John Tompkins, of Salem

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John Tompkins, of Salem

Birthplace: Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Ralph Tompkins, of Salem & Bridgewater and Katherine Tompkins
Husband of Margaret Goodman; Margaret Tompkins and Mary Read
Father of Nathaniel Tompkins; Nathaniel Tompkins, of Salem; Elizabeth Tompkins; Hannah Jones; Sarah Waters and 5 others
Brother of Samuel Tompkins; Elizabeth Taylor and Mary (Marie) Foster
Half brother of Martha Foster

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About John Tompkins, of Salem

John Tompkins

  1. Birth: 1608 - Edlesborough,England
  2. Death: June 23 1684 - Salem,Essex,Mass
  3. Parents: Ralph Thompkins, Katherine Foster
  4. Wife: Margaret Goodman, Mary Read

An inventory of John's estate was taken 30 June 1681 by Edward Batter & Nathaniel Felton Jr. amounting to 141-17-00d. Administration of the estate was granted to Mary, the relict on 28 June 1681. An addition to the inventory of 9f taken by the same persons mentioned that the estate of the relict before marriage was 125-12-00d. This record mentions John's children in the following order: Nathaniel, John, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Deborah and Priscilla Tompkins. The estate papers contain the depositions of Josiah White and Rememberance, his wife - these deponents testified that they heard John Tompkins Sr. say sundry times that it was his will that his son Nathaniel Tompkins being his eldest son should have his then dwelling house with the barne and ground thereunto belonging for he had given his other children something considerable for their portions and this was spoken a short time before the said Tompkins his disease - Sworn 30 Nov. 1681. The widow was to have two thirds of the house and land during her life and son John Jr. 5li; the five childen of Hugh Jones, whose wife Hannah was now deceased were to have 20s each. The remainder of the estate was equally divided among the seven children of the deceased.25

John may be the John Tomkins who married (1) MARGARET GOODMAN on 27 Aug 1632 in Edlesborough, England.26 Margaret died on 18 Jul 1672 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.27

On 30 June 1653 John Tompkin’s wife was fined for wearing a silk hood .28

John was one of a Concord MA colony, which included about 15% of the planters, who under the leadership of Rev John Jones emigrated to Fairfield, CT.

On 20 November 1693, she married John Tompkins. He was the son of her stepfather, who had died in 1681, and was a widower, his first wife having died in 1688. Mary was then forty years old. The long delay before marriage was probably due to the youthful indiscretions described below.

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John Tompkins, of Salem's Timeline

Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire, England
Age 25
Age 28
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
March 19, 1639
Age 31
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts
February 21, 1640
Age 32
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
January 1, 1643
Age 35
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
February 16, 1644
Age 36
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
January 17, 1646
Age 38
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
February 28, 1649
Age 41
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts