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Thomas Southard, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Leyden, Holland, Netherlands
Death: Died in Hempstead, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown father of Thomas Southard and unknown mother of Thomas Southard
Husband of Annica Antonis Southard
Father of Thomas Southard, Jr.; Abraham Southard; Sarah Bedell; John Southard; Margaret Hendrickson and 4 others

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About Thomas Southard, Sr.

He probably came over on a Dutch ship directly from Holland to New Amsterdam (later New York City) around the 1640's. It appears he worked as a farm hand for his future father-in-law, Anthony Jansen, who was a rather well-to-do farmer of Gravesend, to pay for his passage over. While working for Mr. Jansen, Thomas married his oldest daughter, Annica Jansen. Together, they had several children:

  • Isaac Southard
  • Thomas S Southard, II
  • Sarah Southard
  • John Southard
  • Margaret Southard
  • Mary Southard
  • Abraham Southard
  • Unice Southard
  • Abigail Southard

After their marriage, Thomas bought a farm of 200 acres adjoining his father-in-law's. Both Anthony and Thomas were of a disagreeable sort and soon started quarreling over several cows, which were to be Annica's dowry which Anthony reneged upon, and ended up in court in 1653. After losing the court case, Thomas sold his farm and bought a new farm 20 miles away in Hempstead on 8 Dec. 1655. Eventually, he owned about 214 acres of land at this location.

Thomas died without leaving a will. The courts divided about 80 pounds, that comprised the monetary estate, among the five daughters and awarded the real property to the oldest son, Thomas II, under the assumption that he would work out an acceptable division of the Southard homestead 214 acres with his brothers. But Thomas was reluctant or unable to divide the homestead to the satisfaction of those concerned.

His brothers petitioned the court, and after many delays, a committee of Arbitration was appointed. In 1706, this committee made a recommendation and the court made it binding.

The homestead was divided into three parts. The north third was given to John; the south third went to Thomas, who at this time apparently had a homestead elsewhere; and the central third went jointly to Abraham and Isaac.

There were two possible reasons for this award of the central third: One was that the widowed mother was living with Isaac. Another was that Abraham did not marry, and he too apparently lived with Isaac and his family. When Abraham died in 1725, he willed his part to Abraham, son of Isaac.

The family affairs were settled. There are indications that the family of Thomas II and those of his brothers were not friendly during several later generations.

notes

Do not confuse with Thomas Southworth born in Leyden, Holland to Edward Southworth and Alice Carpenter.

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Thomas Southard, Sr.'s Timeline

1615
1615
Leyden, Holland, Netherlands
1640
1640
Age 25
1640
Age 25
America
1650
December 29, 1650
Age 35
New Amsterdam, Long Island City, Queens, New York, United States
1658
1658
Age 43
Long Island, Nieuw-Nederland
1660
1660
Age 45
Hempstead, Long Island, NY (USA)
1662
1662
Age 47
Hempstead, New York, United States
1663
1663
Age 48
Hempstead,Livingston,New York,USA
1664
January 1, 1664
Age 49
Gravesend, Long Island, Province of New York
1666
1666
Age 51
Hempstead, New York