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Thomas "The Pioneer" Sherwood, Sr
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1586, England
Death: Jul. 21, 1656
Stratford
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA

The immigrant.

Thomas SHERWOOD was the son of an unknown mother and Thomas SHERWOOD of England.

On 21 Oct 1618 he married Alice TILER in England.

In 1641 he married Mary (last name unknown) in Stamford, Fairfield Co, CT. An unmarried woman by the name of Mary ONGE sailed with the Sherwoods. It is possible she became the second Mrs. Sherwood, but unless a source is eventually found for this proof of Mary's maiden name will remain a mystery.

Their known children:

1) Isaac Sherwood b. 1645 d. 1684.

Thomas' fate was to live in times of unrest. In England he and his parents probably experienced feuds, petty grievances and financial penalties stemming from religious conflict, which in turn cloaked political power grabs. In the New World colony in Fairfield County, CT he landed in the same issues being acted out by the English and the Dutch, but with the added factor of recruitment of Native Americans by both sides. In turn the Indians - Naragansett, Mohegan, and Pequot particularly - tried to use the colonists as allies or foils for their own fueds. All parties suffered greatly from epidemics, particularly smallpox, but the Native Americans had no steady stream of immigrants to rebuild their numbers.

Just what role Thomas SHERWOOD played in the Pequot War is unknown, but he was probably like most men of his class and age; farmers who turned out for militia training, or train-bands, usually followed by a 30 day period of service. Four week stints allowed officers to maintain troops while allowing most men to serve, yet still manage their crops. Even longer tours of duty were acceptable to many compared to most Old World monarchies, where men were drafted or impressed for military service at the whim of a king or queen and forced to stay in until they died, won, or lost the latest war.

As we can see from the lovely work done on this monument by the Sherwood Kindred of America in the 1950s, Thomas managed to find time to serve his community in non-military ways as well. (Note-this is not a headstone replacement.)

Sources: U.S. International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Connecticut Town Death Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection). Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Leslie Mahler in "The American Geneologist: The English Home of Thomas Sherwood of Wethersfield, Stamford, and Fairfield, Connecticut" (TAG 80:278-82 Oct. 2005) and "The Parentage of Alice Tiler, First Wife of Thomas Sherwood of Wethersfield, Stamford, and Fairfield, Connecticut" (TAG 82:211-13 July 2007).

Much gratitude to Nareen for creating this page originally and being diligent enough to photograph Thomas' monument. Thanks to his other descendants for remembering him and both of his wives so richly. And to Genevieve Sherwood Bullock, for providing new sources. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouses:
  Alice Seabrook Sherwood (1587 - 1636)
  Mary Sherwood (1619 - 1693)
  Mary Sherwood Banks (1619 - 1693)*
  Alice Tiler Sherwood (1585 - 1638)*
  Alice Tiler Sherwood (1587 - 1636)*
 
 Children:
  Thomasine Sherwood Belden (1615 - ____)*
  Rose Sherwood Rumball Barlow Nash (1620 - 1699)*
  THOMAS Sherwood (1624 - 1698)*
  Thomas Sherwood (1624 - ____)*
  Stephen Sherwood (1638 - ____)*
  Mary Sherwood Loomis (1640 - 1681)*
  Ruth Sherwood Holcombe (1643 - 1699)*
  Isaac Sherwood (1645 - 1684)*
  Abigail Sherwood Lockwood (1649 - ____)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
See picture.

In Memory of THOMAS SHERWOOD
1586 - 1655
Puritan - Pioneer - Ancestor
A founder of New England, A First Settler of Fairfield, Deputy to the General Court, Committeeman, Soldier of the Pequot War, and His Wives,
Alice Tiler, 1587 - 1639
Mary Fitch, 1619 - 1693
Erected by the Sherwood Kindred of America MCML
 
Burial:
Old Burying Ground
Fairfield
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
 
Maintained by: D. Goodboe
Originally Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Jul 09, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9072676
Thomas The Pioneer Sherwood, Sr
Added by: Nareen, et al
 
Thomas The Pioneer Sherwood, Sr
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Thomas The Pioneer Sherwood, Sr
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- Monica Hedges
 Added: Apr. 26, 2015
So glad we found you! RIP Grandpa! Granddaughter of Robert B Sherwood.
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