|Birth: ||1616, England|
Rhode Island, USA
Born about 1616 in England.
Married Alice Ashton before 1643.
Died between Aug 1688 & 18 Sep 1694.
Nothing is known about Thomas Angell before he came to New England as a boy, except that all the genealogical theories posted online are wrong. There is no evidence that he came in 1631, on the ship ‘Lion' with Roger Williams, or that he knew Roger Williams before Roger Williams moved to Salem Massachusetts in 1634.
From long study of all sources available, I believe that Thomas came to Massachusetts Bay in 1629 as one of hundreds of nameless workers who immigrated in the Hutchinson Fleet at that time to build facilities for the wealthy members of the Winthrop Fleet, who planned to emigrate there tne next year.
Thomas may have come as a personal servant to 1629 passenger Richard Waterman because he appears to have been in this family's household when Waterman became a follower of Rev. Roger Williams in Salem, and one of 12 householders who supported Williams' plan to create a new settlement on Narragansett Bay, which would separate Church from State.
Waterman probably loaned Thomas to Roger Williams when Williams was suddenly forced to flee from Salem because of persecution. Williams identified "Rich Watermans lad" as one of the little party of five who accompanied him to first settle upon the banks of the Mooshausick river in early April 1636, to found the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
When the first division of land was made Thomas Angell received a six acre lot, the same amount as the other settlers, although he was too young (being still a minor) to sign the civil agreement entered into by the other members of the pact, but which he signed at a later date. His lot, however, was number two on the division list, and included the land on which the First Baptist Church of Providence now stands.
On April 10 1643, Thomas Angell married Alice Ashton, and from this union they produced two sons, John and James, and five daughters, Amphillis, Mary, Deborah, Alice and Margaret.
In 1652 Thomas was one of six men of the Colony elected to make the Laws for the Colony. For many years he held the office of Constable which was an important office in Colonial Times, carrying a great responsibility.
He acquired a considerable amount of property during his life, having begun it as a relatively poor man. In his will he gave to his five daughters two shillings in silver apiece, the rest to his wife and sons. Thomas Angell died at the age of 76 in 1695. He is buried at an unknown location in the area of Providence, Rhode Island.
Alice Ashton Angell (1617 - 1694)*
Anphyllis Angell Smith (____ - 1694)*
John Angell (1645 - 1720)*
Alice Angell Whipple (1649 - 1743)*
James Angell (1651 - 1711)*
Created by: Linda Mac
Record added: Feb 18, 2009
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