Thomas BIRD


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Thomas BIRD

  • Born: 1600, , , England
  • Married: , Hartford, Connecticut, USA
  • Died: 10 Aug 1662, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

   Ancestral File Number: BTRC-3G. User ID: 4634.

   General Notes:

Planters Pilgrims and Puritans, Richard Tames, 1987, B T Batsford, London, Chap 7, The Puritans, p48:
"Another off-shoot of Massachusetts was established in 1636 when Thomas Hooker, the minister of New town, led 50 families into the fertile Connecticut valley, partly in search of new lands and partly to escape the religious controversies disturbing Massachusetts. Ignoring a small Dutch fortified trading post, the migrants established a government, modeled on Massachusetts, by the simple act of agreeing to obey a set of `Fundamental Orders'. Eventually, this government was confirmed by royal charter in 1662. Connecticut long remained what its founders had intended it to be- a quiet and conformist backwater..."
p50: "...The English settlers...quite often distorted Indian names which they found difficult to pronounce. Thus the rivers the Indians called Patowomek and Sasquesahanock became Potomac and Susquehanna and the Quinetucquet became Connecticut..."

The Annals of America, Vol I, 1493-1754, Discovering a New World, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Chicago, 1976, p157, Fundamental Orders of Connecticut:
"The Connecticut settlement at Hartfordwas established in 1636 by settlers from the New Towne (now Cambridge), Massachusetts, congregation of the Reverend Thomas Hooker. This group had been preceded by others which had located at Windsor and Wethersfield. In January 1639, the freemen of these three townships assembled and drew up the so-called Fundamental Orders of Connecticut often hailed as the first written American constitution...It contained a preamble that is essentially a compact, the remainder being a body of laws. Hooker's move was prompted primarily by political considerations. He opposed the dominant figures at Boston, who looked down on democracy- believing it to be `no fit government either for church or commonwealth...'"

Ancestral File Ver 4.10 BTRC-3G Born 1600 ?Hartford CT <England Mar Mary ?1660 Died 10 Aug 1662 Farmington Hartford CT.

   Marriage Information:

Thomas married Mary in , Hartford, Connecticut, USA. (Mary was born about 1600 in , , England.)

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