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Thomas Chaddock

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Capt. Gov. Thomas Chaddock
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Categories: Bermuda.


Thomas Chaddock was an early or significant Bermudan.

Chaddock, Thomas (Captain) will dated 8 Feb 1640 abstract

Will of Capt Thomas Chaddock. Land in Devonshire to eldest son John. Land in Hamilton Parish to second son Philip. Grandchildren Bathsheba, Thomas, and John Seymour, a silver tankard each. Other grandchildren John, Elizabeth, Ruth, Mary, Elizabeth, and Mary. Daughter Elizabeth Waylett, 40 pounds for life and then to her 4 children. Wife Marie Chaddock whole estate for life and to be sole executrix. Friends Capt. Wm Sayle, Daniel Wright overseers. (Note: Devonshire is probably the parish in Bermuda, not the county in England.)

Capt. Thomas Chaddock was Governor from April 10, 1637 to November 1640.

Note: Chaddock's daughter Elizabeth married 1st William Seymour by whom 3 children; 2nd Richard Waylett by whom 4 children; 3rd Rev. Goulding by whom 1 child (although it is possible she was his stepmother); 4th ...Burrows.

The information below is from a post at Needs further checking, as the pages in my copy of "The Adventurers of Bermuda" do not correspond.

From "The Adventurers of Bermuda", Dr. H.C. Wilkinson:

p.400: 1618-1622 - Capt Thomas Chaddock, Esq., Bermuda Councillor, reappointed 1628; sheriff 1630-1637; Governor of Bermuda 1637-1640. Made his will and went to Trinidad with a group of Bermudians in 1640 and died there.

p. 234: Again, in March, 1642 some 200 more Bermudians emigrated with Capt. Thomas Chaddock for the estates in Trinidad & Tobago which the Earl of Warwick had obtained.

Thomas Chaddock origins: Thomas Chaddock and Thomas Cammock

Both The Rich Papers and The Adventurers of Bermuda say that Gov. Thomas Chaddock was a relative/uncle of the Earl of Warwick, but there are contradictions. The family tree of Richard Riche says that Frances Riche, sister of the 1st Earl, married Thomas Cammock, and inserts the name Chaddock with a question mark. Cammock documents indicate that there were two Thomas Cammocks: Thomas, Sr. (who m. Frances Rich and d. about 1602) and Thomas, Jr., who d. 1643 without issue.

Although the two Thomases (Cammock, Jr. and Chaddock) seem to be about the same age, and both were associated with the Rich/Riche family, the information on Thomas Cammock, below, is contrary to information in the will of Thomas Chaddock, above, which mentions wife, Marie, two sons, and several grandchildren. It is possible that Thomas Chaddock was indeed a relative, but, given the contradictions, unlikely that he and Thomas Cammock are one and the same. It seems certain, too, that Sussex Chaddock was indeed Sussex Cammock.

I would also add that The Rich Papers (1984) consist mainly of letters from Bermuda to Sir Nathaniel Rich, a first cousin to the 2nd Earl of Warwick, and one who would definitely know about any relatives. However, the reference to Thomas Chaddock as an uncle-by-marriage to the earl is a footnote by the twentieth-century editor, not a reference contained in the letters, themselves. The same is true of the reference in The Adventurers (1933). In fact, I would guess that the reference in The Rich Papers was taken from the reference in The Adventurers, which was one of its sources. Interestingly, in The Rich Papers, letters from Governor Bell to Sir Nathaniel Rich always call Thomas, who was later governor, Captain Chaddocke. In the only referral to the captain (Sussex Cammock) who was left on St. Andreas, he calls him Captain Chamcocke. (Note: I have not seen the original papers; only the transcription in the book.)

The Cammack One-Name Study seems to clarify this, and does not mention a Bermuda governor: ÔÇťOther well known family members were Thomas Cammock (c1540-1602) of Layer Marney who romantically eloped with Frances, the daughter of the Baron Riche. Her brother, Robert Riche, purchased in 1618 the title of the Earl of Warwick. The Riche family's colonial and privateering interests had a considerable influence on the Cammock family. One of Thomas's sons Thomas Cammock, jnr (1592-1643) settled in New England in 1629, while another Sussex Cammock (1600-1659) was a privateer of the coasts of South America, working for the puritan Providence Company before becoming the Captain of Landguard Fort, Harwich during the English Civil War. He is the basis of the old Pirate Captain Cammock in John Masefield's book 'Captain Margaret' (1933) and quite a lot of well researched material about his time in South America can be found in 'Providence Island 1630 - 1641 - The Other Puritan Colony' by Karen O Kupperman.

Conclusion: Nowhere, except in the Bermuda documents, have I found Sussex Cammock called Chaddock. And all references to Thomas Cammock, Jr. seem clear: he was never governor of Bermuda, nor did he leave issue. Thomas Cammock and Thomas Chaddock were two different people.

Further documentation on Thomas Cammock, if any doubts remain:


Will of Capt. Thomas Chaddock from Bermuda GenWeb message board (RootsWeb): Also abstracted in Mercer's Bermuda Settlers of the 17th Century (note: this reference does not give the surname of grandchildren as Seymour)

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