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Thoroughgood and Pate families: connections?
Posted by: A.J. Pate (ID *****6947) Date: January 29, 2008 at 07:49:25
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There was a Thoroughgood Pate in Colonial Virginia and also in Colonial North Carolina. There is some uncertainty among Pate genealogists whether this is the same man. In any case, I am possibly a descendant of the the NC Thoroughgood 1660-1713.

It was a common practice among the Pate's of the 1700s and 1800s to use surnames of friends and relatives as given names. Thoroughgood, in its many variations (Thorowgood, Thoroughgood, Thorogood, Thorrowgood, Thurgood, Thurogood, Thurowgood, Throgoode, Thorrogood, Thorogoode, Thurgoode), is obviously a surname. So I have been searching for some connection between the two families, predating the birth of the NC Thoroughgood and perhaps even predating their arrival in America. There was also an Adam Thoroughgood 1585-1642 in Colonial Virginia.

I have found a strong clue to a possible connection in England, where there was a "Pate Thorogood". See the following:

The manor descended in the direct male line of Palmer to Henry Billingsley Palmer, son of Edward Palmer. (fn. 36) Between 1668 and 1697 a number of mortgages were taken out on Dews Hall. (fn. 37) Among the mortgagees was Richard Lockwood. In 1709 Henry Billingsley Palmer sold the manor to Catlyn Thorogood, an official of the South Sea Company. (fn. 38) Thorogood died in 1732. (fn. 39) His son Pate Thorogood sold Dews Hall in 1735 to Richard Lockwood, 'an eminent Turkey merchant', the son of the above-mentioned Richard Lockwood. (fn. 40)
From: 'Lambourne: Manors', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4: Ongar Hundred (1956), pp. 76-81. URL: .

I would appreciate if anyone could provide more information.

A. J. Pate
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