Thomas Wardwell1

b. 31 January 1603/4, d. 10 December 1646
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7th great-granduncle of Ruth Minerva Fairfield.
9th great-granduncle of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Fairfield and Allied Families
     Thomas Wardwell was baptized on 31 January 1603/4 in Alford, Lincolnshire, England.1 He was the son of John Wardale.1 He married Elizabeth (—?—).2 He died on 10 December 1646 in Boston at age 42.3,2
     Thomas Wardwell probably came to New England in 1633, at or about the same time as his brother William. He was admitted to the Boston church on 9 November 1634.4 He was a shoemaker.2 Both Thomas and William Wardwell were followers of Anne Hutchinson in the famous Antinomian controversy. They were disarmed in 1637 and went to Exeter, New Hampshire, with Reverend John Wheelwright, being dismissed to the Exeter church on 6 January 1638/39. They were signers of the Exeter combination, an agreement for self government, on 5 June 1639, and they both had grants of land.4,5 Thomas did not stay long at Exeter, as he was back in Boston by 1643 when his youngest child was born.6

Children of Thomas Wardwell and Elizabeth (—?—)


  1. [S899] "William Wardwell", citing Alford PR 24, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, online, printout dated 2005. Previously published in hard copy (Boston: NEHGS, 1995).
  2. [S876] Charles Henry Pope, The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire 1623-1660, A Descriptive List, Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns, Churches, Courts and other Contemporary Sources (Boston:, 1908; reprint Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997), 222.
  3. [S761] The New England Historical and Genealogical Register; (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001), (Orig. Pub. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 148 vols., 1847-1994) 9: 166.
  4. [S893] Walter Goodwin Davis, "Wardwell, of Wells," Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966): A Reprinting in Alphabetical Order by Surname, of the Sixteen Multi-Ancestor Compendia, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996), Vol. III, 548, originally published in The Ancestry of Annis Spear (1945).
  5. [S899] TGMB William Wardwell, online.
  6. [S185] William S. Appleton, ed., Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699, Boston Births, 1700-1800, 2 volumes in 1 (Boston: The Registry Department of the City of Boston, 1883 and 1894; reprint Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978), 15.