About Thomas Chambers
He was from Assington, Suffolk, England.
Thomas Chambers made a bequest to "the poor of the parish of Asin in the County of Suffolk." Although this did not in the record copy appear to be an abbreviated parish name, it turned out to be Assington in Suffolk, a parish not far from Groton, and one from which several New England immigrants derived.
On 9 April 1617 Adam Winthrop, father of Governor John Winthrop, noted in an almanac that "Thomas Chamber went to London to be an apprentice" [Winthrop Papers, 1498-1654, 6 volumes, various editors (Boston 1925-1992), Vol. 1:198; see also Vol. 3:80], surely referring to this Thomas.)
There are many Chambers entries in the Assington parish register, including the burial on 8 June 1630 of "Mr. Thos. Chamber," aged seventy-six. This led to the will of "Thomas Chamber of Assington ... Clerk," dated 7 June 1630, which included bequests to "Alice my beloved wife," and to "my daughters Margaret, Amie & Marie" [Consistory Court of Norwich, O.W. 117]. He clearly did not name all his children, and certainly not his daughter Abigail. One of the witnesses to the will was John Bluett, presumably the author of the 14 March 1632/3 letter cited above.
The wills of Thomas the father and Thomas the son clearly read "Amy," and so THOMAS MATSON married by 1633 AMY CHAMBERS , daughter of Thomas Chambers, minister at Assington in Suffolk, and Theodore Atkinson married her younger sister Abigail, who was baptized at Assington on 5 December 1615.
Many more relationships were stated in the wills of Thomas Chambers the father and Thomas Chambers the son than have been reported here, and it may be that additional connections to other New England settlers may be traced through this family.