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Thomas Ensign

Birthplace: Rye, East Sussex, England
Death: Died in Scituate, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas 'Gentleman' Ensign and Constance Ensign
Husband of Hannah Ensign and Elizabeth Ensign
Father of Thomas Ensign; John Ensign; Thomas Ensign; Hannah Shepard; John Ensign and 1 other
Brother of John Ensign; Edward Ensign; David Ensign; Mary Ensign; James Ensign and 1 other

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About Deacon Thomas Ensign

Dea. Thomas Ensign (1193) (ca 1599-bet 16 Jul 1663 and 17 Feb 1663/4) & Elizabeth Wilder (2356) (ca 1621-bet. 1 Nov 1676 and 19 Nov 1686).* Born ca 1652 in Scituate, MA.*

  • Robert E. Bowman, “Ensigns revisited,” TAG 292 (1998), 241-255.


  • 1193. Dea. Thomas Ensign. Born ca 1599 in Rye, Sussex. Thomas was baptized in Rye, Sussex, on 15 Apr 1599. Thomas died bet 16 Jul 1663 and 17 Feb 1663/4 in Scituate, MA. Occupation: yeoman.

From Deane’s History of Scituate:6

“Thomas Ensign purchased the third cliff of Mr Hatherly 1640, also Mr James Cudworth’s house, and five acres adjoining the bridge, on the north, at the Harbour, 1642. He was one of the Conihassett partners, 1646.”

Thomas's estate was probated 9 Jun 1664 in General Court, Plymouth Colony.

Thomas had two daughters named Hannah–one by his first wife Hannah Wiborne, the other by his second wife Elizabeth Wilder.176

On 27 Apr 1629 Thomas first married Hannah Wybourne, daughter of John Wybourne (1568-1616/7) & Martha Keene, in Cranbrook, Kent, Eng.176 Hannah died in 1639 in Biddenden, Kent. Buried on 20 Jan 1638/9 in Biddenden, Kent.

Hannah, also known as Anne, Wilborne, or Wybourne.

  • Their children include:
  1. 4288 i. Hannah Ensign (Died soon) (ca 1631-Nov 1631)
  2. 4289 ii. Thomas Ensign (Died soon) (1632-Jan 1632/3)
  3. 4290 iii. Thomas Ensign (1634-Mar 1657/8)
  4. 4291 iv. John Ensign (1636-)
  5. 4292 v. Hannah Ensign (ca 1638-14 Mar 1697/8)

On 17 Jan 1638[/9] Thomas second married Elizabeth Wilder (2356) , daughter of Thomas Wilder (629) (ca 1584-23 Oct 1634) & Martha Higgs (ca 1590-20 Apr 1652), in prob. Scituate, MA.3 Born ca 1621 in Shiplake, Oxford, Eng. Elizabeth died bet. 1 Nov 1676 and 19 Nov 1686 in prob. Marshfield, MA.

Elizabeth, of Hingham.2

  • Their children include:
  1. 4293 i. John Ensign (ca 1642-26 Mar 1676)
  2. 4294 ii. Sarah Ensign (ca 1650-)
  3. 4295 iii. Hannah Ensign (ca 1652-)

Thomas - bap. Apr. 1599, Rye, Sussex Co., MA. 1663/4,Duxbury, Plymouth Co., MA; will dated Jul. 16, 1663, and roved Jun. 9, 1664, with inventory of his estate being taken Feb. 17, 1663/4. Thomas was married first on Apr. 27, 1629 at Cranbrook, Kent to Hannah Wybourne (d. 1638, probably at Scituate, MA), daughter of John Wybourne (b. 1568; d. 1616/7, Smarden, Kent), and granddaughter of George Wybourne (b. say 1545; d. 1610, Staplehurst, Kent) and Margery (Sayer) Payne. Thomas was married second on Jan. 17, 1638/9 at Scituate, Plymouth Co., MA to Elizabeth Wilder (b. about 1618; d. between Nov. 1, 1676 and Nov. 19, 1686, Marshfield, MA prob.), daughter of widow Martha Wilder of Hingham, MA. Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth, was convicted 3 Oct 1665 of whoredom and whipped. Elizabeth, as the widow ENSIGN seeking some measure of justice for her daughter, filed a suit against Thomas Summers for £500 damage for "inticing and drawing away her daughter unseasonably, and by unlawfull meanes, against her will, and abusing her daughter." Elizabeth was awarded 50s and the cost of the suit. Children of Thomas and Hannah: Hannah died as infant; Thomas died as infant; Thomas did not marry; John probably died young; and Hannah [Hannah Ensign Shepard - Find A Grave Memorial# 7406086] married Thomas Shepherd. Children of Thomas and Elizabeth: John married; Sarah married first Joseph Wade (son of Nicholas Wade and Elizabeth Hanford), and second Thomas Mann; and Hannah married Thomas Wade (son of Nicholas Wade and Elizabeth Hanford). (Note: Thomas ENSIGN had two daughters named Hannah who married, one by each of his marriages.) Information provided by Stanley Shepard regarding Thomas Ensign

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 Elizabeth Wilder Ensign (1621 - 1688)

 Hannah Ensign Shepard (1640 - 1697)*
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Burial: Bell Rock Cemetery Malden Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA

Created by: McKenzie & Powell Famili... Record added: Dec 22, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 122021266 Thomas Ensign Cemetery Photo Added by: The Guardian

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To My 10th Great Grand Uncle, May You Forever Rest in Peace - Elton Ellis

Added: Feb. 22, 2015

- Mad

Added: Nov. 18, 2014

- Doris King

Added: Oct. 8, 2014

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Deacon Thomas Ensign's Timeline

October 18, 1597
Rye, East Sussex, England
April 15, 1599
Age 1
Rye, Sussex, England
April 15, 1599
Age 1
Rye, Sussex, England
Age 34
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Age 42
Scituate, Plymouth Colony
Age 46