Jonas Weed, Sr. (b. 1598, d. Bet. Nov 26, 1672 - Jun 05, 1676)
Jonas Weed, Sr. was born 1598 in Stanwick, Northamptonshire, England, and died Bet. Nov 26, 1672 - Jun 05, 1676 in Stamford, Fairfield, Conneticut. He married Mary Scofield on 1636 in Wethersfield, CT.
Notes for Jonas Weed, Sr.: REMOVES: Wethersfield 1635, Stamford 1642
RELIGION: On 29 March 1636 he was dismissed from his church in order to form a new church at Wethersfield.
FREEMAN: 18 May 1631 [MBCR 1:366].
EDUCATION: He signed his will.
OFFICES Jury, 1639 [RPCC 3].
BIRTH: By 1610 based on date of freemanship. (When John Winthrop Jr. treated Jonas Weed in 1669 he gave his age as seventy [WMJ 884], but this seems inflated.)
DEATH: Stamford between 26 November 1672 (date of will) and 5 June 1676 (date of inventory), and probably closer to the latter date.
COMMENTS: The lack of any record of Jonas Weed between 18 May 1631 and 29 March 1636 may indicate that he had returned to England for part of this period. However, the clear record that he was in Wethersfield very early in 1636, and probably late in 1635, would indicate that he had already sold any land he might have had in Watertown, and could well have received a houselot and other grants of land during his stay there. Savage divided this Jonas into two men, a father at Watertown and Wethersfield, and a son at Stamford, but the records are consistent with the assumption that only one Jonas Weed was present in New England during these years.
NOTES ON BIRTHDATES: Given the lack of birthdates for this family, deciding on the birth order has been especially difficult. Many times a seventeenth-century testator will name all the sons first, and then all the daughters, but that is certainly not the case here. We will consider three other possibilities. First, Jonas Weed may have made bequests to his nine surviving children in the order of their birth; as both Mary and Dorcas married earlier than John, they cannot have been fourth and fifth in birth order, to correspond with their positions in the will, unless the immigrant was married much earlier than indicated above. Second, their father may have made his bequests in no particular order; this may in fact be the case, but for the sake of argument we will examine and adopt a third possibility. The sequence of children as named in the will of Jonas may be seen as two groupings: first, John, Daniel, Jonas, Mary and Dorcas; and second, Samuel, Elizabeth, Sarah and Hannah. All those in the first group appear to be older than those in the second group, and within each group the sons are named before the daughters. If this interpretation reflects reality, then we would conclude that Jonas had two wives, and that the two groups represent sets of half-siblings. As there is no evidence for two wives other than these speculations on birth order, only one wife is assigned here to Jonas Weed, but the possibility of there having been two wives remains. Continuing along this line of speculation, the children have been listed above on the assumption that within each of the two subgroups the sons are listed in birth order and the daughters are listed in birth order, but one or more of the daughters may be older than one or more of the sons. This requires in a few instances departure from our usual rules of sequencing children, but does not produce any chronological impossibilities. (Note especially that sons Daniel and Jonas are named in close proximity in three places in the probate documents, and that Daniel always precedes Jonas, even though Jonas seems to have married about five years before Daniel.)
More About Jonas Weed, Sr.: Admitted: Mar 29, 1636, Watertown Church.3598 Date born 2: Abt. 1610 Immigration: 1630, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.3598 Will: Nov 26, 1672, Proved 7 November 1676.3598
More About Jonas Weed, Sr. and Mary Scofield: Marriage 1: 1636, Wethersfield, CT. Marriage 2: Abt. 16373598
Children of Jonas Weed, Sr. and Mary Scofield are: