Person:Thomas Meakins (1)

Thomas Meakins
b.abt 1589 England
  • HThomas Meakinsabt 1589 - bet 1641 and 1651
  • WKatherine Greeneabt 1590 - 1650/1
m. 27 Jan 1607/8
  1. Thomas MeekinsBef 1613 - 1687
  2. Ellen Meakins1618 - 1638
Facts and Events
Name Thomas Meakins
Gender Male
Birth? abt 1589 England
Marriage 27 Jan 1607/8 Thorpe-Achurch, Northamptonshireto Katherine Greene
Death[1] bet 1641 and 1651 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United StatesBetween move to Braintree and death of widow in 1651

"Thomas Mekins and Katherine his wife servants to our brother Edmund Quinsey" were admitted to the Boston church 2 February 1633/4 [2] They thus probably arrived with him on the Griffin in 1633.

Thomas was granted land in Boston in November 1635 along with his son Thomas. At a Boston town meeting on 21 March 1635/6, it is noted: "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"[3]

Thomas was admitted as a freeman on 9 Mar 1636/7. [4] 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." [5]

  1. Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).
  2. Great Migration, citing Boston Church Records 17
  3. Great Migration, citing Boston Town Records 1:9
  4. Great Migration, citing Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686, 1:373
  5. Great Migration, citing Boston Church Records at 34

Griffin (1633)
The Griffin carried men of note including Rev. John Cotton and Rev. Thomas Hooker, whose company founded Hartford, Connecticut.
Sailed: Jul? 1633 from Downs, England
Arrived: 4 Sep 1633 at Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony

~200 (Full List)
Rev. John Cotton - Theophilus Cushing - Bartholomew Greene - Gov. John Haynes - Rev. Thomas Hooker - Atherton Hough - Thomas Leverett - Edmund Quincy (servant Thomas Meakins) - Richard Risley - Rev. Samuel Stone - among others

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