About Jonathan Atkins
Atkins was commissioned Governor-in-Chief of Barbados 6 February 1674 receiving his instructions on 28 February 1674. He arrived in Barbados late October or early November 1674. The hurricane of 31 August 1675 was '... the worſt Enemy this Iſland ever knew, ...'. Atkins was recalled and replaced by Sir Richard Dutton in 1680 who 'found the Iſland in a very flourſhing Condition'.
Atkins married Mary Howard, the eldest daughter of Sir William Howard and Mary Eure of Naworth Castle, on 17 November 1642. She died on 9 April 1660. At the age of 51 on 8 October 1661, Atkins married the c. 24-year-old widow, Elizabeth Anderson, daughter of Sir John Baker of Sissinghurst in Kent.