POST, John & Hester (Hyde)

Cliff McCarthy, 2016


The Posts & Hydes were founding members of Saybrook colony.

John Post, eldest son of Stephen Post, was born in England and christened 13 September 1629 in Otham, Kent, England. He married Hester Hyde, daughter of William Hyde, in March of 1651/52 at Saybrook. Hester was probably born in England, as well.

William Hyde and Stephen Post were among the original settlers of Hartford, Connecticut. After living at Hartford for a number of years, the Hydes and the Posts relocated to Saybrook, where they were also among the founding families. John and Hester (Hyde) Post were married at Saybrook where their four oldest children were born. (


John & Hester (Hyde) Post were founding members of Norwich, Conn.

Together with Hester’s father, William Hyde, they removed to Norwich, Connecticut in 1660, within a year of the founding of that place, making them all among the first settlers of Norwich. The 35 original proprietors of that town included John and Hester, as well as her father, William Hyde, and her brother, Samuel Hyde. Most of these original proprietors of Norwich were from Saybrook, and East Saybrook (now Lyme). William Hyde’s home lot was across the street from John and Hester Post. John Post was active in town affairs and was an influential member of the community. (

Hester (Hyde) Post died at Norwich 13 November 1703. John Post died there 10 February 1711 at age 83.


Children of John & Hester (Hyde) POST

JOHN POST was born Abt. 1627 in England, and died 10 February 1710/11 in Norwich, CT.  He married HESTER HYDE March 1651/52 in Saybrook, CT, daughter of WILLIAM HYDE.  She was born in prob. in England, and died 13 November 1703 in Norwich, CT. The Children of JOHN POST and HESTER HYDE are:

i.    MARGARET POST, b. 21 February 1652/53, Saybrook, CT; m. CALEB ABELL; b. Abt. 1646.
ii.    ELIZABETH POST, b. 22 February 1654/55, Saybrook, Connecticut; d. 1715; m. (1) JOHN SPERRY, 1 September 1676, New Haven, CT; b. 9 January 1648/49, New Haven, New Haven, CT; d. 1692, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; m. (2) BENJAMIN BUNNELL, Bet. 1692 – 1700; m. (3) EDMUND DORMAN, 19 September 1700, New Haven, CT; b. Abt. 1636; d. 1 May 1711, New Haven, CT.
iii.    JOHN POST, b. 12 April 1657, Saybrook, CT.
iv.    SARAH POST, b. 6 November 1659, Saybrook, CT; m. JOHN HOUGH.
v.    MARY POST, b. 1662, Norwich, CT; m. NATHANIEL RUDD.
vi.    ABIGAIL POST, b. 6 November 1664, Norwich, CT.
vii.    SAMUEL POST, b. 8 March 1667/68, Norwich, CT.
viii.    HANNAH POST, b. October 1671, Norwich, CT.
ix.    LYDIA POST, b. 11 March 1673/74, Norwich, CT.



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