Husband: Thomas Brigham (1)
Wife: Mary Rice (2)
From Wayne Olsen:
From "Genealogical History of the Rice Family", by Andrew Hensaw Ward, Benjamin Richardson Publ., Boston, 1858:
Resided in Marlboro. 7 children.
From "History of the Brigham Family," Tuttle Co., Rutland VT, 1927:
As his second wife, he married his mother-in-law. Much intermarriage between the Brigham and Fay family.
Thomas went to Sudbury and Marlboro with his mother when she married Edmund Rice. Bought 24 acres in Marlboro from his stepfather when he turned 21. This land, situated near Williams Pond in the southwest part of the town, was the beginning of his large farm, which included many acres stretching away toward Chauncey Pond in Westboro. He was also one of the purchasers of the old plantation "Ochoocangansett", which had been reserved for the Indians out of the ancient boundaries of Marlboro, and which many contended they forfeited by their actions during Philip's War. Certain leading men of that day of Marlboro, including the Brighams, obtained without the consent of the General Court, title to this plantation of 5800 acres and formed a company. The amount paid never can be known, because of the subsequent disappearance of the deed, but the sum doubtless was nominal.
Thomas unquestionably was one of the principal citizens of the town and must have held offices of responsibility, but an important volume of the town records was lost many years ago, hence there is no connected record of town officers or of town proceedings from 1665 to 1739. The church records are also fragmentary or nonexistent for the early period. His lands, however, were extensive, lying in what now are four townships. They divided into comfortable farms for his descendants and made many of them well-to-do.
(Regarding settling of Marlboro)..heading the list of petitioners (13 from Sudbury), and one of the first to move to Marlboro, was Edmund Rice, who took with him his second wife, the widow of Thomas Brigham the Puritan, with her young Brigham family, whose names however do not appear upon the records for some time. They settled upon the north side of "The Pond," not far from Williams' Tavern; and for the succeeding 2 and 1/2 centuries, the Brighams have continued to people the scene.
At the time of Philip's War, they fled to Watertown. On their return, such was the feeling against Indian perfidy, a petition was made to the General Court to divide the 6000 acre "Indian Plantation", a part of and continguous to Marlboro. Although this was denied, the people, under the leadership of John Brigham, took a deed from the Indians to these lands, 15 Jul 1684; and though this was declared "null and void" by the General Court, the white proprietors proceeded to divide and settle these lands, under the supervision of their agent, the said John Brigham, who was their surveyor. In the 1686 list of proprietors we find the names of all the young Brighams, and their alliances, for the first time set out, viz.: Mercy Hunt (former widow of the Puritan Brigham, who before this time had married her third husband William Hunt, also then dead); Thomas Brigham, John Brigham, Samuel Brigham, John Fay (husband of Mary Brigham), and William Ward (husband of Hannah Brigham). Feeling uneasy over the adverse action of the Court, in 1683, the proprietors agree that their grants "shall stand good to all intents and purposes, if they be attested by John Brigham, their Clerk," And so it stood, until, after a generation, having acquired title by possession, the General Court confirmed it.
Jonathan Brigham married his cousin, Mary Fay. He settled in what was a part of the Thomas Brigham Estate in Marlboro, Massachusetts. He was prominent in his community and held offices of responsibility. He was commonly called the "Indian Warrior". One day while chopping in the woods, he saw a savage preparing to take aim at him; he seized his musket, stepped forward in full view, exclaiming as he did so, "Shoot straight, you dog". Both fired at the same moment, then the Indian dropped his gun, and with a tremendous whoop, bounded high into the air and fell dead. The Indian's bullet passed close to the ear of Jonathan, who escaped unhurt.
Revised: November 26, 2016