Thomas Finson, died at sea, 1644
Here's somethinbg for you Finson Researchers which may lead to our immigrant ancestor and his town of origin in England.While on the New England Historic Genealogical Society's website, I chanced on the following will in the pages of the January, 1849 issue of their publication "The Register":
23. (2) 1645
Whereas Thomas ffinson mariner late of Dartmouth Dyed aboard the Shipp Gilbert in September last, Oades Bayle* being present, the said Thomas ffinson by word of mouth declard this to be his last will & testament.To son Samuel fyve pounds of English money; to his child that his wife went withal fifty shillings; to wife one Hogshead of Tobacco; to his father in lawe Andrew Harwood all his wages.The fifty shillings for the Child & the Tobacco to be delivered to Andrew Harwood for the vse aforesaid.
first of the (9th) month
1644 by Oads Bayle
before the court.
*Probably Oates is meant, and perhaps Otis Bayley.
I did some further researching and found the following under Andrew Harwood:
Andrew Harwood died after 1645 in Gloucester, Ma.Since we know that our Finsons came from there (the eldest of these Thomas Finsons married Mary Lane in Gloucester around 1714 and the subsequent Thomas Finsons we know descend from him!) then, we may be on the right track with this.
Harwood's first child was Esther Harwood, b. Dartmouth, England.She married Thomas Finson, who diedSept. 1644 at sea.That confirms that we are onto the same Thomas Finson of 1644 as is mentioned in the will.Two children of Esther (Harwood) Finson are mentioned:Samuel, who is named in his father's will and "UNKNOWN" Finson that the will refers to as "his wife went withal".Was than unknown a yet unborn child when the will was written?Furthermore is Samuel, or perhaps this unknown the next link between Thomas Finson of Dartmouth, England and the Thomas Finson of Gloucester who married Mary Land and was our ancestor?