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Stephen Post[1, 2]

Male 1596 - 1659


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  • Born  1596  Hollingbourne, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  Abt 1635  Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  16 Aug 1659  Oyster River, Saybrook, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6
    Probate  31 Aug 1659  Saybrook, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I12  Bradley - Post
    Last Modified  17 Nov 1996 

    Father  Abraham Post,   b. 18 May 1566, Hollingbourne, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1639, Hollingbourne, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Ann Hunter,   b. 1568, Hollingbourne, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1626, Hollingbourne, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  26 Apr 1595  Hollingbourne, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F7  Group Sheet

    Family  Elinor Langley,   b. Abt 1606, Hollingbourne, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1670, Saybrook, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1625  Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 7
    Children 
     1. Thomas Post,   d. 05 Sep 1701, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Catherine Post,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. John Post,   b. 13 Sep 1629, Otham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1710, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Abraham Post,   b. Abt 1640, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1691, Saybrook, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F8  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • ||||He may have come to America with the Reverend Thomas Hooker aboard the ship "Griffin" in 1634 or 1635, and settled at New Town, now Cambridge, Mass., on the south side of the Charles Rivernear Boston. He had twelve acres of land there. According to C.W. Post genealogy (see Post Family Bible), he came four months after Hooker due to the birth of a child.

      Hooker was a strong believer in democracy. When John Winthrop, in a letter to Hooker defending severe restrictions on suffrage, said that "the best part is always the least, and of thatbest part the wiser part is always the lesser", Hooker replied with the often-quoted remark: "in matters which concern the common good, a general council, chosen by all, to transact businesseswhich concern all, I conceive the most suitable to rule and most safe fore relief of the whole." Some authorites say that Hooker, more than any other, deserves to be called the father ofAmerican democracy. His quest for democracy led Hooker and his congregation to seek a new site on which to build a new city. He is buried in lot 441 in the old cemetary at Main and GoldStreets in Hartford.

      In 1635, Steven Post and over 100 other followers accompanied Rev. Hooker to the valley of the Connecticut River, where they founded the city of Hartford, Connecticut. The founder'smonument stands in the same old cemetary where Hooker was buried in 1647, and bears about 80 names. Among these are Stephen Post, William Hyde, Matthew Marvin, and Thomas Bliss Jr. and Sr.The current monument was erected in 1986, replacing the original sandstone one of 1837.

      In 1649, Stephen moved to Saybrook (now Westbrook), Connecticut, where he made his home until his death in 1659. A notice of a Saybrook town meeting, January 7, 1655-6, exists whichmentions the presence of the following:
      Thomas Adgate William Hide
      Robert Bull Randall Marvin
      Thomas Burchet William Parker
      William Bushnell John Post
      Robert Chapman Stephen Post
      John Clark, Sen. Jonathan Rudd
      Thomas Dunke Richard Tousland
      Richard Edgerton Thomas Tracy
      Francis Griswold William Waller

      The inventory of his estate, taken by John Clarke, Thomas Leffingwell, and Christopher Huntington, was valued at 442 pounds.
    • ||Some sources, such as Major's C.W. Post, list his wife as Ellen Panton.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Beginnings, John Fiske, (Houghton Mifflin), , pp 134-135.

    2. [S5] Story of Connecticut, (American, Historical Co., Inc., 1939), 974.6., , Vol. III, p. 341.

    3. [S21] Post Family Bible, (Meriweather Post, Hillwood Museum, Washington DC).

    4. [S132] Donahue lists birth date as 24 June 1604 in Otham,.

    5. [S60] Major, C.W. Post, Nettie Leitch Major, (Judd & Detweiler, Inc., 1963).

    6. [S10] CT Archives-Saybrook, (CT State Library, Hartford, CT), , 1-25,.

    7. [S51] Dustin Donahue, Compiler: Dustin Donahue, (World Wide Web www.teleport.com/~ddonahue/donahue).