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Thomas Shaylor, I

Also Known As: "Thomas /Shayler/", "Shaylor", "Shailer"
Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: 1692 (49-57)
Probably West Indies (Presumed to be lost at sea)
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger Shaylor; *Roger Shailer; Elizabeth Shaylor and *Elizabeth Shailer
Husband of Marah "Alice" Shailer and Marah "Alice" Shaylor
Father of Thomas Shailer; Abel Shaylor Shaler; Nathaniel Shaylor; Hannah Ann Shayler; Timothy Shailer and 2 others

Occupation: One of the original proprietors of Haddam, Connecticut
Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Thomas Shaylor, I

From the Find A Grave page on Thomas Shaylor:

Birth: 1639 - Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

Death: 1692

He was in Haddam in the Colony of Conn. by 1662 and his name is on the List of Original Proprietors of Haddam.

He was propounded a freeman Of Haddam on Oct. 12, 1671 and married ALICE (SPENCER) LORD, widow of THOMAS LORD, about 1673. They were the parents of four children: Thomas Shaylor, Abel Shaylor, Timothy Shaylor, and Anna (Shaylor) Clark.

Thomas Shaylor was Lost At Sea during a voyage to the West Indies in 1692. He died intestate and an agreement between the three sons was filed on Dec. 22, 1714 to dispense of his property.

Family links:


  • Alice Spencer Shaylor (1641 - 1714)

Burial: Unknown

Created by: Nareen

  • Record added: Nov 27, 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 44858947

From The Ancestry of Anna Shaylor, Wife of Thomas Coleman, by Hogans3:


  • was born in England, probably during the 1640's.
  • He died about 1692 when he was lost at sea.
  • He married Marah Spencer, the daughter of Gerrard Spencer, and the widow of Thomas Brooks, in April 1670, probably in Haddam, Connecticut. The marriage can be proved by the wills of (Ensign) Gerrard Spencer and his son, John Spencer (Hartford Probate Court Records).

Thomas Shailer reportedly emigrated from Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, although the name was common in the Village of Haddam in Hertfordshire, England. He came to Haddam, Connecticut with the first settlers in 1662--probably from Hartford, Connecticut.

He participated in the division of land in Haddam in 1688, and was propounded for Freeman in 1671.

He apparently lived for a time in Killingworth, Connecticut where the birth of his son, Nathaniel, is recorded. He returned to Haddam and lived there until about 1692 when he sailed for Jamaica in the West Indies. He was never heard of again, and was presumed to have been lost at sea.

His estate was not settled until 22 December 1714 (Volume 9, pages 17 and 18 of the Hartford Probate Court Records). Since his wife was not included in the settlement, or in an agreement between his sons in 1707, it is assumed that she died befor 4 March 1707.


  • 1. Thomas,
    • born 16 December 1670 in Haddam,
    • died 4 June 1753 in Haddam,
    • buried near the Haddam Courthouse,
    • married Katherine Clark on 22 October 1696.
  • 2. Abel,
    • born 14 June 1673 in Haddam,
    • died 19 September 1744 in Bolton, Connecticut,
    • married
      • (1) Elizabeth Ackley,
      • (2) Mary Parents,
      • (3) Hannah .
  • 3. Timothy,
    • born about 1675 in Haddam,
    • died 11 April 1727,
    • married
      • (1) Elizabeth Parents of Haddam on 28 March 1696,
      • (2) Martha (Bailey) Scovill on 16 November 1715 in Haddam.
  • 4. Nathaniel,
    • born 17 December 1677 in Killingworth, Connecticut,
    • probably died before the 1707 agreement between the sons.
  • 5. Anna,
    • born 16 October 1683,
    • died after 22 December 1714,
    • married John Clark of Hartford before 4 March 1707.

Ben M. Angel notes: The main naval disaster recorded in the West Indies in 1692 took place on June 7 when a catastrophic earthquake struck Jamaica, sinking most of Port Royal, which had been built on fill that liquefied and flowed into the nearby bay, and sending a tsunami crashing into the city - the wave size was at least as tall as a second or third story house. A total of 1,000-3,000 people died in the event, and disease ran rampant afterward. His failure to return may have been presumed to having been lost at sea because of this event, though all that is really known is that he simply didn't return.

An agreement, dated 22 December, 1714: Know all men by these presents: That we, the subscribers, viz., Thomas Shaler, Abell Shaler and timothy Shaler, brethern, and sons of Thomas Shaler, late of haddam, as we suppose deceased: And for what lands, rights in lands, or commonage, or buildings, that was our hond. father's, wee the aforsaid three Shalers, brethren, do for ourselves, our heirs and assigns, agree and determine that (notwithstanding the liberty given by law to the eldest son) they shall be thus divided, viz: To Thomas Shaler, eldest son, that house and lot that was Samuel Gains his original house lot, and a small lot in the Cove Meadow, and 53 right on the neck or plain on the east side of the Great River, and 18 acres of land that was James Hadlock's, and 24 acres of land at Cow Swamp, and one-third part of all rights in undivided lands and commonage on the west side of the Great River. And to Abell Shaler, a house lot that was William Corby's containing eight acres, and that tract of land called Shaler Farm, and one-third part of all the rights in all undivided lands and commonage on the west side of the Great River in said Haddam. And to Timothy Shaler, that house and homelot that was bought of Thomas Spencer of Saybrook, and one-third part of the rights of undivided lands and commonage on the west side of the Great River in said Haddam bounds. To the above written or division of the lands and rights in undivided lands and commonage that was our hond. deceased father's, as is above exprest, shall be and remain to be forever, and that we the said Thomas, Abell and Timothy Shaler, for ourselves, our heirs and assigns, are fully satisfied in the above premises, and do hereby oblige ourselves and forsaid heirs and assigns forever hereafter to abide by and rest satisfied. In testimony whereof, and in full confirmation of the above-written, we have put ot our hands and seals the date above written.

Witness: James Wells, THOMAS SHALER, LS.

               Josph Arnold                                                 ABELL SHALER, LS.
                                                                                       TIMOTHY SHALER, LS.

Court Record, Page 227 - 6 December, 1714: Adms. granted joyntly to Thomas Shaylor and Timothy Shalor, sons of sd. decd.

Page 230 - 3 January, 1714-15: Thomas, Abell and timothy Shalor exhibit now an agreement, which this Court confirm and order it to be recorded.

Children of Thomas Shayler and Alice Spencer are:

2. i. THOMAS (CAPT)3 SHAYLER, b. December 02, 1670, Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. June 04, 1753, Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

3. ii. ABEL SHAYLER, b. June 14, 1673, Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 1744, Bolton, Tolland, CT.

iii. TIMOTHY SHAYLER, b. 1675; d. April 11, 1727, Haddam, Middlesex, CT; m. ELIZABETH PARENTS, March 28, 1695, Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

iv. NATHANIEL SHAYLER, b. December 16, 1677, Killingworth, Middlesex, CT.

v. HANNAH SHAYLER, b. October 16, 1683, Haddam, Middlesex, CT; m. JOHN CLARK.

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Thomas Shaylor, I's Timeline

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 23
Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut
December 16, 1670
Age 31
Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut
December 26, 1670
Age 31
Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States
June 14, 1673
Age 34
Haddam, Middlesex Co., Connecticut