• English Migrant to New England


Thomas Barnard II was born circa 1608 in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England to Thomas Barnard (1575-1621) and Anne Cooke (1580-1662) and died 7 July 1677 Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Eleanor Helena Morse (1615-1694) 1640 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.

Arrived in Massachusetts Bay Colony by 1639 from England. Was a very prominent man, was instrumental in the founding of several new settlements, and often served as moderator of the town meetings, as selectman, and in several other important offices.

Amesbury Founders Memorial

Amesbury Founders Memorial at Golgotha Park, Amesbury, Massachusetts.

In 1640, the first Puritan settlers arrived to Amesbury, Massachusetts; their first burying ground was on a hill overlooking the Powow River, now referred to as Golgotha. The grave stones or markers in this first burying ground have long since disappeared, along with the identity of the people buried here. In 1903, the Amesbury Founders Memorial was erected by the Amesbury Improvement Association, to mark the site of Amesbury's first burying ground.

He was one of the first eighteen commoners of Salisbury, Massachusetts and was one of the first settlers in Amesbury, where he received lands at various times and was chosen to order the prudential affairs of the county.

King Philip's War

Thomas was one of the original purchasers of Nantucket Island in 1659, but he never went to the island. He was killed by Indians in October 1677 during King Philip's War, without having made a will.


Offspring of Thomas Barnard II and Eleanor Helena Morse (1615-1694)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Thomas Barnard (1641-1715) 10 May 1641 Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts 5 December 1715 Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Sarah Peaslee (1642-1736)
Nathaniel Barnard (1642-1718)
Mary Maragret Barnard (1645-1712)
Martha Barnard (1645-1717)
John Barnard (1646-)
Sarah Barnard (1647-1717)
Hannah Elizabeth Barnard (1649-1712)
Ruth Barnard (1651-1723)
John Barnard (1655-1718)
Abigail Barnard (1656-)



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