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William Mulford

Male 1620 - 1686  (66 years)


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  • Name William Mulford 
    Born 1620  Cadbury, Mid Devon, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Mar 1686  East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From the Lineal Ancestors of Susan (Mulford) Cory, wife of Captain James Cory Vol III part I John Mulford and his brother William Mulford came to Southampton, L.I. from Salem, Mass., and settled there. They then were of the early founders of East Hampton. There is some dispute about their father.

      While most Mulford experts say they were the children of Thomas Molford and Susan Southcott of Cadbury, Devonshire, but Robert L. Mulford found no proof of this in the English records, in fact, Thomas apparently had no son William and his son John may have died about 1610. After settling in East Hampton, William made one Anthony Waters, his attorney, to collect property belonging to his wife, which was involved in a lawsuit at the court in Middlesex county in Mass. As noted in Wyman's abstracts:

      4, Oct. 1653, Court ordered Capt. Fra. Norton to pay Wm Mulford, of Easthampton, L.I., his due, according to a bond made to Sarah, the wife of said Mulford and daughter of one Akerres that died in Mr. Barret's ship.

      29 Sep. 1659, A writ is issued against Capt. Francis Norton on the Suit of Anthony Waters, Guardian of Rachel Acres, & Attorney of William Mulford who Married Sarah, daughter of Thomas Akers, Deceased, for with holding the Estate of Thomas Akers who died at sea in the year 1650. A deposit of John Hand, of East Hampton made in Boston in October 1659 vouched for Rachel and her sister Sarah as the daughters of the deceased Thomas Akers.

      It may be that John Hand offers a clue about the original town of the Mulfords. The East Hampton town record of May 8, 1652 states: John Mulford and John Hand shall have their money repaid that they laid out for the land, that was given them for their estate in England which was received from them again, that is to say Two accers from John Mulford and one from John Hand. Although no record of English land holdings of John Mulford has been found, John Hand owned land in Stanstede in the county of Kent and at Trumbridge and Ashford, in Rootam, Kent.

      Both John and William were on the Southampton whale commission. John was one of the original 9 signers of the Indian deed for East Hampton. They paid thirty shillings. William followed and seemingly devoted his attention to agriculture. The plan was to set up an Island for the Innocents but by 1644 there was a falling out and the group split. In 1848, the state of Connecticut paid the Indians for 31000 acres of what is now East Hampton. The cost was twenty coats, twenty-four hoes, twenty four hatchets, twenty-four knives, twenty-four looking glasses, and one hundred muges, the grantors reserving to themselves the right of fishing, hunting, and fowling, the fins and tails of whales cast upon the shore, the skins of deer driven by them into the water and killed by the English, and the right to fish for shells for wampum.

      From East Hampton History and Genealogies by Jeanette Edwards Rattray.

      1953 The two brothers came to Southampton, L.I. in 1643 from Salem. In 1649 they moved to East Hampton. John was a Judge in 1674. He was prominent until his death in 1686. From 1650 to 1654 John was chief magistrate with treaty powers with the indians. A small book by Mary Esther Mulford Miller, "An East Hampton Childhood" comments on the Mulford character; "'Once a Mulford, always a Mulford', the family saying goes. The women may marry but they stay Mulford to the third and fourth generation, and the wives of the Mulford men, whatever their background,, are soon absorbed into the Mulford clan - although my mother always said it was 'rather difficult to change a Hedges'." William Mulford born in England about 1620, d. in E.H. March 1687, m. Sarah daughter of Thomas and Priscilla Akers; ch Thomas born about 1650, William born 1660, Benjamin born 1665 (both of them removed to Cape May N.J. about 1702, and left descendants, among them Isaac S. Mulford, author of a "History of N.J. published 1848) and Sarah who died in 1790 aged 95 and Rachel.

      From Mulford Family compiled by Thelma Antrim (Beck) Ellis 1966-1967 Roger Mulford married Elizabeth Hack daughter of Gilber Hack of Devon granted the coat of arms by King of England in 1420. Thomas Molford of South Molton married Agnes Blackmore of Byshope, Nymnet. Wilton Molford married Sabyn Shote heire of John Shote of Newlan, Devon. Wilton Molford Jr. married Alice White dau. of Thomas White. Their son: Roger Molford of Cadbury in Devon, married Amye Copener, daughter of Wilton Copener, died 1594. Chilren of Roger and Amye John, Wilton, Sabyn, Mary, Agnes and Thomas. Thomas married Susan Southcott, daughter of Thomas Soutchcott of Boythracye, Devon. Their children, John born 1606 died 1686 in E. H. and William born 1618 in England married 1648 to Sarah Akers daughter of Thomas and Priscilla Akers, died in 1687 in E. Hampton. References were History of the Mulford Family in the US, Genealogy of the Mulford family by J. V. Mulford and the above History of East Hampton. William came from England to Salem in 1638. Moved to E. Hampton in 1643. References the Corey above and East Hampton History. Children Thomas, William, Benjamin, Sarah, Rachel, and Isaac.

      Mulfords in America magazine vol 4 Issue 3 reprinted from the Arkansas Gazette, Sunday, July 3, 1932 an article by Francis M. Smith (Eleanor Lexington) This claims the Thomas Sarah connection and also mentions the 1420 Roger. Only reference given is The New England Historical and Genealogical Register volume 34.



      NOTE: ALL ANCESTORS OF WILLIAM ARE SUBJECT TO DEBATE. They come from "Mulford Family" by Thelma Ellis.

      From "Lists of Inhabitants of Colonial New York" by Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan. William Mulford assessed property value in East Hampton, August 24, 1675 - 164 pounds 3 shillings and 4 pence. September 8, 1683 106 pounds 3 shillings 4 pence. 2 heads, 16 land, 2 oxen, 4 cows 4 - 3, 3 - 2, 4 - 1 no horses 2 swine 26 sheep.

      2nd reference: Info from: History of Easthampton, N.Y. E5b p 245-482. Lion Gardiner and his Descendants A6F17 p 95. Susan Mulford Corey, 974-725/E 1 B2e 206-461.

      William Mulford and his brother sailed to Salem, Massachusetts in 1639 on THE PLOUGH

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      Note from Martyn Mulford:

      William's middle initial was not the letter I. This is a misread of genealogical records which refer to him as William 1 Mulford, meaning he was the first in a line of Mulfords born in this country. The number 1 there is sometimes written as an I which is the Roman numeral for 1.

      We should instead call him William Gilbert Mulford, since Gilbert is the name he is given in The Visitations of the County of Devon, 1620. Researchers have either ignored or overlooked the fact that William in those days was a kind of second name for Gilbert, and vice versa, as evidenced in numerous family documents of the time.

      Although the Visitations say that he and his brothers all died without issue, this is answerable by the simple fact the brothers were officers in the English civil wars against King James and King Charles the First, whereas their inlaws, especially the Southcottes, were loyal to the Crown, and so any children born to the brothers following their escape to America would have remained unknown to the Devonshire family, with all of the brothers having been written off as lost or dead.

      Also it was another brother (or cousin, born into the household of Roger and Amy) also named John whose death was the one noted in the Inquests Post Mortem. No actual record of death for any of the first three brothers (John, Thomas, and William --all three of whom show up together later in New England) has ever been found.

      As documented in ANCIENT LONG ISLAND EPITAPHS, FROM THE TOWNS OF Southhold, Shelter Island AND Easthampton, NEW YORK, By EDWARD DOUBLEDAY HARRIS (BOSTON: PRESS OF DAVID CLAPP & SON, 1903), the Mulfords of East Hamptom, notably William Mulford's own family, sometimes spelled their name Molford --with an O-- just like the family in Devonshire.
    Person ID I61997  7_families
    Last Modified 11 Jan 2012 

    Father Thomas Mulford,   b. 3 Dec 1571, Cadbury, Mid Devon, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Susan (Sarah) Southcott,   b. Abt 1570, Boythracye, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1600  Cadbury, Mid Devon, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F23957  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Sarah Akers,   b. Abt 1625, South Molton, North Devon, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1687  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married 1648  East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Thomas D. Molford,   b. 1645-1650, East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1732, East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +2. William Mulford,   b. 1651-1660, East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1717-1719, Cohansey, Salem, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     3. Rachel Mulford,   b. Abt 1657, East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. Sarah Mulford,   b. 1664, East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1760, , , New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     5. Benjamin Mulford,   b. 1665, East Hampton, Long Island, Suffolk, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1700, , Salem, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     6. Isaac Mulford,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2005 
    Family ID F23801  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Sarah Hedges,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2005 
    Family ID F24433  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1620 - Cadbury, Mid Devon, Devonshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S864] A Chronological Genealogy of the Mulford Family in Warren County, Ohio, James Villars Mulford, (Lebanon, Ohio 1940).