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Joel is the son of John Sturdevant III of Brookfield and Mary Sanford, brother to our John Sturdevant IV, the spinning wheel maker of New Milford.
Contemporary newspaper accounts from late summer/fall of 1766. Two accounts from the Connecticut Courant, and the New Hampshire Gazette and Historical Chronicle. Kidnapped and Buried Alive.
A 1.6 MB file, please be patient.
These files are result of a visit to the
Brookfield Historical Society
Visit was arranged through John Furlong and files were copied by Marilyn. Thank you so much.
I have tried to cite the sources where known.
1696 and Which Sturdevant would this be?
Newbury to Brookfield 1700 to 1789
Bicentennial Commission/Brookfield, CT
Handdrawn Family TreeClick Here
Marriage, children, land sale then for comparison the Annals of Brookfield
Emily C. Hawley; Hildreth & Company, 1929
4 cards, 4th card only 1 sideNote 1
3 cardsNote 1
Identified as John Sr. on notes, land sales back to 1758
Children identified as John Jr., Timothy, Jane, SarahNote 2
Brother of Timothy, stockholder, land saleOne Note
my little jewel. Brothers John III and Timothy were among the first in line upon incorporation of the Town of Brookfield in 1788 to register their marks. Indicates a transfer of John's mark to Elias Sturdevant in 1817. Timothy's remained untransferred so he stayed in Brookfield, while John had moved on to Vermont.Mark
Which John is not identified. Dates encompass 1780s. Samuel and Jane mentioned.Note 4
Property location of John Sturdevant along Still River in 1754 Newbury Parish.
Is this property of John II or John III?
Is this where Joel's kidnapping by Indians occurred?John 1754
This same property is shown to be owned by E. Sturdevant, a 100 years later in 1854 Brookfield map.Property 1854
The first spinning wheel maker and owner of 9 Hearths.
Marriage to Sarah Barnum, children Andrew, Hannah, Sarah Ann, John Sanford, Lucy
This file also contains references to John IV from the Orcutt book History of New Milford and BridgewaterVR Index & Orcutt
John's wonderful house built in 1812.
Article from Homes of Bridgewater
Church records of St. Paul's Episcopal of Brookfield
Angeline, Emeline, Florence Peck, Henry L., Horatio N., John, SophiaChurch Records
From the Wilton Library, "Wilton, Connecticut" Three Centuries of People, Places, and Progress by Robert H. Russell
large file, contains story of Jonathon's leaving the parish for Bedford, because of his Presbyterianism. First mention I have seen of a Thomas Sturdivant in 1712 Wilton, and the birth notice of William's children Sarah and John.Jonathon
Thanks to Bob Law of the Ridgefield Historical Society for providing this introduction.
Sturdevant references from the indexes to Land Records 1 and 2Index to Land Records 1 and 2
John Sturdevant I
These references to John and Jonathon Abbott provide the backdrop for the marriage of John II and Keziah Abbott. I have included the genealogy of Abbots as I understand it and as it pertains to Keziah - daughter of Jonathon, and Mary who married a Jackson as sister to Jonathon.
Very Large File! 2.5 mb
Gathered from St. Marks Episcopal Church, Bridgewater CT, June 2005
Eli listed as Senior Warden, death noted in Little Rock Arkansas, Aug. 07, 1904. Burial in Bridgewater Aug. 11Eli
Eli's wife Isabella M.(Tappen)Sturdevant, death at 56 years of age, buried May 22, 1894.Isabella
2nd and 3rd sextons of Center Cemetery Association.
Eli elected part of first directory in 1891 and secretary/treasurer. He served 20 years as sexton.Father & Son Sextons
So cool to see the marriage record of your paternal grandparents. The year 1900. 22 and 19 they became the first to head west.
Married in the home of Wm. H. and Mary (Stone) Vass, the parents of the bride.Arthur & Gertrude
In Ray Sturtivant's English research of the Sturtivant name, at Sturtivant.org he indicates that most of the early bearers of our surname were located in the shires of Nottinghamshire and Lancashire. Only the Nottinghamshire branch survived to the 1600 - 1700s, when we first came to the new World.
William Sturtivant of Norwell Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire, who died in 1629/30, was most likely the grand patriarch of all the surviving spellings of the name. His two grandsons John and Francis are the patriarchs of the surviving branches worldwide.
The name William, or rather the lack of the name William, in the American Connecticut line and the dominance of John is a matter of much discussion. There is only one William, but many John and Samuels.
Parish records show a 1630 apprenticeship for Joseph and Samuel, sons of John of Kneesall. Ray notes that no other records of this Samuel could be found. Perhaps he is the emigrant, Samuel of Massachussets.
If William came from England to Connecticut, rather than being born in the New World, this William is the most likely candidate. At his death in 1715, he would have been in his 70s. This was the only William I could find in Ray's Parish records that would fit. The other explanation, of course, is that William is an offspring of either John in Virginia or Samuel in Massachussets, both of whom enter the records long before William. It seems, only DNA testing will reveal William's ancestry