Thomas Wellman

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Thomas Wellman
Borncirca 1615
Died10 October 1672
Spouse(s)Elizabeth (----)
ChildrenAbraham Wellman
Isaac Wellman
Elizabeth Wellman
Sarah Wellman
Mary Wellman

Thomas Wellman was born in about 1615 in England and died at Lynn, Massachusetts on 10 October 1672. He was among the early settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and progenitor of the Wellman family of New England. At age 21 he traveled from London to Barbados in 1634 or 1635 aboard Hopewell as part of a mass exodus of Puritans called the Great Migration. [1]

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New life in America

Thomas sailed from Barbados to Massachusetts and settled in Lynn about 1640, where he married Elizabeth (whose family surname has not been discovered) about 1642. At the time of his death, he owned 180 acres of land in Lynn. Their home on the east side of Summer Street in Lynn was occupied by several generations of Wellmans before being demolished in the 1830s. [1]

Second generation of Thomas Wellman's family

Thomas Wellman and his wife Elizabeth had five children: Abraham (born about 1643-died about 1717), Isaac (born about 1647-died after 1724), Elizabeth (born about 1660-died 1740), Sarah (born about 1662), and Mary (born about 1664). [1]

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American revolution

At least thirty-four descendants of Thomas Wellman participated in the American Revolutionary War: [1]

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Two American towns have been named for the family:

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