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Thomas Palmer, Jr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Palmer, Sr. and Ann Palmer
Husband of Elizabeth Stephens and Hannah Palmer
Father of Mary Palmer; John Palmer; Timothy Palmer and Samuel Palmer
Brother of John Palmer, Sgt.; Margaret Harriman; Samuel Palmer and Timothy Palmer
Half brother of Margaret Harriman

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About Thomas Palmer, Jr.

When Samuel was just a year old, his father was discharged by the church on June 30, 1708, for "scandalous immorality and intemperance." He was dismissed "by the advice of an ecclesiastical council of twelve Churches, which deposed him from the ministry, and laid him under Church censure. And some time previous to that, he had been dismissed by his Church and Congregation, and preached in a private home to a parry of his adherents." In disgrace, Thomas Pal mer most likely supported his family by practicing medicine among those "adherents" who stood by him. To his credit, however, Thomas was able to vindicate the family name by sending two of his sons to Harvard College, Samuel and his youngest sibling Job.It is unfortunate that Job died at twenty-five in 1745, five years after the death of his mother in 1740 and two years after the death of his father in 1743. All three are buried in the Middleboro Green Cemetery next to the First Congregational Church.

Source: The Life of Reverend Samuel Palmer, by Leonard Miele


From: http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kwc/boynton/rowley_hist.html

In the autumn of 1675, twelve Rowley men were impressed into the service to meet the exigencies of King Philip's War, then raging. Their names are John Hopkinson, John Stickney, Joseph Jewett, Thomas Palmer, John Jackson, Stephen Mighill, John Leighton, Caleb Jackson, William Brown, Samuel Tiller, Joseph Bixby, and Simon Gowin. These men and others, under Capt. Brocklebank, were led in January, 1676, to Narragansett, and thence in March to Marlborough, where, in an assault upon the Indians, one of the company had his hand badly shattered by the breaking of his gun.

Capt. Samuel Wadsworth, with fifty men, was sent from Boston to the relief of Marlborough. Learning upon his arrival that the enemy had gone to Sudbury, he proceeded with his own and Capt. Brocklebank's party towards that town. Discovering a few Indians, and pursuing them about a mile into the woods, the English found themselves suddenly surrounded by some five hundred of the savages, who with hideous yelling opened a destructive fire. Almost every one of the men engaged on our side was slain. A monument was erected on the spot about 1730, by Benjamin Wadsworth, then president of Harvard College, and brother of Capt. Samuel Wadsworth, bearing this inscription: --

"Capt. Samuel Wadsworth of Milton, his Lieut. Sharp of Brooklin, Capt. Brocklebank of Rowley, with about Twenty-six other Soldiers Fighting for the Defence of their country, were slain, By ye Indian enemy April 18th 1676, & lye Buried in this place." The date should have been April 21st instead of April 18th.

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Thomas Palmer, Jr.'s Timeline

1650
August 1650
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
August 1650
Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts
1665
1665
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
1688
October 29, 1688
Age 23
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
1694
January 10, 1694
Age 29
Rowley, Essex, MA
1707
August 8, 1707
Age 42
Middleborough, Plymouth County, MA, USA
1713
1713
Age 48
1743
June 17, 1743
Age 78
Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
1911
January 10, 1911
Age 78