(1st Lord of the Manor) -
Thomas Pell is considered the founder of Pelham and the "1st Lord of the Manor" although the designation of the "Lordshipp and Manner of Pelham" did not occur until the patent of October 20, 1687 issued by New York Governor Thomas Dongan confirming the inheritance of Sir John Pell from his uncle, Thomas Pell.
On June 27, 1654, Thomas Pell signed a treaty with the Siwanoys purchasing approximately 9,166 acres that included what we know today as Pelham, New Rochelle, portions of Bronx County and much of the land east of the Hutchinson River northward to Mamaroneck.
Thomas Pell was born in England, the son of the Rev. John Pell, D.D. As a young man he reportedly served as a Page to Prince Charles and, later, a Gentleman of the Bedchamber of Charles I, King of England. He died childless in late September or early October 1669 and left his property, including the lands that later became The Pelhams, to his nephew, John Pell, 2nd Lord of the Manor.