History – Hotchkiss Family Beginnings

Samuel Hotchkiss

Samuel Hotchkiss was born in Dodington, Whitchurch Shropshire England ca 1623, (Dodington, a township and a chapelry in Whitchurch parish, Shropshire, within a half mile of Whitchuch.)

He was the son of John Hotchkiss and Margaret Nevitt. As best we know he was the youngest son of ten children.

In about 1637 perhaps at the suggestion of his older brother Thomas, a Puritan minister, he set sail possibly on the Hector for the New Haven Colony (now New Haven, Connecticut). Why was he sent away unaccompanied by family? Or did he decide to go on his own?

He married Elizabeth Cleverly 7 September 1642. There is more to that story but you’ll have to do some research or become a member of the Hotchkiss Family Association for the rest of the story. Samuel and Elizabeth had seven children: John, Samuel II, James, Sarah, Joshua, Thomas and Daniel. James died young, but the others lived to adulthood and all had descendants. Their stories are told in four books published by the Hotchkiss Family Association (Est.1880).