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Thomas Birchard

Male 1595 - Abt 1683  (88 years)

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  • Name Thomas Birchard  [1
    Born 1595  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 19 Sep 1635  New England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID CEFEDBAF5A314ABD974B47801160E2EFD381 
    Died Abt 1683  Norwich, New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I85  Bradley - Post
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2011 

    Father Living 
    Mother Catherine Finch,   d. 7 Feb 1636, Terling, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1595 
    Family ID F80  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Robinson, (?),   b. 1597, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1655, Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married Abt 1620 
     1. Elizabeth Birchard,   b. 1622,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Marie Birchard,   b. 1623,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Sara Birchard,   b. 1626,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Susan Birchard,   b. 1627,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. John Birchard,   b. 1628, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1702, Lebanon, New London Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. Ann Birchard,   b. 1633,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F79  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt 1683 - Norwich, New London, CT Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • He is said to be a founder of Hartford, Connecticut, and a Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut from Saybrook in 1650-51. He and his familey sailed for New England from London onSeptember 19, 1635 aboard the ship "True Love". The Port of London registry, as cited by Burpee, lists his children Elizabeth, Marie, Sara, Susan, John, and Ann, along with his wife Mary.Some New England records show him as being a resident and property owner in Roxbury, Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticutt; Martha's Vineyard and Saybrook, Connecticutt.
      Burpee's Story of Connecticut (pp.1459-60) contains some historical data on the ancient Birchards. In reference to a somewhat contemporary Birchard's ancestors comes this:

      "The name of Birchard, Burchard, is one of the
      most ancient in Europe. It is first found on
      record in Wurzburg, lower Franconia, district
      of Bavaria, Germany in 750 A.D., when a St.
      Burchard went to Rome to secure permission from
      Pope Zacharias for Pepin, father of
      Charlemagne, to assume the kingship of the
      Merovingians. From that time on the Birchard,
      Burchard, family continued their association
      with the descendants of Charlemagne and played
      a prominent part in the formation of the French
      and German nations. Their prominence in the
      religious affairs of the continent is evidenced
      by the fact that a church of great antiquity
      bearing their name still stands.

      "Many famous historical characters have borne
      the name of Burchard, among them six marshals
      of France, all of whom bore the title of
      Montmorency awarded by the King of France for
      meritorious service. Another interesting
      personality was Elizabeth Birchard, wife of
      Oliver Cromwell, the 'Great Protector of

      "The family was established in England during
      the Norman invasion. Two knights, the Lord
      Bourchier and the Lord Burchard, came here with
      William the Conqueror and were rewarded with
      lands in the Counties of Sussex and Essex.
      Their names are enrolled on the Doomsday Book,
      which was compiled at the behest of the
      Conqueror. It is generally acknowledged that
      the American branch of the family is descended
      from one of these courtiers.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Story of Connecticut, 974.6., , Vol. IV, pp. 1459-1460.

    2. [S89] American Genealogist Vol 51.