Friday, September 13, 2013

Puritan Explanation

So ... While dealing with the Richard Platt and more so Mary Wood conspiracy to drive me clinically insane....   I was looking at a bio and say that for both of them, there was a spot for religion and it read like this .

Religion: Puritan

Simple and straight to the point of course...  but I was like..... eh, it was actually a religion!?   Maybe I'm just naive ... or stupid, but I thought Puritan was more so in reference to early settlers ... maybe I knew that it was a religion as it was a reference to them wanting to break away from the ways of the English Church... but I really thought it was more of a reference to early settlers breaking away ...

Do you know what I mean?

I just thought "Puritan English" as in my label of such, was in reference to early American settlers...

So I thought, huh ...... I want to learn more about this.....

So I found this HERE .....

Puritanism in New England

For a much more extensive description than appears on this brief page, see the works listed in the  Selected Bibliography on Puritanism.
DefinitionsThe term "Puritan" first began as a taunt or insult applied by traditional Anglicans to those who criticized or wished to "purify" the Church of England. Although the word is often applied loosely, "Puritan" refers to two distinct groups: "separating" Puritans, such as the Plymouth colonists, who believed that the Church of England was corrupt and that true Christians must separate themselves from it; and non-separating Puritans, such as the colonists who settled the Massachusetts Bay Colony, who believed in reform but not separation. Most Massachusetts colonists were nonseparating Puritans who wished to reform the established church, largely Congregationalists who believed in forming churches through voluntary compacts.  The idea of compacts or covenants was central to the Puritans' conception of social, political, and religious organizations.
 BeliefsSeveral beliefs differentiated Puritans from other Christians. The first was their belief in predestination. Puritans believed that belief in Jesus and participation in the sacraments could not alone effect one's salvation; one cannot choose salvation, for that is the privilege of God alone. All features of salvation are determined by God's sovereignty, including choosing those who will be saved and those who will receive God's irresistible grace. The Puritans distinguished between "justification," or the gift of God's grace given to the elect, and "sanctification," the holy behavior that supposedly resulted when an individual had been saved; according to The English Literatures of America, "Sanctification is evidence of salvation, but does not cause it" (434). When William Laud, an avowedArminian, became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1633, the Church of England began to embrace beliefs abhorrent to Puritans: a focus on the individual's acceptance or rejection of grace; a toleration of diverse religious beliefs; and an acceptance of "high church" rituals and symbols.According to Samuel Eliot Morison's Oxford History of the American People, the Puritans "were deeply impressed by a story that their favorite church father, St. Augustine, told in his Confessions. He heard a voice saying, tolle et lege, 'Pick up and read.' Opening the Bible, his eyes lit on Romans xiii:12-14: 'The night is far spent, the day is at hand; not in carousing and drunkenness, not in debauchery and lust, not in strife and jealousy. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts therof'" (62).
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and the New 
England Way
The concept of a covenant or contract between God and his elect pervaded Puritan theology and social relationships. In religious terms, several types of covenants were central to Puritan thought.The Covenant of Works held that God promised Adam and his progeny eternal life if they obeyed moral law. After Adam broke this covenant, God made a new Covenant of Grace with Abraham (Genesis 18-19).
Covenant of Grace. This covenant requires an active faith, and, as such, it softens the doctrine of predestination. Although God still chooses the elect, the relationship becomes one of contract in which punishment for sins is a judicially proper response to disobedience. During the Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards later repudiated Covenant Theology to get back to orthodox Calvinism. Those bound by the covenant considered themselves to be charged with a mission from God.
Covenant of Redemption. The Covenant of Redemption was assumed to be preexistent to the Covenant of Grace. It held that Christ, who freely chose to sacrifice himself for fallen man, bound God to accept him as man's representative. Having accepted this pact, God is then committed to carrying out the Covenant of Grace. According to Perry Miller, as one contemporary source put it, "God covenanted with Christ that if he would pay the full price for the redemption of beleevers, they should be discharged. Christ hath paid the price, God must be unjust, or else hee must set thee free from all iniquitie" (New England Mind 406).
For more information, see also the following works suggested by EARAM-L members:
  • Perry Miller's "The Marrow of Puritan Divinity" in Errand into the Wilderness (Cambridge:  Harvard UP, 1956): 48-98.
  • Emory Elliott, Power and the Pulpit in Puritan New England
  • Charles Lloyd Cohen, "Covenant Psychology" in God's Caress: The Psychology of Puritan Religious Experience (Oxford and New York: Oxford UP, 1986)
  • John von Rohr, The Covenant of Grace in Puritan Thought (Atlanta, GA:  Scholars Press, 1986)
  • Darrett Rutman, American Puritanism
  • David Hall, The Faithful Shepherd
  • David Hall, The Antinomian Controversy
  • Sargent Bush, The Writings of Thomas Hooker
  • Michael McGiffert, "Grace and Works:  The Rise and Division of Covenant Divinity in Elizabethan Puritanism,"Harvard Theological Review 75.4 (1982): 463-502.
  • Amy Schrager Lang, Prophetic Woman

  • Janice Knight, Orthodoxies in Massachusetts
The New 
England Way
The concept of the covenant also provided a practical means of organizing churches.  Since the state did not control the church, the Puritans reasoned, there must be an alternate method of of establishing authority. According to Harry S. Stout, "For God's Word to function freely, and for each member to feel an integral part of the church's operations, each congregation must be self-sufficient, containing within itself all the offices and powers necessary for self-regulation.  New England's official apologist, John Cotton, termed this form of church government 'Congregational,' meaning that all authority would be located within particular congregations" (The New England Soul  17). Cotton's sermon at Salem in 1636 described the basic elements of this system in which people covenanting themselves to each other and pledging to obey the word of God might become a self-governing church.  Checks and balances in this self-governing model included the requirement that members testify to their experience of grace (to ensure the purity of the church and its members) and the election of church officials to ensure the appropriate distribution of power, with a pastor to preach, a teacher to "attend to doctrine," elders to oversee the "acts ofspiritual Rule," and a deacon to manage the everyday tasks of church organization and caring for the poor (Stout 19).  The system of interlocking covenants that bound households to each other and to their ministers in an autonomous, self-ruling congregation was mirrored in the organization of towns.  In each town, male church members could vote to elect "selectmen" to run the town's day-to-day affairs, although town meetings were held to vote on legislation.
Thus the ultimate authority in both political and religious spheres was God's word, but the commitments made to congregation and community through voluntary obedience to covenants ensured order and a functional system of religious and political governance.  This system came to be called the Congregational or  "New England Way." According to Stout, "By locating power in the particular towns and defining institutions in terms of local covenants and mutual commitments, the dangers of mobility and atomism--the chief threats to stability in the New World--were minimized. . . . As churches came into being only by means of a local covenant, so individual members could be released from their sacred oath only with the concurrence of the local body. . . . Persons leaving without the consent of the body sacrificed not only church membership but also property title, which was contingent on local residence.  Through measures like these, which combined economic and spiritual restraints, New England towns achieved extraordinarily high levels of persistence and social cohesion" (23). 
Unlike Anglican and Catholic churches of the time, Puritan churches did not hold that all parish residents should be full church members. A true church, they believed, consisted not of everyone but of the elect. As a test of election, many New England churches began to require applicants for church membership to testify to their personal experience of God in the form of autobiographical conversion narrativesSince citizenship was tied to church membership, the motivation for experiencing conversion was secular and civil as well as religious in nature. God's covenant that bound church members to him had to be renewed and accepted by each individual believer, although this could be seen as a dilution of the covenant binding God and his chosen people.
The children of first-generation believers were admitted to limited membership in the Congregational church, on the grounds that as children of the elect, they would undoubtedly experience conversion and become full members of the church. Not all underwent a conversion experience, however, thus leaving in doubt the future of their children, the grandchildren of the original church members. Drafted by Richard Mather and approved in 1662, the Half-way Covenant proposed that second-generation members be granted the same privilege of baptism (but not communion) as had been granted to the first generation. According to Norman Grabo, "This encouraged individual congregations to baptize the infant children of church members but not to admit them to full membership until they were at least 14 years old" and could profess conversion. "The partaking of the Lord's Supper became a lure to struggling half-way members to discover their right to full membership and a public sign of the purest in the congregation."
Richard, and, later, Increase Mather supported it, as did Edward Taylor; but Solomon Stoddard from Northampton argued that, according to the Half-Way Covenant, no man was permitted to partake of the Lord's Supper until he had certain knowledge and assurance of salvation; without this knowledge, attendance at the sacrament was damning.  Stoddard said that no man could know he was saved with absolute certainty; thus all well-behaved Christians should be admitted to the sacrament in hopes that they might secure saving grace or be converted by it. (Grabo 32)
Plain Style
The plain style is the simplest of the three classical forms of style. In choosing the plain style, Puritan writers eschewed features common to the rhetoric of the day; they declined to stuff their sermons with the rhetorical flourishes and learned quotations of the metaphysical style of sermon, believing that to be the province of Archbishop Laud and his followers. The Puritan sermon traditionally comprised three parts: doctrine, reasons, and uses. According to Perry Miller in The New England Mind,
    "The Anglican sermon is constructed on a symphonic scheme of progressively widening vision; it moves from point to point by verbal analysis, weaving larger and larger embroideries about the words of the text. The Puritan sermon quotes the text and "opens" it as briefly as possible, expounding circumstances and context, explaining its grammatical meanings, reducing its tropes and schemata to prose, and setting forth its logical implications; the sermon then proclaims in a flat, indicative sentence the "doctrine" contained in the text or logically deduced from it, and proceeds to the first reason or proof. Reason follows reason, with no other transition than a period and a number; after the last proof is stated there follow the uses or applications, also in numbered sequence, and the sermon ends when there is nothing more to be said. The Anglican sermon opens with a pianissimo exordium, gathers momentum through a rising and quickening tempo, comes generally to a rolling, organ-toned peroration; the Puritan begins with a reading of the text, states the reason in an order determined by logic, and the uses in an enumeration determined by the kinds of person in the throng who need to be exhorted or reproved, and it stops without flourish or resounding climax" (332-3).

  • In a similar manner, Puritans preferred the plainness of the Geneva Bible to the rich language of the King James version.

  • Notes on Richard Platt

    Okay ...... so  ......  here are some various notes for RICHARD PLATT and their lines that I wanted to make sure I can go back and look at.
    Taken From: HERE:  Source: Lineage Papers of Robert Forsyth Little, Jr. for the Society of the Colonial Wars.
    The first ancestor of the name in the United States, was Richard Platt.
    "Richard Piatt, son of Joseph Piatt, was baptized Sept. 28, 1603." This is claimed as an extract from the parish records of Bovingdon, a village near Hertford, England.
    The Platt progenitor, Richard Platt left England in 1638, and landed at New Haven
    Richard Piatt had eighty-four acres of land in and around New Haven. His name is on the list of free-planters made out in 1646 ; he was chosen a deacon in the first church in Milford in 1669.
    It is recorded that his wife, Mary, died in January, 1676. He made his will in 1683.
    From HERE

    Descendants of Richard Platt

    Generation No. 1

    1. RICHARD3 PLATT (GEORGE2SIMON1)1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1 was born September 28, 1603 in Ware, Hertfordshire1, and died Abt. February 13, 1684/85 in Milford, Connecticut1. He married MARY WOOD1,1,1,1,1,1 January 26, 1628/29 in Roydon, Essex1, daughter of JOHN WOOD and JANE (WOOD). She was born November 10, 1605 in Roydon, Essex, and died March 1675/76 in Milford, Connecticut1.

    Notes for R
    Recent research has confirmed that he was born in Ware, Hertfordshire, the son of George Platt.

    Milford -

    Ware was a market town which was a hotbed of Puritanism in the early 17th century. The famous Rev. Charles Chauncey, who would later be president of Harvard College, was vicar of Ware from 1627-33, emmigrating to England in 1638. Richard Platt
    was no doubt influenced by his preaching. In his will he left a Bible for each of his 24 living grandchildren. He was no doubt educated at the Grammar School at Ware, and probably became a tailor like his father and grandfather, as he was
    apprenticed in 1629.

    In 1639 he was a freeplanter in Milford and his home lot was #38, consisting of 4 acres and 1 rod, near the corner of the present West Main and Cherry streets.

    Quaker Genealogy on the Internet -

    Many from the Bay Colony chose to leave for New Haven with Eaton and Davenport, among them a company headed by Peter Prudden. Perhaps the son of Thomas Prudden of King's Walden, Hertfordshire and a kinsman of William Thomas of Caerleon,
    Monmouthshire, Prudden was the minister of the Providence Island Company. In 1637 with fifteen Hertfordshire families - among them Edmund Tapp of Bennington, Hertfordshire, James Prudden, William Fowler, Thomas and Hannah Buckingham, Thomas
    Welsh, Richard Platt, Henry Stonehill and William East - he left England for Massachusetts and went with Davenport's group to Connecticut in March of 1638.

    From "Platt Lineage" -

    He landed at New Haven in 1638, with his wife and four children.

    After his arrival, he acquired possession, among others, of several acres of land in what is now (1891) the best part of the Elm City (it was on the south side of Chapel Street, near College Street, adjoining the ground of Peter Prudden) in
    what was called "the Hertfordshire quarter."

    Among the first settlers of Milford, November 20, 1639, arriving with four in his family. He and his sons John and Josiah are among the original purchasers and proprietors of New Milford. His name is on the list of free-planters of Milford in
    1646. He was chosen deacon in the first church in Milford in 1669. His daughters Mary and Sarah probably died before he made his will in 1683, for in it he makes bequests to their children instead of to them.

    He left to one of his heirs a legacy "towards bringing up his son to be a scholar."

    He appears on the records as one of the witnesses to the will of Peter Prudden.

    His estate was estimated at about £600.

    His burial place is unknown, no stone has been found to mark his grave. It was probably in his orchard.

    His name is on the coping stones of the Wapawang memorial bridge in Milford, commemorating the early settlers.

    Topographical Dictionary-

    Parish of Aldenham, Hertfordshire

    Parish of New Haven, Conn.


    Marriage to Mary Wood is registered at Ware and at Roydon, on the same date. He is called "Deacon".

    Huntington Historical Society -

    "Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven 1638-49", by Charles Hoadley, states: "Rich Platt - an estate worthe £200 - twenty acres in the First Division - four acres in the Second Division". Part of his property consisted of a plot on
    the south side of Chapel Street near College Street, adjoining lands of Peter Prudden in the so-called "Hertfordshire Quarter".

    This fact undoubtedly influenced his early participation in the beginnings of the settlement of Milford within the limits of the New Haven Colony and located 10 miles west of New Haven itself, on the shores of Long Island Sound. The colony was
    under the leadership of Peter Prudden, a former Anglican priest, and a group of faithful adherents from Hertfordshire who had emmigrated in 1637. It was only natural that the Platts, coming a year thereafter, would gravitate to this settlement
    of their old neighbors.

    The Prudden movement from New Haven was not one of dissatisfaction but stemmed from a desire to organize their own church body and town structure. Prudden, who was only 37 at the time, patterned the town after New Haven but was somewhat more
    tolerant concerning church membership. In 1639 the group acquired the Indian title and on November 20, 1639, some 44 church members were franchised as "free planters". Among them was Richard Platt, with his wife Mary and their four oldest
    children, Mary, John, Isaac and Sarah.

    At Milford Richard owned House Lot #38 in the northeast sector of the settlement, somewhat south of the north line of the palisades and consisting of a 4-acre, 1-rod plot. Even after moving to Milford he retained some of his New Haven property.

    In 1646 the Indians were on the war-path and for protection the Milford settlement was fully palisaded. Each household was required to provide one watch for sentry duty every fifth day.

    Richard was chosen deacon of the first church in 1669. His will, dated 1683, has not been located among the early probate records of Connecticut, but is said to have mentioned his five sons and the children of his daughters Sarah and Mary,
    leaving some presumption of their earlier deaths.

    Some of his sons relocated. John and Josiah were among the original proprietors of New Milford, north of Danbury; John later moved to Norwalk. Isaac and Epenetus moved to Huntington, while Joseph remained at Milford. Although in 1962 Platt
    descendants are scattered among 32 states [and Mexico!], there still remains a core of the family maintaining possession of parts of their original Milford holdings, descendants of Richard's sons Josiah and Joseph.

    TAG -

    He was less than five years old when his father died, and in George's will his house was devised to his wife Mary and at her death was to go to Richard.

    He was doubtless educated at the Grammar School at Ware and may have been a tailor like his father and grandfather. In 1629 he had an apprentice, indicating he was in some trade at the time.

    Richard's profound Puritan beliefs were probably influenced by Rev. Charles Chauncy, Vicar of Ware from 1627 to 1633, who emmigrated to New England in 1638, was a teacher at Plymouth and President of Harvard College from 1654 to his death on 19
    February 1672.

    On 13 July 1629 there was an "Order that Richard Platt of Ware and his apprentice be brought before certain justices, that some order might be taken to end the differences between them."

    Richard and his wife disposed of their lands and houses at Ware by a final concord signed at Westminster on 25 April 1638, receiving £42 for the premises. They may have had to stay in or near London while awaiting passage, and sailed to New
    England either in the latter half of 1638 or the first half of 1639.

    His property in New Haven consisted of an estate worth £200; 20 acres in the first division of lands; 4 acres in the "Neck"; 12 acres of meadow; 48 acres in the second division, and paying a yearly rate of £1. He evidently had a comfortable
    estate and lived in the "Hertfordshire" quarter of the town, with William Fowler, Mr. Peter Prudden, James Prudden, Edmund Tapp, the Widow Baldwin, Zachariah Whitman and Thomas Osborne. He gradually sold his property after moving to Milford.

    He joined the church at Milford on 29 January 1640, and his wife on 15 August 1641.

    He was often asked to act as witness to wills; on 26 July 1656 he witnessed the will of Rev. Peter Prudden. As Mrs. Selleck points out (Miner Family, p. 147), "he was a man of high character and deeply religious, and was chosen deacon of the
    Milford Church in 1669. When his daughter Sarah was widowed, and prior to her second marriage, he cared for her and her children, and the court records refer to his extreme care and liberality in conserving the estate of his... grandchildren".

    The inventory of his estate was taken on 13 February 1685.

    The will of Deacon Richard Platt of Milford is an important document. It was dated 4 August 1683, and after the usual religious preamble, contains the following clauses:

    More About R
    Burial: February 13, 1684/85, Milford, Connecticut
    Christening: May 06, 1604, Ware, Hertfordshire1
    Education: Emmigrated 1638
    Occupation: Deacon, Landowner
    Religion: Puritan

    Notes for M
    TAG -

    Joined the church at Milford on 15 August 1641.

    More About M
    Burial: March 24, 1675/76, Milford, Connecticut1
    Christening: November 10, 1605, Roydon, Essex1
    Religion: Puritan
    Children of R
    2.i.MARY4 PLATT, b. 1629, Roydon, Essex; d. June 17, 1669, Middletown, Connecticut.
    3.ii.JOHN PLATT, b. 1631, Ware, Hertfordshire; d. November 06, 1705, Norwalk, Connecticut.
    4.iii.ISAAC PLATT, b. April 10, 1633, Ware, Hertfordshire; d. July 31, 1691, Huntington, Suffolk Co. (Long Island), New York.
    5.iv.SARAH PLATT, b. 1636, Ware, Hertfordshire; d. May 15, 1670, New Milford, Connecticut.
    6.v.I EPENETUS PLATT, b. 1640, Milford, Connecticut; d. Aft. September 01, 1693, Huntington, Suffolk Co. (Long Island), New York.
    vi.HANNAH PLATT1, b. 1643, Milford, Connecticut; d. Aft. December 28, 1702, Norwalk, Connecticut?; m. CHRISTOPHERCOMSTOCK1; b. Abt. 1644; d. December 28, 1702, Norwalk, Connecticut..
    More About HANNAH PLATT:
    Christening: October 01, 1643, Milford, Connecticut
    7.vii.JOSIAH PLATT, b. 1645, Milford, Connecticut; d. January 01, 1724/25, Milford, Connecticut.
    8.viii.JOSEPH PLATT, b. 1649, Milford, Connecticut; d. Bef. March 21, 1703/04, Milford, Connecticut.

    The following document can be read HERE ......


    From HERE

  • ID: I4609
  • Name: Richard PLATT
  • Prefix: Deacon
  • Sex: M
  • Christening: 6 MAY 1604 Ware, Hertfordshire, England 1
  • Death: BEF 13 FEB 1684/1685 in Milford, New Haven County, CT
  • Reference Number: 440
  • _UID: 6CA949A9D003DC44B1948DA241F952A09A56
  • Note:
    Roydon, where Richard and Mary married, is four miles southeast of Ware.
    On 16 April 1609 was mentioned as son in the will of George Platte of Ware.
    On 13 July 1629 there was an "Order that Richard Platt of Ware and his apprentice be brought before certain justices, that some order might be taken to end the differences between them."
    On 25 April 1638 Westminster, England, Richard and Mary Platt signed a final concord to dispose of their lands and houses at Ware, receiving L42 for the premises. Then they prepared to sail for New England, but may have had to stay in or near London for some months while awaiting passage. They appear to have crossed the Atlantic either in the latter half of 1638 or the first half of 1639.
    It has been stated that the Platt family arrived at New Haven in August 1639, and this may be true, but Richard Platt is not among those who signed the covenant of 22 August 1639, and "Richard Plot" did not join the Church of Milford at New Haven until 29 January 1639/1640. He was a free planter, according to Abbott in Milford, New Haven County, CT, in 1639. His home lot was #38, consisting of 4 acres and one rod, near the corner of the present West Main and Cherry Streets. In 1669 he was chosen deacon of the church at Milford. He appeared on the list of freemen at Milford in October 1669: "A List of the Freemen of Milford [October 1669] ... Richard Platt."
    In her will dated 9 November 1669, proved 20 November 1669, Sarah (Bryan?) (Baldwin) Astwood of Milford appointed "my beloved brothers Richard Platt and Thomas Wheeler" overseers. Richard Platt and Thomas Wheeler were also witnesses to the will. Since Sarah's maiden name has not been proven, this statement has led to much genealogical speculation as to how she was related to these men -- or were they merely highly esteemed "brethren in the church"? If you look to their descendants rather than their antecedants, another possible explanation suggests itself -- Sarah's grandson Zachariah3 Baldwin (Richard2, Sylvester1) was married to Richard Platt's granddaughter Mary3 Atkinson (Mary2, Richard1).
    The will of "Richard Platt of Milford in Ye colony of conecticutt" was dated 4 August 1683: It makes the following bequests:
    I give unto my son John Platt beside what I have formerly given him L26 & foure bibles for his children. I give unto my son Isaac Platt L20 besides what I have formerly given him & for his children three bibles. I give unto my son Epenetus Platt besides what I have formerly given him L20 & for his children three bibles.
    I give my son in law Christopher Comstocke & his wife beside what I have formerly given him L22 & for his children 3 bibles. I give Samuel Bech [Beach] beside what I have formerly given him L6. I give Hannah & Deborah Merwin two bibles.
    I give Elder [Daniel] Buckingham L5 toward bringing up his son to be a schollar.
    I give my son Epenetus L5 toward bringing up his son to be a schollar.
    I give my son Josia Platt beside what I have formerly given him the meadow on ye far side the creeke by stubby playne, & halfe the pasture or land by ye necke gate, & the land not yet taken in of my division, & halfe the pasture land below the two orchards, & five bibles for his children. I give Josia Whitmore & his sister two bibles. I give my son Joseph Platt's children two bibles.
    I give my son Joseph Platt all the remainder of my estate, housing, barnes, lands, meadows, corne, cattle, horses, mares, sheep, hogs, movables, he paying the legacyes above named & debts.
    I make my son Joseph Platt my executor of this my last Will.
    I desire Elder Buckingham & my son Josia Platt to see this my Will fulfilled, & I give Elder Buckingham & my son Josia twenty shillings apiece for their paynes.
    [Signed] Richard Platt
    Daniel Buckingham and Josia Platt, witnesses
    The Inventory of the estate was taken 13 February 1684 by Samuell Ells, John Streame, and Sylvanus Baldwin. It totaled L547:05:07. (New Haven probate records vol 1, part 2, p. 138).

    The Platt stone in the Milford Memorial Bridge reads:
    Obit 1684
    MARY His Wife."

  • Father: George PLATT c: 13 MAY 1582 in Ware, Hertfordshire, England 
    Mother: Mary SELL b: ABT 1572 in England

    Marriage 1 Mary WOOD c: 10 NOV 1605 in Roydon, Essex, England
    • Married: 26 JAN 1628/1629 in Roydon, Essex, England 12 13 14
    1. Has Children Mary PLATT c: 11 NOV 1629 in Roydon, Essex, England
    2. Has Children John PLATT c: 11 JAN 1631/1632 in Ware, Hertfordshire, England
    3. Has Children Isaac PLATT c: 10 APR 1633 in Ware, Hertfordshire, England
    4. Has No Children Samuel PLATT c: 9 DEC 1634 in Ware, Hertfordshire, England
    5. Has Children Sarah PLATT c: 11 SEP 1636 in Ware, Hertfordshire, England
    6. Has Children Epenetus PLATT b: 2 JUL 1640 in Milford, New Haven County, CT c: 2 JUL 1640 in Milford, New Haven County, CT
    7. Has Children Hannah PLATT c: 1 OCT 1643 in First Church, Milford, New Haven County, CT
    8. Has Children Josiah PLATT c: NOV 1645 in First Church, Milford, New Haven County, CT
    9. Has Children Joseph PLATT c: 1 APR 1649 in First Church, Milford, New Haven County, CT

    1. Title: Richard Platt of Ware, Co. Hertford, England, and Milford, Connecticut
      Author: John Insley Coddington
      Abbrev: Coddington
      Publication: New Haven: The American Genealogist
      Abbrev: Richard Platt
      Page: 30:236. Parish Registers of Ware, co. Hertford, 1558-1650.
      Text: Baptisms. 1604 Richard Platte, 6 May
    2. Title: Families of Ancient New Haven
      Author: Donald Lines Jacobus
      Abbrev: Jacobus
      Publication: Salem MA: Higginson Book Co., 1994
      Abbrev: Families of Ancient New Haven
      Page: p. 144-161
    3. Title: Richard Platt of Ware, Co. Hertford, England, and Milford, Connecticut
      Author: John Insley Coddington
      Abbrev: Coddington
      Publication: New Haven: The American Genealogist
      Abbrev: Richard Platt
      Page: 30:233-238
    4. Title: English Ancestry of Richard Platt (1604-1685) and Mary Wood (1605-1676)
      Author: Douglas Richardson
      Abbrev: Richardson
      Publication: Synopsis of article pre-published to Platt list,, 1998
      Abbrev: Platt & Wood Ancestry
    5. Title: Richard Platt of Ware, Co. Hertford, England, and Milford, Connecticut
      Author: John Insley Coddington
      Abbrev: Coddington
      Publication: New Haven: The American Genealogist
      Abbrev: Richard Platt
      Page: 31:155-170
    6. Title: Families of Early Milford Connecticut
      Author: Susan Woodruff Abbott
      Abbrev: Abbott
      Publication: Baltimore MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979
      Abbrev: Families of Early Milford
      Page: p. 547-551
    7. Title: Platt Genealogy in America from the Arrival of Richard Platt in New Haven Connecticut in 1638
      Author: Charles Platt Jr.
      Abbrev: Charles Platt
      Publication: New Hope, PA: 1963
      Abbrev: Platt Genealogy
      Page: pp. 17-26
    8. Title: History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, for the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
      Author: Donald Lines Jacobus
      Abbrev: Donald Lines Jacobus
      Publication: New Haven CT: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., 1930-1932
      Abbrev: Families of Old Fairfield
      Page: p. 483-487
    9. Title: Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1665-1678
      Author: J. Hammond Trumbull
      Abbrev: Trumbull
      Publication: Hartford CT: 1852
      Abbrev: Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut
      Page: p. 523-526
    10. Title: The Story of the Memorial in Honor of the Founders of the Town of Milford
      Author: Morris W. Abbott
      Abbrev: Morris Abbott
      Publication: Milford CT: 1971
      Abbrev: Milford Memorial
      Page: p. 12
    11. Title: Milford Church Records. Admissions, First Church, 1639-1687
      Author: Donald Lines Jacobus
      Abbrev: Jacobus
      Publication: New Haven: The American Genealogist, 1939, Vol. 16
      Abbrev: Milford Church Records 1639-1687
      Page: pp. 28-29
    12. Title: New England Marriages Prior to 1700
      Author: Clarence Almon Torrey
      Abbrev: Torrey
      Publication: Baltimore MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985 & 1992
      Abbrev: New England Marriages
      Page: p. 590
      Text: Richard Platt (1604-1684, 1685) & Mary Wood (1605-), in Eng; b 1633, 26 Jan 1682/9; New Haven/Milford CT.
    13. Title: Richard Platt of Ware, Co. Hertford, England, and Milford, Connecticut
      Author: John Insley Coddington
      Abbrev: Coddington
      Publication: New Haven: The American Genealogist
      Abbrev: Richard Platt
      Page: 30:237. Parish Registers of Roydon
      Text: 1628 Richard Platt and Mary Woode ware maried the 26th of January [1628/9]
    14. Title: The Merwin Family in North America
      Publication: Miles Merwin Association, Milford, CT 1978
      Abbrev: Merwin Family
      Page: p. 1

    Notes on Mary (Wood) Line (Ambler/Hurst Lines)

    So ...  Mary Wood to John Wood #2 (the one married to Isabell) ... to her Grandfather Edmund Wood and Grandmother Janet or Judith (Hurst)  ... to Edmund's parents Richard Wood JR.  and Margaret Anne Ambler.  We're going to do Ambler Line, and then the Hurst Line after that (look for the first THE END graphic and Hurst is after that)

    Margaret Anne Ambler 1523-1600 .... her parents were .....These were all copied from

    William Ambler 

    Place of Burial:Halifax, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
    Northowram, Halifax, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
    Death:August 26, 1540 (45)
    Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
    Immediate Family:

    Isabel Ambler   *END* 

    Place of Burial:Halifax, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
    Birth:circa 1500 
    Halifax, West Riding, Yorkshire, England
    Death:April 17, 1542 (42)
    Halifax, Yorkshire, , England
    Immediate Family:

    John Ambler 

    Birth:estimated between 1430 and 1490 
    Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
    Immediate Family:
    Son of William Aumbler
    Father of William Ambler

    William Aumbler 

    Birth:estimated before 1490 
    Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
    Immediate Family:
    Son of John Aumbler
    Father of John Ambler

    John Aumbler 

    Birth:estimated before 1490 
    Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
    Immediate Family:
    Son of Robert Aumbler
    Father of William Aumbler

    Robert Aumbler 

    Birth:estimated before 1490 
    Bentleyroyd, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
    Immediate Family:

    Nicholas De Ambleour 

    Birth:Bentleyroyd, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
    Immediate Family:
    Father of Robert Aumbler

    That's the end of that line.......

    Edmund was married to Janet (or Judith) Hurst : 1550-1583

    Janet's parents were:

    Humphrey Nettleton Hurst 

    Immediate Family:
    Son of Humphry Hurst and Jennett Nettleton
    Husband of (not known)
    Father of Janet Hurst
    They have Humphry as Humphrey's father ......  but the dates don't match up, so I think Humphry and Jannet are probably actually Janet's parents.

    Humphry Hurst 

    Birth:circa 1524 
    Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, England
    Death:December 1586 (62)
    Halifax, , Yorkshire, England
    Immediate Family:

    Jennett Nettleton 

    Birth:circa 1528 
    Northorum, Halifax. Yorkshire, England
    Death:1556 (28)
    Halifax, Yorkshire, England
    Immediate Family:

    Humphry's Father

    Dirck Hurst  END

    Birth:estimated between 1459 and 1519 
    Immediate Family:
    Husband of (not known)
    Father of Humphry Hurst

    Jannett's Parents

    Thomas Holgate Nettleton 

    Birth:circa 1504 
    Ovenden, Yorkshire, England
    Immediate Family:
    Son of John Nettleton and Elizabeth Holgate
    Husband of Jennette Hall
    Father of Jennett Nettleton

    Jennette Hall 

    Birth:circa 1507 
    Northowram, Halifax. Yorkshire, England
    Immediate Family:

    John Nettleton 

    Birth:estimated between 1439 and 1499 
    Immediate Family:

    Elizabeth Holgate 

    Birth:estimated between 1439 and 1499 
    Immediate Family:

    Thomas Hall 

    Birth:circa 1482 
    Northowram, Halifax. Yorkshire, England
    Immediate Family:
    Husband of Mary (not known)
    Father of Jennette Hall

    Mary (not known) 

    Birth:circa 1485 
    Yorkshire, England
    Immediate Family:
    Wife of Thomas Hall
    Mother of Jennette Hall