Thomas Porter, Hartford Founder

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Compiled by Timothy Lester Jacobs, SDFH Genealogist

THOMAS1 PORTER, DEA., HARTFORD FOUNDER was born bef. 1619 in England, and died bef. 13 Dec 1697 in Farmington, CT (inventory). He married SARAH HART 20 Nov 1644 in Hartford, CT, daughter of HARTFORD FOUNDER STEPHEN HART and _____ ______. She was born abt. 1624 in England, and died aft. 03 Mar 1690/91 in prob. Farmington, CT (named in will of husband).

The ancestry, date and place of birth, and date of emigration to the American colonies of Thomas Porter is unknown, nor is it known exactly when he arrived in Hartford, where he was granted a home lot on January 1639/40 “If the Townsmen se noe Just Cause to the Contrary: and they will accept of them uppon such Tearmes: as the Townsmen shall see Cause to propose”, and on 28 October 1640, it was ordered that he have the house lot of two acres located on the east side of the road from Centinel Hill to the Cow Pasture and the property in the Pine Field of Hartford Founder Nicholas Jennings, who had defaulted on them by removing to New Haven. He later acquired a parcel of land on the east side of the Great River; eleven acres and two roods in the Cow Pasture; one acre and two roods in the West Field; and three acres of swamp on the east side of the Great River, all of which he later sold to William Phillips.

He removed to Farmington about 1646. His will was dated 03 March 1690/1, his inventory was taken 13 December 1697, and his will was proved 03 March 1697/8.

Genealogy: no published genealogy known.

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