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  • ID: I1781
  • Name: Thomas Prence
  • Prefix: Gov.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1600 in Lechlade, Gloucestershire
  • Death: 29 Mar 1673 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
  • Note:
    Thomas Prence was Governor of Plymouth colony in 1634, 1638, and 1657-1673. He was one of the original settlers on Nauset in 1644, and an Eastham freeman in 1655.
    "Gov. Prence is particularly remembered for his interest in establishing a public school system of education which resulted in the early passage of a law requiring each township of fifty families to maintain a teacher of reading and writing, while each of one hundred families was called upon to establish a grammar school.
    The years that he was Governor were marked by increased difficulties with the Quakers, partly caused by his own open hostility toward them." - Lowe's Nauset on Cape Cod

    "Governor Thomas Prence, was born in Lechlade, Gloucester, England ca. 1600. He died on March 29, 1673 and his will was proved June 5, 1673. He married 1st, at Plymouth ( the 9th marriage in the colony), to Patience Brewster, on August 5, 1624. She was the daughter of William Brewster, and she died in 1634. He then married 2nd Mary Collier, the daughter of William Collier of Duxbury, on April 1, 1635. She died before December of 1662. He then married 3rd Apphia (Quicke) Freeman, before December 8, 1662, the widow of Samuel Freeman, Sr. He married 4th Mrs. Mary Howes, the widow of Thomas Howes of Yarmouth, and she died on December 9, 1695.
         Thomas Prence was a businessman and arrived on the Fortune in 1621 and was Governor of Plymouth Colony for 20 years. He followed his father-in-law, William Brewster, to Duxbury in 1632, and moved to Eastham in 1644 with 6 other families, returning later to Plymouth, where he died. His daughter, Hannah Prence, married Nathaniel Mayo, son of Rev. John Mayo." - Jean Mayo
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    Marriage 1 Patience Brewster b: 1600-1603 in Scrooby, Nottingham
    • Married: 5 Aug 1624 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony 2
    Children
    1. Has No Children Thomas Prence b: Bef 22 May 1627 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
    2. Has Children Rebecca Prence b: 22 May 1627 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
    3. Has Children Hannah Prence b: 1628 in Plymouth Colony
    4. Has Children Mercy Prence b: 1631 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony

    Marriage 2 Mary Collier
    • Married: 1 Apr 1635 in Plymouth Colony 3
    Children
    1. Has Children Jane Prence b: 1 Nov 1637 in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
    2. Has Children Mary Prence b: Abt 1639 in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
    3. Has Children Judith Prence b: Abt 1645 in Plymouth Colony
    4. Has Children Sarah Prence b: Abt 1646 in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
    5. Has No Children Elizabeth Prence b: about spring 1647 in Plymouth Colony

    Marriage 3 Apphia Quicke b: Abt 1604 in England
    • Married: Bef 8 Dec 1662 in Plymouth Colony

    Marriage 4 Mary Burr b: est 1615 in England
    • Married: Bef 1673 in Plymouth Colony

    Sources:
    1. Title: Nauset on Cape Cod. A History of Eastham
      Author: Alice A. Lowe
      Publication: 1968. Eastham [MA] Historical Society
      Page: p 16-17
    2. Title: The Great Migration Begins. Immigrants to New England 1620-1633
      Author: Robert Charles Anderson
      Publication: 1995. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Great Migration Study Project.
      Page: 228
    3. Title: The Great Migration Begins. Immigrants to New England 1620-1633
      Author: Robert Charles Anderson
      Publication: 1995. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Great Migration Study Project.
      Page: 448
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