Thomas Wise Family in America Updated March 26, 2006
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Thomas Wise was the son of John Wise of Sydenham, Devon England. He was knighted by James 1st, recorded in 1620 Arms - latin for "Dare to be Wise". Coat-of-Arms shows lion with royal mace. Family history can be traced back to 1100 - Ancestral Home was at Mount Wise at Plymouth Harbour, with a small home at Sydenham, in Devon (still standing.) Sir Thomas was a Knight of Bath with no recorded heirs in England; he and Margaret had two sons "without issue". His tomb is at Stove St. Mary. It appears Thomas Wise came to America in 1600 to escape further political persecution - as he had already suffered internment, fines, etc, as a Royalist. Sir Thomas must have settled in Virgina, County Wise. My grandmother was Lucy Sara Wise.