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Thomas Brigham[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Male Abt 1603 - 1653  (~ 50 years)


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  • Name Thomas Brigham 
    Born Abt 1603  Holme Upon, Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biographical Information Thomas Brigham was made by the general court a Freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Company, 18 Apr 1637 and thus became a member of the body politic and acquired the right to vote. He was selectman 1640, 1642, 1647. A constable from 1639 to 1642.

    A Poem by Honorable Johnson Brigham:

    THOMAS BRIGHAM, THE PURITAN

    No "doubting Thomas" was our family's founder;
    In faith he rode the wide Atlantic's waves.
    On yonder rock-ribbed shore he lived, expounder
    Of simple creed that Service only Saves.*

    His name shall stand with us for strenuous living,
    For honest thinking, and for righteous laws;
    For humble doing and for noble giving
    Of self for conscience or for freedom's cause.

    Soul calls to soul, by kinship's ties united;
    From out the past we hear a hale godspeed;
    Soul answers soul, by trials unaffrighted,
    We, too, would serve, or bravely do the deed.

    Our course should mark the way of progress plainly.
    And bid the true and daring walk therein;
    Against it must detraction war but vainly,
    Who strives for progress can but grandly win.

    *A free translation of the Brigham Family Association motto, "In Cruce Salus." 
    Library book: History of the Brigham Family 001 
    Immigration / Naturalization Thomas Brigham fathered the first Brigham generation in America. History books have called him "The Emigrant" or "The Puritan".

    In the spring of 1635 a group of adherents of Rev. Thomas Shepherd, who had been preaching in Buttercombe, a few miles north of Home on Spalding Moor, decided to migrate with him to the new world in order to escape religious persecution.

    On April 18 1635, they embarked on the ship "Suzan and Ellen" on a voyage from Bristol to Boston, that would last sixty-four days. Appearing in the passenger list:

    Thos. Brigham, aged 32
    Symon Crosby, husbandman, aged 26
    Ann Crosby, uxer, aged 25
    Tho. Crosby, child aged 8 weeks.

    Ann was the daughter of Thomas and Isabel Brigham, therefor Thomas's first cousin.

    Soon after reaching New England, Thomas Brigham settled in Cambridge, MA. His 14 acre homestead adjoining that of Simon Crosby. He owned a windmill and records show he owned a third of all the swine in town. 
    Died 8 Dec 1653  Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cambridge MA Showing Thomas Brigham Estate.
    Cambridge MA Showing Thomas Brigham Estate.
    The History of the Brigham Family, A Record of Several Thousand Descendants of Thomas Brigham the Emigrant, 1603-1653. By W.I. Tyler Brigham. Published by the Grafton Press, New York, 1907
    Buried 10 Dec 1653  Old Common Cemetery, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 8 siblings 
    Person ID I245  Nagel
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2014 

    Father John Brigham,   b. 1573, Holme Upon, Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1621, Hothan, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Constance Watson,   b. 17 Aug 1571, Holme Upon, Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1616, Holme Upon, Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 30 Sep 1599  Holme Upon, Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F88  Group Sheet

    Family Mercy Hurd,   b. Abt 1616, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1693, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married Abt 1641  Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Brigham,   b. 9 Mar 1641, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1717, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Doctor John Brigham,   b. 16 Mar 1644, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1728, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Mary Brigham,   b. Abt 1649, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1676, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years)
     4. Hannah B Brigham,   b. 9 Mar 1649, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1719, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     5. Captain Samuel Brigham,   b. 12 Jan 1652, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1713, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Family ID F87  Group Sheet