Thomas Prence was born in 1599 at Lechlade, Gloucestershire, England, the son of Thomas Prence and Elizabeth Tolderby. Thomas emigrated to America in 1621 on the ship Fortune, and arrived in Plymouth in November 1621, just days after the first Thanksgiving. He was was allowed to join with Bradford, Allerton and Standish as a member of the Trade Monopoly. Later, in 1644, he and several other prominent families left Plymouth for better land and founded the community of Eastham, Massachusetts. He became governor in 1634; and after the death of Governor Bradford in 1653, he became the undisputed leader of the Plymouth Colony.
Thomas first married Patience Brewster, daughter of Elder William Brewster, in 1624. They had the following children:
Thomas also married Mary Collier and Apphia Quick.
Thomas Prence died at Eastham on 29 March 1673.
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