Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Allen line: Thomas Noble, 1606-1666, Immigrant or not?

I thought I'd found an immigrant to write about, but now I'm confused as to whether I should be writing about Thomas, or about another Thomas who was born about 1632.

According to very sketchy information I've found, the Thomas I intended to write about was born in 1606 in Aldingha, Kent, England.  Except that he may be the Thomas who was born in 1606 in St Giles, Cripplegate, England.  If the second theory is correct, his occupation may have been that of pinmaker, which was a working class job except that he seems to have been admitted to a guild.

Thomas may or may not have married Rachel Gardiner, and he may or may not have died in 1666 in Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.  Right now I am not finding sources or documentation for any of these statements.  I am finding that Thomas Noble born 1632 is noted as "The Settler".  He was admitted an inhabitant of Boston in 1651.  The internet assumption is that this refers to Thomas born 1632, but I don't know that there's proof about that.

I'm also wondering about the death date and location for Thomas.  There is at least some thought in the genealogy world that Thomas senior died in England about 1650, and that Thomas the settler went to England soon after at least partly to claim his inheritance.  This would explain a lot of things, but absolute proof is lacking, since the will of Thomas in England leaves an inheritance to Thomas Jr but doesn't state the younger Thomas's whereabouts.

I'll write another blog post about Thomas the Settler, but I wanted to at least throw out the ideas that are floating around, about Thomas's father.  He may have been from Aldingham, Kent, England or he may have been from London.  He may have married Rachel Gardiner, or he may have married someone else.  He may have died in London, or he may have died in Westfield, Massachusetts.  And someday, we may have the answers to these questions, and more!

The line of descent may be:
Thomas Noble-Rachel Gardiner
Thomas Noble-Hannah Warriner
Elizabeth Noble-Richard Church
Jonathan Church-Ruth Hitchcock
Ruth Church-Stephen Noble
Ruth Noble-Martin Root Jr.
Ruth Root-Samuel Falley
Clarissa Falley-John Havens Starr
Harriet Starr-John Wilson Knott
Edith Knott-Edward Allen
Richard Allen-Gladys Allen
Their descendants

Their is another line that would go

Thomas Noble-Rachel Gardiner
Thomas Noble-Hannah Warriner
Thomas Noble Elizabeth Dewey
Thomas Noble-Sarah Root
Stephen Noble-Ruth Church  and then duplicates

So Stephen Noble, Revolutionary War soldier, and Ruth Church were second cousins.