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Matthew Beckwith, Sr.

Birthplace: Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in New London, New London, Connecticut, USA
Cause of death: Fell off a cliff
Place of Burial: Lyme, New London, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Beckwith and Anne Beckwith
Husband of Elizabeth (Mary) Lynde
Father of Mary Daniels (Beckwith); Benjamin Beckwith; Matthew Beckwith, Il; Elizabeth Aka Bates; Sarah Beckwith and 5 others
Brother of William Beckwith
Half brother of Thomas Beckwith, 1584; Roger Beckwith, of Northcot and Aldborough; Alice Beckwith; William Beckwith and Jane Beckwith

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About Matthew Beckwith, Sr.

Alt Birth date: 10/21/1681

Immigration: 1635

Daughters of the American Colonists, National Society, Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century - 1961 - Snippet view - More editions Mary Beckwith (1750-1831). 5. Nehemiah Beckwith m. Mary Thomas. 6. Jonathan Beckwith m. Elizabeth Waller (d. 1736). 7. John Beckwith (d. 1757) m. Prudence Manwaring (1671-1740). 8. Matthew Beckwith m. Elizabeth (Mary) Lynde ...


His parents were Thomas BECKWITH and Anne DYNLEY. He immigrated in 1637 to Massachusetts from England.

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MATTHEW BECKWITH (Also stated as mathew Beckwith)


      Captain Matthew Beckwith was born 22 September 1610 in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England, An old medieval town in West Yorkshire, England.  The town has a well known historical market place and, more importantly, a medieval castle which was built in the Norman Conquest era.  His parents were Thomas Beckwith and Ann Dynley.

He immigrated in 1637 to Massachusetts from England, some say on the Sparrow Hawk, which crashed upon reaching New England. This may not be accurate as the Sparrow Hawk actually crashed in 1626 and Matthew would have been only 16 at the time. The ruins of the Sparrow Hawk can still be seen at Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth (Mary) Lynde in 1641 in Hartford, Connecticut Colony. Her parents were Enoch Lynde (1590-1636) and Elizabeth Digby (1584-1669). Enoch Lynde was a shipping merchant in the Netherlands engaged in foreign trade. He was also connected with the postal service between England and Holland. He was fluent in Dutch and may have been of Dutch extraction. After Matthew died, Elizabeth married Samuel Buckland. Elizabeth died in 1682 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut, at age 67. Matthew and Elizabeth were the parents of seven children, all of whom lived to adulthood. The couple did not acquire a home lot until four years after they were married. Hartford records show that Mary and their first child, a daughter named Mary born in 1643, resided with the household of B, Barnard in Hartford. This indicated that Matthew traveled and lived aboard his vessels most of the time. Matthew, with two other partners, was a ship owner. They owned three ships, the Speedwell, the Hopewell, and the Endeavor. These ships ranged from 50 to 82 tons and participated in trade between New England, New Amsterdam, and Barbados. The Endeavor was the first barque built and launched in New London. Matthew Beckwith was believed to have been involved with a couple of wealthy Dutchmen, and one of them, a Captain Sybado, left him a small legacy in his will that was filed in England. The Endeavor was sold in Barbados for 2000 pounds of sugar. In 1645 Matthew purchased land in Hartford from a proprietor, William Platt. In 1650 he bought more land in Hartford from another proprietor, Thomas Porter. In the spring of 1651, Matthew was given a home lot in the section of New London known today as East Lyme. Matthew traveled from port to port, keeping his homeport in Lyme in a section of waterway that became known as Beckwith Cove. Today his former land is known as Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme. Many of his children traveled with their father as youngsters. He received 30 acres of land in 1875 which he passed on to his son Joseph. Matthew was not a quiet, obscure man. His name appears often on the pages of the recorded history of Connecticut. He was fined once for public drunkenness. He was a defendant in two separate cases, one for “slander,” in which he paid a fine and did public penitence. In 1662, at the age of 52, suits were brought against him and three other men for assault. He paid a fine. He, in turn, brought suit against two other men for debts owed and for killing his “swine.” This same Matthew Beckwith is given credit as one of the founders of the church at Branford. Matthew died 21 October 1680. The report says that “Matthew Beckwith, age 70, missing his way in the very dark night, fell from a ledge of rocks about 20 or 30 feet high and beat his brains against a stone he fell upon.” This gave occasion for a sermon on the providence of God which took away Matthew Beckwith and spared his fellow wayfarer. The inquest showed that he was then seventy years old. He is buried in Old Lyme, New London, Connecticut. The estate of Matthew Beckwith was appraised at 293 pounds, indicating him to have ranked among the “well circumstanced class of that day.” He was able to give land “somewhat liberally to his sons.”

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Matthew Beckwith, Sr.'s Timeline

September 22, 1610
Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
Age 24
March 8, 1643
Age 32
New London, CT, USA
Age 32
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
Age 34
Old Saybrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut
Age 34
Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States
Age 37
New London, New London, CT, United States
Age 39
Hartford, CT
Age 42
Lyme, New London County, Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)