Joanna Kitchell1

#11780, (say 1637 - )
Father*Robert Kitchell1 (c 1601 - 1672)
Mother*Margaret Sheaffe1 (c 1598 - 1682)
Her married name was Peck.1 
Marriage*She married Rev. Jeremiah Peck.1 
Birth*say 1637She was born say 1637 at Kent Co., EnglandG.2 
1637She accompanied Margaret Sheaffe and Robert Kitchell in 1637 to ConnecticutG.1,3,4,5 
2 December 1679She was mentioned in the will of Margaret Sheaffe on 2 December 1679 at Fairfield Co., ConnecticutG; reference also to six unnamed children.6 


  1. [S1145] Walter K. Watkins, "Some Guilford, Conn., Settlers and Their Relationship, or the Sheafe Family In England and New England", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 53 (April 1901): 213–214. Hereinafter cited as Sheafe Family of Guilford.
  2. [S1147] Donald Lines Jacobus, "The Kitchell, Sheafe and Ruck Connections in England", The American Genealogist XV (July 1938): p. 74, "say 1637."
  3. [S1331] William A. Whitehead, "A Historical Memoir of the Circumstances Leading to and Connected with the Settlement of Newark, New Jersey", Collections of the New Jersey Historical Society VI (May 1866): p. 122. "Robert Kitchell left England 26th Apr. 1639 ; with Rev. Henry Whitfield and others came to New Haven, it
    is said in the first ship that ever anchored in its Bay. On shipboard, or upon landing, they drew up and signed a
    Plantation Covenant." The emigrants arrived first at Boston, from Winthrop Journals. Hereinafter cited as Settlement of Newark.
  4. [S1718] James Kendall Hosmer, editor, Winthrop's Journal "History of New England", two volumes (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908), I:223-224. Entry on 26 Jun 1637. "There arrived two ships from London, the Hector, and the [blank]. In these came Mr. Davenport and another minister, and Mr. Eaton and Mr. Hopkins, two merchants of London, men of fair estate and of great esteem for religion, and wisdom in outward affairs. In the Hector came also the Lord Ley, son and heir of the
    Earl of Marlborough, being about nineteen years of age..." The 1790 edition of the Journal has 1637, 4th month, 26th day
    According to Thomas O'Connor [see citation] the arrival was on 6 June 1637. Thephilus Eaton and Rev. John Davenport would be the leading founders of the New Haven Colony. Following a scouting expedition in August 1637, the new colonists sailed from Boston on 30 Mar 1638, and five hundred of them were present at the founding on 24 April 1638.
    Robert Kitchell and his family are not listed on various passenger lists of the Hector but these lists are not complete.. Hereinafter cited as Winthrop's Journal.
  5. [S1719] Thomas O'Connor, History of Early New Haven: A Connection to Our Past (Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute), online Hereinafter cited as History of Early New Haven.
  6. [S1148] Abstract of Probate Records at Fairfield, County of Fairfield, and State of Connecticut [transcription], transcribed by Geri Ryerson K., online,
    KITCHELL, Margaret, late of Greenwich, widow of Robert Kitchell, will dated Dec. 2, 1679, probated Nov. 6, 1682, mentioned her son Kitchell and daughter Peck, and six more children not named, and legacy to one of the four children of her son Samuel. Overseers Joshua Knapp, Sr., and John Reynolds, both of Greenwich.
    Witnesses John Bowers and Jeremiah Ferris, both of Greenwich, page 84.
    Nov. 6, 1782, Jeremiah Peck appointed executor, and Jeremiah Peck, Joshua Knapp, Sr., and John Reynolds, Sr., of Greenwich, administrators, page 85.
    Inventory taken May 16, 1682, by John Bowers and Joshua Knapp, and filed Nov. 6, 1682, page 85.
    Mch. 14, 1682/3, differences having arisen as to the distribution of the estate, Samuel Kitchell of Norwalk and Jeremiah Peck of Greenwich, referred the settlement of said estate to John Banks, Lieut. Cornelius Hull, Ensign Robert Turney, Josiah Harvy, and Samuel Eells, who decided that the grandchildren of Robert Kitchell, who are legatees under his will were those in being at the time of his death, and estate distributed accordingly, page 89.