Thomas Standish, of Wethersfield

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Thomas Standish

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: England
Death: December 5, 1692 (78-86)
Wethersfield, Hartford , Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Standish's father; Myles Standish; Thomas Standish's mother and Rose Standish
Husband of Unknown 1st Wife Standish and Susannah Standish
Father of Lydia Belding; Thomas Standish, Jr.; Sarah Standish and Eunice Stoddard

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About Thomas Standish, of Wethersfield

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10. THOMAS1 STANDISH was born about 1612, in England. He was probably a son of Myles Standish and his first wife Rose, and was left in England, (see comments below)although Myles' will mentions only four sons, and they were sons of his second wife, but if not a son he must have been a younger brother or a nephew, as authentic tradition says he was of that family, and there was a striking similarity of traits of character, physical likeness, and family names. If a brother, he was son of Thomas Standish of Duxbury, Eng., who died about 1600. He came from England to Plymouth Colony, and in 1636 was one of the original settlers in Wethersfield, Conn.; a list of his property is given in the first records of the town, in 1640. He was a soldier in the Pequot War, 1637, and had a grant of land on that account; and was keeper of the fort at Wethersfield.

He married Susanna Francis, who was born in 1624, the daughter of Robert and Joan Francis; she died, Nov. 30, 1692, aged 68, and he died, Dec. 5, 1693, aged 80.

He was a brother-in-law of John1 Deming, who left legacies to "cousins Unis Standigge and Sarah Wyer."


  • +Sarah, m. 1681, John Wyart (Robert1).
  • Thomas, b. 1660, d. 1735, m. 1690, Mary Church (Thomas1), (2)
  • Rebecca Hunn.
  • Eunice, b. 1664, d. 1716, m. 1693, Nathaniel Stoddard (John1), his 2d wife.


February 2015

From Geni member Michael McCann

According to the Mayflower Society's Silver 5 Generation Book, Thomas is not accepted as a son of Myles Standish

June 2014

From Geni member AL Howard

"The desire to link him to Myles has resurfaced every decade for hundred years. The Standish Family of Wethersfield was extremely active in tracing their roots at the turn of the century. This Thomas has no proven connection to Rose or Myles unless something was uncovered in the last few years to the contrary. It had been well researched, but has also been surmised to perhaps be a nephew or cousin."



From all records we can find it seems that Thomas Standish, B 16-1612 in England was a son of Capt. Miles Standish by his first wife Rose, who died just after arriving in America on the Mayflower in 1600. He came from the Plymouth Colony, Arriving in Wethersfield abt.1636. His ancestral Connections are broken by imperfect records, but his descenrants are led to Believe [through authentic tradition] that he was a son of Miles Standish, of Plymouth, Ma. by his first wife Rose in England., though the Captains will alludes only to four sons by his second wife Barbara. The stricking physical resemblance, ttaits of character and succession of family names, certainly seem to bear out the relationship perfectly well. Thomas Standish's early connaction with Wethersfield, seem to have been much the same as that of Capt. Standish with Plynouth. He was the keeper of the Fort at Wethersfield, and was a soldier in the Pequot expedition of 1637, for which [in 1671] he recieved a grant of land fronting on the entirelength of Fort Street, on its South side, its rear being on what was then termed "The Willderness" [now State Street], and a portion pf which is still held by the fanily. He was made a freeman in 1669. He married Susanna Smith, who died 30 Nov 1692, aged 68; followes closely by him, 5 Dec 1693, aged 80.


Sarah2 Standish m. John2 Wyart. Lois Wyart m. Hezekiah3 Deming. Eliakim Deming m. Lucy4 Gridley. Lucy Deming m. Samuel5 North. Linus North m. Dolly5 Woodruff. Clarissa North m. John Bower5 Preston. Marcus North Preston m. Rebecca B.6 Tenney. Annie R. Preston m. Edward M.9 Bassett.

References:--Standishes in America, Myles Standish, 1895; Savage's Gen. Dict.; Transcript, Aug. 13, 1914; Lewis Ancestors, H. S. L. Barnes, 1910; Society Colonial Wars Year Book, 1922.

[following downloaded 2009 from]

"Thomas STANDISH - b. about 1612, England; d. Dec. 5, 1692, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT. Thomas married second about 1660, probably at Wethersfield, CT, Susannah SMITH (b. about 1624, England; d. Nov. 30, 1692, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT), the daughter of Richard SMITH. Gov. Dr. John Winthrop, Jr. records "Patient, Thomas Standish his wife, Sussane Smith, daughter of old Richard Smith." The name of Thomas' first wife, believed to be the mother of Lydia, is not known."

HISTORY OF WETHERSFIELD (CT) - Stiles, Henry R. - 1904 - Vol. II, page 658:

STANDISH, THOMAS, b. Eng., 1610-1612, has been supp. to have come from the Plymouth Colony, arriving in Wethersfield abt. 1636. His ancestral connections are broken by imperfect records, but his descendants are led to believe (through authentic tradition) that he was a son of Capt. Miles Standish, of Plymouth, by his first wife Rose, in Eng., though the Captain's will alludes only to four sons by his second wife Barbara. If not a son, however, he must have been either a nephew, or a younger brother of that redoubtable warrior -- but definite proof can only be ascertained by careful search of Eng. records. The striking physical resemblance, traits of character and succession of family names, certainly seem to bear out the relationship perfectly well.

Thomas Standish's early connection with Wethersfield, seems to have been much the same as that of Capt. Miles with Plymouth. He was the keeper of the Fort of Weth., and was a soldier in the Pequot expedition of 1637, for which (in 1671) he rec'd a gt. of ld. fronting on the entire length of Fort St., on its S. side, its rear being on what was then termed "The Wilderness" (now State St.), and a portion of which is still held in the family. His home-lot (rec. 1641) was on what is now known as the Esther Bidwell place, on Main St., abt. 30 rods N. from present Southworth's corner. He also bo't another piece of ppy. ext. Southward from Jordan Lane to a point abt. 1/5 of a mile. -- See, also, Chapt. VII. He was on a comm. to secure a minister, 1665, was made a freeman in 1669; dr. lds. in 1670. He m. Susanna (Francis?), who d. 30 Nov., 1692, ae. 68; followed closely by him, 5 Dec., 1693, ae. 80.


1. Thomas. Fam. 2 2. Sarah, m. John Wyard, 7 Apl., 1681 3. Eunice, m. Nath'l Stoddard, 7 Dec, 1693. _____


Captain Myles Standish came in the Mayflower in 1620, hired as military commander and defender of the Plymouth Colony. He was accompanied by his wife Rose, who died during the 'First Winter'. Captain Myles Standish remarried after Rose's death to Barbara Allen who came to Plymouth aboard the 'Anne' in 1622. Many Standish descendants believe Barbara was the sister of Rose Standish andand also believe she possibly brought his son Thomas Standish with her from England. Thomas Standish also could have been the child of an earlier marriage as little is known of Capt Myles' earlier life except that he was a professional military man who served in England and on the continent before being hired by the Plymouth Bay Company. Thomas Standish WAS NOT mentioned in the will of Capt. Myles in October 3, 1655 - only the children of wife Barbara were mentioned. By that date Thomas Standish was a mature man of considerable estate. He was a founder of Wethersfield, CT and built the fort and fortifications there before settlement. He had military training, and, according to contemporary Wethersfield accounts, a strong physical resemblence to Capt Myles. Wethersfield settlers believed Thomas Standish was the son of Capt Myles Standish. Thomas being left out of his father's will was not unusual for an older child from a previous marriage who had already been well provided for. When Capt Myles died several of his sons were only in their twenties and obviously in need of a start in life. There was also the influence of their mother, Barbara, who naturally would expect her children to be given an inheritance equal to her stepson's earlier. _____


STANDISH, THOMAS, Wethersfield, a soldier in the Pequot war 1637, had gr. of ld. on that acco. 1671, is on the list of freem. 169_, and his d. Eunice m. 7 Dec. 1693, Nathaniel Stoddard. He d. 1692, aged 80, and Susanna, his w. d. the same yr. aged 68. Perhaps she was sec. w. but prob. mo. of Eunice. He had, also, s. Thomas, and perhaps more ch. ______

MAYFLOWER MYTHS - Thomas Standish. There is no evidence Thomas Standish of Wethersfield, Connecticut, was a son of Myles Standish. [MFIP Standish; see also the will of Myles Standish, which does not mention a son named Thomas]

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Thomas Standish, of Wethersfield's Timeline

August 24, 1637
Age 27
Wethersfield, Connecticut Colony
Age 46
Wethersfield, Connecticut Colony
Age 51
Wethersfield, Hartford, CT
Age 54
Wethersfield, Hartford, Conn
December 5, 1692
Age 82
Wethersfield, Hartford , Connecticut