Jonas Westover

Male - 1709


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  • Name Jonas Westover 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jan 1708/1709  Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2065  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 25 Feb 2014 

    Family Anne or Hannah Griswold,   c. 19 Jun 1642, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1714, Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1663  Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1885  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. The book "The Griswold Family, the First Five Generations in America," comp. and ed. by Esther Griswold French and Robert Lewis French, May 1990, printed by The Griswold Family Association, 116 Garden St., Wethersfield, CT, 06109, pages 6-24. The authors note that their book updates Vol. II, "The Griswold Family England - America," which was published 50 years ago:
      "Hannah (Ann, Anna) (daughter of Edward) bp. 19 Jun 1642. Whilte there is no direct proof that the following record is correct, presumptive evidence indicates that this is the Hannah who married Jonas Westover. Search has not revealed any other Hannah Griswold who could have been his wife. Also, the fact that Jonas was one of the original settlers of Killingworth and had a lot next to Edward Griswold, as well as witnessing the deed of gift Edward made in favor of his youngest son John, points to the marriage.
      Hannnah and Jonas Westover were married in Windsor, Conn. Nov. 19, 1663. He was made a freeman of Windsor in 1658 and of Killingworth in 1669. They were members of the First Church in Killingworth. Their children were recorded, the first in Windsor, the rest in Killingworth. There were others recorded in Simsbury where he later moved, and where he died in January 1708/9.
      Colonial Records show a lot granted at Windsor in 1661 to Jonas Westover at Bowfield. There was no home of family there of record.
      The will of Jonas Westover, Sen., of Simsbury is dated 20 Sep 1702. In it he names his wife; sons Jonah and Jonathan; daughters Margaret, Hannah, Jane, Mary and Johana. Witnesses were Dudley Woodbridge and Nathaniel Holcomb, Sen.
      Hannah's will dated 1Aug 1713 states that she is of Symsbury, 'relict of Jonah Westover deceased." She left legacies to her six daughters of 40 shillings each, and the remainder to be divided equally to daughters Hannah Alverd, Mary Case, John Byington and Johanna. Additional items were left to the two sons, Jonah and Jonathan. She died 3 May 1714.
      Children, Westover:
      Jonas, b. 20 Sep 1664, Windsor, Conn.
      Margaret, b. 19 Feb 1665/6, Killingworth; m. Joseph Alvord.
      Hannah, b. 8 Apr 1668, Killingworth; m. Joseph Alvord.
      Elizabeth, b. 3 May 1670, Killingworth (died young not in wills).
      Jane, b. 26 Mar 1672, Killingworth; m. ___ Byington.
      Sarah, d. 15 Aug 1718.
      Mary, m. Samuel Case.
      Jonathan.
      Joanna, m. Stephen Wilton.
      References: Records of Windsor, Killingworth, Simsbury, Conn. Stiles: Ancient Windsor; Conn. Colony Records I:191, 195; III:214; Hartford Probate Records."

      2. From the book "The Griswold Family: England-America," by Glenn E. Griswold, 1935, vols. 2 and 3, pps. 13-34: ANN, Anna, (Hannah), bapt. June 19, 1642 (Edward). While at present we have no direct proof that the following record is correct, circumstances and the records thus far as­sembled, would tend to show the almost certain proof. Search has not revealed the birth of any Hannah Griswold who could have been the wife of Jonas Westover. In view of the fact that Anna and Hannah were easily, and were very frequently con­founded in the records, usually by mistake in the sound of the name, it has been thought that the only person possible would be Ann or Anna, daughter of Edward. Hence all the records that have been found are placed here.
      She m. Windsor, Conn., Nov., 19, .1663, JONAS WESTOVER, s. of John, who d. in Simsbury Jan. 15, 1708/9. Farmer. Removed to Killingworth with Edward Griswold and Samuel Buell. Made... [Insert: NOTATION for Griswold Family, 1935, p 22. For identity of husband of Sarah's daughter Sara see Stiles' Windsor, II, 465, 506, 565, and also Phelps Family, 1899, I, 89, 98. m.w.f. June, 1940.
      Colonial records show, Westover, Jonas, bapt. Sept. 20, 1664, s. of Jonas. Lot granted at Windsor 1661 to Jonas Westover, at Bowfield. No home or family there of record.
      Vol. I, 191, Particular Court, June 7, 1649, "Jonas Westover acknowledged himselfe bound to this Commonwealth in a Recog­nizance of 20 pounds and a recognizance of John Bissell and Robert Haward provided that said Westover appeares at the perticular Courte in Sept. next and carry good behavior in the meantime." Vol. I, 195. "This Courte frees Jonas Westover and his security for appearance and good behavior."
      Vol. III, 214. Petition in this Court by Jonas Westover and others for abatement of common fence laid upon them by the Committee in Symsbury, May 1697.
      The will of Jonas Westover, Sen. Simsbury, Sept. 20, 1702; d. Jan. 1708/9.
      I, Jonah Westover, Sen. being very sick, I do make this my last will and testament. I give to my wife 10 pounds out of my per­sonal estate; also the house and household goods that are necessary for her use during life; also 1/3 part of my land to her order during life; also all my land that I stand possessed of, I give, to my two sons Jonah and Jonathan, to be equally divided between them; also my housing, after their mothers decease. I do will unto my daughters that each of their portions (with what they have re­ceived) shall be 15 pounds. What bas been paid to my daughters already: to Margaret, 5 pounds; to Hannah, 3 pounds; to Jane, 2-12-06; to Mary 9:00-06. I appoint my son Jonah and my son-in-law Samuel Case to be my executors. And as for my son Jonathan and my daughter Johanna, they shall be paid their portions as they come to lawful age. Dudley Woodbridge. Nathaniel Holcomb, Sen. Jonah Westover.
      The will of Hannah of Symsbury, dated Aug. 1, 1713.
      In the name of God Amen, I Hannah Westover, of Simsbury, in the county of Hartford, and Colony of Connecticut, relict of Jonah Westover, of the town County and Colony aforsd, decd. being weak and sick in body, yet of sound mind and judgment and of perfect memory, do dispose of what I have: First of all and principally, I give and bequeath my soul to God that gave it, and my body to Christian burial and touching my worldly goods, I give in manner following: First, I give and bequeath to my six daughters, 40 shillings to each daughter, and the remainder if any be, to be equally divided to my daughter Hannah Alverd and my daughter Mary Case, Jane Barington, and Johanna. Second: to Jonah my stack of rye. Third: I give also to my daughter Johanna my biggest pig, and the smaller pig I give to my son Jonathan. August the first 1713. This being my will and testament I set my hand this first day of August, 1713. John Slater, Hannah Westover. Samuel Adams.
      The estate of William Case, Symsbury, Mar. 1700; Jonas Westover is mentioned as one of the distributors. Hinman, pg. 95, 163, states: Among the first settlers of Windsor. Jonas West­over. Shown from the early land records.
      Westover, Jonah, Sen. Simsbury, father of Jonah, Jr. d. 1708. Samuel Case m. his dau. Children: Jonah, Jonathan, Margaret, Hannah, Jane, Mary, Joanna.
      Goodwin Notes: Samuel Case m. Mary dau. Jonah Westover. Hannah, relict Jonah, the elder, d. May 3, 1714.
      Windsor and Simsbury, Conn. records; Stiles Ancient Windsor.

      3. Worldconnect has some entries showing birth 4 May 1628 to parents Gabriel Westover and Joanne Gifford or Jefford.