1596 - 1659
||Hollingbourne, Kent, England [3, 4, 5]
||16 Aug 1659
||Oyster River, Saybrook, CT [3, 6]
||31 Aug 1659
||Bradley - Post
||17 Nov 1996 |
||Abraham Post, b. 18 May 1566, Hollingbourne, Kent, England , d. 22 Jul 1639, Hollingbourne, Kent, England |
||Ann Hunter, b. 1568, Hollingbourne, Kent, England , d. Apr 1626, Hollingbourne, Kent, England |
||26 Apr 1595
||Hollingbourne, Kent, England
||Elinor Langley, b. Abt 1606, Hollingbourne, Kent, England , d. 13 Nov 1670, Saybrook, CT |
||Kent, England [3, 5, 7]
| ||1. Thomas Post, d. 05 Sep 1701, Norwich, New London, CT |
| ||2. Catherine Post, d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||3. John Post, b. 13 Sep 1629, Otham, Kent, England , d. 27 Nov 1710, Norwich, New London, CT |
| ||4. Abraham Post, b. Abt 1640, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut , d. Abt 1691, Saybrook, CT |
- ||||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.
- [S4] Beginnings, John Fiske, (Houghton Mifflin), , pp 134-135.
- [S5] Story of Connecticut, (American, Historical Co., Inc., 1939), 974.6., , Vol. III, p. 341.
- [S21] Post Family Bible, (Meriweather Post, Hillwood Museum, Washington DC).
- [S132] Donahue lists birth date as 24 June 1604 in Otham,.
- [S60] Major, C.W. Post, Nettie Leitch Major, (Judd & Detweiler, Inc., 1963).
- [S10] CT Archives-Saybrook, (CT State Library, Hartford, CT), , 1-25,.
- [S51] Dustin Donahue, Compiler: Dustin Donahue, (World Wide Web www.teleport.com/~ddonahue/donahue).