1640-1706 — Greenwich, CT
ROBERT HUSTED was born 1596 in Somerset, England, and died 1652 in Stamford, CT. He married ELIZABETH MILLER Abt. 1618 in Frome, England. She was born in Frome, Dorset, England, and died 1654 in Stamford, CT.
Name variations: Ewstead, Huste, Heustis, Heusted, Husted, Hustead, Huested
He was the son of Lawrence Huested. and possibly the grandson of John Huested, who may have been Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth I. John was buried in the church of Newport, Isle of Wight. This line of Husteds traces to southern England, near London in the 1500s. There is some possibility that the name originated on the west coast of Denmark. The family maybe descended from Danish Vikings who raided and settled in southern England. DNA from several descendant confirms a connection to the Iberian peninsula. Possibility southern France as they thought to be Huguenots.
In 1628, a Robert Hewste of Pilsdon, Dorset was listed on the Subsidy Roll for Dorset. Banks Dictionary of English Immigrants To America has Robert Husted of Weymouth Parish, Dorset. He is listed as a "husbandman". Founders of First American Families, lists Robert Hewstead of Pilsdon, Dorset
From Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Volumes I-III Robert Husted, the pioneer ancestor, at the age of forty years, on March 20, 1635 embarked from Weymouth, England, in a ship bound for New England, and on his arrival settled for a time at Mount Wollaston, later Braintree, Massachusetts. He was one of a company of early settlers in Massachusetts Bay Colony, who in 1642, received a grant from the General Court, confirmed by authority of the Crown, of the land on Long Island Sound, in what became Fairfield county, Connecticut.
Rev. Joseph Hull, an Anglican, was considered a non-confirming curate and was excommunicated in 1635. He sailed from Weymouth, England for New England on March 20 with a party of his congregation known as Hull’s Company. After 46 days at sea their ship landed at Dorchester on 7 May 1635 and stayed there "a fortnight" before removing to Wessaguscus. On July 8, 1635, the General Court of Massachusetts passed an order permitting Rev. Joseph Hull's company of twenty-one families to settle at Wessaguscus, which was then incorporated under the name of Weymouth.. Weymouth Historical Society, History of Weymouth Massachusetts in four volumes, Wright and Potter Printing Company, Boston.
Robert Husted appeared as a member of Hull’s Dorset England parish in 1635. Robert Huste, husbandman, age 40, is listed as passenger 104 in Hull’s company, his family sailing later. Robert settled first in Weymouth, with other passengers. On January 27,1640, Robert and his family were offered a grant of land in Mount Wollaston [Braintree] of 32 acres of land, 4 acres for each family member, at a price of 3 shillings an acre. However, by July 1640 they had left for the New Haven Colony.
On July 18, Robert Husted and his son, Angell, witnessed a contract for Daniel Patrick and Robert Feakes to purchase land from the Native American Indians in the area now known as Greenwich, Connecticut. Robert, on October 1642, was granted 7 acres of marsh and woodland in Stamford, Connecticut. In 1645, he purchased land in Greenwich, from Robert Feakes, and built another home.
Robert purchased from Andrew Messenger thirty-one acres of meadow, upland and home lot with housing on it in Stamford in 1648. "Know by all men these presents that I Andrew Messenger of Greenwich have sould to Robert Heusted of Stamford all my Right in land in ye same place all that is layd out or yt hereafter bee layd out with all Rights belonging thre unto with Sixteene acres of upland & five acres of meadow on Myanos Neck which is Promised to bee layd out & yt sd Andrew Messenger have sould unto ye sd Robert Heusted and home Lott & housing on it. With tenn acres of Meadow & upland more or les with all Rights & privileges beloning there unto which was John Rennolds wittness in hand this present ye 5 of October 1648."
In the Stamford land inventory on 6 March 1650[/1?], "Robert Hustis Senior" held six parcels: "a houselot with the barn and outhousing on it containing an acre & half"; "another homelot by the Ox Pasture, containing one acre and half"; "in the North Field six acres upland"; "in the South Field 8 acres upland more or less, with 7 acres of meadow adjoining to it"; "in the same field 6 acres waste land, upland, more or less at the furthest point of the field"; and "3 acres upland lying within the South Field gate" [Stamford TR 1:34-35].
Robert’s name appears often in the history of Greenwich and Stamford. He is recorded as having joined in sending a letter to Peter Stuyvesant, with concerns that some Stamford people were trying to get Greenwich settlers to move to Stamford. Greenwich was under Dutch rule and was not as strict as the Puritans of Stamford. It is unlikely that Husteds were strict Puritans as they did not choose to live in Stamford. From 1640-1650 they, along with five other famlies, were the only residents of Greenwich.
Robert's will was "legally proued at Stamford 4th Nouem' 1654." The Last Will & Testament of Robert Heusted ye Elder| vis | Namely Igive unto my sonn Angell all my Lands Lying in Grennich with theehowsing upon it : Also I give unto my sonn Angell a third part of myCattle : I give unto my sonn RObert all my Lands Lying in Stanfford &One Third part of my Cattle With all ye Howsing on ye Land this onlyexpected yt my Wiffe is to have being thereher Life time & to herMantanence for her Cattle from ofe ye land I give unto my Wiffe onethird part of my Cattle with all my household stuff & a stack of Wheatstanding on ye Land at grenwich onely my sonn Angell is to have 32bushels of ye sd Wheat further I give unto my sonn Angell halfe yeTackling belonging to ye workin Oxen as Cart & plow & other thingsbelonging there unto belonging to gether with a THird part of ye CorneI have upon ye Ground I give unto my sonn Robert ye other halfe of yeabove sd Tackling together with a third part of ye Corne upon yeground & I give unto my Wiffe ye other Third part of ye Corne upon yeground & I give unto my Dafter Ann tenn pounds which my two sonn areto pay her yt is to saye Angell 5 # & Robert 5 # also I give unto mysonns all my Deets this Will Datd this 8 day of July 1652 [witnesseswere RIchard Crab and William Newman]
ELIZABETH MILLER was the daughter of Lawrence and Joan (Smith) Miller of Frome, County Dorset, England. She was also granddaughter of Angell Smith, Gen. of Stratton, County of Dorset. Elizabeth died at Stamford in 1654
Will of Elizabeth Hustis entered October 16, 1654 Be known unto all men unto whome this present shall com or [?] concern yt I Elizabeth Hustis, (ye widow Robert Hustis deceased of Stamford, in the jurisdictis of New Haven in New England at this present sick in body, but of perfect mind & understanding not knowing how soon my chang may be, do mak my last Will in maner & wise following .
After my debts payed being lawfully discharged & my funerall expense discharged, I do give & bequeath [?] Angell Hustis of Grinwich, a steere calf now in the ca[ ] Stamford & also I do forgive & acquit him of a debt owed from him, in sum, seven pounds. Item, I do give unto my son Robert Hustis, one three year ould heifer, which of the two [?] best likely, also all my swine wt so ever, also two feth[?], also the bed I lye upon, also a paire of sheets of mine wch [?] maketh use of, and another in the hands of my daughter, also on red trucking cloath blanket, also two shirts, also f [?] & one iron pot & two bras pots, also three of my bigest puter platters, one whearof was given him formerly, also all my [?] vesells yt is two milk keelers, three bouls, three smal wooden [?], two beere barrells, a boning tub, a broad Keeler, also three pailes & [?] deepe tub and a churne. It. I doe give & bequeath unto [ ] of my daughter Anne, a heifer calfe in ye calf heard at [ ]. I doe give & bequeath unto [?] of my daugher Ann, the wife of Richard Hardy of Stamford, aforsaid, all my other world [?] whatsoever of any nature or kinde, making her my whole executrix, only paiing & delivering the legacies expressed. This is my free will & mind in the disposall o[f] goodes & wtsoever debts is due or shall hearafter be f[orthcoming] be due unto me, is to be demanded & received by my daughter Ann aforesaid & thearout to pay my debt or debts lawfully from me to be due, and to discharg my debts & funeral expenses therwith, if ther be overplus, then the sam to [?] amongst my three children, according to ther p.portion specified, but if it discharg not my debts & funerall [?] then each of ym according to the p.portis of my gift [?] is to pay and discharge same.
In witness, that that this the last Will & Teste, I, renoucing all other wills having formerly made, doe sett to my hand this Sixteenth of October Anno 1654
Jerimy Jagger the form of her mark
ANGELL HUESTED (ROBERT1 HUSTED) was born 1620, Somerset, England and died 1706 in Greenwich, CT. He married REBECCA 1643 in Fairfield, CT. The consensus of most Husted and Greenwich historians and genealogists finds her to be the daughter of THOMAS SHERWOOD and ALICE TILER. She was born 1625 in Ipswich, England, and died in Greenwich, CT.
Angell HUSTED was a witness in July 1640, to the Indian deed of Greenwich, Old Town, to Robert Feakes and Daniel Patrick. By August, 1643 Angell Heusted was settled in Greenwich with a one room house and taking care of crops that have been planted on his farm, meaning he must have been there for the spring time planting.
On October 6, 1656, Greenwich, represented by 12 men, submitted to the New Haven jurisdiction and was then told to "fall in with Stamford." 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.
Angell HUSTED, second son of Robert, was on a list of men living in Greenwich, CT when the New Haven court compelled them to come under legal jurisdiction of Stamford's deputies Richard Law and Francis Bell and New Haven's court. Angell is listed as a landowner and original patentee in 1665 and in 1672 he is listed as one of 27 proprietors of Greenwich. He was a legal voter in 1688. His Will of 5th of April 1706 lists his wife and sons Jonathan, Joseph and Angel Husted and daughter. Elizabeth Baldwin giving to each one shilling "having already given to them" and son Moses five shillings; with the remainder going to his sons John and Samuel . Jacobus p.317. His land purchased in 1672 is today known as Field Point in Greenwich.
Other Days in Greenwich or Tales and Reminiscences of an Old New England Town Chapter VI, The Davis Dock Mr. "Ebenezer Mead & Angel Husted & John Ferris are "chosen to lay out the landing and highway on the "north side of Horseneck brook."
Angell’s land transactions from Fairfield County deeds are:
HUSTED, ANGELL, 1665, one of the original patentees.
Dec. 30, 1670, granted part of the lowermost meadows lying south of the Westchester Path.
Dec. 29, 1686, granted twelve acres of land.
Aug. 4, 1683, deeded land to his son, David.
June 18, 1702, deeded land to his son, John.
1704, deeded land to his son, Angell.
A monument erected in 1935 in Greenwich the by Angell Husted Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists reads: In memory of the courageous men who founded the first settlement of the Town of Greenwich in the Connecticut Colony.
July 18-1640, Everardus Bogardus • John Bowers • Robert Feaks • Jeffre Ferris • Angell Husted • Robert Husted • Andrew Messenger • Daniel Patrick • Robert Williams • John Winkelman
27 Proprieters of 1672 :John Asten • John Bowers • Walter Butler • Thomas Close • James Ferris • Joseph Ferris • Joseph Finch • Angell Husted • William Hubbert • John Hobby • Samuel Jenkins • Joshua Knapp • Gershom Lockwood • Johathan Lockwood • John Marshall • John Mead • Joseph Mead • Ephraim Palmer • John Palmer • Jeremiah Peck • Samuel Peck • William Ratleff • John Reynolds • Johathan Reynolds • William Rundle • Stephen Sherwood • Daniel Smith
Angell’s will is dated April 5, 1706. It mentions his wife, sons Jonathan, Joseph, Angell Jr., and daughter Elizabeth Baldwin; to each one shilling, having formerly given to them. To son Moses five shillings, residue to sons John and Samuel. The inventory of his will was attested to by his wife Rebecca on April 19, 1706.