Edmund TAPP is estimated to have been born about 1580 -1590, possibly near Felmersham, Bedfordshire, England. He married Anne HIRTS in approximately 1614 in Bedfordshire, and appears to have settled in Benington, Hertfordshire by approximately 1623/24. The first few children may have been born in Great Haddam and Ware in Bedfordshire. The later children would have been born in Benington, Hertfordshire. These small towns are not far north of London. Photo at right attributed to "St Peter, Benington, Herts - geograph.org.uk - 355401" by John Salmon.
The family emigrated with a group of other Hertfordshire families in 1637, arriving in Massachusetts Bay Colony, and within a year or so, moving to Connecticut. The TAPP family settled in Milford, CT before 1639. Edmund is known to have been given Home Lot #35 - 7 acres 2 rods, on 12 Feb 1638/39, about a year after they moved to Connecticut. This lot is apparently located at the present corner of Governors Avenue and North Street in Milford. See #35 lot near the top right in this map.
Children of Edmund and Anne, are the following, and note only one son, 5 daughters:
- Elizabeth, b. est 1616, d. 1 May 1676 New Haven CT; m. Major John Nash [who d. 3 Jul 1687]
- Anna, b. abt 1620, d. 1701, CT; m. William Gibbard [who d. bef 1665]
- Mary, b. abt 1622; m. abt 1645 to William Fowler [son of Wm Fowler Sr., immigrant]
- Sarah, b. abt 1624/25
- Edmund jr., bap 20 Jul 1626, Benington
- Jane [ancestor], bap 14 Feb 1626/27 Benington, d. 8 Apr 1703 Milford CT; m. 25 Dec 1646 to [Gov.] Robert TREAT; 8 children
After arriving in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, several families left for New Haven; others, including Edward TAPP and his family, left for the Milford area as indicated above. Edmund TAPP was appointed one of the Judges for Civil Affairs in Milford, Connecticut (a church body). He was one of the founders of Milford, CT, which was founded 20 Nov 1639. He also was Assistant to the Governor of Connecticut. His youngest daughter, Jane married Robert TREAT, who was active politically in Connecticut, as Assistant Governor and Governor. Note that Edmund TAPP had the prefix "Mr." attached to his name, which at that time meant a great deal, and showed he was considered an important man in the community.
He is buried in the Milford Cemetery, which was opened in 1642, as an expansion of the Rev. Peter Prudden's garden, and the blackened lettered stone may be seen on FindAGrave. Note that most of the TAPP families shown on FindAGrave are Memorial stones detailed for an anniversary celebration of Milford, long after the time, and may well contain errors of various sorts.
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