John Hurd Sr and Sarah Thompson

My 9x Great Grandparents, John Hurd and Sarah Thompson settled in Stratford, CT. There is controversy as to when the Hurd family came to America. There is a book written about the genealogy of the Hurd family and according to that book, this John Hurd is the 3rd generation but there are other people that are certain this man is the immigrant. I believe what is confusing for me is that the first, second, and third generations are all named John according to the book. All 3 generations would be grown men by the time they came to America but there is only one John in the books owning land. It seems improbable that they would all be living together. It is possible they are all the same man. I am unable to go back further than this John Hurd, so this is as far back as I will write about for now.
It is estimated that John Hurd was born in 1613 in England and he first appears in America in 1640 in Windsor, CT.

John was granted land that was 10 rods wide in Windsor, CT in 1640. He sold it in 1642 and removed to Stratford, CT. He and who is believed to be his brother Adam, both had lots in Stratford. John was a surveyor and in 1653 with Thomas Sherwood, built a mill at Old Mill Green.

He was a deputy to the Ct General Court several times and was the town constable in 1657. In 1663 he was appointed to settle the boundaries of Fairfield and Norwalk.

John sold his mill in 1659 and the deed stipulated that he or his wife have their corn and malt ground toll free.

Sarah Thompson who is thought to be born around 1642 in Stratford, CT is the daughter of John Thompson and Mirable Fitch. The Thompson family was also one of the early settlers of Stratford.

John Hurd and Sarah Thompson married 10 December 1662 in Stratford. It is thought that this was John’s 2nd marriage and there was a 30 year age difference. There were 8 children: John 1663, Sarah 1665, Hannah 1667, Isaac 1669, Jacob 1671, Hannah 1673, Esther 1676, and Abigail 1679.

John made his will in 1679 and died in 1681. He named all of his children and Sarah. His sons John and Isaac and mentioned his daughters. He also gave money to other people who I am not certain how they are related yet. When I come back around to researching the siblings and then the other people on documents with them, I hope to sort out these names: Samuel Galpin, Mary wife of John Bennett, Abigail wife of Samuel Bissell, and Philip Traners. His estate was valued at 504 pounds 10 shillings.

His tombstone is still standing in the Old Congregational Burying Ground Stratford, CT.

Sarah remarried after 1688 to Thomas Barnum (ancestor of P T Barnum). This is also Thomas Barnum’s second marriage as he had 10 children. The family removed to Danbury, CT and were among the first settlers of that town. It is thought that they did not have children together. Thomas died in 1695. His will indicated that there was a prenuptial agreement between Sarah and Thomas as indicated by this passage:

Know all men by these present that I Sarah Barnum of Stratford in the county of Fairfield and Colony of Connecticut have received of the heirs of my late husband Thomas Barnum of Danbury deceased in full of all accounts due to me by virtue of a contract made between my husband Barnum and my self before marriage therefore I do so order remit release acquit exonerate and discharge the administrators Heirs and assigns of the above said Thomas Barnum deceased from all further demands whatsoever upon of any money due me my Heirs of assigns by virtue of any contract before mentioned in witness whereof I have herewith set my hand in Stratford this 15th day of March 1702.

Sarah moved back to Stratford and live out the rest of her life there. She died in 1718 and I have found no probate for her and cannot find her burial place.


John Hurd married Sarah Thompson their son,

John Hurd married Abigail Wallis their son,

David Hurd married Susanna Bostwick their daughter,

Bette Hurd married Joseph Bostwick their son,

David Bostwick married Currence Hard their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Freelove Frisbee their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother


A history and genealogy of the family of Hurd in the United States, and a partial history of the New England families of Heard and Hord, including a treatise on nomenclature, heraldry and coat armour, and ancestry Hurd, Dena D. Soekland
Published 1910

A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport Connecticut, Part 2 By Samuel Orcutt

A history of the old town of Stratford and the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut
Part 1, Orcutt, Samuel, 1824-1893 Published 1886

A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut Number 1 By Royal Ralph Hitman Published 1846.

The history and genealogies of ancient Windsor, Connecticut : including East Windsor, South Windsor, Bloomfield, Windsor Locks, and Ellington, 1635-1891
Stiles, Henry Reed, 1832-1909 Publish 1893

Norwalk, Volume 1 By Charles Melbourne Select published 1896.

Find A Grave Memorial# 20848519 photo courtesy Franco.



2 thoughts on “John Hurd Sr and Sarah Thompson

  1. Hi there. I guess we are cousins of a sort since I am a Hurd. I’ve been chasing the Hurd name for over 30 years after taking up the mantle from my uncle. A few things I can help you with right away:

    1) If you rely on Dena Hurd’s book you will be lost forever. It is loaded with errors as are the records of the Mormon church. I personally spent several days in Killingworth and the Connecticut State Library copying the original records and eventually started my family tree all over after realizing how many errors these two “easy” sources had;
    2) I spent some time (job) in Somerset England and found many Hurds there. Despite many hours in the records hall I found that to be a dead end since many records had been destroyed by German bombing raids.
    3) John Hurd first shows up in Windsor Connecticut which I have been in recent contact with. We agree that he was there in 1640 but have not agreed on how or when he got there. I found an article in a Dutch newspaper that reported the death of John Hurd in Killingworth recently and am now trying to have it translated. What i do know from researching our Mayflower connection is that many of the Pilgrims left England and went to Holland to avoid persecution in England. The Mayflower actually started by picking up many religious passengers in Holland then stopped in the UK to pick up paid passengers being sent to the Colonies to establish trading facilities. John Hurd was not on the Mayflower but there is reference to a John Hurd coming to here on a 1629 manifest of a ship I believe was called The Planter.
    4) The article in the Dutch paper does mention that John Hurd was originally from Martauck which is a very small village not far from Taunton in the UK. Again, no mention of Adam
    5)I have some names of John’s reputed parents but no supporting information on where it came from.
    5) in 1635 the Indians from the Windsor area invited the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay colony to establish a trading outpost in Windsor. The Dutch were already in Hartford. People from the MBc did go to Windsor and subsequently founded the trading post. I believe John Hurd and his brother Adam went there with a preacher they supported around 1637. The group supporting that man subsequently left Windsor and founded Stratford.
    6) Both John Hurd and Adam Hurd had sons named John Hurd which caused most of Dena Hurd’s problems. She also mistook the name of his wife if I recall her book correctly. I read is like 30 years ago so details are not as clear today as they were back then! Anyway, John Senior married Sarah Thompson. His son John married Abigail Wallis. After John’s death his wife did marry Thomas Barnum. Adam’s son John married Ann Tuttle, the widow of Joshua Judson.

    I recently bought some new software to try to do a better job cataloging sources and so the like which I admit I was a bit sloppy about in my younger days. Bottom line is that I can probably help you by pointing you in a direction but most of the material I have are hard copies of old bibles, barely legible copies of microfilm and excerpts from books that I found in various libraries like NYC with its fabulous genealogy room. While I certainly still have them, I would be hard pressed to find any specific item in the volumes of material I have accumulated.

    If you have specific questions, I would gladly try to help you. I descended from the Adam Hurd side so I do not have anything after 1760 or so that would pertain to you. My line all left CT and founded Newport, New Hampshire.

    Good luck!

    Mike Hurd


  2. John Sr. is my 7th Great-Grandfather. Thank you (and Mike) both for more “clues” as I research my lineage.
    – Pfrog


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