Stephen Post, Hartford Founder

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STEPHEN1 POST, HARTFORD FOUNDER (ABRAHAMA) was baptized 24 Jun 1604 in Hollingborne, Kent, England, and died 16 Aug 1659 in Saybrook, CT. He married ELINOR PANTON 17 Oct 1625 in Langley, Kent, England. She was born in England, and died 13 Nov 1670 in Saybrook, CT.

Stephen Post emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony from Otham, Kent, England in 1634, first residing in Cambridge, where he was granted land 01 September 1634. In the Cambridge land inventory of 10 October 1635 he held a house with twelve acres on the south side of the river.

He removed to Hartford in 1636, where in the Hartford land inventory of February 1639/40 he held: five acres and two roods on which his dwelling house stood with other outhouses, yards or gardens, a large T-shaped lot fronting on the south side of the road from Founder George Steele’s to the South Meadow; ten acres of upland; two acres and thirty perches in the South Meadow; one rood in the Little Meadow; three acres and one rood in the Forty Acres; one acre and two roods in the Great Swamp; and one acre and three roods on the east side of the Great River. He was also granted ninety acres of upland on the east side of the Great River on 10 March 1667.

He was a carpenter, and agreed with the town to clapboard the Meeting-house on 28 October 1640. He was Hartford Constable in 1642.

He removed to Saybrook by 1649, where he was one of the 43 proprietors. An inventory of his lands in Saybrook showed that he held: his house and home lot in the town; one acre in the Calve’s Pasture; three and a half acres of meadow in the Planting Field; seven acres of land at Pennywise; and five acres of meadow. On 20 March 1649/50 the Connecticut Court chose Stephen Post and Thomas Tracy to complete the “Forte and dwelling house to bee erected for the use of the Country”.

He died in Saybrook 16 August 1659, his inventory taken 31 August 1659.

Genealogy: For descendents of Abraham2, son of Stephen Post: “The New England Historical and Genealogical Register”, Vol. 146, article “The Colonial Post Family of Saybrook and Hebron, Connecticut: Abraham2 Post and his Descendants”, by Michael Rudy. Otherwise, no published genealogy known.

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