Capt. Thomas WIGGIN

Male Abt 1592 - Aft 1666  (~ 74 years)

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  • Name Capt. Thomas WIGGIN 
    Title Capt. 
    Born Abt 1592  [1
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1630  Piscataqua (Portsmouth area), Rockingham County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Aft 29 Mar 1666  [1
    Person ID I28019  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2011 

    Family 1 unknown,   d. Bef 1633 
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F9838  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Catherine WHITING,   b. 1601 
    Married 11 Jul 1633  London, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • St. Margaret, New Fish Street
     1. Andrew WIGGIN,   b. Abt 1635
     2. Mary WIGGIN,   b. Abt 1638
     3. Thomas WIGGIN,   b. Abt 1640
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2011 
    Family ID F9261  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1630 - Piscataqua (Portsmouth area), Rockingham County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Jul 1633 - London, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The origins of Thomas Wiggin are unknown. He migrated in 1630, first to Piscataqua, and then to Swamscott. His occupation was Agent, and he was presumably admitted to the Hampton church by 1641 (baptisms of children that year).

      There is no record of freemanship, but he must have been admitted to hold the many Massachusetts Bay offices that he did. He was Governor of Piscataqua (Dover, NH); Associate; Magistrate; Arbiter; Grand jury; and Commissioner at Piscataqua.

      "On 26 November 1632 the Council for New England reported that 'Sir Christopher Garner [Gardiner], Knight, Capt. Wiggin, and Mr. Delbordge of Ba[rn]staple, desired patents of several places in New England, which was note denied them' (but no grants were made at this time, as the Great Seal was in the hands of the Earl of Warcwick, who was not present at this meeting) [Council NE 113].

      "In the division of the Squamscott Patent on 14 May 1656 'Capt. Thomas Wiggin & partners' received 'eight share and one quarter,' being one-third of the whole patent [NEHGR 24:264-69]. On 18 November 1658 Capt. Thomas Wiggins 'one of our honored magistrates' deeded to Capt. Richard Walderne and Thomas Lake, both of Boston, merchants, a portion of the Squamscot Patent [NEHGR 126:234-36; see also NHPLR 11:110-11].

      "On 25 April 1662 'Thomas Wiggins of Squamscutt in Pascattaq[ua] River in New England & Thomas Wiggin Junior of Dover in New England' sold to Captain Walter Barefoote of Dover 'all our right, title and interest of & in the one-half of a sawmill work lying & being situate upon the River of Cocheco within the town of Dover,' with one-half of all the appurtenances, including one-half of six hundred acres granted them by the town of Dover and one-half of two hundred acres granted to 'Tho[mas] Wiggins Senior' by the General Court, near Sandy Point [NHPLR 3:86a-86b].

      "On 21 March 1662/3 'Thomas Wiggin of Quamscot in New England Senior do hereby own & acknowledge my son Thomas Wiggins now resident in Dover in New England aforesaid to be my real servant & agent for & until the time of his marriage & accordingly shall own & take a course to satisfy what debts he hath made in the time of my employment & until the time aforesaid' [NHPLR 3:156b].

      "In his will, dated 16 June 1664 and proved in 1666, 'Thomas Wiggin of Quamscott' bequeathed to 'my loving wife Katherin' household goods and clothing; 'my son Andrew Wiggins' to pay 'unto his mother' L5 or a good cow of like value, he to have a scarlet suit and coat, otherwise 'my said wife' to have it; to 'my said wife' my gelding; to 'my son Thomas Wiggins a flagon and voider [tray or basket] and clothes; to 'my daughter Mary' a cupboard with drawers 'which I formerly promised her'; to 'my said wife' cloth and debts and residue, she to be executris; 'my loving friends Sam: Haines & Elias Stileman' overseers [NHPP 31:77-78]."

      "Catherine (Whiting) Wiggin was the sister of Major William Whiting of Hartford, Connecticut. On 2 April 1646, in a codicil to his will, he bequeathed to 'my sister Wiggin' L5 and to 'each of her children" L3 [Manwaring 1:41].

      "At Court 10 September 1645 John 'Awlte' and Remembrance his wife sued Capt. Thomas Wiggin for wages due to his wife before she came to Pascataquack, New England. Henry Tybbets witnessed that her time of service 'did begin the first of March before she came to New England' [NHPP 40:18]."

      Thomas Wiggin "...witnessed delivery of the Vines patent 25 June 1630 [YLR 1:2:8], and the Hilton patent on 7 July 1631 [NEHGR 24:266].

      "Thomas Wiggin was a great friend of Winthrop and Massachusetts Bay and an opponent of the Gorges and Mason interests. On 30 August 1632 he wrote a most informative letter to 'his worthy friend Master Dowinge' from Bristol describing the infamy of Sir Christopher Gardner [MHSC 3:8:320]. He wrote another letter to Sir John Cooke, His Majesty's Secretary, dated 19 November 1632, describing the rich resources in New England and the manner of the planters, saying '...for the plantation in Mattachusetts, the English there being about 2000 people, young and old, are generally most industrious and fit for such a work, having in three years done more in building and planting than others have done in seven times that space, and with at least ten times less expense [MHSC 3:8:322-23].'

      "Edward Howes wrote to John Winthrop Jr. from London on 25 March 1633 saying '[t]here are honest men about to buy out the Bristol men's plantation in Pascataque, and do purpose to plant there five hundred good people before Michelmas next. Captain Wiggin is the chief Agent therein' [WP 3:115]. Howes wrote again from the Inner Temple, London, 22 June 1633, 'I have and you all have cause to bless God that you have so good a neighbor as Capt. Wiggen' [WP 3:132].

      "He was involved in a number of minor suits in court in the 1640s and 1650s [NHPP 40:9, 15, 19, 24, 26, 34, 49, 111]. He was threatened the requisite number of times. At the October 1650 court 'Kathrine Wormwood' swore she heard 'Edwarde Calcorde' say that 'he would pluck the Captain off the bench' [NHPP 40:59-60]. Philip Chesley was sentenced for 'giving our reproachful speeches against 'the worshipful Captain Wiggins' at court 21 August 1655 [NHPP 40:115]. Edward Colcord, drunk in court 27 June 1661, had 'violent and uncomely' speeches to Capt. Wiggins [NHPP 40:163-.

      "Thomas Wiggin was claimed as a witness in the forged Wheelwright deed [WJ 1:510; NHPP 1:59].

      "The published Hampton vital records correct the date of the children's baptisms and the date of Andrew's marriage, compared to the dates given by Noyes, Libby and Davis." [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Great Migration Begins, The , Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 1995), ISBN 0-88082-044-6., 1983.

    2. [S30] Great Migration Begins, The , Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 1995), ISBN 0-88082-044-6., 1982-1985.