449. Waitstill Green

Waitstill Green

B 26 November 1685  |  Stamford, CT, USA

D 5 July 1739  |  Stamford, CT, USA

M 4 June 1713 (Stephen Bishop)  |  Stamford, CT, USA

M 10 April 1707 (David Waterbury)  |  Stamford, CT, USA

Waitstill Green, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Green, was born 26 November 1685, of Stamford, Fairfield, CT. She married David Waterbury on 10 April 1707 at Stamford, Fairfield, CT. He died and she married Stephen Bishop on 4 June 1713 in Stamford, Fairfield, CT. She died 5 July 1730 in Stamford, Fairfield, CT.



Affidavit in Defense of Elizabeth Slauson

Affidavit in Defense of Elizabeth Clauson

The citizens of Stamford signed an affidavit attesting to the good character of Elizabeth Clauson, accused of witchcraft. Signed by Stephen's father and mother, Stephen Bishop Sr. and Mercy Slawson Bishop.

Our neighbor Stephen Clason having desired us whose names are under written: seeing there is such a report of his wife raised by some among us: that we would speak what we know concerning his said wife and her behavior among us for so many years now know all whom it may concern that we do declare that since we have known our said neighbor goodwife Clason we have not known her to be of a contentious frame nor given to use threatening words or to act maliciously towards her neighbors but hath been civil and orderly towards others in her conversation and not to be a busybody in other menâs concerns: given under our hands in Stamford: 4th June 1692:

Signed by:

Abraham Ambler
Mary Ambler *
Daniell Scoffield
Samuell ffinch
Sara Finch *
Samuell:Finch, Jr.
Joseph Turney
Mary Turny
Abraham Finch
John ffinch
Benjamin Green
Susannah Green *
Joseph Greene
Elizabeth Greene *
Zachariah Dibboll
Samuel Hait
Hannah Hait *
John Slason, Sr.
Increase Holly
Elizabeth Holly *
Obadiah Stevens *
Rebeckah Stevens
isack Finch
Daniel Newman
Abraham Finch, Jr.
Samuell homes
Steven Homes
Martha Homes *
Jonathan Bell, Sr.
Susana Bell
Jonas Seely
George Slawson
John Smith and
    his wife
Thomas Newman
Mary Newman *
Joseph Garnsy
Joseph Stevens
Sarah Stevens *
Jonas Weed
Moses Knap * and 
   his wife
Joseph Browne
John Crissy
John Scofeeld
John Finch
Beniamin Hait
Hannah Hait
Peter ffarris
Joseph fferris
Hannah Farris *
John Pettit
Elizabeth Clemmons *
ledy Pennoyer *
Hannah Webb *
Richard Scofield
John Knap
Caleb Knap
John Uerfet
______ Bates
Sarah Bates
Samuell Webb
Samuell Hardy
Rebecca Hardy *
Ann Hardy
John Goolt
Hana Goolt
Stephen Bishop
Mercy Bishop *
Samuell Dean
Ann Dean
John Dean
Abigail Dean
John Austen
Hannah Austen *

* Signed with an "X".

Added by Michael D. Ketchum 7 September 2014
Bishop Barbour Index  Bishop Barbour Index

This text file contains the births, marriages, and deaths of Bishops in Stamford between 1641 and 1853. The Barbour Index entries are alphabetized by first name.

Stamford Family Registrations  Stamford Family Registrations

This text file contains the births, marriages, and deaths of Bishops in Stamford between 1641 and 1797. The entries in Huntington's Registration are listed in chronological orderby individual family unit.

Family History from an Early Date by Lewis Conley Bishop  Family History from an Early Date by Lewis Conley Bishop

A chronical of the Bishop Family penned by Lewis Conley Bishop

Descendants of John Byyshop  Descendants of John Byyshop

A comprehensive listing including details.

Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut  Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut

A Record of the Achievements of her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. Including details of the Bishops in Stamford.

A History of Stamford Connecticut  History of Stamford, Connecticut

A Record of the Achievements of her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. Including details of the Bishops in Stamford.

In 1734, forty-six planters on the west side of the Norwalk river petition for a new society. The next notice taken of this project, as far as records show, was simultaneously in Stamford and at the May session of the legislature, in 1736. Sixty-nine petitions, representing eighty families, and a list of L5,580, made a formal request to be incorporated as an ecclesiastical society by themselves. The petition was negatived, only to be renewed in October of the same year, by fifty-six men. The urgency of the petitioners led to the appointment of a special committee to examine their claims. In May 1737 the committee report favorably, assigning as proper boundaries of the society the Five Mile river on the east, and the Noroton on the west...On the west side of the parish, to separate it from the older society of Stamford, they define, as the western-most limits of Middlesex, "an old chimney about two and a half miles east of the Stamford meeting house," and "so to run a strait line midway between Stephen Bishop's house and David Dribble's house," and thence to where the Noroton crosses the Canaan line.
Sept. 19 - Committee for the safety for the town, appointed agreeably to recommendations of the continental congress, Col. Davenport, Esq., Benj. Weed, Esq., Amos Weed, Charles Weed, Israel Weed, Nathan Lounsberry, Thadeus Bell, Stephen Bishop, Deodate Davenport, Charles Smith and James Young. Witness: Sam. Jarvis, clerk.

Norwalk by Rev. Charles M. Selleck, A.M.  Norwalk by Rev. Charles M. Selleck, A.M.

A book to bring the ancient town's recondite history to light, preserving and perpetuating its mentions and memories. Inluding some Bishop references.

A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut; with the time of their arrival in the Country and Colony, their standing in society, place of residence, condition in life, where from, business, etc.  A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut

A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut; with the time of their arrival in the Country and Colony, their standing in society, place of residence, condition in life, where from, business, etc. Many Bishops listed starting page 241 (p 232 in document).

The Elizabeth Clauson Witchcraft Trial  Elizabeth Clauson Witchcraft Trial

An Account of the Trial in 1692 of a Woman from Stamford, Connecticut Who Was Accused of Being a Witch by Ronald Marcus. Unlike the more famous Salem Witch Trials, the Stamford cases ended in acquittal. Some involvement from the Rev. John Bishop and Stephen Bishop, Sr.


Stephen Bishop Jr. Will

Bishop, Stephen, late of Stamford, will dated July 21, 1731, probated Aug. 3, 1731, mentions his children Stephen, Joseph, Azuba, and Elizabeth. Executor his brother Isaac Bishop. Witnesses Ebenezer Wright, John Bishop, and John Bell, page 27. Inventory filed Apr. 4, 1733, page 27. Apr. 4, 1733, account filed, and distribution ordered as in his will. Azuba and Stephen over fourteen, Joseph and Elizabeth under fourteen, and guardians appointed for them, page 29. Source: Abstracts of Stamford Probate Records - Book One compiled by Spencer P. Mead

History of Stamford, Connecticut

In the History of Stamford, Connecticut by Elijah Baldwin Huntington, these entries for the Bishop family are found:

Joseph Bishop, a Sholger, son of Joseph Bishop of Stamford, died with sickness at Lake George, Nov. 25, at night in the year 1755.

Bishop, Hezekia, enlisted at sixteen and was pensioned. Died in 1839.

Bishop, Jonathan, in company for the defense of New York, 1775.

Bishop, Stephen, served in '75 and 197 days in '76, and then re-enlisted. He was a sergeant and was pensioned.

Bishop, Jacob, served 133 days in '76.

Stephen Bishop was listed as a town official for the year 1800.

The following votes of the town give us our only knowledge of the progress made by the Episcopalians at this time. The first was under date of Dec. 2, 742, and is in answer to an appeal made by the Episcopalians for a grant of land, on which to build:

"The town agree to put in a committee to view the place by Mr. Eliphalet Holly's, where the professors of the Church of England have petitioned for setting a church house, whether it may be granted without damage to the town, and to make return to the adjourned town meeting; and Ensigh Jonathan Bell, Sergeant Nathaniel Weed, and Joseph Bishop, to be th court, for the purpose aforesaid."

The Washington ancestry, and records of the McClain, Johnson, and forty other colonial American families (excerpt, pp 539-541)

John(1), Joseph(2), and Waitstill(3) Green of Connecticut

WAITSTILL GREEN was a granddaughter of John Green (born in England) and his wife, Mary Jarvis (born in England), daughter of Steven Jarvis, Senior, and wife, Mary, who came from England and eventually settled at Huntington, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. Steven Jarvis, Senior, was a juryman at Huntington in 1662, and owned number two of the ten early farms of that town. His daughter, Mary Jarvis, predeceased him; so in his will naming his wife, Mary, dated March 10, 1691-2, when he and his wife were very aged, proved at Brookhaven in Suffolk County, April 16, 1694, - [Early Long Island Wills of Suffol, County, 97-99] - he bequeathed to his deceased daughter Mary's eldest son, viz.: "Item, I give & bequeath to my grandson John Green a yearling heifer." Mary Jarvis and John(1) Green married about the year 1650, but whether at New Haven or on Long Island is not clear. The marriage records of New Haven commence in 1649, and do not give the marriage. She died at Stamford on November 14, 1657, leaving sons John, Joseph, and Benjamin. [Stamford Registration, 39.] That John(1) and Mary (Jarvis) Green were at New Haven in 1651 is certain, for their first known child, John, was born there: "John Greene the sonn of John Greene was borne the 26th of December 1651." [Vital Records of New Haven, 10.] John(1) Green married, secondly, in September, 1658, Martha Finch (ibid., 39). In 1669 he was chosen a selectman of Stamford, serving for three years. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut (I, 39I) reveal his name in a list of the freeman of that colony on October 8, 1668. He was a deputy to the General Assembly of that colony October 8, 1668. [Ibid., II, 95.] On October 9, 1672, John(1) Green was, by the General ASsembly of the colony, "appointed to view the township of Rye, and to consider what highwayes may be requisit and necessary for the use of the towne and Colony, and lay them out and see them recorded in the town book." [Ibid., II, 170.] As one of the eight freemen of the colony of Connecticut residing at Stamford in May, 1669, John Green made out a list of these freemen for the General Court and signed it "John Green, Constable of Stamford." [Ibid., II, 526.] By the same colony he was appointed May 19, 1682, "to lay out to Henry Smith or his assigns his grant of land granted to him by the Court." [Ibid., III, 101.].

During three years prior to King Philip's Indian War, Indians attacked various persons and settlements. Although alarmed, the Stamford people escaped being attacked by attempting to propitiate the Indians. The town meeting records for March, 1672, show that three commissioners or committeemen, Francis Bell, Francis Brown, and John Green, were appointed a committee to treat with "the Engin," and "to understand what they have to say to the town and to make return of what they have to say to the town, that the said Indians may receive an answer from the town." [History of Stamford, 112.] The report of these committeemen, whether oral or written, was not recorded in the town records. That the conference helped to preserve peace and to prevent any depredations by the Stamford Indians is probable, because the town did not proceed to fortify itself. Eighteen months later, however, the Stamford people became apprehensive, though it was not until October 19, 1675, that they learned that the Stamford Indians were "in arms," after hearing nine days earlier that thousands of Indians to the northwest and north were preparing to fall upon the settlements in western and northern Connecticut. In the following March, 1675-6, the town of Stamford in meeting assembled chose Mr. Bell, Senior, John Green, Peter Ferris, John Bates, and Daniel Weed a committee to attend to the work of fortifying the town of Stamford, according to the order of the Colonial Council, and, voted also, that the stockade be speedily completed. John Green was then one of the town fathers, an ex-deputy to the General Court of the colony of Connecticut. So he did not enlist as a soldier in King Philip's Indian War, but served at home in that war in a higher capacity, which qualifies him, none the less, as a Colonial Wars ancestor. His two sons did enlist as soldiers.

A tract of seven thousand seven hundred acres of land in the northwestern part of Stamford (now in Westchester County, New York), owned by six Indian chiefs for their tribes headed by the sachem Katoonah, was called "the Hop Grounds" by the English. The latter acquired the tract in 1680, the grantees being John(1) Green of Stamford and nineteen others. they purchased it from the seven Indian chiefs by a bill of sale, for "twelve Indian cotes, six blankets, 300 gilders wampan, two yard red brod cloth, six yard red cotton, and expenses of £8,01," acknowledged by the Indians on December 23, 1680. This tract was renamed Bedford; it still is the town of Bedford, now in Westchester County, New York. John(1) Green was thus an actual founder of the town, and an original grantee and proprietor by deed from the Indians. Moreover, he removed to the Hop Grounds; March 17, 1680-81, in the division of the land, he received lot number one; and in the same month drew the twentieth choice of "field lots," the second choice of meadows, and the twenty-second choice of "plains." On May 2, 1683, John Green, as one of the original proprietors and founders of Bedford, was one of the grantees from the Indians of another tract adjoining the first purchase, and his name is signed as a witness to the signatures or marks of the five Indian sachems to the original deed of sale. John Green's name heads the list of the thirty-one resident-proprietors of Bedford in 1692. [Bolton, The History of the County of Westchester, I, 13-17.]

No record exists of the date of the death of John(1) Green. As his name is not among the proprietors of Bedford given in the patent of that town dated May 12, 1697, he doubtless died between that date and 1692. He is last found of record at Bedford. No will or settlement of his estate exists in the office of the surrogate of the city of New York, which office had jurisdiction in probate matters over the county of Westchester prior to the War of the American Revolution. His sons were: John, who married Abigail and had issue at Stamford, beginning with Samuel, born May 1, 1693; Joseph; and Benjamin, who married (I) April 10, 1683, Susan Roberts [Stamford Registration, 39.]

JOSEPH(2) GREEN, (John1), born at Stamford about 1653, married there Elizabeth ( - ) and had issue born there: Mary, May 30, 1681; Elizabeth, August 5, 1683; Waitstill, November 26, 1685; Joseph, January 23, 1687; John, September 22, 1691; Mercy, April, 1696; and Nathaniel, September 11, 1697. Joseph(2) Green's death is also given, with these births, on page 39 of Stamford Registration, as occuring on July 15, 1710. His widow's death is given as in 1721 on page 552 of Ye Historie of Ye Town of Greenwich, but the original record has not come to our notice. Although the birth of Josepn(2) Green is not recorded, the proof of his parentage is found on pages 112 and 113 of Book A Stamford Land Records in a deed dated "25th: 9 Mo: 1684" (November 25, 1684) - in which occur the words:

These testifi yt I John Green of Bedford doe hereby full frely & absolutely give grant alienate & confirm unto my son Joseph Green these lands & meadows as followith, being situate in Stamford th perticuler persells as followeth: Impt: Ten acres of upland in the wast field . . . also in Shiphand all my right of land on ye east side of ye cartway bound by land of Steven Bishop north . . . also in ye east field two acres of medow bounded . . . Benjamin Green east; allso one half of my right ofland in ye new field granted to be laid out, & one half of that new field right I bought of Goodman Jons . . . in witness of turth I have caused this deed of gift to be made & hereto set my hand, Stamford this 1st: of february: 1682.

On February 22, 1682, the same John Green, then of Bedford, executed a deed of gift of land in Stamford to his other son, Benjamin. [Stamford Land Records A, 112.] In King Philip's Indian War two of John Green's three sons, John, Joseph, and Benjamin, served as soldiers, but the record thereof does not specify which two. However, s the two who served were rewarded for their service with house lots, and the sons found with such lots were Joseph(2) and Benjamin(2), it may be that they were the two brothers who enlisted as per this entry in the Stamford Town Meeting Records of September 22, 1676, vis.: - "The town agrees that all these soldiers that went out upon service, out of Stamford, against the common enemy, shall have land of the town; namely, all that did service." At the end of the list of eighteen names of soldiers is the entry - "The down doth give unto John Green two house lots for his sons, next to Abraham Ambler's front, which homelonts wer given as they were soldiers."

WAITSTILL GREEN, daughter of Joseph(2) and Eliabeth Green, born at Stamford, November 26, 1685 [Stamford Registration, p. 116], married there April 10, 1707, David(4) Waterbury. [Stamford Town Meeting Record, I, 137.] She died July 5, 1730, as the wife of Stephen Bishop, whom she married June 4,1713. [Stamford Registrations, p. 13.]

The Washington Ancestry and Records of The McClain, Johnson, and Forty Other Colonial American Families by Charles Arthur Hoppin  The Washington Ancestry and Records of The McClain, Johnson, and Forty Other Colonial American Families by Charles Arthur Hoppin (Volume 3)

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