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Thomas Hayward (b. January 01, 1600/01, d. April 15, 1686)Thomas Hayward was born January 01, 1600/01 in Aylesford, Kent, England, and died April 15, 1686 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.He married Susanna Towne, daughter of William Towne and Joanna Blessing.
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Thomas Hayward of Aylesford, Kent, England, a carpenter, was probably in America as early as 1632, coming with Winslow in the "William and Francis".He looked over the land and returned to England to get his family."Thomas Hayward, tailor, of Aylesford, England, with wife Susannah and 5 children (Thomas, John, Elizabeth, Martha and Susan) on the ship Hercules March 14, 1634, with his wife and five children.The manifest included the family of Thomas Heywood of Aylesford, England, (a tailor), wife Susan and children: Thomas, John, Elizabeth, Susan and Martha; destination being Cambridge, Massachusetts.Two brothers also accompanied him.He settled in Duxbury before 1638.He was one of original proprietors of Bridgewater and settled there before 1651. Thomas Hayward, a Kentish tailor, eventually settled in the new town of Bridgewater, where he became an original proprietor and began to call himself a yeoman.Thomas Hayward of Bridgewater possessed (and presumably studied) "Mr. Sheppards book upon the parable of the ten virgins and Mr. Sheppard upon the sincere Convert, Mr. Ralph Allen of the riches of the covenant of grace, also his victory over the world: and doctor pressons of gods alsufficiency and severall other sermons Annexed there unto and Mr. Dod upon the Commandements and Mr Coopers book of Jacobs wrestling with God[,] Mr. Byfield his marrow & his principles," along with a bible and "some other smale books" -- an impressive library indeed for a farmer of modest means.Thomas died in 1681.His will, dated 29 Jun 1678, indicated that he had no wife living then.His children were listed as Thomas, Nathaniel, John, Joseph, Elisha, and Martha, wife of John Howard. (Mitchell, Nahum. History of the early settlement of Bridgewater. p. 176.)
There is a vast amount of speculation as to the ancestry of Thomas Hayward.The only thing we know for sure is that Thomas' father was Thomas, born about 1571 in England.
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Record Change: February 09, 2004
Children of Thomas Hayward and Susanna Towne are:
- +Nathaniel Hayward, b. November 13, 1642, Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, d. December 19, 1720, Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.