Westovers in Simsbury

The Puritans of Connecticut

From the Netherlands the Westovers began a migration westward. However, they could not afford to all go at one time so it was decided that Jane Westover would be the first of the family to set foot in the New World. She was just 16 years old when she arrived. A short time later, at around the age of 11, her little brother Jonah Westover arrive in the New World (1639). He would live a long life, establishing the family homestead on what would come to be known as Westover Plain near Simsbury, Connecticut. Jonah, or Jonas, as some records call him, married Hannah Griswold, daughter of an influencial man and neighbor, Edward Griswold. Jonah Jr., as a first generation American, would likewise make an impact on the New World and on Westover family history.

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