Thomas Elithorpe, of Rowley

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Thomas Elithorpe, of Rowley

Birthplace: Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death: April 1654 (48-53)
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Ellithorpe and Isabel Brigham
Husband of 1st wife of Thomas Elithorpe and Abigail Jones
Father of Nathaniel Elithorpe; Mary Riley; John Ellithorpe, Sr. and Abigail Pickworth
Brother of Katharine Miles
Half brother of Constance Crosby and Anne Crosby

Immigration Year: 1638
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About Thomas Elithorpe, of Rowley

Thomas Elithorpe

  • Birth: ABT 1603 in Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, York, England
  • Death: APR 1654 in Rowley, Essex County, MA

His first wife may have been Margaret, who was buried at Holme-on-Spalding-Moor 25 May 1635.


Thomas came to New England about 1638 and settled at Rowley, Massachusetts. He was a follower of Rev. Ezekiel Rogers, the Puritan rector of Rowley, county York, a parish twelve miles southeast of Everingham. Rev. Rogers gathered a band of Yorkshire Puritans and sailed for New England in 1638, where he founded a plantation named Rowley after his English home.

At Rowley he married (2) Abigail (___) Sumner, widow of Thomas Sumner of Rowley. On 14 May 1654 widow Abigail Elithorpe, Hugh Smith and John Pickard petitioned for probate of the will of Thomas Elithorpe deceased. The will no longer exists, but the petition mentions eldest son (Nathaniel) and "three youngest children." On 6 April 1668 "'Abigaill Jones sometime wife unto Thomas Elithorp of Rowley deceased and Nathanill Elithorp sonn of sayd Thomas Elithorp and Henry Ryley and Mary his wife, and Joseph Pickworth and Abigail his wife, Daughters unto the aforesd Thomas Elithorp' gave power of attorney to 'our loveing Brother John Elithorp.'"


: Title: The Elithorpe Family of Yorkshire, England, and New England Author: John Insley Coddington Abbrev: Coddington Publication: The American Genealogist, 1955, Vol. 31 Abbrev: Elithorpe Family Page: pp. 19-21

He left England in June 1638 in the ship JOHN with son Nathaniel and daughter Mary. The family finally settled at Rowley, MA...


Thomas Elithorpe 1601 - 1654 & Margaret‎(unknown)‎ 1603 - 1635

Children include

  • Mary Elithorpe 1635 - 1700
  • Nathaniel Elithorpe 1633 - 1709
  • Abigail Elithorpe 1641 -
  • John Elithorpe1643 - 1719
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Thomas Elithorpe, of Rowley's Timeline

Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Rowley, Yorkshire, England
Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
May 13, 1643
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
April 1654
Age 53
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America