Daniel/2 Lester

M, #10521, (16 April 1642 - )
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry1w Brooks
Descendants of Hannah/2w Brooks
Descendants of Hannah/3w Fox
Last Edited:28 Dec 2013
FatherAndrew/1 Lester1 b. s 1615, d. 7 Jun 1669
MotherBarbara (–?–)1 b. s 1625, d. 2 Feb 1653/54
Daniel/2 Lester was born 16 Apr 1642 at Gloucester, Massachusetts.1 Removed with his family as a boy, 1651, to New London, Connecticut, where he married, 11 Aug 1669, his step-sister Hannah/3w Fox, daughter of Thomas/1 Fox and Hannah/2w Brooks.2 They lived near Daniel's brothers Samuel and John, and his sister Hannah Lester, in the "General Neck" a few miles south of New London village.3

Children with Hannah/3w Fox:

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S700] Gloucester VR, 1:429, Daniell Lister b.
  2. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Danyell Lester/Hannah Fox m.
  3. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 7-8.
  4. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Ann Lester b.
  5. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Hannah Lester b.
  6. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Elizabeth Lester b.
  7. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Danyel Lester b.
  8. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, John Lester b.

Hannah/3w Fox

F, #10522, (25 September 1648 - 22 February 1712/13)
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry1w Brooks
Descendants of Hannah/2w Brooks
Descendants of Hannah/3w Fox
Last Edited:29 Dec 2013
FatherThomas/1 Fox1 b. 14 Oct 1618, d. 14 Apr 1658
MotherHannah/2w Brooks1 b. s 1625, d. 1692
Hannah/3w Fox was born 25 Sep 1648 at Concord, Massachusetts.1
     On 3 September 1663, Andrew/1 Lester of New London, Connecticut acted as attorney to Thomas Fox, Mary Lester, and Hanna Fox, plaintiffs, against Tobiah Colles [Collis], defendant, in a defamation action.2
     She married, 11 Aug 1669 at New London, her step-brother Daniel/2 Lester of N.L., son of Andrew/1 Lester and Barbara (–?–).3 They lived near Daniel's brothers Samuel and John, and his sister Hannah Lester, in the "General Neck" a few miles south of New London village.4

Children with Daniel/2 Lester:

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S185] Concord BMD, 5, Hannah Fox b.
  2. [S121] TAG, Martin E. Hollick, "Mary2 Lester, Wife of Thomas2 Clark(e) of Hartford, Connecticut," 83:1 (Feb-Apr 2008), 68.
  3. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Danyell Lester/Hannah Fox m.
  4. [S1192] Thomas Fox of Concord, 7-8.
  5. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Ann Lester b.
  6. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Hannah Lester b.
  7. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Elizabeth Lester b.
  8. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Danyel Lester b.
  9. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, John Lester b.

Isaac/1 Willey

M, #10523, (say 1610 - 1685)
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry1w Brooks
Descendants of Hannah/2w Brooks
Last Edited:2 Nov 2012
Isaac/1 Willey "was of Boston, MA as early as 1640, and removed to Charlestown before 1644. All that is known about him there are the records of his children given by Savage and in the Boston Record of births, &c."1 His 1st wife, Joanna (–?–), was the mother of his children.1 In 1645 they went with John Winthrop Jr. to New London, Connecticut.1 After Joanna's death at N.L., Isaac married (2), as her 3d husband, "after 1670" [Caulkins] or "after 1679" [Cutter], Hannah/2w Brooks, daughter of Henry/1w Brooks and (–?–) (–?–), and widow of Thomas/1 Fox and Andrew/1 Lester.2,3 Isaac Willey died in 1685.4 His widow Hannah died in 1692.5
     Isaac Willey's house lot was on Mill Brook, at the base of Post Hill. He soon removed to a farm at the head of Niantic River, described as "rounding the head of the river," which was confirmed to "old Goodman Willie" in 1664.6
     In 1645 Isaac Willey and John Stebbins mowed the meadows of the Upper Mamacook. At a meeting 25 Feb 1647, he was chosen, with John Winthrop, Robert Hempstead, Samuel Lothroup and Thomas Minor, "to act in all Toune affaires," and "to have a planting lot at the other side of the cove, near Mr. deane winthrops lot." Of the house lots in the town plot, the first grantee was John Winthrop, Esq., and Isaac Willey was fifth after him, "his homestead lying north west of Mr. Winthrop's on the upper part of what are now Williams street and Main street."
     Isaac Willey was one of 16 men with cattle marks before 1650. At a General Court, May 1649, "certain individuals at Pequot" (Robert Bedell, Cary Latham and Isaac Willey), charged with resisting a constable and releasing an Indian committed to their charge, were summoned to appear at Hartford and answer for their conduct.
     Caulkins, describing the estate of the town's early planters, writes of 1657: "After enumerating house and houselot, meadow, marsh and upland, the planter had from two to four cows; half a dozen calves, yearlings and two years old; a litter of swine and two or three sheep, or perhaps a share in two or three sheep.This was all the ratable property of even some of the oldest settlers, as Willey." About 1652, Isaac Willey had a grant of two necks of land, one of them a "pyne neck," with a broad cove between, east of Pequot River, and sold all to Amos Richardson.
     In 1669, Isaac Willey's name was 15th on a list of 21 freemen. 29 Nov 1669, the town appointed Wm. Hough, John Stebbins, Clement Minor and Isaac Willey to lay out the King's highway between New London and the head of Niantic River. As a participant in an affray, Aug 1671, over lands disputed between New London and Lyme (now East Lyme), Isaac Willey was among those arraigned at Hartford, 12 Mar 1671-2, "for attempts by violence to drive Mr. Mathew Griswold and Lieut. Wm. Waller off their lands, and resistance to authority and assault." He took probate, 9 Jul 1663 at Hartford, of his son-in-law Thomas Hungerford's will.7

Children with Joanna (–?–):

  • Joanna/2 Willey8 b. say 1638, d. 1659
  • Isaac/2 Willey8 b. 2 Aug 1640, d. Aug 1662
  • Hannah/2 Willey+8 b. 6 Mar 1641/42, d. circa 1681
  • Sarah/2 Willey9 b. 19 Jun 1644, d. 7 Mar 1711/12
  • John/2 Willey9 b. circa 1648, d. 2 May 1688
  • Mary/2 Willey9 b. circa 1649
  • Abraham/2 Willey9 b. say 1650, d. 1692

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1189] Henry Willey, Isaac Willey of New London, 1.
  2. [S106] NEHGR, 29:153–157, "Brooks Family of Woburn, Mass.": aft. 1679.
  3. [S908] Caulkins, Hist. New London, 1, 287: "after 1670."
  4. [S106] NEHGR, 29:153–157, "Brooks Family of Woburn, Mass."
  5. [S908] Caulkins, Hist. New London, 287.
  6. [S908] Caulkins, Hist. New London, 310-11.
  7. [S1189] Henry Willey, Isaac Willey of New London, 1-2.
  8. [S1189] Henry Willey, Isaac Willey of New London, 3.
  9. [S1189] Henry Willey, Isaac Willey of New London, 4.

Andrew/1 Lester

M, #10524, (say 1615 - 7 June 1669)
Appears on charts:Descendants of Henry1w Brooks
Descendants of Hannah/2w Brooks
Last Edited:4 Aug 2014
Andrew/1 Lester perhaps came from County Cheshire, England.1 He married (1), by 1642, Barbara (–?–), with whom he had 4 children.2 His name first appears in New England in the 1642 birth record of his child Daniel at Gloucester, Massachusetts.3 Andrew Lester was appointed constable of Gloucester, 7 Jan 1643, and admitted a freeman of the colony 10 May following.4,5 He was licensed by the county court, 26th of 2d mo. 1648, to keep a house of entertainment.6
     19 Oct 1650, Andrew Lester and seven other Gloucester men had grants of land at New London, Connecticut. "Mr. Richard Blinman had been the minister of Gloucester, for eight years, and was now engaged to become the minister of the Pequot plantation (New London). The others were a party of his friends, who purposed to remove with him, and came on to make preparatory arrangements."7
     Andrew Lester sold his Gloucester property in 1651 to Clement Colden, and left town with the company that went to Pequot. "In the early part of that year, the Cape Ann Company opened up a new street named Cape Ann Lane, containing nine lots, of which Hugh Calkins owned No. 1; Hugh Roberts, No. 2; a Mr. Coit, No. 3; and Andrew Lester, No. 4. In April 1651, a company of promoters, then termed 'undertakers,' consisting of Hugh Calkins, Mr. Denison, John Elderkin and Andrew Lester, took over a tract of lowland bordering Alewife Cove, with a view of reclaiming it."8
     "During the winter of 1651-2 the common lands upon the Great Neck, consisting of all the old ground between the town and Alewife Brook, were laid out and divided by lot … The waste marsh generally overflowed, was given to a company of undertakers, viz., Mr. Denison, Hugh Caulkins, John Elderkin and Andrew Lester, who undertook to drain it, and were to have all the land 'now under water forever.' It was added: 'The undertakers have liberty to make a weare. They are to leave it open two nights every week for the coming up of the alewives. The town to have freedom to take what they please at the usual place or to buy them at the weare at 20 alewives for a penny for their eating.'
     "The salt marshes were esteemed as the first class of lands by the planters. Those near the harbor's mouth were known by the Indian name of Quaganapoxet and were mostly granted to the settlers from Gloucester, as a kind of bonus to induce them to remove, and as furnishing a ready-made food for the cattle they brought with them. They are often referred to as 'the marshes given to Cape Ann men.9'" Andrew Lester was an early resident on the west side of Jordan Cove, known as Bruen's Neck.10
     Andrew Lester's wife Barbara died at New London 2 Feb 1653/54, "the first death of a woman on record in the plantation."2 He married (2), Joanna/2 Willey, daughter of Isaac/1 Willey and Joanna (–?–), and widow of Robert Hempstead, who died before 1660, "no children mentioned."11,12 He married (3), as her 2d husband, by 1662 at New London, Hannah/2w Brooks (Ann or Anna in CT recs.), daughter of Henry/1w Brooks and (–?–) (–?–), and widow of Thomas/1 Fox, with whom he had 3 children.6,12
     "On 3 September 1663, Andrew Lester acted as attorney to Thomas Fox, Mary Lester, and Hanna Fox, plaintiffs, against Tobiah Colls, defendant, in an action of defamation to the damage of £50 withdrawn in Court. Andrew1 Lester's three wives were Barbara, who died on 2 February 1653[/4?] at New London, Connecticut, Joan (----) Hempstead (widow of Robert1), who died on 7 January 1669/70, also at New London, and Ann (Brooks) Fox (widow of Thomas). Andrew2 Lester was born at Gloucester on 26 December 1644. That would make him just shy of 19, young to be acting as an attorney. It is more likely that this is Andrew1 and that Mary is his daughter Mary2 Lester, who married Thomas Clark by 1666."12
     In a list of ministry rates for 1664, containing 105 names, 13 men had estates valued in excess of £150, including Andrew Lester, Sen., £170.13 He was constable and collector at New London in 1668, and died there 7 Jun 1669.6 His widow Hannah married (3) Isaac/1 Willey, whom she survived, and died at New London in 1692.14,15

Children with Barbara (–?–):

  • Daniel/2 Lester+3 b. 16 Apr 1642
  • Sgt. Andrew/2 Lester16 b. 26 Dec 1644
  • Mary/2 Lester17 b. 26 Dec 1647, d. say 1683
  • Anne/2 Lester18 b. 21 Mar 1650/51

Children with Hannah/2w Brooks:

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S1190] J.W. Lester, The Lesters, 9-10.
  2. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Barbara Lester d.
  3. [S700] Gloucester VR, 1:429, Daniell Lister b.
  4. [S1190] J.W. Lester, The Lesters, 9, 11.
  5. [S222] Paige, "Massachusetts Freemen," 20, Andrew Lister.
  6. [S908] Caulkins, Hist. New London, 286-87.
  7. [S908] Caulkins, Hist. New London, 67.
  8. [S1190] J.W. Lester, The Lesters, 11.
  9. [S908] Caulkins, Hist. New London, 81-82.
  10. [S908] Caulkins, Hist. New London, 95.
  11. [S908] Caulkins, Hist. New London, 273, 287, 310.
  12. [S121] TAG, Martin E. Hollick, "Mary2 Lester, Wife of Thomas2 Clark(e) of Hartford, Connecticut," 83:1 (Feb-Apr 2008), 68.
  13. [S908] Caulkins, Hist. New London, 151-52.
  14. [S106] NEHGR, 29:153–157, "Brooks Family of Woburn, Mass.": aft. 1679.
  15. [S908] Caulkins, Hist. New London, 1, 287: "after 1670."
  16. [S700] Gloucester VR, 1:429, Andrew Lister b.
  17. [S700] Gloucester VR, 1:429, Marie Lister b.
  18. [S700] Gloucester VR, 1:429, Anne Lister b.
  19. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Timothy Lester b.
  20. [S562] Barbour Collection, New London, Joseph Lester b.
  21. [S1190] J.W. Lester, The Lesters, 20.