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From The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 by Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Study Project,
New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995
Thomas Ford 
Origin: Dorchester, Dorsetshire 
Migration: 1630 in Mary & John 
First Residence: Dorchester 
Removes: Windsor 1637, Northampton 1672 
Freeman: Requested 19 October 1630 and admitted 18 May 1631 [ MBCR 1:79, 366]. In list of Windsor freemen, 11 October 1669 [ CCCR 2:519]. 
Offices: Chosen Dorchester selectman, 8 October 1633, 27 June 1636 [ DTR 3, 16]; Dorchester fenceviewer, 24 May 1635, 10 February 1634/5 [ DTR 6, 10]; committee to collect rate for fort, 6 January 1633/4 [ DTR 5]; committee to lay out land, 2 November 1635 [ DTR 12]. 
 Deputy to Connecticut General Court from Windsor, 8 March 1637/8, 5 April 1638, 11 April 1639, 9 April 1640, 9 April 1641 (marked absent), April 1644, 18 May 1654 [ CCCR 1:13, 17, 27, 46, 64, 103, 256]. 
 Connecticut committee on livestock, 8 February 1640/1 [ CCCR 1:60]. Grand jury, 15 May 1662 [ CCCR 1:379]. 
Estate: Ordered to build forty feet of fence (as his proportion for two cows), 3 April 1633 [ DTR 1]; granted two acres of land, 17 April 1635 [ DTR 11]; granted six acres fresh marsh, 17 December 1635 [ DTR 14]; granted two acres marsh, 27 June 1636 [ DTR 17]. 
 Granted "50 acres at Massacoe, whereof four & forty hath been improved by him by plowing & mowing," 8 September 1653 [ CCCR 1:247]. On 14 May 1663 the "Court in answer to the request of Thomas Forde, which was to have some allowance in respect of his land sold to Mr. Fitch, which the said Forde forfeited to the country by mortgage, they granted him the sum of thirty pounds" [ CCCR 1:405], and on 16 October 1663 the "Court having considered the request of Tho[mas] Forde, by their vote d[eclare] that they see no cause to give Goodman Forde the six pounds odd, that he d[esires] in reference to his land at Podunck, now in Mr. Jos[eph] Fitche's hand" [ CCCR 1:409]. 
 The inventory of the estate of Thomas Ford was taken 4 January 1676/7 and totalled £195 17s. 9d., with no real estate included [ HamPR 1:187]. 
Birth: By about 1591 based on date of first marriage. 
Death: Northampton 28 November 1676 [ Pynchon VR 157]. 
Marriage: (1) Bridport, Dorsetshire, 19 June 1616 Elizabeth Cooke; she was Elizabeth Chard, widow of Aaron Cooke, and mother of Aaron Cooke [ TAG 11:179-80]; she d. Windsor 18 April 1643 [ Grant 80 shows the death in this year, but not the day and month, the source ofwhich has not been found]. 
 (2) Hartford 7 November 1644 "Ann Scott widow" [ HaVR 605], widow of Thomas Scott; she died Northampton 5 May 1675 [ Corbin , citing Northampton church records]. 
Children: 
 With first wife 
 i Joanna, bp. Bridport 8 June 1617 [ TAG 16:41]; m. Dorchester 6 November 1633 Roger Clap . 
 ii Abigail, bp. Bridport 8 October 1619 [ TAG 16:41]; m. by about 1637 as his second wife John Strong [ Waterman Gen 640-43]. 
 iii Thomas, bp. Holy Trinity, Dorchester, Dorsetshire, 21 September 1623; bur. there 6 October 1623 [ TAG 16:41]. 
 iv Hepzibah, bp. Holy Trinity, Dorchester, 15 May 1625 [ TAG 16:41]; m. (1) Richard Lyman, son of Richard Lyman; m. (2) Northampton 7 October 1664 John Marsh [ Pynchon VR 141]. 
 v Hannah, bp. Holy Trinity, Dorchester, 1 February 1628/9; bur. there 28 March 1629 [ TAG 16:41]. 
 With second wife 
 vi Ann, born say 1657; m. Windsor 12 March 1676[/7] Thomas Newberry of Windsor [ CTVR 15]. 
Associations: Through his first marriage Thomas Ford became stepfather of Aaron Cooke [ TAG 11:179-80]. 
Comments: Thomas Scott's daughters all married in the early 1640s, so their mother must have been born very early in the century (if not before 1600), and all these daughters were probably born in the 1620s. But the widow of Thomas Scott, after her marriage with Thomas Ford, is supposed to have had a daughter who married in 1676/7, and so may have been born about 1657. For all this to happen, the widow of Thomas Scott must have been a second wife, and not the mother of his daughters. 
Bibliographic Note: As with other families which quickly daughtered out, the best treatments of Thomas Ford appear in various "all-my-ancestor" books. One excellent account by DeForest is replete with biographical data and other information which places Ford in historical context [ Moore Anc 248-63]; unfortunately, however, DeForest pads his account with an overlong extract from Roger Clap's memoirs, which is perhaps justifed because a daughter of Thomas Ford married Roger Clap, but which does not really have much to say about Ford. A more concise, but more genealogically informative version is that prepared by Mary Holman [ Stevens-Miller Anc 1:354-56]
 The basic research on the English records for Thomas Ford was published by Jacobus and Torrey in 1939 [ TAG 16:41-43]. In this article are some records for a Thomas Ford of Powerstock, Dorsetshire, which may or may not be relevant to our Thomas Ford. Torrey had earlier presented evidence on Aaron Cooke which showed that he was stepson rather than son-in-law of Thomas Ford [1]

Footnotes:

[1] Clarence Almon Torrey, "English Origin of Major Aaron Cooke," The American Genealogist 11 (1934), 179-80, at 179, [American_Ancestors].


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