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Re: Thomas Keene and Mary Thorley of Northumberland 1650
Posted by: Stuart Neffeler (ID *****9071) Date: July 25, 2011 at 06:09:40
In Reply to: Re: Thomas Keene and Mary Thorley of Northumberland 1650 by Cynthia Rodriguez of 1590

Cynthia: If our Keene of Kent Is. and the one born in Suffolk are indeed the same person, then I feel that our Keene was unlikely to be indentured. He would have been related to well educated and influential people and I would think either able himself or supported by relatives in his trip to VA.
He does not appear in any of Claiborne's lists of workers on Kent which run through 1636. I believe indenture usually ran for five years, so arriving in 1635 in Henrico Co. would seem to make it unlikely he would be on Evelyn's ship just three years later.
The basic question of whether the Keene in Suffolk and the one on Kent are the same continues to be the major issue. If someone were in England then perhaps it would be possible to find out it there is any note of a death of a Thomas Keene born 1593 noted in Suffolk which would answer the question. Also he had to get to VA by ship so one would assume somewhere he is on a list of passengers.


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