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Thomas Holbrook, I

Also Known As: "Thomas Holbrooke"
Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Eversley, Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Weymouth, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Holbrook and Edith Saunders Holbrook (Coles)
Husband of Jane Powyes Albee Holbrooke
Father of Capt. John Holbrook; Capt. William Holbrook; Thomas Holbrook, II; Anne Reynolds; Elizabeth Hatch, of Weymouth and 1 other
Brother of Joan Gylles; John Holbrook; Rebecca Weaver; William Holbrook; Elizabeth Tylye and 2 others

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About Thomas Holbrook of Weymouth

Thomas Holbrook of Weymouth 1599–1677

  • Birth 1 MAR 1599 Glastonbury, Somerset, England
  • Death 10 MAR 1677 Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
  • Parents: William Holbrook and Edith Coles
  • Spouse Jane Powyers (see note)

Please note that according to the latest research published by NEHGS in 2000 in:

Smith, Dean Crawford, and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, "Leland" in The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2000), Part IV 452

Thomas Holbrook of Weymouth only had one spouse Jane Powyes. The author points out that Savage created a fictional wife named Experience Leland in error who never existed. This error was copied to various histories such as the History of Weymouth. It is not correct.


There were two men named Thomas Holbrook. This Thomas Holbrook of Weymouth married only once to Jane Powyers. Note some internet websites show other wives - that is not correct according to the latest research published by NEHGS in 2000 in Kempton Ancestry Park IV.

Note that Experience (Leland) Holbrook Did Not Exist. Savage originally conflated the son of Henry Leland with a fictitious father and the created two fictitious siblings Experience and Lydia Leland. Experience supposedly married Thomas Holbrook. There is no evidence for this and neither Experience or Lydia ever existed. This error was copied to later histories such as History Of Weymouth 2:204 from Savage. Note there was two men named Thomas Holbrook. Thomas Holbrook of Dorchester, Medfield and Sherborn had only two wives: Hannah Shepard and Margaret (Unknown). Thomas Holbrook of Weymouth has only one wife: Jane Powyers.

Source: Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, "Leland" in The ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908 (Boston, MA: NEHGS, 2000) Part IV 452 f

Notes from Pam Wilson's file

Thomas HOLBROOK - b. about 1590, Somerset, England; d. 1677, Weymouth, MA. Lived at Broadway, Somerset, England. Left Weymouth, England Mar. 30, 1635 at age 34 in the 'Marygold' with wife and oldest five children, arriving at Dorchester on Jun. 7, 1635 and settling at Weymouth the same month. His will, dated Dec. 31, 1668 with codicil Dec. 31, 1673, and proved Apr. 24, 1677, Weymouth, MA, names wife Jane, three sons, three married daughters, and grandchildren John, Peter and William HOLBROOK. Freeman 1645. A selectman at Weymouth six times (1641-1654), and a grantee of Rehoboth, MA, although he forfeited the grant and remained at Weymouth. A deposition made Nov. 7, 1666 gives Thomas' age as 77 years. Married Sep. 12, 1616, St. John the Baptist parish, Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England.

Jane POWYES - b. about 1594, England; d. before Apr. 24, 1677, Weymouth, MA.


 1. John - bap. Apr. 6, 1617, St. John's, Glastonbury, England; d. Nov. 23, 1699, Weymouth, MA. Gravestone indicates he was age 82, whereas passenger list gives age of 11 in 1635. was born by 1644, and John took the Freeman's oath 1640. Holder of various public offices, property holder, lender. Served during King Philip's War. Captain. Will dated Jul. 12, 1699.  Married first Sarah (d. Jan. 14, 1643/4); second Elizabeth STREAM (b. 1624; d. Jun. 25, 1688), daughter of John and Elizabeth; and third Mary WHITE, daughter of Thomas and Mary

(PRATT) WHITE. Children of first marriage: John married Abigail PIERCE; Abiezer did not marry; Hannah married Ephraim PIERCE; and Samuel married Lydia. Children of second marriage: Sarah married Simon WHITMARSH; Elizabeth married Joseph NASH (ancestors of Pres. George Herbert Walker BUSH); Mary; Lois married Mr. NASH; Eunice married Benjamin LUDDEN; Experience married Joseph EDSON; and Ichabod married Sarah TURNER.

  2. Thomas - b. about 1625, England; d. Jul. 22, 1697, Braintree, MA. Resided at Scituate, Weymouth, and Braintree, MA. Owner of vast real estate. Will mentions sons Peter, William and Thomas. Married 1650 Joanna KINGMAN (b. 1624; d. after 1696), daughter of Henry and Joanna KINGMAN. Children: Thomas married Deborah DAMON; John; Peter married Alice GODFREY (ancestors of Pres. William Howard TAFT); Joanna married Uriah CLARK; Joseph died young; Mary; Susanna married Andrew WILLET; and a daughter died in infancy.
  3. William - bap. Jun. 12, 1620, St. John's Church, Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England; d. Jul. 3, 1699, Scituate, MA.
  4. Ann - b. about 1630, England. Married John REYNOLDS. Daughter: Mary.
  5. Elizabeth - bap. Feb. 13, 1630/1, Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England. Married May 6, 1650, Scituate, MA Walter HATCH (d. 1701), son of William and Jane HATCH. Children: Hannah; Samuel; Jane; Antipas; Bethiah; John; Israel; and Joseph.
  6. Jane - b. about 1637, Weymouth, MA; d. about 1679. Married Thomas DRAKE. Children: John; William; Joseph; Amy; and Benjamin.

Source: Steven Lawson <>

Sue Holbrook <> provides the list of children and dates listed on family group page, and argues that wife was Jane Powys and not Kingman. His will executed 31 Dec 1668 names daughters Anne Rennolds, Elizabeth Hatch and Jane Drake. An addition to the will written 31 Dec 1673 that names grandson Peter Holbrooke.

Bill Mongman <> says Thomas and family came to America in 1635 on the ship Marygold, citing work by J. C. Halbrooks' The Holbrook Report. Listed on a passemger list embarking from Weymouth, England. A deposition made 2 Nov 1666 by Thomas states he is 77 years old and that the company arrived at Dorchester 7 Jun 1635, stayed there a fortnight then moved to Weymouth where her built a house.



  • Genealogical and family history of central New York : a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the building of a nation by Cutter, William Richard
    • (The Holbrook Line).
  • Elizabeth Holbrook. wife of Walter Hatch (see Hatch), was of English descent, perhaps birth. Her father, Thomas Holbrook, born in Brantry, England, came to America in 1635, with his wife Jane and four children, two more being born in America. He settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where he became a man of wealth and prominence. He was one of the original grantees of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, but for not removing to his lands there they were forfeited in 1645. He owned lands in Scituate. Massachusetts, where his sons, Captain William and Thomas (2) removed in 1660. Captain William purchased land in Conihassett and made permanent settlement. Thomas, however, only remained until after his marriage in Scituate to Deborah Daman, then shortly after returned to Weymouth. Thomas was selectman of Weymouth, 1645-46-51-54. He was elected representative to the general court, 1649, and was one of the committee to lay out the highway between' Weymouth and Dorchester. Thomas and Jane Holbrook had three sons and three daughters, as named in his will, which was probated April 24, 1677. although made December 31, 1668, with codicil, five years later. His -wife Jane survived him. The will recites : "To wife Jane all my estate during her life," (requesting sons John. William and Thomas to be helpful to her) "as she is ancient and weak of body." His property was afterward to be divided between the three sons and "my three daughters. Ann Reynolds, Elizabeth Hatch and Jane Drake." Elizabeth married Walter Hatch, who was of the second generation in America, and progenitor of Albert Gallatin Hatch, of the eighth generation.


  • Thomas Holbrook
  • M, #73303, b. 1 March 1589, d. 10 March 1677
  • Father William Holbrook b. c 1568, d. 11 Dec 1625
  • Mother Edith Saunders b. c 1570
  • Thomas Holbrook was born on 1 March 1589 at Eversley, Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England. He married Jane Powys, daughter of William Powys and Elizabeth, on 12 September 1616 at St. John's, Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England. Thomas Holbrook died on 10 March 1677 at Weymouth, Plymouth, MA, at age 88.
  • Family Jane Powys b. c 1592, d. 24 Apr 1677
  • Children
    • William Holbrook+ b. 12 Jun 1620, d. 3 Jul 1699
    • Elizabeth Holbrook+ b. 13 Feb 1631, d. 5 Aug 1674
  • From:


  • POWYES, Jane
  • b. ABT 1594
  • d. 24 APR 1677
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 12 SEP 1616 St John's, Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England
  • Spouse: HOLBROOK, Thomas
  • b. ABT 1590 Somerset, England
  • d. 1677 Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass.
  • Children:
    • HOLBROOK, John
    • HOLBROOK, William
    • HOLBROOK, Thomas
    • HOLBROOK, Elizabeth
  • From:


  • New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the ..., Volume 2 edited by William Richard Cutter
  • (VI) Jonathan, son of Abraham (4) Staples..... etc.
  • He married Rachel Holbrook, of Mendon, died March 9, 1832, aged seventy-nine, daughter of Thomas Holbrook. One deed appears on the records of Worcester county in which three daughters of Thomas Holbrook deed their rights to the estate of their father to Sylvanus Holbrook, probably their brother, June 21, 1781. The grantors in this deed were John Benson and wife Molly (Holbrook) of Mendon; Jonathan Staples and wife Rachel (Holbrook) of Mendon; Thaddeus Thayer and wife Margaret (Holbrook) of Douglas. The consideration was eighty pounds. In 1780 Jonathan and Jacob Stapes were reported as of Windham county, Vermont, town of Wardsboro, and Jonathan had two sons under sixteen and three females in his family. Thomas Holbrook was son of Sylvanus and Nancy (Cook) Holbrook, of Mendon. Sylvanus Holbrook was born August 15, 1685, died at Uxbridge in 1740, a housewright by trade. Deacon Peter Holbrook, born September 6, 1655, died May 3, 1712, father of Sylvanus, lived a short distance southeast of the village of Mendon and owned lands in Bellingham; married (first) Alice___, and (second) after 1705, Elizabeth Pool. Thomas Holbrook, father of Deacon Peter Holbrook, resided at Scituate, Weymouth and Braintree, and was a man of wealth; married Joanna ___, Thomas Holbrook, father of Thomas Holbrook, was the immigrant, born in England; settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and died in 1674-75; his widow Joanna died before April, 1677; he was selectman of Weymouth many years and held other offices. Children: Sally Staples, Sylvia Staples, Ellery Staples, born March 4, 1784; Willard Staples, Rachel Staples, Abraham Staples, Jonathan Staples, mentioned below.
  • .... etc.


Thomas Holbrook

Immigrated with his wife, Jane Powys about 20 Mar 1634/35 with Reverend Joseph Hull's Company aboard the Marygold. He originated in Broadway, Somerset, England and settled in Weymouth, MA. He became a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in May of 1645. Thomas was one of the grantees of Rehoboth.

Thomas Holbrook

Immigrant from England to Massachusetts along with his parents (above), settling in Braintree in 1653. Married Joanna Kingman in 1650.


Thomas Holbrooke with his brother John and a party of other immigrants left Weymouth in Dorsetshire, England in 1624 and landed on the coast of Massachusetts the same year, where they founded the town of Weymouth. John served many years as selectman of Weymouth. He died at the latter place in 1676. His widow Joanna died in 1677.

All the Holbrookes in the United States came from one of these two brothers.

I found other entries for Thomas that differs from the information that Mary Helen found. One states that (using information from his will) his wife's name was Jane, not Joanna. The other info states that Thomas arrived in the US in either 1636/37 on a ship with his wife and 4 children coming from the town of Broadway. (Public Record Office at Kew, England)


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March 1, 1599
Eversley, Glastonbury, Somerset, England