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Henry Tomlinson
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Birth: 1606
Derby, England
Death: Mar. 16, 1681
Stratford
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA

The son of George & Maria (Hyde) Tomlinson, Henry was baptized at St. Peter's Church at St. Werburgh, Derbyshire, England in November of 1606. His family belonged to the "Landed Gentry" of England. Henry's occupation was that of a weaver, as probably was his father's.

Henry & his wife, Alice, with two or three children cam to New England, probably living in New Haven first, and eventually settling in Milford, Conn. by 1652. He was appointed to keep an "Ordinary" (inn) at Milford. In 1654, he was fined for non-payment of duties on imported wine, which he refused to pay since he had paid all "legal" duties. He brought charges in the courts against the Governor of New Haven, Colony for over-stepping the law causing the Governor to be arrested. There were several Tomlinsons in that area of New Haven colony at the time, Thomas, Robert, Jonas, & William, but no connection of Henry to them is known.

On April 1, 1657, he purchased the estate of Joshua Atwater in Stratford. Along with Joseph Hawley, Henry Tomlinson purchased a considerable tract of land in Derby, Conn. of the Indians, and much of this land owned by Henry was transferred to his son, Jonas, and kept in the family for generations. He along with others also purchased a large tract of land of the Indians at New Milford. On January 2, 1670 Henry Tomlinson was chosen to keep an inn in Stratford.

Henry Tomlinson brought a Coat-of-Arms to America with him which was passed down the family.

His will written March 15, 1680/81 in Stratford showed his strong faith in Almighty God and the saving power of Jesus Christ. He bequeathed as follows:
...to my loving wife, "Allice" Tomlinson and to my son, Agur Tomlinson, all my houses & buildings with all my lands in Stratford. If she remarry, she is to receive 1/3 and the remainder to Augur. After her death, Augur is to recieve her share.
He states that he had already given sufficient estate to his son, Jonas and daughters, Harger, Mary Pierson, Tabatha Worster, Phebe Worster, and Bashua Stiles, but that son, Augur was to give daughter, Margaret five pounds the year after our death, to Jonas four pound the second year after our death, to daughter, Mary Pierson five pounds the third year after our death, to daughter Tabetha Worster five pounds the fourth year after our death, to Phebe Worster twenty pounds the fifth year after our death, and to Basshua Stiles five pounds the sixth year. If any of them should die, their amount shall go to Jonas & his heirs. If Augur shall die & leave no heirs, his portion shall return to Jonas, and Jonas shall pay the above named heirs twenty pounds each on the above yearly schedule.
....to the two sons, Jonas & Augur, his Indian purchases at Derby, and his guns. Augur is to receive a horse, oxen, bed & furniture.
....to grandchildren, Timothy Worster and Abigail Harger, if they stay with the widow or Agur for four years, one mare each.
The wife was appointed executrix; friends, Richard Blaklidg and Joseph Hawley along with son [son-in-law], Ephraim Stiles, to be overseers. His will was proved April 28, 1681 and his estate was about 518 pounds. The widow married my ancestor, DEACON JOHN BIRDSEYE in 1688. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Alice Birdseye (1606 - 1698)*
 
 Children:
  Jonas Tomlinson (____ - 1693)*
  Margaret Tomlinson Tibbals (1642 - 1698)*
  Tabitha Tomlinson Hull (1646 - 1691)*
  Phebe Tomlinson Wooster (1656 - 1740)*
  Agur Tomlinson (1658 - 1727)*
  Bethsheba Tomlinson Curtiss (1661 - 1735)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Congregational Burying Ground
Stratford
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
 
Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Jun 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38786786
Henry Tomlinson
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Ninth great granddaughter, Savannah, GA
- Dianne
 Added: May. 15, 2014
10th g=Grandfather of my wife. Thanks for the history.
- BernieH
 Added: May. 9, 2014
To my 8th greatgrandfather, you are not forgotten. May you rest in eternal peace.
- Sally Davis
 Added: Apr. 8, 2014
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