||Thomas Alcock migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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According to Robert Charles Anderson in The Great Migration Begins, the origins of Thomas Alcock are unknown.
Judging from his dates of church admission (1630) and freemanship 1635), he was born no later than 1614. Although his parents are unknown, he had a brother of George Alcock of Roxbury and a sister Elizabeth Whitehead of Leamington Prioris, Warwickshire, whose sons were in New Haven.
He emigrated to New England by 1630.
Thomas married by 1635 Margery _______; she m2 Boston 16 Nov 1660 John Benham (BVR 77), and moved to New Haven; she m3 Charlestown 20 Feb 1666/7 Richard Pritchard [ChVR 1:24]
Most secondary sources assign two wives to Thomas Alcock: Mary, mother of the first two children, and Margery, the mother of the rest. But Mary is attested on only one record, the Dedham birth record for daughter Elizabeth. We are claiming, though, that this is the same as the Elizabeth baptized in Boston. The abbreviated form for Margery ("Margy") can be misread as Mary, and this may well be what has happened here. Our conclusion is that Thomas probably had only one wife, Margery.
He was granted land in Dedham and was on the Dedham tax lists.
"There is no deed or probate record which accounts for all the children of Thomas Alcock, and that there are three daughters unaccounted for beyond their births: Sarah, Hannah and Rebecca. They may well have married, and, given the residences of their mother and known siblings, they might be anywhere in Massachusetts or Connecticut."
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