Sargeant William East
A son of William's, by his first wife, was the first English person who died in Milford. He died 18 June 1644 age one year. William, along with Alexander Bryan & his son, Richard Bryan were the first merchants at Milford. In 1640, a company was formed under the command of Capt. John Astwood. William Fowler was lieutenant, Alexander Bryan, Ensign, & William East, sergeant.1 William married 2nd Mary Plum, daughter of Sylvester Baldwin and Sarah (?), in 1676 in Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut.2
|Mary Baldwin b. 19 Feb 1626, d. 1708|
- [S694] Edward R. Lambert, History of the Colony of New Haven, page 110 - the first English person who died In Milford, was a son of William East, aged a year; he died June 18, 1644
pages 119-120 - Considerable attention appears to have been early given in the town to trade & commerce. The first merchants were Alexander Bryan, and his son, Richard Bryan & William East. ... In 1640, a company was formed under the command of Capt. John Astwood. William Fowler was lieutenant, Alexander Bryan, Ensign, & William East, sergeant. ... Every person from the age of 16 to 60 were required to bear arms.
[foot note: Alexander Bryan was also a lawyer]
- [S138] Charles Candee Baldwin, The Baldwin Genealody from 1500-1881, page 41 - Mary Baldwin married 2nd William East of Milford.