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Alice Thompson (Freeman)

Also Known As: "Alice (Freeman) Thompson Parke"
Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
Death: February 11, 1664 (81)
New London, New London County, Connecticut, United States (as widow, married Robt Parke II 1644)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry Freeman and Margaret Freeman
Wife of John Thompson, of Preston Capes and Robert Parke, II, of Preston, CT
Mother of Thomas Thompson; Samuel Thompson; Mary Blinman; Bridget Denison; Dorothy Parke and 3 others
Sister of John Freeman; Henry Freeman; Thomas Freeman and Jane Spencer

Managed by: Tiffany Beesley Brock
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About Alice Thompson

The most recent definitive source for Alice Freeman and her family is:

  • Randy A. West, "Alice1 Freeman, Wife of John Tompson of Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, and of Robert1 Parke1 of Connecticut," The American Genealogist 87 (Jan/Apr (publ Oct) 2015): 209-217.

Alice Freeman

  • Birth: circa 1595 Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
  • Death: after December 24, 1658 Mystic, New London, Connecticut
  • Parents: Henry Freeman and Margaret Edwards
  • Husbands: John Thompson, Robert Parke
  • Married:
    • 1. John Thompson (1576-1626) on 6 Nov 1618
    • 2. Robert Parke (1580-1665) in 1644

Children with John Thompson:

  • 1. William Tomson ABT 1618 -
  • 2. Mary Tomson 1619 -
  • 3. Bridget Thompson 1622 - 1643
  • 4. Dorothy Thompson 1624 - 1709
  • 5. Nathaniel Tomson 1625 -
  • 6. Martha Tomson 1626 -

Children with Robert Parke: none

Biographical Notes

Alice, widowed, came to America with her children and lived in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Wheeler: The baptisms of the children of Alice Freeman and John Thompson are recorded at Preston Capes, Northants. It is not known when Alice Thompson brought her son and daughters to New England, but she was living in Roxbury, Mass., before 1640.

From "History of the Town of Stonington, County of New London, Connecticut, from its First Settlement in 1649 to 1900," by Richard Anson Wheeler, at page 620:

"The Thomson family in England held a high position, their social status being next to that of the county families. Mistress Alice must have been a lady of character and refinement. Her success in bringing her children through all their troubles and so well preparing them for the duties of life which they assumed, testifies to this."

In New England, she married Robert Park(e). He was the father of Thomas Parke Sr., who married Dorothy Thompson, Alice's daughter. This means Robert Parke was both the father-in-law and stepfather of Dorothy. And Alice was both the mother-in-law and stepmother of Thomas Parke.



  • Alice Freeman was probably born in the county of Northampton, England.
  • Her ancestry has been traced to the early Saxon and Scottish kings, bypassing the later Norman kings.
  • She married John Thompson, as his second wife about 1615 and their children were recorded at Preston Capes, Northampton.
  • Her husband died in London in 1626.
  • Sometime after that, she came to New England with her three daughters and had permission to marry Robert Parke "without further publishment" at Roxbury, Massachusetts in1644.
  • She moved with him to Wethersfield and later New London,Connecticut.


  • Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough Author: Anna Chesebrough Wildey Publication: New York: Press of T. A. Wright 1903
  • Media: Book Page: page 519. Winthrop Fleet of 1630, The Author: Charles Edward Banks Publication: Boston, 1930 Originally; reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, Baltimore, 1994 Media: Book Page: page 84. Ferguson Family Records Author: Misty Missouri Ferguson Publication: Mar 2000 Media: Letter.


Source: Tom Melton (

  • History of Stonington by Wheeler;
  • Boston Evening Transcript;
  • A. Roots 29A;
  • Roberts/Reitwiesner;
  • The Blackmans of Knight's Creek;
  • The Carolingian Ancestry of Edmond Hawes, Alice Freeman and Thomas James; American Genealogist, 13/3;
  • The Visitation of Northamptonshire 1564 and 1618-19 (film 94,956);
  • Potter-Richardson Memorial;
  • Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants;
  • The Great Migration Begins, v1, p523;
  • A Witter Family History by Edwin D. Witter Jr.;
  • Magna Charta Sureties 163-10.
  • 1. Text: New Engl Hist & Genealogical Register; NEHGS; on-line images at
  • Text: 136:85 GRoberts, Ancestry of the Princess of Wales
  • 1. Text: Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Gen Publ Baltimore, MD. 1985 plus Supplements 1 and 2. & S&R CDROM.
  • Text: {Stonington Hist. 336, 620; Fulton Anc. 469; Brown (#1) 17; Denison 6; Chesbrough 519; Winthrop-Babcock 478; Wethersfield 2:526; Williams (#16) 162; Crary-Hill 57; Dixon-Williams 29, 30; TAG 13:1, 14:145 Reg. 40:273, 49:455;
  • 1. Text: Bunce, Julia Locke Frame. Some of the ancestors of the Reverend John Selby Frame and his wife Clara Winchester Dana Minneapolis, Minn.?: unknown, 1948, 405 pgs. Heritage Quest on-line
  • 1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, (Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1992.).


  • Roberts/Reitwiesner: Alice Freeman, birth and death dates unknown, immigrant. Married Robert Parke shortly after 30 May 1644.
  • Blackmans: Alice Freeman, died 1664/5.
  • Additional info from AF records. One says she was born about 1587 and another in 1595.
  • [Prodigy post says Parke Society has her lineage back to Charlemagne ... (This line has been disproved as having insufficient evidence), King John, but 7th edition of Ancestral Roots cuts line off at Joan de Harley. Will have to check Parke Society. Roots says: "Other lines available for Alice Freeman" but doesn't list any.]
  • "American Ancestors & Cousins of the Princess of Wales" by Roberts/Reitwiesner, lists a line back to Thomas Giffard and Joan Langston. The Giffard line then goes back to Ethelred II, King of England. The Langston line goes back to Hugh Capet, King of France. Both these lines are traced farther back via other sources.
  • Am. Genealogist, citing The Visitations of Northamptonshire: Alice Freeman, wife of John Tomson of Preston Capes, Northamptonshire.
  • Memorial: The baptisms of the children of Alice Freeman and John Thompson are recorded in the parish register of Preston Capes. Alice, widowed in 1627, came with her children to Roxbury, MA, by 1640. She married 30 May 1644, as second wife, Robert Parke, 1580/85-1664/5, of Wethersfield and Stonington, CT. She died in 1660.
  • Descents: Alice Freeman of Massachusetts and (presumably) Connecticut married (1) John Thompson; (2) Robert Parke. (Dorothy Thompson, her daughter by John Thompson, married Thomas Parke, son of Robert Parke and Martha Chaplin, his first wife) are ancestors of H.R.H. The Princess of Wales and her sons, H.R.H. Prince William and H.R.H. Prince Henry of Wales.
  • Migration: Alice Freeman Thompson of Preston, Northamptonshire, mother of Bridget Thompson.
  • Witter Family: Alice Freeman, died 11 Feb. 1664/5, New London, Conn. Had six children by John Thompson. Married (2) Robert Parke of Roxbury, Mass., who married (1) Martha Chaplin, daughter of Robert Chaplin. [My other sources say she was the daughter of William Chaplin.]
  • Sureties: Alice Freeman, died New London, Conn., 11 Feb. 1664/5. Married (1) about 1615, as his second wife, John Tompson, gentleman, of Little Preston, Preston Capes, son of Thomas Tompson. Married (2) at Roxbury, Mass., before 30 May 1644, Robert Parke.
  • Carolingians: Alice Freeman.
  • Visitation: Alice Freeman, ux. John Tomson of Preston Capes, Northamptonshire.

Alice Freeman did not have any children by Robert Parke

The following children were the offspring of Robert Parke and Martha Chaplin, his first wife.

This list does NOT match the children given in this tree.

Ethel Stanton, profile manager

Note for Birth Order:

This website gives a different birth order that apparently matches the Christening dates that you have given below. Children of ROBERT PARKE and MARTHA CHAPLIN are:


Find A Grave Memorial# 135745402

Alice Freeman Parke

  • Birth: 1595 Cranford, Kettering Borough, Northamptonshire, England
  • Death: Feb. 11, 1664 Mystic, New London County, Connecticut, USA
  • Alice FREEMAN Married John THOMPSON, Rev. Abt 1623 prob. in Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
  • Alice FREEMAN Married her second spouse Robert PARKE on 20 OCT 1644 in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. 

Family links: 

  •  Spouses:
    •   Robert Parke (1580 - 1664)
    •   John (Tomson) Thompson (1577 - 1627)* 
  •  Children:
    •   Mary Thompson Wise (1619 - 1651)*
    •   Bridget Thompson Denison (1622 - 1643)*
    •   Dorothy Thompson Parke (1624 - 1709)*
  • Burial: White Hall Graveyard in Mystic, New London County, Connecticut, USA

The Ancestry of Nathan Lewis Harrison: Revisited Nineteen Years Later, By Keith G. Harrison

  • Alice Freeman [Thompson] Parke (1595 - 1643) was
    • the daughter of Henry Freeman (1560- ?) and Margaret (Edwards) Freeman (1564- aft 1626) and
    • sister to John (1592 - ?), Thomas (1594- after 1626), Henry (1596- after 1626) and Jane (Freeman) (about 1600-after 1626)
      • Henry Freeman and Margaret Edwards were married in Cranford, Irchester, Northamptonshire, England on Dec 25 1588.

The Ancestry of Nathan Lewis Harrison: Revisited Nineteen Years Later,  By Keith G. Harrison

Thomas Parke (1615-1709)

  • married Dorothy Thompson #2 (7/5/1624-7/30/1709) on Oct 20, 1644 at Wethersfield, Connecticut.
    • Dorothy (Thompson) #2 Parke was the
      • daughter of' John Thompson (1/30/1577-4/11/1627) and Alice (Freeman) Thompson (1594 - 1664), later Mrs Robert Parke II.
      • John & Alice (Freeman) Thompson had eight children including Dorothy (Thompson) #2 Parke.
        • The other seven children were: Thomas (12/23/1616-1696); William (1618-1683); Mary (Thompson) #1 (7/2/1621 - 10/19/1621); Bridget Tomson (Thompson) (9/11/1622 - 8/16/1643); Nathaniel (10/16/1625 - ?); and Martha (12/17/1626 - ?).
        • All of the children were born in Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England.
        • In addition, as indicated above, after the death of her first husband, Alice (Freeman) Thompson married Robert Parke II (1580 - 1664), Thomas Parke’s father.

Alice Freeman (Thompson) Parke (1595-1643) was

  • * the daughter of Henry Freeman (1560 - ?) and Margaret (Edwards) Freeman (1564 - aft 1605) and
    • sister to John (1592 -?); Thomas (1594-aft 1626); Henry (1596- aft 1626) and Jane (Freeman)(Abt 1600- aft 1626).
    • Henry Freeman & Margaret Edwards were married in Cranford, Irchester, Northamptonshire, England on Dec 25, 1588.
  • Henry Freeman (1560-?) was the son of Thomas Freeman (1534 - 3/24/1585) and an unknown wife.
    • Henry Freeman (1560 - ?) had at least three siblings: John (abt 1562 - ?); Elizabeth (Freeman) (abt 1564 - ?); and Blase (1566 - ?).
    • All three of these children were born in Irchester, Northamptonshire, England.
  • Thomas Freeman (1534 - 1585) was
    • the son of Henry Freeman (1505 - 4/29/1585) and Joan (Rudd) Freeman (1511 - ?) of Irchester, Northamptonshire, England.
    • Henry & Joan (Rudd) Freeman had eight children Including Thomas.
      • The other seven children were: Blase (1536- 7/1590); John (1541 - ?); Oswolde (1544 -?); Elizabeth (Freeman) (1546 - ?); Mary (Freeman) (1549 - ?); Edward (1551 - ?); and George (1552 - ?).
      • All of the children were born in Irchester, Northamptonshire, England.

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Alice Thompson's Timeline

February 4, 1582
Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
April 21, 1601
Age 19
Pulborough, Sussex, England
December 23, 1616
Age 34
Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
May 25, 1618
Age 36
Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, , England
November 14, 1619
Age 37
Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
September 11, 1622
Age 40
Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England
July 5, 1624
Age 42
Daventry, Northamptonshire, England
October 16, 1625
Age 43
Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England