Gillett - N. Gillett - Grant - Gridley - E. Griswold - M. Griswold - Gunn - Hannum - Hawkes - Hawkins - Hayden - Haynes - Hill - Hillier - Holcombe - Holmes - Holt - Hosford - Hoskins - Hoyte - Hubbard - Huit - Hulbert - Hull - Hurd - Hydes - Loomis - Ludlow - Lush - Marshfield - A. Marshall - T. Marshall - Mason - M. (Merwin) (Tinker) Collins - M. Merwin - Mills - Moore - Newberry - Newell - Oldage - Orton - Osborn - Palmer - Parsons - Parkman - Pattison - Phelps - Phelps - Phillips - Pinney - Pomeroy - Pond - Porter - Preston - Rainend - Randall - Rawlins - Reeves - J. Rockwell - W. Rockwell - B. Rossiter - St. Nicholas - Saltonstall - Samos - M. Sension (St. John) – R. Sension - Sexton - Staires - Starke - F. StilesH. Stiles - J. StilesT. Stiles - Stoughton - Stuckey - Talcott - E. Taylor - J. Taylor - Terry - Thornton - Thrall - Tilley - Tilton - Try - F. (Clark) (Dewey) (Phelps) - Vore - Warham - Weller - Whitehead - A. Williams - J. Williams - R. Williams - Wilton - Winchell - Witchfield - Wolcott - Young
Current Location: Hartford County, Connecticut   Parent Towns: Dorchester, Massachusetts   Daughter Towns: Windsor Locks; South Windsor; East Windsor; Ellington; Bloomfield

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Robert Winchell, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), 7:454-57.

    ORIGIN: Unknown.
    CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Dorchester church prior to 6 May 1635 implied by freemanship.
    FREEMAN: 6 May 1635 (as "Rob[er]te Wincall") [MBCR 1:370].

  2. Robert Winchell, in Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 4:591.

    Robert (Winchell), Dorchester, but how early is not kn. nor how he came, but prob. with w. and perhaps one ch. was there 1635, and carr. two s. Nathaniel and Jonathan, to Windsor a. 1638, there had Phebe, bapt. 24 Mar. 1639, d. at 23 yrs.; Mary, 5 Sept. 1641; David, 22 Oct. 1643; Joseph, 5 Apr. 1646, wh. d. bef. his f.; Martha, 18 June 1648, d. in 7 yrs; and Benjamin, 11 July 1652, d. at 4 yrs. His w. whose name is not heard, d. 10 July 1655, and he d. 21 Jan. 1668. In his will of that mo. s. Nathaniel, Jonathan, and David are nam. and Mary refer. to as hav. had her portion.

  3. Hinman, Royal Ralph (1785-1868). A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut, 100.
  4. Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States. Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1638-1925.

    Robert Winchel dyed Jan 21st 67 (Bk I p. Fifty-Two)

  5. Winchell, Alexander. Genealogy of the family of Winchell in America: embracing the etymology and history of the name and the outlines of some collateral genealogies. (Ann Arbor: Dr. Chase's Steam Print. House, 1869), 61-64.
  6. Winchell, Robert., in Manwaring, Charles W. A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, 1:256-57.