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William Therrell

Male Abt 1633 - Bef 1682  (~ 49 years)


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  • Name William Therrell  [1
    Born Abt 1633  , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    _UID ECE888DB15CB4849A90B25C547A3BEAB9975 
    Died Bef Sep 1682  Little River, Old Albemarle, Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Surname Origin:

      The Old surname Therrell indicates:"son of Therrell" variant of the Old Norse name Thorold. This is ultimately derived from the Norse name: "Thoraldr". Thoraldr is comprised of two words: One being "Thor", the Old Norse God of war and agriculture and "Valdr", the Norseword for "rule". This surname dates back to 1086 in the variant form of "Tirel". A Sir Walter Tirel is listed in the doomsday book of Essex.

      Some suggest that William was born in 1633 in Thoen, Yorkshire, England.


      History: William was one of three brothers, two of whom cametoAmerica,and one who remained, or was retained, in England.39

      The first recorded knowledge of our William Therrill is that of his marriage in Boston: "William Therrell and Rebecca Simpkins, dau.of Capt. Nicholas Simpkins were married 29th 11 mo. (1654) by Richard Bellingham, Governor."

      It will be noted that William was married by the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and not by a Minister of the Gospel. Civil marriages were the custom at this time. The first marriage celebrated with Prayer Book and Ring did not occur in Boston until 1686.

      William and Rebecca (Simpkins) Therrill had four children as recorded in Volume 9 of the Report of the Boston Record Commissioners....

      In his Will, William Therrill called himself a "Merchant--Taylor. "Undoubtedly, he was engaged in trading. As stated before, the uniform spacing of his children suggests that he spent a great amount of time away from home. "Ships from Boston to Albemarle Sound brought articles needed by the Planters. These ships then took cattle and lumber from Albemarle to the West Indies, which they traded for sugar, molasses and rum. On the return trip, the ships again stopped at Albemarle, trading their West Indies cargo for tobacco, which they took to New England and eventually to Old England. This was all accomplished at a good profit in supreme defiance of the Statues, which enriched the Yankee merchant faster than the Lord Proprietors of the Colony." (Old Virginia and Her Neighbors - Page 270)

      William's will was sealed in wax with the impression of a swan in the wax. No significance of the swan impression has been found. Maybe the seal belonged to the family of Maj. Samuel Swann, a resident of the area. It is not a recognizable device of any known Tyrrell Arms.
    Person ID I1863  7_families
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2004 

    Family 1 Rebecca Simpkins,   b. Abt 1633, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 8 May 1675, , , Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Married 29 Nov 1654  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Married by Richard Bellingham, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
    Children 
    +1. Rebecca B. Tirrell,   b. 26 Dec 1655, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. William B. Tirrell,   b. 16 Mar 1658, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1727, Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +3. Mary Tirrell,   b. 6 Apr 1661, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. Gideon Tirrell,   b. 16 Jul 1664, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1730, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2005 
    Family ID F789  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Joane Godfrey,   d. 3 Feb 1677, , Old Albemarle, Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 2 Dec 1676  , Old Albemarle, Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2005 
    Family ID F826  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Ann Cooke,   d. 29 Apr 1679, , Old Albemarle, Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 12 Jul 1677  , Old Albemarle, Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2005 
    Family ID F827  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1633 - , , England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Nov 1654 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Dec 1676 - , Old Albemarle, Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Jul 1677 - , Old Albemarle, Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S7757] Tirrell Book, Robert Wilson Tirrell, (Englewood, N.J. : R.W. Tirrell, c1969 (#929.273 T519t)), #929.273 T519t., 11 - 23 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S7757] Tirrell Book, Robert Wilson Tirrell, (Englewood, N.J. : R.W. Tirrell, c1969 (#929.273 T519t)), #929.273 T519t..