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Vincent Meigs

Also Known As: "Vincent Meggs alias Love"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Dorset, England
Death: Died in Hammonasset, New Haven, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Madison, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Emma Strong and Ann Meigs
Father of Vincent Meigs, Jr.; Marie Maggs; John Meigs, Sr. and Mark Meggs

Occupation: Inkeeper at Axminster, Devon, England
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About Vincent Meigs

Vincent Meigs was born about 1583 in Dorset or Devon, England. & died on 1 Dec 1658  in Madison, New Haven, Connecticut.  According to local traditon, Vincent Meigs's grave was the very first at Hammonassett Cemetery, although sadly the gravestone and its exact location is now missing.

Surname vaiously spelled "Meigs" and "Meggs." Father of Vincent Meigs, Jr., John Meigs, and Mark Meigs.  He first appears in Weymouth, Norfolk, MA in 1637. he later moved to Rehoboth, Bristol, MA, New Haven, New Haven, CT, and finally Hammnassett (now known as "Madison"), New Haven, CT.

  • Parents: unproven.  See notes.

married 

  1. Emma Stronge in 1606/1608 in Dorset, England. She was baptized. 8 Jan. 1580/81, Chardstock, Devon, England &  died before 1634. She was the daughter of  William Stronge & Margaret.  Note: "Frequently published accounts end with the quite useless statement: he married a Miss Churchill.". (TAG Vol 53 Pg 92)

children include: 

  1. Vincent (1609-1700) died without issue
  2. Marie b 1610
  3. John (1612-1672) married Tomasine Fry
  4. Mark (1614-1689) married Avis

Notes

  •  Records from Chardstock, Devon, refer to him as "Vincent meggs alias Love" or as "Vincent Love, alias Meggs" - illegitimate child?
  • "Vincent Megges als Love, Emma his wife and John Megges their son hold for their lives by copy dated 15 Oct. 15 James (1617) one tenement in the village of Axminster known by the name and sign of le Angell (i.e. The Angel Inn) with cutilage and le backside, containing by estimtion half and acre, rent 3s 6d, suit of court, but not heriotable, fine 70 pounds. [Robin Bush, pub. by Mary and John Clearinghouse]" - Survey of Haccombefee (in Axminster) dated 1625 (Devon R.O., 123 M/E/37)
  • from meigs.org: The eldest son of Nicholas and Jane (Peverel) Meggs was Lawrence. The theory has been advanced that this Lawrence was father of Vincent Meggs, founder of the lineage in America. But the connection of Vincent Meggs to the Bradford Peverel Meggs' has never been proved and is solely based on the fact that Vincent came from the same general area. This popular believe was strongly favored by the Meigs' family in the late 1800's and early 1900's. It was note in our published genealogies and continues to be perpetuated to this day.  Could Vincent have been the illegitimate child of Lawrence? Could be, but until we can prove this it is only speculation.  Could Vincent have been the true youngest son of Lawrence? Not likely since the pedigree of the Meggs of Bradford Peverel, Dorset, is well documented and it does not contain any mention of Vincent.
  • I would conclude as Banks' did that "English emigrants to New England...in colonial days came from the cottages and not the manor houses...[they] were largely dominated by the...Puritan influences." Vincent may well have been distantly related to the Meggs of Bradford Peverel (Chardstock and Axminster and Bradford Peverel are all within about 25 miles of each other) yet I think it is time that the speculation about any direct connection be put to rest. Vincent is not a descendant of Nicholas Meggs nor the son of Lawrence Meggs.
  • History of the Hubbell Family, Resided in Weymouth,Mass., and in New Haven,Conn., in 1647.  He afterwards removed to Guilford, and finally to what is now Killingworth,Conn. where he died in 1658.
  • Meigs, Henry B. "Record of the Descendants of Vincent Meigs, Who Came from Dorsetshire, England to America About 1635." Baltimore, MD: John S. Bridges & Co., 1901
  • The Compedium of American Genealogy,Vol. 5 pg.774, Meigs,Vincent (ca 1583--1658) from England with his sons John and Mark, to Weymouth,Mass., ca 1639; was at New Haven,Ct. 1646, later at Milford, Guilford and what is now Killingworth; m. 1606 ________ Churchill.
  • Colonial Families of USA, Vol. II, pg.511
  • Record of the Descendants of Vincent Meigs by Henry B. Meigs, Mary & John, Vol. 16, p. 137

Links

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  • Vincent Meigs1
  • M, #88797, b. circa 1583, d. 12 January 1658
  • Vincent Meigs was born circa 1583 at of Bradford Peverell, Dorsetshire, England.1 He married Emme Strong circa 1608 at of Weymouth, Dorsetshire, England.1 Vincent Meigs died on 12 January 1658 at Guilford, New Haven, CT.1
  • Family Emme Strong b. c 1588, d. b 1634
  • Child
    • John Meigs+1 b. 29 Feb 1612, d. 4 Jan 1672
  • Citations
  • 1. [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2956.htm#i88797

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  • Vincent Meigs, Sr
  • Birth: 1583 Dorchester, West Dorset District, Dorset, England
  • Death: Dec. 1, 1658 Madison, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
  • Surname vaiously spelled "Meigs" and "Meggs."
  • Father of Vincent Meigs Jr., John Meigs, and Mark Meigs.
  • He first appears in Weymouth, Norfolk, MA in 1637. He moved to Rehoboth, Bristol, MA, then New Haven, New Haven, CT, and finally Hammnassett (now known as "Madison"), New Haven, CT.
  • According to local traditon, Vincent Meigs's grave was the very first at Hammonassett Cemetery, although sadly the gravestone and its exact location is now missing.
  • Requiescat in pace.
  • Note: Meigs, Henry B. "Record of the Descendants of Vincent Meigs, Who Came from Dorsetshire, England to America About 1635." Baltimore, MD: John S. Bridges & Co., 1901.
  • Burial: Hammonasset Cemetery, Madison, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 82674644
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=82674644

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  • MEIGS, Vincent
  • b. ABT 1580 Dorset, England
  • d. 1 DEC 1658 East Guilford, New Haven, CT.
  • Family:
  • Children:
  • MEIGS, Vincent b. 1609 England d. 3 NOV 1700
  • MEIGS, John
  • MEIGS, Mark b. 1614 England d. 1673 East Guilford, New Haven, CT.
  • From: http://www.genealogyofnewengland.com/f_397.htm#60

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  • History of the Hubbell family, containing a genealogical record by Hubbell, Walter
  • https://archive.org/details/historyhubbellf00hubbgoog
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyhubbellf00hubbgoog#page/n30/mode/1up
  • Pg.4
  • Richard Hubbell, the first man of the name in America,(+) was born in Great Britain, in 1627-8.
    • (*) .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyhubbellf00hubbgoog#page/n31/mode/1up
  • Pg.5
  • Of his early history nothing is known. The date of his arrival in New England has not been preserved, but must have been between 1645 and 1647,(*) for, on March 7th, of the latter year, he took the oath of fidelity to the government of the New Haven Colony.(t)
  • Like many of the inhabitants of Wales at the present day, (1880), he could not write the English language.
  • In 1650, he married Elizabeth,(+) daughter of John, and granddaughter of Vincent Meigs, of Dorcetshire, England. Her grandfather, (Vincent), was born in 1570, emigrated to America, and settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Was living in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1647. He afterwards removed to Guilford, and finally to what is now Killingworth, Connecticut, where he died in 1658. His will, dated September 2nd, 1658, was proved December 2nd, same year.(§) His son, John Meigs, (born in England in 1600), married Miss Fry, (sister of William Fry), in England, in 1630. Resided in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1647 ; removed to Guilford, Connecticut, in 1654, and to Killingworth, Connecticut, in 1663, where he was made a freeman in 1669."(||) Was a tanner, had a large estate, and some books, of which one was a Latin and Greek Dictionary. He died in Killingworth, on January 4th, 1672."(T[)
  • In his will, .... etc.

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  • John Meigs, Sr
  • Birth: 1612 Dorchester, Dorset, England
  • Death: 1671 Killingworth, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
  • Surname variously spelled "Meigs" and 'Meggs." Son of Vincent Meigs, Sr. Brother of Vincent Meigs, Jr. and Mark Meigs. Husband of Ramzin (Fry) Meigs (married in 1632 in England). Father of Mary (Meigs) Stevens, John Meigs, Jr., Concurrence (Meigs) Crane, Elizabeth (Meigs) Hubbell, and Tryal (Meigs) Ward.
  • Like his father, he first appears in Weymouth, Norfolk, MA. In 1644, he moved to Guilford, New Haven, CT. He was chosen a representative at Hartford in 1647. He was a tanner by profession, a farmer in Hammonassett (now known as "Madison"), New Haven, CT where he was granted land in 1653/1654, and in 1663 was chosen town constable of Guilford. In 1668, he moved to Killingworth, Middlesex, CT. Sadly, his gravestone is now missing.
  • Requiescat in pace.
  • Family links:
  • Parents
  • Vincent Meigs (1583 - 1658)
  • Spouse:
  • Tamzin Fry Meigs
  • Note: Nash, Elizabeth Todd. "Fifty Puritan Anestors: 1628-1660." New Haven CT: The Tuttle Morehouse, and Taylor Company, 1902. Added to database by 11th great-grandson.
  • Burial: Hammonasset Cemetery, Madison, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 82683110
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=82683110
  • THIS LINK IS NO LONGER VALID

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  • The Family Of Brice and Cathy Alvord By Brice Alvord
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=etmSAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA197&lpg=PA197&dq=lawrence+meigs+1553&source=bl&ots=1Hr0KPtmf5&sig=qR82oE6mg6ChWL9v5ZWtA6H5rRY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XapcVZnkDdfioAS5woCABw&ved=0CDwQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=lawrence%20meigs%201553&f=false
  • Pg.184
  • 12550. Vincent Meigs, son of Lawrence Meigs and Anne Woods was born in 1583 in Bradford, Dorset, England. He died on 12 Jan 1658 in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. He married Emma Strong, daughter of William Strong and Margaret Aurella Stokes in 1608 in Weymouth, Dorset, England.
  • 12551. Emma Strong, daughter of William Strong and Margaret Aurella Stokes was born on 08 Jan 1580 in Chardstock, Devon, England. She died on 01 Dec 1658 in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.
  • Emma Strong and Vincent Meigs had the following children:
    • 6275. i. Margaret Stronge, daughter of Vincent Meigs and Emma Strong was born in 1591 in St. Germans, Cornwall, England. She died on 23 Mar 1621 in Chard, Somerset, England She married William STRONG, son of George Strong and Ann Bond in 1603 in Somerset, England. He was born in 1583 in St. Germans, Cornwall, England. He died on 07 Sep 1613 in Chard, Somerset, England.
    • ii. Vincent Meigs, son of Vincent Meigs and Emma Strong was born on 14 Dec 1609 in Chardstock, Dorset, England. He died on 03 Nov 1700 in Kenilworth, New London, Connecticut, United States.
    • iii. Mary Meigs, daughter of Vincent Meigs and Emma Strong was born on 16 Apr 1610 in Chardstock, Dorset, England. She died in 1631 in Axminster, Devon, England.
    • iv. Mark Meigs, son of Vincent Meigs and Emma Strong was born on 25 Aug 1616 in Bradford, Dorset, England. He died in 1674 in Madison, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.
    • Pg.185
    • v. John Meigs, son of Vincent Meigs and Emma Strong was born on 29 Feb 1612 in Bradford, Dorset, England. He died on 04 Jan 1672 in Killingsworth, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States.
    • vi. Jane Meigs, daughter of Vincent Meigs and Emma Strong was born in 1617 in Axminster, Devon, England. She died on 26 Oct 1684 in Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States.
    • Generation 15
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.190
  • 25100. Lawrence Meigs, son of Nicholas Meggs and Jane Peverell was born in 1553 in Bradford, Dorset, England. He died in 1595 in Bradford, Dorset, England. He married Anne Woods.
  • 25101. Anne Woods, daughter of Richard Woods and Izote Copplestone was born in 1553 in Weymouth, Dorset, England. She died in 1612 in Bradford, Dorset, England.
  • Anne Woods and Lawrence Meigs has the following child:
    • 12550. i. Vincent Meigs, son of Lawrence Meigs and Anne Woods was born in 1583 in Bradford, Dorset England, He died on 12 Jan 1658 in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. He married Emma Strong, daughter of William Strong and Margaret Aurella Stokes in 1608 in Weymouth Dorset England. She was born on 08 Jan 1580 in Chardstock, Devon, England. She died on 01 Dec 1658 in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.
  • 25102. William Strong, son of George Strong and Ann Bond was born in 1557 in Chardstock, Dorset, England. He died in 1615 in Chardstock, Dorset, England. He married Margaret Aurella Stokes.
  • 25103. Margaret Aurella Stokes was born in 1561 in Chardstock, Devon, England. She died on 23 Mar 1621 in Chardstock, Devon, England.
  • Margaret Aurella Stokes and William Strong had the following children:
    • 12551. i. Emma Strong, daughter of William Strong and Margaret Aurella Stokes was born on 08 Jan 1580 in Chardstock, Devon, England. She died on 01 Dec 1658 in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. She married Vincent Meigs, son of Lawrence Meigs and Anne Woods in 1608 in Weymouth Dorset, England. He was born in 1583 in Bradford, Dorset, England. He died on 12 Jan 1658 in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.
    • ii. Joan Strong, daughter of William Strong and Margaret Aurella Stokes was born in 1604 in Chard, Somerset, England.
    • Pg.191
    • iii. William Strong, son of William Strong and Margaret Aurella Stokes was born in 1605 in Chard, Somerset, England. He died in 1683 in Connecticut, United States.
    • iv. Samuel Strong, son of William Strong and Margaret Aurella Stokes was born in 1606 in Chard, Somerset, England.
    • v. Barbara Strong, daughter of William Strong and Margaret Aurella Stokes was born in 1610 in Plymouth, Devon, England. He died in 1643 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.
    • Generation 16
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.197
  • 50200. Nicholas Meggs was born in Bradford, Peverell, Dorset, England. He died on 12 Aug 1579 in Bradford, Peverell, Dorset, England. He married Jane Peverell.
  • 50201. Jane Peverell was born in 1523 in Bradford, Dorset, England. She died on 07 Aug 1579 in Bradford, Peverell, Dorset, England.
  • Jane Peverell and Nicholas Meggs had the following child:
    • 25100. i. Lawrence Meigs, son of Nicholas Meggs and Jane Peverell was born in 1553 in Bradford, Dorset, England, He died in 1595 in Bradford, Dorset, England. He married Anne Woods. She was born in 1553 in Weymouth, Dorset England. She died in 1612 in Bradford, Dorset, England.
  • 50202. Richard Woods was born in 1532 in Weymouth Dorset, England. He died in 1554 in Weymouth, Dorset England. He married Izote Copplestone.
  • 50203. Izote Coppletone was born in 1530 in Tamirton, Devon, England. She died in 1554 in Weymouth, Dorset, England.
  • Izote Copplestone and Richard Woods had the following child:
    • 25101. i. Anne Woods, daughter of Richards Woods and Izote Copplestone was born in 1553 in Weymouth, Dorset, England, She died in 1612 in Bradford, Dorset, England. She married Lawrence Meigs. He was born in 1553 in Bradford, Dorset, England. He died in 1595 in Bradford, Dorset, England.
  • 50204. George Strong was born 1556 .... etc.

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  • Record of the Descendants of Vincent Meigs: Who Came from Dorsetshire ... By Henry Benjamin Meigs
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=m640AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=Vincent+Meigs+1658&source=bl&ots=CIqDcRXOH0&sig=7_vo_Lx2SvlWU1lfA2c4F4UXqaM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XbpcVZ_DL9bioATb8oEw&ved=0CDcQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=Vincent%20Meigs%201658&f=false
  • https://archive.org/details/recordofdescenda00meig
  • https://archive.org/stream/recordofdescenda00meig#page/7/mode/1up
  • No. 1. Vincent Meigs was the sole representative of the first generation of the name in America. According to early histories he came here with sons Vincent (2), John (3) and Mark (4), (born 1609-12-14) and the family of John, but it is not known when they sailed, nor from what port in England, nor on what ship. It is supposed, however from other statements regarding the family that they sailed from Weymouth, England, about 1634-5.
  • Vincent was born in 1583 App. 1-A ) and tradition says he married a Miss Churchill. He was evidently a widower when he came to America. The family are first recorded in this country as at Weymouth, Mass., in 1639. From there they went with Rev. Samuel Newman's company in 1642, to Rehoboth, Mass., and about 1644 to New Haven, Conn.
  • Vincent Meigs is recorded at New Haven, October 6, 1646, as neglecting to "trayn" on June 14, 1646, and was fined 2s. 6 p. "But if he bring proof that he trayned twice in one fortnight the fine is to be remitted." He is also recorded in the same year as being "an old man with only two children known to us."
  • About 1654, the family of John with his father removed to East Guilford, (Hammonassett) and there Vincent built his home on the property later owned and built upon by Sergeant Daniel Meigs, and which later house is illustrated on a subsequent page of this work. Of course the Vincent Meigs house had disappeared long before, but it is interesting to know that so long after his ownership, one of his lineal descendants was still in possession of the land earlier occupied by the first Meigs in the New World
  • Vincent Meigs died at Hammonassett, Dec. 1, 1658. His will, dated September 2. 1658, and said to have been written on his death bed, was probated December 2, following, and it is tradition in Madison that his was the first burial in Hammonassett Grave Yard. See App. 1, B.
  • No. 2. Of Vincent Meigs, Jr., his eldest son according to the dates given in the early history of Massachusetts, we have but little to record that can be considered as absolutely belonging tn him. Southampton, L. I. Town Records say Vincent Meigs contracted to build a mill at Easthampton in 1653, and was a resident of North Sea in 1657, where on June 2 of that year he is recorded as bringing "an action of debt and an damage against Philemon Dickenson, of Southold," "but not appearing to his actions nor any legally for him, is non-suited." These records probably are of Vincent, Jr., as that of neglecting to "trayn" may also be. The reference in New Haven to his father as being old in 1646, would indicate that he, Vincent, Sr., would not undertake such a contract in 1653 as that of the Eastham Mill.
  • https://archive.org/stream/recordofdescenda00meig#page/8/mode/1up
  • But all we have of absolute proof as belonging to Vincent, Jr., is the record of administration on his estate given in Appendix No 2. This disposition of his property would show that he left no natural heirs, and presumably he never married. He died November 3, 1700, and the Court Record at New London shows settlement of the estate Dec. 17, 1700.
  • No. 4. Of Mark Meigs, born 1614, third son of Vincent ( No. 1 ), there is little to record. He appears to have identified himself closely with the interests of the family until some time after their removal to New Haven. His name does not appear on Conn. records after 1647. It was probably about that time that he went to Long Island, as he was granted a lot in Easthampton, but abandoned it before 1651. From that date to 1658 he resided in Southampton, and probablv married his wife, Avis, there, removing about 1658 to Huntington, farther West on the Island, where he is recorded m 1672, and his will probated there in 1673, leaves all of his property after the death of his wife to Samuel Lum, son of John Lum, of Southampton. See App. No. 4.
  • No. 3. John Meigs, 2nd son of Vincent ( No. 1 ), is said to have been born near Bradford, England, 1612, and married in 1632, Thomasine or Tamazin Fry, of Weymouth, England, sister of William Fry and Mary Fry, who married Walter Harris, (who came to America in 1632 on the "William Francis" ). It is conjectured that letters from Walter Harris sent back to England may have influenced the emigration of John Meigs and family, but there is no proof of this. See App. No. 3-A.
  • According to statement in Boston Transcript, date of August 22. 1900, the eldest child of John and Thomasine Meigs, ( Mary ), was born in England, in 1633. It is likely that the family left England soon after, and that all of the other children were born in America. See App. No. 1-A.
  • https://archive.org/stream/recordofdescenda00meig#page/9/mode/1up
  • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/recordofdescenda00meig#page/11/mode/1up
    • SECOND GENERATION.
  • No. 3. John Meigs, was clearly not as puritanical as many of the early settlers, and this brought him into frequent friction with the authorities of Guilford also, See App. No. 3-D.
  • He must have been a man of education, as his will bequeaths manuscripts and books of a kind only likely to be owned by a person of considerable culture for those days. He removed to Killingworth several years before his death, which occurred there on January 4, 1672.
  • His will, dated August 28, 1671, indicates that his wife and all his children except Elizabeth, survived him. See App. No. 3-E.
    • GENEALOGY.
  • MARRIED. --------------------------------------------------------------------- BORN.---------------------- DIED.
  • 1632 No. 3 — John Meigs, son of Vincent (No. 1) m. ---1612. -----------------------1671.
  • Tamazin Fry, of Weymouth. England.
    • CHILDREN.
    • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/recordofdescenda00meig#page/163/mode/1up
    • MEGGS OF WHITE CHAPEL.
    • (Extracted from Hutchins' Dorset.)
  • "There was a family of this name (Meggs) in the Parish of St. Mary's White Chapel, London. In the church are monuments of Judith, widow of William Meggs, of that Parish, Esquire, erected by William Meggs, Esq., and James Meggs, D. D., their sons. He died in 1620, she in 1662, Aet. 83. The arms of (these) Meggs were Or, a chevron engrailed azure between three mascles gules on a chief sable, a greyhound courant argent ; impaling sable on a chevron between three lions' heads erased or, as many ogresses.
  • William Meggs of this Parish died 28th May, 1678, James Meggs, D. D., Rector of St. Margaret Pattens, London, and Newington Butts, Surrey, was son of William Meggs, of White Chapel. He was admitted to St. Margaret's, 1637. In the Rebellion he lost both his livings and was plundered and imprisioned in Ely House, but recovered his livings 1660 and resigned St. Margaret's 1661. (See Walker's Sufferings of the Clergy, Vol. II, p. 173.)"
  • https://archive.org/stream/recordofdescenda00meig#page/164/mode/1up
    • MEGGS OF WHITE CHAPEL.
  • .... etc.
  • William Meggs of London, Gentleman. = Anne, dau. of ___ ___ ; ch: William (m. Judith Campbell) Meggs.
    • William Meggs = Judith, dau. of Sir Thomas Campbell, Knight sometimes Lord Mayor of London. ; ch: James (m. Margaret Carter), William Meggs.
      • James Meggs, Doctor of Divinity. = Margaret, dau. of Auditor Carter. ; ch: William (Eldest son.), Henry (2nd Son.), Thomas (3rd son.) Meggs.
      • William Meggs, of White Chapel, Co. of Middlesex, Esquire.
  • The following account with reference to the Coat of Arms of the Meigs family, was dictated by (890) M. Fayette Meigs, to a stenographer in the office of the author, Baltimore, Md., March 12, 1900.
  • "The Coat of Arms of the Meigs family is to be found in the old manor house, located at Bradford-Peverell, which is situated near Muckelford, England, a little hamlet consisting of seven or eight houses belonging to that parish, and anciently known as the Manor of Bradford Peverell . It is situated a mile west on the south bank of the river Frome. In 1663, Thomas Meggs, whose estate was much reduced by the naval wars, sold part of the Manor estate to W. Taurnton. The Manor was partially destroyed by fire in one of the early wars, but was restored during the lifetime of Jane Peverell, who married Nicholas Meggs (the name in England is always spelled Meggs). In a north window of the hall is the family Coat of Arms, which is very ancient and according to the records at White Chapel, London, was granted to the family by the Ruling Powers of England, by an act of Royalty prior to the year 1500. The Coat reporduced from that window, here presented, is an exact copy in every respect. The Coat of Arms was issued by letters patent by Clarenceux Cooke to one William Meggs, and is dated the 4 of June, 1579. This William Meggs, according to the early records to be found in London, died July 22, 1559, and in Doom's Day Book there is a notation showing that the date of 1579 is an error, and should read 1479. According to the early records the Coat of Arms was granted prior to 1500, which proves positive that it could not have been according to the last date, 1579.
  • In 1777, the Manor was again sold to John Pauling .... etc.
  • 1-A.
  • We quote "names, numbers, dates and places are from the researches of Fayette Mark Meigs of San Francisco, Cal., who has .... etc.
  • " A line of the Meigs family for a period of 332 years, or from 1559 to 1890, being that part of this famly leading to and from Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs of Revolutionary fame:
  • William Meggs, draper, in London, died July 22, 1559 ; married Anne ---- . They had numerous children. One, William Meggs, born at White Chapel in 1487, was an alderman in London. he married Judith West, sister and heir of Thomas West, bishop of Ely. She was born in 1477, and died in 1562.
  • "Their fifth child, Thomas Meggs, was born in 1507 ; he resided in Devon, Eng., Isle of Ely; he married Anne Coppleston of Exeter, daughter and heir of John Coppleston, gentleman.
  • "Their first child, Nicholas Meggs, was born in 1527, and at the time of his death lived in Dunham, in the Isle of Ely ; he died Nov. 20. 1579. He married Jane Peverell, daughter and heir of William Peverell of the county of Dorset, Eng. She died in 1578. The manor of Bradford Peverell in Dorset County, Eng., was held by Nicholas Meggs, and afterwards by nine of the Meggs family. The manor house was occupied, 1896, by the Middleton family. This house was in the Peverell and Meggs families from 1410 to 1610. In the great banquet hall is to be found a large illuminated window, representing the coat of arms granted to William Meggs by a patent dated June 4, 1479, in the reign of Edward the Fourth.
  • https://archive.org/stream/recordofdescenda00meig#page/166/mode/1up
  • "Their third child, Lawrence Meggs, born in 1551 at Bradford Peverell, county of Corset, Eng., died in 1595. He married Anne Wood of Ashridge, daughter of Richard Wood of the county of Devon, Eng.
  • "Their fourth child, Vincent Meggs, was born in 1583, in Bradford Peverell, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 1658, at Hammonassett, Conn. His grave is marked on the maps of New Haven County, Conn. He came to America, and the first record that can be found of him is at Plymouth, Mass., in the early part of 1637.
  • "His wife died in England. Her maiden name is unknown. He and his two sons are the progenitor of the whole Meigs family in the United States of America.
  • "He had three sons; Vincent, born in England in 1609, and died there without issue; John, born in England, Wednesday, February 29, 1612, who came to America with his father Vincent and brother; Mark, born in England in 1614 ; he died in Connecticut and had no issue.
  • "John Meigs, 1st, spelled his name Meigs ; he died Friday, January 4, 1672, at Killingworth, Conn., and his grave is to be found in the old Hammonassett (Conn.) Cemetery. He married Thimersine Frye, daughter of William Frye, of Weymouth, Eng. They were married in England in 1632, and had one child, Mary, born to them in England.
  • " Their second child, John Meigs, 2nd, was born at Weymouth, Mass., Sunday, Feb. 29, 1640."
  • From William M. Meigs, April 10, 1900.
  • "Bradford Peverell is situated in Dorsetshire, near the County town of Dorchester, and a family of Meggs lived there for many years, but I am abliged to say that I do not think there is a scratch of evidence known to me that the family in this country is a branch of them. .... etc.

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  • An American Family History
  • Thomasin Fry Meigs
  • Thomasin (Thomasine or Tamazin) Fry Meigs was born on February 29, 1611/12 in England.
  • She married John Meigs (Meggs) about 1632 in England. John was born on January 29, 1611/12 in England. He was the son of Vincent Meigs. He was a tanner and currier.
  • The bequests in his will indicate they were a wealthy and educated family. He left substantial amounts of money and land to all his children. He left his books and writings to his son, John.
  • Their children included:
  • Mary Meigs Stevens (1633),
  • John Meigs (1641),
  • Tryal Meigs Ward,
  • Concurrence Meigs Crane, and
  • Elizabeth Meigs Hubbell (married Richard Hubbell).
  • Mary was born in England and Thomasin and John followed her sister, Mary Harris, to America soon after. The family first settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts, in 1639.
  • When Thomasin's brother, William Fry died in 1642, he left Thomasin’s son, John “Meggs" a kid. They moved to Rehoboth, Massachusetts in 1642 with Rev. Samuel Newman's company.
  • About 1644 they moved to New Haven and admitted as a freemanthere. In 1648 John bought a lot on the New Haven Green. He ceded this lot to the town in 1658.
  • About ten years later he settled in Guilford. On March 3, 1653/54 he was admitted as planter at Guilford when he bought a one hundred pound allotment.
  • According to Stile’s History of the Regicides, it was John Meigs who rode to New Haven to warn the regicides.
  • They moved to Killingsworth a few years before John died. John wrote his will in 1671 and died on January 4, 1672 in Killingsworth, Middlesex County, Connecticut.
  • Record of the Descendants of Vincent Meigs: Who Came from Dorsetchire By Henry Benjamin Meigs
  • Vincent Meigs was the sole representative of the first generation of the name in America. According to early histories he came here with sons Vincent (2), John (3) and Mark (4), (born 1609-12-14.) and the family of John, but it is not known when they sailed, nor from what port in England, nor on what ship. It is supposed, however, from other statements regarding the family that they sailed from Weymouth, England, about 1634-5.
  • Vincent was born in 1583 and tradition says he married a Miss Churchill. He was evidently a widower when he came to America. The family are first recorded in this country as at Weymouth, Mass., in 1639. From there they went with Rev. Samuel Newman's company in 1642, to Rehoboth, Mass., and about 1644, to New Haven, Conn. Vincent Meigs is recorded at New Haven, October 6, 1646, as neglecting to "trayn" on June 14, 1646, and was fined 2s. 6 p. "But if he bring proof that he trayned twice in one fortnight the fine is to be remitted." He is also recorded in the same year as" being " an old man with only two children known to us."
  • About 1654, the family of John with his father removed to East Guilford, ( Hammonassett) and there Vincent built his home. . .
  • Vincent Meigs died at Hammonassett, Dec. 1, 1658. His will, dated September 2, 1658, and said to have been written on his death bed, was probated December 2, following, and it is tradition in Madison that his was the first burial in Hammonassett Grave Yard.
  • John Meigs, 2nd son of Vincent, is said to have been born near Bradford, England, 1612, and married in 1632, Thomasine or Tamazin Fry, of Weymouth, England, sister of William Fry and Mary Fry, who married Walter Harris, (who came to America in 1632 on the William Francis). It is conjectured that letters from Walter Harris sent back to England may have influenced the emigration of John Meigs and family, but there is no proof of this.
  • According to [a] statement in Boston Transcript, date of August 22, 1900, the eldest child of John and Thomasine Meigs, (Mary), was born in England, in 1633. It is likely that the family left England soon after, and that all of the other children were born in America.
  • .... etc.
  • Life of Josiah Meigs by William Montgomery Meigs published by J. P. Murphy,1887
  • John Meigs, the son of Vincent, moved from New Haven to the East End of Guilford, and later to Killingworth, upon its settlement, and died there January 4th, 1671-2, leaving a comfortable estate. His trade was that of a tanner and currier, but he was originally also a dealer in shoes and doubtless a shoemaker. In his latter years, he was probably only engaged in farming, and it seems that he must have been a man of education, for his will bequeaths manuscripts and several books, among others, a Greek and a Latin dictionary.
  • .... etc.
  • From: http://www.anamericanfamilyhistory.com/Fry%20Family/FryThomasinMeigs.html#JohnMeigs

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  • Genealogical and family history of western New York; a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the building of a nation by Cutter, William Richard, 1847-1918, ed
  • https://archive.org/details/genealogicalfami03incutt
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogicalfami03incutt#page/1020/mode/1up
  • The Hubbell family, of Wales and England, is of Danish origin, not improbably descended from Hubba, a Danish invader of Britain in the ninth century. From this family the American Hubbells are presumably descended.
  • (I) Richard Hubbell, the founder of this family, was born in England in 1627 or 1628, died in Connecticut, October 23, 1699. It is not known exactly in what year he emigrated. His first American record is of date, March 7, 1647, when he took the oath of fidelity to the government of the New Haven colony. In 1654 he was admitted a planter at Guilford, Connecticut. In 1662 he was tried for sedition against the colonial government, having joined Dr. Bray Rossiter in the signing of two political papers, which were offensive to the authorities of the colony. He afterward removed to Fairfield county, Connecticut, where in 1685 he was one of the proprietors of the town of Fairfield. His final place of residence was within the present limits of Bridgeport. He was a planter and extensive landowner, a leading citizen, and apparently had some knowledge of surveying. He married (first) in 1650, Elizabeth, daughter of John and ---- (Fry) Meigs, who died before 1673. Her grandfather, Vincent Meigs, was
  • https://archive.org/stream/genealogicalfami03incutt#page/1021/mode/1up
  • an original emigrant, who settled at Weymouth, Massachusetts, but removed to Connecticut. .... etc.

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  • Fifty Puritan Ancestors, 1628-1660: Genealogical Notes, 1560-1900 By Elizabeth Todd Nash
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=YH4bAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PT76&lpg=RA1-PT76&dq=Vincent+Meigs+1658&source=bl&ots=7KIrdNYu91&sig=zyDTD7iH4eZtWyGVfcmruVkRGUc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SOFcVfLkH8arogSL2oHYAw&ved=0CB0Q6AEwADge#v=onepage&q=Vincent%20Meigs%201658&f=false
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  • VINCENT MEIGS, born in Devonshire, England, about 1583; married, in 1608, ---- Churchill. Came to New England in 1639; settled first in Massachusetts (Weymouth, probably), removed to Hartford and from there to New Haven, in 1644; moved to Guilford in 1647, and subsequently moved to Hammonassett, East Guilford, now Madison, in 1653; died there in December, 1658, and was the first person buried in East Guilford. The house of Sergeant Daniel Meigs, built in 1750, stands upon the original home lot of Vincent Meigs. (See illustration.)
  • His two sons, John and Mark, came with him to New England.
    • SECOND GENERATION.
  • John Meigs, son of Vincent, Weymouth, Mass., 1639, Hartford, New Haven, 1644, owned "Cutler's Corner" in New Haven, fronting on Church street one hundred and thirty-nine feet, and on Chapel street two hundred and thirty-five feet. William Jeanes owned it, by allotment, from 1639 to 1648; John Meggs, from 1648 to 1658, by deed; Town, from 1658, by cession. John Meigs, or Meggs, as he spelled his name then, acquired his title by purchase and conveyance, which is on record as follows .... etc.
  • Pg.137
  • .... In 1668 he moved to Killingworth, where he died January 4, 1671, leaving a very large estate.
  • .... etc.
  • John Meigs married in Weymouth, England, in 1632 Tamazin Fry.
  • CHILDREN.
    • .... etc.

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  • The master of The Hill: a biography of John Meigs By Walter Russell Bowie
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=cs3uBd_lvewC&pg=PA10&lpg=PA10&dq=Vincent+Meigs+1658&source=bl&ots=8dRlIDI0Nj&sig=I45PDX9MOGObQSFqbFOv1wnmQHE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SOFcVfLkH8arogSL2oHYAw&ved=0CDEQ6AEwBTge#v=onepage&q=Vincent&f=false
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  • Though John Meigs, himself, was born in Pennsylvania, went to school and college and spent all the years of his working life there, and died within the walls of the house in which he was born, his earlier ancestry belonged to another part of the country. The first of the family line in America who bore his name was John Meigs, of Hammonassett, near Guilford, Connecticut, who with his father, Vincent Meigs, came to New England in the very early days of the Plymouth colony as was in Weymouth by 1639. It was in 1654 that Vincent Meigs and his sons came to Hammonassett. There they lived till the father died in 1658, and John Meigs remained there until--shortly before his death, which befell in 1672--he removed to Killingworth.
  • Concerning this John Meigs, .... etc.
  • Pg.15
  • When this first John Meigs died in 1672, he bequeathed his farm to his son of the same name, .... etc.
  • This John Meigs' wife was Thomasine Fry, of Weymouth, England, whom he had married before coming to America with his father Vincent. Two of his daughter bear witness to the Puritan atmosphere which the thoughts of men and women at that time breathed, for their names were "Concurrence" and "Tryal." Two other daughters also he had, and the one son, whom we have already mentioned, .... etc.

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  • History of New Haven County, Connecticut, Volume 2 edited by John L. Rockey
  • https://archive.org/details/historyofnewhave01rock
  • https://archive.org/stream/historyofnewhave01rock#page/184/mode/1up
  • John Meigs was one of the first settlers of the town. He came from New Haven and bought a hundred-pound allotment at Hammonassett in 1653, but did not remain permanently in the town. His father, Vincent Meigs, an old man, was with him and died in the town in 1658. Not long thereafter John Meigs removed to Killingworth, but his son, John Meigs, Jr., afterward came to East Guilford, and from him have descended the numerous family bearing that name in Madison, for more than two hundred years. In the war of the revolution the Meigs family rendered valiant service.
  • .... etc.

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  • Meigs chart of American ancestry by Meigs, Henry Benjamin
  • https://archive.org/details/meigschartofamer01meig
  • https://archive.org/stream/meigschartofamer01meig#page/n4/mode/1up
    • MEIGS CHART OF AMERICAN ANCESTRY.
  • (1) VINCENT MEGGS = ___ CHURCHILL. ; ch: (3) JOHN (m. TAMAZIN FRY) MEIGS.
    • (3) JOHN MEIGS. = TAMAZIN FRY. dau. of (a) WILLIAM FRY. & ELIZABETH HUMPHREY. ; ch: (8) DEACON JOHN (m. SARAH WILCOX.) MEIGS.
      • (8) DEACON JOHN MEIGS = SARAH WILCOX. dau. of (b) Wm. WILCOXSON. & MARGARET ___ ; ch: (11) DEACON JOHN (m. REBECCA HAND), (12) CAPT. JANNA (m. HANNAH WILLARD), (13) EBENEZER (m. MERCY WEEKS) MEIGS.
        • .... etc.

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Vincent Meigs's Timeline

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December 1, 658
Madison, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
1583
1583
Dorset, England
1606
1606
Age 23
Weymouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
1608
1608
Age 25
Weymouth, Dorset, England
1609
December 14, 1609
Age 26
Chardstock, Dorset, England
1610
1610
Age 27
Chardstock, Dorset, England
1612
February 29, 1612
Age 29
Dorset, England
1616
August 25, 1616
Age 33
Chardstock, Dorset, England
1637
1637
Age 54
Weymouth, MA then Guilford, CT
1658
December 1, 1658
Age 75
Hammonasset, New Haven, Connecticut