Founder of Norwich, Connecticut.
Deacon Thomas Adgate was born about 1620 (based on his age of 87 at his death in 1807), probably in England.
It is not known precisely when he married his second wife, Mary Marvin, the widow of Richard Bushnell. Richard, her first husband, died between 1 Dec 1659 and 17 July 1660. The first child of Thomas and Mary was born in August of 1661. "Marey Adgate Deceased ye 29th day of March: 1713"
The month and year, July 1707, are carved into Thomas' gravestone. This sentence from the New London probate records establishes the date as the 21st: "Inventory of estate of decon Thomas Adgat of Norwich Disceased 21 Jul 1707, taken 12 Aug. 1707 by Solomon Tracy and Josephs Renells. Thomas Adgate made oath." He is buried at the Old Norwichtown Cemetery. On a rounded stone is the following inscription.
There have been no records found for Thomas prior to his time in Saybrook, CT. Two daughters, by his unnamed first wife were born and recorded in Saybrook, Elisabeth in Oct. 1651, and Hannah born Oct. 1653.. The Saybrook early records are very sketchy, but he is listed as attending a town meeting Jan. 7, 1655/6.
"Norwich, when purchased of the Indians, June 6, 1659, consisted of a tract of wild land nine miles square, in the heart of the Mohegan territory, at the head of what was then called Mohegan or Pequot river", today known as the Thames. Into this wild land went Thomas Adgate and his family along with other men from Saybrook and their families. They were the thirty-five founders of Norwich.
Thomas was a deacon of the church in both Saybrook and Norwich, CT. It is believed that he performed this office for over fifty Years. He was a Townsman of Norwich in 1674, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1682, 1684, 1686. In 1662, he was chosen as part of a commission to serve on what today would be small claims court. In 1694, he was part of the committee to “treat” with Mr. Jabez Fitch in the matter of his succeeding his father James Fitch as pastor of the church.
Hinman, in his catalogue of Puritan Settlers, says, “This was a respectable, pious and good family.”
CHILDREN the first two were born in Saybrook, with the rest born in Norwich.
"The names & ages of The children of Thomas Adgate which were borne to him by his first wife are as ffolloweth
"The names & ages of the Children of Thomas Adgate by his fecond wife who was left a widow by ... Richard Bufhnell are as followes
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