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Rev. James Fitch

Male 1622 - 1702  (80 years)


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  • Name Rev. James Fitch  [1, 2
    Born 1622  Bocking, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    _UID 75D3C87D1D5F44C896E012FCAE80B43BB61A 
    Died 1702  Lebanon, New London Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I72  Bradley - Post
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2013 

    Father Thomas Fitch,   d. 20 Jan 1686 
    Family ID F67  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Abigail Whitfield,   d. 9 Sep 1659, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Oct 1648  Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. James Fitch, Major,   b. 2 Aug 1649, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1727, Canterbury, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Abigail Fitch,   b. Aug 1650, Seabrook, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Elisabeth Fitch,   b. Jan 1651, Seabrook, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Hannah Fitch,   b. Sep 1653, Seabrook, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Samuel Fitch,   b. Apr 1655, Seabrook, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1725  (Age ~ 69 years)
     6. Dorothy Fitch,   b. Apr 1658, Seabrook, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F39  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Prissilla Mason,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Oct 1664  Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Danell Fitch,   b. Aug 1665, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John Fitch,   b. Jan 1667, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Jeremiah Fitch,   b. Sep 1670, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Jabez Fitch,   b. Apr 1672, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Anne Fitch,   b. Apr 1675, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Nathanell Fitch,   b. Oct 1679, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Joseph Fitch,   b. Nov 1681, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Eleazer Fitch,   b. 14 May 1683, Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F66  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • He was Chaplain of the regiment from the Norwich, Connecticut area in King Phillip's War.
      From Burpee's text we find that the Reverend studied in Hartford with Thomas Hooker and Samuel Stone (James' brother Joseph married Stone's daughter Mary). He was ordained a pastor in Saybrook, and subsequently moved to Norwich. Connecticut Trilogy tells us that a company of Saybrook planters, "under the spiritual direction of the Reverend Fitch" and the assistance of John Mason, purchased land just above the Indian fort.
      He apparently spent some energy on helping the Indians. He is mentioned petitioning on behalf of them to the Royal Commission headed by Governor Dudley of Massachusetts. And, of course,he saw it as his mission to convert the heathen to Christianity. From Trilogy comes:

      But he did not make any great headway until in 1676 when a
      great drought ruined all the crops. The Mohegans called in
      the services of a medicine man but all his whirlings and
      howlings did not draw down a drop of moisture. [Chief]
      Uncas then appealed to the white man to see what his God
      could do. The Reverend Fitch saw his chance. He promised
      to try if Uncas would give credit where credit was due
      in case of success. Then the planters set a day for
      prayer. They prayed and they prayed but not a cloud veiled
      the brassy sun until just as it was going down, and then
      a tiny one drifted across its face. For several days
      it was overcast. And then came the deluge. It rained
      and it rained and it rained. And then it rained some
      more.

      Indian stories with Fitch involved continue. During early land grabs, one of Chief Uncas' minions, somewhat drunk, set fire to the Norwich jail. For retribution, Fitch and company were given an additional 100 acres of Mohegan land. This and other land acquisitions gave them quite a parcel. Fitch, Mason and the others proceeded to survey the rattlesnake-infested land and assign Home-Lots. It is said that this was the first settlement in America to be so surveyed and planned before families actually moved in (Trilogy, p. 164).

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Story of Connecticut, 974.6., , Vol. II, pp. 533, 596; and see.

    2. [S6] Trilogy, , pp. 163-168.

    3. [S38] Directory.

    4. [S8] CT Archives-Norwich, , 1-40.

    5. [S7] Norwich Records, , p. 39.