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Organization of the Church in Windsor

Transcribed from The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors, (Save $201 by ordering through us.) Two volumes. By Judge Oliver Seymour Phelps and Andrew T. Servin. (Eagle Publishing Company of Pittsfield, Mass., 1899). Original spelling and punctuation preserved. Vol. I, p 80-81

The Church in Windsor, with which our ancestor, Mr. William Phelps, and his associates were connected, was, it would appear, organized by them and their associates in Plymonth, old England, early in 1630 as previously stated.

The call of these emigrants of their first pastors, the Rev. Mr. Warham and Rev. Mr. Mayerick, their acceptance of same, and their installment, by the Rev. John White, in the New Hospital, Plymouth, England, the Sunday before sailing; settling in Dorchester, Mass., and from there to Windsor, Connecticut, in 1635-6, all of which have been mentioned before.

This church held its 250th. anniversary in 1880. Many of the descendants of Mr. William Phelps still worship there. This church has had since its organization the following Pastors: Rev. John Warham, John Maverick, Ephraim Nathaniel Chauncey, Samuel Mather, Jonathan Marsh, William Russell, David S. Rowland, Benjamin Parsons, and Gowan C. Wilson--an average pastorate of about eighteen years.

"Roll back the curtain of the years and let our eyes behold the distant times, the ancient ways, the stirring men of old, across the stormy deeps they came, the forest wild they trod to find a name for liberty--a temple for their God."

Says Stiles(2) History of Windsor: "Many of the prominent men of the colony dealt largely in real estate."

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A Correct Map of Connecticut from actual Survey. Engraved by A. Doolittle Newhaven 1797. Published for Dr. Trumbull's2 History of Connecticut. The hand coloring was added later. Issued in Vol. 1 of the 1797 edition of Trumbell's history, opposite the title page. Larger image

In 1637 the Windsor Company purchased land from Plymouth Company, who had originally purchased it from the Indians, was the first land owned by the English in Windsor.

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A map of Indian land purchases by the settlers of Windsor and Simsbury(1). View larger image

(1) From The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors, (Save $201 by ordering through us.) Two volumes. By Judge Oliver Seymour Phelps and Andrew T. Servin. (Eagle Publishing Company of Pittsfield, Mass., 1899) Original spelling and punctuation preserved.) Vol. I, p 77-89

(2) Henry R. Stiles, A.M., M.D., History of Ancient Windsor, 2 Vols. (Picton Press, Camden, Maine). 1891, 1892.

(3)Trumbull, B. Complete History of Connecticut, Civil and Ecclesiastical. 2 vols. New London,1898.