New Haven Connecticut

John Davenport

  • Ordained by Richard Eaton, Vicar of Great Budworth, Cheshire in 1624

  • Soon dissented and had formed a community at a house on Swanne Alley in London

  • Fled to Amsterdam in 1633, where they planned their emigration to New England

  • Sailed for America 26 June 1637

  • Along with three of Richard Eaton's sons, Theophilis, Nathaniel and Samuel and members of the Yale Family

  • Bought land at Quinnipiac from the Indians for 13 coats and called it New Haven
Samuel Eaton
  • Came back to England to test the waters in 1640

  • Came to the attention of Colonel Robert Dukinfield who immediately offered him the incumbency of his family chapel at Old Hall in Dukinfield

  • This became the first 'visible and framed' Nonconformist Chapel in England

  • Died 25 January 1664/5 and buried at Denton St Lawrence
New Haven and Slavery
  • According to Wills left by the higher echelons of the New Haven Community all had black servants/slaves including John Davenport himself

  • Were supposed by the law at the time, to provide them all with, food, shelter and clothing, and to look after their welfare when they got old

  • For instance; when John Cram and his wife became too old, their master Theophilus Eaton gave them two acres of land on which he erected a house. There the old pair lived and died happy and contented

  • Sources: Negro Slavery in Connecticut and "History Alive Tameside" - issue 2, 2007 page 46 Samuel Eaton 1597-1665 - First Congregational Chapel in England - Gay J Oliver

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