Person:Thomas Brigham (6)

m. 30 Sep 1599
  1. Phillippa Brigham1514 -
  2. Henry Brigham1599 - 1599
  3. Gillian BrighamAbt 1601 -
  4. Gillian Brigham1601 - Aft 1640
  5. Thomas BrighamAbt 1603 - 1653
  6. Margaret Brigham1605 - Aft 1640
  7. William Brigham1607 - Aft 1640
  8. Sebastian Brigham1609 - Aft 1638
  9. John Brigham1611 -
  10. Phillippa Brigham1614 - Aft 1640
  11. Robert Brigham1616 - Aft 1640
  • HThomas BrighamAbt 1603 - 1653
  • WMercy HurdAbt 1613 - 1693
m. Abt 1637
  1. Mary BrighamAbt 1638 - 1676
  2. Thomas BrighamAbt 1641 - 1717
  3. John Brigham1644/45 - 1728
  4. Hannah Brigham1650 - 1719
  5. Samuel Brigham1652/53 - 1713
  6. Ruth Brigham1659 -
  7. Ann Brigham1661 -
Facts and Events
Name Thomas Brigham
Gender Male
Birth[2] Abt 1603 Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Marriage Abt 1637 Massachusetts Bay Colonyno record found
to Mercy Hurd
Death[1][2] 8 Dec 1653 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Burial? 10 Dec 1653 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United StatesOld Burial Ground



Born England about 1603.

Listed on the "Suzan and Ellin" departing about viii April 1635, age 32 [NEHGS Register, volume 14, p. 310: "Tho: Briggham, 32"] Aboard the same ship were Symon Crosby and his wife and infant, future neighbors in Cambridge; Ralph Hudson and Percival Green, who were to be fellow-townsmen there, and also two boys, Benjamin and Daniel, with the father, the learned and reverend Peter Bulkley, who the same year was to found the town of Concord and long was its pastor and benefactor.

Life in New England

Made freeman of MBC on April 18, 1637.

Married abt 1637 (no record found) Mercy Hurd who died 23 Dec 1693 in Marlborough, MA.

Thomas Brigham's property [in Cambridge] is described as follows: "In the West end one house with three acres of Land ana halfe the highway to watertowne North Joseph Isack Southeast Symon Crosb(y) Southwest, the high waye to the Windeill Hill West."...

The Brighams were not among the very first settlers of Marl., though they came to the place quite early, and became a numerous family, extending over almost the whole of the original township.


Died Cambridge, MA 8 Dec 1653

NEHGR 17:157-158:

I, Thomas Brigham, of Cambridge, being at this prnt writeing weake in body, make this my last Will. My just debts being first Sattisfyed, my will is, that my wife shall have to her owne Use one third part of my estate according to the Law of the Country, & to my Eldest sonne, Tho: I give one third prt of the remainder of my estate & the rest of my estate to be equally between my other 4 Children, Jno, Mary, Hannah & Samuel. My will is, that my wife shall have the useof my whole estate dureing her widow hood, for the Educacon adn bringing up of my Children and in case the Lord shall prvide for my wife my mariage it shall then be at the Will & discrecon of the overseers of this my alst Will & testament, whether my children with their portions shall continue with her or not, and as they see meet to dispose of them and their portions for their Educacon & bringing up. I Appoynt my wife executrix, and desire my Loveing Brethren, Tho: Danforth, Jno Cooper, Tho: Fox, Jno Hastings & William TOwne to be Overseers of this my last will & testament 7th 10th mo. 1654. 1653. Read & signed in the prsence of Jno. Cooper, Jno Hastings, Tho: Danforth.

At a County Court held at Cambridge the 3 (8)mo 1654. Tho: Danforth, Jno Cooper, Tho: Fox & Jno Hastings deposed.

The 10th of the 12th mo. 1653. An Inventory of the goodes & Chattels of Thomas Brigham, lately deceased, taken by Edw. Goffe, Jno Bridge, Edw: Michelson. Mentions land in Watertowne, a small farme at Charlestowne line, &c. “Daniell Mikenna, a scotchman, L15,” “Anne Ketch 6 yeares to serve, L8.”

At a County Court held at Cambridge, 3: 8: 1654, Mercy Brigham, Executrix of the within named Thomas Brigham, deceased, deposed. [See Genealogy of Brigham Family, by Rev. Abner Morse, 8vo., Boston, 1859.]

In March, 1654, "whereas the Lord hath in his wise providence so disposed that the sd Mercy Brigham the relict widdow of the sd Thomas Brigham is now married to Edmund Rice of Sudbury," etc.

Additional Sources

(Incorporate into Sources)

  1. History of the Brigham Family, p. 33
  2. History of the Town of Marlborough, p. 332-333:
  1. Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. Suffolk County Wills
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thomas Brigham, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011).

    Migration:1635 on the Susan and Ellen
    Birth: About 1603 (aged 32 in 1635 [Hotten 62]), son of John and Constance (Watson) Brigham of Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, Lancashire [Brigham Gen 2:23-24]
    Death: Cambridge 8 Dec 1653
    Marraige: By about 1641 Mercy ___

Susan and Ellen (1635)
The passengers on the Susan and Ellen were largely young single people, with few families.
Sailed: May 1635 from Unspecified port, England under Master Edward Payne
Arrived: July? 1635 at New England

~100 (Full List)
Jo. Atherson - Phillip Atwood - Jo. Backley - William Battrick - Jeremy Belcher - Ann Blason - John Boomer - Richard Brooke - Thomas Brooke - Ben & Daniel Buckley - Peter Bulkeley family - Symon Burd - William Burrow - Tomazin Carpenter - Marie Clifford - Jane Coe - Clement Cole - Peter Cooper - John & Mary Corrington - Symon Crosby family - Anne Fowle - Barbara Fford - Edmond Gordon - Percival Greene family (servants Trane and Dix) - Richard Hawkins - Matthias Hitchcock - Ralph Hudson family (servants Briggham, Thwing, Gilson, Kirk, More, Knowles) - Priscilla Jarman - Ann Lieford - Henry Pinder family - John Procter family - George Richardson - Richard Rowton family - Elizabeth Taylor - Ben Thomlins - Edward Tomlins - Edward Weeden - Thomas Wells

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