William Maltby (I-1) called Esqr. Children of William Maltby, Esqr. II-2 "Jaine," baptized Oct. 29, 1669, at Bawtry, Yorks, England. II-3 John, born 1670 II-4 Mary, born May 1, 1672, New Haven, Conn. died young II-5 William, born Jan. 9, 1673, New Haven, Conn. II-6 Elizabeth, born April 30, 1676, Branford, Conn. II-7 Daniel, born May 19, 1679, Branford, Conn. II-8 Samuel, born Aug. 7, 1693, Branford, Conn. (by 3rd wife) II-9 Jonathan, born July 26, 1698, Branford, Conn. (by 3rd wife)
The Roman numerals indicate the generation in America. The Arabic numerals are personal numbers assigned by Mrs. Verrill when making her final listing in the manuscript, (unpublished).
We are with little question the descendants of Samuel (II-8), and so will concern ourselves here with Abigail Bishop, the third wife of William (I-1). The quotation which follows is from an address made by Mrs. J. P. Cushman, who traced her lineage through Samuel (IV), an older brother to Jonathan, 1751. The address was before a Maltby Association meeting.
"Abigail Bishop, daughter of Deputy Governor James Bishop of New Haven, was born at that place Oct. 30, 1659.......Her first son, Samuel (II), was born August 7, 1693, in Branford. It must have been a home of comparative luxury, for the inventory of his father's estate mentions many chairs, looking glasses, forks, spoons, tablecloths and napkins, and two negro slaves. It is pleasant to have seen the record of his birth in his father's handwriting. (Branford Records, Vol. II). Apparently William (I-1) was, at the time, clerk of the town of Branford.
The records show that William Maltby (however spelled) served his town and his colony in many capacities and almost continuously. He was of the upper class as shown by his marriage to the Deputy Governor's daughter.
Donald Lines Jacobus, genealogist, reports in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 77, 1923, p. 42, a practical joke on Mr. Maltby. One Sabbath day a large negro man came into Mr. Maltby's church pew and sat down beside him. The pew was a prominent one so that the congregation saw and became amused by the incident. After a little time Mr. Maltby's patience waned and he ordered the negro to get out. This created some levity and the church called the negro in for a disciplining. The negro told his questioners that his master, Nathaniel Foote, had told him to go in and sit by Mr. Maltbie. Then the blame was shifted to Mr. Foote, and he was given a trial and fined by the church. Mr. Jacobus commented that this was a very unusual thing to happen in a church in those days, and said he hoped Mr. Foote derived pleasure from it sufficient to repay him for the fine imposed upon him.
For an account of Nathaniel Foote, see "The Descendants of Nathaniel Foote" by Nathaniel Goodwin, Hartford, about 1849.
In the discussion which follows the records of children of Samuel, Jr., it will appear that the mother of Jonathan Maltby, 1751, was of this Foote family, for which see the Foote Genealogy, person #1957.
From an "Old Note Book": "William Maltby, Council of New London, 1709: Sept. 1, 1710, Died William Maltbei, Esq."