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Giles Hamlin (1650) / Hester/Esther (Crow) Hamlin

Name: Giles Hamlin (Capt.)

Birth: 1622, England (The Hamlin Family/Andrews, 1900)

Emigration: To Hartford before 1651; to Middletown before March, 1654 (FFS)

Death: September 1, 1689, Middletown, Conn. (MVR)

Occupation & Public Service: "His occupation was that of a mariner, and from the inscription on his gravestone, we learn that he was 'near fifty years crossing the ocean wide.' In 1665 he was in command of a vessel called the 'Desire' and in 1679, the 'John and James.' He was chosen rate maker, grand levy man, townsman, and was appointed one of a committee to seat the new meeting house. He was appointed Justice of the Peace for Middletown from 1666 to 1685."(FFS)

Marriage: m. Hester Crow, about 1655, Hartford or Middletown, Conn. (b. about 1628, England; d. August 23, 1700, Middletown, Conn.) She was the daughter of John Crow & Elizabeth Goodwin of Hadley, England, and Hartford, Conn. "The date of his marriage to Hester, daughter of John Crow of Hartford, is unknown."(FFS)

Children: 7 children between 1655-1671.(MVR, BCVR, The Hamlin Family/Andrews, 1900) (See in-depth profile in Member Area for details.)


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The First Meeting House, Middletown, Conn. The engraving below by W.C. Butler was a fanciful illustration for David Field's Centennial Address published in 1853. In 1939 the image was used on the title page of The Log Cabin Myth by Harold R. Shurtleff. Surrounding the engraving are signatures of some of the first settlers as found on wills and deeds by Charles C. Adams in preparation of Middletown Upper Houses (1908).