Dorcas Colman: Birth: 2 Jan 1654.
Note: p of Lindsparne, he died 676. Five branches of the family have been honored with coats of arms.
Thomas Colman was one of fifty-three men (plus women and children) who shipped at Southampton (15 miles southwest of London, England) on 6 April 1635, on the brig "James" and landed at Boston on 3 June 1635, William Cooper, Master. Joshua Coffin says he spelled his name "Coultman."
Thomas was 1 out of 2885 immigrants from England to New England from 1620 to 1650. Sir Richard Saltonstall, Henry Sell, Richard and Stephen Drummer with others from Wiltshire, England, had organized a company for the purpose of stock raising at a time when prices for cattle horses and sheep were at their highest, and Thomas Colman had been employed by the projectors of the company to provide feed for the cattle and take care of them for a specified 2 years.
Thomas Colman becoming dissatisfied, for some reason, declined to carry out his part of the contract, and the General Court finally ordered a division of the grain that had been imported and instructed each owner to take care of his own cattle.
On 17 May, 1637, in a move to prevent the re-election of Governor Sir Harry Vane, ten men of Newbury walked the forty miles from Newbury to Cambridge and qualified to vote by taking the Freemen's Oath. Winthrop was elected.
Thomas received two lots in Newbury in 1635. Moved to Hampton, NH in 1650, stayed until Susanna died. Moved to Nantucket 1680. Nantucket Island had been purchased from the Indians by twenty men, one of which was Thomas, for 26 pounds in English money, 10 May 1660. Thomas was chosen by John Swain as his partner. Thomas was a selectman, 1654, Deputy to General Court, 25 sessions, and Deputy from Wethersfield, Connecticut. He was an Original Signer at Hadley, Massachusetts, 1661.
Note: The name Coleman first appears in history in AD 664 in the person of a noted Scotch Bisho
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