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Thomas EWER

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  • Name Thomas EWER 
    Born Bef 10 Mar 1593  Strood, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 5 Jun and 20 Aug 1638 
    Notes 

    • (1) Great Migration Begins Index: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33 [database online], Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000

      THOMAS EWER

      ORIGIN: Strood, Kent

      MIGRATION: 1635 on the James

      FIRST RESIDENCE: Charlestown

      OCCUPATION: Tailor (in England) [Hotten 88].

      CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Sarah Ewer was admitted to Charlestown Church on 12 December 1635, and Thomas Ewer on 8 January 1635/6 [ChTR 8].

      FREEMAN: 3 March 1635/6 (first in a sequence of three Charlestown men) [MBCR 1:371].

      OFFICES: Charlestown highway surveyor, 17 February 1636/7 [ChTR 25]. Committee to stint the common, 17 February 1636/7 [ChTR 25]. Committee to lay out bounds between Charlestown and John Winthrop's farm, 1 May 1637 [ChTR 28]. Constable, 3 February 1637/8 [ChTR 34; MBCR 1:220]; on 20 August 1638, "Willi[am] Brankenborow being chosen constable of Charlestowne, in the room of Thom[as] Ewar, did take his oath to that place" [MBCR 1:230].

      ESTATE: On 12 November 1635, "Tho[mas] Ewar [was] admitted & granted to plant next to Mr. Palmer's on this side Wenotomie River upon the line by New Towne bounds" in Charlestown [ChTR 17].

      On 3 March 1636/7, "Goodman Tho[mas] Ewar" was granted "one cow's hayground" near Goodman Hutchinson "if he have not Goodman W[illia]m Larnet's in the saltmarsh against the oyster bank in Mistick" [ChTR 26]. On 6 March 1636/7, "Goodman Ewar [was] to have Goodman Larnett's haylot which he left in exchange for some marsh by his house if Mr. Pratt require not the grant" [ChTR 26].

      On 6 March 1636/7, "Tho[mas] Ewar" held five acres of land Mysticside [ChTR 27]. In 1637 "Tho[mas] Ewar" held 6?? cow commons [ChTR 32]. In the 23 April 1638 accounting of Mystic lands, "Tho[mas] Ewer" held parcels of twenty-five, sixty and five acres [ChTR 37].

      On 31 October 1638, Governor John Winthrop, noting that "Thomas Ewer late of Charles Towne . . . deceased had diverse goods & debts due to him in the realm of England," gave a power of attorney, "so far as in me lyeth, unto Anthony Dyaper, citizen and draper of London, and Andrew Blake of Strowde in the County of Kent, gent., to gather up the said goods and debts" and to pay to "William Woodcocke of Soaper Lane, London, merchant," ??40, and to "one Mr. Williams of London," ??8; any residue is to "return hither into the Court here, to be disposed of to the wife and children" [Lechford 35-36].

      On 4 December 1638, "[blank] Ewar was allowed executrix of her husband, Thom[as] Ewar, deceased" [MBCR 1:248].

      On 30 December 1638, "Sarah Ewar" held 6?? cow commons [ChTR 42]. In the 1638 Charlestown Book of Possessions, "Sarah Ewer late wife of Tho[mas] Ewer of Charltowne deceased" held eleven parcels: "dwelling house with a garden plot, situate in the middle row"; "three rood of ground . . . in the East Field"; "one acre and half of arable land . . . in the High Field"; "two acres of meadow . . . in the South Mead"; six and a quarter milch cow commons; "eight acres of arable land . . . in the Line Field"; "five acres of meadow . . . in Mistick Marshes"; "five acres of woodland . . . in Mistick Field"; another "five acres of woodland . . . in Mistick Field"; "twenty and five acres of woodland . . . in Mistick Field"; and "sixty acres of land . . . in Rock Field" [ChBOP 29-30].

      In 1639 "Sarah Ewer, widow, sole executrix of Thomas Ewer, deceased, bargained and sold unto Francis Willoughby of Charltowne, one dwelling house, with a garden plot, situate in the middle row, butting south and west upon the market place" [ChBOP 93].

      BIRTH: Baptized Strood, Kent, 10 March 1592/3 (aged 40 in 1635 [Hotten 88]).

      DEATH: After 5 June 1638 [MBCR 1:233] and before 20 August 1638 [MBCR 1:230].

      MARRIAGE: (1) Strood, Kent, 13 September 1614 Bridget Hipsley. She was buried there 2 August 1623.

      (2) St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, Surrey, 13 January 1623/4 Sarah Learned, daughter of WILLIAM LEARNED 1630, Charlestown [GMB 2:1165], born about 1607 (aged 28 in 1635 [Hotten 88]). She married (2) "in the Bay" 11 December 1639 Thomas Lothrop, son of Rev. JOHN LOTHROP 1634, Scituate ("My son Tho[mas] and Brother Larnett's daughter, widow Ewer" [NEHGR 9:286]).

      CHILDREN:

      With first wife

      i WILLIAM, bp. Strood 8 December 1616; no further record.

      ii ELIZABETH, bp. Strood 13 September 1618; bur. there 23 September 1618.

      iii ROBERT, bp. Strood 6 October 1622; bur. there 14 July 1623.

      With second wife

      iv JOHN, bp. Strood 14 January 1627/8; m. by 1652 Mary _____ (on 29 June 1652, "Mary Ewer widow" presented the inventory of the estate of "John Ewer deceased" [MD 11:10-11, citing PCPR 1:1:108; PCR 3:15]).

      v SARAH, bp. Strood 10 May 1629; m. (1) Barnstable 18 June 1645 Thomas Blossom, son of THOMAS BLOSSOM 1629, Plymouth [NEHGR 9:286; TAG 63:238-39; GMB 1:183]; (probably) m. (2) 1651 Nicholas Davis of Barnstable and Newport [TAG 64:113-18, and the arguments presented there]; (if the second marriage took place) m. (3) by 1676 Dr. JOHN CLARKE 1637, Boston of Newport [TAG 64:113-18, and the arguments presented there].

      vi ELIZABETH, bp. Strood 2 October 1631 (aged 4 in 1635 [Hotten 88]); bur. Barnstable 9 April 1641 ("Elizabeth Ewer daughter of my daughter Lothropp" [NEHGR 9:285]).

      vii THOMAS, bp. Strood 6 February 1633/4 (aged 1?? in 1635 [Hotten 88]); m. by 1667 Hannah _____ (on 31 May 1667, the estate of Thomas Ewer was appraised, and "Hannah the relict of the aforesaid Thomas Ewer took her oath" [MD 17:24, citing PCPR 2:2:44]).

      ASSOCIATIONS: The second wife of this immigrant was daughter of WILLIAM LEARNED 1630, Charlestown [GMB 2:1165].

      COMMENTS: On 19 June 1635, "Tho[mas] Ewer," tailor, aged 40, "Sara Ewer," aged 28, "Elizabeth Ewer," aged 4, and "Tho[mas] Ewer," aged 1??, were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the James [Hotten 88].

      On 3 August 1637, Governor John Winthrop reported that

      ["]The Lord Ley, being told that one Ewre had spoken treason against the King, sent for the party, one Brooks, and inquiring of him, he told him that Ewre had said, about twelve months before, that, if the King did send any authority hither against our patent, he would be the first should resist him. This coming to our Governor's knowledge, he sent for the parties, and bound them over to the General Court. When they came there, Brooks brought his wife to witness with him; but her testimony agreed not with his; also three others (whom he had told it unto) reported it otherwise. So at length they all agreed, and set it under their hands, that Ewre said, that, if there came any authority out of England contrary to the patent, he would withstand it. Now, because here was no mention of the King, and because he never informed any of the magistrates of it, and for that it was evident that he bare malice to the said Ewre, we saw no cause to take any of the other parties informing (the rather because themselves did urge it, and she refused longer to speak at all, except she might be put to her oath), nor any offense which deserved punishment, seeing it is lawful to resist any authority, which was to overthrow the lawful authority of the King's grant; and so the Governor did openly declare, in the Court, as justifiable by the laws of England["] [WJ 1:280-81].

      On 15 November 1637, Thomas Ewer petitioned successfully to have his name removed from the remonstrance in favor of Wheelwright [MBCR 1:209].

      On 5 June 1638, "Thomas Ewar is fined 40s. for leaving his pit or well open, in which a child was drowned" [MBCR 1:233]; in the general amnesty of 6 September 1638, this fine was reduced to 10s. [MBCR 1:245].
    Person ID I21802  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 May 2018 

    Family 1 Sarah LEARNED,   b. Abt 1607, Bermondsey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1652, Barnstable, Barnstable County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Married 13 Jan 1624  St. Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 29 May 2018 13:23:14 
    Family ID F9642  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Bridget HIPSLEY,   d. Bef 2 Aug 1623, Strood, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 13 Sep 1614  Strood, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 29 May 2018 13:23:14 
    Family ID F9652  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart