Thomas Prence

Thomas Prence

Governor of Plymouth Colony
Born 1600

Thomas Prence was a co-founder of Eastham, Massachusetts, a political leader in both the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, and governor of Plymouth.

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1600 Birth Born in 1600.


1621 21 Years Old Thomas Prence came to Plymouth Colony on the ship Fortune in November 1621 as a single man.
1623 23 Years Old In the 1623 division of land, Thomas Prence is named as "holder of one akre of land". … Read More
1624 24 Years Old …  He married his first wife, Patience, on August 5, 1624. … Read More


1632 32 Years Old …  Prence was part of this migration, joining his father-in-law William Brewster in moving to nearby Duxbury in 1632. … Read More
1634 34 Years Old In 1634 Prence was elected governor, and for the rest of his life he played a role in the colony's governance, serving as either governor or on the council of assistants. … Read More
1635 35 Years Old He next married Mary Collier, daughter of William Collier, on April 1, 1635. … Read More
1637 37 Years Old …  Prence negotiated the agreement that in 1637 resolved the dispute: most of the land was purchased by the Massachusetts arrivals, and Plymouth retained the trading post and several smaller plots of land. … Read More
Prence was reelected in 1638 after Bradford again refused to run.


1643 43 Years Old On the 1643 Able to Bear Arms List, Mr. Thomas Prence is listed with those men of Plymouth. … Read More
1644 44 Years Old His third wife was Apphia (Quicke) Freeman, whom he married sometime between 1644 and the 1660s.The couple had a daughter Judith Prence born May 1645, AGBI … Read More


1650 50 Years Old Prence was sometimes one of the commissioners who represented Plymouth in the organization's meetings. As commissioner of the United Colonies, Prence helped negotiate boundaries between Connecticut and New Netherland in the 1650 Treaty of Hartford. … Read More
1656 56 Years Old In 1656, not long before Prence became governor, Quakers began to arrive in New England in substantial numbers. … Read More
1657 57 Years Old The matter of the Quakers came before Plymouth's general court shortly after Prence took office in 1657, and in June of that year it passed a series of laws designed to punish or drive them out. … Read More


1661 - 1665 2 More Events
1668 68 Years Old In 1668, at his request, the court sold that house to him for £150. … Read More
1672 72 Years Old Prence's will was dated March 13, 1672/73, proved June 5, 1673. … Read More
He held the post until his own death in 1673. … Read More
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