- #831--from Edgar Smith
- came to Watertown, MA in 1630 on the ship Arbella; Capt. Peter Milbourne, Master
(3012)- See reference #1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8; death data reference #9; birth data reference #8; church reference # 11, 12
First residence in America was Watertown, Middlesex County, MA
Removed to Wethersfield, Ct late 1635-early 1636
Then moved to Stamford 1642
Freeman status granted on a list dated 18 May 1631, Watertown, MA
There is no specific record that declares the marriage of Jonas Weed, but perhaps he married his life long companion, Mary, whose maiden name has not been learned, at Wethersfield, CT [See another thought below]. The claim that she was a "Davidson" daughter by surname is nothing more than conjecture. The Inventory of her estate, as "widow Mary Weed of Stamford", was exhibited 10 Mar 1689/90, and is the only extant document found relating to her as the wife of Jonas Weed I. A possibility of there having been two wives for Jonas Weed remains. This writing embodies one wife [Mary] only, as there is no extant evidence to support a second wife's identity. It is presumed by most authorities that Mary was the mother of all the children of Jonas Weed.
Jonas and Mary had at least 10 known children as indicated in this writing, none of whose births are a matter of any known record. The years of birth have been estimated based on their dates of marriage or births of their first children. The sequence of the children as named in his Will may be seen as two groupings: (1)- John, Daniel, Jonas II, Mary & Dorcas; (2) Samuel, Elizabeth, Sarah, & Hannah. All these in the first group appear to be older than those of the second group, and within each group the sons are named before the daughters. If this interpretation reflects reality, then one could conclde that Jonas I, had two wives, and that the two groups represent sets of half siblings. As there is no evidence for two wives other than these speculations on birth order, only one wife is indicated, but the possibility of there having been two wives remains. [GMB, :1959]. The lack of any record of Jonas I, between 18 May 1631 & 29 Mar 1636, leaves us of today with many unanswered questions relating ot the family of Jonas Weed I.
3017: Jonas Weed I is identified as coming to America with the 1630 "Winthrop/Saltonstall Fleet"; arrived and settled at Watertown, Middlesex County, MA on Jun 14, 1630. On May 6, 1635 a group of dissidents with the Church (Puritan Congregational) were granted by request to remove to Wethersfield, Hartford County, CT. In about 1641/42, Jonas and his family, removed to Stamford, Fairfield County, CT to join the (Rev.) Richard Denton Group who had removed to that place in 1641. Jonas was not parto of the original Denton Group that settled Stamford.
While at Wehterfield, Jonas owned property and resided at the northern end of High Street on the eastern side. While there he appears on the first list of the first Jury recorded in Public Records. He was, therefore, a founder of two towns (Watertown, MA & Wethersfield, CT) and a settler at Stamford in its second year of existence.
His Will is dated Nove 26, 1672 and was written in the third person singular; Inventory-
Jun 5, 1676, by Richard Laws and Francis Bell. The inventory of the widow's estate was taken and sworn to at Stamford, CT on Mar 10, 1689/90, by her son, Jonas (II) and taken by Abraham Ambler and Daniel Scofield. There was only one Deed recorded at Stamford, CT in which Jonas Weed (I) is named as principal. On Aug. 14, 1671 he gave to his son, "Jonas Weed (Jr. or II)" signed by Jonas Weed (I) and witnessed by John Holly and Daniel Weed. No specific record of birth for any of his children has ever been found, at Wethersfield or Stamford, CT though some writings make claim to the contrary and without documentary evidence cited for the claim. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]