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Ensign Thomas Lynde

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
Death: October 15, 1693 (74-82)
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Dea. Thomas Lynde and Margaret Lynde
Husband of Elizabeth Lynde
Father of Thomas Lynde; Capt. John Lynde; Elizabeth Tufts and Deacon Joseph Lynde
Brother of Elizabeth Green; Mary Weeks; Col. Joseph Lynde; Sarah Pierpont; Samuel Lynde and 3 others
Half brother of Henry Jordan and Rebecca Whichcote

Occupation: Ensign, Selectman for five years, Freeman in 1645
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About Ensign Thomas Lynde

Note: This branch up from John Barrett b. 1704 is somewhat speculative in that I (as well as some others who appear responsible) have made a bit of a best guess that the wife of that John was Dorothy Lynde. Even though she was as much as 12 years older than him.

Thomas was born circa 1615 in England. This birth year is estimated from his given age at death. Came over on the Abigail in 1635.

DEATH Thomas died in Malden, Middlesex co., MA as "Ensign Thomas [78 y.]" on 15 October 1693; he was 78[11]. MIGRATION He must have migrated with his family. MILITARY As evidenced by his title, Thomas served in the local militia and was popular enough to have been elected Ensign of his company. RESIDENCE & REAL ESTATE He owned land in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA in addition to his homestead in Malden, Middlesex co., MA. In Charlestown, he drew lot #22, 6 acres of land, in 1681 and was granted 3 cow commons in 1682[12]. That same year, he deeded to his granddaughter Mary Lynde of Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA the house in Charlestown which she occupied. The boundaries for this land were not given & the "north end of [the] stable" was reserved for Ensign Thomas and his sons Joseph & John "to put horses [in] when they came to town". She also received the use of the cow common and 3 acres in Dirty Marsh; as well as 12.5 acres of woods that had been bought from J. Penticost, 3 more acres in Dirty Marsh; 1 cow common on the the south side of the Mystic River (now occupied by her mother, but to go to Mary at her mother's demise); and 5 more cow commons on the south side of the Mystic Bridge[12]. In 1685, he received a land grant of 21 acres in Charlestown[12].

MARRIAGE By 1647 when Thomas was 32, he married Elizabeth TUFTS, in Charlestown, Suffolk co., MA[1,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19]. Elizabeth was born circa 1612 in England. Like Thomas, this birth year is estimated from her given age at death. She died in Malden, Middlesex co., MA as "wf. of [Ensign] Thomas [81 y.] on 2 September 1693; she was 81[11].

source Descendants of William Shurtleff of Plymouth and Marshfield, Massachusetts By Benjamin Shurtleff Published by n.p., 1912

Another take on this: On the Lynde s of Whitby. Spring 1995

The Lynde family is an early New England name. About 1634. Ensign Thomas Lynde emigrated from Norfolk England, and settled near present day Boston, MA. With him and his wife, Elizabeth (Tufts), was his teen age brother-in-law, Peter Tufts. Lynde purchased the penny ferry across the Charles River, which Peter operated for a time. Peter went on to found a brick yard and acquired over 800 acres of land in Maiden and neighbouring Medford. In the 1690's as an old man. he testified at the Salem witch trials. His brick house, which is still standing, is depicted on the City seal of Medford, the home of Tufts University. Peter is buried nearby at Bell Rock Cemetery, Maiden, MA.

Peter married Mary Pierce. Her brother, Thomas Pierce Jr. was the forefather of the New England president, Benjamin Pierce. The Tufts and Pierce families spread out into the (New) Hampshire Grants early in the next century and I have no reason to doubt that the Lynde family featured in your article had a similar migration pattern.

Bill Tufts, Editor, Ottawa Branch News, OGS

More: Thomas Lynde (lynds11)

Father: Thomas Lynde (lynds1) Mother: Anna

bc. 1615, baptised April 14, 1620 in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England [DeposMCoV85], d. October 15, 1693

d. October 15, 1693, age 78 in Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts [MaldenVR]

m. 1647 in Charlestown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Tufts, d. September 2, 1693, age 81 years in Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Issue: [MaldenVR] Thomas Lynde, b. March 25, 1647 in Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, d. before 1682

m. Mary Anderson. She m2. July 27, 1682, Rev. Thomas Shepard and m3c. 1686 Samuel Hayman. [BiMalden] John Lynde (lynds101), bc. 1648, d. September 17, 1723

Elizabeth Lynde, b. April 20, 1650 in Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, d. July 15, 1684

m. August 26, 1670, Peter Tufts of Charlestown [BiMalden] Joseph Lynde, b. December 13, 1652 in Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, d. January 21, 1735

m. Elizabeth, d. June 20, 1735 aged 73 issue: [BiMalden] Anna, b. May 29, 1688 Joseph, b. September 2, 1690 Sarah, b. November 22, 1694, d. October 3. 1730 Rebecca, b. July 14, 1696 Lydia, b. March 25, 1700, m. June 24, 1725, Thomas Pratt Thomas, b. April 22, 1702 Hannah, b. May 22, m. December 27, 1726, Amos Putnam Information: December 4, 1643: Thomas was admitted to the First Church of Charlestown. [CChurch]

May 1645: Thomas was made a Freeman in Malden, Massachusetts. [ListofFMV3]

October 3, 1693: Thomas' will named his sons John and Joseph to be executors. My son John to have one-half of my farm I now live on, and to Joseph the other half of my lands. My grand-daughter Mary Lynde, daughter of eldest son Thomas Lynde, all rights in Charlestown. To my grandson Thomas Lynde, son of John, certain lands. To my grand-daughter Elizabeth Tufts 100 lbs. If she dies before marriage, her brothers Peter and Thomas and her sisters Hannah and Mary to have her share. To my grand-daughter Abigail Lynde, daughter of John to have 3 lb at 18. My sister Mary Weeks to have 20s while she remains a widow. My cousin John Butter to pay his mother Mary Weeks 3 lb. My cousin Hannah Chadwick 40s. He also refers to his maids Phebe Egland and Sarah Barber. [Middlesex Probate 14434]

Ensign Thomas Lynde was born in Dunstable, England circa 1615 to Deacon Thomas Lynde and Mary Lynde. Emigrated to Charlestown, Massachusetts aboard the Griffin in 1634 with his father and step mother Margret (Martin) Jordan and brother Henry and sister Mary. Married Elizabeth Tufts (b.1616). Became a freeman in 1645. Settled in Malden, Massachusetts, where he served as a selectman for five years. in 1670 he built his home at he corner of Main Street and Goodyear Avenue in Melrose. It is there where he died in 1673. Ensign Thomas is buried at Bellrock Cemetery in Malden. The house in Melrose still stands.

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Ensign Thomas Lynde's Timeline

February 7, 1615
Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
March 25, 1647
Age 32
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
October 25, 1648
Age 33
Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
April 20, 1650
Age 35
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
December 13, 1652
Age 37
Malden, MA, United States
October 15, 1693
Age 78
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States