My 10x Great Grandparents, John Thompson and Mirable Fitch were the immigrants for this line of my ancestry. There are plenty of stories swirling around them and I can’t separate fact from fiction. None the less, they are interesting and I will continue to search for sources.
John Thompson born about 1611 in England came to America in 1635 on the ship Elizabeth and Ann. He is listed as 22 years old. It is reported that John was checking out New England and decided to settle here. He went back to England to gather everything and then return. On his way home, he met Mirable Fitch in England. He described America and talked about the freedom to worship. Mirable, having been punished by having her feet placed in stocks because she was a Puritan that attended a conventicle, was impressed. They eventually married and moved to America. Mirable is thought to be born around 1614.
John and Mirable had 6 children: John 1641, Sarah 1642, Abigail 1646, Esther 1649, Ambrose 1651, and Mary 1655.They settled first in Wethersfield, CT 1636-1640, then to Stratford, CT. They were among the founders of Stratford. Below is the map of Stratford in 1660. John Thompson has 2 lots numbers 38 and 65. They are across from each other.
More stories attributed to them. Their land abutted the gate that led to the land the Indians were settled on. One day, Mirable was checking on a child in the cradle and as she adjusted the blanket, she heard an ear splitting scream, turned around to see two Indians rushing in, one with a tomahawk in the air. One sunk the tomahawk into the skull of the other Indian. It is thought that the dead Indian was seeking protection in the white settlement after a quarrel occurred between the two men.
Another story is that John and Mirable were walking and gathered enough wheat that was growing wild near Fresh Pond. She made the first loaf of bread grown from wheat in the town.
Last, John Thompson is credited with bringing the first fruit trees to Stratford in the 1640s.
John Thompson died in 1678. His will stipulates that Mirable have use of the house during her natural life and that his sons, John and Ambrose make full revision to her during her life. He gave daughter Sarah Hurd 2 cows, son in laws Jonathon Curtiss and Samuel Galpin 1 cow and 6 acres, and daughter Mary 2 cows and 6 acres. The remainder of the estate was divided by his 2 sons, 2/3 to John and 1/3 to Ambrose. The estate was appraised at 976 pounds.
Their son John, died in 1681 and left his estate to his mom Mirable. It was then to be divided up between his nephews and nieces after the death of Mirable.
Mirable died in 1690. It is though that they are buried in the Old Congregational Burying Ground, Stratford, CT.
John Thompson married Mirable Finch their daughter,
Sarah Thompson married John Hurd 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
The history of ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut : comprising the present towns of Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Newington, and of Glastonbury prior to its incorporation in 1693 : from date of earliest settlement until the present time Adams, Sherman W. (Sherman Wolcott), 1836-1898. Published 1904 page 203
A history of the old town of Stratford and the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut
Orcutt, Samuel, 1824-1893 Published 1886.
New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial Volume 4 by William Richard Cutter page 1982
Thompson, in Jacobus, Donald Lines. History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield. (New Haven, Conn.: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1930-1932), Volume Ib:605.
Knapp, Lewis, In Pursuit of Paradise: The history of the Town of Stratford.
Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)