My 10x Great Grandparents, Edward Frisbie and Hannah lived in Branford, CT. It is estimated that Edward was born in 1620/21 possibly in Virginia to Richard Frisbee and Margaret Eastman. Richard came to Jamestown, Virginia in 1619 on the ship Jonathon and was an indentured servant. There were many French Huguenots on that ship and it is theorized that Richard was one of them. The family left in 1625 and went to England. It is thought they came back about 1635 but this time to the New England area. Edward was first found in the records in 1646 and is one of the earliest planters in Branford, CT. There have been multiple genealogists researching this family and there have been 3 books written in 1926, 1964, and 1984. It is thought that Hannah’s surname is Culpepper but there is no evidence of this either. There were no Culpepper men in the Branford area but there may have been a widow that remarried and had daughters as there were a couple of women that married in the area with that surname. It is also possible he married more than once.
Edward and Hannah married by 1650 and had 13 children: John 1650, Edward 1652, Benoni 1654, Samuel 1655, Abigail 1657, Jonathon 1659, Josiah 1661, Caleb 1667, Hannah 1669, Ebenezer 1673, and Silence 1673.
Edward was a Congregationalist. The first mention in the Branford records is found on 10 Dec 1646, when he appears amongst the townspeople designated to build the five mile fence around the village. His home lot was on Town Street near King’s Highway, facing the Green. On 4 April 1648 Edward was one of seven men who exchanged land near the river for land near a marsh. In the same year, Edward was assessed 1 pound 9 shillings toward the erection of the mill. In April 1651 Edward owned two home lots and an acre of meadow. On 15 March 1654 Edward Frisbie and John Ward were to have the use of the upland and meadow paying 3 pounds 9 shillings rent for the year. In 1659 he was the pounder and his duty was to impound all hogs or cows found within the general fence, receiving 6 pence apiece for them. There are town records that mention the registering the brands for horses.
In 1661 John Wilford charged Edward in court for his not getting thatch for his house according to an agreement. In 1665 Edward sued Edward Ball for a swine that drowned in the well. John and Samuel Ward testified that they had come to Balls lot to plow, opening the gate but shutting it fast after them. Later, Joseph and Benjamin Harrison came but did not shut the gate fast enough. Several hogs came through and they managed to get all but 2 back resulting in the drowning of one of the hogs. The hog was valued at 10 shillings and the court decided the case was accidental and ruled that Edward Ball should pay Edward 8 shillings and court charges.
The house that was erected about 1685 is still standing and is privately owned.
It is unknown when Hannah died and she is not named in Edward’s will. Edward died in 1690 and his will names all of his children except Edward who is thought to have died young. His son Samuel predeceased him also but he named the widow of Samuel in the will. He also named one grandchild, Edward, who is my 8x gg. He had other grandchildren but only one was named after him so that is most likely why he received a 2 year old heifer.
It is not known where Hannah or Edward are buried.
Edward Frisbie and Hannah, there son,
John Frisbie and Ruth Bower, their son,
Edward Frisbie and Mercy Ball, their son,
Gideon Frisbie and Desire Grannis, their son,
Philip Frisbee and Phoebe Hendricks, their son,
Gideon Frisbee and Huldah Kidder, their daughter,
Free love Frisbee and Jabez Bostwick, 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 Frisbee-Frisbie genealogy; Edward Frisbye of Branford, … Frisbee, Edward S. (Edward Selah), 1837-1920. John in ancestor number 1 page 19-26.
Wikicommons photo of Edward Frisbie house on National Register of Historical Places New Haven County, CT.
Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635 A Biographical Dictionary. Martha W. McCartney
Ancestry New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Clarence Almon Torrey, p. 285
Edward Frisbie & Hannah ?Culpepper; b 1644?, b 1650; Branford, CT.
Edward Frisbie of Branford and His Descendants. Volume I. The First Eight Generations
Nora G. Frisbie.