About Mark Meggs
In the Bishop's Transcripts of the parish of Chardstock, Dorset, England:
- 16 Apr.1610 Marie the daughter of Vincent & Em Maggs baptized
- 29 Jan.1612/3 John the sonne of Vincent & Em Maggs baptized
- 25 August 1616 Marke the sonne of Vincent & Em Maggs baptized
was the "black sheep" of the boys. Why the black sheep? Well it appears from court records that he made certain unwelcome advances towards his neighbors wife while the neighbor was out of town.
He appears to have identified himself closely with the interests of the family until some time after they moved to New Haven. He moved to Long Island and was granted a lot in Easthampton, but abandoned it before 1651. From that date until 1658 he resided in Southampton. He then moved to Huntington, which is further west on the island, where he, on March 26, 1672, gave by will with the consent of his wife Avis all his property in Old and New England after the death of Avis to Samuel Lum, son of John Lum, who he called his "adopted son." What is meant by the expression "adopted son" is not known, but the assumption has been that Samuel was a son-in-law.