Individual Page


Family
Marriage: Children:
  1. MARY WELLES: Birth: 1618 in Northamptonshire, England. Death: 21 JUL 1647 in Milford, New Haven Co., Connecticut

  2. Ann Welles: Birth: 1620 in Burmington, Warwickshire, England. Death: 1680 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut

  3. John Welles: Birth: 1622 in Burmington, Warwickshire, England. Death: 7 AUG 1659 in Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut

  4. Robert Welles: Birth: ABT 1624 in Burmington, Warwickshire, England. Death: BEF 1635

  5. THOMAS WELLES: Birth: 1625 in Burmington, Warwickshire, England. Death: 20 AUG 1668 in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut

  6. Samuel Welles: Birth: ABT 1628 in Burmington, Warwickshire, England. Death: 15 JUL 1675 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut

  7. Sarah Welles: Birth: 1631 in Burmington, Warwickshire, England. Death: 12 DEC 1698 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut

  8. Joseph Welles: Birth: ABT 1637 in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Death: BEF 1660 in Connecticut


Family
Marriage:
Sources
1. Title:   Siemiatkoski, Donna Holt, The Descendants of Gov. Thomas Welles and his wife Alice Tomes (Baltimore: Gateway Press, Inc., 1990)
2. Title:   Stiles, Henry R., The History of Ancient Wethersfield, Conn. Vol. 2 (NY: The Grafton Press, 1904)
3. Title:   Jacobus, Donald Lines, An American Family, Botsford-Marble Ancestral Lines (New Haven, CT: 1933)
4. Title:   Jacobus, Donald Lines & Edgar F. Waterman, Hale, House and Related Families (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1978)
5. Title:   Foote Family Assoc. of America, Vol. 111, Book 1, Foote Family Genealogy and History, Descendants of Elizabeth (Foote) Churchill (Otter Bay Books, Baltimore, MD: 2009)
6. Title:   Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., Inc., 1985)

Notes
a. Note:   http://www.wellesfamily.org/our-projects.html Descendants of Thomas Welles Generation No. 1 1. THOMAS1 WELLES Child of THOMAS WELLES is: 2. i. GOVERNORTHOMAS2 WELLES, b. Abt. 1598, of Rothwell, Northamptonshire, England; d. 14 Jan 1659/60, Wethersfield, Connecticut. Generation No. 2 2. GOVERNORTHOMAS2 WELLES (THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1598 in of Rothwell, Northamptonshire, England, and died 14 Jan 1659/60 in Wethersfield, Connecticut. He married (1) ELIZABETH HUNT/ALICE TOMES. She died Abt. 1640. He married (2) ELIZABETH DEMING, daughter of ? DEMING and ? GILBERT. She was born 1595 in of Colchester, Essex, England, and died 28 Jul 1683 in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Notes for GOVERNORTHOMAS WELLES: Governor of Connecticut. Thomas Welles belonged to the Northamptonshire Welles family. In 1634 he lived in Rothwell of that county. On 3 Nov 1634 the court of Star Chamber admonished him to answer in full the articles charged against him and others, the charges being that he adhered to Puritan beliefs. Another person also charged at the same time was William Fox, ancestor of George Fox who would later start the Quaker movement. The Court of Star Chamber had been established by Henry VII. It convened, at least at first, in an apartment known as the star chamber in the royal palace at Westminster. It was a way of bringing to justice powerful people that local authorities would fear to bring charges against. The chancellor, treasurer, justices, and other members of the kings council sat there, heard the cases, and ruled on them. The Star Chamber Court became very arbitrary and oppressive in the time of James I and Charles I. The individual charged had little recourse and often was judged guilty on little, if any evidence. The Court of Star Chamber confiscated Thomas Welles' property, and final action was to be taken on 16 Apr 1635. Welles evaded punishment by going to New England as secretary to William Fiennes, first Viscount Saye and Sele who took it upon himself to protect religious non-conformists. Early in 1636 Lord Saye and his secretary arrived at the fort at the mouth of the Connecticut River--a location that today bears the name Saybrook. Lord Saye, upset by the reception he received there and discouraged by the difficulties of establishing a colony, promptly returned to England, but Thomas Welles, not wanting to face the Star Chamber, remained in America. Welles joined with a group from Newtown (now known as Cambridge), Massachusetts, among them Thomas Hooker and Samuel Stone, and they founded a new settlement up the Connecticut River. At first they called it Newtown too. On 21 Feb 1636/7, however, they renamed it Hartford after Stone's birthplace. Thomas Welles was an original proprietor at Hartford, Connecticut. His name first appears in colonial records as the second magistrate at the General Court at Hartford 1 May 1637. The colony of Connecticut was organized as an independent colony on 1 May 1637. In 1639 Welles was chosen the first treasurer under the new constitution, and he held that office until 1651 when he asked to be relieved of the duties. From 1640 to 1648 he served as secretary, and in 1649 he was one of the commissioners of the united colonies in that first federal council in New England. He defended the policy of placing a small duty on exports from the Connecticut River in order to provide support for Saybrook, and he used his influence to avoid a war with the Dutch when conflicts arose between Connecticut men and the Dutch in Delaware Bay. More about this matter can be found in the LAMBERTON section of this compilation. When the Puritans came to power during the English Civil War and took over the government, the Long Parliament in 1641 abolished the Court of Star Chamber, ending Thomas Welles' problems in England. When Connecticut governor Hayes died on 1 Mar 1654, the deputy governor Edward Hopkins was at that time in England on business, and Thomas Welles was made head of the colony but with the title of moderator, not governor. In May of that year Hopkins, still in England, was chosen governor and Thomas Welles was made deputy. Hopkins did not return to Connecticut because Cromwell wanted him in Parliament. Thomas Welles performed the functions of governor in the absence of Hopkins. Soon after that he was again appointed to serve as a commissioner to the assembly of the united colonies, but because of his other duties he was unable to serve. During that year he also settled a dispute about lands between Uncas, the Mohican chief, and the settlers at New London. He also sanctioned the sequestration of Dutch property at Hartford. In 1655 Thomas Welles was chosen governor. The colony had a rule that no one could serve as governor more than one year out of two years. The next year Webster was selected governor, and the year after that Winthrop was governor, but during both of these years Thomas Welles was the deputy governor. In May 1658 Welles again became governor and Winthrop served as the deputy. The next year he and Winthrop exchanged offices. In the offices he held, Thomas Welles drafted many of the most important enactments of the government of the colony. According to the World Almanac, in 1650 the population of Connecticut was about 15,600 people, and in 1670 it was about 35,300. Being governor of Connecticut in 1656 and in 1658 meant having executive responsibility for about the same number of people as live in a city of our time. Thomas Welles married Elizabeth Hunt in England in 1618. [LDS data shows that his wife's was Alice Tomes.] Elizabeth died in about 1640. In about 1645 he married Elizabeth (Deming) Foote, widow of Nathaniel Foote of Wethersfield. Governor Welles died 14 Jan 1660, leaving his estate to his children, but Elizabeth "was to enjoy and improve his whole estate" so long as she remained a widow in order "that she may keep the better hospitality." Elizabeth died 28 Jul 1683 aged about 88. Thomas Welles died 14 Jan 1660 [N.S.] at Wethersfield. Children, all from his first marriage: [Verify that Robert and Joseph were among the sons. Savage knows nothing of them.] 1 John Welles, b 1616, ca 1661; m Elizabeth Bourne 2 MARY WELLES, b 1618; m Timothy Baldwin 3 Ann Welles, b 1619; m 14 Apr 1646 Thomas Thompson of Farmington; m (2) Anthony Hawkins 4 Robert Welles, b 1624 5 Thomas Welles, b 1625; m 23 Jun 1654 Hannah, widow of John Pantry and daughter of Richard Tuttle of Boston 6 Sarah Welles, b 1631, d 16 Dec 1698; m Feb 1654 Capt. John Chester who d ca 1688 7 Joseph Welles, b 1637 8 Samuel Welles, d 15 Jul 1675; m (1) Elizabeth Hollister; a descendant from this first marriage was Gideon Welles. Samuel m (2) Hannah Lamberton, b ca 1634, daughter of our ancestors George and Margaret (Lewen) Lamberton. No children from the second arriage. His daughter Ann, b 1668, d 1739, m 19 Jul 1687 Capt. James Steele, and on 20 Nov 1718 she became the second wife of James Judson, James' first wife being her cousin Rebecca. James d 25 Feb 1721. Notes for ELIZABETH HUNT/ALICE TOMES: The name of Thomas Welles' wife is also reported as Alice Tomes. The Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. XX, p 1080, published by Oxford, has this: "By his first wife, Elizabeth Hunt, to whom he was married in England in 1618, he had seven surviving children, four sons and three daughters. His first wife died about 1640, and in 1645 he was married to Elizabeth, daugher of John Deming of England, and widow of Nathield Foote of Wethersfield. By her he had no issue. She died on 28 July 1683." Family History: 217 Genealogy Books includes a biograph of Thomas Welles in which it is asserted that Thomas' first wife was Alice Tomes. This document is a condensation from material in "The English Ancestry of Gov. Thomas Welles of Connecticut" by Lemuael A. Welles. Notes for ELIZABETH DEMING: Elizabeth Deming, born in about 1595, married Nathaniel Foote in about 1615 in England. She is said to be of Colchester, Essex, but her husband was from Shalford in Essex, a small village about 6 miles northwest of Braintree and about 17 miles west of Colchester. Just 2 miles northwest from Shalford was the small village of Wethersfield. Elizabeth and her husband had at least six of their seven children in England. In 1633 the Foote family came to New England, settling at Massachusetts Bay Colony, apparently at Watertown. The next year, under the leadership of John Oldham who had scouted out the Connecticut Valley, Nathaniel Foote and a few others established a settlement at Wethersfield. Oldham was killed by Indians soon after when he was on a trading voyage to Block Island. Nathaniel Foote died in 1644, age 51. In about 1646 Elizabeth (Deming) Foote, widow, married again. Her husband was Mr. Thomas Welles, magistrate. Later he became governor of Connecticut. They had no children, but he had children by his previous marriage to Alice Thomes: John Welles, b 1616, Mary Welles b 1618, Anne Welles, b 1619, Robert Welles, b 1624, Thomas Welles, b 1625, Sarah Welles, b 1631, Joseph Welles, b 1637, and Samuel Welles. Mary Welles, daughter of Governor Thomas Welles and stepdaughter of Elizabeth Deming, married Timothy Baldwin, and we descend from them through their daughter Hannah Baldwin. Governor Welles died 14 Jan 1660, leaving his estate to his children, but Elizabeth "was to enjoy and improve his whole estate" so long as she remained a widow in order "that she may keep the better hospitality." Elizabeth died 28 Jul 1683 aged about 88. Her will: I, Elizabeth Welles, of Wethersfield, in the county of Hartford, in the colony of Connecticut, Widdow, being stricken in yeares & in expectation of my Solemn Change but of Good and perfect memorie blessed by allmighty God, for the setleing of the Temporall estate God hath lent me, & that peace may be continued amonst my relations when I am gathered to my Fathers, doe make, constitute & ordain & declare this to be my last will & Testament in Manor & form following, revoking & adnulling by these presents all former & other will or wills, Testament or Testaments by me heretofore made and declared by word or writeing & this to be taken onely for my last will & Testament & none other, & first I committ my soule to allmighty God my Saviour & redeemer in whome & by the merits of Jesus Christ I trust and believe to be saved & to have forgiven of my sins, & that my Soule with my body at the Generall day of resurection Shal be reunited againe, & through the meritts of Christ's death and passion possesse & Inheritt the kingdom of heaven prepared for the Elect, & my body to comely and Christian Buriall as my overseers shall see meet, & my estate I dispose as followeth. I will that all those debts I ow in right or conscious to any man or men be well and Truly contended & payd out of my estate in the first place. My fourteen acres of land in the great meadow & Thirty acres in the west field I give unto my son Robert foote and to his heirs forever prohibiting him the sale of the same, he paying for these lands forty five pounds to be payed to the children of my Daughter Sarah Judson deceased nine pounds, & to my foure daughters, viz., my daughter Churchall, my daughter Goodrich, my Daughter Barnard & my daughter Smith, to each of them Nine pownds a piece, I give unto my son Nathaniel foots Eldest son and his Brother eleven pownds, & to their children, To Daniel forty shllings, & to Elizabeth fower pownds which legacies, bothe the eleven pownd forty shillings & fower pownds shall be payed out of the money Nathaniel Graves owes me By Bill, I give and bequeth unto my Grand Son John Studder halfe my Great lott which lyes at the farther Bownds of the Towne & the other halfe of the sayd lott I give unto my Grandsons Joseph & Benjamin Churchall & theire heirs forever. The remaynder of my estate (when a legacy is pd to my overseers out of it) shall be divided into five parts one part I give to my daughter Judsons children to be to them the their heirs for ever, & to my daughter Churchall & her children one fifth part, & to my Daughter Goodrich & her children one fift part, and to my Daughter Barnard and her children one fift part, and to my Daughter Smith & her children one fift part, it is my will that what I give my foure daughters hall be wholly at their disspose to disspose among their children as they see Good, I do nominate & appoynt my welbeloved Captaine John Allin to be my Executor, & my beloved Brother, Mr. John Deming, senr. & my Grand sonn Henry Beck to be the desired overseers of this my will, and as a token of my confirmation of the premises I have hereunto Set my hand this 28 day of March, 1678. memorandum it is my will that the Nine pounds a peice I give my foure daughters & the fift part of the estate I give them shall be divided among the children of each of them the one halfe of it imediately after my decease Elizabeth Welles E. W. L. S. her mark This signed and declared to be the last will and Testament of Mrs. Elizabeth Welles In presence of us: Joseph Rowlandson John Deminge Memorandum: I give unto my grandson Nath: ffoott: the eldest son of my sonn Nathll; the one half of my fourteen acres of Medow & one half o my thirty acres of upland lying in the West field; wth liberty of takeing the first choice, he paying one half of the Legacyes wch were to be pd by my sonn Robt had he lived to possess ye sd land. my will is that part of ye eleven pownds (wch I formerly will'd to my sd grandson Nathll & his Brothr,) wch belonged to him by will, shall be equally distributed between my foure daughters above mentioned, and for the memorandum all rents of Land due to me, I will to be divided equally amonst my foure forementioned daughters and their heirs; Elizabeth Welles her mark Witnessed by us Samll Tallcott John Deminge Children of GOVERNORTHOMAS WELLES and ELIZABETH TOMES are: 3. i. JOHN3 WELLES, b. 1616, England; d. Aug 1659, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut. 4. ii. MARY WELLES, b. 1618, Norhamptonshire, England ?; d. 31 Jul 1647, Milford, Connecticut ?. 5. iii. ANNE WELLES, b. 1619. iv. ROBERT WELLES, b. 1624. 6. v. THOMAS WELLES, b. 1625; d. 1668, Hartford, Connecticut. 7. vi. SARAH WELLES, b. 1631; d. 16 Dec 1698. vii. JOSEPH WELLES, b. 1637. 8. viii. SAMUEL WELLES, d. 15 Jul 1675.
b. Continued:   Facebook message (Feb. 8, 2015) We are updating Volume 1 of the Welles family genealogy to a 3rd edition in order to include one newly discovered fact. We have located the marriage of immigrants Thomas Welles and Alice Tomes in England. If you bought Volume 1, 2nd edition, of the Welles family genealogy, email me. I can supply a pdf of my newsletter announcement. It includes a new page to insert in your copy with the additional information. That way, you can update without buying the whole new book. It's a big book and a replacement copy isn't cheap. It's bmathewz at gmail dot com. Barbara Mathews Oh, gosh, isn't that true? I stand in disbelief about this. I conjectured they were in Banbury where records are lost. They were two miles away in Drayton. Geesh. It took someone in England to find it. I don't have access to the records here.


RootsWeb.com is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. The creator of each GEDCOM is solely responsible for its content.