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  • ID: I1979
  • Name: Mary Griffin
  • Surname: Griffin
  • Given Name: Mary
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 1 Mar 1651 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
  • Death: 23 Jun 1728 in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
  • _UID: 3CA956B88935384B920381E9902B4E589426
  • Note:
    1. Henry R. Stiles, "The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut," 1892, v. 2, pp. 796-797: David Winchell (son of Robert), m. (1) Elizabeth (dau. William) Filley, 17 Nov 1669 (O.C.R.); she was b. 4 Mar 1650; (2) Mary (dau. John) Griffin, 1 May 1672, who was b. 1646; he owned Half-Way Cov't in Windsor church, some time in yr. 1668-70 (O.C.R.); contrib. 0 to Conn. Fund for Relief of Poor of other Colonies, 1676; removed to Suffield prob. after Philip's War, and became (acc. to Sheldon, 'Doc. Hist. Suff.') a prominent man there, being a selectman and land measurer for 25 years; he surveyed and allotted about 9,000 acres, including the Second Division. His son Joseph (b. Windsor) succeeded him as land measurer, and was Proprietor's (or Town) Clerk for 32 years. Most of Suffield east of the mountain was laid out and measured by father and son. David Winchell d. 29 Dec 1723, age 80; his widow d. 23 Jun 1728, age 78. Children (b. Windsor per O.C.R.):
    A. Joseph, b. 13 Sep 1670.
    B. Christian, b. 9 Mar 1672.
    C. Elizabeth, b. 9 Dec 1675; m. John Trumbull of Suffield, and their 8th child and 3d. son bp. 3 Apr 1715, was the Rev. John Trumbull, gra. Yale College 1735; settled at Westbury (now Watertown) Conn. - Dexter's 'Annals Yale College.'
    D. David, b. 19 Mar 1682 in Suffield.
    E. Mary, b. 8 Feb 1685 in Suffield.
    F. Jedediah, b. 29 Dec 1690 in Suffield.
    G. Samuel, b. 9 Jun 1693 in Suffield."

    2. Henry R. Stiles, "The History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut," 1892, v. 2, p. 346: "John Griffin had no lands recorded at Windsor and could hardly have owned a house there; in 1648 was engaged in manufacturing tar, and his candlewood, etc., being burned by an Indian who was unable to pay the dmage, his friends transferred to Griffin the land at Massaco (Simsbury), which he transferred to the town, and afterwards became a settler there (freeman there in 1669). He first appears at Windsor 13 May 1647 when he m. Anna (prob. sister of and resided near John) Bancroft. At the time of John Drake, Sen'r's death, 1659, Griffin either resided in the Henry Stiles house, north of that of Wm. Gaylord, Jr., dec'd, or that of Francis Stiles, south of Gaylord's. 6 Sep 1655, Wm. Hayden makes complaint of the rioutus conduct of John Griffin, John Bancroft, and Jacob Drake in his family, thereby frightening his wife - Griffin seming to have been the chief offender, as he only was fined ?20, the others as well as he bound over in ?20 each for good behaviour until the next Court ('Rec. Part. Ct., Sec. state's Ofice'). (Wm. Hayden's wife d. 17 Jul 1655; it may be in consequence of this fright.) In 1663 he was granted by the General Court 200 acres of land at Massacoe, in consideration 'that he was the first that perfected the art of making pitch and tar in these parts.' In 1673, with Simon Wolcott, was ordered to command the trainband. Children (Old Church Records):
    A. Hannah, b. 4 Jul 1649.
    B. Mary, b. 1 Mar 1651.
    C. Sarah, b. 25 Dec 1654.
    D. John b. 20 Oct 1656.
    E. Thomas, b. 3 Oct 1658.
    F. Abigail, b. 12 Nov 1660.
    G. Mindwell, b. 11 Feb 1662.
    H. Ruth, b. 21 Jan 1665.
    I. Ephraim, b. 1 Mar 1668/9.
    J. Nathaniel, b. 31 May 1673."

    3. Website 1 Jan 2008
    "The Griffin family in America. John and Anna (Bancroft) Griffin:
    John GRIFFIN - b. 1608-9, Wales; d. Aug., 1681, Simsbury, CT. Son of John GRIFFIN and Ann LANGFORD. John sailed from England on August 24, 1635 aboard the Constance enroute to Virginia. In June 1638, when Lord BALTIMORE of Maryland ordered an attack of the Viriginia Islands of Kent and Palmer, which were under the protection of Capt. CALIBornE, Secretary of the Colony of Virginia, John escaped by ship and left Virginia. John's name first appears on New Haven, CT records in 1642, and was enrolled in the militia. On Jan. 4, 1643, he was fined a few pence for not having his arms in shape. John took the Oath of Fidelity at New Haven on Jul. 1, 1644. He removed to Windsor, marrying there and appearing in the Windsor records in Aug. 1659. John and Anna were among the first settlers from Windsor to remove to Simsbury, where he was a representative for some years. His estate inventory of Aug. 23, 1681 included about 3 square miles of land, or about 1920 acres. Married May 13, 1647, Windsor, CT.
    Anna Bancroft - b. 1627, England. Daughter of John Bancroft and Jane.
    Children of John and Anna Griffin:
    Hannah - b. Jul. 4, 1649, Windsor, CT. Her first husband, whom she married May 10, 1667, died in 1669 at age 23. Hannah married second John HUMPHREY, son of Michael.
    Mary - b. Mar. 1, 1651, Windsor, CT. There is no evidence that Mary married David WINCHELL as his second wife. Married first Samuel WILSON, and second Anthony HOSKINS. Samuel and Mary reportedly had a large family. Refer to note at the beginning of the WINCHELL line for more information.
    Sarah - b. Dec. 25, 1654, Windsor, CT; d. 1685-1699, Windsor, CT. Married on Oct. 29, 1676 at Windsor, CT, Elias Gillett (bap. Jul 1, 1649, Windsor, CT), son of Nathan. Elias married second by 1700 Rebecah Kelsey, daughter of Marke and Rebecca (HOSKINS) Kelsey, and widow of Nathaniel MESSEngER. Children of Sarah and Elias: Sarah; Nathan; Hannah; and Ephraim. Daughter of Elias and Rebecca: Mary.
    John - b. Oct. 20, 1656, Windsor, CT. Married Oct. 7, 1708, Mary, whose surname has been given as BACON. Children: Thomas died in infancy; Mary married Jehiel MESSEngER; Ruth died soon; Ruth married Consider HOLCOMB, son of Capt. Thomas and Elizabeth (TERRY) HOLCOMB; Abagail married John Thomas; Hannah married Hosea WILKENSON; and possibly John.
    Thomas - b. Oct. 3, 1658, Windsor, CT; d. 1719. Married in 1693 Elizabeth WELTON (b. about 1660; d. Sep. 28, 1722). Children: Hannah did not marry; Thomas did not marry; Mary married Joshua HOLCOMB III; John died in infancy; John married Eleanor HOLCOMB; Nathaniel married his cousin Elizabeth GRIFFIN; Stephen probably married Mary DeLACY; Eunice married John SCOTT; and Benoni married brother Stephen's widow.
    Abigail - b. Nov. 12, 1660, Windsor, CT. On Mar. 27, 1682, she married Richard SEGAR.
    Mindwell - b. Feb. 11, 1662, Windsor, CT. Married about 1691 Samuel WillCOXSON (b. Apr. 15, 1666, Windsor, CT; d. Sep. 13, 1713, Simsbury, CT), son of Sgt. Samuel and Hannah (RICE) WillCOXSON. Children: Hannah married Thomas MORTON; Samuel; John married Sarah NORTH; Joseph married first Elizabeth HOLCOMB, and second Mary Buttolph; Mindwell married Philip LOOMIS, Jr.; and Ephraim married Hannah Hill.
    Ruth - b. Jan. 21, 1665, Windsor, CT; d. May 27 or Aug. 25, 1719. Unmarried.
    Ephraim - b. Mar. or May 1, 1668, Windsor, CT; d. Sep. 20, 1725. Married Dec. 9, 1707 Elizabeth Adams. Children: Elizabeth married her cousin Nathaniel GRIFFIN; Anna married Ebenezer LOOMIS; Ephraim married Elizabeth TERRY; Silence; and Phoebe married Solomon TERRY.
    Nathaniel - b. May 31, 1673, Windsor, CT; d. Feb. 23, 1712/3. Married Mar. 14, 1711/2 Alice WELTON. Daughter: Alice married William James."

    1. The marriage of Mary Griffin and David Winchell is disputed as noted at the following website 17 Feb 2008: from the files of Stephen M. Lawson:
    "Both the 'Register of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut' (1941) and 'The Winchell Genealogy' (1869) claim that Mary Griffin, daughter of John and Anna (Bancroft) Griffin, married David WINCHELL as his second wife. Mrs. Albert H. Chase, in her article "David-2 Winchell (Robert-1) of Suffield, Conn.," TAG 24:1, pp 49-50, provides the evidence needed to remove this claim and state that "David Winchell had but one wife, Elizabeth Filley, whom he married 17 November 1669, the mother of his children."
    Since the claim of the Winchell-Griffin connection has been in print for over 125 years, the recent forest of family trees based on outdated information with little documentation will spread this error rapidly. The Griffin-Bancroft branch is here to provide descendants of David WINCHELL with information on the family tree branch that needs to be pruned, and descendants of Mary (GRIFFIN) WILSON with information on the branch to be engrafted."

    1. Mary Griffin does not appear in the following database nor any of her assumed husbands (Winchell, Hoskins, or Wilson) per the Internet 6 Jul 2008 at Suffield, Hartford County, Connecticut Headstone Inscriptions 1660-1937. This list of inscriptions, town of Suffield, was copied in 1934, under the auspices of the F.E.R.A. and the W.P.A. sponsored by the Connecticut State Library, as compiled under the supervision of Charles R. Hale, State Military Necrologist, assisted by Miss Mary H. Babin, Secretary. Hartford, Connecticut, December 1937.
  • Change Date: 17 Jan 2015 at 18:29:11

    Father: John Griffin b: ABT 1609 in , , Wales
    Mother: Anna Bancroft b: in , , England

    Marriage 1 David Winchell c: 22 Oct 1643 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
    • Married: 1 May 1672 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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