Name: Thomas (sr.) CANFIELD
Given Name: Thomas (sr.)
Birth: abt. 1596-1601 in Minsden, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Eng.
Death: aft. 1650 in Milford, CT
Note: Ref. for birthdates: Ackley-Bosworth Genealogy: Thomas Canfield Co., Hertford, England: Children: Elizabeth, Thomas (jr.), Jacob, Jeremiah, and John. There were probably other children, not found in the Minsden registers, but no complete account can be offered here, as probate & other sources have not been consulted. John Burwell of Milford, CT came from Minsden & entries concerning his family appear there. Several other Milford surnames are found in the Minsden registers. Thomas Canfield was not an original settler, but a later comer. He joined the Milford church in 1656 and then had 3 children baptized there, of whom the eldest was born probably not later than 1650. He would therefore be of suitable age to identify with the Thomas baptized in 1623. We think the identification probable, because the distinct connection of Minsden with Milford colonists suggests that the young Thomas Canfield of Minsden may have followed relatives to the New World and that would explain why he selected Milford for his home. Furthermore, the Minsden Thomas Canfield bestowed those names on children. The surname in Minsden records, as in New England records, was variously spelled Camfield, Canfeild, etc., and in one entry the elder Thomas Canfield was called "of Hill ende" (Ref. The Hert's Genealogist and Antiquary 2:289,290,293,294).
Mrs. unknown UNKNOWN b: abt. 1600 in Minsden, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Eng.
in of, Minsden, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
- Thomas (jr.) CANFIELD b: before June 23, 1623 in Minsden Co., Hertford, England c: Nov. 23, 1623 in Minsden, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Eng.
- Elizabeth CANFIELD b: abt. 1620 in England
- Mary CANFIELD b: 1625 in Nazeing, Essex Co., England
- Jacob CANFIELD b: abt. 1625 in England
- Jeremiah CANFIELD b: bef. Dec. 29, 1636 in England
- John CANFIELD b: bef. May 18, 1639 in England