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4169. Thomas Marshall (Married Unknown (#4170) 17 August 1627 in Alford, Lincloin, then Alice (Alicison Elickim) in 1629,1636.


Born: 1610 in Alford, Lincolnshire, England of an Unknown Father (#8337) and Unknown Mother (#8338). Thomas was Christened 12 March 1614 in Witton-le Wear, England.

Died: Before 8 December 1664


[His siblings include:

Elizabeth Marshall: Born: About 1613 in Witton-Le-Wear, England, Died: ?;

Ann Marshall: Born: About 1617 in Witton-Le-Wear, England, Died: ?;

John Marshall: Born: About 1620 in Witton-Le-Wear, England, Died: ?;

Jane Marshall: Born: About 1625 in Witton-Le-Wear, England, Died: ?;

Richard Marshall: Born: About 1628 in Witton-Le-Wear, England, Died: ?,

George Marshall: Born: About 1631 in Witton-Le-Wear, England, Died: ?]


Miscellaneous Information:

The source of all purple information on this page is from James Cox Brady and his ancestry, by Louis Effingham De Forest, New York: De Forest Publishing Co., 1933. The following information is quoted from pages 265-269.

"Thomas Marshall was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts, as early as 1634. It is said that he was admitted to membership in the church there on August 31, 1634, and that he was then called a widower. A deed of May 24, 1664, by which Thomas Marshall transferred his personal property to James Pemberton and Joseph How, is so phrased as to make it uncertain whether Thomas Marshall's wife, Alice, was the mother of his children, and also whether he was the father of her children. The deed mentions 'Sarah wife of James Pemberton & francis wife of Joseph How daughters of my Late deceased wife alice marshall & to the Confirmation of what my Sajd Late deceased wife hath given to hir Sayd daughters & not otherwise in reference to her guifts to my sonns Eliakim & Thomas marshall which I Allow not of they hauing had Compotent Portions from me already.' This would imply that Sarah and Frances were her daughters, and Eiakim and Thomas, his sons, presumably by previous marriages, but the birth record of Eliakim shows plainly that he was the son of Thomas and Alice Marshall. Marshall may have married Alice shortly after his arrival in this country. The marriage record of Frances (the above-mentioned daughter) to Joseph How calls her Frances Willey, which was perhaps her father's name. Alice (_______) (Willey?) Marshall died at Boston, May 20, 1664.

Thomas Marshall was admitted as freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on March 4, 1634/5. At a town meeting of January 23, 1635/6: 'Imprymis at this meeting, Thomas Marshall is, by generall consent, choosen for the keeping of a ferry from the mylne point unto Charltowne, and to Wynnyseemitt, and to take for his ferrying unto Charltowne, as the ferryman there hath, and unto Wynnysemitt for a single person, 6d.; for two, 6d.; and for every one above the number of two, 2d. a peece.' At a general meeting of the richer inhabitants of the town, on August 12, 1636, Marshall gave 6s 8d towards the maintenance of a free schoolmaster. He acquired a house and garden at Boston, and is recorded as owning that property in the earliest list of proprietors at Boston. In November, 1637, the town granted 'to our brother Thomas Marshall one rodd in depth of the same marsh next unto the ground he hath there,' and in the allotments of land at Rumney Marsh (later part of Chelsea, and now Revere, Massachusetts), and Pullen Point he was granted seventy acres. In August, 1640, he was granted marsh land at Hogg Island, for which he was to pay 20s in posts and rails. On July 29, 1644, the town ordered land to be viewed to be sold to 'brother Thomas Marshall' for the building of a shop. Marshall was a cordwainer, or shoemaker, and doubtless built a shop in which to follow his trade. He was again granted marsh land in January, 1648/9. In March 1636/7, Marshall was appointed surveyor 'for the high wayes to the Milne for this next yeare.'

During the religious dissension which arose over the views of Anne Hutchinson, Thomas Marshall signed a petition early in 1637 on behalf of her and Wheelwright, for which on November 2, 1637, the General Court ordered that: 'Thomas Marshall being convented for having his hand to the said seditious writeing & justifying the same, is also disfranchized.' On November 20, 1637, he, as well as Samuel Cole, was among the fifty-eight men disarmed, lest their religious views should lead them to resort to arms against the established government. Apparently however, he made his peace with the authorities after the removal of the Hutchinsons and their followers to Rhode Island, and in April, 1638, he was appointed fence-viewer by the town of Boston. Lechford made a note that he had 'payd Thomas Marshall before hand for Wood delivered by his wife to my wife in the 10 moneth las past. Since wch time I had of him six loads of wood at 5s. so I owe him 10s.' A later note, dated May 15, 1640, shows a payment of 7s 6d in full for all wood. In June, 1643, he was appointed by the town to see that swine were ringed and yoked according to law, and on October 17, 1643, the General Court considered and granted a petition made by him, the nature of which is not known. He served as constable in 1645, and in that capacity was ordered by the town to hire eight men to serve in the garrison at the castle, and on October 19, 1646, 'Brother Thomas Marshall' with three other men 'lat Constables, are to be presented to the Generall Court for to answer the defect in not payinge that which is behind on the Garison's wages.' He was chosen selectman in March, 1646/7, and again March, 1647/8, March, 1648/9, and annually from March 1650/1 to March 1656/7. He was chosen sealer of leather in March, 1647/8, and on April 22, 1650, deputy to the General Court.

Apparently in 1650 he was made deacon of the Boston church, as he was frequently thereafter given that title in the records. His position had improved, and whereas he had earlier been called Goodman, he was by this time sometimes referred to as Mr. On May, 1650, 'Vppon information giuen vnto this Court by George Munnings, that the prison keepers howse, for want of repairation, is like to fall to very great decay, it is ordred by this Court, that Mr. Anthony Stoddard & Thomas Marshall, of Boston, shall take care for the needfull repayratio of the said howse, & other things about the prison, with all convenient speed, & what shalbe expended in the accomplishment thereof shalbe allowed them by the Treasurer out of the country rate of Boston.' In May, 1652, Marshall offered the town a highway through his land, but later withdrew the offer. He was chosen 'Recorder for the Towne, for the yeare ensuing' on March 27, 1654. In May, 1656, he petitioned the General Court for an 'iland in Quenectecot River' but it was not granted him.

Marshall was active in real estate transactions, and served as a member of various committees appointed by the town. On August 23, 1662, Thomas Marshall, Sr., Thomas Marshall, Jr., of Boston, cordwainer, with the consent of Alice, wife of Thomas Marshall, Sr., sold for £31 a house, shop, and land to Thomas Fitch. This deed was recorded August 25, 1662. After the death of his wife, Alice, on May 20, 1664, Thomas Marshall disposed of his property. By a deed on July 4, 1663, recorded June 17, 1664, he made over to his son, Samuel Marshall, a shoemaker at Windsor, Connecticut, his dwelling house, yard and orchard in Boston. Two days later, on July 6, 1663, Samuel made a deed, which was recorded on the same day as the preceding one, granting the above property to his father, Thomas Marshall, and his wife Alice, during their lives. On May 24, 1664, Thomas Marshall executed a deed 'without Couen & fraude to any of my sonnes,' because of his affection for Sarah, wife of James Pemberton and Frances, wife of Joseph How, transferring to their husbands all his personal property, consisting of household stuff and implements, and 'deliuered to the Sajd James & Joseph to Each of them, one Pewter Platter thereby Putting them in full Possession of all, the rest.' The deed was recorded December 9, 1664. This apparently disposed of all his possessions, and he did not make a will.

The exact date of Thomas Marshall's death is not known, but it evidently took place in 1664, as the above deed was sworn to by the witnesses on December 8, 1664, and he was then said to be deceased. On August 3, 1665, 'an Inventory of some Clothes of Thomas Marshalls, lately Deceased,' was taken. James Pemberton was appointed administrator of the estate and he rendered his account on October 31, 1665. The inventory amounted to £49 7s 6d. His account was allowed by the Court on January 31, 1665/6, and legacies, evidently under the above deed of personal property, were granted to James Pemberton and Joseph How.

It is definitely established that Sarah, Frances and Eliakim, were the children of Alice Marshall. It is not known whether the other two sons were her children, or were born of an earlier marriage, nor is it known whether the two girls were the daughters of Thomas Marshall. For convenience, however, they are listed below, among his children:"

Thomas, Samuel (#2085), Sarah, Frances, and Eiakim.


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