John MOSS, Sr.

Male 1604 - 1707  (103 years)


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  • Name John MOSS 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 1604  Manchester, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1639  [1
    the 37th member of the First Church of Christ of New Haven 
    Military 1642  [1
    appointed corporal in the New Haven Train Band 
    Misc 1677–78  Wallingford, British America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    was granted 77 acres of land by Abraham Dowlittle & Thomas Yale 
    • From History of Cheshire p 43:
      "On the land Records of Wallingford the first evidence to be found of a grant of land within the present area of Cheshire is the one to John Moss, Senior. He was the venerable pillar of the church, and one of the four men chosen by the New Haven committee to manage the affairs of the village when it was first established. He had also been active and efficient in the pyublic business of the town and it is probably because of his many services that we find the folloiwing record:
      '1677-8. The townsmen grant 77 acres to John Moss Senior acros ye 'Tenn Mile River'
      Abraham Dowlittel,
      Thomas Yale
      Townsmen
      Test: Joseph Houlte, Recorder"
    Misc was one of the signers of the Fundamental Agreement, or Original Constitution of the Colony of New Haven, June 4, 1639 
    Fundamental Agreement of 1639
    Fundamental Agreement of 1639
    Occupation 1664  New Haven Colony, , USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    deputy in the General Court 
    Misc BY 1667  [1
    is mentioned in Hartford and New Haven records for his exploration of the area today known as Wallingford. His name is mentioned in various deeds and land records in transactions with the Indians to procure the land for colonial settlement. 
    Misc 10 Oct 1667  Hartford, Connecticut, British America Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    was one of 39 planters assigned a lot for a new village (Wallingford) on the East River 
    • from "History of Cheshire, Connecticut from 1694-1840"

      "The union with the Connecticut Colony having been perfected, and New Haven (no longer a colony, but now an important town), having been confirmed in its ownership of the Indian lands it had purchased, began to consider ways and means for providing land and employment for the large surplus population with its borders. To this end some of the chief inhabitants and magistrates held meetings and decided to "erect a village upon our lands lying above ye great plaine."
      As this could not be done without consent of the "Generall Courte," the following record of a session held at Hartford Oct. 10th 1667, gives permission to the town of New Haven by the following resolution:
      "Upon the motion of the deputies of New Haven this courte grants the towne of New Haven libertie to make a village on ye East River, if they see it capable for such a thing, provided they setle a villiage there within fower years from May next."
      The New Haven townsmen now discussed this village matter in town meeting; eventually voting to appoint a committee, who were to arrange the preliminaries necessary for a village settlement. The New Haven town committee issued an "Agreement" for the signatures of those proposing to become inhabitants of the new village. This paper, much torn, may still be found among the "records" in the Town Clerk's office at Wallingford.

      'We, whose names are underwritten being accepted by the Committee of New Haven for ye intended village as Planters and desiring that ye worship and ordinances of God may in due time be set up and encouraged among us, as the main concernment of a Christian People, doe sincerely and in the fear of God promise and engage ourselves that we shall not neighter directly nor indirectly, do anything to hinder or obstruct any good means that shall be used by ye said Comite, or others instructed by them to promote the premises, by securing a Godly and able ministry amoung us to dispense to us the word of God, and when such ministry, or a Church of Christ shall be settled among us, we engage by no means to distrub the same in their choice of a Minister or Ministers or other Chh officers or in any other of their Chh Rights, liberties, or administrations, nor shall refuse or withdraw due maintenance from such Minister or Ministry, And farther we doe engage ourselves peaceably to submit to such settlement, and Civil order as the said Committee shall direct among us either by themselves, or some other as a Comite by them appointed, upon the place, until the said village come to be an orderly establishment within itself, and lastly we doe engage personally to settle up on ye place by May next, commencing next, come twelve month, if God's Providence inevitably hinder not, and to observe and perform all and every yet other Articles agreed upon.' "

      The agreement was signed by the following 39 persons:
      1. Samuel Street
      2. John Mosse, Sr.
      3. John Brockett
      4. Nathl Merriman, Sr.
      5. Abraham Dowlittle
      6. Jere How
      7. Samuel Andrews
      8 Daniel Sherman *
      9 John Hall
      10 Samuel Hall
      11 Samll Cook
      12 Zach How
      13 Nathl How
      14 Joseph Benham
      15 Samuel Potter
      16 Joseph Ives
      17 Eleazar Peck
      18 Samuel Munson
      19 John Peck
      20 Samuel Browne *
      21 John Milles
      22 Jathan Andrews
      23 John Ives *
      24 Simon Tuttell
      25 Samuel Miles *
      26 William Johnson *
      27 John Harriman
      28 Francis Heaton *
      29 John Fen *
      30 Daniel Hogge *
      31 Samuel Whitehead *
      32 Benamin Lewis
      33 Thomas Curtis
      34 Thomas Yale
      35 Thomas Hall
      36 John Beech, Sr.
      37 Eliasaph Preston
      38 Jehiel Preston *
      39 Eliazer Holt *

      (Those marked with an asterisk did not "possess their lotts", and those lots were assigned to other applicants.)
    Wallingford Connecticut 1670-72
    Wallingford Connecticut 1670-72
    Showing John Moss's land (#2)
    Misc 31 Jan 1668  New Haven, Connecticut, British America Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    was nominated to a committe to manage plantation affairs of the new village 
    • From History of Cheshire, Connecticut, from 1694-1840" p20-21

      "1. The Committee do consent to put the said village designe into ye hands of a competent number of persons fitly qualified for that work, provided, they reasonably appear and engage to undertake ye same upon theire articles and further shall appoint some fit persona of ye said number of be a committee with full power to manage their plantation affairs, until the place come to be an orderly establishment within itself.

      2. For ye safety and well being of church affairs, for ye Ministry and maintenance, the committee do order yt ye s'd undertakers and successors before *they are) admitted shall subscribe to the following engagement, vide, He, or they, as afs'd shal not by any means Disturb ye church when settled there, in their choice of Minister of Ministers, or other ch'h officers - or in any of their Ch'h Rights, Liberties, or administrations, nor shall refuse nor withdraw maintenance from such ministry, and until such Ch'h be settled, shall submit to such order as ye said committee shall make, for a Godly Minister to dispence ye word of God among them.

      3. That the said Committee to be appointed and their successors in receiving of Planters, shall have due respect to New Haven persons, being fit and offering themselves, so far as it can consist with the good of the place and capacity thereof.

      4. Lastly. These articles being accepted, the s'd company and all others admitted planters among them, shall enjoy their accommodations and lands, without payment of purchase money to New Haven, to themselves, their heirs, successors and assigns, forever, so far as concerns New Haven town's purchase within the village bounds, the said town of New Haven consenting there until. And we do nominate,
      Mr. Samuel Street
      John Moss
      John Brockett and
      Abraham Doolittle
      To be a committee whom we herby impower to manage all plantation affairs in ye said village according to, and in pursuance of the above weritten articles, and to see the same attended and performed by the planters, either, are or shall be by them the said committee, and also for to disposal and distribution of allotments in some such equal way as shall best suit the condition of the place and ye inhabitance thereof, and to use their best means they can for procurement of some able and fit man to dispense the word of God among them, and lastly, we do impower them, the above named committee to make choice of such other fit persons into the exercise of their power and trust with themselves, for their assistance, of any such shall appear among them, and the major part of the said committee, herby appointed or intended, have full power to act in all the premises, as they shall see cause, in pursuance of the said articles and undertakings. In testimony whereof, and to all the said articles and premises, we, the committee appointed by New Haven, thereunto, have set to our hands.
      William Jones
      Matthew Gilbert
      William Broadley
      John Harriman
      John Humiston
      Abraham Dickerman
      Jeremiah Osborn"

      p 23:
      "The committee, Messrs Samuel Street, John Morse Senr, John Brockett and Abraham Doolittle, showed themselves fully competent; from the time of their appointment until a number of settlers had built sufficient houses, fences and other accommodations to protect themselves in their new village, these men continued to work for the success of this enterprise"

      p. 26:
      "There is no doubt that this orderly arrangement of House lotts, and agreement for the division of lands, was in a great measure due to Mr. John Brockett and Mr. John Moss, who had, some years before, explored the region; and Mr. Brockett having been the surveyor of the outlands for the New Haven planters, was well qualified to lay out satisfactorily the lands of the new plantation.
      In the spring of 1672-73 so many persons had erected houses and fenced in their allotments that the authorities in New Haven concluded the inhabitants of Wallingford might safely conduct their own affairs; therefore the committee resigned in May, and thenceforward the community was govberned by its own 'Comte' or Town Meetings, at which the people elected their own officials,a nd a record was made by prominent inhabitants pledging themselves to 'carry on ye town in an orderly manner'"
    Misc 1670  [1, 4
    argued before the Hartford General Court to incorporate the land and name it Wallingford. The petition was approved 12 May 1670 with John Moss as one of its founders 
    • A book of photos of Wallingford published by the Wallingford Historical Society, indicates that this name came from John Moss's place of origin in Wallingford, Berkshire England.
    Occupation 1667–1670  [1
    deputy from New Haven to the General Court in Hartford 
    Possessions BY 1670  [5
    lot 2 was granted by committee to John Moss 
    Misc Aft May 1673  [3
    was appointed by the townspeople of Wallingford to a committee to approve the admission of new planters 
    Name Mosse  [6
    Occupation remained active in Wallingford for nearly three more decades as its representative to the General Court.  [1
    Occupation served on many town committees and represented individuals in the community as the colony's agent in various land transactions with the Quinnipiac Indians  [1
    Occupation BY 1678  [2
    had been appointed and "impowered to 'joyne persons in mariage', administer oaths, etc., and was thereafter entitled to be called 'Mister'" 
    Died 31 Mar 1707  [7
    Cause: possibly died at the home of his daughter in Jamaica, Long Island 
    • History of Cheshire from 1694-1840 says on page 43 (footnotes):

      "... the author of the Family History says of the Mosses: 'The Place of his death is not reported. If he did not die at Wallingford, his death may have occurred at Jamaica, Long Island, at the residence of a daughter.' His descendants are noted for the their longevity, and there is an unauthenticated statement that Mr. John Moss died in Wallingford at the age of 103 years"
    Person ID I99  My Family
    Last Modified 20 May 2014 

    Father William John MOSS,   b. 1571, Manchester, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1576, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Married Abt 1603  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7302  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. John MOSS, Jr.,   b. 12 Oct 1650, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1717, Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Family ID F7026  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1604 - Manchester, Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - deputy in the General Court - 1664 - New Haven Colony, , USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Fundamental Agreement of 1639
    Fundamental Agreement of 1639

  • Sources 
    1. [S2575] Book: One Life at a Time, viewed; 2010; 32.
      book mentions year and country, not specific place

    2. [S2999] book: History of Cheshire, Connecticut from 1649-1840, downloaded; May 2013; p 43.

    3. [S2999] book: History of Cheshire, Connecticut from 1649-1840, downloaded; May 2013; p 17.

    4. [S2579] Wallingford, Wallingford Historical Society, p 7 (Intro).

    5. [S2999] book: History of Cheshire, Connecticut from 1649-1840, downloaded; May 2014; map p. 22 & p 25.

    6. [S2999] book: History of Cheshire, Connecticut from 1649-1840, downloaded; May 2013; various locations throughout book where John Moss is recorded in documents.

    7. [S2573] book: History of the Colony of New Haven, downloaded; 2010; p 148.



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