Thomas Force

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ChartsAncestors of Adele La Force
Thomas Force, son of Matthew Force and Elizabeth Palmer, was born at Gravesend, Kings Co., New York, 1670.1,2 He died at Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, after 1722.2

Thomas married Hannah (…), whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), in 1690.2,3

Virkus says Thomas was "of Westchester, New York and later of Woodbridge, New Jersey."

In 1698 he was in a list of those who took the oath of allegiance to King William before the Worcester (Westchester) New York Justices there. (NYR Vol LIX, 1928, p. 67 (Monnette).

Lovell says Thomas went to Westchester where his mother's parents had made their home and had various descendants.

He was a Sergeant in Capt. George Bradshaw's Queens Co. Company.

On 19 Jul 1720 his brother Matthew deeded him 25 acres in Woodbridge, on the North side of the highway. In this transaction, Thomas is called cordwainer, and of Woodbridge.

There is some confusion over which Thomas Force was a creditor of the estate of John Spencer in 1717. Thomas Force Jr. was nephew to Thomas Sr., and was in Woodbridge at the same time, but was seemingly young (under 25) to have been a creditor to his father-in-law.1,4,5


Hannah (…)
  • Obadiah Force+2,1,6 b. 1691, d. 1789
  • (…) Force6 b. aft. 1693
  • (…) Force6 b. aft. 1693
  • Thomas Force2,1,6 b. 1694
  • Isaac Force2,6,1 b. 1700
  • William Force6,2,1 b. 1710
This person was last edited on20 Nov 2015


  1. [S283] "Force Manuscript Collection", 11 Mar 1980, Charles T. Galbraith (New York, New York). Research Report to Gregory Cooke (Vandenberg AFB, California); copy in the Gregory Cooke Clarkdale, Arizona.
  2. [S282] "Force", 17 Jul 1989, Rosemary F. Lovell (Picayne, Mississippi). Research Report to Gregory Cooke (Vandenberg AFB, California), 8; copy in the Gregory Cooke Clarkdale, Arizona.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 561, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S282] Lovell, "Force", 18.
  5. [S286] Orra Eugene Monnette, First Settlers of ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodbridge, Olde East New Jersey, 1664-1714: a Period of Fifty Years (Los Angeles, California: Leroy Carman Press, 1930-1935), 823-825, further cited as Monnette, Piscataway & Woodbridge.
  6. [S24] Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines: A Memorial Volume Containing the American Ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes: Volume I: Dawes and Allied Families (n. p., 1943), 647, further cited as Ferris, Dawes-Gates I.