Thomas Cutler (c.1648 - 1722) MP

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Nicknames: "/(Lieut.)/"
Birthplace: Watertown, Middlesex, MA, USA
Death: Died in Lexington, Middlesex, MA, USA
Managed by: Thomas Edward Shirley
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About Thomas Cutler

3. Lieut. Thomas2 Cutler (James1) was born at Watertown, Mass., about 1648. He married Abigail. They united with the church in Watertown July 31, 1687, and when a church was gathered at Lexington, in 1696, they removed their relation to it. He was taxed for preaching, in 1692, 18s. 9d. He was a subscriber for the erection of the first meeting-house in 1692, and was chosen one of the {a}assessors in 1694; and, in 1700, when the parish

"{a}The inhabitants of this precinct, feeling that they were in danger from sudden incursion of the Indians, and that their distance from the village of Cambridge, where the arms and ammunition were deposited, rendered them nearly useless to them in case of sudden attack, the inhabitants directed ' Capt. Wm. Reed. Lieut. Thomas Cutler, and Ensign Simonds to petition the town of Cambridge that part of the public stock of ammunition for the town, which is supposed to belong to our share, may be kept in the parish; and it was also voted that these three gentlemen should care for and provide a place to keep it in.'" They also bought a flat near the meeting-house for a public common; among the signers were John Cutler, Sen., 5s., Lieut. Thomas Cutler, 6s.

performed what was formerly considered a very important duty, that of "seating the meeting-house"{b} lie was one of the committee appointed for that purpose.

{b}The seating of a meeting-house was an event of no little importance and often caused much enmity and great trouble in many towns at that day. Hudson, in his History of Lexington, says: "A large committee of the most judicious men were appointed, that full justice might be done to all, and lest the committee themselves should, from personal interest or vanity, place themselves too high, or, from extreme modesty, too low in the scale of dignity, some towns took the precaution to appoin' a second committee Hi seat the first." The following vote was passed by the parish to guide the committee in their deliberations: I. It was voted that they should have respect to age. 2. That the)'should have respect to real and personal estate, so far as reference to the meeting house is concerned. 3. To have respect to but one head in a family. 4. And also they are to place the children where they may be inspected. David Russell, John Mason, and Thomas Cutler "were plast in ye second seat in ye front gallereye."

Soon after the incorporation of Lexington, Mass., March 20, 1712, the inhabitants met for the purpose of organizing, when Lieut. Thomas Cutler, Thomas Blodgett, and Samuel Whitmore were chosen Tythingmen.{c} lie was also assessor, constable, and selectman.

{c}Voted: That ye two hinde seats in ye lower gallery, front and side, are appointed for ye boys to sit in on y Sabbath days, all under sixteen years old, and a Tvthingman to sit near them each Sabbath and to take care of them, the Tytiiingincn to take their turns; and if any above sixteen years are disorderly, they snail be ordered into said scats. Voted: That a Tvthingman should be desired to attend on Sabbath-day noons to keep y boys in order in ye meeting-house.

In the " 8th campaign, and for his services three months to the Jerseys, he received £7 10s." He was honored in the public records with the title of Lieutenant, Ho died at Lexington, July 13, 1722. Children born at Lexington, formerly Cambridge Farms:

i. Abigail,3 b. Oct. 3r, 1674; d. Dec. 19, 1715, at Lexington. 8.

ii. Thomas, b. Jan. 19, 1678; d. in Sudbury, Mass., March 26, 1718.

iii. Mary, b. March 15, 1681; m., abt. 1698, Win. Munroe, Jr., of Lexington, born Oct. 10, 1669; she d. June 26, 1713, a. 33; had 7 ch.

iv. Hannah, b. March 7, 1683; m., June 17, 1708, Ephraim Winship; 7 ch.

9. v. James, bapt. in Watertown, Jan. 9, 1687; d. Sept. 16, 1756.

10. vi. Jonathan, bapt. at Watertown, June 17, 1688; d. at Killingly, Ct., abt. 1746.

11. vii. Benjamin, b. July 4, 1695; bapt. in Watertown, Oct. 3, 1697; d. Nov. 2, 1776.

Source: From A Cutler memorial and genealogical history: containing the names of a large proportion of the Cutlers in the United States and Canada, and a record of many individual members of the family, with an account also of other families allied to the Cutlers by marriage, pages 22-24, published by Press of E. A. Hall & Co., 1889, 665 pages. Downloaded May 2011 from http://books.google.com/

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Lieut. Thomas Cutler's Timeline

1648
1648
Watertown, Middlesex, MA, USA
1673
1673
Age 25
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1674
October 31, 1674
Age 26
Cambridge Farms, Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1678
February 19, 1678
Age 30
Cambridge Farms, Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
1681
March 15, 1681
Age 33
Cambridge Farms, Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1681
Age 33
Lexington, Middlesex, MA, USA
1683
March 7, 1683
Age 35
Cambridge Farms, Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1688
June 17, 1688
Age 40
Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1695
July 4, 1695
Age 47
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
1697
July 4, 1697
Age 49
Cambridge Farms, Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts