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Thomas Williams

Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Death: between January 1621 and March 1621
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America (“In the first general sickness”)
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Williams, of Great Yarmouth and Judythe ‘Judith’ Williams
Brother of John Williams, of Salem; William Williams, of Salem & Watertown; Elizabeth Wilson; Dyonise Williams and Agnes Williams

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About Thomas Williams, “Mayflower” Passenger

Among the signers of the Mayflower Compact. Died soon after arrival in the general sickness and was buried on < Cole’s Hill >.

Thomas Williams

  • BAPTISM: 12 August 1582 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, son of John and Judith (Short) Williams.
  • MARRIAGE: None known.
  • DEATH: Sometime the first winter at Plymouth, likely between January and March 1621.
  • Thomas Williams and his sister Elizabeth (who did not come on the Mayflower) are found in the records of Leiden, Holland, and belonged to the Pilgrims' church congregation there. On 11 March 1616, Thomas witnessed his sister's marriage to fellow churchmember Roger Wilson, and in this record they are said to have originally come from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. The parish registers of Great Yarmouth show Thomas' baptism on 12 August 1582, as well as his sister Elizabeth's on 9 January 1591/2.


Probable Origins

26 March 1616 Roger Wilson, a member of the Pilgrims' church in Leiden married Elizabeth Williams. The record says she was from Yarmouth, Norfolk, England and the groom was accompanied by her brother, Thomas Williams.[1][2] We also know from the arrangement of Bradford's list of passengers that Thomas Williams, Mayflower passenger, was living in Leiden.[3] Johnson concludes the two Thomas Williams are the same man, that he came from Yarmouth and had a sister Elizabeth.[2]

Only one family was found that meet the necessary criteria, place, age, names. John Williams married Judith Short of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 4 July 1580. They had children baptized at St. Nicholas, Great Yarmouth:[2]

  1. Thomas Williams bp 12 Aug 1582 (Presumed Mayflower passenger)
  2. Jone Williams bp 23 Aug 1584
  3. Agnes Williams bp 6 Nov 1586
  4. William Williams bp 2 Jun 1588
  5. Dyonise Williams bp 31 Jan 1590/1
  6. Elizabeth Williams bp 9 Jan 1591/2 (Presumed wife of Roger Wilson.)
  7. John Williams bp 15 Sep 1594

William Bradford wrote a journal called "Of Plymouth Plantation." About 1650, he added a list of passengers and their offspring. This is from the list in his handwriting.


  2. cites
    1. Heritage Leiden and environs in Leiden (Netherlands), Church records marriages Schepenhuwelijken (1592-1795), Part: 198, Period: 1611-1633, Leiden, archive 1004, inventory number 198, March 26, 1616, Trouwen Gerecht B. juli 1611 - april 1633., folio B - 118v open archive
    2. Johnson, Caleb H. "The Probably English Origin of Mayflower Passenger Thomas Williams" The Mayflower Quarterly 75:290 Sep 2009
    3. Johnson, Caleb H. "New Light on William Bradford's Passenger List of the Mayflower," The American Genealogist 80:94-99 (april 2005)
    4. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 12 February 2018, Thomas Wyllyams, ); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,526,327.
    5. Johnson, Caleb H. The Mayflower and Her Passengers. (Caleb H. Johnson 2006) p. 250
    6. Bradford, William. Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation' From the Original Manuscript. With a Report of the Proceedings Incident to the Return of the Manuscript to Massachusetts Project Gutenberg ebook
    7. Morton, Nathaniel. New England's memorial. (Boston: Congregational board of publication, 1855) Originally published 1669.p. 26 Note: The original compact is gone. Morton furnished the earliest known list 1669 facsimile
    8. Anderson, Robert Charles. The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004) p. 506 Available free at American Ancestors.
    9. Caleb Johnson's Mayflower History
    10. Mayflower quarterly 75:290 (2009) titled "The Probable English Origin of Mayflower Passenger Thomas Williams."
    11. Source: Sisters Marriage: "Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 October 2017), Rogier Wilsom and Elysabeth Willems, Marriage 26 Mar 1616, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Nederland; from database, openarchives ( : 2016); citing Archiefnaam: Schepenhuwelijken (1592-1795), Deel: 198, Periode: 1611-1633, archive 1004, inventory number 198, record number , folio B - 118v; Archiefnaam: Schepenhuwelijken (1592-1795), Deel: 198, Periode: 1611-1633; Erfgoed Leiden.
    12. Bradford, William, 1590-1657. Of Plimoth Plantation: manuscript, 1630-1650. State Library of Massachusetts "List of Mayflower Passengers." In Bradford's Hand.
  3. _# Mayflower Society - Passengers Who Died With No Known Descent
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Thomas Williams, “Mayflower” Passenger's Timeline

August 12, 1582
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
August 12, 1582
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England (United Kingdom)
January 1621
Age 38
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony, British Colonial America
Cole’s Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States