Person:Mary Merwin (1)

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Mary Merwin
b.est 1575
d.aft 1648
m. bef 1555
  1. Nicholas Merwinest 1555 -
  2. Walter Merwinest 1557 - 1600
  3. Mary Merwinest 1559 - 1562
  4. Anthony Merwin1562 - bet 1633/34
  5. Margaret Merwin1566 - 1567
  6. Unknown Merwinest 1570 -
  7. Mary Merwinest 1575 - aft 1648
  • HRobert Tinkerest 1565 - 1624
  • WMary Merwinest 1575 - aft 1648
m. 26 Jan 1600/01
  1. Sarah Tinker1601 - 1617
  2. Helen Tinkerest 1604 -
  3. Mary Tinker1606 - aft 1669
  4. Robert Tinker1608/09 - 1625/26
  5. Rhoda Tinker1611 - bef 1694
  6. John Tinker1613 - 1662
  7. Ann Tinker1616 - aft 1676/77
  8. Sarah Tinker1619 - 1652
m. 12 Feb 1631/32
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3] Mary Merwin
Gender Female
Birth[2] est 1575
Marriage 26 Jan 1600/01 Amersham, Buckinghamshire, Englandto Robert Tinker
Marriage 12 Feb 1631/32 New Windsor, Berkshire, Englandto Humphrey Collins
Living[2][3] abt 1648 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Death[2][3] aft 1648

"From surviving correspondence of John Tinker in the Winthrop Collection, we know that Tinker's mother [Mary Merwin Tinker Collins] was in New England. At the end of a letter to Governor John Winthrop, dated 26 Feb 1639/40 from London, Tinker added a postscript: "I would intreate your worshipp's favor that this letter to my mother may be conveyed by the first opportunity for it is mater of consequence and I shall rest bound to your worshipp."[3] (p. 401)

"Attempts to locate the widow Mary Collins in New England records were unsuccessful until a reference was found in Henry Stiles' History of Ancient Windsor. Stiles relates that north of the mill and east of the road, several settlers had their lots, including one of Mary Collins "who sold to James Eno - this is now the old Eno place, occupied by Samuel Eno." Here was the evidence that a Mary Collins was in New England, and in a town where both Miles Merwin and John Tinker resided. Examination of early Windsor land records confirmed that sometime before 1640 Mary Collins was granted a four-acre homelot on the east side of the Farmington River, bounded by the homelots of Thomas Bascombe and Nicholas Sension, which she later sold to James Eno, as noted earlier by Stiles. The date is not recorded, but the sale probably took place about 1648, when James Eno married his first wife, Anna Bidwell."[3] (p. 403)

"Following the death of her second husband, Mary (Merwin) (Tinker) Collins came to New England, probably in the company of her son, John Tinker. Although there is no record of her arrival in the New World, there is a possibility that she sailed on the same ship as John Hawthorne and William Knight, both of Berkshire, who arrived in New England about 1636. She probably lived first at Dorchester, Mass., where two of her daughters were living. Around 1640, Mary Collins, her son, John Tinker, and several of her married daughters, all moved to the newly founded town of Windsor, Connecticut, where they were among the first residents granted land.

Sometime about 1648 Mary Collins sold her homelot in Windsor to James Eno. Her subsequent history is unknown. She may have joined her son John Tinker, who about that time removed to Boston, or moved into the home of one of her daughters. No record of her death has been found."[3] (p. 408-409)

References
  1. Churchyard, James Nohl. Data (Mostly Negative) on the English Origins of Matthias St. John.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Richardson, Douglas. The English Ancestry of the Merwin and Tinker Families of New England: Part I: Miles Merwin of Windsor and Milford, Conn. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Jul 1995), 149:300.

    Mary Merwin, b. say 1575; living ca. 1648 at Windsor, Conn; m. (1) at Amersham, Bucks, 26 Jan. 1600/1, as his second wife, Robert Tinker, merchant, of New Windsor, Berks; m. (2) at New Windsor, 12 Feb. 1631/2, as his second wife, Humphrey Collins, yeoman, of Clewer, Berks. Mary was mother of John Tinker of Windsor and New London, Conn., and Boston and Lancaster, Mass., and of Mary Tinker, wife of Matthias Sension of Dorchester, Mass., and Windsor, Wethersfield, and Norwalk, Conn.

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Richardson, Douglas. The English Ancestry of the Merwin and TInker Families of New England: Part II: John Tinker of Boston and Lancaster, Massachusetts and Windsor and New London, Connecticut. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Oct 1995), 149:401-409.
Founders of Windsor, CT
Windsor was the first permanent English settlement in Connecticut. Local indians granted Plymouth settlers land at the confluence of the Farmington River and the west side of the Connecticut River, and Plymouth settlers (including Jonathan Brewster, son of William) built a trading post in 1633. But the bulk of the settlement came in 1635, when 60 or more people led by Reverend Warham arrived, having trekked overland from Dorchester, Massachusetts. Most had arrived in the New World five years earlier on the ship "Mary and John" from Plymouth, England. The settlement was first called Dorchester, and was renamed Windsor in 1637.

See: Stiles History of Ancient Windsor - Thistlewaite's Dorset Pilgrims - Wikipedia entry

Loomis homestead, oldest in CT.
Settlers at Windsor by the end of 1640, per the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor: Abbot - Alford - S. Allen - M. Allyn - Barber - Bartlett - M. (Barrett) (Huntington) Stoughton - Bascomb - Bassett - Benett - Birge - Bissell - Branker - Brewster - Buckland - Buell - Carter - Chappel - D. Clarke - J. Clarke - Cooke - Cooper - Denslow - Dewey - Dibble - Dumbleton - Drake - Dyer - Eels - Eggleston - Filley - Ford - Foulkes - Fyler - Gaylord - Francis Gibbs - William Gilbert - Jere. Gillett - Jon. Gillett - N. Gillett - Grant - Gridley - E. Griswold - M. Griswold - Gunn - Hannum - Hawkes - Hawkins - Hayden - Haynes - Hill - Hillier - Holcombe - Holmes - Holt - Hosford - Hoskins - Hoyte - Hubbard - Huit - Hulbert - Hull - Hurd - Hydes - Loomis - Ludlow - Lush - Marshfield - A. Marshall - T. Marshall - Mason - M. (Merwin) (Tinker) Collins - M. Merwin - Mills - Moore - Newberry - Newell - Oldage - Orton - Osborn - Palmer - Parsons - Parkman - Pattison - Phelps - Phelps - Phillips - Pinney - Pomeroy - Pond - Porter - Preston - Rainend - Randall - Rawlins - Reeves - J. Rockwell - W. Rockwell - B. Rossiter - St. Nicholas - Saltonstall - Samos - M. Sension (St. John) – R. Sension - Sexton - Staires - Starke - F. StilesH. Stiles - J. StilesT. Stiles - Stoughton - Stuckey - Talcott - E. Taylor - J. Taylor - Terry - Thornton - Thrall - Tilley - Tilton - Try - F. (Clark) (Dewey) (Phelps) - Vore - Warham - Weller - Whitehead - A. Williams - J. Williams - R. Williams - Wilton - Winchell - Witchfield - Wolcott - Young
Current Location: Hartford County, Connecticut   Parent Towns: Dorchester, Massachusetts   Daughter Towns: Windsor Locks; South Windsor; East Windsor; Ellington; Bloomfield