Robert Day, founder of this branch of the Day family in America, was born in England about 1604. He sailed for the new world in the ship Elizabeth, leaving from Ipswich, County Suffolk, England, in April 1604. He was accompanied by his wife Mary who was twenty-eight years old. They touched at Boston, but settled in Cambridge. There he was made freeman May 6, 1635, which proves his connection in full standing wi th the local church.

A few years later Robert moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where he became one of the original proprietors. He was chosen in 1643 viewer of chimneys and ladders at Hartford. His name is among the hundred carved on the brownstone monument in Center Church Cemetery at Hartford, which was erected in 1837 by the Ancient Burying Ground Association of Hartford in memory of the first settlers. Robert Day's house lot in 1639 was on the road from Centinel Hill to the North Meadow near the present junction of Main and Village streets. The location is now a wedge-shaped public park.

Died in 1648 at Hartford. He was interred in the Old Burying Ground, but time has destroyed his tombstone. His will, dated May 20, 1648, was most meticulously inventoried, enumerating every item of his possession, even pots and pans. It left all to his wife.

 

Issue: all by second wife, Editha Stebbins, four children, among them a son John Day.

Married, first, in England-- Mary _____________.

Married, second at Hartford, Editha Stebbins, a sister of Deacon Edward Stebbins. While the ancestry of both Editha Stebbins and her brother, Deacon Edward Stebbins, remains shrouded in mystery, the following arms are those claimed by the descendants of Deacon Edward Stebbins, according to Crozier: Argent a griffin segreant azure langued and membered gules between three cross crosslets.

 

Editha Stebbins married as her second husband, Deacon John Maynard of Hartford, who died shortly after, leaving all his property to his wife and the Day children. She married, third, Elizur Holyoke, of Springfield, Massachusetts, grandfather of Edward Holyoke, eleventh

president of Harvard College.

 

Note: Recent research has found Editha Stebbins and Deacon Edward Stebbins to be the children of William Stebbins or Stebbing and Mary ______. William was the son of William Stebbing. They were from Black Notley, Essex, England.

 

Mary Gaylerd, wife of John Day who was the son of Robert Day and Editha Stebbins, is the daughter of Walter Gaylord and Mary Stebbing, daughter of Deacon Edward Stebbins and Frances Tough. Therefore, Mary Stebbins' brother Deacon Edward Stebbins is also one of our grandfathers.

 

Note: There is also strong evidence that Robert Day, born about 1604, was born in South Kirkby, Yorkshire, England the son of Robert Day and Ann Kirby. This line can be traced back into Wales.

 

Colonial Families of America, Vol. 1: Robert Day (1604-1648). Courtesy of freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~larsenbrown.

 

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Robert Day, born in England, about 1604, died at Hartford, Connecticut between May 20 and October 14, 1648; married first, Mary ________, born in England about 1606, died perhaps at Cambridge, Massachusetts 1636; married second, probably in 1637, Editha Stebbins, born in England died at Springfield, Massachusetts October 24, 1688.

 

Two men named Robert Day, not far apart in age, came to New England. One came in the Elizabeth of Ipswich the last of April 1634. He was aged 30, and brought with him a wife, Mary, aged 28. The other came in the Hopewell, April 3, 1635 as a member of a group with certificates from Stanstead Abbott, County Hertford. These were Lawrence Whittemore, aged 63; Elizabeth Whittemore, aged 57; Elizabeth Turner, aged 20; Sara Elliott, age 6; Robert Day, aged 30; and William Peacock, age 12 (a).

 

One Robert Day settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts, while the other settled in Cambridge and removed to Hartford. It is the latter in whom we are interested. The early Day Genealogy identifies the Hartford man as the one who came with wife Mary in 1634, and Savage follows this conclusion. Colonel Charles E. Banks, on the other hand, identified the Hartford man as from Stanstead Abbott, coming without a wife in 1635 (b). If the ages are exact, the 1634 Robert was born about 1604, while the 1635 Robert was born about 1605. Robert Day of Ipswich testified June 23, 1681, aged about 77 years (c), but the ages of the two men are so close that this settles nothing.

 

The deciding factor is that the Cambridge records show Robert Day to have received three acres in Westend Field, August 4, 1634, hence he must have been the immigrant of 1634 with wife Mary. On August 20, 1635 he is named in a list showing the proportions of proprietors, and on February 8, 1635/6 in a list of those who have houses. He was made freeman in Massachusetts May 6, 1635, and probably removed to Hartford the following year.

 

To be continued...

 

Jacobus, Donna Lines. Hale, House & Related Families: History of Robert Day. 1952. Photocopied at Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Courtesy of