Husband: Thomas Bancroft (1)
Wife: Margaret Wright (2)
From Saxton Family History in America, compiled by Charles M. Williams, 1928 (updated by Ruth E. Papka 1959):
Listed in LDS Ancestral FIle, 9GNS-P8
From "Ethan Bancroft's Ancestry and Descendants", manuscript by Mrs. Luella Bancroft Fant, at New England Historical and Genealogical Society:
He was the first settler of Freshwater Brook, now Thompsonville, (Enfield) CT. The Enfield records are in print and there appears an affidavit from Simsbury, CT, made by "Thomas Bancroft, 36 years of age; Mar 11, 1662 in which is mentioned "brother John Griffin", who married Ann Bancroft, May 13, 1647. In 1668 Thomas Bancroft moved to Westfield,MA where he was a Selectman. Sold at Westfield in 1680 and returned to Enfield where he died Dec 14, 1684. He ranked as Ensign in Indian War. His will, dated Nov 1684 was recorded at Springfield, MA but could not be established because unwitnessed. The estate however was settled in 1703-4 thus placing considerable material upon the records, Widow Hannah Bancroft m. Dea John Barber, and his name appears with hers on estate settlement 1703-4.
Article says he "m. (2) Hannah Gardner". Margaret Wright is not mentioned.
Article states he was born in England 1625.
From "Genealogies and Biographies of Ancient Windsor," by Henry Stiles:
Was at Springfield before 8 Dec 1653; in 1654 resided there at the"lower wharf," now Thompsonville (Enfield) CT. He was a farmer; while at Westfield a selectman; in 1668 he was at Westfield; sold farm there in 1680, Mar 20; returned to Enfield, where he died 14 Dec 1684; will dated in Nov of that year and upon rec. at S,; gave son Thomas Jr. 15 acres of land on S. side of Woxonoak River, belonging to Springfield, to sons Samuel, John and Nathaniel, equal shares at Enfield; 7 pounds each to daus Anne and Rebecca; house etc to his loving wife. The will, being unsigned, could not be estab., and est. was not settled until 3 Feb 1703/4, before which time the wid. had married John Barber. He had married a second time, name of wife unknown. (however J.M.B. thinks that the Hanna (dau. Samuel) Gardner of Hadley who m. Nathaniel Bancroft 1675,really married this Thomas Bancroft, and was the second wife, who married second John Barber. )
Revised: February 19, 2018