Simon MILLS, Jr 1
- Born: Abt 1637-1641, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
- Married: 23 Feb 1659/60, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
- Died: 6 Jul 1683, Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Another name for Simon was Simeon.
Ancestral File Number: 8VLX-24. User ID: 2314.
Genealogy of the Mills Family, DeVinne Press, Susan Lawrence Mills, 1906, Norfolk CT, p5:
"Genealogy of the Mills Family. I. Simeon Mills came from England, and is the first of the name of Mills of whom we have any record, his brother John having died on the voyage.
"Simeon married Mary Buell the twenty-third of February AD 1649, twenty- nine years after the first landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. He settled and resided in Windsor until 1669, when he removed to Simsbury CT (then called Massacoe), seven years before the burning of Simsbury by the Indians under King Philip.
"Simeon and Mary Mills had eleven children- five sons and six daughters: Mary b 8 Dec 1652; Hannah b 1655; Simeon b May 1657; John b June 1658; Sarah b Sep 1660; Abigail b 1662; Elizabeth b 1664; Prudence b 1666; Simeon 2nd b 1668; two younger sons supposed to have died in infancy or early youth..."
History of the Simon Mills Family, Katie R Mills, Vol I, p1:
"1. Simon Mills, early settler at Windsor CT is believed to have come to America from England, but the date is not known, nor do we know from what part of England he came.
"The earliest date found for him is that of his marriage at Windsor to Jone _____ on 18 Oct 1639. Savage gives this date and suggests that it might have been his second marriage. Many published records of Simon Mills say it was his second marriage, but inasmuch as none of the dates nor locations to prove these stories can be found in public records, the stories must be assigned to the realm of tradition; and there they must remain unless and until proof can be found.
"Tradition is that he came from Yorkshire, England, to New England with a Captain Newbury; that his first wife, Sarah Bissell, came on the same ship; that she was a daughter of John Bissell, early settler at Windsor CT; that they were at Plymouth, MA, as early as 1628 (although sometimes the location is given as Salem, MA); that Sarah (Bissell) MIlls was the mother of Simon Mills, Jr, born about 1635, and that she died before 1638, thus leaving her husband with asmall son and, therefore, the necessity of having a wife to take care of him. Also there is the story that Simon was accompanied on his trip to America by his brother John Mills, who died on the voyage.
"Records at Plymouth or Salem, MA,have not been found to prove that Simon Mills, or the Bissell family, had lived there as early as 1628; nor at any time after that date..."
p2: "...Two members of the family in the 6th generation have preserved data for us: (1) Miss SusanLawrence Mills6 (Eden Mills5, Capt Michael Mills4, Deacon Joseph Mills3, John Mills2, Simon Mills1 Sr), and...(2) Deacon Lewis Mills6 Norton (Charity Mills5 Norton, Joseph Mills4 Jr, Deacon Joseph Mills3, John Mills2, Simon Mills1 Sr)...who wrote extensively of our line of Mills people, many of whom he knew personally, although some of the data in his Manuscript was obtained by correspondence, or through others who were interested in his writing of family records...
"In Mar 1819Deacon Norton called on the oldest member of the Mills family: Col Amasa Mills, then 83 years old, and blind, living...at Canton CT, to ask him about our Mills ancestors. Col Amasa Mills4 (Deacon Joseph Mills3, John Mills2, Simon Mills1 Sr) was son of Deacon Joseph Mills of Simsbury. He was ill at the time as Deacon Norton mentions sitting beside his bed to take notes about the family.
"The story Col Amasa Mills told is that the first Mills of our line came to America with Capt Newbury- he called him 'John'; that Sarah Bissell was a passenger on the same ship; that they married in America; that this John Mills had come from Windsor, England; that he was a baker; that he had two sons, John and Simon, and that there also were some daughters but there is no particular knowledge concerning them; that the son Simon never married and never had any children; that his great-grandfather John Mills had lived and died in Windsor CT.
"It is evident that Col AmasaMills was confused as to the name of his great-grandfather, and this is understandable in view of his age, his illness, and, being blind, he had no notes from which to refresh his memory. Our Simon Mills did have sons John and Simon, and alsodaughters, as will be seen later. Proof that Col Amasa was confused on this point is found in the settlement of the estate of Simon Mills of Simsbury, where the records show that in the first settlement in 1691, son John received a share; and in the final settlement in 1714, the share of son John was signed for by his three sons (John Jr, Joseph, and Benjamin) and his son-in-law Samuel Tuller.
"The records clearly show that Col Amasa Mills, son of Deacon Joseph Mills, was grandson of John Mills, and great-grandson of Simon Mills.
"I did not find in the records of Windsor an early settler named John Mills, other than the child born there to Simeon and Mary (Buell) Mills.
"Col. Amasa said that son Simon nevermarried, but there is a marriage recorded at Windsor for a Simon Mills to Mary Gaylor, in 1717- and no other available Simon. There are no children listed for them.
"As mentioned, the earliest date I have found for Simon Mills in America is that of his marriage on 18 Oct 1639. The next year he acquired a home lot at Windsor, thus becoming a resident there in 1640. Later he sold this lot and acquired another on the east side of Broad Street, where he lived the rest of his time atWindsor.
"His wife Jone died and was buried 5 Jul 1659. In 1658 she had consulted Dr John Winthrop, whose Journal tells us that she was then about 69 years old and that she 'died childless.'
"Also in the year 1659 on 23 Feb the records of Windsor list the marriage of Simeon Mills and Mary Buell.
"It is probable that these two items in the year 1659 gave rise to the supposed need of two men named Simon Mills in Windsor at that time, it being obvious that Simon Mills could not marry in February when his wife lived until July!
"Apparently those who worked on early Mills records failed to remember that in those days the New Year began in the middle of the month of March- not on January 1st as it does today. This arrangement puts the month of February at the end of the year instead of near the beginning. So the marriage to Mary Buell in February occurred more than seven months after the death of wife in July- both dates being at that time in theyear 1659. Nowadays when one uses a date such as this, it is written Feb 1659/1660 to remind the reader of the difference in the calendar today and that of the 1600's. Then it was their year 1659, but now it is our year 1660...
"It was about 1660 that seats in the meeting house were assigned. They were made by William Buell and the people paid for them. Simon Mills' seat was called a 'Short seat' and it cost him 4s 6d.
"In Mar 1660 Simon Mills was chosen fence viewer for the village. By trade he was a baker, and this fact is proved by the account books of John Pynchon of Springfield MA, which show that he purchased there the supplies needed for this work. In those days it must have been quite a long trip from Windsor to Sringfield to obtain supplies. No doubt he traveled by boat on the Connnecticut River.
"Simeon and Mary (Buell) Mills became the parents of eleven children, although only six of them reached maturity. They continued to live in Windsor until about 1670, as daughter Sarah, born that year, is recorded at Windsor; and Simon's name appears on the list of freemen at Windsor dated 11 Oct 1669, but when he sold some land at Windsor in Apr 1672 he is described as 'now dwelling atSimsbury.'
"Deacon Norton tells us that about 1674 or 1675, because of the hostility of the Indians, about forty families of Simsbury returned to Windsor. They buried such of their effects as they could not take with them, and when they returned in the Spring of 1676 they found everything destroyed.
"Our Mills family must have been one of these as the Church record notes a contribution from Simon Mills in 1676 to the Connecticut Fund for the Relief of the Poor in Other Colonies. Being a refugee himself, he was in position to have first-hand knowledge of the groubles of other refugees. No doubt, he felt that he was very fortunate- much more so than others- inasmuch as his wife's parents still lived at Windsor atthat time. It is porbable that the Simon Mills family lived with the William Buell family during their stay at Windsor.
"This was the time of King Philip's War. During that conflict, on Sunday night, 26 Mar 1676, the Indians burned the town of Simsbury; and that is why there are no early records of Simsbury now available to us.
"Our Mills family returned to Simsbury- though exactly when we do not know. They had to rebuild their home. Their youngest child Simon was born at Simsbury in 1678; and they took him to Windsor in May 1679 for his baptism.
"Simon Mills, Sr died at Simsbury 8 Jun 1683. The inventory of his estate was taken 6 Jul 1683, and between these two dates the youngest daughter Prudence also died. The inventory lists the value of the estate at L168-7-0. To it was attached a list of the children with their ages at that time.
"No doubt it was because some of the children were young that distribution of the estate was not made until24 Jul 1691, at which time five of them received portions. These five were son John, and daughters Mary, Hannah, Sarah, and Elizabeth. Possibly this distribution was made at the time Widow Mary (Buell) Mills married her second husband.
"Final destribution was made 5 Apr 1714, to the following: Samuel Humphrey Sr (husband of Mary); Daniel and Hannah Loomis- she signed by her mark; John, Joseph and Benjamin Mills and Samuel Tuller (heirs of son John); Thomas Ellsworth (husband ofSarah); Thomas Hoskins (husband of Elizabeth); and Simon Mills- Executor- he too signed by his mark.
"One wonders why the final settlement was so long delayed inasmuch as the youngest child, son Simon, born 1678, would have reached age 21in 1699..."
Directory of Descendants of Founders of Windsor CT, 350th Anniv Comm, Stephen E Simon, Kent CL Avery, 24 Sep 1983
pv: "Simon Mills 1650."
p101: "Earliest date mentioned in Windsor records 1650. Mar Mary Buell. See 'The John-Simon Mills Line...', Eunice M Lamb, Burlington, Vermont Chedwato Service, 1968."
17th Century Colonial Ancestors of Members of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century 1915-1975, Mary Louise Marshall Hutton, Baltimore Genealogi- cal Publishing Co Inc, 1987, p173:
"Simeon Mills (1637-1683) CT, m. Mary Buell, Founder, Military Service."
Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records, C W Manwaring, Vol I, p280. Widow Mary Buell's Will. Dated 29 Aug 1684, Died 1 Sep 1684, Taken 11 Oct 1684. Invt L19-15-06: I Mary Buell, Being very weak and nigh to death, but having my natural Understanding, having some smale things to dispose of, my Will is that.. Will Not Signed, Proven 24 Mar 1684-1685. Adms to Peter Buell. Capt Newbery and John Moore appointed to Distribute the Estate, to be equally divided to the children of sd Buell.
Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records, C W Manwaring, Vol I, p280: Simon Mills. Died 6 Jul 1683. Invt L168-07-00. TheChildren: Eldest daughter Mary Humphries age 20 years, Hannah Mills 18, Sarah 13, Abigail 11, Elizabeth 9, Prudence 7 (Decd), John Mills age 14 years, and Simon 5 years of age.
6 Sep 1683: Adms to the Relct and Peter Buell.
18 Dec 1683: This Court having granted Adms to the Widow of Simon Mills and Peter Buell on the Estate of Simon Mills, do divide the Estate as followeth: To the Relict, of Personal Estate & 1/3 of the Real L16-s00-d00; To the Eldest son John Mills, L22-s00-d00; To the rest of the Children, to each, L11-s00-d00. The sons to receive their portions in Land as they come of age, the rest in Reversion after their Mother's decease.
24 Jul 1691: Upon an Order of the Court made 18 Dec 1683: To theEldest son John Mills, L22-s00-d00; To Samuel Humphrey, husband to Mary the Eldest daughter, L13-s16-d03; To Simon Drake, husband to Hannah, L13-s17-d00; To Sarah Mills, L12-s02-d00; To Elizabeth Mills, L13-s00-d00.
5 Apr 1714: This Courtorders and appoints Mrs Joseph Case, Mr. Joseph Phelps and John Slater, of Simsbury, to divide the sd. Estate accordingly, and make return thereof to this Court before the 1st Monday of June next.
25 Mar 1719. A Settlement by Arbitrationof the Estate of Simon Mills of Simsbury who died 1683...final end and Judgement of Deacon Cornish, Samuel Case & Joseph Case, of Simsbury, Arbitrators indifferently chosen, elected and named by each party to complete and make a final Dist. ofthe Estate of Simon Mills.. In Witness whereof we have set to our Hands & Seals..Samll Humphris Sen. Ls., Simon X Mills Ls., John Mills Ls., Joseph Mills Ls., Benjamin Mills Ls., Samuel Tuller Ls., Thomas Ellsworth Ls., Daniel Loomis Ls., Thomas Horskins Ls., Hannah X Loomis Ls.
Barber Genealogy, Sect I Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut 1614-1909, Sect II Descendants of John Barber of Worcester Massachusetts 1714- 1909, Publ John Barber White, Ed Lillian May Wilson, Haverhill Mass, Press of the Nichols Print, 1909, clxiv 659p 24cm, 10-11369, CS71.B24 1909, Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor Connecticut 1614-1909.
p52: "Tryphene Humphrey, 1st wife of Dr Samuel Barber, was descended from the Emigrant Michael Humphrey, as follows:
p53: "Lieut. Samuel Humphrey, m. Mary Mills, dau. of Simon and Mary
(Buel) Mills, who was B. Dec 8, 1662; d. Apr r, 1730. Their son,
"Ensign Samuel Humphrey m. Lydia North, dau. of Nathaniel North, and
granddau. of John and Hannah (Buel) North. She was b. Aug 8, 1680.
"Tryphene Humphrey, b. June 27, 1722; m. Dr. Samuel Barber..."
ANCESTRY.COM 30 Jul 2000
Database: Connecticut Puritan Settlers, 1633-1845
First Sttlers of the Colony. Mills, Simon, Windsor, married in 1639. The name of Mills was in Massachusetts as early as '30. Simeon was early in Connecticut, and the name is now common in this State.
First Settlers of the Colony. Mills, Simon, jr., married Mary Buell, 1650; and had Mary, Simon, John, Hannah, Sarah, Abigail, Elizabeth, Prudence, and Simon born in '78--son of Simon, sen'r.
Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of Connecticut. (Continued.) Mills, Simon, of Windsor--died in 1683. Estate £168. Children, John, aged 14, Simon 5, Mary Humphrey, eldest daughter, 20, Hannah 18, Sarah 13, Abigail 11, Elizabeth 9, Prudence 7. He owned land at Weataug, at horseshoe swamp, at long meadow, and four parcels on the plain.
A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS.
1677 to 1687.
Page 130 Name: Simon Mills Location:
Died 6 July, 1683. Invt. œ168-07-00. The children: Eldest daughter Mary Humphries age 20 years, Hannah Mills 18, Sarah 13, Abigail 11, Elizabeth 9, Prudence 7 (Decd), John Mills age 14 years, and Simon 5 years of age.
Court Record, Page 72--6 September, 1683: Adms. to the Relict and Peter Buell.
Page 78--18 December, 1683: This Court having granted Adms. to the Widow of Simon Mills and Peter Buell on the Estate of Simon Mills, do divide the Estate as followeth:
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To the Relict, of Personal Estate & 1-3 of the Real, 16-00-00
To the Eldest son John Mills, 22-00-00
To the rest of the Children, to each, 11-00-00
The sons to receive their portions in Land as they come of age, the rest in Reversion after their Mother's decease. This Court appoint John Case and Samuel Willcox to be Overseers.
Dist. File, 24 July, 1691: Upon an Order of the Court made 18 December, 1683:
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To the Eldest son John Mills, 22-00-00
To Samuel Humphrey, husband to Mary the Eldest daughter, 13-16-03
To Simon Drake, husband to Hannah, 13-17-00
To Sarah Mills, 12-02-00
To Elizabeth Mills, 13-00-00
Page 188--(Vol. VIII) 5 April, 1714: This Court orders the Estate of Simon Mills, late of Simsbury, Decd., shall be dist. and divided to the Children & heirs of the sd. Decd by the Rule and Proportion according to an Order or Decree of the County Court holden at Hartford 18 December, Anno Dom 1683; and for that End do now order and appoint Mr. Joseph Case, Mr. Joseph Phelps and John Slater, of Simsbury, to divide the sd. Estate accordingly, and make return thereof to this Court on or before the 1st Monday of June next.
A Settlement by Arbitration of the Estate of Simon Mills of Simsbury, who died 1683, made this 25th March, 1719. (Vol. IX, Page):
Know all Men by these presents: That we the Undersigned do acknowledge ourselves firmly bound unto each other in the sum of œ100 current money or Bills of Credit, and to the true performance hereof we do bind ourselves and each of our heirs firmly by these presents, in Witness whereof we have set to our Hand to stand to, abide by, and in all things stand to the final end and Judgement of Deacon Cornish, Samuel Case & Joseph Case, of Simsbury, Arbitrators indifferently chosen, elected and named by each party to complete and make a final Dist. of the Estate of Simon Mills of Simsbury Decd., and to judge, order, arbitrate and determine all differences that has, shall or may arise concerning the premises relateing to the sd. Estate, according to Justice and Ecquitty, provided the sd. Arbitrators doe bring in their reward under their hands & Seals at, on or before the 6th day of April next ensueing the date hereof. Then this Obligation is to be void & of non effect, otherwise to stand and remain in full force & virtue. In Witness whereof we have set to our Hands & Seals the date abovesd.
Samll Humphris sen. Ls. Samuel Tuller Ls.
Simon X Mills Ls. Thomas Ellsworth Ls.
John Mills Ls. Daniel Loomis Ls.
Joseph Mills Ls. Thomas Horskins Ls.
Benjamin Mills Ls. Hannah X Loomis Ls.
Witness: James Hilliyer Jr., Jacob Tuller.
8VLX-24 Simon MILLS or MILLER Mar Mary BUELL ?20 Feb 1659/1660, Ancestral File Ver 4.10 8JQJ-ZT (Simon MILLS Jr) Born Windsor Hartford Connecticut Ca 1637 (Jr) Chr 13 Apr 1613 Barnstable DevonshireEngland Great Britain (?Jr <Sr) Mar 23 Feb 1659/1560 Windsor Hartford Died 8 Jun 1683 Simsbury Hartford CT.
INTERNATIONAL GENEALOGICAL INDEX
IGI Marriage 7116128-2-1235286 23 Feb 1656, 7727602-14-1126125 1660 Litchfield Litchfield Connecticut, A170516-170516,170517 Simon MILLS Mar Mary BUELL 23 Feb 1660 Windsor Hartford Connecticut.
LATTER DAY SAINTS
LDS Submission: Mernie A Gallagher Bunce 1161 Santa Fe Ave Martinez California. LDS Heir: Mernie A GallagherBunce 5th Great Granddaughter LtSH/MBM. Simon MILLS Mar Mary MILLS Father of Mary BUELL MILLS.
Simon married Mary BUELL, daughter of William BUELL and Mary POST, on 23 Feb 1659/60 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. (Mary BUELL was born on 3 Sep 1642 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, USA and died on 24 Jun 1718 in Massaco, East Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.)