William Horsford1

M, b. circa 1600, d. before 14 July 1660
     William was born circa 1600 probably at Dorchester, Dorchestershire, England. William married his wife circa 1614 in England. It has not been possible to discovef her name. He and his wife were blessed with 4 children. By 1633, William was residing in Dorchester, Massachusetts. On 16 April 1636, he removed to Windsor, Connecticut. The locality was named Windsor in February of the following year. He was deputy of Windsor to the Colonial Legislature in May 1637. He returned to England in 1654. William's wife, ___, died on 25 August 1641 in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, leaving him a widower. William married 2nd Jane Foulke after 25 August 1641 in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut. She was 1st married to Henry Foulke who died 12 September 1640 in Windsor, Connecticut. She & her 1st husband had also resided in Dorchester. He and Jane were blessed with no children. William made his will on 27 August 1650 at Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut.

"I Will Horsford do mack this as my Last will and testament. I give to my wife Jane Horsford half e my dwelling house half my Barn and Half my cow house during the time of her life. I give all so unto my wife that medowe I bought of Elyas Parckman lying in ye lytell, medow, during her life, also I give unto my wife on hoge half e the apelles that grows in the orched this yeare, 5 bushelles of wheat 10 bushelles of Indyan come all so she is peaceably to in joye the Lands that wear her owen be fore my maryag only half e anacker of the orched which lys by the hie way going into the medow wch is specified on wryting I give to my sonne John Horsford. He I mack my executor and do give unto him all my Lands housing catell goods and debtes. What housing I have given to my wife during her life I do give to my sonn John after my wifes life and all such lands as my wife do in joye during her life w hich was given to my wife at my marryag, specified on wryting, I do give to my sone John and his ayres after my wifes life and in case my sone dye be fore his mother and have no children or child either bourne or in the wombe to in joye the sayd lands and housing I do then give yt to my too daughters children equally to be devided ; I do give to my daughters ten pounds apece to be payd in 2 yeares time my son is to pay my debtes if he takes the executor shop.
William Horsford."2

William made a 2nd will on 6 September 1654.

"I do bequeath unto my son John Horsford all my estate in Windsor. I do appoint him to discharge my Bill into court for Richard Samwais his children, as also a bill under my hand to my wife for about £40 if my wife stays in New England but I hope she will come to me in England.
William Horsford.3

William departed this life before 14 July 1660 in Tiverton, Devonshire, England. His will was recorded 14 July 1660. It was witness : Walter Fyler & Jane Fyler.

Family 1

___ (?) d. 25 Aug 1641

Family 2

Jane (?) d. a 13 Oct 1692


  1. [S119] Herbert Furman Seversmith, Colonial Families of Long Island, New York & Connecticut, Volume III: page 1391.
  2. [S812] Henry Hallock Horsford, Ye Horseforde booke - Horsford-Hosford families in the United States of America, Will of William Horsford dated 27 August 1650.
  3. [S812] Henry Hallock Horsford, Ye Horseforde booke - Horsford-Hosford families in the United States of America, 2nd Will of William Horsford dated 6 September 1654.