MALTBY, William - I56181

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William MALTBY

Maltby Coat of Arms

COATS OF ARMS of the Maltby family are found as early as 1097, in Yorkshire parish registers[1], and have descended to the American members of the family. In the inventory of Samuel, son of our immigrant, mention is made of the family coat of arms.[2] Crozier describes the arms of William Maltby, of Branford, 1667.[3]

I. The children of William MALTBY is quite clearly traced to John Maltby, early of Kexbie Hall, Kexbie, Lincolnshire, England, whose will was proved in 1557.[4] William and brothers John and Robert came to New England, all three apparently to New Haven and Branford, Connecticut. Of these the eldest was John, born about 1640, who is first of record in June 1664, at New Haven.[5] In 1662, we find him selling his property in East Retford and West Retford, Babworth, Nottinghamshire, England, at about which time his father left his houses in Briggate, East Retford, Carr Lane, close in Little Soringley in Clarborough, to his youngest son, Robert, lately born.[6] These Maltbys had relatives in Yorkshire. The following year no Maltbys were assessed in that locality, showing a complete removal of the family.[7]

This John Maltby was evidently engaged in West Indies merchant trade, and made trips to London, upon one of which, it is supposed, he brought his two younger brothers, William and Robert, to New England with him. In a letter received by the compiler from Dorothy Lord Maltby Verrill, author of The Maltby Family, dated 28 September 1928, she writes: I wonder if you would like the following for your book? It has never been published, and if you feel you could give me credit for it, I should appreciate it. It is the marriage record of the parents of William Maltby, emigrant. (I may say that since my book was published there is no "supposed" about the Maltby ancestry.) "The Nottinghamshire Marriage Licenses,[8] 1632, May 22, John Maltbye of East Retford and Mary Williamson of Habellstrope (Habblesthorpe) Spinster, at East Retford” Habblesthorpe is now called Leverton, Notts. Anciently called Apethorpe.

William Maltby had probably been married in England, for when he appears in New Haven, records of 1672, he had children Jane and John with him. Prior to this, however, we find his name in a signature to the New Plantation Covenant in Branford, 20 January 1667.[9] The name of this wife is most likely Rachel Williamson. William Maltby came to New England with the rank of "gentleman." He is referred to, throughout many town records, with the titles of respect, such as Master, judge, Esquire, etc. Indeed, in 1703, a special court at New Haven issued a license to "ye Worshipful Mr. William Maltby, of Branford." This title was not used in the Colonies prior to 1685, and then, and subsequently, usually applied only to governors. Next in degree, of honor was the title, Esquire; then Gentleman, which was soon discarded in Connecticut. "Mister" was accorded to all gentlemen, including those of ten given higher titles.[10] On 16 May 1673, William Maltby was made "cornet" of troops.[11] This corresponds to what is now termed "lieutenant." The next year he was chosen constable[12], and for two years, collector.

In a list of church members dated 17 January 1676, we find William and five children the last one born 30 April of that year. From certain records it is inferred he lived a while at Guilford, Connecticut, before becoming an inhabitant of Branford. In the latter place he purchased land in 1682, and in October following was admitted freeman of the colony. He was elected deputy from Branford to the General Court in 1685[13], and was either deputy or representative for the following years: 1685, 1686, 1687, 1689, 1690, & from 1693 through 1706. He was commissioner in 1687, 1688, 1690, 1692, 1693, 1694, and 1697; justice of the peace, 1689, 1698, and from 1701 through 1706; and probate judge in 1702. Branford records show his commission as ensign of the train band there, and the confirmation by the town, in 1690, of his appointment.

William Maltby was baptized at Retford, Nottinghamshire, England, 16 March 1644. He married (1) Rachel Williamson and (2) Hannah HOSMER, widow of Josiah Millard, who bore him no children. He married (3) Abigail, daughter of Deputy Governor James Bishop.

CHILDREN, by first wife:

  1. . John, born about 1670; married Hannah LORD.
  2. . Jayne, thought to be a twin sister of John; married 4 March 1689, at New Haven, David Parker, of Saybrook.[14] Died childless.
  3. . Mary, born at New Haven, 1 May 1672[15]; died in New Haven in infancy.
  4. . William, born 9 January 1673, at Branford; married Elizabeth, daughter of John Morris.
  5. . Elizabeth, born 30 April 1676; married 14 March 1697/8, Abraham Hoadley.
  6. . Daniel, born 19 May 1679; married 27 October 1702, Esther Moss, whom the author of Maulsby Family calls a second wife.[16]

CHILDREN of William and Abigail:

  1. . Samuel, born 7 August 1 693; married 8 December 1715, Elizabeth Parker.
  2. . Jonathan, born 26 July 1698; married 25 September 1719, Mrs. Sarah Potter.


II. John MALTBY, born about 1670, was in New Haven, Connecticut, with his father, at the age of two. In 1688 and later be held land in Branford. On 1 April 1694 lie "entered his ear mark" Sometime between 1694 and 1699 his father purchased a place for him in Saybrook, Connecticut. "On 21 March 1700, John Maltby removed to New London, and sells to his father William."[17]

Mr. Ralph D. Smyth, a careful historian, writes of him in a letter dated 1866: "He was a cooper, but belonged to the better class in society. . , He lived in Saybrook all his life, and died in August 1727, aged 57". Mr. Smyth doubtless got his authority for the dates from the tombstone in Saybrook, which has long since vanished through decay.

John Maltby married at Saybrook, Connecticut, 13 August 1696, Hannah LORD.[18] She was the daughter of William and Lydia Lord. His will, dated 11 March 1727, was proved 12 September 1727, and mentions his wife Hannah, and all his children except William. He gave each daughter a share in his "mansion house." There is an interesting old Maltby chest, which belonged to Hannah, daughter of John. There is strong probability that it was made by himself or son, since they were coopers. This chest has a fanciful design upon it, branching, feathery sprays entwining about a shield bearing the initials "I M" and the date, 1726. The "I" was doubtless the old fashioned "J." This old relic cf a distant past has been the center of attention upon many occasions when the descendants of the Maltby pioneers have gathered together, and it inspired the following poem, by Seraph Maltbie Dean, of Cambridge, which, with a change of name and particular reference, might well serve to express the emotions with which many descendants of other early ancestors view their precious heirlooms.

Quaint heirloom, as alone this day you stand a relic of the past, what could you tell Of our ancestors, and the home and land From whence they came, and of one, as well, Who formed you for his own utility, with somewhat, e'en, of skill and artistry?

In red and black and gold, traced clearly, see The letters, and the date, which seem to give An index of the owner's family, As well as time in which the man did live John Maltby, grandson of the one we own As sire of Maltbys in our lineage known.

This much we gather, but no further clue From which to unroll the years between That early date and this, is given by you; Nor may we ever know all you've seen, Made, as you were, full half a century Before our country's independency!

You know the natives who tried souls of men; Witnessed privations, loss, disease and death; 'And, midst these scenes, saw the empire rise and gain Of a new Nation, ever to Freedom's breath A Nation known this day, her treasures sought By all lands, and we cry, What God hath wrought!

Yet,pride and honor, wealth and fame must pass; Not e'en a nation can unchanged remain; The things we value, in an instant's flash, Are gone from us, we must new treasures gain! But still, with you, Old Chest, to our beloved Tree,The Maltby genealogy cling we! –Maltby Family, 269.

CHILDREN, born at Saybrook: [19]

  1. . John, born 29 September 1698; married 12 November 1724, Mehitable Clark; had Esther, 1725; William, 1727; and probably others.
  2. . Nathaniel, born 29 December 1700.
  3. . William, born 6 July 1703; died young.
  4. . Hannah, born 18 September 1704; died I December 1779; married 17 January 1730, Abraham Hodgkin.[20]
  5. . Mary, born 18 July 1708; married Gershom LEWIS.
  6. . Jane, born May, 1712.
  7. . Dorothy, born 29 April 1715.


III. Mary MALTBY, born in Saybrook, Connecticut, 18 July 1708, married at Guilford, Connecticut, 17 December 1735, Gershom LEWIS, the ceremony being performed by the Reverend Mr. Ruggles.[21] For continuation of this family line please see the LEWIS biography.

  SOURCE:  The Ancestry & Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale by Audentia Smith Anderson (1926)


  1. (Maltby Family, Dorothy Maltby Verrill, 9)
  2. (Ibid. 119.)
  3. (General Armory, 88.)
  4. (Maltby Family, 119 122.)
  5. (Ibid. 215.)
  6. (Boston Transcript, 4 February 1925.)
  7. (Maltby Family, 219.)
  8. (Archdeacon's Court)
  9. (Taintor's Colchester (Branford) Records, 1864, 152.)
  10. (Maltby Family, 2 3 5 6.)
  11. (Colonial Records of Connecticut, 1665 1667, 199.)
  12. (Branford Records, 144 147)
  13. (Colonial Records of Connecticut 3: 168)
  14. (Boston Transcript, 31 October 1923.)
  15. (New Haven Register, 131)
  16. (Maulsby Family, Ella K. Barnard, 1909, Baltimore, 31.)
  17. (Maltby Family, Verrill, 267.)
  18. (Original Records of Town of Saybrook 2: 546.)
  19. (Original Records of Town of Saybrook .2: 546.)
  20. (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 58: 281.)
  21. (Original Records of Town of Guilford 2: ~ 6.)