The Founders of Hartford
Matthew Allyn,1 Cambridge, 1632; he came from Brampton, Co. Devon; freeman, Mass., March 4,
1635; representative at March General Court, 1636; removed probably next year to Hartford, where he was an
original proprietor; his house-lot was on the road to the Neck, now Windsor St., and he owned 110 acres in that and
other lots. He was excommunicated by the church in Hartford, and June 3, 1644, he appealed to the General Court
for redress; the records do not show how the affair was settled, but it may have been one cause of his removal to
Windsor. Nevertheless few men in the Colony had more influence, or received more honors from the people than Mr. Allyn.
He was Deputy from Windsor, 1648 to 1657; Assistant, 1658 to 1667; commissioner for the United Colonies, 1660 and
1664; frequently appointed upon important committees by the General Court. He d. Feb. 1, 1670-1; his wife, Margaret,
was the sole executrix of his will, dated Jan. 30, 1670-1. Inv. £466. 18. - Ch.: i. John, m. (1) Nov. 19, 1651, Ann,
dau. of Henry Smith, of Springfield, and gr.-dau. of William Pynchon; his father gave him his lands in Hartford, Jan.
3, 1653, for a marriage portion; townsman, 1655; was chosen cornet of the troop, March, 1657-8; town clerk of
Hartford, 1659-1696; deputy, 1661 ; magistrate, 1662 and many following sessions; Secretary of the Colony, 1663-1665;
again elected 1667, and held the office until 1695; he was chosen, with Samuel Wyllys and John Talcott, by the freemen
of the Colony, Oct. 9, 1662, to take the Charter into their custody for safe-keeping. He m. (2) after 1675, Hannah,
widow of Samuel Welles, of Hartford, and dau. of George Lamberton, of New Haven. He d. Nov. 11, 1696, according to 'town
Record. Here lies interred the body of the Honourable Lt. Col. John Allyn, who served His Generation in the Capacity
of a Magistrate, Secretary of the Colony of Connecticut, 34 years, who dyed Nov. 6, in the year 1696.2
The ancient records of the Colony and Town furnish ample evidence of his intelligence and industry."3 ii.
Capt. Thomas, settled in Windsor, where his father gave him land and a house, at the time of his marriage, Oct. 21,
1658, to Abigail, dau. of Rev. John Warham; d. Feb. 14, 1695-6. iii. Mary, m. June 11, 1646, Capt. Benjamin Newberry,
of Windsor; d. Dec. 14, 1703.
1 - Lechford's Note-Book, p. 416: Matthew Allen of Hartford upon the river of Connecticut
merchant otherwise called Matherum Allen, nup. de Brampton in Com. Devon, infra Reg. Anglie summoned to answer Thomas
Harwood & James Gamon of Barnstable, Co. Devon; his brothers, Thomas Allen of Barnstable in N. E. k Richard Allen, yeoman,
of Brampton, are mentioned also.-p. 418.
2 - Tombstone in old burying-ground.
3 - Hinman, p. 36.