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Governor Robert Treat[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1622 - 1710  (88 years)


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  • Name Robert Treat 
    Prefix Governor 
    Born Feb 23, 1622  Pitminster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jul 12, 1710  Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old Burying ground, Milford Cemetery, Milford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    •   There are several markers for him in Milford, Connecticut (transcribed DEC 1999).  One, on the town square, reads "Robert Treat; Born 1622, died 1710; A founder of Milford; Served the colony of Connecticut for 32 years; Deputy Governor 1678-1683; Governor 1683-1698; Deputy Governor 1698-1708; Led a company to New Jersey and founded Newark 1665-1672; Returned to Milford and commanded Connecticut troops in King Philips War.  Governor when Sir Edmund Andros demanded charter which was not surrendered but was hidden in an oak tree."
          The entrance to the Milford Cemetery (est. 1642) has a plaque reading "Governors: Robert Treat 1683-1698 ...."
          His grave marker (cover) reads "Here lyeth interred the body of Coll Robert Treat Esq, Who faithfully servd (sic) this colony in the post of governour (sic) near ye space of thirty years and att (sic) ye age of four score and eight years changed this life for a better  July 12 Anno Dom 1710"
    Notes 
    • Robert came to America, founded Newark, New Jersey and Milford, Connecticut.  His leadership and role as negotiator facilitated the legal agreements related to the founding of the New Jersey colonies. Robert Treat and Jasper Crane went to New Amsterdam as early as 1661 to see Governor Peter Stuyvesant regarding a place of settlement but was initially thwarted in his efforts.
      Captain Treat and others conferred with Governor Philip Cartaret and obtained a land grant from him.  But, upon arriving at their chosen spot for the city, the Hackensack Indians refused to let them settle.  The settlers returned to Elizabethtown Point, and Treat and others met again with Carteret who refused to pay the Hackensacks anything for the territory that was to be Newark.  The settlers then chose to pay the Indians themselves for the land
      The Indians agreed to sell in May of 1666 but the bill of sale was not signed until Jul 11, 1667.  The original owners of the soil received goods valued at about $700.00 for the greater part of what is now Essex County, New Jersey.
      He was Commander in Chief of the Connecticut forces from 1675 to 1676 during King Philip's War.
      He became governor of Connecticut in 1683 until the "Charter Oak Affair" in November of 1687 when Governor Andros removed him from office and attempted to make Connecticut part of the Dominion of New England.  The colonial charter was hidden in the hollow of an oak tree to prevent its being destroyed by Governor Andros and Treat resumed his post when the scheme failed in 1689.
      Gov. Robert Treat was the maternal great-grandfather of a signer of the Declaration (July 4, 1776) -- Robert Treat Paine.
      His descendants include Robert Treat Paine (1731-1814), a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Thomas Edison (1847-1931, American inventor.
      To visit Milford Cemetery, where Gov. Treat and his wife Jane are buried, click here:
      http://mykindred.com/cloud/TX/MilfordCemeteryTrip
    Person ID I1334  mykindred
    Last Modified Feb 17, 2009 

    Father Richard Treat (Treate),   b. Aug 28, 1584, Pitminster, South Trendle (now Trull), Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1668/69, Wethersfield, Hartford county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Alice Gaylord,   b. May 10, 1594, Pitminster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1670 and 1680, Wethersfield, Hartford county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married Apr 27, 1615  Church of Saint Andrew and Mary, Pitminster, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Richard and Alice (Gaylord) Treat of Pitminster, Somerset, England bore their second son, Robert Treat, about 1622.
    Family ID F502  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Jane Tapp,   b. Abt 1630, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 31, 1703, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married Dec 25, 1647  Wethersfield, Hartford county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ann Treat,   b. Abt 1645,   d. Bef 1647  (Age ~ 1 years)
     2. Jane Treat,   b. Abt 1647,   d. Bef 1647
    +3. Samuel Treat,   b. Sep 03, 1648, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 18, 1716, Eastham, Barnstable county, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +4. Maj. John Treat,   b. Oct 20, 1650, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 01, 1714, Newark, Essex county, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +5. Mary Treat,   b. May 01, 1652, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 12, 1704, Newark, Essex county, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    +6. Robert Treat,   b. Aug 14, 1654, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 20, 1720, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     7. Sarah Treat,   b. Oct 09, 1656, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. infancy Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Abigail Treat,   b. 1658/59, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 25, 1727, Wethersfield, Hartford county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     9. Hannah Treat,   b. Jan 01, 1660, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 08, 1706, Windsor, Hartford county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     10. Capt. Joseph Treat,   b. Sep 17, 1662, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 09, 1721, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     11. Jane Treat,   b. 1664, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1710  (Age 46 years)
     12. Ann Treat,   b. 1666, Milford, New Haven county, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1710  (Age 44 years)
     13. H.C. Treat,   b. 1668/69, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d.
    Family ID F500  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Elizabeth Powell,   d.  
    Married Oct 24, 1705 
    Family ID F5347  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
    Treat, Gov. Robert (1622-1710)
    Treat, Gov. Robert (1622-1710)
    Treat, Gov. Robert (1622-1710)
    Treat, Gov. Robert (1622-1710)
    Milford Cemetery, Milford, Connecticut
    Milford Cemetery, Milford, Connecticut
    Treat, Gov. Robert (1622-1710)
    Treat, Gov. Robert (1622-1710)
    Treat, Gov. Robert (1622-1710)
    Treat, Gov. Robert (1622-1710)
    Treat, Gov. Robert (1622-1710)
    Treat, Gov. Robert (1622-1710)
    Treat, Gov. Robert (1622-1710)
    Treat, Gov. Robert (1622-1710)

    Histories
    Milford, New Jersey & Cemetery
    Milford, New Jersey & Cemetery
    Founded by Capt. Robert Treat

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Life and Character of Governor Robert Treat.

    2. [S2] Milford, Connecticut Clerk's Office.

    3. [S4] The Treat Family.

    4. [S5] Treat, Robert -- founder, farmer, soldier.

    5. [S445] Biography of Arthur Irving Bumstead.
      Biography in the Citizens Historical Association, Indianapolis; June 30, 1945; No. AGA/DLH



  
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