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Francis Andrews and Anna Smith

Francis Andrews. (also spelled Andros, Andrus, and Androus).
Born in 1623 at Bankside, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, England; son of Thomas Andrews. (S1).

Francis Andrews, immigrant ancestor, was born in England and settled in 1639, in Hartford, Connecticut. His home was at what is now the corner of Elm and Trinity streets. Francis' name is on the Founder's Monument in the Ancient Burying Ground at Hartford. (S1).

Fairfield, Connecticut, was settled after the Pequot Wars. The area was called Unquowa by the Native Americans. After some of the area's farmers found that their cattle had wandered to the west along old Indian trails, a group of five farmers decided to settle in that remote area called Machamux (The Beautiful Land) by the Native Americans. They became known as The Bankside Farmers and were officially sanctioned by the town of Fairfield to inhabit this land. Today, this area is called Green's Farms and is part of Westport, Connecticut. (S1).

He removed to Fairfield, and died there 1662-3. His will was dated June 16, 1662, proved March 5, 1663. (S1).

He died on 5 March 1662 at Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. (S1).

Will 6 Jun 1662 proved 5 Mar 1662/3; wife Anna; sons John, Thomas, Jeremiah, Abraham; daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Hester, Rebecca, Ruth; John Cramton and my daughter Hannah; granddaughter Hannah Cramton. (S1).

To "son Thomas 5 acres of land at Bankside and a piece of land in his home lot to set a house upon; a gun barrel and stock."[2] "To son John, 3 acres of the lower end of his home lot and a piece of land 4 rods wide with a house upon it, provided he allowed his mother the use of another as good, 3 acres of meadow called the heather-bite and a gun." "To son Jeremiah, a rapier and a staff, and 20s." Abraham received 20s. Daughters Mary, Hester, Rebecca and Ruth 10 s. each when 18 years of age. "To John Crampton, husband of daughter Hannah, 3 roods of lands in his homelot next his house, provided he fence it all around with a five-rail fence." "To granddaughter Hannah Cramton, 10 s.," "To his wife Anna, house, land and remainder of his estate."(S1).

WIFE: Anna Smith.
Born about 1623 in Essex, England; daughter of Giles and Mary Smith. (S2).

Barbour in Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, states that Francis married Anna Smith daughter of John. Schenck in the History of Fairfield names his wife as Anne daughter of Giles Smith. Jacobus was of the opinion that Francis' widow, Anne, married a Mr. Smith after his decease, not that Smith was her maiden name. (S1).

Anna died on 5 March 1662 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. (S2).

CHILDREN of Francis Andrews and Anna Smith:
  1. Mary Andrews. Born in 1645. She married Simon Couch. She died in 1691. Anna, late wife of Francis Andrews dec'd, sold to Simon Couch, 14 Mar 1663; and on 28 Feb 1673 Couch had land entered which he had purchased of Ann Smith, Exec'x of the will of Francis Andrews. (S2).
  2. Elizabeth Gibbs;
  3. Hannah Andrews. Born in 1641 in Fairfield, died 08 Oct 1697 in Norwalk. She married John Crampton. .
  4. Rebecca Benedict;
  5. John Andrews, Sr. Christened on 27 September 1646. (S1).
  6. Esther Andrews;
  7. Jeremiah Andrews.
  8. Thomas Andrus Andrews. Christened on 2 January 1648. (S1).
  9. Abraham Andrus, Sr., of Waterbury.
  10. Ruth Andrews.