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John Elderkin, III

Birthplace: Fenns, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Norwich, New London County, Dominion of New England (Present Connecticut)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Elderkin, II and Unknown, wife of John Elderkin, II
Husband of Abigail Elderkin and Elizabeth Elderkin
Father of Bashua Elderkin; Hannah Elderkin; Palthiah Comstock; John Elderkin, IV; Abigail Elderkin and 6 others

Occupation: Carpenter, Millwright, Shipwright
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John Elderkin had first been married to a lady named Abigail. He was born at Fenns in Lincolnshire, England in 1612/16 and emigrated to America in 1637. He built the first merchant vessel ever owned in New England. John was a contractor and master builder of churches, mills, houses, bridges, and vessels. He went from Lynn to Dedham, then to Reading, Providence, and New London applying his trade. In 1661 he finally settled in Norwich, Connecticut, where he died on 13 June 1687.


John Elderken [Parents] 1 was born in 1615/1616 in Of, , , England. He was christened in , , , England. He died on 22 Jun 1687 in , Norwich, New London, Connecticut. He married Abigail Kingsland in 1630 in Lynn, Essex, Mass..

Abigail Kingsland 1 was born in 1616 in Lynn, Essex, Mass.. She died before 1660 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. She married John Elderken in 1630 in Lynn, Essex, Mass..

They had the following children:

  • 1. F i Palthiah Elderkin 1 was born in 1635 in Norwich, New London, Ct. She died on 21 Feb 1713 in , , Conn..
  • 2. F ii Hannah Elderkin
  • 3. F iii Abigail Elderkin 1 was born on 13 Jul 1641 in , Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts. She was christened on 19 Jul 1641 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts. She died on 27 Jan 1687 in , , Ct.
  • 4. M iv John Elderkin 1 was born in 1637 in , Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts. He died in 1641 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
  • 5. F v Paltiah Elderkin 1 was born about 1643 in <, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts>. She died on 21 Feb 1713.

John Eldkerkin [Parents] 1 was born about 1601 in Of, , , England. He died in , , , England. He married Mrs-John Elderkin about 1615.

Mrs-John Elderkin 1 was born about 1593 in Of, , , England. She married John Eldkerkin about 1615.

They had the following children:

1. M i John Elderken

Birth: 1615/1616 Location: England, Essex Co, Lynn

Death: 22 JUN 1687 Location: CT, New London Co, Norwich

Birth: 1616 England, Essex, Lynn

Death: bef 1660 Location: MA, Essex Co, Lynn

Notes John Elderkin seems to have traveled a bit during his lifetime in America

  • Born: 1616,
  • Per Savage: 71 when died 1687
  • Immigration: 1637, possibly with first wife Abigail [Kingsland/Kingslan
  • Residences: Lynn 1637, Dedham 1641, Reading 1646, Possibly Providence


  • 1) Abigail [Kingsland /Kingslane?] Probably married in England about 16
  • 2) Elizabeth Drake, about 1660, widow of William Gaylord and daughter o

It should be noted that when Elizabeth Drake married William Gaylord, h

The Congregational Church and Society, in Franklin, Connecticut Page 20 "Starting near the Society line and going north, the traveler first pas

Birth: 1612, England

Death: Jun. 23, 1687 - Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA

John Elderkin arrived at Lynn, MA in 1637 from England with his wife, Abigail Kingsland. Their marriage was blessed with eight children.

In 1638 received 20 acre grant in Lynn. He was a master Builder. He built the first church and second churches in Norwich and New London, and the first corn mill in each of those places. 1661: he constructed the first merchant vessel ever built in New London, the 'New London Tryall', at cost of over 200 pounds. He also kept the town inn at New London. (Ordinary Keeper). Many other mills, buildings and bridges in the area were built by John Elderkin.

John Elderkin: A Founder of Connecticut".

From Civil War - Civil Union: The Story of David & Mary Elderkin

Prologue: The Elderkin Family in North America (1600s - 1842)

For Questions or Corrections, contact: Susan Elderkin

Before recounting David’s travails and Mary’s heroism, it is important to place these characters within their familial and historical contexts.

The first Elderkin to set foot in North America was John Elderkin, who was born in England in approximately 1612. He landed at Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts in 1637, and traveled about New England before settling in New London, Connecticut in 1651. He was a builder who constructed corn mills in Dedham and Reading, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; and New London, Connecticut, where he also constructed a church.[i]

John Elderkin was about 44 when he married Elizabeth Drake, his second wife, in Windsor, Connecticut in June of 1687.[ii] The couple did as most of their generation did – they multiplied themselves many times over, and so did their children. Many of the Elderkins living in the United States today are descended from John Elderkin and Elizabeth Drake. There is an extensive body of research into their progeny.

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John Elderkin, III's Timeline

Fenns, Lincolnshire, England
Age 18
Lynn, Norfolk, England, (Present UK)
May 17, 1634
Age 22
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Age 23
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Age 25
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Age 25
Lynn,MA; Quality: 3
July 13, 1641
Age 29
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Age 44
Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
January 1660
Age 48
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States
April 6, 1664
Age 52
Norwich, New London, Connecticut, USA