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John Tompkins

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John Tompkins
Born in Englandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] in Edles Borough, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
Died [location unknown]
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Torrey records a different John Tomkins also of Salem, whose second wife was Mary Reed (1653-).

Recent research (see below) indicates that this John Tomkins was not from Edlesborough and his wife Margaret was not Margaret Goodman. Most genealogies will, however, include those two items, and it is the same person in Massachussets, but not the contemporary John Tomkins who remained in Edlesborough, England.

Also this John Tompkins was a different person than the John Tompkins of Concord who settled in Eastchester. The two are confused in traditional genealogies because of a speculation by James Savage (A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England).


John Tompkins was born in England and a John Tomkins married Margaret Goodman at Edlesborough, England on August 27, 1632, but he was in Massachussets by March 20, 1636 when he was promised admission to the Salem church upon obtaining release somewhere else. He received a grand of land in Salem on August 22, 1663. They were not always in harmony with the leaders of the community. In 1653 John Tompkins wife was fined for wearing a silk hood, and John was fined in 1679 for refusing to take the oath as tythingman. He married second Mary Read. An inventory of his estate was made June 30, 1681 and administration was granted to his widow Mary. His children are mentioned in this order: Nathaniel, John, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary, Deborah and Priscilla Tompkins.

The identity of John Tompkins first wife is problematic. Matthew Tompkins, a researcher in England examined all the Tomkins entries in the Edlesborough registry for the 17th century. He reported "There was clearly at least one John Tomkins living in Edlesborough at the time when the American one was living in Massachusetts." and that "I think the only reasonable interpretation of the entries in 1632, 1633/4, 1655 and 1664/5 is that they all relate to the same man. If so, then it is certain that the Massachusetts John did not come from Edlesborough, and his wife was not Margaret Goodman."[1]

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  • Little Compton Families: From Records Compiled by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, (Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co, Fifth edition, 1997) Vol. II, p. 678.
  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence Almon Torrey (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011) Vol. III, p. 1528. TOMPKINS, John (-1681) & 1/wf Margaret GOODMAN (-1672); Adlesborough, Bucks, 27 Aug 1632; Salem. TOMKINS, John (-1681) & 2/wf Mary (____) READ, w. Thomas?; Sep 1673; Salem.


  • This person was created through the import of Davidson.GED on 19 March 2011.

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On April 7, 2014 Timothy Wilder wrote:

Tompkins-620 and Tompkins-106 are not ready to be merged because: The mothers and birth dates are different, and that needs to be resolved. Also the son of Tompkins-106, John Tompkins Tompkins-105, is a composite of John Tompkins of Salem and John Tompkins of Concord, Fairfield and Eastchester.

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