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Thomas Snell (bef. 1635 - 1724)

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Thomas Snell
Born before in Fillongley, Warwickshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married about 1668 in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colonymap
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Died in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Contents

Biography

Parentage; Date and Place of Birth

Thomas Snell, the son of Richard Snell and Anne (Edson) Snell, was baptized in Fillongley, Warwickshire on March 19, 1634/5.[1][2]

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."[3]

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,[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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).[7]
  • Others from the Fillongley area ended up settling in Bridgewater, including William Orcutt/Awcotte from Mancetter, Warwickshire[8][9] and Samuel Edson from Fillongley.
  • Mitchell states that Thomas Snell of Bridgewater was the nephew of Samuel Edson of Bridgewater[5] 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.[5]

Marriage

Both Mitchell and Torrey state that Thomas married Martha Harris.[5][10] That proposition is supported by the fact that Thomas's will refers to his wife Martha[11] 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.[12]

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.

Children

Thomas and Martha had the following children, all born in Bridgewater:

  1. Martha, b. October 26, 1669,[13][14] d. December 17, 1690[15]
  2. Thomas, b. February 1 1671,[16][17] m. 1st September 3, 1702 Abigail Kinsley in Mansfield, Connecticut,[12] m. 2d January 5, 1713/4 Faith Fish in Sandwich, Massachusetts,[12] d. March 2, 1739 in Bridgewater[12][5]
  3. Josiah, b. May 5, 1674,[18][19] m. December 21, 1699 Anna Alden in Duxbury,[12][5] d. April 4, 1753 in Bridgewater[12][5]
  4. Samuel, b. January 6, 1676,[16][20] m. December 13, 1705 Mary Almy in Portsmouth, Rhode Island,[12] living in Newport, Rhode Island in 1727[12]
  5. Amos, b. May 18, 1678,[21][22] m. May 2, 1700 Mary Packard in Bridgewater,[12][5] d. 1769[5] living in Bridgewater in 1727[12]
  6. John, b. September 23, 1680,[18][23] m. February 1, 1714/5 Susanna Packard in Bridgewater,[12][5] d. January 20, 1767 in Bridgewater[12][5]
  7. Joseph, b. February 22, 1683,[18][24] m. December 3, 1712 Hannah Williams in Bridgewater,[12][5] d. August 15, 1736 in Bridgewater[12][25]
  8. Anna, b. February 24, 1685,[21][26] m. August 3, 1708 Nicholas Byram in Bridgewater,[12][5] living in 1727[12]
  9. Mary, b. January 6, 1689,[13][27] m. 1st Nathaniel Reynolds,[5] m. 2d July 12, 1722 David Ames in Bridgewater,[12][5] living in 1727[12]
  10. Martha, b. October 8, 1692,[13][28] m. April 22, 1714 Ephraim Fobes in Bridgewater,[12][5] living in 1727[12]

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.[11]

According to the inventory report of his estate, Thomas died on January 25, 1724/5. His inventory included a negro woman slave.[29]

Thomas's will was probated by Isaac Winslow, Judge of Wills and for granting Administration in Plymouth County, on February 15, 1724/5.[30]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 See the profile for his father, Richard Snell.
  4. 4.0 4.1 See the profile for Samuel Edson.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 Nahum Mitchell, "History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater," 1840, p 295
  6. 6.0 6.1 Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, Court Orders: Vol IV. 1661-1668," 1855, p 193
  7. 7.0 7.1 Plymouth County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1881.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)
  8. 8.0 8.1 "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.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Nahum Mitchell, "History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater," 1840, p 249
  10. 10.0 10.1 Torry, Clarence A., "New England Marriages Prior to 1700," Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004, p 691
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Plymouth County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1881.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 12.15 12.16 12.17 12.18 12.19 12.20 Gail Ion Harris, "Arthur Harris of Duxbury, Bridgewater, and Boston, Massachusetts," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 159, pp 269-70
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 "Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Volume I - Births," New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916, p 297
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5FG-KPX : 10 February 2018), Martha Snell, 26 Oct 1669; citing BRIDGEWATER,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 164,691, 164,692.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 "Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Volume I - Births," New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916, p 299
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5NC-9HL : 10 February 2018), Thomas Snell, 01 Feb 1671; citing BRIDGEWATER,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 164,691, 164,692.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 "Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Volume I - Births," New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916, p 296
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5NC-ZK8 : 10 February 2018), Josiah Snell, 05 May 1674; citing BRIDGEWATER,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 164,691, 164,692.
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5NC-MVF : 10 February 2018), Samuel Snell, 06 Jan 1676; citing BRIDGEWATER,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 164,691, 164,692.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 "Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Volume I - Births," New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916, p 294
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5NC-3PQ : 10 February 2018), Amos Snell, 18 May 1678; citing BRIDGEWATER,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 164,691, 164,692.
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5NC-HK8 : 10 February 2018), John Snell, 23 Sep 1680; citing BRIDGEWATER,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 164,691, 164,692.Z
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5NC-Z8C : 10 February 2018), Joseph Snell, 22 Feb 1683; citing BRIDGEWATER,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 164,691, 164,692.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Nahum Mitchell, "History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater," 1840, p 296
  26. 26.0 26.1 "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5NH-YM7 : 10 February 2018), Anna Snell, 24 Feb 1685; citing BRIDGEWATER,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 164,691, 164,692.
  27. 27.0 27.1 "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5FG-YVW : 10 February 2018), Mary Snell, 06 Jan 1689; citing BRIDGEWATER,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 164,691, 164,692.
  28. 28.0 28.1 "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5FG-KPN : 10 February 2018), Martha Snell, 08 Oct 1692; citing BRIDGEWATER,PLYMOUTH,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 164,691, 164,692.
  29. 29.0 29.1 Plymouth County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1881.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)
  30. 30.0 30.1 Plymouth County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1686-1881.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)
  31. Nahum Mitchell, "History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater," 1840, p 171


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On 3 Aug 2018 at 17:09 GMT Chase Ashley wrote:

Snell-2971 and Snell-530 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate

On 30 May 2014 at 11:54 GMT Veronica Brown wrote:

Snell-598 and Snell-530 appear to represent the same person because: Both married to Martha Harris in same time period.


Rejected matches › Thomas Andrew Snell (1877-)

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