|Birth: ||Jun. 15, 1597|
|Death: ||May 17, 1676|
Thomas Call [Caule] was the son of John & Ann Call (or Richard Call & Edith Bennett). He was born 15 June 1597 in Hernhill, Kent, England, where he worked as a tile maker and a husbandman (livestock owner). On 15 June 1619, his 22nd birthday, he was married to Bennett Harrison in Hernhill, Kent, England. Some records indicate that they may have been the parents of 10 children in all. Children (undocumented): John (1621-1630), Anne (1624-1630), Thomas (1628-1630), Paul (1629-1629), Margaret Call (1631-1667), Thomas Call Jr. (1633-1678), John Call (1636-1697), Mary (1637-1643), Elizabeth (1640-1716) and Mercy Call (1643-1678).
In 1636, at the age of 39, he and his wife, Bennett and three children (Margaret, Thomas and John) boarded the ship "Hercules" at the port of Sandwich, Kent, England and set sail for America arriving in the Bay Colony area near Boston, Massachusetts. They settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts where Thomas worked as a baker. In 1637 the family lived on the banks of the Mystic River near the ferry, about two miles from where the Bunker Hill Monument now stands. Around 1643, he petitioned for leave to sell refreshments. Twenty-two others signed the petition with him, and on 14 May 1645, Thomas was "allowed to keep victualing in his house for strangers". Thus, Thomas was granted the first license for the sale of beer on the "Mystic Side". Three daughters were born during the time that they lived in Charlestown: Mary, Elizabeth and Mercy. His wife Bennett passed away in 1644 shortly after giving birth to Mercy, and Thomas later married Joanna Shepardson, the widow of Daniel Shepardson. The family moved sometime around 1649 to Malden, Massachusetts, a town across the river from Charlestown. He died at the age of 79 years on 17 May 1676 in Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts and was buried in the Sandy Bank (Bell Rock) Cemetery, located at Medford and Green Streets.
His will, dated 23 November 1670 and proved 3 October 1676, gave real estate and a pair of black oxen to his son John, made bequests to his three living daughters, left 10 shillings to each grandchild as they became of age and made Thomas the executor and chief beneficiary of his estate which was appraised at about 150 Pounds.
"England Marriages, 1538–1973 "
Name: Thomas Caule
Spouse's Name: Bennett Harrison
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Event Date: 15 Jun 1619
Event Place: Hernhill, Kent, England
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I01257-9
System Origin: England-EASy
GS Film number: 1836276
Reference ID: items 1-13
(Some of the history for Thomas was obtained from the "Genealogical History of the Call Family in the United States" by Simeon T. Call, Emington, Illinois, and Willliam Stowell Mills, Brooklyn, N.Y. Joker Printing Co., Emington, Illinois, 1908).
Joanna Shepardson Call (____ - 1660)*
Bennett Harrison Call (1597 - 1644)*
John Call (____ - 1630)*
Thomas Call (____ - 1630)*
Anne Call (1624 - 1630)*
Paul Call (1629 - 1629)*
Thomas Call (1633 - 1678)*
John Call (1636 - 1697)*
Elizabeth Call Shepardson (1641 - 1716)*
Note: Information on this grave can be also found in the following book. Graven Images New England Stonecarving And Its Symbols, 1650-1815 by Allan I. Ludwig. (page 293)
Bell Rock Cemetery
Maintained by: Simmons Family
Originally Created by: The Guardian
Record added: Apr 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18783899