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Jarvis Boykin

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Jarvis "Gervais" Boykin aka Boyken, Boykett, Boykim
Born [date unknown] in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died before in New Haven, New Haven Colony, New Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Jul 2011
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Categories: Signers of the New Haven Fundamental Agreement | New Haven, New Haven Colony | Puritan Great Migration.

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The Puritan Great Migration.
Jarvis Boykin migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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There is some misinformation or confused information about Jarvis.

  • He came from Kent, England, variously listed as Thanington,[1] Channington,[2] Charington,[3] Town of Charing,[4]. Charing is west of Thannington, which is west of Canterbury. There is probably a more original source for this information, but it has not been located to clear up the confusion.
  • Sources list him arriving on the "Planter" 1635.[5] Hotten's list which covers a lot of emigrations in 1635 doesn't mention Boykin, which is not proof one way or the other. This wikitree profile claimed he arrived on the Hercules in 1637. As far as is known there was no Hercules that sailed here in 1637. Did someone perhaps mean the Hector? Pope says Jervis was in Chrlestown in 1636 before the Hector arrived.

Secondary sources agree that he was in Charlestown, before going to New Haven with the other inhabitants of Charlestown who joined Theophilus Eaton and John Davenport in the founding of New Haven.

On June 4, 1639, Jarvis Boykin assented to the Fundamental Agreement of the New Haven Colony and became one of 54 men recognized as Founders of New Haven.[6]

"9th of October, 1648. Jervic Boykin was admitted a member of this court and rec ye freeman's charge." Hoadley 1 p. 404

Jarvis was a Corporal of the New Haven Train Band in 1652 and of the New Haven Colonial Troop in June, 1654. Listed as a Sergeant of the Train Band in August of 1657.[7]

The inventory of his estate, taken Jan. 23, 1660/61, by John Nash and William Pecke, was £173-02-02.[8]

Isabel, his wife, survived him and we have the following record:

Writing exhibited in court as will, but not accepted, because it was not signed or witnessed, yet considered as directory in distribution of estate. Bequeaths to son Nathaniel, to daughter Sarah, and to daughter Dennison's children. At court, Feb 12, 1673, heirs accepted distribution according to writing.[8]
Inventory taken Nov. 11, 1673, by Samuel Whitehead and Wm. Payne, £216-14-02.[8]

The will of the widow Jones, made shortly after the death of Isabel, (27 Dec 1673) bequeathed to, among others, Sarah and Nathaniel Boykin.


  1. Nathaniel b. Sept 1641, bp 11 Dec 1642; died without issue 1706; all in New Haven[9]
  2. Bethia bp Apr 1643; m. 25 Nov 1662 James Denison, both in New Haven[9]
  3. Sarah bp 18 Jan 1645, in New Haven; m. Samuel Edwards of Northampton, Massachusetts[9]

Notes for future additions:
The New Haven town and colony records have entries for Jarvis Boykin which can be researched and added. See Town and Colony Court Records on the New Haven Colony Page.


  1. "From Emigrants to Rulers: The Charlestown Oligarchy in the Great Migration." New England Historical and Genealogical Register 131:23, 1977. Text: "Boyken, Jarvis, d. 1661 m. ca. 1640 Isabel, carpenter of Thannington, Kent, 1637 Charlestown, New Haven 1638"
  2. Pope, Charles Henry. The Pioneers of Massachusetts, A Descriptive List, ... Boston, Mass.: Charles H Pope, 1900 [ p. 61
    "Boykin, Boyken, Boykett, Jarvis, or Gervaise, of Channington, Eng. carpenter, came from Sandwich, Eng., before June 9, 1936. Settled at Charlestown. Prop. Rem. to New Haven, Conn."
  3. Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692. Vol. I-IV. Boston, MA, USA: 1860-1862.
    "BOYKETT, or BOYKIM, JARVIS or GERVASE, New Haven, a carpenter, came first to Charlestown with one serv. in 1635 or 6 from Charington, in Kent. 3 Mass. Hist. Coll. VIII. 276. He rem. 1639 to New Haven, there had Nathaniel, b. Sept. 1641, bapt. 11 Dec. 1642; Bethia, bapt. 30 Apr. 1643; and Sarah, 18 Jan. 1646; and d. 23 Jan. 1661, leav. wid. Isabel, wh. d. 1673, and in her will ment. ch. Nathaniel, Sarah, and d. Bethia, w. of James Dennison, m. 25 Nov. 1662. Sarah m. 1675, Samuel Edwards of Northampton."
  4. Atwater, Edward Elias, and Lucy M. Hewitt, and Bessie E. Beach History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut.'. Meriden, Connecticut: 1902. p. 146
    "Jarvis Boykin, a carpenter by trade, was the next proprietor on College Street. He came from the town of Charing in Kent, and had resided tow or three years in Chalestown, Mass., before he joined the company which settled at Quinnipiac."
  5. NEHGS NEXUS: New England Across the United States 11:40 in the query section, this was stated as fact
  6. Hoadley, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649. Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857. Signer fund. Agreement p. 17
  7. Jacobus, D.L. (compiler) List of Officials 1636-1665. p992 of 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.p 970
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Abstracts of the Early Probate Records of New Haven, Book I, Part I, 1647-1687." New England Historical and Genealogical Register 81:121. Boston: NEHGS, 1927. Boykin p 122; Jones p 126
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 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.

See Also:

  • Wyman, Thomas Bellows, The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, 2 vols. (Boston: D. Clapp and Son, 1879) Boyken, Gervais, Inhabitant 1637, moved to New Haven p. 105

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