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Thomas Emerson, Sr.

Birthplace: Sedsfield Parish, Durham, England
Death: Died in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Emerson and Susan Crabbe
Husband of Elizabeth Emerson
Father of Robert Emerson, of Rowley; Rev. Joseph Emerson; Elizabeth Perrin; Rev. John Emerson; Benjamin Emerson and 10 others
Brother of Alice Emerson; Margaret Emerson; Anne Emerson; John Emerson; Susan Annie Emerson and 1 other

Occupation: Baker
Managed by: Elwin C. Nickerson
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About Thomas Emerson, Sr.

"The Immigrant".

In the will of Thomas Emerson, written 31 May 1653, proved 10 May 1666 he mentions "Elizabeth Emerson my wife". The will was attested by Elizabeth Emerson. Source: Essex County Probate Files, Docket 8,947

Thomas, May 1, 1666. CTR

THOMAS, Ipswich 1639, baker, d. 1 May 1666; by w. Elizabeth had Joseph; Nathaniel; James, wh. went. to Eng. Thomas, wh. d. bef. his f. leav. wid. Elizabeth and perhaps s. Thomas; and John, H. C. 1656, perhaps youngest, nam. in codic. to the will of his f. 1660. Most of these ch. were brot. by the f. from Eng.

Thomas Emerson, of Ipswich, Massachusetts, is recorded in the church wardens book of St. Michael's church, in 1630, as collector for the poor. His wife, Elizabeth (Brewster) Emerson, is supposed to have been a daughter of William Brewster, of Scrooby, and the famous elder of the Pilgrims, 1620. It has been proven that Major-General Dcnison. a close friend of Thomas, and mentioned in the latter's will, emigrated from Bishop's-Stortford. Thomas Emerson was probably born in Sedsfield parish, county of Durham, England, and died in Ipswich, Massachusetts, May i, 1666. He was baptized at Bishop's-Stortford, England, July 26, 1584, and was married July i, 1611, in that parish to Elizabeth Brewster. Their children as recorded in St. Michael's Church at Bishop'sStortford were: Robert, Benjamin, Ralph, James, Joseph, Elizabeth, John, Thomas, Nathaniel and Susan.

Tradition says that they came from England in the ship Elizabeth Ann in 1635. He was at Ipswich, Massachusetts, as early as 1638, when eighty acres of land was granted to him. In the same year he received a deed of one hundred and twenty acres from Samuel Greenfield, a weaver of Ipswich, and this was the Turkey Shore farm, which remained in the family for generations. He is mentioned as a commoner in 1641, and in 1646 was one of the "seven men," equivalent to the present selectmen. He was the possessor of considerable property and the records show that he received damages from the town for the loss of a yoke of oxen that backed off a bridge. The inventory of his estate amounted to two hundred and twentyfive pounds three shillings. The records of England show that the family was nonconformist, and they probably found difficulty in getting out of England. The reference to Thomas Emerson as a baker in the Massachusetts records probably arises from the fact that he assumed the character of an artisan in order to make his removal from England less difficult.


(f/g) Thomas Emerson Birth: Jul. 26, 1584 Herefordshire, England Death: May 1, 1666 Ipswich Essex County Massachusetts, USA

Family links:

 Elizabeth Brewster Emerson (1584 - 1638) 
 Elizabeth Emerson Fuller Perrin*
 Robert Emerson (1612 - 1694)*
 Michael Emerson (1627 - 1709)*
 Joseph Emerson (1629 - 1694)*
 Nathaniel Emerson (1629 - 1712)

Burial: Unknown Created by: Bonnie Huish Record added: Jun 01, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 53116311 -tcd

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Thomas Emerson, Sr.'s Timeline

July 26, 1584
Durham, England
July 26, 1584
July 1, 1611
Age 26
May 24, 1612
Age 27
Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
October 2, 1614
Age 30
Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
October 19, 1615
Age 31
Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
February 16, 1618
Age 33
Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
June 25, 1620
Age 35
Bishop's, Staffordshire, Hertfordshire, England
Age 38
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
February 26, 1625
Age 40
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, UK