Person:William Thrall (1)

William Thrall 1606
m. bef 1639
  1. Phillipa Thrallest 1639 - 1698
  2. Timothy Thrall1641 - 1697
  3. David Thrallabt 1643 -
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3][4] William Thrall
Gender Male
Birth[2] cal 1606
Military[2] 1637 A soldier in the Pequot War
Marriage bef 1639 Of, Hartford, CT.Based on estimated date of birth of eldest known child.
to Unknown Unknown
Will[2][4][6] 11 Dec 1678
Death[2][4][5][6] 3 Aug 1679 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Probate[2][6] 4 Dec 1679 Will proved. has a great deal of information on William Thrall - his family in the colonies, and where he was (allegedly) born. However, much of the information, especially for the early generations, is given without sources and should be treated with caution.

  1. William Thrall, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Directory. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Jun 2015), 335.

    "Thrall, William: [Origin] Unknown; [Emigration] 1640; [Resided] Windsor [CCCR 2:150; WiLR 1:57; Dawes-Gates 2:792-97]."

    The date of emigration given by Anderson (1640) conflicts with the fact that William Thrall was awarded a grant of land for "… good seruice in the Pequot warr, …" which implies that William was in New England by 1637.

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 William1Thrall, in Ferris, Mary Walton. Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines: A Memorial Volume Containing the American Ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes; and A Memorial Volume Containing the American Ancestry of Mary Beman (Gates) Dawes. (Milwaukee, WI: Cuneo Press, 1931-1943), 2:793-94.

    "William1 Thrall is accounted among the first settlers of Windsor, Connecticut, although it does not appear that he was ever of Dorchester, Massachusetts, as the other founders of Windsor had been. He was granted, in 1637, a lot thirteen rods wide which lay south of the Little or Farmington River and between the mill and the foot of Stony hill … He lived there until 1646 when he sold the property to Nicholas Palmer and then, with Robert Wilson, bought the Simon Hoyte home, in Hoyte's Meadow, consisting of eighty acres and the house thereon. These two new owners 'divided the house and land in the middle (the well and wood court to be used interchangeably) and resided there until 1654 when Thrall bought out Wilson.' This was an isolated location, and after about 1654 he lived there alone with his family for several years and the Court exempted him from the duty of 'watch and ward' so that he might be at home at night. …

    The name of William1 Thrall appears in a list of 'freemen that live within the limits of Windsor' on May 13, 1669. On May 11, 1671, the General Court granted to him and two others, for their good services in the Pequot War, fifty acres of land apiece and, on May 8, 1673, appointed two men to lay it out. In April, 1674, William1 received his portion 'on the east side great River, about two miles beyond Hoccanum River, toward the cedar swamp.' This tract he conveyed to his son-in-law, John Hosford, in the following February. …

    William1 was born about 1606 for he died 'Aug. 3d Sabbath daye 1679, 73 old.' He dated his will December 11, 1678, and it was 'proven' December 4, 1679, when the inventory of his estate amounting to £158-09-06 was presented. The bulk of his property, including the home, was given to his son, Timothy2, who was made executor and was required to pay certain legacies to his sister Phillipa2 and others."

  3. Stiles, Henry R. History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut (1892): including East Windsor, South Windsor, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks and Ellington, 1635-1891. (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1892).

    William, came to W[indsor] before the Peq. War, in which he was a soldier from W[indsor]. Ld. gr. 1640 (see p. 167, Vol. I); res. in vicinity of the Old Mill. In 1646 he and Robert Wilson bought out Simon Hoyte in Hoyte's Meadow, where he liv ed alone with his family serveral years, the Court exempting him from the duty of "watch an d ward," so that he might be at home nights with his family. His son Timothy successded him , and some of the Thralls have ever since res. in this meadow. He d. "Aug the 3rd, Sabbath d ay, 1679, 73 old." --O.C.R. "Old Goode Thrall," prob. his wife, d. 30 July, 1676." p. 761

  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 William Thrall, 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), 4:293-294.

    "William (Thrall), Windsor, among the first sett. yet it does not seem certain that he was ever of Dorchester, but he serv. in the Pequot war, had only two ch. b. at W. Timothy, July 1641; and Philippa, prob. earlier, for she m. 5 Nov. 1657, John Hosford. 'Old goody Thrall d. 30 July 1676,' says he rec. and he was a. 72 yrs old when he made his will, Dec. 1678, and d. 3 Aug. foll."

  5. Windsor Vital Records [NEHGS], in Connecticut, United States. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, 277.

    "Thrall, … William, d. Aug. 3, 1679, Æ 73 [MG]"
    "Thrall, … William, d. Aug. 3, [16]79 [Col. 1:58]"

  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Thrall, William, Windsor, in Manwaring, Charles W. A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records. (Hartford, Conn.: R. S. Peck & Co., 1904-06), 1:370.

    "Probate Records. Vol. IV, 1677 to 1687. Page 27-8.

    Thrall, William, Windsor. Died 3 August, 1679. Invt. £158-09-06. Taken by Christopher Sanders, Jacob Drake. Will dated 11 December, 1678.

    I William Thrall of Windsor do give and bequeath my Outward Estate, my House Barn & all my Lands of one sort or other, Upland or Meadow, to my son Timothy Thrall, to be his & his heirs forever, yt with this Proviso, that upon his possession thereof he stand bound to discharge the Legacies as followeth: First: that he pay to Daughter Phillip(i) Hosford the sum of £45, to be paid within 3 years after my decease. Second: that he pay to Samuel Cross, & also to her that was Mary Cross, both which live with me, 5 Shillings apeice. Third: That he pay to Mr. Benjamin Woodbridge 20 Shillings. It is my Will & I do give to my gr. child Sarah Hosford the little House I have begun to build on John Hosford's Land. For my Household Goods, what is in the possession of my son Timothy Thrall I do bestow on him, & what part of my Household Goods is in the possession of John Shepherd I do give to my daughter Phillipi Thrall. A Cow of mine in John Hosford's Hands I do give to Daughter Phillip(i) Hosford, & the Cattle or Stock in my son Timothy Thrall's Hands I give to him. I ordain my son Timothy Thrall Executor. Also I desire Mr. Benjamin Woodbridge and Abraham Phelps to be my Overseers.


    Witness: Job Drake, Mary Woodbridge.

    Court Record, Page 18—4 December, 1679: Will & Invt. proven."

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

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