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Thomas Morgan Carrier

Birthplace: Wales, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Colchester, New London County, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Marlborough, Hartford, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Martha Allen Carrier, Salem Witch
Father of Richard Carrier, Salem Witch Trials; Andrew Carrier, Salem Witch Trials; Jane Carrier; Thomas Carrier, Jr., Salem Witch Trials; Sarah Carrier Chapman, Salem Witch Trials and 1 other

Occupation: From Andover, Billeriea Mass., Welsh
Managed by: Private User
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About Thomas Morgan Carrier

He and his sons were the first settlers of Colchester, CT, according to his tombstone.

Some very interesting facts about Thomas are found on pages 386-387 of the book "History of New London county, Connecticut: With Biographical sketches of many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men." (1882) --

"Thomas Carrier had belonged to the bodyguard of King Charles I, of Great Britain, and was notorious for fleetness of foot, even after he was more than one hundred years old. It is said that he killed the king of England. If so, he must have been the executioner of King Charles I in 1648. He was a Welshman. It is said by his descendants that he was one hundred and thirteen years of age at the time of his decease in 1735."

Interestingly, his tombstone says 109 years old but gives the death date of 1739. If he really died in '39 & was 113 years old as the family claims, then this would fit his 1626 birthdate that's on the official records from back then. This suggests the "109" chiseled onto the stone was a mistake, which is probably why the family claimed 113 publicly. After all, if 109 years & 1735 were correct, then he'd have been born in 1630, which would make him just 18/19 years old when King Charles I was beheaded. It's highly doubtful that such a young & inexperienced man would be chosen for such a task as executing a king. Therefore, it's reasonable to figure he was born in 1626, which means he'd be 113 when he died in 1739.

'His tombstone says he died 5/16/1739; with birth date of 1630; which equals the 109 years of age as stated.'As to his age if he were assigned the deed of beheading the King, if the designated executioner refused, it is likely a drawing would be held and the winner/loser, whatever age, be given the deed to do.

As for the beheading, it should be noted that there are other claims to being the beheader. So we may never know 100%, but it is possible Thomas did it. There are no facts out there that prove it impossible. The key detail to why there's controversy over who did it, rests on the fact that the official executioner refused to do it. So, someone else had to.

(My 9th Great-Grandparents) Thomas Carrier married Martha Allen on 7 May 1674 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts

They had 6 children:

Richard Carrier

   Born 17 July 1674 in Andover,Essex,Massachusetts 
   Married Elizabeth Sessions 16 or 18 July 1694 Andover,Mass 
   Married 2nd Thankful Brown 29 July 1707 
   Died 16 or 17 Nov 1749 Colchester,New London,Connecticut 
   Buried Old Burying Ground Colchester,CT 
   (Elizabeth born Andover 24 Apr 1672 died 6 March 1704 Colchester) 
   (Thankful born 1680 Hatfield died 20 May 1759 Colchester)

Andrew Carrier

   Born 7 May 1677 Andover,Mass 
   Married Mary Addams 11 Jan 1704/5 Colchester 
   Died 23 July 1749 Colchester,CT 
   (Mary born 1678 Simsbury died 13 Sep 1748)

June Carrier

   Born 23 July 1680 Billerica,Middlesex,Massachusetts 
   Died 26 August 1680

Thomas Carrier Jr.

   Born 18 June 1682 Andover 
   Married 1705 Susannah Johnson in Andover 
   Died 17 Mar 1739 Colchester 
   (Susannah born 1683 Andover died 1739 Colchester)

Sarah Carrier

   Born 17 Nov 1684 Billerica,Middlesex,Mass. 
   Married 1707 John Chapman in Andover 
   Died 7 Dec 1772 
   (John born 1685 Colchester, died 1745 Colchester)

Hannah Carrier

   Born 12 July 1689 Billerica,Middlesex,Mass. 
   Married 1748 Joseph Wood in Norwich 
   Died Andover 
   (Joseph born 1696 Bradford, died 1766 Windham)
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Thomas Morgan Carrier's Timeline

Wales, United Kingdom
July 19, 1674
Age 38
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
May 7, 1677
Age 41
Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
July 23, 1680
Age 44
July 18, 1682
Age 46
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
November 17, 1684
Age 48
Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
July 12, 1689
Age 53
May 16, 1735
Age 99
Colchester, New London County, Connecticut
Marlborough, Hartford, CT, USA