Englishman Thomas Fairchild, was about 28 years old when he left Cambridge, England in 1638 (along with his group and their minister, the Reverend Adam Blakeman). They made it across the Atlantic Ocean and arrived on the coast of the small Connecticut colony. In 1639, they settled in the wilderness in Connecticut & founded their colony. The settlement of Stratford began in 1639, initially under the Indian name Cupheag, and it became a plantation in 1640. The original territory of Stratford reached back 12 miles from the sea and included the present townships of Stratford, Huntington, Monroe, Trumbull, and Bridgeport.
Thomas Fairchild was a prominent citizen. He was elected deputy of the General Court several times and served on various committees. He was among the respected men of Stratford.
Thomas's first wife, Emma was one of three daughters of Robert Seabrook [who was already quite old on his arrival in Connecticut] and of Alice Goodspeed Seabrook. The three sisters were born in Wingrave, Buckinghamshire, England. Thomas Fairchild's two sisters-in-law married Thomas Sherwood and William Preston of Giggleswick, Yorkshire. All were founders of Stratford in 1639.
Thomas Fairchild became a Deputy from Stratford to the General Court and served eleven sessions from April 1646 to October 1665. In those days this office was similar to that of an elected Justice of the Peace of today.
Thomas' son Samuel Fairchild born in 1640, was probably the first white child ever born in Stratford.
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