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Thomas Blossom, Sr.

Birthplace: Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: Died in Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Cause of death: The “infectious feaver” which prevailed in the spring of 1633, probably before 25 March
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Blossom and Annabel Blossom
Husband of Ann Rowley
Father of Frances Palmer; Ann Elston; Thomas Blossom, Jr.; Elizabeth Fitzrandolph; Peter Blossom and 3 others
Brother of John Blossom and Alice Blossom

Occupation: Thomas designated a Deacon to one of the earliest churches in Barnstable., Member Plymouth Co.; Deacon MA
Managed by: Brian Dean Olmstead
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About Thomas Blossom, Sr.

From the Log of the Mayflower: "Deacon Thomas Blossom and his son were well known as of Pastor Robinson's flock at Leyden. They returned moreover to Holland from Plymouth, England (when they gave up the voyage) via London.

The father went to New Plymouth ten years later, the son dying before that time. Letter dated at Leyden, Dec. 15, 1625, he says: --"God hath taken away my son who was with us in the ship (Mayflower) when I went back again."


Thomas & his wife, Ann, also resided in Pieterskerkhof, Leyden, Holland before Plymouth, MA. He, his wife & family set said for New England in July of 1620 on the ship 'Speedwell' which sailed from Leyden to Southampton to redezvous with the larger ship the 'Mayflower'. Both ships sailed from Southampton on August 4, 1620 with the Blossoms still aboard the Speedwell. They sailed down the channel, but Speedwell proved unseaworthy. Both ships put into Dartmouth for repairs & departed again on August 23. After sailing for 100 leagues, Speedwell was discovered to be leaking so badly that they were forced to return to England where most of the passengers were crowded onto the Mayflower to continue the voyage. The Blossoms, with other Pilgrims, returned to Leyden. Thomas was a passenger on the 2nd 'Mayflower' which arrived at Plymouth Colony on May 15, 1629. Pilgrim Church ~ Letters of his, which still survive, indicate he was a deacon & an educated man.


Thomas and Anne Blossom were among the first Puritan settlers in New England.

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Elder Thomas BLOSSOM


On this Thanksgiving Day we may reflect back to our Pilgrim ancestors Thomas Blossom and family. His daughter, Elizabeth Blossom, married Edward FitzRandolph. Did you know that there were two ships that set sail for the new world in 1620 - The Mayflower and The Speedwell? The Speedwell proved to be un-seaworthy and returned to Leyden, Holland where Deacon Thomas Blossom and his family remained until 1629 when they made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean to join the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony. He was a respected member of the community. A flu epidemic hit the Colony in 1632. Thomas Blossom took ill and died. (He did not die in England as indicated in his family tree on this web site.) There are many books with information about Thomas Blossom, Edward FitzRandolph, and our families including the book "Saints and Strangers". You may search Google for "Speedwell Thomas Blossom" and find many interesting articles such as the following:


The Life of Edward (FitzRandolph), the Pilgrim (Born about 1615)

The Pilgrim, Edward, was a man of substance as well as of character. He built a house in Scituate, Mass. during 1636; and it appears that he sold his property there in 1639 and moved to Barnstable with his minister and 25 townsmen. Here, he built another home on an 8-acre lot and lived in it till 1649, when he sold it and three other town lots, and removed to his farm in West Barnstable(a tract of 143 acres.; this he occupied for 20 years)...when he sold out and moved with his family to Piscataway, N.J. This important change seems to have been brought about by a desire for ampler religious freedom. The restrictions of Puritan rule in New England seemed oppressive to many men and women who longed for a large liberty of thought. Religious freedom, complete and unstinted, was promised to new settlers by the New Jersey Proprietors, and this constituted the chief lure to the pious pilgrims.

Young Edward, in May 1637, at Scituate Mass., married Elizabeth, the daughter of Thomas and Anne Blossom.

Elizabeth Blossom was born in Leyden, Holland, of pious Pilgrim parentage about the year 1620. Her father, Thomas Blossom, was a prominent member of Rev. John Robinson's church from the time its members left Scrooby in Nottinghamshire, England. In 1620, the *Mayflower* and the *Speedwell* were to sail as companion ships to America. The Speedwell was a little ship of 60 tons, which had been purchased and fitted out in Holland for the Pilgrim congregation. She sailed July 26, 1620, from the port of Delfthaven, about 24 miles from Leyden, for Southampton, England, where the Mayflower for a week had been waiting with a partial list of passengers from London. It was found that the little Speedwell needed repairs before putting out to sea. Repairs were made at a considerable expense and delay. The two vessels then set sail for their long voyage, but the Speedwell proved leaky and both vessels put into Dartmouth for further repairs. Then, once more, they sailed together and progressed some 300 miles westward from Land's End, when the captain of the Speedwell complained further of his boat's unseaworthiness. Again, the two vessels turned back, this time putting into Plymouth Harbor, and here it was decided to dismiss the Speedwell after a redistribution of passengers and cargo.

On September 6, 1620, eighteen persons returned in the Speedwell to Leyden by way of London, where the leaky boat was sold. Among those returning was Thomas Blossom with his little family. There, he remained until the congregation of Rev. Robinson was able to send over to America those who were left behind.

On May 1, 1629, six vessels left the shores of England with a passenger list which included the bulk of the Leyden congregation, all bound for New England. One of these ships was the famous Mayflower. Thomas Blossom and his family were on this same vessel.

The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 — Volume 4

by Ames, Azel, 1845-1908


We have a very interesting and varied family. I am so thankful that you belong to our family. I started searching our family history over 30 years ago. It has became a life-long passion. I started with about 50 names and now have branches of our family back to 250 BC. Shirley (Brown) Wilcoxon


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Thomas Blossom, Sr.'s Timeline

February 26, 1567
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
February 1567
Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire, England
August 23, 1583
Age 15
Parham, Somersetshire, England
November 10, 1605
Age 37
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Age 39
emigrated from England to Amsterdam to escaped religious persecution
Age 41
Leiden, Rhynland (present Zuid-Holland), Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden (present The Netherlands)
Age 44
Age 51
June 2, 1620
Age 52
Leiden, Rhynland, Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden