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Thomas Newberry

Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Yarcombe, Devonshire, England
Death: January 28, 1636 (41)
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Newberry and Grace Mathews
Husband of Joane Newberry and Joane Wareham
Father of Joseph (Twin) Newberry; Sarah Wolcott; Capt. Benjamin Newberry; Mary Clark; John Newberry and 5 others
Brother of John Newberry; William Joseph Newberry; Ellen Newberry; Fides Newberry; Robert Newberry and 4 others

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About Thomas Newberry, of Dorchester

THOMAS NEWBERRY: was born 1594 Yarcombe, Devon, England, baptized 10 Nov 1594 Yarcombe, Devon, England (citing the church registers of Yarcombe, Devon), and died December 1636 in Dorchester, Norfolk, Massachusetts. Thomas became a puritan as a young man.

Thomas was the sixth child of Richard Newberry and Grace Matthew. He came to America in Apr 1634.

He married (1) JOAN DABINOTT, daughter of CHRISTOPHER DABINOTT. Joan was born about 1600, and died about 1629 in England. Thomas and Joan ancestors of US Pres Woodrow Wilson through their daughter Mary. Their son Benjamin is our line.

He married (2) JANE DABINOTT about 1630 in England, daughter of JOHN DABINOTT and JOHANE. Jane died 23 April 1655 in Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut. After Thomas's death she married second to Rev. Thomas Wareham.

The children of Thomas and Joane, his first wife:

  • Joseph, about 1620; d. prob. before 1686; returned to England.
  • Sarah, about 1622; m. Hanry Wolcott. -
  • Benjamin, about 1624; a famous Captain in the Indian Wars; d. Sept. 11, 1689; m. June 11, 1646, Mary, dau. of Matthew and Margaret (Wyott) Allyn. -
  • Mary, bap. at Whitechurch Canonicorum, co. Dorset, Oct. 22, 1626; d. Aug. 29, 1688; m. June 13, 1644, Capt. Daniel Clarke ...
  • John, bap. at Whitechurch Canonicorum, co. Dorset, Feb. 19, 1628-9, d. Dec. 1647, unm.

The children of Thomas and Jane, his second wife:

  • Rebecca (Newberry) Russell
  • Hannah (Newberry) Hanford

Between 1625 and 1634 Thomas was at Coweleyes in Marshwood, Dorset. In a chancery suit in which Christopher Dabinott was concerned it was claimed that he was worth between £2,000 and £6,000. The lease purchased for the estate Coweleyes was to run for 99 years or during his life and that of his grandsons Joseph and Benjamin Newberry as a marriage portion for his daughter Joane, wife of Thomas Newberry who occupied the estate for nearly 9 years until his move to New England In late 1628 "Thomas Newberye" is listed in a subsidy of Charles I, being assessed 21s. 4d. on goods in Marshwood of value of £4. In November 1624 Thomas was appointed Overseer of will of John Dabinott. John Dabinott of Chardstock, was the uncle of Thomas Newberry's first wife. Thomas was given a gold ring for his expected services. Thomas engaged in legal study in London, England during several terms of the Court of Chancery. On 17 Apr 1634 Thomas Newburgh of Marthwood Vale and many others set saile on the ship Mary and John from Walmouth towards New England. Per the diary of William Whiteway of Dorchester, co. Dorset, England who was an associate of Rev. John White, (Rev. Walter Newburgh, cousin of Thomas Newberry, and many others, in the company of Dorchester Adventurers, whose operations in connection with New England culminated in the sailing from Plymouth, England in March 1630 of the ship Mary and John with a party of colonists from Somerset, Dorset and Devon who founded Dorchester, MA.) The original diary of William Whiteway is preserved in the Manuscript Dept. of the British Museum, London and extends from 1618 to 1634. It mentions several meetings of the Dorchester Adventurers. Dorchester records, printed vol., p.7: Mr. Newberry, (from the English parish of Marshwood Vale in Dorsetshire), shall have 30 acres. It is ordered that Mr. Newbery is to have for his purchase that he bought of Mr. Pincheon, the house Mr. Pincheon build, 40 acs. of upland ground to the house, 40 acres of marsh, 20 acres in Quantq necke. Earliest homesteads in Dorchester were located in vicinity of present Edward Everett Square and on or about Rocky Hill (now Savin Hill) where at Nov. 3, 1634 Thos. had land per p. 8 Dorchester records: "It is ordered that no man shall fall the trees that stand at the corner of Mr. Newberyes lott on the Rocke". He also acquired a large farm south of the Neponset River (in what is now Atlantic) where he built a dwelling as referred to in Dorchester records, p. 9: It is grant that Mr. Newberry shall have the hedgey ground that lies in the bottom betwixt his house and the water next Mr. Cottingtons farme in part of the meadow that is to have" P. 12-13: "November 1635 ... and likewise next there unto was laid out a hundred acres of medow unto Mr. Thomas Newbery as that was likewise graunted him by order of Court together with an hundred acres of uplnad ground and likewise it is ordered and agreed upon whereas Mr. Newbery hath relinquished a former graunt from the Plantation of 40 acs. of marsh and 20 acs. of upland in squantum necke, he is now to take all the ground from his house to Mr. Willsons farme , inconsideration thereof". This Newberry farm contained about 400 acs, was bounded north by Neponset River, east by Quincy Bay, south by Rev. John Wilson's farm (in what is now Wollaston) near present day Squantum St. and west by Sagamore Creek, covering the whole of the present district of Atlantic in the City of Quincy. At Thomas' death the farm was sold to Hon. John Glover of Dorchester and it continued in the Glover family for 8 gen. The original house build by Thomas stood until 1798 when it was taken down by Ebenezer Glover and replaced with a new mansion occupied by Horatio N. Glover. Thomas was a merchant and one of the richest among the colonists. On 3 Sep 1634 Thomas became a Freeman, which would mean that Thomas joined the church shortly after his arrival in Dorchester, Massachusetts. On 28 Ooct 1634 Thomas was appointed Selectman at Dorchester, Massachusetts, whereupon it was aggreed that "there shall be Tenn men chosen to order all the affayres of the Plantation, to continue for one yeare and to mete monethly according to the order Oct. 8, 1633." He was appointed 4 Mar 1634/35 and again May 6, 1635, Dorchester, Deputy to the General Court. He was appointed Nov 1635 To handle "affayres" of the Plantation, "Dorchester, Massachusetts, Town Records" Transcribed by William Blake Trask. "The names of such as are chosen for ordering the affayres of the Plantatin, November 1635, to continue for halfe a yeere." Included are: William Philps; Nathaniel Duncan; Mr. George Hull; Mr. Democke; William Gaylar; Mr. Roger Williams; George Minot; John Phillips; Mr. Newberry." Thomas received a land grant in the wilderness near what would become Walpole, Massachusetts on 04 Mar 1634/35 - At the General Court "an hundred acres of upland ground and an hundred acres of meadowe ground graunted to Mr. Thomas Newberry, lyeing nexte to the lands of Mr. Israell Stoughton, about 8 or 9 myles up Naponsett Ryver, on the north side to the rvyer, to enjoy to him and his hieres for ever". This grant in the wilderness was located in the present town of Walpole, MA but apparently it was never actually surveyed and laid out to Mr. Newberry, as over 25 years after his death, his heirs tried unsuccessfully to claim it as appears by General Court record. Thomas was appointed, at July 8 1635 to set the bounds between Wessaguscus and Barcove but died before its accomplishment.

The "Recovery of London" is almost certainly the ship that Coldham places at London on 8 March 1633/34, a mere twenty-three days before the corrected date; and it is surely this voyage of the Recovery which is referred to in the diary of William Whiteway of old Dorchester in Dorsetshire, who wrote: "April 17, 1634, Mr. Newburgh [sic] of Marthwoodvale and many others set saile from Waimouth towards New England." Mr. "Newburgh" was more precisely, Mr. Thomas Newberry, whose name led the list of passengers aboard the Recovery.

Accepting the premise that the passenger list should have been dated 31 March 1634, then the ship sailed into Massachusetts Bay in late June or July 1634; and it was very likely one of the fourteen said to have arrived that June.

Joane Dabinott, wife of Thomas Newberry. b. about 1600; dau. of Christopher Dabinott of Yarcombe, Devon, England. m. about 1619. (P. C. C., 112 Goare. Chancery Proceedings, Six Clerks Series, Collins, 546-48.) d. about 1629, leaving a very large estate; estimates from 2000 pounds to 6000 pounds.

The children of Thomas and Joane: - Joseph, about 1620; d. prob. before 1686; returned to England. - Sarah, about 1622; m. Hanry Wolcott. - Benjamin, about 1624; a famous Captain in the Indian Wars; d. Sept. 11, 1689; m. June 11, 1646, Mary, dau. of Matthew and Margaret (Wyott) Allyn. - Mary, bap. at Whitechurch Canonicorum, co. Dorset, Oct. 22, 1626; d. Aug. 29, 1688; m. June 13, 1644, Capt. Daniel Clarke ... - John, bap. at Whitechurch Canonicorum, co. Dorset, Feb. 19, 1628-9, d. Dec. 1647, unm.

After the death of Mrs. Newberry, her husband m. (2), about 1630, Jane, who was perhaps Jane Dabinott of Chardstock, dau. of John Dabinott and a cousin of his first wife. Thomas Newberry was her guardian. Her father had left her over 150 pounds when married with the consent of her mother and overseers, Christopher Dabinott and Thomas Newberry; perhaps the latter 'consented' she should marry himself. Jane, his second wife went to New England with him in 1634 and after his death married Rev. John Warham. The Newberry Gen., by J. G. Bartlett, p. 43.

Thomas was the sixth child of Richard Newberry and Grace Matthew. He came to America in Apr 1634.
. Thomas Newberry: Born 10 November 1594, of Devonshire, England; Died 1 December 1636, Windsor, Hartford, CT; Married 1619; Joan Dabinot: Born 1615, Yarcombe, Devonshire, England; Died 23 April 1645, Norwalk, Fairfield, CT. Thomas came to America in 1634. In all likelihood he shipped over on the Recovery. His second wife, Jane Dabinot, was a cousin of his first. He was made a Freeman on 3 September 1634. He was engaged to go with Mr. Warham to plant a colony at Windsor but he died before they left. When he died, his will of 1 December 1635/6, leaves his wife £200.00 above what she brought to the marriage. Each of his children should receive an equal share in his estate except for his three youngest daughters. They were each to receive £50.00 less than the others. In the inventory taken on 28 January 1636/7, his estates totaled £1520, 7 shillings, 6 pence. Of which £300.00 was land in England. This is the will of a very wealthy man. It is no small wonder that his son should marry a woman of Mary Allyn's apparent social class.

Geneology to 10th Century:

Came to America 1634 - on the ship Recovery (?)

More ancestory notes:

"Returning to Charmouth and then up the River Char past Whitchurch Canonicorum we pass on into Marshwood Vale. This was rough, steeply enclosed country on cold, heavy clay, remote and inaccessible in winter; it was largely pasture for dairying with plenty of game in the old forest and meandering roads linking ancient farmsteads. One of these was 'Coweleyes', the property of the Newberrys. Thomas Newberry was a younger son of a younger son of fairly prominent Dorset gentry. Like many a younger son he tried to make a living in London at the Bar but gave it up to return to live in the depths of the country in a house belonging to his father-in-law. In 1630 he was probably already contemplating a removal to New England, and with his family of seven children would sail from Weymouth in April 1634. Thomas himself, a stockholder in the Massachusetts Bay Company, would not long survive in Dorchester, Massachusetts, but his widow and their children would become one of the prominent first families of Windsor on the Connecticut."

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Thomas Newberry, of Dorchester's Timeline

November 10, 1594
Yarcombe, Devonshire, England
November 10, 1594
Yarcombe, Devon, England
November 10, 1594
November 10, 1594
November 10, 1594
April 10, 1620
Age 25
Yarcombe, Devon, England
April 10, 1620
Age 25
Yarcombe, Devon, England
April 11, 1624
Age 29
Yarcombe, Devon, England