Thomas Keyes

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Thomas Keyes

  • Birth 8 Feb 1674 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 25 Aug 1742 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 21419336

Deacon Thomas (14) and Elizabeth How ("Howe"):

David b. 10/30/1699, killed by accident, 1720

Jonathan b. 11/17/1702 at Marlborough, Middlesex County, MA, m. Patience Morse of Watertown, MA 11/11/1726

Cyprian b. 9/15/1706

Dinah b. 3/4/1710

Thomas b. 9/29/1713

Elizabeth Howe was b. 7/11/1675 in the eastern part of Marlborough, on the Boston Post Rd., between the village and "Wayside Inn" (immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), which was built by her cousin, David Howe. Elizabeth was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ward) How. Elizabeth's headstone and that of Thomas are found in the Old Spring Hill Cemetery in Marlborough.

The story of Elizabeth's capture by Indians can be found in Historical Reminiscences of Marlborough. On July 18,1692, as a young girl visiting her sister, the wife of Peter Joslin of Lancaster, MA, the Joslin home was attacked by Indians. Upon his return from the field, Peter found his wife, three children and the widow Whitcomb "barbarously butchered by their hatchets, and weltering in their gore". A contemporary chronicler wrote of Peter; "Thus was he stript naked and called to bitter weeping and lamentation." Elizabeth was taken captive into Canada. She was engaged to Thomas at the time of her capture. Believing that Elizabeth would never return, Thomas took a solemn vow never to marry. Four years later she was redeemed by the Government. After her redemption, Elizabeth returned by way of the Saco River and was brought to Boston, where she told Royal Governor Phipps "that if she had been a beaver skin she would have been redeemed much earlier"! It is said that she kept certain Indian habits, such as sitting on the floor, for some years after her return from captivity.

After their marriage 1/23/1699, Thomas and Elizabeth settled in Marlborough, MA, later moving to Shrewsbury. Thomas d. 8/25/1742. Elizabeth d. 8/18/1764 at the age of 89.

Gravestone reads:

KEYES – Elizabeth Keyes

Here lies ye body of

Mrs. Elizabeth Keyes

Relict of Deacon Tho's Keyes

She died Aug ye 18

KEYES – Deacon Thomas Keyes







A D 1 7 4 2

In ye 68 year [?]

Family Members






  • Created by: Ronald Keyes
  • Added: 7 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21419336
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Keyes (8 Feb 1674–25 Aug 1742), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21419336, citing Spring Hill Cemetery, Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Ronald Keyes (contributor 46930366) .