Notes for Christopher Thomas: Christopher Thomas, born 1609, son of Tristram Thomas (Father's will, dated 1639, proved 1640, Kent County, England) and his wife, Elizabeth Marsh Thomas, Sundridge, Kent County, England, came to America in 1635: Christopher Thomas may have been born February 17, 1609/10
"In the year 1635 ye PORT OF LONDON, the underwritten names are to be transported to Virginia imbarqued in the George J. O. Severne M' bound thither p. examination of the minister of Gravesend." (Vol. 1, p. 79, First Families of America.) One Christopher Thomas age 26 Tris Thomas 2 1/2
Kent Island in 1631-2 was a part of Virginia. The Thomas family seated here until today --- same place as in 1631 -- only name changed. (See p. 71, History of Queen Anne's County, by Emory.)
Christopher Thomas served in House of Burgesses. He was elected to the House of Burgesses in 1637 and 12 Feb. 1638, (p. 92-3, History of Queen Anne's County, by Emory). Kent Island was then "Kent Hundred" in St. Mary's County. "It had formerly been a part of Virginia, with about 200 people living on the Island."
In 1642, Kent Hundred, formerly in St. Mary's County was made into a County. In 1660, Talbot County was created, but Kent County continued until 1695, when incorporated with Talbot County. Queen Anne's County was established in 1706 and Kent County was taken from Talbot County and added to Queen Anne's County.
(This is why searches for records should be for Virginia, Old Kent County, Talbot County, and Queen Anne's County)
In Hotten's list of Emigrants to America, 1600-1700, Christopher Thomas and Chrst. Thomas Jr., are listed as coming to Accomac County, Virginia, 1638.
For 24 years nothing more is known of Christopher Thomas until he appears in 1664 in Maryland with his second wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Higgins, and demands land. He received a warrant for 350 acres, called "Barbados Hall," (Lib. Vii, fol. 471, MD) This famous estate owned in 1679 by Tristram Thomas, and by Edmond Thomas in 1723, still stands. Robert Smith on 12 April, 1703, sold to Mathew Mason, 100 acres of "Barbados Hall." Richard Bennett once owned this estate in 1703 (RR No. 12, fol. 322, Talbot and Queen Anne's County) Rev. Hugh Neil (Neale) d. 1782, at one time a Minister of St. Paul's, owned "Barbados Hall." (P. 319, History of Queen Anne's County, by Emory and p. 89 My Folk, The First Three Hundred Years)
In 1679, Mrs. Elizabeth Higgins, widow of Christopher Thomas, who had died March 25, 1670, she then the wife of Matthew Smith, conveyed to Tristram Thomas her step-son, all her interest in the landed estate left by his father, Christopher Thomas. (Lib. 7, fol. 471, Talbot County, Barbados Hall.) "Mathew Smith's branch" is mentioned in the boundary lines of St. Paul's and St. Luke's Church, also in the deed of Henry Covington tract known as "Providence." (See p. 39, My Fold, the First Three Hundred Years).
More About Christopher Thomas and Elizabeth Higgins: Marriage: Kent, England.
Children of Christopher Thomas and Elizabeth Higgins are:
+Tristram Thomas, b. 1633, Kent County, England, d. Abt. 1686, Talbot County, MD.