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Thomas Nash (abt. 1588 - 1658)

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Thomas Nash
Born about in Bewdley, Worcestershire, Englandmap [uncertain]
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
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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. Thomas came on the good ship, Hector arriving Boston on July 26, 1637 or on an unnamed ship arriving with the Hector with his wife, Margery (Baker) Nash, and five children.

On Jun 4, 1639, he was an "after subscriber" to the Fundamental Agreement. He was commander of the ship, Charles sailing to London on June 21, 1679. Thomas was a gunsmith. His house was on the west side of State Street in New Haven, Connecticut.

Children of Thomas and Margery Nash (order is conjectural, based dates of marriage and births of their children):[1]

  1. Mary, born in England, married Roger Allen/Alling about 1643.[2]
  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. [3]
  3. Sarah, married Robert Talmage.[4]
  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".)[5]
  5. Timothy, the youngest of the five children, was born in 1626 in England or Leyden, Holland; achieved rank of lieutenant; settled in Hadley, Massachusetts.[6]

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

Thomas is buried at Center Church on the Green Churchyard, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA [7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Descendants of Thomas Nash, p. 18
  2. Descendants of Thomas Nash, p. 19
  3. Descendants of Thomas Nash, pp. 19-23.
  4. Descendants of Thomas Nash, pp. 23-24
  5. Descendants of Thomas Nash, pp. 24-26
  6. Descendants of Thomas Nash, pp. 26-29.
  7. Thomas Nash, Find A Grave.
  • Gertrude Nash Locke. Lives and Times of the Nash family. Watertown, Mass., Eaton Press, 1971.
  • Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650. Repository:


Note: Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England, page 245:
According to [William] Berry, Thomas Nash came from Bewdley in Worcestershire. (Gen. and Ped. of Hertfordshire Families, pp. 83?85.) He sailed with the Whitefield party arriving at Quinnipac or New Haven, in July, 1639, and was one of the signers of the agreement to remain together made on shipboard. Savage says he was of Guilford in 1639, but this is probably a mistake. (Steiner's History of Guilford, 1897, pp. 23, 29, 48.)
New Haven, Col. Rec., (I, p. 82) says: "brother Nash his shoppe did stand by the creeks." 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. The first date attached to his name at New Haven, is "1t of the 7th Moneth 1640", when he was admitted member of the General Court and received the charge of Freeman.
His home lot was on the west side of State Street, about one-third distance from Chapel to Elm St. He was chosen a Fence Viewer "for Mr. Eatons & Mr. Davenports quarter", March, 1645?6. May 25, 1646, the General Court ordered: "In regard of severall occassions and worke to be done agaynst trayning day, bro: Nash is spared."
Before emigration, he was a member of the church in Leyden, Holland, and was on 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.

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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?

Thomas is 18 degrees from AJ Jacobs, 24 degrees from Carol Keeling, 10 degrees from George Washington and 16 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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