St. John the Baptist parish church in Glastonbury
Thomas Holbrook was born about 1590, the son of William Holbrook. It is
believed he had six siblings: Joane, Basell, John, Elizabeth, Rebecca and
William. He married Jane Powyes September 12, 1616 at St. John the Baptist
parish church in Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England.
Thomas came from Broadway, County
Somersetshire England. He and wife Jane with four sons and daughters
aged 11 to 1 year sailed from Weymouth on or near 20 Mar 1634/5 on the ship
"Marygold" with Rev. Joseph Hull's Company of families who were
going to settle together in New England to form a town. They came ashore
at Dorchester the 7th of June 1635, remained a "fortnight" and then
they went to the place now called Weymouth and built a house, etc.
The family settled in the
northern part of Weymouth on the Tide-water. Ten acres were granted to
Thomas in the first division, and 30 acres in the second, in that part of
Weymouth called "Old Spain." They lived next door to Thomas'
sister Rebecca and her husband Clement Weaver. Thomas
was a grantee of Rehoboth, Massachusetts in 1643 although he forfeited the
grant two years later by remaining at Weymouth. He owned the salt
meadows at Kingman's Neck.
Thomas was made a
freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Company in May 1645 and served as selectman at
Weymouth six times (1641-1654). In 1649 he was appointed a member of a
commission to lay out a highway from Weymouth to Dorchester. Thomas made a
statement November 7, 1666, giving his age as 77 years.
His will reads "being
sick and weak" he made his will on 31 Dec 1668 and divides his goods
between children and grandchildren. He stated his grandson Peter had been
"serving him and his wife in their old age for about 8 yrs for which he was
to have his dwelling in Weymouth with orchard and arable land." But he
did not die until 1675. He owned 40 A. in Weymouth in 1663. Children
living when he died: John b. 1622, Thomas b. 1624, William b. 1627, Anne
b. 1629, Elizabeth b. 1633, & Jane b. 1656.
A typed copy of Thomas' will
is included below:
The 1635 passenger list shows Thomas Holbrook, 34, of
Broadway, Jane Holbrook, 34, his wife, and children John, 11, Thomas, 10,
Anne, 5, and Elizabeth 1. The ages may be in error on the passenger
McMaster states there is reason to think Thomas was
one of the company who arrived in 1624 with Mr. Barnard as their minister,
from Weymouth in Dorset. Since he deposed that he came in 1635 with Mr.
Hull's company, this seems unlikely.
A codicil was dated December 31, 1673. The will
was proved April 24, 1677.
Photo of St. John the Baptist Church:
Suffolk Court Files 815
History of Weymouth - George Walter Chamberlain, 1923
Weymouth Land Grants 283.284
Sukffolk Co. Probate 6:201
Holbrook and Allied Families, McMaster, pages 330-331
The Holbrooks of America
Records of Lorna Holbrook of Massachusetts
The Holbrook Family, compiled and written by Molly Frances
Holbrook Pfeiffer (1870-1953)