Thomas Holbrook

Male 1594 - Bef 1677


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  • Name  Thomas Holbrook 
    Born  1594  probably, Compton Dando, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  30 Mar 1635 
    • ||New England||Public Record Office document E190/876/i

      March the 30th 1635
      In the Mary Gould of Weymouth [ Marygold in modern use]
      Edward Cuttanc Mr. for New England [Mr. for abbrev. of Master]
      Thomas Holbrook for himself his wife & chyldren goods vall 00 00 00*
      William Dullmer and his Companie vall' at 00 20 00**
      Henry Rumford & his Companie goods vall 00 00 00
      Henry Wade & his Companie goods vall at 00 00 00
      Henry Dattant & Companie for a heiffer ? vall at 31 00 00
      William Wallyams & his goods vall at 69 10 00
      Robert Setshomb & Companie his goods vall at 02 00 00
      April the 3? 1635
      --- of ?rk?e Gulian
      --- me from Dnout --
      ---Alien for five ?hadro of Sea Dol?

      --- Aprill the 24th 1635
      --- Katherin of Weymouth
      --- Port m? for Daes v ?

      =============================
      KEY:
      --- means left portion obscured.
      * poor copy, but does not appear to have numbers.
      ** "2" is uncertain reading " & his companie" may mean the clerk did not care to enter the names or relationships of those travelling with the first name person as was partially done with Thomas Holbrook.
      Where the Ampersand of this era is used, I have used a modern "&."

      Three numbers are in standard, for this era, order: LL SS pp
      L=Pounds S= Shillings p= Pence

      Here is some additional information about the Marygold ship of Weymouth.

      1.)
      December 3, 1628 Letter of Marque issued to:
      Owners; Capt. Jonathan Downes
      Ship;Marygold of Weymouth
      Capt.;Capt Jonathan Downes
      Tonnes;60 tons

      2.)
      August 1, 1629Letter of Marque issued to:
      Owners;Henry Cuttance, and others
      Ship;Marygold of Weymouth
      Capt;Edward Cuttance
      Tonnes140 tonns
      **** Note that Capt. Cuttance was the Captain on the 1635 voyage which Thomas Holbrook and family sailed on.

      3.)
      Feb 15, 1630/1Letter of Marque issued to:
      Owners;Ralph Horsey, and others
      Ship;Marygold of Weymouth
      Capt.;Roger Horsey
      Tonnes;not stated

      4.)
      Petition of Thomas Leddoze, of Weymouth, and Melcombe Regisa, merchant, to the council. last year petitioner and his partners set forth the Marigold from Weymouth to Lisbon, where the ship's boat was seized by one Alfera and six soldiers, who put to sea therein, but being followed in another boat by the master of the Marigold, a fray ensued, in which Alfera was wounded, and forced to relinquish the boat. Alfera having complained of his hurt, petitioner's ship and goods have ever since been detained, and the master, with three of his company, and one Mr. Lowe, have been imprisoned for nine months. Prays that means may be taken for their delivery, and restoration of their ship and goods.
      SOURCE: 4.) Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Charles I [ 1637], vol 12, p 86, item #91.

      In 1628 there is also a Marygold of Bristol, of 70 tonnes. No information was found to say when the Marygold was replaced, or what explains the great difference in stated tonnes.
    Will  31 Dec 1668 
    • An inventory of Thomas Sr., estate was taken 10 Mar 1677 and presented 26 April 1677 by his son, Capt. John Holbrook. The will dated 31 Dec 1668, was probated 24 Apr 1677, bequeathed to his wife, Jane, sons John, William and Thomas, daughters Anne Rennolds, Elizabeth Hatch & Jane Drake. Of his grandchildren, John, the eldest, has his sword, Peter, his gun, and William, his musket. He stated that his grandson Peter Holbrook had served him and his wife in their old age for about eight years, for which he was to have his dwelling house in Weymouth with the orchard and arable land.

      In his Will (executed 31 Dec 1668) , Thomas gives his entire estate to
      his wife, Jane, and requests his son John to see that she remains
      comfortable "as she is ancient and weak of body". He then goes on to divide the remainder of the estate (after Jane's decease) to his six
      children, three sons and three daughters (referring to the dau. as "Anne Rennolds, Elizabeth Hatch and Jane Drake". He also wills his gray mare and his gun to his "grandchild Peter Holbrooke and two shillings apiece to the remainder after Jane's decease" He appoints Jane as executrix during her life then John after.

      There is also an addition to the Will dated 31 Dec 1673 that gives to Peter, his grandson his dwelling house and about three acres of orchard and arable land situate in Weymouth. It is said that Peter was like a son to Thomas and Jane in their last years.
    Died  Bef 10 Mar 1677  Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Thomas Holbrook came, with his family, from England and settled on the tide-water in the northern part of Weymouth, the locality being known as "Old Spain." His name first appears of record in 1640, soon after the earliest preserved records begin. The names of Thomas and John Holbrook appear among the first proprietors of Rehoboth, but for some reason they did not remove, but forfeited their lots. Thomas Holbrook seems to have been a man of consequence, as he was chosen townsman in 1641, 1645, 1651, 1652, and 1654. His will is dated Dec. 31, 1668, and proved April 24, 1677. He calls himself of Weymouth, mentions his wife Jane, eldest son John, and other sons Thomas, and William, daughters Anne Reynolds, Elizabeth Hatch, and Jane Drake. (S. E. Mass.)

      This family from Broadway, Somersetshire, England, were among the passengers with the Joseph Hull Congregation on a ship* bound for New England having departed Weymouth, England the 20th of March, 1634/35. They came ashore at Dorchester, 7 June, 1635. After remaining in Dorchester about a fortnight, he went with his family to the (now) Weymouth, and built a house there. (The Holbrook Report - 4 Dec 1990, claims on page 8 that the name of the ship was the "Marygold")

      In Weymouth, they lived next door to Thomas' sister, Rebecca, who married Clement Weaver, 19 May 1617 in Glastonbury. When the Weavers came is not known but Thomas and Clement were in partnership in many land and other business dealings. Thomas Sr. was a member of the committee to lay out the way from Braintree to Dorchester, MA, in 1640. (following is a transcript).

      He be came a citizen (freeman) of Massachusetts Bay Colony in May 1645, and townsman (selectman) 1645, 1646, 1651, 1652, and 1654. He bought the land of a Dorchester planter beyond Neponset in June 1649.

      *Another family aboard the ship was named Kingman. Joane Kingman, age 11, and Thomas Holbrook, age 10, would later marry.
      !Braintree, Mass. Records 1640-1793 by Bates, Samuel A.

      "25th: 12mo: 1640 The Country highway layed through Brantry. At a Towne meeting there being presant Capt William Tinge Samuel Base Steven Kinsly Martin Sanders Benjamin Allbee & Mathew Barnes;--At a meeting this day it was agreed by us, and by Thomas Hoolbrooke and Henry Kingman Nathanill Adams a committee from waymoth to lay out the Country way through Brantry to Dorchester : That the sd. highway shall lye the full breadth of foure rods wide from waymouth to Brantree meeting house, and wheras att the sd meeting house the way cannot conveniently at the other end, and then to fall to foure rods againe att a marke stumpe a litle beyond the meeting house and so that breadth to a stump of a tree, att goodman Neals house and then to be carryed the sd breadth to the Lot called Hudsons Lot; rectifiing the present way which now is by taking it off by severall [nouck] as we have marked the same att the same breadth to the going downe of the hill ; and toward the brooke, from which hill to the brooke six rods ; and so runs one foure rods to Dorchester bounds as it is already set out by severall marke trees for that purpose, and this we present to the Honered Courte to be recorded for the country high way for ever: -". !additional source; The Vinton Memorial, John Adams Vinton, 1858.
    Person ID  I5888  Bryant
    Last Modified  30 Aug 2004 

    Father  William Holbrook,   b. Abt 1551, Norton Malreward, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1626, Glastonbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Edith? Coles?,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F391  Group Sheet

    Family  Jane Powys,   b. 1601, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 24 Apr 1677, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Sep 1616  Glastonbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • ||St. John The Baptist Church||
    Children 
     1. John Holbrook, Sr. Captain,   b. Bef 06 Apr 1618, near, Glastonbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1699, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William Holbrook, Captain,   b. Abt 06 Jun 1620, Glastonbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jul 1699, Scituate, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Thomas Holbrook,   b. 1624, near, Glastonbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1697, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Anne Holbrook,   b. 1630, near, Glastonbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Elizabeth Holbrook,   b. Bef 13 Feb 1631, near, Glastonbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1669
     6. Jane Holbrook,   b. 1635, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1680, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F390  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1594 - probably, Compton Dando, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Sep 1616 - Glastonbury, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 10 Mar 1677 - Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S82] Search for Passengers M & J:25, Spear, Burton W., (The Mary & John Clearinghouse, Toledo, OH, 1996), p.38.


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