Governor Thomas Green (b. Abt. 1610, d. Bef. January 20, 1650/51)
Thomas Green2967 was born Abt. 1610 in Bobbing Kent, England, and died Bef. January 20, 1650/51 in Green's Rest Plantation, Saint Mary's County, Maryland. He married Anne Gerard, daughter of John Gerard and Isabelle Unknown.
Notes for Thomas Green: Birth: Abt 1610 in Bobbing, Kent County, England Death: Bef 20 Jan 1651 in Green's Rest Plantation, Saint Mary's County, Maryland Reference Number: 26807 1 Event: Immigrated 1633 Maryland Event: Politician Jun 1647-Mar 1649 Maryland Note: Governor Change Date: 26 Feb 2002 at 12:34 Note: 25 WFT 3156 lists two other children born of marriage to Ann Cox: Thomas Green and Leonard Green.
Thomas Green, came to MD with the Ark and Dove Expedition in 1634. He= married 1st. Ann Cox, 2nd. Millicent Brown and 3rd. Winifred Seybourn= widow of Nicholas Harvey. Winifred married Robert Clarke. 25 WFT 315=
TRACTS LAYED OUT IN CALVERT COUNTY PRIOR TO APRIL 23, 1696, BEFORE TH= FORMATION OF PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY.
Green, Wm / Greenland U-14 / Mar 14, 1670 / L 13 f 85 Greene, Thomas / Green Clift W-13/ Dec 17, 1672 / L 17 f 366 Gov. Thomas Greens family, especially on the anniversary of the day that the ship, "The Ark" arrived in 1634. I am sure you have this data, but I want to post it before you so that I can brag that I helped!!
In the book, "The Maryland Semmes & Related Families" by Harry Wright Newman, there is a section on Gov. Thomas Greene's family starting on page 134, and this is about all I have had on the family until the last few days when you and the others have been so wonderful to post all the details of the family.
Thomas Green married twice, the first time to Mistress Ann Cox Gerard, a spinster. The term spinster was an honorable title for a lady of that day. The term is related to the spinning wheel and its impact on society and the economy of the day. Until the invention of the spinning wheel it took 6 women working to provide the necessary yarn for one man to operate a loom. After the invention of the spinning wheel, ONE lady could keep 6 men supplied with enough yarn to work their looms. This was the first time a woman could earn a living by her own labor, so the select ladies that chose the spinning profession were called "Spinsters." This marriage is said to be the first Christian marriage performed in Maryland. Lord Baltimore granted Thomas Greene 10,000 acres of land which was a "burden" and he gave it back to Lord Baltimore. Thomas Green then purchased 1,000 acres which was all on the Island of Poplar, which he called Bobing Manor after his distant ancestor's estate in England. Lord Baltimore appointed Thomas Green to the Privy council of the Colony, and in 1647 Lord Baltimore became ill and appointed Thomas Green to succeed him as Provincial Governor. Thomas was governor of Maryland from June 1647 to April 1649 when he was replaced by Capt. William Stone of Virginia. Thomas Green was a Catholic and the colony was predominantly Protestant, so Thomas Green was not a popular Governor, especially in 1649 when the Colony learned that King Charles I had been be-headed. William Stone had replaced Thomas Green, but Stone was away from the Colony, and Thomas Green was again Governor, and on November 15, 1649 he proclaimed that the King's son, also named Charles, the Prince of Wales was undoubtedly the rightful heir to all his father's domain and Thomas Greene hereby proclaimed him King Charles II. When Governor Stone returned to the Colony he repudiated the declaration of Thomas Green, but it was too late to stop Charles II from taking the throne and Oliver Cromwell then took control of the government as a "Protectorate," and you know the rest of the story, as they say.
Another milestone document was placed into law in Maryland in 1649 when an Act concerning Religion was passed by the Assembly on April 21, 1649 and was signed by Thomas Greene. This is considered the first statute in America granting freedom of religion to the people. This was a very radical idea in that time, as it was legal to hang a Quaker in all Colonies except Maryland because of their religious beliefs.
More About Thomas Green: Event 1: Bet. 1647 - 1649, Governor of Colonial Maryland. Event 2: 1633, To Maryland from England. Record Change: December 08, 20012968