Notes for Thomas Philbrick: THOMAS PHILBRICK, THE EMIGRANT, 1583-1667
Thomas Philbrick*, or Philbrook, is supposed to have come from England in 1630, or not much later, and settled in Watertown, Mass. He is said to have been a mariner in early life, and to have been master of a vessel before he emigrated from Lincolnshire in England. There is no doubt that he and his family were settled in Watertown in 1636. Bond says "His homestead was on the N. W. corner of Belmont and Lexington Streets. Probably he was of that company that came over in 1630." - History of Watertown, p. 909.
In 1639, the second summer after the settlement of Hampton, N. H., John (son of Thomas) PHILBRICK moved to Hampton, and his younger brother, Thomas, soon followed him. We are told that "The first settlers of Hampton were attracted to the place by the fishing, the fowling, the best of clams, and the salt marshes, almost ready for the scythe."
In 1645-6, Thomas Philbrick, Sen., a grantee of eight lots, sold his estate in Watertown to Isaac Stearns, and in 1650 or '51 he had removed to Hampton, where his elder sons lived. In 1661 he bought of John Moulton, land joining the farms of his son James and his son in law, John Cass. His wife, Elizabeth, died, 12 mo. 19, 1663 and in March, 1664, when he made his will, he calls himself "very aged." He d. in 1667. _______________________________________________________________________________________
There has been a difference of opinion respecting the year that Thomas1 removed from England to America. An old record in a family Bible of Capt. Jonth.5, grandson of William3, says, "He came fr. England in one of the transports [for settlers] in 1633." The descendants of this branch of the family seem confident that this record is correct.
But on the other hand, Jonathan3 of Hampton, who was ten years old when his grandfather, Thomas1 the emigrant died there, says that his father, Thomas Philbrick, Jr., was b. in England in the year 1624, and was six years old when he was brought over the ocean to the American shore. Abner of the 5th generation, b. 1708, who lived with his great uncle Jonathan 20 years, and was heir to half of his estate, was a teacher well educated for the times. He made a record of these statements which that branch of the family receive with confidence. Thomas2, who crossed the sea, at six years of age, died only eight years before the birth of Abner, and most of his eight children were then living, and some of them probably had records of their father's birth and of his age when he came to our shores, so that Abner could easily ascertain the facts, before putting them in writing.
Again, if Thomas Philbrick was a shipmaster, he may have crossed the ocean many times, and the removal of the eight members of his family may have been some at one time and others at another time. We know he was at Watertown in 1636, and Bond may be correct in the supposition that "he was of that company that came over in 1630"; and that most of his seven children were born in England, and some of them may have been of age when they left England. _______________________________________________________________________________________
*I think no autograph of Thomas the emigrant is to be found, nor copy of his signature. In the early records I find the name spelled in various forms, Filbrick, Philbrook, Philbrucke, Philbrok, &c., &c.
Transcribed from "A Genealogy of the Philbrick and Philbrook Families, descended from the emigrant, Thomas Philbrick, 1583-1667" by Rev. Jacob Chapman of Exeter, N.H. 1886 and converted to HTML by Jack W. Ralph on October 12, 1997 without permission of the author. This has been done in the spirit of sharing and not personal gain.
THOMAS FELBRIGGE OR PHILBRICK
Thomas Filbrick (Thos), baptized 23 Sept. 1584 at Bures; died at Hampton, New Hampshire in 1667. He married, while living at Bures, Elizabeth Knopp or Knapp, daughter of William Knopp, 4 June 1615. She was baptized 8 July 1593.
Thomas was a juryman on 5 Oct. 1620, and was fined as a tenant of the manor for default. He came to New England, with his family, about 1636 where he was noted as a proprietor at Watertown, Mass. He sold his property there and joined his sons in Hampton about 1646/46. In 1655 he was a culler of staves. Elizabeth died 9 February 1664, probably promting him to see to a will for himself, as his will was written 12 Mar. 1663/64 and was proved in court 8 Oct. 1667, indicating that he probably died in that year. Their children, all born in Bures, Suffolk County, England were:
1) John Philbrick, baptized 1 Oct. 1616; drowned 20 Oct. 1657. Married Ann Palmer in 1646. He and a daughter, Sarah, were lost at sea when they left on a vessel sailing from Hampton to Boston.
2) James Philbrick, baptized 2 Dec. 1619; drowned 16 Nov. 1674. Md. (1st) Jane Roberts abt. 1644, Strattford, NH. Md. (2nd) Ann Roberts, daughter of Thomas Roberts of Dover. After James' death, Ann married William Marston.
3) *Elizabeth Philbrick, baptized 31 Oct. 1621/22; died 11 Feb. 1677, Hampton, Norfolk, NH.(10) Married (1st) *Thomas Chase of Hampton abt. 1642. Thomas and Elizabeth settled opposite the Philbrick homestead. They remained there until the death of Thomas. Md. (2nd) John Garland of Hampton, 26 Oct. 1654. Md. (3rd) Henry Robie of Hampton, 19 Jan. 1674. His first wife, Ruth Moore, died 5 May 1673. After the death of Elizabeth, he married Sarah ?, who died 23 Jan. 1703. He died 22 Apr. 1688.
4) Mary Philbrick, baptized June 1622. D. 28 Oct. 1702, Hampton, NH.Md. (1st) Edward Tuck, son of Robert and Joanna Tuck of Hampton, about 1648. He died 6 April 1652.Md. (2nd) James Wall of Exeter and Hampton. He died 3 Oct. 1659.
5) Thomas Philbrick, baptized 7 Mar. 1623/24 Lincolnshire, England; died 24 Nov. 1700, Hampton, NH. Md. (1st) Ann Knapp, daughter of William Knapp and probably his first wife, Margaret Dean, about 1647, probably in Hampton. Md. (2nd) HAnnah French, widow of John White and daughter of Edward French of Salisbury,) 22 Jul 1669.
6) Hannah Philbrick, born about 1726. Md. Stephen Sanborn, son of William Sanborn and Mary Moulton, 26 July 1633, Hampton, NH. He was born 4 Sept. 1671; died 21 June 1750.
7) Margaret Philbrick, baptized 30 Nov. 1628. Died young.
8) Martha Philbrick, baptized 4 Sept. 1631. Md. (1st) John Cass of Hampton, 7 Apr. 1657, Hampton, NH. John died 7 Apr. 1675. Md. (2nd) William Lyon Sr., of Roxbury and Rowley, Mass., 30 Nov. 1676. Md. (3rd) John Brackett, 21 Nov. 1698, Hampton, NH.
The will of Thomas Filbrick follows:
Some of the will of Thomas Philbrick was either damaged or could not be read. Missing parts are noted with " . . ."
The Last will and testament of Thomas Philbrick Sunr of Hampton in the County of norfolke in new England --
I Thomas Philbrick being very Aged and weak in body Butt sound in understanding senc & memory Doe settle my Estate according to this my last will here under written Impri I Give and Bequeth unto my son James Philbrick and to my Grand Child John Philbrick my fresh medow lying near to the Beach being by Estimation six acres more or less as itt is the which to bee Equally Devided betwen them att such time as shal be . after mentioned:
Ittem I give unto my son James Philbrick . . . Dwelling House and my House lott with the orchyard and . . . priveledges and appertinances thear unto belonging to him . . . His Heiers for Ever:
Ittem I Give & bquith unto my son . . . and to my Grand Child John Philbrick my . . . . of Thomas Sleeper lying towards the Clambancks in that . . . of marsh Comonly Called the Little ox Comon to bee Devided . . . them att such time as is hereafter mentioned
Ittem I Give unto my sonn Thomas Philbrick the some of . . . pounds to bee payd by my Exequetor after my disease
Ittem I Give unto my sonn Thomas Philbrick the land which was sometimes Daniell Hendrakes Called the Hop Ground to bee wholly att His Disposall at this prsent time:
Ittem I Give unto my sonn James one bed with all the furnituer thearunto belongeing and a payer of Cob Irons and a payer of tongues:
Ittem I Give unto my Grand Child John Philbrick thatt Bed which hee useth to ly upon with the Bedding Belonging to It. and my Beetle and [fower]28 wedges and one of my Hakes: and a weanable Cow Calfe within a yeer after my Diseace to be payd by my Exequetor and like wise I Give to my Grand Daughter Hanna Philbrick one weanable Cow Calfe the next yeer to bee payd by my Exequetor.
Ittem I Give unto my son James Philbrick my mare and hee is to pay or deliver unto my sonn Thomas Philbrick the first Colt which she shall bring when itt is weanable
Ittem I Give my fower Cowers to my fower Daughters to my Daughter Elizabeth one to my Daughter Hanna one to my Daughter mary [one] and to my Daughter martha one to bee Delivered by my Executor after my Deseace and the moveables in the House which [are] not Expressed above are to bee Equally Devided between [my four] Daughters after my Desease. and I Doe appoint my sonn [James] Philbrick to bee my lawfull Exequetor to this my Last [will] and Testament and I Doe Declare itt to bee my Intent thatt [when] my Grand Child John Philbrick shall Come to the age of twenty one yeeres thatt then hee shall Enter upon & posses whatt I have Given him by this last will: and thatt att the Deseace of my Daughter Elizabeth Garland her son James Chase shall have one Cow in lew of the Cow which I have Given my daughter Elizabeth & thatt the Cow Given to my Daughter Cass shalbee for the use and Pfitt of her daughter martha: & for the Confermation Hereof I have sett to my hand & Seale the twelft of march 1664:
Signed & Sealed in Thomas [Seal] Philbrick
ye prsents of X Samuell Dalton his mark
[Proved Oct. 8, 1667]
[Inventory, taken by Thomas Marston and John Redman; amount, 124 lbs.; sworn to by James Philbrick.]
More About Thomas Philbrick: Date born 2: September 23, 1584, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.418 Died 2: November 16, 1674, Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.418
More About Thomas Philbrick and Elizabeth Anne Knapp: Marriage 1: June 04, 1615, England. Marriage 2: June 04, 1615, Bures, Suffolk, England.418
Children of Thomas Philbrick and Elizabeth Anne Knapp are: