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Deacon Richard Platt

Male 1603 - 1683  (79 years)


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  • Name Deacon Richard Platt  [1, 2
    Title Deacon 
    Born 28 Sep 1603  Ware, West Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 28 Sep 1603  Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1683  Milford, New Haven, Ct Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 13 Feb 1682/83  Milford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The first ancestor of by far the most of those who bear the name in the United States, was Richard Piatt, who came from the very heart of the old country. We have reason to think that he was born in the same year that Queen Elizabeth died, if the following statement really applies to him: " Richard Piatt, son of Joseph Piatt, was baptized Sept. 28, 1603." This is claimed as an extract from the parish records of Bovingdon, a village ne
      Hertford, Eug. There are more Richards than one. Some have thought that Richard 1st, as we shall call him, came from Huntingdon or Norfolk, Eng., but the meagre evidence does not establish either of these statements as a certainty. Indeed, the research in England has been quite limited. The late Prof. Piatt, of the Yale Law School, wrote a few weeks before his death, that " a certain Richard Piatt founded a free Grammar School between Oldenham and Elstow, in Hertfordshire, during the last decade of the sixteenth century, and it is now in successful operation, or was so quite lately, on the original foundation. This is shown in Causick's^'i^tory of Hertfordshire. There is also a descripiioi^ of the school in Cluterbuch's History of Hfer^oq-^^^-e." The precise locality of our ancestoo^^ *Mi£llM[i^ee may be a question that needs more search. ,, '.,
      But our progenitor, Richard Pl^ist Cf country in 1638, and landed at New^ records of the colony of New Haven ^ v?^a3 Richard Piatt had eighty-four acres of land in and around New Haven. In the Milford records we read that. he was enrolled among its first settlers, Nov. 20, 1639, having four in his family. " He had probably brought with him from England his children, Mary, John, Isaac and Sarah ; for his first child baptized in Milford, by the record, was Epenetus, July 12, 1640. Subsequently were baptized, Hannah, October 1, 1643 ; Josiah, 1645, and Joseph in 1649." After his arrival in New Haven, Richard Piatt acquired possession, among others, of several acres of land in what is now the best [)art of the Elm City ; (it was on the south side of Chapel street, near College street, adjoining the ground of Peter Prudden,) in what was called the " Hertfordshire quarter." But the project of founding the township of Milford, nine miles west of the city, was soon after matured, and he threw in his lot among the sixty-six who formed themselves into a church organization, August 22, 1639, before tliey departed from New. Haven, and proceeded to carry out the enterprise of settling that flourishing township. Richard Piatt is on the records as a landowner. His name is on the list of free-planters made out in 1646 ; he was chosen a deacon in the first church in Milford in 1669. It is recorded that his wife, Mary, died in January, 1676. His daughters, Mary and Sarah, too, probably died before the father made his will, in 1683, for in it he makes bequests to tlieir children instead of to them. He leaves something to each of his five sons in addition to what he liad given them before. It is quite noteworthy that he left to one of his heirs a legacy " towards bringing up his son to be a scholar." This thought and this expression betray a profound interest in the best things in life. The fact, too, that he left by will a Bible to each of his nineteen grand-children, shows in rough pioneer daj-s how sincere and earnest he was in his Christian profession and life, and that he regarded the divine word as a precious legacy to his descendants. He appears on the records as one of the witnesses to the will of -Peter Prudden. Pvichard Piatt's estate was estimated at about 600 pounds sterling. He died in
    Person ID I00002  Platt
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2014 

    Father George Platt,   b. 13 May 1577, Ware, West Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1609, Ware, West Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mary Elizabeth Berchard,   b. 1584, Ware, West Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN, Ware, West Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married Abt 1597  Ware, West Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0008  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Wood,   b. 10 Nov 1605, Roydon, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1673/74, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 26 Jan 1628/29  Roydon, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Joseph Platt,   d. UNKNOWN
     2. Mary Platt,   b. 11 Nov 1629, Roydon, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1669, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     3. John Platt,   b. 11 Jan 1630/31, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1705, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     4. Isaac Platt,   b. 10 Apr 1633, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1691, Huntington, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     5. Sarah Platt,   b. 11 Sep 1634, New Haven, Ct Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1670, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     6. Samuel Platt,   b. 9 Dec 1634, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1635, Ware, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Hannah Platt,   b. 1 Oct 1643, Milford, New Haven Co., Ct Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1702, Milford, New Haven Co., Ct Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     8. Josiah Platt,   b. 16 Nov 1645, Milford, New Haven Co., Ct Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1723/24, Milford, New Haven Co., Ct Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     9. Epenetus Platt,   b. 12 Jun 1640, Milford, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1693, Huntington, Suffolk Co., LI, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2014 
    Family ID F0007  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S005789] Lineage Papers of Robert Forsyth Little, Jr. for the Society of the Colonial Wars.

    2. [S005793] Platt Genealogy.


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