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  • Name PLATT, Richard 
    Born 28 Sep 1603  Bovington, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Christened 6 May 1604  Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried Feb 1684  Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 13 Feb 1684  Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    WAC 10 Apr 1929  ARIZO Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I30786  Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith | Joseph Sr., Emma Hale
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    Father PLATT, Joseph ,   b. Abt 1571, Bovington, Hertsfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. DECEASED 
    Mother  (Age ~ 0 years) 
    Married Abt 1602  Bovington, Hertsfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5177  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family WOOD, Mary ,   b. 10 Nov 1605, Roydon, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1676, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married Abt 1623  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Children 
     1. PLATT, Mary ,   b. 11 Nov 1629, Roydon, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1669, Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     2. PLATT, Isaac ,   b. 10 Apr 1633, Ware, Hertsfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1691, Huntington, Long Island, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    +3. PLATT, Sarah ,   b. 11 Nov 1636, Ware, Hertsfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1670, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     4. PLATT, Captain Epenetus ,   b. 2 Jul 1640, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1693, Huntington, Long Island, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     5. PLATT, Hannah ,   b. 1 Oct 1643, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1702, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     6. PLATT, John ,   b. 1645, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1705, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     7. PLATT, Josiah ,   b. 16 Nov 1645, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1724, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     8. PLATT, Joseph ,   b. 16 Nov 1645, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1724, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F4937  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Sep 1603 - Bovington, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 6 May 1604 - Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
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    • The name PLATT signifies "an open, level piece of land," and is one early found in many countries. In Norman French the name was spelled Pradt, then Pratt;
      Platt Coat of Arms
      in German, Platz. Coats-of-arms were granted to half a dozen different branches of the family in England as early as 1326.[1] In the Heraldry Office in London where these are recorded, mention is made of "the ancient and honorable family of Platt."[2] Sometimes we find the name spelled Plat, Platte, or Platts. The coat-of-arms here shown is one described by Burke in his General Armory, and was used by the Platts of County Middlesex, England.

      I. Richard PLATT, the immigrant ancestor of most of those who bear the name in this country, was from Hertfordshire, England, where a record in the parish of Bovingdon bears the entry: "Richard Platt, son of Joseph Platt, was born September 28, 1603." This is the year of the birth of Queen Elizabeth.[3]

      At the age of thirty-five he came to this country, arriving in New Haven, where he obtained eighty-four acres of land. A year later he joined the group which formed Milford, nine miles west, where a church organization was effected 22 August 1639. He is enrolled among the first settlers, 20 November of that year, with four in his family. He became a large landowner, and took a prominent part in local affairs. He is recorded as a free planter in 1646, and in 1669 was chosen deacon of the First Church there.[4]

      He was a man of superior intellectual perceptions, and decided religious tendencies. In his will, dated 4 August 1683, he names all his sons; the children of Mary, his daughter, by her second husband Thomas Wetmore; the children of Sarah, by two husbands, Thomas Beach and Miles Merwin; and daughter Hannah, the wife of Christopher Comstock.[5] He provided for a Bible to be given to each of his 19 grandchildren, and one of his heirs was left a legacy "towards bringing up his son to be a scholar." His estate was valued at 600 pounds sterling.[6]

      Richard Platt married in England, Mary Wood who died in Milford, Connecticut, and was buried 24 January 1675. He died in 1684. A beautiful memorial bridge spanning the Wapawany, at Milford, was erected in honor of the first settlers. It has a coping stone which bears this inscription: "Deacon Richard Platt, Obit 1684; Mary, his wife." The Senators Orville Hitchcock Platt, of Connecticut, and Thomas Platt, of New York, are descendants of this worthy pioneer.[7]

      CHILDREN:[8]

      Mary, born in England; married (1) 1 May 1651, Luke Atkinson, of New Haven; married (2).3 January 1667, Thomas Wetmore.
      John, born in England; settled in Norwalk; married 6 June 1660, Hannah, daughter of George Clark, jr. She was baptized in Milford, 29 November 1640, and died before 13 May 1718.[9] He was sergeant, deputy to General Court, and the father ,of four sons and three daughters.
      Isaac, born in England; settled in Huntington, Long Island, in 1666; died 31 July 1691; was captain of militia, and it is said of him that he held every office of consequence in the gift of the people of his town. He married (1) in Milford, 12 March 1640, Phebe Smith; married (2) at Huntington, about twenty years later, Elizabeth, daughter of Jonas Wood. "Plattsburg, New York, was settled by descendants of Isaac and Epenecus Platt."[10]
      Sarah, born in England; married (1) Thomas BEACH; married (2) Miles Merwin.
      Epenetus, baptized in Milford, Connecticut, 12 July 1640; settled in Huntington, Long Island. Was captain of foot company. Died 1693. [11] Married 1667, Phebe, daughter of Jonas Wood, of Huntington. Was called captain and lieutenant. There were nine children.
      Hannah, baptized I October 1643; married 6 October 1663, Christopher Comstock, and lived in Norwalk. They were the parents of seven children.
      Josiah, baptized 16 November 1645. Married 2 December 1669, Sarah, daughter of Thomas Canfield, of Milford. Both were admitted to the church 22 October 1672, and lived at Milford all their lives. They had five sons and four daughters.[12]
      Joseph, baptized August 1648; lived in Milford; was lieutenant; married 5 May 1680, Mary, daughter of Daniel Kellogg.

      Sarah Platt

      II. Sarah PLATT, born in England, married (1) 1652, Thomas BEACH; married (2) Miles Merwin.

      For continuation of this family line please see the BEACH biography.
      SOURCE: The Ancestry & Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale by Audentia Smith Anderson (1926)

      Footnotes
      (Connecticut Genealogy 2: 1047.)
      (Hudson and Mohawk Valleys Genealogy, Reynolds, 2: 615.)
      (The Platt Lineage, G. Lewis Platt, 1891, 14.)
      (ibid. 14, 15.)
      (Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Savage, 3: 444.)
      (Platt Lineage, 15)
      (Connecticut Genealogy 2: 1009.)
      (Compiled from Connecticut Genealogy 2: 1047; Hudson and Mohawk Valleys Genealogy 1: 263; 2: 615 -, and Savage, 3: 444.)
      (Boston Transcript 25 July 1927.)
      (Boston Transcript, 25 July 1928.)
      (Register Massachusetts Society Colonial Dames for 1905, 362.)
      (Boston Transcript, 20 June 1928, and 25 July 1928.)

      [3991.ftw] [Brderbund WFT Vol. 1, Ed. 1, Tree #3991, Date of Import: Oct 25, 1998] Richard Platt (1603-1684) came from Bovington, Hertfordshire, England on 'Hector' to Boston, Mass in 1637, with wife and four children. He moved to New Haven, Conn in 1638, and was granted lands at Milford, Conn. in 1646, and was chosen deacon in 1669. [phelps.FTW] [Brderbund WFT Vol. 1, Ed. 1, Tree #3991, Date of Import: Oct 25, 1998] Richard Platt (1603-1684) came from Bovington, Hertfordshire, England on 'Hector' to Boston, Mass in 1637, with wife and four children. He moved to New Haven, Conn in 1638, and was granted lands at Milford, Conn. in 1646, and was chosen deacon in 1669. Milford, New Haven, Connecticut


      Richard Platt & Mary/Wood Richard Platt (deacon)
      Genealogical Dictionary of New England SettlersVolume 3 page 445
      Platt, RICHARD, Milford 1639, then member of the church where he had lds. 1646, in the list of freemen 1669, was deacon [p.445] and died 1684/5; had probably brought from England : Mary, John, Isaac, and Sarah, and at M. had baptized Epenetus, prob. 12 July 1640; Hannah, 1 Oct. 1643; Josiah, 1645; Joseph, 1649; and his w. Mary d. or was buried 24 Jan. 1676. In his will of 4 Aug. 1683 he names all the s. beside children of Mary his d. by her second husband Thomas Wetmore; of Sarah, by two hs. Thomas Beach, and Miles Merwin, both of these ds. being deacons. also Hannah, w. of Christopher Comstock. Mary m. 1 May 1651, Luke Atkinson of New Haven, and next, 3 Jan. 1667, T. W. Six of the name were living there. Richard Platt was born in 1603 in England and died 1684 in New Haven, Connecticut. He married Mary Wood and to this union was born 9 children. Emigration: Late 1638 or early 1639: left Ware, ENGl MCS line: yes Misc: One of 66 men to found Milford, CT 989

      Roydon, where Richard and Mary married, is four miles southeast of Ware.
      On 16 April 1609 was mentioned as son in the will of George Platte of Warefordshire.
      On 13 July 1629 there was an "Order that Richard Platt of Ware and his apprentice be brought before certain justices, that some order might be taken to end the differences between them."
      On 25 April 1638 Westminster, England, Richard and Mary Platt signed a final concord to dispose of their lands and houses at Ware, receiving L42 for the premises. Then they prepared to sail for New England, but may have had to stay in or near London for some months while awaiting passage. They appear to have crossed the Atlantic either in the latter half of 1638 or the first half of 1639.
      It has been stated that the Platt family arrived at New Haven in August 1639, and this may be true, but Richard Platt is not among those who signed the covenant of 22 August 1639, and "Richard Plot" did not join the Church of Milford at New Haven until 29 January 1639/1640. He was a free planter, according to Abbott in Milford, New Haven County, CT, in 1639. His home lot was #38, consisting of 4 acres and one rod, near the corner of the present West Main and Cherry Streets. In 1669 he was chosen deacon of the church at Milford. He appeared on the list of freemen at Milford in October 1669: "A List of the Freemen of Milford [October 1669] ... Richard Platt."
      In her will dated 9 November 1669, proved 20 November 1669, Sarah (Bryan?) (Baldwin) Astwood of Milford appointed "my beloved brothers Richard Platt and Thomas Wheeler" overseers. Richard Platt and Thomas Wheeler were also witnesses to the will. Since Sarah's maiden name has not been proven, this statement has led to much genealogical speculation as to how she was related to these men -- or were they merely highly esteemed "brethren in the church"? If you look to their descendants rather than their antecedants, another possible explanation suggests itself -- Sarah's grandson Zachariah 3 Baldwin (Richard 2, Sylvester 1) was married to Richard Platt's granddaughter Mary 3 Atkinson (Mary 2, Richard 1).
      The will of "Richard Platt of Milford in Ye colony of connecticut" was dated 4 August 1683: It makes the following bequests: I give unto my son John Platt beside what I have formerly given him L26 & four bibles for his children. I give unto my son Isaac Platt L20 besides what I have formerly given him & for his children three bibles. I give unto my son Epenetus Platt besides what I have formerly given him L20 & for his children three bibles.
      I give my son in law Christopher Comstocke & his wife beside what I have formerly given him L22 & for his children 3 bibles. I give Samuel Bech [Beach] beside what I have formerly given him L6. I give Hannah & Deborah Merwin two bibles.
      I give Elder [Daniel] Buckingham L5 toward bringing up his son to be a schollar.
      I give my son Epenetus L5 toward bringing up his son to be a schollar.
      I give my son Josia Platt beside what I have formerly given him the meadow on ye far side the creeke by stubby playne, & halfe the pasture or land by ye necke gate, & the land not yet taken in of my division, & halfe the pasture land below the two orchards, & five bibles for his children. I give Josia Whitmore & his sister two bibles. I give my son Joseph Platt's children two bibles.
      I give my son Joseph Platt all the remainder of my estate, housing, barnes, lands, meadows, corne, cattle, horses, mares, sheep, hogs, movables, he paying the legacyes above named & debts.
      I make my son Joseph Platt my executor of this my last Will.
      I desire Elder Buckingham & my son Josia Platt to see this my Will fulfilled, & I give Elder Buckingham & my son Josia twenty shillings apiece for their paynes.
      [Signed] Richard Platt
      Daniel Buckingham and Josia Platt, witnesses
      The Inventory of the estate was taken 13 February 1684 by Samuell Ells, John Streame, and Sylvanus Baldwin. It totaled L547:05:07. (New Haven probate records vol 1, part 2, p. 138).

      'The eldest child of Richard and Mary (Wood) Platt, named Mary after the mother ... was baptised at Roydon on 11 Nov. 1629 as "Mary daughter of Richard Platt of Ware." The next four children, John, Isaac, Samuel and Sarah, were baptised at Ware; the four youngest children, Epenetus, Hannah, Josiah and Joseph, were born after the family came to America and settled at Milford. Richard and Mary (Wood) Platt disposed of their houses and lands at Ware by a final concord signed at WWestminster on 25 April 14 Charles I (1638). ... on 22 Aug. 1639 Richard Platt was one of the 66 men who formed themselves into a church society at New Haven, under the leadership of the Rev. Peter Prudden, which group later settled in the new plantation of Milford."
      Richard Platt came to this country in 1638, and landed at New Haven. In the records of the colony of New Haven we read that Richard Platt 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 Platt acquired possession, among others, of several acres of land in what is now the best part 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 they departed from New Haven, and proceeded to carry out the enterprise of settling that flourishing township. Richard Platt 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 their children instead of to them. He leaves something to each of his five sons in addition to what he had 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 days 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. Richard Platt's estate was estimated at about 600 pounds sterling. He died in 1684. His third daughter, Hannah, married and resided in Norwalk.

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      Richard Platt
      Birth September 28, 1603 Ware, Hertfordshire, England, (Present UK)
      Death:Died February 13, 1684 in Milford, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA) Immediate Family:Son of George Platt; George Platt; Mary Platt and Mary Sell
      Husband of Mary Platt (Wood) Father of Mary Whitmore; Capt. Isaac Platt; Deacon John Platt, Sr.; Samuel Platt; Sarah Platt and 6 others ; Brother of John Platt; Mary Platt and Elizabeth Platt ; Half brother of George Platt and William Platt
      Occupation:Founder of Milfort, CT; arrived in America in 1638, Decon, immigrated to America in 1638

  • Sources 
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      Date of Import: Oct 25, 1998

    2. [S375] Platt, Charles, Jr.; Platt Genealogy in America, from the Arrival of Richard Platt in New Haven, CT., in 1638; New Hope,.
      Date of Import: Apr 1, 1999

    3. [S376] 3991.ftw.
      Date of Import: Oct 25, 1998

    4. [S436] phelps.FTW.
      Date of Import: Oct 25, 1998

    5. [S92] Pedigree Resource File CD 10, ((Salt Lake City, UT: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2000)).