Luke Hitchcock1

#2802, (say 1617 - 1 November 1659)
Relationship8th great-grandfather of William David Lewis
Father*____ Hitchcock2 (c 1587 - )


Elizabeth Gibbons b. c 1619, d. 1696
Children 1.John Hitchcock+1 (1642 - 1711/12)
 2.Hannah Hitchcock+1 (1645 - 1733)
 3.Luke Hitchcock Jr+ (1655 - 1726/27)
Perhaps a bro. of Matthew (Matthias) and Edward.3 
He was a shoemaker.4 
Birth*say 1617He was born say 1617 at EnglandG.1 
before 1639He migrated to New Haven ColonyG prob. from England before 1639. 
Marriage*circa 1641He married Elizabeth Gibbons, daughter of ____ Gibbons and ____ _____, circa 1641.2 
1643He and Elizabeth Gibbons lived in 1643 at New Haven Colony, Connecticut (now)G.5 
1647He lived in 1647 at Main Street, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., ConnecticutG. He bought the house and land from his brother-in-law, William Gibbons.6 
1653He was a townsman (selectman). in 1653 at Wethersfield, Connecticut.7 
26 February 1654/55He witnessed the will of William Gibbons with his mark on 26 February 1654/55 at Hartford, Connecticut. He was also named an heir "Item. I give to my bro. Hidgcocke one sute & Coate of weareinge Apparrell."; (Luke Hitchcock, witness.)8 
1656He was a townsman (selectman). in 1656 at Connecticut.7 
18 April 1659He was a signer of the Agreement on the Removal to Norwottuck (later Hadley) on 18 April 1659 at Nathaniel Ward's House, Hartford, Connecticut; Agreement on the Removal to Norwottuck (later Hadley.)9,10 
17 October 1659He left a will on 17 October 1659 at Wethersfield, Connecticut Colony.11 
Death*1 November 1659He died on 1 November 1659 at Wethersfield, Hartford Co., ConnecticutG.12 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S329] Mrs. Edward Hitchcock Sr., compiler; Rev. Dwight W. Marsh, editor Genealogy of the Hitchcock Family (Amherst, Mass.: Press of Carpenter & Morehouse, 1894), Descendants of Luke Hitchcock, pp. 203 and following. Hereinafter cited as Genealogy of the Hitchcock Family.
  2. [S520] VWH.
  3. [S166] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995-2011), III:338 "There is no evidence one way or another whether Luke Hitchcock of New Haven and Wethersfield was a third brother [of Matthew and Edward]."
  4. [S329] Mrs. Edward Hitchcock Sr., Genealogy of the Hitchcock Family, p. 206.
  5. [S1091] Edward E. Atwater, History of the Colony of New Haven to its Absorption into Connecticut, 2nd Edition (Meriden, Conn.: Journal Publishing Company, 1902), p. 701, the year first mentioned in the Colony records.
  6. [S328] Henry R. Stiles, editor, History of Ancient Wethersfield Connecticut, Vol. I (New York: The Grafton Press, 1904), 277: "HITCHCOCK, Luke, ( fm. New Haven. 1644?). in 1647 (this appears to be the date) he rec. his ho'd in two lots. One, on which his ho. stood, was bo't fm. Wm. Gibbons, his bro.-in-law. It was, when (Gibbons bo't it. in 1641, the ho'd of Rev. Rich. Denton, being next N. of Sam'l Hale's, on W. side of Main St. The other lot, being 1 1/2 acs. ld. with barn on it. lay next N. of that above described and John Elson's was next N. : he was townsman (selectman) in 1653 and '56; d. 1 Nov. 1659; wife Elizabeth was sister of Will. Gibbons.". Hereinafter cited as Ancient Wethersfield I.
  7. [S328] Henry R. Stiles, Ancient Wethersfield I, 277.
  8. [S753] Charles William Manwaring, compiler, A Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records (Hartford, Conn.: R. S. Peck & Co., Printers, 1904), I:115–16: [Vol. II] Page 82-3-4-5. Gibbons, William, Hartford. Invt. £1499-14-05. Taken 2 December, 1655, by John White, Andrew Bacon, Nathaniel Ward. Will dated 26 February, 1654-5:
    I, William Gibbins, of Hartford, upon ye River of Connecticutt, yeoman, being of perfect memory and soundness of mind, — make and ordayne this my last will & testament :
    Imp. I give unto my wife Ursula Gibbons her full thirds of ye proffitts, rents and revenues of all my houses & Lands in Hartford, Wethersfield & Pequett, during her naturall lyfe, except A prsell of swamp bought of Robert Bates, lying in Wethersfield, & a prcell of Land lying in Pennywise, which I bequeath by this my will as followes:
    As alsoe I give and bequeathe unto my wife Ursula the whole proffits & revenues of ye foresd houses & Landes, viz., the whole of my houses & landes in Wethersfield both of ye East & West side of ye river, untill my daughter Mary Gibbons shall be married or untill shee bee of ye age of eighteen years ; Alsoe the whole of my houses & Landes at Hartford & Pequett, until my daughter Sarah shall bee married or 18 years of age; (and after this age) my will is that my sd wyfe shall yet have Interest in the free and full use of one of the sellers, the Parlor & ye roomes over the Parlor, for & during her naturall life, as also her thirds of ye orchard & Garden, I give to my daughter Mary Gibbons, at her Marriadge or at 18 years of age, the full & sole propriety in all my Houses & Lands in Weathersfield, both on ye East and west side of ye River, to bee to her and her heirs forever. Except the thirds of ye Revenewes or Rents of yt to her mother during her life & ye prsell of Swampe bought of Robt Bates & the Land at Pennywise, wch sd. thirds given to her Mother shall after her decease be to my sd. daughter Mary & her heirs forever.
    Item. I give unto my daughter Sarah Gibbons, at her marridge or when shee shall attayne ye age of 18 years, the full & sole Propriety in all my Houses & Lands at Hartford & Pequett, to bee to her & her heirs forever, except the one thirds of ye profitts & revenewes thereof unto my sd. wife Ursula during her naturall lyfe, & ye Use of ye Seller, the parlor, & ye Roomes above ye Parlor, wch after her decease shall bee to my sd. daughter Sarah & her heirs forever.
    Ite. I give & bequeath unto my daughter Mary one third part & to my daughter Sarah one third & to my wyfe one third of all my Goods, Chattells, debts & other moveables, both within dores & without, my just debts & legesies beeinge discharged. My will is, that the one third part of those foresd goods & debts shall bee to my wyfe's proper use & dispose as her owne propr estate ; And for ye twoe thirds of ye aforesd goods, I give unto my twoe daughters to bee to ym & ye heirs for ever, to bee improved by ye advise of my overseers for ym until they attayne ye foresd age of eighteene years or are maried ; And if Eyther of my sd Daughters depart this lyfe before they bee married or atayne ye age of eighteen years, — then my will is that ye estate given to yt daughter that soe deseaseth shalbee Inioyd by (that) child yt Survives ; & if eyther of ym depart this lyfe after they are Married, & have noe Issue, then ye one halfe of ye estate given to yt sd daughter shalbee to her husband & ye other halfe to my survivinge childe.
    Item. My will further is, that when ye providence of God shall despose of my daughters for marridge, that then they shall consult wth their mother & my overseers herein.
    Item. My will is to give to my brothers Richard, Jon & Thomas Gibbons, in England, twenty shillings a peece, & to ye Children wch are liveinge at my decease lo Shillings apeece.
    Item. I give to my sister Hidgcoke £5 wch shee shal inioy while shee lives & dispose of yt to yt Child shee sees most deserveing. I give to the Children of my sister Hidgcocke wch are liveinge at my decease the sum of £15 to be equally divided amongst ym.
    Item. I give to my bro. Hidgcocke one sute & Coate of weareinge Apparrell.
    Item. I give his son Jno Hidgcocke one prsell of Swampe, about 9 acres, bought of Robt Bates, lieing at Wethersfield, to him & his heirs forever. Item. I give my Land at Pennywise, nowe in ye Tennoe of Jon Sadler, towards the Mayntenance of a Lattin scoole at Hartford provided ye fence be continued in ye same Line & Way of Common fence angle as yt nowe is ; & for ye prsent, until ye Lease I have made to Jno Sadler bee expired, I give out of ye Rent due from Jno Sadler 50 Shillings yearly.
    Item. I give to my honord friend Mr. Samuel Stone £5, & to Mr. Huett of Windsor 40 Shillngs, & to Mr. Warham, Mr, Newton, Mr. James Fitch, Mr. Russell & Mr. Stoe, 20 Shillings apeece. Item. I give to Mr. Samuel Welles & Mrs Mary Welles £5 apece, & to Mr. John Moudy £3.
    Item. I give to my man Isaacke Stiles £3 in case my wyfe & Overseers or any twoe of ym thinke hime deserveing ; and to my man Henry One yearc of his time ; & alsoe I give to ye Artillery in Hartford 40 Shillings ; & for ye time of payment of these foresd. sumes by legacies I leave yt to ye descreeson of my Overseers, wthin 2, 3 or 4 years. Item. I give to my trusty & beloved friends Mr. Samuel ffitch & Richard Lord the sum of £5 apeece, whom I intreat, appoynt & ordayne to bee Overseers & Supervisors of this my last Will & Testament, intreeatenge them to bee carefull & faythfull in descharge of ye Trust comitted to ym.
    Lastly I doe appoynt my beeloved wyfe Ursula Gibbons to bee sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament, leaveinge & comittinge the Care & Education of my Children in ye feare of God & all such other ways as may most advantage ym as they are capable of. In Witness hereunto I have sette my Hand. I leave ye Care of my comely cristian burial to my wyfe & Overseers.
    William Gibbons.
    Witness: Jasper Gunne, Luke X Hitchcock."
  9. [S290] Sylvester Judd and Lucius Boltwood, History of Hadley, including the Early History of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby Masssachusetts (Springfield, Mass.: H.R. Hunting and Company, 1905), p. 11: "The Agreement or Engagement of those who intended to remove from Connecticut to Massachusetts, is dated at Hartford, April 18, 1659, and is recorded on the first book of Hadley records. The following is a copy of that Agreement and of some proceedings of a later date recorded with the other:
    "At a meeting at Goodman Ward's house, in Hartford, April i8th, 1659, the company there met engaged themselves under their own hands, or by their deputies, whom they had chosen, to remove themselves and their families out of the jurisdiction of Connecticut into the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts, as may appear in a paper dated the day and year abovesaid. The names of the engagers are these [ * indicates did not remove, or stayed but a short time]:
    John Webster [of Hartford]
    John Marsh [of Hartford]
    James Northam [of Wethersfield]

    William Goodwin [of Hartford]
    Robert Webster* [of Hartford]
    Samuel Gardner [of Wethersfield]

    John Crow [of Hartford]
    William Lewis Jr.* [of Hartford]
    Thomas Edwards* [of Wethersfield]

    Nathaniel Ward [of Hartford]
    Nathaniel Standley [of Hartford]
    John Hubbard [of Wethersfield]

    John White [of Hartford]
    Samuel Church [of Hartford]
    Thomas Dickinson [of Wethersfield]

    John Barnard [of Hartford]
    William Markum [of Hartford]
    Robert Boltwood [of Wethersfield]

    Andrew Bacon [of Hartford]
    Samuel Moody [of Hartford]
    Samuel Smith Jr* [of Wethersfield]

    William Lewis [of Hartford]
    Zechariah Field [of Hartford]
    William Gull [of Wethersfield]

    William Westwood [of Hartford]
    Widow Westly* [of Hartford]
    Luke Hitchcock* [of Wethersfield]

    Richard Goodman [of Hartford]
    Widow Watson* [of Hartford]
    Richard Montague [of Wethersfield]

    John Arnold* [of Hartford]
    Andrew Warner [of Hartford]
    John Latimer* [of Wethersfield]

    William Partrigg [of Hartford]
    Mr. John Russell Junior [of Wethersfield]
    Peter Tilton [of Windsor]

    Gregory Wilterton* [of Hartford]
    Nathaniel Dickinson [of Wethersfield]
    John Hawkes [of Windsor]

    Thomas Standley [of Hartford]
    Samuel Smith [of Wethersfield]
    Richard Billings

    Samuel Porter [of Windsor]
    Thomas Coleman [of Wethersfield]
    Benj. Harbert*

    Richard Church [of Hartford]
    John Russell, senior [of Wethersfield]
    Edward Benton*

    Ozias Goodwin* [of Hartford]
    John Dickinson [of Wethersfield]
    John Catling*

    Francis Barnard [of Hartford]
    Philip Smith [of Wethersfield]
    Mr. Samuel Hooker*

    James Ensign* [of Hartford]
    John Coleman [of Wethersfield]
    Capt. John Cullick*, not fully engaged

    George Steele* [of Hartford]
    Thomas Wells [of Wethersfield]
    Daniel Warner

    1st. We whose names are above written do engage ourselves mutually one to another, that we will, if God permit, transplant ourselves and families to the plantation purchased, on the east side of the river of Connecticut, beside Northampton, therein to inhabit and dwell by the 29th of September come twelve months, which will be in the year 1660. [Meaning Sept. 29th, 1660.]
    2d. That each of us shall pay the charges of the land purchased according to his proportion, as also for the purchase of Hockanum.
    3d. That we will raise all common charges, of what sort soever, for the present, upon the land that men take up: mow, plow land and house lot, according to the proportion of land that each man takes of all sorts; and all charges shall be paid as they shall arise and be due, from the date hereof.
    4th. That if any persons so engaging be not inhabiting there by the time aforesaid, then, notwithstanding their payment of charges, their lands and what is laid out in rates shall return to the town: and yet this article doth not free men from their promise of going and inhabiting.
    5th. That no man shall have liberty to sell any of his land till he shall inhabit and dwell in the town three years; and also to sell it to no person, but such as the town shall approve on.
    Agreed that all those persons that will go up within three weeks shall give in their names by this day fortnight, and then those that are so agreed shall take up a quarter together, and so those that follow shall take up another quarter, so they do it together, or so far as their numbers run.
    Agreed also that no persons shall fell any trees upon any lot of ground lotted out, or to be lotted out, but upon his own ground or lot, or against his own lot within ten rods of the same in the highway. The land to be lotted is either what is for the homelots, or between the homelots and the meadow.
    It is agreed also by the said company, upon the 25th of April, 1659, that they will purchase the lands on the west side of the great river, above Napanset, if it can be bought, and that each of the said engagers will pay their several proportions to the said purchase, according to what they have put in to take up lands by, at the time of their said engagement: witness their hands, dated April the 18th 1659."
  10. [S328] Henry R. Stiles, Ancient Wethersfield I, p. 163.
    Of the fifty-nine signers, thirty-six or thirty-seven were from Hartford, twenty front Wethersfield, and two or three from Windsor. Those from Wethersfield were:
    John Russell; Sen., Samuel Gardner; Rev. John Russell, Jr.; Nathaniel Dickinson; John Hubbard, son of George; John Dickinson and Thomas Dickinson, sons of Nath'l.; Thomas Edwards, of Hoccanum (Wethersfield); Samuel Smith, son of Rev. Henry, dec'd.; Robert Boltwood; William Gull; Thomas Coleman; Luke Hitchcock; John Colman, son of Thomas; Philip Smith; Thomas Welles, son of Hugh Welles and son-in-law of Thomas Coleman; Samuel Smith, Jr., s. of Samuel, the Felimonger; Richard Montague; James Northam; John Latimer.
    Smith, Montague and Russell had belting-mills at Hadley; Montague was a baker.
    By year end all had moved to Hadley save five who remained in Wethersfield, viz., Edwards, Samuel Smith, Jr., Hitchcock, Montague and Latimer.
    In March of 1661, Nathaniel Dickinson, Jr., Thomas Graves and his sons Isaac and John, Samuel Belden, and Samuel Dickinson (son of Nathaniel) "signed another agreement to remove to the West side of the River at Norwottock."
  11. [S329] Mrs. Edward Hitchcock Sr., Genealogy of the Hitchcock Family, pp. 205-206. Names wife Elizabeth, sons John and Luke and dau. Hanna; witnesses John Russell Sr., Thomas Coleman and Thomas Wells.
  12. [S760] The American Genealogist.