Thomas Philbrick, was born on 13 Sep 1584 in St. Marys, Bures, Suffolk, England. He was christened on 23 Sep 1584 in St. Marys, Bures, Suffolk, England. Thomas with his wife and six children, emigrated from Lincolnshire, England, in company with Governor Winthrop, Sir Richard Saltonstall and others. We come through his daughter Elizabeth. They arrived in Massachusetts Bay, June 12, 1630, after the tempestuous passage of seventy-six days on the ship Arabella. They attempted a settlement where is now Salem, Mass., but in July, with Sir Richard and others, they went ot a place now called Watertown.
In 1639, the second summer after the settlement of Hampton, N. H., John (son of Thomas) PHILBRICK moved to Hampton, and his younger brother, Thomas, soon followed him. We are told that "The first settlers of Hampton were attracted to the place by the fishing, the fowling, the best of clams, and the salt marshes, almost ready for the scythe."
In 1645-6, Thomas Philbrick, Sen., a grantee of eight lots, sold his estate in Watertown to Isaac Stearns, and in 1650 or '51 he had removed to Hampton, where his elder sons lived. In 1661 he bought of John Moulton, land joining the farms of his son James and his son in law, John Cass. His wife, Elizabeth, died, 12 mo. 19, 1663 and in March, 1664, when he made his will, he calls himself "very aged." He d. in 1667.
He was buried in Seabrook, Rockingham Co., NH. in Quaker Line Church Cemetery.
Thomas1, the emigrant, was said to have been a shipmaster in the old country. His children settled near the ocean and not a few of them were drowned in it, passing by water into the future state. A natural affection for the sea, appeared among his descendants for generations. The young men took to the water as young ducks take to the stream, and seemed never more happy than in their "Home on the rolling wave."
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