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Thomas Mumford

Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Mumford, Sr. and Ann Remington
Husband of Sarah Mumford
Father of Sarah Place; Thomas Mumford; unknown Kenyon; James Munford; George Mumford and 4 others
Brother of Sarah E. Place; Richard Mumford; William Mumford; Mary Mumford; Marcke Mumford and 1 other
Half brother of Edward Mumford; Danial Mumford and James Mumford

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About Thomas Mumford

The progenitor of the Mumford family that left England and settled in Rhode Island. He was one of the earliest settlers in Rhode Island. In 1664 Mumford was appointed High Sheriff of the region, in 1665 the Inspector General. During King Philip's War the Great Swamp Fight occurred on Mumford's land.

Thomas Mumford

born Abt. 1625 in Oldham, Lancaster, England,

died February 12, 1691/92 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

marriage: Abt. 1655 in South Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island

wife: Sarah Sherman, b. Oct 1636, Roxbury, Boston, MA; died 1690 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. She was daughter of Philip Sherman and Sarah Odding.


  • Thomas Mumford, b. Nov 25, 1656 in Portsmouth, RI; died April 11, 1726 in South Kingston, RI
  • Peleg Mumford, b. 1659; d. July, 1745.
  • Anna Mumford, b. Abt. 1660 in Narragansett, Rhode Island; d. Bef. 1712 in Westerly, Rhode Island.
  • Abigail Mumford, b. 1662 in Narragansett, Rhode Island; d. Sept 16, 1723 in Portsmouth, RI
  • Sarah Mumford, b. 1668; d. Oct ,1746. She married Benedict Arnold; born 1642; died 1727.

Notes for Thomas Mumford:

In 1655 Mumford married Sarah Sherman, daughter of Philip Sherman, a prominent leader in early Rhode Island. The daughter of Philip Sherman and Sarah Odding, Sarah Sherman was born on 26 April 1636 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

Mumford and several other men participated in "the Pettaquamscutt purchase" from certain Indian sachems in 1658, which secured a large tract of land along Narragansett Bay for the English colonists. This area now includes the towns of North and South Kingstown, RI. In 1664 Mumford was appointed High Sheriff of the region, in 1665 the Inspector General. In 1668 he and his wife, Sarah Sherman Mumford, sold to Peleg Sanford of Newport 1,000 acres of the land for L25.

In December of 1675 during King Philip's War the Great Swamp Fight occurred on Mumford's land. The battle dealt a severe blow to the Narragansett Indian tribe from which they never fully recovered. From 1683 to 1686 he served as the High Constable of the colony.

His son, Thomas, born 1656, married Abigail, who was murdered by a slave belonging to him. The murderer, a negro, drowned himself to prevent being taken alive. The assembly ordered his body to be disposed of in the following manner, as a terror to others perpetrating like barbarities; his head, legs and arms to be cut from his body and hung in some public place near Newport, and his body to be burned to ashes. In 1708 Mr. Mumford deeded 180 acres of land in Point Judith to his son George. He and his wife were buried in the Mumford burying ground.

Origin: English Coat of Arms: Gold with a blue lion. Crest: A cat rampant.

Thomas Mumford: Jailed around 1664 for speaking words of a dishonorable nature about the King.

Pettaquamscutt Purchase in 1724

Those who purchased the Pettaquamscutt lands (later South Kingstown) from the Indian sachems, 1657

Original purchasers:

  • John Porter
  • Samuel Wilbore
  • Thomas Mumford
  • Samuel Wilson
  • John Hull (Boston goldsmith and minter)

Later purchasers:

  • William Brenton
  • Benedict Arnold

"History of Washington and Kent Counties, Rhode Island"

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Thomas Mumford's Timeline

November 11, 1625
Oldham, Lancashire, England
November 11, 1626
Age 1
November 11, 1626
Age 1
Age 9
November 25, 1656
Age 31
Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island
Age 32
South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States
Age 33
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
Age 35
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Age 38
London, Middlesex, England