The Mead Family: From William Mead (1600-1663) to Mary Mead (1773-1841)
Main Sources: The History and Genealogy of the Mead Family by Spencer P. Mead, 1901
The Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie by Paul W. Prindle
According to Spencer Mead, William Mead was born about 1600 in England and sailed to America in April of 1635 on the ship Elizabeth. However, Gordon Remington in his article "The English Origin of William Mead of Stamford, CT" (The American Genealogist, 73(1), 1-10), shows that William was from Watford, Hertfordshire, and that there were no Meads on the passenger list of the Elizabeth.
William was baptized December 27, 1592, in Watford, Hertfordshire, the son of Priscilla Mead and Dorothy Grey. He married in Watford, Philip, last name unknown, and they had four known children.
William and his family arrived in New England some time before 1641, when he was assigned a home lot and five acres in Stamford in the New Haven colony.
Children of William and Philip:
Mary, baptized 17 Mar 1621/1622. She may have been the infant buried in Watford in 1626.
Joseph, baptized 16 Apr 1624, married Mary Brown, 4 Dec 1654.
Martha, b. abt 1630 married first John Richardson, second Thomas Williams.
JOHN, b. abt 1628, married Hannah Potter.
John was born about 1628 in England and came to Connecticut with his parents as a young child. He married Hannah Potter, daughter (or possibly stepdaughter) of William Potter of Stamford. John and his brother Joseph moved from Stamford to Hempstead, Long Island, and returned to Connecticut by 1664. John died 5 Feb 1699, probably in Connecticut.John was one of seven original proprietors of Greenwich, CT, as described at http://www.rootsweb.com/~ctfairfi/pages/greenwich/greenwich_index.htm
"On February 5, 1664, the Seven Proprietors made a formal request to the General Assembly in Hartford to be allowed to separate from Stamford and to support its own minister and lay out its own lands. The Seven Proprietors were John MEAD, Jonathan RENALDS, John HOBBY, Joseph FERRIS, Joshua KNAPP, Angell HUSTED, and Jeffrey FERRIS.
On May 11, 1665, the General Assembly in Hartford declared Greenwich a separate township, and authorized funds for the hiring and support of an orthodox minister. In 1672, the so-called "27 Proprietors" bought land from the few remaining Indians to the west of the "Myanos River." This land became known as "Horseneck" because of the neck of land now known as Field Point was the common HORSE PASTURE. "
John signed all documents with a mark, but had several books in his estate inventory, so he could probably read but not write.
John and Hannah had eleven children:
John, b. abt 1658, married Ruth Hardey in 1681.
Joseph, b. 2 May 1660, married Mary.
Hannah, b. abt 1661, married John Scofield 12 Jul 1677.
Ebenezer, b. 1663, married Sarah Knapp in 1691.
JONATHAN, b. abt 1665, married Martha Finch.
David, b. abt 1665, married Abigail Leane 16 Dec 1707.
Benjamin, b. May 1666, married first Sarah Waterbury, second Rachel Brown.
Nathaniel, b. abt 1669, married Rachel.
Samuel, b. abt 1673, married Hannah.
Abigail, b. abt 1675. Fairfield Probate Records cited in The Ancestry of Elizabeth Barret Gillespie, "reveal that she was incompetent to manage her own affairs: 'Whereas John Mead Sen'r, deceased, of Greenwich, haveing not made Satisfieing provision in his will for his daughter Abegaile Mead, She being not Capable of doing for her Self as may be desired by Reason, whearof Ebeneaz Mead of Greenwich dos hereby, in the presence of ye Prerogative Court, Engage to pay unto ye s'd Abegaile Mead, his sister, ye Sum of therty and five pounds, to be paid unto her According as he Shall Apprehend She Shall stand in Need of it for her Comfortable subsistance."
Mary, b. abt 1678.
Jonathan married Martha Finch, daughter of Samuel Finch and Sarah Hoyt, about 1688. This is probably in Connecticut, but Spencer Mead is not very specific about places.
Jonathan died about 1712. It is not known when Martha died, but probably before 12 Feb 1722, when her son James bought from his brothers Jonathan, Isaac, and Timothy "all their right and interest in their mother's estate".
Jonathan and Martha had nine children:
Jonathan, b. abt 1689
Sarah, b. 11 Oct 1691, married Jonathan Waterbury.
Martha, b. 11 Dec 1693, married Stephen Holmes.
James, b. 11 Mar 1696, married Susannah Husted 25 Jan 1720.
Isaac, b. 8 Dec 1698.
TIMOTHY, b. 22 Apr 1701, married first Martha Weeks, second Sarah Bouton.
Mary, b. 22 May 1704, married Benjamin Waterbury, 12 Jan 1727.
Hezekiah, b. 30 Aug 1705.
Rachel, b. 22 Nov 1708.
Timothy was born in Horseneck, CT, 22 Apr 1701. After his father's death, his uncle Ebenezer Mead was appointed his guardian.
He married Martha Weeks, most likely in Horseneck, 28 Feb 1723. Spencer Mead does not record when Martha died and Timothy remarried Sarah Bouton, so it is unclear who was the mother of which children. In 1754, Timothy moved with his family to Nine Partners, in Dutchess County, New York. He moved again sometime in the 1770s to Rutland Co., VT, with six of his children. His sons Zebulon, James and Ezra settled on Otter Creek, in West Rutland. Spencer Mead states "these were the first white people that ever settled in Vemont." The Thralls did not arrive until twenty years later.
Timothy fought in the Revolutionary War in Ira Allen's Regiment of Vermont militia. Five of his sons and several of his grandsons also were soldiers in the war, most prominently his son James, who was a colonel. (Revolutionary War research by Harold Henderson).
Children of Timothy:
Timothy, b. 7 Jan 1724, married Phebe Palmer.
Martha, b. 6 Sep 1726.
Zebulon, b. 5 Oct 1728, married first Anna Thompson, and second Mercy Cary.
James, b. 6 Sep 1730, married Mercy Holmes Aug 1752.
Stephen, b. 23 Jan 1734, married Polly White.
EZRA, b. 9 Oct 1737, married Tryphena Burton.
Tameson, b. 20 Nov 1739.
Ezra was born 9 Oct 1737, most likely in Horseneck, CT. He married Tryphena Burton, probably in Dutchess Co. She was the daughter of Jacob Burton and Mary Herrick and was about seventeen years old at the time. They moved to Rutland, VT, in the 1770s. Ezra fought in the Revolutionary War for Vermont in Warren's 15th Regiment of Vermont Militia, along with his brothers Stephen and Zebulon. He died probably in 1784, leaving no will. The inventory of his estate was entered on record in Rutland, 4 December 1784. Isaac, the oldest son, "was appointed as guardian with his mother Tryphena, to his younger brothers and sisters, Lydia, Mary, Dorcas, Peter, Josiah, and Sinthy, all under the age of 14" (Vermont Families before 1791).
Tryphena remarried John Wylie, ten years later, 20 August 1794 in Wallingford, VT.
Ezra and Tryphena had fourteen children:
Isaac, b. 20 Dec 1760.
Silas, b. 6 May 1762, married first Huldah Kinney, second Sally Kinney, widow of his brother Peter.
Lydia, b. 20 Jun 1763.
Rufus, b. 15 Oct 1764, married Betsy Rockwell.
Ezra, b. Aug 1766, married Hannah Sampson.
Tryphena, b. 10 Oct 1767, married Joel Smith.
Solomon, b. 30 Jan 1769, married Polly Thrall (daughter of Samuel Thrall and Lucy Winchell, sister of Eliphas).
Michael, b. 4 Jul 1770.
Lydia, b. 12 Jan 1772, married Robert Seaver.
MARY, b. 13 Oct 1773, married Eliphas Thrall.
Josiah, b. 13 Apr 1775, married Eusebia Humphrey.
Dorcas, b. 16 Dec 1777, married Joseph Chapman.
Peter, b. 27 Mar 1779, married Sally Kinney.
Cynthia, b. 4 Sep 1780, m. S. Smith.
Sixth Generation: seeEliphas Thrall and Mary Mead
Eliphas and Mary moved to Granville, OH in 1815, where Eliphas' oldest brother Samuel was a member of the Licking Land Company. They were followed four years later by another brother, Jesse Thrall and his family. Several Meads also moved to Licking County, OH, including Mary's cousin Cary, who was there as early as 1808, and Ezra Mead, probably her brother.