Simon Couch

Male 1633 - 1688  (55 years)


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  • Name Simon Couch  [1, 2, 3
    Born 1633  Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Mar 1688  Greens Farms, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Simon Couch - Will 22 Dec 1687, probated 1689.
    Buried Couch Burial Hill, Greens Farms, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2771  adkinshorton
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2020 

    Father Lewis Couch,   b. 20 Sep 1583, Hartland, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Hartland, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Isot Maine,   b. 1590, Hartland, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1610, Hartland, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years) 
    Married 16 Jul 1610  Hartland, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F27051  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Frances ANDREWS,   b. Abt 1645, Fairfield, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1691, Fairfield, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Married 1664  Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomas COUCH,   b. 1659,   d. 1689  (Age 30 years)
     2. Mary COUCH,   b. 1663
    +3. Simon COUCH, II,   b. 1669, Fairfield, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1713  (Age 44 years)
    +4. Capt. Samuel COUCH,   b. 1666, Westport, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1739, Westport, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +5. Martha COUCH,   b. 1667,   d. 1725  (Age 58 years)
    +6. Sarah COUCH,   b. 1669
    +7. Hannah COUCH,   b. Abt 1671, Fairfield, Fairfield Co, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
    Documents
    Samuel Couch & Edrea Hurlbut - Marriage Record (compiled)
    Simon Couch & Mary Frances Andrews - Marriage Record (compiled)
    New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 186
    Histories
    History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield - Couch References
    History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield - Couch References
    Compiled & Edited by Donald Lines Jacobus, 1902
    (retyped as searchable PDF 2011)
    Family ID F20130  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Simon Couch - Will
    Simon Couch - Will
    (16-page, 8.7MB PDF file)

    Histories
    THE HISTORY OF FAIRFIELD, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Vol. I
    THE HISTORY OF FAIRFIELD, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Vol. I
    From the settlement of the town in 1639 to 1818

    by Mrs. Elizabeth Hubbell Shenck - New York, 1889

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    THE HISTORY OF FAIRFIELD, Fairfield County, Connecticut - Vol.II
    THE HISTORY OF FAIRFIELD, Fairfield County, Connecticut - Vol.II
    From 1700 - 1800

    by Mrs. Elizabeth Hubbell Shenck - New York, 1903

    www.archive.org

  • Notes 
    • Simon treated slavery as indentured servitude. He became a free man in 1665 having endentured himself to the Andrews family for his passage over from Plymouth. Plymouth is close to Cornwall, England. By the time of his death, he owned two neighboring "bankside farms," on Long Island sound in CT and had 3 businesses. In his will, his slaves were to be set free and were each given 8 acres of the farm lands.

      Unfortunately, when I copied the above statement about Simon Couch's treatment of slaves, I did not record the source. It is important to note that despite any benefit received by indentured people (of all colors including white), indentured people were essentially owned and treated poorly. Some did become free and climb to success, but this was not typical. If they did not in their "owner's" view proved to be loyal, many were sold into slavery. During Simon's lifetime, freeing slaves and giving them land may have been a good thing, and yet it was really only a small thing compared to what slaves endured in slavery. In later years, slave owners were required by law to support slaves they had liberated, and were also required to give them 50 acres each...so Simon's gifts, while perhaps better than many slave owners of his time, were not special and good, but were minimal, and could easily leave his freed slaves to a life even worse than slavery in his care. In fact, it was practices such as his, of freeing slaves and not necessarily assisting them afterward, that prompted the passing of laws to prevent such practices or penalize them to ensure freed people could survive without criminal activities they were often forced to engage in just to stay alive.
      — Footnote by Doug Couch, 2020

    • Buried at Couch Burial Hill, Fairfield Co., CT

      Will 22 Dec 1687, proved 15 Mar 1687/8; wife Mary; eldest son Thomas; 2nd son Simon; 3rd son Samuel; brother's son Thomas Couch that lives with me; brother's daughter living at John Grumman's; cousin Susannah Couch living at Milford; eldest daughters, Mary and Martha; daughters Sarah and Hannah. - "History & Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield" by Donald Lines Jacobus, Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter DAR, Fairfield, CT, 1930. Allen Co. Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN. Gc 974.602 F161j

      Simon Couch was made a freeman 13 Oct 1664 - "History of Fairfield Vol 1 1889" pg 364 ("50 Puritan Ancestors")

      The History of Fairfield Co, CT 1700-1800 Vol.1 gives Simon's will as 22 Dec 1687, proved in 1689. If his death date is 15 Mar 1687/88, the sequence is correct, allowing for transcription errors in how the dates were to be recorded.

  • Sources 
    1. [S18732] History & Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Jacobus, Burr, DAR 1930.

    2. [S18733] History of Fairfield.

    3. [S18734] 50 Puritan Ancestors.


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