Transcript:Savage, James. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England/v3p311


Volume 3, Page 311

Nov. 1653; and Deborah, bapt. 1 Feb. 1652; was drown. 27 Mar. 1652
leav. wid. Lydia, wh. m. 16 Feb. 1654, Joshua Fisher sec. of Dedham.
THOMAS, Boston 1632, s. of John, and gr.s. of Thomas of Bristol,
Eng.; came in the William and Francis, 9 Mar. from London, arr.
5 June 1632 at B. bring. w. Ann, wh d. May 1635, d. Abigail, and
certain. six s. ch. the four bef. ment., and Nathaniel, k. at 15 yrs. by
fall of a tree on Boston neck, 9 Jan. 1633, as Winthrop I. 98, relates; and
Daniel, wh. d.June 1637. He was from Bristol, freem. 1632, selectman
oft. a most useful citizen, had in old age sec. w. Ann, who was of Dorchester;
and d. 1 June 1658, "being ninety yrs. old," says the diary of
John Hull. His d. Abigail m. James Johnson; and ano. d. m. Richard
Wolfall. Our first Vol. of Prob. Rec. has his will of 13 Mar. 1653.
THOMAS, Salem, a calender, from Norwich, came, at the age of 36, in
the Mary Ann of Yarmouth, 1637, with w. Mary, 34, two ch. Thomas,
and John, and two serv. Thomas Doged, 30, and Mary Sape, 12. The
w. had the faculty of speech to an unpleasant excess, had suffer. in Eng.
for neglect of some custom of trifling import. in the solemnities of the
ch. and was punish. here for siding with Roger Williams, in 1638, and
for berating our elders, as late as 1646. See Felt, II. 457, 576, and
Winthrop I. 281, 2. The h. as well as the state, seem to have suffer. for
he was driven to go home in 1648 or 9, but came back in few yrs. He
cont. to own est. in Eng. and here took sec. or third w. 26 July 1666,
a wid. in Essex Inst. II. 300, call. Bridget Wasselbe, whose surname
I take no responsib. for spell. By her he had Christian, b. 8 May 1667;
and was in office 1670, as measurer of wood, and d. June 1679. Bridget O.
of Salem, charged with witchcraft, 1680, was tho. commonly call. Bishop,
with alias O. I think his wid. Prob. one was name of her f. one of her h. but
it may be doubt. of both. THOMAS, Fairfield 1660-70. THOMAS, Cambridge,
s. of John, the scholar, freem. 1672, m. 27 Nov. 1667, Grace, d. of capt.
Thomas Prentice, had Grace, b. 15 Nov. 1668, d. at 12 yrs.; Elizabeth 11
Apr. 1670, d. at 4 yrs.; John, 22 Nov. 1671, d. at 23 yrs.; Hannah, 16
Aug. 1674; Thomas, 22 Aug. 1676; and Samuel, 18 May 1679, both
d. young; his w. d. 30 Sept. 1681, and he m. 19 Apr. 1682, Mary, d. of
Nathaniel Wilson, had John, again, 9 July 1683, d. at two mos.; Nathaniel,
1 Feb. 1685; Mary, 20 Mar. 1688; Sarah, 14 Nov. 1690;
Thomas, again, 17 July 1700, H. C. 1719; and Samuel, again, 12 Jan.
1702. He was deac. aft. many yrs. being capt. a rep. and of the Counc.
honor. for integr. and piety, d. 31 Oct. 1715, hav. made his will the day
preced. Twenty-five of his name had, in 1828, been gr. at Harv. Coll.
the greater part, says Farmer, descend. of the rul. Elder of Boston
first ch. But Eliot's Biog. Dict. wh. is very discriminat. in giv. the
charact. of more than one of this progeny, says the last royal lieut. gov.
of Mass. Thomas O. was of a dif. fam. from most of the foregoing.

    OLMSTEAD, JAMES, Cambridge, came to Boston 16 Sept. 1632, in the
Lion, from London, with two ch. and others, was rec. as freem. 6 Nov.
foll. constable some yrs. at C. but with earliest sett. to Hartford