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Thwaite Strickland

Birthplace: Cliburn or Kendal, Westmoreland, England (United Kingdom)
Death: before June 21, 1670
Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Glastonbury, Hartford, Ct
Immediate Family:

Husband of Elizabeth Disborough
Father of Elizabeth Andrews; John Strickland; Joseph Strickland; Jonathan Strickland and Ephraim Strickland

Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
Last Updated:

About Thwaite Strickland

It is indicated that records of Dedham, Massachusetts show that Thwaite Strickland was a signer of the 1635 Covenant that established Dedham and was an original settler there. Dedham is on the Charles river, near presentday Boston. Thwaite received two grants of land in Dedham (one a grant of six acres of planting land, Oct 27,1640), and was presumably a farmer there for the next 26 years. His name appears on the Dedham tax lists until 1661."

During these years he married Elizabeth Sheppard and had five children. These births are listed in the records of the Dedham town clerk.

Pope's Pioneers: "Thwaites or Thweights, Dedham, propr. 27 (8) 1640. Wife Elizabeth adm. chh. 3 (3) 1650; ch. Elizabeth b. 12 (2) 1647, John b. 17 (12) 1648, Rebecca bapt. 19 (11) 1650, Joseph b. 22 (11) 1654, Jonathan b. 23 (4) 1657."

Savage's: THWAITES, or THWAIT, Dedham 1643, perhaps s. or br. of John, his w. join. the ch. 3 May 1650, and had her ch. Elizabeth and John bapt. on Sunday aft.; and Rebecca 19 Jan. foll. He rem. to the Narraganset country, on serv. of Gen. Gookin, wh. built a ho. for him at Misquamicut, now Westerly. See Trumbull, Col. Rec. II. 546. His d. Elizabeth m. Samuel Andrews of Hartford. Farmer MS. notes, that of this name was one of the celebr. Westminster Assemb. and that the fam. was of Co. Westmoreland.

Manwaring: Probate record of Thwaite Strickland p 78 in original record. Inventory taken 21 June, 1670. Children: Elizabeth Andrews, age 23 years, John 21, Joseph 15, Jonathan 13, Ephraim 7 years. -- Manwaring, 1902

Disputed Origins

The origins of Thwaite Strickland are not clearly established. Many have reported him as a possible son of Sgt. John Strickland, a 1630 Puritan landholder in Charleston, but documentaion of such is lacking. He has benn variously called Thwaite, Thwait, Thait, Thwaits, Thwaites, and I suppose other variations, but I have never seen a prefix as in xxxthwaite. This name was not continued in his subsequent descendents, with the primary name of the male descendents being John or a variation thereof (Jonathan, Joseph)

Grt Mig Beg: "There is not the slightest reason to assume any connection between Thwaite and John Strickland except that they were born with the same surname." -- Jacobus, TAG vol 21

"I don't think there is a chance that Thwaite Strickland was a son of John Strickland of Jamaica. Probably you are familiar with the Strickland notes I published in American Genealogist, Vol. 19, pp44-45; Vol 20, pp207-212, and Vol. 21, pp85-92. In writing these, I had the benefit of the long article by Herbert Seversmith on John Strickland and his sons-in-law in Vol. II of my magazine, was aided by Dr. Robert Furman who had made a study of the Furman-Strickland connections and had dug in original sources of Long Island, and I put a great deal of study into the problems involved. I think the conclusions I published concerning John Strickland, his supposed brother Edmund, and Thwaite, can be sustained. There is no evidence whatever that John Strickland had more than three surviving children: (1) a daughter that married John Lum (not, Loanus, the name is spelled Loame in Strickland's will and was Lome in England, (2) a daughter who married John Smith, (3) a daughter who married Samuel Matthews. He may have had a fourth daughter, Elizabeth, wife of Jonas Wood "Oram". (Joanna wife of Jonas Wood "Halifax" was definitely not his daughter).

Thwaite Strickland had no connection of any kind with John and never at any time lived in any town where John had lived.


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Thwaite Strickland's Timeline

Cliburn or Kendal, Westmoreland, England (United Kingdom)
Age 10
Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Age 15
Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
March 31, 1647
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
February 14, 1648
Glastonbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
February 1654
Dedham, Norfolk, MA, United States
April 23, 1657
Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, American Colonies (present USA)
February 2, 1662
Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, American Colonies (present USA)
June 21, 1670
Age 45
Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut