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Re: Emma Seabrook/Thomas Fairchild
Posted by: Rich Houghton Date: January 09, 2001 at 08:19:44
In Reply to: Emma Seabrook/Thomas Fairchild by Pat Boothe of 504

This is what I have on the Fairchild/Seabrook connection.

Thomas Fairchild, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England around 1610; the exact time and place of birth are presently unknown. He may have been the Thomas Fairchild baptized in Wendy-cum-Shingay, Cambridge, on 10 July 1614, the son of AlexanderA Fairchild. Other sources have suggested Kent; Wingrave in Buckinghamshire; and High Laver, Essex, among others.

It seems generally accepted that Thomas sailed for New England from Barnstable, Devonshire, England. He was a merchant, an original and prominant settler of Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, where he was established by 1638-39. His homelot was located between Arthur Bostwick on the south, and Isaac Nichols Sr. on the north.

He married [EMMA?] SEABROOK by 1639, probably in Startford. She was the daughter of Robert Seabrook and his wife, and was born before 1620. A 1670 deed mentions that two of Tomas' children had a gift of land from their grandfather Robert Seaebrook. This is how the connection is established. Torrey notes that he married Emma or Sarah Seabrook. Since Sarah Seabrook is thought to have married Thomas Sherwood, it may be that the daughter that married Thomas was named Emma. It is thought, from most available evidence, that her name was Emma, a conclusion supported by the fact that Thomas-2 and his wife named their eldest daughter named Emma, and Thomas-1 named his last daughter Emma.

They had seven children (all recorded at Stratford):

       i       Samuel              b. 31 August 1640              m. (1) Mary Wheeler
                                                 m. (2) ------ ------
       ii       Sarah              b. 19 February 1641/2       m. Jehiel Preston
       iii       John              b. 1 May 1644              m. ------ ------
       iv       Thomas              b. 26 February 1645/6       m. (1?) ------ ------
                                                 m. (2?) Susanna ------
       v       Dinah              b. 14 July 1648              m. Benjamin Carey/Corey
       vi       Zechariah              b. 14 December 1651              m. Hannah Beach
       vii       Emma              b. 23 October 1653              m. Hachaliah Preston

He was elected Deputy in April 1646, September 1654, May 1655, October 1655, October 1658, May 1659, October 1659, May 1660, May 1664, October 1665, May and October 1666, and May 1667. He was a Commissioner for Stratford in 1664, and from 1666 through 1670. Finally, he served on the war committee for Stratford in October 1654.

His first wife died in Stratford sometime between 1653 and 1662. Thomas appears to have returned to England and married secondly, at St. Stephen's Church, Katherine Craig/Cragg, "widow of London," by contract dated 22 December 1662; the contract specified that she was to be provided with a life estate in his lands and a sum of 200 to be paid to her if he died before arriving back in New England. They had three children (recorded at Stratford):

       viii       Joseph              b. 18 April 1664              m. Joanna Wilcoxson
       ix       John              b. 8 June 1666              m. ------ ------
       x       Priscilla              b. 20 April 1669              m. Benjamin Peat

He died at Stratford on 14 December 1670. His will, dated 7 December 1670, provided:

"              I Thomas ffairchild beinge well in mind though weak in body doe make this my last will & Testament in maner as followeth:
              Imprimis. I doe give unto my welbeloved wife Kathren ffairchild my house and all my building together with the orchyard adioyning my pasture beyond excepted: after I give her three Cowes the remainder of the [service?] of John [?] together with the yoke of oxen now in worke as alsoe half the meadowe and half the upland in the great neck as alsoe the land in the old feild and in the new.
              2. nextly I doe give unto my son Samuell all the [Henryland?] upland and meadowe.
              3. alsoe I doe give unto my sonn Zachariah the pasture adioyning to the orchyard when he attayns the age Twentyone my wife haveing the Improvement therof untill that time [likewise?] half the meadowe & half the upland in the great necke and the sorrel horss after the afore said time of age.
              4. I give unto my daughter Dinah Ten pounds wherof that bed shee hath already received is a part.
              5. I give unto my sonn Thomas six sheep.
              6. I give unto my daughter Emm Ten pounds.
              Lastly I doe Constitute my wife sole Executrix of this my will for committing my soul to the God and my body to the decensy of burial. I doe certefy and confirm this my last will not willing unto any alteration herof by subscribing hearunto prsent decemr 7th 1670."

It is noteworthy that the will made no provision for the children he had by his second wife. His estate was inventoried on 10 January 1670/1; the document is very faint and difficult to read:

"       The Inventory of Mr Thomas ffairchild Taken by the Townsmen John Curtin, Henr Tomlinson [?] Hall John Hurd Junr, Joseph Hanley:
              one bull, two oxen, one three yearold steer, 2 heifers, 2 yearlings & 3 Calves, 11 hogges, 36 sheep & 1 Two yearold mare, 11 hoggs, house orchyard homelot & barn upland & meadow [56.10.00], 23 Acres of upland in ye neck & New feild [21.10.00], divission of land to be taken up [19.00.00], meadow at [Neesnigpour?] & gallop gap [24.00.00], Mr ffairchild his waring apparill [14.00.00], bedding in the southchamber . . . 6 bushels winter wheat, old hogghead barrel in the north chamber, wheat, peass and barly . . . Cupboard, stillyards, and other things, 6 pair sheets, 4 pillow beers, 3 Table clothes, bedstead, bed, boalster, 3 Trunks, box, chest & other od things, one looking glass, cider apples & other things, 15 bars of led, barrel of Beefe & other od things in the celler, 5 guns, case of pistols, cutlash sword & Pewter, morter Jack & other Iron about the fire, 13 pans of glass, brass & Ironware, saddle & horss geers & other things, books, plow shares, wedges & other things, corn & flax in the barn & hay bedding that Dinah hath, one hetchett, half pair skales, corn upon the ground, debts due to the estate of Mr ffairchild as appears by the particulars upon Accounts [23.13.00], debts [?] 2100 of sugar, The estate Indebted as appears by the particulars [74.13.11]."
The total value appears to have been around 350.

On 8 November 1675, Katherine married secondly Jeremiah Judson at Stratford. On 22 May 1677, Mrs. Katherine Judson, by virtue of a contract with Mr. Thomas Fairchild, "late deceased," by the consent of the General Court "hath a dwelling house, barn, orchard and homelot of two acres."

She died in May 1706 in Stratford.


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