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NEHG Register re: Thomas of Swansea
Posted by: Robert Chamberlain (ID *****8924) Date: February 26, 2011 at 19:13:45
In Reply to: Thomas ca 1629 of Swansea & Thomas ca 1658 of Concord by Robert Chamberlain of 579

For those who have not already reviewed it, the NEHG Register, Oct 1929 (83-465), includes a submission by William Jones titled “The Children and Grandchildren of Thomas Eastabrooks of Swansea, Mass.” and the following are excerpts:

“In the early history of the Eastabrooks (Estabrook, Esterbrook) family of Swansea, Mass., and Warren, R.I., as presented in William Booth Estabrook’s ‘Genealogy of the Estabrook Family,’ certain errors appear, which it is the purpose of this article to correct. …
In Savage’s ‘Genealogical Dictionary’ there is more confusion, caused by the fact that Thomas Estabrook of Swansea and Thomas Estabrook of Concord, Mass., are treated as identical, the statement being made that Thomas Estabrook, brother of Rev. Joseph Estabrook of Concord, was of Swansea in 1673, when a daughter was born to him, and afterwards of Concord. As a matter of fact, Thomas Estabrook of Concord, according to the town records, married Sarah Temple 11 May 1683 and died 28 Jan. 1720/1, the record reading: ‘Thomas Estabrooks Husband to Sarah his wife dyed January 28: day 1720/1,’ while Thomas Estabrook of Swansea was married before 1668 and died 11 Apr. 1713. …

Thomas Eastabrooks died at Swansea, Mass., 11 Apr. 1713, and was buried in the old Kickemuit Cemetery, now in Warren, R.I., the inscription on his gravestone reading: ‘Here Lyeth the body of Thomas Easterbrooks aged about 84 years, deceased April 11, 1713.’ He married Sara ____. …
Children, the first one born at Rehoboth and the others at Swansea: John, b. 2 May 1668; Thomas, b. 18 Oct. 1670; Elizabeth, b. 19 Dec. 1673; Sara, b. 19 Sept. 1776.”

It appears to me that the Thomas Eastabrook of Swansea was the brother of Rev Joseph Eastabrook of Concord. It has not been determined exactly how the Thomas of Concord was related to Joseph and the Swansea Thomas (perhaps their nephew?).


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