John Wakefield and Ann

My 10x Great Grandparents John Wakefield and Ann settled in New Haven, CT. It is thought that they are the immigrants for this line of the family. John is thought to be born about 1618 and Ann about 1620. I don’t know where they came from or who their parents were.
Care needs to be taken when researching this couple. Many have confused and merged different John Wakefield’s on the family trees. There were 3 John Wakefields around at the same time. They lived in Boston, Maine, and New Haven.

John first appears in New Haven in a court document in 1640 when he testified that a man was telling the truth. In 1642 there was a court case in which a man did not do good work at the mill in which John Wakefield owned and the man had to make good. In August 1644 he was one of many men that took an oath of fidelity to the town.

John and Ann married sometime before 1644 and had 3 children: Hannah 1644, Mary 1645 and Martha 1650.

John can be found in some more records. In 1648 people complained about John’s fence being down and he was ordered to fix it. In 1649 John testified in behalf of Thompson regarding his hogs. On 10 March 1648, the meeting house seats were read and recorded in court. Below are the seats for John and Ann.

John died in 1660 and his will was proved 4 Dec 1660. The inventory for his estate was taken 27 May 1611 and was worth 111 pounds, 3 schillings and 1 pence.

On 17 Oct 1661, Ann remarried to a widower, James Clark. They had no children together. James died in 1689.

Ann died in 1695. It is not known where either John Wakefield or Ann are buried.


John Wakefield and Ann, their daughter,

Hannah Wakefield and Edward Grannis, their son,

John Grannis and Elizabeth Brockett, their daughter,

Desire Grannis and Gideon Frisbie their son,

Philip Frisbee and Phoebe Hendricks, their son,

Gideon Frisbee and Huldah Kidder, their daughter,

Freelove 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


A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer’s Register Savage, James
Wakefield memorial-comprising an historical, genealogical and biographical register of the name and family of Wakefield.  by Homer Wakefield 1897 p 204-205.
Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, (Connecticut) from 1638-1649 Charles J. Hoadly
New Haven genealogical magazine Jacobus, Donald Lines

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