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Jarvis Boykin (1613 - bef. 1661)

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Jarvis "Gervais, Gervace, Gervase" Boykin aka Boyken, Boykett, Boykim
Born in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died before in New Haven, New Haven Colonymap
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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RE: Last Name at Birth: Anderson uses Boykin 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.

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.[6]

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.[7]

"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.[8]

The inventory of his estate, taken Jan. 23, 1660/61, by John Nash and William Pecke, was £173-02-02.[9]

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.[9]
Inventory taken Nov. 11, 1673, by Samuel Whitehead and Wm. Payne, £216-14-02.[9]

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[10]
  2. Bethia bp Apr 1643; m. 25 Nov 1662 James Denison, both in New Haven[10]
  3. Sarah bp 18 Jan 1645, in New Haven; m. Samuel Edwards of Northampton, Massachusetts[10]

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.

Of New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut

Jarvis was born XXX.

After arriving in New Haven, Jarvis appeared in records working to build and develop a strong settlement. He first appears assisting in the settlement of the estate of Robert Preston, collecting corn as a food source for the town, was chosen to [ carry out town business], build seats in the school house, and served as a townsman among many other jobs. In the third division of land, Jarvis received another parcel. [11] He was listed as a lieutenant and later sergeant in town records and even an attorney at one point.

Jarvis is listed as performing carpentry work on several occasions in town records, which corresponds with records in England.[12]

Children of Jarvis and Isabel:

  1. Nathaniel, b. Sept 164; bp 11 Dec 1642; d. abt 1705
  2. Bethia, bp Apr 1643; m. 25 Nov 1662, James Denison
  3. Sarah, bp 18 Jan 1645; m. Samuel Edwards of Northampton, Mass




  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. Great Migration Newsletter, V.6, Page 4.(Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2018.)
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "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
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 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.
  11. New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Conn, Ancient Town Records of New Haven, Volume 1, various pages. Publisher New Haven, Printed for the historical society, 1917.

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On 3 Jun 2018 at 12:12 GMT Barbara (Clay) B wrote:

Boykett-1 and Boykin-23 appear to represent the same person because: These are the same person only with alternate spellings of the surname.

One profile included two of the children, and the other included the third child for which I was searching. All children are listed on both profiles, but not all were linked together.

Thank you

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