Matthew Camfield

Dates of Birth and Death

1604 - 1673

Matthew Camfield, son of Gregorie Camfield and Joan of Harlestone, was baptized 27 February 1604 in St. Andrew's Church, Marlton, Northampton, England. He married before 1643, in Connecticut, Sarah Treat, daughter of Richard and Alice Galliard Treat, who were also the parents of Governor Robert Treat. Matthew died in Newark, New Jersey; his will was proved there 11 June 1673.

Matthew Camfield was traditionally in Plymouth, Massachusetts by 1637 and in New Haven, Connecticut by 1639, where he was a member of the church in 1642 and signed the Oath of Fidelity 1 July, 1644. A year later Matthew was chosen at the General Court in New Haven to collect corn and/or wampum for Yale College.

Camfield removed to Norwalk in 1652 where in 1666 he joined the first group that moved from Connecticut to establish their colony at Newark, New Jersey. In Newark he held many positions: in 1667 he and six others were appointed to adjust land values; as an agent of Newark on 20 May 1668 he signed the agreement that settled the location and division line between Newark and Elizabethtown; he was chosen Deputy to assist the Magistrate in the town courts and was on a committee to examine the accounts of the Town Treasurer.

On 24 May 1669 Matthew and four other were chosen townsmen and he was one of three chosen magistrates; on 2 January 1670 he was chosen Deputy to assist the Magistrates.

Matthew Camfield's home lot in Newark was on the northwest corner of Washington and Market Streets. His will of 19 March 1672/3, proved 11 June 1673, is on file in Trenton, New Jersey.

Biography Author

Helen Grey Henning Wright #C4


Harlestone Register, England

Norwalk Records

New Haven Town Records

Descendants of Thomas Canfield and Matthew Camfield, by Frederick A. Canfield, 1897

Families of Ancient New Haven, by Donald Lines Jacobus.

Records of the Town of Newark 1666-1836, New Jersey Historical Society.