MACY Thomas, Sr.[1]

Male Abt 1608 - 1682  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name MACY Thomas 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Birth Abt 1608  Chilmark, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1639  Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    planter, clothier and merchant 
    Residence 1659  Nantucket, Dukes, New Yorkmassachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    _UID 927DD68F15A667458BB7956785533ADE0934 
    Death 19 Apr 1682  Nantucket, Dukes, New Yorkmassachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Burial Aft 19 Apr 1682  Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Address:
    Golgotha Burial Ground 
    Golgotha Stone
    Golgotha Stone
    Thomas Macy
    Notes 
    • Commoner and taxed, 1650; representative, 1654. He was one of the original commoners and clerk of Amesbury, 1654-59; received land there 1652, '4 and '8 but removed to Nantucket in 1659, the subject of Whittier's poem "The Exiles."

      He "was of the Baptist persuasion and would frequently on the Sabbath exhort the people" in Amesbury ["Genealogy of the Macy Family," 1868, p. 457.] Pike's "New Puritan" also states that "both he and Peasley were at that time members of a Baptist sect in Salisbury." None of the Amesbury records, however, indicate they were Baptists.

      He was presented and fined for allowing four Friends on a journey to take shelter in his house about three quarters of an hour one rainy day, in 1659, as his own letter to the court informs us. It is worthy of note that his grandson and many others of his descendants became friends. Like Roger Williams, he fled from persecution in Massachusetts. His family were the first white settlers in Nantucket, then under the jurisdiction of New York.
    Person ID I76574  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2017 

    Family HOPCOTT Sarah,   b. Abt 1612   d. 1706, Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 94 years) 
    Marriage BY 1644  [1, 4
    Children 
     1. MACY Sarah,   b. 9 Jul 1644, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1645/6, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 1 year)
     2. MACY Sarah,   b. 1 Aug 1646, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1701, Nantucket, Dukes, New Yorkmassachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 54 years)
     3. MACY Mary,   b. 4 Dec 1648, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1729, Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 80 years)
     4. MACY Bethia,   b. CA 1650, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Yes, date unknown
     5. MACY Thomas, r.,   b. 23 Sep 1653, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 3 Dec 1675, Nantucket, Dukes, New Yorkmassachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 22 years)
     6. MACY John, Sr.,   b. 14 Jul 1655, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 14 Oct 1691, Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 36 years)
     7. MACY Francis,   b. CA 1657, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1658, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 1 years)
    Family ID F29768  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2024 

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    The house, at 257 Main Street, Amesbury, was first built in 1654 by Thomas Macy, a merchant who served as Amesbury's first Town Clerk. A few years later, Macy was forced to leave town, after he allowed a group of Quakers to take shelter in his home for a few hours, during a thunderstorm. ("Harboring Quakers" was considered a criminal offense.) The house was then acquired by prominent Amesbury citizen Anthony Colby.

    Around 1712, the original house built by Macy was torn down. By 1745 the saltbox style house that exists today was completed by Obadiah Colby. The house remained in the Colby family for nine generations, and was used as a private residence by Colby's descendants until 1958 [1], after which time it was acquired by the Daughters of the Revolution, which owned it up until 2000.

    The Friends of the Macy-Colby House have maintained the house as a museum since 2000. In 2008 the house was added to the list of National Register of Historic Places.

  • Sources 
    1. [S116] Book-Old Families of Salisbury & Amesbury, MA, p.236.

    2. [S1237] Periodical-NEHGR, 7:261 "Nantucket Marriages, Births and Deaths".

    3. [S86] Death-gravestone, Golgotha Burial Ground; Amesbury, MA.

    4. [S175] Book-Torrey; NE Marriages Prior to 1700, 2:987.