Both the Register of the Society of Colonial Wars in the
State of Connecticut (1941) and The Winchell Genealogy
(1869) claim that Mary Griffin, daughter of John and Anna (Bancroft)
Griffin, married David WINCHELL as his second wife. Mrs. Albert
H. Chase, in her article "David-2 Winchell (Robert-1) of
Suffield, Conn.," TAG 24:1, pp 49-50, provides the evidence
needed to remove this claim and state that "David Winchell
had but one wife, Elizabeth Filley, whom he married 17 November
1669, the mother of his children."
Since the claim of the Winchell-Griffin connection has been
in print for over 125 years, the recent forest of family trees
based on outdated information with little documentation will
spread this error rapidly. The Griffin-Bancroft branch is here
to provide descendants of David WINCHELL with information on
the family tree branch that needs to be pruned, and descendants
of Mary (GRIFFIN) WILSON with information on the branch to be
Special thanks to Ron Grabyan for providing the information
needed to correct this error - an error for which this compiler
now apologizes for having helped spread for several decades.
The disclaimer on the Fine Print page
warrants repeating: "...the compiler does not attest to
the accuracy of any of the information in these files."
John and Jane Bancroft
John BANCROFT - b. about 1596, England; d. about 1647,
Lynn, MA. Said to descend from "Thomas (3), Ralph
(2), and John (1) of Chellaston, England." To America
in the 'James' Apr. 12, 1632. Married about 1622 in England.
Jane - Arrived with husband and children in the 'James.'
Jane married second about 1640 Thomas BARBER.
Children of John and Jane Bancroft
- Thomas - b. 1622, England; d. 1691, MA. Married first Mar.
31, 1647 at Dedham, MA Alice BACON (d. 1648) and second Sep.
15, 1648 Elizabeth METCALF (1626-1711). Note: One source names
his father as Thomas BANCROFT of Swarkston, Derbyshire, England.
Children of Lt. Thomas and Elizabeth: Elizabeth; Ens. John married
Elizabeth EATON; and Thomas married Sarah POOLE.
- John - b. England; d. Aug. 6, 1662, Windsor, CT. Married
Dec. 3, 1650, Windsor, CT Hannah DUPER, who married second John
LONDON. Children: John married Elizabeth EATON; Nathaniel married
Hannah WILLIAMS; Ephraim married Sarah STILES; Hannah; and Sarah.
- Anna - b. 1627, England. Married
- Ebenezer -
Griffin Ancestry in England
The information on the GRIFFIN family in England and early
years in America has been abstracted from the Annotated Bibliography
of the Griffin/Griffen Family, compiled by Paul
J. Griffin (1995, rev. 2004). THE GRIFFIN FAMILY by the author includes the Bibliography, his Griffin Register Report and contact information. The Bibliography provides a description
of the contents of 26 sources of information about the brothers
Edward and John GRIFFIN, and Jasper GRIFFIN, together with the
location of the material. The four generations in Wales and England
are from the Heraldic Visitation of Wales, Vol. 2, p. 244,
by Lewys Dwnn (1616).
- Richiart Pengruffwnd married Elsbeth, sister to William Mor,
Esq. Richiart was a soldier for Henry VII at Bosworth Field in
1485. Richiart was the father of:
- Gruffydd Pengruffwnd married Jowan, daughter of Seimont David
of Koksol, Gent. Children:
- Syr Richart Pengruffwnd - Of Walton, Pembrokeshire, Wales,
he married Annes Oreli, daughter of Martin Oreli of Werdden,
Esq. Syr Richart owned Narberth Castle, near Tenby, Wales in
1609. Children: Peter; Thomas; Hari; and Elsbeth.
- Johan Pengruffwnd - b. about 1560, Wales.
- Jan - Married William Klerk.
- Jowan - Married John Langfort, son of Edward Langfort.
- Katrin - Married William Peitw.
- Margri - Married Ieuan ap Stefn of Gasgob.
John and Ann (Langfort) Pengruffwnd
John PENGRUFFWND - b. about 1560, Wales. Married about
1580, Wales. His sons Edward and John assumed the English version
of the surname, GRIFFIN.
Ann LANGFORT - Of Bigander. Daughter of Edward LANGFORT.
- Ann - Married by 1613.
- Joan/Jowan - Married by 1613 to Richard MARSTON.
- Catharine/Katrin - Married by 1613 to Mr. MAKLON.
- Margaret - Married by 1613.
- Edward - b. 1601-2, Walton, Pembrokeshire, Wales. As a constable
at London, Edward killed a man in a tavern, an act pardoned on
July 1, 1625 as justifiable manslaughter by King Charles I. Edward
was in Yorkshire in 1632, and sailed from England on August 24,
1635 aboard the Abraham enroute to Virginia. He and brother John
were in the employ of Capt. CLAIBORNE, Secretary of the Virginia
Colony, when the Captain's Virginia traders were seized by Lord
BALTIMORE of Maryland in June 1638. Edward was captured and taken
to Maryland, later escaping to the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam,
and settling at Flushing Long Island, NY about 1657. Edward joined
the Society of Friends. Married at Flushing, NY to Mary (b. about
1630, probably in Wales; d. after 1700, probably at Flushing,
Long Island, NY). Children include: John; and Richard married
- John - b. 1608-9, Wales; d. Aug.,
1681, Simsbury, CT.
The Griffin family in America
John and Anna (Bancroft) Griffin
John GRIFFIN - b. 1608-9, Wales; d. Aug., 1681, Simsbury,
CT. Son of John GRIFFIN and Ann LANGFORD.
John sailed from England on August 24, 1635 aboard the Constance
enroute to Virginia. In June 1638, when Lord BALTIMORE of Maryland
ordered an attack of the Viriginia Islands of Kent and Palmer,
which were under the protection of Capt. CALIBORNE, Secretary
of the Colony of Virginia, John escaped by ship and left Virginia.
John's name first appears on New Haven, CT records in 1642, and
was enrolled in the militia. On Jan. 4, 1643, he was fined a few
pence for not having his arms in shape. John took the Oath of
Fidelity at New Haven on Jul. 1, 1644. He removed to Windsor,
marrying there and appearing in the Windsor records in Aug. 1659.
John and Anna were among the first settlers from Windsor to remove
to Simsbury, where he was a representative for some years. His
estate inventory of Aug. 23, 1681 included about 3 square miles
of land, or about 1920 acres. Married May 13, 1647, Windsor, CT.
Anna BANCROFT - b. 1627, England. Daughter of John
BANCROFT and Jane.
Children of John and Anna Griffin
- Hannah - b. Jul. 4, 1649, Windsor, CT. Her first husband,
whom she married May 10, 1667, died in 1669 at age 23. Hannah
married second John HUMPHREY, son of Michael.
- Mary - b. Mar. 1, 1651, Windsor, CT. There is no evidence
that Mary married David WINCHELL
as his second wife. Married first Samuel WILSON, and second Anthony
HOSKINS. Samuel and Mary reportedly had a large family. Refer
to note at the beginning of this narrative
for more information.
- Sarah - b. Dec. 25, 1654, Windsor, CT; d. 1685-1699, Windsor,
CT. Married on Oct. 29, 1676 at Windsor, CT, Elias GILLETT (bap.
Jul 1, 1649, Windsor, CT), son of Nathan. Elias married second
by 1700 Rebecah KELSEY, daughter of Marke and Rebecca (HOSKINS)
KELSEY, and widow of Nathaniel MESSENGER. Children of Sarah and
Elias: Sarah; Nathan; Hannah; and Ephraim. Daughter of Elias
and Rebecca: Mary.
- John - b. Oct. 20, 1656, Windsor, CT. Married Oct. 7, 1708,
Mary, whose surname has been given as BACON. Children: Thomas
died in infancy; Mary married Jehiel MESSENGER; Ruth died soon;
Ruth married Consider HOLCOMB, son of Capt. Thomas and Elizabeth
(TERRY) HOLCOMB; Abagail married John Thomas; Hannah married
Hosea WILKENSON; and possibly John.
- Thomas - b. Oct. 3, 1658, Windsor, CT; d. 1719. Married in
1693 Elizabeth WELTON (b. about 1660; d. Sep. 28, 1722). Children:
Hannah did not marry; Thomas did not marry; Mary married Joshua
HOLCOMB III; John died in infancy; John married Eleanor HOLCOMB;
Nathaniel married his cousin Elizabeth GRIFFIN; Stephen probably
married Mary DeLACY; Eunice married John SCOTT; and Benoni married
brother Stephen's widow.
- Abigail - b. Nov. 12, 1660, Windsor, CT. On Mar. 27, 1682,
she married Richard SEGAR.
- Mindwell - b. Feb. 11, 1662, Windsor, CT. Married about 1691
Samuel WILLCOXSON (b. Apr. 15, 1666, Windsor, CT; d. Sep. 13,
1713, Simsbury, CT), son of Sgt. Samuel and Hannah (RICE) WILLCOXSON.
Children: Hannah married Thomas MORTON; Samuel; John married
Sarah NORTH; Joseph married first Elizabeth HOLCOMB, and second
Mary BUTTOLPH; Mindwell married Philip LOOMIS, Jr.; and Ephraim
married Hannah HILL.
- Ruth - b. Jan. 21, 1665, Windsor, CT; d. May 27 or Aug. 25,
- Ephraim - b. Mar. or May 1, 1668, Windsor, CT; d. Sep. 20,
1725. Married Dec. 9, 1707 Elizabeth ADAMS. Children: Elizabeth
married her cousin Nathaniel GRIFFIN; Anna married Ebenezer LOOMIS;
Ephraim married Elizabeth TERRY; Silence; and Phoebe married
- Nathaniel - b. May 31, 1673, Windsor, CT; d. Feb. 23, 1712/3.
Married Mar. 14, 1711/2 Alice WELTON. Daughter: Alice married