Thomas Seymour

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ChartsAncestors of Wilford Ervie Billings
Thomas Seymour, son of Richard Seymour and Mercy Ruscoe, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, 15 July 1632.1,2 He died at Norwalk, Connecticut, in 1712.1

Thomas married (1) Hannah Marvin, daughter of Matthew Marvin and Elizabeth (---), at Norwalk, Connecticut, January 1653/54;3,4,5 he married (2) Elizabeth (---), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), after 1680;1,6,5 he married (3) Sarah (---), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here).6,7

Thomas was brought to New England by his parents, when he was about six years old, and lived at Hartford, Conn., until about 1651, when he went with his parents to Norwalk. At his father's death in 1655, he was the only one of the children of age; and as his mother soon remarried and removed to Farmington, Conn., with her younger children, Thomas succeeded to his father's lands in Norwalk including the home which was across the street from the Marvin domicile. He had only been married a year before.

Thomas was nominated for freemanship on 10 October 1667, and doubtless took the oath six months later, as was usual, for he was reported among the freemen of Norwalk on 11 October 1669. With other heirs he signed an agreement on 6 November 1680, in behalf of his wife, relative to the settlement of the estate of her father, Mathew Marvin, whose will had made special bequests, among many others, to her and to Francis Bushnell of Norwalk who had recently married her oldest daughter, Hannah.

The will of Thomas dated 22 September 1712, and proved 7 November following, made kindly provision for his second wife who, during her widowhood, was to have the use of his home, barn, one half of the orchard, the west end of the home lot, meadow land and necessary household goods, his new Bible and "one paire of Curtains that she made since her living with me" as well as the estate that she brought with her.

He lived in Norwalk until his death. His will is dated 22 Sept 1712 and proved 7 Nov 1712.1,6

Family 1

Hannah Marvin b. abt. Oct 1634, d. abt. 1680
Children
  • Hannah Seymour+1 b. 12 Dec 1654, d. bef. 1697
  • Abigail Seymour1 b. Jan 1655/56
  • Mary Seymour1 b. Sep 1658
  • Sarah Seymour1 b. Sep 1658
  • Thomas Seymour1 b. Sep 1660
  • Elizabeth Seymour1 b. Dec 1663
  • Mercy Seymour1 b. Nov 1666
  • Matthew Seymour1 b. May 1669, d. 1735
  • John Seymour1 b. bt 1671 - 1672
  • Elizabeth Seymour1 b. Dec 1673, d. 17 Jun 1713
  • Rebecca Seymour1 b. Jan 1675/76

Family 2

Elizabeth (---)

Family 3

Sarah (---)

Citations

  1. [S24] Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines: A Memorial Volume Containing the Ancestry of Mary Beman (Gates) Dawes: Volume II: Gates and Allied Families (Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons, 1931), 727-730, further cited as Ferris, Dawes-Gates II.
  2. [S730] George D. Seymour and J. Gardner Bartlett, "The English Home and Ancestry of Richard Seamer or Semer of Hartford, Conn," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 71 (Apr 1917): 105-115, at 113, further cited as Seymour and Bartlett, "English Ancestry of Richard Seamer."
  3. [S2053] Robert Charles Anderson, George F. Sanborn Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants To New England, 1634-1635, 7 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999-2011), 5:63-71, further cited as Anderson, et al., The Great Migration.
  4. [S5] Donald Lines Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, two vols. (New Haven, Connecticut: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1930-1932), 403 & 537, further cited as Jacobus, Families of Old Fairfield.
  5. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1353, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  6. [S5] Jacobus, Families of Old Fairfield, 537.
  7. [S759] Harrison Black, The Ancestry of Frances Maria Goodman (1829-1912): Wife of Learner Blackman Harrison (Boston, Massachusetts: Newbury Street Press, 2001), 414-5, further cited as Black, Ancestry of Frances Maria Goodman.