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Thomas Paine, Il

Also Known As: "Payne"
Birthdate: (96)
Birthplace: Perhaps of, Kent , England
Death: Died in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Paine, of Yarmouth and Elizabeth Paine, of Yarmouth
Husband of Mary Paine
Father of Abigail Paine; Samuel Paine; Mary Cole Rogers; Mary Cole; Thomas Paine, Ill and 9 others

Occupation: Cooper, Mill Builder, Regulating fishing, Weaver
Managed by: Private User
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About Thomas Paine, of Eastham



'Thomas Paine Jr. (abt. 1612 - 1706)

Thomas Paine Jr. aka Payne

Born about 1612 in Kent. England

Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]

[sibling(s) unknown]

Husband of Elizabeth (Litchfield) Paine — married 1633 (to 1645) in London, England

Husband of Mary (Snow) Paine — married 15 Jun 1650 in Eastham, Massachusetts

Father of Thomas Paine, Samuel Paine, Elizabeth (Paine) Hunting, Samuel Paine, Mary (Paine) Cole, Thomas Paine III, Elisha Eleazer Paine, John Paine, Nicholas Paine, James Paine, Joseph Paine Sr. and Dorcas (Paine) Vickery

Died 16 Aug 1706 in Eastham, Barnstable, Province of Massachusetts Bay, New England

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Paine-84 created 11 Sep 2010 | Last modified 4 May 2016

Categories: Puritan Great Migration.

Thomas Paine Jr. migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). Join: Puritan Great Migration Project Discuss: PGM Contents

[hide] 1 Genealogy Caution Note 2 Biography 2.1 Sources 3 Sources Genealogy Caution Note

There were several men named Thomas Paine / Payne who emigrated to Massachusetts between 1630-1660. Please use caution in merges and use reliable sources in making your decision. Please do NOT merge this profile with Paine-237; that Thomas Paine was from Wrentham, Suffolk, England, and he married Rebecca Ware (Ware-111), not Mary Snow. Mary's husband Thomas Paine was from Kent, England and may have used spelling "Payne" before emigration. There is also some question as to this Thomas Paine's mother: Elizabeth Tuttle, Elizabeth Bloomfield, and Margaret Pultney have all been proposed as candidates. A descendant (see below) says his mother was "Marie Carter" but no other documents have surfaced with that name. The most-likely candidates are Elizabeth Tuttle (who may have been "widow Bloomfield") and Margaret or Elizabeth/Margaret Pultney...[1]


This comment about the Paine Ancestry, The Family of Robert Treat Paine, Signer of the Declaration of Independence by Sarah Cushing Paine and Charles Henry Pope

"This book is inaccurate as to the Thomas Paine (formally Thomas Payne) that married Mary Snow. Thomas Payne, son of Thomas Payne and Marie Carter first married Elizabeth Litchfield (1633) in London, England. This Thomas with wife Elizabeth and son Thomas (b. 1635 "at Sagus") came to America in 1639. Elizabeth died 1645 after giving birth to second son Samuel. When he married Mary Snow in 1650, his name was spelled Paine. (In those days, the spelling of one's name depended on how the name sounded to the person doing the recording.) Reference: Cape Cod Genealogical Society's Summer & Fall 1999 Bulletin Addendum, Vol XXV Numbers 2 & 3, Issue # 86. Forrest R. Paine, 8th Great Grandson of Thomas Paine and Mary Snow." [1]

Old genealogies state that Thomas was blinded in one eye by an arrow while still living in England, and arrived at Massachusetts Bay with his father, Thomas, at age ten. There are no sources to prove these, but the stories still are in many pedigrees.[2]

He married Mary Snow before April of 1651 at Eastham, Massachusetts. Eastham had been settled but a very few years when Thomas Paine became a resident. He was resident at Eastham in 1653 and served in several ways after being made a freeman. One was as water bailiff of Plymouth Colony Court and served many years in that post, requiring him to regulate fishing at Cape Cod. On March 14, 1696, he purchased a home in Boston and lived there until he sold the same on October 13, 1697, and moved back to Eastham. He was also known as a cooper (builder and repairer of barrels and casks) as well as the builder of mills.

In 1662 he was appointed, with Nicholas Snow, Jonathan Sparrow and Giles Hopkins, to view and lay out the meadow between Namskaket and Silver Springs, then within the limits of Eastham; and the same year, with Giles Hopkins, was selected a surveyor of highways. In 1664, for the first time he was chosen deputy to the Plymouth Colony court, and a juryman. In 1667, with eleven others, he was called to investigate the causes of deaths of three men of Captain John Allen's company, who were put ashore at Cape Cod. The same year he was allowed by the Colonial court to select a tract of land for his use, and in June, 1669, he was allowed to purchase land at Namasket, now Middleboro. In 1670, with Jonathan Sparrow, he was appointed an inspector of the ordinaries in town, to see that there was no excessive drinking. He was selectman (an officer) of Eastham in 1671. In 1676, he was one of the committee to collect a debt of Sandwich and to superintend the building of the meetinghouse in Eastham. This meetinghouse was the second one built there and stood near the ancient burying ground. The first one was thatched roof and stood nearby, and had been erected many years. It was now considered unsuitable for the congregation of their minister, Rev. Samuel Treat, who was now regularly settled. Mr. Paine was clerk and treasurer of Eastham as well. Mr. Paine was many years a "rate maker" or assessor. In 1685, with Rev. Samuel Treat, Captain Jonathan Sparrow, John Mayo, Sen., and Jabez Snow, he was chosen by the town "to hear and determine the difference between those called the purchasers of the town," respecting land within the limits of Eastham.

The will of Thomas Paine, dated 12 May 1705 and proved 2 Oct. 1706, left mills, house and housing and specified lands to son Nicholas Paine; ten shillings to daughter Mary, wife of Israel Cole; and the residuary estate equally to Samll Paine (executor), Thomas Paine (executor), Elisha Paine, John Paine, Nicholas Paine, James Paine, Joseph Paine, Dorcas Vickerie (wife of Benjamin), and three oldest children of his daughter Mary (wife of Israel Cole), namely James Rogers, Mary Cole and Abigail Yeats.


[2] The New England Historical and Genealogical Register Volume 47; Volume 1893 PAINE FAMILY RECORDS. A Journal of Genealogical and Biographical information respecting the American Families of Payne, Paine, Payn, etc. Edited by H. D. Paine, M.D. Volume II. New York. 1883. Cape Cod Gravestones Chrisman Pedigree Findagrave memorial This should not be used as a source, but is included for memorial purposes only. Mayflower Marriages. Susan E. Roser. Genealogical Publishing Co. 1990 S64 John(5) Billings of Deer Isle, Maine. Harold Ward Dana, A.B., M.D., of Brookline, Norfolk, Mass. NEHGR, Vol. 97, October 1943 Note: Originally from "Genealogy of William Billings", Frank Billings, M.D., n.d., published about 1931. S983 Mayflower Families Through Five Generations. Austin, John D., F.A.S.G. Plymouth, Ma, General Society of Mayflower Descendants Parents Thomas Payne Sr. & Margaret Pultney.

He arrived in New England age 10. He lost an eye to an arrow. Thomas Paine & Giles Hopkins served as surveyor of highways for eastham in 1662. Was named balif of the Plymouth Colony; regulated fishing at Cape Cod. He was a cooper & builder of Mills.

son Nicolas Paine b.?, married Hannah Higgins.


↑ Note added to by Chet Snow, September 3, 2014. ↑ Note by Chet Snow: this story may well be about a different contemporary Thomas Paine (Paine-237). Caleb H. Johnson, The Mayflower and her passengers (Indiana:Xlibris Corp., Caleb Johnson, 2006) "Mayflower Families Through Five Generations", Volume six, "Hopkins", Published by General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1992. Cape Cod Genealogical Society's Summer & Fall 1999 Bulletin Addendum, Vol XXV Numbers 2 & 3, Issue # 86. Forrest R. Paine, (8th Great Grandson of Thomas Paine and Mary Snow) proposed his parents are son of Thomas Payne and Marie Carter available on microfilm at your local Family History Center - 974.492 D25cc. Also available as part of a PDF set for $10.

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On 1 Mar 2016 at 01:17 GMT Chet Snow wrote:

Paine-1663 and Paine-84 do not represent the same person because: rejecting to force merge of duplicate profile On 28 Feb 2016 at 00:53 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

Hi, His parents Thomas Paine and Elizabeth Tuthill are removed , they were not his parents and this was discussed a few times already , see this G2G and post below, people seem to agree, so removed them now . Added post so it's clear what happened .

Greets, Bea

On 27 Feb 2016 at 17:21 GMT Roland Baker III wrote:

Please remove these parents. This has been discussed at length on G2G and there is no connection between this Thomas Paine of Kent and Eastham who married Elizabeth Litchfield and Mary Snow and the Thomas Paine of Wrentham and Salem. See the Hopkins Silver Book p 13 -14, Anderson GM and Cape Cod Genealogical Society's Summer & Fall 1999 Bulletin Addendum, Vol XXV Numbers 2 & 3, Issue # 86. Forrest R. Paine, (8th Great Grandson of Thomas Paine and Mary Snow) showing his parents are Thomas Payne of Kent and Eastham and Marie Carter. The parents shown are the parents of Thomas Payne of Salem and Dedham who married Rebecca. On 9 Jan 2016 at 23:51 GMT Roland Baker III wrote:

Changes proposed here Please discuss, object or agree. Changes will be made pending input.

On 23 Jul 2015 at 03:52 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

Paine-995 and Paine-84 do not represent the same person because: See note in Bio for Paine-84. On 16 Aug 2014 at 05:08 GMT Philip Smith wrote:

Paine-1173 and Paine-84 appear to represent the same person because: same



'Thomas Paine of Eastham

is said to have come to New England at age of ten, and to have lost the sight of one eye to an arrow.

He & Giles Hopkins served as surveyors of highways for Eastham in 1662.

Son of Thomas Paine of Yarmouth.

Married Mary Snow; founder of the Eastham family.


Reference: Paine Family Records - Volume I pages 141, 183; Volume II pages 12-17, 43

of Eastham, MA and Barnstable, MA

Author: Paine, Henry Delaven, 1816-1885?Volume: 2

Subject: Payne family

Publisher: N ew York, [Albany, J. Munsell, printer]

Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT

Language: English

C all number: 31833014152653

Digitizing sponsor: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

Book contributor: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

Collection: americana

Notes: Ph otocopied book. Some text may be skewed and faded.

Scanfactors: 46

This book has an editable web page on Open Library

Thomas Paine of Eastham what can be learned from records he was skilled in the art of mill building, and was employed in erecting them in various parts of the county. For the great expense he was at "in building two Grist Mills in Eastham for the use of the town'" he was allowed, in 16S3, a large tract of land on the northerly side of " Kescayogansett Cove," which is now included within the limits of Or- leans. So far as can be ascertained he was a man of more than ordinarv education. He was a splendid penman. The v.-riter has a specimen of his penmanship when well ad- vanced in years, with his signature. He wrote his name Tho. Paine. 

He died at Eastham, August 16, 1706, but at what age is not known. That he was "aged" is certain. He affirms it in his will, and his son John, also, in his diary, points to the same fact when speaking of the death of his " aged father." As no stone, with inscription, points out the resting place of Thomas Paine, it is unknown where he was buried : but the supposition is his ashes lie in the old burying ground west of Town Cove, m Eastham, Mass., where lie the early settlers of that town.

Mary Snow, the wife of Thomas Paine. Was a daughter of "Nicholas and Constance Snow. Nicholas came over in the Ann, in 1623, and married Constance, daughter of Stephen Hopkins, of the Mayflower band of Pilgrims. Nicholas Snow was a prominent man in the Colony. With six others, it appears, he began the settlement of East- ham in 1645. His death occurred in 1676. Mary Paine was a woman of whom much has been said in her praise. She was a -'faithful wife." •' a careful mother," a good and -'quiet neighbor," a •• diligent reader ot God's Holy Word," and a lover of and an attendant at " God's house of worship." Dea. John Paine, her son, thus speaks of her last hours and death in his diary : " On the 2Sth day of April, 1704, my honored mother, "Mary Paine, departed this life, being suddenly taken and struck with death, she having been in reasonable health all day, was taken ill about sunset so she never after spoke reasonable ; but decaying gradualyv gave up the Ghost about the dawn- ing of the day." Neither the date of her birth or marriage appears. No stone, with inscription, marks her resting place.

The will of Thomas Paine is on record at Barnstable. The following is a copy, verbatim : In the name of God. Amen. The twelvth day of May, 1705, I. Thomas Paine of Eastham, in ye County of Barnstable, in ye Province of Massachusetts Bay; being aged and weak in botly, but of sufficient mind and memor}- — thanks be given to God — therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament ; tiiat is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into ye hands of God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at ye disposition of my Ex- ecutors, nothing doubting but at ye general ressurection I shall receive ye same again by the mighty power of God.

And as touching sucli worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, demise and dispose of the same in ye following manner and form. In:p.

I give and bequeath my son Nicholas Paine, his heirs & assigns forever all my lands, mills, house and housing at Keaskokagansett in the town of Eastham, with all niy right title to all town's privileges and my two shares in ye land purchased of Mr. Samuel Smith, called the ten pound purchase ; also all my meadow lying on or by Sampson's Island. and between Sampson's Island and Hog Island in sd Eastham ; as also my upland at both ends of Sampson's Island ; and my share of meadoy,' which lies to the southward of Porchy Island, which was granted me by ye town in ye year of our Lord, 1703. Iinp. 

I give to my daugliter, Man-, the wife of Israel Cole, ten shillings in money: all the rest and residue of my estate, both real and personal, goods ^ chattels whatso- ever, I give and bequeath to be equally divided to and among my chil- dren, viz : — Samuel Paine, Thomas Paine. Elisha Paine, John Paine, Nicholas Paine, James Paine, Joseph Paine, DoTcas Vickery, the wife of Benj.. and three eldest children of Mary, my daughter, the wife of Israel Cole, viz : — James Rogers, Mary Cole, and Abigail Yates ; (that is to say) the sd. children of my sd. daughter shall have (with the ten shill- ings which she is to have) one share or equal portions with }-e rest of my sd. children, which shall be equally divided among them.

And I do also hereby constitute, make and ordain my two sons Samuel Paine &; Thomas Paine, to be ye Executors of this my last Will and Testa- ment, & I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and even,- other fornier Testament & Will, legacy and bequest &: executors, by me in any way before named willed & bequeathed. Ratifying vi confirming this, and no other, to be my last Will & Tes- tament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, }'■_- day and vear above written.

THOMAS PAINE, [L. si Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Thomas Paine as his last Will and Testa- - ■' •' ■ .. ' ■ men, in ye presence of us, the j ■ ' . ' ' ' ■ .. subscribers, ■ • his , -- ■ • JOHX X Rogers, . . . - : ' . mark. .. ■ ' John Rogers, Jr.. ' •. -■ . Eleazar Rogers.

The will was presented to Probate and proved October 2, 1706, and letters granted to executors therein named. Thomas Paine of EastJiam. ly

The following" is a verbatbn copy of the inventory of the estate of Thomas Paine : Inventor)' of all & singular the goods, chattels & credits of Mr. Thomas Paine of Eastham, in the County of Barnstable, deceased, prized at Eastham, August ye 30. 1706, by ye subscribers : Imprimis : To lands, meadows housing & mills, two hun- dred pounds /200 00 00 //. To cash at 15 penny weight to six shillings, ninety-two pounds fourteen shillings &: four pence ' 92 14. 04 //, To plate at eight shillings per ounce, nine pound, six shillings & four pence 9 06 04 //. To beds, bedsteads, and household stuff, clothes, tools, old iron and lumber, seventy-six pounds five shillings & four pence //. To debt, nine &: twenty pounds fifteen shillings and a penny //. To desperate debts four & twenty shillings and eight pence Samuel Freeman ) . Joshua Bangs, ^ ^PP- [ To be continued.'] '^fM ^' 76 05 04 29 15 01 I 04 08 £m 10 09

From various circumstances the appearance of this number has been unavoidably delayed. Pains will be taken to prevent a similar failure in future. The April number is already well under way, and will undoubtedly be issued punctually. It is a matter of regret to the Editor that some papers prepared for this issue have been necessarily deferred. Among thera are the continuation of the " Southold " branch, and an extended and interesting account of the founder of the " Ipswich " famil}-, and the numerous im- portant public works begun and promoted by him. Both these articles will be given in the next number. Other papers of value are marked for insertion, and will appear as early as possible. On account of the mod- erate limits of the magazine, and out of consideration for other contributors, correspondents are requested to study conciseness in their communications intended for publication.

'Thomas Paine

Of the ancestry of Thomas Paine, of Eastham, founder of that family of Paines which settled on Cape Cod, but very little is certainly known as yet. Credible traditionary accounts that came down in several branches of the family, and committed to writing before the commencement of the present century, have it that he came over from England with his father, who bore the same name, when a lad of about ten years of age, having lost the sight of one of his eyes by an arrow, married Mary Snow, and settled in Eastham Mass. As to the date of their arrival, and the name of the place whence they came, traditional accounts differ. The descendents in the line of James, of Barnstable, have it that they came from the "North of England," while those in the line of John, of Eastham, have reported they came from "Kent." In what vessel they found passage, or at what place they landed on the New England coast, no account, oral or wr1tten has come to the knowledge of the writer.

Of what became of the elder Thomas, there is nothing positively known. It is supposed by some he found his way to Yarmouth, and was the Thomas Payne who was the first Deputy from that place to the Old Colony Court at Plymouth, in June, 1639, who took the freeman's oath June 4, that year, who was able to bear arms in 1643, and who was a resident in that town as late as 1650.

'Thomas Paine

Born in Dedham, England on 1614

to Thomas Paine and Margaret Pultney.

Thomas married Mary Snow and had 9 children.

He passed away on 3 Aug 1687 in Dedham, Massachusetts, USA.

Family Members


Thomas Paine 1585-1650

Margaret Pultney 1584-1620


Mary Snow 1636-1704


Mary Paine 1653-1724

Samuel Paine 1655-1712

Thomas Paine 1652-1721

Eleazer Paine 1658-1660

Elisha Paine 1658-1735

John Paine 1664-1731

Nicholas Paine 1670-1732

James Paine 1656-1728

Dorcas Paine 1667-1707

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Thomas Paine, of Eastham's Timeline

Kent , England
December 10, 1633
Age 23
Wrentham, Suffolk, England
December 10, 1633
Age 23
Wrentham, Suffolk, England
Age 30
<Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.>
Age 42
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
Age 43
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 45
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 46
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
March 10, 1657
Age 47
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony