Thomas Noble, II (1632 - 1704) MP

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Birthplace: Probably England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Westfield, Hampshire County (Present Hampden County), Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
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About Thomas Noble, II

Thomas was the emigrant ancestor of the largest family in the United States, bearing the name of Noble. He was born as early as 1632, probably in some part of England. His exact origin and early history are involved in obscurity, the place of his birth, the names of his parents, and the year in which he came to his country, being alike unknown. He was, without doubt, here in 1653, and was the man mentioned by Drake, (History of Boston, p. 331) as admitted, on the 5th of January of that year, an inhabitant of Boston. The same year, he removed to Springfield, Mass., and opened an account at the store of John Pynchon. though not one of the founders, he may be considered as one of the early settlers of that ancient town, the first settlement having been made in 1636, only seventeen years before. A few years after removing to Springfield, he visited England, as appears from an account-book of Mr. Pynchon. In 1664, in connection with several of his townsmen, he had liberty granted him to erect a saw-mill, on the west side of the Connecticut. Mr. Noble, though a man of activity and industry, seems to have early fallen into a habit of living "beyond his means," and as a natural result, soon found himself in debt. To secure the sums due to Henry Smith and John Pynchon, he was obliged, in 1667, to make over to Pynchon his house in Springfield, and all his lands, except a grant towards Windsor. In the hope of improving his condition, and providing for the wants of a large and growing family, he was therefore ready to join those who were beginning a settlement at Westfield. The precise time of his removal to that place is not known. The lands there granted to him, July, 1666, on condition that he settled upon them before the last of May, 1667, having been forfeited by non-settlement, the grant was renewed, Jan. 9, 1668, and the time of the settlement extended to Nov. 10, 1668. At all events, he was there as early as Jan. 21, 1669, for at a meeting at Warronoco, (Westfield), at that date. In his historical sketch of Westfield, Rev. Dr. Emerson Davis states, that Mr. Noble's residence in Westfield was about two and a half miles east of the present center of the town, on the farm where his son, Dea. Thomas Noble, afterwards resided, and which remained in the family until after the death, in 1791, of his great-grandson, Lieut. Stephen Noble, when it passed into the possession of Ambrose Day. There, he doubtless lived in peace and quite, until the commencement of "King Philip's" war, in 1675. Agriculture, necessarily the main pursuit of every one in the early history of a country, was his principal employment, although while at Springfield, during the winter, he worked a portion of the time as a tailor. At Westfield, he was so much prospered in his labors, as not only to bring up a large family of children well, but also to leave them at his death a respectable estate.

  1. Occupation: 1665 Operated a sawmill in Springfield,MA.
  2. Occupation: Tailor
  3. _ELEC: 1696 Land surveyor for the county.
  4. Emigration: ABT 1653
  5. Event: Moved 1664 from Boston, MA to Springfield, MA.
  6. Event: Moved 21 JAN 1668/69 To Westfield, MA

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 Second Generation  

2. Thomas NOBLE (Thomas1) was born about 1632 in England? and died on 20 Jan 1704 in Westfield Mass.

Although Thomas is thought to have been from England, many Nobles came from Scotland and Ireland by way of England. As of this entry nothing has been found as to his birthplace.

Thomas Noble was mentioned by Drake (History of Bostom, p 331) as admitted 1-5-1653 as an inhabitant of Boston.

Same year moved to Springfield, Mass, opening an account at the store of John Pychon.. This was only 17 years after the first settlers established the towm in 1636.

In September of 1657 he was indebted to Pynchon for loaning him money to go back to England and return plus expense money.

In 1664 he and 3 other men set up a sawmill.

In 1665 Thomas and James Warriner were chosen by the selectmen to "Making rates and taking a list of ye estates of ye plantations. And for prizing ye living stock of ye town."

In July 1666, He was granted land in the new settlement of Westfield..

He lived there in peace until the beginning of King Phillips War in 1675

Made Constable of Westfield and sworn in 7th of April 1674.

Took the oath of allegiance to His Majesty 1-23-1678

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Joined Westfield Church, 2-20-1681.

At Hampshire court. 9-26-1682, took the freeman's oath.

About the same time he was charged for violating the law about traveling on Fast Day, and was fined 5 shillings.

By 1684 he was recognized as one of the most influential town fathers.

on 3-2-1696 he was chosen county surveyor.

His main occupation was in agriculture although during the winter he worked as a tailor.

Thomas married Hannah WARRINER, daughter of William WARRINER and Joanna SCANT. (Hannah WARRINER was born on 17 Aug 1643.)

They had the following children:

  3 M    i. Mark NOBLE (All details for this living person have been suppressed.)
  4 M    ii. Mathew NOBLE (All details for this living person have been suppressed.)
  5 M    iii. John NOBLE was born on 6 Mar 1662. 
  6 F    iv. Hannah NOBLE was born on 24 Feb 1664. 

+ 7 M v. Thomas Noble (DEACON) was born on 14 Jan 1666 in Springfield Mass and died on 29 Jul 1750 in Westfield Mass

  8 F    vi. Elizabeth NOBLE was born on 9 Feb 1673. 
  9 M    vii. Luke NOBLE was born on 15 Jul 1675. 
  10 M    viii. James NOBLE was born on 1 Oct 1677. 
  11 F    ix. Mary NOBLE was born on 29 Jun 1680. 
  12 F    x. Rebecca NOBLE was born on 4 Jan 1683. 

-------------------- Thomas Noble, "probably born in England" per family notes, moved to Westfield, Massachusetts, in 1658. His farm was 2.5 miles from Westfield.

Per the records of Katherine Griswold (see below), Thomas Noble was "a public office holder and man of influence."

He joined Westfield Church 2/20/1681.

Thomas and Hannah had 10 children, "from whom are descended the largest family of Nobles in the U.S.," according to the notes of Katherine Griswold, an 8th-generation descendant of Hannah and Thomas. -------------------- Married Hannah Warriner on 11-1-1660

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Thomas Noble, II's Timeline

1632
1632
Probably England, (Present UK)
1660
November 1, 1660
Age 28
(Present USA)
1661
March 6, 1661
Age 29
Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, Massachusetts
1664
February 24, 1664
Age 32
Springfield, Hampshire County (Present Hampden County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1665
July 14, 1665
Age 33
Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
1668
September 9, 1668
Age 36
Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
1670
August, 1670
Age 38
Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA
1675
July 15, 1675
Age 43
Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
1677
October 1, 1677
Age 45
Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, New England
1680
June 29, 1680
Age 48
Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA