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Birthplace: Bristol, England
Death: Died in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Occupation: Weaver, Proprietor
Managed by: Thomas Shirley
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About Thomas Sleeper

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THOMAS2 SLEEPER (SLEEPER1) was born 1616 in Bristol, England, and died July 30, 1696 in Hampton, Rockingham Co, NH. He married (1) ELIZABETH SHERBURNE. He married (2) JOANNA LEE Abt. 1649 in Haverhill, Rockingham Co, NH.

Notes for THOMAS SLEEPER:

Notes on this family from World Family Tree, varioius submitters

WFT 6-3860:

"Thomas Sleeper was born about 1616 and was a resident of Hampton, NH soon after the settlement of that town in 1638. Land was granted to him as early as 1646. In the later part of his life, he lived on what is now known as Shaw's hill. His was then a frontier house, no other family living so remote from the main settlement. From him and his descendants, that part of the town was called Sleepertown, since corrupted into "Sleepytown". He died Jul 30, 1696 and his family afterwards removed to the newly incorporated town of Kingston. His wife Joanna died there Feb 5, 1703 at the age of 80 years. She was buried in Hampton. Their children were: Elizabeth, Mary, Ruth, John, Moses, Aaron & Luther."

Information on this family provided by : WFT archives #2-1835

SOURCE: "Sleeper Family Trails 1616-1994" by Glenn E Pribbeno

"Thomas Sleeper came from Bristol, ENGLAND in 1640 with his brother Moses. Moses went to settle in Philadelphia, which later became the State of PA. Thomas terried a while in Boston, MA before settling in Hampton, Rockingham CO, New England which later became New Hampshire in 1788.

Thomas Sleeper was born about 1616 and became a resident of Hampton NE soon after the settlement of that town in 1638. There were problems with the Indians. Parties of Indians committed raids in several places not very far away. The inhabitants of Hampton suffered less than those in the river towns, though they lived in constant fear. There appears to have been a plot to burn the house of Thomas Sleeper. About 9PM in early Nov 1675 an Indian was discovered passing from the barn about 8 rods distant towards the house with fire in his right hand and straw under his left arm. When he was about midway between the 2 buildings, he was fired upon from the house and immediately fell. The straw took fire and blazed up, an by the light of it, another indian was seen running away. The fire soon went out, having done no injury. The people within the house, fearing that others might be lying in ambush, dared not go out into the night to the place where the Indian fell. In the morning no dead Indian was to be found.

Thomas was listed as being a weaver by trade when he came to New England however, since he acquired land near Hampton, it is presumed he became a farmer. "

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R. Chamberlain, Sect. To the Bight Honorable Edward Cranfield, Esq., his Majesty's Lieutenant and Governor for the Province of New-Hampshire, The petition of us, whose names are underwritten:

Humbly sheweth—Whereas, we conceive it is the laudable custom of civil, and much more christian nations, to have tender respect to the decrepit, by age, we, your Honor's humble petitioners, being sundry of us about and above seventy years of age, some of us above eighty, others near ninety, being past our labor and work, do crave that favor, if your Honor see meet, that we may be freed from head money, we being heartily willing our estates should pay their proportion to all public charges, but we humbly crave our heads may be spared, since our hands can do so little for them. We also humbly suggest that some of us, that lived long in England, remember not that we paid anything for our heads, though we did for our estates. All which we present to your Honor, craving pardon for our boldness; and if your Honor, out of your clemency, shall see cause to favor us in our request, we shall not cease heartily to pray for your Honor, and remain, Your aged and humble suppliants, John Marion, Christopher Hussey, .Robert Smith, Henry Roby, Moses Cox, Thomas Masting, Morris Hobes, William Fifield, Godfrey Dearborn, — William Fuller, John Redman, THOMAS SLEEPER, John Drown, Abraham Perkins, Isaiah Perkins, Thomas Leavitt, -Anthony Tabor, Anthony Stanyan, — John Clifford. Hampton, March 2d, 1683.

Source: "Collections of the New Hampshire Gen. Society, Vol 8"

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THE SLEEPER FAMILIES

The Sleepers made the first settlements within the limits of Bristol village, and in the early days of the town were very numerous here. Though the name is not as common now as formerly, Sleeper blood flows in the veins of a very large number of her people, and the sons and daughters of Bristol bearing this name and their descendants are now worthy citizens of many states in the Union.

1. The Sleepers of Bristol are the descendants of Thomas Sleeper, b. in England about 1607. He emigrated to this country when a young man, and was in Hampton in 1640, where he probably resided till his death, which occurred July 30, 1696, at the age of 89 years. His widow, Joanna, d. in Kingston, Feb. 5, 1703, ae. 80. They had eight children, of whom the sixth was

2. Aaron, b. Hampton, Feb. 20, 1661. He m. (1) Elizabeth Shaw, May 23, 1682 ; (2) Sarah. He d. in Kingston, May 9, 1732, ae. 71-2-19. He had seventeen children by his first wife and two by his second, of whom the second was

3. Moses, b. Kingston, Feb. 22, 1685. He m., Jan. 9, 1714, Margaret, dau. Capt. Jonathan Sanborn. She was b. Mar. 20, 1698. He d. in Kingston, Jan. 13, 1754, ae. 68-10-21. They had fifteen children, of whom the fourth was

4. David, b.. Kingston, Nov. 16, 1721. He m. (1) Nov. 24, 1743, Margaret Scribner, and soon after became one of the first settlers in Sandown. He was a farmer and amassed a large fortune for those days, dividing it among his children as they commenced life for themselves. Though not one of the proprietors of New Chester, he became a large owner of real estate in the town, much of which he deeded to his children as they settled here. "His firm and unshaken government over his numerous family, and his established principle in educating them in virtuous and useful habits was not surpassed by any of his age." He was a prominent member of the Baptist church, and held numerous town offices. "As a military officer he was bold and enterprising, and when the news of the battle of Lexington reached Sandown he called his company of militia and the cavalry to arms and immediately repaired to Boston to defend his country." He m. (2) Ruth Jenness (James), who was b. Mar. 29, 1735, and d. July 6, 1823, ae. 88-3-7. He d. Oct. 18, 1780, ae. 58-11-2.

Children, all supposed to have been born in Sandown

  1. 5. Gideon, b. July 25, 1744.
  2. 6. Peter, b. May 28, 1746. (Another record says May 27; another April.) [For (6) see p. 394]

7. David,-b. Sept. 8, 1748; took charge of his father's estate, and gave a home to his mother. Removed to Vershire, Vt., where he res. till the death of his mother, then returned to Sandown. He m. Rachel Tilton, and had four children.

8. Edmond, b. Mar. 17, 1753; was a tailor, m. (i) Mrs. Lydia Colby, (2) Elizabeth Worthen. Res. Chester, and d. June 10, 1838, ae. 85-2-23. One child.

9. Nathan, b. Apr. 12, 1754. Supposed to have commenced a home in Bristol, and d. Sept. I1, 1775. ae. 21-4-29. (See chapter on "First Settlements in New Chester.")

  • io. Moses, b. Sept. 4, 1755. [For (i0) see p. 401.]

11. Margaret, b. Feb. 5, 1757; d. Jan. 13, 1777, ae. 19-11-8. •

12. Mary, b. Sept. 22 (29), 1758; m. Theophilus Sanborn. (See.) #13. John, b. Apr. 15, 1760. [For (13) see p. 402 ]

  1. 14. Daniel, b. Feb. 22, 1762. [For (14) see p. 405.] #15. Samuel, b. Feb. 14, 1764. [For (15) see p. 407.]

16. David, Nov. 23, 1766; d. Aug. 25, 1846, ae. 79-9-2.

17. Jethro, b. Sept. 18, 1767; shoemaker, lived in Corinth, Vt. ; d. Oct. 4, 1843, ae. 76-0-16.

18. Jonathan, b. Feb. 6, 1769; d. Nov. 20, 1775, ae. 6-9-14.

19. Benjamin, b. Jan. 17, 1771 ; m. Betsey Hill, and removed toCompton, Lower Canada, where she d., and he m. Anna Hurriman, of Plymouth. He d. Apr. 7, 1838, ae. 67-2-20.

20. Josiah, b. July 14, 1772; d. Apr. 22, 1835, ae. 62-9 8.

21. Ruth, b. Mar. 4(14), 1774; m. James lugalls. (See.)

22. Nathan, b. Aug. 13, 1777. Carpenter; settled in Maine. Twelve children.

23. Jonathan, b. Aug. 8, 1780; d. May 29, 1805, ae. 24-9-21.

Of the above, Gideon, Peter, Nathan (probably), Moses, John, Daniel, Samuel, Mary, and Ruth settled in Bristol.

Source: "History of the Town of Bristol"

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Notes for JOANNA LEE:

SOURCE: WFT 11-3805

"Sobriety, the wife of Henry Moulton, and good wife Sleeper, wife of Thomas depsoed that while "Talking about goodwife Cole and goodwife Marston's chiolde, they on a sudden heard something scrape against the boards of the windowe which scraping after they had gone out and looked aboute and could see nothing and had gone into the house again and begun to talk the same talke againe was repeated and was so loude that if a dogg or a catt had done it they should have seen the marks in the boards but none were to be seen." from Witchcraft trials.

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Brothers of Thomas Sleeper:

	JOSEPH SLEEPER, b. Bet. 1596 - 1646.
 	RICHARD SLOPER, b. November 1630; d. October 16, 1716, NH.

MOSES SLEEPER, b. England; d. Philadelphia, PA.

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Child of THOMAS SLEEPER and ELIZABETH SHERBURNE is:

4. i. ELIZABETH3 SLEEPER, b. Abt. 1646, Rockingham, NH; d. July 30.

      

Children of THOMAS SLEEPER and JOANNA LEE are:

5. ii. MARY3 SLEEPER, b. September 02, 1647, Hampton, Rockingham Co, NH; d. February 09, 1701/02, Hampton, Rockingham Co, NH.

6. iii. RUTH SLEEPER, b. June 01, 1650, hampton, Rockingham Co, NH; d. January 10, 1721/22, Hampton Rockingham Co, NH.

 	iv. 	  	JOHN SLEEPER, b. September 10, 1652, Hampton, Rockingham Co, NH; m. HANNAH SHAW.

7. v. NAOMI SLEEPER, b. April 15, 1655, hampton, Rockingham Co, NH; d. December 20.

 	vi. 	  	MOSES SLEEPER, b. March 13, 1656/57, Haverhill, MA; d. 1754, Kingston, Rockingham Co, NH.
	Notes for MOSES SLEEPER:

SOURCE: "Sleeper Family Trails 1616-1994" by Glenn E Pribbeno

"Moses father Thomas had moved to Haverhill MA for a short time, but returned to Hampton before the next child, Aaron was born."

8. vii. ARON SLEEPER, b. February 20, 1660/61, hampton, Rockingham Co, NH; d. May 09, 1732, Kingston, Rockingham Co, NH.

 	viii. 	  	LUTHER SLEEPER, b. November 14, 1668, hampton, Rockingham Co, NH; d. May 15, 1670, hampton, Rockingham Co, NH.

Source: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/c/h/Becky-A-Schultz/GENE5-0002.html

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•Name: Thomas SLEEPER

•Sex: M

•Birth: ABT 1616 in England 1

•Death: 30 JUL 1696 in Kingston, Rockingham, NH 1

Marriage 1 Joanna b: ABT 1623

Children

1. Ruth SLEEPER b: 1 JUN 1650 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

2. John SLEEPER b: 10 SEP 1652 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

3. Naomi SLEEPER b: 15 APR 1655 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

4. Moses SLEEPER b: 13 MAR 1657/58 in Haverhill, Essex, MA

5. Aaron SLEEPER b: 20 FEB 1660/61 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

6. Mary SLEEPER b: in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

7. Luther SLEEPER b: 14 NOV 1668 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

8. Elizabeth SLEEPER b: in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

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American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) about Thomas Sleeper Name: Thomas Sleeper Birth Date: 1616 Birthplace: Eng, New Hampshire Volume: 160 Page Number: 317 Reference: Directory of the anc. heads of New England fams. Comp. By Frank R. Holmes. NewYork, 1923. (274p.):219 Gen. Column of the " Boston Transcript". 1906-1941.( The greatest single source of material for gen. Data for the N.E. area and for the period 1600-1800. Completely indexed in the Index.): 16 Feb 1903, 6130; 25 May 1904, 7194; 5 Sep 1905, 8085; 11 Oct 1927, 5964; 12 May 1930, 9884


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Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Thomas Sleeper

Name: Thomas Sleeper 

Year: 1640 Place: Massachusetts Source Publication Code: 1262 Primary Immigrant: Sleeper, Thomas Annotation: Date and place of settlement or date and place of arrival. Names not restricted to the Order of Founders and Patriots of America. Source Bibliography: COLKET, MEREDITH B., JR. Founders of Early American Families: Emigrants from Europe, 1607-1657. Cleveland: General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, 1975. 366p. Page: 265


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U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Thomas Sleeper

Name: Thomas Sleeper Gender: Male Birth Year: 1616 Spouse Name: Joanna ??? Spouse Birth Place: of NH Marriage State: of NH Number Pages: 58


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Maine Pioneers, 1623-60


Name: Thomas Sleeper

Comment: weaver, Hampton, proprietor, June, 1640. Bought land in Boston 15 (5) 1645; sold land in Hamp. 10 (8) 1657, his wife Joannah consenting; bought house and land in Haverhill, Mass. 27 June, 1657, and removed thither. Returned to Hamp. Bought land in Hamp. of N. Bachiler 20 June, 1660.

First wife Jemina, second wife Joannah; children, Elizabeth (m. Abraham Perkins), Mary, Ralf b. 1 (4) 1650, John b. 10 (7) 1652, Naomi b. 15 (2) 1655, Moses b. at Hav. 13 (1) 1657-8, Aaron b. 20 (12) 1660, at Hamp. Luther b. Nov. 14, 1668, d. 19 (3) 1670.

He died 30 July, 1696.

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Born about 1616, and was a resident of Hampton, NEW HAMPSHIRE, soon after the settlement of that town in 1638. Land was granted to him as early as 1646. In the latter part of his life he lived on what is now known as SHAW's Hill. His was then a frontier house, no other family living so remote from the main settlement.

From him and his descendants that part of the town was called, "Sleepertown," since corrupted into "Sleepytown."

He died July 30, 1696, and his family afterwards removed to the newly incorporated town of Kingston. His wife, JOANNA died there February 5, 1703, at the age of eighty years. She was buried in Hampton. Their children were, ELIZABETH, MARY, RUTH, JOHN, MOSES, AARON, and LUTHER.

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THOMAS2 SLEEPER (SLEEPER1) was born 1616 in Bristol, England, and died July 30, 1696 in Hampton, Rockingham Co, NH. He married (1) ELIZABETH SHERBURNE. He married (2) JOANNA LEE Abt. 1649 in Haverhill, Rockingham Co, NH.

Notes for THOMAS SLEEPER:

Notes on this family from World Family Tree, varioius submitters

WFT 6-3860:

"Thomas Sleeper was born about 1616 and was a resident of Hampton, NH soon after the settlement of that town in 1638. Land was granted to him as early as 1646. In the later part of his life, he lived on what is now known as Shaw's hill. His was then a frontier house, no other family living so remote from the main settlement. From him and his descendants, that part of the town was called Sleepertown, since corupted into "Sleepytown". He died Jul 30, 1696 and his family afterwards removed to the newly incorporated town of Kingston. His wife Joanna died there Feb 5, 1703 at the age of 80 years. She was buried in Hampton. Their children were: Elizabeth, Mary, Ruth, John, Moses, Aaron & Luther."

Information on this family provided by : WFT archives #2-1835

SOURCE: "Sleeper Family Trails 1616-1994" by Glenn E Pribbeno

"Thomas Sleepr came from Bristol, ENGLAND in 1640 with his brother MOses. Moses went to settle in Philadelphia, which later became theState of PA. Thomas terried a while in Boston, MA before settling in Hampton, Rockingham CO, New England which later became New Hampshire in 1788.

Thomas Sleeper was born about 1616 and became a resident of Hampton NE soon after the settlement of that town in 1638. There were problems with the Indians. Parties of Indians committed raids in several places not very far away. The inhabitants of Hampton suffered less than those in the river towns, though they lived in constant fear. There appears to have been a plot to burn the house of Thomas Sleeper. About 9PM in early Nov 1675 an Indian was discovered passing from the barn about 8 rods distant towards the house with fire in his right hand and straw under his left arm. When he was about midway between the 2 buildings, he was fired upon from the house and immediately fell. The straw took fire and blazed up, an dby the light of it, another indian was seen running away. The fire soon went out, having done no injury. The people within the house, fearing that others might be lying in ambush, dared not go out into the night to the place where the Indian fell. In the morning no dead Indian was to be found.

Thomas was listed as being a weaver by trade when he came to New England however, since he acquired land near Hampton, it is presumed he became a farmer. "

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Thomas Sleeper's Timeline

1616
1616
Bristol, England
1647
September 2, 1647
Age 31
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
1648
1648
Age 32
Hampton, Rockingham, NH, USA
1650
June 1, 1650
Age 34
Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
1652
September 10, 1652
Age 36
Hampton,Rockingham,NH
1655
April 15, 1655
Age 39
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
1658
March 13, 1658
Age 42
Hampton,Rockingham,NH
1661
February 20, 1661
Age 45
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States
1668
November 14, 1668
Age 52
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
1696
July 30, 1696
Age 80
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire