Husband: Thomas Demick, Elder (1)
Wife: Anne (2)
Born: about 1610
Died: about 1686 in Barnstable, MA
Thomas Demick, Elder:
Notes per Wayne Olsen:
From "The Dimick Family":
Thomas Demick, wife and family, embarked on the vessel Hopewell, at Weymouth, England, 8 May 1635. His father, Edward, had been found to be of Linchbeck (Lincolnshire), England (Lucius B. Barbour, Family Record of Dimmock-Manley, typescript, Hartford CT State Library). By his early acceptance as a freeman and town official, and with an accompanying family, Thomas Dimick must have been a mature adult in 1635. His year of birth is estimated as about 1600.
Ref. contains discussion about his church membership and history of the congregation which was a continuation of one which met secretly in London.
Thomas Dimock was among the settlers in Hingham, MA in 1637. From Hingham, he removed to Scituate in 1638 or 1639. Little is known of his stay there.
He is believed to have built at Barnstable in Mar 1639; the congregation of Rev. Lothrop also moved. Nearly all the town offices were confereed upon Thomas and Rev. Joseph Hull.
Dimick was admitted a freeman in Plymouth Colony 3 Dec 1639. The Plymouth Colony Court then asked Barnstable to send 2 deputies - Hull and Dimick were sent. Dimick was deputy to the General Court in 1640, 1641,1642, 1648, 1649, and 1650. In Jun 1644, Dimick was reappointed a magistrate or assistant to Mr. Freeman, the Chief Justice of the inferior court and assistant associate of the higher court.
He was ordained Elder of the Church of Barnstable on 7 Aug 1650. The records do not show that Elder Thomas Dimmock held any public office after 1650. He had leased his farm in 1654, and from then until his death in 1658, probably was in poor health.
He had a specific ground for fear of religious persecution and his own freedom (in England) . He had been in London prior to 1632 a member of the First Congregational Church in that city. Rev. John Lothrop became the second pastor of that church in 1624. That church held its meeting privately in efforts to escape persecution. On 28 April 1632, however, the prosecutors discovered the church holding religious worship at the house of Humphrey Barnet. 42 members were apprehended, and only 18 escaped. Rev. Lothrop remained imprisoned until April 1634, and was then set at liberty on the condition that he depart from England.
From "Thomas Dimock and His Descendants", by Denise M. Milke, published in the Connecticut Nutmegger (3 parts):
Thomas Dimock, immigrant ancestor of the Dimock (and variant spelling) families of America, was undoubtedly born in England. However, the date and place of his birth, along with his parentage and ancestry, is undertermined. Several different accounts of his ancestry have been presented in various sources, and I will bring them forth for the record and for comment. However, it should be noted that their inclusion in this report does not mean that the lineages are authentic.
According to Stiles in his "History of Ancient Wethersfield," he says that the origin of the Dimock family is as follows:
"This family ranks among the oldest in Great Britain, Burke's "Landed Gentry" gives the origin of the name thus: "Owen Ap. Bleden Ap.Tudor, 7th in desc. from Tudor Trevor, Lord of Hereford and Wittington, in Salop, founder of the "Tribe of the Marches" and had two sons, viz: 1.Thomas Ap. Owen; 2. Owen Vychan, whose great grandson, Madoc Ap. Ririd married Margaret (dau. of Ithel Anwyl, a chieftan of Tenegel (as most of Flintshire was then caled by the Welsh) and had a son, David Ap Madoc (called, according to the Welsh custom) "Dai Madoc" - "Dai" being the diminutive of David Ap. Madoc. He married Margaret (Dau. and heiress of Tudor Ap. Ririd, of Penly, by whom he acquired the estate of Penley, and in turn, had a son and heir, David Ap Dai Madoc, whose name, by mutation, became David Dai Madoc - (that is, David the son of Dai Madoc) - and graduallly became David Damoc, or Dymock as it is interchangeably written in ancient MSS. - hence, Damoc, or Dymock became the surname of the family."
An article which appeared in the Connecticut Magazine, vol 9, pp 927-930, written by Joel N. Eno, gives in more detail the line given above. It takes the lineage from Rhys Sais, who lived in Shropshire,England in A.D. 1070, down through 15 generations to Edward Dymoke. Of this Edward, who was the Gloucestershire and the son of Randle and Elizabeth(Henmer) Dymoke, he says:
"Edward married four times. 1st wife had five daughters and two sons who died without issue. 2nd had William, born about 1603. 3rd had no children. 4th left Anne and Thomas, who is reckoned to be that of American Generations."
Stiles, in his "History of Ancient Wethersfield," also makes mention that it was a family tradition that Thomas was descended from the Dymokes of Scrivelsby. This ancestry is entirely different than the one mentioned above, and is presented in numerous sources - primarily a family bible on file at the CT State Library; Your Family Tree by Kimball and Jordan; and is made mention of in a 1938 publication of the Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede. These sources made Edward Dymoke, the said father of Thomas the "son of Arthur and grandson of Edward, 16th of Scrivelsby- Chamption at the Caronations of Edward VI, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth."
If either of these ancestries were accepted as true, then Thomas would be among those classified as "Americans of Royal Descent". In contacting an organization which specializes in such lineages, I was informed that not one of their sources listed Thomas Dimock as such, indicating that neither of the above lineages have been accepted.
Having covered two past-published ancestries of Thomas Dimock, neither of which I have seen verified with documented proof as yet, we now turn to another problem which has plagued Dimock descendants, and which has been repeated over and over again in numerous sources. It is stated that Ann, the wife of Thomas, was a Hammond. I have yet to find any evidence that this is so - in fact, all evidence seems to point to the contrary.
The problem seems to have originated from "Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Families" by Amos Otis, where it is stated that the "ElderThomas Dimock married Ann (Hammond?) before his removal to Barnstable."To this, he adds a note: "Samuel House, Robert Linnell, and Thomas Dimmock, it appears by the records of Mr. Lothrop, were his brothers-in-law. Rev. Mr. Lothrop married for his second wife, Anne, daughter of William Hammond of Watertown; Samuel House married her sister Elizabeth; Mr. Lothrop's son Thomas married Sarah, daughter of Robert Linnel; William Hammond had two daughters of the name Anne, and this would not be a case without a parallel, if both were living at the same time, and that one married Mr. Lothrop and the other Mr. Dimmock." This comment was made in the Dimmock genealogy of the publication, yet when reviewing the Lothrp genealogy in the same publication, it stated that the Ann Hammond who married John Lothrop as his second wife was a WIDOW Ann Hammond. . . .
Needlesss to say, Thomas Dimock was said to have married Anne "before his removal to Barnstable". Some recent evidence, which may disprove the entire array of confusion, has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol 71, No 3 (sep 1983), on pp173-4. There is listed a group of passengers who embarked from Weymouth, England on 8 May 1635, on the ship "Hopewell", John Driver, Master; destination "Mahachuselest Bay in New England". Among those passengers listed is Thomas Demick, wife, and family.
It is the year 1635 that Thomas Dimock arrived in Dorchester, MA. In 1638, he removed to Hingham, and from there journeyed to Scituate, Plymouth and Barnstable, where he finally settled in 1639. He remained in Barnstable for the remainder of his life, and died in 1658/9, being in poor health during the latter part of his life. His wife, Ann, was alive in 1683, but died before Oct 1686.
The author had found records of 8 children: Susanna, Elizabeth, John, Timothy, twin son, twin dau, Mehitable, and Shubael.
From "Genealogies and Biographies of Ancient Wethersfield," by Henry Stiles:
...He was a member of the Dorchester church which was organized in England at the time of its setting sail with Winthrop's flet; and at Dorchester he remained until 1636, when he removed to Scituate, whence, after a short residence, he removed to Hingham; and in 1639 he, then "Elder" Thomas Dimmock, together with the Rev. Joseph Hull, was interested in a grant of lands in Barnstable MA with which town his whole subsequent life was clearly identified. He and Mr. Hull seem to have divided all the town offices and committees between them - and evidently were THE trusted ones of the community in all public matters required the exercise of sound judgment, executive abilities and responsibility....
Also listed in "Pioneers of MA" by Pope
Substantial bio and info contained in "Genealogical Notes of Barnstable Counties," by Amos Otis,Genealogical Publ. Co, Inc, Baltimore, 1979 (reprint of 1888 book):
...The history of Mr. Dimmock is identified with the early history of the town and cannot be separated. He was the leading man and was in some way connected with all the acts of the first settlers. Was a deputy to the Plymouth Colony Court in 1640, 1, 2,8, 9, and 1650. Admitted freeman of the Colony Dec 3, 1639. 1642 was appointed by the Colony Court to be one of the council of war. 1642 was elected LT of the company of militia in Barnstable, plus elected again in 1646. In 1650 he was one of the commissioners of the Plymouth Colony. On Aug 7 1650 he was ordained Elder of the Church of Barnstable.
After 1650 he does not appear to have held any public offices, and in 1654 he had leased his farm, though he continued to reside in Barnstable. He died in 1658 or 1659. ...
From "Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John 1630", vol 22:
Banks (1937) says Thomas Dimmock came from Chesterblades, Somerset (18 m. N of Yeovill). NGSQ 71:174 says he came on the "Hopewell" which sailed from Weymouth, Dorset in 1635. In the 1992 Dorset IGI there are only a few Dimmocks and none early. In the 1992 Somerset IGI there are about 150 Dimmock entries, including a Thomas Dimmock, bpt. 25 May 1613, Crewkerne, sone of William. Savage (2:51) says he was in Dorchester, MA in 1635. Many families came from Crewkerne and most of them settled first in Dorchester.
Torrey (p.221) says Thomas Dimock m. Ann (?Hammond) (1616- ).This is questioned in "The Granberry Family", (p. 210), and Waterman & Jacobus states Rev. John Lathrop's second wife may have been a sister of Thomas Dimock. Torrey (p. 274) states John Lathrop m. (1) Hannah House, 10 Oct 1610, England and he m. (2) Ann Hammond?, a. 1635. Lothrop preferred to Thomas Dimmock and Samuel House were his brothers-in-law. It has been suggested that Lathrop's second wife, Ann Hammond dau. of William Hammond, but there is no evidence that the latter had two daughters, and it was rare for sisters to have the same name. So the most likely solution that Lathrop's second wife was a sister of Thomas Dimmock. There are no early entries in the 1992 Somerset IGI records for a baptism of an Ann Dimmock. Thomas Dimmock had 8 children and at least 23 grandchildren.
Revised: November 26, 2016