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Thomas Hanscom, III

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Kittery, York County, Maine, United States
Death: 1771 (80-81)
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Hanscom Jr. and Alice Hanscom (Rogers)
Husband of Sarah Hanscom (Fogg)
Father of Thomas Hanscom; Alice Hanscom; Thomas Hanscom, IV; Elisha Hanscom; George Hanscom and 6 others
Brother of Esther Libby (Hanscom); Anne Fogg (Hanscom); Priscilla Hanscom; John Hanscom and Hester Hanscom
Half brother of Samuel Hanscom; Mary Morrell (Hanscom); Martha Libby (Hanscom); John Hanscom; Joseph Hanscom and 1 other

Occupation: "Husbandman", physician, and yeoman
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About Thomas Hanscom III

Thomas III was a "husbandman", physician, and yeoman. In 1713 he was gr. ad. of his grandfather Hanscom's estate and had the homestead until it was divided in 1719 in a probate case with his stepmother. His bondsmen were John Rogers and Abraham Cross. (lists 291, 296, and 297.)


Thomas was granted the administration of his grandfather Hanscom's estate in 1713 and lived on the homestead until it was divided in 1719. He owned land in Kittery in 1712 and received a grant in the final division of common lands 11 Feb. 1744/5.

I Job Hanscom of Kittery… weaver for a valuable Consideration… paid by my Kinsman Thomas Hanscom Eldest Son of my Brother Thomas Hanscom late of Kittery aforesd decd… do… sell… all my… interest which I have… in… ye house & lands of Thomas Hanscom my father Late of sd Kittery decd…this Thirteenth day of February Seventeen hundred & Twelve Thirteen… Job: Hanscom In prsents of us John Rogers Peter Staple Jos: Hamond (9)

I Moses Hanscom of Kittery… husbandman for a valuable Consideration… paid by my kinsman Thomas Hanscom Eldest Son of my brother Thomas Hanscom late of Kittery… decd… do… sell… all my right & Interest which I have Ever had… in or unto ye houses & land of my father Thomas Hanscom Late of sd Kittery decd… this Seventeenth day of Febry Seventeen hundred & Twelve thirteen… Moses Hanscom his X mark In presents of us Jos : Hamond Jos : Curtis James Curtis James Chadborn (9)

"At a meeting of ye Military officers of ye town of Kittery together with ye Selectmen of sd Town, Sept. 15th & 17th, 1722, for ye Ordering what houses be made Defencible in sd town by virtue of An Act of ye Governmt, passed at their Session ye 7th day of Augst, 1722- Ordered that ye several houses following be made Defencible, Vizt;... 12. David Libby Junr. And that ye Inhab & familys from Jas Staples to Thomas Hanscoms Inclusively Lodge therein."(1)

When Thomas' father died in 1713 there was a struggle over the administration of the estate between Thomas and his step-mother Tamsen. Thomas brought out many of the other Hanscom heirs and ended up possessing a major portion of the property. The major players in this dispute were Tamsen and her three daughters Mary and Martha Hanscom, and Elizabeth Sheares.

Thomas bought out two of his sisters:

We Daniel ffogg Junr of Kittery… & Anne my wife She being one of ye Daughters and Coheirs of Thomas Hanscom late of sd Kittery decd… in Consideration of a Valluable Sum of money in hand recd of Thomas Hanscom Our brother… Quitclaime unto our sd brother… All maner of… Claims… from ye beginning of ye world to ye Date hereof referring to ye Estate of our Grandfather Thomas Hanscom or of our father Thomas Hanscom decd… this thirteenth day of ffebry… 1720/1… Daniel ffogg Anne ffogg her X mark In ye presence of us Jos Hamond Andrew Brown (8)

we David Libbey Junr of Kittery… & Esther my wife She being one of ye Daughters & Coheirs of Thomas Hanscom late of sd Kittery decd… in Consideration of A Valluable Sum of money in hand recd of Thomas Hanscom Our brother… Quitclaime unto our sd Brother… All maner of… Claims… referring to ye Estate of Our Grandfather Thomas Hanscom or of Our father Thomas Hanscom decd… this thirteenth day of ffebry… 1720/1… David Libbey Esther Libbey her X mark in ye psence of us Jos : Hamond Daniel ffogg (8)

Mary Morrell and Martha Hanscom then sold their interest in the estate to Samuel:

John Morrell Jur of… Kittery… Planter and Mary his Wife which Mary was the dafter of Thomas Hunscomb Late of Kittery… Husbandman Deceased and Martha Hunscomb… spinster also dafter of ye Said Thomas Hunscomb Deceased… in Consideration of the sum of five Pounds to Each… Paid by Samll Hunscomb… Planter… do… Sell… all their Right… in… their Grandfather Thomas Hunscomb Late of Kittery… Planter deceased his Estate or to their father Thomas Hunscomb Late of Kittery… Husbandman deceased his Estate… this fourth day of february… one thousand seven hundred twenty two : three… John Morrell jur Mary Morrell her X mark Martha Hunscomb Her x Mark In presents of us Charles ffrost jur Solomon Libby John ffrost (10)

"York Ss. Kittery July the 21st 1721 The Information of Thomas Hanscom in behalfe of our Soveraign Lord the King Vizt,

He Seing Eliza: Shears and Martha Hanscom this day among his Oats he went to them and bid them go out for that they Spoiled the Oats and Distroyed his Labour. They replyed they would not but Eliza: Shears sd She would tread or trample them down in Spite of him and imediately Eliza: Shears went away & Said She would Call her mother. Accordingly Tamsin Hanscom Came with Eliza: Shears and mary Hanscom. The sd Tamsin Came violently at him and laid hands on him; he got Clear of her. She took up a Stick and Came at him again and he took the Stick from her. She then called him red headed Divell and Said She would Knock his Damn'd brains out, then took up another Stick and Came at him again Saing She would knock his devillish Cursed brains out and Strock him Several blows on the head and Shoulders with the Stick. he took that Stick from her. She then Laid Violent hands on again, strok him Severall blows and tore his Shurt. he was then obliged to throw her on the Ground to get clear of her again but while She had hold of him Eliza: Shears and Mary Hanscom Called to their Mother Saying Kill him, kill him, knock his brains out, and as Soon as he was Clear from her, Eliza. Shears & Mary Said She would kill him if htere ware no more Divills upon Earth. Eliza: Shears Came with a great Stone and was throwing of it at him but he laid hold of her hand and threw her on the ground and then Escaped from them. These proceedings puts the sd Thomas Hanscom and his family as he Saith in very great fear & Terrour and Tends to the Loss of his Life and Estate If not prevented. Taiken upon Oath July 21st: 1721 Thomas Hanscom"(2)

Mary Hanscom was then charged with assault but, constable John Rogers found her "on her bed", unable to get up and therefore she was not prosecuted. She was, however, bailed the same day by her uncle, Richard Gowell Jr. who posted a £10 bond. Elizabeth Sheares was arrested later and was also bailed by Richard. Mary and Elizabeth were finally tried and both were found guilty of "violently assaulting and threatening" Thomas. Mary paid a fine of 23/ and Elizabeth 18/6. Tamsen then retaliated in April 1722 by filing an assault charge on Thomas.

"The Deposition of Eliza Allen of full age Testifyeth & Saith That on the twenty first Day of July last past the Deponant Elisabeth Allen and Martha Hanscom her Sister went into there Mother Tameson Hascoms feild in Kittery in the County of York to geather Some pees that there Mother had Sowed there and while they were there gathering pease Thomas hanscom Came to the fence of sd feild and Caled out you Cursed Impudent devils what do you do there, the Deponant answered him, gathering pease. The sd Thomas Hanscom bid them goe out and if they presumed or offered to gather any there he would pull them all up, and threatened and Said he would kik her dam'd ars. The Deponant told him she would go in and tell her Mother. Then the sd Thomas Hanscom answered if she did her Mother should not gather any nither. Upon which after many ill words from him the Deponant Called her mother who Came into the feild where the sd Thos Hanscom was, and asked him why he did so. He told her She Should not gather any nither, and then the sd Thos Hanscom took her mother by violence & lifted her Clear of the ground and threw her athwart the roots of a great Stump Upon which she Cryed out, he hath broak my back and Could not get up. The Deponant and the rest of her Dauters were forced to help her up and Carry to her house & put her to bead, and that she was forced to keep her bead by reason of the aforsd hurt she then recived not being able to get up and goe about in five or six weeks at least and was forced to be at the charge of a doctor-- vizt Thomas Packer Esq who Came and bleeded her and gave Medicences and administered to her all the afforesd time. And further saith the sd Thomas Hanscom Called his Sister Mary many Ill names, as bad as Could be Invented.

York Ss 3rd April 1722. Sworn in Court Attest Wm. Pepperell Clerk."(3)

"Mary Morrell of full age testifieth and Saith that She Saw Thomas Hanscom Close in with her Mother Tameson Hanscom at the Time and place afforesd. Whether he tript up her heels or how he threw her down She Cannot well tell but She Saw her mother lifted Cleare of the ground by him and thrown down athwort the roots of a great Stump & whare upon her Mother Cryed out he hath broak my back upon which I the deponant ran to my mothers assistance and then he left of and from her run and fell fowl of the affore sd Deponant Elisabeth Allen, and this Deponant help'd her Mother up with her Sisters assistance She not being able to get up, and Carreyed her into the house and put her to bed whare her Mother lay five or Six weeks under the Doctors hands before she was able to go about againe. York Ss 3d April: 1722 Sworn in Court Attest Wm. Pepperell Clerk."(4)

Thomas was tried and found liable for injuries sustained by his step-mother and she was awarded £5 damages. Thomas did not stop there as he then charged Elizabeth and Mary with perjury.

"Eliza: Allen, the wife of John Allen, and Mary Morrell, the wife of John Morrell, being bound over to this Court by Joseph Hammond Esq'r, one of His Maj'tys Justices of the Peace for said County, upon an information or Comp'lt of Thomas Hanscom in behalfe of our Sovereign Lord the King, for that they are vehemently Suspected to have Sworn falsely as per the process and record appears... bail 50 (pounds) each... Thomas (files) bond of 10 pounds to prosecute. July 3, 1722."(5)

"Their bonds continued to this Court, Upon Suspicion of Perjury... the papers being delivered to the Grand inquest, and nothing appearing Sufficient to convict them, Its considered by the Court that (Elizabeth Allen and Mary Morrell) pay Fees of Court £4/5/10d, and be Acquitted. April 2, 1723."(6)

Thomas' temper led him to more problems in the future:

"Thomas Hanscomb, yeoman, Thomas Hanscom Jr., labourer, and Elisha Hanscomb, labourer, all of Kittery... appearing to answer to an inditement of the Grand Jury... with force and arms, viz swords, staves and clubs riotously and unlawfully assembled and gathered themselves together to disturb the peace... and being so assembled then and there in manner aforesaid, made an assault upon one Joseph Hammond of Kittery... and him beat, wounded and evilly treated and then and there, and stop the said Joseph Hammond in his passage and travel with his cattle in and through a lawfull way which he then had occupation to use. July 1741."(7)

Thomas and his sons Thomas Jr. and Elisha were found guilty of assault and were fined 5/ plus the costs of court 6/15/3.

Kittery Septr the 6th 1758. A Rate or Tax made on Polls and estates Rateable in Kittery… at fourteen Shillings on Each Poll & Eighteen Pence on ye pound for Estate…. Thos Hascom..........Polls 1-8-0..........[tax] £3.4s (11)

Birth

DEC 1690 Kittery, York, Maine[1] Death

BEF 1790 Kittery, York, Maine[1] Sources

(1) Old Kittery and Her Families- Everett S. Stackpole, pp.179-80; Defences of Houses in Maine- John Fogg, NEHGR- Vol 54, p. 408 (Oct. 1900) (2) A Family Brawl, in The Hanscom Family Newsletter- Issue No. 12 (Dec. 1988), pp.8-9 (3) Ibid (4) Ibid (5) Maine Province and Court Records- Vol.VI, p.99 (6<b>) Ibid- p.128 (<b>7) York County Sessions Records quoted by The Hanscom Family Newsletter- Issue No. 18 (Feb. 1990), p.10 (8) York Deeds-Vol. X, fol. 130 (9) Ibid- Vol. VIII, fol. 22-3 (10) Ibid- XI, fol. 73 (11) Kittery Maine Tax Lists- Francis Blake- NEHGR- Vol. 55, p. 252 (July 1901) Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire- p.306 Old Kittery and Her Families- Everett S. Stackpole, Lewiston Journal, 1903- p.501 The Genealogy of Herbert Cornelius Graves- Clara Edith Graves Baker, Washington, 1963- pp. 358-9 A Record of the Ancestors and Descendants of Stephen Chase Hanscom- Lawrence Hanscom Pownall, Swarthmore, PA, 1974- p.20 Robert B. Hanscom, Esq.- Brunswick, ME Stackpole, Everett S. Old Kittery and Her Families (Lewiston Journal Company, 1903) Page 501 Ancestral File, Thomas Hanscom Family Group Record, Family History Library, 35 N West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998) "Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F48F-KFX : accessed 11 May 2014), Thomas Hanscom and Sarah Fogg, 01 Jan 1715; citing , reference p 42; FHL microfilm 11322. Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Individual Records (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001) Footnotes

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Thomas Hanscom III's Timeline

1690
December 1690
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States
1716
November 18, 1716
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States
1718
January 18, 1718
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States
1719
September 8, 1719
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States
1721
August 21, 1721
Kittery, ME, United States
1723
December 2, 1723
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States
1726
1726
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States
1728
1728
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States
1730
May 18, 1730
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States