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Re: Thomas Meares 1602 Sidlesham, England
Posted by: Bob Kamman (ID *****4727) Date: November 22, 2009 at 08:38:54
In Reply to: Thomas Meares 1602 Sidlesham, England by michael blackwell of 1060

That "pedigree" is an attempt to pound square pegs into round holes. Thomas Meares was born in 1602, but he was not born in Sussex. He was in Virginia by 1620, but not married, and especially not married to a 5-year-old who was born in Lancashire, about as far away from Sussex as you can get in England.

He may have had some connection with the Hoskins family, but it's highly unlikely that he was the father of a Bartholomew who was born in England in 1641.

Meares, Meeres, Meere, Mere, Merrey and Merry are alternate spellings of the same surname. The Thomas Meares of Virginia did emigrate to Maryland about 1649, founding the town of Providence, which later became Annapolis. In Maryland and Virginia records his name appears in some places as Meares or Meare, and in others as Merry or Merrey. He was part of a group of influential community leaders who happened to be unwelcome Puritans in Royalist Virginia, at a time when the Puritans in England were beheading the Royalist in chief, King Charles II. Later, he became a Quaker.

We know from the Lower Norfolk County, Virginia court records that his daughter Sarah was born by 1645. Try fitting that into the purported pedigree.

Most of what I know about Thomas Meares I have posted on the Merry surname forum. There is some speculation there about his descendants, but nothing like the nonsense in this fictitious attempt. What is unfortunate is that if people think they have found the truth, they will stop looking for it.


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