Lydia Mead: Birth: ABT 1632. Death: AFT 1666
Patience Mead: Birth: ABT 1646. Death: 22 MAY 1670
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Note: "The English origin of Gabriel Mead of Dorchester and Joan his wife" This paper is the result of a suggestion made by Gordon Remington of Salt Lake City. It is known that the wife of Gabriel Mead of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was named Joan, and it has been assumed that her maiden name was Bate or Bates, but without any proof. It has been suggested that he was born in about 1588 and the name of one of his daughters was Sarah.(1) In fact, in the town of Henley upon Thames, Oxfordshire, Gabriel Meades was born in 1590, married Joan Frewin, and had Sarah, his eldest daughter, who was born in 1632. Thomas Meades was born circa 1550 and lived in the town of Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. The earliest parish records for this town are from 1558, so there is no record of his christening. There was a man named William Mede who paid rent on a tenement in Henley in 1487 and 1492(2), but there is no way of knowing if the two men were related. Thomas Meades probably did not come originally from Henley or the nearby parishes. All of the people named Meades in the parish records of Henley until 1640 are descended from him, and there is no one named Meade or Meades in the 16th century records of the nearby parishes. There was a man named Thomas Meade in the muster rolls for Oxfordshire in 1569(3), but this was in the hundred of Bullingdon about 20 miles away, and there were probably dozens of Thomas Meades in England at that time. On May 25, 1578 Thomas Meades married Emlin Carter and they had: Oct 24, 1579 John Meades son of Thomas About 1582 Andrew Meades Dec 19, 1585 Edward Meades son of Thomas Oct 4, 1590 Gabriel Meades son of Thomas Thomas Meades was a weaver. He had a messuage and tenement in a place called Beggaridge in Henley and was a member of Saint Mary's church. In 1602 his name is found on an assessment list for the church(4). He paid 18d, an average contribution. On November 15, 1612, Emlin Meades the wife of Thomas Meades was buried. A short time later, on Feb 1, 1612/3 Thomas Meades married Ellinor or Elianor Thomas. The will(5) of Thomas Meades of Henley upon Thames, weaver, is dated March 23, 1623/4. In it he bequeaths a messuage or tenement in "Beggaridge in the parish of Henley" to his son John Meades, with the stipulation that "Elianor my nowe wife" have a one-third share. His wife also received various household stuff, such as bedding, linen, a bedstead, an iron pot and "all my pewter and brasse". To his second son, Andrew Meades, he left the sum of twelve pence. The name of Andrew Meades does not appear in the parish records of Henley. For the most part these are quite legible, though there are a few damaged portions, especially at the bottoms of the pages. Thomas left to his "third sonne Edward Meades the somme of Twenty and ffower pounde the wch hee nowe oweth unto mee." And finally, Thomas left the rest of his estate, including goods, money, cattle and chattels, "to Gabriell Meades my youngest sonne whome I make and ordaine my sole Executor." Thomas Meades was buried on August 29, 1629. On January 16, 1630 "widdo Meades", probably his widow Elianor, was married to Thomas Haselwood. On October 31, 1602, John Meades, the eldest son of Thomas Meades and Emlin Carter, married Katherine Goodspeed and they had: Oct 30, 1603 Daniel Meades son of John Feb 2, 1605/6 John Meades son of John (buried Sep 6, 1611) Sep 11, 1608 Augustine Meades son of John Mar 10, 1610/1 Richard Meades son of John Oct 24, 1613 John Meades son of John Jun 23, 1616 William Meades son of John Dec 12, 1619 Stephen Meades son of John (buried Feb 15, 1628/9) Feb 13, 1624/5 Bridget Meades daughter of John (buried Feb 15, 1628/9) On December 26, 1613, Edward Meades, the third son of Thomas Meades and Emlin Carter, married Joan Williams and they had: Sep 24, 1615 Joan Meades daughter of Edward (buried Mar 20, 1617/8) Apr 3, 1617 An Meades daughter of Edward Jan 1, 1618/9 Johana Meades daughter of Edward Nov 15, 1620 Edward Meades son of Edward (buried Nov 16, 1620) Joan Meades, the wife of Edward Meades, was buried on December 24, 1620. Soon afterwards, on May 27, 1621, Edward Meades married Agnes Johnson and they had: Mar 15, 1622/3 Elizabeth Meades daughter of Edward (buried Mar 25, 1623) Jan 1623/4 (no date) Unnamed child of Edward Meades buried Aug 21, 1625 Elizabeth Meades daughter of Edward Dec 3, 1626 Dorothy Meades daughter of Edward Apr 27, 1628 Sara Meades daughter of Edward Jul 25, 1630 Frances Meades daughter of Edward Sep 28, 1633 Ruth Meades daughter of Edward Jan 25, 1634/5 Edward Meades son of Edward Jun 2, 1637 Child of Edward Meades stillborn On, July 17,1628 Gabriel Meades, the youngest son of Thomas Meades, married Joan Frewin. There were several Joan Frewins or Fruins born at about the right time to have married Gabriel Meades in 1628. Joan Frewin the daughter of Henry was born in April 1592 but she was buried February 9, 1593/4. There was a Joan the daughter of Richard born May 29, 1595. Joan Frewin the daughter of Robert was born October 13 1605 but "Jana filia Roberti" was buried on September 27, 1625. And on September 13, 1607 was christened Joan the daughter of Rice Fruin and Alice Bond, who were married August 25, 1606. Thus there were two surviving Joans, born in 1595 and 1607. The younger Joan was more likely the one who married Gabriel in 1628, since the elder one would have married at the age of 33 and had her second child at 37. If Gabriel and Joan Meades of Henley are the same as Gabriel and Joan Mead of Dorchester, Massachusetts, the elder Joan, born in 1595, would have had children in America at well over the age of 40. Gabriel Meades and Joan his wife had, in Henley: Dec 16, 1629 Abell Meades son of Gabriell (buried Dec 20, 1629) Aug 30, 1632 Sara daughter of Gabriel After this, at least unto 1640, there are no further records of children born to Gabriell Meades in Henley. (1) Spencer Mead in "The History and Genealogy of the Mead Family" surmised that the wife of Gabriel Mead was Johanna Bates. From Mr Remington's article in TAG Vol. 73 No. 1: Gabriel's wife, in his will of January 15 1654/5, is Johanna (Suffolk Co. Probates 1:526-27). Various dates are suggested in the IGI for the birth of Gabriel's daughter Sarah, anywhere from the 1620's to the 1640's. (2) Henley Borough Records 1395-1543, Oxfordshire Record Society vol. 4 P.M. Briers editor. Page 94: Item eadem die [6 Apr. 1487] Wil. Mede reddidit computum suum pro redditu tenementi sui de claro ad hunc die et concessum est coram custode et communitate quod debet de claro ad hunc diem ii s vii d. Page 104: 19 Sep. 1492. Et de Wil. Mede pro redditu tenementi sui a retro xii d. (3) Oxfordshire Muster Rolls, Oxfordshire Record Society vol. 60, page 67. (4) A History of Henley on Thames, John Southerden Burn, page 215 (5) Oxfordshire Record Office 44/2/8" By VANCE MEAD In his "History and Genealogy of the Mead Family," Spencer Mead speculated William Mead of Stamford, Conn., and Gabriel Goodman Mead of Dorchester, Mass., were brothers and came originally from Lydd, Kent. In an article published in January 1998 in The American Genealogist, Gordon Remington showed that William Mead was born in 1592 in Watford, Hertfordshire. He did not investigate the origin of Gabriel Mead, though he did demonstrate William and Gabriel were not brothers. It is known the wife of Gabriel Mead of Dorchester was named Johanna or Joan, and it had been assumed that her maiden name was Bate or Bates, but without any proof. It had been suggested he was born in or about 1588 and the name of one of his daughters was Sarah(1). If, as I believe, it is probable Gabriel and Joan Meades of Henley, are the same Gabriel and Joan Mead of Dorchester, Mass. The elder Joan, born in 1595, would have had children in America at well over the age of 40. Gabriel Meades and his wife, Joan, had in Henley: Dec. 16, 1629 -- Abell Meades, son of Gabriell (buried Dec. 20, 1629) and Aug. 30, 1632 -- Sara Meades, daughter of Gabriell. After this, at least until 1640, there are no further records of children born to Gabriell Meades in Henley. Gabriel was an uncommon Christian name in England at that time. Coupled with the known names of his wife, Joan, and his daughter, Sarah, it seems quite certain Gabriel Meades in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, and Gabriel Mead of Dorchester, Mass., are the same person. FOOTNOTES: (1) Spencer Mead in "The History and Genealogy of the Mead Family" surmised the wife of Gabriel Mead was Johanna Bates and they had come from Lydd, Kent. From Gordon Remington's article in TAG Vol. 73, No. 1: Gabriel's wife, in his will of Jan. 15, 1654/55 (probated July 17, 1667) is Johanna (Suffolk Co. Probates 1:526-527). various dates are suggested in the IGI for the birth of Gabriel's daughter, Sarah, anywhere from the 1620s to the 1640s. (2) Henley Borough Records 1395-1543, Oxfordshire Record Society vol. 41. P.M. Briers Editor. Page 94: Item eadem die (6 Apr 1487) Wil. Mede reddidit computum suum pro redditu tenement sui de claro ad hunc die et concessum est coram custode et communitate quod debet de claro ad hunc diem ii s vii d. Page 104: 19 Sep. 1492. Et de Wil. Mede pro redditu tenementi sui a retro xii d. (3) Oxfordshire Muster Rolls, Oxfordshire Record Society vol 60, page 67. (4) The parish records are taken from the transcripts at the Society of Genealogists library in London and checked against the originals at the Oxfordshire Record Office. (5) A History of Henley on Thames, John Southerden Burn, page 215. (6) Oxfordshire Record Office 44/2/8.
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