Name: Elder Thomas CUSHMAN1,2,3,4
Father: Deacon Robert CUSHMAN (bef 9 Feb 1577/78 - 1625)
Mother: Sara REDER (abt 1585 - 11 Oct 1616)
Birth bef 8 Feb 1607/8 Canterbury, Kent, England
Baptism 8 Feb 1607/8 (age 0) Canterbury, Kent, England
Death abt 10 Dec 1691 (age 84) Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA5
Burial Old Burial Hill Cemetery, Plymouth, MA6
Marriage abt 1636 (age 29) Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA
Children Thomas CUSHMAN II (abt Sep 1637 - 23 Aug 1726) - Married Ruth HOWLAND
Mary CUSHMAN (bet 1638 and 1640 - bef 22 Oct 1690)
Sarah CUSHMAN (abt 1641 - aft 7 Nov 1695)
Rev. Isaac CUSHMAN (8 Feb 1648/49 - 21 Oct 1732)
Deacon Elkanah CUSHMAN (1 Jun 1651 - 4 Sep 1727)
Fear CUSHMAN (20 Jun 1653 - bef 22 Oct 1690)
Eleazar CUSHMAN (20 Feb 1656/57 - aft Nov 1733)
Lydia CUSHMAN (abt 1662 - 11 Feb 1718/19)
Baptism: [Parish of St. Andrew.]
Death: ["d. Plymouth 10 or 11 Dec. 1691 'near the end of the 84th year of his life.'" (Allerton, p. 4)]
Burial: [Inscription on burial stone: "Here lyeth buried ye body of that precious servant of God, Mr. Thomas Cushman, who after he had served his generation according to the will of God, and particularly the church of Plymouth for many years in the office of a Ruling Elder, fell asleep in Jesus, Decmr. Ye 10. 1691 & ye 84 year of his age."]
General: IMMIGRANT - 1621 "FORTUNE PASSENGER" -- Taken by father to Leiden, Holland, shortly after babtizim; age 10 sailed to Southampton, England, with stepmother on the Speedwell; sailed on Speedwell (with Mayflower), 1620, for New World, with father (stepmother?), but abandoned voyage when vessel put back 3rd time; arrived at Plymouth, MA, on the Fortune in 1621; father returned to England leaving Thomas as ward of Governor Bradford.
"He settled in that part of Plymouth now Kingston, and in 1635 was on the Jury. He was appointed successor to Elder Brewster in 1649, continuing in the office until his death, Dec. 11, 1691. More than 43 years. ... He for several years was assistant to the Governor, and went to London five times in the interest of the Colony. He spent the latter part of his life in New Haven, where he died..." (Burt p. 76)
Notes (Family #1)
1. Stratton, Eugene Aubrey. Book: Plymouth Colony; Its History & People 1620-1691. Salt Lake City, UT; Ancestry Publishing, 1986. p. 276.
2. Willison, George F.. Book: Saints and Strangers; Being the Lives of the Pilgrim Fathers & Their Families, with Their Friends & Foes. Orleans, MA; Parnassus Imprints, Inc., 1945. pp. 122 & 444.
3. Burt, Alvah Walford. Cushman Genealogy and General History; Including The Descendants of the Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and Monongalia County, Virginia, Families. Cincinnati, OH: 1942. pp. 67, 73, 76.
4. author unknown. Collection of individual Family Group Record sheets for Cushman, Howland, Claghorn & Valentine families copied about 1975 by Carol Cushman of Chrome, CA, from an old family book that belonged to Fredrick Brewster Cushman (1897-1972) of Orland, CA. Each sheet references standard genealogical books and journals.
5. Wakefield, Robert S., FASG. Mayflower Families in Progress; ISAAC ALLERTON of the Mayflower and His Descendants for Four Generations, Second Edition (& Third Edition). General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1992 (& 1996). p. 4.
6. Burt, Alvah Walford. Cushman Genealogy and General History; Including The Descendants of the Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and Monongalia County, Virginia, Families. Cincinnati, OH: 1942. pp. 63-64, 67.
O. Keith Wheeler
Mad River, CA 95552