an English-born physician who bought the area known as Pelham, New York, as well as land that now includes the eastern Bronx and southern Westchester County, New York, and founded the town of Westchester at the head of navigation on Westchester Creek in 1654. Born in Sussex, England, Thomas Pell was a brother of mathematician John Pell. He studied at Cambridge, but did not finish his course. In the 1630s he emigrated to New England; he lived in Fairfield, Connecticut as of 1654.
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06/27/1654-Thomas Pell of Fairfield, Connecticut purchases land from Native Americans in an area designated as Dutch territory
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