Thomas Bell, of Boston

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Thomas Bell, of Boston

Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Death: June 07, 1655 (27-36)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ann Mullins
Father of John Bell, (died young); John Bell, (again); Tabitha Bell; Thomas Bell, Il; Moremercy Bell and 2 others

Occupation: Executioner
Immigration: By 1637 to Boston
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About Thomas Bell, of Boston

From The Bell family in America being an account of the founders and first colonial families, an official list of the heads of families of the name resident in the United States in 1790 and a bibliography by Weeks, Lyman Horace Published 1913 page 10

Thomas Bell, of Boston, 1637, was a member of the artillery company in 1643. By his wife Anne he had:

  • John, born August 24, 1638
  • John March 4, 1640;
  • Tarbitha, March 24, 1641
  • Thomas, August 3, 1642;
  • Hopestill, July, 1644
  • Moremercy, January 14, 1647;
  • Deborah, November 29, 1650;
  • Joseph, October 9, 1653.

The last two children may have been by a second wife Deborah. [SIC: it looks like Anna survived Thomas ...]

Thomas Bell died June 7, 1655.


Not the same as the Thomas Bell who married Ann Culver in 1641. This Thomas must have married by 1638.

Disputed Origins

Not the son of Thomas Bell, of Roxbury and Susanna Bell. Their son was Thomas Bell


Thomas Bell had a grant of a great lot for 3 heads Feb.19,1637/8. He was made freeman May 25,1636. He continued to reside in Boston and did not settle in Braintree. He is not to be confused with Thomas Bell of Roxbury. His Braintree land is mentioned in his inventory in 1655 as 21 acres valued at £3 and was sold by his widow Ann to John Hull who resold in 1674 to Francis Eliot and Caleb Hobart. (S.D. 17-225) It lay north of West St. and west of Washington St. in present Braintree.

Thomas was an executioner. As such, he was “exempted from watchings” 14 May 1649 and “exempted from trayninges, watchings, & wardinges” 18 May 1653. On the latter date, he was also reimbursed for money “expended by him for ropes & ladders for the better executing of his office.”

Thomas died 7 April 1655 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Anne married second William Mullins (b. abt. 1593, son of William Mullins, probably by his wife Alice —) 7th 3 month 1656 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Anne died 4 Dec 1661 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.


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Thomas Bell, of Boston's Timeline

England, United Kingdom
Age 13
Freeman 25 May, Massachusetts Colony, Morocco
August 24, 1638
March 4, 1640
March 24, 1641
June 3, 1642
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
January 14, 1646
November 29, 1650
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
November 1, 1653