Thomas Tolman, Jr. (1608 - 1690) MP

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Birthplace: Salcomb, Regis, Devonshire, England
Death: Died in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Managed by: Bjørn P. Brox
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About Thomas Tolman, Jr.

Pioneer of Dorchester

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BIRTH & BAPTISM Thomas was born in 1608/9 in England[2,3] and baptized in Salcombe Regis, Dorsetshire, England on 9 December 1608.

DEATH He died in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA on 18 June 1690; he was 82[2,3,4].

MIGRATION This Thomas came over aboard the Mary & John in 1630 according to family histories and by the Mary & John Clearinghouse, where he is on their master index as #648: "Tolman, Thomas (1608-1690) of Dorchester, MA. Possibly from Salcombe Regis, Devon 14:65"[9]. Richard Anderson, however, demurs[4]. He maintains that Thomas probably migrated alone and was from the same village as Roger Clapp[5], but makes no mention of the Mary & John.

OCCUPATION Thomas was a Wheelwright[5].

EDUCATION He was educated enough to have signed and sealed his will[4].

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP His name is on the Church Covenant for the Church at Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA in 1636[4].

FREEMANSHIP He took the Oath of Freeman on 13 May 1640 in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA[4,5,6,7,8].

LEGAL MENTION & TOWN SERVICE He served as Constable for Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA in 1661[5]. His first official mention in Dorchester Town Records is on 31 October 1639: "It is ordered that Goodman Tolman¹s house be appointed for the receiving any goods that shall be brought in whereof the owner is not known"[4].

RESIDENCE & REAL ESTATE Once here, he settled in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA, where he owned lands in Dorchester from the seaside to the Dedham, Norfolk co., MA line and was the owner of a tract of land seven miles long, west of Neponset bridge in what are now parts of Canton, Stoughton and Sharon, MA[4,5].

He located near Pine Neck (known as Point Norfolk in 1860), his house having stood within one hundred feet of Pine Neck Creek on the west side and on the north side within about two hundred feet, the creek forming there an elbow shape. In 1852, the Old Colony Railroad Corporation removed the most of the cellar once belonging to his house. The house in which his son Thomas afterwards lived, between what is now Ashmont and Washington Streets, was probably built by him. In 1860, some of his descendants still owned and resided on land that belonged to him and remained in possession of one of the branches of the family[4]. From a 21st century perspective, it sounds like his land is currently under the Braintree branch of the Red Line.

ESTATE His will "commenced" 25 May 1688 and was signed and sealed on 25 May 1688[4].

MARRIAGE #1 Before 1632 when Thomas was 24, he first married Sarah [surname not known], in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA[3,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17]. Sarah died before Thomas' second marriage in 1677.

CHILDREN 3. i. Mary TOLMAN Please see her own page.

4. ii. Thomas TOLMAN, JR. Thomas, Jr. was born in 1633 in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA[4] and died in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA on 12 September 1718; he was 85[4]. Like his father, Thomas was a wheelwright[5] and lived on Tolman's Lane in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA. This lane is located one hundred feet from Ashmont Street[5]. He made Freeman there in 1678[4] and was admitted into Dorchester Church along with wife on 17 May 1674[4].

On 4 November 1654 when Thomas was 21, he married Elizabeth JOHNSON, daughter of Richard JOHNSON[3,5]. Elizabeth died on 15 December 1726 in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA[4].

5. iii. Hannah TOLMAN Hannah was born on 27d:5m(July):1642 in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA[5,22] and died in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA on 4 August 1729; she was 87[5]. Hannah first married George LYON and second married William BLAKE Jr..

6. iv. John TOLMAN John was born circa 1643, as estimated from his death information and died in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA on 1 January 1724/5; he was 82[4]. He made Freeman in 1678[4].

On 30 November 1666 when John was 23, he first married Elizabeth COLLINS, daughter of Henry COLLINS, Senior & Ann RIALL/ROYAL, in Lynn, Essex co., MA[23]. Elizabeth was born circa 1646 or 1648 in Lynn, Essex County, MA and died in Lynn, Essex co., MA on 21 February 1686; she was 40, as "Collins, Eliza, d. Henry"[24]. On 15 June 1692 when John was 49, he second married Mary [surname not known][4].

7. v. Ruth TOLMAN Ruth was born in 1644 in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA and baptized in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA on 7 December 1644[5]. She died in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA on 1 May 1681; she was 37[5]. Ruth married Isaac ROYAL.

8. vi. Rebecca TOLMAN Rebecca was born in 1647 in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA and baptized in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA in 1647[5]. Rebecca married James TUCKER.

9. vii. Sarah TOLMAN Sarah was born in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA[5] and died before 1691 in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA[5]. On 18 January 1659 Sarah married Henry LEADBETTER, in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA[5].

MARRIAGE #2 Before 1677 when Thomas was 69, he second married Katherine [surname not known], in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA[3,13,18,19]. Katherine died on 7 November 1677 in Dorchester, Suffolk co., MA[4,20].

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Thomas Tolman, Jr.'s Timeline

1608
February 9, 1608
Lancaster, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
December 6, 1608
Salcomb, Regis, Devonshire, England
December 9, 1608
Salcombe Regis, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
December 9, 1608
Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
December 9, 1608
Salcombe, Regis, Devon, England
December 9, 1608
Salcombe, Regis, Devon, England
December 9, 1608
Salcombe, Regis, Devon, England
1624
May 27, 1624
Age 15
MA, USA
1627
1627
Age 18
Dorchester, Suffolk, MA
1628
1628
Age 19
Dorchester,England