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-
Roger Stafford claime the title when his first cousin's grandson died. KIng Charles I
A more logical choice for father would have been Edward, 4th Lord Stafford (1573-1625).
Where and how Thomas Stafford learned to become a miller is a mystery.
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