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Thomas* Southard

Thomas* Southard

Male 1615 - 1688  (73 years)

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  • Name Thomas* Southard  [1, 2
    Born 1615  Leyden, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Immigration Abt 1640 
    Reference Number 1218 
    Reference Number 2119 
    Died 1688  Hempstead, Nassau County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "Southard or Southart, Thomas, of Gd [Gravesend], (sup.) English, m. Annica da. of Anthony Jansen from Salee. Bought Dec. 20, 1650, of Thomas Applegate the one half of the lot Applegate bought of Randell Hunt, as per Gd. rec. Owned plantation-lot No. 11 in Gd in 1653. He quarrelled with his father-in-law Anthony Jansen about the ownership of cattle, on which Anthony was imprisoned by the local court of Gd, but released by the higher one of the colony, as per p. 136 of Calendar of Dutch Man. He appears to have removed to Hempstead, where he resided in 1670, having sons Thomas Junr and John, whose descendants reside in that locality. He was also probably the ancestor of the Southards of N.J.... " See Samuel, son of Thomas, Jr. for more info.

      From a Family Group Sheet in LDS online site:
      "It was fortunate for me that Jane and Jim were still in New Jersey when I found I had yet another family of that state to be researched. Jacob Falkenburg, grandson of the first Henry Jacob Falkenburg, married a Phoebe Southard. Jane and Jim found this researched by Ralph Potter at the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark. The first American Southards were not of which we can be proud. Let us hope that their unlovable characteristics were diluted through the years by other more gentle traits given to us by other ancestors.
      "Thomas Southard was the first of this family in America. He was probably of a family of English dissenters who went first to Holland -- as he was born there about 1615, possibly in Leyden. He settled at Gravesend, Long Island and went to work for a farmer named Anthony Jansen. Anthony was of a somewhat higher station in life and a man of property on Long Island. His father was Jan Jansen Van Haarlem. As you know, Haarlem is a city in Holland and no doubt that district in New York got its name from that Dutch city.
      "Anthony and Grietje Reyniers were married on board the ship that brought them to America ca 1631. Annica, the first of their four daughters, was born around 1632 in what is now lower Manhattan in New York City. In a mutually agreeable arrangement Thomas Southard and Annica Jansen were married. Thomas was probably looking to a dower, and Anthony no doubt happy to have one of his daughters off his hands. Thomas bought land of Anthony whereby making them neighbors. Court records show Anthony to be mean and quarrelsome, and at odds with the law, with the church pastor and his wife, and finally with Thomas who was no less contentious. When it became apparent that things would be no better between the families, Thomas and Annica moved to Hempstead, Long Island. There they raised their family of 9 children. They died there, he in 1688. Annica was still living in 1698. Their second son, John, was our ancestor.
      "As the sons grew to manhood they found it more difficult to live in Hempstead as they felt more Dutch than English.
      "In the years before the Revolution, feelings ran high between the American rebels and those loyal to the crown. Their English neighbors insisted they take sides. To escape this, many Southards decided to leave Hempstead, some going up the Hudson River and others going to Connecticut. Our John had married Grace Carman who lived on a neighboring farm. I believe she was the daughter of either Joseph or Caleb Carman. Thus the name ...."
      on a ship named the Falcon, according to tradition
      Thomas Southard's father is presumed to be Thomas (ID 3983) (1579->1615), but no proof has been found. An analysis of all the Southards and Southworths in England and Holland at the time points to this conclusion.
    Person ID I1218  new
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2009 

    Father Thomas Southworth,   b. 1579,   d. Between 1615 and 1622, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Family ID F640  Group Sheet

    Family Annica Jansen (Van Salee),   b. Abt 1635 
    Married 29 Dec 1650  New Amsterdam, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Thomas Southard, Jr.,   b. Aft 1651
     2. Isaac Southard,   b. Aft 1651
     3. Abraham Southard,   b. Abt 1660
     4. John Southard,   b. Abt 1663, Hempstead, Nassau County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1730 and 1740, Hempstead, Nassau County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
     5. Sarah Southard,   b. 1663
     6. Margaret Southard,   b. 01 Jan 1663/64
     7. Abigail Southard,   b. Abt 1665
     8. Mary Southard,   b. Abt 1666
     9. Unice Southard,   b. Abt 1670
    Family ID F639  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S236] The Official Southard Gazette & Record, Address: 1, (Zebulon, NC 27597, ongoing), Vol. 15, Nos. 1 and 2.

    2. [S87] Cornell University Making of America, Record Type:, Bergen, Teunis G. Register, in Alphabetical Order, of the Early Settlers of Kings County, Long Island, New York, from its First Settlement by Europeans to 1700; With Contributions to their Biographies and Genealogies, Compiled from Various Sources. Baltimore, MD; Clearfield County, Inc., 1997. 452p. Pp. 155 and 269.

    3. [S162] Mayflower Society, Mayflower Families in Progress: William Bradford, p. 5.

    4. [S236] The Official Southard Gazette & Record, Address: 1, (Zebulon, NC 27597, ongoing), Vol. 15 No. 2, Apr 2001.