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Thomas Sherwood, Sr.

Also Known As: "the Pioneer", "Thomas"The Pioneer" Sherwood"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: October 25, 1655 (68)
Stratford, New Haven Colony
Place of Burial: Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Major Thomas Sherwood, Sr. and Alice Seabrook
Husband of Alice Sherwood and Mary Sherwood
Father of Margaret Maverick; Sarah Wheeler; Rose Nash (Sherwood); Thomas Sherwood, of Fairfield; Thomasine (“Tamsen”) Belding and 9 others
Half brother of Thomas Sherwood; Christopher Sherwood and Dorcas Sherwood

Occupation: carpenter/miller, CARPENTER
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About Thomas Sherwood, Sr.

THE THREE 17th CENTURY THOMAS SHERWOODS OF CONNECTICUT by Jura Mclean Sherwood 148 Meadow View Dr, Medford, Oregon 97504, USA

In response to Geoff Sherwood's article in the last "The Sherwood Forest", I'd like to clarify a few points and perhaps put to rest once and for all, the confusion concerning the three men named Thomas Sherwood who lived in Connecticut in the mid 17th century. Two we know, were father and son, the third one's origins remain a mystery, but he was definitely not the same man as Thomas, Jr. son of the immigrant Thomas Sherwood, nor was he the grandson, as has been suggested by some.

I'll begin with Thomas Sherwood born about 1585. We can deduce this by his age given as 48 years in the list of passengers who embarked from Ipswich, Suffolk, England on the "Francis" the last day of April 1634, arriving at Boston, Massachusetts in June 1634. Traveling with him were his wife Alice, age 47 years and four children, Anna (called Hannah in some later records), age 14, Rose 11, Thomas 10 and Rebecca 9. The family didn't stay long in Boston. Thomas went with the first settlers in 1635 to Wethersfield, Connecticut where he sold land to George Wyllys in March 1640. This was probably about the time that Alice died and he then married Mary. Their son Stephen was born about 1641. In 1648 Thomas sold out to John Holly and settled in Fairfield, Connecticut where he remained until his death. His will dated 21 July 1655 was proved 22 Oct 1655. (Invoice of estate of Thomas Sherwood, Sr. taken 7 Sep 1655 - Probate Records of Fairfield County). He names his son and six daughters by his "first wife" as Jane, Tamsen, Margaret, Anna (Hannah), Thomas, Rose and Rebecca. His will further says "to my loving and well beloved wife Mary Sherwood", and names his children Mary, Stephen, Matthew, Abigail, Ruth and Isaac.

Before we leave Thomas Sherwood (referred to as Sr. in his probate), let's set the record straight about his two wives and determine, once and for all, that their last names have never been found.

Alice, who was 47 in 1634 must have been born about 1587. She was not, nor could she have been the daughter of Robert Seabrook and his wife Alice Goodspeed. The marriage between Robert Seabrook and Alice Goodspeed is recorded in the parish registers of Wingate, Buckinghamshire, England 12 Sep 1596. Alice Goodspeed was baptized 19 Aug 1576, the daughter of Nicholas Goodspeed, Jr. and Margaret his wife.

There can be little doubt that Alice, the wife of Thomas Sherwood, Sr. was born nine years before Robert Seabrook married Alice Goodspeed who was then 20 years old. Robert was an early settler of Stratford, Connecticut. (Stratford is significant here.)

An old Fairfield Deed dated 18 Jan 1658 states "John Banks hath married Mary Sherwood the relict." Here it should be confirmed that she was NOT Mary Fitch. Records show that giving her that name was a slip of the pen by a woman writing a Sherwood history. It is unfortunate that this has been recorded by subsequent "genealogists" so often that it is accepted as fact. The truth is, Mary's son by Thomas Sherwood, Captain Matthew Sherwood, married Mary Fitch daughter of Thomas Fitch of Norwalk, Connecticut as his second wife. Her gravestone records her age as 87 when she died 25 Dec 1730, making her birth about 1644 (Thomas Sherwood, Sr. and his second wife, Mary had children of their own by then).

Thomas Sherwood, Jr., son of Thomas and Alice, married four times. His first wife was Sarah Wheeler, daughter of Thomas Wheeler. She died before 1659 when he married Ann Turney, daughter of Benjamin Turney. He married third Elizabeth the widow of John Cable. His fourth wife was Sarah, the daughter of Humphrey Hide and widow of Peter Coley. These marriages are well documented, the last with an agreement dated 24 June 1695. Thomas Sherwood, Jr. died soon after this marriage. His inventory was dated 12 Mar 1698.

This brings us to Thomas Sherwood of unknown origins who lived and died in Stratford, Connecticut. He married before 1642, Sarah Seabrook who was born about 1623 to Robert Seabrook. In 1657 she is mentioned as being 34 years old with a son named John age 4 and an unweaned child. (Even with today's modern medical miracles, this would have been impossible for Alice!)

According to the Stratford records dated 1 Jan 1657, Thomas Sherwood is mentioned as "Having departed this life", His will dated 4 Jun 1657 names his wife Sarah, sons John and Thomas (under 18), dau. Mary. His other daughter, Elizabeth is not mentioned by name in his will. That these children of Thomas Sherwood were the grandchildren of Robert Seabrook can be confirmed by consulting the Stratford Deeds where mention is made of gifts "from Grandfather Robert Seabrook."

The three wills of the three Thomas Sherwoods are clear that Thomas Sr died in 1655, his son Thomas died in 1698 and Thomas of unknown origins died 1657. What's the confusion?

The information regarding the Sherwoods of Suffolk, England that Geoff Sherwood quoted, came from an article entitled "Connecticut Ancestors of Bergen Chapter Members (DAR) 1938 by Mrs. Ella Sherwood. I found this article in the Daughter's of the American Revolution Library about twenty years ago, when I lived in the Washington, D.C. area.

I attempted to find the sources Ella Sherwood used for her conclusions by consulting the Suffolk parish records. The only ones I could confirm were: Thomas, baptized 1 Jan 1541 (not 1540 as she states) at St. Nicholas, Ipswich. No parents names were given. I also found the baptisms of Edras and Dorcas' children Xfoper (Christopher) 20 Mar 1586and Dorcas 7 Jul 1588, both at St. Nicholas, Ipswich.

Twenty five years ago when I began doing genealogical research, I set my goal as identifying all of my husband's immigrant ancestors. With exception of the two wives of Thomas Sherwood the 1634 immigrant, and three other women whose surnames I cannot determine, I've achieved my goal. Below are some of the sources I've used to reach my conclusions on the Sherwood research. I hope others will continue the search for Thomas, Alice and Mary's roots.

Sources of information:

New England Historical and Genealogical Register Vols. 1 - 148,dated 1887 through 1994. (Vols. 1,14,27,39, and 92 especially.)

History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Vol. 1, compiled and edited by Donald Lines Jacobs - 1932.

History of Fairfield, Connecticut, Vol. 1, by Mrs. Elizabeth Schenck - 1889

Catalogue of Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut by Royal R. Hinman 1852

Ye Historie of Ye Town of Greenwich (CT) by Spencer P. Mead - 1911

Directory of Ancestral Heads of New England Families, 1620 - 1700, compiled by Frank R. Holmes.

Connecticut Ancestors of Bergen Chapter Members (DAR) by Mrs. Ella Sherwood - 1938

History of Rye, Westchester County, New York by Charles W. Baird

Genealogical Gleanings in England by Henry F. Waters, NEH&GR - 1901

The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, Ed. John Camden Hotten, London - 1874

International Genealogical Indexes - LDS Family History Centers Parish Registers of Wingate, Buckinghamshire, England (GS Microfilm)

Parish Registers of St.Nicholas, Ipswich, Suffolk, England (GS Microfilm).

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New England Marriages Prior to 1700

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SHERWOOD, Thomas (1586-1655) & 1/wf Alice [SEABROOk?] (1587-); in Eng. b. 1620; St. Michael's Parish, London / Wethersfield, CT / Fairfield, CT / Stamford, CT?

SHERWOOD, Thomas (1586-1655) & 2/wf Mary [FITCH?] (-1694?), m/2 John BANKS by 1659; aft 1639, ca 1642?; Fairfield, CT

Thomas Sherwood, born Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, England, 1586, died in Fairfield, Conn., 1655. On 21 Apr. 1634 he sailed from Ipswich in the"good ship Francis", John Cutting, Master, and landed in Boston June, 1634, accompanied by his wife, Alice (b. 1587), to whom he was married in 1612 - and four children. He settled first in Wethersfield - was on the second list of settlers (other than those from Watertown) and he removed to Fairfield as early as 1643. His name appears on land records in many transactions in both towns. He served as Deputy with Roger Ludlow in 1650 - 29 Oct.'53 and 3 Oct.'54. He was a carpenter by trade and built the first grist mill in Fairfield, to which place he brought with him a second wife - Mary - by whom he had three sons and three daughters, one of whom, Ruth, married Joshua Holcomb.

Thomas Sherwood's original will, dated 21 July 1655 and was proved 26 Oct 1655, with his signature, is still at the Town Hall at Fairfield, Conn. His wife Mary died 1693-4. (NEB genealogy) It mentions children by his former wife Alice; Anna (Hannah), Rose, Thomas, Rebecca, Jane, Tamson, and Margaret; and his second wife Mary, and children Mary, Stephen, Matthew, Abigaill, Ruth, and Isaak.

      I will and bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary Sherwood whom I make my executor and executrix of this my last will who shall pay he above named legasies. And also the legasies underwritten.
      As to my son Stephen Sherwood I bequeath my dwelling house and homelot with all the buildings on this homelot and all the lott that layd next to my homelot on which I now live excepting half an acre. - etc., etc.
       I will and bequeath to my son Matthew all my upland and meadow lying on the other side od Uncawy Creek namely on the east side of the said Creek.
       I will and bequeath to my daughter Mary ten pounds.
       I will and bequeath to my daughter Ruth ten pounds.
       I will and bequeath to my daughter Abagaill ten pounds.
       I will and bequeath unto my son Isaak that dwelling house next to my dwelling house that I now live in. And I also give him with the building on that homelot on which it standeth and he is to have the said half acre of land square off from the front the whole widence of the lot and soe downward.

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Ref: The Families of Old Fairfield, by Jacobus. Meads History of Greenwich, page 648:

Thomas came from England to Boston, in the Francis, Apr 1634, ae. 48, with wife Alice, ae. 47, and children Anna (14), Rose (11), Thomas (10), and Rebecca (9). He came to Wethersfield with the first settlers, 1635; Was a carpenter, and sold his lands to George Wyllys, Mar. 25, 1640. He removed to Stamford, where he lived until 1648, when he sold to John Holly, and settled in Fairfield. He built the 1st grist mill on Mill Plain; original will signature still at Fairfield, Conn., Town Hall. He may have been related to Thomas Morehouse, whose holdings adjoined his in Wethersfield, and who accompanied him in his subsequent migrations.

         Fairfield Deeds mention on January 18, 1658 [1658/9] that "John Banks hath married Mary Sherwood the relict."
      Thomas's widow Mary married (2) John Banks and died in 1694. Will of Mary Banks was dated 6 Jan 1693 [1693/4]; it mentions son Stephen Sherwood's daughter Ruth; son Matthew Sherwood's daughter Mary; Hannah "Lumis"; daughter Ruth; sons Stephen, and Isaak. The residue was to go to son Matthew. Ens. Wheeler and James Bennett, Sr., were the overseers. The inventory of the estate was dated 13 Mar 1693/4.

  I. THOMAS SHERWOOD, born 1586, in England; died in 1655; married Alice (???); m2. Mary (???). Mary died in 1694, married John Banks. Statement that this Mary was a Fitch to confuse her with her son, Matthew's wife, who was Mary Fitch.

Children, by Alice :

          Anna (Hannah), b. abt 1620.
                
          Rose, b. abt 1622; m. Thomas Rumble; m/2. Thomas Barlow; m/3.         Edward Nash.

          Thomas, b. abt 1624.
          
          Rebecca, b. abt 1625.
          Jane, (1636-1685); m. Thomas Merritt, in 1656. He m/2. Abigail, dau. of Robert Francis.
          Tamson       
          Margaret       

Children, by Mary:

          Mary,           

          Stephen, b.1641; m. by 1661, Rebecca Turney; m/2. Hannah, widow of Philip Galpior, and dau. of Henry
          Matthew, b. abt 1644; d. Oct. 26, 1715, at Stratford;  m. Sarah Turney; m/2. Mary Fitch.

          Abigail, d. in 1692; m. abt 1668, Daniel Lockwood
          
          Ruth, m. Joshua Holcomb, June 4, 1663, at Windsor.
           Isaac, living 1727; m. Elizabeth Jackson.
          
II. THOMAS SHERWOOD, born about 1624, in England; married Sarah Wheeler, daughter of Thomas Wheeler, Sr.; married secondly  Ann Turney, by 1659. She was born about 1637; daughter of  Benjamin Turney; married thirdly Elizabeth, between 1673 and 1683, widow of John Cable; married fourthly Sarah, widow of  Peter Coley, and daughter of Humprey Hide. Marriage agreement  dated June 24, 1695.
        Sarah Wheeler and her son Thomas were named in the will of her father 1654. She was dead by 1659, when the will of her mother Ann Wheeler named grandchild, Sarah Sherwood and Annis Sherwood, wife of her son-in-law. His son Thomas had received his "portion" and given a discharge for it, but on Nov. 9, 1681, Thomas Sr., discharged him from his discharge.
        Inventory Mar. 12, 1698 (1698-9). Admn. granted to Benjamin and Samuel Sherwood.
        Agreement Mar. 14, 1700, between Benjamin, Samuel and Isaac Sherwood, sons of Thomas dec'd; Benjamin was to pay certain amounts to his sister Phebe Sherwood and to John Bradley towards his wife Hannah's portion.
        On Mar. 11, 1728-9, Isaac Sherwood of Norwalk, Abigail Ogden, John Bradley, Sr., Joseph Banks, and Benjamin Sherwood, Jr., of Fairfield, quit claimed to Benjamin Sherwood, Sr., Samuel Sherwood and Daniel Sherwood, their interest in the Estate of Thomas Sherwood.

Children, by Sarah Wheeler:

               Thomas, d. in 1699; m. Sarah (???). She m/2. Mr. Waterbrook, of New Rochelle, N.Y.
                Sarah, m. John Whitlock.

Children, by Ann Turney, except possibly the last two:

                Mary, m. David Whitlock.
                Benjamin, b. abt 1669; m. Sarah (???).
                Samuel, d. in 1725; m. (???).
                Ruth, m. Samuel Drake; m/2. Lieut. John Barlow.
                Hannah, m. John Bradley; m/2. Cornelius Jones.
                Abigail, b. abt 1671; d. May 1, 1744 (g.s.); m. David Ogden, in 1732.
                Phebe, m. Samuel Bradley.
                Isaac, b. abt 1675,

III. ISAAC SHERWOOD, born about 1675; married Mary (???). She died 1748. Isaac settled at Norwalk. Isaac of Norwalk conveyed to brother Samuel in 1706. Admn. granted Oct. 4, 1748, to son Isaac of Norwalk. Distribution Jan. 26, 1748-9; Widow; Isaac Sherwood; Rebecca, wife of Robert Cleyland; Elizabeth, wife of Benjamin Keeler; children of John Sherwood dec'd.

Children:

                Isaac,           Ens., 1st Co., Norwalk, May 1746.
                Rebecca,         m. Robert Cleyland.
                Elizabeth,       m. Benjamin Keeler.
             4. John,            m. Hannah Morehouse.

IV. JOHN SHERWOOD, died before 1768; married Hannah Morehouse. She was baptized Sept. 4, 1715, at Fairfield, Conn.; daughter of Thomas and Mary Morehouse.

A series of conveyances at Redding proves the identity of John's children.

William Fields and Hannah his wife, of Fairfield, Conn., for 4 pounds conveyed to John Sherwood of Redding, an interest in 4 acres in Redding.

Children:

V. Hannah, m. William Fields, of New Fairfield, CT, their daughter Nancy Fields, of New Fairfield, m. Russell Wing, of Quaker Hill, June 27, 1787, in New Fairfield, Conn. He was the son of Edward and Content (Wood) Wing. John, lived at Redding, where the birth of his twelve children were recorded.

                Betty, d. Oct. 5, 1771; m. May 10, 1768, Gideon
                Beebe, at Fairfield.
                Timothy, m. at Norfield ( in Fairfield, now Weston, CT) Mar. 21, 1765, Martha Squire.

Savage, Volume 4, Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, page 58:

THOMAS, Stratford, or Fairfield, first at S. 1645, had come to Boston, 1634, in the Francis from Ipswich, aged 48 with w. Alice 47; and ch. Ann, 14; Rose, 11; Thomas, 10; and Rebecca, 9; and may be thot. to have had others, b. bef. or aft. or both, was, perhaps, freem. 1664, and prob. d. soon aft.


Note from Mary Grindol (FRBF30A), ref: GENEALOGIES OF CONNECTICUT FAMILIES, by Gary Boyd Roberts.;

FHC, Film 0004197, Fairfield County, Will dated Jul 1655, probated Oct 25,1655, mentioned his wife Mary, and children, by his first wife, viz: Ann, Thomas, Jane, Tamson, Sarah, Hannah, Rose and Rebecca; children by his second wife, Mary, now living, viz: Stephen, Matthew, Ruth, Abigail, Isaac and Mary.

witnesses Mr. Smith and Mr. Thomson page 9. Inventory taken Sep 7,1655, by

Nathaniel Gold and John Banks, page 10;

Residences:Nottingham, Eng. 1585/86, London, Eng. 1630, Ipswich, Suffolk, Eng. 1634, Wethersfield, Ct. 1635-1640, Stamford, Ct. 1640-1648,

Fairfield, Ct. 1648-1655, New Haven, Ct. -1655;


Note from Mary Grindol (FRBF30A), ref: GENEALOGIES OF CONNECTICUT FAMILIES, by Gary Boyd Roberts.;

FHC, Film 0004197, Fairfield County, Will dated Jul 1655, probated Oct

25,1655, mentioned his wife Mary, and children, by his first wife, viz: Ann,

Thomas, Jane, Tamson, Sarah, Hannah, Rose and Rebecca; children by his second wife, Mary, now living, viz: Stephen, Matthew, Ruth, Abigail, Isaac and Mary.

witnesses Mr. Smith and Mr. Thomson page 9. Inventory taken Sep 7,1655, by

Nathaniel Gold and John Banks, page 10;

Families of Old Fairfield, Jacobus: Came to Boston in the Frances, Apr 1634,

ae. 48, with wife Alice, ae. 47 and children Anna (14), Rose (11), Thomas (10), Rebecca (9). He came to Wethersfield with first settlers, 1635, was a

carpenter, and sold his lands to George Wyllys, Mar 25,1640. He removed to

Stamford, where he lived until 1648, when he sold to John Holly, and settled in Fairfield. Will Jul 21,1655, proved Oct 25,1655;

Residences:Nottingham, Eng. 1585/86, London, Eng. 1630, Ipswich, Suffolk, Eng. 1634, Wethersfield, Ct. 1635-1640, Stamford, Ct. 1640-1648,

Fairfield, Ct. 1648-1655, New Haven, Ct. -1655;


Thomas Sherwood had 3 wives:

1. Unknown: born about 1619, in Unknown; died Unknown

2. Alice Seabrook, in 1635, in Fairfield, Connecticut

    born:  May 8, 1606, Wingrave, Bckngh, England
    died:  1635, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut

3. Mary Wheeler, in 1641, in Sherwood, Nottingham, England

    born:  March, 1628 or 1629, Sherwood, Nottingham, England
    died:  1693, Rye, New York

"Thomas Sherwood

Birth: Dec. 24, 1590, St. Mary - St. Peter, Moblethorpes, Lincolnshire,

         England

Death: July 21, 1655, Stratford, Fairfield, CT

Parents: Thomas Sherwood & Mrs. Thomas Sherwood

First Marriage: Unknown, England

First Wife: (Mrs.) Thomas Sherwood

Born: About 1619, Unknown

Died: Unknown

Second Marriage: 1635, Fairfield, Connecticut

Second Wife: Alice Seabrook

Born: May 8, 1606, Wingrave, Bckngh, England

Died: 1635, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut

Third Marriage: 1641, Sherwood, Nottingham, England

Third Wife: Mary Wheeler

Born: March, 1628 or 1629, Sherwood, Nottingham, England

Died: 1693, Rye, New York

Children: Mathew Sherwood"

Ref.: www.geocities.com/the_trowbridges/thomassherwood.html

"SHERWOOD

Thomas Sherwood was born in Sherwood Forest, England, in 1586. He lived at Nottingham. This shire is not very large, about fifty miles long by thirty broad. It contains some of the grandest scenery and most charming rural estates of England. This was the scene of the escapades of Robin Hood of legendary fame. The family name originated from the Sherwood Forest.

Thomas Sherwood married Alice Seabrook in England. She was born in 1587. Their children were: Ann, born 1620; Rose, born 1623; Thomas, born 1624, and Rebecca, born 1625. Thomas with his wife and children sailed for America on the good ship "Francis" (John Cutting was the master). They embarked at Ipswich, April 21, 1624, and landed in Massachusetts Colony, Boston, in June of the same year.

Thomas Sherwood lived in Fairfield, Conn., and Wethersfield. He was one of the first settlers of the latter place. His name appears on land records of Fairfield in 1643, and when he came here he brought with him his second wife, Sarah, whom he married in 1643. They had six more children. In his will, which was dated June 4, 1657, he left one-fourth of his estate to his daughter Rose, wife of Thomas Rumble, and afterwards wife of Thomas Barlow. His property was very large, so much so that he had five overseers, namely: William Blackman, Isaac Nichols, John Birdseye, Henry Wakely and John Wells. He served as deputy with Roger Ludlow in Connecticut General Court, 1650. He died in 1659 at Fairfield, Conn."

Ref.: "The Burritt Family in America -

         Descendants of William Burritt of Stratford, Conn.
         1635 - 1940"
         Compiled by:  Lewis L. Burritt
         Page:  36

"SHERWOOD ANCESTRY

DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SHERWOOD OF SHERWOOD FOREST

Thomas Sherwood, born in Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, England, 1586. In 1630, he was living in London, as established by the record of the baptism of his son Thomas, in the Parish of St. Michael's in that city. He sailed from Ipswich, April 21, 1634, in the ship "Francis," John Cutting, Master, and landed in Boston, Mass., in June of the same year.

List of passengers on Ship "Frances:"

Thomas Sherwood, 48 yrs.

Mrs. Alice Sherwood, 47 yrs.

Anna Sherwood, 14 yrs.

Rose Sherwood, 11 yrs.

Thomas Sherwood, 10 yrs.

Rebecca Sherwood, 9 yrs.

He was accompanied by his wife Alice (nee Seabrook) and four children: Ann, b. 1620; Rose, 1623; Thomas, 1624; Rebecca, 1625. They landed on Cape Cod and after several years in Massachusetts, came to Weathersfield, Conn., finally 1648, settled in Fairfield, where Thomas Sherwood bought land, 1650. In 1654, he was Deputy to the General Court. A bill of sale of land to John Hawley by Sherwood, appears on Stamford, Conn. Land Records. In 1650, he bought land at Barlow's Plain, Fairfield, Conn. He was a pioneer of Rippowams, later called Stamford. In 1654, to 1663, Thomas Sherwood is spoken of as Ancient Town Clerk of Stratford. Thomas Sherwood and Thomas Fairchild, Sr., were appointed by the General Court to draft men in 1654, for the proclaimed Narragansett War. He was a Representative from Sgratford [Stratford?] in 1645. He served as a Deputy with Roger Ludlow, in the General Court, 1650. His wife Alice Seabrook was born 1583, and is said to have married (second) Lieut. John Banks. She was the daughter of Robert Seabrook, who came to America with the Sherwoods, settled at Stratford, and died about 1650, aged 85. Thomas Sherwood brought with him to Fairfield his 2nd wife, Mary _______, by whom he had six more children. His will is dated July 21, 1655, and proved Oct. 26, 1655.

References: "Planters of the Commonwealth," by Banks, p. 123.

                     "Genealogy of Conn.," Vol. II, pp. 67, 68.

Summary of Ancestry:

1. Thomas Sherwood, b. England, 1585, d. Fairfield, Conn., 1655;

                                    m. Eng.,  Alice Seabrook, b. England, 1683,
                                                                             d. prob. after 1655"

Ref.: "Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors and War Service"

         Sherwood Ancestry
         Pages:  286 - 287

Thomas Sherwood, born Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, England, 1586, died in Fairfield, Conn., 1655. On 21 Apr. 1634 he sailed from Ipswich in the"good ship Francis", John Cutting, Master, and landed in Boston June, 1634, accompanied by his wife, Alice (Seabrook, b. 1587), to whom he was married in 1612 - and four children. He settled first in Wethersfield - was on the second list of settlers (other than those from Watertown) and he removed to Fairfield as early as 1643. His name appears on land records in many transactions in both towns. He served as Deputy with Roger Ludlow in 1650 - 29 Oct.'53 and 3 Oct.'54. He was a carpenter by trade and built the first grist mill in Fairfield, to which place he brought with him a second wife - Mary - by whom he had three sons and three daughters, one of whom, Ruth, married Joshua Holcomb.

Sherwood's original will, dated July, 1655, and proved 26 Oct. 1655, with his signature, is still at the Town Hall at Fairfield, Conn. His wife Mary died 1693-4. (NEB genealogy)

From The Families of Old Fairfield is taken:

   Thomas came to Boston in the Frances, April 1634, age 48, with wife Alice, age 47, and children Anna (14), Rose (11), Thomas (10), and Rebecca (9). He came to Wethersfield with the first settlers in 1635; he was a carpenter. On March 25, 1640, he sold his lands to George Wyllys. The family removed to Stamford where they lived until 1648 when he sold to John Holly and settled in Fairfield. He may have been related to Thomas Morehouse whose holdings adjoined his in Wethersfield and who accompanied him in his subsequent migrations.
   If the age of the son Thomas was misstated in the ship's list, he could have been the Thomas son of Thomas and Alice baptized at St. Michael's, London, England, January, 23, 1630.
   Thomas's will was dated July 21, 1655, and was proved on October 25, 1655. It mentions children by his former wife, Thomas, Jane, Tarnsen, Margaret, Sarah, Hannah, Rose, and Rebecca; his wife Mary, and children by her, Stephen, Matthew, Mary, Ruth, Abigail, and Isaac.
   Fairfield Deeds mention on January 18, 1658 [1658/9] that "John Banks hath married Mary Sherwood the relict."
   Thomas's widow Mary married (2) John Banks and died in 1694. Will of Mary Banks was dated January 6, 1693 [1693/4]; it mentions son Stephen Sherwood's daughter Ruth; son Matthew Sherwood's daughter Mary; Hannah "Lumis"; daughter Ruth; sons Stephen, and Isaac. The residue was to go to son Matthew. Ens. Wheeler and James Bennett, Sr., were the overseers. The inventory of the estate was dated March 13, 1693/4.

NOTES: Thomas Sherwood was one of the seventeen original settlers of Fairfield, Connecticut. Thomas came over from England in 1634 on the ship "Frances." The ship docked in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He passed through Boston, Wethersfield, and Stratford before settling in Fairfield.

He served as deputy in the General Court and as a committeeman. He fought in the Pequot War. His name appears in several suits for slander as the Plaintiff. Two lawsuits against Henry Graye and one against Jehue Burr. Thomas won all of the lawsuits and in the one against Jehue Burr, he was awarded the sum of forty pounds, which was a tidy sum for that time.

Source: Ship's register (Pubic Record Office, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU,

England:CO1/8/pp.99-101) lists Thomas Sherwood and his family as passengers:

Thomas SHERWOOD 48 and Alice his wife 47, Anna SHERWOOD 14, Rose SHERWOOD 11, Thomas SHERWOOD 10, Rebecca SHERWOOD 9;

JWinter588@AOL.com

http://members.aol.com/jancestry/JAncestry/newpage11.htm

http://www.otal.umd.edu/~walt/gen/htmfile/2608.htm

"From The Families of Old Fairfield is taken:

Thomas came to Boston in the Frances, April 1634, age 48, with wife Alice, age 47, and children Anna (14), Rose (11), Thomas (10), and Rebecca (9). He came to Wethersfield with the first settlers in 1635; he was a carpenter. On March 25, 1640, he sold his lands to George Wyllys. The family removed to Stamford where they lived until 1648 when he sold to John Holly and settled in Fairfield. He may have been related to Thomas Morehouse whose holdings adjoined his in Wethersfield and who accompanied him in his subsequent migrations. If the age of the son Thomas was misstated in the ship's list, he could have been the Thomas son of Thomas and Alice baptized at St. Michael's, London, England, January, 23, 1630.

Thomas's will was dated July 21, 1655, and was proved on October 25, 1655. It mentions children by his former wife, Thomas, Jane, Tarnsen, Margaret, Sarah, Hannah, Rose, and Rebecca; his wife Mary, and children by her, Stephen, Matthew, Mary, Ruth, Abigail, and Isaac.

Fairfield Deeds mention on January 18, 1658 [1658/9] that "John Banks hath married Mary Sherwood the relict."Thomas's widow Mary married (2) John Banks and died in 1694. Will of Mary Banks was dated January 6, 1693 [1693/4]; it mentions son Stephen Sherwood's daughter Ruth; son Matthew Sherwood's daughter Mary; Hannah "Lumis"; daughter Ruth; sons Stephen, and Isaac. The residue was to go to son Matthew. Ens. Wheeler and James Bennett, Sr., were the overseers. The inventory of the estate was dated March 13, 1693/4.

In a footnote, Jacobus adds: Statements that this Mary (Thomas's second wife) was a Fitch seem to confuse her with her son Matthew's wife who was Mary Fitch.

Thomas's wives' surnames are from Descendants of John Page (1614-1687).

Sources:

· Jacobus, Donald Lines, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield (reprinted with corrections), Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991 (1930); vol. 1, p.548.

· Brigham, Theda Page, Descendants of John Page (1614-1687) for the Haverhill Historical Society in New Hampshire, 1972, page 10, which cites

· The manuscript copy of Nathan Mead descendants collected and written by Harry Bert Underhill which was placed at the New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, a few years after Mr. Underhill's death in 1944.

Provided by Shiela Brooks, Apr. 2002.

· Jacobus, Donald Lines, The American Genealogist (F.A.S.G., 27:158) [via Joe Sheehan, Apr 2002]

· Pringle, Paul W., Ancestry of Elizabeth Barrett Gillespie, (F.A.S.G., 1973) [via Joe Sheehan, Apr. 2002]

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Thomas Sherwood (son of Thomas Sherwood)3206, 3207, 3208, 3209 was born 1586 in Ipswich, England3209, and died July 21, 1655 in Stratford, Fairfield, CT3209. He married (2) Mary Fitch on 1641 in Stanford, CT3209, daughter of Thomas Fitch and Anne Reeve.

More About Thomas Sherwood:

Date born 2: 1586, England.3210, 3211, 3212

Died 2: 1655, Connecticut.3213, 3214, 3215

More About Thomas Sherwood and Mary Fitch:

Marriage: 1641, Stanford, CT.3215

Children of Thomas Sherwood are:

+Matthew Sherwood, b. 1643, Fairfield or Bridgeport, CT3215, d. October 26, 1715, Stratford, Fairfield, CT3215.


Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) was born and raised in England. He married first Alice Tiler [not Alice Seabrook and not Alice Milles] in about 1610 in England and they had 8 children born in England. The children's birthdates on the FGS are actually their baptismal dates at Kettle Boston, Suffolk, England. Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) at age 48 sailed in April of 1634 from Ipswich, England aboard the "Francis" with wife Alice age 47 and children Ann age 14 and Rose age 11 and Thomas age 10 and Rebecca age 9 (according to the records) and they landed at Boston Harbor in June of 1634. Nothing is know about the 4 children that did not come with the family from England to New England except that they were remembered in their father's will. Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) and his family had settled at Wethersfield, CT by 1635 and they were among its first settlers. Thomas Sherwood was a carpenter. He received an 8 acre homelot and had a house, barn, etc. there, too.

Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) sold the Wethersfield, CT property in 1640 to George Wyllys and the Sherwoods moved to Rippowams (soon Stamford) in CT.

In about 1640 Thomas Sherwood's (1586-1655) first wife Alice died and he married second in about 1640 to Mary and they had 6 more children. All of these events probably happened in CT.

Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) was one of the original settlers in Fairfield, CT in about 1648. He sold his Stamford, CT property in 1650 to John Holly. Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) bought land at Barlow's Plain in about 1650 and erected Fairfield's first grist mill there on the Sasqua River (now Mill River). Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) was Fairfield's Deputy to the General Court in Hartford in 1653 and 1654. His will was written on 21 July 1655 and it was proved on 26 October 1655. It mentions his children by name.

Widow Mary Sherwood married second John Banks in 1658 and they lived at Rye, CT near her son Isaak Sherwood. Widow Mary Banks will was written on 06 January 1694 and it was proved on 13 March 1694 and it mentions her Sherwood children by name.

  • *There was a Thomas Sherwood at Stratford, CT at about this same time who married ALice Seabrook and there is no known relationship between he and our Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) of Wethersfield, Stamford, and Fairfield, CT. These two Thomas Sherwoods are often confused with one another.

Daughter [of Thomas Sherwood's first marriage] Rose Sherwood (born 1620 England) married first in about 1641 at Stratford, CT to Thomas Rumble and they had 1 child there. He died in about 1649. She married second,in about 1650 at Fairfield, CT to Thomas Barlow (1620-1658) and they had 3 children there. He died in about 1658. She married third in about 1658 at Fairfield, CT to Edward Nash and they are not believed to have had any children.

Daughter [of Thomas Sherwood's second marriage] Mary Sherwood (born 1642 Connecticut) married in 1659 at Windsor, CT to Joseph Loomis (1615-1687) and they had 8 children there. [She may have been married first to a Mr. Chauncey???]

Sources: Genealogical Dictionary by Savage, 1860; historical records (ship passenger list, wills); Daniel L. Sherwood and His Paternal Ancestors by A. Sherwood, 1929; TAG July 2007 (regarding Alice Tiler); TAG v80 #4 October 2005 (regarding the Kettle Boston, England baptisms; by L. Mahler); TAG v27 #3 July 1951 by D. L. Jacobus; The History of Fairfield, CT by E. H. Schenck, 1889; Families of Old Fairfield by D. L. Jacobus, 1930


THOMAS SHERWOOD was born in 1586 in Ipswich, Suffolk County, England, the son of Thomas Sherwood.

Thomas came to America on April 30, 1634, from Ipswich, England, to New England on the ship "Francis". He was listed as being 48 years old; accompanying him was his first wife, Alice, and children: Anna (14), Rose (11), Thomas (10) and Rebecca (9).

His wife, Alice, must have died on the way over or shortly thereafter as Thomas married Mary Fitch in 1641 in Stanford, Connecticut. Mary was born in March 1628/29, the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Reeve) Fitch. If the dates are correct, there was a 42-year difference in their ages.

Thomas and Mary (Fitch) Sherwood were the parents of at least one daughter, Ruth (Sherwood) Holcombe.

Thomas died July 21, 1655, in Stanford, connecticut, about 69 years old. His wife, Mary, died in 1693 in Rye, New York, about 64 years old.


Thomas came to Boston in the Frances, April 1634, age 48, with wife Alice, age 47, and children Anna (14), Rose (11), Thomas (10), and Rebecca (9). He came to Wethersfield with the first settlers in 1635; he was a carpenter. On March 25, 1640, he sold his lands to George Wyllys. The family removed to Stamford where they lived until 1648 when he sold to John Holly and settled in Fairfield. He may have been related to Thomas Morehouse whose holdings adjoined his in Wethersfield and who accompanied him in his subsequent migrations.

If the age of the son Thomas was misstated in the ship's list, he could have been the Thomas son of Thomas and Alice baptized at St. Michael's, London, England, January, 23, 1630.

Thomas's will was dated July 21, 1655, and was proved on October 25, 1655. It mentions children by his former wife, Thomas, Jane, Tarnsen, Margaret, Sarah, Hannah, Rose, and Rebecca; his wife Mary, and children by her, Stephen, Matthew, Mary, Ruth, Abigail, and Isaac.

Fairfield Deeds mention on January 18, 1658 [1658/9] that "John Banks hath married Mary Sherwood the relict."

Thomas Sherwood b. about 1586 Christened: 4 Dec 1590 St.Mary-St.Peter, Moblethorpes, Lincolnshire, England d. 21 Jul 1655 Stratford, Fairfield, Ct, buried: 25 Oct 1655 Fairfield, Fairfield, CT. 1m. Alice Seabrook 21 OCT 1604 in England b. 23 April 1587 (according to shipping record from Ipwich) d. 1635 Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut her father: Robert Seabrook her mother: Alice Goodspeed2m. Mary Fitch b. 1587 d. her father: unknown her father: Thomas Fitch his father: unknown his mother: unknown

Children with Alice SeabrookJane Sherwoodb. d.m. Thomasina Sherwoodb. d.m. Margart Sherwoodb. 1628 London, Engd.m. Sarah Sherwoodb. 1628 London, Engd.m. Rose Sherwoodb. 1628 London, Engd.m. Thomas Sherwood b. about 1630 baptized 23 Jan 1630 Notts, Nottinghamshire, England d.1 Jan 1687 Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticutm. Sarah Wheeler Rebecca Sherwoodb. 1632 London, Eng d. m. Angel Hustad 1665

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Children with Mary FitchStephen Sherwoodb. d. m. Matthew Sherwoodb. d. m. Mary Sherwoodb. d. m. Ruth Sherwoodb. d. m. Abigail Sherwoodb. d. m. Isaac Sherwoodb. d. m. Abt 1586 England- Thomas Sherwood is Christened.

The records that are used to define this family are very confusing and have great discrepencies. The LDS files which are used by the bulk of the researchers list the Christening date before he was born, I have reversed these dates to make more sense but I have not seen the actual records to verify the facts. Some list Thomas with as many as four wives but the marriage and birth orders don't fit the possible dates.

1634- Thomas Sherwood takes a ship with his wife to the colonies from Ipswich, England on the ship Francis.

Ipswich- A note of the names and ages of all the Passengers which took shippinge in the Ffrancis of Ipswich, Mr John Cutting bound for new England the last of Aprill, 1634. John Beetes aged yeeres 40 Robert Pease 27 William Haulton 23 Hugh Mason 28 Nicholas Jennings 22 Hester (Mason) his wife 22 William Westwoode 28 Rowland Stebing 40 Bridgeett (Westwords) his wife 32 Sarah (Stebing) his wife 43 Cleare Drap 30 Thomas Sherwood 48 Robert Rose 40 Alice (Sherwood) his wife 47 Margery (Rose) his wife 38 Thomas King 19 John Bernard 36 John Mapes 21 Mary (Bernard) his wife 38 Mary Blosse 40 William FFebourne 40 Robert Cooe 38 Anthony White 27 Mary Onge 27 Edward Bugbye 40 Thomas Boyden 21 Rebecca (Bugbye) his wife 40 Richared Wattlin 28 Abraham Newell 50 John Lyuermore 28 Ffrancis (Newell) his wife 40 Richard Pepy 27 Just Houlding 23 Mary (Pepy) 30 John Pease 27 Richard Houlding 25 Robert Winge 60 Judith Garnett 26 Judith (Winge) his wife 43 Elix: Hamond 47 John Greene 27 Thurston Clearke 44

These p'sons aboue named tooke the Oath of Allegance and Supremacy at his Ma'tes Custome house in Ipswich before vs his Muties Officers according to the order of the Lords and others of his Ma'ties most honable Privy Coucell the xijth of Nouember 1634. Ipswich Custome house Phil: Browne Edw: Mann Compt. tho: Clere, Sec. p'r Custr. [Mackensie, Colonial Families of America] 1655, Oct 25 - Thomas Sherwood's will is probated in Fairfield, CT. His buried Fairfield, Fairfield, Ct.


Will 21 July 1655, proved 25 October 1655; Children by former wife Alice, Thomas, Jane, Tamsen, Margaret, Sarah Hannah, Rose, Rebecca: Wife Mary, and children by her, Stephen, Matthew, Mary, Ruth, Abigail, Isaac. Fairfield Deeds mention 18 January 1658 that "John Banks hath married Mary Sherwood the relict." sources:

The Families of Old Fairfield p 548 Mackensie, George Norbury. Colonial Families of America, in which is given the History, Genealogy and Armorial Bearings of Colonial Families who settled in the American Colonies from the Time of the Settlement of Jamestown 13th of May 1607, to the Battle of Lexington 19th April 1775. published NY 1907


Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) was born and raised in England. He married first Alice Tiler [not Alice Seabrook and not Alice Milles] in about 1610 in England and they had 8 children born in England. The children's birthdates on the FGS are actually their baptismal dates at Kettle Boston, Suffolk, England. Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) at age 48 sailed in April of 1634 from Ipswich, England aboard the "Francis" with wife Alice age 47 and children Ann age 14 and Rose age 11 and Thomas age 10 and Rebecca age 9 (according to the records) and they landed at Boston Harbor in June of 1634. Nothing is know about the 4 children that did not come with the family from England to New England except that they were remembered in their father's will. Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) and his family had settled at Wethersfield, CT by 1635 and they were among its first settlers. Thomas Sherwood was a carpenter. He received an 8 acre homelot and had a house, barn, etc. there, too.

Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) sold the Wethersfield, CT property in 1640 to George Wyllys and the Sherwoods moved to Rippowams (soon Stamford) in CT.

In about 1640 Thomas Sherwood's (1586-1655) first wife Alice died and he married second in about 1640 to Mary and they had 6 more children. All of these events probably happened in CT.

Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) was one of the original settlers in Fairfield, CT in about 1648. He sold his Stamford, CT property in 1650 to John Holly. Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) bought land at Barlow's Plain in about 1650 and erected Fairfield's first grist mill there on the Sasqua River (now Mill River). Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) was Fairfield's Deputy to the General Court in Hartford in 1653 and 1654. His will was written on 21 July 1655 and it was proved on 26 October 1655. It mentions his children by name.

Widow Mary Sherwood married second John Banks in 1658 and they lived at Rye, CT near her son Isaak Sherwood. Widow Mary Banks will was written on 06 January 1694 and it was proved on 13 March 1694 and it mentions her Sherwood children by name.

  • *There was a Thomas Sherwood at Stratford, CT at about this same time who married ALice Seabrook and there is no known relationship between he and our Thomas Sherwood (1586-1655) of Wethersfield, Stamford, and Fairfield, CT. These two Thomas Sherwoods are often confused with one another.

Daughter [of Thomas Sherwood's first marriage] Rose Sherwood (born 1620 England) married first in about 1641 at Stratford, CT to Thomas Rumble and they had 1 child there. He died in about 1649. She married second,in about 1650 at Fairfield, CT to Thomas Barlow (1620-1658) and they had 3 children there. He died in about 1658. She married third in about 1658 at Fairfield, CT to Edward Nash and they are not believed to have had any children.

Daughter [of Thomas Sherwood's second marriage] Mary Sherwood (born 1642 Connecticut) married in 1659 at Windsor, CT to Joseph Loomis (1615-1687) and they had 8 children there. [She may have been married first to a Mr. Chauncey???]

Sources: Genealogical Dictionary by Savage, 1860; historical records (ship passenger list, wills); Daniel L. Sherwood and His Paternal Ancestors by A. Sherwood, 1929; TAG July 2007 (regarding Alice Tiler); TAG v80 #4 October 2005 (regarding the Kettle Boston, England baptisms; by L. Mahler); TAG v27 #3 July 1951 by D. L. Jacobus; The History of Fairfield, CT by E. H. Schenck, 1889; Families of Old Fairfield by D. L. Jacobus, 1930


Name Thomas SHERWOOD Birth abt 1586, England265 Immigration 1634, Massachusetts Bay aboard the Francis [from Ipswich]3,450 Move 1635, Wethersfield, Hartford, CT265 Move 1640, Stamford, Fairfield, CT265 Move 1648, Fairfield, Fairfield, CT Death 1655, Fairfield, Fairfield, CT265


Spouse Mary (Sherwood)


Children 1 M Stephen Sherwood


Spouse Rebecca Turney


Spouse Hannah Jackson


Spouse Mary Adams


2 M Matthew Sherwood Birth abt 1643, Stamford, Fairfield, CT265 Death 26 Oct 1715, Bridgeport, Fairfield, CT265


Spouse Sarah Turney


Spouse Mary Fitch


3 F Ruth SHERWOOD Birth abt 1644, Stamford, Fairfield, CT Death 10 Sep 1699, Simsbury, Hartford, CT624 AFN 3WN1-NL


Spouse Joshua HOLCOMB Marriage 4 Jun 1663, Windsor, Hartford, CT82


4 M Isaac Sherwood Birth abt 1645, Fairfield, Fairfield, CT265,31


Spouse Elizabeth Jackson Marriage Fairfield, Fairfield, CT


5 F Mary Sherwood Birth abt 1640 Death 22 Apr 1681, Windsor, Hartford, CT


Spouse Joseph Loomis Marriage 28 Jun 1659, Windsor, Hartford, CT477


6 F Abigail Sherwood


Notes for Thomas SHERWOOD Sources differ as to his roots in England and the surname of his first wife. He may have been the son of Esdras and Dorcas SHERWOOD, and married first Alice GILLETT on Oct. 21, 1604 at St. Nicholas, Ipswich. He is not the Thomas Sherwood who married Alice Seabrooke, daughter of Robert and Alice (Goodspeed) Seabrooke. (Jacobus notes it was Thomas of Stratford (see below) who married Alice Seabrook.]) Theories that he may been from Nottingham and married Alice Miles are pure speculation according to Jacobus.

In any case Thomas and Alice arrived in Boston aboard the 'Francis' in 1634 with four of their children, the other four arriving sometime later. They settled in 1635 at Wethersfield, CT. Alice died in 1639, and Thomas removed to Stamford, CT in 1640, and to Fairfield in 1648. Thomas was Deputy to the General Court at Hartford, Committeeman on Military Affairs, and served in the Pequot War. His will was dated Jul. 21, 1655 and proved Oct. 25, 1655.

Jacobus: Kids by first wife, in order: Jane, Tamsin (Thomasine), Margaret, Rebecca, 2 not listed, and Jane (TAG July 1951).

Savage's: THOMAS, Stratford, or Fairfield, first at S. 1645, had come to Boston, 1634, in the Francis from Ipswich, aged 48 with w. Alice 47; and ch. Ann, 14; Rose, 11; Thomas, 10; and Rebecca, 9; and may be thot. to have had others, b. bef. or aft. or both, for his will of June 1657, pro. 4 June 1658, ment. s. John and Thomas, d. Mary, w. Sarah, and refers to other ds. without nam. them. His est. was good. [These death dates refer to Thomas of Stratford, no known connection to the Thomas of Fairfield]298 Notes for Mary (Sherwood) Only evidence for her name as Fitch is a reference in 1889 History of Fairfield which lists John Banks wife as Mary Fitch wid of Thomas Sherwood. In fact it was her son Matthew who married Mary Fitch.

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Thomas Sherwood was born 1586 in Ipswitch, England, and died July 21, 1651 in Staford Fairfield, Conn,. He married Alice Seybrook on October 21, 1620 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England45.

Notes for Thomas Sherwood:

Thomas Sherwood was one of the original seventeen settlers of Fairfield CT, having emigrated in 1634 aboard the ship "Frances". Thomas was a carpenter. He moved his family to Fairfield from Boston, through Wethersfield (Hartford) and Stamford. Thomas owned land in Fairfield County, served as deputy in the General Court and as a committeeman. He fought in the Pequot War. His name appears in several suits for slander, as the plaintiff, two against Henry Graye and one against Jehue Burr, all of which he won. In the last, he was awarded the sum of forty pounds, a very large sum for that time. It is stated in various sources that he was the Thomas Sherwood who escorted the "Good Wife Knapp" to the gallows when she was convicted and hung for witchcraft in 1635 in Fairfield CT. Other sources state that it was his son Thomas and Thomas' wife Mary Finch who escorted Elizabeth Knapp (wife of Roger) to the gallows to prevent her body from being desecrated. After the death of Alice Seabrook Sherwood in 1639, Thomas Sherwood remarried Mary (Sherwood). He had six more children with her.

Marriage 1 Alice SEABROOK b: 1608 Married: BEF. 1625 in Suffolk England Children Rebecca SHERWOOD b: 1625 in England SHERWOOD ANCESTRY DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS SHERWOOD OF SHERWOOD FOREST THOMAS SHERWOOD, born in Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, Eng., 1586. In 1630, he was living in London, as established by the record of the baptism of his son Thomas, in the Parish of St. Michael's, in that city. He sailed from Ipswich, April 21, 1634, in the ship "Francis," John Cutting, Master, and landed in Boston, Mass., in June of the same year.

List of passengers on Ship "Francis:" Thomas Sherwood, 48 yrs. Mrs. Alice Sherwood, 47 yrs. Anna Sherwood, 14 yrs. Rose Sherwood, 11 yrs. Thomas Sherwood, 10 yrs. Rebecca Sherwood, 9 yrs.

He was accompanied by his wife Alice (nee Seabrook) and four children: Ann, b. 1620; Rose, 1623; Thomas, 1624; Rebecca, 1625. They landed on Cape Cod and after several years in Massachusetts, came to Weathersfield, Conn., finally 1648, settled in Fairfield, where Thomas Sherwood bought land, 1650. In 1654, he was Deputy to the General Court. A bill of sale of land to John Hawley by Sherwood, appears on Stamford, Conn. Land Records. In 1650, he bought land at Barlow's Plain, Fairfield, Conn. He was a pioneer of Rippowams, later called Stamford. In 1654, to 1663, Thomas Sherwood is spoken of as Ancient Town Clerk of Stratford. Thomas Sherwood and Thomas Fairchild, Sr., were appointed by the General Court to draft men in 1654, for the proclaimed Narragansett War. He was a Representative from Sgratford in 1645. He served as a Deputy with Roger Ludlow, in the General Court, 1650. His wife Alice Seabrook was born 1583, and is said to have married (second) Lieut. John Banks. She was the daughter of Robert Seabrook, who came to America with the Sherwoods, settled at Stratford, and died about 1650, aged 85. Thomas Sherwood brought with him to Fairfield his 2nd. wife, Mary (???), by whom he had six more children. His will is dated July 21, 1655, and proved Oct. 26, 1655.

References: "Planters of the Commonwealth," by Banks, p. 123. "Genealogy of Conn.," Vol. II, pp. 67, 68. 1. THOMAS SHERWOOD, b. England, 1585, d. Fairfield, Conn., 1655; m. Eng., Alice Seabrook, b. England, 1683, d. prob. after 1655. 2. REBECCA SHERWOOD, b. Eng., before 1634, d. (???); m. Angell Husted, b. England, 1620, d. Greenwich, Conn., 1706. 3. REBECCA HUSTED, v. abt. 1645; m. 1665, Jonathan Reynolds, b. 1636, d. 1673. 4. SARAH REYNOLDS, b. Weathersfield, 1665; m. 1687, Joseph Mead, b. abt. 1657, d. 1714. 5. JEREMIAH MEAD, b. Zug. 6, 1702, d. Norfolk, Conn., 1742; m. 1725, Hannah St. John, b. 1703, d. June 30, 1746. 6. STEPHEN MEAD, b. 1728, d. Oct. 18, 1806, of Redding, Conn.; m. Oct. 31, 1751, Rachel Sanford, b. Feb. 12, 1708, d. abt. 1800. 7. ESTHER MEAD, b. Aug. 11, 1760, d. Dec. 22, 1836; m. abt. 1777, Isaiah Hungerford, b. Dec. 26, 1756, d. Sturbridge, Que., June 16, 1833. 8. ELIZABETH HUNGERFORD, b. New Fairfield, Conn., Feb. 7, 1798, d. Jan. 7, 1878; m. April 29, 1821, Nash David Phelps, b. Oct. 4, 1796, d. Stanbridge, Que., April 15, 1884.


Thomas SHERWOOD was the son of an unknown mother and Thomas SHERWOOD of England. On 21 Oct 1618 he married Alice TILER in England. In 1641 he married Mary (last name unknown) in Stamford, Fairfield Co, CT. An unmarried woman by the name of Mary ONGE sailed with the Sherwoods. It is possible she became the second Mrs. Sherwood, but unless a source is eventually found for this proof of Mary's maiden name will remain a mystery.

Their known children: 1) Isaac Sherwood b. 1645 d. 1684.

Thomas' fate was to live in times of unrest. In England he and his parents probably experienced feuds, petty grievances and financial penalties stemming from religious conflict, which in turn cloaked political power grabs. In the New World colony in Fairfield County, CT he landed in the same issues being acted out by the English and the Dutch, but with the added factor of recruitment of Native Americans by both sides. In turn the Indians - Naragansett, Mohegan, and Pequot particularly - tried to use the colonists as allies or foils for their own fueds. All parties suffered greatly from epidemics, particularly smallpox, but the Native Americans had no steady stream of immigrants to rebuild their numbers.

Just what role Thomas SHERWOOD played in the Pequot War is unknown, but he was probably like most men of his class and age; farmers who turned out for militia training, or train-bands, usually followed by a 30 day period of service. Four week stints allowed officers to maintain troops while allowing most men to serve, yet still manage their crops. Even longer tours of duty were acceptable to many compared to most Old World monarchies, where men were drafted or impressed for military service at the whim of a king or queen and forced to stay in until they died, won, or lost the latest war.

Sources: U.S. International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection). Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Leslie Mahler in "The American Geneologist: The English Home of Thomas Sherwood of Wethersfield, Stamford, and Fairfield, Connecticut" (TAG 80:278-82 Oct. 2005) and "The Parentage of Alice Tiler, First Wife of Thomas Sherwood of Wethersfield, Stamford, and Fairfield, Connecticut" (TAG 82:211-13 July 2007).

1st cousin once removed? (and more) of his 2nd wife

INSCRIPTION AT GRAVE SITE in Memory of THOMAS SHERWOOD 1586-1655 PURITAN-PIONEER-ANCESTOR A FOUNDER OF NEW ENGLAND, A FIRST SETTLER OF FAIRFIELD,. DEPUTY TO THE GENERAL COURT, COMMITTEEMAN,SOLDIER OF THE PEQUOT WAR, AND HIS WIVES ALICE TILER, 1587-1639 MARY FITCH 1619-1693 ERECTED BY THE SHERWOOD KINDRED OF AMERICA MCML ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ THOMAS SHERWOOD WAS OFFICER OF THE COURTS DURING THE WITCH TRIALS WHEN GOODWIFE" "GOODY KNAPP" WAS CHARGED AND FOUND GUILTY OF WITCHCRAFT."". HIS WIFE HAD BEEN FRIENDS WITH GOODY KNAPP AND WAS CALLED TO GIVE TESTIMONY AT THE TRIAL . THE WOMAN WAS CONDEMNED TO HANG AT THE GALLOWS .. THOMAS ESCORTED HER AND PROTECTED HER BODY AFTER HER DEATH SO THE CROWD WOULD NOT DESECRATE HER BODY............................................ THOMAS SHERWOOD LOCATIONS WETHERSFORD, STAMFORD, AND FAIRFIELD CT


Alice , first wife of Thomas, died in 1639 at Fairfield CT at the birth of her ninth child, daughter, Jane. Thomas and Alice arrived in Boston aboard the 'Francis' in 1634 with four of their children, the other four arriving sometime later. They settled in 1635 at Wethersfield CT. After Alice’s death, Thomas, his second wife, Mary, and his children removed to Stamford CT in 1640, and to Fairfield in 1648. Thomas was Deputy to the General Court at Hartford, Committeeman on Military Affairs, and served in the Pequot War. His will dated 21 Jul 1655 was proved 25 Oct 1655. Thomas married 2) Mary ______ at Fairfield CT probably in 1639.

The children of Thomas and Alice were 1) Anna m Loomis; 2. Rose m 1) Thomas Rumble, 2) Thomas Barlow, 3). Edward Nash; 3. Thomas m 1) Sarah Seabrook (the widow Wheeler, dau of Robert ) m 2) Anna Turney 3) Elizabeth Cable 4) Sarah Hide (widow Coley); .4. Rebecca m Angell Husted; 5. Elizabeth m 1)Thomas Tomson, 2) Daniel Finch; 6. ancestor Thomasine m William Belden; 7. Margaret m Elias Maverick; 8. Sarah m. Caleb Tuttle; 9. Jane m Thomas Merritt

John the son of Thomas and his first wife Sarah, m Sarah Hurd and were ancestors of President Herbert Hoover; Samuel, the son of Thomas and his second wife, Anna, was was an ancestor of “Gen Tom Thumb Stratton”);


Thomas and Alice Sherwood came to Boston on the pilgrim ship "Francis" from Ipswich, England in 1634.


GEDCOM Note

April 1634 he arrived in Boston on the Frances, and lived in Wethersfield, Stamford, and settled in Fairfield,

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Thomas Sherwood, Sr.'s Timeline

1586
December 24, 1586
Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England
1586
England
1586
England
1586
England
1617
January 26, 1617
Age 30
Kettlebaston, Suffolk, UK
1617
Age 30
Ipswich, Suffolk, England, (Present UK)
1623
1623
Age 36
Ipswich, Suffolk, England, (Present UK)
1624
1624
Age 37
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England

Christened in London, England at St. Bottolph's Church in 1630

1629
November 3, 1629
Age 42
Norwalk, Staffordshire, England, (Present UK)