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My Leete Lineage
Line of Ancestry from Maurice Leroy Waite to Thomas Leete
Hon. William Leete
Kelly’s 9th Great Grandfather
William was born 1612/13 in Dodington, Huntingdonshire, England to John Leete & Anna Shute. His ancestors, including his father & grandfathers, served courts of English Kings/Queens. He was reared to follow suit, being educated as a lawyer.
In May 1639, after converting to Puritanism, Leete, with his family, came to the Colony of New Haven with Rev. Henry Whitfield. Here he became a planter and became involved in politics (see below for a list of his services).
On Friday, April 16th, while still in office, William died. He was laid to rest in the Ancient Burying Ground of Hartford, Connecticut.
Offices held by William Leete
Clerk in Bishop's Court at Cambridge, England
Justice of the Peace, Guilford, Connecticut, 1642
Guilford Town Clerk, 1639-
Magistrate, Guilford, 1651-
Deputy, New Haven Colony General Court, 1643-
Commissioner, New Haven Colony, 1655-
Deputy Governor, New Haven Colony, 1658-
Governor, New Haven Colony, 1661-
Governor, Colony of Connecticut, 1676-
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