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Birthplace: London, London, England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Occupation: Gunsmith
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About Thomas Matson

Sailed with his wife on the Wintrop ships arriving in Boston in 1630. THOMAS MATSON, gunsmith, came from London in 1630, and was a follower of Wheelwright; he lived a while at Braintree, where he had land. His house and shop in Boston were on the west side of Hanover Street. Portland Street was first known as Matson's Lane. He died in 1677, an aged man.

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The biggest part of this information was gleaned from "The Matson Genealogy" which is on file at the Connecticut State Library. I believe it takes the family down 7 generations. My GGGGgrandfather, Zebah Weed Matson, was the last generation in my line that was listed in the document. This document as been on file since the 1920's. I have been documenting the information as I receive it, and you'll notice my notes. Any changes or additions will be welcomed. Please email me with your information. This is a very long document, so don't just click "Print". Thank you.

Generation No. 1

1. SARGEANT THOMAS1 MATSON1 was born April 21, 1607 in London, England2,3, and died April 1677 in Boston, Massachusetts4,5. He married AMY CHAMBERS5 1632 in Boston, Massachusetts6,7. She was born Abt. 1611 in London, England8,9, and died April 1678 in Boston, Massachusetts10,11.

Notes for SARGEANT THOMAS MATSON:

From the Genealogy of the Matson Family from the Connecticut State Library:

The earliest Mention of the name is:

Adam Matte, County of Wilts, 1273

Thomas Matison, Yorkshire, 1379

Marmaduke Mattson, youk Castle, yorkshire

Ann Mattson, York Castle, Yorkshire

Roger Matson, Cocken Furness, Lancashire, 1605

Robert Matson, Cocken Furness, Lancashire, 1673

Thomas Matison, of Boxted Suffolk, married Ann Clopton who was born 1/29/1580

Margaret Matison, sister of Thomas, married Walter Clopton of London, Grocer,

who was baptized June 15, 1585.

First Generation:


Sergeant Thomas Matson came to Boston in 1630 from England, probably in the fleet with Winthrop and was made a freeman at Boston March 4, 1634. During the Hutchinson Rebellion he was one of the recussant friends of Wheelwright, "ordered to be disarmed", November 20, 1637. (Winthrop N. E.) And removed to Braintree, where he was later made Sergeant, and is mentioned as a Selectman. In 1665 he was the owner of considerable real estate in Boston Neck, so called. He married in 1632 or 1633, Amy, also varingly called Amey, Annie, Anne and Ann, Chambers, a sister of Thomas Chambers of London, and July 28, 1640, he and his wife "receipted" to their sister in law, Mrs. Chambers, wife of Thomas Chambers, citizen and cloth worker of London, dwelling at the sign of the golden key in Shelbourne Lane.. Mrs. Amy Chambers Matson came to Boston and was made a member of the church in 1631. A Thomas Matson, (probably the Sergeant) was baptized April 21, 1607 (Registers of __ Marten-in- the-Field, London 1550-1619. Thomas Matson was a gunsmith by occupation. He died in April 1677.

Amy Chambers, wife of Thomas, was a sister of Thomas Chambers of London, citizen and cloth worker who was buried according to the Register of St. Mary Abchurch Parish, Nov. 22d, 1638. The will of Thomas Chambers probated Nov. 22d 1638, provides that he is to be buried in the church. Bequests are made for Poor of St. Mary Abchurch - a step mother Alice Chambers, - brother John Chambers, - sisters Margaret-Mayer, Sarah Garrwod, Ann Munsings, Amy Matson L55, Elizabeth, Susan, and Abigail Chambers, - brothers Samuel Chambers, - kinswoman Sara Mayer, Servanto, _______, Uncle William Webby, his wife, and son William, - cousins John Gibbon and his wife, - Uncles John Upshore and his wife, - cousins Henry Chaplin and his wife, and John Chaplin, - and to the Poor of the Parish of Ason (?) In the County of Suffolk — Miss Mary Chambers Executrix. James Chambers, of London, Gent: made will Aug 11, 1624, probated Sept. 1st same year. Bequests be to Nephew and Niece, Arthur and Therdora Pitts brother Saymour Chambers grandson James Chambers, "cousins" Thomas and Samuel Chambers, Elizabeth wife of Thomas Willmore, niece Dorothea Chambers: nephew John Foster of Eastbourne, and his daughter by my niece Margaret deceased; to College of St. John's, Cambridge for a sermon to be preached on All Saints day in the Parish of Royston. Elizabeth Chambers, niece, residuary _______ and Executrix.

The will of John Pickering of Hartford dated August 2, 1660 refers to his "Ant Matson of Bostowne".

Amy Chambers Matson made her will February 25 1677-8. She was the sister of Abigail, the first wife of Thomas Atkinson of Boston.

Thomas and Amy Chambers Matson had four children, Thomas, John, Joshua and Abigail.


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Thomas Matson came to Boston in 1630 from England in "Winthrop Fleet". He was a gunsmith by trade. Thomas was made a Freeman March 4, 1633/34. He was recorded by communion of Churches, from church in London and united with Boston Church July 17, 1636. During the Hutchinson Rebellion he was one of the friends of Wheelwright and on November 20, 1637 was "ordered to be disarmed". He later removed to Braintree, was reinstated, made sergeant, and is mentioned as a selectman. In 1665 he was the owner of considerable real estate on Boston's Neck.


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The following is from the book "The Winthrop Fleet of 1630" by Charles Edward Banks.

Matson, Thomas From London. Admitted church 1630, No. 85. Will 9 Jun 1676; probated 26 April 1677. Freeman 4 March 1633/4 (M.C.R., I, 368).

Matson, Amy (or Ann) Wife of Thomas. She was sister-in-law of Mrs. Chambers, widow of Thomas, citizen and cloth-worker of St. Mary Abchurch, London (Pope).

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From the Matson Genealogy from the Connecticut State Library page 5-6

In Suffolk (Massachusetts) deeds 274, February 27, 1699, Deed from Theodore Atkinson Sr., to John, Joshua, Thomas, and Abigail Matson, dated April 13, 1670. Recorded in book 6 page 333.

Is all Christian people to whom these presents shall come, greeting to ye. That I Theodore Atkinson for the gratitude, love and affection towards Thomas Matson Sr. and his wife Amy which was sister to my first wife Abigail and toward their children and grandchildren, and for their better preferment, and for divers other good reasons, do give grant enfeoff and confirm unto Thomas Matson, Jr., John and Joshua, and Abigail Matson, the ______ sons and daughter of Thomas Matson, Sr., and alas to Thomas and Hannah Matson the son and daughter of Thomas Jr., and grandchildren of Thomas Sr. and to (Anne or) Amy, John Jr. and Mary Matson, the two daughters and son of John Matson which is the son of Thomas Matson, Sr.

(Certain specified portions of a large tract of land in the City of Boston.)

Duly signed and executed by Theodore Atkinson.

Thomas Matson Sr. deeds in 1673, for L450 123 acres of land and buildings to William Penn - Land in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Copy of an old document found among papers of Israel Matson at Lyme Connecticut.

"We whose names are here unto subscribed. Being all present with Joshua Matson, of Boston, ______ upon the sixteenth day of June 1686, and can testify that ______ being of sound mind and understanding as by questions put him and his answers appeared unto us, he did after divers times requested, ___?_____ his will to that all__________________________

In Witness where of he did then put his _____________________

Joshua Matson

Signed and published then as his will and Testament in ____ presence of us on this day above mentioned. Peter Genlding Jr. Peter Odlen Amy A. Higg her mark.

Before the Presidents

-___________________________

____________________________

sign this paper and that their Testimony above is truth the whole truth and nothing but the truthand that they saw Peter Ollin sign with them as witnesses.

Entered 12th November 86

The spaces marked _________ are illegible. This ___ pen evidently the original will of Joshua Matson, was probably received by Israel Matson from Deacon Nathaniel Matson his uncle, and had been handed down from father to son in continuous descent.

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THE PIONEERS OF MASSACHUSETTS,

Theodore, came as servant to John Newgate, from Bury St. Edmunds; settled at Boston; feltmaker, hatter, merchant; adm. chh. 11 (11) 1634. Town officer. He m. first Abigail, sister of Ann, the wife of Thomas Matson, Sen. [Suff. De. VI, 333.] She was adm. chh. from Ipswich 15 (8) 1648. He m. 2, Mary Lyric, widow, dau. of Rev. John Wheelwright, deeded to her 21 Oct. 1667, as a portion before marriage certain lands in Boston. [Norf. co. Deeds II, 94.] Ch. Theodore b. 10 (2) 1644, Nathaniel b. 28 (9) 1645, Abigail b. 24 (6) 1647, Eleazer bapt. 3 (12) 1649, ae. about 8 days, Thomas bapt. 22 (8) 1654, Abigail b. 9 Dec. 1657, John b. June 13, 1672, Theodore b. Feb. 28, 1673, Elizabeth b. Nov. 28, 1692.


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Savage says, Vol. III, p. 176, after the births of Thomas and John, removed to Braintree, hav. been disarm. as one of the recusant friends of Wheelwright, in Nov. 1637, and there had Joshua and Abigail.

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Database: Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33

Combined Matches: 1

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THOMAS MATSON

ORIGIN: London

MIGRATION: 1630

FIRST RESIDENCE: Boston

REMOVES: Braintree, Boston by 1653

OCCUPATION: Gunsmith.

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "Thomas Matson received by communion of churches from a church in London" as member #85 in Boston church, which would be in the winter of 1630-1 [BChR 14]. On 17 July 1636 "Thomas Matson formerly received by communion of churches, but now as a member upon confession of his faith and repentance and professed subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ according to the covenant of the gospel" [BChR 20]. On 16 February 1639/40 "Thomas Matson and Amye his wife" were recommended to the church at Braintree [BChR 27].

FREEMAN: 4 March 1633/4 [MBCR 1:368].

EDUCATION: He signed his will. His inventory included "Three Bookes of the Martyrs £2 10s." and "other books £1 10s."

OFFICES: Massachusetts Bay petit jury, 1634 [BTR 1:2]. Boston fence~viewer, 9 February 1634/5 [BTR 1:3]. Braintree selectman, 19 December 1642 [BrTR 2]. Committee to settle Braintree's claim to Mr. Coddington's land, 1640 [BrTR 1]. Boston constable, 12 March 1653/4 [BTR 1:118]. Sergeant of the train band by 1644 [BTR 1:80].

ESTATE: On 8 January 1637/8 (in accord with a town order of 14 December 1635) Thomas Matson received twenty-eight acres at Rumney Marsh and twenty-eight acres at Pullen Point [BTR 1:27-28]. On 29 April 1639 Boston selectmen ordered that "whereas our brother Thomas Matson was allotted for his great allotment at Rumney Marsh short by the number of two heads; therefore at the next allotting at Mount Woollystone that it shall be made up unto him at the end of the lot he hath now bought of our brother Edward Hutchinson the elder" [BTR 1:40].

On 29 July 1644 "the land within the common fence at Braintry near the Knight's Neck belonging to Boston is hereby sold unto Sergeant Matson, James Penniman, Moses Payne [and] Francis Eliot," and on the same day "Sergeant Matson hath liberty to mow about two loads of hay in the three-hill marsh at Braintry this year" [BTR 1:79-81].

On 13 April 1670 Theodore Atkinson Senior of Boston, feltmaker, "for the natural love & affection which I bear towards my brother-in-law Thomas Matson Senior of Boston ... & Anne [sic] his wife which was sister to my first wife Abigaile & towards their children & grandchildren & for their better preferment" granted to "Thomas Matson Junior, John Matson, Joshua Matson, Abigaile Matson, the three sons & daughter of said Thomas Matson, Sr., also, to Thomas Matson & Hannah Matson the son & daughter of Thomas Matson Junior & grandchildren of Thomas Matson Senior & to Anne [sic] Matson, John Matson & Mary Matson, being the two daughters & son of John Matson which is the second son of said Thomas Matson Senior," to all nine of them a parcel of land in Boston after Atkinson's death [SLR 6:333].

In his will, dated 9 June 1676 and proved 26 April 1677, "Thomas Mattson Senior of Boston ... smith, being aged and weak of body," bequeathed to "my dear & well beloved wife Amy Mattson the sum of £10 in money with all her wearing apparel for her to dispose of as she shall see meet"; "my said wife shall have the use ... of the house in which I now dwell with all the land now belonging to the same ... also all my household goods & plate for & during the term of her natural life"; to "my son Thomas Mattson all that my now dwelling house & land adjoining ... after my said wife's decease, he the said Thomas Mattson paying unto my son John Mattson the sum of £34 in money"; to "my daughter Abigall Wheatly wife of Lyonill Wheatly the sum of £14 in money"; to "my son Joshua Mattson the sum of £94 in money"; to "my daughter Abigall Wheatly wife of Lyonall Wheatly and to her children all that piece or parcel of land which I promised to give her upon & before her marriage"; to "my loving son-in-law Lyonall Wheatly the sum of £60 in money as a token of my love, which said sum he now owes unto me"; to "my son John Mattson all my half part of the shop that is now in the ... occupation of the said John Mattson ... at the head of the great dock in said Boston, with all my land behind the said shop"; to "my said son John Mattson the sum of £30 which said sum I formerly lent him and is still remaining in his hands"; to "my son Joshua Mattson the sum of £20 in money which said sum I formerly lent him"; residue at wife's decease "equally divided between my four children, namely Thomas Mattson, John Mattson, Joshua Mattson & Abigall Wheatly"; "my dear & loving wife Amy Mattson & my loving sons Thomas Mattson & Joshua Mattson" joint executors [SPR 6:182-85].

The inventory of the estate of "Thomas Matson Senior" was taken 20 April 1677 and totalled £735 8s. 6d., including £300 in real estate: "Housing, shop and the land, leaving what is bequeathed to Abigail Wheatley," £300 [SPR 12:143-44].

In her will, dated 28 February 1677/8 and proved 1 May 1678, "Amy Matson of Boston ... widow, being aged and weak of body, ... considering that my loving husband Thomas Matson deceased did in his last will & testament leave me some small matter to dispose of" bequeathed to "my grandchild Amy Mattson the daughter of my son John Matson £8 ... and my black gown and mohair petticoat & all my cloaks and my two best scarves and my Bible"; to "my daughter-in-law Mary Matson the wife of my son Thomas Matson my cloth serge petticoat"; to "my grandchild Thomas Matson the son of my son Thomas Matson 10s."; to "my grandchild Hannah Mattson the daughter of my son Thomas Matson 10s."; to "my daughter-in-law Jane Matson the wife of my son John Matson my jumpe"; to "my grandchild Mary Matson my murray-colored [i.e., purple-red, like that of the mulberry] petticoat and one scarf"; to "my daughter-in-law Elizabeth Matson the wife of my son Joshua Matson my red cloth petticoat and my cloth waistcoat that hath a silver and gold galloone upon it"; to "my grandchild Abigail Wheatly the daughter of my daughter Abigail Wheatly deceased 20s. in money to help toward her bringing up"; "my grandchild Amy Matson may have a featherbed & bolster and two blankets and a rug"; to "my grandchild Martha Wheatly ... a long broad box which my daughter Abigail Wheatly deceased did often desire of me and I promised to give it her & now after her decease I do give the same unto my said grandchild Martha Wheatly her daughter"; remainder of clothing to "grandchild Amy Matson the daughter of my son John Matson"; "my trusty and well beloved friends Jeremiah Fitch and John Oldin Senior" overseers [SPR 6:233].

BIRTH: About 1602 (deposed 26 January 1674[/5 aged seventy-three years [SJC #1432]). (He also deposed 2 March 1663 aged fifty years [SJC #607]. This would make him only seventeen when he arrived in New England, at which time he had already been a member of one of the independent churches of London; this seems too young, and there may be a simple scribal error of "50" for "60.")

DEATH: Between 9 June 1676 (date of will) and 26 April 1677 (probate of will).

MARRIAGE: By 1633 AMY CHAMBERS, born say 1613, daughter of Thomas Chambers of Assington, Suffolk (see her sketch). She died between 28 February 1677/8 (date of will) and 1 May 1678 (probate of will).

CHILDREN:

i THOMAS, bp. Boston 27 October 1633 [BChR 278]; m. Boston 14 August 1660 Mary Read, widow [BVR 76].

ii JOHN, bp. Boston 10 July 1636 [BChR 280]; m. (1) Boston 7 March 1659/60 Mary Cotton, daughter of Sgt. William Cotton of Boston [BVR 72]; m. (2) by 1672 Jane _____ (eldest child b. Boston 2 February 1672 [BVR 124]).

iii JOSHUA, b. Braintree 23 July 1640 [NEHGR 3:247]; m. by 28 February 1677/8 Elizabeth Thomas, daughter of Nathaniel Thomas of Marshfield [TAG 70:138-41].

iv ABIGAIL, b. say 1642; m. by 1671 as his second wife Lionel Wheatley (last known child of Lionel and Eleanor Wheatley b. Boston 8 August 1668, and first known child of Lionel and Abigail Wheatley b. Boston 15 November 1671 [BVR 109, 120]).

ASSOCIATIONS: Amy (Chambers) Matson was elder half-sister to the first wife of Theodore Atkinson Sr. of Boston and aunt to John Pickering of Hartford (see AMY CHAMBERS sketch).

COMMENTS: On 20 November 1637 "Thom[as] Matson" was disarmed as a supporter of Wheelwright and Hutchinson [MBCR 1:212]. About 22 November 1637 he was one of those who withdrew their support for the petition in favor of Wheelwright and Hutchinson [WP 3:513].

Thomas Matson was a member of the jury which petitioned the General Court with regard to the judicial misbehavior of WILLIAM ASPINWALL, as a result of which Aspinwall was removed as county recorder on 23 October 1651 [MBCR 4:1:68].


More About SARGEANT THOMAS MATSON:

Immigration: 1630, Boston, Massachusetts, Winthrop's Fleet

Notes for AMY CHAMBERS:

Database: Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33

Combined Matches: 1

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AMY CHAMBERS

"Amy Chambers" was admitted to Boston church as member #140 [BChR 14], which would be in the autumn of 1632.

In a letter of 14 March 1632/3 to John Winthrop Jr., John Bluett of Groton, Suffolk, sent greetings to many of his former neighbors and acquaintances, including Anne Chambers (probably a misreading for "Amie") [WP 3:108].

COMMENTS: On 28 July 1640 "Thomas Matson of Brayntree in New England gunsmith and Anne his wife" made a release "unto Mrs. [blank] Chambers widow & executrix of the last will & testament of Thomas Chambers Citizen & Clothmaker of London deceased for £20 part of their legacy" [Lechford 273].

On 13 April 1670 Theodore Atkinson Sr. of Boston made a deed to the children of Thomas Matson "for the natural love & affection which I bear towards my brother-in-law Thomas Matson Senior of Boston aforesaid & Anne his wife which was sister to my first wife Abigail" [SLR 6:333].

Following up on these clues, the will of Thomas Chambers, citizen and clothworker of London, dated 14 August 1638, was examined [PCC 145 Lee]. Thomas Chambers died without surviving issue, and made bequests to his mother-in-law [i.e., stepmother] Alice Chambers, and to many siblings, including "my sister Amy Matson" (£55) and "my sister Abigall Chambers" (£20), and made his wife Mary Chambers the residuary legatee.

Thomas Chambers of London also named in his will "my nephew John Pickering." On 27 August 1660 "John Pickering, late servant of Theodore Atkison, feltmaker in Bostowne," made his will at Hartford, and, after providing for debts, bequeathed "the remainder of my estate, both in this Country & England, ... to my dear Ant. Matson of Bostowne, & her heirs forever, as a token of my love" [Manwaring 1:144].

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" [WP 1:198; see also WP 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.

THOMAS MATSON had wife Amy by October 1633 when his first child was baptized in Boston, whereas Theodore Atkinson apparently did not marry until about 1640. These dates are consistent with the 1638 will of Thomas Chambers of London. 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. (No baptism for Amy was found at Assington. The reading of "Anne" in the published version of several New England records must be a misreading of "Amie," the spelling used in her father's will. From various clues in the English records, not detailed here, it is apparent that Amy was an elder halfsister of Abigail.)

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.


More About AMY CHAMBERS:

Immigration: 1630, Came to America with her husband in the Winthrop Fleet

Name (Facts Page): may have been Ann12

More About THOMAS MATSON and AMY CHAMBERS:

Marriage: 1632, Boston, Massachusetts13,14

Children of THOMAS MATSON and AMY CHAMBERS are:

2. i. THOMAS2 MATSON, b. August 27, 1633, Boston, Massachusetts; d. 1690, Boston, Massachusetts.

3. ii. JOHN MATSON, b. May 10, 1636, Boston, Massachusetts; d. 1681, Boston, Massachusetts.

4. iii. JOSHUA MATSON, b. July 23, 1640, Braintree,Massachusetts; d. October 1686, Boston, Massachusetts.

5. iv. ABIGAIL MATSON, b. Abt. 1642; d. WFT Est. 1643-1736.

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ORIGIN: London

MIGRATION: 1630

FIRST RESIDENCE: Boston

REMOVES: Braintree, Boston by 1653

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "Thomas Matson received by communion of churches from a church in London" as member #85 in Boston church, which would be in the winter of 1630-1 [The Records of the First Church in Boston, 1630-1868, p. 14].

On 17 July 1636, "Thomas Matson formerly received by communion of churches, but now as a member upon confession of his faith and repentance and professed subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ according to the covenant of the gospel" [The Records of the First Church in Boston, 1630-1868, p.20]. On 16 February 1639/40 "Thomas Matson and Amye his wife" were recommended to the church at Braintree [The Records of the First Church in Boston, 1630-1868, p. 27].

FREEMAN: 4 March 1633/4 [Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686, Vol., p. 368].

EDUCATION: He signed his will. His inventory included "Three Bookes of the Martyrs £2 10s." and "other books £1 10s."

On 20 November 1637 "Thom[as] Matson" was disarmed as a supporter of Wheelwright and Hutchinson [Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, ed., 5 volumes in 6 (Boston 1853-1854), vol.1:212]. About 22 November 1637 he was one of those who withdrew their support for the petition in favor of Wheelwright and Hutchinson [Winthrop Papers, 1498-1654, 6 volumes, various editors (Boston 1925-1992), Vol. 3:513].

Thomas Matson was a member of the jury which petitioned the General Court with regard to the judicial misbehavior of William Aspinwall, as a result of which Aspinwall was removed as county recorder on 23 October 1651 [Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, ed., 5 volumes in 6 (Boston 1853-1854), Vol. 4:1:68].

OFFICES: Massachusetts Bay petit jury, 1634 ["Boston Town Records,"- herein referred to as BTR in Second Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston; containing the Boston Records, 1634-1660, and the Book of Possessions, Vol., p. 2].

Boston fence-viewer, 9 February 1634/5 [BTR 1:3].

Braintree selectman, 19 December 1642 [BrTR 2].

Committee to settle Braintree's claim to Mr. Coddington's land, 1640 [BrTR 1].

Boston constable, 12 March 1653/4 [BTR 1:118].

Sergeant of the train band by 1644 [BTR 1:80].

ESTATE: On 8 January 1637/8 (in accord with a town order of 14 December 1635) Thomas Matson received twenty-eight acres at Rumney Marsh and twenty-eight acres at Pullen Point [BTR 1:27-28].

On 29 April 1639 Boston selectmen ordered that "whereas our brother Thomas Matson was allotted for his great allotment at Rumney Marsh short by the number of two heads; therefore at the next allotting at Mount Woollystone that it shall be made up unto him at the end of the lot he hath now bought of our brother Edward Hutchinson the elder" [BTR1:40].

On 29 July 1644 "the land within the common fence at Braintry near the Knight's Neck belonging to Boston is hereby sold unto Sergeant Matson, James Penniman, Moses Payne [and] Francis Eliot," and on the same day "Sergeant Matson hath liberty to mow about two loads of hay in the three-hill marsh at Braintry this year" [BTR 1:79-81].

On 13 April 1670 Theodore Atkinson Senior of Boston, feltmaker, "for the natural love & affection which I bear towards my brother-in-law Thomas Matson Senior of Boston ... & Anne [sic] his wife which was sister to my first wife Abigaile & towards their children & grandchildren & for their better preferment" granted to "Thomas Matson Junior, John Matson, Joshua Matson, Abigaile Matson, the three sons & daughter of said Thomas Matson, Sr., also, to Thomas Matson & Hannah Matson the son & daughter of Thomas Matson Junior & grandchildren of Thomas Matson Senior & to Anne [sic] Matson, John Matson & Mary Matson, being the two daughters & son of John Matson which is the second son of said Thomas Matson Senior," to all nine of them a parcel of land in Boston after Atkinson's death [Suffolk Deeds, Volume 6, p. 333].

In his will, dated 9 June 1676 and proved 26 April 1677, "Thomas Mattson Senior of Boston ... smith, being aged and weak of body," bequeathed to "my dear & well beloved wife Amy Mattson the sum of £10 in money with all her wearing apparel for her to dispose of as she shall see meet"; "my said wife shall have the use ... of the house in which I now dwell with all the land now belonging to the same ... also all my household goods & plate for & during the term of her natural life"; to "my son Thomas Mattson all that my now dwelling house & land adjoining ... after my said wife's decease, he the said Thomas Mattson paying unto my son John Mattson the sum of £34 in money"; to "my daughter Abigall Wheatly wife of Lyonill Wheatly the sum of £14 in money"; to "my son Joshua Mattson the sum of £94 in money"; to "my daughter Abigall Wheatly wife of Lyonall Wheatly and to her children all that piece or parcel of land which I promised to give her upon & before her marriage"; to "my loving son-in-law Lyonall Wheatly the sum of £60 in money as a token of my love, which said sum he now owes unto me"; to "my son John Mattson all my half part of the shop that is now in the ... occupation of the said John Mattson ... at the head of the great dock in said Boston, with all my land behind the said shop"; to "my said son John Mattson the sum of £30 which said sum I formerly lent him and is still remaining in his hands"; to "my son Joshua Mattson the sum of £20 in money which said sum I formerly lent him"; residue at wife's decease "equally divided between my four children, namely Thomas Mattson, John Mattson, Joshua Mattson & Abigall Wheatly"; "my dear & loving wife Amy Mattson & my loving sons Thomas Mattson & Joshua Mattson" joint executors [Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate Records, Vol. 6, pp.182-85].

The inventory of the estate of "Thomas Matson Senior" was taken 20 April 1677 and totalled £735 8s. 6d., including £300 in real estate: "Housing, shop and the land, leaving what is bequeathed to Abigail Wheatley," £300 [Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate Records Vol.12, pp.143-44].

BIRTH: About 1602 (deposed 26 January 1674[/5 aged seventy-three years [Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Case #1432]). He also deposed 2 March 1663 aged fifty years [Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Case #607]. This would make him only seventeen when he arrived in New England, at which time he had already been a member of one of the independent churches of London; this seems too young, and there may be a simple scribal error of "50" for "60").

DEATH: Between 9 June 1676 (date of will) and 26 April 1677 (probate of will).

On 28 July 1640 "Thomas Matson of Brayntree in New England gunsmith and Anne his wife" made a release "unto Mrs. [blank] Chambers widow & executrix of the last will & testament of Thomas Chambers Citizen & Clothmaker of London deceased for £20 part of their legacy" [Note-book Kept by Thomas Lechford, Esq., Lawyer, in Boston, Massachusetts Bay, from June 27, 1638, to July 29, 1641, Edward Everett Hale, Jr., ed. (Cambridge 1885; rpt. Camden, Maine, 1988). Citations herein refer to the pagination as printed (and not to the manuscript pagination) and will therefore differ from the index entries of the 1885 edition, p.273].

On 13 April 1670 Theodore Atkinson Sr. of Boston made a deed to the children of Thomas Matson "for the natural love & affection which I bear towards my brother-in-law Thomas Matson Senior of Boston aforesaid & Anne his wife which was sister to my first wife Abigail" [Suffolk Deeds, Volumes 1 through 14 (Boston 1880-1906). Citations to later volumes are from the microfilm copies of the originals.

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Thomas Matson's Timeline

1677
April, 1677
- April, 1677
Age 74
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1602
April 21, 1602
London, London, England
1632
March, 1632
Age 29
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
1607
April 21, 1607
Age 5
(St. Martin's) London, Greater London, England
April 21, 1607
Age 5
Saint Martin , London, England
1952
June 26, 1952
Age 75
1607
April 21, 1607
Age 5
Saint Martin, London, England
1963
December 17, 1963
Age 75
1642
1642
Age 39
Braintree, Norfolk, MA
1636
May 10, 1636
Age 34
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts