About Rev Thomas Francis Blossom, Sr
From the Log of the Mayflower: "Deacon Thomas Blossom and his son were well known as of Pastor Robinson's flock at Leyden. They returned moreover to Holland from Plymouth, England (when they gave up the voyage) via London.
The father went to New Plymouth ten years later, the son dying before that time. Letter dated at Leyden, Dec. 15, 1625, he says: --"God hath taken away my son who was with us in the ship (Mayflower) when I went back again."
Thomas & his wife, Ann, also resided in Pieterskerkhof, Leyden, Holland before Plymouth, MA. He, his wife & family set said for New England in July of 1620 on the ship 'Speedwell' which sailed from Leyden to Southampton to redezvous with the larger ship the 'Mayflower'. Both ships sailed from Southampton on August 4, 1620 with the Blossoms still aboard the Speedwell. They sailed down the channel, but Speedwell proved unseaworthy. Both ships put into Dartmouth for repairs & departed again on August 23. After sailing for 100 leagues, Speedwell was discovered to be leaking so badly that they were forced to return to England where most of the passengers were crowded onto the Mayflower to continue the voyage. The Blossoms, with other Pilgrims, returned to Leyden. Thomas was a passenger on the 2nd 'Mayflower' which arrived at Plymouth Colony on May 15, 1629. Pilgrim Church ~ Letters of his, which still survive, indicate he was a deacon & an educated man.
Thomas and Anne Blossom were among the first Puritan settlers in New England.
Elder Thomas BLOSSOM
On this Thanksgiving Day we may reflect back to our Pilgrim ancestors Thomas Blossom and family. His daughter, Elizabeth Blossom, married Edward FitzRandolph. Did you know that there were two ships that set sail for the new world in 1620 - The Mayflower and The Speedwell? The Speedwell proved to be un-seaworthy and returned to Leyden, Holland where Deacon Thomas Blossom and his family remained until 1629 when they made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean to join the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony. He was a respected member of the community. A flu epidemic hit the Colony in 1632. Thomas Blossom took ill and died. (He did not die in England as indicated in his family tree on this web site.) There are many books with information about Thomas Blossom, Edward FitzRandolph, and our families including the book "Saints and Strangers". You may search Google for "Speedwell Thomas Blossom" and find many interesting articles such as the following:
The Life of Edward (FitzRandolph), the Pilgrim (Born about 1615)
The Pilgrim, Edward, was a man of substance as well as of character. He built a house in Scituate, Mass. during 1636; and it appears that he sold his property there in 1639 and moved to Barnstable with his minister and 25 townsmen. Here, he built another home on an 8-acre lot and lived in it till 1649, when he sold it and three other town lots, and removed to his farm in West Barnstable(a tract of 143 acres.; this he occupied for 20 years)...when he sold out and moved with his family to Piscataway, N.J. This important change seems to have been brought about by a desire for ampler religious freedom. The restrictions of Puritan rule in New England seemed oppressive to many men and women who longed for a large liberty of thought. Religious freedom, complete and unstinted, was promised to new settlers by the New Jersey Proprietors, and this constituted the chief lure to the pious pilgrims.
Young Edward, in May 1637, at Scituate Mass., married Elizabeth, the daughter of Thomas and Anne Blossom.
Elizabeth Blossom was born in Leyden, Holland, of pious Pilgrim parentage about the year 1620. Her father, Thomas Blossom, was a prominent member of Rev. John Robinson's church from the time its members left Scrooby in Nottinghamshire, England. In 1620, the *Mayflower* and the *Speedwell* were to sail as companion ships to America. The Speedwell was a little ship of 60 tons, which had been purchased and fitted out in Holland for the Pilgrim congregation. She sailed July 26, 1620, from the port of Delfthaven, about 24 miles from Leyden, for Southampton, England, where the Mayflower for a week had been waiting with a partial list of passengers from London. It was found that the little Speedwell needed repairs before putting out to sea. Repairs were made at a considerable expense and delay. The two vessels then set sail for their long voyage, but the Speedwell proved leaky and both vessels put into Dartmouth for further repairs. Then, once more, they sailed together and progressed some 300 miles westward from Land's End, when the captain of the Speedwell complained further of his boat's unseaworthiness. Again, the two vessels turned back, this time putting into Plymouth Harbor, and here it was decided to dismiss the Speedwell after a redistribution of passengers and cargo.
On September 6, 1620, eighteen persons returned in the Speedwell to Leyden by way of London, where the leaky boat was sold. Among those returning was Thomas Blossom with his little family. There, he remained until the congregation of Rev. Robinson was able to send over to America those who were left behind.
On May 1, 1629, six vessels left the shores of England with a passenger list which included the bulk of the Leyden congregation, all bound for New England. One of these ships was the famous Mayflower. Thomas Blossom and his family were on this same vessel.
The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 — Volume 4
by Ames, Azel, 1845-1908
We have a very interesting and varied family. I am so thankful that you belong to our family. I started searching our family history over 30 years ago. It has became a life-long passion. I started with about 50 names and now have branches of our family back to 250 BC. Shirley (Brown) Wilcoxon
Thomas Blossom was born about 1580, probably one of at least seven children born to Peter Blossom (who listed his occupation as "husbandman"/"laborer") and his second wife Annabel Blossom of Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire. The Blossoms moved to Stapleford around 1582. Thomas Blossom's letters suggest he had some education, but there is no mention of his name in Cambridge University records.
Thomas lived in Leiden, Netherlands for some time, arriving before October 27, 1609. He attempted to emigrate to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 as a passenger of the Speedwell, companion ship of the Mayflower, however the Speedwell turned back.
Blossom returned to Leiden until 1629, when he and his family emigrated to Massachusetts in a ship named the Mayflower (probably a different ship from the original Mayflower). He died in the "infectious feaver" of 1632-1633.
Thomas married Anne Elsdon on 11/10/1605 at St. Clement, Cambridge and had 6 children. After Thomas Blossom's death, Anne subsequently married Henry Rowley at Plymouth on 10/17/1633.
Thomas and Anne Blossom had six children. Three died in childhood, buried in Leiden, Netherlands between 1617 and 1625. Thomas Blossom, born about 1623, married Sarah Ewer on 6/18/1645 in Barnstable, Massachusetts and had one daughter. He died of drowning of Nauset Beach on 4/22/1650.
Elizabeth Blossom was born about 1620 in Leiden. She married Edward Fitzrandolph in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts on 5/10/1637 and had nine children. After Edward died in Piscataway, New Jersey about 1675, Elizabeth married John Pike in Piscataway (no known children).
Source: "A genealogical profile of Thomas Blossom", www.PlymouthAncestors.org
Arrived on Mayflower 1629
Came to Plymouth in 1629. His correspondance indicates substantial education. Probably the son of Peter and Annabel Blossom of Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire Thomas and Anne Blossom came to America with their children, arriving in Plymouth 15 May 1629
Thomas Blossom was born in 1580 Little Shelford, Cambridge, England. His parents were Peter BLOSSOM (1535- 1597) and Annabel [__?__] (1549 – 1617). He married Ann HEILSON 10 Nov 1605 in St Clements Church, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. He began the journey in the Speedwell, sister ship of the famous Mayflower, but the Speedwell had to turn back due to being unseaworthy. Thomas later arrived in Plymouth Colony on the 2nd voyage of the Mayflower in 1629. Thomas died in 1632 Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The date of the death of Deacon Blossom is uncertain. Gov. Bradford, who was his contemporary, says he died of the malignant fever which pervaded in the summer of 1633. The accurate Prince copies Gov. Bradford’s statement and the careful Mr. Savage refers to Prince as his authority. Judge Mitchel says “about 1633.” Notwithstanding this array of authorities it can perhaps be demonstrated that Dea. Blossom died in 1632. In the tax lists for the town of Plymouth, dated Jan’y 12, 1633, N. S., (1632 O. S.), Dea. Thomas Blossom is not taxed ; but the Wid. Blossom is. The record now existing was made in March 1632/33, and proves conclusively that Dea. Blossom was dead when that record was made.
Rev Thomas Francis Blossom, Sr's Timeline
February 26, 1567
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire, England
emigrated from England to Amsterdam to escaped religious persecution
Leiden, Rhynland (present Zuid-Holland), Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden (present The Netherlands)
June 2, 1620
Leiden, Rhynland, Holland, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden