William Tomlinson and Abigail

My 9x Great Grandparents, William Tomlinson and Abigail lived in Derby, CT. Nothing is known about them prior to the records in Derby. They had 4 children, William, Elizabeth, John, and Isaac. William shows up in the records in Derby in 1677.  In 1681 the town took an inventory of everyone’s land.  He had one of the smallest amounts of land, perhaps because he was was still relatively new to this town. William’s land is indicated below.

In 1702 he was in the town drawing for additional lots. Names were drawn out of a hat and he drew lot 22 out of 52 lots. In 1703 William along with 2 other men were appointed sheep masters. These men were in charge of the care and breeding of the sheep in the town. The next two incidents are important for establishing the town. In 1696, he was among 42 men who agreed to give the town physician 4 acres for a homestead. In 1680 he was one of 11 people who voted for the meeting house to be placed on a hill, which was known as squabble hole,  with 4 people opposed to it. In 1681 the town paid it’s minister in wood and money. Each household had to provide wood William’s share was 2 loodes. I think a loode is equivalent to a cord which is wood stacked 8 feet long by 4 feet high by 4 feet wide. The minister was to receive 88 of these which may make sense as that would be the only source of heat and cooking fuel back then. In addition, the minister received 50 pounds of which William had to pay 2 pounds of that salary. In 1707, the town  assigned seats in the meeting house. William received a seat in the first pew and his wife received the same seat on the opposite side. The passage is given below.

William Tomlinson died around 1712. His will gave his land to his children. I am unsure when Abigail died.


William Tomlinson and Abigail their daughter,

Elizabeth Tomlinson married James Hard their son,

James Hard married Hannah Kimberly their son,

Abner Hard married Hannah Beers their daughter,

Currence Hard married David Bostwick 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 the old town of Derby, Connecticut, 1642-1880. With biographies and genealogies Orcutt, Samuel,Published 1880

Ancestry . com William Tomlinson Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
Death: Abt 1712 – Connecticut, USA

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