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Ancestors of Geordon Michael VanTassle

Generation No. 13

      4608. Richard Bidwell248.
Child of Richard Bidwell is:
  2304 i.   John Bidwell, born 1620 in Devon, England; died 1687 in Hartford, CT; married Sarah Wilcox in Hartford, CT.

      4610. John Wilcox249, born Abt. 1595 in Lancashire, England250; died Bet. 1668 - 1669251. He married 4611. Mary.

      4611. Mary252.

Notes for John Wilcox:
John Wilcox (Wilcoxson) b. ca. 1595; will dated 1651; m. Mary
(???), d. 1668/9. John was a descendant of Capt. John Wilcox
who commanded 1000 lancers against William the Conqueror; came
from Lancashire, Eng. to America ca. 1635; a proprietor of Hartford,
Conn.; surveyor of highways 1642-44; juror 1645; selectman
1649. His name is on the Founder's Monument. His home lot
was part of what is now West Park, Hartford, Conn.

Child of John Wilcox and Mary is:
  2305 i.   Sarah Wilcox, born 1640; died June 15, 1690 in Hartford, CT; married John Bidwell in Hartford, CT.

      6600. Samuel Wilcoxson, born 1640 in Simsbury, Connecticut; died March 12, 1711/12 in Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut. He was the son of 13200. William Wilcoxson and 13201. Margaret Birdsey. He married 6601. Mindwell Griffin 1691 in Simsbury, Connecticut.

      6601. Mindwell Griffin, born February 01, 1661/62 in Simsbury, Connecticut; died February 02, 1725/26. She was the daughter of 13202. John Griffin and 13203. Anna Bancroft.

Notes for Samuel Wilcoxson:
The following is taken from the "Descendants of William Wilcoxson of Derbyshire, England and Stratford, Connecticut", by Thomas Wilcox. Information furnished by Jane Trotman.

Samuel is mentioned by Winthrop as being 18 years old in 1658. This would place his birth year at 1640. It is likely he lived briefly with his mother and father-in-law at Killinworth. It is known that he lived in Windsor for a time for he married there to Hannah Rice, daughter of Richard Rice of Concord, Massachusets. Samuel then joined the group of pioneers who founded the town of Simsbury. There he and his descendants continued to live for some 200 years. He was known in his time as Sergeant Samuel Wilcoxson from his rank in the local trainband company. He represented Simsbury in the Hartford Assembly for several terms.

Samuel died intestate, 12 March 1712. In this connection a document published in Manwaring's Digest of Connecticut. Probate Records, Volume 2, is of interest both for its genealogical information and as a study of how estates were distributed among natural heirs at that early period of American History. It reads:

"An Agreement between the heirs of Samuel Wilcoxson of Simsbury... To all christian people to whom these presents shall come, greeting: Know ye that we, each of us, Samuel Willcoxson, William Willcoxson, Joseph Willcoxson and Margaret Willcoxson, children of our honored father, Samuel Willcoxson of the town of Simsbury, late deceased intestate, do by these presents mutually appoint and ordain Thomas Holcomb, Samuel Case, John Pettebone and Joseph Case to make distribution of our honoured father's estate and appoint to each of us our respective portions of said estate in lands and where it shall be, all to be judged and finally issued according to the rules of equity and conscience, to which judgment, issue and determination we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators in a bond of 100 pounds to agree and abide standby and sit down satisfied with the judgement of the above said distributors. To the true performance of the above written premises we set our names and affix our seals this 31st day of March 1712".

This document was signed by Samuel, William, Joseph and Margaret Willcoxson (note they spelled with two ll's with the "son"). The witnesses to the document were Joseph Pettebone, Samuel Tuller and Joseph Strickland. There is a subsequent notation to the effect that the home place of Samuel Sr, was set aside to the use and proprietorship of Margaret Willcoxson, the daughter.
Child of Samuel Wilcoxson and Mindwell Griffin is:
  3300 i.   Samuel Wilcoxson, born April 15, 1666 in Windsor, Connecticut; died September 13, 1713 in Simsbury, Connecticut; married Hannah Rice.

      6602. Richard Rice, born 1608; died April 16, 1709 in Concord, Middlesex, MA. He married 6603. Mary.

      6603. Mary, born 1613.

Notes for Richard Rice:
"Richard Rice of Concord, MA," NEHGS "Register," Vol 112, pg. 67.

Notes for Richard Rice:
His origin is unknown, however the presence of Emund Rice of neighboring Sudbury might suggest a possible relationship.
Richard is found first in Cambridge, MA in 1636 and then in Concord, MA in the same year. He is made a freeman in Concord
on June 2, 1641. He left few records, he did, however, convey land to his son Peter in 1695 which he signed with his mark,
while his wife Elizabeth signed her name. The births of only two of his children have yet to be found in records, it is
probable though, that all of his children were born in America. When Richard died in 1709 it is claimed that he was 100 years
old, records in previous years give evidence that he was indeed 100 years old at his death.

Elizabeth Rice appeared in court on a warrant as a witness concerning her son-in-law Phillip Reade on July 5, 1671. Reade
admitted "that the name of Christ was mentioned", but denied that blasphemy was committed. Elizabeth would say nothing and
Reade was committed that day to prison and on July 12 was transferred by warrant to Boston jail with the following
indictment: "Philip Reade of Concord Chirurgeion or practitioner in Phisick: for not having the feare of God before
his eyes & being Instigated by the divill did sometime in May last Blaspheme the holy name of Christ & alsoe on a motion then
& there made to pray to God for his wife then sick blasphemously Cursed bidding the Divill take yo' & yo' praye".
One witness testified that Philip Reade blamed his mother-in-law ("the Devill take her for shee had brought him to
(illegible)"). On April 30, 1672, the matter is apparently ended when it is found that "Philip Reade of Concord presented
for Swearing and cursing, the presentment not being fully proved though not without Strong Suspicion of his being guilty".

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Was in Cambridge briefly in 1636, then moved to Concord MA in 1636. In 1684 made testimony in regard to the settlement of Concord. This was the year of distress when the colonists were told that their lands were forfeit to the King. Had two wives, first named Elizabeth, second named Mary. Richard was last survivor of the original settlers of Concord and lived in a house on Lexington Road. He died 1709, about same time as daughter Abigail and four granchidren. Some of his descendants may have migrated from Concord to the valley of the Connecticut as far as Saybrook. Other settlements in Sharon, Simsbury and Granby.

Concord, Climate of Freedom
p 199, Appendix A. Earliest settlers--includes the name Rice. Richard
Rice's name is included on the 1664 petition pledging to assist with persons and estates in maintaining the Charter. (the earliest list of
inhabitants, but incomplete)

p 201, Appendix A--Richard Rice listed on the list of Proprietors of 1666.
(List of Concord men who had rights in Acton Concord Village). Each of the inhabitants of 1666 or 1684 had a five acre right which belonged to his heirs or assigns. In a few cases, the name of the original owner was not known in 1723 and the right was listed under the name of the contemporary owner of the lot. This list was found in an attic in Temple, New Hampshire in 1933 and is now in the Public Library by gift of the heirs of Allen French. It is more completer than the 1664 list. It is not arranged alphabetically because the clerk, John Flint, seems to have thought of the names more or less according to the neighborhood in which they lived, just as later assessor's lists were made.\\

Note: p 201, Appendix A, a list of the second order of proprietors (1694)
Note: includes the names Peter and Paul Rice. (this is 5 years after Peter is
Note: supposed to have moved to Simsbury-Ted Rice)
Note: p 221, Appendix E, Old Roads-On Lexington Road, beyond the Minots,
Note: were the Fletcher farm; John Jones and Nathaniel Stow with Daniel
Note: Brooks, Jr, and Sr. on the hillside; Joseph Brooks on the hilltop; and Noah,
Note: Hugh, and Joshua Brooks on the east side of the hill sloping down to the
Note: tanyard. Two Hartwell houses beyond the Woburn Road corner, one a
Note: tavern, were followed by a Whittemore place and next to the old town line
Note: were Ebenezer Lamson, Dr. Philip Reade and Richard Rice, who died in
Note: 1709, last survivor of the first settlers. The Rice house burned to the
Note: ground in 1953 as it was considered not worth saving.
Note: Probate File 18793


RICHARD b.ca1609 England m. ELIZABETH (-) (d.after1681) d.09Jun1709 Concord,Middlesex, MA. Richard
appears in Cambridge in 1636, agreeing to keep a hundred cows for the townspeople. He appeared in Concord the same
year and was made freeman there 2 Jun 1641. A deed dated 25 Nov 1681, acknowleged by Richard on 16 Apr 1695 in
which he was joined by his wife, Elizabeth, conveyed land to their son, Peter. 688

Child of Richard Rice and Mary is:
  3301 i.   Hannah Rice, born 1639 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusets; married Samuel Wilcoxson.

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