Note: The Brigham family reputedly goes back to Thomas Brigham, Sr. who was b. in 1475 in Holme Upon Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, Eng. I'll post the rest of the line if and when I see some documentd source material.

     THOMAS BRIGHAM Sr., was born in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, Eng. and died on 19 Mar 1632/33 in Holme. Thomas married  ISABEL WATSON before 3 Feb 1599/00 in Holme, as her second husband. [I haven't been able to determine what event was marked by the date, 3 Feb 1599/00  that would place their marriage prior to that point, her father's will, for instance, wasn't written until 1615.] Isabel was bapt. 21 Feb 1560/61 in Holme, and buried 25 Jun 1634 in Holme. She was the daughter of James and Margaret Watson of Holme.

   Isabel had married (1) Richard Ellithorpe on 27 Oct. 1583 in Holme, as his second wife. Isabel had five children by Richard Ellithorpe, the youngest, Mary, being baptised on 10 Nov 1596  Richard Elithorpe's will was dated 10 Sep. 1597 and proved 8 Dec. 1597.


1. Thomas Brigham Jr., b. abt. 1602-1603 in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, Eng. and d. 08 Dec 1653 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA. Thomas married Mercy Hurd as her first husband. Mercy m. (2) William Hunt and (3) William Rice. She 22 Dec 1693 in Marlboro, MA.

"These underwritten names are to be transported to New England imbarqued in the SUZAN AND ELLEN, Edward Payne, Master. The p'ties have brought certificates from ye ministers and Justices of the Peace. They are not subsedy men; and are conformable to ye orders and discipline of the Church Of England. Tho: Briggham 32, Symon Crosby Husbandman 26, Ann Crosby vxor 25, Tho: Crosby Child 8 weeks"


3. Anne Brigham, b. abt. 1610, in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, Eng. and died on 11 Oct 1675 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., MA. Anne married Simon Crosby in or before 1635, probably in Holme. Simon Crosby was the 4th cousin of Robert Crosby who married Anne's sister Constance. He was born probably in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor, resided perhaps in London prior to emigration in 1635. He died in Sept. 1639 probably in Cambridge, MA. He was the son of Thomas Crosby and Jane Sotheron of Holme. Simon Crosby sailed to New England on 18 Apr 1635 on the SUSAN AND ELLEN, age 26, with wife Anne age 25, and son Thomas 8 weeks. They were accompanied by Anne's brother Thomas Brigham age 32. Simon Crosby was made Freeman of Cambridge Mass, 3 Mar 1636; Selectman 7 Nov 1636, Surveyor of Roads and Highways 1637 and Constable 1638. Children: 1. Thomas, b. Jun 1635; 2. Simon and 3. Jospeh. The last two perhaps b. in Cambridge, MA..


  1. Samuel G. Drake, "Results of Some Researches Among the British Archives For Information Relating To The Founders Of New England, made in the years 1858-1860.", p. 25; Baltimore, Gen. Pub. Co., 1963. Orig. pub. Boston, H.W. Dutton & Son, 1860.

  2. Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr., NEHGR, Vol. 120, 1966, pp. 21-25, "The Watson Ancestry of Constance (Brigham) Crosby of Holme-upon-Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, and Rowley, Mass., and Notes on the Southeron and Millington Families".


     CONSTANCE BRIGHAM, b. abt. 1604 Holme-on-Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, Eng., and died on 25 Jan. 1683/84 Rowley, Essex Co., MA.; She m. ROBERT CROSBY, abt. 1622 in Holme.


"The Watson Ancestry of Constance (Brigham) Crosby of Holme-upon-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, and Rowley, Mass., And Notes on the Southeron and Millington Families", Walter Lee Sheppard, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 120, 1966, pp. 21-25; "ESSEX COUNTY QUARTERLY COURT FILES", V.21, leaf 45

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