Thomas Fitch (settler)

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Thomas Fitch, Jr.
Deputy of the General Assembly
of the Connecticut Colony
representing Norwalk [1]
In office
May 1673 October 1673
Preceded by Mark Sension, Nicholas Hoyt
Succeeded by John Bowton, Walter Hoyt
Personal details
Born(1612-10-14)October 14, 1612
Bocking, Essex, England
DiedApril 14, 1704(1704-04-14) (aged 91)
Norwalk, Connecticut Colony
Resting place East Norwalk Historical Cemetery, Norwalk, Connecticut
Spouse(s)Anna Stacey
ChildrenThomas Fitch, John, Anne, Mary
Residence Norwalk, Connecticut Colony

Thomas Fitch, Jr. (October 14, 1612 – April 14, 1704) was a founding settler of Norwalk, Connecticut. [1] He served as a deputy of the General Assembly of the Connecticut Colony representing Norwalk in the May 1673 session.

Settler person who has migrated to an area and established permanent residence there

A settler is a person who has migrated to an area and established a permanent residence there, often to colonize the area. Settlers are generally from a sedentary culture, as opposed to nomads who share and rotate their settlements with little or no concept of individual land ownership. Settlements are often built on land already claimed or owned by another group. Many times settlers are backed by governments or large countries. They also sometimes leave in search of religious freedom.

Norwalk, Connecticut City in Connecticut, United States

Norwalk is a U.S. city located in southwestern Connecticut, in southern Fairfield County, on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Norwalk lies within both the New York metropolitan area as well as the Bridgeport metropolitan area.

Connecticut state of the United States of America

Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region of the United States. As of the 2010 Census, it has the highest per-capita income, Human Development Index (0.962), and median household income in the United States. It is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and Long Island Sound to the south. Its capital is Hartford and its most populous city is Bridgeport. It is part of New England, although portions of it are often grouped with New York and New Jersey as the Tri-state area. The state is named for the Connecticut River which approximately bisects the state. The word "Connecticut" is derived from various anglicized spellings of an Algonquian word for "long tidal river".

He was born October 14, 1612, in Bocking, Essex, England, the son of Thomas Fitch and Anna Reeve.

Braintree, Essex town in Essex, England

Braintree is a town in Essex, England. The principal settlement of Braintree District, it is located 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Chelmsford and 15 miles (24 km) west of Colchester. According to the 2011 Census, the town had a population of 41,634, while the urban area, which includes Great Notley, Rayne and High Garrett, had a population of 53,477.

Essex County of England

Essex is a county in the south-east of England, north-east of London. One of the home counties, it borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames to the south, and London to the south-west. The county town is Chelmsford, the only city in the county. For government statistical purposes Essex is placed in the East of England region.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

He emigrated from England in 1638. In Norwalk, he had the largest land holdings of any settler. [1]

He served as town clerk of Norwalk from 1654 to 1658, from 1674 to 1677, from 1680 to 1682, and from 1686 to 1687. [1]

He is listed on the Founders Stone bearing the names of the founding settlers of Norwalk in the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery.

History of Norwalk, Connecticut

The history of Norwalk, Connecticut ranges from pre-contact cultures and Native Americans to the 21st century.

East Norwalk Historical Cemetery

Established in 1655, the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery is Norwalk's oldest cemetery, and many of the area's first settlers are buried there. The cemetery is owned and maintained by the Third Taxing District, formally known as the East Norwalk Fire District of the Town of Norwalk, and before that it was known as the Down Town School District. Triangle shaped and surrounded clockwise by Gregory Boulevard, Cemetery Street and East Avenue it is situated in the neighborhood of East Norwalk 41°6′9.22″N73°24′11.95″W.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Sension
Nicholas Hoyt
Deputy of the General Assembly of the Connecticut Colony representing Norwalk
May 1673–October 1673
Succeeded by
John Bowton
Walter Hoyt