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
Vol. II, Page 539.