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Edward Larkin

Also Known As: "Edward Larking"
Birthdate: (37)
Birthplace: Kent, England
Death: Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Larkin and Mehitabel Larkin
Husband of Joanna Larkin
Father of John Larkin; Elizabeth Newton; Hannah Newell; Thomas Larkin; Joanna Newton (Larkin) and 2 others
Brother of John Larkin

Occupation: Freeman May 13 1640
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Immediate Family

About Edward Larkin

Edward Larkin (sometimes Larking) married JOANNA BUTLER on March 11, 1637 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He was admitted an inhabitant of Charlestown on July 30, 1638, and united with the church on September 23, 1639. His occupation was that of a wheel maker (turner). In 1644 he became a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in Charlestown. In 1647/8 the town granted him two acres of land at Sandy Bank.

In his will dated July 15, 1651 and proved February 6, 1652, he mentions his wife, Joanna, who received the widow's dower (one-third), and oldest son, John, a double portion. The remainder was to be divided among the children namely: Thomas, Elizabeth, Sarah, Johanna, and his unborn child. His daughter, Hannah, had been adopted by Edward's sister, Joanna & her husband, John Penticost of Charlestown who were childless. Edward left Hannah ten shillings in his will for "good books". His estate consisted of his house, a marsh hay lot, two acres on the Mystic side which was valued at £123.

Sources: "Publication No. 9." Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Rockwell & Churchill Press, 1908.

<See also: http://dougsinclairsarchives.com/larkin/edwardlarkin.htm>


Church member in Charles town 07/23/1639.


PLEASE SEE EDWARD'S WILL AT BOTTOM OF PAGE.

I HAVE SEEN MANY INCONSISTENT GENEALOGIES AND THEORIES ABOUT THIS EDWARD. HE AND EDWARD OF NEWPORT KEEP GETTING INTERMINGLED. FIRST:

http://www.worldcat.org/title/edward-larkin-of-rhode-island-freeman-of-newport-1655-and-of-westerly-1664-the-first-six-generations/oclc/608865896?referer=di&ht=edition

"Mrs. Larkin continued the research after her husband's death in 1979, and had just finished the text at the time of her own unexpected death in April 2003. The book was brought to completion by Jane Fiske with the help of Bruce D. Larkin, John W. Fiske, and others. The genealogy begins with Edward Larkin of Newport and Westerly, Rhode Island, whose origins in England are presently unknown; he was a contemporary of Edward Larkin of Charlestown, Massachusetts, but no link between the two has yet been found. Six generations of Larkins are treated here, and seventh-generation children are listed when known"--Www.genbooks.com/Larkin.htm.

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THIS IS NOT OUR EDWARD LARKIN OF CHARLESTOWN, MASS!:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Larkin-1344

Edward Larkin (abt. 1616 - aft. 1687) [of Newport, RI]

Born about 1616 in Kent, England 

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Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown] [sibling(s) unknown]

Husband of Unknown Unknown — married [date unknown] [location unknown]

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Husband of Unknown Lydia (possibly Wilcox) — married about 1658 [location unknown] [it is thought that Lydia was his second marriage, and children Sarah, Mehitable and Hannah were from his first, possibly named Elizabeth.]

Father of Thomas Larkin, Sarah Larkin, Mehitable Larkin, Hannah Larkin, Edward Larkin, John Larkin and Stephen Larkin

Died after 26 Jun 1687 [location unknown]

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PLEASE ALSO SEE:

Edward Larkin, Sr. of Newport:

Edward Larkin, Sr., of Newport

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OK....I AM GOING TO TRY TO STRAIGHTEN THIS OUT PER:

https://books.google.com/books?id=cSrlHHj2AFcC&pg=PA315&lpg=PA315&dq=edward+larkin+and+mary+walker&source=bl&ots=rHliAqQjop&sig=LQNImZlbhMBe52Su9oaHIxFUOcs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwimtcn-i-_RAhWD4SYKHUvOBDYQ6AEIMzAI#v=onepage&q=edward%20larkin%20and%20mary%20walker&f=false Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America: With a Brief History of Those of the First Generation and References to the Various Local Histories, and Other Sources of Information where Additional Data May be Found

Henry Whittemore Genealogical Publishing Com, 1967 - Reference - 438 pages

Page 315

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THIS IS OUR EDWARD LARKIN OF CHARLESTOWN, MASS:

Birth: circa 1615 (genealogists have used 1610, 1615 and 1620. 1615 used most often) in Stilton, Huntingdonshire, England. Have also seen Hertfordshire England used as birthplace.

Death: Unknown [Perhaps June 2 1652 - Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA]

Probate: 1652 Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA [Possibly this Edward]

Marriage 1 Joan aka Joanna (Butler Hale - TOTALLY MIXED UP and assumed - b: 1616 in Stilton, Huntingdonshire, England) [Last name of this Joanna, aka Joan, is unconfirmed.] (Allegedly married a "Pentecost" as her second marriage.) OR this Edward had a sister named Joanna who married a Pentecost - and adopted a "Hannah Larkin". LIKELY BOTH UNTRUE....SEE BELOW.

Married: Mar 01, 1638 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts (?)

Married: 1635 in MA ???

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Per:

"Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America: With a Brief History of Those of the First Generation and References to the Various Local Histories, and Other Sources of Information where Additional Data May be Found"

Henry Whittemore

Page 411

"...Penticust - John, Charlestown, 1638 or earlier, freeman 1640, by wife Joanna, who was widow of Edward Larkin, had John, 1659, and died 1687 aged near 90. Perhaps he had former wife. He and wife Joanna joined church 1639. See Buddington's Hist. Often in record of town and church, the name is Penticost...."

CONFUSING! I THINK HENRY WHITTEMORE MADE SOME INCORRECT AND HENCE MISLEADING ASSUMPTIONS!

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Father: Edward Larkin or John Larkin - England

Another genealogist about this Edward:

Death: June 2 1652 - Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA

Parents: John Larkin, Mehitable Larkin [These appear to be the possible parents of Edward of NEWPORT]

Wife: Joanna Pentecost, Lydia Wilcox [how is a second marriage possible?] Lydia is the wife of Edward of Newport.

Children: Sarah Wheeler, Joanna Newton, Elizabeth Newton, John Larkin, Edward Larkin, Hannah Larkin, Thomas Larkin, Inesse Larkin, Sarah Larkin

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Another genealogy: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rwheald&id=I5698

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Children:

1. John Larkin b: 10 Jan 1640 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA [Confirmed in Edward's Will]

2.  Elizabeth (Newton) b: 16 May 1641 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ??? This person is questionable. She appears twice in the Ancestry .com genealogy. See far below. She was likely BAPTIZED on Sept 5, 1641. [This name confirmed in Edward's Will]

On June 5, 1666, she married John Newton, Sr. in Marlborough, Mass.

RECORDS SHOW (SEE ATTACHED UNDER MEDIA TAB) THAT ELIZABETH WAS BORN JULY 5, 1641 AND JOHN WAS BORN JAN 10, 1640. EDWARD'S WIFE IS SPELLED "JOAN".

3. Sarah Larkin b: 04 Sep 1641. ??? [Birth is too close to Elizabeth above. THERE IS ALSO ON LDS A NOTE, BUT NO RECORD AVAILABLE, OF A SARAH BEING BORN JULY 4, 1641. NO RECORD PROOF, NO GO!] This is probably daughter of Edward of Newport.

4.  Elizabeth Larkin b: 05 Sep 1641.???? [This person is questionable]

5.  Hannah Newell b: 16 January 1643 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA [AGAIN WRONG PARENTS - CHILD OF EDWARD 1615's BROTHER JOHN AND WIFE JOAN, OR IS CHILD OF EDWARD OF NEWPORT] Hannah (of Charleston Edward's brother John) married John Newell in 1665. John Newell died in 1704.

Edward Larkin of Newport (there by 1655) married Elizabeth Hall (daughter of first Henry Hall) and had children Edward, John and Hannah b circa 1658.

The story about Hannah going to live with "Edward's sister" is unclear as to which Edward it is. [Since Edward's Will has a Codicil naming a Hannah, my thought is this last "unborn" child had been born and was named Hannah! And if you notice, Edward calls a "Robert Hale" a "brother", also. I think that was Puritan or just old religious language and that "brother and sister" Penticost were zero real relation. This clarifies all of the "rumors".]

Please also see: http://happygenealogydance.blogspot.com/2015/01/holbrook-line-edward-larkin-another.html

6.  Thomas Larkin b: 18 Oct [sic - should be Aug] 1644 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA; died Dec 10, 1677. [Confirmed in Edward's Will] CONFIRMED BIRTHDATE AS AUG 18, 1644 PER BIRTH RECORD ATTACHED.

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=larkin&GSiman=1&GScid=91429&GRid=32725011&

7.  Edward Larkin b: Mar 18, 1645 in Charleston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States * [Not named in Edward 1615's Will. I would think Edward would know what kids he has!]

8.  Joanna LARKIN b: Jun 1646 in Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. ? [Confirmed in Edward's Will] Married Moses Newton in 1668. They allegedly had a son John who married a Joanna Hale.

Then she married William Dodge in 1685.

9. Sarah, b: 1648. ? [This name is confirmed in Edward's Will.] CONFIRMED BIRTHDATE OF JANUARY 12, 1647 IN RECORD ATTACHED.

10. Has No Children Inesse (aka Increase) Larkin b: Feb 15, 1652 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. ? [Since Edward's Will has a Codicil naming a Hannah, my thought is this last "unborn" child had been born and was named Hannah! And if you notice, Edward calls a "Robert Hale" a "brother", also. I think that was Puritan or just old religious language and that "brother and sister" Penticost were zero real relation. This clarifies all of the "rumors".]

NOTE: EDWARD'S WIFE WAS ALREADY BIG WITH CHILD IN JULY [or Dec] 1651, AT THE TIME THE WILL WAS "WRITTEN"! WHICH MEANS SHE LIKELY GAVE BIRTH BEFORE 1652, MAKING "INCREASE" LIKELY TO BE INCORRECT. PLEASE WATCH DATES, FOLKS.

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ANOTHER GENEALOGIST SAYS:

Edward Larkin, my immigrant ancestor, married JOANNA BUTLER on March 11, 1637 in Charlestown, Mass. He was admitted an inhabitant of Charlestown on July 30, 1638, and united with the church on September 23, 1639. His occupation was that of a wheelmaker (turner). In 1644, he became a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. In 1647/8 the town granted him two acres of land at Sandy Bank.

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http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jcelliott&id=P1257

Edward Larkin, England

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Genealogy Of The Merrick-mirick-myrick Family Of Massachusetts By M.G. Byron

https://books.google.com/books?id=v-XuAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA454&lpg=PA454&dq=ira+s.+larkins+genealogy&source=bl&ots=ZdIDQDz_N5&sig=9i7r1NLw-mt7BHfvlgOh027UnsA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5l_LCrezRAhUM6YMKHaPLCzUQ6AEIMDAH#v=snippet&q=Larkins&f=false

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Mention of a John Larkins on Fish St in Charlestown, Boston, Mass. in 1641. He was neighbors on Fish St.: near John Mirick's shop, by Joshua Teel's Salt house.

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jcelliott&id=P1257

Brother of Edward Larkin b 1620? Seems likely.

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Also from below: "John Larkin, a tea merchant in Charleston at the time of the American Revolution, is said to have lent the horse for Paul Revere's ride."

This John was Deacon John Larkin:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Larkin_(Deacon_of_Charlestown)

 Larkin genealogy 

John Larkin was the son of Samuel Larkin (1701-1784) and Mary Hicks (1700-1751). John married Ruth Kettell (1738-1816), daughter of Deacon William and Ruth (Stimpson) Kettell by whom he had ten children. The First Church of Charlestown contains baptisms and marriages of the Larkin family. The Larkin family resided in Charlestown as early as 1634, descendants of Edward Larking, an English settler of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Edward Larking (c. 1615 - c. 1652), English immigrant

John Larkin (1640 - 1678) m. Joanna Hale (1646 - 1694)

Edward Larkin (1668 - 1738) m. Mary Walker (1670 - 1734)

Samuel Larkin (1701 - 1784) m. Mary Hicks (1700 - 1751)

Dea. John Larkin (1735 - 1807) m. Ruth Kettell (1738 - 1816)

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Father:

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jcelliott&id=P1293

Edward Larkin

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlestown,_Boston#History

"...History of Charlestown, Mass.:

"...Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.[1] Originally called Mishawum by the Massachusett, it is located on a peninsula north of the Charles River, across from downtown Boston, and also adjoins the Mystic River and Boston Harbor. Charlestown was laid out in 1629 by engineer Thomas Graves, one of its early settlers, in the reign of Charles I of England. It was originally a separate town and the first capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. ....

...Thomas and Jane Walford[2] were the original English settlers of the peninsula between the Charles and the Mystic. They were given a grant by Sir Robert Gorges, with whom they had settled at Wessagusset (Weymouth) in September 1623 and arrived at what they called Mishawaum in 1624. John Endicott, first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, sent William, Richard and Ralph Sprague to Mishawaum to lay out a settlement. Thomas Walford, acting as an interpreter with the Massachusetts Indians, negotiated with the local sachem Wonohaquaham for Endicott and his people to settle there. Although Walford had a virtual monopoly on the region's available furs, he welcomed the newcomers and helped them in any way he could, unaware that his Episcopalian religious beliefs would cause him to be banished from Massachusetts to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, within three years.

Originally a Puritan English city during the Colonial era, Charlestown proper was founded in 1628 and settled July 4, 1629, by Thomas Graves, Increase Nowell, Simon Hoyt, the Rev. Francis Bright, Ralph, Richard and William Sprague, and about 100 others who preceded the Great Migration. John Winthrop's company stopped here for some time in 1630, before deciding to settle across the Charles River at Boston.

1629 site of Puritan leader John Winthrop's "Great House" in City Square, uncovered during the Big Dig

Birdseye view of Boston, Charlestown, and Bunker Hill, between 1890 and 1910 The territory of Charlestown was initially quite large. From it, Woburn was separated in 1642,[3] Melrose and Malden in 1649,[4] Stoneham in 1725,[5] and Somerville in 1842. Everett, Burlington, Medford, Arlington and Cambridge also acquired areas originally allocated to Charlestown.[6]..."

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LARKINS SURNAME

England. The English surname "Larkin" and the variant "Larkins" have been mainly concentrated in the county of Kent. "Larkin" stretched a bit into east Sussex and "Larkins" into East Anglia. But the numbers in Kent were larger.

Kent Chiddingstone on the Kent/Surrey border was an early place for Larkin (Larkins brewery is located there now). But the main sightings have been further east, along the Medway. The name appeared in title deeds in Chatham and Gillingham in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Charles Larkin from Gillingham was honored by the Larkin Memorial for his stand on parliamentary reform in 1832. And there was a well-known Larkin family among the stall-holders in Canning Town in the early 1900's.

However, the most famous Larkin family in Kent was the one that was completely fictitious, the Larkin family that was created by the writer H.E. Bates and made into a TV series as The Darling Buds of May.

Lancashire By the late 19th century, the largest number of Larkins in England was to be found in industrial Lancashire. This was undoubtedly due to the influx of Irish Larkins crossing to England in search of jobs. But for many Ireland was never far away.

Michael Larkin was one of the Manchester martyrs hanged in 1867 for seeking to free the Fenian leader. Big Jim Larkin was born in Liverpool of Irish parents from Armagh in 1876. He later returned to Ireland and threw himself into trade union organizing there.

America. Edward Larkin was an early settler in Massachusetts Bay colony, with his name to be found in Charlestown records from 1634. John Larkin, a tea merchant in Charleston at the time of the American Revolution, is said to have lent the horse for Paul Revere's ride. A later descendant, Thomas Larkin, was one of the founding fathers of the state of California.

"New England-born Thomas Larkin was among the first Americans to pursue the California dream. In 1832, as a young man without a formal education, he travelled to desolate Mexican California in search of his fortune. First as a merchant in Monterrey, then as the American consul to California, and later as a land speculator in booming San Francisco, he became an extremely weathy man."

Another Edward Larkin was to be found in Newport, Rhode Island by 1655. A descendant, W.H. Larkin, traced the family history in 1935 in Chronicle of the Larkin Family. A more modern undertaking has been Elizabeth Larkin's 2004 book Edward Larkin of Rhode Island.

Clarence Larkin was a noted Biblical scholar and writer of the early 20th century. Genealogically, he came from a long line of Larkins in eastern Pennsylvania. Some have attributed the line to Quaker immigants from England in the 1600's. Others have said that the line came to Pennsylvania from Maryland and that a John Larkin, innkeeper in 1644 in Ann Arundel county, was the progenitor of this line.

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Last name: Larkins

Recorded in several forms as shown below, this ancient surname is English or sometimes Irish. If English it is derived from a diminutive of the pre 10th century Old French personal name Lawrence or Laurence, itself derived from the Roman word meaning "victory". To this has been added the suffix "-kin", meaning a close relative or perhaps son of. If Irish it is a developed form of the Gaelic surname O'Lorcain, the prefix O' meaning "male descendant of", with the suffix Lorcan, originally a personal name meaning fierce or cruel! The surname is recorded in England in the13th century (see below), and another early recording is that of Thomas Lorkyn, in the Subsidy Rolls of Cambridgeshire in 1327. In the modern idiom the spellings include: Larkin, Larking, Larkins and Lorking. Recordings from surving church registers in the city of London include: the marriage of Arthur Larkin and Jone Sade on June 10th 1554, at St. Olave's church, Old Jewry, and the christening of William, the son of Christopher Larkin, on July 7th 1577. Thomas Larkynn, sailed aboard the ship "Truelove" from the port of London bound for Barbados, in June 1635, and Bridget Larkin, a famine emigrant from Ireland, sailed from Liverpool aboard the ship "Yorkshire" bound for New York in April 1846, The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Lorekyn. This was dated 1296, in the Pipe Rolls of Sussex, during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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ID: P827

Also appears in records ID: P1292, ID: P827, ID: P1289

Death: 15 Oct 1719 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

Name: Elizabeth Larkin

Birth: 17 May 1641 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Or Birth: 16 May 1641 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Or Birth: 5 Jul 1641

Burial: Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA

Name: Elizabeth Newton

Marriage 1 John Newton b: 20 August 1641 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA

Married: 5 Jun 1666 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts 

Children:

1.  Has No Children John Newton Jr b: 5 June 1667 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA

2.  Has No Children Samuel Newton b: 23 Dec 1668 in Marlborough, Massachusetts

3.  Has No Children Thomas Newton b: 29 December 1674 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA

4.  Has No Children Experience Newton b: 1 May 1683 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA

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Will of Edward Larkin

NOTE: REMEMBER TO FACTOR IN NOT ONLY THE PURITAN/OLD RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE, BUT ALSO THE CHANGE IN "DATES" THAT HAPPENED DURING THE REFORM IN LATE 1500s FROM THE JULIAN TO THE GREGORIAN CALENDAR.

http://www.geneamusings.com/2012/10/amanuensis-monday-will-of-edward-larkin.html

"...Edward Larkin died testate, having written a will on 15 7th [sic- should it be 12th?] month 1651, which was proved in the Probate Court on 6 2nd month 1652.  The will reads (Middlesex County [Mass.] Probate Records, Probate Packet 13,609, accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,416,788, original papers in probate packet, transcribed by Randy Seaver):

"15th of ye 12th [sic - other genealogists say it reads 7th, ie July] month 1651

"I Edward Larkin being weake in body yitt having perfitt memory and understanding doe make this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following.

"Imprimus I committ my soule to God who made it and gave it And I only rely and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, I comitt my body to bee decently buried,

"I alsoe give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Jone Larkin A full third pt of my estate:  it being rightly valewed, to bee first deducted, And more I alsoe give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Jone Larkin the full sume of five pounds likewise to be first deducted out of my estate: and these twoo parts to remaine with my whole estate in her hands untill the tyme of the division of My Estate and payment of my childrens portions as hereunder is specified.

"I alsoe give and bequeath unto my eldest son John Larkin a dubbell portion of my estate after my wife has hers out of the whole and my will is that my son John shall let his portion remaine in my wifes hands until he bee twenty and one years ould and then my wife with the other executer to pay his portion to him upon demand:  but if hee or any of my children also doe dye before they have receaved their portions then it to be equally divided to my wife and the other children who remaine then alive:  provided alsoe that if the Lord shall please to take away my wife by death before the childrens portions bee payd then my will and I desire the Deacons of our church to joyne with the other executor to so order and dispose of that portions wch I bequeath to my children as may be most advantagious to their benefitt until they have them payed unto them, Alsoe if my wife shall marry before the legacies bee paid then my will is that he whom she marries and shee shall retaine the legacies in their hands till the due tyme aforementioned provided they put in sufficient security that the childrens portions may be preserved for them.

As for my son Thomas and my daughters Elizabeth, Sarah, Johanna: and the child with which my wife now goes and is bigg wth I doe hereby will and bequeath unto each of them a equal portion of my estate which remains after my wife and son John have theirs to be paid them by my executors if they live or by the Deacons (of sd church then Being) at their ages of twenty years: but as before if any of them Decease in the meane tyme then the survivors or survivor to have it equally amongst them or given to him or her if only one surviving:

"John Green    .............................................................. Edward Larkin

John Pentecost

"This will was presented to ye Court the 6th of ye (2) 1652 and by them accepted upon Record. P me Tho: Danforth Recorder"

On the reverse of the will was:

"As for my daughter Hannah whom my beloved brother and sister Penticost have taken into their hands to keep and provide for I doe give and bequeath unto her ten shillings to bee layed out in good books for her at her Age of eighteen years to be delivered unto her

"And I Edward Larkin doe entreat my beloved brother Robert Hale to Joyne with my beloved wife Jone Larkin and to bee my full and sole execitors of this my last will and Testament the day and date before written"

An inventory was taken on 14 11th month 1651:  

"A True Inventory of the lands, housing and goods of Edward Larkin wheelmaker of Charltowne Lately Desesed Prised and truly vallewed by Robert Hale, Thomas Brigden and John Penticost."

The inventory totaled 123 pounds, 19 shillings and 6 pence. The real property included a dwelling house and a yard, a marsh, hay lot, two acres of planting ground on "mysticke syde" valued at 90 pounds.  The personal property included his wearing apparel, furniture, household possessions, firearms, tools, lumber and books...."

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"Cornell University Library 

The original of this book is in the Cornell University Library. 

There are no known copyright restrictions in the United States on the use of the text. 

http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924028814304 

List of Freemen 

Massachusetts Bay Colony 

FROM 1630 TO 1691 

WITH THE FREEMAN'S OATH 

THE FIRST PAPER PRINTED IN NEW ENGLAND 

ARRANGED BY 

HON. H. F. ANDREWS 

EXIRA IOWA 

EXIRA PRINTING COMPANY 

1906 

FREEMEN OF MASSACHUSETTS BAY 

A Freeman of this colony was a member of the body politic and as such entitled to exercise the right of suffrage and to hold office. 

As early as 1631, in order to become a freeman, it was required that the applicant produce evidence that he was a member of the Congregational church. But this regulation was modified in 1664. Freemen were admitted by the General Court of the colony. 

FREEMAN'S OATH 

I, A. B., being by the Almighty's most wise disposition become a member of this body consisting of the Governor, Deputy Governor, Assistants and Commonalty of the Massachusetts in New England, do freely and sincerely acknowledge that I am justly and lawfully subject to the Government of the same, and do accordingly submit my person and estate to be protected, ordered and governed by the laws and constitutions thereof, and do faithfully promise to be from time to time obedient and conformable thereunto, and to the authority of the said Governor and Assistants, and their successors, and to all such laws, orders, sentences and decrees as shall be lawfully made and published by them or their successors. And I will always endeavor (as in duty I am bound) to advance the peace and  welfare of this body or commonwealth, to my utmost skill and ability. And I will, to my best power and means, seek to divert and prevent whatsoever may tend to the ruin or damage thereof, or of any the said Governor, Deputy Governor, or Assistants, or any of them, or their successors, and will give speedy notice to them, or some of them, of any sedition,  violence, treachery, or other hurt or evil, which I shall know, hear, or vehemently suspect, to be plotted or intended against the said commonwealth, or the said Government established. And I will not, at any time, suffer or give consent to any counsel or attempt, that shall be offered, given, or attempted, for the impeachment of the said Government, or making any change or alteration of the same, contrary to the laws and ordinances thereof; but shall do my utmost endeavor to discover, oppose and hinder all and every such counsel and attempt. So help me God. 

At the General Court held at Boston, May 14, 1634: It was agreed and ordered, that the former oath of freemen shall be revoked, so far as it is dissonant from the oath of freemen  hereunder written; and that those that received the former oath shall stand bound no further thereby, to any intent or purpose, than this new oath ties those that now take the same. 

FREEMAN'S NEW OATH 

1 (A. B.,) being by God's providence, an Inhabitant, and Freeman, within the Jurisdiction of this Commonwealth; do freely acknowledge my self to be subject to the Government thereof: And do therefore do here swear by the great and dreadful Name of the Ever-living God, that I will be true and faithfull to the same, and will accordingly yield assistance & support thereunto, with my person and estate, as in equity I am bound; and will also truly endeavor to maintain and preserve all the liberties and priveliges thereof, submitting my self to the wholesome Lawes & Orders made and established by the same.  And further, that I will not plot or practice any evill against it, or consent to any that shall so do; but will timely discover and reveal the same to lawful Authority now here established, for the speedy prevention thereof. 

Moreover, I doe solemnly bind my self in the sight of God, that when I shall be called to give my voyce touching any such matter to this State, in which Freemen are to deal, I will give my vote and suffrage as I shall judge in mine own conscience may best conduce and tend to the public weal of the body. So help me God in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

This oath was printed at Cambridge by Stephen Daye, in 1639. It is said to have been the first paper printed in New England. 

The names of freemen given in the following list are spelled as found in the Colonial records, so far as they can be deciphered and transcribed. They are not the autographs of the persons who bore these names, but are as written in the record by the secretary, who probably spelled them as pronounced to him and evidently made some errors. People did not spell so accurately then as now. We know that the persons named, in many instances, spelled their names differently from the forms given in the records. 

These records are important to those engaged in historical and genealogical pursuits. 

A large per cent of the native population of New England as well as their descendants elsewhere descend from the persons named in this list. 

The form of list here given, being alphabetical, greatly facilitates the labor of examination. ...

...Larkin Edward May 13 1640..."

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Edward Larkin's Timeline

1615
1615
Kent, England
1640
March 10, 1640
Age 25
Charlestown (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1641
May 17, 1641
Age 26
Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1643
January 16, 1643
Age 28
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
1644
August 18, 1644
Age 29
Charlestown (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1647
January 12, 1647
Age 32
Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
July 4, 1647
Age 32
Charlestown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1652
February 15, 1652
Age 37
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA