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Luke Atkinson (abt. 1620 - bef. 1667)

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Luke Atkinson
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Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in New Haven, Connecticutmap
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Died before in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticutmap
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Categories: Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | New Haven, New Haven Colony.


"On January 26, 1640, Stephen Goodyear, ..., was licensed to carry two hundred and fifty passengers to New England in the St. John of London. Among those he brought to augment the colony on the Sound at this time may have been .... Luke Atkinson, ... all with family names found at St. Stephen's, Coleman Street;"[1]

Luke Atkinson, signed the fundamental agreement of New Haven, after the initial 1639 signing, so the timing for the above fits.[2]

Luke Atkinson, of New Haven, Removed to Middletown, Connecticut in 1656.[3]

His second wife was Mary, daughter of Richard Platt of Milford. They were married 1 May 1651, in Milford, Connecticut by Captain Ashwood,[4][3] and had children

  • Mary Atkinson was b. 14 May 1652, in New Haven[4][3]
  • Hannah Atkinson was b. 9 Dec 1653, in New Haven.[4][3]
  • Sarah Atkinson was b. 18 Nov 1655, in New Haven.[4][3]
  • (probably) Rebecca Atkinson, b. c 1658 (Middletown) d. at Milford 28 Mar 1710 m. (1) Thomas Canfield (2) Samuel Camp.[5]
  • (probably) Samuel Atkinson (or Atkins) of Milford, b. c. 1660; d. at Milford 1697 m. Esther (Welch) Fenn.[5]

Atwater's History of the Colony of New Haven says:

"Of Luke Atkinson, the next proprietor on Meadow Street, little is known but that he dared to quarrel with Mr. Davenport, and, being charged with slander, was fined forty pounds. He removed from New Haven in 1656."[6]

The Colony Records contain the following transcript on 5 January 1646:

Luk Atkinson was chardged wth defameing Mr. John Davenport, vizd.

First to Ricd Osborne Luk Atkinson questioned whether this church is rightly constituted, and this ariseth from some pticulers falling out, not in respect of the members of it, for he judged them faithfull, but somthing in respect of hmselfe and others, as one thinge Mr. Davenport should speak & Mr. Davenport denyed it, although Luk Atkinson affirmed it & two more with him.

2dly to Richard Osborne he said that if things were carryed soe as he conceived them to bee, & as takeing vp things of others that he had spoken with, he conceives in all probabjlity this church cannot stand long without some breach.

3dly, to John Speede he said that Mr. Davenport had said that wch afterward he denyed, wch two more with himselfe could witnesse.

To Richard Osborne he said, Mr. Davenports name had bin very pretious, but now it was darkned. That when Mr. Davenport spoke of the high-preist, out of the 21th Levit. on the Lords day, Mr. Davenport spake against himselfe. Richard Osborne demanded wherein, Luke Atkinson answered that as he is a pastour of a of a [sic] church, he ought not to lay any vnder vnjust scandle as Mr. Davenport had done him, layeing his name vnder blame vnjustly.

To Richard Osborne he further said, that Mr. Davenport said he had noe pt in the trade at Delaware & therevpon could make noe promise, & yet after, Mr. Davenport said that he had part in the trade. All these perticulers as concerne Mr. Davenport, Luk Atkinson related vnto John Speede. Also all the above written Luck Atkinson acknowledged himselfe to have spoken vnto Richard Osborne and to John Speede, & now againe repeated them vnto Anthony Thompson, John Clark, Richard Osborne & John Speede.

Before these psons spoke vnto Luke, they advized him to be very wary what he expressed, for he must look to be called to answere it. He answered hee expected it. In conclussion in reading all the pticulers manny tymes over & wishing John Speede to take a copie of them, we asked him whether he owned all or would wave any, he owned them & thought he should answere them. Mihill Palmer saith Luke Atkinson chardged Mr. Davenport wfh vntruth.

Luke Atkinson acknowledged what he stood chardged with was true, he had sinned & had slandered Mr. Davenport. This being done against much light and often convinced of his folly & had made acknowledgments of it, for his slandering the church and Mr. Davenport, he was fyned 40l vnto Mr. Davenport.[2]

Luke Atkinson died before Jan 1666/1667, probably in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut. His wife remarried 3 Jan 1666/7 to Thomas Wetmore.[7]

Research Notes

No Find a Grave Memorial, No record in the Hale Collection of Cem. Trans., No recorded births of children or his death in Middletown.


  1. Calder, Isabel MacBeath.. The New Haven colony. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1934. p. 74,
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649. Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857. pp 279/80; Fund agrmt p 18;
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Vital Records of New Haven 1649-1850 Part I. Hartford: The Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1917. Marriage p.2; Mary p. 7; Hannah p. 10; Sarah p. 12
  5. 5.0 5.1 Coddington, John Insley "Richard Platt of Milford, Conn. The American Geneaologist. 31:164, 1955.
  6. Atwater, Edward Elias. History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut. New Haven: 1881. p. 148
  7. Abbott, S. Emma Woodruff. Families of early Milford, Connecticut. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1979
  • WikiTree profile Atkinson-1082 created through the import of BDM7-7-11.ged on Jul 8, 2011 by Brian McCullough. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Brian and others.

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