1. If you know of any document that says that Thomas was in the New World prior to 1637 please let us know (other than Chaffee's write-up). There were not to many 1635 ships to choose from - that left from the Devon/Dorset area. Most were from London (maybe they picked up passenges along the way)
2. I am interested in this book you have seen. Does it add any more to the story on Thomas other than what is out there on the web now. I would really like to find the Thomas Claff mentioned in my posting...if this name was correct or was it mispelled.
3. On our site I did an analysis of the passengers Chaffee nentioned were his neighbours.
There were many ships that carried settlers to the Boston Harbour area in 1637. The John & Dorothy from Ipswich (57 pass) with master William Andrews or the Rose from Yarmouth (57 pass) carried William Ludkin and family of Norwich in April 1637. The Hopewell from London carried Thomas Turner in April 1635 and travelled in 1637 under Master John Cobbold to Virginia. William Ludkin as well as Thomas Turner would become neighbours of Thomas in Hingham. Thomas' other neighbours, Ralph Woodward was in Hingham in 1636; John Prince in 1634; Ralph Smith 1633 and John Tucker in 1635. Families such as the Bosworth's and the Peck's would be his neighbours and fellow migrants to the Seekonk and Barrington in the 1660's/70's. Other Ships in 1637: name - Unknown (112 pass), leaving Weymouth in April to New England, Master: John Driver; Hector, (5 pass) from London to Salem; Hercules, (78 pass) from London to the Massachusetts Bay, Master: John Witherley; Hopewell from Exeter, to Virginia, Master: John Cobbold; Mary Anne (112 pass) from Yarmouth, to Boston, Master: William Goose; Speedwell (62 pass) from Weymouth 22, April 1637, to Boston, Master Robert Corbin; and two ships captained by Master William Pierce and three more ships with 360 passengers from Ipswich.
So at least Ludkin travelled and owned land in the same year. All this is posted at:
Thomas' land transactions from Chaffee's documents are posted at:
4. Who are Thomas Claff's two friends. You would think they would be neighbours as well.
Further dialogue appreciated.
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