Thomas Morgan Carrier
|Birthplace:||Wales, United Kingdom|
|Death:||Died in Colchester, New London County, Connecticut|
|Place of Burial:||Marlborough, Hartford, CT, USA|
Husband of Martha Allen Carrier, Salem Witch
|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.
- http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~carrier/thomas.html. Interesting data regarding his long life.
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:
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)
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)
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)
Born 17 Nov 1684 Billerica,Middlesex,Mass. Married 1707 John Chapman in Andover Died 7 Dec 1772 (John born 1685 Colchester, died 1745 Colchester)
Born 12 July 1689 Billerica,Middlesex,Mass. Married 1748 Joseph Wood in Norwich Died Andover (Joseph born 1696 Bradford, died 1766 Windham)
Thomas Morgan Carrier's Timeline
Wales, United Kingdom
July 19, 1674
Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
May 7, 1677
Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
July 23, 1680
July 18, 1682
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
November 17, 1684
Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
July 12, 1689
May 16, 1735
Colchester, New London County, Connecticut
Marlborough, Hartford, CT, USA