Thomas CALL (1597 – 1676) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather; one of 4,192 in this generation of the Shaw line.
Thomas Call was born in 15 Jun 1597 in Hernhill, near Faversham, Kent, England. His parents were John CALL and Ann [__?__]. He married Bennett (Geanette) HARRISON.
On May 11, 1637 Thomas and his family left Sandwich, England aboard the Hercules arriving in Charlestown, Massachusetts. After July 26, 1644 Thomas married Joanna [__?__] , widow of Daniel Shepardson. His son Thomas Call Jr. later married Joanna’s daughter Lydia. Thomas died 17 May 1676 in Malden, Middlesex, Mass.
Bennett (Geanett) Harrison was born 21 May 1597 in Hernhill, Kent, England. Her parents were Arnold Harrison and Alice Preston or Bennett. Bennett died in 1644 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
Joanna [__?__] first married by 1637 to Daniel Shepardson (circa 1612, based on the estimated date of his marriage – 26 Jul 1644, Charlestown, Mass). Daniel was a blacksmith, first found in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1633. “Daniel Shepheardson” was admitted to Charlestown church on June 8, 1633. Daniel had little to no formal education, he signed his will by mark. Joanna was named as the mother at the baptism of all three children. She married, second, between 1644 and 1651 (called “Joanna Call” in a petition of 28 October 1651 to the general court in support of Rev. Marmaduke Matthews) as the second wife of Thomas Call. Joanna died at Malden on 30 Jan 1660/61.
In 1637 “Dan[ie]ll Sheaperdson” was recorded as having one and three-quarters cow commons. In the land laid out on Mystic Side on 23 April 1638 Daniel Shepardson received shares of ten, twenty and zero acres. On 30 Dec 1638 he was recorded as having one and one-third cow commons on the stinted common. In the 1638 Charlestown Book of Possessions Daniel Shepardson held seven parcels: house with garden plot; five roods arable in East Field; one acre of meadow in High Field Mead; one and three-quarters cow commons; five acres in Line Field; ten acres woodland in Mystic Field; and twenty-five acres in Water Field.
In his will of July 16, 1644 “Daniell Shepardson of Charlestown in New England blacksmith” left his estate to his wife during her life, and then after her decease “my house, with the garden, yard, & three acres of ground in the neck with my arms & tools to my son Daniell, whom I would have brought up in the trade of a smith,” the rest to be divided between “my two daughters Lydia & Johanna,” wife to be sole executrix, and “my Mr. Nowell, with brother Heburne & brother Cutler” overseers; witnesses Thomas Carter and Rice Coles. Final settlement of the estate was delayed for three years, at which time the General Court ordered a distribution different from that in the will, and probably for that reason the file for Daniel Shepardson includes two copies of his will along with the original. On one of these copies Increase Nowell, who wrote the original and both copies, adds at the bottom the following note: “If his wife & 3 children die he gave me Incr: Nowell his house & house plot, at the same time before the same witnesses.
Children of Thomas and Bennett:
||2 Mar 1624
Hernhill, Kent, England
|19 Sep 1630
|2.||Philip CALL I (Nephew who came to America after his uncle)||1627
Hernhill, Kent, England
|Mary SMITH 1659
Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
|1662 in Ipswich, Mass.|
|3.||Paul Call||2 Feb 1629 Kent, England||21 Feb 1629 Kent, England|
|4.||Margaret Call||30 May 1631 Hernhill, Kent, England||Thomas Green
1651 or 1653 Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass
|22 Jun 1667 Malden, Middlesex, Mass.|
|5.||Thomas Call||6 Oct 1633
Hernhill, Kent, England
22 Jul 1657 Malden, MA
Malden, Middlesex, Mass.
|6.||John Call||6 Mar 1636 Faversham, Kent, England||Hannah Kettel
21 Jan 1657 – Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass
|19 Apr 1697 Charlestown, Suffolk, MA|
Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass
|1642 – Charlestown, Mass|
|8.||Elizabeth Call||21 Dec 1640 Charlestown, Mass||Samuel Tingley
20 Sep 1663
Charlestown, Suffolk, M
11 Apr 1668
|21 Feb 1716 – Attleboro, Bristol, Mass|
|9.||Mercy Call||7 Nov 1643 Charlestown, Mass||Samuel Lee
19 Aug 1662 – Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass
Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass
Occupation: Tilemaker, baker.
Arrived in America 1637 on “Hercules” to Charlestown, MA. To Malden in 1649.
Being of Faversham, County Kent, Eng. embarked 1636 with wife and 3 children.
Living near the ferry in Charlestown, on the Mystic side.
The three children are thought to be John , Margaret and Thomas II Call. Philip was Thomas’ nephew. At least two more children wereborn in Charlestown Elizabeth and Mary/Mercy Call.
Thomas settled down and is listed in the early Charlestown Mass town records and in the town of Malden Mass. where he eventually moved.
John PASTON (Sir Knight) was born 10 Oct 1421, Paston, Norfolk, England. His parents were William PASTON and Agnes BARRY. He married Margaret MAUTHY before 1440. John died 22 May / 19 Jun 1466 ,in London and is buried in Bromholm Priory, Norfolk, England.
One of ten executors of Sir John Fastolf’s vast Norfolk holdings, which comprised 94 manors. Two days before Fastolf’s death in 1459 his will was changed in favor of John Paston, who received all the manors, lands, and personal property in Norfolk and Suffolk. Suspecting foul play, the other executors were outraged, and seventeen years of claims and counter-claims, law suits, forcible evictions, arrests, and even imprisonment ensued for both John Paston I and his estate manager Richard CALL. In a letter dated Oct 1461, Call, writing from the Norwich gaol, informs John Paston II that William Yelverton and William Jenney, two of Fastolf’s executors, had him arrested and jailed for the theft of the rents from the disputed manor at Cotton: they “hathe certified vup in-to the Kynges Benche jnsurrec[i]ons [and] congregacions a-yenste me.” And unless Call posted security that he would appear in court in London, the sheriff threatened to “send me vp with strengthe of men as a presoner.” Clearly the sheriff backed the claims of Paston’s enemies. Call concludes hopefully, “God sende us a good scheryf thys yere”.
In a letter dated May 3, 1465, Margaret Paston informed her husband ABT the Duke of Suffolk’s attack on their manor at Hellesdon: “I have put youre evydens that com owte of the abbay in a seck, and enseylyd hem vnder Richard Call ys seall”
1. John Paston (Sir) 2. John Paston 3. Margery Paston 4. Edmund Paston (d. BEF 1504) 5. Walter Paston (b. ABT 1456 – d. 1479) 6. William Paston 7. Margery PASTON (Bef. 1450 – Bef. 1479) 8. Anne Paston 9. Clement Paston (b. ABT 1447 – d. 1448/1534)
Richard CALL was born about 1431. He married Margery PASTON and died after 1431 – d. AFT 1504) After Margery’s death, at some time before 1482, he married Margaret Trollopp of Edingthorpe, and had two additional sons 4. Andrew and 5. John. According to a Chancery Proceeding, Call was still alive between 1500 and 1515.
Richard and Margery had three sons:
1. John (See Below)
2. William – Frere minor of the Franciscan Order of Grey Friars, whose origin was St. Francis of Assisi. William Call was the last warden and minister provincial of the order. The monastary was dissolved and the lands granted to the Duke of Norfolk.
Richard Call is well-known to readers of the Paston letters as the bailiff or estate manager for John Paston I and his two sons (both confusingly named John) during the last half of the fifteenth century. Young Richard Call went into service with John Paston I upon the recommendation of the Duke of Norfolk, whose seat was in Framlingham. Call served as a devoted and trusted servant under two generations of Paston patriarchs, John I, and later his two sons John II and John III for nearly half a century. Rising to the position of chief bailiff or estate manager, Call was actively involved in the Pastons’ extensive business and legal matters. He negotiated leases and collected rents from tenants; he sold land and woods; he bought and sold commodities and horses; he kept accounts, inventories, and indentures in his own hand; he delivered letters and other documents; he attended various legal hearings on behalf of the family; he transported money and silver to various family members; and he wrote numerous letters on behalf of family members and himself.
In a letter to his brother, dated May 1469, John Paston III expresses his fear that if his sister Margery marries Richard Call she will be made “to selle kandyll and mustard in Framlyngham”. This contemptuous remark exposes not only the Paston’s social snobbery but, more importantly, the growing animosity between the old landed gentry and the new, upwardly-mobile merchant class, represented by Richard Call. Call’s clandestine courtship of and subsequent marriage to Margery Paston, the youngest daughter of John Paston I, caused a major uproar in the Paston household when the affair was discovered in 1469. They had secretly exchanged vows, which under church law constituted a legal marriage. John Paston III expressed the family’s outrage when he wrote that Call “shold neuer haue my good wyll for to make my sustyr to selle kandyll and mustard in Framly[n]gham”. Although the entire family was opposed to the relationship, Margery’s mother Margaret was especially shocked and outraged. Three years before their affair was finally revealed, she expressed her suspicions about Call’s character to her eldest son John by warning him to “be ware of him and of hys felowe” . Upon discovering the relationship, Margaret forced Margery and Call to appear in the Bishop’s Court where they were examined by the Bishop of Norwich. After interrogating both of them, the Bishop ruled that their vows were legitimate, but Margaret refused to let Margery enter her house. She says: “and [if] he [Call] were ded at thys owyre sche xuld neuere be at myn hart as sche was”.
Although Margery became estranged from her mother and brothers for a time, Call continued to handle some of their business affairs.
Unlike John Paston’s two sons, both of whom had university educations, Richard Call was self-educated. From the surviving 23 letters in his own hand, we can conclude that he was not only literate in English, but as evidenced by the “boke of French” stolen from his chambers at Hellesdon and his various memoranda in Latin, he learned at least two foreign languages. One of the functions of a household miscellany is pedagogical, and a number of the texts copied into the Cambridge manuscript concern the improvement of body, mind, and soul. Acquisition of social graces is seen in the The Lytylle Childrenes Lytil Boke, which would have instructed Call and his family in upper-class hygiene and table manners, such as “Loke thyne hondys be wasshe clene, That no fylthe on thy nayles be seyn”; “Pyke not thyne eris ne thy nostrelles”; “Ne spitte thow over the tabylle”; and “Caste not thi bones ynto the flore”.
John CALL was born in 1477 in Little Melton, Norfolk, England. He married Christian (Xpian) CLIPSBY daughter of Clipsby of Obye in Norfolk. John died in 1527 in Norfolk, England.
1. Constance b. 1514 Obye, Norfolk, England; m. Thomas Riddall of Sallus, Norfolk
2. Elizabeth b. 1516 Obye, Norfolk, England; m. Ralph Chestine of Chestin, Suffolk
3. Richard (See Below)
Richard CALL was born 1525 in Little Melton, Norfolk, England. He married Edith BENNETT in 1550. Richard died in 1600 in Warwickshire, England.
Children of Richard and Edith
1. Alice b. 1550 Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England; m. Thomas Matthew Rogers; d. 07 AUG 1608
2.Thomas Call b. 1550 England, Norfolk, Little Melton
3. Richard b. 1552 England, Norfolk, Little Melton
4. Robert b. 1554 England, Norfolk, Little Melton
5. John b. 1556 England, Norfolk, Little Melton
6. Nicholas b. 1557 England, Norfolk, Little Melton
7. Christopher b. 1559 England, Norfolk, Little Melton
8. Owen b. 1562 England, Norfolk, Little Melton
9. Mary b. 1563 England, Norfolk, Little Melton
10. Christian b. 1565 England, Norfolk, Little Melton
11. Anne b. 1566 England, Norfolk, Little Melton
12. Margaret b. 1568 England, Norfolk, Little Melton
13. John b. 1571 Hernhill, Kent, England m. Ann [__?__]
Here is your Thomas…decending from Richard fourth child in line from John Call of Framlingham m. Rose with John Call 1. brother…where Philip eventually comes down.
John Call of Framlingham m. Rose Their Children…
1. John Call, 2.Regnold, 3.Margaret, 4.Richard of Bacton, 5.Nicholas, 6,7,8 Daughters
5. 1.Nicholas, m Christine , and 2.Robert
1.John,2.Francis,3.George,4.Philip,5. Nicholas, 6.Ann,7.Elizabeth, 8.John 11,
4. Philip m Helen
Children of Thomas and Bennett
4. Margaret Call
Margaret’s husband Thomas Green was born 1630 in Malden, Middlesex, Mass. His parents were Thomas Green and Elizabeth Lynde Thomas died 15 Feb 1674 in Malden, Middlesex, Mass.
5. Thomas Call Jr.
Thomas Jr. married his step-sister Lydia Shepardson on 22 Jul 1657 in Malden, MA.
Lydia Shepardson was born 24 Jul 1637 in Charleston, Mass. Her parents were Daniel Shepardson and Joanna [__?__]. (see above.) After Thomas Call Jr. died, Lydia married Thomas SKINNER I [also our ancestor] in about 1680. Lydia died 17 Dec 1723 in Malden, Massachusetts at the age of 87.
In 1651, Thomas Call received a license to maintain an inn and sell provisions in Malden. One of the selectmen voting on the license was Thomas Call, who sold beer in another part of Malden (but probably not far Thomas Skinner’s Inn). Apparently, Thomas Skinner and Thomas Call were friends–Thomas Call rented a house from Thomas Skinner. Thomas Call died in 1678 at the age of 43. Thomas Skinner’s wife Mary died in 1671 and Thomas Skinner subsequently married Thomas Call’s widow, Lydia.
HERE LIES Ye BODY
OF THOMAS CALL
JUNE.R AGED ABOUT
45Y.RS DEC.D IN NOVE.MR
Here Lyes ye Body
of Ms Lydia
Skiner Wife to
Mr Thomas Skiner
Formally Wife to
Mr Thomas Call
Who Dec’d Decem
ye 17th 1723 Aged
about 87 Years
6. John Call
John’s wife Hannah Kettell was born 27 Oct 1637 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass. Her parents were Richard Kettell and Esther Ward. Hannah died 27 Aug 1708 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass.
8. Elizabeth Call
Elizabeth’s first husband Samuel Tingley was born 1638 in Charlestown, Mass. His parents were Palmer Tingley and Anna Fosdick. Samuel died 28 Dec 1666 in Malden, Mass
Elizabeth’s second husband Daniel Shepherdson was her step-brother. Daniel was born 14 Jun 1640 in Charlestown. His parents were Daniel Shepardson and Joanna [__?__]. Daniel died 3 Aug 1723 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
9. Mercy Call
Mercy’s first husband Samuel Lee was born 1640 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass. Samuel died 1676 in Malden, Mass
Mercy’s second husband John Allen was born 9 Oct 1648 in Salisbury, Essex, Mass. John died 27 Feb 1696 in Salisbury, Essex, Mass.