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Thomas Barrett (abt. 1600 - 1668)

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Thomas Barrett
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Died in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co., MAmap
Barrett-981 created 2 Apr 2012 | Last modified | Last edit: 22 Mar 2017
17:27: Dana Burns edited the Biography for Thomas Barrett. [Thank Dana for this]
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Thomas Barrett migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Biography

Thomas Barrett and his wife Margaret, emigrated from England to America sometime between 1635 and 1640, (the exact date is not known, nor can it now be definitely ascertained, one reference says they came in 1635 on the ship "Increase"). They settled in Braintree, MA, where he and his sons with their families continued to reside until 1663. He was made a Freeman in 1645 and he purchased lands in 1651

April 10th, 1663, he and his son Thomas Barrett, Jr., (who had removed to Chelmsford, Mass., some time prior to March 1660), purchased a house and fifty-two acres of land in Chelmsford, Mass., on that was then and is now known as "Robbins Hill," and settled there (Chelmsford) immediately afterwards (April 10th, 1663).[1] The homestead of Thomas in currently maintained by the Chelmsford Historical Society http://www.chelmhist.org/. The society owns what is said to be the original trunk that Thomas posessed when he arrived in Massachuetts.

Other researchers list a different wife: Margaret Spaulding Ward.[2]

Others say that a different Thomas 1590-1664 was the son of Christopher and Elizabeth Clarke. [3] This cannot be true because that Thomas Barret registered a pedigree in Norwich England in 1671, 3 years after this Thomas died.

This Thomas did not arrive on the ship The Increase. That Thomas Barrett is listed as age 16- neither Thomas nor his son Thomas would have been that age in 1635. It is likely our Thomas and some of his family arrived before 1640 (most Puritans immigrated by 1640: note from the book Albion’s Seed). In 1645, Thomas signed a petition in Braintree. He also became a freeman that year. In the records of Braintree Mass, Thomas purchased land in 1651. Two of his children are married in Braintree. By 1659 he is appointed to a ‘committee to state the highway’ in Chelmsford. In 1662 he is surveyor in Chelmsford. In 1662 he wrote his will in Chelmsford. In 1663 he bought property in Chelmsford. In 1664 he’s ‘chosen to the order of swine’. In 1668 he buys more property in Chelsmford and on Oct 6 1668 he died in Chelmsford. He is likely buried in Forefather’s Burial Ground in Chelmsford.

After years and years of research we still have no good answers as to our Thomas Barrett’s parents, birth or marriage. We don’t even know his wife Margaret’s true maiden name. We have dug through tons of records online and many English marriages are suspect but no proof. We have been attempting to tie a marriage of a Thomas Barrett with a Margaret and THEN find a few of their children’s baptisms. Here is what we do know: Thomas Barrett was born about 1591-1605 in England. He married Margaret before 1625 in England. They had children: 1. John b. abt 1625 England, d.May 19 1706 Chelmsford, Mass. 2. Mary b. abt 1630 likely England, d. Feb 2 1657 Braintree, Mass. 3. Thomas b. abt 1634 possibly in Braintree, Mass (no record), d. Dec 8 1702 Chelmsford. 4. Joseph b. abt 1639 Braintree ,Mass (no record - Braintree records started in 1640), d.Oct 31 1711 Chelmsford 5. Margaret b.abt 1647 (no other information on her). [4]

Most of these original records about Thomas are available for free but with patient searches at familysearch.org under Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1627-2001- BROWSE IMAGES- go to Middlesex Co, then to Chelmsford, then to Town Records 1650-1720 Vol 1- these are hand copies of the originals. The originals are the ones listed as Birth, Marriage, Deaths Town Records Land Records 1645-1699 Vol.1. The Braintree records are there as well, just under Norfolk County.

Thomas is an ancestor of President #30 Calvin Coolidge.

Name

Name: Thomas /Barrett/ [5][6][7]

Birth

Place: England[8][9]

Marriage

Place: England[10][11]
Type: Same?
Note: No, though Barnett, Descs. of Moses and Mary Barrett says they are[12]

Immigration

Date: BET 1635 AND 1640
Place: Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts[13][14]
Date: BEF 1662
Place: Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts[15]

Death

Date: ABT SEP 1668
Place: Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Note: though Snow-Estes Ancestry and Descs. of Moses Barrett say 6 Oct 1668when his will was probated[16][17]

Will

Date: 01 MAR 1662[18]

Probate

Date: 06 OCT 1668[19]

Sources

  • Genealogy of some of the descendants of Thomas Barrett, sen., of Braintree, Mass., 1635 is more likely the record of our ancestors immigration.
  • Source: S331 Title: The Snow-Estes Ancestry, Snow, Nora E., Hillburn, N.Y., 1939
  • Source: S859 Title: The Descendants of Moses and Mary (Dow) Barrett, Barnett, Madalene R., Waco, Texas, 1982
  • Source: S862 Title: The Pioneers of Massachusetts Abbreviation: Pioneers of Mass. Author: Pope, Charles Henry Publication: Genealogical Publishing, Baltimore, Md., 1991, Original Date, 1900
  • Source: S10641 New England Historical and Genealogical Register: English Barret Records, Volume: 110, 111, 114, Pages: 312–313; 153–154; 72–74. Howland, McClure Meredith 1956, 1957, 1960
  • Source: S859 Title: The Descendants of Moses and Mary (Dow) Barrett, Barnett, Madalene R. Publication: the author, Waco, Texas, 1982

References

  1. Entered by Bob Fields, Apr 2, 2012
  2. http://barrettgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/06/generation-14-geoffrey-barrett-was-born.html
  3. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=cmleonard1&id=I1657
  4. Diane Lane and Dan Barrett, Barrett family researchers
  5. Source: #S331 Page: 216-217
  6. Source: #S862 Page: 35, Thomas Barrett
  7. Source: #S859 Page: i-vii, "Introduction"
  8. Source: #S331 Page: 216-217
  9. Source: #S859 Page: i-vii, "Introduction"
  10. Source: #S331 Page: 216-217
  11. Source: #S859 Page: i-vii, "Introduction"
  12. Source: #S859 Page: i-vii, "Introduction"
  13. Source: #S331 Page: 216-217
  14. Source: #S859 Page: i-vii, "Introduction"
  15. Source: #S859 Page: i-vii, "Introduction"
  16. Source: #S331 Page: 216-217
  17. Source: #S859 Page: i-vii, "Introduction"
  18. Source: #S862 Page: 35, Thomas Barrett
  19. Source: #S862 Page: 35, Thomas Barrett

Acknowledgements

  • Barrett-1334 created through the import of wikitree1.ged on Oct 17, 2012 by Kimball G. Everingham.
  • Barrett-1519 created through the import of Oblate.ged on Jan 13, 2013 by Anonymous F..


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