Thomas Prence was born in England, probably in the area of Gloucestershire, in about 1600. Thomas was among a second group of pilgrims who arrived at Plymouth colony in 1621, aboard the ship Fortune. Thomas quickly became an important member of the community. He was elected governor in 1634 and served in positions of leadership for the rest of his life.
Thomas Prence has been called a “terrour to evil doers” and was noted for his integrity, industry, energy and sound judgement.
Thomas married Patience Brewster, daughter of William Brewster, in 1624. Patience died ten years later. Thomas died in 1673 in Eastham, Massachusetts, a community that he helped to found. He is buried at Burial Hill, a historic Pilgrim cemetery in Plymouth.
The link between Eric Eastman and Thomas Prence is as follows: Eric Eastman – Blanche Savilla Jones – Amy Sophronia Whitney – Job Hall Whitney – Francis Tufts Whitney – Joseph Whitney – Mercy Hinckley – Shubael Hinckley – Samuel Hinckley – Edmund Freeman – Mercy Prence – Thomas Prence