B: 1595 - Ipswich, Suffolk, England D: 4 Dec 1640 - Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Thomas was a sailor; Ipswich records in 1625 mention 'a Thomas Eldred in command of a ship lately come from Demark'. He also owned property in Ipswich and Barningham. His will dated Oct 18, 1640 and proved Dec 4, 1640 provided that his wife Anna will receive his house in Ipswich for her lifetime use, and thereafter will 'go to my eldest childe and namesake, Thomas Eldred, or his heirs if deceased'. The remainder of his estate in Ipswich was disposed according to his instructions, as follows: "Give to my second Childe, Charles Eldred, on his twentieth birthday, 75 pounds; to my third childe, Samuel Eldred, on his twentieth birthday, 75 pounds; to my fourth childe, John Eldred, on his twentieth birthday, 25 pounds. The remainder of my estate in Ipswich is to go to my fifth childe, Mary Eldred, on her eighteenth birthday, excepting that if it should amount to more than 25 pounds, that part more than 25 pounds is to go to my son, Thomas Eldred. To my son, John Eldred, my three crofts of land in Barningham. To my third son, Samuel Eldred, the great sea-chest that my father, William Eldred of Bury had from his father, Thomas Eldred, the one who sailed around the world". There is a note attached to Samuel, son of Thomas and his wife Anna. The note says that "the compiler of these notes believes, after many years of research and careful consideration of evidence, that this Samuel is very probably the same person as the Samuel Eldred who appeared in Cambridge, MA, in 1641, perhaps a little sooner."
B: 1590 - Ipswich, Suffolk, England D: 27 Dec 1642 - Ipswich, Suffolk, England