Henry Humiston was the son of William Humiston (1580 - ). He was born in England in 1626. He came to New Haven after 1639 as he and his father were not signers of the original covenant. He began as a servant of Capt. Nat. Turner (Hartley, 1959) and eventually obtained a farm in what is now Hampden. Henry first appears in the New Haven Court records in 1644 at age 18. In 1648 he was fined by the court 2 shillings, 6 pence for want of a sword & a wrest. These fines related to military preparedness were common. He married Joan Walker in Aug. 28, 1651 in New Haven.
Henry was admitted as a freeman in New Haven in April 4, 1654. Joan was born in 1630 and died 1692 in New Haven. Henry died Jan. 16, 1663 in New Haven and was buried in the New Haven Green. His estate was valued at 98 pds. 13 shillings and 7 pence by David Atwater and Thomas Barnes on Feb. 29, 1663. The court records of May 3, 1664 state that the amount of the estate was “attested under oath by his widow to contain the whole estate of her late husband to the best of her knowledge; & David Atwater and Thomas Barnes that the appointment was just to best of their light.” Joan then married Richard Little on Dec. 15, 1664 and they had five children: Elizabeth (1666-1735), Martha (Mar. 29, 1667-), Hannah (Oct. 21, 1667-1669), Mary (1669-), Hannah (1671-1728). Henry Humiston and Joan had six children, all born in New Haven:
1. Samuel, born on Aug. 7, 1653 and died on Jan 26, 1690 in New Haven. He is listed as a Proprietor of New Haven, CT, in the Year 1685 (NEGHSR, vol. 1, pp. 157–8). He married Hannah Johnson on June 21, 1677 in New Haven. They had six children: Samuel (1678-1739), Hannah (1680 – died after 1715), Mary (1682-), Martha (1685-1772), Nathaniel (1688-died young), Silence (1690-after 1719). In Dec.1680, Samuel received 14 1/2 acres in the third division of land in New Haven. He received seven of these acres for his service in King Philips War in 1675.
2. Nathaniel, born on Jan. 13, 1654 and died in 1687 in Stratford, CT.
3. Thomas, born on Oct. 19, 1656 and died in 1715. He is listed as a Proprietor of New Haven, CT, in the Year 1685 (NEGHSR, vol. 1, pp. 157–8). He married Elizabeth Sanford in May 31, 1694 and they had three children: Ebenezer (1695-1769), Elizabeth (1697-1740), and Thomas (1699-1743). Then he married Esther (Hestor) Botsford, widow of John Howe, and they had one child: Joseph (1705-1776).
4. John, born in 1659 and died in 1696 in North Haven after moving there in 1670. He is listed as a Proprietor of New Haven, CT, in the Year 1685 (NEGHSR, vol. 1, pp. 157–8). He married Sarah Tuttle. They had five children: John (1686-1767), Lydia (1689-1742), Mary - twin (1693-1773), Sarah - twin (1693-1766), James (1696 – 1747). In Dec.1680, John received 5 ¼ acres in the third division of land in New Haven. He served in the King Philips War in 1675 with his brothers, Samuel and Thomas.
5. Abigail, born on May 17, 1661, had a child by John Tuttle (1669-) in 1688. John later married Hannah Humiston (1680-), daughter of Samuel – see above, and they had six children.
6. James, born about 1663 (?).
Henry's father. William Humiston was born about 1580 in England and married Julyan Boteler about 1615. They had at least one child, born in England:
7. Henry born in 1626, died Jan. 16, 1663 in New Haven. He had six children: Samuel (1653-1690), Nathaniel (1654-1687), Thomas (1656-1715), John (1659-1696), Abigail (1661-), James (1663-).