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Thomas Paine, Il

Also Known As: "Payne"
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; Thomas Paine, Ill; Elisha Paine, Sr. and 8 others

Occupation: Cooper, Mill Builder, Regulating fishing, Weaver
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About Thomas Paine, of Eastham

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.

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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 45
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 46
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
March 10, 1657
Age 47
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
March 10, 1658
Age 48
Eastham, Barnstable, MA