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Thomas Bird, son-in-law to Humphrey Atherton
Posted by: Steven Bird (ID *****9764) Date: April 13, 2005 at 17:30:03
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This is cross-posted from the Bird family forum, since it also may concern the Atherton family.

I've run across a legal curiosity concerning a "Lt." Thomas Bird, who may be the same person that married Thankful Atherton in 1666.

Here is the court record in question:

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Name: Elizabeth Cullick
Connecticut Court Record, page 63 -- 11 May 1667: Elizabeth Cullick, daughter of Capt. John Cullick, late Decd, chooses James Richards and Lt. Thomas Bird to be her Guardians."

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Now that is an intriguing record!!! James Richards apparently lived in Hartford in 1667, but John Cullick had died in Boston in early 1662. Thomas Bird of Hartford had also died in 1662, leaving two sons, James and Joseph. The two other Thomas Birds (Scituate and Thomas Sr. of Dorchester) died in 1664 and June 1667, respectively.

It may be that this record refers to Thomas Bird, Jr. of Dorchester, who married Thankful Atherton of Boston, and was obviously of age by May 1667. Was the younger Thomas Bird of Dorchester ever a Lieutenant in the Dorchester militia (May 1667)? I don't think that Thomas the Tanner (his father) was ever in the "train band" (militia). Anyway he was quite elderly by 1667 and died in June of that year. So it is more likely to be Humphrey Atherton's son-in-law rather than his daughter's father-in-law.

Thomas Bird can't be any *known* child of Thomas Bird of Hartford, who died in 1662, but then why was the custody issue being decided in Hartford??? If this was truly Thomas of Dorchester, then why wasn't the case probated in Boston?

Has anyone examined the records of the militia under Humphrey Atherton? If so, is a Thomas Bird listed there?

Thanks in advance for any help.




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