Thomas Coleman1

#13037, ( - September 1674)
Relationship8th great-grandfather of William David Lewis

Family 1

____ _____ b. s 1610
Children 1.Dea. John Coleman+1 (bt 1635 - 1637 - 1711)
 2.Noah Coleman+12 (bt 1635 - 1642 - 1676)
 3.Esther Coleman12 (bt 1635 - 1642 - )
 4.Sarah Coleman+12 (bt 1635 - 1642 - 1734)

Family 2

Frances Albright b. s 1600, d. c 1678
Child 1.Deborah Coleman6 (s 1640 - 1703)
"To date, neither the marriage of Thomas and Frances Wells nor the
baptisms of their three known children have been located. At the time
of their marriage, they lived probably somewhere in the general vicinity
of Alcester, Warwickshire, where Frances's widowed mother was living.
Sometime before 1637, they moved to Evesham, in Worcestershire,
where Thomas was a weaver."2 
Birth*He was born at EnglandG.1 
Marriage*say 1634He married ____ _____ say 1634.3 
Marriage*before 6 March 1638He married Frances Albright, daughter of Richard Albright and ____ _____, before 6 March 1638.4,5,6 
1639He and Frances Albright migrated to New EnglandG, "settling first in Wethersfield, Connecticut" in 1639.7 
1652He was a reprentative to the General Court in 1652 at Wethersfield, Connecticut.7 
1656He was a reprentative to the General Court in 1656 at Connecticut.7 
18 April 1659He was a signer of the Agreement on the Removal to Norwottuck (later Hadley) on 18 April 1659 at Nathaniel Ward's House, Hartford, Connecticut; the Agreement on the Removal to Norwottuck (later Hadley.)8,9 
1660He and Frances Albright removed in 1660.10,11 
Death*September 1674He died in September 1674 at Hadley, Massachusetts.1 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis

Citations

  1. [S290] Sylvester Judd and Lucius Boltwood, History of Hadley, including the Early History of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby Masssachusetts (Springfield, Mass.: H.R. Hunting and Company, 1905), Genealogies p. 22, "doubtless came from Evesham, Eng.". Hereinafter cited as History of Hadley (rev. ed.).
  2. [S1256] Douglas Richardson, "The Widow Frances (Albright) Wells, Wife of Thomas Coleman of Wethersfield and Hadley", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 146 (1992): p. 33.
  3. [S1254] Donald Lines Jacobus and W. Herbert Wood, "Widow Frances Wells and Hugh Wells of Wethersfield", The American Genealogist Vol. 28 (1952): had four children by "an unknown wife."
  4. [S1256] Douglas Richardson, "Widow Frances (Albright) Wells", p. 33-34, " before 6 March 1638, when it was noted in the inventory of Frances’s brother Richard Albright that his estate owed the sum of £3 10s 'to Thomas Coalemans Children.' The children in question were doubtless Coleman's Wells stepchildren."
  5. [S165] James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, four volumes (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-1862), I:431. Hereinafter cited as First Settlers of New England.
  6. [S1254] Donald Lines Jacobus and W. Herbert Wood, "Widow Frances Wells", 227, "Thomas Coleman... married second, perhaps as early as 1645, a widow, Frances Wells, by whom he had a daughter Deborah."
  7. [S1256] Douglas Richardson, "Widow Frances (Albright) Wells", p. 34.
  8. [S290] Sylvester Judd and Lucius Boltwood, History of Hadley (rev. ed.), p. 11: "The Agreement or Engagement of those who intended to remove from Connecticut to Massachusetts, is dated at Hartford, April 18, 1659, and is recorded on the first book of Hadley records. The following is a copy of that Agreement and of some proceedings of a later date recorded with the other:
    "At a meeting at Goodman Ward's house, in Hartford, April i8th, 1659, the company there met engaged themselves under their own hands, or by their deputies, whom they had chosen, to remove themselves and their families out of the jurisdiction of Connecticut into the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts, as may appear in a paper dated the day and year abovesaid. The names of the engagers are these [ * indicates did not remove, or stayed but a short time]:
    John Webster [of Hartford]
    John Marsh [of Hartford]
    James Northam [of Wethersfield]

    William Goodwin [of Hartford]
    Robert Webster* [of Hartford]
    Samuel Gardner [of Wethersfield]

    John Crow [of Hartford]
    William Lewis Jr.* [of Hartford]
    Thomas Edwards* [of Wethersfield]

    Nathaniel Ward [of Hartford]
    Nathaniel Standley [of Hartford]
    John Hubbard [of Wethersfield]

    John White [of Hartford]
    Samuel Church [of Hartford]
    Thomas Dickinson [of Wethersfield]

    John Barnard [of Hartford]
    William Markum [of Hartford]
    Robert Boltwood [of Wethersfield]

    Andrew Bacon [of Hartford]
    Samuel Moody [of Hartford]
    Samuel Smith Jr* [of Wethersfield]

    William Lewis [of Hartford]
    Zechariah Field [of Hartford]
    William Gull [of Wethersfield]

    William Westwood [of Hartford]
    Widow Westly* [of Hartford]
    Luke Hitchcock* [of Wethersfield]

    Richard Goodman [of Hartford]
    Widow Watson* [of Hartford]
    Richard Montague [of Wethersfield]

    John Arnold* [of Hartford]
    Andrew Warner [of Hartford]
    John Latimer* [of Wethersfield]

    William Partrigg [of Hartford]
    Mr. John Russell Junior [of Wethersfield]
    Peter Tilton [of Windsor]

    Gregory Wilterton* [of Hartford]
    Nathaniel Dickinson [of Wethersfield]
    John Hawkes [of Windsor]

    Thomas Standley [of Hartford]
    Samuel Smith [of Wethersfield]
    Richard Billings

    Samuel Porter [of Windsor]
    Thomas Coleman [of Wethersfield]
    Benj. Harbert*

    Richard Church [of Hartford]
    John Russell, senior [of Wethersfield]
    Edward Benton*

    Ozias Goodwin* [of Hartford]
    John Dickinson [of Wethersfield]
    John Catling*

    Francis Barnard [of Hartford]
    Philip Smith [of Wethersfield]
    Mr. Samuel Hooker*

    James Ensign* [of Hartford]
    John Coleman [of Wethersfield]
    Capt. John Cullick*, not fully engaged

    George Steele* [of Hartford]
    Thomas Wells [of Wethersfield]
    Daniel Warner

    1st. We whose names are above written do engage ourselves mutually one to another, that we will, if God permit, transplant ourselves and families to the plantation purchased, on the east side of the river of Connecticut, beside Northampton, therein to inhabit and dwell by the 29th of September come twelve months, which will be in the year 1660. [Meaning Sept. 29th, 1660.]
    2d. That each of us shall pay the charges of the land purchased according to his proportion, as also for the purchase of Hockanum.
    3d. That we will raise all common charges, of what sort soever, for the present, upon the land that men take up: mow, plow land and house lot, according to the proportion of land that each man takes of all sorts; and all charges shall be paid as they shall arise and be due, from the date hereof.
    4th. That if any persons so engaging be not inhabiting there by the time aforesaid, then, notwithstanding their payment of charges, their lands and what is laid out in rates shall return to the town: and yet this article doth not free men from their promise of going and inhabiting.
    5th. That no man shall have liberty to sell any of his land till he shall inhabit and dwell in the town three years; and also to sell it to no person, but such as the town shall approve on.
    Agreed that all those persons that will go up within three weeks shall give in their names by this day fortnight, and then those that are so agreed shall take up a quarter together, and so those that follow shall take up another quarter, so they do it together, or so far as their numbers run.
    Agreed also that no persons shall fell any trees upon any lot of ground lotted out, or to be lotted out, but upon his own ground or lot, or against his own lot within ten rods of the same in the highway. The land to be lotted is either what is for the homelots, or between the homelots and the meadow.
    It is agreed also by the said company, upon the 25th of April, 1659, that they will purchase the lands on the west side of the great river, above Napanset, if it can be bought, and that each of the said engagers will pay their several proportions to the said purchase, according to what they have put in to take up lands by, at the time of their said engagement: witness their hands, dated April the 18th 1659."
  9. [S328] Henry R. Stiles, editor, History of Ancient Wethersfield Connecticut, Vol. I (New York: The Grafton Press, 1904), p. 163.
    Of the fifty-nine signers, thirty-six or thirty-seven were from Hartford, twenty front Wethersfield, and two or three from Windsor. Those from Wethersfield were:
    John Russell; Sen., Samuel Gardner; Rev. John Russell, Jr.; Nathaniel Dickinson; John Hubbard, son of George; John Dickinson and Thomas Dickinson, sons of Nath'l.; Thomas Edwards, of Hoccanum (Wethersfield); Samuel Smith, son of Rev. Henry, dec'd.; Robert Boltwood; William Gull; Thomas Coleman; Luke Hitchcock; John Colman, son of Thomas; Philip Smith; Thomas Welles, son of Hugh Welles and son-in-law of Thomas Coleman; Samuel Smith, Jr., s. of Samuel, the Felimonger; Richard Montague; James Northam; John Latimer.
    Smith, Montague and Russell had belting-mills at Hadley; Montague was a baker.
    By year end all had moved to Hadley save five who remained in Wethersfield, viz., Edwards, Samuel Smith, Jr., Hitchcock, Montague and Latimer.
    In March of 1661, Nathaniel Dickinson, Jr., Thomas Graves and his sons Isaac and John, Samuel Belden, and Samuel Dickinson (son of Nathaniel) "signed another agreement to remove to the West side of the River at Norwottock."
    . Hereinafter cited as Ancient Wethersfield I.
  10. [S328] Henry R. Stiles, Ancient Wethersfield I, p. 163.
  11. [S290] Sylvester Judd and Lucius Boltwood, History of Hadley (rev. ed.), p.11 ff.
  12. [S1254] Donald Lines Jacobus and W. Herbert Wood, "Widow Frances Wells", "four children by an unknown wife (John, Esther, Sarah and Noah) were born by a close estimate in the period from 1635 to 1642."