Name: Thomas MEAKINS
Given Name: Thomas
Birth: by abt 1589
Death: Bet 1641 and 1651
Ref: The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633:
Change Date: 28 Jan 2007 at 22:15:41
FIRST RESIDENCE: Boston
REMOVES: Braintree 1641
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "Thomas Mekins and Katherine his wife servants to our brother Edmund Quinsey" were admitted to Boston church 2 February 1633/4 [BChR 17]. On 6 June 1641 "Our brother Thomas Mekins the elder and our sister Katherine his wife were granted to be recommended to the church at Braintree" [BChR 34].
FREEMAN: 9 March 1636/7 [MBCR 1:373].
ESTATE: Boston town meeting, 21 March 1635/6: "these former granted allotments were not built upon according to a former order made the 30th of the 9th month last [i.e., 30 November 1635], and therefore that they are free to be otherwise disposed of" with list of twenty-five names, including "Thomas Meakins the elder, and Thomas Meakins the younger" [BTR 1:9].
On 1 July 1637 Ralph Hudson was granted a garden plot "at the end of Thomas Mekins garden plot" [BTR 19]. There is no entry for Thomas Meakins in the 1645 Boston Book of Possessions, but there is evidence that he still owned land at that date: the houselot of Matthew Chaffee bounded Thomas Mekins on the northwest [BBOP 11].
BIRTH: By about 1589 based on estimated date of marriage.
DEATH: Between 1641 (move to Braintree) and 1651 (death of widow).
MARRIAGE: By about 1614 Katherine Bell, sister of Thomas Bell [NEHGR 38:62-63]; "Sister Meakings the aged woman, mother to brother Meakings" died at Roxbury 3 February 1650/1 [RChR 175].
i THOMAS, b. say 1614; "Thomas Mekins the younger servant to our brother Edmund Quinsey" admitted to Boston church 30 March 1634 [BChR 17]; "Thom: Mekyn Junior" made freeman 25 May 1636 [MBCR 1:372]; m. (1) by 1639 Sarah _____ (son Joseph baptized 5 May 1639 [BChR 284]); m. (2) Roxbury 14 February 1650[/1] Elizabeth Tulston.
ii (prob.) HELEN, drowned 3 December 1638, Braintree [BrVR 3:247].
iii Child, mentioned in will of Thomas Bell, 29 January 1671/2.
ASSOCIATIONS: Thomas Bell of London (and earlier of Roxbury) in his will of 29 January 1671/2 included the following: "I do hereby give and bequeath unto Thomas Makins, my sister's son, in New England, the sum of twenty pounds and to the other child of my said sister, whose name I remember not, twenty pounds" [Waters 23-24, abstracting PCC 56 Eure].
COMMENTS: Since Meakins, his wife and son were all servants to EDMUND QUINCY, it is likely that they came to New England with him in the Griffin in 1633. A marriage at Thorpe Achurch, Quincy's English home, on 27 January 1607[/8] between Thomas Meakins of Oundle and Katherine Greene appears to be too early for this couple, and would necessitate Katherine being a widow or the sister-in-law of Thomas Bell.
The surname of the first wife of Thomas Meakins, son of the immigrant, is often given as Beardsley, but there is no evidence for this, and there does not seem to be any early Beardsley family of which she might be a member.
The claim has been made that John Meakins of East Hartford (d. 1706) was a son of Thomas Meakins the elder [Boardman Anc 137-39, 208-09]. Since John's oldest son was born about 1663, he was probably born about 1640, much too young to be a son of Thomas the elder; but Thomas the younger had son John born in 1649, who could not be the father of the John born about 1663. The connection of John Meakins of East Hartford to either Thomas Meakins remains problematic.
- Thomas MEAKINS b: say 1614
- (prob.) Helen MEAKINS