Happy 349th Birthday, Grandfather Botsford!

Samuel Botsford, my 7 times great grandfather, was born on 30 July 1670, in Milford, Connecticut, to Elnathan and Hannah Baldwin Botsford.  He was baptized in the Milford Congregational Church on the next day.  In 1700, he married Hannah Camp, the daughter of Samuel and Hannah Betts (apparently none of my ancestors could come up with original names to make my life easier 350 years later!).  The couple lived in Milford their entire lives and there they raised their family of nine children:  Samuel, Jr. (1702) [my 6 times great grandfather], Elnathan (1704), Sarah (1706), Ebenezer (1709), John (1710), Jonathan (1711), David (1713), Hannah (1714), and Mehitable (1715).

Grandmother Botsford died on 29 October 1732.  Grandfather died 13 years later on 14 November 1745.  In his will, he names his sons Ebenezer and David as executors.  To my 6 times great grandfather, Samuel left “besides what I have already done for him at and for his settlement, the sum of 20 pounds [approximately,  $5,100.00 in today’s value – before the pound crashes] as old tenor money or the value thereof.”

His entire will as recorded in the New Haven Probate Records, Vol VI, page 652 can be found on pages 45-47 of Botsford Genealogy, The Line of Samuel. 1.1.3.  Vol 1, published by the Botsford Family History Association.

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.
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