Thomas Axtell was born 16 April 1672 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to Henry Axtell (1641-1676) and Hannah Merriam (1645-1680) and died 18 December 1750 Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Sarah Barker (1679-1747) 2 November 1697 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

From _Axtell Genealogy_ , compiled by Carson Axtell we read the following:.

“The Marlboro records show that he had a part in a controversy which shook the whole town. He, with about half of the people, opposed the settlement of a certain minister. Later when in Grafton, he was a leader in church affairs, and afterwards carried on quite a controversy with the minister and others. A tendency to do their own thinking in religion and politics has always been a characteristic of the Axtell. A tradition is handed down of as saying of this Thomas. Two of his sons took opposite directions: one became a fervent supporter of the New Light Doctrines (as they were called); the other was adverse to religion. The father is said to have remarked, “One of my sons is over much religious; the other is over much wicked.”


  • East of Marlboro : from 1697 to 1730 - East part of Marlboro, MA near what is known as the Warren Schoolhouse.


Offspring of Thomas Axtell and Sarah Barker (1679-1747)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Thomas Axtell (1698-1698)
Sarah Axtell (1702-1772)
Joseph Axtell (1705-1794) 1 August 1705 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States 1 March 1794 Abigail Hayden (1705-1741)
Thomas Axtell (1712-1798)
John Axtell (1715-1742)
Abigail Axtell (1717-1763)
Hannah Axtell (1721-1740)



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