Robert Peel Wakeman.

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and home lott contayninnge 2 acr and halfe, and
25 ac. of upland lyeing in Mr. Wakeman's quarter, next
Mr. Wakeman's land, and 5 acr. of meaddow, be it
more or less, lyeing at the end of Mr. Wakeman's quar-
ter in the west meaddowes, and 9 acr. of upland, be the
same more or less, lyeing in the neck, wth what com-
onag remained yt vnsold."


"Roger Knapp complayned of wrong don him by
Mr. Coffinches' swine and money dew to him, but could
not get it, but by consent of both parties G. Judson and
Mr. Wakeman were chosen to arbitrate and end the

"At a Court held at Newhaven the 2nd day of No-
vember, 1647.

"George Ward and Lawrence Warde, plaintiffs, de-
clare against the company of merchants of Newhaven,
viz'd. Mr. Theophilus Eaton, now governor, Mr. Stephen
Goodyeare, Mr. Richard Malbon, Mr. Thomas Gregson.
In this suit Mr. Wakeman acted a prominent part. In
his testimony, Lawrence Warde saith that the feoffees,
viz'd., Mr. Wakeman, Mr. Atwater, Mr. Crane and
Goodman Myles, can saye something in this matter.

' ' Mr. Wakeman saith for the bargaine he can saye
nothing, but a little before Mr. Gregson went some
mottion was made to them the said feofees to paye, w ch
was very strange to them ; and therevpon they mett at
the governor's wth the merchants. Goodman Warde
was there and aleaged his want of paye. The mer-
chants conceived it belonged to the feoffees to paye, but
they thought it belonged to the rigging and could not
consent to paye anything towards them. In that meet-
ing many speeches passed betwixt Mr Lamberton and
Goodman Warde, and as the said Mr. Wakeman re-
membereth, Goodman Warde said Mr. Lamberton and
Mr. Gregson acted with hime, and minded Mr. Gregson
of that speech with him in Mr. Davenport's streette.
Mr. Gregson seemed not to remember it thoughe hee
denied it not, but said withall, that he did it as a service
to ye feoffees. These feoffees denyed yt. Therevpon
Mr. Gregson seemed somewhat moved, and said to the
gouerner, 'if they will not paye, then I shall leave my
share, but then I will have them in my or our custody
and will be payde before they pass.' "


"At a General Court the 18th of October, 1647, John
Wakeman was chosen ' Deputy to the generall courte,'
and also to ' audite the treasurer's account for the year

"The Gouvernor acquainted the Courte that vpon
notice of the generall courte's order to staye the Duch
shipp w ch was seized and caryed out of this harboure by
the Duch, the Duch gouverner hath sent a letter and a
protest against Newhaven for it, professing he will have
controversie only with Newhaven, and requires us to
send the three prisoners and the Duch Marchants and
their goods to them to the Mannatoes, with some threat-
ening speeches if we doe not.

As there was danger of war with Dutch settlers on
Manhattan Island, now New York, "the governor
therefore desires the courte to consider what shall be
done." The matter was duly considered, and, "the
things being many, the courte agreed that a committee
be chosen to consider and proceed therein as they see
cause, and by the generall consent and vote, the pticu-
lar courte for Newhaven, calling to them Mr. Evance,
Mr. Wakeman and Lieutenant Seeley, had full power
granted to them to consult, consider and conclude,
bothe concerning, receiving and protecting the Duch-
men wth all matters aboute fortification, the place and
manner, wth all other things thereto belonging."

In a foot note on page 354 of the Records from which
these facts are gathered, we are informed that the
" shipp " above mentioned was named the St. Beninico,
which the Dutch, claiming to be a smuggler, by a
stratagem, seized and cut out of the harbor on a
Sunday and carried to New Amsterdam, where the ves-
sel and cargo were confiscated.

" Att a Generall Courte the 23rd of March, 1647,

" Mr. Robert Newman propounded to the courte, that
ther quat r and the next wher Mr. Ceffinch lives, desires


that they might have on third pt of the r land within the
two myle exchanged for so much of heither end of the
playnes, because that on the hill is so stoney they can-
not plant it and yett is better for pasture than ye
plaine. The courte considered of it and chose Mr.
Malbon, Mr. Wakeman, Mr. Crane and Lieutenant
Seeley as a committee to view and consider of what
they propound and howe it may stand with the towne's
conveniency or inconveniency and to make a report
back to ye courte."

" Att a Courte held at Newhaven the 5th of Septem-
ber 1648.

" Henry Bishop informed the courte that he had
according to the court's order ye last court indeavored
to issue the matter in difference betwixt him and Mr.
Davenport butt could gitt none. He was asked who he
spake with to doe it, he named Mr. Wakeman, Mr.
Tuttill & Richard Milles. The court thought they were
fitt men & sent for Mr. Wakeman to desire him to take
this upon him, but he was not at home. Richard Milles
being in court declared himself vnwilling, but the court
agreed that they must chuse some to doe it, and ap-
pointed Mr. Wakeman & Richard Milles, two w ch Henry
Bishop chose himself, and Mr. Crane & Francis New-
man chosen by Mr. Davenport. And the court ordered
that these foure men viz d Mr. Wakeman, Mr. Crane,
Richard Milles, & Francis Newman, doe take the case
into their hands and consider of it, and if they can to the
satisfaction of Mr. Davenport and Henry Bishop to
issue it, if not then to inform themselves so fully that
they maye be able to informe ye courte how it stands,
that they maye have what light they can, further to
proceede. "

Mr. Davenport owned a farm which was worked by
Henry Bishop. The difficulty grew out of this relation.

" At a Generall Court the 9th of October, 1648.


" The Governor propounded to ye court to know what
c5rse they would take to prevent the damadge that is
done in corne and meddowes, for he heares great com-
plaints; there are orders in force, but wheither was not
necessarie to make some stricter order aboute swine
and fences, or that some other course might be taken
that these damadges might be prevented, and wheither
thay will debate the matter now or chuse a committee
to prepare the matter against another court, but any
one might now propound what way he thinks of, that if
they chuse a committee they maye consider it. The
court agreed and voted to chuse a committee to consider
and prepare the matter against another court."

Mr. John Wakeman and eighteen others were chosen
to act as such committee.

" At a Generall Court the 3d day of January, 1648.

" It is ordered that the court with Mr. Evance & Mr.
Wakeman audit the treasurer's acc s for ye yeare s past. ''

14 At a Generall Court the 10th of March, 1648.

" Leiutenant Seeley propounded that the court would
consider of some other waye of rateing men then is set-
tled by lands, for divers men w ch had good estates at
first and land answerable, whose estates are sunke and
they not able to pay as they did, & divers prsons whoe
had land for their heads, whose estates are smalle, yet
paye great rates, and others whose estates are increased
haveing but little land paye but a small matter to
publique charges. Divers others in the court concurred
with him, whereupon the court chose a committee to
consider of it and prepare for another court. The com-
mittee are the pticular court (calling in the elders for
any help or light they want), and one out of each quar-
ter of the towne."

Mr. Wakeman was the third of ten on said com-

" At a Generall Courte the 25th of June, 1649.


" It was propounded that the oxe pasture might be
fenced at the towne's charge, and whether it would not
be profitable to ye towne that it should be planted three
or 4 yeares & after iaid again for an oxe pasture, and it
was referred to the consideration of ye committee chosen
for rates the ioth of March, 1648 (the pticular court ex-
cepted), viz'd Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Wakeman and others,
& yt they inform ye court what they judge of it."

"At a Generall Court for Newhaven the 29th of
Sept., 1649.

' ' It was propounded and debated that some course
might be taken that fences might be made better, that
swine might goe abroade, that some fields might be
onely for planting Indian corne, and not plant Indian
and English together ; that ye fence might be brought
to a less quantity that men might ye better maintain
them. The court considered of the things and thought
the)^ were weightie and of great concernment to the
towne, therefore ordered to chose a comittee to consider
and debate these things privately and prepare it against
another court. The comitee chosen is the pticular
court, and one at each quarter viz'd Mr. Tuttill 'and
others,' of whom Mr. Wakeman was one."

The committee met twice for consultation, made ex-
tensive inquiries as to "how rates are carried on in
other places," and made their report to the "Generall
Court the 15th October, 1649."

Radical modifications of the mode of "rating" were
made by this court, and to finish the work, ' ' the court
chose a comitee w ch are hereafter mentioned whoe are
to meete on the 6th day next at 4 o'clocke in ye after-
noone to consider and draw up ye severall rate w ch they
thinke every man shoulde paye and then to present it to
ye gouernor and magistrats whoe are to consider of it,
and if they finde it just, pass it, but if neede be, vpon
any man's just complainte, they have power to releive


' ' The comitee chosen for this work of rateing are two
men out of each quarter, viz'd, Mr. Tuttill " and nine-
teen others, of whom Mr. Wakeman was one.

The last item shows that the number of " quarters "
in the original plan of " Newhaven " was ten.

" Mr. John Wakeman is chosen treasurer."

"At a General Court held at New Haven for the
Jurisdiction, the 30th day of May, 1655, Mr. John
Wakeman is chosen Deputie for Newhaven."

It waz propounded to know whether Powgassett is
not in this jurisdiction, but Mr. Wakeman, one of the
owners, and at this present a deputie for Newhaven, de-
sired a little time of respite before he gives answer.

John Wakeman chosen "Deputie" October the
19th, 1655.

At a General Court of Elections, held at Newhaven
for the jurisdiction, the 28th of May, 1656.

Mr. John Wakeman chosen "Treasurer," and was
also a " Deputy."

At this court, "John Frost, servant to Mr. Gibbard,
being called and examined aboute the burning his mas-
ter's house & etc." confessed his guilt, and after due
consideration, the court desiring to be very lenient,
"considering he is young " (aboute fourteene yeares of
age), and also somewhat childish in his way, agreed to
spare his life (though the offence be exceedingly
haynious and aggravated wth many circumstances), but
that the following sentence should be executed upon
him, viz. : " That the said John Frost should be a ser-
vant for one and twenty yeares from this time, five or
six of which yeares belongs properly to Mr. Gibbard,
being a remainder of ye time of service to him due vpon
a former agreement, and for the other time, fifteene or
sixteene yeares be it more or less, the profitt thereof
shall be divided betwixt Mr. Gibbord and Mr. Wake-
man (vpon whom the loss fell) in due proportion when


their several losses are made known ; that he shall be
seuerely whipped with rods iitt for that purpose ; that
he weare a halter about his necke and a small light lock
vpon his legg, so as they may be seene ; that he stand
in the pillory such a space of time as the magistrates
shall thinke fitt, and if he shall goe out of y e jurisdic-
tion with-out leave, he shall be lyable to be questioned
for his life again, w ch sentence was by gen. court or-
dered to be published by the magistretes of Newhaven
the next trayneing day, w ch will be y e 9th of June, and
then also, as the case requireth, to be executed "

The neighbors being afraid that if this boy was held
to service by Mr. Gibbord he would burn their build-
ings, and as his "wearing a lock on his legg would
make his services of less value to his master." " The
court told Mr. Gibbard that they could not force any
man to take him, but if he cannot imploy him himselfe
to satisfaction, he may treate with any other, as Mr.
Wakeman, the Marshall or Jno. Cooper, aboute the iron
worke, and if he can agree with any of them to satis-
faction, the courte will be content, but if no comfort-
able closeing can be so as he may stay here, but that in
the issue he must be sent away, and it may be back to
England to his father, then the courte of Magistrates
must meete to consider of some further punishment to
be inflicted, for example and terror to others, that none
may be imboldened to take such courses, and if the lock
prove inconvenient and a hindrance to his laborer, it is
left to the court at Newhaven to alter that part as they
shall see cause."

" At a Court of Magistrates held in Newhaven 26th,
12th rro: 1656."

"John Tompson entered an action against the estate
of Mr. Jno. Roberts which is in the hand of Mr. Wake-
man for the property comprising said estate to be paid
over to his, Tompson's wife, claiming that Roberts was


engaged to be married to her some 4 yeares previously,
when he promised if he never returned from England
for which he then sailed, that she should have his prop-
erty." In that trial " Anthony Elcott also vpon oath
affirmeth, that he heard Mr. Roberts say both at water
side and aboard the vessel when he went away that if
he proved inconstant, or whether he lived or dyed, he
gave that he had here to Ann Vicars, and she might
goe to them (meaning Mr. Wakeman & Mr. Ling, whom
he intrusted with his estate) and take what she

"An inventorie of the estate of Thomas Wheeler,
late of Newhaven, deceased, was presented, amounted
to ^196 :03s. :o8d., taken the second day of the nth
mo., 1656, prised by Matthew Gilbert and John Wake-
man, and by them testified vpon oath to be a true
appris'm't according to their best light, at a court held
at Newhaven y e 6th of nth mo. 1656, and Elizabeth
Wheeler, the widow of y e deceased, vpon oath affirmed
that according to her best knowledge it is a full and
true inventorie of her deceased husband's estate."

John Wakeman was ' ' chosen Treasurer and Deputie
ye 27th of ye 3rd Mo., 1657. Also to both offices 26th
of May, 1658."

" At a Court of Magistrates, held at Newhaven for the
Jurisdiction, the 31st of May, 1658, an inventory of the
estate of y e Theoph. Eaton, Esqr., was presented,"
with the amount and other items stated. " Mr. Math.
Gilbert, Mr. John Wakeman & Mr. Richard Miles at-
tested upon oath y t the apprisement was iust according
to their best light."

" At a Court of Magistrates held at Newhaven for
the Jurisdiction, the 23rd of May, 1659.

: ' Joseph Alsupp, attorney for Robert Grey of Salem,"
brought an action to recover "^20 from Mr. John
Wakeman "for a claim against " Mr. Roberts," whose


estate was left in the hands of " Mr. Wakeman and Mr

Mr. Wakeman claimed that Mr. Ling- was dead, that
there was none of Mr. Roberts' estate in his hands, and
that it had been agreed that " Mr. Goodyeare " should
pay this claim

" The court having heard the case thns p r sented both
plant' & defend 1 declared that the sentence of New-
haven court, wch Mr. Wakeman heard and owred,
should have been an obligation vnto him to see the
estate forthcoming for the payment of the debt de-
manded, who had yt sole power of that estate devolved
vpon upon him, and did the therefore order yt Mr.
Wakeman shall pay to Joseph Alsupp ^20 for the use
of Robert Grey of Salem, but the damages demanded
w th the charges of ye court to be borne by the plint',
who hath not seasonably p'scuted in this business &
thereby occasioned loss to ye default. "

John Wakeman chosen " Treasurer at a court holden
May 25th, 1659."

" At a Court of Magistrates held at Newhaven for the
Jurisdiction, the 19th of October, 1659."

Mr. John Wakeman and others were "allowed and
established to be commissioners " on the estate of ''Mr.
Stephen Goodyeare, merchant, late deputy gouernor &
planter in New England," who died in London "in the
yeare 1658." "They were to give in iust account to
the court of magistrates at New Haven of whatsoever
shall be by them so done whensoever it shall be called
for and required, that righteousness may be attended
in that trust, and a standing record be kept for the view
of any that desire satisfaction about the whole carriage
of the business."

Among the creditors " to the estate " were :

Mr. John Wakeman received " ^061 15s. ood."

Mr. Samuel Wakeman received "^031 19s. 6d."


" Henry Tomlinson of Stratford being warned to the
court, appeared, to whom it was declared that sundry
of o r friends and neighbors are unsatisfied concerning his
late acting at connecticute, in a way of unjust molesta-
tion of the gouverno 1 ". "

1 ' Mr. Wakeman said that it was in vniust molesta-
tion of the cheife officer of the jurisdiction when sent
out vpon the service of the country."

" At a Court of Magistrates held at Newhaven the
28th of May, 1660.

" The last will and testament of Wm. Davis, late of
Newhaven, deceased, was presented, made the 18th of
the 6th moneth, 1659, by the oath of Mr. Wakeman &
Elinor Glower, proved the 6th of December, 1659, at a
court in Newhaven."

Mr. John Wakeman was one of the appraisers of this

" An inventory of the estate of John Walker, late of
Newhaven, deceased, was presented, taken in the
month of December, 1659, by Tho. Kimberly & Heniy
Glour, amounting to ^19 12s. 5d., attested by Mr.
Wakeman vpon oath to be a full inventory to the best
of his knowledge, & by y e apprizers, that y e apprizmt
was iust according to their best light, at a court at New-
haven the 6th of December, 1659. "

" The last will and testament of Hanah Beacher, late
of Newhaven, deceased, was p r sented, made the 13th of
June, 1657, proved at a court in Newhaven ye 5th of
Aprill, 1659, by ye oath of Matthew Gilbert & John
Wakeman." Mr. Wakeman was an appraiser in this

"At a Court of Elections held at Newhaven y e 30th
May, 1660, for the Jurisdiction.

"Mr. Wakeman chosen Treasurer & William Gib-
bard to supply his place if God by his providence should
disable Mr. Wakeman (who was now sicke), for ye


discharge of that trust." "Deputies Mr. John Waketnan
and Lieut John Nash."

" At a Court of Magistrates held at Newhaven Octo-
ber 17th, 1660.

"Mr. Wakeman & Mr. Augur in behalf e of the
creditors to the estate of Mr. Stephen Goodyeare, de-
ceased, appeared, to present an attchmt vpon the estate
of Mr. James Mills, to the value of 10^."

"An inventory of the estate of Mr. Francis New-
man (the late Hon rd Goevno r of this Colony), amount-
ing to 430^ 02s. o7d., was p r sented, & by the widdow
of the deceased, attested to be a full inventory
of her late husband's estate, to the best of her

"Mr. Wakeman, Deacon Miles, John Cooper, vpon
oath, attested to the vallew y l it was iust, according to
their best light, at a court held in Newhaven ye 5th day
of March, 1660, 1661."

John Wakeman was chosen magistrate May 29, 1661,
but did not take the oath of office.

"At a Generall Court held at Newhaven for the
Jurisdiction, the 29th of May, 1661.

"Mr. John Wakeman propounded to the court con-
cerning the late goue rs sallary (he being deceased) how
much they would allow of it to be payed, and it was
vnanimously concluded to allow halfe the years sellary,
and alsoe that ye charges of his funerall bee borne by
y e jurisdiction, as Gouern r Eatons was."

"The remainder of y e Court of Magistrates which
began May 27th, 1661.

" Lt. Jno. Nash was appointed a trustee (for ye
creditors to Mr. Goodyeare 's estate) in the stead of
Mr. Jno. Wakeman, he being to remoue and desiring

The following evidence is presented to support the
theory that the two burial stones now standing in the


6 7

rear of the Center Church, New Haven, marked
E. W., 1658, 1657/8, are those of Elizabeth Wakeman,

7wt? feed wide* k higk>, Serine thick
£Ui& darAjbones Headftone


the wife of Mr. John Wakeman. Our reasons for be-
lieving this are 1st, that she was the daughter of Mr.
William Hopkins, of Bewdley, England, " a gentleman
of rank and fortune," and there is no record of any one
else whose name has the same initials as dying there


within five years of 1658, the date on the stones. Some
have presumed them to be erected to Edward Wiggles-
worth, who died in 1653; but this is hardly probable,
as his estate was only ^400, and he left a wife and chil-
dren, who would be liable not to reduce their small in-
heritance by purchasing two burial stones in times
when they were very expensive. Nor do we find that
Mr. Wigglesworth had occupied such position of fame
or renown as to at all warrant the surmise that his
fellow citizens would expend their hard won shekels
on burial stones for him ; 2d, Mrs. Elizabeth Wakeman
was given a seat in the church in February, 1656, but
was not mentioned in the next allotment of seats.
Further, we find in the Colonial records the following
that goes to show or indicate that Mrs. Wakeman had
died prior to 1659.

From general court, held April 1, 1661, Mr. Wake-
man was nominated at the court of election for a magis-
trate, after which Mr. Wakeman declared that he
thought the unsettled condition he stood in would have
spoken sufficiently to have prevented any such action
concerning him. When the question being put to him,
whether he did not intend to stay amongst us, to which
he answered that he was not resolved whether to go or
stay, rather than he would accept of the place he would
remove. They had therefore done nothing in what
they had done. Therefore it was safe to nominate some
other. It was propounded that another might be nomi-
nated, which by lot was so determined.

Mr. Wakeman 's will was executed April 4, 1660, and
in it he makes no mention of his wife. Now, as it is
hardly presumable that a man in his position would
have failed to have mentioned his wife in his will had
she been living, we consider she must have died be-
tween 1656 and 1660.

A theory has been advanced that these stones were


not erected to the memory of a person of very much
prominence. Then why were two stones erected and
elegantly lettered, one a headstone and the other a foot-
stone, and this in times when money was scarce, and
when no other stones were set up?

Mr Wakeman's children were well married prior to
his will, his son marrying a daughter of Deputy Gov-
ernor Goodyear, one daughter marrying Lieut. -Col.
John Talcott, of Hartford, and the other married Sam-
uel Kitchell, of Newark. With his children all well
provided for, it was natural that a man of Mr. Wake-
man's position and means should mark the grave of his
wife, who was of a family of position and fortune.

"An inventory of y l part of y e estate of Mr. John
Wakeman (lately deceased at Hartford), left within
this jurisdiction, with certain debts therein included
due from some at Stratford, taken the 21st of October,
1 66 1, apprized by Roger Ailing & James Bishop,
amounting to ^299 17s. ogd. ; proved in court at New
Haven, Octob. 30th, 1661."

NEW HAVEN, l66l.

" An Inventory of y t part of Mr. John Wakeman, his
estate (lately deceased at Hartford), which is left in
this jurisdiction soe farr as his executors have light to
present it, taken & appraised by Roger Ailing & James
Bishop, the 21st of Oct., 1661."

£ s. d.

Impr. One Great Brass pott & one little one, .... 2 00 00

One grindstone, two vatts, & one mault mill, . . 3 02 00

One shayne & one timber shayne o 14 06

One Hatchitt, one wolf trap, & 6 augurs, ... o 13 08
Some old iron, old axes, & augurs, &c, .... 2 19 04
Two old netts & some old pewter, & old brass, . o 12 00
Some more iron things, an old spade, iron &

Bill 2 08 00


£ s. d.

3 powder horns & one pound of powder, a tin

pot, o 03 06

Some old locks and keys & a marking iron, . . o 03 06

A piece of an iron square & an adze, o 03 00

Three shirts & some old books o 15 00

4 Bands, one cap & a Handkerchief, o 05 00

A wine cup & saucer, 15 Harrow tines & 2 hoops, o 12 03

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