Description: Free online genealogy manuscript based on: Descendants of William Andrews of Hartford, Conn., Early Records Compiled by Mrs. Lucy A. Shaw and Mrs. Mary A. Meacham. Later Records by Frank H. Andrews. Washington, Ill.: Tazewell County Reporter, 1938.
The Andrews family is an old family in England. The ancestors of William Andrews are not known. Samuel Andrews, in the Court of King James, Thomas and Richard Andrews, who assisted the Plymouth Colony in 1626 to 1635, Thomas Andrews, Lord Mayor of London 1650. No direct connection has been traced from William Andrews to any of the above, but it is probable that he is of some connection of Richard and Thomas Andrews, as these names descend through his family for several generations, also the name Samuel.
The first reference to William Andrews is in a list of inhabitants of Newtown (now Cambridge, Mass.) Nov. 25, 1633. "At a meeting of the whole town, there was chosen to order the business of the whole town, for the following year, and until new be chosen, in their room- 'William Andrews'- which nine men are to have the power of the town, as those formerly chosen had, as may appear in the order made Feb. 3, 1634."