(1617-1687) - Liverpool, England and Lynn, Essex co., MA

(First Generation - Coates Family)


BIRTH Thomas1was born probably ca. 1625 in Liverpool, England[1,2].
MIGRATION Thomas is the emigrant, but the details are not yet known.
RESIDENCES & REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS Thomas is the emigrant and ancestor of most of the Coates family in Eastern Massachusetts and was a resident of Lynn as early as 1646[3]. According to Broderick, "...On 16 September 1652, 'Obedia Flud of Boston and Thomas Coats of Lynn...both covenanted, bargained and sold to Henry Silsby of Ipswich...the now dwelling house of Thomas Coates in Lynn which was once in the occupations of Joseph Flud.' On 15 December 1658, Thomas Coates of Lynn conveyed to Robert Rand of that town, land in Lynn 'which was lately of Joseph Flud'. Thus it appears that Thomas Coates and Obadiah Flood were co-heirs of Joseph Flood..."[3]
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP The Floods were ardent Quakers even in the face of the Puritan bias against that faith. In fact, in the May 1646 Quarterly Court Session at Salem, Elizabeth herself was admonished "for saying publicly and disturbing those who sat near when Mr. Cobbet was preaching (on Infant Baptism) on a Sabath that Christ was circumcized on the eighth day and that then he was not baptized."[3] While Thomas' dedication to the Quaker faith has not been recorded, he stood by his wife and her family during their troubles with their Puritan neighbors.
MARRIAGE By 1646 when Thomas was 21, he married Elizabeth2 FLOOD/FLOYD, daughter of Joseph FLOOD/FLOYD & Jane WEST, in Lynn, Essex co., MA[4,5,6,7].

Anderson, et. al. assert that nothing more is known of Elizabeth after her emigration with her family[8]. Broderick postulates that, while Thomas' "...wife is never mentioned by her Christian name in any of the records..."[3], the facts that: (1) Elizabeth Coates was an ardent Quaker and brought before the Essex Quarterly Court on the same day as Joseph and Jane Flood for that faith[3,9]; (2) Thomas and Elizabeth named their first two children "...Jane and Elizabeth, perhaps after their maternal grandmother and mother, respectively..."[10]; (3) that Thomas Coates appears to have been either an heir or executor (in addition to Odediah Flood, Elizabeth's brother) of Joseph Flood's estate[3]; and (4) Torrey[4] cites that Thomas' wife possibly had the last name of Flood; all point to Elizabeth Flood being the wife of Thomas Coates.

3. ii. Elizabeth COATES Born ca.1655 in Lynn, Essex co., MA[14,15]. On 23 July 1673, when Elizabeth was 18, she married Josiah ROODS, son of Henry ROODS, in Lynn, Essex co., MA[14,15].
4. iii. James COATES Born ca.1657 in Lynn, Essex co., MA[14,15].
5. iv. John COATES. Please see his own page.
6. v. Thomas COATES Born ca.1661 in Lynn, Essex co., MA[14,18] and died in New Hampshire by 1709; he was 48[19]. Thomas was a Shipwright[20] and lived in Lynn, Essex co., MA until roughly 1695, when he moved to Newbury, Essex co., MA[20]. It is believed that he perhaps later moved to Portsmouth, Rockingham co., NH where he was fined in 170_ for selling without a license. He was also on the Tax Rolls there in 1707[20].

On 29 December 1685, when Thomas was 24, he married Martha GAY/GEE, in Lynn or Newbury, Essex co., MA[14,20,4,21,22,23,24,25,26,27].

They had the following children:

  1. Thomas (1688-)
  2. John (1691-)
  3. Philip (1699-)

GENERATION Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great (G8) Grandfather
SOURCES 1. The American Genealogist, [TAG], 18:218.

2. New England Historic and Genealogical Register. Vols. 1+, (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Register, 1845+), [NEHGR or Reg.], 4:375; 5:95,343; 6:247; 41:79,274; 43:264,274.

3. Ibid. 111:104. 4. Torrey, Charles, New England Marriages Prior to 1700., (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society) [Torrey].

5. Paul, Edward Joy, The Ancestry of Katharine Choate Paul, Now Mrs. William J. Young Jr., (Milwaukee: Burdich & Allen, 1914), [Paul Anc.], 223.

6. Savage, James A., A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, 1860-1862., (Boston 1860-1862; rpt Baltimore 1955), [Savage], 1:412.

7. The Essex Antiquarian, (13 vols.)(n.p., 1897-1909), 5:170.

8. Noyes, Sybil, Charles Thornton Libby and Walter Goodwin David, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, (Portland, ME: Anthosensen Press 1928-1939; rpt Baltimore: Gen. Publ. Co., 1972), pp. 90, 240.

8. Anderson, Robert Charles, George F. Sanborn, Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635., (New England Historic Genealogical Society), [GreatMig1634-1635], p. 538.

9. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1636-1686, 9 volumes., (Salem 1911-1975), [EQC], 1:99. 10. New England Historic and Genealogical Register. Vols. 1+, (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Register, 1845+), [NEHGR or Reg.], 1:104.

11. Hotten, John Camden, The Original Lists of Persons of Quality., (London 1874; rpt. Baltimore 1974), [Hotten], 96.

12. [GreatMig1634-1635], 538-539.

13. Coldham, Peter Wilson, The Complete Book Of Emigrants, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing co., Inc., 1987), [Coldham], p. 143.

14. Lynn, Essex co., MA Vital Records, Court Record.

15. [NEHGR or Reg.], 111:105.

16. Lewis, Alonzo, & James Newhall, History of Lynn, Essex County, Mass., including Lynnfield, Saugus, Swampscot, and Nahant, 16219-[1893], (Lynn: George C. Herbert, [1890]), [Lynn Hist.], 226.

17. Paul, Edward Joy, The Ancestry of Katharine Choate Paul, Now Mrs. William J. Young Jr., (Milwaukee: Burdich & Allen, 1914), [Paul Anc.], 224.

18. [NEHGR or Reg.], 111:105,106.

19. [GDMNH].

20. [NEHGR or Reg.], 111:106.

21. [Paul Anc.], 223-224.

22. [EssexAnt], 8:164.

23. Coffin, Joshua, A Sketch of the History of Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury, ([Hampton, N.H.: P.E. Randall], 1845), [Newbury Hist.], 224.

24. The Genealogical Magazine, (Salem, Mass.: Salem Press, 1890+), 4:37.

25. [NEHGR or Reg.], 68:82.

26. [GDMNH], 759.

27. Perley, Sidney, The History of Salem, Massachusetts, 3 vols., (Salem: Sidney Perley, 1924), [Salem], 3:244.

28. Marblehead, Essex co., MA Vital Records.

29. Salem, Essex co., MA Vital Records.

30. Newbury, Essex co., MA Vital Records.

31. Boston, Suffolk co., MA Vital Records.

32. New Castle, Rockingham co., NH Vital Records..

33. Odiorne, James Creighton, Genealogy of the Odiorne family in America., (Rev. in 1966), 74

34. Aherin, Evelyn (Coates). The Genealogy of Robert Coates of Lynn, Mass. and Some of his Descendants. 5

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