Person Sheet

Name James ENSIGN, 10G Grandfather
Birth 1 Jun 1606, Rye, Sussex, England
Moved 1634
Death 11 Dec 1670, Hartford, Connecticut
Occupation constable, chimney viewer, surveyor
Private Note Came 1634
1 Sarah X, 10G Grandmother
Birth England
Death May 1676, Hartford, Connecticut
Private Note Came 1634
Marriage abt 1631, England
Children Sarah (-1659)
Mary (1649-1723)
Notes for James ENSIGN
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The Ensign Family in America

The principal information source for the Ensign family is a series of articles in The American Genealogist which presents and extends previously published material and adds extensive new research findings. Of particular note are articles by Paul C. Reed in TAG 75 (2000), by Robert E. Bowman in TAG 73 (1998), by Eugene A. Stratton in TAG 61 (1985), and by Douglas Richardson in TAG 60 (1984) and 56 (1980). Refer to these TAG articles for source documentation and much more detail than is presented here. As always, this compiler is responsible for any transcription or interpretation errors of the cited articles. A fine presentation of information about the children and descendants of Thomas ENSIGN and Constance PILCHER was located on the web site of Ralph Dean Clark (1999).
James and Sarah (Elson) Ensign

James ENSIGN - bap. Jun. 1, 1606, Rye, Sussex, England; d. Dec. 11, 1670, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Son of Thomas ENSIGN and Constance PILCHER. At Cambridge MA 1634; freeman Mar. 4, 1635; to Hartford 1639; constable 1649 and 1662; chimney viewer 1655; townsman 1656. His name appears on Hartford's Founders Monument. Founding member of 1st Congregational Church, Hartford, and member of 2nd Congregational Church 1670. Will dated Nov. 23, 1670, with inventory taken Dec. 23, 1670 at 729.2.9.

Sarah - b. England; d. May 1676, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Inventory May 29, 1676. Although her surname is often reported to be ELSON, no substantive evidence is known that supports this claim.

Children of James and Sarah Ensign

1. Sarah - b. probably in England; d. Jun. 23, 1659, Hartford, CT. Married May 6, 1651 John ROCKWELL (b. Jul. 18, 1627, Dorchester, Dorset, England; d. Dec. 13, 1673, Windsor, CT). Their daughter Ruth married Daniel MIX.
2. Hannah - Married about 1670 Joseph EASTON (d. Dec. 30, 1711), son of Joseph. Children: Joseph married Sarah SPENCER; James married Jane; Hannah married Richard MILES; Elizabeth married first Thomas BUNCE, and second Caleb BULL; Jonathan married Elizabeth CADWELL; Timothy; Thankful married Stephen TROWBRIDGE.
3. Mary - bap. Aug. 1, 1649, Hartford, CT; d. Jul. 1, 1723, Suffield, CT. Married Samuel SMITH.
4. David - b. 1644, Hartford, CT; d. Dec. 13, 1727, West Hartford, CT. Chimney viewer 1666; surveyor of highways 1669. Married first Oct. 22, 1663 Mehitabel GUNN (b. Jul. 28, 1644; d. Jan. 30, 1720), daughter of Thomas. David and Mehitabel were divorced Oct. 1682, and she married second Isaac SHELDON. David married second Sarah WILCOX (b. Oct. 3, 1648; d. Feb. 3, 1717/8), daughter of John WILCOX and Sarah WADSWORTH. Children of David and Mehitabel: David probably died young; James married first Lydia BAKER, and second Anna; Thomas married Hannah SHEPARD; Sarah; and Mary. Son of David and Sarah: David married first Hannah SMITH, and second Sarah MOODY.
5. Lydia - bap. Aug. 19, 1649, Hartford, CT.
Last Modified 27 Aug 2002 Created 18 Sep 2002

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