Thomas Orton

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Thomas Orton, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born at England, in 1613.1 He died after 7 May 1688, when he deeded his estate to his children.2

Thomas married Margaret Pratt, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Windsor, Connecticut, 16 June 1641.3,1,4

The deed of his estate includes:
These may certify all concerned that I, Thomas Orton of Farmington, in the County of Connecticut, in New England, for and in consideration of my natural love and indexed affection to my Children and my children's children, hereinafter named, and for other good causes, me hereunto moving, have granted and given to them and do hereby give and grant unto them in the manner following:

(1) I give and bequeath unto my beloved son, John, my home lot lying and being in the town of Farmington, aoutting west on John Norton's land, east partly on the highway and partly on John Woodruff (etc.), with all the housing, orchards, and privileges, appurtenances, and profits thereunto belonging;
(2) a tract in the third meadow (thirty acres);
(3) a tract in Nod (Avon), fourteeen acres, etc., etc;
(4) a tract of pasture land;
(5) a small parcel in the great meadow, from and after the end of my natural life.

To my beloved daughter, Elizabeth Lewis, the use and improvement of all my land lying in a neck of Farmington meadow, called More's Corner, during her natural life and then these parcels of land to turn to my grandson, Thomas.

To my grandson, Thomas Orton,
(1) a parcel of land lying to the east side of the great river in Windsor, which I bought of John Gailer (Gaylord), seventy-five acres
(2) twenty acres, more or less, lying in the same town.

To Margaret, daughter of my son, John, £10 in money.

To the three daughters of my daughter, Sarah Dewey, now living, I give £5 apiece in money;
to the four sons of my daughter, Sarah Dewey, I give my land in the great swamp, as also my division of the upland in Farmington which lieth against Wethersfield bounds, to be divided in equal proportions;

the remainder of uplands I give to my son, John.

To him, also, was assigned the care of his funeral expenses and also the gathering and paying of all his just debts. For these services he further orders £5 to be allowed to him.

The rest of my estate I give and bequeath to my three daughters, Mary Root, Sarah Dewey, and Elizabeth Lewis, to be divided among them in equal proportions.5


Margaret Pratt d. bef. 7 May 1688
This person was last edited on25 Sep 2019


  1. [S2032] Belle Preston, Bassett-Preston Ancestors: A History of the Ancestors in America of Marion Bassett Luitweiler, Howard Murray Bassett, Preston Rogers Bassett, Isabel Bassett Wasson, and Helen Bassett Hauser, Children of Edward M. and Annie (Preston) Bassett(New Haven, Connecticut: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1930), 205, further cited as Preston, Bassett-Preston.
  2. [S2032] Preston, Bassett-Preston, 206.
  3. [S507] Adelbert Milton Dewey, Louis Marinus Dewey, William T. Dewey, Orville C. Dewey and George Dewey, Life of George Dewey, Rear Admiral, U.S.N., and Dewey Family History, Illustrated(Westfield, Mass: Dewey Publishing, 1898), 845, further cited as Dewey, et al., Dewey Family.
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 2:1115, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S534] Edward Orton, An Account of the Descendants of Thomas Orton of Windsor, Connecticut, 1641, Principally in the Male Line(Columbus, Ohio: Press of Nitschkey Brothers, 1896), 15-16, further cited as Orton, Orton Family.