Elder Thomas King

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Elder Thomas King, son of George King and Johan (…), was born probably shortly before his baptism at Cold Norton, Essex, England, 24 February 1604.1,2,3 He died at Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, 24 September 1691.1,2

Thomas married (1) Sarah Tinker, daughter of Robert Tinker and Mary Merwin, at Scituate, before 1639;1,2,4 he married (2) Jane Young at Scituate, 31 March 1653;1,2,4 he married (3) Anne (…) at Scituate, after 1654. The ancestry of the last two wives is unknown (or not traced here).2,4

Elder Thomas King settled in Scituate where he was admitted to the church, 25 Feb 1636/7. He built his house a few rods south of William Vassell's house on top of the hill at Belle House Neck. William Vassel came on the Blessing in 1635, and on that ship were also a Thomas King, 21, and a Suzan King, 30. It has been claimed this entry refers to Elder Thomas King of Scituate albeit misstating his age by 10 years and the given name of his wife.

Thomas was listed as able to bear arms in 1643. On 8 Jul 1643, Abraham Pearse, for £70 paid by John Winslow, sold to Thomas King 40 acres of upland and meadow on the south side of the North River in Scituate.

He was selected to succeed Elder William Hatch as church elder when the latter died in 1651. Thomas later married as his third wife, Hatch's widow, Jane Young. King was admitted a freeman 1 Jun 1658 and was elected a selectman on 6 Jun 1666, 2 Jul 1667, and 2 Jan 1668/9.

He paid a first rate of 7d and a second rate of 3s 3d on 5 Jan 1666. 30 Oct 1667 he was named magistrate at Scituate, and was a Deputy to the Plymouth Court, 3 Jun 1668. 31 Oct 1668 12 men were ordered to meet at his house at Scituate to make a division of marsh meadow on the west end of the "Great Neake."

His name appeared on a list of freemen of Scituate, 3 Jun 1675. He was one of a committee to consider uniting churches at North River on 1 Nov 1679, and he was part owner of the 40 ton barque "Adventure," 28 Sep 1680. He also owned land on the north side of Rotten Marsh where his son Thomas had a house in 1666.

His will was dated 1691 and left to wife Anne and daughter Sarah Bisby, land at Gravelly Beach; £10 each to grandsons John and Thomas Rogers; and to son Thomas, also named executor, all property not otherwise disposed of in Old and New England. He also provided that his negro servant be set free and gave him a bed and £5 in money.5,6,7

Family 1

Sarah Tinker b. 26 Jul 1619, d. 6 Jun 1652
  • Rhoda King1,2 b. 11 Oct 1639
  • George King1,2 b. 24 Dec 1642
  • Deacon Thomas King+1,2 b. 21 Jun 1645, d. 1 Dec 1711
  • Daniel King1,2 b. 4 Feb 1647
  • Sarah King1,2 b. 24 May 1650
  • John King1,2 b. 30 May 1652, d. 26 Jul 1652

Family 2

Jane Young d. 8 Oct 1653

Family 3

Anne (…)
This person was last edited on27 Dec 2017


  1. [S711] Douglas Richardson, "The English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families. Part Two: John Tinker of Boston and Lancaster, Massachusetts and Windsor and New London, Connecticut," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 149 (Oct 1995): 401-432, further cited as Richardson, "The English Ancestry of John Tinker."
  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), 4:Thomas King, further cited as Anderson, et al., The Great Migration.
  3. [S2121] "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch, (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JWZJ-FWL : accessed 24 Sep 2017, Thomas King, 24 Feb 1613); citing COLD NORTON,ESSEX,ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 571,176, further cited as "England Births and Christenings."
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 897, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S132] Frederick Chester Warner, The Ancestry of Samuel, Freda, and John Warner (Boston, Massachusetts: F. C. Warner, 1949), further cited as Warner, Warner Ancestry.
  6. [S1492] Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants: 1607-1660: A Comprehensive Listing Compiled from English Public Records of Those Who Took Ship to the Americas for Political, Religious, and Economic Reasons; of Those Who Were Deported for Vagrancy, Roguery, or Non-Conformity; and of Those Who Were Sold to Labour in the New Colonies (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 149, further cited as Coldham, Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1660.
  7. [S1298] John Camden Hotten, The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; Religious Exiles; Political Rebels; Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years; Apprentices; Children Stolen; Maidens Pressed; and Others Who Went From Great Britain to the American Plantations 1600-1700: With Their Ages, the Localities Where They Formerly Lived in the Mother Country, the Names of the Ships in Which They Embarked, and Other Interesting Particulars (1874; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1983), 93-94, further cited as Hotten, Original Lists of Persons of Quality.