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Gov. Thomas ROBERTS

Male Abt 1600 - Bef 1674  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name Thomas ROBERTS 
    Title Gov. 
    Born Abt 1600  Woolaston, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 7Z56-B9 
    Will 27 Sep 1673  Dover, Strafford County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef 30 Jun 1674  Dover, Strafford County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried First Settlers Burial Ground, Dover, Strafford County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) Scales, John, History of Dover, New Hampshire, Dover, NH: Printed by Authority of the City Councils, 1923, pp. 302, 304-305:

      THOMAS ROBERTS was born in England about 1600, according to deposition. Rev. Dr. Everett S. Stackpole imparts the information that he had learned on "excellent authority" that Thomas Roberts was apprenticed to a fishmonger of London, as "son of John Roberts, of Woolaston Co.. Worcester, 29 April, 1622, and probably came over at once, as an apprentice to Edward Hilton, and lived within a stone's throw of Hilton's house, on Hilton Point." He was not married at the time of coming over, but probably was married in 1627. The maiden name of his wife is not known, but there is a tradition she was sister of Edward Hilton. Further than that we know not. . . .

      The oldest cemetery in Dover is in this section of Dover Neck, between the Hanson Roberts farm and High Street. Here are the graves of all the first settlers; very few of them are marked. Gov. Roberts's grave is in the northeast corner, and now has a slate stone, suitably inscribed, that marks the spot ; just west of it is the marked grave of his grandson's grandson. Thomas Roberts made his will, date 27 Sept., 1673; was probated 30 June, 1674; so, he probably died in 1674, as it was the custom to probate the wills soon after the death of the testator. He had a wife, REBECCA.

      CHILDREN.

      1. JOHN ROBERTS, b. (by deposition) in 1629; m. ABIGAIL, dau. of Elder Hatevil Nutter. . . .

      2. THOMAS ROBERTS, b. (by deposition), in 1633; lived on the homestead, and filled various town offices; m. MARY, dau. of the emigrant Thomas Leighton, of Dover. . . .

      3. HESTER ROBERTS, m. JOHN MARTIN, of New Jersey, as early as 1673.

      4. ANNA ROBERTS, m. JAMES PHILBRICK, of Hampton, N. H.

      5. ELIZABETH ROBERTS, m. BENJAMIN HEARD, of Cochecho-in-Dover.

      6. SARAH ROBERTS, m. RICHARD RICH.

      (2) Libby, Charles Thornton, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Portland, ME: The Southward Press, 1928, p. 589:

      ROBERTS . . .

      THOMAS, Dover, said to have come with the Hiltons, which is very prob. as he was a fellow member of the Fishmongers Co. of London with Edw. Hilton, both marked 'in New England' in a list of 1641. Presum. that T. R., s. of John Roberts of Woolaston, appren. 29 Apr. 1622. In 1639-40 he was elected 'President of the Court,' an office of agency for the Bristol Co., the proprietors of Dover, from which fact he is sometimes called 'Gov.' altho the territory under his authority was only one town. Signed the Dover combination, 1640; gr.j. 1643, 1646, 1656. Various deeds, grants and suits. Sewell's 'History of the Quakers' states that he rebuked his sons for their official cruelty to that sect. Lists 47, 351ab, 352, 354abc, 355a, 356abcefghk, 357e, 358bd. In 1669 his w. was Rebecca, who d. bef. 1673. In 1670 he gave land to sons John and Thomas, and in 1671 half his remaining est. to his dau. Sarah Rich. Will, 27 Sept. 1673 - 30 June 1674 giving his homestead to Richard Rich and naming him exec., names ch: John, b. ab 1628. Thomas, b. ab. 1635. Hester, m. John Martyn(7). Anna, m. 1st James Philbrick(1), m. 2d William Marston(11). Elizabeth m. Benjamin Heard(2). Sarah, m. Richard Rich(2).

      (3) New Hampshire Probate Records, 1635-1753 [database online], Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003, pp. 145-146:

      Will of Thomas Roberts of Dover, NH, Dated 27 September 1673:

      In the name of God Amen

      I Thomas Robearts Senr of the Towne of Dover in Piscattaqua River, in New England yeoman beeing weake of Body * * *

      Item I give and bequeath unto my Sone John Robearts, of Dover, aforesaid, the sume of Twenty shills in Currant money of New England, to be paid, by my Executor, three monethes, after my discease

      Item I give and bequeath, unto my Sone, Thomas Robearts, the sum'e of five shillings, in money to be paid at or within the Space of three monethes, after my disease, by my Executor

      Item I give, and bequeath, unto my Daughter, Hester (now the wife of John Martyn, of New Jarze) the sume of five shillings in money, to be paid, by my Executor, three monethes, after my discease, if demanded, -

      Item I give, and bequeath unto my Daughter Anne (now the wife of James Philbrooke, of Hampton) the sum'e of five shills, in money to be paid, by my Executor, at or within the Space, of three monethes, after my discease, as is above men'coned. -

      Item I give, and bequeath, unto my daughter Elizabeth, now the wife, of Benjamin Heard, of Cochechock, the sume of five shillings, in money to be paid, at, or within, the Space, of three monethes, after my discease by my Executor.

      Item I give, and bequeath, unto my Sone, in Law Richard Rich, the husband, of my dearly beloved daughter Sarah, and to his heires, Lawfully begotten (or to bee begotten) on the Body of my said Daughter (be it Either Males, or females) the Males, to bee Ever prferred, before the females, and the elder, before the younger, and to his, and their assignes forever, my dwelling house, where in, I now dwell, Lieing and Scituate, in Dover aforesaid, to gether also, with all, and Singular, the Out houseing, Orchards, planting Land, and pastures, within fence, or Laying, in Common priviledge, of Commons, proffitts, of Commodities, Advantages, hereditamts, and appurtenances, whatsoever, thereunto belonging, or in any wise, appertaining, and now in my owne Tenure, and occupac'on, and also, a Lott of fouer Acres, of planting Land, lieing and Scituate, in Dover aforesaid, neare my Said dwelling house, and Likewise three Acres, of marsh, by Estimac'on, bee it more or Lesse, Lieing, and Scituate, at the mouth of Winnycott River, neare Greeneland, in Piscattaqua River, aforesaid, which I doe now possess, and Enjoy, and also, I doe nomminate, make choice of, and appoint, my sd Sone in Law Richd Rich to bee my whole and Sole Executor, (& in Case of Mortality, my Daughtr Sarah above menc'oned) to Execute, or see Executed, this my Last will, and Testament, according to the purport, true Intent, and meaning thereof, and in Testimony, that this is my Last will, and Testament, Irrevocably, I have hereunto, putt my hand and seale Dated in Dover, aforemenc'oned, this Twenty Seaventh day of Septembr, One Thousand Six hundred Seaventy & three. 1673.

      Thomas Roberts [seal]

      Signed Sealed and Delivrd in the prsents of us.

      Job Clements Sener
      Job Clements Ju witnesseth
      Richard Allexander

      [Proved June 30, 1674.]

      (4) www.findagrave.com:

      Thomas Roberts
      Birth: 1600, England
      Death: 1674, Strafford County, New Hampshire, USA

      Summary:

      Thomas Roberts headstone was located at the far rear of the cemetery. There were numerous stones for other Roberts. This headstone appears to be a replacement for one that was probably broken or illegible.

      Inscription:

      Thomas Roberts
      Born 1600 - Died 1674
      Pioneer Settler at Dover Point
      With Edward Hilton - 1623
      Colonial Governor of Dover
      1640 - 1643

      Burial: First Settlers Burial Ground, Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire, USA

      Created by: Brian of NH
      Record added: Mar 25, 2009
      Find A Grave Memorial# 35126239
    Person ID I15466  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Family Rebecca HILTON,   b. Abt 1602, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 Sep 1673  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married Abt 1627  Dover, Stafford County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anne ROBERTS,   b. Abt 1637,   d. Aft 10 Feb 1693, Hampton, Rockingham County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 10:18:54 
    Family ID F12441  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart