Thomas Loveland

M, b. 1640, d. 10 September 1716
Father*John Loveland b. c 1599, d. 1638
Mother*Elizabeth Busfield b. 1613
     Thomas Loveland Sometimes the family name Loveland has been given as Loveman.

From the Loveland Genealogy:
"Thomas Loveland, of Wethersfield, 1670. We first find him in Wethersfield, now Glastonbuly, Comlecticut. It Is recorded of him that he owned land in the 'First Purchase' by the town, previous to 1670. This purchase was made in 1636. As the Indian grants to the individual settlers were included in the First Purchase, it gives color to the tradition of L. H. Loveland, that the Widow Loveland and her three sons bought lands of the Indians on the Connecticut River. The name of his grandfather, who 'died on the passage to this country,' is a matter of conjecture. But in accordance with English custom, it was probably that of his oldest son. The earliest home of the Lovelands in England is believed to he the city of Norwich, in the county of Norfolk. Lovelands lived in Norfolk County at a very early date, and at a very early date they migrated to different parts of the British Isles, and to America. Thomas Loveland was made Freeman of Wethersfield in May, 1670, by the Court at Hartford.-(Colonial Records, p. 132.)
"Before a member of society could exercise the right of suffrage, or hold any public office, he must be made a Freeman by the General Quarterly Court. To become a Freeman he was required to produce evidence that he was a respectable member of some Congregational Church. Previous to 1670, however, this regulation was modificd by Royal Order, so that individuals could be made Freemen by obtaining certificates from clergymen acquainted with them, that they were correct in doctrine and conduct. But Thomas Loveland was an ardent supporter of the church and an influential member of the one in the society where he lived. All applicants to become Freemen were required to take the Freeman's Oath. (For oath see N. E. Gen. Reg. for 1849, p. 41.) In 1673 he was assessed to pay 'Indian Purchase of 5,000 acres' on the east side of the Connecticut River, one-half penny per pound assessment, amounting to three shillings and four pence. This would make the assessed value of his real estate at this time about 80 pounds, and in 1674 he was granted by the town the last of the four score acre lots (lot 44) included in the 'First Survey' of lands in Connecticut. The lands bought by the town included in these two purchases were distributed to the inhabitants of the town from time to time. In volume 4 of the Land Records we find that the first division of the above lands (5,000 acres) was made April 28, 1701, by a committee from Wethersfield, Thomas Loveland receiving No. 10, containing I2O acres. At other times thereafter he received various other grants of land in Glastonbury. One of special mention was 60 acres 'for his good services in erecting the meeting house in 1693.' We never made an exhaustive search to ascertain what disposition was made of his lands. From the Glastonbury Records of Deeds we quote the following: 'Thomas Loveland, Sen., to his son, John Loveland, in consideration of natural effection, five acres including house; dated 1707, acknowledged Nov. 8, 1708. Thomas Loveland, Sen., to his grandson, Thomas Loveland, Jun., and his sons Robert and John Loveland, 100 acres; John Loveland to have one-half, or 50 acres, Thomas 25 acres adjoining John, antl Robert the remainder, 25 acres; dated 1716, acknowledged Sept. 10, 1716.' He must have died within a few years after making this deed. We have been unable to identify him previous to 1670, or to find a record of his marriage, or a record of the settlement of his estate.
"The Glastonbury Centennial gives the family records of five of his children. Of the others, Thomas is proved to be his son from deed records, and Samuel because there was no other Loveland in Connecticut at the time of his birth old enough to be his father, and the date of his birth makes him contemporary with the children of Thomas. In the family record we placed these names last, though we have reason to believe that Thomas and Robert were the oldest sons. The exact order is uncertain." He married Charity Hart, daughter of Edmund Hart, at Glastonbury, Hartford Co., CT. Thomas Loveland was born in 1640 at Norwich, Norfolk, Eng. He was the son of John Loveland and Elizabeth Busfield. Thomas Loveland died on 10 September 1716 at Glastonburg, CT. He was Record Change on 12 April 1999.


Charity Hart b. 1646