Biographies

Richard Hendee (1), emigrant ancestor, was one of the original proprietors of Norwich. Connecticut, in 1660.  A tract of land was granted to him, Josiah Reed and Richard Welles, both of Leffing's Neck.  He had an early allotment near the town plot, and shared in the first division of land, but it is not known that he ever lived in Norwich.  In 1660-61 he worked on vessels at New London, Connecticut, and Newport, Rhode Island, and was evidently a ship carpenter by trade.  Four or five years later he was proprietor of a mill built by John Elderkin, on the Menunkatesuck River, at Killingworth, where he died August 4, 1670.  This mill at Killingworth, and fifty acres of land on Westward Hill, Norwich, were among his assets in the inventory of his estate.  In the same year the townsmen of Norwich directed that the children of Richard Hendee should have a share in the division of common lands as equal proprietors.  He married Hannah, daughter of John Elderkin, who was guardian of their three children: Jonathan, Richard and Hannah Hendee.

Source:  Genealogical And Family History of The State of Connecticut, William Richard Cutter, A.M., 1881-1906, Page 377

Richard (2), son of Richard (1) Hendee, was born about 1665. He went to live in the family of his grandfather, John Elderkin,  after his father’s death and became an inhabitant of Norwich.  His sister Hannah married, Samuel Belding, of Wethersfield, January 14, 1685.  In 1691 Richard and others from Norwich settled at Joshua's purchase, Windham, Connecticut, and he had a house built there, on what was called the Hither Place, on the North side of Old Windham street.  Hendee bought his land of Captain James Fitch, and was then unmarried.  Joshua's tract was named for the son of Uncas, the Indian sachem, and the land was granted to Norwich men. Hendee was one of those granted the mill privilege of Beaver Brook, Windham.  He was on the list of admitted inhabitants, May 30, 1693.  A new pound was ordered built at the southeast corner of his lot in 1698.  Richard married (1)Sarah Smith, 1 March 1693. Child: Johnathan b. 17 Mar 1694. Sarah Smith d. 23 Sep 1762.  Then he married (2)Elizabeth Conant, 17 October 1695. Children: Joshua, married (1) Elizabeth Wheelock, born July 18, 1709, at Preston, Connecticut; (2) September 30, 1726, Mercy Standish, descendent of Captain Myles Standish, of the "Mayflower"; Joshua settled in Coventry, Connecticut; Jonathan, owned the covenant in 1725, at Windham; settled in Coventry; married, February 12, 1740, Martha Millenton, five children.


Source:  Genealogical And Family History of The State of Connecticut, William Richard Cutter, A.M., 1881-1906, Page 377

Source:  The History of The Conant Family in England and America, Page 165 - 166

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