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Thomas Prence, V

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Lechlade, Bristol, England
Death: March 13, 1672 (44)
Plymouth Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Prence, Governor of Plymouth Colony and Patience Prence
Husband of Mary Prence; Mrs. Hannah Jones and Susannah Prence
Father of Judith Buxton and Susannah Prence
Brother of James Prence; Rebecca Freeman; Hannah Sparrow; Mercy Freeman and Robert Prence
Half brother of Jane Snow; Mary Tracy; Judith Tubbs; Sarah Howes and Elizabeth Howland

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About Thomas Prence, V

 4th Gov. of Plymouth Colony 1633, 35, 38, 57, 73 

 Bowen, Richard LeBaron. Early Rehoboth, Privately Printed, Rehoboth, 
 1950, Vol. I, p. 30 - Deed 29 Mar. 1653 "Ousamequin Sachem and Wamsitto 
 his eldest son for L35 sterling sell to Thomas Prence, Thomas Willett, 
 Myles Standish, Josiah Winslow, gentlemen, in behalf of themselves and 
 diverse others, 'severall prcells and neckes of upland Swamps and 
 meddowes lying and beinge on the southerly side of Sinkcunke els Rehoboth 
 bounds...bounded from a little brook of water called by the Indians 
 Mosskititusash westerly and soe ranging by a Dead Swamp Eastward...unto 
 the great river with all the meddow in and about the sides of both the 
 branches of the great river with all the creeks and brookes that are in 
 or upon any of the said Meddow as also all the mersh meddow lying and 
 being without the bounds before mencioned in or about the necke called by 
 the Indians Chachacust; also, all meddow of any kind lying an being att 
 or about Popasquash necke as alsoe all the meddow lying from the bay to 
 keccomewett on both sides or any Joying to it or the Bay on eich 
 side...and the Qusamequin and Wamsitto Doe alsoe covenant promise and 
 grant that when soever the Indians shall remove from ye necke that then 
 and from thenceforth (the grantees) shall enter upon the same agreement 
 as theire proper right and enterest". Witnessed 29 Mar. 1653 by John 
 Browne, James Browne and Richard Garrett (Plymouth Colony Deeds, vol, II, 
 Pt. I, p. 78; Sowams Records, pp. 
 8.9) This transferred that tract of land known as Sowams. 

 Plymouth Colony Deeds (39) 1752 Bradford Govnr 
 The names of those whoe by order of and agreement of the purchase 
 (worn) meet at Plymouth to make Purchase and Devision of the Lands as are 
 at Sowamsett and Mattapoisett the 7th of March 1652 whoe are to have 
 theire severall ptes or moyeties Layed out att the places above 
 expressed; And are to make and to satisfy the purchase and all other 
 charges arising theupon according to theire severall proportions 
 Their names are as follow; Mr Willam Bradford one Moyetie, Mr Thomas 
 Prence one halfe pte, Mr Edward Winslow all his portion, Capt: Myles 
 Standish his halfe pte, Capt: Thomas Willett his pte, Mr. White his pte, 
 Mr Cushman his whole pte, Mr. John Winslow all his pte., John Addams his 
 whole proportion, Experience Michell his halfe pte, Thomas Clarke his 
 halfe pte 

 Great Migration Begins, 1518. From All Saints Barking, London [EIHC 
 Freeman of Plymouth 1633. "Thomas Prence, gen.," is in the 7 Mar 1636/7 
 list of Plymouth freeman [MBCR 1:52]. Inventory included a long list of 
 books valued at L14 2d., including two great Bibles and "100 of psalm 
 books." Governor Plymouth 1634, 38, 57-72 [MA Civil List 35]. 
 Assistant, Plymouth Colony 1632/33, 1635-7, 1639-56 [PCR 1:32, 36, 48, 
 116, 140, 15, 33, 40, 52, 56, 71, 83 115; MA Civil List 37-8] 
 Treasurer, 1637 [PCR 1:48, MA Civil List 36]. Council of War 1637 [PCR 
 1:60, PTR 1:16]. Commissioner for the United Colonies 1645, 1650, 
 1653-8, 1661-3, 1670-72 [MA Civil List 28-9]. In Plymouth section of 
 1643 Plymouth Colony list of men able to bear arms [PCR 8:188]. 
 Thomas Prence received grants of land, 1 July 1633, 14 Mar 1635/6, 
 20 Mar 1636/7 meadow at Jones River; 6 mar 1636/7 land between two cedar 
 swamps at Island Creeke Pond; 5 Feb 1637/8 all the land between Greenes 
 Harbor and South River; 2 Apr 1638 a garden place; 5 Nov 1638 ten acres 
 of land "in some convenient place about the town", 3 Dec 1638 an acre and 
 a half at Smilt River; 2 Dec 1639 a parcel between John Barnes's garden 
 and George Watson's field; 16 Sept 1641 an enlargement at the head of his 
 Joanes River lot: 17 Oct 1642 an additional six acres at Joanes River; 2 
 Oct 1650 granted rights to bass fisihig at Cape Cod [PCR 1:14, 40, 51, 
 56, 77, 83, 102, 103, 136, 142, 163, 2:26, 40, 161]. He exchanged land 
 with John Combe, Phinehas Pratt and John Barnes [PCR 1:25, 30, 12: 197]. 
 On 14 Sept 1638 Mr. Thomas Prence purchased two acres of land on the 
 south side of the second brook from Ellinor Billington and Francis 
 Billington [PCR 12:37]. On 20 May 1643 he contributed 6d to buy 
 drumheads and L14 to buy bread [PTR 1:14-15]. 
 About 1645 Mr. Thomas Prence acknowledged that he had sold to Mr. 
 Edmond Freeman all his house and garden place and barn in Plymouth, ten 
 acres of upland in the woods and five acres in the second brook, and 
 eleven acres by John Barnes's land and one farm at Jonaes river [PCR 
 On 11 July 1649 Mr. Thomas Prence of Nawset, gentleman, sold to 
 Jacob Cooke of Plymouth, planter, forty acres of upland in Rocky Noocke 
 with three ares of marsh [PCR 12: 175]. On 13 July 1649 Mr. Thomas 
 Prence of Nawset, gentleman, sold to Richard Church of Nawset, carpenter, 
 and to Anthony Snow of Marshfield, feltmaker, upland and marsh at 
 Marshfifled and forty acres of upland received by grant dated 5 JFeb 647 
 [PCR 12: 176]. etc. 
 On 8 Dec 1662 Thomas Prence deeded to "my son [i.e. stepson] Samuell 
 Freeman and Mercye his wife the house and land Samuel now dwelleth in" 
 {PCLR 3:201]. On 20 Sept 1664 Thomas Prence deeded to John Freeman of 
 Eastham "all tht his upland and meadow lying on the southeast side of the 
 great Namskekett, vix: a parcel of upland containing eight acres...with 
 five acres of meadow"; also two acres of meadow with ten acres of upland 
 [PCLR 3: 28]. On 14 Nov 1669 Thomas Prence exchanged one hundred acres 
 "of upland lying upon the Pachague Neck of the southerly side of Tetictt 
 River" with "Mrs. Alice Bradford the executrix of Mr. William Bradford," 
 receiving in return " a half share of Purchase Land at Satuckett, be it 
 forty-five acres more or less, and also the one-half of twenty-five acres 
 of meadow" [PCLR 3: 171]. On 2 May 1670 Thomas Prence of Plymouth, 
 Gent., sold to Tommas Paine of Eastham, cooper, "all my one-half share of 
 Purchase Land at Paomett," with the consent of "Mrs. Prence" [PCLR 
 5:480]. On 25 July 1672 Thomas Prence, Esquire, Governor of New 
 Plymouth, deeded to John Freeman Sr. of Eastham "one parcel of land 
 containing thirty acres:; "another parcel of land contianing eight acres.. 
 .of swamp and upland"; "one other parcel of marshland, containing 
 twenty-four acres"; "also forty acres of upland"; "also forty acres of 
 upland"; "also fifteen acres of upland"; and "also five acres of upland" 
 [PCLR 3: 278]. 

 Will of Thomas Prence 13 Mar 1672/3, pvd 5 June 1673, "Thomas Prence 
 being at present weak in body" bequeathed to "Mary my beloved wife...such 
 household goods of any kind as were hers before we married, returned to 
 her again, after my decease, and if any of them be much impaired or be 
 wanting, that she shall make it good out of my estate in such goods as 
 she desireth"; to "my said loving wife my best bed and the furniture 
 thereunto appertaining, and the court cupboard that now stands in the new 
 parlor with the cloth and cushion that is on it, and an horse and three 
 cows such as she shall make choice of, and four of my best silver spoons, 
 and also during her natural life, I give her the rents and profits of my 
 part of the mill at Satuckett, and of the lands adjoining, and my debts 
 and legacies being first paid, I do further give unto my said wife a full 
 third part of my personal estate that remains"; to "my daughter Jane the 
 wife of Marke Snow my silver tankard"; to "my daughter Mary Tracye a 
 silver wine cup and a dram cup"; to "my daughter Sarah Howes my biggest 
 beer bowl"; to "my daughter Elizabeth Howland my silver salt"; to "my 
 grandchild Theophilus Mayo and to the heirs of his body lawfully 
 begotten, the one half of my lands and meadows at or near Namassakett in 
 the township of Middleberry"; "I give give unto my grandchild Susanna 
 Prence the daughter of my deceased son Thomas Prence, the other half of 
 my above mentioned lands and meadows at Middleberry aforesaid"; in the 
 absence of an heirs of these grandchildren, the abovesaid lands to revert 
 to "my daughters, or such of them as shall be then surviving, or their 
 heirs if all my daughters should be dead"; "to my said grandchild 
 Theophilus, and to his heirs forever, my part of the mill and lands 
 adjacent at Satuckett after the decease of my wife, and this I give for 
 his encouragement to proceed in learning"; residue divided between "my 
 seven daughter, Hannah, Marcye, Jane, Mary Elizabeth, Sarah and Judith, 
 and my above mentioned granchild Susanna Prence"; Mary "my beloved wife 
 sole executrix"; "my loving friend Major Josias Winslow to be helpful 
 therein." A codicil to the will bequeathed "to Mr. John Freeman Speed's 
 Cronicle and Wilson's Dictionary and the abridgment, and Simpson's 
 History of the Church and Newman's Concordance"; to "my daughter 
 Elizaebeth Howland a black heifer" ; a little yellow heifer to Lydia 
 Sturtivant; to "my daughter Jane a bed, and other bed to my daughter 
 Elizabeth Howland"; to "my grandson Theophilus Mayo all my books fit for 
 him in learning, and if he carry it well to his grandmother I then give 
 him a bed"; also "I desire my brother Thomas Clarke to be helpful to my 
 wife as need may require" [MD 3:204-06, citing PCPR 3:1:58-9]. 
 On 10 Jun 1673 John Freeman, Jonathan Sparrow, John Tracy, Mark 
 Snow, Jeremiah Howes, Arthur Howland and Isaac Barner receipted to "our 
 mother-in-law Mrs. Mary Prence late wife and executrix to our father 
 Thomas Prence Esquire deceased" for their shares of the estate of Thomas 
 Prence [MD 33:97-100 (with photograph of the unrecorded original)] 
 On 10 Jun 1676 Josiah Winslow, Esquire, "attorney for ...Susanna Prence 
 at Catheren Gate near the Tower in London..., singlewoman"; and John 
 Freeman in the right of Mary his wife and as attorney for "Mary Prence, 
 relict and executrix of the last will and testament of the honored Thomas 
 Prence, late Governor...deceased," and of Jonathan Sparrow and Hannah his 
 wife, Marke Snow and Jane his wife, and Jeremiah Howes and Sarah his 
 wife, daughters of the said Thomas Prence; and John Tracye and Mary his 
 wife, Arthur Howland and Elizabeth his wife, and Isacke Barker and Judith 
 his wife, daughters also of the said Thomas Prence, sold to Constant 
 Southworth, treasurer and agent of Plymouth Colony, "all that our 
 dwelling house, messuage or tenement" in Plymouth "at a place commonly 
 called Plain Dealing"; signed by Josiah Winslow, John Freeman, John 
 Trasye, Arthur Howland and Isack Barker [PCLR 4: 124] 
 "Thomas Prence, Esquire, Governor of the jurisdiction of New 
 Plymouth, died the 29 of March, 1673, and was interred the 8th of April 
 following. After he had served God in the office of Governor sixteen 
 years, or near thereunto, he fininshed his course in the 73 year of his 
 life. He was a worthy gentleman, very pious, and very able for his 
 office, and faithful in the discharge thereof, studious of peace, a 
 wellwiller to all that feared God, and a terror to the wicked. His death 
 was much laamented, and his body honorably buried at Plymouth the day and 
 year above mentioned" [PCR 8:34; see also MD3:103-04]) 
 On 6 Mar 1637/8, having been elected governor, Thomas Prence was excused 
 from the requirement that the governor live in Plymouth, and was 
 permitted to retain his residence in Duxbury [PCR 1:79]. When he was 
 again elected governor, in 1657, he was allowed to maintain his residence 
 in Eastham, but in 1663 the court ordered that the governor's house at 
 Plymouth be enlarged, and by 1665 Prence again became a resident of 
 Plymouth [Dawes]Gates 2:684] 

 Ply VR Shurtleff, p. 34 Tomas Prence, Esquire, Gour of the jurisiction of 
 New Plymouth, died the 29th of March, 1673, and was interred the 8th of 
 Aprill following. After hee had serued God in the office of Gour sixteen 
 yeares, or neare thervnto, hee finished his course in the 73 yeare of his 
 life. Hee was a worthy gentleman, very pious, and very able for his 
 office, and faithfull in the discharge therof, studious of peace,a 
 welwiller to all that feared God, and a terrour to the wicked. His death 
 was much lamented and his body honorably buryed att Plymouth the day and 
 yeare aboue mensioned. 
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Thomas Prence, V's Timeline

May 22, 1627
Lechlade, Bristol, England
June 1655
Age 28
Age 28
Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
March 13, 1672
Age 44
Plymouth Colony
July 5, 1921
Age 44
July 5, 1921
Age 44
March 29, 1922
Age 44