Appendix J The Orton Family

Thomas Orton, the Immigrant

Thomas came toNew England in 1636. With in a few years he moved toWindsor, Connecticut where he was one of the first settlers. He married Margaret Pratt or Mary Pall, Pratt or Pell onJune 1, 1641. Thomas and his wife had one son and four daughters. There are other children, perhaps two that died in infancy.

The family removed toFarmington, Connecticut fromWindsor in 1655. He served as a juror 1663 and 1664. In 1688 Thomas divided his estate among his living children John, Mary Root, Sarah Dewey and Elizabeth Lewis. Hannah was deceased. The reason Thomas did this was to avoid the need to have his will registered inBoston as was the rule underAndros at that time.

Source: Guide to the Early Settlers ofAmerica, Page 394. Ancestral Heads ofNew England Families, Page 177. First Puritan Settlers ofConnecticut, First Settlers of the Colony, Pages 59, 163. Volume VI, Immigrant Ancestors (Biographies), Page 795. History of AncientWindsor, Vol. II, Page 539.

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