The following is quoted from [http://www.bankert.org/genealogy-reports/newengland/ancec009.ht
John and his brother Edward (b. abt. 1601/2) were of Welsh descent, born in Wales, son of John and Ann (Langford) Griffin, she of Bigander, who were also the parents of Ann, Joan, Catharine and Margaret, all married in 1613.
Employed as sailors for Capt. Claiborne, the Secretary of the Virginia colony. John and his brother, Edward, came to America in 1635 aboard the "Constance". While in the Chesapeake Bay, Lord Baltimore of Maryland seized the islands of Kent and Palmer and the brothers fled, Edward to New Amsterdam and John to New Haven where he appears in 1642. In January of 1643 he is fined a few pence, with others, for not having his arms in shape in the New Haven Militia. In 1646 John is still found in New Haven as a sailor and testifies to the General Court concerning the loss of a boat in New Haven. In 1647 He is married to Anna Bancroft in Windsor.
John Griffin had joined with Michael Humphrey in the manufacture of tar and turpentine in the pine forest of Massaco and Salmon Brook. The tar, used by the British Navy and in the building of ships, promised fortunes for both. About 1646, the tar kilns of John Griffin were set afire by Indians. Somehow, John found that the name of the Indian responsible was Manahannoose, a local Algonquin, who had grown frustrated with the encroachment of the English. Manahannoose was captured, and, taking advantage of a new law, was ordered to be a servant of the plaintiff or shipped off in return for enslaved Africans or to pay ¹100. In order to prevent this from happening, Manahannoose's village deeded the area of Windsor knows as Massaco to John Griffin with the exception of two acres. Although it was technically illegal for John to accept this deed, he probably looked at it as a promising business venture and took advantage of it. Thirteen years later, John turned his deed over to the colony. At that time, in recognition of his being the first to manufacture tar and pitch in the region, John was given a grant for 200 acres of his choice "north of the falls". It would probably be safe to assume that before John presented the Massaco deed to the colony, he had probably taken all he wanted from the Massaco pine forests. The "Griffin's Lordship", as it came to be called, was given as recognition of John's work in wrestling all of Massaco from the natives and in beginning a profitable manufacturing operation in those parts.
John is considered to be the first settler of Simsbury and Granby. John, along with Simon Wolcott, was made a leader of the train band in 1673 and represented Simsbury in the General Assembly from 1670-1674. A prominent and successful businessman and pioneer, John's involvement in the community was not confined to just politics and business. In 1655 we find that John is fined ¹20 on a complaint by William Hayden of the riotous conduct of John Griffin, John Bancroft, and Jacob Drake.
Thje following is quoted from [http://www.bankert.org/genealogy-reports/newengland/ancec010.h
John Bancroft sold his holdings in Swarkeston in preparation for emigration to New England but died in 1635 before he could make the trip. His widow, Anne, came to New England, possibly with Nathaniel Sowther who was a witness to John's will and overseer of his estate. She moved with her family from Massachusetts to Southampton, Long Island. Her children, John, Thomas, and Anna, later moved to the Connecticut Valley.
John's younger brother, Thomas, a poet and author in England, wrote of his brother:
!Will: Dated Oct 1626, proved at Litchfield, CT, Oct 1627. Estate inventoried at 275-17-2
. Exec eldest son John.
BIRTH: Parentage was taken from http://www.bankert.org/genealogy-reports/newengland/ancec012.htm, where it is stated that his parentage is circumstantial, but his grand-parentage is solid. In other words, he is definately a grandson of John Bancroft who died in 1557, probably (but not certainly) via son Ralph. It is known that Thomas is not a son of William or Thomas (Ralph's brothers), and the remaining other brother, whose name is unknown, probably died young.
Francis P. Rice (15 NOV 1831-13 OCT 1912) m. Eliza Jane Bivans (1833/1834-) on 16 MAY 1853, children: 1. Hanna A. Florence (18 JAN 1856-), 2. Francis S. Rice (22 NOV 1857-BEF 1860), 3. William Frank Rice (29 JUL 1864-9 APR 1903), 4. George Phillip Rice (18 AUG 1869-).
Mary Amelia Rice (23 JUL 1834-9 JAN 1900) m. James Harvey (20 FEB 1821-20 MAY 1892) on 2 MAY 1850 at Danbury,Fairfield Co.,Connecticut, children: 1. Clarence T. or B. Harvey (20 APR 1855-30 SEP 1859), 2. Chester Harvey (5 OCT 1857-), 3. Sarah E. Harvey (26 MAR 1863-).
James Theodore Rice (1836-1912) m. Hannah Maria Wood (21 MAY 1846-21 JUL 1899)
Lewis H. Rice (28 APR 1839-3 APR 1851)
Sarah A. Rice (1840/1841-AFT 1904)
Rufus Samuel Rice (31 OCT 1843-28 DEC 1904) m. Mary Louise Crofutt (6 OCT 1850-19 MAY 1935) on DEC 1869 at probably Jersey City,Hudson Co.,New Jersey, children: 1. Minnie J. Rice (24 OCT 1870-16 OCT 1953), 2. Ella Brush Rice (16 MAR 1873-14 DEC 1955), 3. Rufus Clarence Rice (4 DEC 1875-13 JAN 1932), 4. Harry Storm Rice (25 NOV 1878-24 AUG 1960), 5. Florence Amanda Rice (3 JAN 1881-19 JUN 1937), 6. Hannah Ida Rice (2 AUG 1883-6 OCT 1975), 7. William Hawley Rice (5 AUG 1885-4 SEP 1939), 8. Ralph Isaac Rice (18 MAR 1888-12 AUG 1940), 9. Leon Albert Rice (29 SEP 1890-2 SEP 1931), 10. Samuel A. Rice (30 MAY 1894-14 FEB 1971), 11. Daniel Joseph Rice (24 SEP 1896-28 FEB 1974).
Halsey John Rice (1 MAR 1846-12 JUN 1853)
Fannie M. Rice (5 FEB 1848-AFT 1904)
Henrietta Jane Rice (30 AUG 1850-11 OCT 1852)
Had 10 children.
She died of Erysipelas, an acute febrile disease caused by a hemolytic streptococcus.
John Weller (1851/1852-) m. , children: 1. Ada M. Weller (1876/1877-).
Royal M. Weller (ABT 1853-BEF 1905) m. Edith H. Jennings (ABT 1858-AFT 26 APR 1910) , children: 1. Alice Weller (6 OCT 1874-4 MAY 1879), 2. Emma Weller (7 SEP 1876-), 3. Fanny Weller (1878/1879-), 4. ?Wialu Weller (23 NOV 1878-), 5. Edith May Weller (22 MAR 1881-), 6. infant Weller (28 JUL 1883-JUL 1883), 7. Grace Lavinia Weller (ABT 18 NOV 1882-1 AUG 1962), 8. May Weller.
** Candidate #1: Royal M. Weller, b. 1819/20 Conn., m(1) Melvina L., d. 1844, m(2) Maria, d
. 1853, m(3) Catherine M. (--). Resided in Watertown, Litchfield Co., Conn from at least 1844-1853, and in East Granby in 1860 & 1870. Unfortunately, Royal M. Weller Jr. does not show up in the family in 1860.
!Census 1850: Watertown, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, enum 3 Oct 1850, p. 386/771-387/772, household 92, fam. 100-101:
William [Hender], 24, silk maker, Conn.
Emily D., 27, Conn.
Edward, 2, Conn
Harriet [Deflon], 17, Conn
David Betts, 29, druggist, Conn
Caroline Bitts, 26, Conn.
Margaret, 7, Conn.
Royal M. Willer, 30, stone cutter, $400, Conn
Maria, 29, Conn.
Elizabeth M., 3, Conn.
John W., 1, Conn.
He was living in Watertown CT in 1853, as evidenced by the death record there: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ctlitch2/deaths/watertown_part2.htm
Maria, wife of Royal M. Weller, age 34, d. 28 Mar 1853
Melvina L., wife of R.M. Weller, age 28, d. 26 Feb 1844
Possible conjecture: Perhaps Maria was Royal M. Jr's mother and died during as as complications of child birth, since that appears to be so close to Royal M.'s birthdate.
Also: Ellen Weller, age 5, d. 2 Apr 1844
In the 1860 census of East Granby, Hartford Co., CT, p. 1033 is household 69, family 74, enum:
Royal M. Weller, 40, CT, Farmer, $1000
Catherine M. Weller, 44, CT
Mary C. Griswold, 15 CT, teacher
Sarah [Ann] Griswold, 13 CT, teacher
Larry T. Griswold, 12 CT
Elizabeth Weller, 13 CT
John Weller, 11 CT
Oliver Kolamb, 25 CT, laborer, $100
Sarah Ann Corey, 40 CT, house servant
Census 1870 East Granby, Hartford Co., Connecticut, roll 102 p. 168, household 96/93:
Royal M. Weller, 51 CT, Traveling agent, --/$500
Katharine Weller, 54 CT, keeps house, $100/500
Sarah M. Griswold, 23 CT, housekeeping
James A. Griswold, 22 CT, farmer, $6000/2000
Also, IGI lists a Royal Weller bp. 3 Oct 1819 in Westfield Hampden Co., Mass., father=Royal Weller [from The publick [sic] records of the church at Westfield, 1679-1836, First congregational church, film 0185469, batch C502601]. Baptized at the same time were sisters Catherine and Margaret Weller. The date of this baptism is consistent with the age of the Royal M. Weller in East Granby in 1870.
A possible parent of this one is Royal Weller b. 3 July 1782 Westfield, Hampden Co., Mass., to Oliver and Mercy (Sackett) Weller. [IGI, batch 7105728 - submitted by LDS member]. Same source: Oliver Weller, d. 2 Oct 1816, and m. 14 Aug 1766 Westfield to Mercy Sackett (d. 9 Jul 1825, dau. of Eliakim). Oliver was son of Mathaniel [sic] Weller and Rhoda Moseley. Mercy Sackett's (b. 25 Nov 1742) ancestry is listed at http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/8782/Sackett.htm.
A search of the 1860 census of Watertown, CT, did not reveal any Royal M. Weller, but found one Weller family, with out a child named Royal M.:
Henry Weller, 43 CT, lawyer, $1000/525
Lydia, 44 CT
Emma J. 19 CT
Hellen, 16 CT
Julia, 14 CT
Darius, 12 CT
Mary, 9 CT
Clara, 8 CT
Fredk Fisher, 26 PA, bone farmer
Aaron M. Lane, 28 CT, carver
Henry Moltz, 30 Del, bone farmer.