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JOHN ALGORE (living 1413)
WILLIAM FICHE (c. 1400 - bef. 1466)
WILLIAM ALGORE (d. bef. 1493)
JOHN FYTCHE (bef. 1437 - bef. 1468)
m. Juliana Unknown (d. bef. 1514)
ROBERT ALGORE (d. bef. 1493) of Brasonhead and Lindsell m.
Margaret Unknown (d. bef. 1505)
THOMAS FITCH (c. 1465 - 1514) of Brasonhead m.
JOHN BROCK m.
JOHN BEDELL of
ROGER FITCH (d. 1559) of Panfield and Bocking m. Margery Unknown (d. aft. 1559)
(d. 1598/1599) of
Bacted and Colchester m.
(d. bef. 1598)
GEORGE FITCH (d. 1605) of Braintree, Sudbury and Edwardstone m. Joan Thurgood
JOHN REEVE (d. 1620/1) of Bocking and Gosfield m.
MARY BROCK (d. aft. 1620)
THOMAS FITCH (1590 - 1632/3) of Bocking m.
ANNE REEVE (d. 1686)
INDEX to the Fitch family files
JOHN ALGORE (living 1413) of Lindsell, co. Essex
John Algor is mentioned in the Rolls of the Manor of Lindsell on 30 Nov 1409. [Ref, p. 12, College of Arms, London] He held lands called "Bynwoods" on 1 Jan 1413. [Ref, p. 12, College of Arms, London]
Childen of John Algore:
WILLIAM FICHE (FYCHE) (c. 1400 - bef. 1466) of Widdington, co. Essex
William Fiche was born about 1400. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London] He died before 24 Apr 1466, when his death was reported at the Court of the Manor. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London]
William received a grant of lands in the Manor of Widdington on 18 Jan 1441. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London] He bought land in Widdington from Richard Pelworth on 16 Jan 1459. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London]
Children of William Fiche:
WILLIAM ALGORE (d. bef. 1468) of Lindsell, co. Essex
Parents: John Algore [Ref, p. 12, College of Arms, London]
William died before 3 Mar 1468, when his death was reported at the Court of the Manor of Lindsell. [Ref, p. 12, College of Arms, London]
Children of William Algore:
JOHN FYTCHE (b. bef. 1437 - bef. 1468) of Widdington, co. Essex
Parents: William Fiche [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London]
John Fytch was born before 1437. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London] He died before 9 Apr 1468, when his widow was appointed guardian of their son Thomas. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London] He married Juliana Unknown. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London] Juliana died before 9 Nov 1514, when her death was reported at the Court of the Manor. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London] She married second Richard Westeley. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London]
John was found to be the heir of his father by Inquisitions on 24 Apr 1466 and 14 May 1467. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London] He was over 30 at the time. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London]
Children of John Fytche and Juliana Unknown:
ROBERT ALGORE (d. bef. 1493) of Brasonhead and Lindsell, co. Essex
Parents: William Algore [Ref, p. 12, College of Arms, London]
Robert Algore died before 21 Dec 1493, when his death was reported at the Court of the Manor of Lindsell. [Ref, p. 12, College of Arms, London] He married Margaret Unknown. [Ref, p. 12, College of Arms, London] Margaret died before 21 Dec 1505, when her death was reported at the Court of the Manor of Lindsell. [Ref, p. 12, College of Arms, London] Shortly before her death, she settled lands on her Fitch granddaughters. [Ref, p. 12, College of Arms, London]
He was the heir of his father by an Inquisition of 3 Mar 1468. [Ref, p. 12, College of Arms, London] He made a seettlement of lands called "Bynwodes" in Lindsell on 22 Dec 1490. [Ref, p. 12, College of Arms, London]
Robert was lord of Castle Brasonhead. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London]
Children of Robert Algore and Margaret Unknown
THOMAS FITCH (c. 1465 - 1514) of Brasonhead, co. Essex
Parents: John Fytche and Juliana Unknown [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London]
Thomas Fitch was born about 1465. He died on 21 Apr 1514 and is buried in the parish church in Lindsell. [Ref, p. 22] He married Agnes Alger. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London] He was of Brasonhead. [Ref, p. 7, College of Arms, London]
He was found to be the heir of his father by Inquisition on 9 Apr 1468 at age three. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London] His estate received his mother's lands at Widdington on 9 Nov 1514. His death was reported at the Court of the Manor of Widdington on 23 Dec 1514. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London]
In the church of Lindsell are effigies of a man and woman; six boys and five girls. Below is an inscription: "Here lies the bodies of Thomas Fitch and his widow Agnes, which Thomas died April 21st, 1514. May God be merciful to their soles." [Ref, p. 22]
AGNES ALGER (ALGORE) (d. bef. 1533)
Parents: Robert Algore and Margaret Unknown [Ref, p. 11-12, College of Arms, London]
Agnes Alger was the only child and heir of Robert Algore. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London] She died before 25 Sep 1533. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London] She is buried in the parish church in Lindsell. [Ref, p. 22] She married Thomas Fitch. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London]
Agnes was admitted tenant of her father's lands on 21 Dec 1493. [Ref, p. 11, College of Arms, London]
Children of Thomas Fitch and Agnes Alger:
John Brock married Agnes Wiseman. [Ref, p. 35][Ref]
Children of John Brock and Agnes Wiseman:
JOHN BEDELL of Notley, co. Essex
John Bedell was of Notley, co. Essex. [Ref, p. 35]
Children of John Bedell:
ROGER FITCH of Panfield, co. Essex and Bocking (d. 1559)
Parents: Thomas Fitch and Agnes Alger [Ref, p. 7, Records of the College of Arms, London]
Roger Fitch died between 12 Jan 1558/9, when he signed his will, and 22 Feb 1558/9, when his will was proved. [Ref, p. 7] He married Margery Unknown. [Ref, p. 7, Records of the College of Arms, London] She was the sole executrix of her husband's will in 1559. [Ref, p. 7]
Roger Fitch had a house and freehold land in Bocking. [Ref, p. 7, Records of the College of Arms, London] He had a house in Bredford Street in Bocking that he bought from William Dobson. [Ref, p. 7]
Children of Roger Fitch and Margery Unknown:
WILLIAM BROCK (d. 1598/9) of Bacted, co. Essex and Colchester, co. Essex
Parents: John Brock and Agnes Wiseman [Ref, p. 35][Ref]
William Brock died between 17 July 1598, when he signed his will, and 13 Jun 1599, when it was proved. [Ref, p. 35] He married first Margery Bedell. [Ref, p. 35] He married second Elizabeth Unknown. [Ref, p. 35] Elizabeth is mentioned in her husband's will. [Ref, p. 35]
MARGERY BEDELL (d. bef. 1598)
Parents: John Bedell [Ref, p. 35]
Margery Bedell married William Brock. [Ref, p. 35]
Children of William Brock and Margery Bedell:
GEORGE FITCH (d. 1605) of Braintree, co. Essex, Sudbury and Edwardstone, co. Suffolk
Parents: Roger Fitch and Margery Unknown [Ref, p. 7, Records of the College of Arms, London]
George Fitch was born after 1537/8. He died between 12 May 1605, when he signed his will, and 18 Jun 1605, when it was proved. [Ref, p. 7] He married first Joan Thurgood of Elsenham, co. Essex after 13 Sep 1574 (lic.). [Ref, p. 8] He married second the widow Bridget Unknown as her third husband. [Ref, p. 8] Bridget married first John Goss of Edward Stone. [Ref, p. 8] She married second John French of of Edwardstone. [Ref, p. 8] John died between 21 Jan 1601/2, when he signed his will, and 3 Mar 1601/2, when it was proved. [Ref, p. 8] George married third the widow Joane Taylor. [Ref, p. 8] She is mentioned in her husband's will. [Ref, p. 8]
He is mentioned as underage in his father's will of 12 Jan 1558/9. [Ref, p. 7] He is mentioned as deceased in his cousin Thomas Fitch of Margaretting's will of 1609. [Ref, p. 7]
He was of Braintree, Sudbury and Edwardstone, co. Suffolk. [Ref, p. 7] He is referred to as a haberdasher of Braintree in an 18 May 1594 alekeeper's recognizance. [Ref] George Fitch, mercer of Sudbury, co. Suffolk, leased land from Roger Gwynne on 30 Nov 1600. [Ref] He bought a house and land in Ballingdon, co. Essex from John Shepherde in 1603. [Ref, p. 7] He is described as a yeoman in 1603. [Ref]
Children of George Fitch:
JOHN REEVE (d. 1620/1) of Bocking, co. Essex and Gosfield, co. Essex
John Reeve died between 23 Sep 1620, when he signed his will, and 9 Jan 1621, when it was proved. [Ref, p. 35] He married Mary Brock on 24 Oct 1588 in Gosfield. [Ref, p. 35]
John describes himself as a yeoman of Bocking. [Ref]
MARY BROCK (d. aft. 1620)
Parents: William Brock and Margery Bedell [Ref, p. 35]
Mary Brock died after 23 Sep 1620, when she is mentioned in her husband's will. [Ref, p. 35] She married John Reeve on 24 Oct 1588 [Ref, just the year] in Gosfield. [Ref, p. 35]
Children of John Reeve and Mary Brock:
THOMAS FITCH (1590 - 1632/3) of Bocking
Parents: George Fitch and Joan Thurgood [Ref, p. 8]
Thomas Fitch was born in 1590. [Ref, p. 31] He was baptised in 1598. [Ref, p. 31] He died between 11 Dec 1632 when his will is dated and 12 Feb 1632/3 when it was proved. [Ref] He married Anne Reeve on 8 Aug 1611 [Ref] in St. Mary's Church, Bocking. [Ref, p. 31]
Thomas was of Bocking. [Ref, p. 8]
On 27 Sep 1630 William Brock of Thelnetham, Suffolk, gentleman, transferred land to Thomas Fitch of Bocking, clothier. [Ref]
In his will, Thomas Fitch of Bocking, clothier of Essex, left his eldest son Thomas his chief messuage where dwelt. as well as the messuage adjoining his that his son Thomas occupied an other lands and tenements in Ocking on the condition that he pay his sister Stracy 20 shillings a year. He left his son James one hundred pounds "to be paid to him when he shall be a batchelor of Art of two years standinge in the university of Cambridge, for I desire he should be bred up a scholler." He also left him 30 pounds a year from his admission at Cambridge until he received his master of arts. He left his sons Nathaniel and Jeremy , who were under 16, a moity, half of a a farm messuage and lands and tenements. He left 150 pounds of land to his sons Samuel and Joseph, who were also under 16. He left his daughters Mary, Anna and Sarah, who were under 18, 300 pounds each. He also mentions his son John, his borother John Malden and his sister who is John's wife, his kinsman Henry Stracy, his borthers John Reeve, William Stracy and Jeremy Reeve. [Ref]
ANNE REEVE (d.1686)
Parents: John Reeve and Mary Brock [Ref, p. 35]
Anne Reeve (Mrs. Ann Fitch) died on 20 Jan 1686 in Windsor, Connecticut. [Ref] She married Thomas Fitch on 8 Aug 1611 [Ref] in St. Mary's Church, Bocking. [Ref, p. 31]
She is mentioned in her father's will of 1620. [Ref, p. 8] She was sole executrix to her husband's will in 1633. [Ref, p. 8] She was sole executrix to her son Nathaniel's will in 1649. [Ref, p. 8]
Anne Reeve was living in Hartford, Connecticut with her son Joseph in 1669. [Ref, p. 31]
Anne accompanied her sons Thomas, James, Samuel and Joseph to New England and they appear in Connecticut not long before 1950. They lived briefly in Norwalk, where Thomas settled, and at Northampton, Massachusetts. Samuel was engaged as a school teacher in Hartford and Joseph and his mother accompanied him there. [Ref]
Children of Thomas Fitch and Anne Reeve:
Stearns [Ref] suggests that Dea. Zachary Fitch of Reading, who came to Lynn about 1633 and settled in the South Parish of Reading (now Wakefield), where he lived until his death on 9 Jun 1662, might be a son of Thomas Fitch. However, Stearns points out that he is not mentioned by name in his father's will and the ages of his grandchildren may make him to old to have been a son.
REV. JAMES FITCH (abt 1622 - 1702) of Saybrook and Norwich
Parents: Thomas Fitch and Anne Reeve [Ref]
Rev. James Fitch was born about 1622. He died on 19 Nov 1702 in Lebanon. [Ref] He was buried in the ancient graveyard at Lebanon in 1702; he was 80 when he died. [Ref] He married first Abigail Whitfield in Oct 1648 in Norwich. [Ref, daughter of Mr. Henry Witfield of Gillford] She died on 9 Sep 1659 in Saybrook. [Ref] He married second Priscilla Mason [Ref] in Oct 1664 in Norwich. [Ref, daughter of Maj. Mason of Norwich] [Ref, p. 146] Pricilla was the daughter of Maj. John Mason and his wife Anne [Ref] Peck. [Ref, p. 146] She was born in Oct 1641 [Ref, p. 146]
The nine square miles of land for the town of Norwich was purchased from the Indian Sachems of Mohegan for £70 in Jun 1659. [Ref] Norwich was settled in the spring of 1660. [Ref] In 1660 the Rev. James Fitch, pastor of the Saybrook, and most of his congregation moved to Norwich. [Ref] James continued as pastor at Norwich until - old and infirm - he resigned in 1696. [Ref] He moved to Lebanon in 1702. [Ref]
Rev. James Fitch's reputation rests on his missionary work among the Connecticut Indians, particularly the Mohegans. [Ref] He mastered their language and was particularly useful to the colonists during King Philip's War. [Ref]
James Fitch of Norwich signed his will on 7 Feb 1695/6. It was proved on 2 Dec 1702 in Norwich. He mentions his sons James, Samuel, Daniel, John, Jabez, Nathaniel, Joseph, Eleazer; his daughters Abigail, Elizabeth, Anne and Dorothy; his married daughter Hannah; his son Nathaniel Bissell, husband of his daughter Dorothy. He refers to his wife's father as Maj. John Mason. [Ref]
His headstone says, "In hoc sepulcro depositae sunt reliquae ... Reverendi D. Iacobi Fitch. Natus fuit apud Bocking in comitatue Essxiae Anglia Ano Domini 1622 December [sic] 24 ... [continues] ... 1702 Novembri & aetatis 80." [Ref]
Children of James Fitch and Abigail Whitfield:
MAJ. JAMES FITCH (1649-1727) of Canterbury
Parents: Rev. James Fitch and Abigail Whitfield
Maj. James Fitch was born on 2 Aug 1649 in Saybrook. [Ref] He died on 10 Nov 1727, age 79, and is buried in the Cleveland Cemetery in Canterbury. [Ref] He married first [his step-mother's sister] Elizabeth Mason in Jan 1676/7 in Norwich. [Ref][Ref] Elizabeth, the daughter of Maj. John and Anne (Peck) Mason was born in Aug 1654 in Saybrook. [Ref][Ref, p. 146] She died on 8 Oct 1684 [Ref] in Norwich. [Ref] He married second Alice Bradford on 8 May 1687 in Norwich. [Ref, Alice Adames]
It is difficult to reduce the life of the colourful Maj. Fitch to a small entry in a genealogy. For those interested in more information on this important figure in colonial Connecticut history, there is a wonderful article on him, entitled, "More Yankee than Puritan: James Fitch of Connecticut" by James M. Poteet in the New England Genealogical and Historical Register, v. 133. The author reports that the Winthrop brothers called James "Black James" and described him as a leader of "rude fellows and desperate fortune" as well as the author of "open and scandalous villanies". Two of his fellow magistrages called him a "great land pirate". The author says that he was a "politician, land speculator and disturber of the established order in colonial Connecticut." It says that "while he was never able to master the most elementary rules of punctuation, he later demonstrated a talent for invective prose and even crude poetry." He held many political offices in Connecticut. He persuaded the Mohegan chief Uncas's son Oweneco to accept him as guardian and to give him title to over a million acres of land called Quinebaug County. Gov. Winthrop acquired a competing claim from another chieftain. Fitch and Winthrop began settling rival tenants; Fitch at Canterbury and Winthrop at Plainfield. "Harsh words, lawsuits and minor acts of violence engulfed the Quinebaug." Fitch was eventually ousted.
The History of Windham County [Ref] says, "In private life, Major Fitch was genial, generous, hospitable, agreeable in manners and conversation, but somewhat over-convivial in his habits, so that he was sometimes compelled to make confessions to the Church, as well as to the State. In spite of censures and occasional suspension from communion, he retained through life his connection with the church of Norwich, though ever ready to do his part in sustaining public worship at Canterbury. The homestead at Peagscomsuck was long a noted business and social centre."
He was an early freeholder of Plainfield, living on the west side of the Quinebaug. [Ref]
It was at a meeting at his house on 25 Jun 1711 that the Canterbury church chose its first deacon. [Ref]
His headstone says (line endings arbitrary) [Ref]:
Here lies the Body of Majr James Fitch Esqr son of ye Revd Mr
James Fitch Pastor first of Saybrook then of Norwich
He was born at Saybrook 1647
He was very Useful in his Military &
in His Magistracy to which he was chosen &
Served Successively many years to ye Greate Acceptance &
Advantage of His Country: being: A Gentlement of Good Parts &
very forward to Promote ye Civil &
Religious interests of it.
He died Nov. 10 1727 Aged 80 y.
A number of researchers have suggested children of Maj. James Fitch who seem doubtful: William, John, Alice and Bridget. In addition, early researchers did not include Theophilus among their children. Alice (Bradford) (Adams) Fitch's daughter Elizabeth Adams claimed that the children of James and Alice were Ebenezer, Daniel, Theophilus, Col. Jabez, Abigail, Jerusha and Lucy. This would eliminate the doubtful children and add Theophilus. A 13 May 1731 petition to the General Assembly, regarding the allocation of land, was signed by John Dyer and his wife Abigail, of Canterbury; Daniel Bissel and his wife Jerusha of Winsor, Hartford, Connecticut; Henry Cleaveland and his wife Lucy, of Canterbury; Daniel Fitch, Theophilus Fitch and Jabez Fitch of Canterbury; John Fitch and his wife Alice of Ashford, Windham, Connecticut. Daniel Bissell and John Fitch were representing the interests of John Fitch's wife Alice and James, Elijah, Eleazer, Medina, and Ebenezer Fitch, all of Ashford, who were the minor children and co-heirs of Ebenezer Fitch, late of Windham, whose guardians were John Fitch and Daniel Bissell. This suggests that the Alice and John who are sometimes thought to be Major James's children are actually Alice, the daughter of Ebenezer Fitch and the granddaughter of Major James Fitch, and her husband John, who was the son of John Fitch and grandson of Rev. James Fitch. The suggested child William is not Major James's son, but his son Daniel's son. That Theophilus is indeed a son of Major James is proved by an 8 May 1722 deed from Major James Fitch to his natural son Theophilus. [Ref] The Bridget Fitch who married Jonathan Bissell on 17 Mar 1709 is Bridget Fitch. [Ref]
Children of James Fitch and Elizabeth Mason:
Children of James Fitch and Alice Bradford:
COL. JABEZ FITCH (1702- 1784) of Canterbury
Parents: Major James Fitch and Alice Bradford
Col. Jabez Fitch was born on 30 Jan 1702 in Canterbury. [Ref] He was baptised on 7 Jun 1702 in Preston, New London, Connecticut. [Ref] He died on 31 or 3 [Ref] Jan 1784 and is buried in the Cleveland Cemetery in Canterbury. [Ref] Click here to see a photo of his grave. He married first Lydia Gale on 29 May 1722 in the Congregational Church in Canterbury. [Ref, p. 98][Ref] He married second Elizabeth Darbe on 14 Jan 1754 in Canterbury. [Ref] He married third the widow Rebecca King.
Jabez and Lydia Fitch owned the covenant in the Canterbury church on 23 Jun 1723. [Ref, p. 103] In Feb 1744/5 Capt. Jabez Fitch was recommended to and accepted as a member of the Congregational Church in Canterbury. [Ref] On 8 Aug 1783 a meeting of the First Congregational Church of Canterbury read and accepted Col. Jabez Fitch's letter from the Second Church of Christ in Canterbury. [Ref]
Jabez held eleven town offices and was deputy thirteen years from 1734 to 1756. [Ref]
Jabez's will, dated 10 Dec 1783 and proved 10 Feb 1784, names his sons Jabez and Asahel; his daughters Jerusha, Lydia and Lucy; the heirs of his son Perez, late of Stamford; the heirs of his daughter Alice, deceased, the late wife of Rev. James Cogswell. [Ref]
His headstone says (line endings arbitrary) [Ref]:
Sacred to the memory of Coll. Jabez Fitch who for many years
Sustained with integrity &
honor the offices of Justice of the Peace & quorum & Judge of Probate
After a long life of usefulness & reputation, he fell asleep in Jesus, Jan 31st, 1784 in the 81st year of his age.
Children of Jabez Fitch and Lydia Gale:
LYDIA FITCH (d. 1820)
Parents: Col. Jabez Fitch and Lydia Gale [Ref, p. 147]
Lydia Fitch was baptised on 27 Jan 1734 [Ref, p. 147] in the Congregational Church in Canterbury. [Ref, p. 68] She died on 14 July 1820 [Ref, p. 147], age 85, and is buried in the Baldwin Cemetery in Canterbury. She married Phinehas Adams [Ref] on 31 Dec 1751 [Ref, p. 147] in the Congregational Church in Canterbury. [Ref, p. 169][Ref]
On 15 Oct 1752 Lydia, the wife of Phinehas Adams, was admitted into the Congregational Church in Canterbury. [Ref]
Very Early Fitches
Fitch [Ref, p. 2, 44-45] provides an alleged descent of our Fitches from the de Gernons:
William the Conqueror gave the manor of Wraysbury to his relative Robert de Gernon as part of his barony. The head of the barony was a castle at Stanstead-Montfichet, co. Essex.
William de Montfitchet was the youngest son of Robert. He assumed the name "Montfichet". He married Margaret, daughter of Gilbert, second Lord of Clare.
Gilbert de Montfichet was the son of William de Montfichet.
Richard de Montfichet was the son of Gilbert de Montfichet. He was one of the barons at Runnymead in 1225. In 1236 he was Justice of the Royal Forest in Essex. In 1242 he was High Sheriff of Essex and Hertfordshire and Governor of Hertford Castle.
Roger de Montfichet of Wraysbury was the third son of Richard de Montfichet.
John Fitche was the son of Roger de Montfichet. He was granted armourial bearings in 1263. He was of "Fitch Castle in the North" in 1294. He was of Widdington, Essex.
Fitch [Ref, pp. 2-3] believes that the records are sufficient to declare that John Fitche is an ancestor of our Fitches, but not that John was a descendant of the de Gernons or the de Montfichets.
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