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BEWARE that there were at least two Thomas Flints living in 17th century MA: one being Thomas Flint of Concord, said to be from Matlock in Derbyshire, England, and Thomas Flint of Salem and Salem Village, possibly from Wales. Whether or not they were somehow related has not been proven nor disproven. Perhaps DNA will answer that question someday.
The "go-to" genealogy book for the Flint family was published in 1860, entitled "A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Thomas Flint, of Salem...." compiled by John Flint and John H. Stone (Andover: 1860). Unfortunately, the book does not give consistent documentation as to where the authors found the information.
According to this genealogy, "tradition" reports that the family came from Wales. Other records have been found for Flints in Derbyshire, England including a marriage record for Thomas and Ann (Rowes) Flint marriage in 1645 which many seem to think is Thomas and Ann of Salem. Ancestry.com gives various dates and locations but without documentation and appears to confuse different Flint lines. A great deal more research needs to be done to sort out the early origins of the Salem Flints.
The "Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Thomas Flint, of Salem", states that the Salem Thomas Flint arrived with his brother William sometime before 1640. William is mentioned in Salem records in 1642 at which time there is some evidence to show that their mother was also living in this country. Unfortunately, they don't present the evidence. Hanson in "The History of Danvers" says that Willliam landed here about 1640.
Regardless of his origins in Great Britain, the first Salem records show Thomas in Salem by 1649. In Pioneers of Massachusetts, p. 217 "Emm Harwood deposed Jan 28, 1701-02 ae about 71 years, that she lived with Thomas Flint from 1649-1653."
Thomas was one of first settlers of Salem Village, now Danvers. His first property was six miles from Salem and five miles from North Reading and consisted of one hundred fifty acres of pasture and meadow land. He acquired this land by purchase from John Pickering on Sept. 18, 1654. No record of the price paid in this transaction, but the same land was purchased from John Higginson by Pickering three years before this transaction for thirteen pounds. A second lot was purchased from Robert Goodale for twenty pounds on January 1, 1662. The land was situated in Salem being "near upon a square", bounded in south by Henry Phelps, west by Phelp's Brook and north and east by Robt Goodall.
The land of the patriarch remained in the family over 200 yrs. at least until the 1860s when this book was written. Thomas died April 15, 1663. His wife's name was Ann (no maiden name given or when they married) and they had 6 children:
- Thomas (b. ca 1745 according to deposition)
- Elizabeth b. Apr 30, 1650
- George b. Jan 6 1652
- John, b. Oct 3 1655
- Anna b. Dec 25, 1657; d. Apr 1663
- Joseph, b. 1662.
Thomas Flint (1603-1663) who was one of the first settlers of Salem Village, and a representative to the General Court (1638-41). He was born in England; his wife's name was Ann. From "Daughters of the American Colonists Lineage Book" Volume 12, Page 42 (BIRTH DATE MAY BE CONFUSING HIM WITH THOS FLINT OF CONCORD--2 different people according to Flint Genealogy.
U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 shows Thomas md Hannah/Ann with 1st child b. 1645. Doesn't say where or year. Ann's will shows her name as Ann.
Thomas wrote his will Apr 1, 1663; Court records give his death as April 15, 1663 though his inventory is dated April 14th (he'd have been dead by then!) and his will proved "30:4:1663" which is June 30, 1663 based on calendar in which March is 1st month. Mentions children Thomas, George, Joseph and Elizabeth. Wife still living but not named. Her will shows that she remarried John Southwick after Thomas's death.
Estate of Thomas Flint of Salem Essex Probate Docket # None
Dated Aprill the first 1663. This present writing doth declare that I Thomas fllint being one my sicke bed, doe leaue this as my Last will & testament.
To my wife I giue fiftie Acres of emproved Land & my meadow & housing.
To my sonne Thomas I Giue thirtie acres of vpland one my ffarme next to Mr Gardners as hee sees fit not entrenching one of his mothers meadow or broken land as also ten pounds of Corne or Cattell all which he is to enjoy at age: As also after my wives decease to enjoy two thirds of my farms I bought of which was Mr Higginsons & Goodman Goodall, & in case his mother doth marrie then that he shall enjoy the one halfe of the emproved Lands and meadow & housing
To my sonnes George & John, I give all my Land I bought beyond the River, to enjoy equally devided to them when they are at age or at their mothers decease yf shee die before, it is my will that yf George die without seed, then my sone John to enjoy his part & yf Jon die without seed then my sonne George to enjoy his parte
To my sonne Joseph I give the other third part of my Land which was Mr Hgginsons & Goodman Goodalls, It is provided that my sonne Joseph enjoy it at his mothers decease, & yf my sonne Thomas die without seed vnmarried then his part to fall to my sonne Joseph & Contrariwise yf my sonne Joseph die without seed then his part to fall to Thomas & soe to pass from one to another yf hee that enjoys it die without issue.
To my daughter Elizabeth I giue thirtie pounds at marriage in Corne & Cattel & I doe appoint my sonne Thomas when he enjoys his two thirds as abouesaid then to pay to my Daughter Elizabeth & in case the farme fall into Josephs hands before he is of age or after he to pay her the said ten pounds I doe apppoint my wife whole executor, I entreate my Two freinds Mr William Browne Senior & Goodman Moulton to bee my overseers, to see this my will & tesatment pformed, & this I Leaue at my Last will and Testament. In witness whearof I set my hand.
- Witness: Robert Moulton Joseph Pores, marke Job Swinerton Junior
- my will is that my wife at her death giue the estate shee leaues to my children whome she will my desire is that my friend Job Swinerton Junior be joind with mr Browne & Goodman moulton
Essex Co. Quarterly Court Files vol 9, leaf 16 Proved in Salem court 30:4: 1663 by Robert Moulton and Job Swinerton. Salem Quarterly Court Records, vol 4, page 116 Inventory not transcribed.
Source: Printed "Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts; 1635-1681," Vol 1, pages 416-417, The Essex Institute; Salem, MA; 1916
Flint, John and Stone, John H., comp. A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Thomas Flint, of Salem (Andover: Warren F. Draper, printer, 1860) Page: 7ff
Stearns, Ezra S. Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire (Lewis Publishing Company, 1908) Vol. 2, Page 628
Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, (Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2009) Boston, Massachusetts; Year: 1635; Page Number: 31.
Daughters of the American Colonists Lineage Book" (sent by Dan McFarling) Volume 12, Page 42
Register of the Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Dames of America" (MA Soc of Colonial Dames) Page 388
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On 24 Mar 2016 at 18:01 GMT Kirk Hess wrote:
On 8 Sep 2015 at 03:25 GMT Sara (Stevens) Patton wrote:
On 5 Sep 2015 at 20:06 GMT Rick Flint II wrote:
"Father of (((10 CHILDREN))): Hannah Flint, Alice Flint Bullock, Edward Flint, Margaret Flint, Elizabeth (Flint) Leach, George Flint, John Flint, Thomas Flint, Anna Flint and Joseph Flint"
"Marriage (((6 CHILDREN))) ABT 1644 Danvers, Essex Co, MA aka Salem Village Wife: Ann Southwick Child: Thomas Flint Child: Elizabeth Flint Child: George Flint Child: John Flint Child: Anna Flint Child: Joseph Flint"
The entry with 6 children is correct, per the book: A Genealogical Register of the Descendants of Thomas Flint of Salem" by John Stone and John Flint, 1860.
On 10 May 2015 at 07:03 GMT Sara (Stevens) Patton wrote:
On 9 May 2015 at 22:30 GMT Carol Flint wrote:
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