Laphams lived in Biddenden and Bethersden, Kent, near Tenterden, where the Tildens lived. The first Lapham who came to MA was Thomas. He came on the ship Hercules in 1634/35 as a employee of Nathaniel Tilden of Tenterden Parish, Kent. Thomas was admitted to Scituate church 24 Apr.1636, where he supported William Witherell as pastor. Thomas signed deeds & his will with a mark, but his Jan.1648/49 estate inventory included 10 books valued at 13s. 4p. The value of his estate, without real estate was L38 4d.
Thomas’ will was dated Jan.1644/45. Did he die 15 Jun.1644 in Kent? On 22 June 1650 His widow, Mary, confirmed his sale to Thomas Hiland of a house and half acre called “Bures Isle” in Tenterden, Kent, near Sir Edward Hale’s house. In June 1651 Mr Hatherley was permitted to prove the will on behalf of Mary, suggesting that Mary Tilden Lapham Bassett had married Timothy Hatherley by that date. The will was finally proved in Oct.1651.
Lapham is spelled Lappam, Lampham, Lepham & Lopham in various records. Have other researchers found different spellings? Does anyone have additions, corrections or records of this descent?
93 +92 m.10 Aug.1779 Kent CT
Mary Lapham 1759 CT - ? +Solomon CHASE 1745 MA -1828 NY
s/o Dr.Benjamin C & Rachel FARNSWORTH
Sib: Deborah b.1761 Norwich CT
186 +187 m.29 Mar.1758 Norwich CT
David Lapham 1730 MA -1758 CT +Mary JONES 1733 CT - ?
d/o Elijah J & Mary MAYNE
Sibs: Thomas 1728, Amos 1731, Rebecca 1732, Elisha 1734, Elizabeth 1735, Stephen 1736, Benjamin 1738, Daniel 1740, Isaac 1741, King 1743, Lydia 1744, Asa 1746
372 +373 m.4 Dec.1727 Scituate MA
David Lapham 1706 MA - ? +Rebecca KING, 1706 MA - ?
d/o John K +Rebecca ???
Sibs: Hannah 1703, Elizabeth 1708, Thankful 1715, Mercy 1713, Mary 1704, Lydia 1724, Amos 1717, Joshua 1710
744 +745 m.19 Nov.1701 Marshfield MA
Samuel Lapham 1675/6 MA-1757 +Hannah ROGERS,1682 MA -1740 MA
d/o Timothy R +Eunice STITSON
Sibs: Joseph 1670, Lydia 1677, & by xxx, Mary ~1704?
1488 +1489 m.1668 Scituate/Marshfield MA
Thomas Lapham~1642MA-1720MA+Mary BROOKS 1649 MA -1708/9 MA
d/o Gilbert B +Elizabeth SIMMONS
Sibs: Elizabeth 1638,Mary~1640,Lydia~1644 & m.Samuel Bate 1666/67, Rebecca 1645/46 & m.John Washburn, Joseph 1648.
2976 +2977 m.13 Mar.1636/7 Scituate MA
Thomas Lapham 1607?KT-1648?MA+Mary TILDEN ~1610? KT -1690 MA
d/o Nathaniel T +Lydia HUCKSTEPE
[Mary remarried Wm Bassett & Timothy Hatherly]
Sibs: . . . .
David Lapham ???
Sources: IGI, “The Great Migration 1634-35” v.4, p.234-236.
Was the Thomas Lapham, son of David, born 18 Jul 1607 the man who died 15 Jun.1644 in Kent? Was he just home for a visit? Are there records in of Thomas 1644-1648 in MA? Did he first marry Elizabeth . . . and have 3 children [William 1632, Elizbeth 1633 & John 1634] before his death in June 1644?
Since several Laphams lived in Canterbury, were they clerics? Did they attend Oxford or Cambridge?