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Thomas Chase

Birthdate: (36)
Birthplace: Hundridge Manor, Chesham, Buckingham, England
Death: October 5, 1652 (36)
Hampton, (Present Rockingham County), North Plantation (Present New Hampshire)
Immediate Family:

Son of Aquila Chase and Martha Chase
Husband of Elizabeth Robie
Father of Thomas Chase, Jr.; Joseph Chase; James Chase; Lt. Isaac Chase and Abraham Chase
Brother of Priscilla Ramsdell; Anne Chase; Martha Chase; Sarah Chase; Elizabeth Chase and 3 others

Occupation: Seaman
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About Thomas Chase

The CHASE Family lines that are recorded in this genealogy descend from Aquila Chase (b. abt. 1618) of Newbury (now Newburyport, MA) in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and to a limited degree, his brother, Thomas. Aquila and Thomas, emigrated from England (it is assumed, since no records have been found) about 1638 or 39 and settled in the town of Hampton, Massachusetts Bay Colony, on what is now the New Hampshire coast. They received various allotments of land during the next few years, and it is recorded that Aquila subsequently sold certain lands to his "brother Thomas", which is how that relationship was able to be established. In 1646, Aquila was induced to move to the town of Newbury on the Merrimac River, in what is now Massachusetts, by an offer of a grant of land totaling some 16 acres on the condition that he "doe goe to sea and do service to the towne with a boate for four years". We may assume from this that he was an accomplished mariner. Aquila lived out his life in Newbury, dying there in 1670. From the contents of his will, it appears that he probably spent at least his later years farming.

Unfortunately, despite an exhaustive search over the years in both England and in the United States by professional genealogists, no verifiable records have yet been found that give even a hint about either from where the brothers Aquila and Thomas came, or who their parents or any other ancestors might have been. The published claims by some genealogists that assert links to England or some known ancestry are based purely on speculation, conjecture and wishful thinking, and have never been backed up and proven by any competent source documentation.

Aquila's presumed year of birth (1618) is based solely on a 1666 court deposition wherein he gives his age as "about 48 years". There is no record anywhere that indicates when Thomas was born. However, the fact that he apparently married several years earlier suggests that he may have been the older of the two. A number of genealogies and many family trees that have been published on reputable web sites and elsewhere make representations that link the brothers to specific Chases in England, usually in either Cornwall or in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. The fact that Aquila is an unusual name, plus the other similarities in the names of individuals in the Chesham Chase and the Aquila and Thomas families, makes this a very tempting link to consider. Someday it may be proven to be a valid one. However, the fact is that no documents have yet been found to support this or any of the other alleged family ties to any ancestry, anywhere. Unfortunately many "researchers" have simply copied this erroneous information, and use it as "fact" in their family trees. The notes attached to both the London and American Aquilas in this data base provide some details of the many problems with the alleged logic of these alleged linkages.

Allegations that claim William Chase, the progenitor of another Chase line in America, to be the brother of (or otherwise closely related to) Aquila and Thomas are also totally false. In fact, dna tests of descendants of the Aquila and William lines prove that even any common ancestor that might link William and the brothers Aquila and Thomas would have to be many hundreds of years in the past.

This data base does include information about some individuals in the Chesham Chase family solely for the sake of such interest that some may have in those English Chases. However, no link between that family line and the brothers Aquila and Thomas is either shown or implied.

Dick Chase, Clemmons, NC July 2005

Resided in Hampton, Rockingham, NH in 1640.

Baptized 12 Jan 1588 Hundridge Parish, Chesham.

New England Families, Genealogical And Memorial V2: A Record Of The Achievements Of Her People In The Making Of Commonwealths And The Founding Of A Nation (1914) by William Richard Cutter

Ancestor of Samuel Chase, a signer of the Declaration of Independence

Birth date is only assumed, as date known is actually the baptism date.

•Name: Thomas CHASE

•Sex: M

•Birth: 25 JUL 1616 1

•Death: 5 OCT 1652 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH 1


Thomas was a seaman who came to Hampton on 39 June 1640. Noyes/Libby/Davis, "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire," (1939), pp. 139 and 254.

Father: CHASE

Marriage 1 Elizabeth PHILBRICK b: 23 OCT 1621 in England

•Married: ABT 1642


1. Thomas CHASE b: 1643 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

2. Joseph CHASE b: ABT 1647 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

3. James CHASE b: 1649 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

4. Isaac CHASE b: 1 APR 1650 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

5. Abraham CHASE b: 6 AUG 1652 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH

Source: rootsweb

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  • Full text of "Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, genealogical-memorial; representative citizens;"
  • CHASE, Charles Edward, Active Factor in Insurance Circles.
  • The Chase family, of which Charles Edward Chase, chairman of the board of directors of the Hartford Fire Insurance Company, and a prominent public official, is a worthy representative, is of English origin, being among the ancient and highly honored families of England, the name being derived undoubtedly from the French word, Chasser, to hunt. They are one of the families entitled to bear a coat-of-arms, described as follows : Gules four crosses patence argent (two and two), on a canton azure a lion rampant or.
  • (VI) Aquila Chase, fourth son of Richard and Joan (Bishop) Chase, was born at Hundrich, Parish Chesham, England, and baptized there, August 14, 1580. He was prominent in community affairs, and was highly regarded by all with whom he was brought in contact. He married and was the father of two children : Thomas ; Aquila, of further mention.


  • Genealogy of a portion of the descendants of William Chase : who came to America in 1630, and died in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, May, 1659 (1886)
  • The Chase families in the United States are nearly all descended from the following namely :
  • William Chase, who came to America in 1630, and died in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, May, 1659.
  • Thomas Chase, who settled at Hampton, N. H., 1639, and died there about 1652.
  • Aquila Chase, (brother of Thomas,) who settled at Hampton, N. H., 1639. He removed to Newbury, Massachusetts, about 1646 and died there, December 27, 1670.
  • The object of the present work is to give a brief account of some of the descendants of William Chase, and especially of the Rhode Island branches of the family.


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Thomas Chase's Timeline

July 18, 1585
Lived In Hampton, Rockingham, NH
July 18, 1585
Hundrich, Chesham, Buckingham, England
July 18, 1585
Hundrich, Chesham, Buckingham, England
July 18, 1585
Hundridge, Chesham, Bucks, England
July 18, 1585
Hundrich, Chesham, Buckingham, England
July 18, 1585
Lived in Hampton, Rockingham, Nh
July 25, 1616
Chesham, Buckingham, England
July 25, 1619
Age 3
July 25, 1619
Age 3
Hundrich, Chesham, England
July 25, 1619
Age 3
Hundrich, Chesham, England