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Hannah Joannis HILLS


  • Born: April 25, 1614, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England
  • Marriage: Hannah Joannis HILLS December 17, 1636, Lynn, Essex, Mass.
  • Died: June 1684, Haddam, Middlesex, Co., CT. at age 70

bullet  General Notes:

Gerrard came to America with the first Winthrop Fleet in 1630. H
e was under the leadership of John Winthrop who established th
e Massachusetts Bay Colony in Cambridge. The first mention of Ge
rrard is in the Cambridge Town records "in the prime of Septembe
r 1634, Lots granted one west side River - Gerrad Spencer 4 ackr
s." He moved to Lynn, MA with his brother Michael in 1638 and ra
n the ferry there. The ferry ran from Needham's Landing in Lyn
n to Biards Landing in Saugas. In 1661 he was one of the 28 purc
hasers of the town of Haddam. He was commissioned an Ensign fo
r the town of Haddam on September 14, 1675.A pewter flagon an
d Urim Basin are in the glass case in the rear of the church san
cturary at Haddam.
Colonial Records of Connecticut, Volume 2, published 1852, state
s on p. 182 that "Ensigne Jarrad Spencer is propownded for a fre
eman." This entry was made at a Court session held at Hartford
, June 26, 1672. This session was presided over by Governor Joh
n Winthrop, and a footnote indicates that this session was hasti
ly called in response to a letter from the King of England tha
t he had declared war against the States General. The King's let
ter advised the Colonies to make "speedy and effectual provisio
n for their defence against the Dutch." Exactly what is meant b
y the entry regarding Ensign Spencer is unclear.
At page 260-61 of the Colonial Records of Connecticut, Volume 2
, Ens. Gerrard Spencer is listed as a deputy at a "Generall Cour
t by Speciall Order of the Gouernor," which met on July 9, 1675
. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Indian War whic
h broke out in Plymouth Colony and the danger it presented to th
e eastern towns in Connecticut. ("The Court being mett, they wer
e acquainted wth the occasion of theire meeting,which was the p
resent trouble of the Indians now risen against the English, spo
yleing and destroying of them by fire and sword . . .")
In Early Connecticut Probate Records, Volume IV - Hartford Distr
ict, 1677 - 1687, published 1984, p. 363-64, the Will of Ensig
n Jarrad Spencer is transcribed. The Will wasdated September 17
, 1683 and was taken on June 29, 1685. The will is as follows:
"The last Will of Ensign Jarrad Spencer of Haddam: I give unto m
y son William the Land which I bought of Steven Luxford's Estate
. How I come by it the Court Record will show. I give unto my so
n William 1-3 part of 48 acres lying by that wch was commonly ca
lled Welles his Brook. I give to my son Nathaniel my now Dwellin
g house with the Lott that was the Houselott, with an Addition l
ying by the side of it, granted by the Committe. I give unto m
y daughter Rebeckah that Houselott I bought of Thomas Smith. Lik
ewise I give unto my daugthter Rebeckas 1-3 part of the Lott b
y Welles his Brook. I give unto my son Thomas 40 acres on Matcha
modus Side. I give unto my son Thomas his son, Jarrad spencer b
y name, my Rapier. I give unto my son Timothy Spencer the remain
der of that 6 score acre lott wherof his 2 brothers had their sh
ares. The other 6 score thereof I dispose of as followeth: To Gr
ace Spencer, the daughter of my son John Spencer, 40 acres; to A
lice Brooks, the daughter of my daughter Brooks, 40 acres; to Gr
ace Spencer, the daughter of my son Samuel Spencer, I give the o
ther 40 acres. I give unto Jarred Cone, the son of my daughterC
one, my Carbine. A pewter Flagon and Urim Basin I give to the Ch
urch at Haddam, if there be one within five years. It is my Wil
l that my son John Spencer his Children and my son-in-law Danie
l Cone his Children have an equal proportion of my Estate with m
y other Children. It is my Will that however my Estate falls ou
t for portions to my Children, that my daughter Ruth Clarke's po
rtion shall be 15 pounds, which was my Covenant with her fathe
r at her marriage, which 15 pounds she hath received some part t
hereof, as my Books will testify; & to son Joseph Clarke I giv
e him 40 acr


bullet  Events in his life were:

Baptism, October 11, 1614, Stotfold, England.

Immigration, 1630.


Gerrard married Hannah Joannis HILLS, daughter of William HILLS, December 17, 1636 in Lynn, Essex, Mass.


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