Thomas Rix, brother of William, was probably born in Canninghall, England. He was in Salem before 1649. The date of his coming here is unknown. His brother, William, speaks of Theophilus, son of my brother William.
He married, first, Margaret, widow of Miles Ward. She died May 24, 1660, and he married, second, Sept. 3, 1661, Bridget Musket, born in Pelham, England. She was the widow of Hon. William Fisk, born in England about 1613.
She had by him five children, and Sarah Rix of Salem was called mother to them. Mr. Rix was a barber surgeon, and lived in Salem, Mass. "Thomas Rix being indebted to the town, sold his house and shop to meet the debt."
He afterwards lived near the lower end of Elm St. He bought lands in Rockingham County, N. H., in 1670, but sold them the next year. He probably went to Old Preston, Conn., where his son James went in 1703.
In the New London County (Conn.), Historical Society's publication, Volume I, can be found the most remarkable diary extant by Joshua Hempstead, of New London, Conn. For forty-seven years nothing hardly escaped this man's observation, and which he recorded. This remarkable man was at once a farmer, surveyor, house and ship carpenter, attorney, stone cutter, sailor and trader. Being in want of a shipwright, he goes to Preston and engages Goodman Rix. In his diary he says: "Nov. 1st, 1718, I went to the funeral of Old Ricks who died last night." This must have been Thomas, the emigrant, and being called "Old Ricks" indicates he was the oldest Rix in Preston. In a deposition he says he was born in 1622.
Children all Baptized in Salem
i. Remember, bapt. Oct. 13, 1650.
ii. Sarah bapt. June 29, 1651.
iii. Ester, bapt. June 5, 1653. This name on the records is Hester.
iv. Thomas, bapt. Aug. 26, 1655.
v. James, bapt. Oct. 18, 1657.
Child by second wife
vi. Theophilus, bapt. Aug. 20, 1665.