From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Thomas and Elizabeth Holcomb
Thomas HOLCOMB - b. about 1610, England; d. Sep. 7,
1657, Windsor, CT. He was buried at Windsor, but it is believed
his remains were removed to Simsbury, CT, where a memorial
marker was placed in 1934. No proven connection has been
to his ancestry in England, but he may have been of the HOLCOMB
family of Symondsbury, Dorset. The bulk of the material here is
from, or confirmed by George
E. McCracken, editor of The American Genealogist, and
author of 'Thomas Holcombe's Earlier Posterity' (beginning Apr.
1981), supplemented by material from other published sources,
notably The 'Mary and John', by Maude Pinney Kuhns. He
and his wife to be arrived at Dorchester, MA on the 'Mary and
John' in 1630. Thomas was recorded as a resident of Dorchester
and a freeman on May 4, 1634, moving by 1636 to Windsor, CT. Thomas'
estate was inventoried Oct. 1, 1657 at £294/9/8. His widow
and unmarried minor children are listed in the distribution. Thomas
married about 1634 at Dorchester, MA, with one source given May
14, 1634 as the marriage date.
Elizabeth - b. about 1617, England; d. Oct. 7, 1679,
Simsbury, CT. Elizabeth was recorded as age 52 in 1669 in medical
journal of John Winthrop the Younger. After the death of Thomas,
she married Aug. 5, 1658 James ENO, as the third of his four wives.
The second wife of James ENO, and mother of his three children,
was Anna BIDWELL. Though undocumented, Elizabeth's surname often
appears as FERGUSON, and a baptism in 1634 (no month or day) is
recorded in Devon, England for Elizabeth, daughter of "Thomas
Holcomb & Elizabeth Ferguson." Perhaps Thomas had the
birth of his first child in New England recorded back in England.
Children of Thomas and Elizabeth Holcomb
- Elizabeth - b. 1635, Dorchester, MA; d. Sep. 18, 1712, Windsor,
CT. Married Nov. 16, 1654, Windsor, CT Josiah ELLSWORTH (b. 1629; d.
Aug. 20, 1689). Josiah has been called the son of John ELLSWORTH and
Lucia BOWER, but with no source citation. Josiah purchased property in
Windsor in 1655, later known as Ellsworth Estate after Chief Justice
Oliver Ellsworth. Josiah was Freeman in 1657 and a juror in 1664.
Children: Josias married Martha GAYLORD; Elizabeth married Nathaniel
LOOMIS, Jr.; Mary married Sgt. Daniel LOOMIS; Martha married first
Samuel STILES, and second George NORTON, Jr.; Thomas married Sarah
MILLS; Jonathan married Sarah GRANT (grandparents of Oliver, Chief
Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court); John married Esther WHITE; Capt.
Job married first Mary TRUMBULL, and second Mrs. Sarah CLARK; and
Benjamin died young.
- Mary - b. about 1636, Dorchester, MA; d. Apr. 4, 1708, Windsor,
CT. Married Oct. 3, 1655, Windsor, CT George GRISWOLD (b. 1633; d.
1704), son of Edward GRISWOLD and
- Abigail - b. Jan. 6, 1638/9, Poquenock, CT; d. Aug. 17, 1688,
Windsor, CT. She is also reported to have been baptized Oct. 6, 1638.
Married Jun. 11, 1658, Windsor, CT Samuel BISSELL (b. 1636; d. Dec. 3,
1700), son of John. Children: John married Abigail FILLEY; Abigail
married James ENO, Jr.; Jacob married Mary GILLETT; Mary married John
PETTIBONE, Jr.; Samuel married Mary; Benajah; Elizabeth married first
Samuel SACKETT, and second John ROOT; Deborah married Stephen
PETTIBONE; Hannah married Capt. Nathaniel PHELPS; and perhaps Joshua.
- Joshua - b. Apr. 7, 1640, Windsor, CT; d.
Dec. 1, 1690, Simsbury, CT.
- Sarah - bap. Aug. 14, 1642, Windsor, CT; d. 1654. Died young.
- Benajah - b. Jun. 23, 1644, Windsor, CT; d. Jan. 25, 1736,
Windsor, CT. Married Apr. 11, 1667, Windsor, CT Sarah ENO (b. Jun.
1649, Windsor, CT; d. Apr. 1732), daughter of James ENO and Anna
BIDWELL. Children: Benajah married Martha WINCHELL, daughter of David;
James died young; Sarah married Isaac OWEN, son of John; Anna married
Samuel HAYDEN; possibly Abigail; Samuel married Martha PHELPS; Joseph
married Mary WINCHELL, daughter of David; Benjamin married Eunice; and
Deborah married Samuel GRISWOLD.
- Deborah - b. Oct. 16, 1646, Windsor, CT; d. there 1649.
- Nathaniel - b. Nov. 4, 1648, Windsor, CT; d. Mar. 5, 1740/1,
Simsbury, CT. He was a representative of Simsbury (1705-6) and of
Windsor (1720-2). Married first Feb. 27, 1670/1, Springfield, MA Mary
BLISS (b. Sep. 23, 1651; d. 1722), daughter of Nathaniel BLISS and
Catharine CHAPIN. Married second Jan. 17, 1722/3, Simsbury, CT Sarah,
widow of Josiah OWEN, son of John. Children of Nathaniel and Mary:
Nathaniel married Martha BUELL (ancestors of President Rutherford B.
HAYES); Mary did not marry; Jonathan married first Mary BUELL, and
second Mary (SAXTON) GILLET; John married Anna PETTIBONE (their
daughter Esther married her first cousin, Brewster HIGLEY II, son of
Brewster HIGLEY and Esther HOLCOMB); Martha married Daniel HAYES;
Esther married Brewster HIGLEY (ancestors of abolitionist John BROWN,
and of Dr. Brewster HIGLEY VI, author of "Home on the Range");
Elizabeth; Sarah married Samuel BARBER; Catharine married Joseph
MESSENGER; Margaret married Mr. NORTH; and Benjamin married Hannah
- Deborah - b. Feb. 15, 1650/1, Windsor, CT; d. May 26, 1686.
Married Nov. 5, 1668, Hartford, CT Daniel BIRGE (b. Nov. 24, 1644; d.
Jan. 26, 1697/8), son of Richard BIRGE and Elizabeth GAYLORD. Daniel
married second in 1687 Abigail GILLET, who married second Joseph
LOOMIS. Children: Elizabeth died in infancy; Deborah; Elizabeth married
Joseph LEWIS; Mary married Israel STOUGHTON; Daniel; and two others.
- Jonathan - b. Mar. 23, 1652/3, Windsor, CT; d. Sep. 13, 1656,
Thomas and Mary Sherwood
Information for the SHERWOOD family is primarily from two
articles by Leslie Maher published in The American Genealogist (TAG):
"The English Home of Thomas Sherwood of Wethersfield, Stamford, and
Fairfield, Connecticut" (TAG
80:278-82 Oct. 2005), and "The Parentage of Alice Tiler, First Wife of
Thomas Sherwood of Wethersfield, Stamford, and Fairfield, Connecticut"
(TAG 82:211-13 July 2007).
Thomas SHERWOOD - b. about 1586, England; d. 1655,
Fairfield, CT. Thomas and Alice (age 47) arrived in
Boston aboard the 'Francis' in 1634 with four of their children, the
other four arriving sometime later. They settled in 1635 at
Wethersfield, CT, removing to Stamford, CT in 1640, and to Fairfield in
1648. Thomas was Deputy to the General Court at Hartford, Committeeman
on Military Affairs, and served in the Pequot War. His will was dated
Jul. 21, 1655 and proved Oct. 25, 1655. Thomas married first in England
by 1612 Alice TILER (bap. Nov. 16, 1585, Hitcham, Suffolk; d. by 1639,
Fairfield, Fairfield Co., CT), daughter of John TILER and Joan SMITH.
Thomas married second at Fairfield, CT, probably in 1639.
Mary - Mary, widow of Thomas SHERWOOD, married second John
BANKS (d. Dec. 12, 1684), and her will Mary was the mother of the
youngest six children. For detailed and documented articles by Donald
Lines Jacobus refuting the conjectured identifications of the two wives
of Thomas SHERWOOD, see NEHGR 92:303 (July 1938), and TAG
27, #3 (1951). Mr. Jacobus was Editor of The American Genealogist
for many years, and author of Families of Old Fairfield (1930).
Children of Thomas and Alice Sherwood
See Notable Cousins for line to: Garrison Kent HALL
and Charles Sherwood 'Gen. Tom Thumb' STRATTON
- Jane - b. about 1611, England. Listed first of
seven daughters of his first wife in the will of her father, which
names the seven daughters in the order of birth. Possibly married
- Mary - bap. 1613, Kettle Baston, Suffolk, England. Probably
married by 1655, but marriage record has not been located.
- Thomasine - bap Apr. 10, 1615, Kettle Baston, Suffolk, England.
Married about 1646 William BELDEN (bap. Apr. 23, 1609, Heptonstall,
York, England; d. 1655, Hartford Co., CT), son of Lawrence BELDEN. His
will was dated Mar 27, 1655 and inventory of his estate made Jun. 1,
1655 in Hartford Co., CT. Children: Samuel did not marry; Daniel
married first Elizabeth FOOTE, second Hepzibah (BUELL) WELLS, and third
Sarah (HAWKES) MATTOON; John; Susanna; Mary; and Nathaniel.
- Sarah - bap. Jan. 26, 1616/7, Kettle Baston, Suffolk, England.
Married Caleb TUTTLE.
- Anna - bap. Jun. 13, 1619, Kettle, Suffolk, England. Perhaps
married Mr. LOOMIS.
- Rose - bap. Dec. 10, 1620, Kettle Baston, Suffolk, England.
first Thomas RUMBLE, second Thomas BARLOW, and third Edward NASH of
- Rebecca - b Oct. 13, 1622, Kettle Baston, Suffolk, England.
- b. 1624, England; d. 1690, Fairfield, CT. Married first by 1654
Sarah WHEELER (daughter of Thomas WHEELER); second by 1659 Anna TURNEY
(daughter of Benjamin TURNEY and Mary ODELL); third after 1673
Elizabeth CABLE (widow of John CABLE); and fourth in 1695 Sarah (HIDE)
COLEY (daughter of Humphrey HIDE and widow of Peter COLEY). Son of
Thomas and his first wife: John married Sarah HURD. Son of Thomas and
Anna: Samuel (ancestor of 'Gen. Tom Thumb' STRATTON).
Children of Thomas and Mary Sherwood
See Notable Cousins for line to: Phineas Taylor
- Stephen - b. about 1638. Married first about 1660 Rebecca
TURNEY (b. 1641; daughter of Benjamin TURNEY and Mary ODELL); second
about 1687 Hannah (JACKSON) GALPIN (daughter of Henry JACKSON, and
widow of Philip GALPIN); and third Mary (ADAMS) GUISE MERWIN (b. 1647;
d. 1712, daughter of Edward ADMS, and widow of Luke GUISE and Mr.
MERWIN). Children of Stephen SHERWOOD: Stephen; Joseph married
Elizabeth OGDEN; Daniel married Tabitha BENNET; Mary married Daniel
BURR; Nathaniel; Jabez; Jonathan; Samuel; Andrew; John; and Ruth.
- Mary - b. about 1640. Married Jun. 28, 1659 at Windsor, Hartford
Co., CT to Joseph LOOMIS as his second wife. Joseph LOOMIS (b. 1616,
Messing, Essex, England; d. Jun. 26, 1687) was son of Joseph LOOMIS and
Mary WHITE. Refer to the LOOMIS Narrative for the family of Mary
SHERWOOD and Joseph LOOMIS.
- Ruth - b. 1644; d. Sep. 10, 1699,
Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. Married Joshua HOLCOMB.
- Matthew - b. about 1643, Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT; d. Oct. 26,
1715, Bridgeport, Fairfield Co., CT. Married first at Concord Sarah
TURNEY (b. Dec. 11, 1641), daughter of Benjamin TURNEY and Mary ODELL;
and second Mary FITCH (b. about 1644; d. Dec. 25, 1730), daughter of
Thomas FITCH and Anna STACIE of Norwalk, CT. Child of Matthew and Sarah
SHERWOOD: Matthew married. Children of Matthew and Mary SHERWOOD:
Samuel died young; Lemuel died young; Mary married first Capt. David
FITCH, and second Joseph BRADFORD ('Mayflower' descendant No. 4412);
Sarah married first Ephraim WHEELER, second Benjamin FAIRWEATHER, and
third Anthony NOUGIER; Lemuel; Samuel married Rebecca BURR; and Ann.
- Abigail - b. about 1648. Married Daniel LOCKWOOD, son of Robert
LOCKWOOD and Susannah NORMAN.
- Isaac - b. about 1650; d. 1739. Married before Sep. 2, 1676
Elizabeth JACKSON of Westport, CT, daughter of John JACKSON and
Elizabeth SMITH. Children: Daniel married Ruth BRADLEY; Isaac married
Rebecca; John; David married Sarah MEEKER (ancestors of P. T. BARNUM);
Capt. Thomas married Eleanor CHURCHILL; Abigail; and Elizabeth.
Joshua and Ruth (Sherwood) Holcomb
Joshua HOLCOMB - b. Apr. 7, 1640, Windsor, CT; bap.
there Sep. 27, 1640; d. Dec. 1, 1690, Simsbury, CT. Son of Thomas HOLCOMB and Elizabeth. Inventory of
estate Dec. 25, 1690 showing value of £474/8/0. Married
Jun. 4, 1663, Windsor, CT.
Ruth SHERWOOD - b. 1644; d. Sep. 10, 1699, Simsbury,
CT. Daughter of Thomas SHERWOOD and Mary.
Children of Joshua and Ruth Holcomb
- Ruth - b. May 26, 1664, Windsor, CT; d. Jan. 9, 1709,
Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. Married John PORTER (b. Mar. 21, 1658; d.
about 1740), son of Dr. Richard PORTER. Children of Ruth and John
PORTER: Daniel; Joshua; Mary; Ruth Elizabeth married Rene COSSITTE;
Samuel; Hezekiah died young; John; Timothy; Dr. Hezekiah; Richard; and
- Thomas - b. Mar. 30, 1666, Windsor, CT;
d. Mar. 5, 1730/1, Simsbury, CT.
- Sarah - b. Jun. 23, 1668, Windsor, CT; d. Jun. 22, 1763. Married
1693 John CASE (1662-1733), son of John CASE and Sarah SPENCER, and
widower of Mary OLCOTT. Children: John married Abigail HUMPHREY; Sgt.
Daniel married Penelope BUTTOLPH; Mary married Joseph ADAMS; Jonathan
married Mary BEMAN; and Sarah married John ALDERMAN.
- Elizabeth - b. Apr. 4, 1670, Windsor, CT; d. Feb. 26, 1762.
Married first 1688 William CASE (1665-1700), son of John CASE and Sarah
SPENCER. Elizabeth married second Feb. 10, 1703 Deacon John SLATER
(1669-1717), and third Deacon Samuel MARSHALL. Children of Elizabeth
and William CASE: Elizabeth married William MOORE; William married
Elizabeth ROBE; Capt. James married Esther FITHIN; Rachel married
Benjamin ADAMS; Mary married Joseph ADAMS; Joshua married Amie; and
Mindwell married Joseph ALDERMAN. Children of Elizabeth and John
SLATER: Reuben; Mariah; John; and Rebecca.
- Joshua - b. Sep. 18, 1672, Windsor, CT; d. Feb. 10, 1727/8,
Simsbury, CT. Married first 1694 Hannah CARRINGTON (1675-1707),
daughter of John CARRINGTON, Jr. (whose father was executed for
witchcraft); and second 1708 Mary HOSKINS (1689-after 1740). Joshua's
birth date is also given as Mar. 21, 1672. Children of Joshua and
Hannah: Caleb married Elizabeth (GRIFFEN) ADAMS; Joshua married Mary
GRIFFIN; Thankful married Joseph BARNES; Experience married Nathaniel
ALVORD; Hannah; and Eleanor married John GRIFFIN. Children of Joshua
and Mary: Matthew (perhaps son of Hannah) married Lydia DRAKE; David
married first Sarah SLATER, and second Philura HOLLENBECK; Mercy
married Richard CASE, Jr.; Miriam; Robert died in infancy; Sarah; Joab
died young; Joel married Sarah BULL; Joab; Phineas married Sarah
TULLER; and possibly Mary married Noah CASE, and Bathsheba.
- Deborah - b. Feb. 10, 1675/6, Simsbury, CT. Deborah was baptized
as an adult on Dec. 5, 1697 by Rev. Dudley WOODBRIDGE. Possibly married
Daniel PORTER or CARTER of Waterbury.
- Mary - b. 1676. Married first Feb. 26, 1701/2, Simsbury, CT John
BARBER (b. 1662; d. Mar. 1, 1711/2), son of Thomas BARBER and Mary
PHELPS; and second Oct. 16, 1713, Simsbury, CT Ephraim BUELL
(1683-1718), son of Peter BUELL and Martha COZZENS. Children of Mary
and John BARBER: Mercy; John died young; William died young; Mary died
in infancy; Mary married Peter BUELL; Isaac married Martha ADAMS.
Children of Mary and Ephraim BUELL: Mindwell; and Ephraim married Mercy
- Mindwell - b. 1678. Married Sep. 26, 1721 at Windsor, CT
Theophilus COOK, son of John COOK and Sarah FISK. Children: Margaret
married John SIRLES; Mindwell; Samuel married Dorothea GILLETT;
Theophilus married Hannah GRAHAM; David; Jonathan; Noah married Lydia
WESTLAND; Elijah; and Josiah married Hannah COOK.
- Hannah - b. 1680; d. Mar. 11, 1740/1, Simsbury, CT. Married Nov.
29, 1711, Simsbury, CT Samuel BUELL, son of Peter. Children: Peter
married Mary BARBER; Samuel married Irene CASE; Joseph; Hannah married
first Nicholas NETTLES, and second Thomas GLEASON; Hepzibah married
Sgt. Thomas ORTON; and David did not marry.
- Moses - b. Jul. 4, 1686, Simsbury, CT; bap. there Oct. 20, 1699;
d. Feb. 16, 1699/1700, Simsbury, CT. Died young.
Capt. Thomas and Elizabeth (Terry) Holcomb
Thomas HOLCOMB - b. Mar. 30, 1666, Windsor, CT; d. Mar.
5, 1730/1, Simsbury, CT. Son of Joshua HOLCOMB
and Ruth SHERWOOD. His will
dated May 13, 1729 names wife Rebecca,
six sons and two daughters. Inventory of £869/3/7 taken
Apr. 7, 1731. The list of his children may be incomplete and/or
in incorrect order. Married first Jan. 1, 1690, and second Dec.
5, 1700, Simsbury, CT Rebecca PETTIBONE (b. Mar. 19. 1675; d.
Oct. 1731), daughter of John PETTIBONE and Sarah EGGLESTON. Rebecca
was the mother of all but the oldest four children of Thomas. Her will
of Apr. 14, 1731 names daughter Rebeckah as executrix.
Elizabeth TERRY - b. Dec. 16, 1663, Windsor, CT; d.
Dec. 9, 1699, Simsbury, CT. Daughter of Lt.
John TERRY and Elizabeth WADSWORTH.
Children of Thomas and Elizabeth Holcomb
- Thomas - b. Dec. 13, 1690, Simsbury, CT.
- Daniel - b. Sep. 30, 1692, Simsbury, CT; d. 1760. Married Jan. 1,
1735/6, Simsbury, CT Hester BUELL (d. 1765), daughter of Peter BUELL
and Mary GILLETT. Children: Esther; and Daniel perhaps married his 1c1r
- Isaac - b. Apr. 7, 1696, Simsbury, CT; d. 1728. Married Phoebe
- Elizabeth - b. Apr. 23, 1699, Simsbury, CT; bap. there Apr. 30,
1699. Married Dec. 3, 1724, Simsbury, CT Gershom GOFF (b. 1691), son of
Aaron GOFF and Hannah COLE. Children: Ashel married Hannah; and Isaac
married Rebecca DICKINSON.
Children of Thomas and Rebecca
- Moses - d. Oct. 23, 1722, Simsbury, CT.
- Rebecca - Unmarried in 1733. Appears in wills of both parents.
- Stephen - d. Dec. 22, 1722, Simsbury, CT.
- Ruth - bap. Apr. 28, 1706, Simsbury, CT. Married Apr. 1, 1737
- Ebenezer - b. Apr. 28, 1707, Simsbury, CT; bap. there Aug. 3,
1707; d. Apr. 10, 1708, Simsbury, CT. Died in infancy.
- A daughter - bap. Oct. 23, 1709, Simsbury, CT.
- Consider - b. 1710, Simsbury, CT; d. Jan. 17, 1765. Married Mar.
21, 1734 Ruth GRIFFIN (b. Mar. 14, 1717), daughter of John and Mary.
Children: John did not marry; Consider married first Eunice GILLETT,
and second Hannah LOOMIS; Moses; James; Elishma married; Elida, a son;
- Return - bap. May 31, 1713, Simsbury, CT; d. Spencertown, NY.
Named in father's will. Married Jan. 10, 1733/4 Jerusha ADAMS (b. Mar.
13, 1718), daughter of Gillett ADAMS and Abigail BACON. Children:
Return married Hannah NILES, and possibly Thankful; Jerusha; Stephen;
and Zephaniah married Tryphena NILES, and second Mehitable WETMORE.
- James - b. Oct. 10, 1715, Simsbury, CT.
- Enoch - b. Sep. 4, 1717, Simsbury, CT; d. Mar. 11, 1808,
Westfield, MA. Married Aug. 24, 1749 Anna FOWLER (b. 1725), daughter of
Jonathan FOWLER and Catharine MARSHALL. Children: Enoch married Abigail
MOSELY; Tirzah died in infancy; Tirzah married Samuel TAYLOR; Elizabeth
married John BANCROFT; Anna did not marry; Joanna died in infancy;
Joanna married Timothy CADWELL; and Shubel.
Thomas and Mary (Hanning) Holcomb
Thomas HOLCOMB - b. Dec. 13, 1690, Simsbury, CT. Son
of Thomas HOLCOMB and Elizabeth TERRY.
Married first Oct. 1, 1714, Simsbury CT, and married second Sarah
CHRISTIAN (b. about 1693; d. Mar. 28, 1764), daughter of Thomas
Mary HANNING - b. about 1695; d. possibly about 1730.
Only the first three children below are listed with confidence.
The others are noted in various sources inconsistently.
Children of Thomas and Mary Holcomb
- Thomas - b. Nov. 2, 1715, Simsbury, CT; d. after 1764, perhaps as
late as 1776. Married Oct. 15, 1740, Simsbury, CT Sarah LOOMIS (b. Aug.
12, 1722; d. Jul. 24, 1783), daughter of Philip and Hannah. Children:
Isaac Terry; Hanning; Sarah perhaps married her 1c1r Daniel HOLCOMB;
Esther; Thomas married Clarinda PETTIBONE; Mary possibly married Daniel
HAYES; Noah married Trifene YOUNGS; and Tirza.
- Josiah - b. about 1717,
Simsbury, CT; d. Jul. 25, 1805.
- Sarah - b. Sep. 5, 1719, Simsbury, CT. Married Ichabod MILLER in
- Elizabeth - Married Simeon WARD.
- Stephen -
- Moses - A soldier in 1775. Married Elizabeth PHELPS. Children:
Ann; Elizabeth; Ruth; and possibly Allen.
Children of Thomas and Sarah Holcomb
- Damaris - b. 1724. Married Aug. 25, 1756, Simsbury, CT William
GAINES (b. 1732), son of Daniel GAINES III. Children: Daniel; Samuel;
Damaris married Mr. WARNER; Eunice; Lyman; and Lucretia.
- Isaac Terry - b. 1736; d. 1762. He has also been reported as a
son of Thomas HOLCOMB and Sarah LOOMIS.
- Mary - d. by 1761. Married William (b. Apr. 5, 1725). William
married second 1761 Rachel LEWIS.
- Sybil - Married Isaac MOORE, and had children.
- Tirza - b. 1759. Possible child.