Birth: Thomas Prence was born in England in 1600 (based on his age at death).
Death: He died in Plymouth on March 29, 1673,“in the 73rd year of his age.”
Ship: Fortune 1621
Life in England: Thomas Prence was born in the area of Lechlade, Gloucestershire about 1600 to Thomas and Elizabeth (Todlerby) Prence. At some point his father,Thomas, moved to All Hallows, Barking, a London parish near Tower Hill.There he worked as a carriage maker.
Life in New England: Thomas Prence came to Plymouth Colony as a single man. He moved from Plymouth to Duxbury in 1632, from Duxbury to Eastham in 1644, and eventually back to Plymouth about 1663. He was very active in government affairs, serving as assistant governor in 1632–33, 1635–37, and 1639–1656; and as governor in 1634 and 1638, from 1632 to 1656 and, after Governor Bradford’s death, as governor from 1657 until his death. He was also a Commissioner for the United Colonies for a number of years.
Family: Thomas Prence married (1) Patience, daughter of Elder William Brewster on August 5, 1624. Patience died in an outbreak of “pestilent fever” in 1634. He married (2) Mary Collier on April 1, 1635. He married (3) Apphia (Quick) Freeman sometime between 1644 and 1662. He married (4) Mary, widow of Thomas Howes, before August 1668.They had no children and she died in December 1695.
Children of Thomas and Patience Prence:
Children of Thomas and Mary Prence:
Children of Thomas and Apphia Prence (Note: Children may be by second wife):