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Thomas Southworth

Male about 1616 - 1669  (~ 53 years)


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  • Name Thomas Southworth 
    Born about 1616  Leiden, South Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Will The following is the will of Thomas Southworth:

    The Last Will and Testament of Captaine Thomas Southworth
    deceased exhibited to the Court of his Matie held att Plymouth the
    first day of March Anno: Dom: one Thousand six hundred sixty and
    nine: on the oathes of George Bonum and John Morton:
    This eighteenth day of November Anne: Dom one Thousand six
    hundred and sixty nine: The Last Will and Testament of Captaine Thomas
    Southworth
    Memorandum
    I give vnto my daughter Elizabeth howland all my housing and
    Lands both vplands and meddow within the Township of Plymouth
    to her and her heires Lawfully begotten vpon her owne body: to
    them and theire heires forever Item I giue all my other Lands out
    of the Township of Plymouth vnto my said Daughter Elizabeth and
    vnto her husband Joseph howland; Towards the payment of my
    debts to be done with the advise of the Supervisor of this my last
    will and testament: Item I giue my Rapier and belt to my sonne in
    Law Joseph howland.
    John Raynor (Raynor, Reinor) was born on his ancestral estates at Gildersome, in the
    parish, of Batley, County York, England. He graduated in 1625 at Magdalen College, Cam-
    bridge. He married, first, - Boyes; second, Frances Clark. Elizabeth was the child
    of his second wife.
    Governor Bradford in his history of Plymouth Plantation thus speaks of Rev. John Raynor:
    "This year (1636) Mr. Smith layed down his place of ministerie partly by his own willingness,
    as thinking it too heavy a burden, and partly at the desire, and by ye perswasion, of others:
    and the church sought out for some other, having been often disappointed in their hope and
    desire heretofore. And it pleased the Lord to send them an able and a godly man, and of a
    meeke and humble spirite, sound in the truth, and every way unreprovable in his life and
    conversation; whom after some time of triall they chose for their teacher, the fruits of whose
    labours they enjoyed many years with much comforte. in peace and good agreement."
    He remained with the church until 1654, when he resigned and went to Dover, N. H., to live,
    where he died in 1669. By his will, recorded at Exeter, N. H., we learn that when
    he died he still owned an estate in Gildersome.












    34 SOUTHWORTH GENEALOGY

    Item I giue to Thomas ffaunce forty shillings to be payed in
    sheep or neat Cattle
    Item I giue vnto Deborah Norton the sume of forty shillings to
    be payed in sheep or neat Cattle.
    Item I giue vnto, William Churchill a sheep to be delivered to
    him the next Spring following the date heerof
    That lott and half of Land which is att the Eelriver which was
    exchanged by Mr. William Bradford deceased with John ffaunce
    for a Lott att Jonses River I doe yield vp all my Interest in the said
    Lott halfe To Thomas ffaunce and his heires for ever
    The Rest of my estate I leaue in the hands of my son Joseph
    Howland and my daughter his wife & my brother Constant South-
    worth To be disposed of as they shall see Reason: for the supply of
    my wife in her poor Condition.
    THOMAS SOUTHWORTH
    Witness John Norton
    Gorge Bonurn and a seal  [1
    Died 8 December 1669  Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Thomas was admitted as freeman of the colony in 1642/3.

      From the Southworth Genealogy:
      His death is thus recorded in Plymouth County records:
      "On the eight day of December, anno Dom. 1669, the honored Capt. Thomas Southworth changed this life for a better, being then about the age of fifty three years, who was a majestrate of this jurisdiction, and otherwise a good benefactor to both church and commonwealth, and that which is more than all hath bine named, hee was a very godly man and soe lived and died full of faith and comfort, being much lamented by all of all sorts, sects, and conditions of people within our jurisdiction of New Plymouth."
      The records of the First Church at Plymouth give a more extended
      notice of his death:
      "It pleased God heavily to afflict this chh & people by the Death of Capt. thomas Southworth, of whom Honourable mention is made in the foregoing Narrative, & that most deservedly: He was a great Pillar in this chh, & in the dayes of blessed Mr Reyner, after the death of Elder Brewster (whose Name is here very pretious & ever will be see) when the chh had agitations about the choice of a Ruling Elder, this Mr Southworth was Judged by many of the chh a very sutable man for that place, yet it was wisely foreseen by Govr Bradford that the necessity of the Commonwealth would doubtlesse call for the improovment of his Talent in the Magistracy, & So it prooved, for immediately upon the death of that Honourable Govr. he was chosen a magistrate & soe continued to his death. There were other Bretheren that did exercise their gifts for edification of the chh in the vacancy of the ministry, yet such was the desireablenesse & excelling of his Gifts & graces that for divers yeares together he was espetially singled out by the chh to carry on the publick worship, one part of the Sabbath, Elder Cushman ordinarily spending the fornenoone & Mr Southworth the afternoone; His Death was on December, 8: (about 53 yeares; old) after a monthes sicknesse: His death was much lamented & is to this day, he was loved & feared & of Such a conversation as commanded both. The chh kept a day of prayer for his life, Dec: 1: but his time was come to die." [1]
    Person ID I12950  Schirado
    Last Modified 29 June 2003 

    Father Edward Southworth,   b. about 1590, Wrington, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1621, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Mother Alice Carpenter,   b. about 1590, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 or 27 March 1670/1, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married 28 May 1613  Leiden, South Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F7248  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Elizabeth Reyner,   d. after 3 June 1679 
    Married 1 September 1641  Bristol, RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Southworth,   b. about 1644, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. March 1717, Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
    Family ID F9280  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S221] Samuel G. Webber.

    2. [S11] Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995).


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