CHILDREN OF NATHAN3 (JOHN2, ROGER1) TERRILL with
PROBATE OF ESTATE HEZEKIAH4 (NATHAN3, JOHN2, ROGER1) TERRILL
Nancy Tyrrel Theodore, 13 April 2012
(All items underlined in blue are links to original documents, articles or references.)
Nathan3 and Ruth (Buck) Terrill "cellebrated mariage" on 7 June 1721 at New Milford, Liltchfield, CT. At a later date the marriage record was made and their children's births in New Milford were added to that record page through 4 July 1747. [New Milford Land Records, LDS #5189, Vol. 2, p. 352 - PDF 1.5 MB,]:
||David4 born 22 April 1723
||Ruth4 born 22 November 1724
||Daniel4 born 11 July 1726
||Abigail4 born 24 March 1727/8
||Jonathan4 born 29 May 1730
||Comfort4 born 17 January 1731/2
||Eunis4 born 4 June 1735 [Eunice]
||Nathan4 born 13 February 1736/7
Other children born later to Nathan and Ruth and recorded separately from the first record:
||Asael4 born 20 September 1739a, "Asiel" on the original recordb [New Milford Land Records, LDS #5190, Vol. 4, p. 28].
||Lois4 born 27 May 1741a, as daughter "Lowis" on the original recordb [New Milford Land Records, LDS #5190, Vol. 4, p. 28].
||Hezekiah4 born 20 September 1743b [Stratford Land Records, LDS #5191, Vol. 5, p. 39].
Nathan3 removed to North Stratford in Fairfield County after 1741 and before 1743 where his youngest son and child, Hezekiah4, was born. Nathan's will was presented for probate on 6 August 1754. As the second youngest son, "Asail Turrel a Minor of the Town of Stratford," being 15 years of age, named as his guardian William Odell on 6 September 1754 [Fairfield Probate Court, LDS #4275, Vol. 12, PDF 1.5 MB]. Hezekiah at age 15 chose Azariah Odell of Fairfield as his guardian on 5 December 1758 [Fairfield Probate Court, LDS #4275, Vol. 12]. Widow Ruth married for her second husband Benjamin Burton on 19 December 1754.e
Nathan3 wrote his will naming all of his children on 14 May 1746. [Transcription with original document links.] At that time Nathan stated he was "Weakly" although of sound mind, so he must have sustained a long illness of some sort that lasted over eight years until 1754. Nathan left his wife Ruth a relatively wealthy widow, giving her all of his "household goods and other moveable Estate," as well as one-third of his "Dwelling house," lands, gristmill and sawmill.
In his will Nathan3 names his daughter, Ruth4, as "Ruth Sherman." William Sherman, a merchant of New Milford, married Ruth Terrill there on 18 April 1743f. He died 20 April 1756f, two years after Nathan's will was probated. Thus, when Nathan3's unmarried youngest son, Hezekiah4, died in 1760 his estate named his sister as Ruth Gaylord, not Sherman, as she was then married to her second husband, Deacon Gaylord.
Hezekiah4 died intestate, or without a will. The first probate record is for the "20th Day of Decr, in the 34th Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George ye 2nd..... One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty"*.... "Danll Turrel and Ashael Turrel, both of Stratford," posted a bond of one hundred pounds against fulfillment of Daniel's obligation as administrator of their brother Hezekiah's estate. This document [Fairfield Probate Court, LDS #4275, PDF 1.4 MB] is a good example of how the spelling of the last name can vary widely as Daniel signed as "Turrill," and Asahel signed as "Terrill." Throughout the procession of the many documents for the estates of Nathan3 and Hezekiah4, the last name is spelled variously as, "Terrell, Terrill, Tirrell, Turrel, Turrill, and Tyrrel." In the case of some signatures, this appears to be deliberate.
An inventory of Hezekiah's estate, submitted on 26 December 1760 [Fairfield Probate Court LDS #4275 - PDF 1.3 MB], was "just taken" by Daniel Silliman and Nathaniel Seeley, Jr. Included are "thirteen acres & a half of Land Lying ^ in Stratford bounds in the Low[er] devistion that his onerd father gave him by will bound as described in the distrebustion at won pound per acre six pence 18-18-0..... four acres of Land & a half in the uper Devistion a joyning to the house wher his onerd father wonce lived sd Land given to him by sd Will at £8-10-0 the whole." This is the land that Nathan3 left to Hezekiah4 in his will of 14 May 1746, probated at Fairfield 6 August 1754. with distribution made 3 September 1754. [Distribution page 2 from Nathan3 Terrill's estate - LDS #4289 PDF 1.6 MB .**]
There are several documents with charges by Daniel against Hezekiah's estate for the expense of carrying out his administrator duties. One listing says "one Day aprising the Land," and is followed by "one Quart of Rum." Evidently thirsty work! The last of these charges was filed 11 December 1764. [Fairfield Probate Court, LDS #4277, PDF 720 KB]
Following is a transcription of the probate record for Hezekiah naming his siblings, and giving the married names of Hezekiah's sisters in 1764 [Fairfield Probate Court, LDS #4277, PDF 940 KB]:
At a Court of Probate held at Fairfield Decr 11th Day A. D. 764.
This Court doth appoint & impower Messrs Dan Silliman Capt. Nathl Seelye & Azariah Odell all of Fairfield freeholders, to divide & Distribute tht part of ye Real Estate of Hezekiah Tyrrel late of Fairfield decd. [two lines scratched out] tht remains yet undisposed of in ye following Manner & form. To David Tyrrel one Share ^thereof to Danl Tyrrel on[e] Share to ye heirs or Representatives of Jonathan Tyrrel decd. one Share, to Nathan Tyrrel one Share & Asal Tyrrel on[e] Share, & to Ruth Gaylord*** one Share & to ye heirs & Representatives of Abigl Tyrrel ^ one Share, one Share to Comfort Summers & to Eunice Hall one Share & Lois Gideons one Share thereof-----
One is left to wonder why Hezekiah's estate wasn't settled in a timely manner as the next probate document is dated 1782! Following is the transcription of that document with more detail on Hezekiah's siblings [Fairfield Probate Court, LDS #4279 - PDF 540 KB]:
At a Court of Probate Held in Fairfield Apriel April ye 1st 1782 this County orders The Whole Real Estate of Hezekiah Turrel Late of Stratford, but now decd to be Destributed to & Among the Brothers & Sisters of said Decd & to the Children & Heirs of those of them that are Dead in the following Manner (Viz)
To Ruth Wife of Wm. Sher Deacon Gaylor Eunice Wife of Joseph Hall Daniel Tyrrel Dayid Turrel Comfort Wife of Ebenezer Summers ^and Lois Turrel to Each of them one Share or a Single portion----
And to ye Heirs or Le[gal] representatives of Jonathan Turrel Decd together one share or a Single portion—
And to ye Heirs etc of Abigail Turrel Decd together one Share or a Single portion—
And to the Heirs etc of Nathan Turrel Decd together one Share or a Single portion—
And to the Heirs etc of Ashael Turrel Decd together one Share or a Single portion—
And this Court Does Desire Appoint & fully Impower Leiut Nathan [crossed out] Seelye & Ensign Samuel Bennitt of Fairfield and Mr Benjamin Beardslee of Stratford Freeholders to Make Distribution Accordingly Per Order of Court.
So by this document we know that since the original distribution order in 1764 Nathan and Ashael have died. And, that Ruth is then the wife of Deacon Gaylord, Eunice the wife of Joseph Hall, and Comfort the wife of Ebenezer Summers.
||Leiut Hezek Silliman Clerk
Lois is first identified as Lois "Gideons" in Hezekiah's 1764 probate, but this and the final distribution documents refer to her by her maiden name, "Turrel." Jacobusd says Lois married James Giddings of New Fairfield at New Milford 23 September 1761. There is no Barbourb record for this marriage to either a Gideons or a James Giddings in New Milford. When her father's will was probated in 1754, and when Hezekiah died in 1760, Lois was not as yet married, and thus her maiden name was perhaps used in 1782 for continuity.
One final document in Hezekiah's estate says: "Hezekiah Turrels Estate, By Cash Recd from ye Govt £4 ~ 1 ~ 1, By his Cloaths 1 ~ 5 ~~" The subject section of the document shows: "Hezeki Tyrrel/ Accounts allowance/ April 10 - 1764/ Entered Apr. 1/ Acct." [Fairfield Probate Court, LDS #4277, PDF 1.1 MB.] There are a couple of ways that Hezekiah could have received money from the government, the most likely would be through military service. In 1760 the colonies were in involved in the French and Indian War. Records from that war show a Hezh Farrell was in Lt. Col. Smedlys Company in 1760.g Smedley was of Fairfield and his company was raised in Fairfield and Stratford. The hospital returns are the only record available for Lt. Col. James Smedly's company for 1760 as some of his records were lost.**** The hospital returns state: "The Connecticut Provincials Dr. to Hospital at Albany for the following men" for October and November..... "Campaign of 1760, Mens Names and Companies Dead.... Hezh Farrel Oct 29.... and Lt. Col. Smedlys, 6 Nov, Hezh Farrell."g So "Farrel" died on either 29 October or 6 November perhaps from injuries received during the Montreal campaign.## Hezekiah's first probate record is dated 20 December 1760, so it's probable that Hezh "Farrell" is in fact our Hezekiah Terrill. As the 1760 records for Smedley's company were lost, it is likely that the amount due Hezekiah from the government was delayed until 1764.
There is a four-page final settlement distribution document for Hezekiah's estate, dated 21 April 1782, and accepted 6 August 1782. Thus it took 22 years, from the time of Hezekiah's death in 1760, to the final settlement of his estate in 1782. [Fairfield Court of Probate, LDS #4280, PDF 3.7 MB.]
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* King George I , the first of the German Hanover linec of English kings, died 11 June 1727, which is when King George II of England would have ascended to the throne, as "a new Sovereign succeeds to the throne as soon as his or her predecessor dies."c King Geoge II died 25 October 1760, during the 34th year of his reign which would have commenced in June of 1727 and ended at his death that October. So, in December of that year, George III's name should be the one used on this document. It's possible that word of King George II's death had not reached New England, when this document was written, as King George III would have been reigning in December of 1760. Otherwise, it just seems either an error or oversite.
** Transcription of Hezekiah's share of the distribution for Nathan3 Terrill's estate: "Item to Heseackiah Turrill wee Let four acres & a half of Land in ye North Tract Joyning To ye house _____ also thirteen acres & a half of Land in ye Lower or South Tract Joyning North on David's Three acres." NTT
*** Ruth married for her second husband Benjamin Gaylord on 28 September 1756d.
**** William Walker of Stratford writes Col. Seymour asking that some more pay rolls, "which contain the names of those in Fairfield County," be sent to him. The rolls particularly desired are those of Col. Smedley, Capt. John Burr, Capt. Stephen Tharp, Capt. Solomon Morehouse, and Capt. Nathaniel [Nathan ?] Hawley. There is no record of companies commanded by Burr, Tharp, or Morehouse; and the pay rolls of Capt. Nathan Hawley for 1756 and of Lieut.-Col. James Smedley for 1759 and 1760 cannot now be found..... All effort to locate these rolls for the purpose of printing in this volume has been unsuccessful.g
## For the 1760 campaign, the British commander in North America, Major General Jeffery Amherst, intended to mount a three-pronged attack against Montreal. While troops advanced up the river from Quebec, a column led by Brigadier General William Haviland would push north over Lake Champlain. The main force, led by Amherst, would move to Oswego then cross Lake Ontario and attack the city from the west. Logistical issues delayed the campaign and Amherst did not depart Oswego until August 10, 1760. Successfully overcoming French resistance, he arrived outside of Montreal on September 5. Outnumbered and short on supplies, the French opened surrender negotiations during which Amherst stated, "I have come to take Canada and I will take nothing less." After brief talks, Montreal surrendered on September 8 along with all of New France. With the conquest of Canada, Amherst returned to New York to begin planning expeditions against French holdings in the Caribbean.h
b The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records pre-1870, Lorraine White Cook, ed., Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1994-2002, New Milford Vital Records, pp. 202-206 (Ancestry), Stratford Vital Records, p. 228 (Ancestry).
d The American Genealogist, Vol. 25, pp. 39-40 "The Terrill Family of Connecticut," by Donald Lines Jacobus.
f Sherman Genealogy, by Thomas Townsend Sherman, Printed & Published by Tobias A. Wright, NY 1920, pp. 142-144.