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Thomson - Mendon - Maverick - Crowne

Dear Tommies - Aside from the fact that you can almost see Thomson's Island from the eastern portions of Weymouth - to state that John Thomson of Weymouth and Mendon could not be Mr. John Thomson (a ship's captain) because in Mendon he was referred to as Goodman is NOT a cogent argument, but dubious at best.

- Genevieve Fraser

Webster's dictionary defines Goodman as follows:

Main Entry: good?man
Pronunciation: \'gud-mən\
Function: noun
Date: 13th century

  1. archaic : the master of a household
  2. archaic : mr.u

Aside from the fact that John Thomson (born in Plymouth, England in 1619) was the same age as John Thomson of Waymouth/Mendon, there is also the matter of Col. William Crowne who moved to Mendon shortly after Goodman Thomson did. Crowne was an agent for Thomas Howard, the Earl of Arundel - the man David Thomson wrote to in 1626. However, I have been trying to find a connection with Samuel Maverick and have now found one.

Maverick was tied in with Captain Breedon and Charles LaTour. So was Col. William Crowne of Nova Scotia and Mendon.

Suffolk Deeds:

in good repaire. This deed was dated 15 (5) 1646. & acknowledged before John Winthrop Governor the same day.

This Indent' of a fraightm' made the 14th day of January 1645. betweene Sr Charles of S'. Steven Knight senr de la Tour of the one part & Samuel Maverick for & in the behalfe of the Right WoEp" Sir David Kirke knight one of the Lords Proprietors of New found land & Governor thereof of the other part, Witnesseth That the said Samuel Maverick in behalfe of the said Sr David Kirke hath le[ ] vnto freight vnto the said Monsieur la Tour a certaine vessell called the plan[ ] burden thirty fyve tunns of there about, for a voyage in her to be made vppon [76.] the coast of Lacadie betweene the Capes of Sable & Britton & for the time of thre[ ] months or neere thereabout next ensueing the date hereof, dureing wch time he is to keepe the said vessell as ueere as may be tight & well furnished wth sailes rigging cables anchors foure guns two murderer 6 Musketts wth powder shott match & other necessaries, & to haue a Master & seven able seamen, for whom he is to gvide good & sufficient gvision of victualls dureiug the said voyage, as also revision for the said Mousr La Tour & three men to attend on him. And in consideration of the hyre of the afore said vessell & the chardge afore expressed the said Monsr. La Tour is to pay vnto the said Samuel Maverick for the vse of Sr David Kirke & partners, wthin six dayes after his returne from this his intended voyadge, the ful one halfe part of all such Bever Moose & other furrs & Merchandize, as he shall get by way of trade wto the Indians in this his voyage, the value of the goods he now carries forth for trade, beinge first payd for according to an Invoyce now before his setting forth giuen in. And for pformance of the premisses & every part thereof the aforesaid parties bind them selvs theire heires Executors assigues & goods, in the penall summe of three hundred pounds steri. And in witnes of the truth haue here vuto interchangably sett theire hands & scales the day & yeare aboue written.

signed Le cheualur De la tour. Witnessed by vs

Joshua Scotto

Miguel de lugarate

This was certifyed to be the hand & scale of the sd MODS' La Tour (by the oath of the wtllin named Joshua Scotto, taken at Boston in New Engl. 23 (5) 1646. Before John Winthrop Governo':

Annal of Mendon:

COL. WILLIAM CROWNE was appointed the first Town clerk of Mendon by the " Committee Respecting the prudential! affayres of Mendon," as by their certificate, heretofore recorded, dated Dedham 2, 2, 1667.

The first mention I have found of Col. Crowne may be seen in a French publication, as quoted by Hazard in his Historical Collection, page 616, entitled Memoires de L'Amerique, Tom. 2. p. "l11.

In this document, which is a grant from Cromwell, we find that "Olivier, Seigneur, Protecteur de la Republique d'Angleterre. de E'cosse et d' Irelande," conveyed to Charles de Saint Etienne. (la Tour) Sir Thomas Temple and Col. William Crowne the territory of Acadie in Nova Scotia. The concession was dated August It, 1656. From this fact it is presumed that Crowne had held the commission of Colonel in the army of Cromwell.

That Col. Crowne came to New England in 1617 is quite probable; as we find, from a note at the bottom of page 206 of Hutchinson's History of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, that Sir Thomas Temple came over in that year, "having, with others, obtained from Oliver a grant of lands in Acadia or Nova Scotia, of which he was made governor." By the treaty of Breda. Acadia was restored to France, and thus Col. Crowne lost his interest in the grant made by Cromwell. In 1660 Col. Crowne was in Boston. Whaley and (ioffe, two of the regicides, who had arrived July 27, were, soon after, visited by him at Cambridge, as we learn by the diary of UofTe. At this time he is set down as a noted royalist. Upon the restoration of Charles 2d, complaints were directly made against the Colony by its enemies, and in 1660 orders were received from him " that persons should be sent over to make answer." Upon this, Simon Bradstreet, a magistrate, and John Norton, one of the ministers of Boston, were chosen by the (General Court as Agents to plead the cause of the Colony before the King.

History of New England, Volume 2

By John Gorham Palfrey

* I wish I knew more of the antecedents of this man. I gather from a letter of Thomas Lake to Leverett, (Mass. Hist. Coll., XXVII. 120,) that Breedon was in Boston before September, 1657, and that he was in some relations with Sir Thomas Temple. The prosperity of Boston now invited single commercial adventurers from England, who often came with no intention of permanent residence ; and I think that Breedon was one of these. May 5, 1660, he and Hezekiah Usher gave a bond to "Colonel William Crowne" to secure to Crowne the payment by Temple of four years' lease of Crowne's "whole truck and trade with the Indians and natives in all his division and extent of land to him belonging in the country of New Scotland or Lacadie." (Mass. Archives, II. 506 - 508.)


To the Honoured the General Court sitting at Boston,

The Humble Petition of William Crowne


That about six years since y' petitioner resolved to lease out his Township in ye East web Coll. Temple, since Knight & Baronet, by his Articles of Agreement made upon or division of or several parts, confirmed and settled y same upon him and his Heires for ever wth all ye priviledges thereunto belonging, as by those Articles may appear. Yor Petitioner made his tender of ye lease first to Sir Thomas out of his love to him & ye peace of or future tranquility, but he refusing it, Capt. Convin & Ensign Scottoe tooke ye lease for several years at an hundred & tenn pounds per annum, clear rent, to be paid in Boston. But within one year after it so came to pass that Sir Thomas and they fell out ife troubles increased and nothing would com pose it but that I must turn them out and put him into ye lease; and the chief ground was yr Petitioner verily believeth y1 Mr. Scottoe gave out they cleared 300? y1 year lfe so by over persuasion of all hands & to compose y1 difference; C'apt. Breedan & Mr. Usher pressing also & offering their bond to pay me the rent constantly in Boston, during the tearme, Capt. Corwin and Ensign Scottoe surrendering up to me ye lease, I made it to Sir Thomas for ye remaining parte of theire tyme. wch was 4 year & took Capt. Breedan it Mr. Usher's bond for ye rent and they paid me ye first year, upon Sir Thomas his order upon ye bond, but they refused to pay me any more. Upon wch yor Petitioner complained to Sir Thomas, who very ingeniously confessed to me before Lieut. Cook, it was my due, but his hands were tied up by Capt. Breedan & company y1 he could not dispose of a skin and wished to sue them and gave his full leave; upon which I commenced a suite against them in ye County court upon ye bond for what rent then due <fc had a verdict but ye honoured Magistrates not accepting it, it fell in course to ye Court of Assistants and then neither jury nor Magistrates found for him & so by yr law yr are pleased in such cases, when they have run ye progress in ot her Courts, to seek reliefe of you, therefor I humbly crave the benefitt of yv law and for that also there is no other Court to be appealed to but this Honoured Court. There is now due to y Petitioner ?380 certain rent besides four years forbearance wch maketh near ?4(M).

Premises considered yr Petitioner doth humbly beseech this Honoured Court to appoint him a day for hearing the whole case & to do therein as ye justness thereof in yr grave wisdom you shall see fitt. For justice is God's work & you are his Agents in that worke. so a just sentence is God's sentence, soe y' Petitioner commits his cause to God it yon, And shall pray,

WM. Crowne.

The Magistrate judge meete to grant the petitioner a hearing of the case mentioned in his petition at the next session of this Court, the petitionr giving the parties concerned timely notice thereof, their brethren the deputyes consenting thereto.


8 May 1666. Consented to by the deputyes.

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May it please your Lord? In octobr last were two letters writen to you, and in my absence att New Yorke, were by Captaine Breedon committed to the care and trust of Mr Bendall and Cap' Clarke, In this fleete are sent two pacquetts, the outward Couert is directed to Sf Will: Couentry, in those are letters to his royall highnes, your Lord? and Sr Will: Morice, In all wch an account is giuen, how al thinges stand heare att this tyme. One Samuell Wheate will repaire to yor Lordl and

[* Accompanying copies of the two preceding documents.] 1 and counsell of the Messachusette, exhorting them to obedience and theire answer to it. by wch it is euident, they intend to stand out as long as they can. In the letters before mentioned were sent Copies of Petitions deliuered to the last Court subscribed by many considerable p[s]ons of seuerall townes desiring they would obay his Matie" Commaunde. And how the petitioners were delt w'!' by that Court for theire prsumption.

Good my Lord we most humb[l]y desire you would be pleased to procure some speedy order may be taken for the quelling of the rebellious, and incouragm' of the loyall and well affected partie, for if they be suffered to "oe on in rebellion it will be an ill and daungerous prsident to the other Collonyes, Two yeares since we prsumed to shew or opinion, how this might be donn wth the least charge and trouble, and wlh most securitie to the Innocent.

At first by sendinge for some of the most eminent offenders was this yeare doune but takes no effect.

next seisinge on their estate where euer found, and prohibitinge them all trade wth any of his Malie" Collonyes or in any other ptes, wth the subiecte of any prince in league wtu his Ma*, vnlesse they can prduce a certificate vnder the hand and scale of such as his Maiestie shall appoynt for that purpose, that they belong to such or such a Collonv wch are in obedience to his Matie, or to such or such a pson in the Messachusets, who haue declared them selues, and are certainely knowne to be lo}-all subiecte. seuer[a]ll shipes wch went in the last fleete & now in this also, belong in whole or pte to disaffected psons, and goods to a great vallew.

another way may be the keeping of a small frigott or two who may intercept all trade & comerce wth Boston or any other port belonging to the Messachusette. wch will soone bring them downe. We humbly leave it to consideration. My Lord if some speedy course be not taken, those wch haue submitted, or declared for his Matie by petitioninge or otherwise will be in a miserable condition. Yf we may be any waves seruisable, we are at his Ma"ea Comaund. So craving your Lordp? pardon for giuinge you this trouble we remayne.

Yourr Lordship" Most humble seruants

Boston Janu: 10. 166(8?)

My Lord I intended to haue come in this fleete and had all thinges ready abord. but the shippes being 20 dayes since driven ashore and and (sic) not able in 15 dayes to gett of, / in the meane tyme I was seased on by a litt of sicknes wch hath so weakned me, as that by aduise of P[h]isitian and freinds, I am aduised not to aduenture. Pardon I beseech you these scribled lyenes in haste. I Remayne

Your Lordsp. most humbl servant


The documents are direct quotes and should not be taken and used as one's own work without identifying the source.

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