Thomas Hutchns and the Massachusetts Bay Company

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I was looking at my Ancestry hints for my 7th great-grandfather, Thomas Hutchins, and found this:

https://www.google.com/books/edition/Chronicles_of_the_First_Planters_of_the/xb8SAAAAYAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=hutchins

I understand that my 7th great-grandfather, Thomas Hutchins, arrived in Massachusetts some time in the 1710s as an employee of the Massachusetts Bay Company, and that, at least when Jack Randolph Hutchins wrote his <i>Genealogy of Thomas Hutchins of Salem</i> (which is undated, but the New York Publiic Library estimates is from 1972) the ship he arrived on is unknown.

Having been born in 1693, he cannot have been the Thomas Hutchins who attended these meetings, which occurred several decades prior.

Thomas Hutchins is a fairly common name, so there could have been two people with that name employed by the Massachusetts Bay Company at different times, but it certainly has me interested in determining if there is a familial relationship.  I know Thomas's father's name was Hugh.  While I know of seven siblings for Thomas (whom I have not yet added to Wikitree), I know of none for Hugh.  Also, these meetings took place in London.  I'm not sure how practical it would have been for a farmer in the Broadwindsor/Beaminster area to travel to London in the mid-seventeenth century, although there is no reason that a member of the family could not simply have moved to London. It's also entirely possible that there is no relationship at all. 

WikiTree profile: Thomas Hutchins
in Genealogy Help by Scott Hutchins G2G6 Mach 1 (17.3k points)
Thank you for this information!  A question for you regarding Thomas Hutchins.  I recently had found a Thomas Hutchins in a book “Bonded Passengers to America, (9 vols. in 3) that was found online.  There was a mention I had seen that the ship may have gone to Barbados.  Has anyone any information if this is the same Thomas Hutchins?  Other Hutchins names were Matthew, Thomas and William.
I did encounter records regarding a Thomas Hutchins in Barbados.  I think I determined he was a different Thomas Hutchins.  I found a black Thomas Hutchins who was enslaved and another who was an active abolitionist.  I don't think either were my direct ancestor or one of his immediate relatives.

There is a mention of a Hutchins line in Barbados in the preface of Thomas Hutchins of Salem. It states that these are descendants of Nicholas Hutchins. This line has no known connection to my line other than through marriage.

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Very interesting post, Scott. I have been struck, again, by how many connections I have with cousins in the US simply through the Hutchins family. It really is remarkable.
I'm busy up a different family line at the moment, but at some point, I'd love to delve in and help out with the Broadwinsor Hutchinses, if you like.
by Frances Piercy-Reins G2G6 Mach 5 (53.2k points)

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