Thomas Elwell

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Thomas Elwell, son of Robert Elwell and Joan (…), was born at Gloucester, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 21 November 16541 and baptized at Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, 22 April 1655.2,3 He died at Salem Co., New Jersey, before 27 May 1706, when his inventory was taken.4,5,6,3

Thomas married Sarah Bassett, daughter of William Bassett and Sarah (…), at Gloucester 23 November 1675.2,3,7

There are no records of land transfers or other traces of Thomas and Sarah in Essex County, Massachusetts other than the register at Gloucester of the births of the first five children. They probably moved out to some remote section before going to New Jersey. Thomas is said to have moved there between 1685 and 1688, but there is no known evidence of those dates.

On 6 Nov 1698, Thomas was deeded 110 acres and called a weaver. He is said to have been at the Pittsgrove Baptist Church in 1701.

He was called a carpenter of Piles Grove Precinct when he made his will dated 25 Apr 1706 and signed by mark. He named his wife Sarah, son Samuel Alewell; three daughters, Sarah Walling, Mary Nichols, and Elizabeth Alewell, son Thomas, son William, son John, son-in-law Thomas Walling. The inventory was dated 27 May 1706.8


Sarah Bassett b. say 1649, d. aft. 1707
  • Sarah Elwell+3 b. 24 Aug 1676, d. aft. 1724
  • Thomas Elwell3 b. 26 Apr 1678, d. Sep 1722
  • Mary Elwell3 b. 13 Mar 1680
  • William Elwell3 b. 8 Apr 1682
  • Elizabeth Elwell3 b. 30 May 1684
  • John Elwell3 b. 4 Feb 1687
  • Samuel Elwell3 b. abt. 1688
This person was last edited on9 Nov 2015


  1. [S246] Walter Goodwin Davis and Gary Boyd Roberts, Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966): A Reprinting, in Alphabetical Order by Surname, of the Sixteen Multi-ancestor Compendia (Plus Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendants), 16 vols. in 3 (1916-1963; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1996), 1:504-520, further cited as Davis and Roberts, Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis.
  2. [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), 2:426-431, further cited as Anderson, et al., The Great Migration.
  3. [S246] Davis and Roberts, Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis, 1:507-520.
  4. [S1998] William Nelson et al., editors, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 13 vols. ([various publishers], 1901-1949), 1:6, further cited as Nelson et al., Calendar of New Jersey Wills.
  5. [S42] Rev. Jacob T. Elwell, "The Elwell Family in America," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 53 (Jan 1899): 25-32, further cited as Elwell, "Elwell Family."
  6. [S43] Elmer Garfield Van Name, The Elwell Family: Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries, Southern New Jersey (Haddonfield, New Jersey: E. G. Van Name, 1963), further cited as Van Name, Elwell Family.
  7. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 512, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  8. [S43] Van Name, Elwell Family, 3.