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Thomas Armitage

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Thornhill, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 16, 1668 (65)
Hempstead, Long Island, New York Colony, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of John Armitage and Margaret Armitage
Husband of Susan Armitage
Father of Sarah Whitehead; Katherine Ashman; Susannah Pine and Manasseth Armitage
Brother of Godfrey Armitage; James Armitage; Margaret Batty; Edward Armitage; Richard Armitage and 4 others

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About Thomas Armitage

“Armitage, Thomas, came in the James from Bristol, Eng. May 23, 1635, with Mr. Richard Mather.” (Pioneers of Massachusetts, p 20, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“Armitage, Thomas, came with Richard Mather; settled at Plymouth; frm. 7 March, 1636-7. Rem. to Sandwich; deputy.” (Pioneers of Massachusetts, p 72a, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“Armitage, Thomas, came to Lynn, Mass., in 1635, two years later removed to Sandwich, Conn.” (Ancestral Heads of New England Families, p 7, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“Armitage, Thomas, Lynn 1635, removed to Sandwich 1637.” (The First Settlers of New England, p 19, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“Armitage, Thomas (1635-65) MA; m. Susan Mitchell. Freeman. Deputy to Court.” (Seventeenth Century Colonial Ancestors, Supplement II, p 2, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“Armitage, Thomas. . .English Parish Names: Bristol. . .Ship Name: James. . .New England Town: Ipswich, Mass.” (Topographical Dictionary of New England, Emigrants from England to New England, p 55, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“James of Bristol, sailed June 4, arrived August 17, ‘. . .having one hundred passengers, honest people of Yorkshire, being put into the Isles of Shoals, lost three anchors: and setting sail, no anvas nor ropes would hold, but she was driven within a cable’s length of the rocks at Pascataquack, when suddenly the wind, coming to N. W., put them back to the Isles of Shoals, and, being there ready to strike upon the rocks, they let out a piece of their mainsail, and weathered the rocks. . .Rev. Richard Mather, Toxtech, Lancashire, Dorchester. . .Thomas Armitage, Ipswich. . .Joseph Armitage, Lynn. . .Godfrey Armitage, Lynn. . .Matthew Mitchell, Mrs. Susan Mitchell, Jonathan Mitchell, Halifax, Yorkshire, Charlestown. . .” (Planters of the Commonwealth 1620-1640, Lists of Passengers and the Ships Which Brought Them, 1635, pp 134-135, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“The history of the Oyster Bay begins with the purchase made from the Indians in 1653, by which Assiapuns, alias Mohanes an Indian Sachem, sold to Peter Wright, Samuel Mayo and William Leverich, all the land situated upon Oyster Bay, bounding east by Oyster river, and west by Papaquatunk river, with all the islands ‘excepting one island commonly called Hog Island.’. . .The original purchasers accepted as partners Thomas Armitage, Anthony Wright and John Washburne, and then began the building of the town.” (Family History of NY, Vol III, p 171, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“By the year 1642, the number of Pioneers had risen from 20 to 59. A list is given, below, in order to make more clear the signatures of the 20, and also to show many of the names that are soon to appear in Hempstead. (Huntington’s ‘Stamford,’ p 25) Matthew Mitchell. . .Thomas Armitage. . .” -- “Settlement of Hempstead. Early in 1644 a considerable settlement of the present village of Hempstead, afterward Queens County, now Nassau County. They gave a qualified allegiance to the Dutch Government which had driven out their predecessors four years before. Huntington (‘Stamford,’ pp. 73-77) states that the Stamford men complained that they had no votes, no liberties and no justice --- because the New Haven men made the laws, and laid the rates. The removal was not made until, in 1643, a Committee had visited Hempstead and purchased the land form the Indians. So far as can be ascertained, the following were the emigrants to Hempstead -- those named by Huntington (p. 73), as from Stamford. . .: Matthew Mitchell. . .Thomas Armitage. . .” -- “The Expedition for the settlement of Oyster Bay was organized by the Rev. William Leverich, late of Lynn, then of Sandwich, Cape Code, where he arranged with Samuel Mayo, owner of the Sloop ‘Desire’ of Barnstable, Capt. John Dickson, to b ring his and Peter Wright’s goods, etc., to Oyster Bay. They (Leverich, Mayo and Wright) bought of the Indians, in 1653, a certain tract; and took as copartners Wm. Washbourne, John Washbourne, Thomas Armitage, Daniel Whitehead, Anthony Wright, Robert Williams and Richard Holbrook -- some of whom came from Stamford.” (Refugees from Long Island to Connecticut, 1776, The Relations Between Long Island and Connecticut, pp 158-160, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“Thomas Armitage, age 24, sailed from Gravesend, near London, for Barbados on the ‘James,’ with Rev. Richard Mather and others. In 1635/36 he was at Lynn MA. In 1637 he removed to Sandwich. He had a grant of land in 1641 in Stamford CT, but apparently did not settle there. Afterwards he was at Oyster Bay, Long Island, and was a proprietor of Hempstead, Long Island in 1647. Torrey gives his birth as 1611, yet says he died in 1680, age 80. His age at immigration would agree with birth date in 1611, so the age given by Torrey is probably wrong.” (Sanford-Shulsen Family, Evelyn Beran, RootsWeb World Connect Project database)

“Immigration: Thomas Armitage sailed from Bristol on the ‘James,’ June 4, 1635. He arrived in Boston, August 17, 1635. Other passengers on the ship were the Reverend Richard Mather and family; Matthew Mitchell and family; and Joseph Armitage. Thomas Armitage settled at Ipswich. -- Residence: He was made a freeman of Plymouth Colony, March 7, 1636/7 -- Residence: He was an original proprietor of Hempstead in 1644. -- Residence: Thomas Armitage and his son-in-law, Daniel Whitehead, were original proprietors of Oyster Bay in 1653.” (Putnam and Related Families, Gary D. Putnam, RootsWeb World Connect Project database)

“Thomas Armitage came in the ‘James’ from Bristol in 1635, with Mr. Richard Mather. He was at Lynn, a freeman at Plymouth, 6 Mch., 1636-7, then at Sandwich as deputy, 1639. He had a grant of land at Stamford, Conn., 1641, and later settled at Oyster Bay, Long Island. Manassah Armitage was a graduate of Harvard College in 1660, of whom Mr. Savage says, ‘who gladly would I find some, the minutest story of, as date of birth or who was his father or anything else,’ etc. Sibley’s Harvard Graduates states that Manasseh was son of Thomas above mentioned (Register xli, 83). As recent works have not acknowledged these facts, I present the following document to confirm them: ‘Whereas I, Thomas Armitage, now of Oyster Bay, of perfect health and memory, and so have been of a long time nor have been deprived of sense or reason whereby I should have made over my estate by deed or will to my son Manasses, now in Cambridge College, only to be allowed by him a maintenance for life. If any such shall appear, they are forged and false. He has fraudulently taken from me several bills, bonds and writings, to convert them to his own use. I desire all persons not to pay him any debt due me, lest they pay in their own damage.’ -- testimony, 3 June, 1659, ‘Robert Ashman said nine years back he was bound for James Pine to Thomas Armitage, his father-in-law, for L30 which he intended to give his son Manasses, so that his wife should not have his estate and deprive his son. Armitage said ‘I have now married a young wife and may have other children, and therefore may have need of that myself, to be at my own disposing, that Manasses has taken away.’ William Smith said nine years ago, Armitage proffered me cattle to keep for the use of Manasses and that at the end of eleven years I should return the cattle and profit.” (New York Settlers from New England, p 299, NEHGR, posted on Journal Storage: The Scholarly Journal Archive, JSTOR, Internet)

“. . . Yorkshire men from Halifax and vicinity who were among the fifty original proprietors of Hempstead: Thomas Armitage [Bradford]. . .” (Genealogies of Long Island Families, Vol II, p 53, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“List of Proprietors of Hempstead in 1647:. . . 2. Armitage, Thomas, in 1635, as reported from Bristol, Eng. One T.A., at 24, sailed from Gravesend, Newark London, for Barbadoes; 1635-6, at Lynn, Mass.; 1637, at Sandwich; 1651, at Stamford, Conn., afterwards at Oyster Bay, L. I. He mar. twice; Manassah, a son by 1st wife, studied at Cambridge and grad. at Harvard in 1660; d. by 1678.” (Long Island Source Records, The Early History of Hempstead, L.I., p 578, On-Line Genealogy Library database)

“Thomas Armitage was born sometime before the year 1600 and most likely near Bradford, Yorkshire, England. No birth records have been found. There is his marriage record in Bradford. He married Susan Mitchell there on September 25th, 1625. . .They are listed on a passenger list along with her brother Matthew Mitchell and his wife Susan Field. They sailed from Bristol in Gloucestershire in 1635 on the sailing ship the James bound for the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1635 there has been a mention of him being in Lynn, but this sees to be for another Armitage. By at least the following year he was in Sandwich in the Plymouth Colony. On March 7, 1636/7 he was made a Freeman of that Colony. He was in that colony at least through April 16, 1640, when it was noted that he had six and a half acres of land. From the History of Stamford, Connecticut, we find: ‘Thomas Armitage received 10 acres of land in December 1641. He came from Bristol, England on the ship James with the Reverend Mather and others, and removed in 1637 to Sandwich, Mass., whence he came to Stamford. From Stamford he went with the Underhill and Company to Oyster Bay, Long Island. In 1647 he appears on the list of the Hempstead settlers.’ Thomas Armitage was in Stamford by December of 1641 and in Long Island shortly afterwards. He probably remained in Oyster Bay a few years and then went to nearby Hempstead. Sometime in the 1650 time period, his wife Susan died and he remarried to a Martha for a short period. She, too, had died before 1659. Nothing is known about Martha. It would seem he returned to Oyster Bay, as he appears in the court records there in 1659. It seems his son, Manasseth, who was a student at Harvard, had falsified documents pertaining to Thomas’ will. Thomas declared in court on May 26th, 1659 that the document stating his estate was to go to Manasseth was a forgery. However, the actual events seem to indicate that Thomas had just fallen for a very young woman named Ann Lillestone and wanted to cut his son out of his estate and give it to Ann. On the 30th of the eleventh month (probably February on the old style calendar) of 1663, Thomas Armitage announced he had just married Ann. It would seem he died shortly thereafter, as this is the last record of him. He is most likely buried in Oyster Bay, New York.” (The Armitage Family, Bill Putman’s Home Page, Bill Putman, Internet)

Jamaica found in Queens Co., an original NY county formed in 1683

On 30 Feb (11 mo) 1663 Thomas announced that he had just married Ann.* Reference: RootsWeb's WorldConnect - SmartCopy: Oct 21 2016, 19:35:39 UTC

  • Emigration: Immigrant, Came in ship James in 1635 - 1635 - Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Residence: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
  • Residence: Oyster Bay - 1659

Thomas Armitage received 10 acres of land in December 1641. He came from Bristol, England on the ship James with the Reverend Richard Mather and others, and removed in 1637 to Sandwich, Mass, whence he came to Stamford. From Stamford he went with Underhill and Company to Oyster Bay, Long Island. In 1647 he appears on the list of Hempstead settlers - From Bill Putman

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Thomas Armitage's Timeline

December 16, 1602
Thornhill, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
December 16, 1602
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
July 21, 1605
Age 2
Age 23
Thornton, West Yorkshire, England
Age 25
Age 29
Yorkshire, England
Age 31
Bradford, Yorkshire, England
November 16, 1668
Age 65
Hempstead, Long Island, New York Colony, Colonial America