Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Sarah CHURCH was the first wife of Lieut. William STEWART and the mother of all of his children. It may not be that this woman Sarah Church is of the Church family referenced below as all that is really known of her is her death record in the Barbour Index of Vital Records of CT.

[Barbour Index, Stonington, page 371] Stewart, Sarah, w. Lieut. William, d. Mar 2, 1745 Vol. 3 , Page 151.

Another Sarah Church surfaces in Massachusetts in the family of Garrett Church:

Vital records of Massachusetts to 1850: Watertown [203: 1689] page 128 source: NEHGS
Baptism "Ye 6th of October 1689 one child, of David Churche's called Sarah"

There is an article at NEGHS in the Register [Vol 123, July 1969, p. 186] which discusses the CHURCH family.

It states that Sarah was the daughter of David CHURCH and his wife Mary. Mary's surname is unknown. David CHURCH was the youngest son of Garrett CHURCH. There was an different David Church that married a woman name Mary Wild.

James Savage's "Genealogical Dictionary of New England" Archive CD Books [$29.95] lists the family of CHURCH.

David CHURCH was born 1 Sept 1657 [Savage]. His wife Mary was admitted to the church the day that their son John was baptized on 6 Nov 1687. The daughter, Sarah, was baptized there 6 October 1689. David was an innkeeper in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1687 and 1688.

He was later called a tailor. There is no record of a marriage of David and Mary CHURCH.

Garrett CHURCH, the immigrant ancestor, was born ca. 1611 probably in England and died bef 3 Feb 1665/1666 in Watertown, MA (now is Middlesex county). His occupation was tailor. He was admitted to the Watertown Church prior to 2 May 1649 and married Sarah, whose maiden surname is unknown, in Watertown. She was probably born in England ca. 1614 and she died in Watertown.

Garrett and Mary had John, Samuel (married Rebecca daughter of William SHATTUCK), Mary, Jonathan and David.

David CHURCH removed to Killingly, CT (Windham county) about 1708 and died there aft. 1738, aged about 80 years. His wife Mary died at a very old age.

There is a Church family Web page maintained by Dan Bornt of IL

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