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Thomas Macy

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Chilmark, Wiltshire, England
Death: April 19, 1682 (70-78)
Nantucket Island, Dukes County, Province of New York
Place of Burial: Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Macy and Margaret Macy (Porter)
Husband of Sarah Macy (Hopcott)
Father of Sarah Macy; Sarah Worth; Mary Bunker (Macy); Bethiah Gardner; Thomas Macy, III and 2 others
Half brother of William Macey

Occupation: Planter, clothier, merchant
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About Thomas Macy

"The Exiles," written by the notable poet John Greenleaf Whittier in 1841. It's all about our emigrant ancestor Thomas Macy and how he fled religious persecution by the Puritans of Massachusetts to settle on the island of Nantucket.

The ballad has been posted at several online sites, including .

'Genealogy of the Macy Family from 1635 - 1868' 'The History of Nantucket County, Island and Town including Genealogies of First Settlers'

Birth: 1608 Chilmark Wiltshire, England Death: Apr. 19, 1682 Nantucket Nantucket County Massachusetts, USA

He was the husband of Sarah Hopcott who he married in Chilmark, England on June 9, 1643. He was the first Town Clerk of Amesbury, Massachusetts. from The History of Amesbury -------------------------------------------- He was prosecuted and fined for allowing four Friends on a journey to take shelter in his house about three quarters of an hour, one rainy day in 1659, as his own letter to the court informs us. It is worthy to note that his grandson and many other of his descendants became Friends. Like Roger Williams, he fled from persecution in Massachusetts. His family were the first white settlers of Nantucket, then under the juridiction of New York. Edward Starbuck and Isaac Coleman, a lad of 12 years old, accompanied them.

Burial: Golgotha Burial Ground Amesbury Essex County

Thomas Macy was from Wiltshire, England/Town of Salisbury/Parish of Chilmark. He was married to SARAH HOPCOT. Came to America in 1635. He is listed among the original settlers of Salisbury, Massachusetts.

Thomas Macy was a merchant, planter, one of the select-men of the town, a juryman, and preacher of the Baptist faith. Massachusetts laws passed in 1656 and 1657 did not encourage freedom of worship. Because of these laws, Thomas Macy moved to Nantuckett where he "believed he could lead a more peaceful life". October 1, 1675, according to historical papers, Thomas Macy was commissioned Chief Magistrate of the town(Nantuckett).

In 1664 Thomas Macy permanently settled at Nantucket although in the latter part of 1659 he went there with his wife Sarah ______and their five children from four to thirteen years of age and stayed there during the winter suffering great hardships and privations.

A story is told by Silvanus J. Macy in his history of the Macy family of his trip to the Island of Nantuckett. Encountering rough weather while crossing the Sound it is said the good wife besought her husband to turn back and seek safety on the mainland as she was terribly frightened. Thomas paid no attention to her first request but on her second appeal he replied "Woman go below and seek thy God. I fear not the witches on this earth or the devils in hell" as all accounts agree that the craft in which this adventurous voyage was made was an open boat, it is difficult to understand just what the doughty skipper meant when he told her to "go below" but he may have used the expression figuratively in which sense, let us hope, it was obeyed.

They landed safely at all events and with the assistance of the Indians, erected some sort of house to shelter them for the winter.

Their son John who was four years old at the time and the only son of Thomas to reach maturity was the ancestor of all the Macys of America

Thomas Macy became chief Magistrate in 1676 of Nantucket
Emmigrated to U.S.A. (possibly from England? Very English name...) on 1635
Born about 1608 in Chilmark, Wiltshire, England

Died June 19, 1682 in Nantucket Island, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

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Thomas Macy's Timeline

Chilmark, Wiltshire, England
July 9, 1644
Age 36
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts
August 1, 1646
Age 38
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts
December 4, 1648
Age 40
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
December 4, 1650
Age 42
Salisbury, Essex County , Massachusetts
September 22, 1653
Age 45
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts
July 14, 1655
Age 47
Colchester Village, Connecticut Colony
Age 49
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts