Captain John Cullick, Hartford Founder

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Compiled by Timothy Lester Jacobs, SDFH Genealogist

JOHN1 CULLICK, CAPT., HARTFORD FOUNDER was born in England, and died 23 Jan 1662/63 in Boston, MA. He married (1) ______ ______. She was born in England, and died 1647 in Hartford, CT. He married (2) ELIZABETH FENWICK 20 May 1648 in Hartford, CT, daughter of GEORGE FENWICK and DOROTHY FOSTER. She was born abt. 1624 in England, and died 12 Nov 1683 in Lyme, CT.

The true origin of John Cullick, merchant of Hartford and Boston, is unknown. Several sources have him coming from Felstead, Essex, England, but there is no substantiation of this claim. It is also unknown when he emigrated to the American colonies, nor any records of his location prior to his residence in Hartford, nor is it known precisely when he arrived in Hartford. He was in Hartford by 1637, as he served in the Pequot War of that year.

In the Hartford land inventory of February 1639/40 (which was actually compiled later than that date), the land which had been sequestered for Jonathan Ince had been settled by the town on John Cullick: two acres and two roods on which his dwelling house stood with other outhouses, yards and gardens located on the road from the mill to the South Meadow; five acres in Hockanum; three roods in the Soldiers Field; four acres in the Great Swamp; and fourteen acres in the Forty Acres. He later purchased four other parcels of land.

Nothing is known of his first wife. He married second Elizabeth Fenwick, sister of George Fenwick, Esq. (not his daughter as is elsewhere reported), leader of the Saybrook colony.

He was Deputy from Hartford to the Connecticut General Court in 1644, 1646 and 1647. He was the Magistrate and Secretary of the Colony from 1648 until 1658. He was Commissioner to the United Colonies from 1652 to 1655. He was first called Captain in May 1653. On 13 June 1654 he and Major John Mason were sent to Boston as agents of Connecticut, to discuss Cromwell’s plans for fighting the Dutch at New Amsterdam.

John Cullick removed to Boston by 27 November 1659 and died there 23 January 1662/3.

Genealogy: none known

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