Saturday, March 5, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ PHILBRICK of Watertown, Massachusetts and Hampton, New Hampshire

Watertown, Massachusetts


Thomas Philbrick was from Bures, Suffolk, England, and his six children were all baptized there, the youngest, Martha, baptized in Bures in 1631.  He had settled in Watertown in 1636 where he received a land grant, so he just missed having a sketch in The Great Migration series.  Thomas’s sons, John and Thomas, Jr., removed to Hampton about 1639.  By 1645, Thomas, Sr., had sold his estate in Watertown to Isaac Stearns and by 1650 he removed to Hampton with his sons. 

Thomas Philbrick was a culler of barrel staves.  In Joseph Dow’s History of Hampton, Chapter 2, there is an excellent description of Thomas Philbrick, Sr. and the importance of barrel staves in the early economy of the town of Hampton.   This was an elected position, and barrel staves were collected by “the culler of barrel staves” for the town as a form of payment of taxes. For example, in 1654 “liberty was given to any inhabitant to make 500 staves for each share of commonage owned by him, but the staves must all be made before the 29th of September following.”  As a seaport, Hampton depended on wooden barrels for shipping, storage and trade.

Notable descendant:  Thomas Philbrick was the 7th great grandfather of Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (see the NEHGS Nexus, Volume XII, pages 167 – 1672, and Volume XIV, pages 65 – 68 for the ancestors of Sir Winston Churchill).  

For more information on PHILBRICK:

Vital Records of Hampton, New Hampshire, to the End of the Year 1900, George & Melinde Sanborn, NEHGS, 1992.

History of Hampton, New Hampshire, Joseph Dow, The Salem Press, 1893- pp.917-8
G. Andrew Moriority, “The English Connections of Thomas Felbrigge or Philbrick of Hampton N.H.”, The NEHGS Register, Volume 108,  page 25

An excellent, detailed blog post about Thomas Philbrick from Jeannie Roberts

My PHILBRICK genealogy:

Generation 1:  Thomas Philbrick, son of Thomas Philbrook, baptized on 13 September 1584 in Bures, Suffolk, England, and died before 8 October 1667 in Hampton, New Hampshire; married on 4 June 1615 in Bures to Elizabeth Knapp, daughter of William Knapp and Elizabeth Reade.  She was baptized on 9 July 1593 in Bures, and died 19 February 1664 in Hampton.  Six children.

Generation 2: Elizabeth Philbrick, baptized on 31 October 1621 in Bures, died 11 February 1677 in Hampton; married first in 1642 to Thomas Chase; married second on 26 October 1654 in Hampton to John Garland, son of Peter Garland and Elizabeth Unknown.  He was born about 1622 and died 4 January 1672.  Elizabeth married third to Henry Robie.

 Generation 3: Peter Garland m. Sarah Taylor
Generation 4: John Garland m. Elizabeth Dearborn
Generation 5: Elizabeth Garland m. Richard Locke
Generation 6: Simon Locke m. Abigail Mace
Generation 7: Richard Locke m. Margaret Welch
Generation 8: Abigail M. Locke m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10:  Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ PHILBRICK of Watertown, Massachusetts and Hampton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 5, 2015, (  accessed [access date]).

1 comment:

  1. My husband is a descendant of Thomas Philbrick & eventually through the Cass family.