Thomas Kingston (1587 - c.1639) MP

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Birthplace: Elton, Huntingdonshire, England, UK
Death: Died in Jamestown, Virginia, USA
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Thomas Kingston (1587-c1639), immigrated to Virginia with his wife Elizabeth in 1619, settling at Martin's Hundred. They survived the Indian massacre in 1622. He served as member of the House of Burgesses for Martin’s Hundred Parish in 1629.

"Kingston, Thomas, a burgess for Martin's Hundred in 1629. he was agent for Thomas Covell, of London, merchant. He died about 1639 when his widow married Thomas Loving." Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography (1915), 1:272.

"Seventeenth-century land patents, however, provide some clue as to who may have lived in the vicinity of the Locust Grove Tract in the seventeenth century. Based on the patents of people in Martin’s Hundred it is likely that the Locust Grove Tract land was part of the holdings of Thomas Kingston in the 1630s. After Kingston’s death, his widow was married to Thomas Loving by 1639, and Loving proceeded to patent other tracts of land in Martin’s Hundred (Nugent (I) 1934: 30, 118, 137; VMHB (X) 1903: 379; VMHB (XII) 1905: 388)." Meredith C. Moodey, Phase II Archeological Excavation of the Locust Grove Tract, Carters Grove Plantation (Colonial Williamsburg Archaeological Reports) (May 1992; Re-issued June 2001), 16.

"The names Thomas Kingston and David Mancell appear in the documents for the 1630s as prominent householders (McIlwaine 1979: 38, 53; Hening 1823 (I): 137, 148, 179, 203)." Phase II Archeological Excavation of the Locust Grove Tract, Carters Grove Plantation (Colonial Williamsburg Archaeological Reports) (May 1992; Re-issued June 2001), 18.

"(246) John Dennett, 200 acres in the county of James on the north side of Mr. Thomas Kingston’s [1] land (only a barren ridge of land between), thence running northerly into the forest between Martin’s Hundred and Kiskyach, to a branch of Capt. John West’ Creek – due for the transportation of four persons, John Ley, Jon. Rowland, Anselm Rickey, Ann Combey. By West, Aug. 10, 1635. Note. [1] Thomas Kingston was a member of the House of Burgesses from Martin’s Hundred in October, 1629. He was surveyor-general of Virginia [not confirmed by primary sources], and died in 1636. His widow married Thomas Loving (General Court Records)." "Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents", prepared by W. G. Stanard, in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (1896), 3:280.

House of Burgesses, members assembled 16 October 1629: From Martin's Hundred: Thomas Kingston, Thomas Fawcett. Source: Hening I, 137-139. The Colonial Virginia Register, compiled by William Glover and Mary Newton Standard (1902).

House of Burgesses, members assembled 6 January 1639: Martin's Hundred to Kethe's Creek: Thomas [Kingston, or Fawcett]. The Colonial Virginia Register, compiled by William Glover and Mary Newton Standard (1902).

From The Heritage Lady

"Elizabeth Beverly Kingston, had sailed to Martin’s Hundred on the James River from England in 1618 along with two hundred and twenty settlers to populate the settlement that would include a fort and the fledgling Wolstenholme Towne, which was part of Martin’s Hundred.

"The Mayflower would not sail to America for two more years. Jamestown had been established eleven years earlier. And three years after my ancestors arrived in America, in 1622, the Martin’s Hundred settlement was ravaged by an Indian massacre. The Indians, who had until then maintained cordial relations with the encroaching English, staged a surprise attack on the James River settlements and massacred nearly 350 people. Elizabeth and her first husband, Thomas Kingston, survived.

"According to the 1995 book Martin’s Hundred by Ivor Noel Hume, http://www.archaeology.org/online/features/martins/index.html 'the story of the archaeological breakthrough at Martin’s Hundred is a marvelous account of sleuthing, suspense, and feats of deduction. Noel Hume was a Williamsburg archaeologist and his team pieced together the cultural and social fabric of the settlement from the shards of pottery, hardware, and other fragile artifacts painstakingly unearthed with trowel and brush. From the graves, a story emerges of disease and violence, eloquent testimony to the desperate, tragic lives of these early arrivals in the New World – a skull split by a heavy blow and showing signs of scalping; skeletons without coffins (four in a grave), and evidence of epidemic.' According to Washington Post Book World 'The story of his archaeological dig is one of the most significant in American Historical archaeology.'

"After the massacre, Thomas Kingston served as Burgess for Martin’s Hundred Parish in 1629. After he died in 1636, Elizabeth married Thomas Loving (Loveing), who was also a landowner in Martin’s Hundred, owning at least 2,700 acres."

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Thomas Kingston's Timeline

1587
1587
Elton, Huntingdonshire, England, UK
1608
1608
Age 21
1614
1614
Age 27
England, United Kingdom
1618
1618
- 1618
Age 31
1639
1639
Age 52
Jamestown, Virginia, USA