It's not as simple as the fact there is no evidence of their being in contact in spite of living in adjoining towns for 5 years.
Henry had a brother Thomas who was 14 years older that the Thomas of Newbury. That brother of Henry remained in Runham, had a family there, and died on inherited property in Runham. Are you suggesting Henry had 2 brothers named Thomas? Or actually 3 since there was also an earlier brother Thomas, who died shortly after birth.
Then there is the obvious difference in their education - Henry having a better than average education, and Thomas not able to read. Thomas was much poorer than his neighbors, and he didn't have enough food for his children. Henry was an influential person, a selectman, and dealt in real estate.
There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Thomas and Henry were related, or even from the same country originally. There were many Dows in Scotland and in Ireland.
Without a shred of evidence to link these 2 men, it is unwise to do so. Genealogists have tried for years to identify the ancestors of Thomas and haven't succeeded.
Let's not guess!
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