Drawing of the seating arrangement of Reverend John
Davenport's church in 1655.
Close-up of the Tichenor seats
The spellings of Martin Titchenor's
name in New Haven's church records varied, sometime Tichenor
, Tichennor, Titchenell, Tichenell, Tichner, or Tichnell
. His will was signed Tichenor,
dated October 19, 1681 in New Jersey.
New Haven and Connecticut merged into one colony in 1665. The new constitution allowed baptism of children irrespective of parents' church membership. This was displeasing to the strict church members of New Haven who preferred the puritan practice of permitting only baptism of "the elect." Robert Treat was chairman of a committee acting for the unhappy church members and their desire to migrate from this religious environment which was intolerable to them. Treat met and reached an agreement with Governor Carteret of New Jersey, who had sent agents looking for homesteaders. After looking over the land offered, Robert Treat reported back favorably.