John Elderkin

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John Elderkin
Born in Englandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Lynn, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Died in Norwich, New London, Connecticutmap
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Categories: English Immigrants to America | Lynn, Massachusetts | Norwich, Connecticut.



John Eldrekin was born in 1616 in England, some authorities say 1612 but in a court dispostion he gave in 1672 he states that he is 56 years old. An extensive biography is available in John Elderkin, One of the Founders of Connecticut. He was married twice, his first wife was Abigail. They were married about 1637. His second was to Elizabeth Drake Gaylord, daughter of John Drake and widow of William Gaylord, of Windham. They were married March 1, 1660. She died at Norwich in 1716. John Elderkin the second is the son of Elizabeth Drake and John. John the first, died in 1687 in Norwich, Connecticut, while the place of his burial is not known, his memorial has links to memorials for two of his children as well as a link to the book mentioned above the primary source for this brief sketch.[1]

John Elderkin was also a reputed contractor and Builder. He was recruited successfully to move from Providence Rhode Island by Governor Winthrop. He built the first two churches in both Norwich and New London, Connecticut. He also built the first Merchant ship ever produced at New London in 1661 He was joined in this endeavor by Richard Hendee Sr. in 1660-1661. John Elderkin was also a owner and builder of Several Mills both for Grain and Lumber. He was Granted many parcels of Land for his labors and Built many thriving businesses. He passed many of these businesses to Descendents and the Elderkin Family became one of the Wealthiest families in Connecticut. His 2nd wife Elizabeth was a direct descendent of Royalty in England and his association with Governor Winthrop is well documented. He is credited with building the first Town Meeting Hall in Norwich and for building Churches with pews which were status segregated in the churches. The allotment of this seating by status was very contentious; however, it lasted for Generations and became a source of Much Conflict among the Early Pioneers.


Name: John /Elderkin/[2]



Marriage 1

Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts[4]

Marriage 2

1 March 1660
Elizabeth Drake Gaylord daughter of John Drake and widow of William Gaylord[5]

Children of John and Abigail

  1. Paltiah b. 1637 m. Daniel Comstock[6]
  2. Abigail b. 13 Sep. 1641[7]
  3. Hannah m. Richard Hendee Sr. sometimes written as Richard Handy[8]

Children of John and Elizabeth

  1. Ann b. Jan. 1661[9]
  2. John II b. April 1664 m.(1) in 1685 Abigail Fowler m.(2) Hanah Coleman[10]
  3. Bashaw b. Nov 1665[11]
  4. James b. Mar 1670[12]
  5. Joseph b. Dec. 1672[13]


  • Source: DWElderkin Author; Dyer White Eldrkin. Title: Genealogy of the Elderkin family with intermarriages Pittsburgh 1881. An Open Library E-book DWElderkin
  • Source S89 Author: Yates Publishing Title: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900: Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Repository: #R1
  • Repository R1 Name:


  1. John Elderkin memorial at Find a Grave.
  2. Source: #S89
  3. Source: #S89
  4. Source: #S89
  5. Source: #DWElderkinp. 5,6
  6. Source: #DWElderkinp. 6 daughter's name not in DWElderkin
  7. Source: #DWElderkinp. 6
  8. Source: #DWElderkinp. 6
  9. Source: #DWElderkinp. 6
  10. Source: #DWElderkinp. 6
  11. Source: #DWElderkinp. 6
  12. Source: #DWElderkinp. 6
  13. Source: #DWElderkinp. 6


  • This person was created through the import of Reba Family Tree_2011-03-12.ged on 13 March 2011.
  • WikiTree profile Elderkin-39 created through the import of Rankin-Ridgdill Family Tree.ged on Oct 4, 2011 by Elizabeth Rankin.
  • WikiTree profile Elderken-1 created through the import of ross20genancestors-children6-22-2011.ged on Jun 22, 2011 by Lamar Ross.

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