Christening: 10 Dec 1633
Wrentham, Suffolk, England
Thomas is said to have come to New England at the age of 10 (this doesn't make sense if you do the math) and to have lost the sight of an eye by an arrow. He arrived on the "Mary Anne" on June 20, 1637.
He is said to have come to New England at the age of ten and to have lost the sight of an eye by an arrow. He was resident at Eastham in 1653 and made a freeman of Plymouth Colony 1 June 1658. (Birthdate estimate of c1627 is based on his arrival on the "Mary Anne" on 20 June 1637 at about age 10. That he was the Thomas Paine Jr. listed on that ship's passenger list is highly likely but not absolutely proven.)
He served as surveyor of highways for Eastham in 1662. On 5 June 1671 he was named water bailiff of Plymouth Colony and served many years in that post, requiring him to regulate fishing at Cape Cod. On 8 June 1664 he was named deputy to the Plymouth Colony Court and served serveral times through 1690. He walso served Eastham as treasurer, clerk, and selectman. In 1696 he represented that town at the General Court and on 14 March of that year purchased a home in Boston. He presumably resided there until he sold the place on 13 Oct 1697 and moved back to Eastham. He was a cooper and builder of mills.
His will was dated 12 May 1705 and proved 2 Oct 1706. Mentioned son Nicholas Paine, dau. Mary wife of Israel Cole, and Samuel Paine and Thomas Paine (executors). Also Elisha Paine, John Paine, James Paine, Joseph Paine, Dorcas Vickerie (wife of Benjamin), and three eldest children of dau. Mary (wife of Israel Cole) viz. James Rogers, Mary Cole, and Abigail Yeats.
NEHGR 47:186: He came from Kent, England, in 1622, age 10 or 12.
From LCCH&G#70: Truro, he m. 1658; Constable in Eastham 1655 and freeman 1658. As the Irish say of a man with a great versatility of talents, "He was a man of great parts." Representative, deputy, treasurer, superintendent of building the meeting-house, cooper and millwright; he seems to have been able to build a mill as easily as a barrell. He had a good education and was a splendid penman, a faculty that runs through all the generations. He retired from public service 1697, in which he had been employed nearly half a century. He had purchased a home at the South End, Boston, 1695, returned to Eastham where he died 1706.
LCCH&G#32: Early settlers of Eastham -- Says his name first appears upon the records as a constable of Eastham 1653. In 1655 he was mentioned as one of the 19 men then townsmen. He was propounded at the Colony Court at Plymouth in 1658 and June 1, that year, was admitted as Freeman. In 1662 he was appointed with Nicholas Snow, Jonathan Sparrow and Giles Hopkins to view and lay out the meadow between Namskaket and Silver Springs, then within the limits of Eastham, to those of the inhabitants that were entitled to the same; and the same year, with Giles Hopkins, was selected a surveyor of highways. In 1664, for the first time, he was chosen deputy to the Plymouth Colony Court and a juryman. In 1667, with 11 others, he was called to investigate the cause of deaths of Robert Chappell, James Nichols and James Pidell, of Captain John Allen's company, who were put ashore at Cape Cod. The same year he was allowed by the Colonial court to select a tract of land for his use, and in June, 1669, he was allowed with Experience Mitchell, Henry Sampson [prob. the same person as Henry Samson] and Thomas Little, to purchase land at Namskaket, now Middleboro.
Sometime previous to 1695, he rem. to Boston where the records say he purchased fro mThomas Stableford of Philadelphia, Mar 14 1694, a homestead at the South end, paying the sum of 130 pounds. Here he was residing in 1697. Selling out this year to Eleazer Darby, he returned to Eastham, to his house at Kescayogansett, where it is supposed he spent the remainder of his life, passing away Aug 16, 1706. His will bears the date May 12, 1705. It was presented for probate Oct 2, 1706. He mentions 7 sons: Samuel, Thomas, Elisha, John, Nicholas, James, and Joseph; two daughters: Dorcas, wife of Benjamin Vickery of Hull, and Mary, wife of Israel Cole.
Some sources: 1. Americans of Royal Descent, by Charles Browning 2. Two handwritten genealogies fro the Eastham Public Library Archives (one gives the birthdate as 1610/2, the other says 1627). 3. The Snow Genealogy by MLT Alden NEHGR 47:186. 4. Fouders of Early American Families, by Meredith B. Colkert. 5. Thomas Paine of Eastham and Posterity, NEHGR Vol. 22 6. Library of Cape Cod History and Genealogy #70, Paine or Payne - Truro, by Shebah Rich and #32, Early Settlers of Eastham by Joshua Paine of Harwich. 7. A History of Early Orleans by Ruth L. Barnard for the Orleans Historical Soc.
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