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Thomas Flagg

Male about 1617 - 1698  (~ 81 years)


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  • Name Thomas Flagg 
    Born about 1617  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 February 1697/8  Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Thomas settled in Watertown as early as 1641, and was probably the ancestor of all families bearing that name in this country. He was selectman five years form 1671 through 1678. He lost his left eye by a gunshot accident previous to 1659.

      Thomas “sailed for America in 1637, being then twenty-one years of age, and settled at Watertown, in the province of Massachusetts Bay. He came as a servant of Richard Carver from Scratby in the hundred of East Flegg, a few miles north of Yarmotuh. Tradition says that a love affair brought him to England, and he may have registered as a servant of Richard Carver in order to avoid the difficulties which were trhown in the way of immigration to the nonconformist colonies of New England. He was settled at Watertown as early as 1641, and was selectman there in 1671- 74- 75- 76- 78- 81- 85-87. He was proprietor of two lots in 1644, one of which covered twenty acres previously granted to John Rose, and the other a homestall of six acres. He was not the original grantee of either. His homestall was in the extreme southwest part of Watertown, one-half mile north of the Charles river and not far from the present line of Waltham, being on the Sudbury road, now Main street. He was numver admitted freeman, but was released from training before 1660 by paying the company five shillings per annum, and was fully released by the court, April 5, 1681, when his eldest son was forty years old. He lost an eye by the accidental discharge of a gun previous to 1659.”

      Thomas’s will, dated 5 Mar 1697, proved 16 Feb 1697/8, mentions his wife Mary, sons Thomas, Michael, Allen, Benjamin, and Eleazer, deceased son Gershom, daughters mary Bigelow, Rebecca Cook, and Elizabeth Bigelow, and grandson John Flagg. Witnesses: John Mixer, Thomas Underwood, and Shuball Child. Inventory taken by Abraham Browne, Zacheriah Cutter, and Edward Harrington, recorded 16 Feb 1697/8, amounted to 75£ 10s. The inventory stated Thomas’s death date as 6 Feb 1697/8.

      There are two possibilites for Thomas’s ancestry.
      A. Thomas may have been the son of Allen and Nazareth Flegg,
      B. Thomas may have been the son of Bartholomew and Alice Flegg. [1, 2]
    Person ID I17295  Schirado
    Last Modified 6 October 2007 

    Father Flagg family 
    Family ID F13138  Family Group Sheet

    Family ID F67090  Family Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse Mary [Flagg],   b. say 1620, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. between 30 December 1702 and 21 April 1703, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Lieut. Gershom Flagg,   b. 16 April 1641, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 July 1690, Lee, NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    +2. John Flagg,   b. 14 June 1643, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 February 1696/7, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     3. Bartholomew Flagg,   b. 23 February 1644/5, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 1697  (Age < 51 years)
    +4. Thomas Flagg,   b. 28 April 1646, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1719, Weston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. William Flagg,   b. ca 1647/8, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 August 1675, Lancaster, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years)
    +6. Michael Flagg,   b. 23 March 1650/1, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 October 1711, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +7. Eleazer Flagg,   b. 14 May 1653, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1722, Concord, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +8. Elizabeth Flagg,   b. 22 March 1655, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 August 1729, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +9. Mary Flagg,   b. 14 January 1658, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 September 1720, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +10. Rebecca Flagg,   b. 5 September 1660, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 June 1721, Newton, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +11. Benjamin Flagg,   b. 25 June 1662, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1741, Worcester, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +12. Allen Flagg,   b. 16 May 1665, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. November 1711, Watertown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    Family ID F12592  Family Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S44] Henry Bond.

    2. [S47] William Richard Cutter, (Lewis Historical Publ. Co., New York, 1908, four volumes).


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