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Thomas Low

Birthplace: Groton, Suffolk, , England
Death: April 12, 1712
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Low, of Ipswich and Margaret Low
Husband of Martha Low
Father of Thomas Low, III; Jonathan Low; David Lowe, Sr.; Johannah Hale; Martha Dodge and 7 others
Brother of Margaret Davison; Abigail Low; Sarah Low and John Low*
Half brother of John Low, of Ipswich

Managed by: Robert William McCann
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About Dea. Thomas Low

Deacon Thomas Low ( May 08, 1631 - April 12, 1712 ) was Buried at Old Essex Cemetery, Essex, MA with his wife Martha.

The inscription on their grave stone reads as follows:

"As you are, so were we. As we are, you shall be."

Thomas Low was Deacon of the Chebacco Church from 1679 until his death. He was parish clerk during the absence of Rev. John Wise. In 1679, Thomas Low was listed in the town records of Ipswich as a "freeman", which meant that he could vote in town affairs and therefore had to be a church member.

"Thomas Low was a leading spirit in the settlement. He was a commoner in 1668, deacon of the church in 1678, ..." "But in 1634 the foregoing regulations were somewhat modified. It was then ordained that no individual should be deemed qualified to exercise the right of suffrage, or hold any public office, until he was admitted a freeman by the general or quarterly court. To become a freeman he was required to produce evidence that he was a respectable member, in good standing, of some Congregational Church." "It is to be recollected that none but Freemen could vote at any election, or hold any office, not even that of a juryman. And none could be admitted a Freeman unless he was a member of the church. Whenever any person not a church member was tried for any crime or offence, therefore it was by both judge and jury belonging to the church and entertaining strong prejudices against him." ***** built "Old Low House" in Essex, MA ** This house is not still standing, according to Skip Lowe. Thomas must have been a wealthy, honorable, and influential citizen.

'The Ancestors and Their Descendants of the John Lowe Family Circle'


Served in King Phillip's War, and received a grant of land in Narragansett Township ( now Buxton, Maine ) for his services.

Some facts involving Thomas Low at Ipswich (The Hammatt Papers, Pg. 216) include: 22 Dec 1664 - Purchased land in Chebacco from Daniel Ringe 1664 - had a share in Plum Island 1679 - a voter in town affairs 1698 - and "overseer of the poor" His will was written June 17, 1708 and filed on May 5, 1712. Jonathan (1-1-3) and Samuel (1-1-7) inherited the homestead at Chebacco as follows: To Samuel Low (1-1-7), his house on "three or four acres of land," "the marsh I bought of John Burnam," an acre of marsh purchased from John Brown so that the bridge and causeway may be maintained, and "half of fall the rest of my tillage land, pasture land, meadow and marsh ground." To Jonathan Low (1-1-3), "the dwelling house that he now lives in, with one acre of land next to the house" and "half of all my tillage and pasture land, marsh and meadow ground." To David Low (1-1-4), 100 pounds, three acres of marsh already given to him and two acres out of Samuel's part. To Martha Dodge ( 1-1-5), Joanna Dodge (1-1-8), and Abigail Goodhue (1-1-10), "ten shillings as a token of my love." To Sarah Low (1-1-9), fifty pounds. After the will had been entered, the following quit claims were filed: 1712, June 16 by his grandchildren Symonds (1-1-1-1), John (1-1-2-1), Thomas (1-1-2-2) and Hannah (1-1-2-3). 1713, January 27 by Martha (1-1-5) & Richard Dodge and Abigail (1-1-10) and Joseph Goodhue 1714, April 26 by Johannah (1-1-8) & Joseph Hale of Boxford and by David Low (1-1-4) 1714, November 8 by Sarah (1-1-9) & Nathan Webster of Haverhill 1720, February 1 by his grandson Thomas Low (1-1-1-2) "Had a share in Plum Island, &c., 1664; voter in town affairs, 1679; Overseer of the Poor, 1698. He purchased land in Chebacco of Daniel Ringe, December 22, 1664. He was Deacon of the Church in Chebacco." "He was a leading man in the town, commoner 1668, deacon of the church 1678, and held other important offices. The house in which he lived and the manner of his life indicated a man of influence and substance."

In 1690, Thomas was one of several Chebacco residents who signed the "Proctor Petition" in defense of John Proctor and his wife Elizabeth, formerly of Chebacco, who were accused of witchcraft at Salem.

"Thomas Low. In 1678, Charles II ordered a new oath of allegiance to be taken by the colonists. The Constables of every town and village were ordered to convene all the inhabitants for the administration of the Oath. If Feb. 1678/79, a list of commoners was recorded and in 1679, a list of freemen was also prepared and put on record. Thomas Low is listed as one of the freeman (allowed to have a vote in town affairs), in Ipswich." "Thomas Low, Sr. and other prominent men of Ipswich, Chebacco Parish, signed a letter declaring the innocence of Witchcraft charges against their neighbors, John Proctor and his wife, Elizabeth." "Deacon of the Chebacco Church from 1679-1712, and Parish Clerk during the absence of the Rev. John Wise with Phipp's expedition against Quebec. During the Salem Witchcraft trial, Thomas Low, with a few others, kept their counsel, and testified in writing that they could see no wrong in one of the accused. He served with the Massachusetts Bay contingent under Major Appleton, in the famous Rhode Island Swamp Fight which finally broke the power of the Indians along the coast." Bingham James Forrest Lowe 


Martha was the 4th born child and second daughter of Thomas and Margaret Borman, who had come to Ipswich in 1635 from St. Helen, Bishopsgate, London. Martha and Thomas were married for 52 years. Martha's will was written in 1714/15, January 31 and filed in probate 1720, February 29.

More About Martha Boreman: Burial: Old Essex Cemetery, Essex, MA More About Thomas Low and Martha Boreman: Marriage: July 04, 1660, Chebacco, Essex, MA15 Children of Thomas Low and Martha Boreman are: + 6 i. Thomas B.3 Low, born April 14, 1661 in Ipswich, Essex, MA; died February 08, 1697/98 in Chebacco, Essex, MA. + 7 ii. John Low, born Abt. 1663; died November 29, 1695 in Chebacco, Essex, MA. + 8 iii. Jonathan Low, born July 07, 1665 in Ipswich, Essex, MA; died February 08, 1749/50 in Ipswich, Essex, MA. + 9 iv. Sergeant David Low, born August 14, 1667 in Chebacco, Essex, MA; died June 02, 1746 in Ipswich, Essex, MA. + 10 v. Martha Low, born March 10, 1668/69 in Ipswich, Essex, MA; died February 02, 1736/37. + 11 vi. Johannah Low, born March 10, 1668/69 in Ipswich, Essex, MA. 12 vii. Nathaniel Low, born June 07, 1672 in Ipswich, Essex, MA16; died July 30, 1695 in Chebacco, Essex, MA17. Notes for Nathaniel Low: Nathaniel Low (1-1-6) ( June 7, 1672 - July 30, 1695 ) Tombstone record indicates the year as 1693. He remained unmarried, as no heirs appeared in his father's will written in 1708. + 13 viii. Samuel Low, born April 1676; died June 06, 1723 in Ipswich, Essex, MA. + 14 ix. Sarah Low, born Bet. 1678 - 1679; died April 07, 1741. + 15 x. Abigail Low, born April 25, 1687 in Ipswich, Essex, MA; died November 15, 1726.


  2. CHR: C. Partridge, ed, "A Transcript of the Parish Registers of Groton," 4 vols. (transcript, 1938), 1:71 (FHL #993556 item 6).
  3. MAR: VITAL RECORDS OF IPSWICH, 3 vols. (Salem, MA, 1910-19), 2:292 (FHL #974.45/I2 V2e).
  4. DEATH: Ibid, 2:625. Aged 80 yrs. Also see the will of Thomas Low of Ipswich, 31 Mar 1712, proved 5 May 1712, Essex Co. Probate, (o.s.) 310:427-29 (FHL #875126).


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Dea. Thomas Low's Timeline

May 8, 1631
Groton, Suffolk, , England
May 8, 1631
Groton, Suffolk, England
May 8, 1631
May 8, 1631
Groton, Suffolk, England
April 14, 1661
Age 29
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
July 7, 1665
Age 34
Ipswich, Essex County, MA, United States
August 14, 1667
Age 36
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 36
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 10, 1669
Age 37
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts