According to Lucy Abigail Brainard, Daniel Brainerd arrived in Hartford, Connecticut in or about the year 1649 at or around the age of eight. Unfortunately, there is no documentation to support this or the widely accepted belief that Daniel was from Braintree, England. There are a few family stories concerning Daniel's arrival at such a young age. One, that he was kidnapped from England and sold for his passage to the Wadsworth family of Hartford. Daniel was to live with and work for the Wadsworths until he reached the age of 21. Another version has it that Daniel's parents sent him to America due to unrest in England. We may never know the true story of his early years, but at the age of twenty one, Daniel would begin to forge a history that would still be known 10 generations later.
In 1662, Daniel, along with 27 other men settled in an area now known as Haddam, Connecticut. Daniel's first home was reported to have been a cave. Soon, however Daniel became the largest land owner and one of the most influential men in Haddam, serving as constable, deacon, town assessor, justice of the peace, surveyer, plotter of land and roads, along with other offices. Daniel was also appointed Commisioner to the General Assembly in Hartford.
Visiting the Haddam area today, one could view the Brainerd Family burial plot where Daniel is buried, the Brainerd Memorial Library, Brainerd Hall and the plaque honoring the Original Proprietors of Haddam, to name a few of the Brainerd family historical sites.
In 1663-4 Daniel married Hannah Spencer, of Lynn, MA. From that marriage eight children were born and the Brainerd family roots began to take hold in America.
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