Nehemiah Royce House

The Nehemiah Royce House, also known as the Washington Elm House, is a historic home located at 538 North Main Street, Wallingford, Connecticut. George Washington visited the house twice. In 1775, while on his way to take command of the Continental Army in Cambridge, Massachusetts and again in 1789 when he gave an address to the townspeople in front of the house near the Elm.

Nehemiah Royce House
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Nehemiah Royce House
Nehemiah Royce House is located in Connecticut
Nehemiah Royce House
Nehemiah Royce House is located in the United States
Nehemiah Royce House
Location538 N. Main St.
Wallingford, Connecticut
Coordinates41°27′59″N 72°48′48″W / 41.46639°N 72.81333°W / 41.46639; -72.81333Coordinates: 41°27′59″N 72°48′48″W / 41.46639°N 72.81333°W / 41.46639; -72.81333
ArchitectRichard Henry Dana, Jr.; J. Frederick Kelly
Architectural styleColonial
NRHP reference No.98000966[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 24, 1998

Biography of Nehemiah RoyceEdit

Early lifeEdit

He was Christened on 30 May 1637 (actual birth date unconfirmed), in New London County, Connecticut, the son of Robert Royce (c. 1606–1676) and Mary Sims. He died on November 1, 1706 at New Haven, Connecticut and is buried in Center Street Cemetery, Wallingford, Connecticut[2]

Marriage and familyEdit

On Nov. 20, 1660, he married Hannah Morgan at New London New London County, Connecticut. They were the parents of nine children. She was born on July 18, 1642 at Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts and died on June 19, 1677 at Wallingford, New Haven County, Connecticut. She was the daughter of James Morgan and Margery Hill. He married as his second wife, Esther Moss in 1678.

Royce, a carpenter, joiner and blacksmith by trade, was one of Wallingford's original 38 proprietors authorized by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1667 to purchase land from Mantowese and Sunk Squa, daughter of the Great Sachem of the Quinnipiacs. On May 12, 1670, Wallingford was incorporated and about 126 people settled in the town. On May 11, 1693 Royce was elected deputy representing Wallingford to the Court of the Connecticut Colony.[3]


Nehemiah Royce's descendants number in the thousands today. Some of his notable descendants include:

Nehemiah Royce House spring 2016

==House==The Royce house is an example of American colonial saltbox architectural style[11] George Washington visited the house in 1775, when he was on his way to take command of the Continental Army in Cambridge, Massachusetts (he passed through Wallingford again in 1789). He stopped in Wallingford to purchase gunpowder from a nearby mill and addressed the residents of the town in front of the house near the Elm.

The Royce family occupied the house for over 200 years. The house was moved to its current location in 1924. For a time it was a museum and then was used as a residence by Choate Rosemary Hall, until the school donated the house to the Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust in 1999. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Architects Richard Henry Dana IV and J. Frederick Kelly and other architectural historians assisted in the restoration of the house.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Nehemiah Royce at Find A Grave
  3. ^ Colonial Connecticut Records 1636-1776
  4. ^ "Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys, Jonathan Brace". Connecticut State Library. Last Revised: 02/08/2010. Retrieved 2010-03-08. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ McGilligan, Patrick. Clint: The Life And Legend; New York: St. Martin's Press, 2002; pp. 13.
  6. ^ a b Roberts, Gary Boyd (December 6, 2002). "The New England Ancestry of Clint Eastwood". Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  7. ^ a b c Reitwiesner, William Addams (2007). "Ancestry of George W. Bush". Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  8. ^ Jones, 16
  9. ^ Jones, 19
  10. ^ Jones, 20
  11. ^ Connecticut: A Guide to Its Roads, Lore and People Federal Writers Project, US History Publishers, 1973.
  12. ^ David F. Ransom and John F. A. Herzan (October 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Nehemiah Royce House". National Park Service. and Accompanying seven photos, exterior and interior, from 1996


  • Jones, Emma C. Brewster. The Brewster Genealogy, 1566-1907: a Record of the Descendants of William Brewster of the "Mayflower," ruling elder of the Pilgrim church which founded Plymouth Colony in 1620. New York: Grafton Press. 1908

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