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Thomas Jones

Birthplace: perhaps of, London, Middlesex, England
Death: November 13, 1667 (75)
Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ellen Jones
Father of Isaac Jones; Hester "Esther" Way; Thomas Jones; Sarah Bollard; Sarah Catherine Lincoln and 2 others

Occupation: husbandman
Managed by: Erica Howton
Last Updated:

About Thomas Jones

History of the Military Company of the Massachusetts, Now Called ..., Volume 1 By Oliver Ayer Roberts. Page 131

NEGHR April, Dorchester Inscriptions, 1850, p. 166.

"Mr. Jones was a man of influence and for many years one of the Selectmen of the town. His name together with six others, is appended to the Dorchester Church Covanent made ye 23 Day of ye 6 Month 1636,"viz. Richard Mather, George Minot, Thomas Jones, Johhn Kinsley, Nathan'l Duncan, Henry Withington, John Pope"

History of the Town of Dorchester, Massachusetts. (2017). Google Books. Retrieved 11 March 2017, from page 60

Thomas Jones was grantee of Dorchester land in 1635, and one of the first signers of the Church Covenant with Mr. Mather in 1636; Selectman the same year, and often for thirty years after; Deputy in 1638. He lived near the hill still called by his name, and died 1667, aged 75. Col. Stoughton's will calls him "my loving friend Thomas Jones." He was one of the Executors of Stoughton's will. He came to New England, according to Savage, in the Abigail Hackwell, from London, in June, 1635, with his wife Ellen, and children—

  • Isaac, aged 8 years;
  • Hester, 6 years; One of his daughters, probably Esther, married Richard Way.
  • Thomas, 3 years; Thomas died July 24, 1635, soon after their voyage began, and several weeks before it ended.
  • Sarah, about 3 months. Sarah married Isaac Bollard, January 3, 1651;

Mr. Jones was then 40 years of age, his wife 36.

Their children born in Dorchester were—

  • Hannah, born March 28, 1636, perhaps 1636-7;
  • Rebecca, February 9, 1641. Rebecca married James Green, November 9, 1661.

Mr. Jones was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery. He died in November, 1675, the grave-stone says aged " about 75 years," but according to the age given when he embarked he must have been about 80.

Thomas Jones, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), IV:102-106.

  • ORIGIN: Unknown.
  • MIGRATION: 1635 on the Abigail (on 17 June 1635, "Tho[mas] Jones," aged 40, "Ellin Jones" aged 36, "Isack Jones" aged 8, "Hester Jones," aged 6, "Tho[mas] Jones" aged 3, and "Sara Jones," aged 3 months, were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the Abigail [Hotten 92]).
  • CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: On 23 August 1636, Thomas Jones was one of the seven founding members of the second Church at Dorchester [DChR 2]. Ellen Jones was admitted to the same church in 1639 [DChR 4].
  • FREEMAN: Massachusetts Bay freemanship prior to 12 March 1637/8 implied by service as deputy to General Court [MBCR 1:220], but no record of freemanship for a Thomas Jones exists prior to that date. (On 13 March 1638/9, a Thomas Jones was made free [MBCR 1:375] and Savage assigned this entry to the Dorchester man [Savage 2:566]; however, this name appears embedded in a sequence of Hampton men, and so he would be the man of that name who arrived in New England in 1637 and settled in Hampton. On 6 May 1646, another Thomas Jones was made free [MBCR 2:294]; this entry follows a sequence of Dedham men and precedes a Boston man, and so cannot be asigned to the Dorchester man. The colony records appear to be defective with regard to the freemanship of this immigrant.)
  • BIRTH: About 1594 (aged 40 on 17 July 1635 [Hotten 92]; aged about 75 on 13 November 1667 [DVR 27; NEHGR 4:166]).
  • DEATH: Dorchester 13 November 1667, aged about 75 [DVR 27; NEHGR 4:166].
  • Emigration: 1635, On the Abigail.
  • Residence: 1635, Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
  • Other: bef 12 Mar 1637/38, Admitted freeman.
  • Will: 26 Mar 1667,
  • Estate Inventory: 11 Dec 1667, £555; £381 in real estate.
  • Probate: 15 Jan 1667/68, Will proved.

From The pioneers of Massachusetts, a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns and churches and other contemporaneous documents. (2017). Retrieved 11 March 2017, from page 263

Thomas, husbandman, ae. 40, came in the Abigail in July, 1635, with Ellen, ae. 36, John, ae. 15, Isaac, ae. 8, Hester, ae. 6, Thom- as, ae. 3, and Sarah, ae. 3 mos. Settled at Dorchester. One of the signers of the church covenant Aug. 23, 1636. Town officer. Wife Ellen d. Feb. 2, 167S. Ch. Thomas d. in 1635, Hannah b. 28 (1) 1636, Rebecca b. 9 (12) 1641.

He d. 13 (9) 1667, ae. 75. Will prob. Jan. 15, 1667-8. Wife Ellen, son Isaac, daa. Hannah, and her children, Henry, Richard, and Elizabeth Way; gr. ch. James and Thomas Greene. [Reg. XV, 325.]


Came to America in 1635 on the Abigail.

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Thomas Jones's Timeline

February 9, 1592
London, Middlesex, England
Age 32
Age 36
Age 39
Age 42
Age 42
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
March 28, 1636
Age 44
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
February 9, 1641
Age 49
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
November 13, 1667
Age 75
Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts