|Thomas, May 1, 1666. CTR|
THOMAS, Ipswich 1639, baker, d. 1 May 1666; by w. Elizabeth had Joseph; Nathaniel; James, wh. went. to Eng. Thomas, wh. d. bef. his f. leav. wid. Elizabeth and perhaps s. Thomas; and John, H. C. 1656, perhaps youngest, nam. in codic. to the will of his f. 1660. Most of these ch. were brot. by the f. from Eng.
Thomas Emerson, of Ipswich, Massachusetts, is recorded in the church wardens book of St. Michael's church, in 1630, as collector for the poor. His wife, Elizabeth (Brewster) Emerson, is supposed to have been a daughter of William Brewster, of Scrooby, and the famous elder of the Pilgrims, 1620. It has been proven that Major-General Dcnison. a close friend of Thomas, and mentioned in the latter's will, emigrated from
Bishop's-Stortford. Thomas Emerson was probably born in Sedsfield parish, county of Durham, England, and died in Ipswich, Massachusetts, May i, 1666. He was baptized at Bishop's-Stortford, England, July 26, 1584, and was married July i, 1611, in that parish to Elizabeth Brewster. Their children as recorded in St. Michael's Church at Bishop'sStortford were: Robert, Benjamin, Ralph, James, Joseph, Elizabeth, John, Thomas, Nathaniel and Susan. Tradition says that they came from England in the ship "Elizabeth Ann,'' in 1635. He was at Ipswich, Massachusetts, as early as 1638, when eighty acres of land was granted to him. In the same year he received a deed of one hundred and twenty acres from Samuel Greenfield, a weaver of Ipswich, and this was the Turkey Shore farm, which remained in the family for generations. He is mentioned as a commoner in 1641, and in 1646 was one of the "seven men," equivalent to the present selectmen. He was the possessor of considerable property and the records show that he received damages from the town for the loss of a yoke of oxen that backed off a bridge. The inventory of his estate amounted to two hundred and twentyfive pounds three shillings. The records of England show that the family was nonconformist, and they probably found difficulty in getting out of England. The reference to Thomas Emerson as a baker in the Massachusetts records probably arises from the fact that he assumed the character of an artisan in order to make his removal from England less difficult.