Eld Thomas Wiswall:Thomas Wiswall and wife Elizabeth, and John Wiswall and wife Margaret, came from England about the year 1635, and were among the earlier settlers of Dorchester, Mass., where they were members of the first church on the 23 Aug. 1636. Thomas Wiswall subscribed to the school fund there in 1642, and was selectman in 1644.
R. Comm. Rep.: Dorchester, Mass.) The 2d January 1637. Thom: Wiswall to haue 2 akers towards fox poynt.
March 18th 1637. It is ordered that all the hoame lotts and great lotts shalbe sufficiently fenced against swine and great cattle p' the 25th of this moneth. Tho: Wiswell [had] 5 aker. 0. 6 rodes. Tommas Wiswal, Will Read to vew the feild next where they dwell [for fences].
1 of 1 mo. 1641. Tho. Wiswall, Hope Foster to vewe them [fences].
Tho: Wiswall & six others on the 24th of the 7th moneth 1644 were chosen to order the affairs of the Towne till the 1st of the 9th moneth which shalbe in the year 1645 and to haue full power to make orders to bind the Towne.
17 Mar. 1645. Tho: Clarke now of Boston sould vnto Tho. Wiswall of Dorchester a p'cell of Land estimated 3 acres and a 1/2 . . . which late was p't of William Read his home Lott.
14 Mar. 1645. Thomas Wiswal was chosen one of the Raters for building a new meeting howse.
20 Oct. 1646. Richard Williams of Tanton, in New England, Sould vnto Tho. Wiswall of Dorchester in N. E. all his Lott in Dorchester.
13: 9: 48. Wheras Captain Atherton, Thomas Wiswall & Joseph Farnworth were appointed by the select men of Dorchester to lay out a towne way by willyam blakes towards the fresh marsh and the three deuissions. This was laid out the 9: of the 10: month 1650
(Suff. Deed I: 127) Roger Williams of Boston doth bind & ingage two Acres of land in Dorchester necke adjoineing vnto Thomas Wiswall, vnto Thomas Thackster of Hingham, that in case any of the kinred of Lidia Buck shall molest or take away the land from the sd Thomas that then he shall haue the two Acres aboue mentioned: els not. dat. 7 (8) 1650.
Signed & dd in pnce of Roger Wms:
(Midd. Co. Ct. R. I: 77) 19 June 1655. Thomas Wisswall is fined five shillings for not appeareing to serve on the jury.
(p. 96) Thomas Wiswall is discharged of his fine of five shill. for not appearing on the Jury in June Last. Co. Court held at Cambridge 1 Aprill 1656.
Thomas Wiswall signed a petition in 1656 for the release of Cambridge Village from supporting the church at Cambridge.
(Suff. Deed III: 139) 23 of ye 4th month 1657. This writing witnesseth that I Thomas Wisewall of Cambridge doe promise in case of my Sonne Enocks marriage that I will give unto my aforesaid Sonne Enock Wiswall all my Lands and houses in Dorchester both unto him and unto his heirs foreuer viz: the house yt formerly once belonged unto Mr. Mauericke and the lands appropriated thereunto the house sometimes of Abraham Dille and the land propperly pertayning thereunto the land once belonging unto Richard Williams yea all my land in Dorchester, more or lesse, whether already Inclosed or not and all my marsh thereunto belonging together with all the right and privileges before or after the date hereof belonging Justly to me the Abouesajd Thomas wiswall. in witness hereunto
Elizabeth Wiswall wife of the sajd Thomas Wiswall did acknowledg hir free Consent too ye abouesajd writting this 20 July 1657 before me
p. Edward Rawson Record.
(Dorchester(+)) At a church meeting 19 (10) 53 where was prsent theise brethern, Thomas Wiswall & John Wiswall [among others].
The 5 of ye (4) 64. The day abovesaid Thomas Wiswall was dismissed for the beginning of a church at that place neer wher he liveth at Cambridg village wher Mr John Eliote doe preach.
The 17 (5) 64. The day above said ther was a letter read to ye Church from ye breatheren dwelling at Nonandum or Cambridg Villadg who (intending to gather a Church) desiered messengers to be sent from this Church to help & asist therin. The wch was granted & ther was Chosen for yt work ye teaching & rulling Elders. Ye day appointed was ye 20th of this instant, at wch time they ordained Mr John Eliot for a pastor & Thomas Wiswall, formerly a member of this Church to be rulling Elder.
The 11 (7) 64. Ye day above said ther was dismissed ye wife of Tho: Wiswall . . . & Margeret ye wife of James Trobridg to Joyn to ye Church latly gathered at Cambridg Villedg called Nonandum (Nonantom) wher Mr John Elliot is pastor.
(Town Records of Cambridge) At a meeting of the Inhabitants of this Towne 10th 9th mo. 1656 ffor the Eleccon of Towne officrs. Jno Hasteings, Thomas Wiswall and Abram Errington are chusen surueyors of the High wayes for the yeare ensyeing.
At a meeting of the Selectmen, ffebr. 11th 1666. Capt Mason, & Ens. Shearman, are nominated by the mutuall consent of Elder Wiswall, and the neighbours there, to view the necessity of a highway through the Elders land, to the lands beyond towards Dedham, & Edw: Oakes and James Trowbridge are desired to accompany them.
At a meeting of the Selectmen Febr. 8th 1668. For katechiseing the youth of this Towne, Elder Wiswall, mr Jackson & John Jackson for those (familyes) at the new church.
(Early Ct. Files Suff. No. 253) Tho. Wisswell on Grand Jury at Cambridge in 1656 and 1663.
(Early Ct. Files Suff: No. 606) Thomas Wiswall aged about 62 witnesseth that being called to looke on Nathanaell Stedmans colt challenged by goodman Adams did see in his ear a small defect towards the top of his ear whether naturall or otherwise he knows not but saw no white foot which he inquired after but a faire whit in his forehead and his colour as I had always known him having clouded him before, and further saith not.
Sworn in Court 27 October 63.
(Early Ct. Files Suff. No. 28945) Noah Wiswall aged 20 yeares or there about said that . . . Edward Adams came to get his ffather Thomas Wiswall to go look upon the colt in controversy. Dated 29 Oct. 1663.
(Midd. Co. Ct. R. I: 298) Co. Court held at Cambridge 6 Oct. 1663.
Thomas wiswall is released from all ordnary trayneings, paying 5s. p. ann. to ye military company of ye place where Hee lives.
(Midd. Co. Ct. R. III: 67) Co. Court held at Charlestown 17 June 1673.
Elder Thomas Wiswall of Cambridge Village, being bound by the Govr & magts. assembled in Genll Court to answr for breach of the law by putting in a double vote for one man, in the Eleccon of magts, was legally called, & made no appearance, and is to be sumoned to the next Court at Cambridge.
Thomas Wiswall owned about four hundred acres of land; Wiswall Pond, now Crystal Lake in Newton Highlands, was a part of it; the house was on Center Street on the south bank of the pond.
(Midd. Ct. Files IV: 83) 8: 10: 1683
By|T. D. Dept Govt
(Midd. VI: 179) This is an Inventory of the Estate of Elder Thomas Wiswall of Cambr. Village, who deceased 6 Dec. 1683, apprized by us the subscribers 14 Dec. 1683, Thomas Prentice, James Trowbridge, William Bond. Included in this Inventory was a dwelling house & barn with a small orchard to it & about two hundred & seven acces of upland & meadow wrof yr is about six acces of ye land yt is broak up.
18 Dec. 1683. This Inventory was sworne to in Court by Noah Wiswall & Ebenezer Wiswall, admrs.
(Midd. Ct. Files IV: 89) Count. Court held at Charlestown 18: 10: 1683.
In answer to the Petition of mirs Wiswall Relict of Elder Thomas Wiswall of Cambridge Village lately decead This Court doth nominate & appoynt Capt. Thomas Prentice, Corporall William Bond, & Lievt. James Trowbridge, a committee to propertion unto the sd Mirs Wiswall a fit portion for her dowry out of her sd husbands estate, as the Law directs. And to endeavor a mutuall Agreemt between ye children & sd widdow with reference thereto.
(p. 91) An Inventory of the Estate of Elder Tho: Wiswall lately decead in Cambr. was prsented in Court & Sworn by Noah Wiswall & Ebenezer Wiswall administrators.
(p. 105) In order to a Settlement of an allowance from the Estate of Elder Thomas Wiswall late of Cambr. Village deced to be made unto his relict widdow . . . the Committee prsented . . . this settlement . . . vizt. Three pound in Indian Corne & ten shillings in rye, twenty shillings in malt all good & Merchantable at the currant country price to be payd either at Boston or Dedham, at which of the sd places the sd widdow shall appoynt.
(p. 120) 17: 4: 1684. In answer to the motion of mis Isabell Wiswall Relict widdow of Elder Thomas Wiswall late of Cambr. Village deced. This Court doth nominate & appoint Deacon Samuel Hide, Lt. John Cuttlar & Corpll William Bond a committee & are impowred to sett out to the widdow her allowance out the sd Estate according to ye Courts order. Lt Cutler to appoint time & place of meeting.
(p. 151) In answer to Edward ffarmer petition, the sd Edward is appointed Guardian to his mother mis Wiswall: & to receive all dues owing unto her & his receite shall be to such debtors a full discharge.
(Midd. Ct. Files) Edward Farmer was aged 42 y. or thereabouts, and Mary Farmer was aged 45 y. or thereabouts, on the 15 Apr. 1690, by depositions.
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