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Re: Orcutts of Connecticut
Posted by: Matthew Getz (ID *****4246) Date: May 12, 2004 at 05:43:33
In Reply to: Re: Orcutts of Connecticut by Steve Donahue of 959

Steve -

Make that triply related, since Luman Orcutt, the grandson of Stephen and Mary Washburn Orcutt (through John) marries Martha A. Washburn...

You are correct in saying that William (1793) was NOT the s/o Stephen and Mary. I think the post I wrote was written a few moons ago and I've since "repented" and removed William from this family.

I have the William I cited (b. Jan 1793) as the s/o William and Anna ? Orcutt from the William Orcutt, Jr. line: (William, William Jr., David, David Jr., William (1793)). There's no hard proof of this match-up, but it's the best guess and I've worked this line pretty hard since realizing I had William misplaced. There are no other Orcutts in the area that would qualify as possible parents. William (1793) is with William and Anna in 1850. The challenge becomes attaching the father William (1771) to a parent. I looked at all the possibilities and having him as the s/o David Jr. and Mabel Johnson Orcutt is the best fit.

This, of course, leads to William and Hannah (Newton or Smith). It's a confusing call and I tend to believe you're correct in that Hannah Smith was William's second and last wife. The problem is the Bridgewater records show the third marriage to a Hannah Newton. I agree that, since Hannah Smith died in 1751 that it would be more likely that William would have stayed with her versus remarrying.

I do have contradictory information on Caleb, though. Since Caleb was born in 1690, it would be more prudent that Caleb was the s/o William and Jane Washburn Orcutt, William's first wife. She died bef. 1698 and William remarried to Hannah Smith, with whom he had Deliverance, Jane, Martha, David and Moses. With Jane he had Joanna, Caleb and Elizabeth.

On a side note, Caleb (1690) presents an incredible challenge because he's the least documented of the Orcutts in that area and time frame. Personally, I believe that many Orcutt mysteries would be solved if we nailed down his line.

Thanks for the reply and keeping me on my toes!


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