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Thomas Green, Sr.

Also Known As: "Thomas Greene"
Birthplace: Toppesfield, Essex, England
Death: Died in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Husband of Frances Wheeler

Managed by: Tad Staley
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About Thomas Green, of Malden


The latest peer review detailed treatment of this family with full citations can be found in this publication by NEHGS:

Smith, Dean Crawford, and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2008), Part 4 p 300+ Thomas1 Green, 1996.

Where is says:

Thomas1 Green bp 3 FEB 1599 Toppesfield, Essex, England son of William(A) Green grandson of Thomas(B) Green. He died 19 Dec 1667 • Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He married three times 1) Mary Smith 28 Jun 1627 • St Nicholas, Colchester, Essex, England 2) Elizabeth Unknown 1630 • Colchester, Essex, England and 3) Francis Unknown 5 Sep 1659 • Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Francis was widow of Isaac Wheeler and Richard Cook. The author goes into great detail - this is a NEHGS peer reviewed book with full citations. Note the maiden names of both Francis and Elizabeth was unknown.

I edited the rest below only leaving the parts that are factually correct and deleted the rest:

THOMAS GREEN (or GREENE), Senior, our original immigrant ancestor, was born early in the 17th century. He sailed with his wife and five children to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, arriving probably by 1644. We think that he settled first at Lynn, where he stayed at the farm of the Lady Deborah MOODY. Later, he removed to Ipswich. Around 1650 he again moved, this time to Malden, where he lived out the remainder of his life.

Our most detailed portrait of him comes from Kempton Ancestry see above.


Mary Smith

Elizabeth Unknown died 3 on 22 Aug 1658 in Malden, Middlesex, MA. She was buried 4 on 22 Aug 1658 in Malden, Middlesex, MA. She married Thomas Green c1630

They had the following children:

  • F i Elizabeth I Green 1 was born 2 in 1628 in Leicestershire, England. She died 3 after 1651. Elizabeth was baptized 4 on 14 Mar 1931. [Notes]
  • M ii James Green
  • M iii Captain John Green Sr
  • M iv Captain Thomas Green Jr
  • F v Mary Green
  • M vi Captain William Green Sr
  • M vii Lieutenant Henry Green Sr
  • M viii Samuel Green Sr
  • F ix Hannah Green
  • F x Martha Green 1 was born 2 in 1650 in Malden, Middlesex, MA. Martha was baptized 3 on 14 Mar 1931. [Notes]
  • F xi Elizabeth II Green 1 was born 2 about 1652 in Malden, Middlesex, MA. [Notes]
  • F xii Dorcas Green

He married 3rd Frances widow of Isaac Wheeler and Richard Cook

He certainly lived in Maiden as early as Oct. 28,1651, when his wife Elizabeth, and daughter bearing the same name, signed a petition to the General Court.

He had a farm of 63 acres in the north part of Malden, in that part which is now the town of Melrose. A part of his farm remains to this day in the possession of his descendents. It was situated just east of the Stoneham raiload station. The inventory of the "old mansion house" showed he and Elizabeth slept in the parlour. There was a little chamber with 2 beds; Samuel's chamber, 2 beds; a hall, where food was cooked; a leantoe; and a cellar. They ate off trenchers and drank beer (no cider barrel mentioned). He kept 1 mare, 1 horse, 4 oxen, 5 cows, 1 bull, 6 sheep, and, "the half of 11 swine."

He was selectman of Malden in 1658, and was several times on the grand jury of the County of Middlesex. As there were two other Thomas GREENS in the town. he is known on the records as Thomas GREEN, Senior; his son being junior and the other Thomas left without any suffix. He married first Elizabeth (LYNDE?), who was doubtless the mother of all his children, and who died on 22 Aug 1658, and second, Frances COOK Sept. 5, 1659. She was then the widow of Richard COOK, who d. October 14, 1658; and had previously been the widow of Isaac WHEELER. She was b. in 1608, and had children by both her former husbands.

He died Dec.19, 1667. His Will, dated Nov.12, 1667; proved Jan. 15, 1667-8; recorded Middlesex Prob., 5:297, mentions no wife, but makes bequests to his "eldest son" Thomas, sons John, William, Henry', Samuel, and daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Hannah, Martha, and Dorcas. Sons William and Henry were appointed executors. John WAITE, John LYNDE, witnesses. Inventory, Jan. 10, 1667-8; amount £285.18.2. Some of hiss children were doubtless born in England; how many is unknown.

"From all that has been gathered thus far, it seems most probable that our progenitor, with his wife Elizabeth, and at least three of his children, came over among the early settlers of the Massachusetts Colony: that he remained temporarily in some one of the new settlements, perhaps Ipswich, till about 1649 or 1650, when he removed to the northern part of Malden, (now Melrose,) the southern part having been already occupied by settlers from Charlestown; that there he came into possession of his farm, consisting of "meadow, broken, upland, and waste land, being by estimation 63 acres, with the meadow at Ensign LYNDS' ," (Thomas GREEN's Inventory';) and that with him, or near him, were living all his children, except Hannah, who manied Joseph RICHARDSON, and removed to Woburn. His farm was situated just east of the present site of the Stoneham raiload station. Here was the "old mansion house," with its "parlor" flirnished with "a bedstead, a featherbed, one bouster. one pillow. 3 curtains, a Vaillance. one chest, 2 pair of sheets & two blankets, 5 napkins and one little table cloath, 6 chairs, one great chest, one box, 2 old copper kettle, two skilletts, one iron pott, pott hook & kettle, 4 great trays and 4 little trays, one Doz. Trenchers, one salt box, one grate, two payles, and half bushell, one old pillion and saddle, Tramell, tongs, cleaver & Spitt;" also a ·"Leantoe," containing "a fox trap and a Bracke;" and, finally, a "cellar," containing "one meal trough, one Bear barrell, a grindstone, winch, Hough & Smoothing irons, a Scythe-snath & knip," as well as sundry other articles. The same inventory which gives us this information tells us that he had "four oxen, five cows, one bull and a year & vantage, one mare, one horse, six sheep, the half of eleven swine," some fifty "bushells " of grain, and that "the house, out-housing, orchard, and all the land belonging there unto" was valued al £179.12, the whole estate being estimated worth £285.1 8.2. It is evident, from deeds on record at East Cambridge, that his sons and grandsons purchascd lands in the immediate vicinity of the "old mansion house;" so that, though many of them are recorded as belonging to Stoneham (called "Charlestown End" before 1725) and Reading, they were yet not far from the old homestead. About 1716, or perhaps a little earlier, the family began to separate.

Thomas GREEN, one of the 5 selectmen, signed a petition to allow Thomas SKINNER to be licensed to sell "Strong waters and Wine" (dated 30 October 1653). Thomas GREEN was not among those in the great allotment of land of 1638.

In November of 1658, Selectmen Thomas GREEN, Senior, William BRACKENBURY, John WAYTE, and Ensigne J. SPRAGUE, contracted with one Job LANE to build the first meeting house in Malden.

Submitted by; George Linden Greene, Ph.D of Germantown, Maryland

The Children of Thomas GREEN(E),Sr. and Elizabeth (LYNDE?) were.

1. Elizabeth,, prob. b. England, ca. 1628, d. (unknown date and location)

2. Thomas,, prob. b. England, Ca. 1630, d. Malden, Mass., 13 Feb 1671/72

3. John, prob. b. England, ca. 1632, d. Malden, Mass., 16 Oct 1707

4. Mary, prob. b. England, ca. 1633, d Malden, Mass., (unknown date)

5. William, prob. b. England, Ca. 1635, d. Malden, Mass., 30 Dec 1705

6. Henry, b. l Nov 1638, Ipswich Wassex), Mass., d. Malden, Mass., 19 Sep 1717

7. Samuel, b. March 1645, Malden, Mass., d. Malden, Mass., 31 Oct 1724

8. Hannah, b. ca. 1647, Malden, Mass., d. Woburn, Mass., 20 May 1721

9. Martha, b. Ca. 1650, Malden, Mass., d. (unknown date and location)

10. Dorcas (our line), b. l May 1653, Malden, Mass., d. Malden, Mass., 1682

There were no known children from the marriage of Thomas and Frances Unknown Wheeler COOK GREEN.

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Thomas Green, of Malden's Timeline

February 3, 1599
Toppesfield, Essex, England
May 18, 1606
Age 7
Kegworth, Leicester, England
December 19, 1667
Age 68
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts
December 1667
Age 68
Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts