Ancestor Research for Weaver Family Branches
Joseph Winter of Connecticut and Massachusetts






Joseph Winter, a Revolutionary War soldier at the Lexington Alarm, was born on May 15, 1748, in Pomfret, Connecticut. Joseph's parents were Joseph and Mary (maiden name unknown) Winter. [Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, citing Pomfret Vital Records, 1:79.] Church records indicate that the senior Joseph and his family migrated to Thompson Parish in Killingly, Windham County, and that Thompson Congregational Church was the location of the junior Joseph's baptism on June 06, 1762. [Connecticut State Library Church Records Index, citing Thompson Congregational Church Records, BM:39.] The younger Joseph (probably with his parents) moved to Dudley, Worcester County, Massachusetts, the location of his marriage to Azubah Barton of nearby Oxford. Joseph and Azubah were married on October 06, 1773. [Vital Records of Dudley, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849 (Worcester, Mass.: Franklin P. Rice, 1908), 241.]
Evidence shows that about 1774 or 1775, Joseph and Azubah left Massachusetts and settled in Union, Connecticut. A Worcester County Deed reveals that on December 13, 1773, Joseph Winter, a tanner, and Phillip Brown, a cordwainer, sold to Justus Jewell two and one-half acres of land in Dudley. [Worcester County, Massachusetts, Deeds, 78:166.] Union Deeds indicate that Joseph began to purchase land in Union about 1775. A town history lists "Joseph Winter" among the names of Union men who marched at the Lexington Alarm. [Harvey M. Lawson, comp., The History of Union, Conn., Founded on Material Gathered by Rev. Charles Hammond, LL. D., Principal of Monson Academy (New Haven, Conn.: Press of Price, Lee & Adkins Co., 1893), 117.] Union Congregational Church records include entries for the baptisms of several Winter children. [Connecticut Church Records, Abstracts of Vital Records and Membership Records as found in Union Congregational Church, 1759-1819 (Connecticut State Library, 1966), 17, citing Union Congregational Church Records, 1:47-48.]
About 1780 or 1781, Joseph returned to Dudley. A Worcester County Deed shows that on October 31, 1780, Caleb Smith, a blacksmith, sold to Joseph Winter of Union, Connecticut, a tract of Dudley land. [Worcester County Deeds, 91:220-21.] Three of the Winter children were born in Dudley during the early 1780s. [Vital Records of Dudley, Massachusetts, 126-27.] On March 08, 1784, Joseph Winter sold his tract of Dudley land to Phinehas Barton. [Worcester County Deeds, 92:90.] The family then moved to Stafford, Connecticut, the probable birth location of several more children. Joseph died on April 20, 1826, and was buried in the "Old Cemetery" in West Stafford. [Grace Olive Chapman, Inscriptions, Old Cemetery, West Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut (with genealogical notes) (Typescript: R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Dept., NEHGS, 1939), 17.]

Children of Joseph Winter and Azubah Barton Winter

[The following information is supported by a combination of sources, primarily the following: Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, citing Stafford Vital Records, 2:137; Connecticut Church Records, Abstracts of Vital Records and Membership Records as found in Union Congregational Church, 1759-1819 (Connecticut State Library, 1966), 17, citing Union Congregational Church Records, 1:47-48; Grace Olive Chapman, Cemetery Inscriptions: Stafford Street, Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut (Typescript: R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Dept., NEHGS, 1938), 22; Grace Olive Chapman, Inscriptions, Old Cemetery, West Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut (with genealogical notes) (Typescript: R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Dept., NEHGS, 1939), 17, 39; Hampshire County, Massachusetts, Probate Records; State of Vermont, General Index to Vital Records, as filmed by the Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Office of the Secretary of State, Montpelier, Vermont; Vital Records of Dudley, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849 (Worcester, Mass.: Franklin P. Rice, 1908), 126-27; Willington, Connecticut, Vital Records, C:9.]

  • Sarah (Sally) Winter: b. c. 1774 (possibly July 23, 1774); bp. December 28, 1777, Union, Connecticut (Union Congregational Church); m. November 20, 1794, in Willington, Connecticut, John Weaver (Jr.); d. December 23, 1825, Middlebury, Vermont

  • Azuba Winter: bp. December 28, 1777, Union, Connecticut (Union Congregational Church)

  • Asa Winter: bp. June 21, 1778, Union, Connecticut (Union Congregational Church)

  • Alpheus Winter: b. November 07, 1779; bp. April 16, 1780, Union, Connecticut (Union Congregational Church); m. (1) 1808, Sally Roberts; m. (2) May 26, 1818, in Belchertown, Massachusetts, Prudence Kentfield (or Kenfield); d. June 26 or 27, 1847, Belchertown, Massachusetts

  • Mary Winter: b. August 12, 1781, Dudley, Massachusetts; m. Isaac Cady; d. July 17, 1869, Middlebury, Vermont

  • Betsey Winter: b. March 20, 1783, Dudley, Massachusetts

  • Joseph Winter: b. July 13, 1784, Dudley, Massachusetts; m. Eunice; d. August 17, 1815, Belchertown, Massachusetts

  • David Barton Winter [not personally verified]: b. c. 1787; m. Sally; d. August 19, 1867

  • Zina Winter: b. c. 1789; m. September 26, 1813, in Stafford, Connecticut, Sally Ellis; d. August 10, 1856, Stafford, Connecticut

  • Hannah Warren Winter: b. November 18, 1791, Stafford, Connecticut; m. Elisha Ellis; d. February 16, 1838, Stafford, Connecticut







Winter Family of New England


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