Name: Thomas Jewell
Birth: ABT 1608 in Kingston, Surrey, England
Death: 21 JUL 1654 in Braintree, Mass
THOMAS JEWELL was probably born in England, not far from the year 1600. The name has been written Jule, Joyell, Jewel, then Jewell.
Thomas JEWELL is assumed to have arrived in the Boston area aboard the ship "Planter" in 1635, however, the first authentic account is in the early part of 1639, and shows that he resided in Braintree, Massachusetts, and had then a wife and one child, probably a daughter.
The Boston record is as follows:
"The 24th day, 2d mo., 1639. Also there is granted to Thomas Jewell, of the Mount, Miller, for three heads, 12 acres, upon the covenant of three shillings per acre." This "Mount," was Mt. Wollaston; first settled in 1625, and named from Capt. Wollaston; incorporated as Braintree in 1640; Quincy was set off in 1792, and Randolph in 1793. The tract was laid to Boston by the General Court or Legislature, in 1634; and Dec. 11th of that year the inhabitants after a lecture chose seven men who should divide these lands to those that might improve them, at the rate of 4 acres to each person in the family; gratuitously to citizens of Boston, and for three shillings per acre to others.
The following is a copy of his will, as witnessed by Wm. Scant and Hannah H. Harbor.
The will of Thomas Jewell of Brantray, while he is yet in perfect memory.
My Soule I commit into the hands of Almighty God in ye mediation of Jesus Christ, and my body to the dust.
All ye Estate whch God hath given me I doe give to my wife for to be hers as long as she is a widow, and so remainds; but if she shall marry, then to divide it into three parts; and two parts to be divided among my children, and the third to be hers. I doe by this will give power to these two my friends herein mentioned, namely William Neadam and Tho. ffoster, to take the care and oversight of all this my estate for my wife and children good, according to your best wisdom to be ordered. dated the 10th, 2d month, 1654."
Father: Edward Jewell
Grizel Carey Fletcher b: BET 1612 AND 1618 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, England
- Thomas Jewell b: 27 FEB 1642/43 in Braintree, Mass