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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Thomas Purchase - Maine & Lynn,Mass. - Great Migration Begins. Part 5 of 5.
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 22:39:58 EDT
Subject: Thomas Purchase - Maine & Lynn, Mass.
Source: The Great Migration Begins.
Immigrants to New England 1620-1633.
Part 5 of 5 Parts.
At that same Court, Arthur Browne sued Thomas Purchase, genletman, for
slander, saying that he had been wrongfully accused by Purchase "of bribery and
perjury to his utter disgrace and the wounding of his reputation which ought to
be dear and precious to all men of honest behavior." Purchase claimed that
he never said such things, but again the jury found him guilty. [MPCR
Also at that Court, there was some question of the validity of Mr. Thomas
Purchase's weights used to measure beaver. The part of the page that would
resolve the matter is now missing. [MPCR 1:80-81].
On August 1, 1654, Plymouth Colony, as part of its ill-fated attempt to
extend control over the Kennebec region, and after having appointed Thomas
Purchase as Assistant for that area, agreed "that a letter should be directed unto
Mr. Thomas Purchas, at Pashipscott, in the River of Kennebecke, in their
names, to approve of the service he hath undertaken in being helpful and
assistant in the ordering and governing of the inhabitants of the said river, and to
encourage him therein, and otherwise to congratulate with him" [PCR 3:63].
On June 21, 1664, Ferdinando Gorges attempted to reappoint his "loving
friends" including Thomas Purchase of "Pegipscott" Commissioners for Maine, but
Purchase evidently declined. [MPCR 1:201] Finally at Casco Court, October 1,
1667, Thomas Purchase was sued by Mr. Thomas Elbridge for £80 debt, but Elbridge
withdrew the charge and Purchase collected costs [MPCR 1:325]. In Suffolk
County Court, Thomas Purchase started a
case against Nicholas Lawence for an undisclosed cause, but withdrew
November 23, 1675 [SCC 634].
In February, 1676, the Lords of Trade and Plantations took notice of "Mr.
Purcas, an old inhabitant of New England, lately come over, to attend the Lords"
[W. Noel Sainsbury, ed., Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series, America
and West Indies, 1675-1676. (London 1893) p.347.
John Josselyn, in his description of the New England bear, reports on a
sovereign remedy espoused by Thomas Purchase: "One Mr. Purchase cured himself of
the sciatica with bear's grease, keeping some of it continually in his groin."
[Two Voyages 65.]
Bibliographic Note: The best account of Thomas Purchase and his family was
prepared in 1982 by Robert J. Dunkle as part of his research into the family of
Samuel Andrews, father of Purchase's second wife.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
See also, History of Lynn by Alonzo Lewis & James R. Newhall, Boston, 1865.
Full book online. See url below.
Page references for Purchis: 9, 10, 51, 157, 190, 192, 226, 251, 256, 262,
266, 267, 282, 287, 290, 577, 578 and 580.
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