National Geographic : 1898 Feb
GARDINER GREENE HUBBARD tance and most of his life was devoted to public service. He was born in Hertfordshire, England, in 1612, and came to Mas sachusetts in 1640. Four years later he was made treasurer of the colony, and held that place until his death, in 1674. Besides filling that important office, he was a member of the general court for many years, serving as its speaker in 1648-'9, 1654-'6, and 1659, and he was assistant during the years 1659 to 1674. Mr Hubbard was sixth in descent from Samuel Wyllis in conse quence of the marriage of his great-great-grandfather with Mabel Russell, and we pass from the records of Massachusetts to those of Connecticut. Samuel Wyllis was a native of Warwick, England, and ac companied his father to the New World, settling in Hartford. He was graduated from Harvard in 1653, and a year later was elected one of the magistrates of Connecticut. In this office and the corresponding one of assistant under the charter of Charles II he was retained by annual election until 1685. It was on his estate, directly in front of his house, that the famous oak stood in which the charter of Connecticut was concealed in 1687. His death occurred in Hartford on May 30, 1709. Samuel Wyl lis married Ruth, daughter of Governor John Haynes, and of whom a few words are necessary. John Haynes was born in Hertford, England, in 1654. He was a man of wealth and culture and lived on his estate of Cap ford Hall in Essex before emigrating. In company'with Thomas Hooker he sailed in the Griffin and arrived in Massachusetts in 1633. In the year following he was made a freeman and also an assistant, becoming governor of Massachusetts in 1635. Re moving to Connecticut a year later, he settled in Hartford, and in 1639 was made first governor of Connecticut. Thereafter, until his death, in 1654, he was chosen governor every alternate year. Governor Haynes was one of the five authors of the first constitution of Connecticut in 1638, which embodies the main points of all subsequent state constitutions and of the Federal Constitution. He was a man of great uprightness and refine ment of character, and of strong religious convictions. He tem peredjustice with mercy and had the power of making himself greatly beloved. His life was spotless and his character with out reproach. Of the six ancestors whose records were filed by Mr Hubbard in the archives of our society there still remains one to be men tioned, namely, the father of Samuel Wyllis.