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Thomas Nash (abt. 1588 - 1658)

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Thomas Nash
Born about in Bewdley, Worcestershire, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in New Haven, New Haven Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 30 Dec 2010 | Last significant change: 17 Oct 2018
12:59: Rick Pierpont edited the Biography for Thomas Nash. (Add source.) [Thank Rick for this]
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Categories: Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | New Haven, Connecticut | Puritan Great Migration.

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Thomas Nash migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Thomas Nash, the "sonne of Thomas", was baptized March 27, 1589 at St. Leonard's Church in Bewdley, according to Gertrude Nash Locke in Lives & Times of the Nash Family, (Eaton Press, 1971, out of print). According to [William] Berry, Thomas Nash came from Bewdley in Worcestershire.[1]

Thomas Nash in Leiden, Holland - 1625

Thomas Nash was among the Pilgrims in the church in exile, at Leiden, Holland, as evidenced by a letter from the Leiden church which he cosigned, dated 30 Nov 1625.[2]

Journey to New England - 1639

Thomas Nash and his fellow immigrants sailed from London, about 20 May 1639, (ship name unknown), arriving with his wife, Margery (Baker) Nash, and their five children, in Quinnipiac Harbor (later known as New Haven Harbor) between July 6 and 10th, 1639.[3] Thomas Nash first settled at Guilford, 1639.[4]

Signed the Fundamental Agreement Jun 4, 1639

On the ship with the Nash Family was the Rev Henry Whitefield's party, who settled Guilford.[2] On Jun 4, 1639, Thomas "Naish" was one of the signers to the Fundamental Agreement, pledging loyalty to each other and to be ruled by law of God, made aboard ship on the voyage to Quinnipiac.[2]

A Gunsmith in New Haven

Thomas Nash removed from Guildford to New Haven.[4] New Haven, Col. Rec., (I, p. 82) says: "brother Nash his shoppe did stand by the creeks." His house was on the west side of State Street in New Haven. He was a gunsmith, and probably well advanced in life at the time of the emigration, for his eldest son John was old enough to be made Freeman, April, 1642, and in his will of August 1st, 1657, he mentions his old age.[2] He was chosen a Fence Viewer "for Mr. Eatons & Mr. Davenports quarter", March, 1645/6. The General Court ordered on May 25, 1646: "In regard of severall occassions and worke to be done agaynst trayning day, bro: Nash is spared." [2]

Marriage and Children

Thomas Nash married Margery Baker, daughter of Nicholas Baker and Mary Hodgetts,[1] in England before 1618. Children of Thomas and Margery Nash (order is conjectural, based dates of marriage and births of their children):[5]

  1. Mary, born in England, married Roger Allen/Alling about 1643.[6]
  2. John, probably born about 1621; married Elizabeth Tapp; achieved military rank of major; lived in New Haven; served in various town offices for decades. [7]
  3. Sarah, married Robert Talmage.[8]
  4. Joseph, born before 1626; called sergeant; lived in Hartford, Connecticut; married Mary _____, then Margaret _____. (One of his wives may have had the maiden name of "Norton".)[9]
  5. Timothy, the youngest of the five children, was born in 1626 in England or Leiden, Holland; achieved rank of lieutenant; settled in Hadley, Massachusetts.[10]

Margery died between 11 Feb 1655 and 1 Aug 1657; Thomas died 12 May 1658. [5]

Thomas is buried at Center Church on the Green Churchyard, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA [11]

Research Notes

Original Documents Establish Arrival in 1639

Mistaken date and ship: "Thomas came on the good ship, Hector arriving Boston on July 26, 1637...", as cited from Records of the Descendants of Thomas Nash of New Haven, Connecticut, 1640, compiled by Rev. Sylvester Nash, (1853) page 13. The date and ship Thomas Nash arrived on - Hector in 1637 - are supplanted and corrected by research published in 1897.
In A history of the plantation of Menunkatuck and of the original town of Guilford, Connecticut : comprising the present towns of Guilford and Madison], (cited by R.C. Anderson), by Bernard Christian Steiner, (1897), page 24-26, letters and diaries of the times show Thomas Nash arriving on the unnamed ship at New Haven Harbor (not Boston) between the 6th and 10th of July, 1639.
The ship Hector did indeed arrive in 1637 at Boston -- only Thomas Nash was not on it.

Quinnipiac or New Haven

Note:[12] New Haven was so named in 1640. When Thomas Nash arrived in 1639 it was still called Quinnipiac, as was the river which emptied into the harbor. The river is still called Quinnipiac, after the tribe of Indians who were endemic to that area before the arrival of Europeans.

Notes on Thomas Nash, by Earnest Flagg

Note: Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England, page 245:
Savage says he was of Guilford in 1639, but this is probably a mistake. (Steiner's History of Guilford, 1897, pp. 23, 29, 48.)
The first date attached to his name at New Haven, is "1st of the 7th Moneth 1640", when he was admitted member of the General Court and received the charge of Freeman.[13]
Before emigration, he was a member of the church in Leiden, Holland, and was one of five who wrote an interesting letter (given in full on pages 155, 156 & 157 of vol. 1 of the 4th Series of the Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., 1852.) from there, Nov. 30, 1625, to their brethren in Plymouth, informing them of the death of John Robinson, Pastor of the church, which included in its membership the planters in Plymouth as well as those left.


  1. 1.0 1.1 County genealogies, pedigrees of Hertfordshire families, page 83
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Genealogical Notes On the Founding of New England, 1629-1640 by Earnest Flagg, (1926), page 245
  3. A history of the plantation of Menunkatuck and of the original town of Guilford, Connecticut : comprising the present towns of Guilford and Madison, by Bernard Christian Steiner, (1897), pages 24 - 26
  4. 4.0 4.1 Anderson, Robert Charles, F.A.S.G., The Great Migration Directory, page 237
  5. 5.0 5.1 Descendants of Thomas Nash, p. 18
  6. Descendants of Thomas Nash, p. 19
  7. Descendants of Thomas Nash, pp. 19-23.
  8. Descendants of Thomas Nash, pp. 23-24
  9. Descendants of Thomas Nash, pp. 24-26
  10. Descendants of Thomas Nash, pp. 26-29.
  11. Thomas Nash, Find A Grave.
  12. New Haven Colony, Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License
  13. Records of the colony and plantation of New-Haven, from 1638 to 1649], by New-Haven Colony; New Haven (Conn.); Hoadly, Charles J. (1857), page 40
  • Anderson, Robert Charles, F.A.S.G., The Great Migration Directory, (Boston, Massachusetts, NEHGS, 2015), "Concise entries for all immigrant families for the entirety of the Great Migration, from 1620 to 1640." Includes all entries from The Great Migration Series, the Study Project, The Pilgrim Migration 1620-1633 and the The Winthrop Fleet 1629-1630. Thomas Nash page 237
  • Gertrude Nash Locke. Lives and Times of the Nash family. Watertown, Mass., Eaton Press, 1971.
  • New Haven, CT: Families of Ancient New Haven. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as New Haven genealogical magazine. vols. I-VIII. Compiled by Donald Lines Jacobus. 8 vols. Rome, New York: Clarence D. Smith, 1923-1932. Vol 6, Page 1312 [cited by Anderson in The Great Migration Directory, page 237]
  • Genealogical Notes On the Founding of New England, 1629-1640, [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007. Original data: Ernest Flagg. Genealogical Notes On the Founding of New England. My Ancestors Part in that Undertaking. Baltimore, Maryland: Reprinted for Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1990, 1996. Original copyright: 1926. Page 245, 309, 41, 50
  • Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650. Repository:

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On 10 Nov 2014 at 01:13 GMT Anne B wrote:

Have disconnected Bindley Nash-486 and Sarah Wallis-183 from This Thomas who was the son of Thomas.

On 4 Oct 2014 at 21:42 GMT Anne B wrote:

The merge that attached Elizabeth Nash 1606-1650 also attached Bindley & Sarah Wallis. Anyone object to my removing Bindley & Sarah, when I remove Elizabeth? Elizabeth's father was a different Thomas.

On 4 Oct 2014 at 01:45 GMT Anne B wrote:

Some of the children attached here do not belong.

On 26 Jul 2014 at 21:13 GMT Brian McCullough wrote:

By all accounts, there is no Bindley Nash. This appears to be a transcription error that someone made decades ago and our internet researchers have put it to full blossom.

On 26 Jul 2014 at 17:28 GMT Ann (Thompson) Johnson wrote:

Nash-719 and Nash-206 appear to represent the same person because: This is the same person

On 6 Jun 2014 at 14:23 GMT Bruce Richardson wrote:

Nash-1556 and Nash-206 appear to represent the same person because: I'm trying to resolve this merge so I can confirm the merge of his son Timothy Nash (Nash-1544) and Timothy Nash (Nash-483). Thanks.

On 24 May 2013 at 12:38 GMT Philip Howe wrote:

One Timothy Nash is sufficient.

On 24 May 2013 at 10:51 GMT Cathryn (Hallett) Hondros wrote:

It looks like there are many duplicated children's names here. Would it be okay with you if I cleaned the Timothy's down to the one Lt. Timothy who married Rebekah Stone?

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