Thomas's father died when Thomas was only 2 years old. In his father's June 1637 will, be bequeathed a ewe and a cubbard to "my youngest sonne Thomas."
Emigration; Residency in Bridgewater
Some genealogists claims that Thomas emigrated to New England with his uncle Samuel Edson (brother of Thomas's mother). If so, he would have emigrated in 1639, at the age of 4. No evidence has been found, however, that supports that proposition. Since Thomas would have reached the age of 21 by March 1656, the lack of any record of him in New England until about 10 years after that date, is fairly strong contrary evidence.
According to Mitchell, Thomas emigrated from England and settled in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony about 1665. The first mention of Thomas in the Plymouth Colony Court records is a reference in a July 7, 1668 report recommending that a road be built between Goodman Tomkins lot and Thomas Snell.
The proposition that Thomas Snell of Bridgewater was same person as the Thomas Snell baptized in Fillongley in 1634/5 is supported by the following evidence:
The spelling of the name of Thomas Snell of Fillongley in his baptismal record is the same as Thomas Snell of Bridgewater.
The baptismal date of Thomas Snell of Fillongley (1634/5) is consistent with the statement made by Thomas Snell, Jr. that his father (Thomas of Bridgewater) was of "great age" when he made his will in 1724 (although Thomas Jr's claim that his father was 99 (91?) at the time was no doubt an exaggeration).
Others from the Fillongley area ended up settling in Bridgewater, including William Orcutt/Awcotte from Mancetter, Warwickshire and Samuel Edson from Fillongley.
Mitchell states that Thomas Snell of Bridgewater was the nephew of Samuel Edson of Bridgewater and evidence also supports the proposition that Thomas Snell of Fillongley was the son of Ann Edson of Fillongly, who was Samuel Edson of Fillongley's sister.
No evidence (such as a death record in England or records showing a presence in England after 1665) has been found that is inconsistent with the proposition that Thomas Snell of Fillongley emigrated to New England and settled in Bridgewater by 1665-8.
According to Mitchell, Thomas was one of the largest landowners in Bridgewater.
Both Mitchell and Torrey state that Thomas married Martha Harris. That proposition is supported by the fact that Thomas's will refers to his wife Martha and the fact that there are references to "my sister Martha Snell" in both the wills of Arthur's son Samuel Harris and his daughter Mary (Harris) Winchcombe.
Based on the date of birth of their eldest child (October 1669), Thomas and Martha were probably married about 1668. Since Martha's father, Arthur Harris, and Thomas were both residents of Bridgewater at the time of their marriage, they were probably married there.
Thomas and Martha had the following children, all born in Bridgewater:
Thomas, b. February 1 1671, m. 1st September 3, 1702 Abigail Kinsley in Mansfield, Connecticut, m. 2d January 5, 1713/4 Faith Fish in Sandwich, Massachusetts, d. March 2, 1739 in Bridgewater
Mary, b. January 6, 1689, m. 1st Nathaniel Reynolds, m. 2d July 12, 1722 David Ames in Bridgewater, living in 1727
Martha, b. October 8, 1692, m. April 22, 1714 Ephraim Fobes in Bridgewater, living in 1727
Will; Death; Estate
Thomas made his will on May 4, 1724. In his will, he bequeathed his entire estate to his wife Martha, with the remainder after he death to go to sons Thomas, Josiah, Samuel, Amos, John and Joseph and daughters Ann Byram, Mary Ames and Martha Fobes. He named his six sons as executors and three sons-in-law, Nicholas Byram, Ephraim Fobes and David Ames as overseers. The will was witnessed by Benoni Hayward, Seth Hayward and Michael Lunsford.
According to the inventory report of his estate, Thomas died on January 25, 1724/5. His inventory included a negro woman slave.
Thomas's will was probated by Isaac Winslow, Judge of Wills and for granting Administration in Plymouth County, on February 15, 1724/5.
England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLQG-LC3P : 19 July 2018), Thomas Snell, 19 Mar 1634; Christening; citing Fillongley, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom, Warwick County Record Office, England.
"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NR9C-8Q8 : 11 February 2018, Thomas Snell, 19 Mar 1635); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 97,318.
"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NG13-NZN : 11 February 2018, Willim. Awcotte, 23 Mar 1605); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 555,355.
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