Matthew Mitchell and Susan Wood

My 10x Great Grandparents, Matthew Mitchell and Susan Wood are the immigrants for this branch of the family. Matthew born about 1589 in England, parents unknown and Susan Wood born about 1589 in England to Edmund Wood and Margret Heard. Susan was first married to Thomas Butterfield in 1611 and had 3 children: Samuel, Thomas, and Sarah. Her husband died in 1614. Susan then married Matthew Mitchell on 21 August 1616.

They had 8 children: Abigail, David, Sarah, Martha, Jonathon, Susan, Matthew, and Hannah.

In 1635, they boarded the James of  Bristol to come to America. It left on 25 May bound for Massachusetts. A detailed journal of the voyage was written by Richard Mathers one of the passengers. It does mention Matthew Mitchell several times and he was considered a leader on the journey. He was in charge of the food for the people and livestock. Four other ships were sailing wth the James, 3 were bound for Newfoundland and the other, Angel Gabriel, was bound for Massachusetts. There was a lot of sea sickness and by 14 June, they were in Milford Haven, Wales where the Mitchell family among others, went ashore to attend church. The following day, Susan was specifically mentioned as going ashore to walk around and get refreshed. They made their way across the Atlantic and were stopping at the islands along the New England Coastline making their way to the final port in Boston. A storm came along and ended up sinking the Angel Gabriel. An account of the storm on land estimated 100’s of trees were blown over, demolished houses and scattered ships around the harbor. The James made it but lost all 3 anchors and the sails were ripped up,  They made it to Boston on 17 August 1635.

According to a passage from Richard Mather’s journal, that winter, the family was ill, but when spring came, they moved to Concord, MA. Soon after settling there, “his beginnings there were consumed by fire and other losses befell him in the latter end of that winter.” The following summer the family moved to Saybrook, MA, they then moved to Springfield, MA in May 1636 and finally settled in Wethersfield, CT. In Wethersfield, he lost everything in a fire. They stand there but in the winter, his step son, Samuel Butterfield was killed by the Pequot. Cattle were taken from him a shallop was taken and burned with 3 men in it. “… the Pequot scourge fell more on this family than on any other in the land.”  Following this, he had a disagreement with the principal persons of Wethersfield, was censured and he ended up moving to Stamford, CT.

Matthew was a merchant and one of the wealthiest and most notable settlers of Stamford. He was one of 5 men that were the provisional government when this town was being settled. Matthew obtained 28 acres of land which was the most among the first 29 landholders. In 1642 Matthew was a Representative for Stamford for the Legislature. This same year he was accepted as a freeman. In 1643 he was a member of the plantation court in which they settled disputes among the citizens in the colony.

Matthew died 19 May 1646 from having been infected by “the stone” which caused much pain. His will left money for his children, 100 pounds for Jonathan, 80 pounds each to daughters Susanna and Hannah, 40 pounds to David and the rest of the estate went to his wife.

It is not known when Susan died or where they are buried.

Matthew Mitchell and Susan Wood, their daughter,

Sarah Mitchell and Samuel Sherman, their son,

Samuel Sherman and Mary Titterton, their daughter,

Sarah Sherman and Samuel Beers, their daughter,

Hannah Beers and Abner Hard 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


Ancestry Matthew Michel West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812 Marriage: 21 Aug 1616 – Halifax, St John the Baptist, Yorkshire, England

Chronicles of the First Planters of the Colony  Volume 41; Volume 49
By Alexander Young

Ancestry New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 Matthew Mitchell

History of Stamford, Connecticut : from its settlement in 1641, to the present time, including Darien, which was one of its parishes until 1820 Huntington, E. B. (Elijah Balwin)

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)

3 thoughts on “Matthew Mitchell and Susan Wood

  1. Roger Mitchell (I don't use my middle name, Sherman, because--well, for a number of reasons. First, I am not descended from Roger S. but from his younger brother, Josiah. says:

    I am a 7X grandson of Matthew Mitchell and Susan Wood Butterfield and am delighted to run into a living relative with the same interest. I was hoping that Stamford might have a grave and gravestone for Matthew and Susan, but it looks unlikely from what you report. He did, after all, die only 4-5 years after the founding of Stamford when the area was in considerable upheaval. Was Stamford then, in fact, under Dutch rule? Seems likely. I’ve done a bit of research on MM and have a few more details about the family than you report here. If you’d like to see them, I can send you what I have so far. Yours, Roger Mitchell


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