Jonas Weed
of Watertown, Massachusetts and Wethersfield and Stamford, Connecticut, d. 16726.

Jonas Weed came to America in the Winthrop Fleet in 1630, and was a freeman on 18 May 1631. He settled first in Watertown, Massachusetts and then in 1635 in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and removed in 1642 to Stamford. The will of Jonas Weed, dated 26 November 1672, and proved 7 November 1676, mentioned his wife Mary, his eldest son John Weed, his son Daniel Weed, his son Jonas Weed, his daughter Mary Abbot wife of George Abbot, his daughter Dorcas wife of James Wright, his son Samuell, John Rockwell (no relationship stated), "five pounds in Daniel's hands for Elizabeth", his daughter Sarah, and his daughter Sarah wife of Benj. Hoit, with his wife Mary Weed and sons Daniel Weed and Jonas Weed as executors [GMB 3: 1956-7, citing Fairfield PR 3: 16]. His inventory, taken 5 June 1676, added up to 116 9s. 6d. [For more detailed accounts, see GMB 3: 1956-9; Gillespie Anc., 534ff.; see also FOOF 1: 652]

Date of birth: ca. 1598? (ae. 70 in 1668).
Place of birth: England.
According to the Medical Journal of John Winthrop, he was 70 years old when he was treated in 1668 [Gillespie Anc., 534, citing TAG 24: 113]. Anderson notes that "this seems inflated" [GMB, 3: 1957]. Although it can be regarded as reasonably certain that he was born in England, no more precision can be offered. It has often been stated that he came from Northamptonshire because the surname was common there, but there is no firm basis for this origin. Some internet sources would identify Jonas the immigrant with a Jonas Weed baptized on 20 February 1597 at Chelveston, Northamptonshire, son of John Weed [citing parish registers not checked by me]. I know of nothing (beyond possessing the right name) that would identify this Jonas Weed as the immigrant.

Date of death: 26 November 1672 5 June 1676.
Place of death: Unknown.
As noted above, his will was dated 26 November 1672 and his inventory was taken 5 June 1676.

Father: Unknown.
Mother: Unknown.

Spouse: Mary _____, d. bef. 10 March 1689/90.

I have followed the estimated birthdates given by Robert Charles Anderson, but it should be obvious from his comments that there is great uncertainty here [GMB 3: 1957-9].

Mary Weed, b. say 1637;
m. bef. ca. 1657, George Abbott.

John Weed; b. say 1639, d. bef. 12 March 1689/90;
m. (1), bef. 1664,
Joanna Wescott, d. bef. 1678;
m. (2) after 1678, Mary _____.

Dorcas Weed, b. say 1641;
m. Wethersfield, 20 November 1660, James Wright.

Daniel Weed, b. say 1643;
m. bef. 1675, _____.
His eldest known daughter Sarah was 23 years old on 18 November 1698, so his marriage would have to have occurred in or before 1675 [Barbour 42: 315, citing Stamford VR 1: 137].

Jonas Weed, b. say 1645, d. 19 November 1704, rec. at Stamford;
m. Stamford, 16 November 167[0], Bethia Holly, d. 29 December 1713, rec. at Stamford.
[mar.: Barbour 42: 308, citing Stamford VR 1: 113; his d.: Barbour 42: 309, citing Stamford VR 1: 135; her d.: Barbour 42: 300, citing Stamford VR 1: 126]

Elizabeth Weed (presumed daughter), b. say 1647;
presumably m. John Rockwell.
She is not explicitly called a daughter in the will of Jonas Weed, so there is some uncertainty here.

Sarah Weed, b. say 1649, living 26 November 1672.
She was not the Sarah Weed who m. 1698 David Waterbury [GMB citing TAG 28: 96-8].

Hannah Weed, b. say 1651 (ca. 1649?);
m. Stamford, 5 January 1670[/1], Benjamin Hoyt.
[mar.: Barbour 42: 305, citing Stamford VR 1: 113]

Samuel Weed, b. say 1653;
m. Mary _____.
Administration on his estate was granted on 13 November 1708 to his widow Mary Weed and son Jacob Weed [GMB citing Fairfield PR 5:148a, 394].

child, d. Stamford, 15 July 1656.
[Barbour 42: 308, citing Stamford VR 1: 19]

Reference abbreviations

Barbour = The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records.

FOOF = Donald Lines Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield (2 vols., Fairfield, 1930).

Gillespie Anc. = Paul W. Prindle, Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie (New York, 1976).

GMB = Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 (Boston, 1995).

Compiled by Stewart Baldwin

First uploaded 14 August 2011.