LEETE, William, Governor [1613-1683] -- American pioneer
LEETE, WILLIAM, governor of Connecticut, was born about  in England. He was a founder of Guilford, Conn., and one of the pillars of the church there. He was deputy governor in 1661-65, was frequently a commissioner of the colony, re-elected governor in 1676, and afterward annually chosen until his death. He died April 16, 1683, in Hartford, Conn. [Herringshaw's Encyclopedia of American Biography]
Leete, Hon. William's will was presented to the court at Hartford, May 16, 1683. Gov. Leete gave to his wife, Mary, the use of his hall chamber in his house at Guilford, well furnished, and the rents of half the housing and lands at the island, and of the church housing and land at New Haven, and £6 a year out of his estate during her life. He gave to his lame daughter, Graciana, the remainder of his housing and land in the whole home lot at the town, in fee-simple, &c., to be inherited by his son, John, after her decease; to his daughter, Ann, (beside former gifts) £100 in his best household stuff. His sons, Andrew and William were married, also Abigail, to whom he had given their portions; yet he gave by his will to Andrew and William his farm at Causenchaug, and the property given him at Stonington by Herman Garret, and other lands to his sons. To his daughter, Abigail Woodbridge, he gave £10 in household stuff, &c.; the remainder he gave to his three sons equally, and made them his executors. Dated Hartford, April 2, 1683. After the above he made a codicil, and made additional provision for his wife. Gov. Leete left a large estate for A. D. 1683. After the Union of the Connecticut and New Haven Colonies, in 1665, Mr. Leete was elected Gov. of Connecticut in 1676, and was continued in the office until 1683, inclusive. He had previously been elected Lieutenant Governor from 1669 to 1675, inclusive. Gov. Leete, previous to the Union of the Colonies, had uniformly held a high standing as a man and a Christian, in the New Haven Colony.
[Connecticut Puritan Settlers, 1633-1845]
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