Thomas Tharp

Thomas Tharp (1631 - 1694)

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Thomas Tharp aka Thorpe
Born in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Woodbridge, Middlesex, Province of New Jerseymap
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Thomas Thorpe is thought be the son of John Thorpe and Alice Unknown. He would be about the same age as the son that was born to them as stated by Anderson in Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: John Thorpe, "Because Alice Thorpe had conceived a child before marriage,Thorpe and his wife were sentenced on April 1, 1633, to sit in the stocks and fined forty shillings. Because of their poverty, however, they were given twelve months to pay." The article also states that John Thorpe married Alice by April 1, 1633 and that they had one child born in 1633.[1] There is no primary evidence to prove this relationship however there is circumstantial evidence that supports it.

Thomas Thorpe appears in the records in Massachussetts when he married Rebecca Milward on May 27, 1656 in Boston.[2][3]

Savage has an entry in A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England that reads, "THORPE, HENRY, Massachusetts, freeman 1645. THOMAS, of Ipswich, died a. 1677"[4] (their source citation Place: Ipswich, Massachusetts; Year: 1677; Page Number: 286) has attributed this minor mention as a "Immigrant and Passenger Arrival" record. The "died a. 1677" is no doubt a reference to the death of Daniel Pierce, the step-father of his wife, Rebecca who bequeathed the couple land in Woodbridge, New Jersey when he died in 1677.[5]

George Howell, also presents the "died a. 1677" as the death date of Thomas Thorpe when he writes in the The Early History of Southampton, L.I., New York on page 439, "115. Thorpe, Thomas, in 1651 mentioned in a law suit. In 1655 Thompson put him among the first settlers of Brookhaven. One of his name died in Ipswich, Mass., 1677."[6]

Thomas was a soldier in King Philip's war and is listed as a soldier in Capt. Jonathan Remington's company on June 24, 1676.[7] [8]

He is listed as receiving a lot of six acres in 1661 in Oldfield, Setauket (Brookhaven). He was also mentioned in the court records in 1666 as a defendent and a witness and in 1672 for a trade of cows with a neighbor.[9]

The History of Suffolk County, New York contains a short biography of Thomas that reads as follows:

Thomas Thorp is seldom mentioned, except in a number of court records, where he appears as the defendant under various charges, among which are running a book account with Richard Mills, of Southampton, in 1651; trespass and damage done, Richard Woodhull in 1666, and assaulting and setting the dogs on "Obed" Seward at another time. He however held a propriety right in Brookhaven, and his name is perpetuated as its signature.[10]

Thomas and his family moved to Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey sometime after 1677 when Rebecca inherited land from her step father, Daniel Pierce.[5] Thomas was very active in the Woodbridge community, serving as Constable (1690), Grand Juror (1692), and Deputy of the General Assembly (1693-4).[11]

Thomas and Rebecca Thorpe had the following children probably born in Brookhaven, New York: [12]

  1. Thomas (1657-1689)
  2. William (1659)
  3. Daniel (1661)
  4. Zebulon (1663)
  5. George (1665)
  6. Joseph (1667)
  7. Benjamin (1669)
  8. Ann (1671)

Thomas Thorpe died about 1693 and his will was was proved December 24, 1694.[12]


yDNA-12[13] 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
markers 393 390 19 391 385a 385b 426 388 439 389-1 392 389-2
Thomas Thorpe (1631) 13 23 14 12 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29

yDNA13-25[13] 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
markers 458 459a 459b 455 454 447 437 448 449 464a 464b 464c 464d
Thomas Thorpe (1631) 17 9 9 11 11 24 14 19 28 15 16 17 18


  1. Anderson, Robert Charles. "Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: John Thorpe." American Ancestors. Accessed July 31, 2018.
  2. Vital Records from The NEHGS Register. Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (Compiled from articles originally published in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.)
    Name Thomas THORP
    Marriage 1656
    Location Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
    Original Text Early Records of Boston
    Record Type Marriage
    Spouse Rebecca Milnard
    Volume Name 11
    Page 202
  3. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 4 November 2017), Thomas Thorp and Rebecca Miluard, 27 May 1656; citing Marriage, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 818,093.
    Name Thomas Thorp
    Event Type Marriage
    Event Date 27 May 1656
    Event Place Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
    Gender Male
    Spouse's Name Rebecca Miluard
    Spouse's Gender Female
  4. Savage, James, O. P. Dexter, and John Farmer. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came before May 1692, on the Basis of Farmers Register. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub., 2008. 212, 427
  5. 5.0 5.1 Great Migration 1634-1635, M-P. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007.
  6. Howell, George Rogers. The Early History of Southampton, L.I., New York: With Genealogies. Salem, MA: Higginson Book, 1993. pg. 439
  7. Bodge, George M. Soldiers in King Philips War ; Being a Critical Account of That War, with a Concise History of the Indian Wars of New England from 1620-1677, Official Lists of the Soldiers of Massachusetts Colony Serving in Philips War, and Sketches of the Principal Officers, Copies of Ancient Documents and Records Relating to the War, Also Lists of the Narragansett Grantees of the United Colonies, Massachusetts, Plymouth, and Connecticut ; with an Appendix. Leominster, MA: 1896. pg. 279
  8. Colonial Soldiers and Officers in New England, 1620-1775. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013).
    Name Thomas THORP
    Military Record 1676
    Location Massachusetts, United States
    Original Text
    Record Type Military Record
    Regiment Remington
    Volume Name Massachusetts Officers and Soldiers in the Seventeenth-Century :Conflicts
    Page 233
  9. Brookhaven New York. Records of the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, N.Y. .. Patchogue: Printed at the Office of the "Advance";, 1880. pp. 5, 21, 41
  10. Bayles, Richard M., James B. Cooper, William S. Pelletreau, Charles R. Street, and J. Lawrence Smith. History of Suffolk County, New York. New York: W.W. Munsell &, 1882. pp. 9, 10, 12
  11. Dally, Joseph W. Woodbridge and Vicinty: The Story of a New Jersey Township. S.l.: FORGOTTEN BOOKS, 2016. pp. 107, 137, 138,
  12. 12.0 12.1 Collection Title: Volume XXIII, Abstracts of Wills, 1670-1730. New Jersey, Abstract of Wills, 1670-1817 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: New Jersey State Archives. New Jersey, Published Archives Series, First Series. Trenton, New Jersey: John L Murphy Publishing Company.
    Name Thorpe, Thomas
    Residence Date 24 Mar 1692
    Residence Location Woodbridge, New Jersey
  13. 13.0 13.1 Source: Test Results


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Thomas Thorp - Recorded Copy of Will Deed Book E, p. 157-159 SEE: Pages 1-5.
Thomas Thorp - Recorded Copy of Will Deed Book E, p. 157-159 SEE: Pages 1-5.

Thomas Thorp (1630-1694) Will
Thomas Thorp (1630-1694) Will


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