Tuesday, February 11, 2014

52 ANCESTORS in 52 WEEKS, #7: Thomas KING

Following the challenge of writing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, issued by Amy Johnson Crow, here is my 7th installment, another very early immigrant to Massachusetts, on my ex-husband's family line.

Thomas KING, b. 1603 in Hinton, Dorset, England, married in 1625 to Anne COLLINS, immigrated to the new colony in Massachusetts after 1639, after the birth of their 6th child, the 5th girl. It is believed there was a 7th child, perhaps named John, who died as an infant.

Children of Thomas and Anne, all born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England :
 - Peter, b. abt 1627 - the only son, m., no children.  Adopted one boy.
 - Anne, b. 17 Apr 1629
 - Mary* [direct ancestor], b. 1630, m. Thomas RICE, 14 children; d.22 Mar 1714/15
 - Sarah, b. 5 Jun 1634
 - Elizabeth, b. abt 1636, m. Thomas' younger brother, Samuel Rice; d bef 30 Oct 1667
 - Mercy or Martha, b. 10 Mar 1639, d. 4 Jan 1667/8

Thomas appears to have arrived in Massachusetts by 1642, when his wife, Anne, died 24 Dec 1642 in Sudbury, Massachusetts.  

By 1653 he married for a second time, marrying Bridgett Davis or Loker in Sudbury.  

In 1656, he was a signatory to a Petition from a number of Sudbury settlers to develop and settle a new town, which they eventually called Marlborough, Massachusetts. Several of his children moved and settled in Marlborough as well.

Thomas died 3 May 1676, although no gravestone has been found. 

Most information about Thomas KING and his family has come from the Edmund Rice Association, which has details of the genealogy of Edmund Rice, the immigrant, and his many descendants. Three of those Rice brothers braid into my ex-husband's lines, and one of them into mine. Long long ago!

If you have any information or questions about Thomas KING, or his wife and family, do contact me via calewis at telus dot net.  And I always love to read comments!

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Family, friends, and others - I hope you enjoy these pages about our ancestors and their lives. Genealogy has become somewhat of an obsession, more than a hobby, and definitely a wonderful mystery to dig into and discover. Enjoy my writing, and contact me at celia.winky at gmail dot com if you have anything to add to the stories. ... Celia Lewis