TENTH GENERATION


584. Isaac BEECHER (37)(40) was born in 1623 in Kent, England. He died on 12 Nov 1690 in New Haven, Connecticut. Genealogy of a Branch of the Beecher Family by Reuben Beecher Hughes states:
....was the only son having children, and hence is the ancestor of all in this Beecher line. He was born in England, about 1623 and died in 1690. His will was dated Sept. 28, 1689, and the Christian name of his wife was Mary. He was the owner of 7 tracts of land totally 61 acres. In 1685 his name appears in the New Haven List of Proprietors, and is also on the list of freemen in NH July 1, 1644.


Probate Records, vol 2, pp 62, 63, and 64.
Isaac Beecher, b.1623, d.1690. Made Will Sept 26, 1689, in which he mentions sons John, Joseph, and Isaac, and bequeath to each certain parcels of land described, and to Samuel the sum of five pounds. Also, to Eleazur one acre of meadow at that place called Springfield. A four acres running across the road that leads to West Farms. Also, about five acres land in that field called Ford's Field. Also, make and constitute my son Joseph Beecher my sole and only executor, and give him the remainder of my whole estate, and require him to provide for my loving wife, Mary Beecher, during her life, well and comfortably, and after her decease to get all the aforesaid legacies performed. Signed Nov 12, 1690, in Court. Inventory includes house-keeping goods, farming tools, cattle, 7 tracts of land, amounting to 61 acres. Apprized L126.

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Kept in a locked cabinet in the Town Clerk's Office is a small old book which was used in the period between 1660 and 1700 for miscellaneous purposes. It seems to have been little used by genealogists. A digest of a few of the records is given below. The Beecher entry is of interest because it bears on the question of whether Isaac Beecher was actual son of the Widow Hannah Beecher, formerly Potter, or a step son...

Part 2, p.11: Isaac Beecher senior haveing for many yeares past stood in the quiett possession of divers parcells of land without claime or prosecution doth now record them to himselfe, his heyres or assignes for ever.

- The homelott whereon he swelleth, conaineing 3 acres more or less...
- Alsoe halfe a piece of meadow land ....
- Alsoe some parcells of upland...(and two other parcels)...
- Alsoe land at ye first that was his mother Beechers (viz) Three acres & halfe in the subbarbs quarter...
- Alsoe one parcell of meadow that at ye first belonged to bro: Jno Potter & passed over to him the sd Beecher at a court in the 4th Decembr 1655: containeing three acres.
- Alsoe six acres of upland that was also his Bro: Jno Potters & alienated at the aforesd court...
- Alsoe the second division belonging to his sd bro: Jno Potter passed in ye court aforesd...fourteen acres...
- Alsoe a parcell of land graunted him against the end of a lott he bought of Eleazer Beecher neare Chesnutt hill...about 9 acres...
- Alsoe two acres one quarter twenty foure rod of land in the necke which at first belonged to Wm Potter, bounded westward by the mill river...which land of his on the South belonged at first to his mother Beecher
- Alsoe one parcell more in the necke which at first belonged to his bro: Jno Potter (4 Dec. 1655)
-Nathanielle Potter son of Wm Potter appeared the 9th day of June 1684: & acknowledged those lands mentioned before that did belong to his sd father Wm Potter passed over to his unkle the sd Isaac Beecher...

Entered 9 June 1684 before Wm Jones Assist, John Nash Recorder, John Alling Townesman.

He was married to Mary F. SPERRY in 1643 in Connecticut.

585. Mary F. SPERRY was born about 1624. She died after 1677 in New Haven, Connecticut. Children were:

child i. John BEECHER.
child ii. Joseph BEECHER. Ancestor of Henry Ward Beecher Family.
child iii. Isaac BEECHER was born on 18 Aug 1650. He died in 1708.
child iv. Samuel BEECHER was born in 1652.
child256 v. Eleazer BEECHER.

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