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Thomas Stafford (1605-1677)
Posted by: Tim Cook Date: May 10, 1998 at 12:01:46
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Thomas Stafford (1605-1677) arrived in Plymouth Colony in 1626 and through him many
of his descendents claim descent from the Earls of Stafford and Kings of England. At
least two of his sons, Thomas and Joseph, used a Coat Of Arms derivitive of those same
used by the Earls of Stafford; and James Savage in his genealogical encyclopedia of the
1860's says that Thomas Stafford claimed to be "of the blood of THE Stafford", but of
which Stafford is not clear. Ernest N. Stafford in "Laban Stafford, A Geneology", 1962
writing about an unrelated family, claims that Thomas Stafford was the son of 'the un-
fortunate Roger Stafford (b.1572). Unfortunately, Ernest N. Stafford does not cite an
original source. Henry M. Benedict in "Genealogy of the Stafford Family" sidesteps the
issue but does quote a Rev. Dr. Thomas Stafford Drowne of Brooklyn, NY who possesed a
Stafford Coat Of Arms which was passed down to his family. He says that it is very
ancient and could not have been got up here in Americal.

Everyone seems to sidestep the fact that THE Stafford Family geneology is so well doc-
umented that Thomas Stafford could not have been legitimate issue.

Roger Stafford claime the title when his first cousin's grandson died. KIng Charles I
forced him to drop his claim because he had no assets; and it was re-created for the
sister of the last Baron (who married a Howard). This was in 1637--eleven years after
Thomas Stafford arrived in Americal. Roger was then kept house prisoner at Arundel Castle
to prevent him from marrying.

A more logical choice for father would have been Edward, 4th Lord Stafford (1573-1625).
The time line fits better.

Where and how Thomas Stafford learned to become a miller is a mystery.
Maybe someone, someday will go to Worcester, Eng. to try and find birht records or such.
Until then, as a descendent myself, I want to hold on to the current thread.


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