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Thomas Cakebread

Birthdate: (27)
Birthplace: St Mary Coslany?, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: January 4, 1642 (27)
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of William Cakebread and Katherine Cakebread
Husband of Sara Whale
Father of Mary Grout
Brother of Anna Cutler and Calleb Cakebread

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About Thomas Cakebread

Thomas Cakebread ca. 1615 - 1642, passenger on the Arabella

Grout, Busby, Cutler, and Cakebread families intertwined, as seen from this Grout Family History record:

  • 1610 Anne Cakebread born. [From Cutler family history]
  • 1616 John Grout born [Calculated from John Grout testimonial of land grant (pg. 4)]
  • 1619, 12 Dec. Sarah Busby, daughter of Nicholas Busby, is Christened [From St Mary Coslany records] ed. note: Christening dates are not necessarily birth dates.
  • 1630 Thomas Cakebread and Mrs. Sara Cakebread arrive in America with the Winthrop fleet. They settle in Watertown. [From Winthop Fleet passenger lists and Watertown town records]
  • 1633 to 1637 James Cutler, Anne Cakebread with her sister and John Grout all arrive in the New Colonies during this time. [From Grout family and Cutler family histories]
  • 1634 James Cutler marries Anne Cakebread [From Cutler family history]
  • 1634 to 1639 The sister of Anne (Cakebread) Cutler marries Ensign John Grout. [From Cutler family history]
  • 1636 to 1640 John Grout acquires lots in Watertown from Thomas Cakebread and settles there [From Watertown town records] ed. note: on the map both names appear on the same lots.
  • 1639 Thomas Cakebread is granted land and moves to Sudbury and builds a grist mill. [From Sudbury town records]
  • 1641, 8 Jun, John the son of John & Mary GROUT borne 8 (6) 1641. [From Watertown birth records]
  • 1642, 4 Jan. Thomas Cakebread dies [From Sudbury town records]
  • 1641 to 1643 Mary Grout dies sometime between her son Johns birth 8 June 1641 and Capt. John having a child with Sara 11 Oct. 1643. [Inferred from Watertown birth records]
  • 1643, 8 May, The land of Antient Cakebread in Sudbury is confirmed to Sergt. John Grout along with more land to pen watter for the use of the Mill [From Sudbury town records]
  • 1643 Sarah the daught of John & Sarah GROUT borne 11 (10) 1643. [From Watertown birth records]


Born by about 1595 based on estimated date of marriage. A miller who came to Massachusetts Bay in 1633. First settled in Watertown; moved to Sudbury MA in 1639. Died in Sudbury 4 January 1642/3. Married by about 1620 Sarah _____ (assuming she was mother of his child); she married (2) Sudbury 7 November 1649 as his second wife Philemon Whale; she died at Sudbury 28 December 1656. Banks includes Thomas Cakebread and his wife Sarah in the Winthrop Fleet of 1630, and claims they were from Hatfield Broadoak, Essex, but there is no support for either of these statements.

Family links:


  • Sarah Cakebread Whale (____ - 1656)


  • Mary Cakebread Grout (1620 - 1642)*

  • Calculated relationship


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What is the source for his presence on the Arbella in Winthrop's fleet? "Banks includes Thomas Cakebread and his wife Sarah in the Winthrop Fleet of 1630, and claims they were from Hatfield Broadoak, Essex, but there is no support for either of these statements [Planers 68]."[1] We have therefore removed him from the Category: Arbella, Winthrop Fleet. Biography

Thomas Cakebread was born in England about 1595 (based on approximated date of marriage) -- origins and parents unknown. He emigrated to New England in 1633, initially settling in Watertown and removing to Sudbury in 1639. He was a miller.

He married by 1620 "Sarah _____ (assuming she was the mother of his child); she m2 in Sudbury 7 Nov 1649 as his second wife Philemon Whale; she died at Sudbury 28 Dec 1656 [TG 6:131]."

He held a variety of offices.

He was granted fifty acres in Great Dividend in Watertown, 25 July 1636, eight acres in Beaverbrook Plowlands 28 Feb 1636/7, and eight in Remove Meadows 26 June 1637. "In the inventory of possessions and the composit inventory, most of these parcels were held by John Grout, who married Cakebread's daughter [WaBOP 42, 127]." "In an undated but early Sudbury record is a list of 'such lands as were given to gratulate some persons for some service done by them which meadows are ratable.... Given to Thomas Cakbrad for and in consideration of building a mill..." (See GMB, p 302-303, for more land transactions.)

He died in Sudbury on 4 January 1642/3.


  1. Mary, b abt 1620; m by abt 1640 as his first wife John Grout of Watertown and Sudbury[2]

"The evidence for the daughter Mary who married John Grout is given by mary Walton Ferris, who cites a petition in which John Grout refers to Thomas Cakebead as his father-in-law [Dawes-Gates 1:663-664, reproducing the original petition]. Savage had these marriages completely wrong, as did many other writers.)" "As Ferris also notes, 'If the early claim that Mary, first wife of Ens. John(1) Grout and Anne first wife of James(1) Cutler were sisters, can be proved, it means that Anne was another daughter of Thomas(1) and Sarah (______) Cakebread' [Dawes-Gates 1:663]. This claim appears only in the secondary literature, and seems unlikely, since the entire estate of Thomas Cakebread seems to have ended up in the hands of John Grout."[3] Notes

"There was a Mr. Thomas Bredcake, briefly active around Salem in 1644, who is sometimes confused with Thomas Cakebread, but they were quite distinct persons [MBCR 2:79, 83; SLR 1:11]."[4]


  1. Alfred Sereno Hudson, The history of Sudbury, Massachusetts. 1638-1889

Acknowledgements - Contributors

  1. Michael Lechner entered information.

Jamie Coyle. Smith-32867 17:07, 15 April 2013 (EDT) ↑ Robert Charles Anderson, GMB, p 303 ↑ Dawes-Gates 1:663 ↑ GMB, p 303 ↑ GMB, p 303


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Thomas Cakebread's Timeline

Norwich, Norfolk, England
Age 5
January 4, 1642
Age 27
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts