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Thomas Morgan Carrier

Birthplace: Wales
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
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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.

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Thomas Morgan Carrier's Timeline

May 7, 1674
Age 38
ma,Billerica,MA,United States of America
July 19, 1674
Age 38
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
April 7, 1677
Age 41
Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
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