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Nicholas DENSLOW

I. Nicholas DENSLOW was born in 1577, and came to these. shores "probably in the Mary and John, or in the fleet with Winthrop," says Savage. He was in Dorchester in 1630 [1], where his name is found in a list of freemen, 4 March 1632. [2] On the town records of that place 3 April 1633 [3], he is named among other inhabitants.

In a list of "the first settlers of Windsor, recorded in the Town Records of 1640, five years after their removal from Dorchester," his name also appears [4], as it does in a list of "owners of land before 1653 in Windsor." [5] One writer says of him: "Nicholas Denslow, from Dorchester, bad a lot granted to him in Windsor, 24 rods wide. He owned the present Congregational Church lot, in the Palisade, and lived there during the Pecluot War." [6] He is said to have been the oldest man in the fight called "Battle of Mystic River."

Nicholas Denslow died in 1666, aged 90 years. [7] His will is dated at Windsor, 4 May 1666, and the inventory was taken 5 June 1667. [8] His widow, Elizabeth Doling, died 13 August 1669, and in her will [9] names children and grandchildren, with mention of married names. The homestead went to the grandson, Nicholas Buckland. From the meager records at hand, and the wills, we glean that there were, at least, the following children.


  1. HENRY; married about 1645 Susanna
  2. Joan; married Major Aaron Cook, as his second wife.
  3. Temperance; married Thomas Buckland, who died 28 May 1662, they had three sons and five daughters.
  4. John; married 7 June 1655, Mary Eggleston; had seven sons and three daughters between 1656 and 1669. He bought the Hannum place (Windsor) in 1654. Was freeman in 1657.


II. Henry DENSLOW, was married about 1645, and had eight children born between 1646 and 1665, of whom one only was a son. He was the first settler at Windsor Locks, where, in 1662 or 1663, he purchased a tract of land originally "set" to Thomas Ford (Memorial History of Hartford County 2: 562), in a locality called Pine Meadow at that time. He built his house there the same year, at the higher end. His tract was on both sides of Kettle Brook, and included nearly the whole of the present town of Windsor Locks.

He settled on this purchase about a half or three quarters of a mile south of the brook, and his was probably the only family in that part of the town until after King Philip's War. Daniel (another writer) says William Hayden was his nearest neighbor, at a distance of two miles. When the War broke out, he removed his family into the center of the town, but, being a courageous man, he ventured back alone, as tradition informs us, to cultivate his lands. He was killed, however, by the same wandering party of Indians who burnt Simsbury, and afterwards confessed their crime at Hartford . . . according to the recorded answer given by an Indian prisoner to the question propounded by the Committee of Safety, "Who Killed Henry Denslow?"[10]

Windsor Locks was the name chosen for the northern portion of the ancient town of Windsor, when in 1833, a post office was established, and the old name of Pine Meadow was abandoned for the new, which combined the name of the parent city with the canal improvement which was completed in 1829. The first house in the locality was the one built by this unfortunate ancestor, about thirty to forty rods south of the town lock, on the top of a hill. [11] On the 200th anniversary of his death, which occurred 25 March 1676, the site of his house was marked with a flint boulder, suitably inscribed. to his memory. [12] Again it is recorded of this hardy pioneer family: "After the War the family one son of seventeen, the widow, and seven daughters returned, and lived there twelve years more without nearer neighbors than before. The son continued to live on the spot until his death at a good old age, and two of his sons,. Joseph and Samuel, remained on the homestead. The descendants of Henry Denslow still (1886) own the site of the first house, and a part of the original farm." [13]

The inventory of Henry Denslow's estate was taken 17 August. 1676, at which time the children Were named, Samuel, 17 years of age, and daughters: Susanna, wife of John Hodges; Mary, wife of Thomas Rowley; the wife of Thomas Copley; Abigail, 20; Deborah, 16, "lame and sickly~"; Hannah, 14, and Elizabeth, 10. Administration was granted 11 September 1676 to the widow, and on 6 December 1676 an order was given to distribute the estate, Deborah to have an additional ten pounds because of her affliction -a kind and thoughtful provision. [14] Through all these records, the name of the wife or widow is not mentioned.


  1. SUSANNA, born 3 September 1646; married John HODGE.
  2. Mary, born 10 April 1651; married 5 May 1669, Thomas Rowley. They had two daughters and one son.
  3. Ruth, born 19 September 1653; died 6 October 1692. She married at Westfield, Massachusetts, 15 November 1672, Thomas Copley (Coplar).
  4. Abigail, born 6 February 1655.
  5. Deborah, born 21 December 1657; married 27 January 1677, John Haskins. They had daughters Debro and Elizabeth.
  6. Samuel, born 19 December 1659.
  7. Hannah, born 1 March 1662; married 9 December 1687, Henry Burt, of Northampton. His first wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander Alvord. She died 6 May 1687. Hannah died 3 May 1689 and Henry married (3) 1690, Mary [16]
  8. Elizabeth, born 11 February 1665; married 1686 William King.


III. Susanna DENSLOW, born 3 September 1646, was married in Windsor, 12 August 1666, to John HODGE, born about 1643.

For continuation of this family line please see the HODGE  biography.
  SOURCE:  The Ancestry & Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale by Audentia Smith Anderson (1926)


  1. (Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Savage, 2: 39)
  2. (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 3: 91.)
  3. (ibid. 21: 166)
  4. (ibid. 5: 366)
  5. (Early Connecticut Probate Records, Manwaring, 1: 83.)
  6. (Memorial History of Hartford County 2: 549.)
  7. (Memorial History of Hartford County 2: 549.)
  8. (Early Connecticut Probate Records 1: 192.)
  9. (ibid., 1: 91)
  10. History of Ancient Windsor, Stiles, 132, 207.
  11. (History of Ancient Windsor, $00.)
  12. (Memorial History of Hartford County 2: 562.)
  13. (Memorial History of Hartford County 2: 562.)
  14. (Early Connecticut Probate Records, Manwaring, 1: 191.)
  15. (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 5: 66, 360, 365.)
  16. (History Deerfield, Sheldon, 2: 97.)