Is your surname Faxon?

Research the Faxon family

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Thomas Faxon

Birthplace: Hingham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 23, 1680 (79-80)
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Faxon, Sr. and Ellen Faxon
Husband of Joane Faxon and Sarah Gannett Savill Faxon
Father of Richard Faxon; Johanna Barbour and Thomas Faxon, II
Half brother of Richard Faxon; William Faxon, Jr.; George Faxon, Twin ?; Joan Hurlston, Twin ?; Mary Faxon, Died Young and 2 others

Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Thomas Faxon

Profile edited 5/7/2020 New research 1999 that corrects some errors in historical genealogies The English Origin of Thomas Faxon of Braintree, Massachusetts, by Clifford L. Stott, FASG The American Genealogist, Vol 74, page 41+

Mother assumed to be 2nd wife Ellen, but not confirmed due to lack of record However, Thomas could also have been the unnamed son bp. 1607 (between Jan 17 and May 24) of 3rd wife IF Thomas married when 18.

The text below remains unchanged. There may or may not be errors -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  • Thomas Faxon
  • Birth 1600
  • Swalcliffe, Cherwell District, Oxfordshire, England
  • Death 23 Nov 1680 (aged 79–80)
  • Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial
  • Elm Street Cemetery
  • Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Son of William Faxon and probably his second wife Ellen ____ Faxon of Swalcliffe, Co.Oxfordshire, England.

He married, first, on Jun 25,1625 at Swalcliffe, Joan Fawdry.

He married, second, on Sep 5,1670 at Braintree, Sarah (Mullins) Gannett Savell, the widow of Thomas Gannett and William Savell Jr. Sarah was the daughter of William Mullins Jr, and she died before Nov 25,1697.

Children(by first marriage): Richard Faxon(first husband of Elizabeth Webb Faxon Hobart), Joanna Faxon Fisher Barber, and Thomas Faxon Jr.

Thomas Faxon ancestor of the Faxon Family in the United States, born in England about 1601, came to America before 1647 with his wife, Joane, and three children. The earliest record of his family is found at Dedham, Mass., in the marriage of his daughter, Joanna, to Anthony Fisher. Jr., Sept. 7, 1647. His wife, Joane, appears upon the records in a single instance, in 1663, in giving her assent to a deed of an eighth part of Block Island conveyed by Thomas Faxon to John Williams of Barnaby Streete in Southwarke within ye suburbs of London." The date of her acknowledgment of this deed is June 4, 1663 (Suff. Deeds, 4: 54.) Her name seems to account for that of her daughter, Joanna. The record of her death is not found, but is between 1663 and 1670 ; for Thomas' was married Sept. 5, 1670 to Mrs. Sarah Savill, widow of "William Savill, (Braintree Records.) The maiden name of Mrs Savill is supposed to have been Jarmill. She had been the wife of Thomas Gannett of Duxbury, one of the original proprietors of Bridgewater. Thomas Gannett died in 1655, and her marriage to William Savill was subsequent to that date. (Mitchell's History of Bridgewater, j.p. 10, 31, 166.) The right to land in Bridgewater mentioned by Judge Mitchell in his history of that town, (p. 34) and included in the inventory of Thomas' Faxon's estate in 1680, (App. "D" and Suff. Prob.,) was acquired through his second wife Sarah. The will of Widow Sarah Faxon is found in Suffolk 34 HISTORY or THE FAXON FAMILY. Probate 11 : 373, dated Aug 13, 1694, and was proved XoT. 25, 1697. She mentions her "daughter-in-law LA'dia Savil, wife of Benjamin Savil of Braintrey," and her cousin, Ruth, wife of Peter Webb. The materials for a sketch of the life of our ancestor, Thomas Faxon are to be found in the records of Braintree, in the deeds and probate of Suffolk county, to which Braintree then belonged, and in the Mass. Archives, or in the printed volumes of the records of the Mass. Colony. From the evidence afforded by these we can acquire some knowledge of the number of his family at the date of emigration, and their names ; of the amount of his property, and his progress in the accumulation of wealth ; of the character of his occupation ; of his religious belief and tendencies ; of his associations with men and of the estimation in which he was held by the people of Braintree. These ancient records, if we study them rightly', are not only a truthful but an interesting story of life. In the absence of the history, which includes those only who have been sufficiently prominent in political or religious affairs to deserve it, the remarkable system of records instituted in the infancy of the colonies is the only resource for becoming acquainted with those who have occupied less prominent positions. Nothing will be stated here that is not founded on the clearest evidence ; and in general the reference for the authority will be given. As stated in the first part of this sketch, the family of Thomas Faxon consisted, at the date of emigration of five persons, of himself, his wife Joane, his daughter Joanna, and his two sons, Thomas and Richard". That Thomas and Richard' were the sons of Thomas is evident from the will of Richard' and the manner of its probate, and from the other documents published in the Appendix. It is supposed from the name and the date of his marriage that Thomas was the elder son. It was natural that the property of Thomas should go by inheritance to the sons of Richard", as Thomas- left no male heirs. It would seem from the date of her marriage, and from the probable age of her parents, that Joanna- was the eldest child. Although it is asserted in the "Folsom Genealogy," contained in the Gen. Reg. Vol. 33, p. 212, that a Hannah Faxon married Nathaniel Foulsham June, 1674, a careful examination of the Hingham Records, shows no mention of the name of Faxon ; but it is there stated that " Nathaniel Foulsham and Hannah Farrow the daughter of John Farrow Senior were married by Capt. Joshua Hobart on ye ninth day of June 1674 " Again, in the Mass. Archives occurs the name of Jno. Faxton of Hingham in the list of wounded at the Indians' Fort at Narragansett ; and the names of Ensign John Faxon and Ensign Nathaniel Faxon are in the lists of those present at the siege of Louisbourg in 1745, collected by Hon. Charles Hudson of Lexington, Mass. If these are not errors, no evidence exists that they were in any way connected with the family of Thomas Faxon of Braintree. On the contrary, the entire absence of any mention of them in the deeds, wills, settlements of estates and other records induces us to believe them of another family. That Joanna was an only daughter seems to be asserted in the letters of administration granted on the estate of Thomas Faxon to " Sarah, his relict, and Joanna Fisher, widow, his only daughter." (Appendix " D " and Suff. Prob, 9: 19) In the will of the grandson, Thomas, made in 1690, in which he mentions all his near relatives, there is no reference to any Hingham family. (Appendix and Suff. Prob. 8 : 60.) These reasons are quite conclusive as to the number and names of the family, and will also account for the order in the genealogy which follows; for no dates of birth of the children of Thomas^ have yet been found, and no age is given on the record of deaths. The deed in which the name of "Joane," the wife of Thomas' appears, is the only reliable proof of her name. The records of the First Church of Braintree, (now the First Church of Quincy,) prior to 1672, are missing. Hence many interesting facts and dates are lost. Unless Thomas' accumulated property very rapidly after his arrival in America, he must have possessed a competence in England, and must have brought a considerable amount with him. His first purchase of land was made May 14, 1656 (Suff. Deeds 34 : 184.) The deed is fully published in the Appendix as a specimen 36 HISTORY OF THE FAXON FAMILY. of the mode of conveyancing, and as describing with clearness and accuracy the land, of which a part is even now called the " Faxon Meadows." To the present time, after many divisions and subdivisions, it has continued in part in the family possession, and till recently, in the family name. The boundaries are natural and imperishable, and are readily found as we follow the line of the first primitive road which winds around it. It appears that at the date of the deed Thomas' occupied the land as a tenant of the owner, Rev. Samuel Haugh of Reading This tract was situated in the present town of Braintree, and contained 450 acres, according to the deed ; but there was little precision in giving the quantity of land in those days, and it must have been much more. The location of it is fully explained in the article on that subject and in the map. The consideration was £270. Here, probably assisted by his sons, he engaged in his usual occupation of farming and stock- raising. His means for this must have been considerable, and the amount of purchase money, £270, was not a small sum for the times. The next purchase was made from John Richards, a merchant of Boston, of land in the precincts of Dorchester, 180 acres; consideration, £400. This land was at the time, Jan. 10, 1060, in the possession of a tenant (Suffolk Deeds, 5 : 171) ; and the tenant, Henry Lead- better, is named in the inventory of Thomas"s estate. (Suff. Prob. 9: 34) This was therefore an investment of acquired money, and the premises were leased till the death of Thomas'. (App. '• C " and " D.) The purchase of an eighth part of Block Island, previously stated, seems to have been made by Thomas' for the benefit of the person to whom he immediately transferred it. It was bought of John Alcocke. (Suff. Deeds 4 : 53.) At the probate of the will of his son, Richard-, Jan. 29, 1674, (App. "E" and Suff. Prob.) Thomas' appears in court and confirms the bequest made in his son's will; and thus passes a title to the land, which up to this time had been merely verbal, land which Richard had held and disposed of in accordance with an oral agreement with his father. The family of Richard was large, and the prosperity of his son, Josiah, indicates a good inheritance, and the subsequent division of the estate of Josiah'^, (App. "G" and Suff. Prob.,) embracing part of the same land described in Haugh's deed, proves the source of it. After the decease of Thomas in 1680, the residue of the estate, as it had been previously determined and announced, was settled on the favorite grandson, Thomas. To carry out the wishes of the grandfather, expressed in no written will, but sacredly observed, Widow Sarah Faxon and Mrs. Anthony Fisher were to have charge of the estate until the heir, Thomas^ should be of age. The amount of the inventory of Thomas^ was £859 3s. 2d. Considering the fact that he had evidently given much to Richard; and that probably Thomas, who died in 1662, had also received in due proportion in his lifetime, it is evident that Thomas had conducted his affairs wisely and prosperously, and had secured the rewards of enterprise and industry. The papers referred to in the Appendix show that Thomas' was quite extensively engaged in farming. It is evident from the inventory of the estate of Thomas that he followed the same occupation ; though it does not appear that he owned land at the time of his decease. That they were agriculturists in good circumstances in England is a reasonable conclusion. It is unfortunate for us that the earlier records of the First Church of Braintree cannot be found. On them must have been recorded the membership of Thomas and probably of others of his family. That he was a member of the church is evident from the fact that he was permitted to take the freeman's oath in May 6, 1657, and that he was a representative from Braintree in 1669. For either event church membership was, by the laws of the colony, essential. (Mass. Rec. Vol. IV. Part II. p. 420 ; also Vol IV. Part I. p. 206.) His emigration from England was probably induced in part by religious intolerance, and in part by the encroachments of taxation and oppression in the troubled reign of King Charles I. Our fathers were chiefly influenced to emigrate by the desire to enjoy their own mode of worship and faith ; but, to the agriculturist, the civil war and the illegal taxation which preceded it, and, in a measure continued with it, were specially injurious. These reasons combined rendered the period one of emigration. That the motive of worldly gain was not the predominant one is evident from the fact that when the war put an end to religious persecution on the one side, emigration decreased, and for a time ceased entirely. The associates of Thomas' are seen in the administration of estates, in the management of public affairs, in his second marriage, and in the marriages of his chil- dren and grandchildren. We find him first with Anthony Fisher, Jr , one of the most prominent of the early settlers of Dedham. Fisher was intimately associated in business with Capt. Lusher. In accordance with the custom of the times Lusher performed for Fisher the legal ceremony of marriage. This marriage occurring probably soon after the arrival of Thomas' in this country, leads to the belief that the Fishers and Faxons were acquainted before the emigration. The marriage of Thomas' with Sarah Savill ; of Thomas with Deborah Thayer, daughter of Richard Thayer ; of the children of Thomas with the Savill, the Weld, the Bass, and the Wales families ; of Widow Elizabeth Faxon with Caleb Hobart, of Josiah with the daughter of Edmund Adams, all indicate the social surroundings of Thomas. Persons with whom he had business relations have been previously named. Of his family relations, what better picture can we have than the wills and settlements already quoted. The liberal kindness with which he bestowed his property, the spirit of confidence which accepts a verbal conveyance of land, the trust reposed in Mrs. Fisher and the wife Sarah for the young grandson. Thomas, the spirit of the will of Thomas in 1690, give us a most pleasing and vivid idea of the harmony, good will, and mutual confidence and regard of the members of our ancestor's family in the Seventeenth century. We have the strongest proof of the esteem in which he was held by his fellow-citizens. He was often appointed to transact business of importance for the town of Braintree. When it became necessary to secure from the Indians a deed, extinguishing their title to some of the land of the town, he was one of the commissioners for that purpose. (Gazetteer of Mass. p. 426.) He was generally termed Mr. Thomas Faxon. On one of the earliest records, he is once called " Goodman " Faxon, As early as April 30, 1662, he appears at the county court held at Boston, as a plaintiff in behalf of the town, in a case of trespass on the town right in lands. He was a representative or deputy from Braintree in 1669, and one of the selectmen in 1670-72. If the record of Thomas Faxon' does not place him above a respectable mediocrity in wealth and social standing, it gives him a life without reproach, an ability capable of success in worldly affairs, and a character adapted by its worth and quality to secure the esteem of men. He died Nov. 23, 1680.

view all

Thomas Faxon's Timeline

Hingham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Age 1
September 17, 1626
Oxfordshire, England
May 19, 1628
Oxfordshire, England
July 11, 1630
Braintree, Essex, England
November 23, 1680
Age 80
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States