Thomas Tarbell

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Thomas Tarbell, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born at England, in 1618.1,2,3 He died at Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, 11 June 1678.1,2,3

Thomas married (1) Mary (…), about 1645;3,2,1,4 he married (2) Susanna (…) at Charlestown, 15 September 1676. The ancestry of both wives is unknown (or not traced here).1,3,2,4

Thomas Tarbell (Tarball or Tarbel are also common spellings) settled in Watertown as early as 1647 when he is mentioned in the records as owning land. Bond's Watertown mentions he was there by 1656 when he was 38.

30 Mar 1663, he and wife Mary sold his house and 30 acres at Watertown, along with 4 acres of remote meadow in Cambridge and they then removed to Groton. He was there granted 20 acres in 1665 for erecting a mill and was to be exempt from taxation for 20 years.

The family left Groton for Charlestown when Groton was burned during King Philip's war.

He died of small pox, and administration of his estate was granted to his son John 17 Aug 1678. The estate settlement includes two papers dated 31 May 1680 and 18 Mar 1680/1 and gives the names of his children.3,2,1

Family 1

Mary (…) b. say 1625, d. 29 Apr 1674
  • Thomas Tarbell1,2,3 b. abt. 1645, d. 27 Apr 1678
  • Mary Tarbell1,2,3 b. abt. 1647, d. 26 Apr 1676
  • Sarah Tarbell1,2,3 b. abt. 1648, d. 1715
  • Abigail Tarbell+1,2,3 b. abt. 1652, d. aft. 1719
  • John Tarbell1,2,3 b. abt. 1654, d. 25 Mar 1715
  • Elizabeth Tarbell1,2,3 b. 5 Jan 1656/57, d. 25 Jul 1684
  • William Tarbell1,2,3 b. 26 Feb 1658/59, d. 5 Apr 1681
  • Martha Tarbell1,2,3 b. bt 1661 - 1662

Family 2

Susanna (…) b. abt. 1625, d. 5 Jan 1690/91
This person was last edited on16 Dec 2017


  1. [S92] Thomas Bellows Wyman, The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1629-1818 (Boston: David Clapp and Son, 1879), 932, further cited as Wyman, Charlestown Genealogies.
  2. [S9] Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston to Which is Appended the Early History of the Town, With Illustrations, Maps And Notes (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1860), 598, further cited as Bond, Bond's Watertown.
  3. [S91] Charles Henry Wight, "Thomas Tarbell and Some of His Descendants," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 61 (Jan 1907): 70-75, at 70, further cited as Wight, "Thomas Tarbell."
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1488, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).