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Thomas Willett (bef. 1605 - 1674)

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Mayor Capt Thomas Willett aka Willet
Born before in Rectory House of Barley, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
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Husband of — married in Plymouth Colony, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married in Milford, CTmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Swansea, Bristol Co, Rhode Islandmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Jan 2016
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Spelling of the Name

Anderson spells the name "Willet,"[1] and others spell it "Willett."

Disputed Parents

Anderson reports that Thomas was born about 1610, "possibly" the son of Thomas and Alice Willett of Norwich and Leiden [NEHGR 61:157-60].[1]

GEORGE CANNING BURGB88, A.B., “THOMAS WILLETT OF LEYDEN AND PLYMOUTH, FIRST MAYOR OF NEW YORK” in New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1907) Vol 61 p 157-64 see p 158 The author states that there is no evidence he was the son of Rev. Andrew Willett. This theory was proposed in NEHGR 2:276 simply stating that the name is rare and that Rev. Andrew Willett had a lot of children. This claim was then repeated by other authors without evidence. But there is an origin nearer to Leiden. He cited Morton Dextor in “Members of Pilgrim Company at Leyden” p 639 that there was a Thomas Willett and wife Alice who came from Norwich, England to Leiden in the Puritan movement who lived for a while with Robert Browne who gave the name “Brownists” to the separatists. He points out that our Thomas Willett has a mastery of Dutch language, custom and manners and was probably born in Leiden. And that our Thomas married Mary Brown. Dexter states that “unqualifiedly, that he was the son of Thomas and Alice Willett.

Thomas Willett was christened on the 29th of August 1605 to parents Andrew Willett and Jacobeda Goad. (These parents are disputed by some researchers) His birth place was Barley, Hertfordshire, England. He emigrated to Plymouth, after the original Puritans in the year 1632. Thomas married twice:

  • He first married Mary Browne of Plymouth He married on 6 July 1636 Mary Brown, the daughter of John Brown.[2] She died on 8 January 1669/70.[1]
  • He married, on 19 September 1671 at Milford, as his second, to Joanna (Boyse) Prudden, the widow of Rev Peter Pudden.[1]

Capt. Willett was an influential man in Plymouth, but was also known as a prominent trader, a great negotiator, a military leader and also the first and third Mayor of New York. Wikipedia has a detailed account of his many accomplishments. Thomas Willett (1605 – August 29, 1674) was a British-born American merchant, Plymouth Colony trader and sea-captain, Commissioner of New Netherland, magistrate of Plymouth Colony, Captain of the Plymouth Colony militia and was the 1st and 3rd Mayor of New York City, prior to the consolidation of the five boroughs into the City of New York in 1898.

Colonial Mayor. First Mayor of New York City. Arriving in 1632 on "The Lion" (with a religious separatist movement that called themselves "The Saints", that fled England to Leydon, Holland then went back to England to follow the Mayflower voyage), Thomas Willett was a merchant that traded from Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. He succeeded Captain Miles Standish as head of the Colonial Militia and negotiated what is now known as the "Rehoboth North Purchase" which acquired land (now known as Attleboro and North Attleboro, Massachusetts) from Wampanoag leader Sachem Wamsutta who was the son of famed chief Massasoit. He later conducted sea trade from the Colonies and was a navigator from 1651 to 1654. When the charter of "New Amsterdam" was changed to British possession, Governor Richard Nicholls granted the city charter on June 12, 1665 and the city, population 1,500 at the time, got Thomas Willett as its English representative/mayor, making him the first mayor of "New York". He served two concurrent one-year terms from 1665 to 1667. His property in that colony was confiscated when the Dutch reclaimed the area and he settled in the locale of Barrington, Rhode Island (while some accounts have his retirement in Sewansea or Seekoknk, Massachusetts, these towns are all close and at the time the town lines that currently exist were not the same.) He was married to Mary Brown and together they had fourteen children. There is a large memorial marker placed for him, and near it is the original weathered stone which, now unreadable is documented as having the following inscription "1674 Here lyeth the body of the worthy Thomas Willett, Esq. who dies August 4 in the 64th year of his age, and who was the first mayor of New York and twice did sustain the place." (bio by: R. Digati)

Born

Text: Name: Thomas Willett Gender: Male Christening Date: 29 Aug 1605 Christening Place: Barley, Hertfordshire, England Phillimore Ecclesiastical Parish Father: Andrew Willett [3]

Text: Name: Thomas Willet Birth Year: 1605 Death Year: 1674 [4] Original data: Gale Research Company. Biography and Genealogy Master Index. Detroit, MI, USA: Gale Research Company, 2008.

Text: Name: Thomas Willet Gender: Male Birth Date: 1610 Origin Place: Leiden, Holland Emigration Year: 1630 First Residence Place: Penobscot, Hancock, Maine, USA Est Year Changed Residence: 1668 Also Resided At: Swansea Death Date: 1674 [5]

Arrival

Name: Thomas Willet Arrival Year: 1632 Arrival Place: Plymouth, Massachusetts Primary Immigrant: Willet, Thomas [6]

Place: Plymouth, Massachusetts; Year: 1632; Page Number: 73 [7]

Place: Plymouth, Massachusetts; Year: 1629; Page Number: 65 [8]

Name: Thomas Willet Arrival Year: 1630 Arrival Place: Penobscot, Maine Primary Immigrant: Willet, Thomas Source Publication Code: 116.1 Annotation: Date and place of first residence in New England. Extracted from passenger lists, lists of freemen, colony and court records, notarial records, vital records, land records, church records, and journals and letters. Place of origin, occupation, and other genealogical and historical information may also be provided. [9]

Name: Thomas Willet Place: Penobscot, Maine; Year: 1630; Page Number: 1997 [10] Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012.

Household Members: Name Relation Thomas Willet Place: Penobscot, Maine; Year: 1630; Page Number: 1997 [11]

Marriage

Text: Name: Thomas Willett Gender: Male Spouse Name: Joanna Boyse Birth Place: ENGland Spouse Birth Year: 1616 Marriage Year: 1671

[12]

Text: Name: Thomas Willet Gender: Male Age: 64 Birth Date: 1610 Birth Place: England First Marriage Date: 6 Jul 1636 First Marriage Place: Plymouth Second Marriage Date: 19 Sep 1671 Death Date: 3 Aug 1674 Death Place: Swansea Spouses: Mary Brown, Joanna Boyse Child: Esther Willet

[13]

Children

Children of Thomas and Mary (Brown):[1]

  1. Mary Willet, b 10 Nov 1637; m Samuel Hooker
  2. Martha, b 6 Aug 1639
  3. John, b 21 Aug 1641; m Abigail Collins
  4. Sarah, b 4 May 1643
  5. Rebecca, b 2 Dec 1644
  6. Thomas, b 1 Oct 1646
  7. Hester, b 6 Jul 1648
  8. James, b 24 Nov 1649; m 1) Elizabeth Hunt, 2) Grace Frinck
  9. Hezekiah, b 21 Jul 1651
  10. Hezekiah, b 16 Nov "or thereabouts" 1653
  11. David, b 1 Nov 1654
  12. Andrew, b 5 Oct 1655
  13. Samuel, b 27 Oct 1658


Residences

Text: Name: Thomas New Willet State: MA County: Plymouth County Township: Arm Bearers Year: 1643 Page: 255 Database: MA Early Census Index [14]

Text: Name: Thomas Willet Gender: Male Birth Date: 1610 Origin Place: Leiden, Holland Emigration Year: 1630 First Residence Place: Penobscot, Hancock, Maine, USA Est Year Changed Residence: 1668 Also Resided At: Swansea Death Date: 1674 [15] Original data: Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3; The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volumes 1-6. Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

Name: Thomas Willet Arrival Year: 1630 Arrival Place: Penobscot, Maine Primary Immigrant: Willet, Thomas Source Publication Code: 116.1 Annotation: Date and place of first residence in New England. Extracted from passenger lists, lists of freemen, colony and court records, notarial records, vital records, land records, church records, and journals and letters. Place of origin, occupation, and other genealogical and historical information may also be provided. [16]

Death and Legacy

Thomas died on 04 August 1674 at Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay[2]

He was buried at the Ancient Little Neck Cemetery, East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island. There is a large memorial marker placed for him, and near it is the original weathered stone which, now unreadable is documented as having the following inscription "1674 Here lyeth the body of the worthy Thomas Willett, Esq. who dies August 4 in the 64th year of his age, and who was the first mayor of New York and twice did sustain the place." (bio by: R. Digati)[17] URL https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8890542/Thomas-Willett

Name: Thomas Willett Gender: m (Male) Birth Date: baptized 29 Aug 1605 Birth Place: Barley, Leicestershire, England Death Date: 3 Aug 1674 Death Place: Swansea, Massachusetts, USA Death Age: 68 Father: Andrew Willett Mother: Jacobeda Goad (Jacobina) Spouse: Mary Browne Children: Rebecca Willett [18]

Text: Name: Thomas Willett Sr Birth Date: Aug 1605 Birth Place: Hertfordshire, England Death Date: 4 Aug 1674 Death Place: Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States of America Cemetery: Ancient Little Neck Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, Spouse: Mary Willett Children: Mary Hooker Findagrave for Jacobina Goad [19] U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

Name Thomas Willett Sr Birth Date Aug 1605 Birth Place Hertfordshire, England Death Date 4 Aug 1674 Death Place Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States of America Cemetery Ancient Little Neck Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States of America Has Bio? Y Spouse Mary Willett Children Mary Hooker URL https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8890542/Thomas-Willett

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Anderson, Robert C. (1995) Thomas Willett," featured name. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. AmericanAncestors.org NEHGS, (Volumes I-III, pp 1997-2002).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brown, George Tilden. (1919) John Browne, gentleman, of Plymouth ... (Providence: Remington Press) Archive.org pp 26-29.
  3. England & Wales, Christening Index, 1530-1980 [database on-line]. Ancestry.com Original data: Genealogical Society of Utah. British Isles Vital Records Index, 2nd Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, copyright 2002. Used by permission.
  4. The Dictionary of National Biography. The Concise Dictionary. Part 1, From the beginnings to 1900. London: Oxford University Press, 1953.
  5. New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 [database on-line]. Ancestry.com.
  6. Source Publication Code: 9448 VIRKUS, FREDERICK A., editor. Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1964. 75p.
  7. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012.
  8. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]: Ancestry.com. Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012.
  9. ANDERSON, ROBERT CHARLES. The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. Three Volumes. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995. 2386p.
  10. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com.
  11. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]: Ancestry.com. Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012.
  12. Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line].
  13. The Hon Jonathan Jackson and Hannah (Tracy) Jackson, their ancestors and descendants: North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 [database on-line]: Ancestry.com
  14. Massachusetts, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890 [database on-line]: Ancestry.com. Original data: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
  15. New England, The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 [database on-line]: Ancestry.com.
  16. ANDERSON, ROBERT CHARLES. The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. Three Volumes. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995. 2386p.
  17. *
    1674 Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay<ref>Cutter, William. (1911) ''Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut.'' (Lewis) p 208.</li>
    <li id="_note-15">[[#_ref-15|↑]] Ancestry.com. Web: Netherlands, GenealogieOnline Trees Index, 1000-2015 [database on-line]. Original data: GenealogieOnline. Coret Genealogie. http://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/</li> <li id="_note-16">[[#_ref-16|↑]] [https://findagrave.com/memorial/150403966/Jacobina-Goad]</li></ol></ref>


Research Notes

Wikipedia Article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Willett.
  • "THOMAS, Plymouth, was in his youth assoc. with the Leyden congregat. 1629, and came over, as I judge, in the Lion, 1632, emb. in June. See 4 Mass. Hist. Coll. I. 94, where the official docum. makes his name Tobie W. But in comp. with Ashley he had come in the spring or 1630, and prob. was sent home on tempora. confidential business by his employer. That he was s. of Andrew, a D. D. of some celebr. with the Puritans, wh. d. Dec. 1621, is suggest. to me by Mr. Thornton. See BradfordÕs Hist. p. 259-60.
  • He m. 6 July 1636, Mary, d. of John Brown, one of the Assist. that yr. wh. many yrs. aft. liv. at Swansey; had Mary, b. 10 Nov. 1637, wh. by the mem. of the Willet fam. in Geneal. Reg. II. 376, is said to have d. without issue, 11 Dec. 1678, but in my opin. m. 22 Sept. 1658, Rev. Samuel Hooker of Farmington, bore him eleven ch. and after bec. sec. w. 10 Aug. 1703 of Rev. Thomas Buckingham; Martha, 6 Aug. 1639, m. 2 Dec. 1658, John Saffin of Scituate; John, 21 Aug. 1641; Sarah, 4 May 1643, wh. m. Rev. John Eliot, s. of the apostle, and d. 13 June 1665; Rebecca, 2 Dec. 1644, d. at 7 yrs.; Thomas, 1 Oct. 1646; Esther, 10 July 1648, tho. Col. Rec. says 6 July 1647, m. 24 Jan. 1672, Rev. Josiah Flint of Dorchester, and d. 26 July 1737; James, 23 Nov. 1649; Hezekiah, d. inf. 26 July 1651; Hezekiah, again, 17 Nov. 1653; David, 1 Nov. 1654, prob. d. soon; Andrew, 5 Oct. 1655; and Samuel, 27 Oct. 1658.
  • He was entrust. with command at the trad.-ho. of the Plymouth people at Kennebeck, 1639, and Winthrop in Hist. I. 322, tells a pleasant incident of his peaceful control of the Ind. He had been forcibly dispossess. some three or four yrs. bef. of the establishm. at Penobscot. by D'Aulney, the French lieut.-gov. of Acadia. See, in 3 Mass. Hist. Coll. VII. 92 and 94, the relations of the affair by the rival French officers, D'Aulney and La Tour. * He was an Assist. 1651 to 1664, and when the Eng. conq. N. Y. he accomp. them, and was made mayor. Not long aft. however, he went back to his first friends, took sec. w. 1 Sept. 1671, Joanna, wid. of Rev. Peter Prudden, resid. at Rehoboth, and Swanzey, d. at the latter 3, the gr.-st. says 4 Aug. 1674.
  • The inscript. on the gr.st. of the wid. (HIS ONLY W.) says she d. 8 Jan. 1699, a. the 65th yr. of her age, wh. proves how errors may be found in such places, as she could only be 5 yrs. old when her first ch. by Prudden was b. Prob. the yr. of d. was 18 yrs. earlier. See Prudden. What could explain the error of her gr.st. that she was the only w. is difficult to conject. Commonly we look to such muniments of history for a different sort of failures in truth. Perhaps only was error for sec. The brief mem. in Geneal. Reg. II. 376, corrects some current mistakes, but makers some others. " Source: Savage Gen. Dict.

Excerpt from: Cutter, Genealogy of CT, pg 208, in Windsor Historical Society Library, Windsor, CT

THOMAS came to America in 1632 and settled at Swansea, New Hampshire, then Seekonk, Long Island, New York. He was Captain of the military company at Plymouth, succeeding Miles Standish in 1647. In 1650 he was Commissioner to settle boundaries of New England and New Netherlands. Assistant to the Governor 1661 - 1665. In 1664 he aided England in organizing new government in Nieuw Amsterdam and was appointed first mayor of New York. He was Governor in 1673 and twice thereafter.[20]
Excerpt from: The Mayflower, pg 228 & 378, by Kate Caffrey
"THOMAS WILLETTE, son of English clergyman, came to America in 1629 at the age of 24. He was one of Plymouth's leading citizens. In 1664 he was with the expeditionary force that took New Amsterdam from the Dutch. He returned to Plymouth where he died in 1674."
Came to America aboard the "Lion" in 1632 from Leiden at the age of 22. He was the son of Andrew Willett, the Prebendary of the Ely Cathedral. He made a trading venture on the Penobscot River in Maine. Later in 1649 & 1656, he leased the fur trade on the Kennebuck River for 35 pounds per year payable in "money, moose, or beaver." (Beaver was as good as any money.) About 1633, he returned to Plymouth where he established himself as a successful merchant and honored citizen.
He married Mary Brown on July 6, 1636 at Plymouth who was the daughter of his good friends from Leyden, John and Dorothy Brown. In recognition of the social position of John Brown, the gravestone of his daughter contains an inscription calling her the daughter of the Worshipful John Brown, Esq. Mary and Thomas had thirteen children. All traditions agree that she was "an excellent and virtuous woman".
Thomas' business prospered in Plymouth and was expanded to New Amsterdam and overseas.
He trained the Pilgrim's militia after the death of Myles Standish and became "Captain". He was also a magistrate in Plymouth; assistant to the governor until he was called in 1664 to advise with Colonel Nichols in administering New York.
He served in many capacities of trust and confidence settling disputes, boundary claims, and other matters. He had a business, house, and occasional residence in New Amsterdam.
On June 12, 1665, the English having taken New Amsterdam, Deputy Governor Richard Nichols of New York appointed Thomas Willet the first Mayor of New York.
He was buried at "Seacouch", MA with a plain monument. His will was proved on November 25, 1674.
Note N225At time of his daughter's wedding to Samuel Hooker, he was a prosperous merchant in Plymouth and succeeded Capt Miles Standish as commander of the military company. Later first mayor of NY.
There is a lot of discussion about this man and his parents. Personally I would go with Thomas & Alice Willett, but wikipedia says it was Andrew Willet. The date given as his birth is the Christening date. There is another Thomas Willett born in the same area of England to Thomas & Alice Willett that is Christened 5 May 1605. So look at the earlier discussion about his parents moving from the Leiden (Leydon), Netherlands to England.

See also:

  • Austin, John O. (1899) The Journal of William Jefferay, Gentleman. (E. L. Freeman & Sons) Page 138: "1674. Aug. 4, Tuesday. Mr. Willett died."
  • Brown Family Genealogy, Pages 1073-1075, Genealogical information on the John Brown, his family and his ancestors.
  • Burgess, George Canning. (1907) NEHGR 61:157-64
  • Kate Caffrey, Mayflower (Henry Holt, Oct 1, 1975) Pages 228 & 378
  • MyHeritage. Record ID Number: MH:SC500707 Text:

    Thomas Willette
    Gender: Male
    Birth: Aug 19 1605 - Barley, Leicestershire, England
    Marriage: 1671
    Death: Aug 4 1674 - Swansea, Massachusetts, USA
    Father: Andrew Willett
    Mother: Jacobeda Goad
    Spouses: Mary Willett (born Browne) Joanna Boyce
    Child: Mary Hooker (born Willette)

    Quality or Certainty of Data: 4
  • NJGS. "Willett." njgsbc.org. Accessed 13 Jun 2016. http://njgsbc.org/files/BCFamilies/BCFam-Willett.pdf PDF
  • Oakes, Rensselaer Allston, Genealogical and Family History of Jefferson County New York Volume II, NOTEOakes, Rensselaer Allston, Custodian of the Jefferson County Historical Society. Genealogical and Family History of Jefferson County New York Volume II. 1905. PDF. Internet Archive. http://www.archive.org/details/genealogicalfami02oake : 1996. Terry Kraft has a pdf of this book; Online URL is http://www.archive.org/details/genealogicalfami02oake</ref>
  • Wikipedia contributors, "Thomas Willett," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Thomas_Willett&oldid=719009157 (accessed June 18, 2016).
    • See also:
  • Anderson, Robert C. (1995) "John Brown," featured name. "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III." (NEHGS) AmericanAncestors.org pp 255-257.
  • Brown, Cyrus. (1907-1915) Brown Genealogy of Many of the Descendants of Thomas, John, and Eleazer Brown. (Boston: The Everett Press Co.) Archive.org.
  • Cornell, Thomas Clapp. (1890) Adam and Anne Mott, Their Ancestors and Their Descendants. (Poughkeepsie, NY: A.V. Haight) Archive.org p 251B.


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On 4 Oct 2018 at 21:58 GMT Mike Cowper wrote:

On the topic of disputed parents the "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900" states that he is the fourth son of Andrew Willet. See https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Willet,_Thomas_(DNB00) and https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Willet,_Andrew_(DNB00)

On 4 Sep 2018 at 19:12 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

Willett-758 and Willett-613 appear to represent the same person because: Estimated BD, same marriage, and please note son Andrew born in 165.

Please approve if you agree. Thanks!

On 14 Nov 2016 at 15:47 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Willett-249 and Willets-182 appear to represent the same person because: based on dates, it would appear that these were intended to be the same person

On 13 May 2016 at 17:56 GMT R (Baker) B wrote:

These parents are disputed by Robert Charles Anderson and should probably be removed. See biography.

On 8 Mar 2016 at 04:23 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

Willet-50 and Willett-249 appear to represent the same person because: Same so use and Bio, Wallet-249 appears to be the LNAB with the correct birth year.

On 8 Mar 2016 at 04:18 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

Added back Mary Browne-58 as Thomas Willett's first wife and mother of numerous children.

On 20 Jul 2015 at 15:27 GMT Kay (Johnson) Wilson wrote:

Thomas's 'wife' Joanna Sargent-1689 has been removed from this profile. She died in 1649.

On 13 Feb 2015 at 17:47 GMT Anne B wrote:

David, I believe that through no fault of yours, Thomas' wife has gotten messed up. I have added the Savage Gen. Dict. entry and a link to a Wikipedia article, on Thomas (no John), in order to make some sense of what's going on here. First is this the Thomas you meant this profile to be? Do you object to me disconnecting this erroneous wife? Also if this is the Thomas Willett indicated by the bio stuff I added he will need to be merged with Willett-249

On 4 Aug 2014 at 19:34 GMT Terri (Wahlberg) Crowell wrote:

Willett-249 and Willette-22 appear to represent the same person because: These are the same person



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