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The Founders of Hartford

Here are the 163 men and women listed in the Book of Distribution of Land as being those who settled in Hartford before February 1640. Their names are on a monument in Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground. Click on each of these names for more information about the person.

Click here for an informational list of later settlers who lived in Hartford in the 17th century, but are not considered Founders of Hartford.

Jeremy Adams William Gibbons John Pierce
Matthew Allyn Deacon Richard Goodman Thomas Porter
Francis Andrews Elder William Goodwin Stephen Post
William Andrews Ozias Goodwin John Pratt
John Arnold Seth Grant William Pratt
Andrew Bacon George Grave John Purchas (Purkas)
John Barnard Bartholomew Greene Nathaniel Richards
Thomas Barnes Samuel Greenhill Thomas Richards
Robert Bartlett Thomas Gridley Richard Risley
John Baysey Samuel Hale (Hales) Thomas Root
Thomas Beale Thomas Hale William Ruscoe
(Reskoe, Rescue)
Nathaniel Bearding
(Bardon)
John Hall Nathaniel Ruscoe
Mary Betts Stephen Hart John Sable (Savell, Sables)
John Bidwell William Hayden Thomas Scott
Richard Billing Hon. John Haynes Thomas Selden
Thomas Birchwood
(Birchard)
Rev. John Higginson Richard Seymour
Peter Blachford
(Blatchford, Blackfield)
William Hills John Skinner
Thomas Blackley
(Blatchley, Blacksley)
John Holloway Arthur Smith
Thomas Bliss, Sr. William Holton
(Houghton, Holten)
Giles Smith
Thomas Bliss, Jr. Rev. Thomas Hooker Sergeant Thomas Spencer
William Blumfield Governor Edward Hopkins William Spencer
James Bridgeman John Hopkins John Stanley
John Bronson
(Brownson, Brunson)
Thomas Hosmer Thomas Stanley
Richard Bronson George Hubbard Timothy Stanley
Capt. Thomas Bull Thomas Hungerford
(Hungerfoot)
Thomas Stanton
Thomas Bunce William Hyde Deacon Edward Stebbins (Stebbin)
Benjamin Burr Jonathan Ince George Steele
Deacon Richard Butler Thomas Judd John Steele
William Butler Ralph Keeler George Stocking
Clement Chaplin (Chaplain) Nathaniel Kellogg John Stone
Mss. Dorothy Chester William Kelsey Rev. Samuel Stone
Richard Church Edward Lay John Talcott
John Clarke William Lewis, Sen. Thomas Thompson
Nicholas Clarke Captain Richard Lord Thomas Upson
William Clarke Thomas Lord Robert Wade
James Cole Thomas Lord, Jr. William Wadsworth
Sergt. William Cornwell Richard Lyman Henry Wakeley (Walkley)
John Crow John Marsh James Wakeley
Captain John Cullick Matthew Marvin Samuel Wakeman
Philip Davis Reinold Marvin Nathaniel Ward
Fulke Davy John Maynard Andrew Warner
Robert Day John Moody John Warner
Nicholas Desborough
(Disbro, Desbrough, Disborow Desbrow)
John Morris (Morrice) Richard Watts
Deacon Joseph Easton Benjamin Munn Richard Webb
William Edwards Thomas Munson John Webster
Edward Elmer Joseph Mygatt Governor Thomas Welles
Nathaniel Ely Thomas Olcott William Westley
James Ensign (Ensigg) James Olmsted (Holmsted) William Westwood
Zachary Field Dr John Olmsted Elder John White
Thomas Fisher Capt. Richard Olmsted Samuel Whitehead
John Friend William Pantry (Peyntre) Major William Whiting
Samuel Gardiner (Gardner) William Parker John Wilcock (Wilcox)>
Daniel Garret
(Garrard, Garwood)
Deacon Paul Peck Gregory Wolterton (Wilterton)
John Gennings (Ginnings) William Phillips Thomas Woodford
Governor George Wyllys


Unscribed Founders of Hartford
Nicholas Gennings (Jennings)

Nicholas Olmstead (Son of James Olmsted)
Abraham Pratt

Priscilla (Wakeman) Richards (Widow of Thomas Richards)
William Watts


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