Title: Hale, House & Related Families
Title: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England 1634-1635
Note: Immigrant to Dorchester, MA 1634 on the Regard; merchant.
First appears in Dorchester, MA, in 1635, when he was granted 12 acres of planting ground on Squantum Neck. As early as 15 May 1637, he was living in Windsor, CT, where he was a witness. He had a land grant there and sold part of it to Thomas Newell in 1642. In 1640, he was involved in a business ventire with Henry Wolcott and Samuel Wakeman. The three chartered two ships, the Charles and the Hopewell, to bring passengers and goods from Bristol, England. Apparently the three partners themselves sailed the passage since Nathaniel Patten later testified that he had lent the steward of the Charles a sheet and rug for Wolcott, Marshfield, and Wakeman to use. Later Patten sued the three partners for damages, he having lent them �230 to finance the venture. On 14 October 1642, owing to serious financial reversals, the court took into custody all of his estate, goods and chattels to pay his debts.
From Exeter, ENG; mentioned as landowner in Windsor, CT in 1640, but removed in 1642.
Connecticut Puritan Settlers: Marshfield, Thomas, appears to have left the colony in 1643. He came as early as '39. He was a gentleman of good standing, but had difficulty in the church.
On 14 October 1642, the Particular Court of Connecticut noted that many suits had been placed against Thomas Marshfield, and that he was "wthdrawen an non soluit," i.e. insolvent. All his property in Connecticut was to be sold for the benefit of his creditors.
On 6 May 1641, George "Willys" [Jr.] wrote his father, Governor George Wyllys, from Bristol, GLS, ENG that " Mr marshfield of windsore hat been in a great [sic] of trouble here & was inforced to make ouer his wholl estate to one mr tarrey for the paiment of his debts here and old accounts for the ships th[a]t he & Goodma[n] wakema[n] were undertakers in the last yeere so th[a]t his coming is as yet somwt uncertaine and they wil not I suppose gayne so much as is supposed . . ."
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