Thomas Carrier

Male Aft 1626 - 1735  (~ 108 years)


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  • Name Thomas Carrier 
    Born Aft 1626  , , , Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 May 1735  Colchester, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Marlboro Cemetery, Marlborough, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I22415  Wyman
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2021 

    Family Martha Allen Click to preview: Martha Allen,   b. 1643, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1692, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 7 May 1664  Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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    Children 
     1. Thomas Carrier Click to preview: Thomas Carrier,   b. 18 Jul 1682, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1740, Colchester, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 26 Feb 2010 
    Family ID F9503  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Aft 1626 - , , , Wales Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 May 1664 - Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 May 1735 - Colchester, New London, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Marlboro Cemetery, Marlborough, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 'Thomas Carrier, the earliest known ancestor of the Carrier family was born about 1626 in Wales. There is a family tradition that he was a member of the Royal Guard in the court of King Charles I of England, and that when Oliver Cromwell overthrew the monarchy in 1649, Carrier was one of two men who carried out the execution of the King. When Charles II regained the throne six years later, Thomas Carrier fled to Massachusetts and settled in the town of Billerica. In 1674 he married Martha Allen, daughter of Andrew and Faith (Ingalls) Allen. They lived first in Billerica, and later moved to Andover. In the spring of 1692, the Carriers were caught up in the witch hysteria in Andover and nearby Salem, with Martha and five of her children being arrested and charged with witchcraft. The children were tortured until they testified against their mother. Martha refused to confess her evil ways and was hanged, along with four others, on August 19, 1692. Following the tragic demise of his wife, Thomas moved his family to Connecticut, where he was one of the first settlers in what was to become the town of Colchester. He died in 1735 at the age of '108 or 109 years', according to Colchester town records.' Dan Keth Homepage on the Carrier Family. THOMAS CARRIER removed to Andover from Billerica. He is said to have been a native of Wales. He is noteworthy principally as having been the husband of Martha (Allen) Carrier, who was hanged for witchcraft. He seems to have been not greatly disturbed by any of the events of life. He lived to a good old age, as is said, attaining one hundred and nine years. His name is given on the list of the South Church members removed by death, but he had then become a resident of the town of Colchester, Conn. He was of remarkable physical strength, and walked six miles shortly before his death.p 122-123 THOMAS, Billerica, came, perhaps, from Wales, m. 7 May 1664, Martha Allen, when his name in rec. of B. is writ. Morgan, alias Carrier, had sev. ch. of wh. Thomas, the preced. and Sarah, b. a. 1685, were witness. in the unnatur. proceed. that end. in the execut. of their mo. 19 Aug. 1692. He had rem. to Andover short. bef. and in few yrs. after went to Colchester, there live more than 20 yrs. and d. 16 May 1735, said in N. E. Weekly Journ. soon after, to be 109 yrs. old; and exaggera. in this case may not be more than ten or fifteen yrs. The contempo. tells, that he was not gray, nor bald, walk. erect. and short. bef. his d. went six ms. on loot, left 5 ch. 39 gr.ch. and 38 gr. gr.ch. but it was not much less than forty-three yrs. from the judic. murder of his w. p.340

  • Sources 
    1. [S961] First Settlers of New England, James Savage.