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Parents: Wilder [Ref] says that he is the son of John Wilder
Thomas Wilder was born at Shiplake. [Ref] He died in 1634. [Ref] He married Martha Unknown. She died on 20 Apr 1652 in Hingham. [Ref]
Martha was heiress to property in Shiplake. [Ref]
The widow Martha Wilder of Shiplock, Oxfordshire came to New England on the Confidence in 1638, bringing her daughter Mary. [Ref][Ref] The widow Wilder was granted land in Hingham in 1638. [Ref][Ref]
Martha and Mary settled in Hingham, joining Elizabeth and Edward who had gone before. [Ref] Martha and Edward were granted land in Hingham. [Ref]
Children of Thomas Wilder:
Note: There is a Thomas Wilder who died in Lancaster [Ref] on 23 Oct 1667. [Ref, p. 13] He was a resident of Charlestown in 1640. [Ref] He went to Lancaster as early as 1659. [Ref] A cenotaph in the Old Common Burial Ground in Lancaster says: SACRED/to the Memory of/THOMAS WILDER/ from Lancaster in England/who first settled at Hingham/in 1641 and came to this town/July 1, 1659 and died Oct. 23/1667 leaving three sons -- viz/THOMAS, JOHN and NATHANIEL/from whom are derived all of the name of Wilder/in this Town and vicinity. [Ref, p. 408] It has long been claimed that Thomas was a brother of Edward Wilder, son of Thomas Wilder of Shiplake. But, a recent DNA study [Ref] confirms that, "Not only were Thomas and Edward not brothers, their kinship is too distant to calculate in any genealogical timeframe."
Parents: Thomas Wilder and Martha Unknown
Elizabeth Wilder married Thomas Ensign [Ref] as his second wife on 17 Jan 1638/9 in Plymouth colony. [Ref]
Ackerman, Arthur Wilmot, "Edward Baker Wilder," Memoirs of the Deceased Members of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society section, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 80, 1926, 440-441.
Hanson, Donald F. Hansen and Michael F. Hansen, "DNA Solves A Wilder Ancestral Enigma," New England Historic Genealogical Society web site, May 2009, http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/services/articles_16494.asp.
Hill, William Carroll, "Gerald Gardner Wilder," Memoirs of the Deceased Members of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society section, New England Historical and Genealogical Register 105, 1951, 352.
Hurd, D. Hamilton,History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts: With biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men, Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1884.
No author, "Passengers for New England, 1638," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 2, 1848, 108-110.
No author, Sheffield, Daggett and Allied families: A genealogical study with biographical notes, New York: American Historical Co., 1932.
Nourse, Henry S., The Birth, Marriage, and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts: 1643-1850, Lancaster, unknown, 1890. Online: Ancestry.com.
Ward, Andrew N., "First Settlers of Hingham," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 2, 1848, 250.
Wilder, Moses H., "A Page from the History of the Wilders," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 31, 1877, 420-421.