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Christopher Huntington and Ruth Rockwell

Christopher Huntington was born on July 25, 1624 to Simon Huntington and Margaret Baret. As a child of around nine years, his family emigrated to Windsor, Connecticut. His father died while crossing the ocean and was buried at sea.

Christopher married Ruth Rockwell, daughter of William Rockwell, a prominent and highly respected member of the community on October 7, 1652. Ruth was born on August 16, 1633 in Windsor, Connecticut. Christopher and Ruth moved to Saybrook, Connecticut probably in the spring of 1654 (because birth of one child appeared in the Windsor records in 1654, and the death of another appeared in May of 1654 in Saybrook). They stayed in Saybrook until the spring of 1660 when he and many of his fellow citizens organized themselves into a church lead by Reverend John Fitch.

They moved to the Valley of the Yantic (Connecticut). He and his brother, Simon, helped to lay the foundation of a community, which was later called Norwich. His name occurs often in the earlier records of this town, and always in honorable relations. His house lot was one of the prominent localities in the settlement. In 1668, the general court granted him 100 acres of land (not more than 20 acres of it meadow).

In 1678, he was appointed town clerk. In 1685, he was one of the 12 patentees of the new town of Norwich. In 1686, his name occurs as one of the committees “to make provisions for maintaining the Reverend Minister. He passed away in 1691 and his grave is unmarked.

His children: Christopher and Ruth, twins, died as children; Ruth Huntington married to Samuel Pratt; Christopher Huntington married to Mary Bushnell; Thomas Huntington married to Elizabeth Pratt Backas; John Huntington married to Abigail Lathrop; Lydia or Lydyah Huntington; Ann Huntington married Jonathan Bingham; Suzan Huntington married to Samuel Griswold. (Source information taken from Huntington Genealogical Memoir 1633 to 1915. Copy owned by Eva C. Johnson of Springville, UT)

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