Richard Wallis and Mrs Richard Wallis

My 9x Great Grandparents, Richard Wallis and Mrs Richard Wallis lived in Lyme, Ct and then Norwich, CT. It is unknown when either of them were born or where they were born. Richard Wallis lived in Saybrook, CT and sold land to move to Norwich, CT in 1660 but it seems he didn’t completely move until 1670. He is on the map as an early settler in Norwich in 1660 but there is a court order instructing him to vacate his home and lot in Saybrook(which is now Lyme) in 1670. He had sold this piece of land but lived on it for a few years after the sale. Below is the map the first home lots in Norwich, CT. The lot Richard Wallis had is on the bottom right of this map.

Richard and his wife married around 1670 as they had 2 children: Abigail circa 1670 and Joanna circa 1672.

Richard died in 1675 and his probate indicates that the land in Norwich was to go to Abigail and the land in Lyme was to go to Joanna when they reach the age of 18 or marry and that his widow can use the property until then.

His widow remarried and was referred to in a document as the relict of Wallis now the wife of Jacob Wakley of Stratford. They had children: Jacob 1675/6 Jonathon 1677/8, Ruth 1681, and Henry 1682/3 , Joseph 1686, Israel 1689, Ann 1693, Nathaniel 1700. Some of these children may be from a second marriage.

It is unknown when the wife of Richard Wallis and Jacob Wakley died but it was before 1726 which is when Jacob’s will was made. He did not name a wife and only named his biological children. He did not name either Abigail or Joanna Wallis even though they were only 5 and 3 years old when he married their mother. My ancestor, Abigail Wallis was already married and had children by the time Jacob died and they had a lot of land which is most likely why she wasn’t included in the will.

Richard Wallis is named on a plaque on the Founders of Norwich Connecticut Memorial.


Richard Wallis and Mrs Richard Wallis their daughter,

Abigail Wallis married John Hurd 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


History of Norwich, Connecticut: from its possession by the Indians, to the year 1866
Caulkins, Frances Manwaring, 1795-1869 Publish 1866

Richard Willis Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Death: Abt 1676 – Connecticut, USA

Find A Grave Memorial# 11118928 photo courtesy Franco.

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