The disputed father of James Hubbard is clearly listed as Thomas Hubbard from Mendlesham, Suffolk, England, who was driven from the town in 1556, along with many others. He did NOT die at the stake, nor did he have any association with Essex. "The Acts and Monuments of John Foxe: a New and Complete Edition, Volume VIII, pg 147" is very clear. Samuel Hubbard only said his grandfather was "mentioned" in Foxes Book of Martyrs, not that he was a prominent figure burned at the stake. The story of him being "Thomas Higbed" who was burned at the stake was assumed by later generations, mostly in the mostly ficticious "One Thousand Years of Hubbard History" and other various family histories, not by Samuel Hubbard himself. Samuel was clearly from Mendelsham. Since Samuel did mention a grandfather named Thomas being persecuted in Mendlesham, it is not unreasonable to conclude it is the same person.
Samuel Hubbard recorded in his journal that his father was James, plain yeoman of Mendlesham, and that James' father had been martyred for his Protestant religious convictions. "The Wightman Heritage" is another family history not completely based on facts. His grandfather was persecuted for his religious beliefs, but not a Martyr in the true sense of the word.
Regarding another commonly-cited source for James' and Samuel's origins, Robert C. Anderson states: "In 1895 Edward Warren Day made a number of claims... but this author's work is generally unreliable." (One Thousand Years of Hubbard History, 866 to 1895, from Hubba, the Norse Sea King, to the Enlightened Present New York:).
James was born before 26 May 1555 at Mendlesham, Suffolk, England, a son of Thomas Hubbard. There is no evidence whatsoever of his mother's name. She could not possibly had a child at the age of 57, so Ann Radcliffe has been detached as his mother.
James was married to Naomi Koke, daughter of Thomas Coke, who was a suspect, but escaped (religious) persecution.
James Hubbard was "zealous and religious, of good estate and great estimation."
James died on 18 Apr 1611 at Mendlesham, Suffolk, England.
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