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The Mansfields and the Church

Excerpt from The Mansfields and the Church Richard mansfield, one of the first settlers of New Haven, and ancestor of about all of the Mansfields in Connecticut, and most of them in New York State, and in several of the western and southern states, came from Exeter, Devonshire, England, and settled in Quinnipiac, (new Haven, Conn), in 1639. This is shown by a deed Of land from James Marshall, of Exeter, England, duly recorded in New Haven land records, Vol. I, part of which was situated on the northwest corner of what is now Elm Street and Church Street, extending from near Temple Street easterly, and round the corner northerly, to near the pres ent Wall Street. He owned another lot on State Street, nearly Opposite the County Bank. For the first two or three years the Settlers confined themselves to cultivating their lots in the Town plot, and near vicinity, included in what was called the first Division, and it is supposed he did not build on either of the above lots, unless it was temporary accommodations, per haps a sort of a cellar, partly in the ground, with a thatched roof, a kind Of habitation built and occupied by many Of the most respectable inhabitants in the first year or two. In the schedule of the list Of the first Planters, 1641, he is put down at 400; 30 acres in the first division, 6 acres in the Neck, 22 acres of meadow, and 88 in the second division. About this time, it is supposed, he established his large farm, and built his dwelling-house and farm accommodations at a place in the second division, called the East Farms, some miles out, on the present North Haven road, where he lived till he died, January 10, 1655. His nearest neighbors were David Atwater, Capt. Nathaniel Turner, William Potter. William Bradley, and a few others. His wife's first name was Gillian; what her surname was probably can never be ascertained. After his death, she married, in 1657, Alexander Field, and removed into the Town to live with her husband in a house just purchased by him Of Josiah Stanbrough Of Southampton, L. I., and Elizabeth, his wife, formerly the Wife of Thomas Wheeler, who had owned and occupied the same While living, House and barn with about one acre Of land facing easterly the Market Place. Richard Mansfield and Gillian, his wife had only two children, Joseph, born about 1636, and Moses, born in January or February, 1639 Old Style. She had no Children by her second marriage. Her second husband died in 1666, and she then went to live with her son Moses, whose homestead occupied the large lot, corner Of Elm and Church Streets, formerly his father Richard's His dwelling house fronted on Elm Street. She died in 1669 We extract from the Colony Records the following. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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