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Subject: [BACKUS] William Backus, the Immigrant
Date: 2 Apr 2002 23:37:29 -0700


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He and his first wife, Elizabeth, were listed as Backhouse in
Sheffield,
England, where he was a member of the cutler's guild.
William Backus went from Norwich, England to Saybrook,
Connecticut, in
1637, on the ship Rainbow. He moved to Norwich
in 1659. His sons were
listed with the thirty-five original
founders of Norwich, August 20, 1663.
When William Backus
removed to Norwich, he brought his two sons, three
daughters, his
second wife Ann Bingham, and his step-son, Thomas Bingham.
He
was the eldest male of the group which established the new town.
By
mutual consent, he was allowed to name the town after the
place in England,
from whence they came, Norwich. - E.B. Thomas,
1976.



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