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No matter how or when Thomas Holcombe first came to America, we do know he was residing in Dorchester, Massachusetts on 4 May 1634 when he took the following Oath of a Freeman:
“I, Thomas Holcombe, being by God's providence an inhabitant and freeman within the jurisdiction of this common weale, do freely acknowledge myself to be subject to the government thereof, and therefore do hereby swear by the great and dreadful name of the ever-living God that I will be true and faithful to the same, and will accordingly yield assistance and support thereunto, with my person and estate, as in equity I am bound, and will also truly endeavor to maintain and preserve all the priviledges and liberties thereunto, submitting myself to the wholesome laws made and established by the same. And further, that I will not plot nor practise any evil against it, nor consent to any that shall be so done, but will timely discover and reveal the same to lawful authority now here established for the speedy preventing thereof. Moreover, I do solemnly bind myself in the sight of God that when I shall be called to give my voice touching any such matter of this State, wherein Freemen are to deal, I will give my vote and suffrage as I shall in my own conscience judge best to produce and tend to the public weale of the body, without respect of persons or respect of any man.”It is also known that Thomas Holcombe owned land in Dorchester, Massachusetts as he is recorded in the Report of Commissioners of Boston as selling his “house and lands to Richard Joanes” on 12 Aug 1635. Thomas Holcombe moved to Windsor, Connecticut.