Person:Thomas Danforth (1)

Hon. Thomas Danforth
m. 11 Feb 1617/8
  1. Elizabeth Danforth1619 - 1680
  2. Mary Danforth1621 -
  3. Anne Danforth1622 - 1704
  4. Hon. Thomas Danforth1623 - 1699
  5. Lydia Danforth1625 - 1686
  6. Rev. Samuel Danforth1626 - 1674
  7. Capt. Jonathan Danforth1627/28 - 1712
m. 23 Feb 1643
  1. Sarah Danforth1645 - 1645
  2. Sarah Danforth1646 -
  3. Mary Danforth1649 - 1649
  4. Mary Danforth1650 - Bef 1721
  5. Samuel Danforth1652 - 1676
  6. Thomas Danforth1654 - 1675
  7. Jonathan Danforthabt 1656 - 1657
  8. Jonathan Danforth1658 - 1682
  9. Joseph Danforth1661 - 1663
  10. Benjamin Danforth1663 - 1663
  11. Elizabeth Danforth1664 - 1721
  12. Bethia Danforth1667 - 1668
Facts and Events
Name[1] Hon. Thomas Danforth
Gender Male
Christening[1] 20 Nov 1623 Framlingham, Suffolk, England
Marriage 23 Feb 1643 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United Statesto Mary Withington
Other[2] 10 May 1643 Freeman
Reference Number? Q7788839?
Alt Marriage 23 Mar 1643[/4?] Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United Statesto Mary Withington
Other? 11 Apr 1692 Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesBriefly Magistrate near beginning of Salem Witch Trials. Not part of Court of Oyer and Terminer
Death[2] 5 Nov 1699 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

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Thomas Danforth (baptized November 20, 1623 – November 5, 1699) was a politician, magistrate, and landowner in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. A conservative Puritan, he served for many years as one of the colony's councilors and magistrates, generally leading opposition to attempts by the English kings to assert control over the colony. He accumulated land in the central part of the colony that eventually became a portion of Framingham, Massachusetts. His government roles included administration of territory in present-day Maine that was purchased by the colony.

Danforth was a magistrate and leading figure in the colony at the time of the Salem witch trials, but did not sit on the Court of Oyer and Terminer. Despite this, he is depicted in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible and its movie adaptations as doing so. He is there presented as a harsh and domineering judge; in fact he is recorded as being critical of the conduct of the trials, and played a role in bringing them to an end.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Nicholas Danforth", in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), II:281ff.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harris, William Thaddeus. Notes on the Danforth Family. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Oct 1853).