Facts and Events
He was only 13 when his father died, so he was brought up by his step-father Walter Howlett, who married his mother the following year. He appears on the Subsidy Roll of 7 James 1 (1610), taxed 10s on £6 of goods. In 1618, he paid the parish of Wood Ditton a rent of 14s. In the Subsidy of 18 James 1 (1620), he paid 6s in taxes on £6 of goods. He is also listed paying taxes in 1624, 1625, 1628, and 1629, all on £4-6 of goods. In his step-father’s will probated in February 1632, he was bequeathed 30s. In 1613, will of Agatha Borrowdale named him (and several other men) a trustee of a fund to benefit the poor of Newmarket and Bury, and left him a “ring of gold of the price of 30s” for the trouble. He was listed as a “Church Warden” of the Church of England in 1632. 
He left London on the Increase on 15 Apr 1635. He is listed on the passenger list as Husbandman Tho. Kilborne, aged 55, with wife Frances (50), and children Margaret (23), Lydia (22), Marie (16), Frances (12) and Jo. (10).
Thomas died shortly after his arrival in Wethersfield, and it is supposed he was killed in the Indian massacre at Wethersfield in 1637. His estate was not listed in the early settlements recorded in 1639-40, though that of Abraham Finch, known to have been a victim, was listed in Sept 1640.
GGGGGG-Grandfather of Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes by daughter Mary.
9G grandfather of Bess Truman, also by daughter Mary.
- ↑ Kilbourne, Payne Kenyon. The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilbourn. (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1856), page *49.
'Extracts from the Parish Register of Wood Ditton, Co. Cambridge: ...
"1578.--The viij daye of May was baptized Thomas Kilborne, the sonne of John Kilborne.'
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Kilbourne, John Dwight. The Ancestry of Thomas Kilbourn (1578-c1637) of Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England and Wethersfield, Connecticut. (Washington, DC: J.D. Kilbourne, 1991).
- ↑ Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley. (Hartford: The Connecticut Historical Society, 1952), page 653.
'Thomas Kilbourn was one of the first settlers at Wethersfield, Conn., and died before 1639 when the distribution of lands was made in the name of his widow. It has been suggested, and is quite possible, that he was one of the Wethersfield men killed in the massacre of April 1637, the event which occasioned the Pequot War.'
This refers to what has become known as the Wethersfield massacre, in which 6 men and 3 women were killed when the Pequots attacked Wethersfield 23 April 1637, during the Pequot War.
- ↑ Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley. (Hartford: The Connecticut Historical Society, 1952), pages 652-53.
'On 15 Apr. 1635, the family embarked in the Increase for New England. He was entered in the shipping list as a husbandman, aged 55, with his wife "Francis Kilborne," aged 50, and children, Margaret (23), Lyddia (22), Marie (16), Francis (12), and Jo: (10). The ages are considerably at variance with the baptismal records of the children.'
- ↑ Kilbourne, Payne Kenyon. The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilbourn. (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1856), page 34.