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Phinney - Thomas, Barnstable/Sandwich - Nova Scotia

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Phinney - Thomas, Barnstable/Sandwich - Nova Scotia

Posted: 1351123644000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Phinney, Thomas
I'm working to tie a Nova Scotia line to Mayflower passenger Thomas Rogers. It's shown in a secondary source, "Finney-Phinney Families in America," but I'm trying to fill gaps and document it.

Barnstable marriage intentions, 12 March 1763: "Isaac Phinney and Anna Thomas of Windham." I haven't found an actual marriage there, although I don't have the original source. (Ancestry does, but didn't show a marriage.)

Sandwich has "Isaac Phinney of Barnstable and Anne Thomas of Sandwich were married by Mr. [Abraham] Williams on April the 12th 1763." Are these the same people? Looks like they could well be.

Windham, CT has a Dave - Mary Thomas family with children 1740-1746, including Hannah in 1744. (She's ten years younger than Isaac, but would be his second wife, and that's not an issue.) Then they perhaps moved to Tolland, CT and had Lydia in 1756. Did they then move to Sandwich?

This would imply that "of Windham" in the intentions refers to birthplace, but not current residence. Does that seem right? I can imagine her being asked in Barnstable, "Where are you from?" and saying "Windham," just like I sometimes say, "I'm from Vermont" even though I haven't lived there for 35 years.

I haven't found any other plausible Isaac Phinney (there was one in nearby Harwich, but I think he can be ruled out) or Anna Thomas.

The family moved to Granville, Nova Scotia, and some sources say they were married there. I'll be checking those records before long, but it seems doubtful.

Would appreciate any comments/suggestions/corrections/citations.

Dexter Kenfield
Tucson, Arizona
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