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William Southmayd (1674) / Esther (Hamlin) Southmayd

Name: William Southmayd

Birth: September 12, 1643, Gloucester, Mass. (Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850)

Emigration: Born in Massachusetts Bay Colony; to New London, Conn. (SAV); to Middletown, Conn. 1674 (HMC).

Death: December 4, 1702, Middletown, Conn. (BCVR)

Occupation & Public Service: Master of the sloop John & Mary (HCCM); mariner and ship owner (SAV).

Marriage: m. (1) Esther/Hester Hamlin, October 16, 1673, Middletown, Conn. (b. December 15, 1655, Middletown, Conn.; d. November 11, 1682, Middletown, Conn.) She was the daughter of Giles Hamlin and Hester/Esther (Crow) Hamlin of Hartford and Middletown, Conn. (SMFSD In-Depth First Settler Profile: Giles Hamlin); m. (2) Margaret/Margrete Allyn, abt. 1684, Hartford, Conn. (b. July 29, 1660, Hartford, Conn., d. March 15, 1733 (Hale Collection of Cemetery Inscriptions, Middletown, Connecticut) or March 16, 1732/3 (BCVR), Middletown, Conn.) She was the daughter of the Honorable Colonel John Allyn and Ann (Smith) Allyn of Hartford, Conn. (SAV)

Children: 5 children by first wife between 1674-1682; 8 children by second wife between 1685-1701. (BCVR) (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).