Thomas Prince – Gloucestershire

Thomas PRINCE (1582 –  )  was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Miller line.

Father of Immigrant  Ancestor - Prince Coat of Arms

Immigrant Ancestor – Prince Coat of Arms

Thomas Prince was baptized about 1582, All Hallows Barking By The Tower, London, England or in Gloucestershire.  His parents were Thomas PRINCE and Elizabeth TOLDERBY. He married Mary PATCH on 7 Aug 1616 South Petherton, Somerset, England

All Hallows-by-the-Tower, also previously dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin and sometimes known as All Hallows Barking, is an ancient Anglican church on Byward Street in the City of London, overlooking the Tower of London. Founded in 675, it is the oldest church in London, and contains inside a 7th-century Saxon arch with recycled Roman tiles, the oldest surviving piece of church fabric in the city.   The heart of Richard I is said to be buried somewhere in the north part of All Hallows’ churchyard where a chapel once stood that had been built by Richard in the 12th century.

The church was badly damaged by an explosion in 1650 caused when some barrels of gunpowder being stored in the churchyard exploded; its west tower and some 50 nearby houses were destroyed, and there were many fatalities. The tower was rebuilt in 1658, the only example of work carried out on a church during the Commonwealth era of 1649-1660. It only narrowly survived the Great Fire of London in 1666 and owes its survival to Admiral William Penn, father of William Penn of Pennsylvania fame, who had his men from a nearby naval yard demolish the surrounding buildings to create firebreaks. During the Great Fire, Samuel Pepys climbed the church’s spire to watch the progress of the blaze and what he described as “the saddest sight of desolation”.

Thomas was baptized in All Hallows by the Tower Church, London

Mary Patch was baptized 16 May 1586, South Petherton, Somerset, England. Her parents were Richard PATCHE and Joan LAVOR.

Mary was baptized in the Church of St Peter and St Paul in South Petherton. Note the octagonal tower

Children of Thomas and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Thomas PRINCE Sr. c. 1618
South Pertherton, Somerset, England.
Lechlade-on-Thames, Gloucestershire, England.
1649 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
17 Jan 1690 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.
2. Deborah Prince c. 1622
Thomas Skilling
Salem, Mass
29 Jun 1668  in  Ipswich, Mass.
After 1692
Ipswich, Mass.

Joan’s father Richard PATCH was born 1552 in South Petherton, Somerset, England. He married Joan LAVOR on 1578 in South Petherton, Somerset, England. He died Apr 1595 in South Petherton, Somerset, England and was buried 22 Apr 1595 in South Petherton, Somerset, England.

Joan’s grandfather William PATCH was born 1527 in South Petherton, Somerset, England. He married [__?__] on 1551 in South Pertherton, Somerset, England.  William died Jun 1575 in South Petherton, Somerset, England and was buried 15 Jun 1575 in South Petherton, Somerset, England.


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5 Responses to Thomas Prince – Gloucestershire

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  2. Nicole Prince says:

    The coat of arms that you have displayed was awarded to Richard Prynce of Whitehall, Shewsbury, Salop (Shropshire) in 1584. As these are a hereditary coat of arms, only the direct descendants of Richard Prynce, that still bear the Prince surname, are eligable to use the coat of arms. At this stage I have found no descendants of Richard who are American.

    • markeminer says:

      Hi Nicole,

      Category Archives: Immigrant Coat of Arms

      I use the family coat of arms to indicate immigrant ancestor, but in reality the large majority of our ancestors were yeomen without arms. This category denotes our few gentry that took the trip across an unknown ocean

  3. This coat of arms is copyright of Please remove it, or at least add a link to our website and remove any advertising to outside companies, such as…. This amounts to you using my images to collect ad dollars for yourself. Please cease and desist. You have quite a huge number of my graphics on your site at

    Mike Kennaugh

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