Richard Miles and Mary Chambers

My 11x Great Grandparents, Richard Miles and Mary Chambers are the immigrants for this branch of the family. Richard was born in 1598 in Great Munden, Hertfordshire, England, to Richard Miles and Alice Cherry. Mary was born about 1600 the parents and place are unknown.

Richard and Mary were married 3 Oct 1623 in Great Munden, Hertford, England. They had 6 children: Frances 1627, Richard 1629, Martha 1632, Mary 1635, Richard 1637, and Samuel 1640.

They moved to America about 1637 as there is a small passage in a book that states he did not pay ship money in 1637 and he is gone to New England. The family came joined the Puritans and came over with Reverend Peter Prudden(my 10x GG), most of the families were from Hertfordshire. They were among the first settlers in Milford, CT and is considered a founder of that community.

Mary Chambers died around 1640 as Richard remarried to Katherine Constable who was a widow with children. She had 2 more children with Richard: Anna 1642 and John 1644.

The family moved to New Haven where Richard who was a farmer was also an active member of the community. He became a Freeman in 1639 and signed an Oath of Fidelity in 1644. He held many offices including: Town surveyor, deputy, magistrate, selectman, clerk of the artillery, and assistant in the court. He was also a deacon and elder for the First Church of Christ. 

In 1646, a ship left New Haven for England with cargo to sell. Richard, along with 3 other men were contracted to build the ship. It never made it to England and never came back to New Haven. It has since been called the Phantom Ship and in 1850 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about it.

Richard Miles died 7 Jan 1667. It is unknown where he is buried.

Memorial on Founder’s Bridge, Milford, CT


Richard Miles and Mary Chambers, their daughter,

Martha Miles and George Pardee, their son,

George Pardee and Mercy Ball, their daughter,

Martha Pardee and Edward Frisbie 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






England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” database, FamilySearch( : 10 December 2014), Richard Myles and Mary Chambers, 03 Oct 1623; citing Great Munden,Hertford,England, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,368,166.

Urwick, W. 1826-1905. Nonconformity In Herts: Being Lectures Upon the Nonconforming Worthies of St. Albans, And Memorials of Puritanism And Nonconformity In All the Parishes of the County of Hertford, Page 557. London: Hazell, Watson, and Viney, 1884.

Hoadly, Charles J., Records of the colony and plantation of New-Haven, from 1638 to 1649, Volume 1, Page . Publisher Hartford, Printed by Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857.

Atwater, Edward Elias. History of the City of New Haven to the Present Time,  Publisher New York, W. W. Munsell & Co., 1887.

Ancient Town Records Volume 1, New Haven Town Records, 1649-1662.

Congregational Church, New Haven, New Haven, CT. First Church of Christ records 1639-1926, Vol 1

New Haven:From Puritanism to the Age of Terrorism. Slechter, Michael. p13 published 2004

Find a Grave Memorial 28356961 photo courtesy Nareen.


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