John Wakeman1

#11850, (circa 1599 - before 2 August 1661)
Father*Francis Wakeman2 (s 1565 - 1626)
Mother*Anne Goode2 (s 1568 - )


Elizabeth Hopkins b. 1610, d. 1658
Children 1.John Wakeman Jr.11 (c 1630 - 1636)
 2.Helena Wakeman+11 (c 1632 - 1674)
 3.Samuel Wakeman+12 (c 1635 - 1692)
 4.Elizabeth Wakeman+1 (c 1638 - )
Birth*circa 1599He was born circa 1599 at Bewdley, Worcestershire, EnglandG.3 
Marriage*28 January 1628/29He married Elizabeth Hopkins, daughter of William Hopkins and Helen Vickaris, on 28 January 1628/29 at Bewdley, WorcestershireG.3 
before June 1639He and Elizabeth Hopkins migrated to New EnglandG (with some or poss. all of the children) before June 1639.4 
4 June 1639He was a signer of the Foundation of the Colony of New Haven (though probably a later signer) on 4 June 1639; Foundation of the Colony of New Haven.5 
5 April 1643He was chosen as one of four Deputy Magistrates on 5 April 1643 at New Haven ColonyG.6 
Inventory13 May 1648His inventoried the estate of John Clarke by John Wakeman at New Haven ColonyG on 13 May 1648 with Mathew Gilbert, John Moss and Samuel Whithead.7 
6 May 1650He was chosen Auditor for the Treasurer's accounts on 6 May 1650 at New Haven ColonyG.8 
18 June 1660He left a will on 18 June 1660 at New Haven, Connecticut; the will also mentions "my deare and loving sisters, my sister Davis and sister Glover."9 
Death*before 2 August 1661He died before 2 August 1661 at Connecticut; (probate.)1,10 
Inventory*14 September 1661His estate was inventoried by John Wakeman on 14 September 1661 at Connecticut.10 


  1. [S753] Charles William Manwaring, compiler, A Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records (Hartford, Conn.: R. S. Peck & Co., Printers, 1904), I:158, citing original Vol. II:168-9.
  2. [S1155] Robert P. Wakeman, Wakeman Genealogy 1630–1899 (Meriden, Conn.: Journal Publishing Co., 1900), p. 156, no birth date given.
  3. [S1155] Robert P. Wakeman, Wakeman Genealogy, p. 159.
  4. [S1156] Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford, online, [Based on the earliest record in New England- VWH]. John's brother, Samuel Wakeman is prob. the one who "came in the Lion in Nov. 1631 ; freeman, Mass., Aug. 7, 1632 ; prob. removed to Cambridge; deputy, May, 1635 ; constable for Newtown, April, 1636 ; an original proprietor at Hartford, 1639, when his home-lot was on the south bank of the Little River ; chosen townsman, 1638; appointed with George Hubbard, Senr., and Ancient Stoughton, in 1636, “to consider the bounds and survey the breadth of Dorchester (Windsor) to, wards the Falls, and of Watertown (Wethersfield) towards the mouth of the River.” He was killed in 1641 by a shot from the Spanish fort at Providence in the Bahamas, where he had been sent “to buy cotton.” His widow, Elizabeth, m. (2) Nathaniel Willett, of Hartford, before Jan. 1643, and the estate of Wakeman wag settled on him Dec. 4, 1645, on condition that he pay £40 to the son when he reached the age of 21, and £20 to each of the den's at the age of 18. -Ch.: i. Ezbon, freeman at Stratford, 1669; m. Apr. 1, 1669, at Guilford, Hannah Jordan; removed to Fairfield before 1671, where he d. in 1683. ii. Elizabeth; m. Joseph Arnold, of Haddam. iii. Grace; m. John Kelly, of Hartford. iv. Joanna; m. Francis Hackleton, of Hartford. v. Hannah."
  5. [S1152] Charles J. Hoadly, editor, Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven From 1638 to 1649 (Hartford: Case, Lockwood and Company, 1857), p. 17. "Whereas there was a foundamentall agreemt. made in a generall meeting of all the free planters of this towne, on the 4th of the fowerth moneth called June, namely thatt church members onely shall be free burgesses, and they onely shall chuse among them seines magistrates and officers to ha[ve] the power of transacting all publique ciuill affayres of this plantatio, of makeing and repeali[ng] lawes, devideing inherrit•ances, decideing of differences thatt may arise, and doeing all things and businesses of like nature. Itt was therefore ordered by all the said free planters thatt all those thatt hereafter should be receiued as planters into this plantatio should allso submitt to the said foundamentall agreemy, and testifie the same by subscribeing their names vnder the names of the aforesaid planters as flloweth."
  6. [S1152] Charles J. Hoadly, Records of the Colony of New Haven 1638–1649, p. 85.
  7. [S1359] Franklin Bowditch Dexter, editor, New Haven Town Records (New Haven: New Haven Historical Society, 1917, 1919), I:15.
  8. [S1359] Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Town Records, I:23, by the General Court.
  9. [S753] Charles William Manwaring, Early Conn. Probate Records, I:158, citing original Vol. II:168-9:
    Wakeman, John (late) of New Haven. Invt. £157-16-11. Taken 14 September, 1661, by Richard Lord, William Wadsworth. Will dated at New Haven, 4 month, 18 day, 1660 (18 June, 1660).

    I John Wakeman of New Haven, being weake in body but of sound understanding and memory, in expectation of my great change, do make this my last will and testament:

    First, I comend my soule into the hands of my Lord Jesus Christ, my redeemer, trusting to be saved by his merits and intercession, and my body to be buryed at the discretion of my executors and friends, in hope of a joyfull resurrection : testifying my thankfuUness to God for the free manifestation of his grace to me in Christ, and for the liberty and fellowship vouchsafed me with his people in his ordinances in a congregational way, which I take to be the way of Christ orderly walked in according to his rules. But I doe testify against absolute Independence of Churches, and persecution of any in light or actings, and against compulsion of conscience, to concur with the church without inward satisfaction to conscience, and persecution of such as dissent upon this grounde, which I take to be an abuse of the power given for edification by Christ, who is only Lord of the conscience.
    As for my outward estate and worldly goods that God hath given me, which I shall leave, my just debts and funerall charges being satisfied, my will is that first I give unto my daughter Helina, wife To John Talcott of Hartford, twenty pounds, to be wholy at her owne disposing ; and to her husband, my son-in-law, John Talcott, five pounds and my best beaver hatt and band; and to ech of their three children five pounds a piece, namely, unto John, Elizabeth and Samuell, all to be payd within six months after my decease.
    It. I give unto my son Samuell Wakeman's two sons, namely, Samuell and John, ten pounds a piece.
    It. I give unto my daughter Kitchell's daughter, Elizabeth, ten pounds. Item. I give unto my brother-in-law Adam Nicholls of Hartford my cloath cloake and the suite of the same which was my Cousin John Walker's, and my grayhatt ; and I give unto his wife my sister Anna Nicholls ten pounds, to be wholy at her owne disposing; and to thayr four children twenty shillings a piece, namely, John, Hanna, Sarah and Ebenezer, all which my will is should be payd to them wthin six months after my decease.
    It. I give unto Hanna Cheeuers five pounds, to be set apart and improved for her, at the end of one Yeare after my decease, as my overseers shall see meet, untill she come to eighteen years of age (which is the tyme agreed upon for her continuence with me or mine), or till the tyme of her marriage, provided she marry wth the consent of my executors and overseers, or wth the consent of any two of them.
    It. I give to my servant Thomas Huxley my short gun with a rest and my hanger which he useth to train with, upon his good behavior, that is, if he shall carry him selfe honestly and faithfully in his place and service to the satisfaction of my executors and overseers, or with the approbation of any two of them.
    Then all the rest of my estate, goods, lands, debts whatsoever, I give and bequeath to my son Samuell Wakeman and to my son-in-law and daughter Samuell and Elizabeth Kitchell as followeth, that is, when all my debts and legasyes are discharged (which my mind is should be out of my estate as it ariseth indifferently and at the prises comon in this Jurisdiction). My will is that my son Samuell Wakeman shall have two thirds parte of that my whole estate that remaineth, and my son and daughter Kitchell the other third part equally betwixt them, and my will is that my daughter Elizabeth Kitchell shall have that parte of hers wholy at her owne disposing. And I doe make and appoint my son Samuell Wakeman and my son-in-law Samuell Kitchell to be joyntly executors of this my last will and testament. Allsoe I doe Intreate my beloved friends and bretheren Henry Glover and James Bishop to be overseers of this my will, and for thayr paines herein I give unto ech of them ten shillings. And I further desire my deare and loving sisters, my sister Davis and sister Glover, to asist my executors and overseers with thayr counsell and helpe in prizing, dividing and disposing things equally to mutuall satisfaction according to the true intent of this my will, which I publish with my hand this 18 day of the 4 month 1660 in the presence of
    Martha Davis,
    Ellen Glover

    John Wakeman.
  10. [S934] Charles J. Hoadly, editor, Records of the Colony or Jurisdiction of New Haven From May, 1653, to the Union (Hartford: Case, Lockwood and Company, 1858), p. 448, probate and inventory. " Thes may certifie that Martha Davis and Ellin Glouer [Glover] haue attested vpon oath that this is the will of Mr. John Wakman lattly deceassed, before mee, Mathew Gilberte, Deputie Governor, this 2th of 8th month, 1661."
    "Inventory taken by Richard Lord and William Wadsworth, September 14th, 1661, amount £157, 1s, 11."
  11. [S1155] Robert P. Wakeman, Wakeman Genealogy, p. 160.
  12. [S1155] Robert P. Wakeman, Wakeman Genealogy, 160–161.