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Thomas Delano Sr (1642 - 1723)

Dr. Thomas Delano Sr
Born in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, New Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1667 in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Thomas Delano Sr was a son of a Huguenot emigrant (1540-1790).

The Great Migration project assigns Dr Thomas Delano a birth date of 1639 [1] although the old Delano family history[2] prefers 21 Mar 1642 in Duxbury, Plymouth, New England.

Dr. Thomas Delano was a polymath--in addition to being a physician, he was a tailor and surveyor, and even served as the town constable.

He married Rebecca Alden before 1667, but, according to town records, that did not suffice to escape a fine for "carnal copulation before marriage."[1]. Eight children resulted of this marriage.

The Delano family history states that Dr Thomas died 13 April 1723 and was buried in the Myles Standish Burying Grounds[3].

Given the relatively small population of the New England colonies in the 17th century and the difficult circumstances of new arrivals, intermarriage among established families was frequent. Delano descendants sometimes find that they can trace their lines back to more than one of Dr Thomas's children.

Additional Material

This material was moved from the biography of his first wife, who was a daughter of John Alden. Some older sources give her first name as Mary. It has been shown conclusively that her first name was Rebecca.

11. Mary 2 [Corrected to Rebecca 2 Alden, daughter of (John1). Born in Duxbury, about 1643; married 1667, Thomas Delano, son of Philip Delano and Hester (Dewsbury) Delano. One authority says he was born March 21, 1642. Mary, his wife, died after her father's death, and before Oct. 24, 1699, when he married "widow Hannah Bartlett." I think she was the widow of William Bartlett, who left her with one child, Mary, who married John Turner. William Bartlett was the son of Benjamin and Ruth (Pabodie) Bartlett. Thomas Delano died April 15, 1723. He makes no mention of his second wife, so she was probably dead. This will is to be found in Plymouth Probate Records, Vol. 4, p. 388. In this will and elsewhere he is called Doctor. It is dated Oct. 5, 1722. Inventory taken by John Alden and Samuel Weston, April 29, and proved May 6, 1723. He gives "to eldest son Benoni, 5 shillings. To Thomas, jr., J of lot of land in Middleboro, to Jonathan a beech lot (swamp), to David 5 shillings, to daughter Mary best bed and furniture, to Sarah Drew 5 shillings, Ruth Drew next best bed. Granddaughter Deborah Weston executrix, and Joseph Delano, son, executor. Witnesses, Hannah Alden, Samuel Weston and Joshua Delano.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Anderson, Great Migration Begins, p 517+
  2. Delano, pdf p 329
  3. Delano, pdf p 329
  4. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 52 Page 439 published by The New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1898
  • Source: S486 Abbreviation: Genealogy - Boston and Eastern Massachusetts Title: William Richard Cutter, A. M., Genealogy - Boston and Eastern Massachusetts (Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1908) Subsequent Source Citation Format: William Richard Cutter, A. M., Genealogy - Boston and Eastern Massachusetts BIBL William Richard Cutter, A. M. Genealogy - Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1908. Text: "Genealogy - Boston and Eastern Massachusetts", William Richard Cutter, A. M., Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1908 TMPLT TID 0 FIELD Name: Footnote VALUE William Richard Cutter, A. M., Genealogy - Boston and Eastern Massachusetts (Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1908) FIELD Name: ShortFootnote VALUE William Richard Cutter, A. M., Genealogy - Boston and Eastern Massachusetts FIELD Name: Bibliography VALUE William Richard Cutter, A. M. Genealogy - Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1908.
  • Source: S132 Title: Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff and David Pulsifer, eds., 12 volumes in 10 (Boston 1855-1861)
  • Information from the Alden Kindred website [1]
  • Source: Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. 3 vols. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995. Digital images. New England Historic Genealogical Society. American Ancestors. : 2015.
  • Source: Delano, Maj Joel Andrew, (compiler). The genealogy, history and alliances of the American house of Delano, 1621 to 1899: with the history and heraldry of the maison de Franchimont and de Lannoy to Delano, 1096 to 1621, and the royal ancestry of Lannoy from Guelph, prince of the Scyrri, to Phillippe de Lannoy, 476 A. D. to 1621, including other royal lines and a list of the Lannoy chevaliers de la toison d'or [golden fleece]. New York: [n.p.], 1899. Digital images. Open Library. Open Library. : 2015.
  • Source: Smith, D. Alden, American Ancestors, vol 153, p 413+, "The Descendants of Stephen Bryant of Plymouth, and of his Son-in-Law Lt. John Bryant of Plympton".
  • Source: Woodworth-Barnes, Esther Littleford and Williams, Alicia Crane, Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol. 16 Part 1 of 3, John Alden, Boston, Mass. General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2002

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Since it seems to be accepted that the De la Noye family was not French, is it appropriate to have the French Huguenot badge on this profile?
posted by Alan Pendleton
Sigh...this is an old debate. It is true that he was not French. However his immigrant father is recognized by the Huguenot Society of America as a Huguenot. WikiTree's Huguenot project should make a decision about what to do in such situations.
posted by Jillaine Smith
"French Huguenot" is merely a label that has evolved to represent the general case, but is not necessarily all-inclusive. It's clear that the De La Noyes were Huguenot. "French Huguenot" is the label that history has assigned; English is an imperfect language.
posted by Jim Moore
How, besides the HSA saying so, do we know that they were Huguenots?
posted by Jillaine Smith
The label says that he is a "descendant". If you look at the father's bio, you will find the source.
posted by Jim Moore
When I worked on the father's profile a couple of years ago, it did not have the opening paragraph which is a quote from an unsourced Smithsonian article. The rest of his father's profile distinguishes the Walloons from the Huguenots. So according to his father's profile, he was a Walloon, which is distinct from a Huguenot. I believe there is a very long g2g thread associated with his father's profile where we thrashed this out.
posted by Jillaine Smith
De Lannoy-136 and Delano-6 appear to represent the same person because: Clearly a duplicate
posted by Anne B
The merger of De Lannoy-136 was completed.
posted by Jim Moore
I took another look at the cited article by D. Alden Smith. I now agree with Becky. Hannah (Unknown) Delano should be removed as a spouse of Dr. Thomas Delano.
posted by Jim Moore
Did not marry Hannah (Unknown) Delano — She married October 24, 1699 (Date?) his son Thomas
posted by Becky (Nally) Syphers
I see that a marriage to Mary Alden is listed. Isn't that simply a confusion with Rebecca Alden?
posted by Jim Moore
Where is your documented proof of the marriages to Rebecca Alden and Hannah (Unknown) You won't be able to use these unless you can prove them.

Note: I just went to the link on the bio for a marriage. It says Mary Alden. Which is it? Mary or Rebecca? Where did you find Rebecca? Why wasn't Mary used? There is a marriage date and location. Source was from: William Richard Cutter, A. M., Genealogy - Boston and Eastern Massachusetts (Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1908) but no page number. You need that. Find the page number and then document it.

This profile needs a lot of cleaning up as well as corrections to the data, if you want this line to be connected to FDR and AJ Jacobs.

Thanks for your assistance and your response is appreciated.

Mary (for President Franklin D Roosevelt)

posted by M. (Stewart) H.
According to Joel Andrew Delano and M.D. De Lannoy, Dr. Thomas Delano m. Mary Alden daughter of John and Priscilla Alden. In the Geneology, History, and Alliances of the American House of Delano (de Lannoy) 1621-1899.
posted by William Sowles III
The probate records for John Alden (see his profile) prove that Mary Alden was still Mary Alden (single) in 1688, Thomas Dilano also signed the document the document in 1688. He was married by 1667 so could not have been married to Mary.

The probate document (abstract) The heirs, signed a release in favor of Jonathan Alden and acknowledged receipt of their shares in a document signed 13 Jun 1688, by Alexander Standish (Seal) in the right of his wife Sarah deceased, John Bass (Seal) in the right of his wife Ruth deceased, Mary Alden (seal), Thomas Dillano (seal), John Alden (Seal), Joseph Alden (Seal), David Alden (Seal), Prisilla Alden (Seal), William Paybody (seal)

married before 1667 see Plymouth Court Records

posted by Anne B