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Thomas Marshfield

Male Abt 1601 - 1649  (~ 43 years)

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  • Name Thomas Marshfield 
    Alternate birth Abt 1600  of Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Birth Abt 1601  [3
    Gender Male 
    Alternate death Between 1642 and 1649  [1, 2
    Death Between 1 Jun 1644 and 29 May 1649  [3
    Person ID I8357  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2020 

    Family Mercy   d. Bef 30 Sep 1654, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Sarah Marshfield,   b. 1633   d. 9 Mar 1709, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 76 years)
    Family ID F1611  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2015 

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated in 1634 on the Regard of Barnstaple. First in Dorchester, then Windsor by 1637. Departed Windsor by 1647 and perhaps by 1643; perhaps moved to Springfield, where his wife and children resided, and perhaps died there.

      Deputy (as "Tho Marshall") for Windsor to the Connecticut general court, 8 Mar 1638 and 5 Apr 1638.

      Steven M. Lawson:

      With a corrected reading of Winthrop's Journal [ref. TAG 74:225], Thomas is identified as arriving from Barnstable, Devonshire aboard the 'Regard' in 1634. The revised entry for Nov. 13, 1634 is:

      The Regard, a ship of Barnstable, of about two hundred tons, arrived with twenty passengers and about fifty cattle.

      One thing I think fit to observe, as a witness of God's providence for this plantation. There came in this ship one Marisfeild, a poor godly man of Exeter, being very desirous to come to us, but not able to transport his family. There was in the city a rich merchant, one Marshall, who being troubled in his dreams about the said poor man, could not be quiet till he had sent for him and given him £50, and lent him £100, willing him withal, that, if he wanted, he should send to him for more. This Marsfeild grew suddenly rich, and then lost his godliness, and his wealth soon after.

      Thomas settled at Windsor, Hartford Co., CT by 1637, and was living there in 1642 when he sold some of his land. On Oct. 14, 1642, Thomas was relieved of his entire estate to pay debts incurred, probably from a shipping venture begun in 1640 with Henry WOLCOTT, Samuel WAKEMAN and the WYLLYS family [TAG 74:127]. In late 1642, he is said to have "withdrawn" from Windsor, and may have died then. No further record is found and Savage states "Perhaps he was lost at sea."

  • Sources 
    1. [S390] Freeman" target="_blank">">Freeman Family Lines, from the files of Stephen M. Lawson (via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine).

    2. [S522] Douglas Richardson, "The English Origin of Thomas Marshfield of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Conn.: New Light on his Wife and Children." The American Genealogist 63:161, October 1988.

    3. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.