- He and his wife arrived in Maryland in 1651. He was apparently granted 500 acres in Anne Arundel Co. which he called "Becket." Skordas notes that Philip Thomas immigrated in 1651, as did Philip son of Philip.
Names from his ancestry are from Hall, who provides no documentation. Hall says that his information comes from Lawrence Buckey Thomas, Genealogical Notes on the Thomas Family (S201).
According to Nesbitt, "Philip Thomas (called ‘The emigrant' inThe Thomas Book), grandfather of the Sandy Spring settlers of that name and progenitor of a continuing line of Thomas and Thomas-related members of the Sandy Spring Meeting, arrived in Maryland from Bristol, England in 1651. ‘In consideration that he hath transported himself, Sarah [Harrison] his wife, Philip, Sarah, and Elizabeth his children into this our province . . . ,' a land patent in his name conveyed to him 500 acres of land called Beakley or Beckly on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay. He acquired numerous other patents through the years, but a tract of 120 acres at the mouth of the South River, called Fuller's Point (later renamed Thomas Point, off which is the Thomas Point Lighthouse), eventually became the site of the family home.
An Anabaptist at the time of his arrival in Maryland, Philip Thomas had early allied himself with the Puritans who, in 1652, rebelled against Lord Baltimore's government. He was one among them when in 1655 they defeated the proprietary forces in the bloody battle of the Severn. Three years later, March 24, 1658, having been appointed a High Commissioner of the Puritan Court under the Lord Protectorate, Oliver Cromwell, he was one of the six members of that body who made the surrender of the revolutionary governament, ‘At a council held at St. Leonards. . . .," following the Cromwellian order that the province be returned to the proprietary.
Meanwhile, through [Quaker missionary] Elizabeth Harris's influence, Philip Thomas has become a Quaker, ‘a founder of, and a prominent figure in, the Herring Creek and the West River meetings.' Little is known of his activities in that field but two clauses in his will, probated June 10, 1675, confirm his accord with Friends."
He is included on the Quaker Ancestors page. [1, 4, 5]