m. bef 1557
m. bef 1586
Facts and Events
Thomas was mentioned in his father’s will, writtein in September 1557. He is also named in the wills of his uncle and cousin, which refer to him as a minister. Because he did not matriculate at Queen’s College until 1573, it is thought he was quite young at the time of his father’s will.
Matriculated at Queens College, Cambridge 1573 and receive the degree of bachelor of arts in 1576-7. Made a Fellow of the College in 1579 and became a Master of Arts in 1580. He was ordained deacon and priest at Lincoln, Feb 13, 1582. In July 1586, he was installed Rector at Naughton in Suffolk. Baptism records of his children Anne and Thomas are in this church. Edward Stubbin succeeded him as rector at Naughton in 1594. The will of his uncle Thomas Stoughton of St. Martin’s Parish indicates this Thomas had two unmarried daughters in 1591, probably Judith and Mary (an otherwise unconfirmed daughter m. 1605).
Between 1594 and 1600, Thomas assisted the minister at Burstead Magna, Essex, where the birth of his daughter Judith is recorded .  In 1600, Thomas became vicar at Coggeshall in Essex. The birth record of Israel appears in this church, as well as the burial of Thomas’s wife Katherine. Thomas was “deprived of his vicarage” in 1606, but the reason was not recorded.  It may have been nonconformity with the Church, as Thomas was frequently recorded as outspoken. He may not have held another vicarage, and it is unknown where he lived out his life. He is referred to as a minister in various correspondence and wills between 1610 and 1619. 
Thomas published a treatise called “Two Profitable Treatises” (British Museam 4371, a.a. 27) in 1616 that was written “from my chamber in the Hospital at St. Bartholomewes by Sandwich Sept. 3, 1616.” The treatise says he was born and bred in Sandwich. His treatise “The Christians Sacrifice as set forth in Romans XII, 1, 2” (British Museum 4371, b.20) was printed in 1622 “with the Author’s postscript to his children as it were his last Will and Testament unto them.” It was also written from the Hospital at St. Bartholomewes, on August 20, 1622. He tells his children that he is “by age ready to leave this world,” having lived twice the age of his father and twelve years more. He says he had twelve children, of which seven are living in addition to grandchildren.