Andrew Bacon, Hartford Founder‹ Back to The Founders
Compiled by Timothy Lester Jacobs, SDFH Genealogist
ANDREW1 BACON, HARTFORD FOUNDER was born abt. 1605 in England, and died 04 Oct 1664 in Hadley, MA d. s. p.. He married (1) MARY SHERMAN aft. May 1619 in England. She was born 1599. He married (2) ELIZABETH MORRICE? aft. 1648 in Hartford, CT, daughter of GEORGE MORRICE?. She was born abt. 1603 in poss Messing, Essex, England?, and died bef. 23 Feb 1678/79 in Hartford, CT (inventory).
The ancestry and origin of Andrew Bacon is unknown, but according to testimony of his wife Elizabeth (Probate Records, Vol. 1, pg. 119) he emigrated on the same ship with Samuel Greenhill and her later husband Timothy Stanley in 1634. He may have lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but it is not known when exactly he arrived in Hartford, where he was an original proprietor. In the Hartford land inventory of February 1639/40, he held: two acres on which his dwelling house stood with other outhouses, yards or gardens, located on the south side of the road from the Mill to the South Meadow; four acres, three roods and one perch in the South Meadow; one acre also in the South Meadow; and another three acres and twelve perches in the South Meadow; two acres and two roods lying in the Forty Acres; four acres and three roods in Hockanum (later East Hartford); two acres and two roods in the Great Swamp; five acres in the swamp by the River; nineteen acres and two roods of upland; and twenty-four acres of woodland. He also acquired two parcels later.
He was chosen in January 1640 to order the affairs of the town, was selectman 1641, 1658, and Deputy to the General Court 1642–1656. In 1643, he along with John Talcott, was appointed to take a record of the debts of the colony. He was also on the committee with John Webster for Hartford to join the magistrates in pressing men in each town for service, 1654. He was exempted from training, watching and warding in May 1656. He was on the committee with George Steele and Mr. Boosey to provide at Hartford for a meeting of the Commissioners of the United Colonies.
A complaint was preferred in the General Court against him, Governor Webster, and others when they were about to withdraw from the church and from Hartford in 1658. He signed the contract to remove to Hadley, Massachusetts in 1659, and removed there, where he was made freeman 26 March 1661, and was a Commissioner for the town of Hadley in 1661 and 1663.
He died in Hadley October 4, 1664, and his widow returned to Hartford to live with her son Caleb Stanley. She died 23 February 1679.
No known children.
Genealogy: not applicable, as he had no descendants