Thomas Spicer, of Barfreston & Gravesend

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Thomas Spicer, of Barfreston & Gravesend

Birthplace: Barfreston,,Kent,England
Death: Died in Gravesend, Long Island, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Spicer and Martha Spicer
Husband of Anne Spicer
Father of Susanna Brazier; Ann Lake; Samuel Spicer and Michael Spicer
Brother of Martha Spicer; Christine Spicer and Ursula Spicer

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Immediate Family

About Thomas Spicer, of Barfreston & Gravesend

Thomas Spicer emigrated in 1638 from Barfreeston, Kent, England and settled in Newport, Rhode Island. He was a Magistrate of Gravesend.


Inhabitants of Aquidneck Island (1638) ://

It is generally believed that all of the families of Spicer are descended from three brothers who followed William the Norman Conqueror into England about the year 1066, A.D., and settled in Devonshire, Warwickshire, and County Kent, These families were, for the most part, of the landed gentry of the British Isles.


Birth Location Barfreston,,Kent,England Manhattan, NY





According to "First Settlers in Newton Twp., N.J.

pp 293-300 Thomas Spicer resided on Manhattan

Island; was one of the first settlers of Gravesend in

1643;& as a patentee grantedplantation lots Feb.

20, 1646. He lied in the plains in Flatlands, 17th.

Dec. 1646. In 1654 he purchased Lot No. 20.

In 1657 he is mentioned as having nine morgens?

of land in tillage.

His will is dated 30 Sept. 1658; proved 4 Nov. 1658,

and recorded in the Gravesend records. It is probable

that Thomas Spicer of Newport was the same as

Thomas Spicer of Rhode Island. According to the

Spicer Genealogy written by Susan Spicer Meech and

Miss Susan Billings Meech page 10, Thomas Spicer

of Long Island probably came from Wales.

Thomas Spicer (1591-1658) was a son of Nicholas

Spicer (1545-1607) of Barfreston, K, England and

Martha Grant (1560- ) of Bythrone, K. England.

Martha Grant Spicer was the daughter of Ann____

born (1528- ) of Bythorne, K., England and

Mr. ______Grant born about 1524 and was also of

Bythorne, K. England. (Today called Eythorne, Kent, UK.)

For more information on these families, there is a

Genealogy of the Lake Family written by Adams

and Risley, having been printed in 1915.

All Corrections and additions will be appreciated and

duly noted.

Faversham, (Feversham) and Symonds (Seaman) are also ancestral family names.

The Portsmouth Compact was a document signed on March 7, 1638 that established the settlement of Portsmouth, which is now a town in the state of Rhode Island. It was the first document in history that severed both political and religious ties with mother England. A second Compact of Loyalty [4]was written and signed April 30, 1639, and included the following names: The names below are those of the signers (copied verbatim) of the Compact of Loyalty, Apr. 30, 1639, which was as follows:

"We whose names are underwritten do acknowledge ourselves the legal subjects of His Majesty King Charles, and in his name do hereby bind ourselves into a civil body politic, unto his laws according to matters of justice."

Signers William Hutchinson Samuell Gorton Samuel Hutchinson John Wickes Richard Maggson Thomas Spiser John Roome (his mark) John Sloffe (his mark) Thomas Beddar (his mark) Erasmus Bullock Sampson Shotten Ralph Earle Robert Potter Nathanyell Potter Wm Heausens George Cleare George Lawton Anthony Payne (his mark) Jobe Haukins Richard Awards John More Nicholas Browne William Richardson John Trippe Thomas Layton Robert Stainton (his mark) John Briggs (his mark) James Davice

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Thomas Spicer, of Barfreston & Gravesend's Timeline

February 3, 1592
Age 32
Flatbush,Kings,New York
February 4, 1626
Age 34
Canterbury, England
Age 39
Sandwich, Kent, England
July 30, 1637
Age 45
Sandwich, Kent Co, England
Age 44
England to America
November 4, 1658
Age 66
Gravesend, Long Island, New York
Barfreston, Kent Co, England