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 Thomas Bourne

Thomas Bourne

Birth
Fordwich, Ashford Borough, Kent, England
Death 11 May 1664 (aged 82–83)
Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 34321698 · View Source
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Born in 1581-1583 in Tenterden, Kent, England to Barthalomew Bourne. Married Elizabeth Rouse 21 Dec 1607 in Matlock, Derby, England. Their child: Sarah/Ann (Bourne) Smith.
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Arrival in 1636 to Plymouth, Mass.

Thomas Bourne and his wife, Elizabeth, with several children, came to Plymouth sometime near 1630. He was a resident of Plymouth long enough to be well known there, and was so desirable a citizen that in 1637 the Court of Plymouth Colony granted him and others called special persons, "that would promise to live at
Plymouth on some good farms, and so tie the lands of Plymouth as farms for the same; and these they might keep their cattle, tilling by some servants, and retain their dwellings in Plymouth." Dec. 4, 1637, a grant of 100 acres was given to Thomas Bourne, and it was the second grant recorded of land in Marshfield. The same day 100 acres was granted to Josiah Winslow. The town was incorporated in 1640, and the same year Thomas Bourne was one of two that were chosen deputies to represent the town in the October General Court, and he was elected three times afterward. "Under date of Aug., 1645, the following entry is found: 'On a motion being made for one to teach school, we whose names are undersigned, are willing to pay yearly besides paying for our children; we shall send the following sums.' Among others we find the name of Thomas Bourne, who subscribed ten shillings. Thus early, Thomas Bourne, his son, John, and others, took measures to establish a public school. We have one more record of this Thomas, called by one writer the 'eldest of the Marshfield settlers and a patriarch of its Eden.'


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  • Created by: Linda Mac
  • Added: 1 Mar 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34321698
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Bourne (1581–11 May 1664), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34321698, citing Old Winslow Burying Ground, Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Linda Mac (contributor 47062703) .