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College of Arms,

14 Dec, i8qg.


Richmond Herald.



Being a History of the Descendants of SAMUEL "WAKEMAN,

of Hartford, Conn., and of JOHN WAKEMAN,

Treasurer of New Haven Colony,

with a Few Collaterals




Meriden, Conn. :

Printed by the Journal Publishing Co.










\Va Ancestry of Francis Wakeman,


Historical English Data,



Early English Historical Data and Wills,


N^j Additional English Data,


^\ American History,


American History (continued),








Mr. Wakeman's Home-

-Fairfield and New Fairfield Grants,



Family History,


Lineage Matter,


Other Lines,




Index of Names,


Index of Wakeman Names. ...



Wakeman Coat of Arms (in colors), . . Frontispiece

Tewkesbury Abbey, England, .... 8

Cenotaph of Bishop John Wakeman, ... 9

Bewdley, England, about 1600, . . . 18

Ribbesford Church, Bewdley, England, . . 19

Residence of William Hopkins, Bewdley, in 1633, . 27

Herald's College Grants of Arms, ... 42

" E. W." Headstones, rear of Center Church, New Haven, 67
Fac-simile of Will of John Wakeman, Treasurer of New

Haven Colony, . . . . . 72

Signature of John Wakeman, .... 73

Signature of Rev. Samuel Wakeman, . . 78
Fac-simile of Title Page of Rev. Samuel Wakeman's Election

Day Sermon, 1685, .... 79
Residence at Cohassett, Mass., . . . 123
Fac-simile of Commission of Capt. Joseph Wakeman, 144
Signature of Joseph Wakeman, . . . 146
Signature of Capt. John Wakeman, ... 163
Signature of Andrew Warde, .... 164
Residence of Capt. Joseph Wakeman, built about 1700, 167
Portrait of Mrs. Sarah (Wakeman) Bradley, . . 174
Bradley- Wakeman Coat of Arms, . . . 174
Sword of Lieut. Samuel Wakeman, . . . 175
Portrait of Mrs. Salome G. Beers Smyth, . . 175
Portrait of Mrs. Sarah (Jesup) Wakeman, . . 177
Signature of David Wakeman, . . . . 181
The Wakeman Chestnut Tree, . . . . 182
Portrait of Mrs. Rachel (Wakeman) Pearsall, . 189
Portrait of T. B. Wakeman, Founder of the American In-
stitute of New York City, . . . 226
Portrait of Adams Wakeman, .... 229

Signature of Adams Wakeman, .

Portrait of Mary (Wakeman) Burr,

Portrait of Mrs. Miranda (Wakeman) Burr,

Portrait of Jesup Wakeman,

Portrait of Mrs. Esther (Dimon) Wakeman,

Residence of Jesup Wakeman, Southport, Conn.,

Wakeman Homestead, Greenfield Hill, Conn.,

Portrait of Hon. Abram Wakeman,

Portrait of Gen. Bradley Wakeman,

Portrait of Hon. Seth Wakeman,

Portrait of Capt. William W. Wakeman,

Portrait of Maurice Wakeman,

Portrait of Robert P. Wakeman,









The system of numeration will be easily understood, as the
heavy numbers such as 44 and 45 on the left side of page 207
precede heads of families and have been repeated from pages
179 and 180, where they appear as light faced figures preceding
the same names as children of the families of numbers J8 and J9.
Similarly the light faced figures, 106, 107 and 108 on page 207 will
be found repeated as heavy faced figures on pages 260 and 261,
preceding the same Christian names as before, but as heads of
families. Thus one can trace lines either way through the book.

The small numerals just above, and to the right of the names,
indicate the generation.


Page 188, thirteenth line from the bottom, "Ann Stillman"
should read "Ann Silliman."

Page 206, seventh line from the top, " Ridgefiled" should read
" Ridgefield."

Page 339, fifth line from the bottom, " Thaddeus Crame "
should read "Thaddeus Crane."


To the Wakeman Family:

This genealogy is offered to the family with a feeling that it is
very far short of what a good and complete history of the family
should be; and while some of the statistical omissions are
owing to a lack of ability on the part of the author to procure
them from various records, a part of this is owing to loss or
the destruction of records of churches or towns, and of valuable
papers belonging to earlier members of the family ; a notable case
being the burning a very few years ago of pamphlets and papers
that formerly belonged to the Rev. Samuel Wakeman by a New
York city teacher, to whom they descended. These papers, etc.,
would have sold for considerable money. The scattering of our
family in nearly every state of the Union, many moving and
leaving little or no clew, has been another obstacle.

The work had its inception in data left the writer by his
father, which included only his direct line ; and at the time that
the writer was adding to it he met the Rev. Levi H. Wake-
man of Stamford, Conn., who had collected considerable his-
torical matter from colonial records, which he contributed to the

From this start search was made through various church and
town records, and many families in the old home town of Fair-
field, Conn., were seen, also the addresses of others were pro-
cured and written to, so that gradually an accumulation of data
was made. This was followed up with reasonable diligence from
1874 to about 1880, and from replies obtained, more addresses
were added to the list. During the time from 1880 to 1895 com-
paratively little progress was made, and in the early part of 1896
it was thought that the data on hand should be rearranged, show-
ing just where further data was needed.

In doing this it was found necessary to write to some of the
parties. From their replies and from many directories many
addresses were procured and circulars sent out. Mr. F. E. Sands,


a Meriden member of the family, offered to assist by furnishing
the blanks and circulars needed, and has rendered material aid.
Mrs. B. Wheaton Clark, of Lockport, N. Y., has also been dili-
gent in collecting data regarding the family. Rev. J. B. Wake-
man, of Rock Rift, N. Y., Mrs. Lydia Gould, of Sidney, N. Y.,
Mr. G. B. Wakeman, of Unadilla, N. Y., Mrs. Mary Wakeman,
of Lawyersville, N. Y., and many others have helped very much
in the matter.

When, in June, 1897, it was thought best to start a more active
research as to our English ancestry, subscriptions were asked for
to defray this expense, and the responses have resulted in our
procuring English data desired at about one-tenth what many have
paid for similar results. Contributions for this work were re-
ceived from the following:

Mrs. W. D. Gookin, Southport, Conn.

Mrs. C. B. Tompkins, of New York City.

Mr. Jesup Wakeman, of New York City.

Mr. Samuel Wakeman, of Ballston Spa, N. Y.

Mr. J. Finlay Wakeman, of Ballston Spa, N. Y.

Dr. Emory McClintock, of New York City.

Mrs. E. B. Proctor, of Boston, Mass.

Mr. W. B. Wakeman, of Arcadia, La.

Mrs. W. B. VanWagenen, of Southport, Conn.

Mrs. A. M. Longacre, of Philadelphia, Pa.

Mrs. W. W. Wakeman, of Southport, Conn.

Miss Cornelia W. Crapo, of Brooklyn, N. Y.

Mrs. L. B. C. Evans, of New York City.

Messrs. J. F. and Samuel Wakeman, of Ballston Spa, also col-
lected valuable inscriptions from cemeteries that were of assist-

Mr. Edward Deacon, of the Fairfield County Historical
Society, has rendered invaluable aid and assistance, both in col-
lecting American data and in connection with the English
researches, which he was very well qualified to do, owing to his
thorough familiarity with English methods and sources of in-

Dr. Emory McClintock (a member of the family), of New
York City, has laid the family under great obligations to him
because of the great personal interest he has taken in the work,
giving to it the benefit of his researches in libraries, of a trip to
England, and of research there at a considerable expense of time
and money. He has also, by English correspondence and a


liberal use of fees, procured much valuable information regarding
our early English ancestors, and has given us the benefit of his
scholarly mind and excellent understanding of such matters. To
those who may notice omissions, or who fail to see any family
names or dates that they think should appear in the book, we
would say that if they will send them to the writer at Southport,
Conn., he will see that they are arranged and printed on separate
sheets, to be gummed in the book at the proper place, stub leaves
being inserted for this purpose.

Thanking all who have helped in the matter, and asking the
charitable consideration of all for errors or omissions,

I am very truly your kinsman,



When thought and memory backward turn,
With love for all ancestral lore,

We find there's much that we can learn,
As research yields so rich a store.


Oh, yeomanry of early days !

Of Puritan New England's birth!
Ye brought across broad seas the ways

Of righteousness and sterling worth.

For ye were found in walks of life,
Where trust and honor were reposed,

Bearing your part in battle's strife

Ere the dark tomb your forms enclosed.

By you our sturdy laws were made
In early stern Colonial days,

With blue-law feature, strict and staid,
As Old New England's rigid ways.

While many followed arts of peace,

And preached the word, or tilled the land,

Erst as physicians, illness eased,

Or practiced law with vigorous hand.

Earnest and true the lives ye led ;

High was the goal of all your aims ;
Ye earned by toil your daily bread ;

With pride our history writes your names.


And now with reverence and respect
We tread the ways our fathers trod,

Pursuing on with zeal direct

The path to righteousness and God.

Robert P. Wakeman.



THE word " Wakeman " is defined in Worcester's
* dictionary as "the title of the chief magistrate of
the town of Ripon, Yorkshire, England." It seems to
have meant "wide-awake man." At one time it was
pronounced as if to rhyme with Parkman, or rather with
what the latter would be — Pa'kman — if the "r" was
silent; but by about 1650 the pronunciation had
changed to " Wackman." At Ripon the title descended
from father to son and gave rise to the surname of

From 1473 to 1479 William Wakeman was priest of
the chapel of St. Mary at Kidderminster, near the
northern border of Worcestershire. At the same time
John Wakeman lived at Drayion, a small hamlet some
four miles distant, in the rural parish of Chaddesley
Corbett. The family tradition, recorded by Burke,
makes them brothers, sons of a William Wakeman.
The same tradition states the name of John's wife as
Alice Wormelay.

The earliest pedigree now extant is that of the Wake-
man's of Beckford, in Gloucestershire. It is given in
several ancient manuscripts preserved in the British
Museum, and may be found in the "Gloucestershire
Visitations " published by the Harleian Society. Under
the Tudors and Stuarts it was customary for the heralds
to make tours or "visitations" throughout the various
counties of England, stopping at the houses of the gen-
try to bring their pedigree up to date and, when
necessary, to arrange for reviving or granting coats of


arms. Those who declined to pay their fees were regu-
larly listed as not entitled to be classed as gentlemen,
some of these lists being still preserved. In 1586 the
heralds granted to Richard Wakeman of Beckford a
coat of arms which, according to the "Blazonry
of Episcopacy," had belonged to his uncle, John
Wakeman, bishop of Gloucestershire, from 1541 to
1549. The names of their fathers and grandfathers
preserved in the "Visitation " may be accepted as hav-
ing been stated by them to the heralds, and probably
also those of elder brothers, as follows:

John Wakeman of Drayton,
William Wakeman of Drayton,

William Wakeman of Drayton, John Wakeman, bishop.

Roger Wakeman, Richard Wakeman.

William Wakeman,
Edward Wakeman.

The houses of the brothers Roger and Richard were
included at great length in the manuscripts, as the re-
sult of subsequent inquiries on the part of the heralds.
They also noted that the bishop's mother was an heiress
named Godespayne, aud that his brother William's wife
was of a family named Clarke, whose arms were
sketched. The Wakeman arms as recognized in the
" Visitation," for the families of both brothers, were
borne by Roger's descendants at Tewkesbury and by
Richard's at Beckford. They were engraved, for ex-
ample, in 1634 on a tomb in Tewkesbury church.


Tewkesbury (or Theocsbury), dates from mediaeval
times, and the monastery (Anglo-Saxon) was of small
importance prior to the Norman conquest.

(Now in Tewksbury Abbey.)


Robert Fitz-Hamon — one of the Norman nobles —
married a niece of William the Conqueror, and on the
death of the latter, his son bestowed upon Fitz-Hamon
the estates known as "the honor of Gloucester, "includ-
ed in which was Tewkesbury. Fitz-Hamon resolved to
build a great ''Abbey of Expiation," being- pricked by a
consciousness of wrongs done by him in his many wars.
The result of this resolve was the noble church. In the
fourteenth century the eastern portion was reconstruct-
ed, and in the Lancastrian Battle of Tewkesbury some
time later, the abbey was much destroyed. The recent
restoration was begun in 1875, and now shows (see il-
lustration) a restored structure. In 1539 most of the
abbey buildings were destroyed save Abbot Wakeman's
house. In the abbey is to be seen the beautifully deco-
rated cenotaph of Abbot Wakeman, the first Bishop of
Gloucester. (See cut.) A copy of this cenotaph was
exhibited in the Crystal Palace, London, 185 1.

John Wakeman, younger son of the first William,
was born before 1490, and at an early age entered a
monastery, because about 15 10 he was at Oxford as a
Benedictine monk, an inmate of Gloucestershire college,
then a house of that order. While a monk he bore the
name of John Wich, according to a custom then fre-
quently followed, by which monks were designated
after places from which they came. The name of Wich
has caused much speculation. An explanation not here-
tofore suggested is that his monastic career may have
begun at a house of Augustinian friars at Droitwich, not
far from his home, a town then known simply as Wich.
As he became abbot of Tewkesbury in 1 5 3 1 , he was
probably connected with Tewkesbury abbey before go-
ing to take his degree of B.D. at Oxford Tradition
had it that his mother was an heiress, which if true,
might help to account for his elevation ; but his learning,
his talent as a preacher, and his force of character, were


grounds sufficient, apart from family influence. As
abbot he sat in the House of Lords, and attracting the
attention of Henry VIII., was appointed king's chap-
lain. The holding of this confidential position indicates
that he approved Henry's course in breaking up the
monasteries and pensioning their inmates, devoting
some of their lands to church and college purposes and
dividing the remainder among individuals, avowedly to
enlist so great an influence in favor of the change that
it could never be reversed. How effective this course
was, came to be proved wh^n Queen Mary discovered
that this alone of her father's religious changes was be-
yond her power to reverse Tewkesbury abbey was
dissolved in 1539, but the king's chaplain recovered his
seat in the House of Lords in 1541. when he became the
first bishop of the new see of Gloucester. He is said to
have been one of the early translators of the Bible.
Dying in 1549, he escaped the martyrdom which befell
his successor, Hooper, under Mary. The place of death
is uncertain, but was believed by Wood {At hence Ox-
onienses) to have been " Forthampton, where he had a
house and a private chapel " The house doubtless ap-
pertained to the bishopric, but if not, would have de-
scended to his legal heir, Roger. His will mentions
personal property only, which he left to two younger
brothers and their families.

As the king's chaplain was also a peer of the realm,
he must have been the most influential man in his own
part of England. Approving the distribution of the
monastery land, as he must have done, he could not
stand in the way of his own relatives without drawing
suspicion upon his private opinion of that method of
personal aggrandizement. We find, in fact, that his
near relatives removed from Drayton to Gloucestershire ;
his nephew, Roger, to Forthampton, where he died not
long after the bishop's death, and where there certainly


were monastery lands; his nephew, Richard, to the
lands of the priory of Beckford after its dissolution ; his
brother, Thomas, to South wick, a locality near Tewkes-
bury, which had been the property of the abbey; and
his brother, Richard, to the Mythe, an estate near
Tewkesbury, of which the earlier ownership is not
known. A little later the Mythe became the seat of
Roger's descendants, probably by purchase from those
of his uncle Richard.

Of Roger we learn from the " Visitation " that he
had an heir, William, and that he was himself an heir
to the family lands at Drayton, though apparently re-
siding elsewhere, as he is not described as " of Dray-
ton." He must have been the Roger Wakeman who
studied at All Souls' college, Oxford, about 151 6. His
will of 1552 describes his residence as at Forthampton,
and disposes of an amount of property which shows him
to have been better off than all others of his name at
that time. It names a wife, Joan, William, the eldest
son, and John and Thomas, younger sons, besides vari-
ous daughters, one of them named Anne; and enjoins
upon William to grant the Drayton lands to John on a
forty years' lease at the nominal annual rental of three
peppercorns, to begin after the death or marriage of
the wife Joan. William of Tewkesbury in his turn died
in 1587, leaving the Drayton lands to his heir Edward
by special mention in his will. These wills and the
" Gloucestershire Visitation " agree in all points.*

John Wakeman of Drayton, second son named in the
will of Roger, was living, obviously on his father's
property, in Chaddesley, for years before his father's

*Burke's account of the family arbitrarily assigns to this Roger the chil-
dren named in the -'Exeter Visitation," as having belonged to another
Roger ' of Woodrowe," a place not far from Drayton. The Exeter branch
secured the use of the bishop's arms by representing their ancestor Roger
of Woodrowe to have been his brother, as of course he may have been for
all that is known to the contrary.


death, and had doubtless been left in charge of the old
home when the rest of the bishop's family went to
Gloucestershire. By his father's will he was to have
the Drayton estate as his own property for forty years
after the death or marriage of the widow, but mean-
while he would be under the necessity of paying regular
rent to his eldest brother William. The situation was
not satisfactory, and soon after 1557 he removed with
his family from the parish. The names of his children
identify him perfectly. He was a son of Roger and
nephew of Richard (of Beckford), and had a sister
Anne; and the parish record of Chaddesley states that

on August 9, 1545, he married Joan , and that

his children were baptized as follows:

Roger, September 12, 1546; Anne, March 7, 1548-9;
John, May 10, 1552 (buried May 20, 1554); John
February 20, 1554-5; Richard, January 1, 1556-7
(buried February 15, 1556-7) No trace of any of the
five survivors is found later in the well-kept parish
register of Chaddesley, except that it bears evidence to
the subsequent return of the younger John, no doubt
after the beginning of the term of forty years during
which John of Drayton was to possess the ancestral
estate. The nature of the evidence relating to the re-
turn of the younger John cannot be indicated clearly
without due mention of other Wakemans then in the

In the reign of Elizabeth, Chaddesley Corbett, was,
as indeed it still is, a secluded rural parish. The chief
road through it ended at the next village. The ham-
lets of Chaddesley and Drayton, within the parish, were
almost too insignificant to be called villages. The roads
were wretched, and communication was difficult and in-
frequent. The nearest town worth mentioning was
Bewdley, seven miles distant. A book on heraldry
mentions Chaddesley with an expression of surprise


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that several families of importance named Wakeman,
in different counties, should trace their origin to this
obscure spot. That exodus had, however, already
taken place, and what was now left was the Drayton
estate and two poor relatives named Simon and Richard
Wakeman with their families Perhaps they were
brothers; Richard's wife was named Frances and both
named daughters Frances.* Their other daughters
need not be mentioned. Simon was married in 1557,
and his sons were Simon and William, who appear to
have removed early from the parish; and Simon him-
self died in 1589 or 1590. Richard's only son was John,
born 1569 and married 1594. Richard, who was a tailor,
died in 1598 or 1599, naming in his will as "kinsmen"
John Wakeman, Simon Wakeman, William Wakeman.
The sons of Simon last named were less important than
"John Wakeman," who was either some one who did
not belong to the parish, or else the present holder of
the Drayton estate. That it was the latter is indicated
by the record of the burial on February 10, 1591 or
1592, of Thomas Wakeman, son of John Wakeman. As
the Wakeman estate now belonged to John of Drayton,
apparently born about 1524, or to his children, one of
whom was John, born in Chaddesley in 1554 or 1555,
and as there is no chance worth discussing that any
strange Wakeman would come to a place like Chaddes-
ley, it is strongly probable that the estate was, in 1591,
in the possession of the younger John, who had returned,
bringing with him at least a son named Thomas.

The only Wakeman entries (mentioning males) in the
Chaddesley register, from its beginning in 1539 to the
present time, besides those already indicated (and the
baptism in 1545 of a child whose father lived in the next

*Simon's Frances was bur>ed as a daughter on April 17, 1571, thirty days
after her baptism as a son; a mistake just contrary to one at Bewdley in
1502, when a Francis Wakeman, well-known later, was baptized as a


parish), are as follows: William (obviously of Bel-
broughton parish) married in Chaddesley in 1553;
Philip, son of Richard, baptized in 1592; John, son of
Francis, buried May 8, 1595; John Wakeman, buried
July 3, 1635. There is no baptism of any child of John,
son of Richard the tailor, who was married in 1594, nor
is there any note of his burial or that of his wife. He
must therefore have left the parish, like the sons of
Simon (the widows of Simon and Richard were both
buried elsewhere), leaving only John Wakeman, owner
of the Drayton estate — for forty years — as the sole rep-
resentative of the family in its ancient seat until his
death in 1635. There are only two entries unexplained
in this record of a century, the baptism of Philip, son
of Richard, and the burial of John, son of Francis.
Neither this Richard nor Francis belonged to the parish
(for the tailor Richard's wife Frances was too old to
have a child in 1592), so that both of them must have
been near relatives of the younger John Wakeman of
Drayton, and as such have had some right to make their
temporary home at his house. There was indeed no-
where else for them to go, unless to stay with old
Richard, the tailor, for Simon was dead and his family
scattered. The stranger Richard may probably have
been the third son named in his will by William of
Tewkesbury, and if so, he was cousin to the present
John of Drayton. Who Francis was remains to be seen.
There was no one of that name in the Tewkesbury
branch, nor does the closest search reveal any trace of
a Francis Wakeman elsewhere, except at Bewdley.

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