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Re: Thomas Keene and Mary Thorley of Northumberland 1650
Posted by: Cynthia Rodriguez (ID *****7254) Date: July 25, 2011 at 13:50:49
In Reply to: Re: Thomas Keene and Mary Thorley of Northumberland 1650 by Stuart Neffeler of 1590

I'm thinking Thomas Keene wasn't indentured either, but I do think he may have bought a portion of land and then worked to earn more land by helping William Clobery and Company and through transporting others from MA to VA. I've seen Thomas Keene in a reference to Clayborne and William Clobery and Company in the Maryland Archives database in 1637 when Thomas Keyne, Cooper was forced to work for Evelyn when Claiborne left for England, during the same time that Clayborne and Evelyn were in such a squabble over Kent island. The Flowering of the Maryland Palatinate by Harry Wright Newman, suggests the list of people transported by Evelyn from Kent Island, VA back into MA (probably to Evelyton, the land promised him by Lord Baltimore) included freemen and indentured workers in April 1638. These Kent Islanders were promised no reprisal from siding with Clayborne earlier if they went with Evelyn. In other words, come with me or be arrested for treason. I think Thomas Keene was an early landowner, as on the 23 of May 27th, Thomas Keye is found as a neighbor in a land deed, his land abbuting Roger Symmons in Charles River County. I've found many of the early records are not indexed in depth and there are probably a few more clues to the early land records that may give us some more answers. Also, there is one more very hopeful clue found in the land documents of a few of Mathew Keene's grandsons. The land neighbors are Tilney, Bacon, Prettyman, Browne, Kirke, Wither, Symmons, Robinson, all family and neighbors with names found in the close proximity to the Keenes, Gosnolds, Nauntons and Wingfields in Suffolk. I know we will find our connections if we all work together. Cynthia

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