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Apphia Prence (Quicke)

Also Known As: "Apphia Freeman"
Birthplace: Mawlyn, Kent, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Quick and Elizabeth Quick
Wife of Thomas Prence, Governor of Plymouth Colony
Ex-wife of Samuel Freeman, Sr.
Mother of Henry Freeman; Apphia Freeman; Deacon Samuel Freeman Jr.; Judith Tubbs; Sarah Howes and 1 other
Sister of Elizabeth Clarke and Debora Quicke

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About Apphia Prence (Quicke)

Apphia Quick[1]

  • #4152, b. circa 1600, d. before 1 August 1668
  • Apphia Quick was born circa 1600 in London, London, England. She was the daughter of William Quick.[2]
  • Apphia Quick married as her first husband Samuel Freeman on 14 July 1624 in St. Ann Blackfriars, London, London, England.[2],[1]
  • Apphia Quick and Samuel Freeman were divorced circa 1644.[2]
  • Apphia Quick married as her second husband Thomas Prence, son of Thomas Prence and Elizabeth Tolderby, after 1 July 1644.[2],[3]
  • Apphia Quick died before 1 August 1668.[2]
  • Apphia Quick and Samuel Freeman immigrated, arriving 1630. Their son Henry traveled with them.[2]

Children of Apphia Quick and Samuel Freeman

  • 1. Henry Freeman[4],[1],[2] b. c 1625, d. 12 Nov 1672
  • 2. Samuel Freeman5 b. 11 May 1638, d. date unknown


  • 1. Early VR Middlesex Co. MA (published), Watertown Genealogies.
  • 2. The Great Migration.
  • 3. David Hamblin, "The First Settlers of Eastham, Mass."
  • 4. Mary Beth Wheeler, "Ancestry of Bob and Mary Beth Wheeler", Jul. 20, 2002, unverified.
  • 5. Great Migration Online, online

From the genealogical research of Dennis Bowen Caskey and Michelle Lynn Smith, notes on Governor Thomas Prence:

For many years it was believed that Prence had married only three times and that his last wife was "Mary" Freeman, but this was straightened out in 1904 by Ella Florence Elliott, who divided the erroneous construct into its proper wholes, revealing divorcee Apphia Freeman and widow Mary Howes as Prence's last two of four wives [MD 6:230-35].

Establishing the probable date of marriage for Apphia and Thomas Prence has significant implications for the parentage of Prence's last three children. Apphia is last seen as a Freeman 1 July 1644, about a year before the birth of Prence's seventh child, and at the end of a six- year hiatus in the birthdates of his children. She is called "Mrs. Freeman" as late as 15 October 1646 in a deed where she appears as an abutter, but this does not necessarily imply that she had not remarried by this date, since it was not unusual for archaic bounds to be used in this sort of description [ SLR 1:78].

In a letter dated at Plymouth 8 June 1647, Thomas Prence wrote to John Winthrop that "since my parting company [with you] I have almost met with Jacob's trial in his travel between Bethel and Ephrath: God's having been heavy upon my wife and that for diverse months and is not yet removed" [WP 5:169]. In Genesis 35:16-19 Jacob's favorite wife Rachel died between Bethel and Ephrath after giving birth to a son she named Benoni, but he called Benjamin. Prence here is referring to the birth of his own daughter Elizabeth, apparently a difficult childbirth.

On 6 March 1637/8, having been elected governor, Thomas Prence was excused from the requirement that the governor live in Plymouth, and was permitted to retain his residence in Duxbury [PCR 1:79]. When he was again elected governor, in 1657, he was allowed to maintain his residence in Eastham, but in 1663 the court ordered that the governor's house at Plymouth be enlarged, and by 1665 Prence again became a resident of Plymouth [ Dawes-Gates 2:684].

BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: Perhaps due to the fact that Thomas Prence had no grandsons that carried the Prence surname, little attention has been directed to this family. A very brief account of his family was prepared in 1852 by David Hamblen and a more substantial treatment was published in 1931 by Mary Walton Ferris [Dawes-Gates 2:682-94].


Perhaps with third wife

  • 1 vii JUDITH, b. say 1645; m. (1) Plymouth 28 December 1665 Isaac Barker [PCR 8:31], son of ROBERT BARKER; m. (2) after 1693 William Tubbs [ PPR 1:168; PLR 2:123].
  • 2. viii ELIZABETH, b. about spring 1647 [WP 5:169]; m. Marsh~field 9 December 1667 Arthur Howland [ MarVR 10], son of Arthur Howland [ NGSQ 71:90-91].
  • 3. ix SARAH, b. about 1648 ("departed this life March the 3d 1706 in the 60th year of her age," tombstone, Yarmouth, which conflicts with YarVR [NEHGR 59:217]); m. by about 1669 Jeremiah Howes (birth of child estimated by child's date of marriage), her stepbrother [MD 6:233; NEHGR 59:217-18].

Samuel Freeman married at St. Ann Blackfriars, London, 14 July 1624 Apphia Quick; she was daughter of William Quick. They had two children, Henry & Samuel. They were divorced about 1644. She married (2) before 8 December 1662 THOMAS PRENCE, as his third of four wives, and she died before 1 August 1668. Source: Anderson's Winthrop Fleet.

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Apphia Prence (Quicke)'s Timeline

Mawlyn, Kent, England, (Present UK)
Age 22
Blackfriars, London, Middlesex, England, (Present UK)
Age 28
Of Watertown,Middlesex,MA
May 11, 1638
Age 34
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 41
Eastham, Barnstable County, Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Age 43
Eastham, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Age 44
Duxbury, Plymouth , Massachusetts
August 1, 1668
Age 64
Plymouth, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)