Nov. 20, 1742 Wrightstown Bucks County Pennsylvania, USA
Thomas was the son of Benjamin Canby of Thorne, Yorkshire, England. His mother was probably a sister of Henry Baker/Boaker. Her first name was either Elizabeth or Mary.
The dates used above are from the Gregorian calendar. Quaker religious records from the period --which retained the Julian calendar and began the year in March.
Thomas immigrated on the ship 'Vine' to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1684 as an indentured apprentice to his uncle, Henry Baker/Boaker.
He was baptised as an Anglican, but before leaving England he became a Quaker under the influence of his uncle, a Friends' Minister.
He married Sarah Jervis in 1693 in Abington Monthly Meeting, Abington, Bucks Co. They had nine children: Benjamin in 1694 (died in 1695), Sarah in 1695, Elizabeth in 1696, Mary in 1697, Phebe in 1699, Esther in 1701, Thomas in 1702, Benjamin in 1704 and Martha in 1705.
Thomas was married twice more. His second wife was Mary Oliver, with whom he had an additional eight children: Jane in 1710, Rebecca in 1711, Hannah in 1717, Joseph in 1715, Rachel in 1716, Oliver in 1718, Ann in 1719 and Lydia in 1720.
His third wife was the widow Jane (Doyn) Preston, whom he wed on Oct. 9, 1722 (9th day of 8th month). Interestingly, two of her daughters from her first marriage then married two of Thomas' sons from his first marriage.
Thomas was a grist mill owner near what became the village of New Hope, Bucks Co. He was a justice in the Bucks Co. courts and a member of the Colonial Provincial Assembly.
He passed away on the 20th day of the 9th month, 1742.
Photos may be scaled. Click on image for full size.
The picture of a man in the resplendent red coat is NOT Thomas Canby. It is actually a self-portrait of Charles Jervas (c.1675-1739), an 18th century Irish portrait artist to the King of England. See: http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/irish-artists/charles-...(Read more) -
Rick Ferris Added: Oct. 28, 2015
Mike Stoll -
Added: Oct. 16, 2014
R.I.P. 7th Great Grandfather! Your blood lives on! -
annabanana47 Added: Jun. 11, 2014