THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE UNITED COLONIES
Below are brief sketches identifying the fifty-eight men who were appointed Commissioners or substitute Commissioners of the United Colonies from 1643 to 1691. The letters after the names indicate the colony represented, and less obvious abbreviations are: G.-Governor; DG.-Deputy Governor; Asst.-Assistant; Dep.-Deputy. For further information, besides the few available biographies, one may consult the various New England genealogies, such as those sketches found in the publications of the New England Genealogical Society.
ALLYN, JOHN: (C) born in England; settled at Hartford, where he was town clerk from 1659-96; his ability as a clerk was put to use for the Colony, being Secretary of Connecticut from 1663 to 1695, with the exception of two years; an assistant of the Colony for many years after 1657; rose in the militia to the rank of Colonel; member of Andros's Council, 1687; Commissioner or substitute Commissioner, 1673-1686, every year except when none was chosen in 1685; d. November, 1696.
ALLYN, MATTHEW: (C) first settled at Cambridge in 1635, but soon removed to Hartford and finally Windsor; Dep. from Windsor from 1648-1657; Asst. from Conn. from 1658-1666, incl.; served on the War and Militia Committees for Windsor, and served as a commissioner in various capacities to settle boundary disputes; father of John Allyn (above); Commissioner, 1660 and 1664; d. 1671.
ASTWOOD, JOHN: (NH) in 1643, a Dep. from Milford to the N. H. Gen. Ct.; 1646, 1653, 1654, Asst. for the Colony; Commissioner, 1648, 1649, 1652, and 1653; d. 1654.