Thomas Fitch and Abigail Goodrich

My 9x Great Grandparents, Thomas Fitch and Abigail Goodrich lived in Wethersfield, CT. Thomas Fitch born about 1652 in Wethersfield to Samuel Fitch and Susannah. Abigail Goodrich was born in Wethersfield to William Goodrich and Sarah Marvin.

Thomas and Abigail married about 1680 in Wethersfield and had 3 children: Thomas 1681, Abigail 1682/3, and Sibill 2 November 1684.

Abigail Fitch died 5 days after the birth of Sibill on 8 November 1684. Sibyl died 18 December 1684 and son Thomas died at a young age.

Thomas married again this time to Sarah Boardman after 1684. They had 3 children: Sibill, Martha, and Samuel. Some researchers believe that Abigail is Sarah’s daughter. I am making the decision that Abigail is the daughter of Abigail for 4 reasons, first, her name and second, Abigail married in 1696 which if she was born to Sarah would have been born no earlier than 1685. This would make Abigail 11 years old which I think is a bit too young to be married even in this time period. Third, I have the first born child to Sarah and Thomas as Sibill which is the name of the daughter that Thomas and Abigail lost. It was common to name another child after one that had just died. Fourth, Abigail Fitch was married in Stratford in 1696. Her maternal grandmother lived in Stratford. It is possible that Abigail moved to Stratford at some point and lived with her grandmother. Either that or there was some matchmaking occurring.

Thomas was a constable in 1679,  rate-maker in 1685, town schoolmaster in 1699, and leather- sealer, 1702. The rate maker is an assessor so he must have put the value on the land for taxes and he probably took the inventory when someone died. There was poor workmanship among some tanners generally by not preparing the hide properly. It was usually found among the people who weren’t trained well. A leather sealer would inspect the leather at tanneries to make sure it was prepared properly. If it was he would place a seal on it.  He was paid 10 pounds by the town for being the schoolmaster and 10 pounds by each boy between 6 to 12 years old and any boy over 12 would pay a proportionate amount agreed upon by the schoolmaster. I am assuming that the over 12 stipulation is due to the boys requirement of helping with the farm.

They lived in a house that was on the east side of Broad street, between Church and Fletcher’s Lane. The map below shows Broad street. The town green was in the middle where the word STREET is. His home was on the right side of that.

Thomas Fitch died intestate. The record the inventory of his estate totaled 111 pounds, 3 schillings. It appears that an agreement to distribute the estate was made. His widow Sarah remained in the home. He received most of the estate with his sister Abigail receiving 1 schilling and 3 pence in addition to what she already received and Sibill received 15 acres in addition to what she already received. Martha was listed at the end of the inventory as his child but I couldn’t find anything in the body of the agreement. She never married and her will gave everything to her mom, Sarah. Martha’s estate was worth 8 pounds, 12 schillings and 8 pence. Later, in 1714, the widow Sarah, appeared in court to pay her debts which was 90 pounds 6 schillings and 3.5 pence. Part of the debt incurred included “illness of daughter for some years”. In September 1713, Samuel chose William Whiting to be his guardian. The age which children could choose their guardian was 14. Since there was a lag time between the death of Thomas(1705) and choosing the guardian (1713) Samuel must have been born around 1699. I haven’t been able to figure out William Whiting. I know that Susannah grandmother of Samuel married William Whiting and had children. This William died in 1647. Susannah remarried to Samuel Fitch -grandfather to the Samuel I am figuring out. Every William Whiting descended from Susannah either died before 1713 or was too young to be a guardian. There were a lot of William Whitings. So I must have missed something and the next go round in this branch of the family, I will look again.

I do not know where either Thomas Fitch or Abigail Goodrich were buried.

Lineage:

Thomas Fitch and Abigail Goodrich their daughter,

Abigail Fitch and Abraham Kimberly their daughter,

Hannah Kimberly married James Hard 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

Reference

History of the Fitch family, A.D. 1400-1930 : a record of the Fitches in England and America, Volume 2.

Genealogical Notes, Or Contributions to the Family History of Some of the First Settlers of Massachusetts and Connecticut. By Nathaniel Goodwin page 83.

History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Volume 1 edited by Donald Lines Jacobus p 361

The history of ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut v.2. Adams, Sherman W. (Sherman Wolcott), 1836-1898.

Ancestry . com Thomas Fitch Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999 Death: Abt 1704 – Connecticut, USA

A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records Charles William Manuring
Published 1904


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