Our Pilgrim Forefathers:
Thomas Blossom

10th Great Grandfather of Thomas Lloyd Van Doren


Thomas Blossom was perhaps our closest link to the Pilgrims and the Mayflower.  In fact, there were two congregations of Pilgrims seeking religious freedom from England in 1620.  Both congregations were previously formed in Leiden, Holland until preparations could be made for transportation to America.  In 1620, they arrived in England and made contracts with London "Adventurers" or investors in trade to the Americas.  One congregation was led by William Bradford and departed on the Mayflower.  The second congregation was led by Thomas Blossom and departed on the Speedwell.  Several weeks out, the Speedwell developed very bad leaks and had to return to England.  The Mayflower went on, and history was made when Bradford and his followers founded Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.  It would be more than 9 years before Thomas Blossom and his family finally made it to Plymouth in 1629.  Unfortunately, typhoid fever took hold in the colony in 1633, taking the lives of 30% of the colonists, including Thomas Blossom.  The following is from documented history written by William Bradford.  Plymouth was inland from Cape Cod bay.  The following accounts include the expansion of the original Pymouth Colony out to Cape Cod proper.  You might recognize town names that still exist on the Cape, such as Barnstable, Scituate and Sippican.

Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691
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Bonham, George

xxx —A Separatist at Leiden, Thomas Blossom gave his wife Ann a power of attorney to sell houses in Cambridge, England, which she had inherited from her mother's father (Dexter, p. 603). He joined in signing a letter of 30 November 1625 from the Leiden Separatists to Bradford, and he was sole signer of a letter of 15 December 1625 to Bradford (Bradford, Letter Book, p. 18, 21).

In the December letter,  he deplores the difficulty the Leiden people had in reuniting with the Separatists in Plymouth, and he states that the only way the Leiden group could join the others, would be with the means coming from Plymouth.   He had set out on the Speedwell in 1620 and had to return to Leiden;  he writes that the son who was with him in the ship had since died, and he only had two children living,  both born since he last saw Bradford.   Blossom and his family reached Plymouth probably on the  1629 Mayflower.  Sometime prior to August 1631,  he witnessed the undated will of Mary Ring (MD 1:31).   He died in the sickness of 1633,  as Bradford (Ford) 2:171 noted,  calling him one of  "theire anciente friends which had lived in Holand."   His widow, Anna, married 17 October 1633,  Henry Rowley (PCR 1:16), and lived in Scituate.   His son Thomas's married at Barnstable,  18 June 1645 to Sarah Ewer, with Edmond Freeman performing the ceremony,  was noted by Rev. John Lothrop (NEHGR 9:286).

Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620-1691
Part Three: Biographical Sketches
Biographical Sketches
Sabin, William

xxx —On 17 October 1633 Henry Rowley married Anna Blossom, widow of Thomas Blossom (PCR 1:16).   He became a freeman 1 January 1634/35 (PCR 1:32).   He and his wife joined Lothrop's Scituate Church at its origin on 8 January 1634/35,   and he
was probably one of those who had been dismissed at the same time from the Plymouth Church for this purpose;   he had one of the nine houses at Scituate existing before Lothrop's arrival in September 1634, and he acquired Henry Cobb's house at Scituate between September 1634 and October 1637 (NEHGR 9:279, 10:42).  He was among those given land at Sippican (PCR 1:108), and he accompanied the Lothrop group to Barnstable, where he was constable on 2 March 1640/41 (PCR 2:9).   He was a deputy for Barnstable on 29 August 1643.   He died intestate, and an inventory of his property was exhibited to the court in July 1673 by his son Moses (MD 24:137).   Moses Rowley married Elizabeth Fuller, granddaughter of Mayflower passenger Edward Fuller (PCR 8:47;
MD 13:8).   Torrey suggests a prior wife as mother of Moses,  and this seems reasonable if Anna Blossom had prevously been married by 1610 or earlier.