Genealogy: Talcott

This genealogy of the Talcott ancestors of Fanny Buckingham, wife of Jonas Benedict, is an excerpt from the transcription of a handwritten notebook I discovered in my grandmother’s papers. The family history in this notebook was the work of two women, Agnes Caroline Wickham and her daughter, Harriott Benedict Wickham Barton (my grandmother), who separately researched and made entries in it over a period of seventy years.  Agnes Wickham wrote roughly half of the entries in the notebook from 1909 to 1915.  In 1915, she gave handwritten copies of her work to each of her five children: Eleanor, William, Lucy, David and Harriott.  Harriott continued her mother’s work off and on for the next sixty years, adding entries as late as 1977.

Dave Barton

Talcott Genealogy

The family of Talcott was originally of Warwickshire, England.  John, a descendant from that family was living in Colchester, Essex previous to 1553 Armada.  Armor, on a pale sa. Three roses of the field.  Crest, a demi-Griffon, erased, ax, gorged with collar, sa. Charged with 3 roses of the first.  Motto: “Virtus sola nobititas.”

1.  John Talcott, first known surely of the name; married (1) a Wells and had John, Robert & a daughter, (2) Marie Pullen.  Died in Colchester about November 1, 1606.

2. John, probably born in Colchester previous to 1558; married Anne, daughter of William Skinner; died in Braintree, England in 1604.  Children: John, Rachel, Anne, Mary, Grace & Sarah.

3.  John, born in Braintree, Essex; married Dorothy, daughter of Mark Mott & Francis Gutter of Braintree & granddaughter of Thomas & Alice (Mead) Mott.  He had in England Mary and John.  Sailed for America in ship Lion with Rev. Mr. Hooker’s company on June 22, 1632 and arrived at Boston, September 16, 1632.  The company first settled in Newtown, now Cambridge.  Was admitted as freeman by General Court of Boston, November 6, 1632. Was one of representatives in General Court from Newtown with Goodwin & Spencer in 1634.  Was chosen one of 4 selectmen of Newtown in 1634.  Moved with 100 others in 1636 to Hartford, Connecticut, which they founded, making the journey overland on foot.  Here he was very active in town & colony affairs.  Died in 1660; his wife died in 1670.

4.  Capt. Samuel, born in Newtown, Massachusetts, about 1634 or 5; married Hannah, daughter of Hon. Elizur Holyoke & Mary Pynchon, November 7, 1661.  He died in Wethers Field, Connecticut, November 10, 1691.  Graduated at Harvard College in 1658, and was made a freeman in 1662 & his father settled him on land in Wethers Field.  From 1669 to 1684 he was commissioner from Wethers Field.  From 1670 to 1684 was deputy to General Court from Wethers Field in which he was Secretary during October session of 1684.  On May 12, 1677 was made Lieutenant of Wethers Field Trained Band, October 1679 Lieutenant of Troop & October 1681 Captain of the Troop of Hartford, Connecticut.  Was one of the original proprietors of Glastonbury, Connecticut.
1.  Samuel                5.  Joseph
2.  John                    6.  Benjamin
3.  Hannah                7.  Rachael
4.  Elizur                8.  Nathaniel

5.  Deacon Benjamin, born in Wethers Field, Connecticut, March 1, 1674; married Sarah, daughter of John & Sarah (Goodrich) Hollister, January 5, 1699; died November 12, 1727.  Was Lieutenant of Trained Band of Connecticut, & held a large estate.
1.  Sarah                    5.  Samuel
2.  Benjamin                6.  Elizur
3.  John                    7.  Mehitabel
4.  Hannah                8.  Abigail

“Talcott Pedigree in England and
America from 1558 to 1876”

Col. Elizur Talcott, son of Deacon Benjamin & Sarah, born at Glastonbury Connecticut, December 31, 1709; married Ruth, daughter of Daniel Wright, Jr. and Ellen Benton, December 31, 1730; died at old homestead, November 24, 1797.  He was a man of wealth, possessing lands in various places and was one of the larger owners of the “Connecticut Tract” on the Susquehanna. He was chairman of the meeting in Glastonbury which denounced the “Boston Port Bill.”  Held commission as Colonel of a “Troop of Horse” and served with Connecticut forces on Long Island in command of his troop; was in New York City while British Army was marching in, and from there was taken home on a litter. (1)
1.  Ruth, born October 17, 1731; died September 10, (2) 1747 of fever.
2.  Prudence, born June 6, 1734; married John Goodrich.
3.  Rachel, born August 1, 1736; married Theodore Hale
4.  Elizur, born August 27, 1738; died February 16, 1750 of black canker.
5.  Isaac, born August 29, 1740; married Sarah Goodrich.
6.  Daniel, born May 8, 1743; died February 12, 1748 of black canker.
7.  George, born November 30, 1745; died February 22, 1750.
8.  Daniel, born July 27, 1748; died December 3, 1751.
9.  Elizur, born December 17, 1750; married Dorothy Lord.
10. Ruth, born May 11, 1753; married Thomas White.
11. George, born September 30, 1755; married (1) Vienna Bradford.
12. Prudence, born December 2, 1757; married George Welles.

George, born September 30, 1755 in Glastonbury, Connecticut; married (1) Vienna, daughter of Jeremiah & Rebecca Bradford, March 16, 1777, she died August 17, 1785 – (2) Abigail Goodrich, February 9, 1786.  He was a soldier of the War of the Revolution.  Served in a company that went from Glastonbury for the relief of Boston in the Lexington alarm, April 1775, and again served in 1777.  Died June 13, 1813 in Glastonbury, Connecticut. (3)
1.  Harriet, born January 7, 1778; married Henry Buckingham.
2.  Fanny, born January 8, 1780; married Samuel Benton.
3.  Rebecca, born March 1, 1782; died January 4, 1794.
4.  Julia, born May 9, 1785; died November 17, 1785
5.  George, born December 6, 1786; married Angelica Bogart.
6.  Russell, born September 22, 1788; married Harriet Kingsbury.
7.  Lavinia, born August 8, 1790; married Benjamin Hale.
8.  Abigail, born July 7, 1792; married Horace Hale
9.  Jared, born April 1795; married Electa Bissell.
10. Andrew, born April 20, 1797; married Catherine Thompson.

Harriet, born January 7, 1778; married Henry Buckingham, March 20, 1803; died at Norwalk, Ohio, October 9, 1839, and is buried on the D.D. Benedict lot in Woodlawn Cemetery.

(1) Talcott Pedigree in England and America from 1558 to
1876, page 156
(2) Ibid, page 157
(3) Ibid, page 248

[the following is from the Buckingham genealogy page]

Henry, born January 13, 1779; married Harriet, daughter of George and Vienna (Bradford) Talcott of Canterbury, Connecticut, March 20, 1803.  He was a man much respected and was for many years Treasurer of the county.  Died of apoplexy at Norwalk, Ohio, 1845.
1.  George Talcott, born December 1, 1806; married
(1) Lavinia Linsley.
2.  Fanny, born April 16, 1809; married Jonas Benedict.

Fanny, (2) born April 16, 1809 at Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania; married Jonas Benedict, October 8, 1829; went to housekeeping in a 1½ story frame house built on the lot on Seminary Street where the Benedict Homestead now stands; died March 4, 1840 and is buried, as are her father and mother, on the D.D. Benedict lot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Norwalk, Ohio.  Her oldest son, Platt, crept out of bed early one morning and going to the fireplace in the living room, set his nightgown on fire and was so badly burned that he died the next day.  Mrs. Frederick Wickham tells of going there to help.  She found that the child was not allowed by the doctor to have water, although he begged for it.  Being left alone in the room, she gave him all he could drink.  She said he was a beautiful little fellow, only three years old.  Another child, Mary, had her back broken by a fall, and was obliged to walk with her hands on her knees.  D.D. Benedict, her brother, said that his stepmother was good to this child, although very disagreeable to his sister, Fanny, and himself.  Mary died when she was 8 years old.

(1) Buckingham Family,  page 219
(2) Ibid, page 296

(3) vide Indian Papers, Vol. I, doc 30.
(4) Buckingham Family, p. 139
(5) Ibid, page 140
(6) Ibid, page 146
(7) Ibid, page 152
(8) Ibid, page 172.
(9) Ibid, page 219
(10) Ibid, page 296

NOTE: Agnes and Harriott cited their sources in the margins of original notebook.  I included these citations as footnotes, attempting to keep them as close as possible to where they appear in the original notebook.

I would appreciate critiques and corrections of this genealogy. Please comment below. Thank you.

© 2006, 2009 by David W. Barton. All rights reserved

One Response

  1. My 9X grandfather, Samuel Talcott, married secondly, the widow, Mary White Rowlandson, after helping her with her personal matters when she moved to Hartford from Boston (I believe). She had been kidnapped during an Indian War with her three children (one died from an Indian assault) in a new settlement (Lancaster?), and later wrote a book about her escapades, selling !,000 copies in the colonies and England. It was one of the first kidnapping genres in colonial America, and is still available to order today.


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