Thomas Flint, of Salem Village

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Thomas Flint

Birthplace: Flint, Wales
Death: Died in Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Flint; George Flint; Oakes (?) Flint and OAKES
Husband of Ann Flint
Father of Capt. Thomas Flint; Elizabeth Leach; Sgt. George Flint; John Flint, Sr.; Anna Flint and 2 others
Brother of William Flint

Managed by: Duane Raymond Olley
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About Thomas Flint, of Salem Village

Thomas Flint the emigrant ancestor, came to America from Wales, inGreat Britain. The first mention made of him in the town records ofSalem, MA, under the date March 1637-38, the colonial records of Salemgive a list of the names of persons who had signified their desire tobecome freemen. There is reason to believe that he came to thiscountry much earlier, and also some evidence that his mother was herein 1642. He was among the first settlers of Salem Village, MA, sincecalled South Danvers, now Peabody.

The spot in the wilderness which he selected on the Salem and NorthReading road, about six miles from the present courthouse in Salem in1860, and five miles from the town of North Reading, near Phelps Milland brook. He purchased land of Robert Goodall for which he paid 20pounds. The deed was witnessed by Giles Corey, whose house stood uponland which after his death became part of the Flint homestead. When80 years of age, Corey met his death on account of the witchcraftdelusion of 1692, by suffering the cruel torture of being pressed todeath - the first and only instance of this barborous punishmentinflicted in New England.

The farm of the old patriarch which remained in the possession of hisdecendants until about 1860 when it was sold to Mr. Carten by theheirs of Elijah Flint, one of the decendants of Thomas.

The 1860 Genealogy stated that the old cemetery on the Flint farm lieson a pine-shaded knoll about a mile east of the present house, andthat it was poorly enclosed by a stone wall. The original houseburned after 1860. The graves were badly overgrown with brush and newgrowth. William L. Flint in his "By the Name of Flint" tells thestory of an old Irishman who use to care for the graves for free whenthere were no Flints in the neighborhood to mourn the dead. Somewherein that forgotten spot lie the bones of Thomas and his wife Ann.

"Thomas Flint was a Puritan and kept their stern code. He testified agaisnt Hannah Phelps, a Quaker, and his evidence helped convict her in a charge of heresy. His brother William paid her fine to keep her from being publicly flogged (a fate for which Williams wife had suffered for the crime of fornication before marriage with said William Flint."


  1. A genealogical register of the descendants of Thomas Flint, of Salem with a copy of the wills and inventories of the estates of the first two generations compiled by John Flint and John H. Stone.Published 1860 by Printed by W.F. Draper in Andover, [Mass.] .
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Thomas Flint, of Salem Village's Timeline

Flint, Wales
May 1644
Age 41
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
April 30, 1650
Age 47
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
January 6, 1652
Age 49
Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
October 3, 1655
Age 52
Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
December 25, 1657
Age 54
Salem, Village, Essex, Mass
June 25, 1662
Age 59
Salem Village,Essex,Massachusetts,USA
April 15, 1663
Age 60
Essex, Massachusetts
April 19, 1829
Age 60