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Thomas Besbedge

Male 1590 - 1674  (~ 83 years)


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  • Name Thomas Besbedge 
    Born ca March 1589/90  Biddenden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 3 March 1589/90  Biddenden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 9 March 1673/4  Sudbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Thomas lived in Hedcorn and later in Sandwich, England. He sailed on the Hercules in 1635. His certificate of conformity, required by law to emigrate, was certified by Thomas Warren, Vicar of Sandwich, and by Thomas Harmon, Vicar of Hedcorn, and was dated March 1634. He came with his two daughters, Mary and Alice, and seven servants: Jane, Sara, and John Engelden; Thomas Newley; Joseph Pacheing; and Agnes Love. Later, Joseph Pachein (or Patching) married Elizabeth (Bennet) Engelden, widow of Stephen Engelden on 10 Apr 1642 and moved to Fairfield, CT, in 1651.

      Thomas came in the Hercules 1635 with six children and three servants, embarked at Sandwich, Kent, and landed in Scituate Harbor in the spring of 1634. Thomas Bisbedge settled first in Cambridge, MA, then in Scituate. He was deacon of the First Church of Scituate that he joined 30 Apr 1637, but removed to Duxbury, probably for the religious quarrels at Scituate. He was rep. for Duxbury 1643. He removed again to Sudbury. Freeman 7 Feb 1637.

      He was made a freeman by the general court of Plymouth Colony 2 Jan 1638. In Dec 1638 he was among a group of eight with ties to Scituate who were to be granted land at Seipican (now Rochester, MA). The people of Scituate decided against that area in favor of Barnstable where a large number of church members moved in 1639 with their Minister John Lothrop. On 1 Mar 1642 Thomas Besbeech of Duxbury was appointed to sit on the grand jury in Plymouth [Plym. Col. Rec., 2:34]. He apparently neglected his civil duties, for he was fined five shillings on 7 Jun1642 for "departing the Court without leave, being warned to serve on the grand inquest" [Plym. Col. Rec., 2:42]. Thomas remained in Duxbury and was elected a deputy to the general court from that town on 6 Jun 1643 [Plym. Col. Rec., 2:57]. On 13 Oct 1664 he sold his land in Scituate and removed to Marshfield, MA (he may have lived there before this date, for he is listed a freeman of Marshfield in 1658 [Plym. Col. Rec., 8:201]). He later resided in Sudbury, MA where he d. Mar. 9, 1674.

      Thomas lived with the family of Mary, his daughter, for a number of years in Sudbury.

      See NEHGR 47:34, and 67:34.

      Elisha Besbedge of Scituate is commonly claimed to be Thomas’s son. Thomas was in Scituate in 1637, later in Duxbury, Marshfield, and Sudbury. Thomas’s will of 1672 doesn’t mention Elisha, and Anderson finds the chronology impossible to support that claim. [2, 3]
    Person ID I3324  Schirado
    Last Modified 14 May 2006 

    Father John Besbedge,   b. prob. Biddenden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. February 1609, Biddenden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Dorothy Austin,   d. 1618/9, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 31 October 1586  Biddenden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4784  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Anne Baseden,   d. April 1634, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 14 January 1618/9  Biddenden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Mary Besbedge,   b. ca 1619/20, Frittenden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1676  (Age ~ 57 years)
     2. Sarah Besbedge,   b. about 1621, Frittenden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. June 1628, Frittenden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 7 years)
    +3. Alice Besbedge,   b. about June 1624, Frittenden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1686, Marshfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
    Family ID F2401  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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

    2. [S165] Frank J. Bisbee, (Otter Brook Press, 1956).

    3. [S37] Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston,).


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