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Harts in Colonial Farmington

The map below shows where Deacon Stephen Hart lived in Farmington, CT. The red spot on the map is about where Deacon Stephen's house was located when he lived there in the mid 1600's. The roads on this 1893 map only roughly correspond to the roads that existed in Farmington in the 17th century. A lane near Deacon Stephen's house, now called Mill Lane, leads down to the river and the mill that Stephen Hart owned. That mill, shown in the photo above, is now a restaurant and bookstore.

Deacon Stephen's life in Farmington is recorded in many entries in the Farmington town and church records. When Deacon Stephen died in 1682/3, the Hart homestead had already been divided between Dea. Stephen's three sons. At the time of the will, however, the eldest son, John, had already died in a house fire (in 1666), well before Dea. Stephen's death. He had the largest house lot in town (15 acres) and a number of other fairly large pieces of pasture land and wood land. Dea. Stephen's will lists all three sons to share his Farmington farm land, while Andrews' book only lists John and Thomas as actually receiving parts of the house lot.

Deacon John Hart, Deacon Stephen's great-grandson, lived on this same Hart homestead site, before he moved to Kensington. Deacon John was the Farmington Town Clerk in the 1740's. Mabel Hurlburt's book, "Town Clerks of Farmington," gives a glimpse of Deacon John and life in Farmington in the mid 18th century.

Colonial Farmington

Seventeenth century Farmington included about 225 square miles. Farmington was subsequently divided into nine parishes and later, eight towns. The following towns were all completely contained in colonial Farmington. A few other neighboring towns also include some land that was part of colonial Framington, including Windsor, Simsbury, Hartford, and Waterbury. The number of Harts column provides the number of Harts that Andrews lists who lived in that town. (Click on the map above to see the whole map in full size.)

Place Name
of Harts
Farmington 1645 1st Society 1645 Tunxis Sepus 84
Berlin 1785 Kensington
2nd Society
1705 Great Swamp 29
Southington 1779 South Society
3rd Society
1724 Panthorn 82
Bristol 1785 New Cambridge
4th Society
1744 Poland
West Woods
Avon 1830 Northington
5th Society
1750 Nod 88
New Britain 1850 New Britain
6th Society
1754 Part of
Great Swamp
-------- ------ Worthington
7th Society
1772 Part of
Great Swamp
Burlington 1806 West Britain
8th Society
1774 West Woods 19
Plainville 1869 Plainville 1840 Great Plain 9