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Amias Maverick (Cole)

Also Known As: "Amyas (Colle) Thompson"
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
Death: after September 3, 1672
perhaps the home of her daughter, Saco, York, Maine
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Colle; William Colle; Agnes Colle and Agnes Colle
Wife of Dave Thompson; David Thomson and Samuel Maverick
Mother of Capt. John Thomson; Ann Thomson; Priscilla Thomson; Ann Thomson; Nathaniel Maverick, of Barbados and 2 others

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About Amias Maverick

Amias Cole

  • Birth: Oct 3, 1597 - baptized St. Andrews, Plymouth, Devonshire
  • Death: After Sept 3, 1672 - perhaps her daughter's home in Saco, Maine
  • Parents: William Cole, Agnes Briant
  • Husbands: David Thompson, Samuel Maverick

Amias Cole, dau. of William Cole and Agnes Bryant, was born in Plymouth, Devonshire, England on Oct. 3, 1597. She married on July 18, 1613 at St. Andrews, Devon with DAVID THOMSON (or Thompson). After his death she married 2nd with, about 1629 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, with SAMUEL MAVERICK. She was living 3 September 1672 when her son Nathaniel Maverick of Barbados mentioned her in his will [NEHGR 69:158].

Amias was an early New England colonist. The daughter of a Plymouth, Devon shipwright, she entertained "the Indian Princes, Pocahontas" and the Pilgrim wives of the Mayflower (1620) when the Speedwell was being repaired at the family shipyard.

Children with David Thomson:

  1. Ann, bp. St. Andrews 1 October 1615; bur. there 14 October 1615.
  2. Priscilla, bp. St. Andrews 23 October 1616; presumably living 1635 when her mother mentions "her fatherless children" [Trelawny Papers 76-78], but no further record.
  3. John, bp. St. Andrews 5 January 1618/9; living as late as 1651, called "John Thompson of London" [ MBCR 3:130; SLR 1:117, 3:103-04].
  4. Ann, bp. St. Andrews 22 November 1620; bur. there 26 November 1620.

Children with Samuel Maverick:

  1. Nathaniel Maverick (abt 1630- 1674)
  2. Mary Maverick (1635 - 1706). Married Francis Hooke
  3. Samuel Maverick (? - 1664)


"In 1628 Samuel Maverick married Amias the widow of David Thompson. Amias inherited all David Thompson's property holdings and influence. Through his marriage Maverick acquired these holdings, influencial position and Noddle's Island."


"If "Caribdis underneath the mould" of Morton's poem in the "New English Canaan", written for the May pole revels in 1627, represents David Thomson, and "Scilla sollitary on the ground" is Amias, his widow, then Thomson was dead before May, 1627. The new husband lacking "vertue masculine" is of course Samuel Maverick, said to have been as strong as Samson and as patient as Job. And she was, according to Morton, a difficult "Dallila"; but she was an heiress after Thomson's death, and suitors came by water from all about the Bay to pay their court to her. Mrs. Thomson was the daughter of William Cole of Plymouth, England. Perhaps her second marriage which prevented her return to England caused her father to threaten to deprive her of her property."

From "The Cause of Her Grief": The Rape of a Slave in Early New England

"European women, a scarce commodity, seldom stayed single long in early New England, so Amias Cole Thompson's quick remarriage was far from exceptional. She was a good match for Maverick; the English-born daughter of a shipwright, she brought to the marriage at least two children and a fair amount of pragmatism. A surviving letter, sent in 1635 from "Nottells Island" details an attempt to obtain an inheritance her father had promised to her children with Thompson, showing both determination and literacy. Both those attributes would have served her well. Life on Noddle's Island, or anywhere else in colonial New England, even given her husband's relative wealth, was labor-intensive. Perhaps this explains the felt need for slaves. With a sparse nearby population pool from which Maverick could hire servants to help his wife with household duties and their children (in addition to adopting Thompson's children, he fathered three of his own), chattel labor might have seemed an ideal solution.16"

From Amias, our grandmother

In Winthrop's Journal is the following :

"1633 Dec 5; John Sagamore died of small pox and almost all his people (above thirty) buried by Mr Maverick of Winnisimet in one day "and when their own people foresook them, the English came daily and ministered to them, and yet few, only two families took the infection by it. Among other Mr Maverick of Winnisimet is worthy of a perpetual rememberance, Himself, his wife and servants went daily to them, ministered to thier necessities and buried their dead, and TOOK HOME many of their childern"

From Transactions, Volume 21 (Google eBook) Colonial Society of Massachusetts, The Society, 1920 - Massachusetts. Page 57

  • Petition of Mary, the wife of Francis Hooke, of Kittery, Maine, "Daughter and Heiresse of Samuel Mavericke, deceased" (Massachusetts Archives, cxxviii. 45; New England Historical and Genealogical Register, viii. 334; Sumner, History of East Boston, p. 107). Mary Maverick married (1) John Palsgrave, February 8, 1655-6, and (2) Francis Hooke, September 20, 1660 (Boston Record Commissioners' Reports, ix. 53, 76). There are several errors in the petition, but there seems to be no reason to doubt the execution of the deed of gift, which is consistent with the fact that, in 1650, Samuel Maverick and his wife, conjointly with their son Nathaniel, conveyed the island to Captain George Briggs of Barbados for 40,000 lbs. of good white sugar (Suffolk Deeds, i. 122-123; Sumner, History of East Boston, p. 178).

A Letter Written By Amias

(Printed in Trelawney Papers, Vol III of Maine Historical Society, Second Series. Portland, Maine, 1884

   Nottells Island in Massachusetts Bay the 20th of November, 1635
   Good Sir:-
   I kindly salute you in the Lord.  I am given to understand by divers that my father is verie much incensed againsts me, but by what meanes I know not, and that he hath offered to make sale of his land, notwithstanding he conveyed it to me by his deed (which I doubt not but will prove sufficient,) and had of me fifty pounds in consideration of it, that so the land might remaine to me & my children after my ffathers decease.  And now I am enformed that my ffather would fayne dispose of the land & repay this fifty pounds. Now my humble request unto your worship is, that as you loved my first husband, so you would be pleased to doe that favor for me and my ffatherless children as to speake to my father concerning this thing, for I am perswaded your good word to him in our behalfe will much prevaile, and whereas my father (as I am told) would dispose of the land and have mee to take the fifty pounds againe, I shall desire you to intreate him that it may remaine with him, for my children, & that he would not goe about to put the land from us contrary to his deeds and promises.  As for the house which I lived in, my father gave it me presently in marriage, and I have left it wholy to his disposeing since I came thence, without haveing any benefitt of it, only to give my father content.  And thus craveing pardon for my greate boldnes, not doubting but that you will be pleased to doe me this favour, wherein both I and mine shall ever rest obliged unto you, and thus with my best respects to your selfe & your loveing wife, I humby take my leave, and remaine, your ffriend.
   I shall intreate you to remember me kindly to Mr. Clemett.
   To the worshipfull and my much respected ffriend, Mr. Robert Trelawney, merchant, give these, in Plymouth.  Per the way of Bristoll.

Contributed by James Thompson:

In Libby's Genealogical Dictionary, p 26, list 246:

"Womens seats in the Saco Meetinghouse, Sept 22, 1666, given in tabular form in the records, seat 1, entitled "Mis." the other seats 'Goodis' Seat 1, Maverick, Phillips, Pendleton, Hooke, Bonithon, Williams, Trustrum

note; seven seats (rows) are listed. Both Maverick and Hooke were gone in the re-seating of 9 Dec 1674. Maverick was Amias, and Hooke, her daughter Mary, married to Francis Hooke. Amias, if I understand it correctly, had the seat that carried the most stature. It probably can be assumed that Samuel Maverick had died (after being a Royal Commissioner in NY in 1664), and that Amias was living in Saco with her daughter. There are several references to Francis Hooke on these pages.


  2. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register page 157-9 "Genealogical Research in England - Samuel Maverick"
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Amias Maverick's Timeline

October 3, 1597
Plymouth, Devon, England
October 3, 1597
St. Andrew's, Plymouth, Devonshire, England
October 1, 1615
Age 17
Plymouth, Devon , England
October 23, 1616
Age 19
Plymouth, Devon , England
January 5, 1619
Age 21
Plymouth, Devon, England
November 22, 1620
Age 23
Plymouth, Devon, England
Age 32
East Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Age 34
East Boston, Suffolk , Massachusetts